No. 1748 ~ FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
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 FOR THIS WEEK
Holy Rosary Church
Monday ~ 10.00 am and 7.30 pm
Tuesday – Thursday ~ 7.00 am and 10.00 am
Friday ~ 10.00 am
St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena
Wednesday ~ 7.30 pm
St Columba’s Church Straw
Friday ~ 7.30 pm
St Colm’s High School
Tuesday – 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
Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the parish website:
ST PATRICK’S DAY 2019
Next Sunday 17 March is St Patrick’s Day.
Vigil Mass will be celebrated in Irish on Saturday 16 March at 7.30 pm in St Eugene’s Moneyneena.
All Masses on 16 and 17 March for St Patrick's Day will be at the usual Saturday Vigil and Sunday Mass times.
In the event of the death of a loved one in the parish and the funeral is to take place in the parish of Ballinascreen or Desertmartin
a member of the family must inform Fr Madden or Fr Downey or Fr McGirr as soon as it is convenient. This allows for the family to receive the best possible support that the parish can offer at the time of a death and to enable them to make the necessary arrangements.
We welcome to the parishes of Ballinascreen and Desertmartin this weekend representatives from Trócaire who will promote and explain this year’s Trócaire Lenten Campaign. Trócaire boxes are now available at the back of each of the churches.
VISITATION OF SICK AND HOUSEBOUND
Fr Downey will visit the sick in his care on Monday 11, Thursday 14 and Friday 15 March.
Adoration in Holy Rosary Church on Monday 11 March, starts after 10.00 am Mass and ends at 7.25 pm. Mass 7.30 pm.
ST COLUMBA’S CHURCH STRAW
Straw Church reopens this weekend and we have been assured that the work will be completed by next Sunday.
Survey forms are still available in all the churches or from the Parish Office. Please complete one and return it on or before March 24. Alternatively, it may be completed online by following the link on the parish website.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Joseph Sargent, Cavanreagh Road,
Joe Conway, Ballinascreen Fold,
Charlie McAuley, Manchester,
Josie Molloy, Maghera,
Margaret McRandal, Ballymena.
MONTH’S MIND MASSES
Bridie Lagan, Coolnasillagh Lane, Saturday 9 March in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena at 7.30 pm.
Julia Morgan, Scutchers Lane Friday 15 March in St Columba’s Church, Straw at 7.30 pm.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASSES
John Bradley, Sixtowns Road, Sunday 10 March St Patrick’s Sixtowns at 10.00 am.
James Murray, Dunlogan Wednesday 13 March, St Eugene’s Moneyneena at 7.30 pm.
Anna McGuigan, Cahore, Friday 15 March,in St Columba’s Straw at 7.30 pm.
John Bradley, Anna McGuigan, James Murray.
Mary McBride, David Crossett, Peter Bradley, Alice-Jo O’Neill, Mary Coelho, Maureen Kelly, Maura Kelly.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Daithi Paudie Murray, Drumard Road,
Lorcan Conway, Glenelly Villas.
LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS
Priests’ Monthly Collection: £2709
Church Renovation Collection: £1285.
Many thanks to all who contributed.
DO THIS IN MEMORY 2019
Do This in Memory Mass will be celebrated in Holy Rosary Church at 12 noon today 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.
CEMETERY SUNDAY 2019
Cemetery Sunday will be held on Sunday 16 June. Further details later.
ST JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS’ SOCIETY
Meeting of the above society will be held in Holy Rosary Church on Monday March 11, immediately after the 7.30 pm Mass.
The Rosary, which will be recited at 7.10 pm will be offered for vocations. All welcome.
Many thanks to Valentino and Mervyn Coelho, Cordarragh and Valerie Coelho-Weber, Seattle for the donation of Our Lady of the Rosary in memory of their wife and mother, Mary Coelho.
Monsignor Joseph Donnelly, P. Em, will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation in St Columba’s Church, Straw on Saturday March 23 at 12 noon. Monsignor Donnelly is a former Vicar- General of the Diocese of Derry and a native of Ballinascreen. We look forward to welcoming him home to his parish for this special occasion.
