No. 1934 ~ TWENTY-SIXTH 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: 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 26: Saints Cosmas and Damian, martyrs.
Tuesday 27: St Vincent de Paul.
Thursday 29: Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphel, archangels.
Friday 30: St Jerome, priest and doctor of the Church.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2023 ~ MASS OF ENROLMENT
The families of the P4 children who will receive their First Holy Communion next year are invited to attend the Vigil Mass in Holy Rosary on Saturday next October 1, at 6.00 pm when the children will be enrolled in the Do This In Memory (DTIM ) Programme. We are grateful to their teachers for all the work they do in preparing the children for this milestone in their Catholic life and faith journey.
We look forward to seeing you at this DTIM Mass.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
Over two and a half years ago parish life and life in general took a dramatic turn when we were faced with lock down as a result of the Covid 19 Pandemic. Over these two and a half years the St Vincent de Paul (SVP) Society has been grateful to all who continued to support its work with their generous offerings. Covid 19 did not put a pause on the work of the SVP and in the coming weeks and months that work will intensify.
This weekend the Church Door Collections will resume after every Mass and many thanks to the students of St Colm's High School who have taken on the responsibility of standing outside at the end of each Mass to take up the collections.
If you would like to join the SVP in this essential parish outreach please email the Parish Office or speak to one of the priests of the parish or a member of the St Vincent de Paul Society.
HALLOWEEN CAKE SALE
As highlighted a few weeks ago there will be a Halloween Cake Sale on the last Saturday of October in St Colm’s GAC in aid of Parish Funds. A meeting to organise and plan this event will be held in St Colm’s GAC on Tuesday September 27 at 9.00 pm. Please come along to this meeting if you would like to help.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Thomas Laverty, Edendork;
Teresa Deehan, Magherafelt.
Baby Patrick McKeeran;
Baby James McKeeran;
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASSES
Brian McGuigan, Drumard Lane, on Friday September 30 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
Harry McPeake Bradley Park on Friday September 30 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
Weekly Collection: £1075
Renovation Collection £910
Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
Congratulations and good wishes to James Henry, Brooklands PNH and formerly of 60 Five Mile Straight, Draperstown who will be 100 years old on Wednesday 28 September 2022.
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.
The family of Mary Theresa Lanigan wish to sincerely thank all those who supported, in any way, the fundraiser they organised last June in memory of their mum. The £24,000 raised was divided equally beween the I.C.U. and the Emergency Department of Antrim Area Hospital.
BALLINASCREEN TRADITIONAL MUSIC GROUP
Registration on Tuesday 27 September from 7.30 to 8.30 in St. Colm's High School.
Classes commence on Tuesday 4 October.
SIXTOWNS BOWLING CLUB
Bowls will commence on Monday 26 September. New members welcome.
SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY GROUP
If you would like to help with the running of the hall in 2022 /2023 please come to a Volunteers’ Meeting on Tuesday 27 September at 8.30 pm. Contact Emma on 07769289385 for more details.
Monthly Dance in Sixtowns Cross Community Centre on Friday 30 September at 9.30 pm. Music by Larry & Co. Everyone welcome..
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
OCN L2 Award in Managing Challenging Behaviour in Children, few spaces left on this 6 week course.
(2 hours in evenings). Registration fee £30, £28 for certificate/accreditation. Suitable for teachers, classroom assistants, parents and students.
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.
Trócaire is seeking people to join their team of Christmas fundraisers to help respond to the urgent need of poor communities in the world, especially the millions of people affected by the hunger crisis in East Africa. You can take action and make a difference through a range of activities, such as promoting their Gifts of Love – training and support will be provided. For more details about how you can help now or at Advent or Christmas, please email Mark McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9090 8030.
Is gambling affecting your life? Perhaps Gamblers Annonymous can help.
Phone 028 7135 1329.
MASTERS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre, working in Partnership with St Mary’s University, Twickenham, offers the Masters in Catholic School Leadership. This post-graduate degree is dedicated to the professional development and spiritual formation of Catholic school leaders. It is a great opportunity for those currently in leadership roles and those who aspire to, or have an interest in, leadership roles within the Catholic School system. Applications for the autumn intake will close on Friday 30 September 2022. For more information, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 71264087 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. The group wish to thank all who sponsored the food, prizes, gave donations or helped in any way to make their Coffee Morning a great success.
Chair Exercises with Thomasina Tuesdays at 10.00 am. Admission £4.00. Everyone welcome.
Knit & Natter class on Tuesday 27 September 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
Band practice on Thursdays from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. New members welcome.
POPE FRANCIS @pontifex
The lamp of faith will always be lit on earth as long as there is the oil of #prayer.
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