No. 1931 ~ TWENTY-THIRD 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: St Mary’s Church, Coolcalm 11.00 am
Holy Rosary Church ~ 7.30 pm (Padre Pio Mass)
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
PARISHES OF BALLINASCREEN AND DESERTMARTIN
The NEW weekend Mass times beginning Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September are detailed below:
SUNDAY MASS TIMES FOR 3 & 4 SEPTEMBER Vigil Masses Holy Rosary: 6.00 pm St Patrick’s Keenaught: 7.30 pm Sunday 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
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Thursday 8: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Friday 9: St Ciaran, abbot.
Saturday 10: St Peter Claver, priest.
EXPOSITION OF BLESSED SACRAMENT
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will commence at 12 noon on Monday September 5 and continue throughout the day. If you are available to sit with Jesus during the hours of Exposition please send your name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org
PADRE PIO MASS
Mass on Monday September 5 in Holy Rosary at 7.30 pm will be hosted by Ballinascreen Padre Pio Prayer Group. All are welcome to attend.
Rosary and Novena Prayers will begin at 7.10 pm.
A short film on the life of St Pio of Pietrelcina will follow this Mass and it would be a good opportunity for those who know little of this great saint to familiarise themselves with his marvellous life and his call to bear witness to the Crucified Christ by the Stigmata (the Wounds of Christ) which he bore on his body for 50 years until the moment of his death.
PLEASE NOTE: Morning Mass on Monday 5 September will be in
St Mary's Coolcalm at 11.00 am
Padre Pio also spent the greater part of his life in the confessional. Now that the Covid regulations have been relaxed in our churches, there will be confessions in Holy Rosary on Monday September 5 beginning at 6.00 pm. Thereafter, confessions will take place every Saturday in Holy Rosary before the 6.00 pm Vigil Mass.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Sean Diamond, Bellagh;
Pat Hughes, Coalisland.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Sarah Rose Cleary, London;
Arthur Brendan Diffley, Magherafelt.
Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Megan McSorley and Callum Evans who were married recently in St Columba’s Church Straw.
First Collection: £1330
Renovation Collection £ 930.
Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
VOCATIONS HOLY HOUR
Holy Hour for Vocations in Holy Family Church, Ballymagroarty Derry, on Friday 9 September from 8.00 pm until 9.00 pm. It will be broadcast live on parish webcam and can be accessed at:
SMA NOVENA 2022
Novena in honour of St Thérèse Of the Child Jesus, Patroness of the Missions from Friday 23 September to Saturday 1 October. Daily Mass and Novena Prayers at 10.00 am and 7.30 pm in SMA Chapel Dromantine. All welcome to attend or to join in via their webcam available on www.sma.ie
LOUGH DERG ~ ONE-DAY RETREATS
One Day Retreats will be held on September: 7, 10, 13, 17, 18, 24 and 25. Booking is essential.
Admission €45 per person which includes all refreshments, lunch, return boat service, full retreat programme, free car and coach parking. Boats available from 9.15 am on the day, retreat begins at 10.30 am and finishes at 4.30 pm. For booking and for more details Tel: 00353 71 9861518 or view www.loughderg.org or email email@example.com
Day of Prayer for Peace in Ukraine. The One Day Retreat on Sunday 25 September, will have the special focus of praying for an end to the conflict in Ukraine. Guest Speaker, refugee, Halyna Tesluk, Associate Professor of Old Testament at The Ukrainian Catholic University. More information at www.loughderg.org. Special discounted rate of €25 for Ukrainian refugees (must be booked by telephone: +353 (0)71 9861518).
DRAPERSTOWN’S UNIQUE HERITAGE
As part of the European Heritage Open Day celebrations next weekend (10/11 September) Draperstown will welcome visitors and give them an opportunity to explore the ‘unique heritage’ of the settlement. The three churches surrounding the planned central triangle – Presbyterian (1843), St. Columba’s (1888) and Holy Rosary (1979) – will be open for visits on Saturday 10 September from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm.
Visitors will also be encouraged to follow the self-guided audio trail, visit www.draperstown.wordpress.com for the link or search Draperstown audio trail. This walking route starts outside the Library and includes 20 stops along the circular route.
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE
Bishop Donal McKeown will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from February 13 until February 21 2023, visiting Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee and other important sites. This is an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Cost is €1,895 / £1665 p.p.s. including taxes and tips. For more details please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 028 956 80005 or 003531 8788159.
MATT TALBOT MASS
Monthly Matt Talbot freedom from addiction Mass in St Eugene’s Cathedral at 7.30 pm on Monday 5 September. Prayers will be offered for those battling addiction, their families and all those affected by addiction and for those enrolled in the Matt Talbot Prayer Society. All welcome. To enrol someone in the Matt Talbot Prayer Society please call 71262894 or email email@example.com
DERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK
Ballinascreen Parish Choir has been invited to sing at the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday September 24, which will be led by Bishop McKeown.
