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BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 9 FEBRUARY 2020

No. 1797 ~ FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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 10: St Scholastica. Sister of St Benedict. She spent her life as a consecrated virgin. Patron of convulsive children.

Tuesday 11:Our Lady of Lourdes.

On this day in 1858, Mary, the Mother of God first appeared to Bernadette Soubirous at the grotto of Massabielle.

In 1992 Pope John Paul II instituted the World Day of the Sick on the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Friday 14: St Cyril and St Methodius.

Brothers from Thessalonica in Greece. They were declared Patrons of Europe by Pope John Paul II in 1980.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Church on Monday 10 February will commence after the 10.00 am Mass and will continue until 7.25 pm.

DEATHS

We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:

Niall Regan, Maghera,

Paddy McGuigan, Maghera, formerly Moneyshanere,

Toirleach MacDermott, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, formerly St Patrick’s Street.

MONTH’S MIND MASSES

John Donnelly, Ballinascreen Fold, on Friday 14 February in St Columba’s Church Straw at 7.30 pm.

Paul McCloskey, Draperstown,on Friday 14 February in St Columba’s Church Straw at 7.30 pm.

Seamus McGuigan, The Orchard, on

Friday 14 February in St Columba’s Church Straw at 7.30 pm.

FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS

Colette Kelly Brackaghlisea on Sunday 16 February in St Columba’s Church Straw at 12 noon.

ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversary: Julia Morgan

Susan McNally, Mairead McCullagh,Veronica Kelly, Philip Donnelly, Cathal Conville, Helen Kelly, Philomena Jeffrey.

LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTION

Priests’ Monthly Collection £2925

Church Renovation £1455.

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.

BAPTISMS

We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:

Fianna Grace Harkin, Woodland Grove,

Francis Patrick McGregor, Tonagh Road,

Roise Kate McPeake, Doncarney,

Saoirse Maria Kidd, Magherafelt.

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.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR LENT?

This year why not travel with Jesus as he enters into his passion? ‘No Greater Love’ is a Lenten programme, based around a series of short films shot on location in the Holy Land. Over five weeks we are given the opportunity to walk step-by-step with Jesus through the scriptures from the garden of Gethsemane to Mount Calvary.

The short films are presented by Edward Sri who leads us on a biblical pilgrimage that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us. At each session there will be the opportunity to pray and talk together as members of our Parish Family.

There are 5 sessions – one for each week of Lent before we enter into Holy Week.

Location: An Rath Dubh Centre, Moneyneena

Date: beginning Sunday 1 March

Time: 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm. To register and for further information please email ballinascreenparish@gmail.com or phone Parish Office 79628248 or speak to Fr Madden or Fr McGirr.

‘No Greater Love’ is an opportunity to prepare our minds and hearts as we prepare for the celebration of Easter. ‘The Resurrection is the greatest message history has ever heard!’ Pope Francis

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).

VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY

Information Day on Saturday 22 February in Thornhill Retreat Centre, 121 Culmore Road, Derry, starting at 10.30 am ending at 6.00 pm.

For further information on the Day, please contact Fr Chris Ferguson, Diocesan Director of Vocations, on chris_j_ferguson@hotmail.com

LOURDES HOSPITALITÉ

The second collection next weekend (15 / 16 February) will be taken up in support of Lourdes Hospitalité, which is the Derry Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage Group who provide proper care and assistance for the sick who will go to Lourdes on the Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage. Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage is from 2 – 7 July. Further details below.

LOURDES DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE

Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Bishop Donal McKeown from 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 details phone 71260293 or email derrypilgrim@outlook.com

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.

SLEEP OUT - STAY AWAKE

Young people aged 15-18 are invited to get involved in a Stay Awake/Sleep Out event in solidarity with the homeless from 9.00 pm on Friday 28 February until 7.00 am on Saturday 29 February. Event will be in St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, during which there will be reflections, music, speakers from local charities, activities and time outside. Parental consent forms and sponsorship forms may be found on Diocesan website www.derrydiocese.org

All proceeds will go to De Paul, Damien House, Methodist City Mission, Simon Community and Clarendon Night Shelter Registration is compulsory before Friday 21 February. For more details or to book please phone 71264087 or email lizzie.rea@derrydiocese.org

OUR LADY OF LOURDES FEAST

Prayer Intercession for the Sick on Tuesday 11 February from 10.30 am -8.00 pm at Thornhill House, Culmore Road, Derry. Exposition, Rosary and prayers at 11.30 am,1.30 pm, 3.30 pm, 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm. All welcome.

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

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 will offer opportunities to prepare our hearts and minds for Holy Week and Easter. 9.30 am – 5.00 pm. Cost £25, includes lunch. To book phone 3082196 or email sma.dromantine@sma.ie .

HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS

Fr Daniel McFaul St. Mary’s, Creggan, will lead a Holy Hour to pray for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life in Derry Diocese on Thursday 13 February at 8.00pm in St. Eugene’s Cathedral Derry.All welcome

COLUMBA COMMUNITY

Day of Prayer and Reflection on the theme of ‘Reconciliation:Healing Relationships’ in St Anthony’s Retreat Centre, Burnfoot, Donegal, on Sunday 23 February, beginning at 11.00 am, celebration of Mass at 3.00 pm. All welcome to join in preparation for Lent. Light lunch provided. Suggested donation £20. To book a place please contact Columba House on 71262407.

COFFEE MORNING

The Cushenan/Glasgow family invite you to a Coffee Morning on Saturday 22 February in the Market Inn Draperstown from 11.00 am – 1.30 pm. All proceeds in aid of Charis Cancer Care. Everyone welcome.

NI BLOOD TRANSFUSION

Blood donation sessions tomorrow, Monday in St Colm’s High School 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm and 5.30 pm – 8.00 pm.

SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY

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 8.00pm. RSVP please by phoning Emma 07769289385.

ST MARY’S HALL DESERTMARTIN

  • Tea Dance on 14 February.

  • Bingo on Thursday 19 March.

  • Crochet Class Thursdays 7 - 9.00 pm.

  • Sewing Class Fridays 6.30 pm -9pm.

  • Gardening Talk on February 25 at 7.30 pm. To register phone 07887614094.

  • Chair based exercises, for all abilities, on Wednesday from 10.00 am -11.00 am.

  • Black Bags may be left at the Hall or ring 07887614094 to arrange collection.

ST COLM’S GAC

Youth Presentation Monday 10 February; U6 – U10 ~ 6.45pm-7.45pm,

U12 - U16 ~ 8.00 pm-9.00 pm.

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