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BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 5 JANUARY 2020

No. 1792 ~ SECOND SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS

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 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

CONFESSIONS

Before the Vigil Masses

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

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

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

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.

DEATHS

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.

ANNIVERSARIES

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.

WEDDING

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)

CHRISTMAS SELFIES

Make a visit to the Christmas Crib in any of the churches in the parish and send your best 'family selfie' please to ballinascreenparish@gmail.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.

BAPTISM

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 2020

Confirmation will be celebrated in Ballinascreen Parish on Saturday April 25 in St Columba’s Church Straw at 11.00 am.

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.

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.

PARISH MEMORIES

Ballinascreen Historical Society’s new CD / DVD is 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

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 thornhillministries@derrydiocese.org. 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.

Everyone welcome.

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.

DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

  • 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 lizzie.rea@derrydiocese.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 cathaoirgribben@hotmail.com

POPE FRANCIS@PONTIFEX

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.

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