BALLINASCREEN PARISH - 17 OCTOBER 2021

No.1885 ~ TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 

​​SUNDAY MASSES

VIGIL MASSES

St Eugene’s Moneyneena 5.00 pm

Holy Rosary: 6.15 pm

St Patrick’s Keenaught 7.30 pm

SUNDAY

St Columba’s Straw 9.00 am

St Mary’s Coolcalm 10.00 am (NB Townland Rota still applies)

St Patrick’s Sixtowns 11.00 am (NB Townland Rota still applies)

Holy Rosary: 12 noon


DAILY MASS TIMES

Holy Rosary Church

Monday and Wednesday ~ 11.00 am

Friday ~ 7.30 pm

St Mary’s Coolcalm

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 11.00 am


All Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the Ballinascreen parish webcam:

https://www.churchservices.tv/Draperstown

All Masses in St Mary’s Coolcalm are transmitted live on the Desertmartin parish webcam:

https://www.churchservices.tv/Desertmartin

 

PARISH CONTACT DETAILS

Fr. Peter Madden PP VF

31 Sixtowns Road

Telephone: 79628376

Email:ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

Fr Dermot McGirr CC​

50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin

Telephone: 79632196

Fr John Downey Priest In Residence

36 Moneyneena Rd

Telephone: 79628375

Email: j.downey75@btinternet.com

PARISH OFFICE

9 High Street Phone: (028)79628248

email: ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

Open Monday and Tuesday from 9.00 am until 3.00 pm


NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN

Notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

Bulletins are presently only available:

SVP HELPLINE

Helpline telephone number: 07710838050


BALLINASCREEN COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP

Please click the link https://www.parishofballinascreen.com/ballinascreen-community-support-gro for full details of Ballinascreen Community Support Group.

 

WEEKDAY MASSES: 18 OCTOBER - 22 OCTOBER

Holy Rosary Church

Monday and Wednesday ~ 11.00 am

Friday ~ 7.30 pm

St Mary’s Coolcalm

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 11.00 am


FEASTS OF THE WEEK

Monday 18: St Luke.

Friday 22: St John Paul II , Pope.


OCTOBER - MISSION MONTH

A series of free presentations on Mission Today - what mission means in today's society - will be available by Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday in October. For more details on the presentations, and to receive the Zoom links visit derrydiocese.org/mission-month


MONTH’S MIND MASSES

Paddy Andy Kelly, Bancran Road, on Friday October 22 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.

Patsy Stewart, Ballinascreen Fold, on Friday October 22 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.


ANNIVERSARIES

Isobel McCloskey,

Margaret Donnelly,

Marie Donnelly,

Anna McCormick,

Maureen Murray,

Patrick Joseph McAllister,

Bronagh Murray,

John Donnelly.


BAPTISM

We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:

Ella Grace Wilson Bracken Bawn, Magherafelt.


WEDDING

Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Caoileann Hegarty and Matthew Murray who were married recently in St Columba’s Church Straw.


PARISH ANNIVERSARY AND MONTH’S MIND MASSES

If parishioners wish to have their loved one prayed for at any Anniversary Friday Mass, you MUST please email their name to Ballinascreen Parish Office by 12 noon on Thursday of the relevant week. e mail address is ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

  • We ask that only members of a family, whose loved one is being prayed for, attend the Friday Anniversary Mass in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm. This should ensure that there is sufficient space for those who are remembering a Month’s Mind or any other anniversary, as seating is limited and cannot be exceeded. The Anniversary Mass will be available on the parish webcam.

  • PLEASE NOTE: First Anniversary and Month's Mind notices should be received the previous week in order for them to be placed in the Bulletin the weekend before the Friday Anniversary Mass.

Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Sincere thanks to all who have returned parish envelopes, established standing orders, made online payments or used the ‘Donate’ button on Parish Website. Envelopes may be returned at any parish Mass, to Parish Office or any Parochial House.

Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.


SVP DONATIONS

Many thanks for many generous donations. To make a donation please place it in an envelope and mark it SVP. All donations appreciated.


COP26: HEALTHY PLANET/ HEALTHY PEOPLE PETITION

Advocate on behalf of the most vulnerable, whose lives are devastated by the climate emergency.

Join with Pope Francis in appealing for urgent action on climate change. Please sign the online petition before 28 October at thecatholicpetition.org


UNDERSTANDING YOUR VOCATION

St Eugene's Cathedral is offering an afternoon of discussion and reflection on discerning vocation today Sunday, 17 October at 3.00 pm: whether it's your vocation to Diocesan Priesthood, Marriage, Single Life, Consecrated Life or Religious Life, ways in which we can learn to discern and recognise the voice of God calling us to be prophets of the Gospel will be discussed. The venue is Cathedral Hall Windsor Terrace. For more details please contact cathedral on 71262894 or email steugenes@btconnect.co.uk.


