BALLINASCREEN PARISH - 4 JULY 2021

No.1870 ~ FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 

​​SUNDAY MASSES

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 (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:

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

 

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

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 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.

 

FEASTS OF THE WEEK

Monday 5: St Anthony Zaccaria, priest.

Tuesday 6: St Maria Goretti, virgin and martyr.

Wednesday 7: St Maelruain, bishop and abbot.

Friday 9: Saints Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions.


BALLINASCREEN PARISH ~ NEW SUMMER BONANZA PARISH DRAW

We encourage all young wage earners to participate in the Parish Summer Draw which begins on Saturday July 17.

The parish needs your support and we ask you to promote this Summer Draw among your friends.

On Friday next July 2, Ballinascreen Parish Office will be opened from 11.00 am until 2.00 pm just for the sale of tickets.

Five Weekly Draws from Saturday 17 July to Saturday14 August.

  • Total Prize Fund £8,000

  • 15 chances to win!

  • Week 1: First Prize £1,000, Second Prize £200, Third Prize £100,

  • Week 2: First Prize £1,000, Second Prize £200, Third Prize £100,

  • Week 3: First Prize £1,000, Second Prize £200, Third Prize £100,

  • Week 4: First Prize £1,000, Second Prize £200, Third Prize £100,

  • Week 5: First Prize £2,000, 2nd Prize £500, 3rd Prize £300.

Three fantastic cash prizes every week of the draw.

Winners will be announced every Saturday night after 6:15 p.m. Mass in Holy Rosary Church.

Tickets only £20 each are now available to buy from:

Ballinascreen Parish Draw Promoters,

Fr Madden’s and Fr McGirr’s Parochial Houses,

Ballinascreen and Desertmartin Parish Offices,

Ballinascreen and Desertmartin Credit Union Offices,

Heron’s Gift Shop and

Moneyneena Post Office.

We thank all those who are presently selling tickets and encourage as many as possible to please actively promote this draw around your family and friends including those who live outside the parish.

Thank you.


EXPLORING PRIESTHOOD - COME AND SEE

The Diocese of Derry is hosting its annual 'Come and See' Day for those interested in exploring the life and spirituality of a diocesan priest. This 'Come and See' day is open to those who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood, and will involve talks and discussions, led by local priests and students studying for the diocese, who will share from their own experiences and vocational journey. This event will be held in Saint Mary's Church, Creggan, Derry City on Saturday, 10 July, 10:00 am-4:00pm followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Celebration of the Eucharist. If you would like to reserve a place or find out more details, please contact: Fr Chris Ferguson by Tuesday 6th July, Tel: 00 44 (0)79 73421352 or chris_j_ferguson@hotmail.com Full details are available on derryvocations.org


DEATHS

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

Will Armour Desertmartin and Loughgall,

Hubert McNamee, Australia, formerly Glenviggan.


ANNIVERSARIES

Art McNamee

Gerry Madden

Cyril Harkin

Irene Magee


BAPTISMS

We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:

Darragh Francis Patrick McGuigan, Dromdallagan and

Michael Joseph Murray, Tobermore Road.


WEDDINGS

Congratulations and best wishes for the future to:

Lisa McKee and Matthew Devine who were married recently in St Columba’s Church, Straw;

Laura McKenna and Seamus Trainor who were married recently in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena;

Emma Conway and Paul Burns who were married recently in St Patrick’s Church, Sixtowns.


BALLINASCREEN CREDIT UNION ~ JUNE QUARTERLY CASH DRAW WINNERS

1st Prize: £10,000 - Mr Brendan Murray, Tirruadh Square

2nd Prize: £7,000 - Mrs Louisa Kelly, Brackagh Road, Desertmartin

3rd Prize: £5,000 - Mrs Marion McCloskey, Moydamlaght Road

4th Prize: £3,000 - Mrs Marie Hegarty, Garvagh Road, Dungiven

Next Quarterly Cash Draw will be held on Saturday 25 September 2021


BALLINASCREEN PARISH OFFICE

Ballinascreen Parish Office is now reopened to the public every Monday and Tuesday from 9.00 am – 3.00 pm.


PRIVATE PRAYER

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


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.


SVP DONATIONS

Many thanks for many generous donations. To make a donation please place it in an envelope and mark it SVP. All donations appreciated


FOSTER CARERS NEEDED IN THE NORTH-WEST

If you are interested in hearing information about fostering, you are invited to a Virtual Fostering Information Session, on Friday 9 July, 3.00-4.00 pm.

To attend, call 0800 0720 137 or email info@fostering.hscni.net


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 ballinascreenparish@gmail.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


PREPARING FOR MARRIAGE?

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.


THE MEMORARE

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Amen


POPE FRANCIS @PONTIFEX

Sister, brother, let Jesus look upon and heal your heart. And if you have already felt His tender gaze upon you, imitate Him; do as He does. Help us to bring comfort to those with wounded hearts whom we meet on our journey


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