No. 1760 ~ THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD ~ WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY
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 – Friday ~ 10.00 am
St Columba’s Church Straw
Friday ~ 7.30 pm.
Pioneer Mass in St Mary’s Coolcalm on Wednesday June 5 at 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
Wednesday and Friday ~ Closed
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Helpline telephone number: 07710838050
Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the parish website:
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Monday 3: St Kevin.
Tuesday 4: Saints Charles Lwanga and Companions, martyrs.
Wednesday 5: St Boniface, bishop and martyr.
Holy Rosary Church on Monday June 3 from 10.30 am until 7.25 pm.
FR. JOHN DOWNEY
It is announced this weekend that on the advice of his doctors, Fr John Downey is to retire as curate in Moneyneena with immediate effect. Fr John will remain as Priest in Residence in Moneyneena and health permitting, he has very kindly offered to assist the priests of the parish on occasion, especially during times when either Fr Madden or Fr McGirr will be absent from the parish.
Fr Downey came to Moneyneena in September 2004 and for the past 15 years he has fulfilled his duties and commitments to Ballinascreen Parish with great dedication and service, not least in his monthly visits to the sick of the parish. His work in the schools, especially in St Eoghan’s P.S. Moneyneena and prior to its closure, Altayeskey P.S. has been a constant over these 15 years. As Parish Priest of Ballinascreen and Desertmartin I want to take this opportunity to thank Fr John for his 15 years of active service to the people of Ballinascreen and to wish him every good health and a long and well-deserved retirement.
Fr Peter Madden PP VF
Following Fr Downey’s retirement there will naturally have to be a realignment of priestly duties and times of Masses across both parishes. New arrangements for the visitation of the sick will be announced in due course as Fr Madden and Fr McGirr consider what is possible and realistic. Some changes are necessary now to make it possible for two priests to minister across six churches in two parishes, where once there were five priests.
At this time Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, is engaged in detailed discussions with the priests of the diocese and the Derry Diocesan Pastoral Council about the future direction of all parishes and the provision of pastoral care across the entire diocese. Other necessary changes across our diocese will come into effect over the next couple of years and we rely on the help of the Holy Spirit to guide our Bishop and all of us in this ongoing process.
Effective from next weekend there will be no 7.30 pm Vigil Mass in Moneyneena.
The 6.30 pm Vigil Mass in Keenaught will move to a new time of 7.30 pm. There will be no 11.30 am Mass in Keenaught on Sunday morning. We understand that this is difficult for those who go to these Masses faithfully each weekend. But at the moment, while there are still two priests in full time ministry, the goal is to provide a Mass in each church either on a Saturday evening or Sunday morning. This may be a time of change, but it is also a time of grace. We keep in mind the words of the Lord: ‘BE NOT AFRAID.’
MONTHLY PADRE PIO MASS
Monthly Mass in honour of St Pio of Pietrelcina will be celebrated on Monday June 3 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church. Rosary and novena prayers at 7.10 pm.
Annual subscriptions for “The Voice of Padre Pio” magazine are now due. If you wish to have this magazine posted to you directly from San Giovanni then enclose £13 in a sealed envelope with your name and full postal address and bring to the Mass on June 2 in Holy Rosary Church in honour of St Pio.
Anyone from Ballinascreen Parish who would like to become a pioneer or who is due a silver or gold or diamond pin this year is asked to contact Fr Madden or Fr McGirr as soon as possible.
A Mass of Presentation for both parishes will take place in St Mary’s Church Coolcalm on Wednesday June 5 at 7.30 pm.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS
Kathleen Bradley, High Street, Sunday
2 June in St Columba’s Straw at 11.00 am.
MONTH’S MIND MASSES
Peggy McGlade, Tonagh Friday 7 June in St Columba’s Church Straw 7.30 pm.
Seamus Kelly, Sixtowns Road Sunday 9 June in St Columba’s Church Straw at 11.00 am.
First Anniversary: Kathleen Bradley.
Nancy Bradley, Sophia McKernan,
Rosie McGuigan, Anna Grant,
Anne McCurley, Patrick Kelly.
CEMETERY SUNDAY 2019
Annual Blessing of the Graves will take place on Sunday 16 June at the following times:
St Columba’s Straw ~ 2.00 pm
St Patrick’s Sixtowns ~ 3.30 pm
St Eugene’s Moneyneena ~ 4.30 pm.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Erin Marie McCrory, Davagh Road,
Rosa Eibhlin O’Sullivan, Dromdallagan,
Dara StephenO’Sullivan, Dromdallagan,
Mia Elizabeth O’Neill, Slievegallion Park,
Esme-Rose Kinney, Tonagh Road,
Rebecca Niamh Curran, Lisnamuck Road,
Joe Kelly, Glengomna Road.
LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS
Weekly Collection: £1925
Church Renovation Collection: £1290.
Many thanks to all who contributed.
PARISH BAPTISMS - NEW ARRANGEMENTS
Baptisms during the month of June will take place only on the following dates:
St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena ~ Saturday June 8 at 3.00 pm
St Columba’s Church Straw ~ Sunday June 30 at 3.00 pm.
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.
HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS
Fr Declan Boland will lead a Holy Hour, to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life, in St Eugene’s Cathedral on Thursday 6 June at 8.00 pm.
All are welcome.
NOTICE TO SPECIALIST ROOFING CONTRACTORS
Numerous inspections have been carried out on the condition of the existing roof covering of the Holy Rosary Church.
Over the past number of years the roof membrane has been repaired in numerous places. The ingress of damp is now visible in various areas on the internal ceiling. In order to eradicate continuing ingress of damp and the now high risk of the main structural timbers being damaged, we now propose to replace the existing membrane with a new material and also use the opportunity to increase the Thermal quality of the roof by also including insulation .Interested specialist roofing contractors, who would wish to tender for the work, are invited to submit their names on or before Monday June 10 to:
Gerry Loughrey Architects Ltd
22 Foyle Street,
Telephone 028 71263929
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOUGH DERG
Annual Pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place from Friday 21 June - Sunday 23 June. Spiritual Director: Bishop Donal McKeown. Please consider participating in this diocesan pilgrimage. Cost €75.
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK
Apostolate of Adoration host their National Eucharistic Pilgrimage to Knock on Friday evening 14June and/or Saturday 15 June. For details view www.eucharisticadoration.ie or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SPERRIN VINTAGE CLUB
Annual Vintage Day and Children’s Funfair at Rath Dubh today, Sunday June 2, from 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm. Usual display of vintage and classic vehicles, music etc. All are welcome. Proceeds to charity.
AN RATH DUBH
Charity Night on Friday 7 June in aid of Marie Curie, dancing to Gerry Guthrie. Doors open 8.00 pm, admission £10. Tickets may be purchased at: Devlin’s Shop / Moneyneena Post Office, Two Blades Barbers Draperstown, Diamond Meats Draperstown or Sizzles Take-Away, Feeny.
BALLINASCREEN TRADITIONAL MUSIC GROUP
Annual Steak and Chicken BBQ followed by session on Friday 7 June in Market Inn. Starts at 8.30 pm. Tickets £15, children’s menu £5. Phone 79627082 or 79627038. All welcome.
Campa Chormaic 2019
IRISH LANGUAGE AND GAMES SUMMER CAMPS
Campa1: St. Colm’s High School, Ballinascreen from Monday 1 July – Friday 5 July for Year 8-Year 12.