No. 1943 ~ FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
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 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
Saturday in Holy Rosary Church before the 6.00 pm Vigil Mass.
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Wednesday 30: St Andrew, apostle.
Saturday 3: St Francis Xavier, priest.
ADVENT DEVOTIONS 2022
All Devotions listed below will be held in Holy Rosary Church. All welcome.
First Sunday of Advent - November 27 at 5.00 pm. Our Lady Untier of Knots.
Second Sunday of Advent - December 4 at 5.00 pm. St Joseph, Sleeping on Our Worries.
Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, December 11 at 5.00 pm. The Joy of God’s Forgiveness Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 18 at 6.00 pm. Parish Carol Service.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Barbara Rose Di Felice, Philadelphia.
MONTH’S MIND MASSES
Kathleen Toner, Drumard Road, on Friday December 2 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
Rose McWilliams, Drumderg Road, on Friday December 2 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASSES
John Molloy, St Patrick’s Street, on Friday December 2 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
Carmel McKenna, (nee McGeehan), on Friday December 2 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
James Gerard McGuigan;
Baby Jude Patrick Trainor;
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Aine Isobel McAuley, Strawmore Road;
Finn Peter McGuigan, Mulinderg.
Weekly Collection: £1713
Renovation Collection £1050
Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
PRAYER FOR THE RETURN OF THE DISAPPEARED
As we look forward to Christmas on this First Sunday of Advent, the birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace calls on us to remember those families whose hearts are not at peace because the bodies of their loved ones don't rest in peace at a place where families can visit and lay flowers like we all do. Please pick up a prayer card at the back of the church and remember them. Pray that they be found and given the dignity of Christian Burial and their families the consolation of a grave they can visit at Christmas, on Cemetery Sunday and all other times.
At Dromantine Retreat Centre, from 4.00 pm on Tuesday 13 December to 5.00 pm on Wednesday 14 December,
in preparation for Christmas. Hosted by the SMA Community, it includes Sacrament of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Anointing of Sick. Cost £120. To book, phone 028 3082 1224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOKS OF REMEMBRANCE
Books of Remembrance are in each of the churches in the parish for parishioners to enrol the names of their deceased loved ones.
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
PILGRIMAGE TO SAN GIOVANNI AND ROME
As part of St Eugene’s Cathedral 150th Anniversary Celebrations, Bishop Donal McKeown will lead a pilgrimage to San Giovanni and Rome from 25th – 30th September 2023. Visiting the birthplace of Padre Pio, Shrine of St Michael Archangel, St Peter’s Basilica and other important sites.
Cost is £879 p.p.s. (Single room supplement is £150.)
For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Belfast on (028) 956 80005 or Dublin on (01) 878 8159.
BALLINASCREEN CREDIT UNION
The Annual General Meeting will take place tomorrow, Monday 28 November, at 7.30 p.m. in The Market Inn, St. Patrick’s Street. The annual report for the past year will be presented followed by supper. Once again your Credit Union has had another quite successful year during which time a range of very competitive loan interest rates were on offer. Make the Credit Union your first call for savings, children’s deposits and loans. A Euro exchange service also exists as does a very successful oil club.
BALLINASCREEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Book Sale on Saturday December 3 from 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm in Community Hub, beside the Library. All welcome.
PILGRIMAGE MEDJUGORJE 2022
Seven Nights Pilgrimage to Medjugorje from 24 May to 31 May 2023. Spiritual director will be Fr. Séamus Kelly. Bed/Breakfast and dinner, price is £799. Offer of special price for early booking: £699 – if paid before 5 December 2022. Money must be paid in full. Contact Martina for further information. Phone 77741219 or 07715490880.
ST MARY’S PRIMARY SCHOOL ~ DIAMOND JUBILEE
The Board of Governors of St. Mary’s P.S. Draperstown would like to invite everyone to a Mass in Holy Rosary Church on Monday 12 December at 6.00 pm to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the opening of the school. A special effort is being made to reunite the first P1 and P7 classes from 1962. Please pass this invitation on to any past pupils and community members who would like to attend.
Refreshments will be served at the school after the Mass.
ST EOGHAN’S PRIMARY SCHOOL
Open Night in St Eoghan's P. S. on Thursday 1 December at 7.30 pm.
Christmas Craft Fair in St. Eoghan’s P.S. on Sunday 4 December. Book now to secure your place. £10 per table. Please contact Brigid Donnelly on 07595658380 for more information
SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY GROUP
Christmas Craft Fair and Coffee Morning in Sixtowns Hall on Sunday 27 November from 12 noon to 3.00 pm.
ALCOHOL AWARENESS WEEK
Al-Anon groups provide family support to anyone whose life is, or has been affected by someone else’s drinking. All meetings are listed on the website or call Confidential Helpline on 028 90682368 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm or from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm Monday to Friday.
MARY’S MEALS - DOUBLE THE LOVE
Mary’s Meals is keeping the promise of a daily school meal to 2.2 million children in 20 countries. Their Double the Love Campaign means that all donations made to Mary’s Meals until 31 January 2023 will be doubled by a group of generous supporters, up to £1.5 million. With Double the Love, your donation will be matched, and your kindness will go even further, providing children with hope of a better future through education and helping them to reach the next child waiting.
To learn more or to browse their range of Christmas cards and gifts, visit www.marysmeals.org.uk or contact Caoimhe McCann on 07394564065
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 before the Wednesday of the previous week in order for them to be placed in the Bulletin the weekend before the Anniversary Mass.
KILCRONAGHAN CENTRE ~ CHRISTMAS DEMONSTRATIONS
Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly: Monday 5 December. Cost £3 which includes festive refreshments. Choose from 10.00 am to 12 noon OR 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm, get ideas on how to decorate your home naturally, using greenery & foliage from your garden or locality.
Christmas Gift Wrapping With a Difference: Monday 12 December. Cost £3 which includes festive refreshments. Choose from 10.00 am to12 noon OR 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Learn how to wrap the most awkward shaped present. Use materials you have in your home, get gift ideas for those hardest to buy for!
Places MUST be booked for these events. To book ring, text or WhatsApp 07821963749 or PM KilcronaghanFacebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Dance: Friday 9 December. Music by Country Memories. From 9.00 pm to midnight. Admission £7 which includes light supper.
Boxing Night Dance: Music by Francis Faulkner.
SPRED Group: Next meeting on Monday 16 January 2023.
Christmas wreath making with Mary: Monday 19 December at 7.00 pm.
Chair Exercises: Tuesdays at 10.00 am, followed by a short walk, admission £4.00, all welcome.
Knit & Natter: Tuesdays at 7.30 pm.
Indoor Bowls: Tuesdays at 8.00 pm.