No. 1697 ~ FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT - LAETARE SUNDAY
SUNDAY MASS TIMES
Holy Rosary: 6.00 pm
St Eugene’s Moneyneena: 7.30 pm
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
Monday ~ 10.00 am and 7.30 pm
Tuesday ~ 7.00 am and 10.00 am
Wednesday ~ 7.00 am and 10.00 am
Thursday ~ 7.00 am and 10.00 am
Friday ~ 10.00 am
St Columba’s Straw
Wednesday and Friday ~ 7.30 pm
St Colm’s High School
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday ~ 8.40 am
Before the Vigil Masses
Fr. Peter Madden PP VF
40 Derrynoyd Road
Fr John Downey CC
36 Moneyneena Rd
Fr Dermot McGirr CC
50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin
9 High Street Tel: 79628248
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Friday 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Wednesday ~ Closed
All notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday. firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpline telephone number: 07710838050
NO LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS ON TODAY, SUNDAY MARCH 11.
FEAST OF THE WEEK
Saturday 17: St Patrick, Bishop, Principal Patron of Ireland. This is a holyday of obligation. Masses for the holyday are:
Friday 16 March ~ Vigil Masses
Holy Rosary ~ 6.00 pm
St Columba’s Straw ~ 7.30 pm
Saturday 17 March
An Rath Dubh, Moneyneena ~ 9.00 am
St Patrick’s Sixtowns ~ 10.00 am
Holy Rosary ~ 12 noon (Mass in Irish)
Please Note: The 6.00 pm Vigil Mass in Holy Rosary and the 7.30 pm Vigil Mass in Rath Dubh, Moneyneena on Saturday 17 March will fulfil either the holyday or the Sunday obligation – but not both.
ST EUGENE’S MONEYNEENA
After many years of talk work on the provision of toilets at St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena is due to begin shortly. As was mentioned a few months ago, when the Parish Finance Council took the decision to proceed with the toilets, other smaller works at St Eugene’s Church were looked at and it was decided that the plaster work above the sanctuary should be attended to and the interior of the church painted. The church was last painted in 2002, its centenary year. We will also take this opportunity to raise the inside entrance porch, as it can be difficult when funerals are taking place. The carpet in the sanctuary also needs replacing and it was decided to lay tiles that would be a more permanent replacement.
For health and safety reasons and in order to let this minor works project proceed as quickly as possible, St Eugene’s Church will close tomorrow Monday March 12, until the work is completed.
Weekend Masses will take place in An Rath Dubh and we are very grateful to the committee who have generously offered their assistance.
Following a request from Corrymeela Community, both Ballinascreen Catholic and Church of Ireland Parishes will host a Lenten Walk next Thursday 15 March, commencing at 10.30 am with a short prayer service in the Church of Ireland Draperstown, followed by an 8 km walk starting and finishing 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. Refreshments will be served 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.
Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary on Monday March 12 following the 10.00 am Mass. It will conclude with 7.30 pm Mass.
WMOF ICON IN DERRY DIOCESE
The Official Icon for WMOF will be in St Mary's Church, Bellaghy this week.
Tuesday 13 March
7.30 pm: Reception of Icon and Mass.
Wednesday 14 March
9.30 am: Mass. 1.30pm: Prayer Service.
7.30pm: Peniteial Service / Confessions.
Thursday 15 March
9.30 am: Mass. Icon departs after Mass.
A Petition Box will be near the Icon. All petitions will be prayed for by the religious of Ireland and be presented at the Final Mass of
WMOF2018 in Dublin.
View Derry Dioceasn Website for further information on WMOF Icon in Derry.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of;
Annie McGuigan, Dunmurry Road,
Danny Kelly, Gortnari.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS
Mary Coelho, Cordarragh. Mass in Holy Rosary on Tuesday 13 March at 10.00 am.
First Anniversary: Peter Bradley
David Crossett, Alice Jo O’Neill,
Maura Kelly, Mary McBride.
PARISH WEEKLY ENVELOPES
The new boxes of Envelopes are now being delivered. If you do not have envelopes and wish to receive a box or if you have changed your address during the past year please advise the Parsh Office. We ask that all wage earners contribute to the parish by having their own personal box of envelopes.
