BALLINASCREEN PARISH - 25 JULY 2021

No.1873 ~ SEVENTEENTH 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

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 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: 26 JULY - 30 JULY

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 26: Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. .

Thursday 29: St Martha, sister of Lazarus and Mary. Patron of innkeepers, cooks and dieticians.

Friday 30: St Peter Chrysologus, bishop and doctor of the Church.

Saturday 31: St Ignatius of Loyola. 1491 – 1556. Founder of The Society of Jesus.


BALLINASCREEN PARISH OFFICE

Ballinascreen Parish Office will be closed this week.


WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY

Today, Sunday July 25 is the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly:

Pope Francis has set aside this day in the Church’s life and liturgy as a one dedicated to prayer, reflection and thanksgiving for the life and gifts of grandparents and older people.

The theme for this first such day, ‘l am with you always’ (Matthew 28:20), reminds us of the closeness of young and old and of the huge role played by grandparents and the elderly in the lives of young people and others, particularly in handing on the faith in our families and communities. See www.catholicbishops.ie for more details.


PRAYER FOR WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND ELDERLY

I thank You, Lord, for the comfort of Your presence: even in times of loneliness,

You are my hope and my confidence,

You have been my rock and my fortress since my youth!

I thank You for having given me a family and for having blessed me with a long life.

I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty, for the dreams that have already come true in my life and for

those that are still ahead of me.

I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You call me.

Increase, O Lord, my faith, make me a channel of your peace, teach me to embrace those who suffer more than me, to never stop dreaming and to tell of your wonders to new generations.

Protect and guide Pope Francis and the Church, that the light of the Gospel might reach the ends of the earth.

Send Your Spirit, O Lord, to renew the world, that the storm of the pandemic might be calmed, the poor consoled and wars ended.

Sustain me in weakness and help me to live life to the full in each moment that You give me, in the certainty that you are with me every day, even until the end of the age.

Amen.


The Catholic Grandparents Association has created its own emblem for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. The image at the centre of the emblem features Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of Mary and Grandparents of Jesus. At its centre the Child Jesus is holding a red rose representing the Blessed Virgin Mary as the mystic rose. Jesus is surrounded by his Grandparents and together three generations, Grandparents, parents and children are represented as one family symbolising the communion of the Holy Trinity.


DEATHS

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

Colm McWilliams, Gortnari;

Lorraine Kelly Glenullin.


MONTH'S MIND MASS

Hubert McNamee, Australia, formerly Glenviggan, on Friday July 30 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.


ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversary: Margaret McGuigan.

Annie Hegarty,

Margaret Kennedy;

Charles Conville;

Plunket Kelly;

Alice Kerr;

John McNamee;

David Walsh.


LOUGH DERG 2021

  • The Lough Derg Pilgrim Path on the lough shore is now open daily. The full route is a 12km loop, with a shorter 8km option, and several information boards highlight features of particular interest. Leaflets are available at the Visitors Centre.

  • A guided walk experience will be offered on Sunday 25th and Saturday 31st July, with Mass outdoors, weather permitting. Further dates for these guided walks will follow for late August and early September.

  • For bookings and further information email info@loughderg.org or telephone 0(0353) 71 9861518; www.loughderg.org; Lough Derg Pilgrim Path, Pettigo, Co Donegal. F94 N289


NEW BOOK PROMOTION ~ THE KING OF LOVE

This book, The King of Love by Fr Albert McNally, a Down and Connor priest, is, a guide to a prayerful approach to John’s Gospel. It includes 22 examples of Lectio Divina on the Fourth Gospel. A copy costs £15 from Shanway.com


KNOCK SHRINE ~ JESUIT WEEK - TIME OUT FOR THE JOURNEY IN!

Jesuit Week at Knock Shrine is always a very popular annual programme with pilgrims and visitors. This year, the 6 day retreat, will take place online only, due to current restrictions.

The programme will begin on Sunday July 25 at 8.30 pm and will conclude on Sunday August 1 at 10.30 am.

There will be three 20-minute sessions each day at the times listed. You are encouraged to join us online for Mass at 12 noon each day.

The 6 day programme will be facilitated by

Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ, Raphoe Diocese;

Paula McKeown (Down & Connor) and

Patricia Mc Carthy, Prayer Guides Co-ordinator at Knock Shrine.


Daily Schedule

10.30am - Retreat Talk by Bishop Alan Mc Guckian 12.00 noon - Mass from Knock Shrine 4.00pm - Guided Meditation: with Patricia McCarthy 8.30pm - The Examen (Review of the Day) with Paula McKeown

These events will take place online on the Knock Shrine Website (http://www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live) and on their Facebook page (https://en-gb.facebook.com/knockshrine/)


CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to all the members of the Derry Minor Football team and their manager, Marty Boyle who became the All-Ireland champions last week, winning their All-Ireland final match against Kerry.


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


DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

  • Adults and children are welcome to now come into the library, browse and borrow books.

  • Summer Reading Challenge will be held again this year, and new members are very welcome. It is for children aged 4-11 years.

  • Library opening hours are:

Tuesdays 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm.

Fridays 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and 1.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Saturdays 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and 1.30pm - 4.00pm.

Parents and children may re-register if they have lost their library cards.


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.


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