No.1866 ~ THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
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 (NB Townland Rota still applies)
St Patrick’s Sixtowns 11.00 am (NB Townland Rota still applies)
Holy Rosary: 12 noon
DAILY MASS TIMES
Holy Rosary Church
Monday and Wednesday ~ 11.00 am
Friday ~ 7.30 pm
St Mary’s Coolcalm
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 11.00 am
All Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the Ballinascreen parish webcam:
All Masses in St Mary’s Coolcalm are transmitted live on the Desertmartin parish webcam:
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
Parish Office now open to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9.00 am until 3.00 pm
Please note Parish Office my be contacted by email or phone (message may be left).
NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN
Notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday firstname.lastname@example.org
Bulletins are presently only available:
Online at www.parishofballinascreen.com
On the noticeboard inside the front porch of Holy Rosary Church.
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.
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Wednesday 9: St Columba (Colum Cille). Abbot and missionary, secondary patron of Ireland.
Friday 11: The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. World Day of Prayer for Priests.
Saturday 12: The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
BALLINASCREEN PARISH ~ NEW SUMMER PARISH DRAW
One of the fall outs of the pandemic on parish life has been the end of the Monthly Parish Draw, which had been a staple fund raising event for many years. When it ended in May 2020, it wasn’t possible to take it up again. Apart from the loss to parish revenue, (it made usually in the region of £28,000 annually), there was always great excitement to see who had won and was ‘my name in the bulletin this month!’ It is still not possible to plan a yearlong Parish Draw as we cannot be certain that lockdowns won’t happen in the future. Therefore, we are taking advantage of the summer months of July and August to launch a Five Week Summer Parish Draw, which it is hoped will create as much excitement if not more than the previous monthly draws and also help to replenish parish funds which have been depleted since last March 2020, as the figures below show.
In 2019 the average amount donated each week to both collections was £3934.
In 2020, the average amount donated each week to both collections was £2707.
Up until May 31 2021, the average amount donated each week to both collections was £1972.
Thank you to all who have contributed throughout the lockdowns each week to the parish. The generosity of Ballinascreen parishioners has always been second to none. The late Fr Michael Collins, the centenary of whose ordination to the priesthood we remember this weekend, would have been the first to say so and did many times. His legacy in Ballinascreen is every bit the legacy of the people he ministered to, many of them gone to their eternal reward as well. It is now our responsibility to keep the fabric of our parish churches in good condition and to create the funds necessary for the development and training of lay catholic leaders (male and female, young and old). In many ways, the latter is much more challenging and necessary, for it’s no use having churches in mint condition if they are not places of faith and prayer for their communities.
The reality in our diocese and every diocese in Ireland is that we are entering a new phase of church life, where the leadership and witness of lay Catholics is vital to the passing on of faith in Jesus Christ to the generations that come next. As priests retire from their leadership roles, Ballinascreen Parish also needs to plan with confidence for this new phase of church life.
That said, there are outstanding bills from the renovation of Holy Rosary Church and forthcoming maintenance work in St Columba’s Church Straw (a new roof and repointing of stone work) and St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena (the outside stone work at the back of the sanctuary needs immediate attention as is apparent on the inside), that makes this draw and your weekly contributions so vitally important.
The details of this new Parish Summer Draw are available on posters around the parish and in the churches and in this bulletin.
We encourage as many as possible to please actively promote this draw around your family and friends who live outside the parish. The first draw takes place on Saturday July 17 at the end of the 6.15 pm Vigil Mass in Holy Rosary Church.
A special gathering of all existing Ballinascreen Parish Draw Promoters will take place in Holy Rosary Church on Monday June 7 at 8.30 pm.
Anyone interested in becoming a promoter for their area or corner of the parish is most welcome to also come along. Thank you.
Fr. Michael Collins was ordained a priest for Derry Diocese on Sunday 5 June 1921. He came to Ballinascreen in 1939 and served here for the next 40 years, until his death on 6 February 1979 aged 81. His commitment to the church, to the parish and its people over all these years was second to none. He loved the people of Ballinascreen and is still fondly remembered here.
