No. 1811 ~ SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
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
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Monday 18: St John I, pope and martyr. He was the first Bishop of Rome to visit Constantinople. He died at Ravenna in 526.
Wednesday 20: St Bernardine of Siena, priest. Born in 1380. He became a Franciscan, travelled through Italy preaching with great success. He promoted devotion to the Holy Name and to St Joseph. He died in 1444.
Thursday 21: Saints Christopher Magallánes and Companions. These twenty-five priests and laymen were executed in 1927 in Mexico.
Friday 22: St Rita of Cascia. 1386 – 1457. At her canonization ceremony she was bestowed the title of Patroness of Impossible Causes.
Holy Hour on Monday May 18 at
3.00 pm in Holy Rosary please join in via parish webcam.
The priests of the parish are very grateful to the warm response given to the letter parishioners received last week detailing how the parish can be supported during the Covid 19 Pandemic, when regular weekday and Sunday Masses are suspended. Unfortunately, as stated on Parish Facebook, some families received letters, not in the name of head of household but one of the children. We are sorry for this administrative error and grateful for your understanding. During the past week many Sunday envelopes have been returned via the Parish Office and Parochial Houses. Others have taken the opportunity to establish Standing Orders with their bank or commence online payments, and when the Donate button on the parish webpage is up and running, that too will provide an opportunity for others to contribute.
Thank you very much for your generous support.
The start of the Parish Draw, which usually runs from the last Monday of May, will be delayed this year. Details on this will follow in the weeks ahead.
Many thanks also for the generous donations received for St Vincent de Paul and for Trócaire.
As couples are having to defer their wedding celebrations to later dates due to Covid19 Pandemic, Fr Madden will be in the Parish Office on Sunday, May 17 from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm to take any phone queries about upcoming weddings in 2020.
Those who have already rescheduled the date of their weddings do not need to ring.
Sean O’Hagan, Gortnari,
Michael Toner, Brackaghlislea,
Jane Duffy, Moneyneena.
John Reid Bancran, on Friday May 22.
Daniel Mulholland, James P McGuigan, Francis Toner ,
Mark Cassidy, Maureen McCallion, Margaret Bottomley.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
John Joe Doherty, Tobermore Road and Maghera,
James Brolly, Brooklyn New York,
Phonsie English, Galliagh Park, Derry.
Due to the Coronavirus restrictions, Cemetery Sunday in both Desertmartin and Ballinascreen Parishes has been deferred to a later date.
There will be NO Cemetery Sunday in Desertmartin at the end of this month.
FAN THE FLAME MASS 2020
Thursday 4 June was to be the date for the annual Fan the Flame Mass, where we come together to celebrate all of the young people in our diocese who have received the sacrament of Confirmation and who are preparing to move to the next stage of their education.
Unfortunately, that will not be possible this year. We do hope that these young people will experience the full Fan the Flame in the future as it is such a joy-filled day for all of us.
To mark the end of their primary education, Bishop McKeown will celebrate the 10.00 am Mass in Saint Eugene’s Cathedral for them on that day via the webcam: www.steugenescathedral.com/webcam.html
PARISH ANNIVERSARY MASSES
If parishioners in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin wish to have their loved one prayed for at the 10.00 am Mass in Holy Rosary and the 7.30 pm Mass in Coolcam every Friday, you MUST email their name to Ballinascreen Parish Office by 12 noon on Thursday of the relevant week. Email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may contact the office by email. These Masses may be viewed on the respective Parish webcam.
PADRE PIO MASS
A Padre Pio Mass will be celebrated every Wednesday at 7.30 pm in Longtower Church Derry while this pandemic lasts. You are invited to take part from home and join in the prayers of this Mass during this pandemic.
Resources are available on the Derry Diocesan Catechetical 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 to view a range of resources suitable for primary school children, secondary school pupils and young people.
BALLINASCREEN COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP
Please click this link https://www.parishofballinascreen.com/ballinascreen-community-support-gro for full details of Ballinascreen Community Support Group.
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.
Messenger Publications are now offering a free online copy of the June edition of The Messenger, given that it remains impossible to distribute the paper copy in the usual manner.
To access the June edition, visit https://issuu.com/messengerpublications/docs/messenger_june_v11.3_low_res
Even if you do not normally receive The Messenger, you are welcome to access this link. If you have any difficulty accessing the link or if you have any further queries please email email@example.com
This charity runs a feeding programmes for some of the world’s poorest communities, and they continue to feed over one million children throughout the world during this pandemic.
A message from their founder, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, is available to view on: https://www.facebook.com/caoimhe.marysmeals.5/videos/142492737322522
THE NET - MAY 2020
With the Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the May edition of ‘The Net’ will only be available on the Diocesan website. However, the publication will be available again in parishes when the restrictions are lifted.
For inclusion of your faith news in future editions just email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Articles in May’s edition include:
Diocesan Catechetical team keeping focus on faith
Online prayer important link with parish community by Fr Colum Clerkin
Bellaghy blessed with amazing music ministry by Mgr Andy Dolan
A BUTTERFLY IN THE PANDEMIC
Today, a butterfly,
the first of the year,
caught my eye
emerging into spring,
and brought me hope.
For you too, little one,
have been cocooned like us.
Your playmates gone,
wrapped around with silence
as you waited.
Could you have known how
beautiful you’d be
when you arose?
For you have grown
in trusting patience
to such a transformation.
So, may our fears
and broken dreams,
our flowing tears
for this world’s sorrow,
transform our hearts to deeper love to live tomorrow.
By Lyn McCrave 26 March 2020
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