BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 22 DECEMBER 2019

December 21, 2019

No. 1789 ~ FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

SUNDAY MASS TIMES

VIGIL MASSES

Holy Rosary Draperstown        6.00 pm

St Patrick’s Keenaught             7.30 pm

SUNDAY

St Eugene’s Moneyneena           9.00 am

St Mary’s Coolcalm                10.00 am

St Patrick’s  Sixtowns              11.00 am

St Columba’s Straw                 12 noon

 

DAILY MASSES THIS WEEK

Holy Rosary Church

Monday & Tuesday ~ 10.00 am

Tuesday ~ 6.00 pm

Thursday & Friday ~  11.00 am

 

St Columba’s Church Straw

Tuesday ~ 8.00 pm

Wednesday ~ 12 noon

Friday ~ 7.30 pm

 

St Eugene's Moneyneena

Tuesday ~ 7.30 pm

Wednesday ~ 9.00 am

 

St Patrick's Sixtowns

Tuesday ~ 8.00 pm

Wednesday ~ 11.00 am

 

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

 

 

The priests of the parish wish everyone a holy and peaceful Christmas

Beannachtaí na Nollag

 

MASSES FOR CHRISTMAS ~ FEAST OF THE NATIVITY

Christmas Eve - Tuesday 24 December

Holy Rosary Draperstown ~ 6.00 pm

St Eugene’s Moneyneena ~ 7.30 pm

St Patrick’s Sixtowns ~ 8.00 pm

St Columba’s Straw ~ 8.00 pm

 

Christmas Day - Wednesday 25 December

St Eugene’s Moneyneena ~ 9.00 am

St Patrick’s Sixtowns ~ 11.00 am

St Columba’s Straw ~ 12 noon.

 

DAILY MASSES

Monday December 23

Holy Rosary ~ 10.00 am

Tuesday December 24

Holy Rosary ~ 10.00 am

Thursday December 26

Holy Rosary ~ 11.00 am

Friday December 27

Holy Rosary ~ 11.00 am

St Columba’s Straw ~ 7.30 pm.

 

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

There will be no Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Church on Monday December 23, Monday December 30 or Monday January 6.

Adoration will resume in Holy Rosary Church on Monday 13 January  2020.

 

FEASTS OF THE WEEK

Wednesday 25: The Nativity of Our Lord

Thursday 26: St Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Patron of deacons and bricklayers.

Friday 27: St John, apostle and evangelist.

 Saturday 28: The Holy Innocents.Saturday

 

DESERTMARTIN PARISH - TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DRAW

Last minute presents are always a nightmare! Ballinascreen Parish Office, 9 High Street, will be opened on Monday 23 December and Tuesday 24 December from 9.30 am to 12 noon so that Christmas Twelve Days of Christmas Draw Cards can be purchased.  The cost is £20 and it gives the owner of each card a chance to win every day over the Christmas period.  Every ticket will be entered into all 33 draws, which means everyone has 33 chances to win prizes.  Total prize fund is £5,000. It’s a great gift to give to someone in the family, a neighbour or a friend and it also helps Desertmartin Parish enormously This is thier main fund-raising event in the year for Desertmartin Parish.

 

DERRY DIOCESAN SOCIETY

9.00 am Mass in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena on Sunday December 29 will be offered for the deceased members of the Derry Diocesan Society.

 

FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS

Alice Hughes, Moneyneena on Friday 27 December in St Columba’s Church Straw at 7.30 pm.

 

DEATHS

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

James Kelly Drumderg Road,

Helen Heron Fivemile Straight,

Francis McCann, Longfield.

 

ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversary: Alice Hughes.

Bridget Kelly, Nellie McWilliams, Pat J Molloy,Susanna Groogan, Mary Gallagher, Carmel McCartan, Joe Conville,

John McEldowney.

 

LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS

Weekly Envelope Collection: £2458

Church Renovation Collection: £1397.

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. 

