No. 1792 ~ SECOND SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS
SUNDAY MASS TIMES
Holy Rosary Draperstown 6.00 pm
St Patrick’s Keenaught 7.30 pm
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 FOR THIS WEEK
HOLY ROSARY CHURCH
Monday - Friday ~ 10.00 am
ST EUGENE’S, MONEYNEENA
Monday ~ 10.00 am
ST COLUMBA'S, STRAW
Monday ~ 11.00 am
Friday ~ 7.30 pm
ST PATRICK’S, SIXTOWNS
Monday ~ 7.30 pm
Before the Vigil Masses
Fr. Peter Madden PP VF
40 Derrynoyd Road
Fr Dermot McGirr CC
50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin
Fr John Downey
Priest In Residence
36 Moneyneena Rd
9 High Street Telephone:79628248
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Wednesday and Friday ~ Closed
All notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday. firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpline telephone number: 07710838050
All Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the parish website:
FEAST OF THE WEEK
Monday 6: The Epiphany of the Lord.
The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Saviour of the world. This feast celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the magi, together with his Baptism in the Jordan and the wedding feast at Cana
This is a holyday of obligation.
MASSES FOR THE HOLYDAY
Monday January 6
(Masses in Ballinascreen have been arranged to accommodate pupils attending school on Monday)
10.00 am ~ St Eugene’s Moneyneena
10.00 am ~ Holy Rosary Church
11.00 am ~ St Columba’s Straw
7.30 pm ~ St Patrick’s Sixtowns
7.30 pm ~ St Patrick’s Keenaught
There will be no Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Church on Monday January 6. Adoration will resume in Holy Rosary on Monday 13 January.
PADRE PIO MASS
Monthly Mass in honour of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina will be celebrated on Monday 13 January in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of;
Gerard McEldowney, Strawmore Road,
Patricia McSwiggan, Desertmartin.
Teresa Detta McKeown (nee Richardson) Ballynahinch, formerly Glenviggan Road.
Seamus Donnelly, Eileen Bradley,
Phyllis Convery, Kevin Kelly,
Baby Aimee Louise O’Hagan,
Patrick McEldowney, Patrick Toner.
LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS
Weekly Envelope Collection: £1945
Church Renovation Collection: £1500.
Many thanks to all who contributed.
Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Caoimhe McCormack and Steven Bradley who were married recently in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena.
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)
Make a visit to the Christmas Crib in any of the churches in the parish and send your best 'family selfie' please to email@example.com
This would be a wonderful way to make the crib and the Holy Family a part of our own Christmas celebration.
All 'selfies' will be available to view on the parish web site.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Sean Hubert Murray, Tobermore Road.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME
Do This In Memory Mass will be celebrated in Holy Rosary Church on Saturday 25 January at 6.00 pm.
The theme of this Mass will be Baptism and a photo will be requested via the schools in advance of this Mass.
The children preparing for First Holy Communion are asked to please remember to bring their blessed candle to this Mass and when they arrive should bring it to the front of the Church for it to be lit during this Mass. Candles will be returned after the Mass.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Celebration of First Holy Communion in Ballinascreen in 2020 will be on:
Saturday May 2 for Gaelscoil Na Speirini at 11.00 am in St Columba’s Church Straw and St Marys P. S. Draperstown at 11.00 am in Holy Rosary Church, Draperstown.
Saturday May 16 for St Columba’s P.S. Straw at 11.00 am in St Columba’s Church, Straw, and St Eoghan’s P. S. Moneyneena at
11.00 am in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena.
Confirmation will be celebrated in Ballinascreen Parish on Saturday April 25 in St Columba’s Church Straw at 11.00 am.
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.
ST JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS’ SOCIETY
The Society acknowledges with sincere thanks a generous donation 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 for the church of tomorrow.
Ballinascreen Historical Society’s new CD / DVD is on sale in local shops.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE
Pilgrimage / Retreat from 24 September – 8 October 2020. Applications are now welcome.
For more details or to book, please contact Thornhill Ministries, at 71351233 or email email@example.com. Website: www.thornhillministries.co.uk
BALLINASCREEEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
A talk entitled ‘More Paddy’s Photos’ by John Heron will be held on Tuesday 7 January at 8.00 pm in 50 High Street.
SIXTOWNS DANCE CLASSES
Old Tyme Dance Classes begin in Sixtowns Cross Community Centre on Tuesday 7 January at 8.30 pm. Everyone welcome.
AN RATH DUBH
Annual Moneyneena Big Breakfast on Sunday 19 January. Breakfast served from 9.00 am - 1.00 pm. All welcome.
O’NEILL ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCING
Class resume on Thursday 9 January in Rath Dubh Centre at 6.30 pm. All new members welcome. Any queries please contact Damian on 07748471279.
Free to use SAD lamp is in library for people experiencing low mood in winter. Please ask a member of staff re its use.
Free Mindfulness Session with Caroline Kelly on Tuesday 28 January, at 5.30 pm. Everyone welcome.
Knit and Natter resumes on Tuesday 7 January.
DERRY DIOCESAN YOUTH PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE
Pilgrimage for young people aged 16-18 to Medjugorje for 7 nights from 28 July-4 August. This will be a unique experience for young people and an opportunity to engage with peers from around the world in a faith context as part of the Medjugorje Youth Festival. Cost is £599 and there will be a budget plan to help with this. For more details or to book please phone 71264087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SCHOOL NOTICE FOR PARENTS
If your child will be starting pre-school or Primary School in September 2020, you should apply for their place online from 12 noon on 7 January 2020.
Closing date for pre-school and Primary One applications is 12 noon on 30 January 2020. Further details at www.eani.org.uk/parents/admissions
CHILDREN IN CROSSFIRE
Thanks to all who have already taken an Advent Box this year. Boxes are still available in all Church porches.
Donations this year will help to provide life saving treatment for children in Ethiopia who are 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 Retreat Centre, Newry, from 31 January - 2 February. For more details and to book please phone 07702812321 or view www.marriageencounter.ie
ST MARY’S HALL DESERTMARTIN
Tea Dance on Friday 10 January music by Liam Mc Laughing dancing 9pm to midnight
Crochet Classes resume Thursday16 January, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm.
Sewing Classes on Fridays, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm.
Yoga on Mondays, 10.30 am - Noon.
To book please phone 07887614094, 79642711 or 07866381473.
ST COLM’S GAC
Thanks to all who attended the recent charity game in memory of Paddy McGlone. £1790 was raised for Action Cancer.
If interested in competing in the Senior Scor please email Cathaoir at email@example.com
In its genuine simplicity, the nativity scene reminds us it is not the quantity of things that counts in life, but the quality of relationships. Drawing our gaze to God, who is poor in possessions and rich in love, it recalls us to what is essential.