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BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 6 OCTOBER 2019

No. 1778 ~ TWENTY-SEVENTH 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 7: Our Lady of the Rosary.

Wednesday 9: Blessed John Henry Newman. On 1 July 2019, Pope Francis announced at the Consistory of Cardinals his intention to canonise Blessed John Newman on 13 October

Friday 11:St John XXIII, known as ‘Good Pope John’ canonised 27 April 2014.

BALLINASCREEN FORTY HOURS - EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Forty Hours Adoration in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena on today Sunday 6 October commencing after 9.00 am Mass and continuing until Benediction at 5.00 pm. It will continue tomorrow, Monday 7 October, commencing after the 10.00 am Mass and concluding at 7.30 pm with Mass in honour of St Pio of Pietrelcina

All welcome to spend precious time with Our Lord during these hours of Adoration.

PADRE PIO MONTHLY MASS

Mass in honour of St Pio of Pietrelcina on Monday 7 October at 7.30 pm in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena. Rosary and novena prayers at 7.10 pm.

HOLY ROSARY CHURCH

Work in replacing the roof of Holy Rosary Church is progressing well and on schedule. We look forward to welcoming our Bishop, Donal McKeown, on Sunday December 1 at 3.00 pm as Chief Celebrant at the Mass of Rededication, when the church will reopen. Much of the interior redecoration has long been overdue but the state of the roof necessitated that we waited until that problem was remedied. We have also taken the opportunity to provide a new Altar, Ambo and Chair which will be the centre piece of the new sanctuary in Holy Rosary in this its fortieth anniversary year. Bishop Donal will consecrate the new altar, during the Mass of Rededication on Sunday 1 December.

The people of Ballinascreen have long been known for their generosity. Indeed, your weekly contributions have made this work possible. But just as when you do up your house, though you may budget for most things, there are always unexpected costs and the restoration of a church is no different. When the sacristy was being cleared for the work to begin a couple of months ago, we found a book, dated April 27, 1914 - September 5, 1927 in which Fr Hugh Boyle the then parish priest had written his notes for the Sunday Mass, to be announced after Holy Communion. It’s an amazing document, detailing the generosity of the people of Ballinascreen. There were collections for the National Irish Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Newry Cathedral, parishes in the diocese that had no money and needed help, even a collection to spearhead the campaign to prevent conscription being introduced in Ireland during the First World War. But the most interesting of all was the collection taken up for the renovation of Straw Church that was announced on November 26, 1916. The estimated cost was £3000. Within three months the parish had contributed £2700. Though an astonishing amount for its day it is not really any great surprise. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and your generosity today is reflected in that old battered book

Anyone wishing to make a special donation or sponsor any of the major expenses involved in the renovation of Holy Rosary Church should please contact Fr Madden.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Friday November 15 ~ St Columba’s Church Straw at 7.30 pm, Annual Mass for the Dead.

Sunday December 1~ Holy Rosary Church, Mass of Rededication at 3.00 pm.

Sunday December 15 ~ Annual Parish Carol Service at 6.00 pm in St Columba’s Straw.

Saturday April 25 ~ Ballinascreen Parish Confirmation at 11.00 am in St Columba’s Church Straw

MESSAGE FROM CHURCH LEADERS

The Church leaders of Ireland have called for the weekend of 12-13 October to be dedicated to prayer for the protection of the unborn in our society and for women facing difficult and challenging pregnancies and their families. This is in response to the proposed introduction by Westminster of legislation on October 21 allowing for unregulated abortion in the North.

Please support the online petition by Baroness Nuala O’Loan calling on the Secretary of State and Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly to take action to prevent unregulated abortion being introduced to the North by Westminster on 21 October. The petition can be found online at Change.org (search for Nuala O’Loan). Please contact your local MLA or MP and ask them to take action to stop the introduction of unregulated abortion to Northern Ireland by Westminster on 21 October. You can find contact details for your MLA online at www.bothlivesmatter.org/findmyMLA

You can also send a postcard to your MLA (Michelle O'Neill, Keith Buchanan, Linda Dillon, Patsy McGlone, Emma Sheerin and local Westminster MP Francie Molloy). The postcards are available at the back of the churches.

DEATH

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

Jonathan Hughes, Coalisland.

ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversaries:

John McGorry, Richard Edwards.

Teresa McAllister, Sheila Bradley, Agnes Gray, Patrick McCullagh, Anthony Rooney.

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 next Saturday 5 October at 6.00 pm in St. Eugene's Church, Moneyneena.

All P4 children and their families are encouraged to attend.