THE IRISH CATHOLIC
Following the special promotion of the Irish Catholic Newspaper earlier in the year, those
who wish to purchase the paper each week must give their names into the parish office or the sacristans this weekend. As of next week only a limited number will be available to those who have placed an order.
CHILDREN IN CROSSFIRE ADVENT APPEAL
It is important that any outstanding boxes for this appeal are returned this week please to the Parish Office. Thank you.
YOUTH ALPHA FOR LENT
Young people aged 16-18 years are invited to consider taking part in Youth Alpha this Lent. This film series is designed to help teenagers engage in some of life's most important questions and help them explore faith. The series begins on Wednesday 13 March in Maghera Pastoral Centre 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm and will run for six Wednesdays. This course can count towards the Pope John Paul II Award but is open to all young people aged 16-18.
If interested please email email@example.com or for more information phone 71264087. Parental Consents are required and are available in Parish Office or at www.derrydiocese.org
March edition of the free newspaper Alive is now available in all churches.
This Derry Diocesan monthly newspaper which reports on various diocesan events and personal faith stories is available to buy in Church porches. Cost £1.50.
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
ST EOGHAN'S P.S.
Big Breakfast on today, Sunday 10 March from 9.00 am - 1.00 pm. All welcome.
ANNUAL YOUTH PILGRIMAGE TO CROAGH PATRICK
Pilgrimage on Friday 5 April for young people aged between 16 and 25. Cost £30, this includes food and transport. Buses will be leaving from Derry and Strabane. Registration Form on the Diocesan website, www.derrydiocese.org . Completed forms should be returned to the Catechetical Centre, 2 Francis Street, Derry, BT48 7DS by Friday 29 March.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Padraig on 71264087.
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.
BALLINASCREEN TRADITIONAL MUSIC GROUP
Monthly session in An Scioból on Friday 15 March. Junior session from 8.30 pm - 9.30 pm followed by Open House. Fáilte roimh chách.
GIVING UP SMOKING FOR LENT
O'Kane's Pharmacy offers 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 in Sixtowns Hall on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm.
£4 per night. All abilities catered for and both men and women welcome.
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 buy only £5.
Phone 79627826 to book any of the above
Library closed on Tuesday 19 March as new software is being installed on its computers.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
SLIEVE GALLION A.R.A.
Meeting Monday 11 March 8 pm. St Mary’s.
Afternoon of Music by Folk ‘n’ Rogues on Thursday 14 March 12.30 pm - 3.00 pm. Refreshments provided. £5. Please call Lesa on 07542672841 to confirm numbers.
ST MARY’S HALL, DESERTMARTIN
Tea Dance on 29 March. Music by Michael Mawhinney.
Places still available in sewing class, beginners welcome.
Please contact Olive on 07887614094 or Philomena on 07866381473.
DRAPERSTOWN CELTIC RunDC 2019
RunDC will be on 28 April at 11.00 am with 10km and 5km runs as well as a 5km walk. Medals for all. All runners who enter before 24 March will receive a commemorative race vest. The walk has a special family discount rate. All pre registered walkers and runners will get a goody bag from Revive Active and O'Kane’s Chemist. All funds raised will go to DCFC Youth Teams that will be participating in The Foyle Cup. Enter online at www.draperstownceltic.co.uk
ST COLM'S GAC
£300 ~ Bronagh McGillian, £50 ~ John Marran, £50 ~ Patsy Groogan.
On Sunday 17 March, club finals will be shown live on big screens. Spot prizes and free snacks.
Club Shop open every Friday 7 pm - 8 pm. Gear may still be ordered on Club website.
Irish Language Collection after all Masses over St Patrick's weekend to assist teenagers from Ballinascreen, who will be attending the Gaeltacht this summer.
Ballinascreen GAC has organised an informal talk in Glór na Speiríní (Gaelscoil na Speiríní) Straw to give a deeper understanding of the importance of an Irish Language Act on Monday 11 March at 7.00 pm as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge. Pádraig Ó Tiarnaigh and Ciarán Mac Giolla Bhéin from Conradh na Gaeilge will give a short presentation followed by a question and answer session. Tá fáilte roimh chách. Everyone welcome!
If you believe in God you must try to live justly with everyone, according to the golden rule: “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.”