No. 1930 ~ TWENTY-SECOND 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 FOR 27 & 28 AUGUST
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 29: The Passion of St John the Baptist.
Thursday 1: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
Saturday 3: St Gregory the Great, pope and doctor of the Church.
PARISHES OF BALLINASCREEN AND DESERTMARTIN
The NEW weekend Mass times beginning Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September are detailed below:
SUNDAY MASS TIMES FOR 3 & 4 SEPTEMBER Vigil Masses Holy Rosary: 6.00 pm St Patrick’s Keenaught: 7.30 pm Sunday 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
BALLINASCREEN PARISH OFFICE
Parish Office will be closed for the next two weeks. Please email or post through the office letterbox any anniversaries for the Friday Anniversary Mass or notices for the Bulletin. Please ensure names for Anniversary Mass are received before 12 noon on Thursday. Please also state clearly the Friday evening required.
Notices for Bulletin must be received before 1.00 pm on Wednesday.
Fr Madden will be in the Parish Office on Wednesday 24 August from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm.
MONTH’S MIND MASS
Mary Connolly, Moyard, on Friday September 2 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS
Rose Kelly, Moneyneena Road, on Friday September 2 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Paddy Henry, Desertmartin.
Rosaleen Celine Cleary, Hugh Donelly, Francis McCloskey, Mary Crossett, Baby Robin O’Kane, Baby Olivia Bradley and Baby Patrick Bradley.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Paul Junior Michael Moran, River Road
Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Joan Gray and Carl McMacken who were married recently in St Columba’s Church Straw.
First Collection: £1480
Renovation Collection £ 1080.
Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
BALLINASCREEN PARISH SUMMER DRAW
Winners Week 5:
£2000 ~ Philip Wilson, Disert Road;
£300 ~ Michael McEldowney, Moykeeran Drive;
£200 ~ Clara May Deighan, Dungiven.
Congratulations to all the draw winners over the past 5 weeks.
Many thanks to everyone who supported our Parish Summer Draw this year, your support was very much appreciated. Special word of thanks also to all those who sold tickets: Ballinascreen Parish Draw Promoters, staff in Heron’s Gift Shop, Devlin’s Shop Moneyneena and the Credit Union Offices in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin. Ballinascreen Parish Summer Draw this year made a profit of £27,000.
Many thanks for your wonderful support.
LOUGH DERG ~ ONE-DAY RETREATS
One Day Retreats will be held on September: 3, 7, 10, 13, 17, 18, 24 and 25. Booking is essential.
Admission €45 per person which includes all refreshments, lunch, return boat service, full retreat programme, free car and coach parking. Boats available from 9.15 am on the day, retreat begins at 10.30 am and finishes at 4.30 pm. For booking and for more details Tel: 00353 71 9861518 or view www.loughderg.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SEASON OF CREATION
The Season of Creation from Thursday 1 September to Tuesday 4 October (Feast of St Francis of Assisi) has a special significance for the Catholic Church, particularly since Pope Francis established 1 September as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. This season celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect our natural environment. This year’s theme is ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’.
GLÓR na SPEIRÍNÍ
Parent and Toddlers’ Group Lapóglann - Toddle Inn will recommence in September. Glór na Speiríní are now providing three mornings a week:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting on Monday 12 September from 9.00 am until 10.30 am. You must register your place prior to attending and cost is £2 per session with light refreshments included. Please email Conchúr at email@example.com or phone 79627703 or 07795 536682 to register. Tá fáilte roimh chách- All welcome!
List of courses starting in September / October is now available. Please phone 777 42494 or call into office.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
DERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK
Ballinascreen Parish Choir has been invited to sing at the forthcoming Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday September 24. This is a great honour for the Choir and the Parish. If you have never been to Knock, this will be a great opportunity to bring the family to Ireland’s National Shrine to Our Lady. This pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Donal McKeown.
Stations of the Cross at 2:00 pm followed by Mass at 3:00 pm with Sacrament of the Sick.
Buses will travel from a variety of pick up points. For further information please contact
Fr Patrick Lagan at St Eugene’s Cathedral on 028 7126 2894 or email email@example.com.
SAFEGUARDING IN DERRY DIOCESE
The Derry Diocese has invited the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland to conduct a review of safeguarding practice. This review will commence with the Safeguarding Sunday Mass on 18 September in St Columb’s Church, Waterside at 3.00 pm. Everyone welcome to attend this Mass. The review will continue from Monday 19 September to Friday 23 September 2022. If you have any views about Safeguarding in the Derry Diocese, we invite you to come forward to Teresa Devlin, Chief Executive Officer, National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, prior to the review dates. Teresa can be contacted on 0035315053124 or by emailTeresa.firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to report a child safeguarding concern, please contact Marie Gormley, Designated Liaison Person (DLP) on (+44) 07596 500793 or report directly to PSNI or HSC.
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.
PALLIATIVE CARE WEEK
Annual Palliative Care Week, from Sunday 11– Saturday 17 September. Theme this year is ‘Palliative Care: Living as well as possible’ offers an opportunity to raise awareness of the positive impact that palliative care has on the lives of people with life-limiting illnesses and their families; allowing them to live their lives as fully as they can. For details please visit: thepalliativehub.com
TIRGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Cook-it programme each Wednesday from 7 September until 5 October. Time: from 10.30 am until 12.30 pm. Everyone welcome.
Beauty Night: Saturday 19 November.
Children's Halloween Fancy Dress Disco on Friday 28 October.
Car Boot Sale and Craft Fair on Sunday 11 December.
Slieve Gallion Challenge on 26 December.
For more details please contact Eileen on 07955 191890.
Annual Vintage Rally, Craft Fair and Family Fun Day on Saturday 24 September at 11.00 am. To book a craft table text 07821963749 or phone 79627826 or PM Kilcronaghan FB
Chair Exercises with Thomasina: Tuesday 30 August at 10.00 am. Admission £4. Everyone welcome.
SPRED Group Coffee Morning fundraiser on Sunday 11 September from 10.30 am until 1.00 pm. Your support would be much appreciated.
Knit ‘n’ Knatter class will resume Tuesday 13 September at 7.30 pm.
Line Dancing with Thomasina will resume on 27 September if there are sufficient numbers. Please contact Olive or Kathleen if interested.
Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday 13 November to book a table or for further details please contact Monica on 07594061178 or Olive on 07887614094
To register for any of the above classes, or alternatively if you have any ideas for group activities, please contact Olive 07887614094, Kathleen 07764277809 or Anne 02879 642711.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
BLESSING OF MOTORBIKES AND BIKERS
Blessing at St Aengus’s Church, Burt, Co Donegal on Sunday 11 September, at 1.00 pm. All welcome. Biker friends who have died since last blessing in September 2019 will be remembered. Collection for R.N.L.I.
Bike run after blessing to Ned’s Point to present the donation and for refreshments. For more details please email Fr Gerry Sweeney at email@example.com
STRESS CONTROL CLASSES
Free online Stress Control classes with Jim White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, as a key presenter will commence on Monday 12 September and run until Thursday 29 September. To register and for more details please view https://ni.stresscontrol.org
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.
A SUMMER BLESSING
May you walk with God this summer In whatever you do Wherever you go.
Walking with God means… Walking with honesty And with courage, Walking with love And respect And concern for the feelings of others.
May you talk to God this summer And every day and In every situation.
Talking with God means… Praying words of praise For the beauty of creation Saying prayers of thanks For friends and good times, Asking God’s help In all your decisions Expressing sorrow When you have failed
May you talk with God Every day.
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