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BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 5 APRIL 2020

No. 1805 ~ PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION

MASSES FOR HOLY WEEK ~ VIA WEBCAM ONLY

(Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday ~ April 9, 10 and 11)

10.00 am: Monday and Wednesday, Holy Rosary Draperstown

3.00 pm Holy Hour: Monday, Holy Rosary

10.00 am: Tuesday, St Mary’s Coolcalm

EASTER TRIDUUM ~ VIA WEBCAM ONLY

  • HOLY THURSDAY ~ APRIL 9

10.00 am Mass of Chrism: St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry

At this Mass the oils that are used in the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation and the Oil of the Sick are blessed and consecrated by the bishop of the diocese. Priests around the diocese will also follow the Mass online and renew the vows taken at their ordination. Everyone welcome to join via the Cathedral webcam. www.steugenescathedral.com

7.00 pm Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper: Holy Rosary Church

Fr Madden and Fr McGirr will concelebrate Mass on Thursday evening from Holy Rosary Church at 7.00 pm, maintaining social distance at the altar and each receiving the precious blood of Jesus from a different chalice.

  • GOOD FRIDAY ~ APRIL 10

10.00 am Morning Prayer: St Eugene’s Cathedral Derry via the Cathedral webcam

3.00 pm Solemn Passion of Jesus: St Mary's Coolcalm

7.30 pm Stations of the Cross: Holy Rosary Church.

Followed by payers for the first day of the Novena to the Divine Mercy which concludes on the second Sunday of Easter.

  • HOLY SATURDAY ~ APRIL 11

10.00 am Morning Prayer: St Eugene’s Cathedral Derry via the Cathedral webcam

12 Noon Divine Mercy Novena: Holy Rosary Church.

7.30 pm Easter Vigil Mass: Holy Rosary Church

10.00 pm Full Easter Vigil: St Eugene’s Cathedral Derry via the Cathedral webcam

  • EASTER SUNDAY ~ APRIL 12

10.00 am Mass: St Mary’s Coolcalm

12 noon Mass: Holy Rosary Draperstown

Other arrangements will be announced throughout the week at daily Mass.

All Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the parish webcam: www.parishofballinascreen.com

All Masses in St Mary’s Coolcalm are transmitted live via the parish/diocesan/mcnmedia link

PLENARY INDULGENCE

Because individual confession is not possible at this time Pope Francis has issued the following statement about the granting of a Plenary Indulgence. The Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful suffering from Coronavirus, who are subject to quarantine by order of the health authority in hospitals or in their own homes if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord's Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfil the usual conditions (Sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion and prayer according to the Holy Father's intentions), as soon as possible.

WORDS ON CONFESSION

Lent seeks a change of heart that we may truly celebrate Easter. In preparation for this great feast many celebrate this "change of heart" in the Sacrament of Penance. Confession to a priest is an essential part of the Sacrament of Penance but what are we to do this year, when because of coronavirus, Church services are suspended and everyone is to stay at home? Pope Francis spoke about this situation recently and said that we should do what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says. The Catechism reminds us that the confessor is not the master of God's forgiveness, but its servant. Only God forgives sin and God, who is the Father of tenderness, always waits for the return of the Prodigal and always welcomes with a loving embrace - God's forgiveness is immediate! In our present uniquely difficult situation, when it is not possible to come to the Church for Confession, speak to God from your heart; acknowledge truthfully what you have done or failed to do, and with all your heart ask forgiveness with a sincere Act of Sorrow confident that God always forgives the contrite. Later, when coronavirus has released its grip, we can return to the Church and avail of Confession, and celebrate the forgiveness that has been so freely given.

FAST AND ABSTINENCE

Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. Fasting means that the amount of food we eat is considerably reduced. This applies to those aged 18 to 60. Abstinence means that those aged over 14 abstain from eating meat.

FAMILY SUGGESTIONS FOR HOLY WEEK DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

1. On Palm Sunday put greenery in the front window (palms will be blessed during the Palm Sunday Masses)

2. Follow the Chrism Mass from the Cathedral on Holy Thursday at 10.00 am

3. Put a Cross in the front window on Good Friday

4. Ask God's blessing on water and have a Renewal of Baptismal Promises on Holy Saturday night or on Easter Sunday, each family having a bowl of water, a twig for a Blessing ceremony and follow the text of the Renewal of Baptismal Promises.

5. Come out at 9.00 pm on Holy Saturday and shine your mobile phone torch

HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY FR JOHN

On behalf of Fr Madden, Fr O'Neill, Fr McGirr and the people of the parish we extend our warm congratulations to Fr John Downey who celebrated his 80th birthday on Saturday 4 April. A birthday Mass and celebration had long been planned for Friday 3 April in St Eugene's Church, Moneyneena and afterwards in An Ráth Dubh to show our appreciation to Fr John for his long and dedicated ministry to the people of this parish, following his retirement last year. Needless to say the Mass and celebration had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus Crisis. However, it doesn't lessen the respect and esteem in which he is held in Ballinascreen Parish and Moneyneena in particular. Fr John, many happy returns of the day. Keep safe and well and a very big Happy 80th Birthday!!!

ANNIVERSARIES

Margaret Trolan, Danny Mullan,

Peter O'Kane, Annie McSorley,

Brian McCloskey.

FAMILY ROSARY