No. 1747 ~ EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
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
Holy Rosary: 12 noon
DAILY MASS TIMES FOR THIS WEEK
Holy Rosary Church
Monday ~ 10.00 am and 7.30 pm
Tuesday ~ 10.00 am
Ash Wednesday ~ 7.00 am & 7.30 pm
Thursday ~ 7.00 am and 10.00 am
Friday 10.00 am
St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena
Ash Wednesday ~ 10.00 am
Friday ~ 7.30 pm
St Patrick’s Church Sixtowns
Ash Wednesday ~ 10.00 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. email@example.com
Helpline telephone number: 07710838050
Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the parish website:
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Wednesday 6: Ash Wednesday.
Ashes will be distributed at all Masses on on Ash Wednesday which are as follows:
Holy Rosary ~ 7.00 am and 7.30 pm,
St Eugene’s Moneyneena ~ 10.00 am,
St Patrick’s Sixtowns ~ 10.00 am.
Please note the extra Mass on Ash Wednesday at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church as St Columba’s Church Straw is closed until Sunday March 10. This feast marks the beginning of Lent and is a day of Fast and Abstinence.
Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are the three strands of Lenten observance.
MASSES DURING LENT
During Lent there will be three extra Masses per week at 7.00 am to accommodate those who are working and cannot attend Mass at any other time. Please check the times and places for all Masses during Lent at the side-bar of the Parish Bulletin.
From Tuesday March 12, there will be Mass in St Colm’s High School at 8.40 am Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and all are welcome to join the school community for this Mass.
During Lent we invite as many parishioners as possible to attend daily Mass. We ask that those who have transport offer a lift to neighbours and friends so that, with the sick and the housebound who follow daily Mass on the webcam, we can all be united in our prayers and offerings. God’s people gathered together in praise of Him who gave his life for us all.
Thursday 7: St Perpetua and St Felicity, martyred in Carthage in 203.
Friday 8: St John of God. He devoted his life to the care of the poor and sick
Adoration in Holy Rosary Church on Monday 4 March, starts after 10.00 am Mass and ends at 7.25 pm. Mass 7.30 pm.
ST COLUMBA'S CHURCH, STRAW
St Columba’s Church Straw will reopen on March 10 with celebration of Sunday Mass at 11.00 am.
PADRE PIO MASS
Monthly Mass in honour of St Pio of Pietrelcina will be celebrated on Monday March 4 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church. Rosary and novena prayers will commence at 7.10 pm.
LAUDATO SI ~ FASTING
Fasting is a Christian tradition which we preserve now on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Meat production contributes almost 20% of greenhouse gas emissions. The Derry Diocesan Laudato Si Group ask that you might consider abstinence from meat on Fridays in Lent as a Lenten practice and a sign of Christian concern for our fragile and endangered world.
TRÓCAIRE LENTEN CAMPAIGN
Trócaire Lenten Boxes will be available from Ash Wednesday in all Church porches. Please take a box home and support this annual appeal to help people living in developing countries.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Martin Walls Desertmartin,
Margaret Coney Ardboe,
Maureen O’Hagan Park.
MONTH’S MIND MASS
Bridie Lagan, Coolnasillagh Lane, Saturday 9 March in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena at 7.30 pm.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASSES
Danny Kelly, Gortnari Saturday 2 March in St Eugene’s, Moneyneena at 7.30 pm.
John Bradley, Sixtowns Road Sunday 10 March in St Patrick’s Sixtowns at 10.00 am.
First Anniversaries: Annie McGuigan Danny Kelly.
Michael Kelly, Helen Cuskeran,
Pat Joe Bradley, Nancy Kelly,
LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS
Weekly Collection: £2186
Church Renovation Collection: £1369.
Many thanks to all who contributed.
Congratulations and best wishes to
Mary Jo McCullagh and Cathal McDevitt who were married recently in our parish.
DO THIS IN MEMORY 2019
Do This in Memory Mass will be celebrated in Holy Rosary Church at 12 noon next Sunday 10 March.
First Sunday of the month:
Holy Rosary 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.
