BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 16 FEBRUARY 2020

February 16, 2020

No. 1798 ~ SIXTH 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

 

FEAST OF THE WEEK

Friday 21: St Peter Damian, bishop and doctor of the Church. He died in 1072.

Saturday 22: The Chair of St Peter. 

This feast celebrates Peter as bishop of Rome and the focus of unity in the communion of one faith.

 

NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE

Prayer Service next 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 are welcome.

 

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Church on Monday 17 February will commence after 10.00 am Mass and will continue until 7.25pm.

  • It is important that at least two people are present at all times during the hours of Exposition. If you are willing to spend one hour each Monday in the presence of  Our Lord during the time of Exposition please sign your name in the register in Holy Rosary Church porch. 

Spending some time with Our Lord each Monday might be something you could consider doing for Lent this year?

 

DEATHS

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

Willie Murray, Glengomna Road,

Francie Brolly, Dungiven.

 

FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS

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

 

MONTH’S MIND MASS

Helena McElhennon, Desertmartin, on Monday February 17 in St Patrick’s Church Keenaught at 7.30 pm.

 

ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversary: Colette Kelly. 

Patrick Kelly, Joe Morgan, Dan McKenna, Marian Haskins, Bernie Hamill.

 

DERRY DIOCESAN SOCIETY

The 10.00 am Mass in Holy Rosary Church on Tuesday February 18 will be offered for the deceased members of the Derry Diocesan Society.

 

LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS

Weekly Envelope  Collection: £2065  

Church Renovation Collection: £1305.  

Many thanks to all who contributed.

 

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 will be 5 sessions – one for each week of Lent before we enter into Holy Week in An Rath Dubh Centre, Moneyneena beginning Sunday 1 March, from 6.30 pm  - 8.00 pm. To register please phone Parish Office 79628248 or email ballinascreenparish@gmail.com or speak to Fr Madden or Fr McGirr on or before Thursday February 20, as resources have to be ordered for all participants.

There will be no charge for this course.  

‘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 BAPTISMS

Baptisms will be held on Saturday 7 March at 3.00 pm in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena and on Sunday March 15 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 Fridays(exception when this 10.00 am Mass is cancelled).

 

LOURDES HOSPITALITÉ

Second collection this weekend is for the 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 Diocesan Pilgrimage, which this year 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. Pilgrimage Office in Diocesan Pastoral Centre, 164 Bishop Street, Derry, BT48 6UJ, is open for enquiries and bookings Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm. For details phone  71260293 or email: derrypilgrim@outlook.com

 

CHILDREN IN CROSSFIRE

Sincere thanks to the parishioners of Ballinascreen and Desertmartin for their generous donations of £795 to their Advent Campaign. These donations will help provide vital health care to children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in Ethiopia.

 

ALIVE

February edition of Alive is now availlable in all churches. There are many interesting articles within free paper.

 

VOCATIONS WEEK 2020: SUNDAY 16 – SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY

During this week of prayer centred on Vocations, parishioners in all parishes across the Diocese of Derry are encouraged to pray for hearts open to the presence of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit continues to provide the People of God with numerous gifts.  Can we be brave and generous enough to respond to the promptings of God’s Spirit?  Without the Holy Spirt there would be no ministries alive and active in the Church, helping to build the Body of Christ.  During Vocations Week can we become aware of our role in God’s plan to heal and redeem a broken world?  How can we use our gifts to promote the reign of God?  How is God calling each one of us to live out our lives in response to His call?  As we search our hearts, are we being called to priesthood, Religious life, married or single life? View Derryvocations.org for more information.

 

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 more details, please contact Fr Chris Ferguson, Director of Vocations, on chris_j_ferguson@hotmail.com

 

MASS FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Annual Diocesan Mass for those with special needs and their families and friends, will take place in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Steelstown, Derry on Saturday 25 April  at 3.00 pm.  If you have a child who wishes to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation or First Communion at this Mass please contact Catechetical Centre on 71264087 or email ddcc@derrydiocese.org

 

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 available 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 details or to book please phone 71264087 or email lizzie.rea@derrydiocese.org 

 

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 or to register your attendance, please contact Yvonne in Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre:  phone 71264087 or email yvonne.rooney@derrydiocese.org

 

WHY SUPPORT LIFE?

A round-table discussion on the future of the pro-life movement in Northern Ireland will take place in the Catholic Chaplaincy QUB, 28 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast on Wednesday 19 February at 7.00 pm. The panel will include key figures in the pro-life movement.

 

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

 

COLUMBA COMMUNITY

Day of Prayer and Reflection on the theme of ‘Reconciliation:Healing Relationships’ in St Anthony’s Retreat Centre, Burnfoot, on Sunday 23 February, beginning at 11.00 am, celebration of Mass at 3.00 pm. All welcome  Light lunch provided. Suggested donation £20. To book please phone 71262407.

 

BALLINASCREEN TRADITIONAL MUSIC GROUP

Monthly sessions resume in An Scioból on Friday 21 February.  Juniors from 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm (please note new start time). This will be followed by an Open House session.

 

DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

  • Free Mindfulness Session on Tuesday 25 February at 5.30 pm.  Everyone welcome.

  • Digital citizen event on The Cloud on Friday 27 March from 2.00 - 4.00 pm. 

  • 1 to 1 sessions to help people with IT problems on morning of Friday 27 March.   Booking essential for morning sessions only.

  • Free Rhythm and Rhyme sessions every Friday 10.30 am - 11.00 am. New mums and tots welcome.

  • Lego Club Tuesdays 5.00 pm - 6.30 pm. 

  • S.A.D. lamp for adults to use on Friday or Saturday mornings.

 

CHARITY 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 will go to Charis Cancer Care. All welcome.

 

SMALL GROUP PILATES CLASSES

Over 55’s classes on Monday at 6.30  pm and Thursday at 10.00 am. Classes also for all abilities. 6 week block starts Monday 24 February. Phone 07718925868 for details.

 

GAELSCOIL NA SPEIRÍNÍ

Building Supervisor Post (no supervision). Closing date is Wednesday 19 February.

Full details of this job are on EA website.

 

ST MARY’S HALL DESERTMARTIN

  • Gardening Talk February 25 at 7.30 pm.

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

  • Art Classes for 4 weeks commencing on Monday 17 February 7.30 pm. Numbers limited. Admission £2 Supported by NICHI.

  • AcroBats Gymnastics on Saturdays.

  • iPad training may be arranged  if sufficient numbers register.

  • To register for any of the above phone Anne on 7964271, or Teeni on 79633200 or Olive on 07887614094.

 

ST COLM’S GAC

  • 400 Club Winners: £300 Kelly Rogers, £50 Padraig O'Kane, £50  Georgia Groogan.

  • Youth Disco on today Sunday 16 February, 8.00 pm to 10.30 pm for P7s to Year 11s.

 

POPE FRANCIS @PONTIFEX

Faith grows when we invoke the Lord with confidence, bringing to Jesus who we are, with open hearts, without hiding our sufferings.

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