No. 1979 ~ THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
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 Moneyneena
OPENING HOURS: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm.
9 High Street
NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN
Notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday, preferably by email.
The Diocesan Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Marie Gormley. To contact Marie Tel: 07596500793, or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
SUNDAY VIGIL MASSES
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
DAILY MASS TIMES
Monday August 7: Holy Rosary Church ~ 10.00 am
Tuesday August 8: Holy Rosary Church ~ 10.00 am
Wednesday August 9: Holy Rosary Church ~ 10.00 am
Thursday August 10: Holy Rosary Church ~ 10.00 am
Friday August 11: St Mary’s Coolcalm ~ 10.00 am & Holy Rosary Church ~ 7.30 pm.
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Tuesday 8: St Dominic, priest.
Wednesday 9: St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) Virgin and Martyr, Patron of Europe.
Thursday 10: St Lawrence, deacon and martyr.
Friday 11: St Clare, virgin.
BALLINASCREEN PARISH SUMMER DRAW
Thank you and good luck to all who have already supported the Parish 5 Week Summer Draw. You can still buy a ticket or buy one online using the link below to be in with a chance of winning as the Draw continues every Saturday until 26 August with three fantastic cash prizes every week.
To purchase a ticket online please use this link:https://www.klubfunder.com/.../Ballinascreen.../TicketSales
If you’re not in you can’t win!
BALLINASCREEN PADRE PIO COMMITTEE
The National Pilgrimage in honour of St Pio takes place at Knock Shrine on Sunday 17 September Coach will leave from Holy Rosary Church at 7.00 am sharp, with pick-up at St Mary’s Coolcalm at 7.10 am, returning at 10.00 pm approx. Fare (including breakfast) is £30, payable at time of booking. Everyone welcome.
To book please phone 07836366949 or 07732125316 or 028 79628920 as soon as possible.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Paddy Toner, Killennan;
Dolores Devlin, Moortown.
Bernard Haughey, Elizabeth McCullagh, Trevor Campbell,
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Joe Gerard Sands, Glenelly Villas;
Patrick Damian Shane McGregor, Stockholm, Sweden;
Maggie Tessa King, Chipping Norton, Oxford;
Elias Malachi Bothwell, Rannakeeran.
Weekly Collection: £1813
Renovation Collection: £980.
Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
BALLINASCREEN GAC 90th CELEBRATIONS
Have you any photos, memories or stories about Ballinascreen GAC? If you have the Club would love to hear ftrom you! They would welcome contributions from players past and present and indeed from anyone who has any involvement with the Club now or in the past. Please email any memory, photo or story to email@example.com
NATIONAL KNOCK NOVENA
Novena this year will be from 14- 22 August. Over the course of the nine-day Novena, there will be guest Homilists and Speakers during the daily ceremonies at 3.00 pm and 8.00 pm at Knock Basilica. The theme this year is ‘Caring for Creation’. Family Day on Sunday 20 August from 11.00 am-3.00 pm and all are welcome. Find out more and view the full programme at www.knockshrine.ie
GAELSCOIL NA SPEIRÍNÍ
Clerical Officer required 22.5 hours per week. Please view Education Authority website for all details and to apply.
St Colm’s High School have a vacancy for a cleaner. For more information please contact the school by phone79628377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE NET ~ JULY/AUGUST
Sharing the fruits of the faith in the Derry Diocese, the combined July/August edition of ‘The Net’ is available in parishes as well as on the Diocesan website. For coverage of faith related stories email email@example.com.
Coverage in this edition includes:
Diocese & Columba Community celebrate Fr Shaun Doherty’s ordination.
Diocesan Clerical Changes 2023.
Irish Mass celebrated at Granaghan Mass Rock.
Mol an Oige youngsters told ‘You are The Miracle.
Derry Diocese to host Religious Education Conference.
Divine Mercy Image explained.
Slane ‘Light the Fire’ linking with World Youth Day.
Bishop Donal on a Eucharistic Life & World Youth Day.
Peace Walk to Knock 2023.
The enduring power of Grandparents & Grandchildren.
Net Ministries youth training.
Young Writers share thoughts on:
God’s Power & Love.
The Power of Prayer.
Excitement for WYD.
St Ignatius Loyala and the Mission of the Christian.
Understanding role of Bible in life of faith.
Children’s Catechism Club.
Ruby Jubilee celebration for Fr Brian Donnelly in Plumbridge.
Holy Family celebrates Fr Kevin Mulhern’s Silver Jubilee.
Youth 2000 Summer Festival.
LOUGH DERG - ONE DAY RETREATS
On August 19, 22 and 27 and in September on 2, 6, 9, 12, 16, 17, 23 and 24. Booking essential.
Admission €45. For all details see www.lough.org
LOUGH DERG PILGHRIMAGE
Next Sunday 13 August is the final day for pilgrims to begin the Three Day Pilgrimage. Admission €80. Concessions available. See www.lough.org for all details.
SVP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers needed to help with weekly collections after each Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses. If you can help please contact 07710 838050.
KILCRONAGHAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Annual General Meeting on Monday 7 August at 8.00 pm in Community Hall at Kilcronaghan Centre. It is important that the services and support offered meet the needs of the community, so please come along and have your say! Many volunteering opportunities exist for people of all ages, so please come along and find something to get involved in.
All welcome, more details on Facebook or text 07821963749
SPERRIN FOODBANK NEW OPENING HOURS
Foodbank now operates Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. If you or someone you know requires assistance please call 07543 420639. No questions asked or criteria to meet. facebook page Sperrinfoodbank, email
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 noon on Thursday of the relevant week.
Notices for First Anniversary and Month's Mind Masses should be received before the Wednesday of the previous week so they may be printed in the Bulletin the weekend before the Anniversary Mass.
Social Dance Friday 11 July, 9.00 pm - Midnight. Admission £7 includes light supper, music by Kenny Paul.
Read Yourself Well. An initiative by Northern Health and Social Care Trust. Books from wellness experts and bestselling authors available to borrow for free at the Parish Hall, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm, or contact Olive on 07787614094 to arrange a time, books to be returned within 1 month of borrowing
Knit ‘n Natter Tuesdays at 7.30 pm.
Chair Exercises Tuesdays at 10.00 am followed by a short walk. Admission £4. All welcome.
Sarsfield’s Band offers sympathy to the Cassidy and O’Hagan family on the death of Esther Cassidy, Ballymaguigan.
August Draw winner was Gerry French, Feeny.
Band practice on Thursdays at 7.30 pm. All members are asked to make a special effort to attend in preparation for the Feast of Assumption celebrations in Carnlough next Sunday 13 August.
The band will parade Desertmartin and Magherafelt immediately after 10.00 am Mass before joining the main parade at 3.00 pm.
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