BALLINASCREEN PARISH - 19 SEPTEMBER 2021

No.1881 ~ TWENTY-FIFTH 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: 20 SEPTEMBER - 24 SEPTEMBER

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 20: Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gon, priest, Paul Chong Ha-sang, and Companions , martyrs. Martyred during the persecutions of the Church in Korea, 1839-1867.

Tuesday 21: St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist.

Thursday 23: St Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) died 23 September 1968. Capuchin friar, stigmatist, confessor and friend of all who suffer.


PADRE PIO MASS

There will be a Padre Pio Mass to celebrate the feast of St Pio of Pietrelcina on Thursday 23 September at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.

  • The Rosary will be recited before the Mass at 7.10 pm.


PASTORAL VISITATION OF THE SICK

Following the easing of the coronavirus restrictions, Fr Madden and Fr McGirr hope to resume the visitation of the sick beginning in October.

There will be no monthly visitations as in the past and they will not be visiting parishioners by area.

It is still not safe to go from house to house visiting the sick and the vulnerable on rote. They will make prior arrangements and over the course of the next few months hope to visit each person on the list twice. Therefore, they would greatly appreciate it if those who would like them to call would email the parish ballinascreenparish@gmail.com or desertmartinparish@gmail.com giving their name, address, and contact details and the name of one delegated family member and their contact details if different. Those who would prefer no visit at this time should feel absolutely free to say so. Their wishes and those of their family will be respected.

If at any time you think a visit from the priest is needed, please contact

Fr Madden 02879628376 or

Fr McGirr 02879632196.

Covid 19 has not stopped them visiting the sick when necessary since the pandemic began.


DEATHS

We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:

Rose O'Neill, Disert;

Darren Canavan, Ardboe;

James McCullagh, Plumbridge, formerly Bancran;

Bernadette Duffy, Cranagh;

Michael Kennedy, Eglington, formerly Moneyneena.


FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASSES

Pat McGlone, Glenelly Villas, on Friday September 24 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.

Maggie McCloskey, Fivemilestraight, on Friday September 24 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.

Gavin Bradley, Magherafelt Road, on Friday September 24 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.


ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversaries:

John Bradley

Margaret McCloskey


Anniversaries:

Michael McIvor,

Christine Gray,

Annie Casey,

Mary Bradley,

Mary McEldowney,

Patricia Kelly,

Tommy Heaney.


FAMILY FUN DAY

Family Funday in memory of Gracie Mae Corrigan Bradley at Ballinascreen GAC TODAY Sunday 19 September from 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm. Admission free. Activities and fun for all the family including face painting, balloon modelling, climbing wall, splash board, football cage and much more.

BBQ, tuck shop, teas and coffee.

Come along to meet some wonderful cartoon characters.

All donations on the day will be greatly appreciated for the Children’s Heartbeat Trust.


THORNHILL MINISTRIES

  • ‘Beyond the Bruising:’ An oasis hour for those seeking serenity as they live with fractured relationships. Available on Zoom Saturday 9 October at 11.00 am. For details contact: thornhillministries@derrydiocese.org

  • Thornhill Ministries Team is available for Training and Support to parishes and other groups.

Let gifting be the energy that I bring to my family, my friends, my work, my home.

www.thornhillministries.co.uk


QUB CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY

The Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen’s University has reopened for the new academic year. It is a vibrant community of faith and friendship at the heart of campus where students feel welcome, listened-to, valued and supported. For more information on their liturgy schedule, events, facilities and amazing Café visit qubcatholic.org They can’t wait to welcome you!


SEASON OF CREATION.

A Home for All? Restoring Our Common Home’

The Season of Creation continues until 4 October (Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi), celebrating the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment. The Diocese of Derry is encouraging parishes, schools and families to reflect on what they can do to protect the environment around us all. Nature walks, planting seeds, collecting rubbish or recycling are examples of worthwhile environmental projects. For more ideas, initiatives, prayers, liturgies and news articles on the theme please see the diocesan social media channels and derrydiocese.org/season-of-creation


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.


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. Holy Communion will be distributed at the door of the Church once the congregation has left. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.


CHURCH READERS

More readers are needed please for Masses in Holy Rosary Church.

If you are willing to become a regular reader of the Word of God at any of the weekday Masses, the Saturday Vigil Mass or the Sunday Mass in Holy Rosary Church please contact the Parish Office as soon as possible.


LOUGH DERG 2021

Guided Pilgrimages on the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path will be offered on Sunday 26 September and Sunday 3 October, with Mass outdoors, weather permitting. Full route is a 12km loop, with a shorter 8km option.

Advance booking is essential.

For further information email info@loughderg.org or phone 00353 719861518 view www.loughderg.org


DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY - MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING

  • Coffee Morning Friday 24 September 11.00 am - 12.45 pm. Cakes, tray bakes, scones and tea/coffee provided. Social distancing will be observed.

  • Rhythm and Rhyme sessions for mums and tots will begin on Friday 17 September at 11.30 am. Booking essential as numbers are limited. To book phone 79628249 on Tuesdays, Fridays or Saturdays.


KNOCKNAGIN HALL

Monday 20 September:

Desertmartin Walk for Health Group meet at Hall on Knocknagin Road at 7.00 pm. Come along and join in for chat, fun, exercise and friendship.

Making Life Better, Supported by the Public Health Agency

Tuesdays - 21, 28 September and 5 October:

Exercise on Tuesday with Thomasina - admission £4.

Wednesdays - 29 September; 6, 13, 20 October:

4 weeks Line-Dancing at 7.00 pm - admission £4.

Wednesday 22 September:

Week 2 Gardening with Mary Doris (Bulb Planting.) 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm - admission £3.

Monday 25 October & Monday 8 November:

Mental Health Talk (Coming Out of Covid) presented by Hugo McOscar at 7.30 pm

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

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

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


MASTERS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

The Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre, working in Partnership with Saint Mary’s University, Twickenham, offers the Masters in Catholic School Leadership. This is a post-graduate degree dedicated to the professional development and spiritual formation of Catholic school leaders. It is a great opportunity for those currently in leadership roles and those who aspire to, or have an interest in, leadership roles within the Catholic School system. Applications for the Autumn intake close 30 September 2021. If you require any further information, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 028 71264087 or email tferry@derrydiocese.org


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