We are also asking you to consider joining our Giift-Aid Scheme, if you have not already done so. If you pay tax, even a small amount, because we are a registered charity we are entitled to claim back from the Government the tax on the amount you pay to the Church. We know that at the mention of tax, most people have a fear that this will draw attention to their accounts; we can ensure you that this has not been the case where the scheme has been in operation. We therefore, ask you to consider completing the enclosed card in your box of envelopes and place it in with your first envelope. It is vital that you use the envelope method or direct debit to pay the Church so we may claim Gift-Aid on your contributions, which have to be recorded. Many thanks for your support. If you have already signed up for Gift Aid there is no need to sign up again. We wish to thank all those who are delivering the new boxes of envelopes.
We greatly appreciate your help.
The Benedictine Monks, Rostrevor, invite men (18 – 40) to an Easter Triduum Retreat from Holy Thursday 29 March – Easter Sunday 1 April. ‘Prefer nothing to Christ, because he preferred nothing to you.’ (St Cyprian). Take time to reflect. Examine your life and consider your call. If interested, please contact: Br Thierry – email@example.com –
Telephone 028 41739979.
LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS
Priests’ Monthly Collection: £3032.50
Church Revovation Fund: £ 1545
Many thanks to all who contributed.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Ryan Mícheál Louis Bradley, Glenelly Villas,
Sean Óg McKenna, Tirruadh Square.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 2018
Bishop Donal McKeown will lead the diocesan pilgrimage from 1 – 6 July.
2018 marks the 160th anniversary of the apparitions at Lourdes.
Application forms are available from Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop St Derry. Opening hours :11.00 am – 1.00 pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
BALLINASCREEN CREDIT UNION
A table quiz, in April, is being organised as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Ballinascreen Credit Union. The Credit Union wish to invite entries from organisations within the parish – Community Groups, Sporting Organisations, Businesses, etc. Teams should consist of between four and six persons aged 16 years or over and have a direct connection with the organisation concerned. Entries accepted up to 25 March, either at the office, by phone 7962 8762, or by e-mail info@ballinascreencu.
KEEP FIT FOR MALES
Exercise classes with Malachy McGuigan Tuesdays and Thursdays until 3 May in Workspace Recreation Centre 8 pm – 9 pm. £40 for 8 weeks (minus Easter Week). To register call at Workspace Office or come earlier on the evening to register.
Ballinascreen Early Years
Centre Manager required, at least Level 5 Qualification in Childcare and Education. For information contact Marie 79627303.
St Mary’s Primary School
Draw Winners Week :
£60 Kathleen McGuigan
£30 Tamara McGovern £20 Cathy Henry GROOGAN SCHOOL ~ IRISH DANCING
New Irish dance classes begin Tuesday 20 March at 6.30 pm in Ballinascreen AOH Hall. All beginners welcome (age 3+ years old, boys and girls). Teacher ~ Eimhear Groogan TCRG. For more information or to register your child phone 07743645469.
STEPS ~ COFFEE MORNING
Chat & Chew Coffee Morning on Monday 12 March 10.30 am -12.30 pm in STEPS Office. Speakers will give advice on protection from scams and on dementia All welcome.
SIXTOWNS HISTORY AND HERITAGE GROUP
Talk in Sixtowns Community Hall on Thursday 15 March at 8pm on Uncovering the Forgotten Historic Events 1919 - 1923 in Sixtowns and local areas. All welcome.
GLÓR NA SPERÍNÍ
AGM today, Sunday 11 March, at 6.00 pm in An Mheitheal building, Straw (on Gaelscoil na Speiríní site). All members of the public are very welcome to attend.
IONA INSTITUTE NI
Conference on 24 March in St Mary’s University College Falls Road Belfast: ‘Into your hands…’, Achieving Best Care at Life’s End . Keynote speaker: Baroness Nuala O’Loan. Caring for a loved one who is terminally ill is one of the greatest challenges any of us can face. This conference will explore the ethics of end of life care from a philosophical, medical, legal, and pastoral perspective. For further details contact Iona Institute NI, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 92 646861, View ionainstituteni.org/. Early booking essential.
MID ULSTER VOLUNTEER CENTRE
Celebration event on Thursday 22 March at 11 am in Involve House, Queen Street, Magherafelt for the ‘Carefully Yours’ Project for over 55’s. The project aims to reduce isolation, improve health, wellbeing and independence. Lunch provided, followed by entertainment from Ben Currie. Please phone 79301862 before Thursday 15 March if you wish to attend.
Library closed on Saturday 17 March.
Easter Crafts on Tuesday 20 and 27 March at 6.00 pm. Booking essential.
ST COLM’S GAC
400 Club Winners: £300 Susan McAuley £50 Kenny McGregor
£50 Francis Cushenan
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
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