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BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 29 SEPTEMBER 2019

No. 1777 ~ TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY

SUNDAY MASS TIMES

VIGIL MASS

St Eugene’s Moneyneena 6.00 pm

SUNDAY

St Eugene’s Moneyneena: 9.00 am

St Patrick’s Sixtowns: 10.00 am

St Columba’s Straw: 11.00 am

DAILY MASS TIMES FOR THIS WEEK

St. Eugene's, Moneyneena

Monday – Friday ~ 10.00 am

St Columba’s Church, Straw

Friday ~ 7.30 pm.

CONFESSIONS

Before the Vigil Mass

CONTACT DETAILS

Fr. Peter Madden PP VF

40 Derrynoyd Road

Telephone: 79628376

Email:ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

Fr Dermot McGirr CC

50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin

Telephone: 79632196

Fr John Downey

Priest In Residence

36 Moneyneena Rd

Telephone: 79628375

Email: j.downey75@btinternet.com

PARISH OFFICE

9 High Street Telephone:79628248

Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

9.00 am – 3.00 pm

Wednesday and Friday ~ 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

FEASTS OF THE WEEK

Monday 30: St Jerome. Lived 347 – 420.

Tuesday 1: St Thérèse of Lisieux. Declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II in 1997. Patron of missions, florists, aviators and France.

Wednesday 2: Feast of the Guardian Angels.

Friday 4: St Francis of Assisi. Born in 1181. He abandoned all things for the love of Christ and he died age 45 on October 4 1226. He is considered to be the founder of all Franciscan orders and is the patron of ecologists.

BALLINASCREEN FORTY HOURS ~ EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Forty Hours Adoration will be held next Sunday 6 October and Monday 7 October in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena.

It will commence on Sunday after 9.00 am Mass and will close at 5.00 pm with Benediction. Forty Hours will continue on Monday 7 October, commencing after the 10.00 am Mass and concluding at 7.30 pm with Mass in honour of Padre Pio.

If you are willing to please keep vigil with Our Lord for one hour on either or both of these days please record the hour that suits you best on the rota sheet. Rota sheets are in all our Church porches this week.

DEATHS

We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:

Bishop Seamus Hegarty, Bishop Emeritus of Derry,

Peggy Donnelly Maghera,

Martha Smith Bellaghy,

Jennie Bradley, Kilrea.

ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversary: Rosaleen Leyden.

Charlie Stewart, Baby Christy Doherty, Edmund Hegarty, Joe Brunton,

Bridget Woods,

Baby Patrick and Baby James McKernan.

MONTH’S MIND MASS

Joseph Duffy, Cavanreagh, on Friday 4 October in St Columba’s Church Straw at 7.30 pm.

FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS

John McGrory Sixtowns Road, on Sunday 29 September in St Columba’s Church Straw at 11.00 am.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2020

The Do This in Memory preparation programme for children making their First Holy Communion in 2020 will commence with a Mass of Enrolment on Saturday 5 October at 6.00 pm in St. Eugene's Church, Moneyneena. All P4 children and their families are encouraged to attend.

LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS

Weekly Collection: £2089

Church Renovation Collection: £1424

Many thanks to all who contributed.

BAPTISMS

We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:

PARISH BAPTISMS

Baptisms will take place at 3.00 pm in St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena on

Saturday October 5.

Baptisms will take place at 3.00 pm in St Columba’s Church Straw on Sunday October 20. A baptism card is to be completed when booking a baptism. Please contact the Parish Office to book.

PARISH ANNIVERSARY MASS

The Friday 7.30 pm Mass in St Columba’s Church 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.

PARISH SAFEGUARDING

During the week the LSRs ( Local Safeguarding Representatives ) of Ballinascreen and Desertmartin Parishes met with Paula Cunningham and Noel O’Donnell of the Derry Diocesan Safeguarding Office. Fr Madden, who attended the meeting, is delighted to report that Paula and Noel found no issues whatsoever in the implementation and maintenance of diocesan safeguarding policies in the parishes. On behalf of both parishes, he would like to thank Margaret Heron and Michael Hegarty LSRs Ballinascreen and Patsy McElwee and Adrian McGuigan LSRs Desertmartin for all the work they have done. It is due to their diligence and commitment that safeguarding in our parishes are of such high standards. During the meeting new best practice arrangements for altar servers were highlighted and as of this weekend will be introduced in both parishes and in all churches.

Altar Servers must sign in, giving the time of their arrival and sign out, giving time of their departure. During Holy Communion all sacristans are asked to return to the sacristy, so that they are present when the priest and the altar server/s return at the end of Mass. We ask for the cooperation of parents and guardians and that servers arrive in good time to be able to comply with these new guidelines.

ABORTION LEGISLATION

As of October 21, if a new Assembly Executive is not formed, Westminster legislation will allow for the imposition of abortion in Northern Ireland, against the wishes of most of the people. Please let your concerns be known, even at this late stage, and pray for the unborn and their mothers, who will be the victims of this outrage against them and God, the author of life.

BALLINASCREEN PARISH DRAW

Draw on Monday September 30. Results will be printed in next week’s Bulletin.

