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BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 16 December 2018

No. 1736 ~ THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT ~ GAUDETE SUNDAY

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 FOR THIS WEEK

Holy Rosary Church

Monday ~ 10.00 am and 7.30 pm Tuesday – Friday ~ 10.00 am

St Columba’s Church Straw

Friday ~ 7.30 pm

Please Note: No 7.30 pm Mass on Wednesday 19 December.

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

PARISH WEBCAM

All Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the parish website:

www.parishofballinascreen.com

FEAST OF THE WEEK

Friday 21: St Peter Canisus. Lived 1521 -1597. Jesuit priest. He published a catechism in 1555.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Church on Monday December 17. Adoration will start after the 10.00 am Mass and continue until 7.25 pm. Adoration concludes with celebration of Mass at 7.30 pm.

VISITATION OF SICK AND HOUSEBOUND

Fr Madden will visit the sick in his care on Monday 17, Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 December.

PENITENTIAL SERVICES

Evenings of Love and Forgiveness

On Tuesday, December 18 at 7.30 pm in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena and on Wednesday December 19 at 7.30 pm in St Patrick’s Church, Keenaught, there will be Penitential Services.

The priests, from both parishes, will be present and with you, the People of God, we will reflect on our sinfulness and our need to say sorry to God and to each other. Mindful that Pope Francis is encouraging us to say ‘Please’, ‘Thank you’ and ‘I’m sorry’ often, this unique celebration of the Sacrament of Confession or Reconciliation will afford us the opportunity to say sorry for our sins.

The priests will stand at the front of the altar and you will be invited to come forward, after we have recited together an Act of Sorrow, to say ‘I am sorry for my sins’, and if there is something in particular you wish to mention you may then do so. The priest will then give you absolution and you will return to your seat. This is not the occasion for in depth conversation about issues in your life that you may wish to talk about. However priests will be in Holy Rosary Church on

Saturday December 22 at 11.00 am and Sunday December 23 at 5.00 pm for confessions and such conversations.

We hope that many people who have not been to confession for some time will see in these ‘Evenings of Love and Forgiveness’ an opportunity to return to the sacramental life of the church and be ready then to celebrate Christmas with renewed faith.

Please Note: No 7.30 pm Mass in Ballinascreen on Wednesday 19 December.

PARISH CAROL SERVICE

Annual Parish Christmas Carol Service will be held today, Sunday 16 December in St Columba’s Church Straw at 6.00 pm. The Carol Service will include the presentation of gifts for distribution by the St Vincent de Paul local conference.

Parishioners are invited to please bring a non-perishable food item as their gift for presentation during the Carol Service. All welcome.

SPECIAL SVP COLLECTION

Annual Christmas Collection will be taken up following all Masses this weekend.

Your support for the vital work of the Conference in our parish will be greatly appreciated, especially at this time of year which can be difficult for some families in our local community.

ANNIVERSARIES

Susan Potter, Patrick Heron,

Baby Beth Bradley, Pat J Molloy,

Mary Gallagher, Michael McGuigan.

WEDDING

Congratulations and best wishes for the future to:

Sarah McAllister and Conor Kearns who were married recently in