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BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 28 JUNE 2020

No. 1817 ~ THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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

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.churchservices.tv/Draperstown

All Masses in St Mary’s Coolcalm are transmitted live via the Desertmartin parish webcam:

https://www.churchservices.tv/Desertmartin

BULLETIN NOTES

FEAST OF THE WEEK

Monday 29: Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

Tuesday 30: The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church.

Wednesday 1: St Oliver Plunkett.

Friday 3: St Thomas, apostle.

Saturday 4: St Elizabeth of Portugal.

HOLY ROSARY CHURCH

Holy Rosary Church will be open for private prayer this week ONLY on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11.00 am – 1.00 pm.

There will be no opening for private prayer today (Sunday) or on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week as the Church seats have to be cleaned following the recommencement of public Mass at 10.00 am on these three mornings.

HOLY HOUR

There will be NO Holy Hour on Monday June 29.

ANNIVERSARIES

Hugh Doherty,

Tillie Stewart,

Mary Rodgers.

REOPENING OF CHURCHES

Following the news that from Monday June 29 Mass may be celebrated in churches with a limited number of people, depending on social distancing, some seats will be available at morning Mass in Holy Rosary Church Draperstown on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10.00 am and in St Mary’s Church Coolcalm on Tuesday and Thursday at 10.00 am.

Masses will still be available on the webcam for the majority of parishioners.

However, it is still safer to remain at home and follow Mass on the webcam. This certainly applies to the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions.

Despite the fact that permission has now been given to open churches for Mass, advice has been, to say the least, confusing.

Fr Madden and Fr McGirr believe that we should take the reintroduction of public worship slowly. This is based on the many conversations they have had with parishioners in both parishes, from Parish Pastoral Groups, advice from medical professionals and guidelines issued by the Irish Episcopal Conference.

Therefore, though public daily Mass will resume on Monday 29 June, Sunday Masses including Saturday Vigils will remain on the webcam for now. As a greater number of people attend Mass at the weekend than on a weekday, greater attention must be paid to how we can facilitate this larger number safely.

We will keep parishioners up to date throughout the week with notices on the parish website and via the Parish Facebook.

It is very important to note that the Sunday Obligation to attend Mass has been removed.

Volunteers needed:

In the meantime, a large body of volunteers is needed to implement the many guidelines that must be in place before daily Masses begin.

As we hope to open each church in the parish for weekend Masses, as soon as possible, volunteers will be needed for each church.

Dates and times of meetings for volunteers will be posted on Facebook etc….

On Monday morning (June 29) parishioners who wish to attend the 10.00 am Mass are asked to come early and to take directions from the ushers, who will giude you to your seat. It will not be possible to sit wherever you like and social distancing must be maintained.

Please do not genuflect, bow your head in reverence instead.

There will be no kneeling during Mass, only sitting or standing.

Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass and on the hand only. Parishioners must go to communion when instructed to do so and will leave the church by the nearest exit. You cannot come back in to the church.

If the limit of seats is reached, parishioners are asked to sit in their cars and follow Mass, if they can, on the webcam. When those seated have left the church, those who have remained in their cars are welcome to enter the church to receive Holy Communion. They will sanitise their hands and leave as directed.

We thank you, in advance, for your cooperation as these new guidelines are implemented.

READERS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

Mindful that some Readers of the Word of God and Eucharistic Ministers may not be available to offer their services at this time, those who can are asked to please email the Parish Office as soon as possible giving name, address, and telephone number and the church they usually attend. Thank you.

Email Address: ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

PARISH BAPTISMS

Thank you to the parents who have sent their details to the Parish Office. Fr Madden would like any other parents who are looking forward to having their children baptised to please email details, including your baby’s date of birth and your contact information to ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

PARISH COLLECTIONS

Many thanks to all who have returned parish envelopes, established standing orders or have made online payments. The ‘Donate’ button on the Parish Website is now active. Envelopes may be returned to the Parish Office or Parochial Houses or placed in a secure box located in Holy Rosary Church.

Thank you very much for your generous support.

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 ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

You may contact the office by email. These Masses may be viewed on the respective Parish webcam.

MATT TALBOT PRAYER SOCIETY

This Prayer Society has been created in St Eugene’s Cathedral Derry to pray for people who are suffering from any form of addiction, to pray for those recovering from addiction, and to pray for all those affected by addiction, especially family members. As we know addiction takes many forms from alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography, to other less acknowledged addictions.

To join the Matt Talbot Prayer Society, you are invited to enrol the name of the person to be prayed for and the addiction from which we are praying that they will be freed.

Those enrolled will be prayed for specifically every day by members of the Matt Talbot Prayer Society.

Mass will be offered for those enrolled on the first Monday of every month in St Eugene’s Cathedral Derry at 7.30 pm. You will also receive an enrolment card to enable you to join in the prayer.

To enrol someone in the Matt Talbot Prayer Society please phone St Eugene’s Cathedral 71262894 or email steugenes@btconnect.com or private message St Eugene’s Cathedral Facebook page.

ST JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS’ SOCIETY (JYPS) KNOCK PILGRIMAGE

Virtual Pilgrimage on today, Sunday 28 June. It will include Holy Rosary at 2.30 pm, Holy Mass at 3.00 pm followed by Benediction. The ceremonies will be streamed live on the Knock website www.knockshrine.ie

PADRE PIO MASS

Padre Pio Mass every MONDAY at 7.30 pm in Longtower Church Derry. You are invited to take part from home and join in the prayers of this Mass.

BALLINASCREEN COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP

Please click the link https://www.parishofballinascreen.com/ballinascreen-community-support-gro for full details of Ballinascreen Community Support Group.

ONLINE YOUTH PROGRAMMES

To access a wide variety of initiatives and activities by Derry Diocesan Youth, visit: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DerryDiocesanYouth/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/derryyouth/

PRAYER TO SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

O holy Apostles,

Peter and Paul,

intercede for us.

Protect, O Lord,

your people who trust

in the patronage of your

Apostles, Peter and Paul,

and by their constant protection

protect your people.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

In their apostolic mission, Saints Peter and Paul were obliged to face difficulties of every kind. But, far from deterring their missionary activity, these difficulties reinforced their zeal for the Church’s welfare and for the salvation of mankind.

They were able to overcome every trial because their trust was not based on human resources but on the grace of the Lord, who delivers his friends from every evil and saves them for his kingdom.

May our holy patrons, Peter and Paul, sustain us and obtain for us that missionary zeal which made them witnesses of Christ to the ends of the then-known world

(Pope John Paul II).

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.

PARISH 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 Phone: (028)79628248

email: ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

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)

BULLETIN NOTICES

All notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday email ~ ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

During the current crisis Bulletins will only be available on the parish website ~ www.parishofballinascreen.com

SVP HELPLINE

Helpline telephone number: 07710838050

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