PARISH ANNIVERSARY MASS
The Friday 7.30 pm Mass is offered as an anniversary Mass for deceased parishioners. If you wish to have your loved one prayed for at this Mass you MUST give their name to the Parish Office by Thursday of the relevant week.
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS
Series of six talks, presented on DVD , to help you open your heart even more to the life-changing work of the Holy Spirit. Talks begin at 7.30 pm on Monday 4 March in Maghera Pastoral Centre and continue each Monday for 6 weeks.
MONTHLY HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS
Holy Hour led by Fr Patrick Doherty PP Maghera, at 8.00 pm on Thursday 7 March, in St Eugene's Cathedral Derry, to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. All welcome
STAY AWAKE / SLEEP OUT
Derry Diocese will host a Stay Awake / Sleep Out for young people aged 15-18 years in St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, from 8.00 pm on 8 March until 8.00am on Saturday 9 March. This event aims to raise awareness of homelessness across Ireland. All money raised will go to charity. Registration is mandatory. Parental consent forms can be obtained from the Parish Office or the diocesan website www.derrydiocese.org. All forms to be returned to Catechetical Centre, 2 Francis Street, Derry, by Monday 4 March. To register phone Pádraig Delargy 71264087 email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Lenten Promise Card is a simple, yet practical way of ‘doing something’ for Lent. Cards cost £1 and are available from Thornhill Ministries, 121 Culmore Road, Derry. Phone 71351233, email: email@example.com
Prepare for marriage with a non-residential course presented by Catholic Engaged Encounter on 23 / 24 March in Parish Centre, Ballymoney. For information and to book phone27638512 or email marriageencounter.ie
BALLINASCREEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Talk entitled ‘Calendar Customs’ by Doreen McBride on Tuesday March 5 at 8.00 pm in 50 High Street. All welcome.
ST EOGHAN'S P.S.
Big Breakfast on Sunday 10 March from
9.00 am - 1.00 pm. Everyone welcome.
ST COLM’S HIGH SCHOOL
Good luck to the St Colm’s team who will play in the All Ireland Junior Camogie Final on Saturday 9 March.
AN RÁTH DUBH
IOSAS CENTRE MUFF
Saturday 16 March: 11.00 am Mass music by I AM Worship, followed by lunch and live traditional Irish music, with arts and crafts for children. Suggested donation €5.
GIVING UP SMOKING FOR LENT?
O'Kane's Pharmacy offer free advice and free nicotine replacement therapy on a 12 week programme to help you achieve your goal. People who use this scheme are four times more likely to give up smoking for good! Ask in store or phone 79628209 (Tobermore Road) or 79628680 (High Street) for more details.
SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY
Exercise classes with Emmet Stewart will recommence in Sixtowns Hall on Tuesday 5 March at 7.30 pm. Classes will run for 6 weeks. £20 for all classes if paid up front or £4 per night. All abilities catered for and both men and women welcome.
ST MARY’S HALL DESERTMARTIN
Soap Making Workshop using all natural ingredients Saturday 23 March 10.00 am.
Mother’s Day Cupcake Decorating, Saturday 30 March at 11.00 am.
Learn a new skill for free! Free classes start Monday 8 April at 10.00 am.
Cookery Book available to purchase, only £5. Ideal Mother’s Day or Easter gift!
Phone 79627826 to book any of the above
CATHOLIC SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
Working in Partnership with St Mary's University, Twickenham, Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre offers the Masters in Catholic School Leadership. This post graduate degree is dedicated to the professional development and spiritual formation of Catholic school leaders and is suitable for those currently in leadership roles and those who aspire to, or have an interest in, leadership roles within the Catholic School system. Next intake will be in autumn 2019. For details please contact Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre 028 71264087 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
400 Club Winners: £300 S McGurk,, £50 Senior Hurling, £50 N McEldowney.
Ballinascreen GAC wish to thank S.T.E.P.S. for delivering a mental health workshop last Sunday. Ballinascreen Club is interested in the mental well-being of their young players on and off the pitch.
St Patrick’s Weekend: Saturday 16 March, Evening’s Craic with Patsy O’Hagan followed by music by ‘The Crawleys’. Admission £5, doors open 8.00 pm.
On Sunday 17 March, club finals shown live on big screens. Spot prizes and