No. 1946 ~ FOURTH 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
Monday: Holy Rosary Church: 11.00 am
Tuesday: St Mary’s Coolcalm: 11.00 am
Wednesday: Holy Rosary Church: 11.00 am
Thursday: St Mary’s Coolcalm: 11.00 am
Friday - Parish Anniversary Masses: St Mary’s Coolcalm 11.00 am & Holy Rosary Church 7.30 pm
SUNDAY 25 DECEMBER ~ CHRISTMAS DAY MASS TIMES
24 December - Christmas Eve - Vigil Masses:
St Eugene’s, Moneyneena: 5.00 pm
Holy Rosary: 6.00 pm
St Patrick’s, Keenaught: 7.00 pm
St Columba’s, Straw: 8.00 pm
St Patrick’s, Sixtowns: 8.00 pm
25 December - Christmas Day Masses
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
Holy Rosary Church on Friday 23 December from 6.30 pm to 7.25 pm.
Holy Rosary Church on Saturday 24 December at 11.00 am.
ANNUAL PARISH CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE
The Christmas Carol Service will take place TODAY Sunday December 18 in Holy Rosary Church at 6.00 pm.
During the service a collection of non-perishable foodstuff will be taken up on behalf of the St Vincent de Paul Society.
This year’s appeal is more important than in previous years as the demand is much greater.
Please remember this appeal when shopping this week. Thank you
VISITATION OF SICK AND HOUSEBOUND
Fr Madden will continue to visit the sick of the parish over the next week 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.
MONTH’S MIND MASS
Martina Thayaparan Mallon Villas on Friday December 23 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
Pat J Molloy;
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the families and relatives of:
Shane McGregor, Tirruadh Square;
Bridget Loughran, Davagh Road;
Paddy Rogers, Leitrim and Drumderg;
Canon Pat Kelly, Desertmartin and Glasgow.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Charlie Robert Roulston, Davagh Road;
Ellen Grace Cleary, Tullybrick Road.
Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Louise Murphy and Dermot McGuckin who were married recently in St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena.
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: £1830
Renovation Collection £675.
Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
2023 calendars are now available to purchase, for £5, from Madonna Devlin (07788501610) or Kathleen Walls (02879631094). Please phone to order.
LOURDES DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE 2023
The Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage, led by Bishop Donal McKeown, will go direct from City of Derry Airport from 3 to 7 July, four nights full board in the Hotel Agena: £745 sharing, £35 single supplement. Travel insurance up to age 79- £39. Age 80 to 94 - £78. (Pilgrims may wish to use their own insurance.) Further details and payment arrangements will be available in the new year via the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop Street, Derry email@example.com, phone 02871 260 293
CHRISTMAS PRAYER RESOURCE
At Christmas we celebrate the gift of Jesus, our hope and peace, Jesus, the light of the world. We pray this Christmas that each of us will rediscover the meaning of Our Lord's Nativity and the great hope that it proclaims for the world. You are invited to spend time with scripture, reflection and prayer. A Christmas prayer resource is available to download on the Diocese of Derry website for private prayer at the church or home, to share with a neighbour who may have no online access or for a time to gather each day with your family. The booklet can be downloaded at: https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/12-days-of-christmas-2022
ST ANNE’S SIXTOWNS
Annual Carol Service at St. Anne’s on today Sunday 18 December at 3.00 pm with music from the Tamlaghtmore Silver band. All welcome.
FOYLE HOSPICE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS OF LOVE
The Foyle Hospice Lights of Love Service, lighting up the Christmas tree in memory of loved ones who have died, will take place on 20 December at 7.00 pm. A free park-and-ride service will operate thanks to Reddins Coach Hire and Thornhill College. Those attending the interdenominational service should park at Thornhill College and a shuttle bus will start transporting people from there at 6.30 pm to the Hospice grounds. The shuttle bus will return you to your cars after the service and shuttles will end at 8:30 pm. Everyone welcome.
CHILDREN IN CROSSFIRE
Advent Appeal packs are available at Church doors. Please take one and return the coin box in January. Your donations will help to provide clean, safe water for thousands of people living in rural communities in Ethiopia. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
GUIDE TO THE HOLY LAND
An Irish Pilgrimage Guide to the Holy Land is a new book by Michael Kelly, Editor of The Irish Catholic newspaper which explores the places associated with the life of Christ. Michael, who has led many pilgrimages to the Holy Land, says he hopes the book can also act as an ‘armchair retreat’ for people who cannot travel to the Holy Land bringing the Gospel to life for them. Available from all good bookshops, or on www.columbabooks.com or by calling 01.687.4096, price £14.99. An ideal Christmas gift.
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 email@example.com 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.
The current edition of The Net is now freely available on the Derry diocesan website. This online paper has many interesting faith stories and news clips from around our diocese. Included in this month’s edition are photographs taken at the recent Ballinascreen Parish Cake Sale and Coffee Morning.
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. View www.marysmeals.org.uk or or phone 07394564065 for more details.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Boxing Night Dance: Music by Francis Faulkner, from 9.00 pm to 12 midnight. Adm £7 - includes light supper.
Christmas wreath making: Monday 19 December at 7.00 pm. There are a few places left.
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 7.30 pm.
Here and Now - Older People and Well-Being: Fridays at 7.00 pm. Music and dance, Free open to all over 55’s.
Sarsfield’s Band: 2023 Calendar featuring the band down through the ages can be bought from any band member. £5 each.
To register for any of the above please contact Olive 07887614094, Kathleen 07764277809 or Anne 79642711.
The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming.” Advent in the 4th and 5th centuries was a time of preparation for the baptism of new Christians. Christians would spend 40 days in prayer and fasting to prepare for the celebration that accompanied the baptism of new believers. Over time, advent was connected to Christ’s first coming that we celebrate at Christmas. Today, we celebrate Advent over the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. This fourth Advent Sunday we are reminded that Jesus offers us peace in every season and nothing is impossible with him! The fourth candle of Advent is called the “Angel Candle” and symbolizes peace. This name comes from the fact that the angels announced that Jesus came to bring peace, to our hearts and to our world!
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