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BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 29 MARCH 2020

No. 1804 ~ FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

SUNDAY MASS TIMES ~ (VIA WEBCAM ONLY)

VIGIL MASS

Holy Rosary 6.00 pm

SUNDAY

St Mary’s Coolcalm 10.00 am

Holy Rosary 12 noon

DAILY MASSES FOR THIS WEEK ~ (VIA WEBCAM ONLY)

HOLY ROSARY CHURCH

Monday, Wednesday and Friday ~ 10.00 am.

ST MARY’S COOLCALM

Tuersday and Thursday ~ 10.00 am

Friday ~ 7.30 pm

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

Please Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic only phone or email to contact the Parish Office. Thank you.

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 webcam: www.parishofballinascreen.com

FEASTS OF THE WEEK

Wednesday 1 April: St Celsus.

Thursday 2: St Francis of Paola.

Saturday 4: St Isidore, bishop and Doctor of the Church.

PARISH MASSES VIA WEBCAMS

Desertmartin Parish has now installed a webcam in St Mary’s Church Coolcalm and is available online via the parish/diocesan/mcnmedia links.

The times when Masses will be available for both parishes via the webcam will be as follows:

(Effective immediately)

Saturday Vigil Mass

Holy Rosary 6.00 pm

Sunday Masses

Coolcalm 10.00 am

Holy Rosary 12 noon

Weekday Masses

Holy Rosary, Draperstown on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10.00 am

St Mary’s Coolcalm on Tuesday and Thursday at 10.00 am. Friday 7.30 pm

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic there will be no Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Church Draperstown on Monday or in St Mary’s Coolcalm on Thursday.

HOLY HOUR

There will be a Holy Hour on Monday in Holy Rosary via Webcam at 3.00 pm

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

There will be a short Stations of the Cross following Friday morning Mass in Holy Rosary. You may prayerfully join in them via the webcam.

FUNERAL MASSES

In accordance with the most recent guidelines re Coronavirus issued by Bishop Donal McKeown all FUNERAL MASSES will be limited to

FAMILY AND CLOSE FRIENDS ONLY.

If parishioners so wish, funerals may be celebrated in Holy Rosary Church so that the Funeral Mass may be viewed live via Holy Rosary Webcam. It is very important over the next few weeks and months that we respect the scientific and medical advice not to shake hands.

FAMILY ROSARY

We encourage families to pray the Family Rosary each evening.

Please click on the link Come Pray The Rosary on the home page of Ballinascreen Parish Website.

RESOURCES

The three following new useful resources are now on the home page of www.catholicbishops.ie

  1. Masses available via broadcast, online and parish radio.

  2. Prayer Resources for use during the coronavirus pandemic.

  3. Care for one another during the Coronavirus pandemic.

DEATHS

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

Frank Deery, Gortnari.

Mary Murray, Desertmartin.

ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversary: Ellen Eames.

Mary Bradley, Mamie O’Kane

Annie Kelly, John Kerlin,

Joe Moran, Eileen McDermott.

Patrick Conway.

BALLINASCREEN COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP

Please clink the link on the parish webpage parishofballinascreen.com for information and numbers of Ballinascreen Community Support Group.

PARISH BAPTISMS

In accordance with the most recent Government statement and the latest guidelines issued by Bishop McKeown there will be no baptisms until further notice.

Baptisms will resume as soon as possible, but we ask parents not to be anxious. It is customary nowadays for children to be baptised many weeks and months after they are born. Parents can bless their children with the Sign of the Cross morning and evening and recite the Guardian Angel Prayer for them often: Angel of God My guardian dear To whom God’s love Commits me here Ever this day Be at my side To light and guard To rule and guide.

Amen.

WEDDINGS

Following the Government statement during the week, Bishop Donal McKeown, has also directed that all weddings be suspended until further notice. Couples who have booked weddings for the coming weeks can email the Parish Office should they wish to reserve a future date.

PARISH ANNIVERSARY MASS

If parishioners in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin wish to have their loved one prayed for at the 10.00 am Mass in Holy Rosary or the 7.30 pm Mass in Coolcam on a Friday, you MUST give their name to Ballinascreen Parish Office by 12 noon on Thursday of the relevant week. You may contact the office by phone or email. These Masses from the Holy Rosary and St. Mary's Coolcalm may be viewed on the respective Parish webcam.

LENTEN REFLECTIONS

The link to Lenten Reflections by Bishop McKeown for each Sunday of Lent is on the home page of Ballinascreen Parish website.

These reflections are based on the Gospel readings for each Sunday.

FIRST COMMUNION 2020 & CONFIRMATION 2020

By direction of Bishop McKeown all celebrations of First Holy Communion and Confirmation in Derry Diocese have been postponed until further notice.

RADIO MARIA IRELAND

This Irish-run Catholic talk-radio station provides prayer, catechesis, uplifting music, talks, interviews and testimonies – all commercial free. Listen to Radio Maria via TV on Saorview - Channel 210 or Freeview - Channel 826. Free app ‘Radio Maria Ireland’ may be downloaded. Streaming on www.radiomaria.ie or via phone – get live radio feed by telephoning 0035314373277 (no extra charges apply). You are invited to join their growing faith family.

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.

DERRY DIOCESE 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

CONSECRATION OF IRELAND TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

On Wednesday last, 25 March, Feast of the Annunciation, at the request of Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Bishop Donal McKeown consecrated the people of our parish, our diocese and the people of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for protection form the Coronavirus. Below is the Prayer of Consecration.

PRAYER OF CONSECRATION

Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Health of the Sick, at this time of great challenge to our country from the coronavirus, we consecrate to Jesus through your Immaculate Heart:

ourselves, our family, the members of our parish and Diocese, and the people of Ireland. O Mary, Queen of Ireland, when you appeared at Knock, you gave hope to your people in a time of distress, and brought them comfort in a time of sorrow. Be with us now as a sign of salvation and hope, as we entrust ourselves to your loving care. We renew the promises of our Baptism and Confirmation and ask your intercession that we may be always faithful to Christ and to His Church. Bring under your mantle of protection all those who are suffering because of the coronavirus, and those who care for the sick and minister to their needs, as your Son implores us to do for one another. O Loving Mother, at the foot of the Cross, with steadfast faith, your Immaculate Heart was pierced by grief at the suffering of your Son. You know what we need during these difficult days. Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us - He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. O Blessed Mother, Our Life, our Sweetness and Our Hope,

we wish that this Consecration be for the glory of God and that it lead us safely to Jesus your Son. A Naomh-Mhuire, a Mháthair Dé, guigh orainn na peacaigh, anois agus ar uair ár mbáis. Amen.

PRAYERS FOR OUR PROTECTION

The Irish Catholic Bishops have asked for prayers for those affected by the Coronavirus. Placing all our trust in the Lord, and asking Our Lady to intercede for us, the bishops invite everyone to pray these prayers:

EXTRACT FROM SAINT PATRICK’S BREASTPLATE

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.

MEMORARE

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you,

O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer. Amen.

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