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BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 3 MAY 2020

No. 1809 ~ FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER ~ DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

SUNDAY MASSES (VIA WEBCAM ONLY)

  • VIGIL MASS

Holy Rosary: 6.00 pm

  • SUNDAY

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

BULLETIN NOTES

FEASTS OF THE WEEK

Tuesday 5: Blessed Edmund Rice, religious.

Friday 8: Blessed John Sullivan.

Born 8 May 1861, ordained a Jesuit priest in 1907.

His reputation for holiness and as a person of prayer spread rapidly and he was always available to the sick, the poor and anyone in need.

He died in 1933.

He was declared blessed at the first ever beatification held in Ireland on 13 May 2017 at St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner Street, Dublin.

MAY ALTARS

Thnak you to everyone who sent in beautiful pictures of their special May Altars and Prayer Spaces. They all make a fantastic presentation on the Parish Facebook. All the images have been arranged in a gallery on the parish website and may be accessed via this link: https://www.parishofballinascreen.com/copy-of-may-altars-2020

As parishioners cannot attend Mass in church at the moment, these Prayer Spaces / May Altars are more important than ever. Many children created their own images for their altars - well done.

HOLY HOUR

Holy Hour on Monday May 4 at 3.00 pm in Holy Rosary please join in via parish webcam: https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/ballinascreen-parish-1

DEATHS

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

Kathleen Burns, Derrynoid Road,

Ita Glass, Maghera,

Michael McSorley, Leeds,

Apollo Fernandes, London,

Liam McColgan, Derry.

MONTH’S MIND MASS

Tony McCormack, Fivemilestraight, on Sunday May 3.

FIRST ANNIVERSARIES

Seamus Kelly, Sixtowns Road, on Friday May 8.

Peggy McGlade Tonagh Road.

ANNIVERSARIES

Mary Cleary, Marie Henry,

James McNamee, Monica Kelly,

Pat Armour, Conor Donnelly,

John Joe Trainor.

PARISH ENVELOPES

At the start of the Coronavirus crisis Bishop Donal McKeown contacted all parishes in the diocese and asked that those parishes which distribute new boxes of envelopes during the month of March, for use on the first Sunday of April, should not do so. He felt, rightly, that the situation was too serious for parishioners to be going from house to house and that the financial support that every parish needs to survive could be addressed at a later date.

As this pandemic shows no sign of abating just yet and we may be unable to gather in large numbers for some more considerable time, it is appropriate now to address the issue of parish financial support.

This is in response to the many parishioners who have contacted the priests of the parish asking how they may safely contribute again.

For those who wish, and who are able to contribute, I am proposing a range of options that have been discussed by the Parish Finance Committee and we would like to stress that whichever option you choose, please exercise caution on the amount you contribute and do not put yourself under financial pressure.

If you find yourself unable to make a financial contribution under the present circumstances, then please support our parish and its mission with your prayers.

In the coming week, all homes in the parish will receive a letter offering four different ways to contribute.

Those who currently contribute with an envelope will also receive new envelopes in the post and until it is safe to attend Mass again, envelopes may be put through the Parish Office letterbox or any of the Parochial Houses in the parish. The letter will also contain the information needed if you would like to set up a standing order with your bank, either online or by other means.

A new Parish ‘Donate’ button on the parish website will allow parishioners to contribute safely each week or month.

  • The Parish Draw which runs from the last Monday of the month May to May, will be delayed this year until the early summer. Details on this will follow in the weeks ahead. Thank you for your continued support.

  • Anyone who would like to donate to St Vincent de Paul can do so by putting their donation in an ordinary envelope and putting it through the Parish Office letterbox.

Fr Peter Madden PP

PADRE PIO MASS

A Padre Pio Mass will be celebrated every Wednesday at 7.30 pm in Longtower Church Derry while this pandemic lasts. There will be a special blessing with a first class relic of St. Pio. You are invited to take part from home and join in the prayers of this Mass during this pandemic.

ONLINE RESOURCES

Resources are available on the Derry Diocesan Catechtical website to help families, young people and children to continue to engage with their Faith Formation during this time. 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/

Youth Resources: https://catecheticalcentre.org/category/youth-resources/

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