BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 8 MARCH 2020

March 6, 2020

No. 1801 ~ SECOND 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

 

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Eucharistic Adoration will be held  in Holy Rosary Church on Monday 9 March. Adoration will  start after 10.00 am Mass and finish  at 7.25pm.  Mass at  7.30 pm.

 

COVID – 19 PRECAUTIONS

Due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus the following guidelines will be implemented in all our Churches until further notice:

  • Holy water fonts should not be used.

  • The Sign of Peace will be suspended at all Masses

  • Only the celebrant of the Mass will drink from the chalice.

  • Holy Communion should be administered into the hand.

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

 

DO THIS IN MEMORY MASS

Do This In Memory Mass on next  Saturday March 13 in Holy Rosary Church at 6.00 pm. The children preparing for First Holy Communion are asked to please remember to bring their blessed candle and when they arrive should bring it to the front of the Church for it to be lit during this Mass.  Candles will be returned after the Mass.  

 

PARISH WEEKLY ENVELOPES

Parish records for organising the distribution of the new boxes of weekly envelopes are being currently updated.

If you do not have envelopes and wish to receive a box or if you have changed your address during the past year please advise the Parish Office as soon as possible.  We ask that all wage earners please consider contributing to the parish by having their own personal box of envelopes.

 

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 the Way 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.

 

DEATHS

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

Paul Collins, Drummullan and Lavey,

Paddy Donnelly, Magherafelt.

 

MONTH’S MIND MASSES

Gracie-Mae Corrigan Bradley,

The Orchard, on Friday March 13 in

St Columba’s Church, Straw at 7.30 pm.

Bridie Elmslie Belfast and Sixtowns, on Sunday 15 March in St Patrick’s Church Sixtowns at 11.00 am

Willie Murray, Glengomna on Sunday 15 March in St Columba’s Church Straw at 12 noon.

 

ANIVERSARIES

Michael Kelly, David Crossett, Maureen Kelly, Helen Cuskeran, Maura Kelly, Nancy Kelly, Peter Bradley, John Bradley.

 

LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTIONS

Priest’s Monthly   Collection:£2933

Church Renovation Collection:  £1270

Holy Places in Holy Land Collection:£496.

Many thanks to all who contributed.

 

PARISH BAPTISMS

Baptisms on Sunday March 15 at 3.00 pm in St Columba’s Church Straw and Saturday 4 April in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena.  

A baptism card is to be completed when booking a baptism.

Please contact the Parish Office to book a baptism.

 

CONFIRMATION 2020

Ballinascreen Parish Confirmation will be celebrated on Saturday April 25  at

11.00  am  in St Columba’s Church Straw.

 

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  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.

 

ST JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS’ SOCIETY

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society acknowledges with sincere thanks several generous donations for the support and education of student priests at home and abroad. All benefactors share in the Masses and prayers of the society. Further donations gratefully accepted.  Please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood for the church of tomorrow.

 

ALIVE

March edition of  this free newspaper Alive is now available in all churches.

 

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

 

DROMANTINE LENTEN DAYS OF RECOLLECTION                                                                                                          

  • ‘Lord, open my heart as wide as it can open’ led by Fr. Damian Bresnahan SMA on Saturday 14 March from 9.30 am – 5.00 pm. Cost £25 includes lunch.

  • ‘Remember – you’re worth it!’ led by Fr. John Gallagher SMA  on Saturday  28  March from 9.30 am – 5.00 pm. Cost £25 includes lunch.

  • Holy Week Retreat Wednesday 8 – Easter Sunday 12 April. The SMA Community invites you  to join in reflectively celebrating the Easter Triduum, beginning with the Seder Meal. Cost £260.  

To book phone SMA Retreat Centre, Dromanitine on 30821964.                                                                    

Workshops Dromantine 2020

Please check church notice boards for details of various workshops being held in Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre in 2020, led by Fr Hugh Lagan, SMA.

 

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.

Let’s Talk Church Music:An opportunity for organists, cantors and those who lead music in their parish to come together and explore the challenges, questions and good practice in their experience of this ministry on Thursday 19 March  8 pm – 9.15 pm.  

To book or for more information, 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.

 

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.

 

GAELSCOIL NA SPEIRÍNÍ

Temporary Classroom Assistant position in Gaelscoil na Speiríní, 15 hours per week. Please contact School Principal 79628445.

 

KILCRONAGHAN CENTRE

  • 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

  • Tea Dance Friday 13 March, 9.00 pm – Midnight. Music by Ed Fox.

  • Crochet classes Thursdays 7 pm – 9 pm.

  • Sewing classes Fridays 6.30 pm – 9pm.

  • AcroBats Gymnastics on Saturdays.

  • Chair based exercise to help improve joint movement and muscle tone. Wednesdays 10.30 am -11.30 am, suitable for all. £2 per person.

  • Easter Tea Dance Tuesday 14 April music by Micheal Mawhinney.

  • Bingo Night Thursday 19 March.

  • Black Bag recycle continues bags may be left at Parish Hall or phone 07887614094 for collection.

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

 

DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

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

  • Lego Club Tuesdays 5.00 – 6.30 pm.

  •  Free Rhythm and Rhyme sessions every Friday 10.30 am- 11.00 am. 

  • Easter Crafts now on Tuesday 31 March at 6.00 pm and Friday 3 April at 3.30 pm.  If your child has been signed up for the Easter Crafts on 7 April please call to the library and choose one of the above new dates for your child.

 

ST COLM’S GAC

  • 400 Club Winners: £300 Rosin McNally, £50 Francis Cushenan, £50 John Cushenan

  • Club Shop open Fridays 7 pm – 8.00 pm.

 

#LIVINGLENT  ~  DERRY DIOCESE

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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