No. 1753 ~ PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION
HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES
HOLY THURSDAY ~ APRIL 18
Mass of Chrism 10.00 am St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry
Holy Rosary Church 7.00 pm Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Adoration at the Altar of Repose after Mass in Holy Rosary until 9.30 pm.
GOOD FRIDAY ~ APRIL 19
St Eugene’s Moneyneena 10.00 am Liturgy of the Hours Morning Prayer
St Columba’s Straw 3.00 pm Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
St Eugene’s Moneyneena 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 ~ APRIL 20
St Columba’s Straw 8.30 pm
EASTER SUNDAY MASSES ~ APRIL 21
Moneyneena Eagle’s Valley 5.45 am Dawn Mass (further details on back cover)
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
Tuesday April 16 ~ Evening of Love and Forgiveness, Penitential Service in St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena at 7.30 pm.
Wednesday April 17 ~ Evening of Love and Forgiveness, Penitential Service in St Patrick’s Church Keenaught at 7.30 pm.
Good Friday ~ Following the 10.00 am Morning Prayer and 3.00 pm Ceremonies in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena.
Following the 3.00 pm Ceremonies in St Columba’s Church and
7.30 pm Ceremonies in St Patrick’s Church Sixtowns
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 are welcome.
DAILY MASS TIMES
Monday - Wednesday
April 15, 16 and 17.
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.
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
Please bring your Trócaire box to any of the Ceremonies on Holy Thursday or Good Friday.
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 April 18. 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.
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 please take an extra copy of the Bulletin for them.
Adoration in Holy Rosary on Monday 15 April 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.
VISITATION OF SICK AND HOUSEBOUND
Fr Madden will visit the sick in his care during the Easter Octave, Tuesday 23, Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 after morning Mass.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of Siobhan McVey, The Loup.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASSES
Susan Kennedy, Dunlogan, Saturday 13 April in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena 7.30 pm.
MONTH’S MIND MASS
Charlie McAuley, Manchester, Saturday 13 April in Holy Rosary Church at 6.00 pm.
First Anniversary: Susan Kennedy.
Rose Bradley, Eileen Duffy, Garry Manning, Helen Kelly, Nuala O’Kane, Andrew Church.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism: Mia Kelly, Bancran.
Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Ashton McCloskey and Sean McIvor who were married recently in our Parish.
LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS
Priests’ Monthly Collection: £2490
Church Renovation Collection: £1552
Many thanks to all who contributed.
PARISH PENITENTIAL SERVICES
Evenings of Love and Forgiveness
On Tuesday April 16 at 7.30 pm in St Eugene’s Church and Wednesday April 17 also at 7.30 pm in St Patrick’s Keenaught, there will be Penitential Services. Together, we will reflect on our sinfulness and our need to say sorry to God and to each other. After we have recited together an Act of Sorrow you will be invited to come forward to a priest 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 an in depth conversation about issues in your life that you may wish to talk about. Please come back on another occasion if you wish to have such a conversation.
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 to celebrate the Paschal Mystery the following Holy Week with renewed vigour and faith.
TRÓCAIRE LENTEN CAMPAIGN
‘They took branches of palm and went out to receive him, shouting: 'Hosanna! Blessed is he who is coming in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel.' (John, 12:13) The palm is a symbol of peace and on this Palm Sunday we pray for the millions of people around the world who are affected by conflict and have had to flee with their families to face an uncertain future. Trócaire is working in many areas of conflict to ensure people have a chance of a better future. View www.trocaire.org/lent for more details.
Please bring your Trócaire box to any of the Ceremonies on Holy Thursday or Good Friday.
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 in St Columba’s Straw 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.
SVP FURNITURE SALE
Due to very limited storage space we are selling off wardrobes, beds, tables and chairs and suites of furniture. If interested in buying any of the above, please contact us on SVP Helpline number 07710838050.
ONLINE HOLY WEEK RETREAT
Priory Institute Dublin, offer a free online Holy Week retreat with reflections on the Holy Week and Easter Gospels. This retreat consists of eight recorded sessions with presenters who will guide participants through a reflective reading of each Gospel Reading.
One Day Retreats begin Saturday 4 May and continue on 5, 6, 11, 12, 14, 19, 21, 25 , 26 and 27 May. Why not take some time and space on Lough Derg personally or as a parish group this May? A new event for those who serve in lay parish ministry, is Parish Ministry Day Saturday 18 May. Booking essential. Tel: 0035371 9861518. Email: email@example.com or view www.loughderg.org
33rd Derry Ballinascreen Scouts host their annual Easter Cake Sale on Saturday 20 April 10.00 am to 1.00 pm in Sonny’s Draperstown.
BALLINASCREEN TRADITIONAL MUSIC GROUP
Annual Class Feis in St.Colm's High School on Sunday 14 April commencing at 3.00 pm.
GLÓR NA SPEIRÍNÍ
A.G.M. Sunday 14 April at 7.00 pm in Glór building Straw, Gaelscoil na Speiríní. Tá fáilte roimh chách.Everyone welcome.
Oasis Day ~ Everything Belongs. Retreat in acceptance of joy and sorrow, limitations and potential as we pray our way through Holy Week on Tuesday 16 April 9.30 am – 2.15 pm. To book and for details phone 71351233.
SMA DROMANTINE RETREATS
Awareness and Mindful Living. Conducted by Martina and Patrick Sheehan. 10.00 am on Friday 10 May – Sunday 12 May at 2.00 pm.
Forgiveness; the journey from hurt to healing, freedom and peace. Conducted by Fr. Des Corrigan SMA Saturday 22 June 9.30 am – 5.00 pm. Contact Retreat Centre, Dromantine Tel. 30821964 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ST MARY'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
Draw Winners Week 4:
£60 G Magee Tonagh Heights
£30 Conor McGovern, Draperstown,
£20 Linda Convery, Draperstown.
ST MARY’S HALL DESERTMARTIN.
Bingo Wednesday 24 April at 8.00 pm. Prizes ~ £30 line, £50 house middle and last page £100 house.
Free Easter Craft sessions for children aged 4-9 years Friday 12 April at 3.30 pm and Tuesday 16 April at 6.00 pm. Booking essential.
Workshops on Friday 26 April, Friday 31 May and Friday 21 June for people who need help with using computers laptops, tablets or mobile phones. Niall McVeigh will conduct these workshops which will have one-to- one sessions, Booking essential.
Thursday 18 April Music and refreshments from 12.30 pm -3.00 pm with Geraldine O’Kane. £5.00.Contact Lesa on 07542672841.
The tenants of Ballinascreen Fold wish to thank all who supported their 30th anniversary celebrations. Thanks also to those who supported the St Patrick’s Day event.
ST COLM’S GAC
400 Club Winners: £300 Franny Bradley, £50 Mickey Groogan, £50 Eugene Murray.
U6 Boys Football Training has now changed to St Colm’s High School pitch on Thursdays 6.30 pm -7.30 pm. New players welcome.
U6 hurling now on Mondays ~ 5.45 pm on 3G.
Child Protection Training on Sunday 14 April at 8.00 pm in Club. ALL coaches who did not attend training in January MUST attend this session. Other club volunteers are also welcome.
Final membership registration night in Club on tonight, Sunday 14 April from 7.00 pm -8.00 pm. All membership is now due and may also be paid online by clicking the membership tab at www.ballinascreengaa.com