No. 1807 ~ SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER ~ DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
SUNDAY MASSES (VIA WEBCAM ONLY)
Holy Rosary: 6.00 pm
St Mary’s Coolcalm: 10.00 am
Holy Rosary: 12 noon
DAILY MASS TIMES FOR THIS WEEK (VIA WEBCAM ONLY)
Holy Rosary Church: Monday, Wednesday and Friday ~ 10.00 am
St Mary’s Church Coolcalm: Tuesday and Thursday ~ 10.00 am Friday ~ 7.30 pm
All Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the Ballinascreen parish webcam: https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/ballinascreen-parish-1
All Masses in St Mary’s Coolcalm are transmitted live via the Desertmartin parish webcam https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/desertmartin-parish
FEAST OF THE WEEK
Saturday 25: St Mark, Evangelist. His Gospel was probably written at Rome when he was with Paul, and is traditionally viewed as representing St Peter’s approach to the teaching of the good news. His symbol is a winged lion.
DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS
Divine Mercy Devotions on Sunday April 19 at 3.00 pm in Holy Rosary Church, please join via webcam.
Monday at 3.00 pm in Holy Rosary please join via parish webcam.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Michael Toner, Brackalislea,
Ellen Corey, Dunamore,
Derry O’Leary, Killarney,
Martina McCarron, Fintona,
Fr Felix McGuckin, Antrim,
Fr Tony Quinn, Derry.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS
Hugh Mills Scutchers’ Lane, on Friday 24 April.
MONTH’S MIND MASS
Frank Deery, Gortnari, on Sunday 19 April.
Helen Kelly, John P Bradley,
Lily McGurk, Andrew Church,
Annie McGovern, Rita McDonald. .
LOURDES DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE 2020
After consultation with the tour operator, and having reviewed the present situation in Lourdes and the continuing closure of the Sanctuary, the Diocesan Pilgrimage administration team has decided that the Derry Pilgrimage scheduled to travel at the start of July will not take place. Please God, it can be rescheduled for summer 2021. Any deposits or payments made already will either be refunded or may be used as deposits in whole or part for 2021 in accordance with the wishes of the individual pilgrims. This may take some time as the Pilgrimage Office is currently closed in accordance with Diocesan directives.
All youth deposits will be refunded, as rescheduling does not appear to be an option for the youth scheduled to travel at the moment.
We very much regret the necessity of this very unusual step but believe we have reached a stage where no other course of action is possible.
The Diocesan Pilgrimage administration team hope that all their past and aspiring pilgrims, their families and friends stay safe and well at this difficult time and entrust all to the care of Our Lady of Lourdes,
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.
Resources are available on the Derry Diocesan Cathtical website to help families, young people and children to celebrate Easter and to continue to engage with their Faith Formation during this time of the Covid -19 pandemic. Please log on to www.catecheticalcentre.org
Primary School Resources ~ https://catecheticalcentre.org/category/primary-school-resources/
Post Primary School Resources ~ https://catecheticalcentre.org/category/post-primary-school-resources/
YouthResources ~ https://catecheticalcentre.org/category/youth-resources/
The April 2020 edition of ‘The Net’, the monthly publication sharing the fruits of the faith in parishes and schools within the Diocese of Derry, marks its fifth anniversary.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the April edition will be available only on the Diocesan website at this stage. However, the publication will be available again in parishes when the restrictions are lifted.
Coverage in April’s edition includes:
Ballinascreen Remembrance Service;
Comforting thoughts and prayers shared from around the Diocese
Diocesan Youth Ministry team’s online programme;
Irish Page by Fr Oliver Crilly
A Word of God for Your Family Life by Fr Johnny Doherty CSsR;
Children’s Catechism Club;
Buncrana couple blessed through Divine Mercy devotion;
Message of Mercy by Fr Joe Gormley
Candlelight Rosary Newtownstewart;
Eucharistic Adoration in Claudy;
Long Tower Folk Group celebrates 40 years of praying through music;
Fr Michael Keaveny celebrates 69th anniversary of ordination
Cappagh parish reaches out in current crisis;
Sr Clare Crockett still touching lives four years after her passing;
Faith story by Stephen Doherty.
For inclusion of your faith news in future editions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We encourage families to pray the Family Rosary each evening.
Please click HERE or on the link 'Come Pray The Rosary' on the home page of Ballinascreen Parish Website.
BALLINASCREEN COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP
Please click HERE or on the link on the parish webpage parishofballinascreen.com for full details of Ballinascreen Community Support Group.
In accordance with the 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.
In accordance with the Government statement and 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:
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.
SPIRITUAL COMMUNION PRAYER
I believe that you desire to make your home within me and that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you in my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace your love as if you were already there, I and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
POPE FRANCIS @PONTIFEX
Let us #PrayTogether for the elderly, especially those who are isolated or in rest homes and are afraid of dying alone. They are our roots. They gave us the faith, tradition, and a sense of belonging. Let us pray that the Lord might be near to them.
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.
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.
PARISH CONTACT DETAILS
Fr. Peter Madden PP VF
40 Derrynoyd Road
Fr Dermot McGirr CC
50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin
Fr John Downey Priest In Residence
36 Moneyneena Rd
9 High Street Phone: (028)79628248
Please note that due to restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus Pandemic the Parish Office may only be contacted by email or phone (message may be left)
All notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday email ~ email@example.com
During the current crisis Bulletins will only be available on the parish website ~ www.parishofballinascreen.com
Helpline telephone number: 07710838050