DIOCESE OF DERRY 24 HOUR ONLINE PILGRIMAGE ~ Lough Derg Style
Day of Prayer & Penance in the face of the Coronavirus
Date: Friday 29th May
A number of parishes will be participating in this event by broadcasting their own virtual pilgrimage throughout the 24 hours. The diocese will broadcast the pilgrimage from https://www.derrydiocese.org/ and will link into each parish webcam at the times listed below:
FRIDAY, 29 MAY 2020
6.00 am The Angelus and Morning Prayer - from St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry
6.30 am Mass - from St Eugene’s Cathedral with Bishop McKeown
8.30 am First Station - from St Patrick’s Church, Gortin, Co Tyrone 12.00noon The Angelus and Second Station - from Drumragh Parish, Omagh, Co Tyrone
6.00 pm The Angelus and Third Station - from St Mary’s, Killyclogher, Co Tyrone
12.00 midnight Fourth Station - from St Pius X, Moville, Co Donegal
SATURDAY, 30 MAY 2020
1.30 am Fifth Station - from St Mary’s Church, Cockhill, Buncrana, Co Donegal
3.00 am Sixth Station - from Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Lavey,
4.30 am Seventh Station - from St Mary’s Church, Creggan, Derry
6.00 am The Angelus and Mass - from St Eugene’s Cathedral with Bishop McKeown
For more information follow this link: https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/a-day-of-prayer-and-penance
(27 May 2020)
54th DAY OF SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS
The 54th World Day of Social Communications will be celebrated this Sunday 24 May – the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. Pope Francis has chosen to reflect on the theme of storytelling in his message this year.
On Sunday morning and throughout the day, resources and video clips from around the diocese will be published on the diocesan website and its social media channels on this storytelling theme.
(22 May 2020)
NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
Starts tomorrow, May 22. This 9 day Novena to the Holy Spirit begins in preparation for the Feast of Pentecost. The prayers for each day of the Novena are available here:website: https://www.parishofballinascreen.com/copy-of-novena-of-ref…
To move to the relevant day of the novena simply click on the button at the top of the webpage for the day in question.
We are particularly encouraging the families of the Confirmation Classes in the parish, who await the coming of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation, to follow the Novena and to pray the prayer to the Holy Spirit each day. (21 May 2020)
CHURCHES REOPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER
Following the decision by the Northern Ireland Executive that churches could open for private prayer from tomorrow Tuesday May 19, we are now actively putting in place the necessary safety measures that are required so that Holy Rosary Church may open for two hours each day. We would hope that these could be in place by Friday of this week. Such is the level of health and safety measures that are demanded for the safe reopening of a Church, we require volunteers who will offer their time to supervise the church during these hours. Two Volunteers are needed for each hour so that visitors to the church can be safely directed in and out of the church, using different entrance and exit. They will also be required to clean hard surfaces where a visitor has knelt and prayed. If you are willing to supervise one of the hours Monday to Saturday 11 am to 1 pm and on a Sunday from 3 pm to 5 pm please email with your name and telephone number as soon as possible. The number of volunteers will determine how many days of the week the church can be opened.
With the successful implementation of these measures in Holy Rosary Church we would hope to provide the same measures at weekends in the other churches of the parish over the coming weeks. (19 May 2020)