First Holy Communion will be celebrated in our parish on the following dates in 2020:

Saturday May 2: Gaelscoil Na Speirini at 11.00 am in St Columba’s Church Straw ~ St Marys P. S. Draperstown at 11.00 am in Holy Rosary Church, Draperstown

Saturday May 16: St Columba’s P.S. Straw at 11.00 am in St Columba’s Church, Straw ~ St Eoghan’s P. S. Moneyneena at 11.00 am in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena.

WEDDING

Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Michelle McNamee and Pearse Gribbon who were married recently in St Columba’s Church, Straw.

PARISH BAPTISMS

Baptisms will take place at 3.00 pm in

St Columba’s Church Straw on Sunday October 20, Sunday 24 November and Sunday 22 December .

Baptisms will take place at 3.00 pm in St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena on Saturday 9 November and Saturday 7 December.

A baptism card is to be completed when booking a baptism.

Please contact the Parish Office to book.

LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS

Weekly Collection: £2099

Church Renovation Collection: £1459.

Many thanks to all who contributed.

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.

FREEDOM FROM DRUGS MASS

The Matt Talbot Freedom From Drugs Mass will be celebrated in St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, on Monday 7 October at 7.30 pm. This Mass is offered for those who are addicted to drugs and for their families. We pray that through the intercession of venerable Matt Talbot, people will be freed from this addiction. Prayer cards are available at the Mass. If you have any queries please email emmett.mullan@derrydiocese.org or ring St Eugene's Cathedral on 71262894.

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 contempory, secular and sacred music. Light refreshments served.

CURSILLO DERRY

Renewal Weekends in Carmelite Retreat Centre, Termonbacca Derry: Weekend for women 10 – 13 October and Weekend for men 24 – 27 October. For further information contact 07708066939 or 07841100174. .

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.

DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

  • Thanks to all who supported the Macmillan Cancer Coffee Morning which raised £322.36 Thanks to all the bakers, especially Marion Brock and Lucinda Hughes and to Margaret and Nancy, who helped on the day.

  • Adult Reading Group on Tuesday 15 October, at 7.00 pm.

  • Free Rhythm and Rhyme sessions for babies and tots every Friday 10.30 am - 11.00 am. New mums and tots welcome.

WORKSPACE

Help available for anyone who is out of work/working part time and would like support with CV building, completing application forms or identifying suitable job vacancies. For more details call into Workspace or phone 79628113 and speak to Cathal or Aileen.

MID-ULSTER VOLUNTEERS

Luncheon Club Volunteers needed on Tuesdays from 10.00 am - 2.00 pm. The Carefully Yours Luncheon Club helps those aged over 55 socialise and connect with others in their community and provides a valuable community based source of support and friendship. Volunteers assist with preparing, serving and clearing up after luncheon club. If interested please contact Magherafelt Office 79301862.

ST COLM’S HIGH SCHOOL

The staff and pupils of St. Colm’s are hosting a Coffee Morning in the school on Saturday 12 October from 10.00 am - 12 noon.

All proceeds to Macmillan and S.T.E.P.S. Everyone welcome!

CHILDREN'S TRACTOR RUN

Children’s Tractor Run on Sunday 6 October, registration at 1.30 pm at Draperstown Mart. Run will start at 2.00 pm. Anything on wheels welcome ~ bicycles, prams, skateboards etc. Run will finish at The Backrow where a Family Fun Day will then be held. Entry fee is £3 per vehicle, all proceeds are in aid of Naiscoil na Speiríní All children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

  • Drivers are asked to please be patient and give priority to the children if they encounter this Tractor Run.

BALLINASCREEN CREDIT UNION

September Quarterly Cash Draw Winners:

£10,000 ~ Francis McGovern, Iniscarn Road.

£7,000 ~ Nuala O’Neill, Mulnavoo Road.

£3,000 ~ Seamus Doherty, Drumderg Road.

Next Quarterly Cash Draw will be held on Saturday 21 December.

ST MARY’S HALL DESERTMARTIN

  • Tea Dance on 11 October, music by Liam McLaughlin dancing 9.00 pm – midnight. Admission £5.00 includes light supper.

  • Gala Variety Concert on Sunday 3 November Tickets on sale. Cost £12 contact Anne on 79642711 or Olive 07887614094.

ST COLM’S GAC

Ulster Minor Hurling Tournament, today, Sunday at 1.30 pm. Dungannon V Setanta.

POPE FRANCIS @PONTIFEX

The sweetness of God’s word leads us to share it with all those whom we encounter in this life and to proclaim the sure hope that it contains.

Ballinascreen Parish Office, 9 High Street, Draperstown

028 79628248

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