Stations of the Cross at 2.00 pm followed by Mass at 3.00 pm with Sacrament of the Sick. Buses will travel from a variety of pick up points. For more details please contact Fr Patrick Lagan at St Eugene’s Cathedral on 028 7126 2894 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MASTERS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre, working in Partnership with St 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. Applications for the autumn intake will close on Friday 30 September 2022. For more information, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 71264087 or email email@example.com.
PATHWAYS – ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Two-year, part-time course, now enrolling for 2022-2023 intake.
Have you ever thought about exploring your faith… or wished that you could broaden your understanding of your faith? Would you like to explore, discuss and reflect upon issues and questions of faith, the Church, and how to link faith to life? If the answer is “yes”, then Pathways may be for you.
The course runs one Saturday per month (10.00 am – 4.30 pm) from October to June, either in-house at Drumalis or online via Zoom. To register, please contact Drumalis on 28276455 / 28272196 (during office hours) or email firstname.lastname@example.org View www.drumalis.co.uk for more details.
GROWTH IN PRAYER AND REFLECTIVE LIVING
Do you feel restless, do you sense there is a deeper meaning to life, that God is out there but you feel disconnected. The Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living may be for you. This 20 session course via Zoom between September and March is based on the insights of Ignatian Spirituality. For more details, see Drumalis Facebook page or website or contact Drumalis during office hours 28276455 / 28272196 or email email@example.com
IRISH DANCING CLASSES
O’Neill Academy of Irish Dance will resume classes in An Rath Dubh, Moneyneena on Thursday 8 September at 6.30 pm. New members welcome.
GLÓR na SPEIRÍNÍ
Parent and Toddlers’ Group Lapóglann - Toddle Inn will recommence in September. Glór na Speiríní are now providing three mornings a week:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting on Monday 12 September from 9.00 am until 10.30 am. You must register your place prior to attending and cost is £2 per session with light refreshments included. Please email Conchúr at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 79627703 or 07795 536682 to register. Tá fáilte roimh chách- All welcome!
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 the previous week in order for them to be placed in the Bulletin the weekend before the Anniversary Mass.
Lough Derg One Day Retreat: A bus will leave Coolcalm Church on Saturday 24 September fare is £15, payable on booking, admission to the island is €45, this includes refreshments and lunch. To book please contact Lawrence on 07889 810947 or Olive on 07887614094.
Coffee Morning for SPRED Group on Sunday 11 September from 10.30 am until 1.00 pm.
Dance Friday 9 September. Music by Niall Patterson. Dancing from 9.00 pm until 12.00 pm Admission £7.
Christmas Craft Fair Sunday 13 November, table £20, two tables £30. £10 deposit to paid when booking. For more details contact Monica on 07594061178 or Olive 07887614094.
Chair Exercises on Tuesday 6 September at 10.00 am. Admission £4.
Knit ‘n’ Knatter class resumes on Tuesday 13 September at 7.30 pm.
Line Dancing on Wednesday 28 September if numbers are sufficient.
Knocknagin Hall Committee A.G.M. Wednesday 21 September at 8.00 pm. All are welcome to this open meeting.
To register for any of the above classes, or alternatively if you have any ideas for group activities, please contact Olive 07887614094, Kathleen 07764277809 or Anne 02879 642711.
List of courses starting in September / October is now available. Please phone 777 42494 or call into office.
SAFEGUARDING IN DERRY DIOCESE
The Derry Diocese has invited the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland to conduct a review of safeguarding practice. This review will commence with the Safeguarding Sunday Mass on 18 September in St Columb’s Church, Waterside at 3.00 pm. Everyone welcome to attend this Mass. The review will continue from Monday 19 September to Friday 23 September 2022. If you have any views about Safeguarding in the Derry Diocese, we invite you to come forward to Teresa Devlin, Chief Executive Officer, National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, prior to the review dates. Teresa can be contacted on 0035315053124 or by emailTeresa.firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to report a child safeguarding concern, please contact Marie Gormley, Designated Liaison Person (DLP) on (+44) 07596 500793 or report directly to PSNI or HSC.
PALLIATIVE CARE WEEK
Annual Palliative Care Week, from Sunday 11– Saturday 17 September. Theme this year is ‘Palliative Care: Living as well as possible’ offers an opportunity to raise awareness of the positive impact that palliative care has on the lives of people with life-limiting illnesses and their families; allowing them to live their lives as fully as they can. For details please visit: thepalliativehub.com
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
BLESSING OF MOTORBIKES AND BIKERS
Blessing at St Aengus’s Church, Burt, Co Donegal on Sunday 11 September, at 1.00 pm. All welcome. Biker friends who have died since last blessing in September 2019 will be remembered. Collection for R.N.L.I.
Bike run after blessing to Ned’s Point to present the donation and for refreshments. For more details please email Fr Gerry Sweeney at firstname.lastname@example.org
STRESS CONTROL CLASSES
Free online Stress Control classes with Jim White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, as a key presenter will commence on Monday 12 September and run until Thursday 29 September. To register and for more details please view https://ni.stresscontrol.org
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.
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
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