No. 1944 ~ SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
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 INCLUDING MASSES FOR THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (8 DECEMBER)
Monday: Holy Rosary Church: 7.30 pm - Padre pio Mass
Tuesday: St Mary’s Coolcalm: 11.00 am
Wednesday: Vigil Masses for the feast of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Holy Rosary Church: 6.00 pm
St Patrick’s Keenaught: 7.30 pm
Thursday: Masses for the feast of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
St Columba’s Straw - 8.00 am
St Mary’s Coolcalm - 10.00 am
St Eugene’s Moneyneena - 11.00 am
St Patrick’s Sixtowns - 7.30 pm
Friday - Parish Anniversary Masses: St Mary’s Coolcalm 11.00 am & Holy Rosary Church 7.30 pm
SUNDAY MASS TIMES
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
Saturday in Holy Rosary Church before the 6.00 pm Vigil Mass.
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Wednesday 7: St Ambrose, bishop and doctor of the Church. .
Thursday 8: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This is a Holyday of Obligation.
Masses for the Holyday are as follows:
VIGIL MASSES WEDNESDAY 7 DECEMBER
6.00 pm ~ Holy Rosary,
7.30 pm ~ St Patrick’s Keenaught.
Please Note: There will b no 11.00 am Mass on Wednesday
MASSES ON THURSDAY 8 DECEMBER
8.00 am ~ St Columba’s Straw,
10.00 am ~ St Mary’s Coolcalm,
11.00 am ~ St Eugene’s Moneyneena,
7.30 pm ~ St Patrick’s Sixtowns.
Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Church on Monday December 5 from 12 noon until 7.25 pm.
If you are free at any time during the day, please call in to spend time with Jesus.
PADRE PIO MASS
Monthly Mass in honour of St Pio of Pietrelcina will be celebrated on Monday 5 December at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church. Novena payers and Rosary will commence at 7.10 pm.
Blessing with a relic of St Pio.
(No 11.00 am Mass on Monday)
ADVENT DEVOTIONS 2022
All Devotions listed below will be held in Holy Rosary Church. All welcome.
Second Sunday of Advent - December 4 at 5.00 pm. St Joseph, Sleeping on Our Worries.
Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, December 11 at 5.00 pm. The Joy of God’s Forgiveness Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 18 at 6.00 pm. Parish Carol Service.
SVP ANNUAL COLLECTION
Annual SVP Christmas Collection will be taken after all Masses this weekend (3 and 4 December).
Donations may also be left in Ballinascreen Parish Office during the week. If leaving a donation into the Office please place it in an envelope marked SVP.
Thank you in advance for your contributions which are greatly appreciated by our local SVP Society.
SVP FOOD BANK DONATIONS
Ballinascreen SVP would greatly appreciate it if people could please bring non-perishable food items, for their Food Bank, to the Parish Carol Service on Sunday 18 December. Thank you.
VISITATION OF SICK AND HOUSEBOUND
Fr Madden will visit the sick of the parish over the next three weeks in the approach to Christmas. He will make contact the day before to arrange a time or another day if that day doesn't suit.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME
Next Saturday, December 10, at the 6.00 pm Vigil Mass in Holy Rosary Church, families attending the DTIM Mass for the children preparing for First Holy Communion are invited to bring along the figure of Jesus from their family crib for a special blessing on what is traditionally called Bambinelli Sunday.
This blessing will also be offered at all other Masses over the weekend.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the families and relatives of:
Martina Thayaparan, Mallon Villas;
Eileen Mitchell, Keenaught Road.
MONTH’S MIND MASS
Josie Trainor Moneyneena, on Friday 9 December in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS
Patrick Leyden, Tonagh Road, on Friday 9 December in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
Baby Leonie Ellen Kidd;
Baby Rio Crossett;
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Tiernan Francis Kelly, Sixtowns Road;
Mollie Briege O’Hagan, Drumderg Road;
Conall Oisin James Graham, Foxfield Park, Magherafelt.
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DRAW
Desertmartin Parish is having its Christmas Draw again this year. Draws every day from Christmas Day until Thursday 5 January. Everyone’s ticket will be in for ALL the draws, so you have 33 chances to win! Total prize fund £5,000. Tickets cost £20 each and are available from:
Heron’s Gift Shop, Draperstown.
Moneyneena Post Office.
