No. 1935 ~ TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
PARISH CONTACT DETAILS
Fr. Peter Madden PP VF
31 Sixtowns Road
Fr Dermot McGirr CC
50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin
Fr John Downey Priest In Residence
36 Moneyneena Rd
9 High Street Phone: (028)79628248
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, preferably by email.
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.
DAILY MASS TIMES
Monday: St Mary’s Church, Coolcalm 11.00 am
Holy Rosary Church ~ 7.30 pm (Padre Pio Mass)
Tuesday: St Mary’s Church, Coolcalm 11.00 am
Wednesday: Holy Rosary Church 11.00 am
Thursday: St Mary’s Church, Coolcalm 11.00 am
Friday - Parish Anniversary Masses: St Mary’s Coolcalm 11.00 am & Holy Rosary Church 7.30 pm
SUNDAY MASS TIMES
Holy Rosary: 6.00 pm
St Patrick’s Keenaught: 7.30 pm
St Columba’s Straw: 9.00 am
St Mary’s Coolcalm: 10.00 am
St Patrick’s Sixtowns: 11.00 am
St Eugene's Moneyneena: 12 noon
DAY FOR LIFE 2022 ~ CARING FOR THE OLDER PERSON
Day for Life is a day dedicated to raising awareness of the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition.
This year’s theme is ‘Caring for the Older Person’. To read the full pastoral message for Day for Life please visit
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Tuesday 4: St Francis of Assisi
Wednesday 5: St Faustina
Friday 7: Our Lady of the Rosary.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will commence at 12 noon on Monday October 3 in Holy Rosary Church and will continue until 7.25 pm.
Please Note: Mornig Mass on Monday October 3 will be celebrated in St Mary’s Collcalm at 11.00 am.
PADRE PIO MASS
Monthly Mass in honour of St Pio of Pietrelcina will be celebrated on Monday October 3 at 7.30 pm in
Holy Rosary Church.
Novena prayers and Rosary will commence at 7.10 pm.
MASS OF ENROLMENT
Congratulations to all the First Communion children who are being enrolled this weekend in the Do This In Memory Programme. We look forward to journeying with them in their preparation for their First Communion in 2023 and supporting their parents and teachers in their important roles.
If you haven't already viewed the recording of the Mass at Knock Shrine which took place last Saturday at the Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage please go to knockshrine.ie and listen to the magnificent music Ballinascreen Parish Choir provided for the occasion. They certainly did us proud and on behalf of the whole parish many thanks to Brigid Manning, Kathleen Trolan, Sean McCullagh and every member of the choir who made such a deep and lasting impression on all who heard them in person and on the Knock webcam. Thanks also to the parishioners who travelled to Knock to support the choir and the diocese.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Bernie Murray, Campbelltown;
Elizabeth Bradley, Belfast.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASSES
Mickey McGlone, Tonagh Heights on Friday October 7 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church;
Brendan McBride, Cavanreagh on Friday October 7 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church;
Annie McBride, Cavanreagh on Friday October 7 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church;
Ellen Murray, Belfast on Friday October 7 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Etain Agnes Anne McGlade, Strawmore Road.
HALLOWE'EN CAKE SALE AND COFFEE MORINING
Please contact the Parish Office over the weekend by email or phone Maire on Monday to leave your name and address if you are willing to bake for the Parish Cake Sale and Coffee Morning. Any donations of turf, sticks, potatoes etc.... are equally welcome. It is important that we know in advance what is being baked and donated. Raffle Tickets will be on sale shortly for a range of prizes. The raffle will be held at the Coffee Morning and Cake Sale which will take place in St Colm’s GAC on Saturday October 29.
More information next week.
Weekly Collection: £1255
Renovation Collection £1514
Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
DERRY YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP
Expressions of interest for the Derry Youth Scholarship Programme are now welcome. This year-long programme for 6th Formers will provide opportunities for them to meet with others from across the diocese, as they come together to explore their faith, gain training and learn new skills, and work with a charitable organisation. If interested or for more details please message @Derryyouth on social media or email email@example.com
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE
Bishop Donal McKeown will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from February 13 until February 21 2023, visiting Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee and other important sites. This is an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Cost is €1,895 / £1665 p.p.s. including taxes and tips. For more details please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 028 956 80005 or 003531 8788159.
