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BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 1 MARCH 2020

No. 1800 ~ FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

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, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 7.00 am

Friday ~ 10.00 am

St Eugene's Moneyneena

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday ~ 10.00 am

St Patrick's Sixtowns

Wednesday ~ 7.30 pm

St Columba’s Church Straw

Friday ~ 7.30 pm

St Colm’s High School

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 8.40 am

CONFESSIONS

Before the Vigil Masses and following the 10.00 am Saturday Mass in St Eugene’s Moneyneena.

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 7: St Perpetua and St Felicity, they were martyred in Carthage in 203.

VISITATION OF SICK AND HOUSEBOUND

Fr Madden will visit the sick in the parish on the following days this week.

Monday March 2: Moneyneena Road, Drumderg, Mulnavoo, Bancran, Fivemilestraight, Ranaghan and Disert.

Tuesday March 3: Moykeeran, Cahore, Campbeltown, Cordarragh, Derrynoid Road, Slieve Gallion Drive, Slieve Gallion Park, Glenelly Villas.

Wednesday March 4: Magherafelt Road, Tobermore Road, Bradley Park, Glenshane Park, Drumard, Gortnaskea.

Thursday March 5: Sixtowns Road, Tonagh, Strawmore, The Orchard, Cavanreagh.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Church on Monday 2 March will commence after 10.00 am Mass and continue until 7.25pm.

PADRE PIO MASS

Monthly Mass in honour of St Pio of Pietrelcina will be celebrated on Monday March 2 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary. Novena prayer and rosary 7.10 pm.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

During Lent we encourage parishioners to visit any of the churches and to pray the 14 Stations of the Cross. Booklets with reflections on theWay of the Cross will be available and you are asked to please return them to the box provided so others may use them.

Divine Mercy prayer leaflets are free to take.

THE SIGN OF PEACE

Though there is much talk at the present about the Coronavirus and the need to take necessary precautions, it has been long held by the medical profession that the shaking of hands at the sign of peace during Mass does contribute to the unnecessary spreading of germs etc. Given that the Coronavirus (COVID 19) has the potential to be a serious threat to our wellbeing and in order to take the sensible measures that would be expected of any institution that brings people together, the Sign of Peace at Mass in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin is suspended, effective immediately.

We also ask those who use tissues etc…to please bring them home and dispense with them there.

DEATHS

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

Sadie Glasgow, Gortnari,

Dolores Toner, Brackalislea,

Tony O’Kane, Desertmartin,

Frank McKenna, Maghera,

Mickey Birt, Clady.

FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASSES

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

Joe Conway (Art) Ballinascreen Fold Friday 6 March in St Columba’s Straw at 7.30 pm.

ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversaries:

Joe Sargent, Joe Conway.

Patrick Hegarty, Mary Hegarty,

Pat Joe Bradley, Seamus McGuigan,

Annie McGuigan, Danny Kelly.

NO GREATER LOVE

A reminder to all who have registered for this 5 week Lenten programme that it will commence today, Sunday March 1, in An Rath Dubh Moneyneena at 6.30 pm.

NEW CHURCH STATUES

Statues of the Sacred Heart and Our Blessed Lady have been purchased for St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena, as well as a new Sanctuary Lamp. A new Statue of the Sacred Heart will very soon be placed in St. Patrick’s Church, Sixtowns. The statues are hand carved in wood. All four churches in the parish will now have in place images of the Sacred Heart and Our Blessed Lady facing the congregation, calling us to prayer. The Statue of Our Lady is Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.

Anyone wishing to make a donation towards the cost of the new statues should please contact Fr Madden.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in thee.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS

Weekly Envelope Collection:£2311

Church Renovation Collection £1539.

Many thanks to all who contributed.

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 to have the Pioneer emblem and registration card.

BAPTISM

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

Cillian Thomas McCloskey, Moneyneena Lane.

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 a baptism. 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).

DIOCESE OF DERRY MISSION TEAM

If you are interested in being part of the Derry Diocesan Mission Team to promote and foster mission awareness at home and overseas, please come along to a meeting on Tuesday 3 March at 7.00 pm in Ardstraw House, 21A Buncrana Rd , Derry, next to St Columb's College. All welcome including volunteers and missionaries who have worked overseas. For more details please contact Fr David O’Kane on 71337727.

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

TRÓCAIRE LENTEN CAMPAIGN

Lenten Boxes are now available in all Church porches. Please take one home and support this annual appeal to help people living in developing countries.

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

Praying Lent: Be part of a praying community this Lent. Led Meditation, Exposition, Mid-Day Prayer and Lenten soup! Thursdays 10.30 am-12.45 pm Suggested donation £10.

Church Décor for Lent & Holy Week:

For those involved in church décor on Monday 2 March 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm. Suggested donation £10.To book phone 71351233 or email thornhillministries@derrydiocese.org

FATIMA PILGRIMAGE

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

BALLINASCREEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Talk entitled ‘Rambles around Ireland’ by Paul Clements on Tuesday March 3 at 8.00 pm in 50 High Street. Everyone welcome.

SEWING CLASSES

Classes resume in An Rath Dubh on Mondays from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm starting 2 March. No experience required. Cost: £30 for 6 classes, £18 for 3 classes or £7 per night for anyone wanting a single class. New members welcome. To register or for more details please message Michelle on 07902673685 or Pauline on 07974952560. Spaces may be limited so will be given on first come basis

BALLINASCREEN TRADITIONAL MUSIC GROUP

Singing class in An Scioból on Saturday 7 March from 10.00 am to 11.00 am.

SMOKING CESSATION SERVICE

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

MASTERS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre, in Partnership with St Mary’s University, Twickenham, offers this post graduate degree that is dedicated to the professional development and spiritual formation of Catholic school leaders. It is a great opportunity for those currently in leadership roles and those who aspire to, or have an interest in, leadership roles within the Catholic School system. The next intake will be Autumn 2020. For more information, please contact the Catechetical Centre on 71264087 or email tferry@derrydiocese.org.

TIME TO CONNECT

‘I am not alone’ sessions in Christ Church, Castledawson from 4.00 pm - 4.45 pm each Sunday during Lent will be led by members of Christ Church Castledawson, Church of the Assumption Magherafelt and other lay people. People from every age group and from all walks of life welcome.

KILCRONAGHAN CENTRE

  • Yoga on Thursday 5 March, 10.30 am – 12 noon, for 5 weeks, cost £30 payable week 1.

  • Painting Class Wednesday 11 March, 7.00pm – 9.00 pm for 5 weeks, £25 payable week 1.

  • Chinese watercolour painting workshop with Rong-Gen Yin on Monday 16 March, 11.00 am – 1.00pm. Materials and refreshments supplied. Cost £15 payable on booking.

  • Places for all classes must be prebooked, Please phone 79627826 to book.

ST MARY’S HALL DESERTMARTIN

  • Crochet classes Thursdays 7.00 pm – 9 pm.

  • Sewing classes Fridays 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm.

  • AcroBats Gymnastics on Saturdays.

  • Chair based exercise to help improve joint movement and muscle tone. Wednesdays 10.00 am -11.00 am, suitable for all. £2 per person.

  • i Pad Training, if there is sufficient interest, please register interest as soon as possible.

  • Bingo Night Thursday 19 March.

  • To register for any of the above classes phone Anne on 79642711 or Teeni on 79633200 or Olive on 07887614 094.

ST COLM’S GAC

  • 400 Club Winners: £300~Stan Heron, £50~Lisa McGlone, £50~Laura McKenna.

  • Club Shop open Fridays 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm.

#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

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