No.1865 ~ THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
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 (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:
All Masses in St Mary’s Coolcalm are transmitted live on the Desertmartin parish webcam:
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
Please note that due to restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus Pandemic the Parish Office may only be contacted by email or phone (message may be left)
NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN
Notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday firstname.lastname@example.org
Bulletins are presently only available:
Online at www.parishofballinascreen.com
On the noticeboard inside the front porch of Holy Rosary Church.
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
Monday 31 May: The Visitation of the Blesssed Virgin Mary.
Tuesday 1 June: St Justin, martyr.
Thursday 3 June: St Kevin, abbot.
Friday 4 June: Saints Charles Lwanga and Companions, martyrs. Twenty-two Ugandan youths martyred in
Saturday 5 June: St Boniface, bishop and martyr.
On Monday 31 May at 11.00 am the Mass for the Feast of the Visitation in Holy Rosary Church will be celebrated for and led by Year 14 Students from St Colm’s High School as their second level education comes to an end. All welcome to attend or to follow it on the parish webcam.
Social distancing will be in place.
On Sunday 5 June 1921, Michael Collins was ordained a priest in the chapel of the Nazareth House Convent in Derry by Bishop Charles McHugh Bishop of Derry.
He first came to Ballinascreen in 1939 and for the next 40 consecutive years he celebrated Midnight Mass in
St Columba's Church, Straw and he died on the 6 February 1979 aged 81. His commitment to the church, to the parish and its people over all these years was second to none.
He loved the people of Ballinascreen and is fondly remembered to this day.
On the occasion of his Golden Jubilee, his nephew Monsignor Andy Dolan, PP Bellaghy was ordained a priest in his home parish of Aghyarn, at Fr Collins’s request. He could think of no other greater way of celebrating this important milestone in his own priestly life. Monsignor Dolan was therefore ordained a couple of weeks before his classmates on June 5, 1971.
One of his other classmates ordained two weeks later was Fr Colum Clerkin, former Parish Priest of Ballinascreen. Monsignor Dolan, Fr Clerkin and Fr Michael Collins Pastor Emeritus (another nephew) will concelebrate Mass in Holy Rosary Church on Sunday next 6 June at 12 noon to remember the centenary of Fr Collins’s ordination. All are welcome to attend or to follow it on the parish webcam.
Social distancing and limited numbers will be in place.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021
First Holy Communion Masses will take place on the following dates in Holy Rosary Church at 3.00 pm:
June 5: Gaelscoil na Speiríní,
June 12: St Columba's P.S., Straw,
June 19: St Eoghan's, Moneyneena,
June 26: St Mary's P.S., Draperstown.
St Mary's P.S. Thursday June 10 at 6.00 pm, in Holy Rosary Church.
Gaeil Scoil na Speirini Friday June 11 at 5.00 pm, in Holy Rosary Church
St Columba's P. S. Thursday June 17 at 6.00 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
St Eoghan' s P. S. Friday June 25 at 5.00 pm in St Eugene’s, Moneyneena.
Churches open for Private Prayer, however we ask you to please observe the following advice when visiting any of our Churches.
Please sanitise your hands on arrival
Prior to leaving the Church please use the materials provided to sanitise the seat where you sat. Thank you
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Rev Fr Brian O’Donnell, retired parish priest of Lavey.
First Anniversary: Baby Lucia Crossett.
Baby Jimmy Bonnie McSorley,
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.
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 email@example.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.
PREPARING FOR MARRIAGE?
CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER
A 'Zoom' online Marriage Preparation course is planned for 11-12 September 2021. This 2-day course is a positive way of preparing for Marriage where you will discover how you can enrich your future relationship. For more information and to book please email
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.
ST COLM’S HIGH SCHOOL IMPORTANT COMMUNITY NOTICE
From 8.30 am to 3.30 pm on school days, no one is permitted to use school grounds.
Dog walkers are also reminded to keep dogs on a leash and to bag and remove dog poop! This is a health and safety issue for students and the Board of Governors respectfully ask that dog walkers comply with this request.
BALLINASCREEN MEN’S SHED
The Annual General Meeting of Ballinascreen Men’s Shed on June 1 at 11.00 am in the Workspace Boardroom, Tobermore Road, Draperstown. New and returning members are very welcome. All those attending the AGM should be aware of current Covid restrictions and the meeting will be subject to these. Everyone attending should wear a face covering.
SHARING THE GOOD NEWS
The May 2021 issue features on Accord's new online counselling service, Archbishop Eamon Martin's on the Holy Father's message for World Communications Day, Archbishop Dermot Farrell's on the role of Catholic Schools during the pandemic, the official prayer and hashtag for World Meeting of Families 2022, Bishop Noel Treanor's response to the Ballymurphy inquest, a final call for submissions to the first phase of the Synodal Pathway and the Digital Hub resource. Current issue can be downloaded from the home page of www.catholicbishops.ie.
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS
Seminars in conjunction with the Thursday 7.30 pm Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Omagh conclude on 3 June. Welcome to join via Drumragh Parish webcam.
3 June: Transformation – Fr Kevin McElhennon.
MASTER OF ARTS IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
St Angela’s College, Sligo, is offering this online part-time MA, starting September 2021. Closing date for applications is 16 June. More details at www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie or contact Mary Kearns on 0035371 9195550 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MASTERS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre, in partnership with Saint 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. The next intake will be Autumn 2021. An information session via ZOOM will be held on Monday 7 June at 3.30 pm. If interested in attending this session or require any further information, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 004428 71264087 or email email@example.com
THE NET ~ MAY 2021
Sharing the fruits of the faith in the Derry Diocese. With Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the May edition of ‘The Net’ is only available on the Diocesan website: https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-net-may-2021
For coverage of faith stories just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Coverage this month’s includes:
Sr Clare Crockett.
Sr Clare still touching lives
Sr Clare’s story gives hope
Her family and friends reminisce
Sr Clare shows joy comes from following Divine dream
Sr Clare’s Face.
ACCORD recruiting for couples counselling training
Diocesan Environmental Strategy
Derry Youth Ministry update
Young writers share their thoughts on a variety of topics
St Benedict and Miraculous Medals & prayers leading to many conversions
Bishop blesses Creggan’s Divine Mercy statues
Beautiful Day of Grace in Claudy Parish
Divine Mercy in Newtownstewart
First Saturday Devotions in Claud
Legion of Mary centenary reflections
Carmelite Spirituality – Little Way Novena
Thoughts from across the Diocese on a Synodal Church
Our Lady of Knock
Columba Community celebrates
Our faith serves us up a rich fare!
An Biobla Naofa
The Five Sundays of May
Children’s Catechism Club Quiz Time
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.
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.
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.
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