BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 25 MARCH 2018

March 25, 2018

No. 1699 ~ PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION

DAILY MASS TIMES

Monday - Wednesday (26, 27 and 28 March)

 

Holy Rosary:

Monday ~   10.00 am and 7.30 pm

Tuesday ~ 7.00 am and 10.00 am

Wednesday  ~ 7.00 am and 10.00 am

 
St Colm’s High School

Tuesday ~ 8.40 am

No Mass on Wednesday Morning

 

HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES

HOLY THURSDAY

Mass of Chrism                  10.00 am St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry

Holy Rosary                       6.00 pm   Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

St Patrick’s Sixtowns         7.30 pm   Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Adoration at the Altar of Repose after Mass in Holy Rosary until 9.00 pm

Adoration at the Altar of Repose after Mass in St Patrick’s until 9.00 pm

 

GOOD FRIDAY

St Columba’s Straw           3.00 pm Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

An Rath Dubh                    3.00 pm Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion 

St Patrick’s Sixtowns         7.30 pm Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

 

EASTER SATURDAY VIGIL

St Columba’s Straw           8.00 pm            

 

EASTER SUNDAY

Moneyneena Eagle’s Valley    5.45 am Dawn Mass (further details below)

An Rath Dubh Moneyneena    9.00 am Mass

St Patrick’s Sixtowns             10.00 am Mass

St Columba’s Straw               11.00 am Mass

Holy Rosary Draperstown      12 noon Mass

 

CONFESSIONS

Wednesday March 28 ~ Evening of Love and Forgiveness - Penitential Service in St Patrick's Church, Keenaught at 7.30 pm

Good Friday ~ After 3.00 pm Ceremonies and before 7.30 pm Ceremonies.

Holy Saturday ~ Holy Rosary at 11.00 am

 

CONTACT DETAILS

 

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  

 

MASS OF CHRISM

Bishop McKeown will celebrate the Mass of Chrism with the priests and people of the diocese in St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, at 10.00 am, on Holy Thursday 29 March. During this Mass the holy Oils for Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick and Ordination are blessed. Also, the priests renew their Ordination promises. Everyone welcome.

 

EASTER DAWN MASS

“On the first day of the week, at the first sign of dawn, they went to the tomb.... They found that the stone had been rolled away ...... two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appeared at their side. .... the two said to them, 'Why look among the dead for someone who is alive? 

He is not here; he has risen.’”   

(Luke 24: 1-6)

We too will go this Easter Morning to greet the Risen Christ at this early morning Mass, which will be celebrated in the open air, in Eagle’s Valley, outside Moneyneena on the Feeny Road, the same venue as last year.  

 

Please follow the signs and the stewards who will guide you to designated parking   areas.

 

Celebration of Mass will commence at 5.45 am.

All welcome. 

 

WELCOME

The priests of the Parish extend a warm invitation to parishioners to join with them in the most important week of prayer in the Church’s Year.  If you know of someone who might like to attend the Ceremonies this year please take an extra copy of the Bulletin for them.

 

LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Stations of the Cross in St Columba’s Church Straw, today, Sunday at 5.00 pm.

 

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Church on Monday March 26 following the 10.00 am Mass until 7.25 pm. 

 

FAST AND ABSTINENCE

Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. Fasting means that the amount of food we eat is considerably reduced. This applies to those aged 18 to 60.

Abstinence means that those aged over 14 abstain from eating meat.

 

LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTION

Weekly Collection:  £2090

Church Renovation Collection: £1866

Many thanks to all who contributed

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Derry Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund wish to acknowledge the sum of £1750, and sincerely thank all the parishioners of Ballinascreen for your continued generosity.

 

DEATHS

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

Peter McGuigan, Moykeeran,

Brendan Hegarty, Desertmartin,

Joe Orr, Canada.

 

ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversaries:

Patrick Conway, Glengomna Lane

Mary Kerr, Carnamoney

Peter Convery, Francis Hegarty,

Angela O;Keeney , Mamie O’Kane,

Annie Kelly, Ann McKenna,

Baby Jack Molloy, Joe Moran,

Brian Quinn, Eileen McDermott.

 

DO THIS IN MEMORY MASS

Mass for children preparing for First Holy Communion will be celebrated today, at 12 noon in Holy Rosary Church.

