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.
SPRED Group: Monday 16 January.
Christmas wreath making: Monday 19 December at 7.00 pm.
Chair Exercises: Tuesdays 10.00 am, followed by a short walk. Adm £4.00.
Knit & Natter: Tuesdays at 7.30 pm.
Indoor Bowls: Tuesdays at 8.00 pm.
Line Dancing: Wednesdays from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Admission £4.
To register for any of the above please contact Olive 07887614094, Kathleen 07764277809 or Anne 79642711.
Sarsfield’s Band have produced a 2023 Calendar featuring photos of the band down the ages, cost £5 each, and may be bought from any band member. Band Practice every Thursday at new starting time of 7.15 pm until 8.30 pm. New and past members welcome.
WORLD YOUTH DAY PILGRIMAGE - LISBON 2023
The Diocese of Derry is inviting any young person who is over 18 or will be 18 by July 2023 to join their Pilgrimage to Lisbon for World Youth Day. World Youth Day (WYD) is the gathering of young people from all over the world with the Pope. It is also a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church and an intense moment of evangelization for the youth world. This pilgrimage will take place in August 2023. For now, they are taking expression of interest until they have more information on dates, times and prices. Spaces are limited so signing up now is essential. You can register your interest on the derrydiocese.org website or on the @derryyouth Facebook page Any questions regarding this pilgrimage, may be emailed please to Lizzie Rea, Youth Coordinator at: email@example.com
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.
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
NATIONAL SYNTHESIS OF THE SYNODAL PROCESS
The Irish Bishops' Conference has published the National Synthesis of the Synodal Process conducted across the Church in Ireland from Autumn 2021. The National Synthesis is the fruit of a wide-ranging process of listening and consultation and is based on the syntheses produced by the 26 dioceses in Ireland, as well as those submitted by religious congregations and other interested groups. The National Synthesis will be forwarded to Rome as part of the worldwide synodal process of listening and discernment launched by Pope Francis in October 2021 and which will culminate in the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome in 2023.
To view this document click HERE
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