BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 1 DECEMBER 2019

December 1, 2019

No. 1786 ~ FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

SUNDAY MASS TIMES

VIGIL MASSES

St Eugene’s Moneyneena        6.00 pm

St Patrick’s Keenaught           7.30 pm

SUNDAY

St Eugene’s Moneyneena         9.00 am

St Patrick’s  Sixtowns             10.00 am

St Mary’s Coolcalm                10.00 am

St Columba’s Straw                11.00 am

Holy Rosary                           3.00 pm

 

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

Wednesday ~ 7.30 pm

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

 

PARISH WEBCAM

All Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the parish website:

www.parishofballinascreen.com

 

FEASTS OF THE WEEK

Tuesday 3: St Francis Xavier

Saturday 7: St Ambrose.

 

HOLY ROSARY CHURCH

We extend a warm welcome to Bishop Donal McKeown who comes to our parish this afternoon to rededicate Holy Rosary Church and to consecrate the new altar. All parishioners are welcome to attend the Mass at 3.00 pm and those unable to do so can follow the Mass on the webcam. We deeply appreciate all who worked hard to ensure the beautiful transformation of the church was completed on schedule, especially Heron Bros, and in particular Fearghal Ward and Keelin McCluskey.  A special mention to Paddy Kelly who supervised the project, giving dedicated and wise leadership where it was needed. Gerry Loughrey Architects Ltd was central to the design and reordering of the sanctuary and we are deeply grateful to Gerry Loughrey and Gerry White. To all those who worked on the new roof, those responsible for the new altar furniture, those who provided new carpets and the painting and electrical contractors a deep debt of gratitude is due for making sure the church was ready on time.

We now have a sacred space that is comfortable, welcoming and at the centre of the daily prayer life of the parish.

May Our Lady of the Holy Rosary lead us to her son Jesus and may we come to this special place of prayer often to hear his word and to offer Him our praise and thanks in the celebration of the Eucharist.

 

THE FAMILY ROSARY

Many thanks to all who came to St Patrick’s Church Keenaught on Tuesday evening at very short notice to pray the rosary. If you go to the parish webpage and click on The Rosary, you will find this wonderful prayer, word for word for your convenience. You will find, after a while, you no longer need it.

 

VISITATION OF SICK AND HOUSEBOUND

Due to the large number of sick and housebound in Ballinascreen Parish,

Fr Madden will make his Advent Visits on the following days:

Monday 9 December: Moneyneena Road, Drumderg, Mulnavoo, Bancran,

Tuesday 10 December:Fivemilestraight, Ranaghan, Disert, Sixtowns Road, Tonagh Straw, Cavanreagh, Strawmore

Wednesday 11 December: Moykeeran, Cahore, Campbeltown, Cordarragh, Derrynoid Road

Monday 16 December: Tobermore Road, Magherafelt Road, Slievegallion Park, Bradley Park, Glenshane Park Drumard, Gortnaskea.

 

SUNDAY MASS CHANGES

As and from 7 and 8 December Masses in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin will be:

6.00 pm ~ Vigil Holy Rosary, Draperstown

7.30 pm ~  Vigil St Patrick’s Keenaught

9.00 am  ~ St Eugene’s Moneyneena

10.00 am ~  St Mary’s Coolcalm

11.00 am ~ St Patrick’s Sixtowns

12 noon ~ St Columba’s Straw.

  • Daily Mass at 10.00 am returns to Holy Rosary Church from Monday December 2.  

 

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Monday 2 December from 10.30 am until 7.30 pm.

 

PADRE PIO MASS

Monthly Mass in honour of St Pio of Pietrelcina on Monday 2 December at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church. Novena prayers and Rosary at 7.10 pm. A relic will be available for Veneration at this Mass.

 

MONTH’S MIND MASSES

Daniel Doherty Cloane, on Saturday 30 November in St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena at 6.00 pm.

Elizabeth Quinn Gortnaskea, on Sunday 8 December in St Patrick’s Church Sixtowns at 11.00 am.

 

FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS

Seamus McBride Campbelltown, on Wednesday 4 December in St Columba’s Church Straw at 7.30 pm.

 

DEATHS

We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and friends of;

John McDaid, Moneyneena,

Maggie Donnelly, Desertmartin,

Patrick McBride, Tirgan,

Angela Kennedy, Australia.

 

ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversary: Don Harkin.

Patricia McCusker, John Farrelly, Eoghan Kelly, Rose Grant, James Gerard McGuigan, Catherine McKenna, Krzysztof Wojenodzki, Kevin McAuley,  Baby Jude Patrick Trainor.

 

PARISH NOTICE

In order to update and keep an accurate account of parishioners being cared for in Residential Nursing Homes in the area, we ask that a member of the family contact the Parish Office with the name of their relative and the nursing home.

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

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

Wednesday December 18 ~ Annual Service of Reconciliation at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.

 

PARISH BAPTISMS

Baptisms at 3.00 pm in St Eugene’s Church Moneyneena on Saturday 7 December, and in St Columba’s Church Straw on Sunday  22 December at 3.00 pm.  A baptism card is to be completed when booking a baptism. Please contact the Parish Office to book.

 

LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS

Weekly Envelope Collection: £2475

Church Renovation Collection: £1617.

Many thanks to all who contributed.

 

BAPTISMS

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

Joseph James Mellon, Milltown Road,

Freda Anne McCloy, Cordarragh,

Rebecca Martha Coyle, Gortnari,

Ryan Brendan McCullagh, Dunmurray Road,

Lucy Patricia McBride, Strawmore Road,

Lorcán Pio Gormley, Cordarragh.

