BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 23 FEBRUARY 2020

February 20, 2020

No. 1799 ~ SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ~ DAY OF PRAYER FOR TEMPERANCE

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 THIS WEEK

HOLY ROSARY DRAPERSTOWN

Monday -  10.00 am and 7.30 pm

Tuesday  ~ 10.00 am

Wednesday and Thursday ~ 7.00 am

Friday 10.00 am

 

ST EUGENE’S MONEYNEENA

Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday ~ 10.00 am

 

ST COLUMBA'S STRAW

Wednesday and Friday ~ 7.30 pm

 

ST PATRICK’S SIXTOWNS

Wednesday ~ 7.30 pm

 

CONFESSIONS  

Before the Vigil Masses

Following 10.00 am Saturday Mass in St Eugene’s

 

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

Wednesday 26: Ash Wednesday.

This feast marks the beginning of Lent and is a day of Fast and Abstinence.

Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are the three strands of Lenten observance.

Ashes will be distributed at all Masses on on Ash Wednesday which are as follows:

 

MASSES ON ASH WEDNESDAY

Holy Rosary ~ 7.00 am

St Eugene’s Moneyneena ~ 10.00 am

St Patrick’s Sixtowns ~ 7.30 pm

St Columba’s Straw ~ 7.30 pm

 

DAILY MASSES DURING  LENT

Holy Rosary Church

Monday ~ 10.00 am and 7.30 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 7.00 am 

Friday ~ 10.00 am

 

St Eugene’s Moneyneena

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 10.00 am

Saturday ~ 10.00 am followed by Confessions until 11.00 am.

 

St Columba’s Straw

Friday ~ 7.30 pm

 

St Patrick’s Sixtowns

Wednesday ~ 7.30 pm

 

St Colm’s High School (From Tuesday March 3)

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 8.40 am 

 

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Church on Monday 24 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?

 

TRÓCAIRE LENTEN CAMPAIGN

Trócaire Lenten Boxes will be available from Ash Wednesday in all Church porches.

Please take a box home and support this annual appeal to help people living in developing countries.

 

LENTEN SHORT-TERM PLEDGE

This enables a person who does not wish to make a life commitment to total abstinence to take a pledge for a limited period of time. You may wish to take the Lenten Pledge as a way of doing something uplifting or challenging for yourself or for others for Lent.  If you would like to take the pledge for Lent, please go online at www.pioneerassociation.ie and follow the links to join.

A small fee applies if you wish to have the Pioneer emblem and registration card.

 

DEATHS

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

Gracie-Mae Corrigan-Bradley, The Orchard,

Bridget Elmslie, Belfast and Draperstown,

James Farren, Dungiven,

Declan Wilson, Manchester.

 

FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS

Joseph Sargent, Cavanreagh, on Sunday 1 March in St Columba’s Church Straw at 12 noon.

 

ANNIVERSARIES

Philomena Kelly, James Conville,

Mary Gordon, Mary McKenna,

Patrick McEldowney, Mary Bradley,

Baby Majella McGuigan.

 

LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS

Weekly Envelope  Collection:£2075

Lourdes Hospitality  Collection £1773.  

Many thanks to all who contributed.

 

BAPTISMS

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

Cillian Padraig Hegarty, Cloane Road,

Oisin Francis Johnston, Oakland Crescent.

 

PARISH BAPTISMS

Baptisms 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.

 

BALLINASCREEN PARISH DRAW

February Draw will be held on Monday February 24.  Results will be printed in next week’s Bulletin.

 

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).

 

ST JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS’ SOCIETY

meeting on Monday February 24 in Holy Rosary Church following the 7.30 pm Mass. Rosary will be offered at 7.10 pm, to pray for more vocations..

 

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 emailderrypilgrim@outlook.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

 

THORNHILL MINISTRIES

  • Oasis Day – Sensing Mortality: A hope-filled day led by Fr Paschal McDonnell to help find an oasis of peace and serenity in acceptance of what is. Eucharist, reflection and pondering on mortality. Monday 24 February, 9.30 am to 1.30 pm. Suggested donation: £20, light lunch included.

  • Lenten Promise Cards: These scratch cards  reveal a daily pray / fast / give activity. Available at Thornhill Ministries, Veritas or The Holy Shop, Derry.  Cost £1.

  • Church Décor for Lent & Holy Week: 

  • For those involved in church décor. How church displays and arrangements of nature’s gifts, supports liturgy.  Monday 2 March 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm.  Suggested donation: £10.                                          

  • To book please phone 71351233 or email thornhillministries@derrydiocese.org.  Website:www.thornhillministries.co.uk

 

FATIMA PILGRIMAGE

Fully escorted pilgrimage for 7 nights from 16 September. Cost £719 per person sharing. Please phone Bridie Gallagher on 25644181 for more details.

 

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

 

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

Smoking Cessation Service

Thinking of giving up smoking for Lent?

Call into O'Kane's Chemist and speak to a member of staff about joining their free 12 week programme or phone 79628209 or 79628680 for more information.

 

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 Fridays 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.

 

PARENTING ANXIOUS CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS

Seminar in City Hotel Derry on 25 February from 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm. Fee £10. See Facebook page ‘Bronagh Starrs Psychoterapist’ for details.

 

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.

 

TIME TO CONNECT

During this Lent, would you like to spend some time in quiet reflection and prayer on the theme of ‘I am not alone’?

Sessions in Christ Church, Castledawson. from 4.00 pm - 4.45 pm on each of the Sundays during Lent will be led by members of Christ Church Castledawson, Church of the Assumption , Magherafelt and other lay people, and are for people from every age group and from all walks of life.  Everyone is welcome.

 

ST MARY’S HALL DESERTMARTIN

  • Gardening Talk February 25 at 7.30 pm.

  • i Pad training may be arranged  if sufficient numbers register.

To register please phone 7964271, or 79633200 or 07887614094.

 

#LIVINGLENT - DIOCESAN DAILY LENTEN PRAYER

Loving Father,

To prepare for His mission of proclaiming Your kingdom to the world Your Son Jesus was guided by Your Holy Spirit to the quiet of the desert.

In these Lenten days, I pray that I will be guided by that same Spirit, to a place of renewal in my heart and mind, so that I will seek opportunities for daily personal prayer, personal sacrifices and acts of kindness.

With Your help, may I too be truly prepared to share in the story of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Your Son, our Lord.    

Amen.

 

POPE FRANCIS @PONTIFEX

Every one of us has something that has hardened within our heart. The medicine to combat hardheartedness is memory: recalling the blessings of the Lord. 

This keeps our heart open and faithful.

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