BALLINASCREEN PARISH - 9 JANUARY 2022

No.1897 ~ THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

 

PARISH CONTACT DETAILS

Fr. Peter Madden PP VF

31 Sixtowns Road

Telephone: 79628376

Email:ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

Fr Dermot McGirr CC​

50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin

Telephone: 79632196

Fr John Downey Priest In Residence

36 Moneyneena Rd

Telephone: 79628375

Email: j.downey75@btinternet.com

PARISH OFFICE

9 High Street Phone: (028)79628248

email: ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

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 ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

Bulletins are presently only available:

SVP HELPLINE

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.

 
 

FEAST OF THE WEEK

Saturday 15: St Ita, virgin.


MASS TIMES FOR WEEK AHEAD


SUNDAY MASS TIMES

VIGIL MASSES

St Eugene’s Moneyneena: 5.00 pm

Holy Rosary: 6.15 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

Holy Rosary: 12 noon


DAILY MASS TIMES (MONDAY 10 - FRIDAY 14 JANUARY)

Holy Rosary Church:

Monday: 11.00 am

Wednesday: 11.00 am

Friday: 7.30 pm

St Mary’s, Coolcalm:

Tuesday: 11.00 am

Thursday: 11.00 am

Friday: 11.00 am


All Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the Ballinascreen parish webcam:

https://www.churchservices.tv/Draperstown

All Masses in St Mary’s Coolcalm are transmitted live on the Desertmartin parish webcam:

https://www.churchservices.tv/Desertmartin


DEATHS

We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:

Mary Cassidy, Moneyneena;

Annie May McNulty, Derryloughan;

Joe McGreevey, Lissan.


FIRST ANNIVERSARY

Karen Carlin, Drumderg.


ANNIVERSARIES

Phyllis Convery;

Agnes Murray;

Michael McCullagh;

Frank Kelly;

Baby Aimee Louise O'Hagan;

Kevin Kelly;

Patrick McEldowney;

Patrick Toner.


CONFIRMATION DATES 2022

Proposed dates for Confirmation Ceremonies in Ballinascreen Parish are:

  • St Eoghan’s P.S. on Friday 4 March at 5.00 pm in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena.

  • St Mary’s P.S. on Friday 11 March at 5.00 pm in Holy Rosary Church.

  • St Columba’s P.S. on Friday 25 March at 5.00 pm in Holy Rosary Church.

  • Gaelscoil na Speiríní on Friday 1 April at 5.00 pm in Holy Rosary Church.


COMMUNION DATES 2022

Proposed dates for First Holy Communion Masses in Ballinascreen Parish are:

  • St Mary’s P.S. on Saturday 7 May at 11.00 am in Holy Rosary Church.

  • St Eoghan’s P.S. on Saturday 14 May at 11.00 am in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena.

  • St Columba’s P.S. on Saturday 21 May at 11.00 am in Holy Rosary Church.

  • Gaelscoil na Speirini on Saturday 4 June at 11.00 am in Holy Rosary Church.


CHILDREN IN CROSSFIRE

If you collected a Children in Crossfire Donation Pack before Christmas please place your donation in the freepost envelope provided in the pack and drop it into the envelope box in any of the churches or into the parish office over the next week.

Donation Packs are still available in Holy Rosary Church.


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 emailtheir name to Ballinascreen Parish Office by 12 noon on Thursday of the relevant week. e mail address is ballinascreenparish@gmail.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 Friday Anniversary Mass.


HEALTH AND SAFETY NOTICE

  • Due to ongoing Covid 19 restrictions and the very great need for us to maintain social distance inside buildings, we remind you that only family members of those being remembered attend the Parish Anniversary Masses.

  • Please remain at home and follow the Mass on the parish webcam. As Covid numbers continue to be a cause for concern, there are only a limited number of seats available. Families remembering the Month’s Mind of a loved one or a First Anniversary must have precedence until the pandemic is over.

  • At Bishop McKeown’s request, those attending any mass or service in our churches must wear a face mask.

  • Thank you for your cooperation on these important matters.


PARISH COLLECTIONS

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.


KNOCKNAGIN HALL COMMITTEE

2021 has been a difficult year for many people, as we move into 2022 with hopes and dreams for a better year ahead we all need to be mindful of the importance of our health and wellness.

The committee plan to re-start some of their actives in the hall, this is a great opportunity for people to come along and join in to learn, keep active and connected

  • Tuesday Morning 11 January: Exercise with Thomasina at 11.30 am Admission £4.00

  • If interested in registering for any of the following actives please contact Kathleen: 07764277809: Anne: 02879642711 or Olive: 07887614094 Activities planned for 2022 include: Crochet Class, Line Dancing, Sean-nós Dance and Spring Gardening.

Early registration would be appreciated.

The committee wish to thank everyone who supported them and attended classes in 2021 and they look forward to seeing you in 2022.

A safe happy and healthy New Year is wished to all.


N.I. FOSTER CARE

With an increase in children and young people needing foster homes across Northern Ireland, more foster carers are now needed. Every child deserves to have a happy, loving and safe home where they'll feel cared for, valued and supported. It’s always the right time for fostering.