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)

 

PARISH SAVINGS

On behalf of all who save throughout the year in the Parish Savings, a scheme made possible by the generosity of Ballinascreen Credit Union, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Danny Scullion and all the staff who have freely offered their services for the good of the parish. Thanks also to the many collectors, and all who go individually to Ballinascreen Credit Union. Not only is it a great help at the end of the year in the approach to Christmas, but this year the interest accrued and donated by Ballianscreen Credit Union to the parish amounted to £1531.41.

Thanks to all.

 

PARISH MEMORIES

Ballinascreen Historical Society’s new CD / DVD  is now on sale in local shops.

 

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE

  • Lourdes 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 71260293 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 from  Pilgrimage Office, Derry

 

ST JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS’ SOCIETY

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society acknowledges with sincere thanks several generous donations for the support and education of student priests at home and abroad. All benefactors share in the Masses and prayers of the society. Further donations gratefully accepted.  Please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood.

 

TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The Diocese in conjunction with Youthlink NI are offering an exciting training opportunity for young people aged 16-18 interested in Youth Work and Leadership Training. The course will be an OCN Level 1 Award in Practical Youth Work/Ministry Skills and be on 3 days: Saturday 18 January, Sunday 2 February and Saturday 7 March in Maghera Pastoral Centre. If interested please contact Yvonne Rooney, Diocesan Pastoral Youth Leader.  Phone 71264087 or email yvonne.rooney@derrydiocese.org 

 

TRAINING FOR ADULTS

The Diocese is also offering a training course for adults interested in Parish Pastoral Ministry. This course will be a Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice and will run over 5 Saturdays and a few evenings beginning Wednesday 4 March 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm in Maghera Pastoral Centre.  If  interested, please contact Yvonne Rooney, Diocesan Pastoral Youth Leader.  Phone 71264087 or email  yvonne.rooney@derrydiocese.org 

Holy Land Pilgrimage

 

THORNHILL MINISTRIES

Pilgrimage / Retreat from 24 September – 8 October 2020.  Applications now welcome.   For more information or to book, please contact Thornhill Ministries, at 71351233 or email thornhillministries@derrydiocese.org. Website: www.thornhillministries.co.uk

 

CHILDREN IN CROSSFIRE

Thanks to all who have already taken an Advent Box this year. Boxes are still available in all Church porches.Donations will help to provide lifesaving treatment for children in Ethiopia suffering from severe acute malnutrition. All donations will be collected in January.

 

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT WEEKEND

Catholic Marriage Encounter Ireland, offers married couples of all ages in a good relationship, private time to rekindle the joy of their love. Next residential weekend (Friday 8.00 pm to Sunday 4.30 pm) will be in Dromantine Centre, Newry, from 31 January - 2 February. For more details and to book phone 07702812321 view website www.marriageencounter.ie

 

MID ULSTER WOMEN’S AID

Collection in Centra Draperstown will continue until Christmas Eve.

 

ST MARY’S HALL DESERTMARTIN

  • Boxing Night Dance 26 December at 9.00 pm.  Music by Micheal Mawhinney.

  • Crochet Classes on Thursdays, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm. Classes resume 16 January 2020

  • Sewing Classes Fridays, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm. Classes resume on 7 January.

  • Yoga on Mondays, 10.30 am -12 noon classes resume on 3 February.

  • To register please phone Olive 07887614094, Anne 79642711 or Philomena 07866381473.

 

ST COLM’S GAC

  • 400 Club Winners: John Breen, Mark McCullagh,  Eugene Molloy

  • Annual Charity Games on Friday 27 December; in memory of Paddy McGlone. Football at  6.30 pm, Hurling at 7.30 pm. Presentation at 8.30 pm followed by music by Cathair McLaughlin. Refreshments also provided.  All welcome.

  •  Christmas Disco on Monday 23 December from 8.30 pm until 11.00 pm for P7 to Year 11. Admission £5.

  • Happy Christmas to all members.

LAUDATO SI - ADVENT REFLECTION

A few years ago Pope Francis wrote:

 ‘When people become self-centred and self-enclosed, their greed increases. The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs things to buy, own and consume. It becomes almost impossible to accept the limits imposed by reality.’ (Laudato Si Encyclical)

 May the child  fill us with all that we need this Christmas.

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