 

TRÓCAIRE LENTEN CAMPAIGN

‘O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever.’ Psalms 118:1. 
This Palm Sunday we celebrate God’s love that is manifested by the support we give to those in the world who are less fortunate than us and face daily hardship. People like Daniel from Uganda who appeared on the Trócaire Box in 2012 aged 9. Daniel is now 15 and doing well in school. The support Daniel's family received ensured that he and his siblings could get an education and dream of a better future. 

Please bring your Trócaire box to any of the Ceremonies on Holy Thursday or Good Friday.

 

BALLINASCREEN PARISH DRAW

Draw on Monday March 26.  Results will be printed in next week’s Bulletin.

 

EVENING OF SONG AND REFLECTION

St. Patrick’s Maghera College Choir invite you to an evening of song and reflection on the Passion of Christ, on Tuesday 27 March at 7.30 pm in St. Mary’s Church, Maghera. Everyone welcome.

 

HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE

Eight nights beginning 10 October 2018. An opportunity to literally walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ - from His birth, through His life, to His passion and death. Nine places still available. For details or to book, please telephone 71351233.

 

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE

Places are still available on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018.

Bishop Donal McKeown will lead the diocesan pilgrimage from 1 – 6 July.

2018 marks the 160th anniversary of the apparitions at Lourdes. Fare £669, covers flights, full board hotel, insurance, airport taxes and coach transfers in Lourdes. 

Fare may be paid in instalements. 

Application forms available from Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop St Derry. Open 11.00 am –1.00  pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. 

 

ST JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS’ SOCIETY

The society acknowledges with sincere thanks a generous donation for the support and education of student priests at home and abroad. All benefactors share in the Masses and prayers of the society. Please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood for the church of tomorrow.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2018

First Holy Communion will be celebrated in Ballinascreen Parish on the following dates in May 2018:

Saturday 5 May ~ Gaelscoil na Speiríní in St Coumba’s Church Straw,

Saturday 12 May ~ St Columba’s P.S. in St Columba’s Church, Straw,

Saturday 19 May ~ St Mary’s P.S. in Holy Rosary Church, Draperstown,

Saturday 19 May ~ St Eoghan’s P.S. in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena.

 

CONFIRMATION 20

Bishop McKeown will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in Ballinascreen on Sunday April 29 at 3 pm.

 

BENEDICTINE MONKS

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 –

benedictinemonks@btinternet.com

Phone 41739979

 

BALLINASCREEN SCOUTS

Annual Easter Cake sale on Saturday 31 March 11.00 am - 2.00 pm, above Sonny’s please use entrance in the alleyway.

 

DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

Open Night Wednesday 28 March at 6.30 pm for parents and young children.

 

BALLINASCREEN TRADITIONAL MUSIC GROUP

Grand Variety Concert in St. Colm's High School featuring local talent on Saturday 24 March at 8.00 pm

 

ST MARY'S PRIMARY SCHOOL

Draw Winners Week 4

£60~ Cahir McKee Draperstown £30~Sarah McAllister Mallon Villas

£20 ~  Gavin McKenna Brackaghlislea.

 

SPRING SALE

In An Rath Dubh, today, Sunday 12 noon - 3.00 pm. Stalls of new and pre loved goods. In aid of Cancer Research. 

 

OWENKILLEW PLAY ACTORS

Present ‘Thy Will be Done’ in Sixtowns Community Hall on Sunday 25 March at 8.00 pm. Admission £7 pay at door.

 

ST COLM’S GAC

  • 400 Club Winners:

£300 - Dermot Doyle £50 - Pat Donnelly,

£50 - Frankie McCloskey

  • Table Quiz - Friday  6 April at 9.00 pm in aid of ‘Friends of Africa’

 

POPE  FRANCIS@ PONTIFEX

When we allow Jesus to enter our lives we discover the secret to keeping alive the flame of our spiritual life.

 

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

 

For more information view: www.worldmeeting2018.ie

 

CHOOSE LIFE 2018

The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution upholds the right to life of both mother and baby. It is not about one life at the expense of another. It is about cherishing mother and baby equally. Occasionally medical interventions need to be carried out with the intention of saving the life of the mother, resulting in the unintended and unavoidable death of the unborn baby. This is not an abortion because it is not the direct and intentional ending of innocent human life. The greatest gift that each person has is the gift of life.’

Excerpt from the Pastoral Message from Bishop Francis Duffy of Ardagh and Clonmacnois.

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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