No.1925 ~ SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
WORLD DAY OF GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY
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 (11 -15 JULY)
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 (16 & 17 JULY)
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
St Patrick’s Sixtowns: 11.00 am
Holy Rosary: 12 noon
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Monday 25: Saint James, son of Zebedee and brother of John, called the Greater. He was put to death by Herod Agrippa about the year 44, being the first of the Apostles to die for Christ. His shrine is at Copmostella in Spain.
Tuesday 26: Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Friday 29: Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus.
Saturday 30: Saint Peter Chrysologus. He died in 450.
NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS’ KNOCK PILGRIMAGE
National Grandparents Pilgrimage and World Day for Grandparents and Elderly, will be celebrated today, Sunday July 24 at Knock Shrine.
Anointing of the Sick at 2.30 pm, Mass at 3.00pm, followed by Rosary.
Main Celebrant of the Mass will be Archbishop Francis Duffy, Archbishop of Tuam and Patron of the Irish Catholic Grandparents’ Association.
If unable to join in person you are invited to join in online at:
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Patsy McGurk, Kildress;
Norah Cuskeran, Limavady;
Keith Meyler, Dublin;
Sean McMoran, Coalisland.
BISHOP EDWARD DALY ~ A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
Exhibition from Monday 8 August until Sunday 14 August. This exhibition has been compiled to celebrate the life, influence, work and legacy of the late Bishop Edward Daly.
The title of the exhibition, A Man For All Seasons, was chosen to pay tribute to the wide and varied contribution he made to peace and reconciliation in Ireland, to Derry and its Diocese, to the search for justice and to healing the differences that divide Northern Ireland.
He lived out the words of Christ in his work.
The project has been kindly supported by Derry and Strabane District Council and will be held in St. Eugene’s Cathedral Hall, Infirmary Road, Derry. For more information, please visit www.steugenescathedral.com
First Collection: £152
Renovation Collection £895
Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
While all church seats are now available we ask please when attending any church service that:
You wear a face mask
You sanitize your hands as you enter and leave the Church
Overcrowding in any seat be avoided.
Thank you for your continued cooperation on these matters.
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.
The latest edition is now available on the Derry Diocesan website.
‘It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit and then you will be my disciples.’
Anyone interested in studying for the diocesan priesthood is invited to attend a weekend ‘Come and See’ retreat from 26 until 28 August.
Please contact the Diocesan Vocations Director, Fr Pat O’Hagan, PP, Moville, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and information.
SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY CENTRE
Monthly Dance will be held in Sixtowns Cross Community Centre on Friday July 29 at 9.30 pm.
Music by The Lakelanders. Everyone welcome.
WALK HUDY’S WAY MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT
Walk from An Rath Dubh on Saturday 30 July, for walkers of all abilities and those folk who just fancy a cup of tea!
Long walk ~ 7 miles, starts 9.00 am
Short walk ~ 3 miles starts 11.00am
Registration from 8.30 am at An Rath Dubh Centre Moneyneena.
Lunch served in An Rath Dubh from 12 noon. Donation buckets, for Macmillan Cancer Suppport will be available or donate online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/walkhudy2022 For more details contact Joseph McCullagh 07841820228 or email email@example.com
CANCER FOCUS N.I. ~ FREE HEALTH CHECKS
The Cancer Focus NI Keeping Well van will be at Knocknagin Hall Desertmartin on Wednesday 27 July. They will be offering free health checks consisting of a body composition analysis, blood pressure, blood sugars, bespoke lifestyle advice and information on how you can reduce your cancer risk.
Make some time to hop on board and get a personalised health check. This will empower you to take control of your health and take steps to lower your risk of cancer.
This is an appointment only service. To book your appointment please contact Olive: 07887614094, Kathleen: 07764277809 or Anne: 79 642711.
LOUGH DERG THREE DAY PILGRIMAGE
Pilgrimages continue until 15 August (Saturday 13 August is the final day to begin the Pilgrimage) Cost €80. Booking advised. Concessions are available for students, seniors and groups. All booking information, including information on organised parish groups available at www.loughderg.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (00353) 71 9861518.
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.
The Diocese of Derry recently submitted its report on its consultations to the Irish Synodal Pathway Steering Committee. This report may be viewed at: www.derrydiocese.org/synod-report
POPE BENEDICT XVI’S PRAYER FOR GRANDPARENTS
Lord Jesus, you were born of the Virgin Mary, the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne. Look with love on grandparents the world over. Protect them!
They are a source of enrichment for families, for the Church and for all of society. Support them!
As they grow older, may they continue to be for their families strong pillars of Gospel faith, guardians of noble domestic ideals, living treasuries of sound religious traditions. Make them teachers of wisdom and courage, that they may pass on to future generations the fruits of their mature human and spiritual experience.
Lord Jesus, help families and society to value the presence and role of grandparents. May they never be ignored or excluded, but always encounter respect and love. Help them to live serenely and to feel welcomed in all the years of life which you give them. Mary, Mother of all the living, keep grandparents constantly in your care, accompany them on their earthly pilgrimage, and by your prayers, grant that all families may one day be reunited in our heavenly homeland, where you await all humanity for the great embrace of life without end.
HIGHER DIPLOMA / DIPLOMA IN PASTORAL LITURGY
The National Centre for Liturgy at Maynooth University invite applications for this blended learning course which will combine online modules with some on campus learning. For more details please log onto maynoothcollege.ie/courses
Closing date for applications is 9 September 2022. Course will commence on September 23 2022.
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
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