No.1868 ~ TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
St Eugene’s Moneyneena 5.00 pm
Holy Rosary: 6.15 pm
St Patrick’s Keenaught 7.30 pm
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:
All Masses in St Mary’s Coolcalm are transmitted live on the Desertmartin parish webcam:
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
Parish Office now open to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9.00 am until 3.00 pm
Please note Parish Office my be contacted by email or phone (message may be left).
NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN
Notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday email@example.com
Bulletins are presently only available:
Online at www.parishofballinascreen.com
On the noticeboard inside the front porch of Holy Rosary Church.
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.
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Monday 21: St Aloysius Gonzaga. He joined the Jesuits and as a model novice he worked in the plague hospital and caught the fever, dying in 1591 at the age of twenty-three.
He is the patron of youth.
Thursday 24: The Nativity of St John the Baptist. We rejoice at the coming of St John the Baptist, a man of self-denial, integrity of life and purpose, and an uncompromising prophetic voice. John means, ‘The Lord has shown favour.’
BALLINASCREEN PARISH ~ NEW SUMMER BONANZA PARISH DRAW
Five Weekly Draws from Saturday 17 July to Saturday14 August.
Total Prize Fund £8,000
15 chances to win!
Week 1: First Prize £1,000, Second Prize £200, Third Prize £100,
Week 2: First Prize £1,000, Second Prize £200, Third Prize £100,
Week 3: First Prize £1,000, Second Prize £200, Third Prize £100,
Week 4: First Prize £1,000, Second Prize £200, Third Prize £100,
Week 5: First Prize £2,000, 2nd Prize £500, 3rd Prize £300.
Three fantastic cash prizes every week of the draw.
Winners will be announced every Saturday night after 6:15 p.m. Mass in Holy Rosary Church.
Tickets only £20 each are now available to buy from:
Ballinascreen Parish Draw Promoters,
Fr Madden’s and Fr McGirr’s Parochial Houses,
Ballinascreen and Desertmartin Parish Offices,
Ballinascreen and Desertmartin Credit Union Offices,
Heron’s Gift Shop and
Moneyneena Post Office.
We thank all those who are presently selling tickets and encourage as many as possible to please actively promote this draw around your family and friends including those who live outside the parish.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021
First Holy Communion Masses will take place next Saturday June 26 in Holy Rosary Church at the following times:
Gaelscoil na Speiriní at 11.00 am,
St Mary's P.S., Draperstown at 3.00 pm
St Eoghan' s P. S.: Friday June 25 at 5.00 pm in St Eugene’s, Moneyneena.
FAN THE FLAME MASS 2021
Bishop McKeown will celebrate the annual Fan the Flame Mass for all Primary 7 pupils in Derry Diocese on Monday 21 June at 11.00 am via the webcam at Saint Eugene’s Cathedral.
All families, friends and parish communities are invited to join in praying with and for the young people, as they finish their time in primary school and prepare for the next stage of their education.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Michael Kelly, Drumard Road;
Fergal Kennedy, Dunlogan;
Lena McBride, Surrey;
Rosie Martin, Armagh;
Joe Martin, Cookstown.
The June edition of The Net is now available only online on: https://www.derrydiocese.org/images/the-net/the-net-june-2021.pdf
As always, it features a wide variety of news, interesting and inspiring interviews, articles and photos from parishes across the diocese.
BALLINASCREEN PARISH OFFICE
Ballinascreen Parish Office is now reopened to the public every Monday and Tuesday from 9.00 am – 3.00 pm.
Churches open for Private Prayer, however we ask you to please observe the following advice when visiting any of our Churches.
Please sanitise your hands on arrival
Prior to leaving the Church please use the materials provided to sanitise the seat where you sat. Thank you
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
LOUGH DERG 2021
Lough Derg regrets that it will not be possible in 2021 to reopen Station Island for the Traditional Three Day Pilgrimage or even for the autumn programme of Day Retreats.
Lough Derg will again offer the opportunity to “Do Lough Derg from wherever you are’ on 3 - 5 July.
The outdoor Pilgrimage on the Lough Shore Pilgrim Path will also be on during the summer. More details from Lough Derg Office on 00353 71 9861518 or view www.loughderg.org
DIPLOMA IN PASTORAL THEOLOGY
Drumalis Retreat Centre, in association with St Patrick's Pontifical College, Maynooth, invites applications for this two-year, part-time, intensive course which begins in September 2021. The course will run on the basis of 6 in-house days and 18 evening sessions per year for two years. The main aim of this course is to equip people for skilled and supervised active lay ministry within a parish or church community. The course is knowledge and skill-based and grounded in experiential learning.
During the course, participants will:
study and reflect on Christian life and ministry,
combine pastoral theology and the acquisition of skills with supervised experience in pastoral placements,
develop the skills of theological reflection, so as to enable them to relate theology and ministry to everyday life,
engage in ongoing formation of social, organisational, communication and leadership skills.
Closing date for submission of applications is Wednesday, 30 June 2021. Full details are available at: derrydiocese.org/news/diploma-in-pastoral-theology
PREPARING FOR MARRIAGE?
A 'Zoom' online Marriage Preparation course is planned for 11-12 September 2021. This 2-day course is a positive way of preparing for Marriage where you will discover how you can enrich your future relationship. For more information and to book please email: marriageencounter.ie or phone: 028 27638512
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.
A PRAYER FOR FATHERS
Heavenly Father, you entrusted your Son Jesus, the child of Mary, to the care of Joseph, an earthly father. We give you thanks and praise for all fathers, young and old, bless them as they care for their families. We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation; may they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.
We pray for fathers around the world whose children are lost or suffering; may they know that the God of compassion walks with them in their sorrow.
We pray for men who are not fathers but still mentor and guide others with fatherly love and advice.
We remember fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love.
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.
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.
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.
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