No. 1701 ~ SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER ~ DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
SUNDAY MASS TIMES
Holy Rosary: 6.00 pm
An Rath Dubh: 7.30 pm
An Rath Dubh: 9.00 am
St Patrick’s Sixtowns: 10.00 am
St Columba’s Straw: 11.00 am
Holy Rosary: 12 noon
DAILY MASS TIMES
Monday ~ 10.00 am and 7.30 pm
Tuesday ~ 10.00 am
Wednesday ~ 10.00 am
Thursday ~ 10.00 am
Friday ~ 10.00 am
St Columba’s Straw
Friday ~ 7.30 pm
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
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Monday 9: The Annunciation of the Lord. Giving her consent to God’s word, Mary becomes the mother of Jesus. This feast was held over to this date as 25 March was Palm Sunday.
Wednesday 11: St Stanislaus, bishop and martyr. He became bishop of Krakow in 1072. He died in1097.
Friday 13: St Martin I. He died in 655.
DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS
Divine Mercy Devotions will be held in St Columba’s Church Straw today, Sunday 8 April at 3.00 pm. Everyone welcome.
Prayer for Life
As voters in the South prepare for the forthcoming referendum on abortion, we will assist them with our prayers. On Friday evening, April 13, and every Friday thereafter until the day of the referendum there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in St Columba's Church Straw from 6.00 pm - 7.25 pm.
Please join in this Prayer for Life to protect the unborn and to support their mothers and fathers in choosing to continue with their pregnancies, especially in difficult circumstances.
VISITATION OF SICK AND HOUSEBOUND
Fr. Downey will visit the sick in his care on Monday 9, Thursday 12 and Friday 13 April.
Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Church, on Monday April 9 will commence after the 10.30 am Mass and conclude with Mass at 7.30 pm.
DERRY DIOCESAN SOCIETY MASS
The 10.00 am Mass on Monday April 9 in Holy Rosary Church will be offered for all the deceased members of the Derry Diocesan Society.
PADRE PIO MASS
Monthly Mass in honour of St Pio of Pietrelcina will be celebrated in Holy Rosary Church on Monday 9 April at 7.30 pm. Rosary and novena prayers commence at 7.10 pm. All welcome.
Requiem Mass for James Murray, Dunlogan and Aldershot, who was buried on Holy Thursday, will be held in An Rath Dubh Moneyneena on Saturday 14 April at 7.30 pm.
MONTH’S MIND MASSES
John Bradley, Sixtowns Road, in St Patrick’s Sixtowns on Sunday April 15 at 10.00 am.
Anna McGuigan, Cahore, in St Columba’s Church Straw on Sunday April 15 at 11.00 am.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASSES
Joe Conway, Glengomna Road, Friday 13 April, in St Columba’s Church Straw at 7.30 pm.
Mary Kelly, Cahore, Saturday 14 April in Holy Rosary Church at 6.00 pm.
Annie McSorley, Joseph Conway,
Rose Bradley, Margaret Trolan,
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Joseph Farrell, Cookstown,
Liam McKaigue, Maghera.
We ask your prayers for the boys and girls from Ballinascreen and Desertmartin who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday April 29. They will attend a special day of prayer and retreat on Wednesday April 11 in An Rath Dubh.
LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS
Priests’ Collection: £3700
Church Renovation Collection:£1192.
Many thanks to all who contributed
TRÓCAIRE LENTEN BOXES
Please return your Trócaire Box as soon as possible please, if you have not already done so. Thank you.
DO THIS IN MEMORY MASS
The next Mass for children preparing for First Holy Communion will be celebrated next Sunday 15 April, at 12 noon in the Holy Rosary Church.
PARISH WEEKLY ENVELOPES
The new boxes of envelopes, will be used from this weekend 7 / 8 April. We ask that all wage earners please contribute to the parish by having their own personal box of envelopes. If you do not have a box of envelopes and wish to receive one please contact the Parish Office. Many thanks for your continued support.
VALUING EVERY HUMAN LIFE
The Diocese of Derry invites you to a public meeting today, Sunday 8 April, at 7.00 pm in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana. Speakers: Bishop Donal McKeown, Declan Ganley and Anne and Francie Brolly. Everyone welcome.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
Reflection and Renewal Day at Knock, on 20 and 21 April (same programme delivered each day) led by Dr Petroc Willey, Professor of Catechetics Franciscan University Steubenville. This event is aimed at supporting people in leadership roles in parishes, espec ially parishioners /groups involved in leading or setting up faith-study programmes. For more information and booking, visit www.cloynediocese.ie or contact Fr Seán Corkery on (086) 2420240 / email: email@example.com
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ~ WMOF DUBLIN ~ AUGUST 2018
The World Meeting of the Families from 21 – 26 August will attract thousands of Irish and International pilgrims. Organising it and seeing it through will only be possible with the help of generous volunteers who will put their love and talents to service. Several thousand more volunteers are urgently needed. To become a WMOF2018 volunteer one must officially complete an online application form at ~
Volunteers must be over 18 on 1 January 2018, or between 16 and 18 years if volunteering in a group with ratio of at least 1 adult to 10 young people. There is no upper age limit.
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.
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:
A baptism card is to be completed when booking a baptism. Please contact the Parish Office to book a baptism.
BALLINASCREEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Talk entitled ‘Mid Ulster’s Big Country Houses’ by Neil Watt on Tuesday 10 April in 50 High Street at 8pm. (Please note ~ change of date)
Sixtowns Cross Community Group
Circuits classes with Micheala Moran continue in Sixtowns Hall on Saturdays, 9.00 am -10.00 am. All abilities catered for and all welcome. Booking not required.
OVER 6O’s AND CARERS’ GROUP
Meeting on Thursday 12 April from 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm in Unit B1 (STEPS) at front of Workspace. This session will be facilitated by Geraldine from Action on Hearing Loss who will advise on their services. All attendees will be offered a free hearing check on the day. No booking required. For more information call Adele on 79628113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes for 6 – 8 weeks commence on Tuesday 10 April, in GAA Complex, from 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm. £5 each class. Professional instructor. Fundraising country dance and jiving competition will be held at the end of the course. All levels welcome.
DESERTMARTIN PARISH HALL
Tea Dance on Friday 13 April 9.00pm – midnight. Music by Micheal Mawhinney. Everyone welcome.
ST COLM’S GAC BALLINASCREEN
£300 - James Cushenan, Niall Henry,
M.J. & Laura Groogan.
OFFICIAL FAMILY PRAYER FOR WMOF2018
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
POPE FRANCIS@ PONTIFEX
Love is the only invincible weapon, because it has the power to disarm the forces of evil.