No.1917 ~ THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD
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
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
Tuesday 31 May: The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Wednesday 1 June: St Justin, martyr.
Friday 3 June: St Kevin, abbot
Saturday 4 June: Saints Charles Lwanga and Companions, martyrs.
FIRST COMMUNION 2022
First Holy Communion will continue to be celebrated in Ballinascreen Parish on the following date:
Gaelscoil na Speirini on Saturday 4 June at 11.00 am in Holy Rosary Church.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Pearly Burns, Magherafelt Road;
Baby Henry, Gray Cahore Heights;
Elizabeth Quigley, Lissan;
Martin Murray, Ardboe.
Baby Jimmy Bonnie McSorley;
Baby Lucia Crossett.
Weekly Collection: £1320
Renovation Collection: £920
Further £70 for Diocesan Purposes.
Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated
While all church seats are now available we ask please when attending any church service that:
You wear a face mask
You sanitize your hands as you enter and leave the Church
Overcrowding in any seat be avoided.
Thank you for your continued cooperation on these matters.
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.
Youth 2000 Prayer Group meet at Lavey Parochial House (opposite Lavey Church) every Friday evening at 7.30 pm.
This Prayer Group Meeting is for those aged 16 - 35.
Please contact Cora on 07704386248 or Declan on 07544790147 for more details.
Are you being called to love the Lord and His people as a diocesan priest?
Is gambling affecting your life? Perhaps Gamblers Anonymous can help. Phone 028 7135 1329.
LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE 2022
Lough Derg welcomes pilgrims with a full Pilgrimage programme:
Three Day Pilgrimage: from1 June until 15 August. Booking advised. Concessions available for students, seniors and groups.
One Day Retreats and guided Pilgrim Path experience dates in May and late August and September. Booking essential. All booking information at www.loughderg.org or email email@example.com or phone 00353 719861518
LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT SEMINARS
The final Seminar will be at 7.30 pm in Sacred Heart Church Omagh on Thursday 2 June. Mass with Homily.
Celebrant will be Fr Declan Boland PP Camus (Strabane). He will preach on Transformation. All welcome to attend or you may view it on: www.churchsetvices.tv/drumraghparish
LOUGH DERG DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE 2022
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lough Derg Friday 24 to Sunday 26 June. Bishop McKeown will lead the pilgrimage and invites you to join him. Booking essential. Please contact Diocesan Catechetical Centre if aged over 16 Tel:71264087 or email email firstname.lastname@example.org Cost £80, this includes return transport from St Eugene's Cathedral, Derry.
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.
SCRIPTURE SUMMER SCHOOL
Walking the Synodal Pathway together Knock Shrine in conjunction with Tarsus Scripture School will host a Scripture Summer School from Thursday 16 June until Saturday 18 June. Facilitators: Mr. Sean Goan and Fr Kieran O’Mahony OSA. Participants may take part online or in-person at St John's Welcome Centre, Knock All bookings must be completed online at www.knockshrine.ie/scripture_summer_school. Booking fee €40.
Please note you will need to select either to attend online or in-person at the time of booking.
BALLINASCREEN EARLY YEARS
Pre-Pre school places are available from September at Ballinascreen Early years in their Sunshine Room.
If your child will be 3 years old between 2 July 2022 and 1 July 2023, please ring 07840595382 or message their Facebook page to discuss the options they have available for your child.
MASTERS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
The Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre, working in Partnership with Saint Mary’s University, Twickenham, offers the Masters in Catholic School Leadership. This is a post-graduate degree dedicated to the professional development and spiritual formation of Catholic school leaders. An Information Session on the Masters Programme will take place via ZOOM on Monday 13 June at 3.30 pm. If you would like to attend this session, please email email@example.com.
MID-ULSTER TRUCK FESTIVAL
Festival and Family Fun Day continues on Sunday 29 May at Lavey Football Club.
Truck Convoy will be passing through Draperstown on Sunday May 29 at approximately 4.30 pm.
For more information please view Mid Ulster Truckers Facebook page.
DROMANTINE SUNDAY ~ OPEN DAY & FAMILY FUN DAY
Open Day and Family Fun Day on Sunday 12 June from 1.00pm until 5.30 pm. £5.00 admission for each car (regardless of the number of occupants in the car). Tel: 30821964 for more information. Everyone welcome.
