BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 2 FEBRUARY 2020

February 2, 2020

No. 1796 ~ THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD

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 -  10.00 am and 7.30 pm

Tuesday  ~ Friday 10.00 am

 

St Columba’s Church Straw

Friday ~ 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

 

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.

 

CANDLEMAS DAY

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

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.

  • If you are willing to become a regular Adorer in the Parish each Monday please sign your name in the register in Holy Rosary porch.

 

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.

  • Rosary and novena prayers at 7.10 pm.

 

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.

 

ANNIVERSARIES

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 mentalhealthsteps@gmail.com. All welcome.

 

PARISH BAPTISMS

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 yvonne.rooney@derrydiocese.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: derrypilgrim@outlook.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 sma.dromantine@sma.ie to book.

 

BALLINASCREEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

  • A talk entitled ‘A life in Local History’ by James Walshe on Tuesday 4 February at 8.00 pm  in 50 High St.

  • Society’s AGM  will follow this meeting.

 

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 stress.control@northerntrust.hscni.net

 

KILCRONAGHAN CENTRE

  • Exercise classes for over 50’s start Monday February 3, 10.30 am – 11.30 am. £3 per week. Suitable for all abilities and chair based for the less mobile.  

  • 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.

 

POPE FRANCIS@PONTIFEX

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.

 

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