ADULT FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMME

  • Was R.E. just a subject in school? Would you like to really understand it in practice?

  • Are you open to deepening your understanding of your Catholic Faith?

  • Do you want to better understand the Mass - the celebration to the Eucharist?

  • Would you like to explore, discuss and reflect upon issues and questions of faith, the Church, and how to link faith to your everyday life?

The Pathways Adult Faith Programme by Drumalis Retreat Centre, Larne, addresses these questions and more. This two-year faith development programme, delivered one Saturday per month from October to June is available either in-house at Drumalis or by Zoom. For more details details and to enrol visit www.drumalis.co.uk/pathways


GLENSHANE HOUSE DUNGIVEN

Names now being taken for OCN L3 Working with Children and Young People with Special Needs. Course will be on Tuesdays 7.00 pm - 9.30 pm (12 weeks). Registration fee is £30 / £34 for Accreditation Certificate. Please phone 028 77742494 for more details.


THE BIBLE AND THE VIRGIN MARY

Fr Kevin McElhennon will present a 12-week reflection and study on the role of Mary in our faith, the role she plays in our lives today, and on understanding the Church teachings on our Blessed Mother, and how they are connected to Scripture. Choice of evenings or mornings, from Wednesday 20 October (evening) / Thursday 21 October (morning). Venue: Killyclogher Parish Hall. Full details at https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-bible-and-the-virgin-mary. Register your participation by phoning 82243375or email info@cappaghparish.com


ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE

The Western Health and Social Care Trust Adoption Team is holding an Information Session on Monday 25 October at 3.30 pm, via Zoom. To participate please email anita.birney@westerntrust.hscni.net


KILCRONAGHAN CENTRE

Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 6 November 10.00 am - 4.00 pm. Free admission. Variety of unique homemade crafts - ideal Christmas presents! For more details phone 79627826 or email manager@kilcronaghan.co.uk


SLIEVEGALLION COMMUNITY PRE-SCHOOL

As this charity organisation it is reaching out to their local and wider community for help and support in a number of areas.

  • Management Committee, in particular Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary, or joining their fundraising committee (voluntary positions).

  • Maintenance work in building and gardening duties in Sensory Garden (Voluntary and paid positions).

If interested in any of these positions please phone 79301854 or email: slievegallioncommunityplaygroup.com or come to their next meeting in the Pre-School on Thursday 11 November


FAITH FORMATION COORDINATOR POST

The successful applicant will work in Banagher and Claudy Parishes. 3-year Fixed Term Contract (possibility of extension). For application packs please contact: Bishop’s House, St Eugene’s Cathedral, Francis Street, Derry BT48 9AP or phone: 71262302 or email payroll@derrydiocese.org.

Completed applications must be returned no later than 5.00 pm on 22 October 2021.

Derry Diocesan Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Applications from all men and women and from members of all communities are welcome.


ST COLUMBA TALKS

St. Columb’s College Derry invite you to their free inaugural event of a year of Columba celebrations titled: “Calves and Kindles” - St Columba and the History of the Book., on Friday 22 October at 8.15 pm in St Eugene’s Cathederal Hall. Presentation will be by Dr. Stephen Kelly

To book your free ticket email columba1500@stcolumbscollege.org


KNOCKNAGIN HALL

  • Desertmartin Walk for Health Group hope to soon plan morning or afternoon walks. When planned details will be in Bulletin.

  • SPRED Group Meeting Monday 18 0ctober 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm .

Making Life Better, Supported by the Public Health Agency

  • Exercise with Thomasina Tuesdays at 11.30am.

  • Line-Dancing Wednesday 20 October at 7.30 pm

  • Mental Health Talk (Coming out of Covid) by Hugo MacOscar Monday 25 October and Monday 8 November 7.30 pm

  • Crochet with Celine on Tuesday 19 October 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm £5 per session.

  • 10th Anniversary of the Here & Now Older People’s Arts & Well-being Festival. The theme this year is Life’s Road Trip ~ Living Well With a Tale to Tell.

  • 8-weeks of Dance and Movement starts on Friday 22 October at 7.00 pm with Charmaine, dance artist with Artscare. Dance and movement will be used to tell stories, and to make participants feel good in body and mind. Relax with a cuppa and cake at end of session. Places available

Due to Covid Restrictions, it is important to register as numbers are limited.

To register please contact either Kathleen: 07764277809 or Anne: 02879642711 or Olive: 07887614094.