Fundraiser will take place on Friday 24 June at 8.00 pm in The Shepherd's Rest. Music by D.J. Bosco. Buffet will be served. Raffle and Disco. All proceeds will be in aid of Antrim Hospital ICU and the Emergency Department. Tickets now on sale please contact Cherisse on 07547361948.
DUBLIN FLOWER SHOW
Next Saturday, 4 June, a bus will leave Draperstown for the Bord Bia Flower Show in Dublin. Cost £15, this does not include admission to the Flower Show. Passengers must book their own Flower Show tickets online. Please contact Fiona 07597260262 to book and for more details.
Thank you to everyone who attended the annual plant sale, your continued support is much appreciated!
Jiving Classes with Conor and Mairead McEldowney begin Thursday 2 June for 5 weeks from 8.00 pm until 9.00 pm. Cost £25 to be paid on the first night. Book with Conor on 07871210585.
Painting classes continue every Wednesday from 10.00 am until 12 noon and from 7.00 pm until 9.00 pm. Suitable for all abilities and beginners, everyone welcome. Text/ring 07821963749 for more details and to book your place
SLIEVE GALLION ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP
Registration meeting on 13 June at 8.00pm.in St Mary's Hall Knocknagin Desertmartin for anyone wishing to join the group. All members must be registered to take part in any trips or activities. Contact Chris on 07546010560 for more details.
‘Knit and Natter’ classes: Tuesdays from 7.00 pm until 8.30 pm all welcome, come along and to knit or crochet hats for Neonatal Unit Antrim Area Hospital, wool can be provided. Contact Kathleen 07764277809 Anne 79642711 or Olive 07887614094.
Chair Exercises: Tuesdays 10.00 am.
Band practice: Thursdays from 8.00 pm until 9.00 pm. New members welcome.
Line Dancing: Wednesday 7.30 pm
Charity Dance: Friday 27 May for Air Ambulance N.I. Music by Liam McLaughlin, dancing from 8.30 pm until midnight. Admission £5, includes light supper.
SPRED Group: Meeting Monday 6 June at 7.30 pm.
Child Protection Training: A 3 hour session cost £15. If you or any group is interested please register as soon as possible so a date can be confirmed. Contact any of the above phone numbers please.
Good luck to all the players and management of the Derry Minor and Senior football teams as they both compete in their Ulster Finals in Clones today.
CONCERT FOR UKRAINE
The Magnificent Seven Crew in partnership with the Derry Branch of Concern Worldwide and many other singers and entertainers will feature in a concert on Monday 6 June in the Millennium Forum Derry in aid of Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. All artists are appearing for free. Tickets £16.50 available online or at the Millennium Forum Box Office.
MATT TALBOT PRAYER SOCIETY
This society prays daily for those with addictions. You can enrol somebody to be prayed for each day as well as at the Mass on the First Monday of each month at 7.30 pm in St Eugene's Cathedral Derry. For more details visit www.matttalbotprayersociety.com where you can also enrol somebody via an online submission.
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
ROSARY AT THE GROTTOS
The Rosary will be prayed for peace in the world each day during May at hundreds of grottos around Ireland.
For more details including the list of grottos please visit www.coastalrosaryireland.ie
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
DROMANTINE CENTRE ~ NEW WORKSHOPS
Bookings now open for these workshops:
ALONE TOGETHER ~ Finding our way back to connection. Saturday 18 June 9.30 am - 4.30 pm.
THE LONG GOODBYE ~ Practical advice for caregivers of people living with dementia. Friday 19 August 5.00 pm - Sunday 21 August 2.00 pm.
WHEN IT IS DARKEST ~ Understanding suicide. Saturday 24 September 9.30 am - 4.30 pm.
CHURCH ABUSE: A UNIQUE BETRAYAL ~ A call to listen, a call to action, a call to change. Friday 4 November 5.00 pm - Sunday 6 November 2.00 pm.
Workshop Facilitator is Fr Hugh Lagan SMA, priest and chartered clinical psychologist who has led retreats, workshops and trainings internationally on psychological and spiritual well-being, positive change, trauma, mental health and resilience.
Please contact Jacinta or Louisa to reserve your place: Phone 3082 1964 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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