No.1926 ~ EIGHTEENTH 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
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 1: Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, bishop and doctor of the Church. Lived 1696 to 1787 and was founder of the Redemptorist Congregation, taught much on moral theology and the spiritual life. He is remembered as a popular preacher and influential writer of theology.
Thursday 4: Saint John Vianney, priest. Lived 1786 to 1859. He had to contend with poverty, military service and his own intellectual shortcomings in order to become a priest. In 1817, he was sent to Ars,
a small obscure French village. The marvellous gift of the unlearned priest for seeing into the depths of the soul brought the world to Ars. From 1830 on, he averaged 12 to 16 hours a day in the confessional. He is the Patron of priests.
Saturday 6: The Transﬁguration of the Lord. The cross requires the exodus of Jesus, his death, resurrection and glorification. The disciples have to realise that he must depart, just as they are now prepared for his going up to Jerusalem to die.
ST PIO LAY COMMITTEE
The National Pilgrimage in honour of St Pio takes place at Knock Shrine on Sunday 18 September. Coach leaving Holy Rosary Church at 7.00 am returning at 10.00 pm approximately. Fare including breakfast is £30 and is payable on booking. To book please contact: 07836366949, 07732125316 or 02879628920 as soon as possible.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS
Margaret Layden Sixtowns Road on Friday August 5 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Paul Anthony McToal, Armoy;
Marion Devlin, Newbridge.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Jack James Murphy, Dunmurry Road;
Conlan Francis McCullagh, Salters Bridge, Magherafelt.
We extend our warmest congratulations to Deacon John O'Laverty who will ordained a priest today, Sunday July 31, for service in the Diocese of Down and Connor.
John’s mother is the former Elizabeth Campbell from Sixtowns.
We wish him and his family every blessing. Hopefully, the newly ordained Fr John will be able to visit Sixtowns over the summer to celebrate Mass. He will be most welcome.
Ad Multos Annos.
BISHOP EDWARD DALY ~ A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
Exhibition from Monday 8 August until Sunday 14 August. This exhibition has been compiled to celebrate the life, influence, work and legacy of the late Bishop Edward Daly.
The title of the exhibition, A Man For All Seasons, was chosen to pay tribute to the wide and varied contribution he made to peace and reconciliation in Ireland, to Derry and its Diocese, to the search for justice and to healing the differences that divide Northern Ireland.
He lived out the words of Christ in his work.
The project has been kindly supported by Derry and Strabane District Council and will be held in St. Eugene’s Cathedral Hall, Infirmary Road, Derry. For more information, please visit www.steugenescathedral.com
First Collection: £1427
Renovation Collection £1255
Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
BALLINASCREEN PARISH SUMMER DRAW
Winners Week 1:
£1000 ~ Paul Heron, USA;
£200 ~ Joe Burke, Glenelly Villas;
£100 ~ Lukas Theo Loughlin, Portglenone.
Please Note: Draws for the next 4 weeks will be made each Saturday after the 6.15 pm Vigil Mass in Holy Rosary Church.
‘It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit and then you will be my disciples.’
Anyone interested in studying for the diocesan priesthood is invited to attend a weekend ‘Come and See’ retreat from 26 - 28 August.
Please contact the Diocesan Vocations Director, Fr Pat O’Hagan, PP, Moville, at email@example.com for more details and information.
MESSAGE OF THANKS
Bishop McKeown recently received an email from the Archbishop of Lviv thanking the people of the diocese of Derry for their exceptionally generous donations for their relief work with the refugees from the war in Ukraine. He also outlined the actual relief work which has been carried out by their Archdiocese for those suffering in the war.
This work includes providing housing, food and shelter for refugees, also ambulances, medical equipment and medical assistance for many refugees including children.
The Archbishop’s complete email may HERE. Your donations have made a great contribution towards this Christian humanitarian work. Thank you.
KNOCK NOVENA 2022
National Novena to Our Lady of Knock will be from August 14 to August 22. Visit their website knockshrine.ie for full details of guest speakers for the daily ceremonies.
The theme for this year’s Novena is: 'A Journey in Hope'.
The latest edition of The Net which contains interesting articles about life in different parishes in the Derry Diocese is now available on the Derry Diocesan website.
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.
LOUGH DERG 3 DAY PILGRIMAGE
Pilgrimages continue until 15 August (Saturday 13 August is the final day to begin the Pilgrimage) Cost €80. Booking advised. Concessions for students, seniors and groups. Booking information available at www.loughderg.org or email email@example.com or phone 00353 71 9861518.
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.
The Diocese of Derry recently submitted its report on its consultations to the Irish Synodal Pathway Steering Committee. This report may be viewed at: www.derrydiocese.org/synod-report
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