Come along to any of the sessions for chat, fun, exercise and friendship.


SYNODAL PROCESS - WALKING TOGETHER

The Catholic Church throughout the world and in Ireland is beginning a series of conversations about what God wants of his people at this time. These conversations are often referred to as a Synodal Process.

‘Synodal’ comes from a Greek word which means ‘walking together’. Please say the following prayer for the success of the Synodal Process

To learn more about the Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland please visit:

www.catholicbishops.ie/synod

To learn more about the worldwide Synod please visit: https://www.synod.va/en.html

Please say each day in your prayers the following prayer for the success of the Synodal Process which is both old and new.


PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD


We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.


With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.


We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.


Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.


All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.


MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT WEEKEND

From 5 - 7 November, hosted by Catholic Marriage Encounter: Restore Communication, Renew Commitment and Rekindle Romance. This online experience (using Zoom), starts Friday at 8.00 pm and ends on Sunday at 2.30 pm. Full details on: https://www.marriageencounter.ie


DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

  • Free Rhythm and Rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers ages up to 4 years have recommenced, on Fridays at 11.30 am. BOOKING ESSENTIAL Please contact the library to book.

  • Adult Book Group on Tuesday 19 October at 7.00 pm. Please contact the library to book a place in this group.

  • Two free Halloween craft sessions for children aged 4-8 years on Tuesday 26 October at 6.00 pm and Friday 29 October at 3.30 pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL as numbers are limited. Please contact the library to book.

Library Opening Hours

Tuesdays ~ 2.00 pm - 8.00 pm,

Fridays ~ 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and

1.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Saturdays ~ 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and

1.30 pm - 4.00 pm.

Phone 79628249.


YEAR OF ST JOSEPH

We invite you to come to the Shrine of St Joseph in Holy Rosary Church and to place written petitions to St Joseph in the box provided. Please do not put money in your petition envelopes as all petitions will be burned unopened.


REGULATIONS FOR ATTENDANCE AT RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Since Monday 12 April, regulations on the number of people attending weddings, funerals and baptisms have been relaxed, so the following arrangements are now in place in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin parishes. All churches have been risked assessed and the number of places determined for each church is as follows:


Holy Rosary: 100

St Columbna’s, Straw: 100

St Eugene’s, Moneyneena: 100

St Patrick’s, Sixtowns: 50

St Mary’s, Coolcalm: 60

St Patrick’s, Keenaught: 100

These numbers do not include priests, sacristans, or musicians as they have already designated places.


While extra places are now available, we ask that families be mindful of those who are vulnerable, even if they have been vaccinated. Social distancing and hand sanitising are necessary requirements inside the church but a lack of social distancing outside the church and elsewhere is a potential danger that should not be lightly ignored. Many outbreaks of Covid 19 have occurred when large numbers have gathered in homes and other places where the protocols have not been followed.

Track and trace is obligatory at all weddings, funerals and baptisms. Families will be provided with a template on which all names and contact details of those attending a wedding, funeral or baptism must be recorded and once completed returned to the relevant Parish Office.


WEDDINGS

As well as providing a Track and Trace contact sheet, couples will receive a plan of the church where their wedding will take place so that they can prepare their own church seating plan. This plan will then assist the church stewards to direct guests to their designated seats as they arrive. The plan must be received by the Parish Office three days before the date of the wedding. For the distribution of Holy Communion, guests will be asked to stand in their place and the priest or Eucharistic Minister will distribute Holy Communion to them. Masks must be worn by all attending the wedding. The bridal party, with the exception of the bride and groom, must wear masks when they are in their place.


FUNERALS

Unlike a wedding where there is plenty of time to prepare a church seating plan, families will receive specially printed admittance cards and families may distribute these cards as they wish. These cards MUST be shown at the door of the church to one of the stewards. Please do not ask to be admitted into the church if you have not been given one of these cards. Families are requested to adhere to social distancing inside the church, and so sit in their ‘bubbles’ of two, three or more. Occasionally, stewards may have to respectfully request mourners to move to another seat to ensure proper social distancing is maintained. For the distribution of Holy Communion, mourners will be asked to stand in their place and the priest or Eucharistic Minister will distribute Holy Communion to them.

Face masks must be worn by everyone. A track and trace contact sheet must be completed the day before the funeral.

 

PRAYERS FOR OUR PROTECTION

The Irish Catholic Bishops have asked for prayers for those affected by the Coronavirus. Placing all our trust in the Lord, and asking Our Lady to intercede for us, the bishops invite everyone to pray these prayers:

EXTRACT FROM SAINT PATRICK’S BREASTPLATE

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me,​

Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.

MEMORARE

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you,

O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer. Amen