Phone 0800 0720 137 for more information or click on this link: adoptionandfostercare.hscni.net


PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE 2022

Seven Night Pilgrimage to Medjugorje will take place 21 – 28 May 2022. Spiritual Director Fr. Séamus Kelly. Bed/Breakfast and dinner. Price £655 (includes insurance). Offer of Special Price for early booking: £605 – if paid before 20 December 2021. Money must be paid in full. Flight from Belfast. Contact Martina for more details, phone 77741219.


MARY’S MEALS ~ GIFT CARDS

Mary’s Meals are now bringing joy to over 2 million children with a daily meal in the children’s places of education. Their Double the Love Campaign runs until 31 January 2022, all donations up to a total of £1.6 million will be matched by a generous group of private donors. Every little act of love will go that little bit further during this period to help them reach the next child waiting, so please consider supporting this campaign and praying for its success. There are many ways to get involved including choosing a Mary’s Meals gift card or setting a place at their Big Family Christmas table- find out more at www.marysmeals.org.ukor phone 0800 6981212.


MESSAGE FROM BISHOP - COVID 19 ~ OMICRON VARIANT

Bishop McKeown, having received the most recent scientific and medical advice, has written to all parishes to reinforce the following safety points to ensure that our churches remain as safe environments as possible.

  • All Church events must continue to be risk assessed.

  • Face coverings be worn, not just for entering and leaving the church, but also when seated. This is winter, but ventilation is still vital and social distancing is critical, both in the church and when entering or leaving.

  • The routine celebration of the Sacrament of Confession should not take place in the current circumstances.

  • Holy Communion should not be distributed on the tongue. A right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue is not an absolute right and, at the moment, must be restricted for the protection of human life, a key part of the church’s pro-life stance.


THE NET DECEMBER 2021

Sharing the fruits of the faith in the Derry Diocese, The Net’ is now available on the Diocesan website: www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-net-december-2021

For coverage of faith stories please email editorthenet15@gmail.com

Coverage in this edition includes:

Christmas message from Bishop Donal

• World Youth Day at home

• Long Tower celebrations for St Columba • Children’s digital book on St Colmcille

• Answering God’s call to youth ministry

• Reflection on St Joseph

• Christmas Novena to Divine Child

• Trócaire’s Gifts of Love

• Support for pro-life vigil

• Belfast Rosary of Reparation

• Is Sr Clare Crockett a saint? – Part II

• Irish section by Fr Oliver Crilly

• December Blessed Brunch & Books

• Children’s Catechism Club – C3

• Saints we celebrate during December

• Gifting talents to parish family

Comments from across the Diocese:

Young writers share thoughts on .. Preparing for Christmas

Gratitude for faith passed on

Caring for others less fortunate


SYNODALITY

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.


POPE FRANCIS @PONTIFEX

God was born a child in order to encourage us to care for others. His disarming love reminds us that our time is not to be spent in feeling sorry for ourselves, but in comforting the tears of the suffering.

 

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.

Amen.


To learn more about the Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland please visit:

www.catholicbishops.ie/synod

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.


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.


REGULATIONS FOR ATTENDANCE AT RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Since Monday 12 April, regulations on the number of people attending weddings, funerals and baptisms have been relaxed, so the following arrangements are now in place in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin parishes. All churches have been risked assessed and the number of places determined for each church is as follows:


Holy Rosary: 100

St Columbna’s, Straw: 100

St Eugene’s, Moneyneena: 100

St Patrick’s, Sixtowns: 50

St Mary’s, Coolcalm: 60

St Patrick’s, Keenaught: 100

These numbers do not include priests, sacristans, or musicians as they have already designated places.


While extra places are now available, we ask that families be mindful of those who are vulnerable, even if they have been vaccinated. Social distancing and hand sanitising are necessary requirements inside the church but a lack of social distancing outside the church and elsewhere is a potential danger that should not be lightly ignored. Many outbreaks of Covid 19 have occurred when large numbers have gathered in homes and other places where the protocols have not been followed.

Track and trace is obligatory at all weddings, funerals and baptisms. Families will be provided with a template on which all names and contact details of those attending a wedding, funeral or baptism must be recorded and once completed returned to the relevant Parish Office.


WEDDINGS

As well as providing a Track and Trace contact sheet, couples will receive a plan of the church where their wedding will take place so that they can prepare their own church seating plan. This plan will then assist the church stewards to direct guests to their designated seats as they arrive. The plan must be received by the Parish Office three days before the date of the wedding. For the distribution of Holy Communion, guests will be asked to stand in their place and the priest or Eucharistic Minister will distribute Holy Communion to them. Masks must be worn by all attending the wedding. The bridal party, with the exception of the bride and groom, must wear masks when they are in their place.


FUNERALS

Unlike a wedding where there is plenty of time to prepare a church seating plan, families will receive specially printed admittance cards and families may distribute these cards as they wish. These cards MUST be shown at the door of the church to one of the stewards. Please do not ask to be admitted into the church if you have not been given one of these cards. Families are requested to adhere to social distancing inside the church, and so sit in their ‘bubbles’ of two, three or more. Occasionally, stewards may have to respectfully request mourners to move to another seat to ensure proper social distancing is maintained. For the distribution of Holy Communion, mourners will be asked to stand in their place and the priest or Eucharistic Minister will distribute Holy Communion to them.

Face masks must be worn by everyone. A track and trace contact sheet must be completed the day before the funeral.

 

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.

MEMORARE

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