ST COLUMBA’S PARISH CHURCH - CHURCH OF IRELAND

A warm welcome is extened to all for a Harvest Concert with the Ballyclare Male Choir on Friday 11 October at 8.00 pm. Their repertoire will include a range of contempory, secular and sacred music. Light refreshments will be served.

BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE

Blood donation sessions in St Colm’s High School on Monday 14 October 2.30 pm – 4.15 pm and 5.30 pm – 8.00 pm.

S.T.E.P.S. TRAINING

S.T.E.P.S. with ALPS Ltd invite you to St. Colm's GAC on Saturday 5 October from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm to provide our community with QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Accredited Suicide Prevention Training. Cost is £10 plus administration fee when you register on www.eventbrite.com/e/qpr-suicide-prevention-training-tickets-714 1 863 6063 or on S.T.E.P.S. Facebook. Registration necessary prior to this event. This training is for everyone over 18 years of age.

BALLINASCREEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

A talk entitled ‘Local Railway History’ by Liam Begley on Tuesday October 1 at 8.00 pm in 50 High Street (beside the library). Everyone welcome.

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS

Is gambling affecting your life?

Perhaps G.A. can help. Phone 71351329

FOSTERING

Information Evenings on Tuesday 1 October in Da Vinci’s Hotel, Derry and Village Inn, Killyclogher, Omagh. Please drop in any time between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm for an informal chat and a cup of tea with a foster carer and one of the recruitment team. Foster carers urgently needed as WHSCT struggle to meet the unfortunate demand for foster placements. If you cannot attend one of the events but would like further information, please phone 82835264 or 71314240, or email Vanessa.Nelis@westerntrust.hscni.net

AUTISM WORKSHOP

Behaviour Services will hold a workshop for Autism and Challenging Behaviour on Thursday 3 October at 7.00 pm in St Columba’s P.S. Straw. Please contact the school (PM) for more information or to a book a place. Cost is £20 for the session.

SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY GROUP

Emma,Sheerin, MLA and Councillor Catherine Ellatar will hold a Constituency Clinic for Sixtowns residents in the Community Hall on Monday 30 September 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm. Drop in at any point to discuss issues ranging from roads to broadband etc. Passport and licence signing also available.

THORNHILL MINISTRIES

She Inspires Me. A series of meditative mornings that allow women from the Scriptures to inspire us as we are led into reflection on texts from the Bible. 10.30 am - 12 noon. Mondays 7, 14, 21 and 28 October Suggested offering £7.50. For more details please phone 71351233, visit www.thornhillministries.co.uk or email thornhillministries@derrydiocese.org

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT

Recruitment Fair in Meadowlane Shopping Centre, Magherafelt, on Thursday 3 October 11.00 am –2.00 pm.

KILCRONAGHAN CENTRE

  • Creative Writing with Maura Johnston, Tuesday 15 October for 8 weeks.

  • Autumn Gardening and Spring Bulb planting, Monday 14 October, 10.00 am

  • Halloween Apple Tart cookery class on Tuesday 29 October at 10.00 am.

  • Halloween Cupcake Decorating class, Monday 28 October at11.00 am. Suitable for adults and children aged 12+.

  • Gentle Exercise Classes start Monday 4 November for 4 weeks at 11.00 am. For all ages and those with reduced mobility.

  • Christmas Cake Making Class, Tuesday 12and 19 November, 10am and 12 noon. Must attend both weeks.

  • Christmas Craft Fair and Art Sale. Friday 7 November 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm Saturday 8 November 10.00 am – 4.00 pm.

  • Christmas Cookery Friday 6 and 13 December at 10.00 am.

  • Christmas Flowers Friday 20 December.

  • Contact 79627826 for more information. Places must be booked for all classes. Classes suitable for males and females.

BALLINASCREEN FOLD

Music by Geraldine O’Kane on Thursday 3 October from 12.30 pm – 3.00 pm. Lunch provided. Admissioin £5.

ST MARY’S HALL DESERTMARTIN

  • The Hall Committee wish to thank the person who generously sponsored the painting of the outside of the hall.

  • Well Being Programme funded by Public Health Agency on 30 September.

  • Flower Arranging and Yoga on dates yet to be confirmed. Phone Olive 07887614094, Anne 79642711 or Philomena 07866381473 to register.

  • Advice Ni Clinic on 4 October

  • Gala Variety Concert on Sunday 3 November Tickets on sale, cost £12. Phone 79642711 or 07887614094.

  • Craft Fair Sunday 17 November tables £20, contact Aislinn on 07802352009 or PM Parochial Hall Facebook page.

  • Christmas Bingo Wednesday 11 December.

ST COLM’S GAC

  • 400 Club winners: £300 Darren McNicholl, £50 Kathleen Scullion, £50 Charlie Heron

  • Christmas Orders ~ Deadline day for ordering Club Gear for Christmas is Friday 4 October. A number of new styles / colours have been introduced and these may be viewed / ordered online via Club’s website (www.ballinascreengaa.com) or in the Club Shop on Friday from 7.00 pm until 8.00 pm.

POPE FRANCIS @PONTIFEX

When we become "spiritually lukewarm", we become half-Christians, without substance. Instead, the Lord wants conversion, today.

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