BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 4 MARCH 2018

March 4, 2018

No. 1696 ~ THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

SUNDAY MASS TIMES

 

VIGIL MASSES

Holy Rosary:                        6.00 pm  

St Eugene’s Moneyneena:   7.30 pm

 

SUNDAY

St Eugene’s Moneyneena:    9.00 am

St Patrick’s  Sixtowns:         10.00 am

St Columba’s Straw:            11.00 am

Holy Rosary:                        12 noon

 

DAILY MASS TIMES DURING LENT

Holy Rosary

Monday ~ 10.00 am and 7.30 pm

Tuesday ~ 7.00 am

Wednesday ~ 7.00 am

Thursday ~ 7.00 am

Friday ~ 10.00 am

St Eugene’s Moneyneena

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday  ~  10.00 am

St Columba’s Straw

Wednesday and Friday ~ 7.30 pm

St Colm’s High School

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday ~ 8.40 am

 

CONFESSIONS  

Before the Vigil Masses

 

Fr. Peter Madden PP VF

40 Derrynoyd Road

Telephone: 79628376

Email:ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

 

Fr John Downey CC

36 Moneyneena Rd

Telephone: 79628375

Email: j.downey75@btinternet.com

 

Fr Dermot McGirr CC

50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin

Telephone: 79632196

 

PARISH OFFICE

9 High Street             Tel: 79628248

 

Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

9.00 am – 3.00 pm

Friday 9.00 am – 1.00 pm

Wednesday ~ Closed

 

BULLETIN NOTICES

All notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday. ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

 

SVP HELPLINE

Helpline telephone number:  07710838050  

 

FEASTS OF THE WEEK

Wednesday 7: St Perpetua and St Felicity, martyred in Carthage in 203.

Thursday 8: St John of God. He devoted his life to the care of the poor and sick.  He is patron saint of nurses, the sick, printers and booksellers.

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS FOR LENT

Stations of the Cross today, Sunday, at 5.00 pm, in St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena.  All are welcome.

 

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Church on Monday March 5  following the 10.00 am Mass.  Adoration will conclude with Mass at 7.30 pm. 

 

PADRE PIO MASS

Monthly Mass in honour of St Pio of Pietrelcina will be celebrated in Holy Rosary Church on Monday March 5 at 7.30 pm.  Rosary and novena prayers will commence at 7.10 pm.

 

VISITATION OF SICK AND HOUSEBOUND

Fr Downey will visit the sick in his care on Monday 5, Thursday 8 and Friday 9 March

 

MONTH’S MIND MASS

Helen Lagan, St Patrick’s St, Mass on Wednesday 7 March in St Columba’s Church Straw at 7.30 pm.

 

FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS

Peter Bradley Cahore, Sunday 11 March in St Columba’s Church Straw at 11.00 am.

 

ANNIVERSARIES

Mary O’Neill, Maureen Kelly,

Helen Cuskeran, Pat Joe Bradley, Seamus McGuigan, Nancy Kelly.

 

LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS

Weekly Envelope Collection: £2246

Church Revovation Fund: £1522.

Many thanks to all who contributed.

 

BAPTISMS

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

Brogan Francis Murray Drumard Road,

Harper Marie McLaughlin Cloane Road,

Tommy Grant  Cordarragh Heights,

Fianna Rose Groogan Cordarragh Heights.

 

LENTEN WALK

Following a request from Corrymeela Community, both Ballinascreen Catholic and Church of Ireland Parishes have agreed to host one of their Annual Lenten Walks on Thursday 15 March.  It will commence at 10.30 am with a short prayer service in the Church of Ireland Parish Church Draperstown followed by an 8 km walk which will begin and end at Lough Fea. Transport to Lough Fea is not provided. Following the walk a short prayer service will be held in St Columba’s Church, Straw with refreshments afterwards in An Rath Dubh, Moneyneena. For catering purposes it is important to let the Parish Office know, as soon as possible, of your intention to do the walk.

 

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES ICON

The Official Icon for the WMOF2018 will be in the Derry Diocese from Monday 5 - Thursday 15 March, at the following venues:

Moville: St. Pius X Church, Evening of

Monday 5 March - Wednesday 7 March

Derry City: St Eugene's Cathedral Wednesday 7 - Monday 12 March

Omagh:  Sacred Heart Church

Monday 12 - Tuesday 13 March

Bellaghy: St Mary's Church, 

Tuesday 13 - Thursday 15 March.

There will be a Petitions Box in each venue while the Icon is there. The petitions will be forwarded to a convent of contemplative nuns who will pray for all the intentions prior to WMOF2018.

 

DO THIS IN MEMORY MASSES

Do This In Memory Mass will be celebrated today Sunday at 12 noon in Holy Rosary Church.  Do This In Memory Masses will also be celebrated on ~

25  March, 15 April and 3 June 2018.

 

PARISH BAPTISMS

First Sunday of the month:

Holy Rosary Church after 12 noon Mass

Second Saturday of the month:

St Eugene’s Moneyneena at 3.00 pm

Fourth Sunday of the month:

St Columba’s Straw  at 3.00 pm

St Patrick’s Sixtowns: By arrangement.   