On the occasion of his Golden Jubilee, his nephew, Monsignor Andy Dolan, PP Bellaghy, was ordained a priest in his home parish of Aghyarn, on June 5, 1971. One of Monsignor Dolan’s classmates ordained two weeks later on 20 June 1971, was Fr Colum Clerkin, former Parish Priest of Ballinascreen.
Today, Sunday June 6, the parish proudly welcomes Monsignor Dolan, Fr Clerkin and Fr Collins Pastor Emeritus (another nephew) to concelebrate Mass in Holy Rosary at 12 noon to remember the centenary of Fr Collins’s ordination.
All are welcome to attend or to follow this Mass on the parish webcam.
Social distancing and limited numbers will be in place.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021
First Holy Communion Masses will take place on the following dates in Holy Rosary Church at 3.00 pm:
June 12: St Columba's P.S., Straw,
June 19: St Eoghan's, Moneyneena,
June 26: St Mary's P.S., Draperstown.
St Mary's P.S. Thursday June 10 at 6.00 pm, in Holy Rosary Church.
Gaeil Scoil na Speirini Friday June 11 at 5.00 pm, in Holy Rosary Church
St Columba's P. S. Thursday June 17 at 6.00 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
St Eoghan' s P. S. Friday June 25 at 5.00 pm in St Eugene’s, Moneyneena.
Bridget McKenna, Carnamoney Lane, on Friday 11 June in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Oisin Anthony Hegarty Moyard Road,
Sky McCloskey Drumderg Road,
Rory Seamus Lawlor St Albans, England.
Churches open for Private Prayer, however we ask you to please observe the following advice when visiting any of our Churches.
Please sanitise your hands on arrival
Prior to leaving the Church please use the materials provided to sanitise the seat where you sat. Thank you
Sincere thanks to all who have returned parish envelopes, established standing orders, made online payments or used the ‘Donate’ button on Parish Website. Envelopes may be returned at any parish Mass, to Parish Office or any Parochial House.
Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
Many thanks for many generous donations. To make a donation please place it in an envelope and mark it SVP. All donations appreciated
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. e mail address is email@example.com
We ask that only members of a family, whose loved one is being prayed for, attend the Friday Anniversary Mass in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm. This should ensure that there is sufficient space for those who are remembering a Month’s Mind or any other anniversary, as seating is limited and cannot be exceeded. The Anniversary Mass will be available on the parish webcam. Holy Communion will be distributed at the door of the Church once the congregation has left. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.
LOUGH DERG 2021
Lough Derg regrets that it will not be possible in 2021 to reopen Station Island for the Traditional Three Day Pilgrimage or even for the autumn programme of Day Retreats.
Lough Derg will again offer the opportunity to “Do Lough Derg from wherever you are’ on 3 - 5 July.
The outdoor Pilgrimage on the Lough Shore Pilgrim Path will also be on during the summer. More details from Lough Derg Office on 00353 71 9861518 or view www.loughderg.org
ST JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS’ SOCIETY
The Society acknowledges a donation for the support and education of student priests at home and abroad. All benefactors share in the Masses and prayers of the Society. Further donations gratefully accepted. Please continue to pray for vocations.
PREPARING FOR MARRIAGE?
CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER
A 'Zoom' online Marriage Preparation course is planned for 11-12 September 2021. This 2-day course is a positive way of preparing for Marriage where you will discover how you can enrich your future relationship. For more information and to book please email
marriageencounter.ie or phone 028 27638512
YEAR OF ST JOSEPH
We invite you to come to the Shrine of St Joseph in Holy Rosary Church and to place written petitions to St Joseph in the box provided. Please do not put money in your petition envelopes as all petitions will be burned unopened.
MASTER OF ARTS IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
St Angela’s College, Sligo, is offering this online part-time MA, starting September 2021. Closing date for applications is 16 June. More details at www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie or contact Mary Kearns on 0035371 9195550 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MASTERS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre, in partnership with Saint 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. The next intake will be Autumn 2021. An information session via ZOOM will be held on Monday 7 June at 3.30 pm. If interested in attending this session or require any further information, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 004428 71264087 or email email@example.com
REGULATIONS FOR ATTENDANCE AT RELIGIOUS SERVICES
Since Monday 12 April, regulations on the number of people attending weddings,