 

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. 

  • These names will also be read out at the 10.00 am Mass on Friday mornings (exception when this 10.00 am Mass is cancelled).

 

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DRAW 2019

‘On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me ...one winning ticket!’ Desertmartin Parish is having a Christmas Draw again this year.  There will be draws every day of the 12 days between Christmas Day and Sunday 5 January.  Every ticket will be entered into all the draws, which means everyone has 33 chances to win.  Total prize fund is £5,000. Tickets £20 each are now available from Ballinascreen Parish Office. This would make a nice Christmas gift to send to members of your family and friends.

 

MATT TALBOT

Freedom from Drugs Mass  

Mass in St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry to pray for those with a drug addiction, their families and anybody affected by drugs or addiction on Monday 2 December at 7.30 pm. A relic of Matt Talbot will be available for veneration at the end of this Mass. Everybody welcome.

 

ST COLUMBA’S CHURCH OF IRELAND PARISH

St. Columba's Church of Ireland are delighted to welcome St Columba’s Choir, Straw to their Church for Christmas Carols on Sunday 8 December at 6.30 pm.

A warm welcome is extended to all.

Seasonal refreshments will be served.

 

DIOCESAN LOURDES PILGRIMAGE

Pilgrimage from 2 - 7 July 2020. The Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop Street, Derry, is open for general enquiries and for the supply of Gift Vouchers on Thursdays and Saturdays, from 11.00 am – 1.00 pm.  Phone 028 7126 0293 or  email: derrypilgrim@outlook.com.

  • Applications are invited for the 2020 Youth Pilgrimage, from those who will be age 17 at time of travel. Forms may be requested through schools or directly from Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Derry.

 

BALLINASCREEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Talk entitled ‘Mid Ulster’s GAA’ by Mark Conway on Tuesday December 3 at 8.00 pm in 50 High Street (beside library). All welcome.

Thornhill Ministries

  • Advent: Wednesdays 4, 11 and 18 December ~ Reflection Mornings (9.30 am to 12.00 noon)  includes Mass and light lunch. Meditation (6.30pm  to 7.00 pm). 

  • Décor Workshops Tuesday 10 at 7.30 pm (Christmas Wreath) and Thursday 19 December at 7.30pm (Table Centrepiece). 

  • For details phone 71351233 or email  thornhillministries@derrydiocese.org or view www.thornhillministries.co.uk. 

 

SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY

Christmas celebrations at Sixtowns Hall today, Sunday 1 December. Santa and friends will switch on the lights at 4.00 pm sharp. Festivities continue indoors with live music, stalls, face painting, balloons and craft activities. £3 admission. Under 2's and seniors free.  Everyone welcome. Thanks to Mid Ulster District Council for their support.

 

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON

Come and meet Santa and help him turn on the Christmas Tree lights on Friday 6 December at 7.00 pm in Backrow Hall. To have your chance of turning on the lights with Santa, pick up an entry slip at your Primary School or in Credit Union Office. Everyone welcome.

St. Colm’s High School

  • Sincere thanks to all who attended the production of Oliver. Your support was greatly appreciated. The school also wishes to thank all their sponsors for their generosity.

  • Congratulations to the Junior Camogie team on becoming Ulster Champions.  Best wishes for the All Ireland series.

  • Draw Winners ~ Week 1£100 Isla McEldowney, £50 Fiona Conway, £30 Kathleen McCrory. Collector’s Prize: Jake Quinn

  • Draw Winners ~ Week 2£100 Patsy McDaid, £50 Aaron McKenna,  £30 Sarah McGilligan.  Collector’s Prize: Jayden Curran.

 

DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

  • Free Christmas craft classes for children aged 4 - 9 on Tuesday 10 at 6.30 pm and Friday 13 December at 3.30 pm.  Booking essential.  

  • Lego Club Tuesdays from 5.00 pm.

  • Rhythm and Rhyme Fridays at 10.30 am. 

  • Library closed from 4.00 pm on Saturday 21 December until Friday 3 January.

 

ST COLUMBA’S PRIMARY SCHOOL

  • Open Night Thursday 5 December from 6.00 pm -7.00 pm. If unable to attend please make an appointment with the school.

  • Christingle Mass in St Columba's Church  Monday 16 December at 7.00 pm. All welcome

 

ST MARY'S PRIMARY SCHOOL

The Christmas Story in Holy Rosary Church on Tuesday 17 December at 6.30pm. All welcome

Slieve Gallion A.R.A.

  • Christmas Party in Rath Dubh Moneyneena on Saturday 7 December with Dave Lawlor. From 8.30 pm till late. Admission £10.

  • SGARA Meeting in Knocknagin Hall on Monday 9 December at 8.15 pm.

 

ST MARY’S HALL DESERTMARTIN

  • Advice NI Clinic Friday 6 December 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm. To book phone 92448738.

  • Christmas Bingo 8.30 pm on Wednesday 11 December. 10 page book costs £7.00.

  • Tea Dance Friday 13 December.

  • Boxing Night Dance, Thursday 26 December, music by Micheal Mawhinney.

LAUDATO SI ~ ADVENT REFLECTION

Pope Francis has issued a plea for us all to engage in saving ‘our common home’. He puts this responsibility at the very heart of being Christian. He asks that in our consumer choices we consider, ‘what kind of world we want to leave to children who are now growing up.’

 

ST COLM’S GAC

  • 400 Club winners: £300 ~ Anne Kelly, £50 ~ Laura Groogan, £50 ~ Darcie McPeake.

  • AGM  Monday 2 December at 7.30 pm

 

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