No. 1796 ~ THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
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 - 10.00 am and 7.30 pm
Tuesday ~ Friday 10.00 am
St Columba’s Church Straw
Friday ~ 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: www.parishofballinascreen.com
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Monday 3: St Blaise.
Wednesday 5: St Agatha, virgin and martyr.
Thursday 6: St Paul Miki and Companions, martyred at Nagasaki, Japan in 1597. The six Franciscans, seventeen Franciscan Tertiaries and three Jesuits died suspended on crosses.
Saturday 8: International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. This day was first observed in 2015 on the memorial of Sr Josephine Bakhita,1868 – 1947. She was brought as a slave from Sudan to Italy, where she became a Christian and later entered a convent in Venice.
ST BRIGID’S CROSSES
St Brigid’s Crosses will be blessed at all Masses this weekend.
Candles will be blessed at all Masses this weekend.
BLESSING OF THROATS
Throats will be blessed on Monday February 3, the Feast of St Blaise, after the 10.00 am Mass in Holy Rosary Church and after the Padre Pio Mass at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
SERVICE OF LIGHT
Service of Light for Primary 7 children on today Sunday 2 February at 5.00 pm in Holy Rosary Church. All P7 children and parents are warmly invited to attend this very special service which forms part of their preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation which they will receive in April.
Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Church on Monday 3 February will commence after the 10.00 am Mass and will continue until 7.25 pm.
PADRE PIO MASS
Monthly Mass in honour of St Pio of Pietrelcina will be celebrated on Monday 3 February at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
MONTH’S MIND MASS
Gerard McEldowney, Strawmore on Sunday 2 February in St Columba’s Church Straw at 12 noon.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASSES
Bridie Lagan Coolnasillagh Road on Friday 7 February in St Columba’s Church Straw at 7.30 pm.
Julie Morgan, Scutchers Lane on Friday 7 February in St Columba’s Church Straw at 7.30 pm.
First Anniversary: Bridie Lagan
Peter Girvan, Josephine Kelly, Helen Lagan.
LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS
Weekly Envelope Collection: £2466
Church Renovation Collection: £1538.
Many thanks to all who contributed.
NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE
Prayer Service on Wednesday 19 February at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church, to remember all who have been lost through suicide and to offer strength, courage and hope to all who need it. Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry will be the guest speaker. If you would like your loved one’s photo included in the service please email a copy to email@example.com. All welcome.
Baptisms will be held on Sunday 16 February at 3.00 pm in St Columba’s Church Straw.
A baptism card is to be completed when booking. Please contact the Parish Office to book a baptism.
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).
A NIGHT OF HOPE
On tonight Sunday 2 February at 7.00 pm in St. Mary's Church Bellaghy. Artists include St. Mary's Youth Choir, Ward Sisters, Gribbin Girls, Oonagh Clarke, Robinsons Sisters, Justin McGurk, Fiddler Adam, Michael Mawhinney and Cloughfin Pipe Band. There will also be two Mental Health Guest Speakers. Admission ~ voluntary donation. All proceeds will go to S.T.E.P.S, Community Rescue Services and Mental Health charities. All welcome.
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
Open invitation for Prayer Intercession for the Sick on Tuesday 11 February (10.30am -8.00pm) at Thornhill House, Culmore Road, Derry. Exposition, Rosary and led prayers at 11.30 am and 1.30 pm, 3.30 pm, 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm.
CATHOLIC YOUTH MINISTRY
Catholic Youth Ministry Ireland (CYMI) invites young adults aged 18+ to join them for a faith event at Knock Shrine on Saturday 7 March. This event will involve workshops, fellowship, worship and various speakers. It is hoped to provide transport for those who would like to attend, from the diocese. CYMI is a national network that, amongst its work, shares responsibility for nourishing the faith of youth and young adults. For more details about 7 March event or to register your attendance, please contact Yvonne in Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre: phone 71264087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LOURDES DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE
Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Bishop Donal McKeown, Thursday 2 July to Tuesday 7 July 2020, cost £679. This includes full board accomodation and transfers in Lourdes. The Pilgrimage Office in Diocesan Pastoral Centre, 164 Bishop Street, Derry, BT48 6UJ, will be open for enquiries and bookings each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm. For more details please phone 71260293 or email: email@example.com
LENTEN RETREAT DAYS
SMA Retreat Centre, Dromantine on Saturday 14 March, led by Fr Damian Bresnahan and on Saturday 28 March, led by Fr John Gallagher. These Days of Reflection offer opportunities to prepare our hearts and minds for Holy Week and Easter. 9.30 am – 5.00 pm. Cost £25 includes lunch. Phone 3082196 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
BALLINASCREEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
NI BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE
Blood donation sessions on Monday 10 February in St Colm’s High School from 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm and 5.30 pm – 8.00 pm.
SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY GROUP
Volunteers who help at the hall, in any capacity, are warmly invited to a buffet supper in the Shepherd’s Rest on Saturday 15 February at 8.00 pm. RSVP please by phoning Emma 07769289385.
BALLINASCREEN MEN’S SHED
AGM on Thursday February 6 in the Shed at Workspace, Draperstown at 11.30 am. New members welcome.
STRESS CONTROL PROJECT
Free 6 week Stress Management Programme in Meadowbank Arena, Magherafelt from Tuesday February 4 – Tuesday March 10 at 6.30 pm. Classes last 1.5 – 2 hours. To register email email@example.com
Creative writing and poetry classes resume Tuesday 4 February from 11.00 am – 12.30 pm. £3 /week, for 8 weeks.
Jiving lessons commence Thursday 13 February 8.00 pm – 9.00 pm for 5 weeks. £25 payable on first night. Suitable for beginners and all abilities.
Farm Families Talk ~ Coping with the pressures of farming on Monday 17 February at 7.30 pm. Refreshments served. Places must be booked.
Yoga resumes on Thursday 5 March.
Phone 79627826 for more details and to book for any of the above.
ST MARY’S HALL DESERTMARTIN
Advice NI Clinic Friday 7 February from 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm. Please phone 07518930318 for an appointment.
AcroBats Gymnastics on Saturdays for various ages, 9.00 am - 3.00 pm.
Tea Dance on 14 February.
Bingo on Thursday 19 March.
If interested in gardening or growing plants Jacqeuline will give talk and advice. To register contact 07887614094.
ST COLM’S GAC
400 Club Winners £300 Patricia McConnell, £50 Michael Logan, £50 Kate Kerr.
Youth Presentation on Monday 10 February; U6 – U10 ~ 6.45pm-7.45pm, U12 - U16 ~ 8.00 pm-9.00 pm. Special guest will be Neil McManus.
The Lord gives you his Word, so that you can receive it like a love letter he has written to you, to help you realize that he is at your side.