Holy Rosary Church.
Fr. McGirr, Parochial House.
To have a ticket posted please contact Fr. McGirr on 028 79632196 or eamil firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Collection: £1725
Retired Priests’ Collection £1436
Retired Priests’ Collection a further £515.
Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
The next Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations will take place in St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, on Friday 9 December, at 8.00 pm. The Holy Hour will be led by the Diocesan Vocations Director, Fr Pat O’Hagan, PP Bellaghy and Greenlough. Those unable to attend are invited to follow the Service on the Cathedral webcam www.steugenescathedral.com
BALLINASCREEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
A talk entitled ‘Writing a Family History’ by Jack Johnston will take place on Tuesday 6 December at 8.00 pm in The Community Hub (beside the library). Everyone welcome.
AN RÁTH DUBH MONEYNEENA
A Children’s Christmas Disco (for preschool and primary school children) will be held this Sunday (4 December) from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Santa will be in attendance. Admission £2 per child.
ST MARY’S PRIMARY SCHOOL DIAMOND JUBILEE
The Board of Governors of St. Mary’s P.S. Draperstown would like to invite everyone to a Mass in Holy Rosary Church on Monday 12 December at 6.00 pm to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the opening of the school. A special effort is being made to reunite the first P1 and P7 classes from 1962. Please pass this invitation on to any past pupils and community members who would like to attend.
Refreshments will be served at the school after the Mass.
ST EOGHAN’S P.S.
Christmas Craft Fair in St. Eoghan’s P.S. today, Sunday 4 December. Everyone welcome.
At Dromantine Retreat Centre, from 4.00 pm on Tuesday 13 December to 5.00 pm on Wednesday 14 December,
in preparation for Christmas. Hosted by the SMA Community, it includes Sacrament of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Anointing of Sick. Cost £120. To book, phone 028 3082 1224 or email email@example.com
The Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat will be in Newbridge College, Co Kildare from 9 December to 11 December. This retreat is for anyone aged 16-35. Great CRAIC!! Excellent speakers, inspiring talks and workshops, fantastic music, group activities, youth Masses, Adoration, Reconciliation, prayer, drama, games and plenty of time to chill out, meet new people and find out what it means to be young and Catholic today! Donation only. Free buses leaving from all over Ireland. Register now on www.youth2000.ie
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 25th – 30th 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Belfast on (028) 956 80005 or Dublin on (01) 878 8159.
OCN Level 2 Award in Introduction to Mindfulness and Reducing Anxiety in Children: Starting January and will be held on Wednesdays from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm, for 6 weeks. Suitable for parents, classroom assistants, teachers and students over 16. To register phone 028 777 42494.
Mary’s Meals is keeping the promise of a daily school meal to 2.2 million children in 20 countries. Their Double the Love Campaign means that all donations made to Mary’s Meals until 31 January 2023 will be doubled by a group of generous supporters, up to £1.5 million. With Double the Love, your donation will be matched, and your kindness will go even further, providing children with hope of a better future through education and helping them to reach the next child waiting. To learn more or to browse their range of Christmas cards and gifts, visit www.marysmeals.org.uk or contact Caoimhe McCann on 07394564065
PILGRIMAGE MEDJUGORJE 2022
Seven Nights Pilgrimage to Medjugorje from 24 May to 31 May 2023. Spiritual director will be Fr. Séamus Kelly. Bed/Breakfast and dinner, price is £799. Offer of special price for early booking: £699 – if paid before 5 December 2022. Money must be paid in full. Contact Martina for further information. Phone 77741219 or 07715490880.
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 before the Wednesday of the previous week in order for them to be placed in the Bulletin the weekend before the Anniversary Mass.
KILCRONAGHAN CENTRE ~ CHRISTMAS DEMONSTRATIONS
Christmas Gift Wrapping With a Difference: Monday 12 December. Cost £3. Includes festive refreshments. Choose from 10.00 am to 12 noon or from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Learn how to wrap the most awkward shaped present. Use materials you have in your home, get gift ideas for those hardest to buy for!
Places MUST be booked for these events. To book ring, text or WhatsApp 07821963749 or PM KilcronaghanFacebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dance Friday 9 December: Music by Country Memories. From 9.00 pm to 12 midnight. Admission £7, which includes a light supper.
Boxing Night Dance: Music by Francis Faulkner.