A baptism card is to be completed when booking a baptism. Please contact the Parish Office to book a baptism

 

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 2018

Bishop Donal McKeown will lead the diocesan pilgrimage from 1 – 6 July.  Fare £669.  Application forms available from Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop St Derry. Opening hours: 11.00 am – 1.00 pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  Phone 71260293  email derrypilgrim@outlook.com.

 

TRÓCAIRE NEWS 2018

“How much longer will you set on a victim, all together, intent on murder, like a rampart already leaning over, a wall already damaged?” Psalms 62:3. 

Today we pray for the people of Eastern Ghouta in Syria. Hundreds of innocent civilians have been killed in the bombing of the past two weeks including many children. Trócaire’s partners continue to work on the ground in horrendous conditions. We pray for those who can resolve this crisis to find the political will to do so. To find out more on Trócaire’s work visit www.trocaire.org

  • Trócaire Lenten Boxes available  in all Church porches. Please take a box home and support this annual appeal to help people living in developing countries.  

 

BALLINASCREEN TRADITIONAL MUSIC GROUP

Congratulations to all members who participated in the Ballymena Feis and especially to the Junior Grúpa Ceoil who came first. Grand Concert will be on 24 March. Further details later.

 

SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY

Fundraising event for Sixtowns Hall from 5.00 pm -7.00 pm today, Sunday, in The Shepherds’ Rest. Music by Bleed ‘N Cowboys. Light supper.

 

BALLINASCREEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

A talk entitled ‘Ulster Architecture’ by Paul Larmour will be held on Tuesday March 6 at 8.00 pm in 50 High Street. Everyone  welcome.

 

ST MARY'S PRIMARY SCHOOL

Draw Winners Week 1:

£60 Cahan Flanagan, Glenshane Park,

£30 Christine Farrelly, Tobermore Rd.

£20 Anne Murphy, Mallon Villas.

 

BALLINASCREEN FOLD

Congratulations to winners of February Quiz. All welcome to the next quiz on 30 March. Admission £2 includes supper.

Sleive Gallion Active Retirement Association

Meeting on Monday 5 March at 7.30 pm in St Mary's Parish Hall. Three day trip to Athlone planned for Sunday - Tuesday 13-15 May. Contact Chris 07546010560 for further details. 

 

PARISH HALL DESERTMARTIN

  • Tea Dance in Parish Hall on Friday 9 March has been cancelled.

  • Hall Committee AGM on 25 March. All welcome to this open meeting. New Committee members welcome.

 

DRAPERSTOWN CELTIC

A 10km, 5km and walk will be held on Sunday 22 April at 11.00 am to raise funds for the youth teams that will be attending the Foyle Cup. Sign up at http://athleticsni.org/Fixtures/Run-DC-10K

 

ST COLM’S GAC

  • 400 Club Winners:

£300 Gavin Bradley, £50 Tina Kelly, £50 Maria McWilliams.

  • Club shop open every Friday night from 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm. 

  • Supper Night, in aid of youth funds, on Friday 23 March. Entertainment by Blue Folk. Tickets £15 are on sale in Herons Gift Shop and Club Shop.

 

Official Family Prayer for World Meeting of Families

God, our Father, we are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,

One family, in the Spirit of your love.

Bless us with the joy of love.

Make us patient and kind, gentle and generous, welcoming to those in need.

Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care,

Especially those for whom we now pray:

Pause to remember family members and others

Increase our faith, strengthen our hope,

Keep us safe in your love,

Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share. This we ask, through Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.

For more information view

  • www.worldmeeting2018.ie

 

CHOOSE LIFE 2018

Reasons to Protect the Eighth Amendment

The unborn child is one of us.

Advances in 4D ultrasound technology are a real window into the womb.

By Day 21, baby's heart is beating.

Facial features are starting to form from week four.

At just six weeks, the baby's eyes and eyelids, nose, mouth and internal organs have developed in their basic form.

From week eight the nervous system is beginning to respond.

From week nine the baby can yawn and swallow and from week 12 the baby can suck its thumb.

This is all happening before the mother's bump is showing.

 

Abortion Rates In Other Countries

When abortion becomes legal in a country, it slowly becomes acceptable.

In England and Wales, 1 in 5 pregnancies end in abortion every year.

Over 185,000 abortions were carried out in 2016 according to the Department of Health UK.

France and Spain also have an abortion rate of 1 in 5.

Italian and Portuguese Ministry of Health figures reveal a rate of 1 in 6.

Sweden's abortion rate is 1 in 4.

There is every reason to believe that, if legalised, Irish abortion rates would rapidly rise as they have in other countries.

 

To access videos, testimonies and frequently asked questions visit www.chooselife2018.ie

 

We may not have a vote but we can pray!

 

 

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