No. 1938 ~ THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ~ MISSION SUNDAY
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: Holy Rosary Church 11.00 am
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
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Monday 24: St Anthony Mary Claret, bishop.
Friday 28: St Simon and St Jude, apostles.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual appeal for spiritual and financial support so that the life-giving work of overseas mission and missionaries can continue. The theme for this year’s Mission Sunday is: ‘You Shall Be My Witnesses’. (Acts 1:8).
All donations made for World Mission Sunday become part of the Holy Father’s Universal Solidarity Fund. This fund is a lifeline for struggling missionaries and the communities they serve across Africa, Asia and Latin America, where over 1,100 mission dioceses are found. As these dioceses form and grow, so do their needs. On top of this, mission dioceses are often in remote areas devastated by war and natural disasters, or where suppressed communities are just opening up to the life-saving message of Jesus Christ. This is why Mission Sunday is so important. It offers young dioceses the financial and spiritual assistance they need to help their men, women, and children to survive and thrive.
View Derry diocese website for more details about World Mission Sunday:
HALLOWE'EN CAKE SALE AND COFFEE MORNING
Parish Coffee Morning and Cake Sale will take place in St Colm’s GAC next Saturday, October 29, from 10.00 am TO 1.00 pm. Everyone welcome to come along, enjoy a cuppa and buy some delicious treats!
Raffle will also be held during this event with wonderful prizes to be won. Tickets for this raffle are now on sale in the parish, and will also be on sale at the event.
Note to all bakers!
For organisational purposes it would be appreciated if items baked could be brought to the GAC Complex on Friday evening between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm, however if this time slot is not suitable for you then please bring your bakes along on Saturday morning between 9.00 am and 9.30 am.
Many thanks to all those who have offered to bake for this parish event.
DO THIS IN MEMORY PROGRAMME
Masses as part of our Parish DTIM Programme will take place in Holy Rosary Church at 6.00 pm (Vigil Mass) on the dates below, except for the final Mass on the Feast of Corpus Christi on Sunday June 11 in St Eugene's.
DTIM Dates for 2022 - 2023
Holy Rosary ~ Saturdays 6.00 pm
1 April and
11 June ~ Feast of Corpus Christi in St Eugene's Moneyneena at 12 noon.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Annie Rose McNamee, Sixtowns Road.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Isabella Leddy Dunstable, England.
MONTH’S MIND MASS
Bernie Murray, Campbelltown, on Friday October 28 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS
Marion O’ Reilly, Cavan, on Friday October 28 in Holy Rosary at 7.30 pm.
Weekly Collection: £1315
Renovation Collection £1381
Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
ST COLUMBA’S CHURCH OF IRELAND
Harvest Praise with the Coleraine Community Choir, followed by an Apple Tart supper on Sunday 23 October at 7.00 pm.
A warm welcome is extended to all.
OMAGH CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP
The Day of Prayer, Praise and Healing that was planned for St Joseph's Hall, Omagh on Sunday 6 November has had to be postponed as the speaker Fr Brendan Walsh, has had to undergo surgery. The organisers apologise for any inconvenience this postponement may cause.
Your prayers are asked for Fr Brendan.
Anyone interested in serving the diocese of Derry as a priest should contact their local priest(s) and/or the diocesan Vocations Director, Fr Pat O’Hagan, PP, Bellaghy, at email@example.com
ST EOGHAN’S PRIMARY SCHOOL
Big Breakfast, in aid of school funds, on today Sunday 23 October from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm, in school Assembly Hall. Everyone welcome.
Christmas Craft Fair in St. Eoghan’s P.S. on Sunday 4 December. Book now to secure your place. £10.00 per table. Please contact Brigid Donnelly on 07595658380 for more details.
Monthly Dance in Sixtowns Cross Community Centre on Friday 28 October at 9.30 pm, music by Kieran McAree. Everyone welcome.
C&G Level 1 in Plaiting and Twisting Hair and C&G Level 1 in Nail Art and Makeup.
A few spaces are left on the OCN L2 Managing Challenging Behaviour in Children and on the Floristry course.
To register please phone 77742494.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR ~ ST PATRICK’S COLLEGE, MAGHERA
Christmas craft fair on Thursday 1 December from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm in Assembly Hall, St. Patrick's College Maghera. The college is asking local businesses and members of the public to get in touch if interested in having a table at this event. Tables are £20. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Irish Pilgrimage Trust- Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Easter 2023 are now accepting applications from young people of all religious denominations with:
A medical condition, physical disability or illness (aged 9-18).
A learning disability (aged 11-21).
Very seriously ill children under the age of 9, accompanied by a parent or close relative.
Young adults between the age of 19 and 30 with a disability or illness. The young person travels without their family but accompanied by experienced adult carers in the group. This week is a great experience for the young person as they have the opportunity to make new friends, increase their social skills and confidence and often provides respite for parents/carers. The Irish Pilgrimage Trust covers the cost of those young people selected to travel. If there is a young person that you feel would be eligible and would benefit from a trip to Lourdes please contact Mary Dunnion on 0877962047 or Aileen Henry on 0872063183 for more details and an application form. Closing date for applications is 31 October.
Have you ever wanted to volunteer and help others? If you are interested in volunteering with The Irish Pilgrimage Trust to travel to Lourdes as a carer for a week next Easter please contact Mary on 00353877962047 for more details. All volunteers pay their own fare which is €750 for adults or €495 for students.
View www.irishpilgrimagetrust.ie for more details.
SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY GROUP
Bowls in Sixtowns Hall every Monday from 8.00 pm. New members welcome. Pay on night.
Coffee Morning and Christmas Market at Sixtowns Hall on Sunday 27 November. Phone 07769289385 for more details.
One Day Retreat by Thornhill Ministries. Monday 24 October from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at An Grianan Hotel, Burt.
A day in which to take the long view on our awareness and growing in our spiritual ‘becoming’ as we navigate the joys and challenges, the ups and downs of life’s journey.
Day includes reflection, input, contemplation, Mass. Lunch will be provided. A donation welcome.
To register: Text 077 368 32458 or email
Today is gift. Life is gift.
Let gifting be the energy that I bring to my family, my friends, my work, my home.
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 email@example.com or phone 028 956 80005 or 003531 8788159.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE: First Anniversary and Month's Mind notices should be received before the Wednesday of the previous week in order for them to be placed in the Bulletin the weekend before the Anniversary Mass.
Christmas Craft Fair: Sunday 13 November, from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm, featuring 30 stall holders with a wide range of handmade items by local crafters and bakers. Perfect gifts for Christmas suitable for all the family and there will be a few bargains too!
SPRED Group: Monday 24 October from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm for socializing, fun and games.
Chair Exercises with Thomasina: Tuesdays at 10.00 am. Admission £4.00. Everyone welcome. These exercises will help improve balance and fitness level.
Knit & Natter class: Tuesday at 7.30 pm. Bring along your own work along and have a natter!
Indoor Bowls: Tuesdays at 8.00 pm. Come along and try the game.
Line Dancing with Thomasina: Wednesdays from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Come along and enjoy the fun - great way to keep fit. Admission £4.
Here and Now ~ Older People & Well-Being: Charmaine from Arts Care will start an eight-week music and dance programme on Friday 28 October at 7.00 pm. Come along and enjoy the craic. This is a funded programme so is free.
To register for any of the above contact Olive 07887614094, Kathleen 07764277809 or Anne 79642711.
POPE FRANCIS @PONTIFEX
The habit of reviewing one’s own life forms the outlook, sharpens it, enables it to notice the small miracles that the good Lord accomplishes for us every day.
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: email@example.com
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