BALLINASCREEN CREDIT UNION
Winners in September Quarterly Cash Draw were:
1st Prize - £10,000 - Niall Magee, Tonagh Heights.
2nd Prize - £7,000 - Rignach Glasgow, Shanmullagh Park.
3rd Prize - £5,000 - Kevin O’Hagan, Moss Road, Magherafelt.
4th Prize - £3,000 - Claire White, Dromdallagan
Next Quarterly Cash Draw will be held on Thursday 22 December 2022.
ST EOGHAN’S PRIMARY SCHOOL
Coffee Morning in St Eoghan's Primary School in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday 7 October, from 9.30 am to 11.00 am. Everyone welcome.
Big Breakfast on Sunday 23 October from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm in aid of school funds. Everyone welcome.
SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY GROUP
Defibrillator training in Sixtowns Hall on Wednesday 19 October from 7.00 pm until 9.00 pm. Training will be delivered by Emergency Medical Services, Supplies & Training Ltd. Cost £10 per person. To book a place please contact Emma on 07769289385.
Bowls in Sixtowns Hall every Monday from 8.00 pm. New members welcome. Pay on the night.
Save the date: Coffee Morning and Christmas Market at Sixtowns Hall on Sunday 27 November. If interested in taking a table at the market the cost is £20 for one or £30 for two tables. Send a message to the Facebook page or call 07769289385 for more details.
SIXTOWNS DANCING CLASSES
Old Time and Line Dancing classes for beginners will start in Sixtowns Cross Community Centre on Tuesday 4 October at 8.30 pm. All welcome.
GLENSHANE HOUSE DUNGIVEN
Names are now being taken for OCN L2 in Floristry Skills and also for OCN L3 Award in Working with Children and Young People with Special Needs.
To register please phone 77742494.
COSTAL ROSARY IN IRELAND
Annual Coastal Rosary on Sunday October 9 at 2.30 pm. Join thousands from around Ireland to pray the Rosary for Life and Faith at our coasts, grottos, rivers, churches, and other suitable places. Sign up a Rosary location at www.coastalrosaryireland.ie or text your location to 087 278 6552.
PATHWAYS – ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Two-year, part-time course, now enrolling for 2022-2023 intake.
Have you ever thought about exploring your faith… or wished that you could broaden your understanding of your faith? Would you like to explore, discuss and reflect upon issues and questions of faith, the Church, and how to link faith to life? If the answer is “yes”, then Pathways may be for you.
The course runs one Saturday per month (10.00 am – 4.30 pm) from October to June, either in-house at Drumalis or online via Zoom. To register, please contact Drumalis on 28276455 / 28272196 (during office hours) or email email@example.com View www.drumalis.co.uk for more details.
See reflection on the course at : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE7FIbhuJCI
IRISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Classes for adults recommence on Thursday 6 October from 7.30 pm- 9.00 pm in Glór na Speiríní Straw. Cost for 10 weeks is £30. Classes to suit all levels from beginners to advanced. To register or for more details please email firstname.lastname@example.org or fón 79627703 nó 07795 536682 Tá fáilte roimh chách- Everyone welcome!
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. Email address is: email@example.com
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 Anniversary Mass.
Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday 13 November, from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm. £20 per table two tables £30, £10 deposit to be paid when booking. For more details contact Monica on 07594061178 or Olive on 07887614094
SPRED Group meeting on Monday 3 October at 7.00 pm.
Chair Exercises with Thomasina Tuesdays at 10.00 am. Admission £4.00. Everyone welcome.
Knit & Natter class on Tuesday at 7.30 pm. Bring along your own work have a natter!
Line Dancing on Wednesday 28 September (if numbers are sufficient).
To register for any of the above contact Olive 07887614094, Kathleen 07764277809 or Anne 79642711.
AOH Annual Pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday 8 October. Depending on numbers. Bus fare including full breakfast and evening meal will be £45. If interested contact Seamus as soon as possible on 07880816392
POPE FRANCIS @pontifex
I pray that the Church, and each of us, may be granted the grace to discover the Lord Jesus in our brothers or sisters who are hungry, thirsty, strangers, lacking clothing and dignity, sick and imprisoned.
