BALLINASCREEN PARISH - 26 SEPTEMBER 2021

No.1882 ~ TWENTY-SIXTH 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

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 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: 27 SEPTEMBER - 1 OCTOBER

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 27: St Vincent de Paul.

Wednesday 29: Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, archangels.

Thursday 30: St Jerome, priest and doctor of the Church.

Friday1: St Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin and doctor of the Church.

Saturday 2: The Guardian Angels.


BALLINASCREEN PARISH CHOIR

Following the easing of Covid restrictions, Bishop Donal McKeown has given permission for parish choirs to begin singing again at Mass. There will be still restrictions in place, such as social distancing and all choir members facing the same direction.

Ballinascreen Parish Choir will resume rehearsal on Thursday next September 30 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm. New members welcome.

The choir will sing at the Saturday 6.15 pm Vigil Mass in Holy Rosary Church


PASTORAL VISITATION OF THE SICK

Following the easing of the coronavirus restrictions, Fr Madden and Fr McGirr hope to resume the visitation of the sick beginning in October.

There will be no monthly visitations as in the past and they will not be visiting parishioners by area.

It is still not safe to go from house to house visiting the sick and the vulnerable on rote. They will make prior arrangements and over the course of the next few months hope to visit each person on the list twice. Therefore, they would greatly appreciate it if those who would like them to call would email the parish ballinascreenparish@gmail.com or desertmartinparish@gmail.com giving their name, address, and contact details and the name of one delegated family member and their contact details if different. Those who would prefer no visit at this time should feel absolutely free to say so. Their wishes and those of their family will be respected.

If at any time you think a visit from the priest is needed, please contact

Fr Madden 02879628376 or

Fr McGirr 02879632196.

Covid 19 has not stopped them visiting the sick when necessary since the pandemic began.


DEATHS

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

Kevin Wilson, Oak Park;

Patsy Stewart, Ballinascreen Fold;

Paddy (Andy) Kelly, Bancran Road.


ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversary: Patrick McGlone

Anniversaries:

Christy Doherty,

Edmund Hegarty,

Joe Brunton,

Bridget Woods,

Baby Patrick McKernan,

Baby James McKernan,

Eileen Kelly,

Rosaleen Leyden,

Tommy Toner.


THORNHILL MINISTRIES

  • ‘Beyond the Bruising:’ An oasis hour for those seeking serenity as they live with fractured relationships. Available on Zoom Saturday 9 October at 11.00 am. For details contact thornhillministries@derrydiocese.org

  • Thornhill Ministries Team is available for Training and Support to parishes and other groups.

Let gifting be the energy that I bring to my family, my friends, my work, my home.

www.thornhillministries.co.uk


ST. COLM'S HIGH SCHOOL

Science Technician post, full time to start A.S.A.P. until the end of June 2022. Hours are 8.30 am - 4.30 pm.

If interested please contact St Colm’s High School on 028 79628377.


THE NET – SEPTEMBER 2021

Sharing the fruits of the faith in the Derry Diocese. September 2021 edition is now available on Diocesan website: https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-net-september-2021

For coverage of faith stories just email: editorthenet15@gmail.com.

Articles in this edition include:

  • Derry Youth 2000 Festival

  • Youth Ministry News

  • Young writers share thoughts on...

- Combating Climate Change

- Mary, Mother of God

- Celtic Camino celebrating St Columba

- People of the future

  • Banagher’s HOPE Camp

  • Greatest threat to Catholic education comes from lack of identity within – Bishop Donal

  • Season of CreationComments from around the Diocese

  • Clerical changes

  • Pat Hume gave her heart to God and to us all – Fr Paul Farren

  • God’s plan is mysterious, painful and beautiful in equal measure by Fr Roland Colhoun

  • Legion of Mary Centenary

  • September Feast Days “highlight mellow fruitfulness” of God’s Grace by Bishop Donal

  • Children’s Catechism Club and Quiz Time

  • “I am too old to go to Mass” by Fr Johnny Doherty CSsR

  • St Teresa of Calcutta by Mary McMenamin

  • Priestly lessons from St John Vianney

  • Being Eucharist by Fr John McLaughlin

  • St Columba the Scribe


SHARING THE GOOD NEWS

The September issue is available to download from www.catholicbishops.ie


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.


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.






ST COLM’S GAC - NEW WALKWAY

The new walkway around the two pitches has now been officially opened and blessed.

Congratulations and well done to everyone involved in providing this great asset to our community, which is freely available for everyone to use.

To coincide with this opening Ballinascreen GAC have now launched a Round the World Challenge.

Please check out: https://ballinascreengaa.com/walking-challenge/ for full information.



KNOCKNAGIN HALL

Monday 27 September:

Desertmartin Walk for Health Group meet at Union Road. Car Park Magherafelt at 7.00 pm.

  • SPRED Group returns on Monday 4 0ctober ( If willing to volunteer on Monday evenings with this group please contact any group member.]

  • Making Life Better, Supported by the Public Health Agency.

  • 4 weeks exercise on Tuesday 28, September, and Tuesday 5 October at 11.30 am with Thomasina -adm £4

  • 4 weeks Line-Dancing on Wednesdays 29 September and 6,13, 20 October at 7.00 pm admission £4

  • Gardening with Mary Doris will be back in February and March for spring gardening and advice.

  • Mental Health Talk (Coming Out of Covid) presented by Hugo McOscar on Monday 25 October and Monday. 8 November.at 7.30 pm

Come along to any of the sessions for chat, fun, exercise and friendship.

Due to Covid Restrictions, it is important to register for sessions, as numbers are limited.

To register please contact either Kathleen 07764277809, Anne: 02879642711 or Olive: 07887614094


ONLINE STRESS CONTROL CLASSES

Jim White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, will lead these FREE online classes. Instructions on how to access them is available at https://ni.stresscontrol.org/.

Next round commences on Monday 4 October. Each class begins at 9.00 am and will be available online for 2 ½ days (62 hours) after the start time


POPE FRANCIS@PONTIFEX

Hope would have us recognize that there is always a way out, that we can always redirect our steps, that we can always do something to solve our problems.


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