No. 1952 ~ FOURTH 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 Moneyneena
OPENING HOURS: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm.
9 High Street
NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN
Notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday, preferably by email.
The Diocesan Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Marie Gormley. To contact Marie Tel: 07596500793, or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Tuesday 31: St John Bosco, priest.
Wednesday 1: St Brigid, abbess, Secondary Patron of Ireland
Thursday 2: The Presentation of the Lord, also known as Candlemas Day. This is also the World Day for Consecrated Life.
Friday 3: St Blaise, bishop and martyr.
SUNDAY VIGIL MASSES
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
DAILY MASSES FOR THIS WEEK
Monday: Holy Rosary Church - 11.00 am.
Tuesday: St Mary’s Coolcalm - 11.00 am
Wednesday: Holy Rosary Church - 11.00 am
Thursday: Holy Rosary Church - 8.00 am & St Mary’s Coolcalm - 11.00 am
Friday - Parish Anniversary Masses: St Mary’s Coolcalm 11.00 am & Holy Rosary Church 7.30 pm
BLESSING OF ST BRIGID’S CROSSES
St Brigid Crosses will be blessed at the 11.00 am Mass in Holy Rosary Church on Wednesday February 1.
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on Thursday February 2.
Candles will be blessed at Mass in Holy Rosary at 8.00 am and in St Mary’s Coolcalm at 11.00 am. Please contact the Parish Office or Davy O'Kane’s to order and reserve candles.
We receive the Light of Christ on the day of our baptism and Candlemas Day allows us the opportunity to have a candle in our homes blessed especially to remind us of God’s eternal love for us.
FEAST OF ST BLAISE
The blessing of throats will take place after both Masses on Friday February 3 - 11.00 am in St Mary’s Coolcalm and 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
VISITATION OF SICK AND HOUSEBOUND
Over the next two weeks Fr Madden will visit the sick of the parish. He will contact each family the day or two before to confirm.
Please continue to pray for all who are sick at home and in hospital.
CATHOLIC SCHOLS WEEK
Catholic Schools Week 2023 begins today Sunday 29 January and continues until next Saturday 4 February in the Diocese of Derry.
The theme for this year is: ‘Catholic Schools: Walking Together in Faith and Love’
During Catholic Schools Week families, parishes and schools are invited to participate in a week of celebration of Catholic schools, reflecting on their contribution to the common good of society.
ORDINATION IN DERRY DIOCESE
Rev Michael McCaul will be ordained priest in St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, at 3.00 pm today (Sunday 29 January). We ask the Lord to bless Michael in his priestly ministry in the diocese of Derry as we pray that many more will answer God’s call to them to serve the Church and the diocese as priests
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Sr Mary Kelly, Canterbury Kent, formerly from Disert;
Patrick Joseph Kelly, Donegal;
Eamon McDonagh, Tempo.
Baby Oisin Graham;
Margaret Mary Doherty.
Weekly Collection: £1320
Renovation Collection: £767.
Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
Fr Madden acknowledges with sincere gratitude a generous donation of £1,000 for the parish funds.
After a first meeting which was well attended the first choir practice will take place on Thursday February 2 at 7.30 pm in the church. Please come along and join the choir, you don’t have to have been at last week’s meeting.
DO THIS IN MEMORY (DTIM)
Further Masses, as part of our Parish DTIM Programme will be celebrated in Holy Rosary Church at 6.00 pm on 25 February and 1 April. The final Mass for this year’s DTIM programme will be on the Feast of Corpus Christi, Sunday June 11, and will be celebrated in St Eugene's Church, Moneyneena.
A FUTURE FULL OF HOPE
Bishop Donal McKeown, has recently issued an important Pastoral Letter called; A Future Full of Hope.
The full text of this Pastoral Letter is available on our Parish website. https://www.parishofballinascreen.com/pastoral-letter-january-2023
RECYCLING SCHEME ~ FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION DRESS/SUIT
SVP are organising a First Holy Communion and Confirmation Dress/Suit Recycling Scheme. Bring along preloved dresses/suits on Saturday 28 January and Sunday 29 January from 12 noon to 2.00 pm. Dresses/suits available for viewing and collection on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February from 12 noon to 2.00 pm. Location: Basement of Holy Rosary Church (bottom of the car park). Donation to SVP of £5 per suit/dress welcome.
WARM WELCOME WEDNESDAYS
In Community Hub every Wednesday from 11.00 am – 1.00 pm during these colder months, to provide a warm space, free tea / coffee and some chat. Arrange to meet friends, call in to read the newspapers or if you just fancy a change of scenery. Free of charge and open to everyone.
No need to book, just drop-in.
MONEYNEENA BIG BREAKFAST
Big Breakfast takes place in An Ráth Dubh on Sunday 12 February, with breakfast being served from 9.00 am – 1.00 pm. Fundraising event by donations. Everyone welcome!
Sperrin Foodbank has been established by the community for the community. If you are experiencing difficult times or struggling to make ends meet please do not hesitate to call 07543 420639.
If you wish to donate food, donation points can be found in all local schools, Lynch’s Eurospar, Centra and Devlin’s in Moneyneena. Thanks to everyone who has donated so far.
GAELSCOIL NA SPEIRÍNÍ
Special Needs Classroom Assistant required. 30 hours per week. Please visit the Education Authority to apply
CARMELITE RETREAT CENTRE
Silent Retreat for men and women from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 February. Cost £90.
Ladies Lenten Retreat from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 February. Cost £90.
To book please phone 71262512, Retreat Centre Termonbacca Derry.
LOURDES DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE 2023
The Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage, led by Bishop Donal McKeown, will go direct from City of Derry Airport from 3 to 7 July, four nights full board in the Hotel Agena: £745 sharing, £35 single supplement. Travel insurance for those aged up to age 79 is £39 and for those aged 80 to 94 it is £78. (Pilgrims may wish to use their own insurance.) Further details and payment arrangements will be available in the new year via the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop Street, Derry email@example.com or phone 02871 260 293
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 25 – 30 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 please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Belfast on 956 80005 or Dublin on (01) 878 8159
Totus Tous Eucharistic Conference will be live on Radio Maria Ireland from 2.00 pm on Saturday 4 February. Speakers will include:
Fr Columba Mary Toman O.P.;
Fr. Patrick Cahill O.J.S.S.;
Fr. Patrick Lagan (Derry Diocese);
Maura Murphy (Holy Family Mission).
Radio Maria Ireland can be listened to by downloading the Radio Maria Ireland APP, Saorview Channel 210 or listen live at (01)4373277