WORLD YOUTH DAY PILGRIMAGE - LISBON 2023
The Diocese of Derry is inviting any young person who is over 18 or will be 18 by July 2023 to join their Pilgrimage to Lisbon for World Youth Day. World Youth Day (WYD) is the gathering of young people from all over the world with the Pope. It is also a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church and an intense moment of evangelization for the youth world. This pilgrimage will take place in August 2023. For now, they are taking expression of interest until they have more information on dates, times and prices. Spaces are limited so signing up now is essential. You can register your interest on the derrydiocese.org website or on the @derryyouth Facebook page Any questions regarding this pilgrimage, may be emailed please to Lizzie Rea, Youth Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
IOSAS CENTRE MUFF
Iosas Centre Café Muff: Sunday Carvery from 12.30 until 3.00 pm. Delicious starters, mains and desserts, using their own organic vegetables. Booking recommended and take away is available. Phone 00353 749384866
(1 course €12.50 ~ 2 courses €15.50 ~ 3 courses €19.50)
Finish your afternoon with a walk in the beautiful Celtic Prayer Garden.
Mary’s Meals reach more than 2.2 million children in 20 countries with a nutritious school meal each day. They invite us during May to offer prayers of thanksgiving for the 20 years of little acts of love that have made their work possible and in petition for God’s continued blessing on their good work. More details and prayer resources on: www.marysmeals.org.uk/prayinmay
PARKRUN AND PARKWALK
Parkrun and Parkwalk at Derrynoid Forest every Saturday at 9.30 am.
Come along and walk, jog or run on Saturday mornings at Parkrun Derrynoyd Forest, Derrynoyd Road.
Suited to walkers and runners of all abilities, to boost fitness for free. Children and dogs on leads welcome. Parkrun is a free community event and is a timed 5km walk or run. Walkers, runners and new volunteers all welcome. To join register online: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/
For more details see: www.parkrun.org.uk/derrynoidforest/
Follow on Facebook: Derrynoid Forest Parkrun
NATIONAL SYNTHESIS OF THE SYNODAL PROCESS
The Irish Bishops' Conference has published the National Synthesis of the Synodal Process conducted across the Church in Ireland from Autumn 2021. The National Synthesis is the fruit of a wide-ranging process of listening and consultation and is based on the syntheses produced by the 26 dioceses in Ireland, as well as those submitted by religious congregations and other interested groups. The National Synthesis will be forwarded to Rome as part of the worldwide synodal process of listening and discernment launched by Pope Francis in October 2021 and which will culminate in the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome in 2023.
To view this document click HERE
Synodality is about seeking together to discover God’s way forward in a new time and place.
This is not just a time of change but a change of time.
It is about learning to journey in hope from the great figures of the Advent liturgy: Isaiah, John the Baptist, Mary and Joseph.
We are a pilgrim people, following the voice of God who calls us one step at a time.
We are moving beyond a Church where everything depends on ‘Father’.
Pope Francis has asked us to rediscover the Advent spirit of leaving our secure base and trusting that the Lord will guide our feet into the way of peace.
We aim to have a time of local listening to one another in January/February, building towards a diocesan submission to an Irish national response.
All national responses will be considered by the Vatican and a Working Document sent back for local reflection and comment in late 2022 – building towards the Synod of Bishops’ meeting in October 2023, and beyond.
This is the beginning of a new way of being Church. It is not just a passing initiative. It is facing the future together, open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Advent is not just a season of the year. It is a permanent part of our identity as Church.
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.
THE SYNOD PRAYER ~ IRISH TRANSLATION (Paidir an tSionaid)
Seasaimid i Do láthairse, a Spioraid Naoimh,
agus muid ag teacht le chéile i D’ainm
Agus Tusa amháin mar threoraí againn
socraigh Tú féin síos inár gcroíthe;
Múin dúinn an tslí a chaithfimid dul
agus conas is féidir linn leanúint di.
Táimid lag agus claonta chun peaca;
ná lig dúinn ainriail a chur chun cinn.
Ná lig don aineolas sinn a chur amú,
ná don chlaonpháirtíocht ár ngníomhartha a mhúnlú.
Lig dúinn teacht Ort inár n-aontacht
chun go dtriallfaimid le chéile chun na beatha síoraí
gan dul ar strae ó bhealach na fírinne ná ón cheart.
Iarraimid é seo uile Ort,
Tusa a bhíonn ag obair de shíor agus i ngach uile áit,
i gcomaoin an Athar agus an Mhic,
trí shaol na saol.
To learn more about the Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland please visit:
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.
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.
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