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BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 9 AUGUST 2020

No. 1823 ~ NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

​​SUNDAY MASSES

  • VIGIL MASS

St Eugene’s Moneyneena: 5.00 pm

Holy Rosary: 6.15 pm (Also on Ballinascreen Webcam)

St Patrick’s Keenaught: 7.30 pm

  • SUNDAY

St Columba’s Straw: 9.00 am

St Mary’s Coolcalm: 10.00 am (Also on Desertmartin Webcam)

St Patrick’s Sixtowns: 11.00 am

Holy Rosary: 12 noon (Also on Ballinascreen Webcam)

DAILY MASS TIMES FOR THIS WEEK (LIMITED SEATING)

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

Mass arrangements for The Feast of The Assumption and Sunday 16 August will be as follows:

FEAST OF ASSUMPTION

Saturday 15 August is the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady. There is no obligation to attend Mass for the feast this year.

The Vigil Mass will be celebrated in Holy Rosary on Friday August 14 at 7.30 pm and only those whose family anniversaries are being remembered that evening should attend.

PLEASE NOTE: On Saturday morning, 15 August, Mass will be available by webcam only and will be celebrated at 10.00 am in St Mary’s Coolcalm and at 12 noon in Holy Rosary Draperstown.

The Saturday evening Vigil Masses on August 15 will continue as usual and attendance at these will follow the new two weekly schedule which will be published on Monday, August 10.

We thank everyone for their good will and cautious approach to Mass attendance. It has allowed the stewards to gain confidence in guiding parishioners to designated seating areas.

BULLETIN NOTES

FFEASTS OF THE WEEK

Monday 10: St Lawrence, died 258,. Patron Saint of the poor and of cooks.

Tuesday 11: St Clare, virgin, born at Assisi in 1193, died 1253. She followed St Francis in his life of poverty and was founder of the Poor Clares. She led an austere life, abounding in works of piety and charity.

Friday 14: St Maximillian Kolbe, priest and martyr. Born 1894, died 1941. A Conveentual Franciscan who worked in the apostolate of the press in Poland and Japan and died in Auschwitz.

Saturday 15: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

BAPTISM

We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:

Grace Farren, Elmwood Close.

DEATH

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

Anne Hegarty, Derry.

ANNIVERSARIES

Anna McEldowney,

John Campbell,

Trevor Campbell,

Patrick McKernan,

Larry Mulligan,

James O'Hagan,

Gerry Clerkin,

Seamus Thayaparan.

PRIVATE PRAYER TIME - HOLY ROSARY CHURCH

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

FRIDAY MASSES - PARISH ANNIVERSARY MASSES

Parish Anniversary Masses will be held every Friday at 10.00 am in St Mary's Coolcalm and at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.

If parishioners wish to have their loved one prayed for at these Anniversary Friday Masses, please email their name to Ballinascreen Parish Office by 12 noon on Thursday of the relevant week.

Email address: ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

These Masses may be viewed on the respective Parish webcam.

BISHOP McKEOWN

We were delighted to welcome Bishop Donal McKeown to Ballinascreen on 7 August. Bishop McKeown celebrated our Friday evening Parish Anniversary Mass. The Mass has been recorded and is available to watch via this link: https://www.churchservices.tv/draperstown/archive/recordings/O1xkQvM3afycRde

VIGIL AND SUNDAY MASSES

Saturday Vigils and Sunday Masses for different areas of the parish will be held as follows

  • 5.00 pm Vigil Mass in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena.

  • 6.15 pm Vigil Mass in Holy Rosary Church

  • 9.00 am Sunday Mass in St Columba’s Church, Straw

  • 11.00 am Sunday Mass in St Patrick’s Sixtowns

  • 12 noon Sunday Mass in Holy Rosary Church.

Church doors will open 30 minutes before Mass starts.

Because of the new guidelines re social distancing the number of parishioners that may attend each Mass is limited.

Therefore each Mass, over a four week cycle, will be for certain areas of the parish. However families residing in the same household may sit together.

The current four week cycle (below) finishes this weekend and will be replaced by a new 2 week cycle starting next weekend (15 and 16 August).

Full details of the new two week cycle will be displayed tomorrow (Monday) on all Church doors, on the Parish Office window and on the parish website and Facebook page.

Parish Mass will still be available via the web-cam from Holy Rosary Church on Saturday at 6.15 pm and Sunday at 12.00 noon.

It is very important to note that the Sunday Obligation to attend Mass continues to be suspended.

For up-to-date information view :

www.parishofballinascreen.com or

https://www.facebook.com/ParishOfBallinascreen

VOLUNTEERS

Many thanks to all who have volunteered to assist in our Churches with implementing the many new guidelines at each Mass. More volunteers welcome.If willing to volunteer in any of the Churches please email Ballinascreen Parish Office. E-mail address is ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

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.

E-mail address is ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

PARISH COLLECTIONS

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

Thank you very much for your generous support.

Thanks also for donations received for St Vincent de Paul.

HOLY HOUR

No Holy Hours during July and August.

BIRTHDAY CONGRATULATIONS

We send our heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Cassie Toner, Straw who celebrated her 101st Birthday during the week. Cassie received personal congratulations and a commemorative coin from Michael D Higgins, Uachtaran na hEireann, President of Ireland.

DERRY YOUTH COMMUNITY

A faith-based Gap Year opportunity for young adults aged between 18 – 25, is now open for applications for the year starting September 2020. DYC offers the opportunity to live in community, to develop and be formed in faith and be involved in youth ministry in parishes. The three main aspects of DYC are: Accompaniment, Community and Encounter. If interested or would like more information, please Email: dyc@derrydiocese.org

THE NET

With Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the July-August edition of ‘The Net’ will only be available on the Derry Diocesan website. It will be available again in parishes when restrictions are lifted.

For inclusion of your faith related news in future editions just Email: editorthenet15@gmail.com

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/

JOHN HUME RIP

Bishop Donal McKeown described John Hume, who died on August 3 aged 83, as “one of the greatest peacemakers and champions of social justice of our time” and said that he dedicated his life to the welfare of this community.

In 2012, John was conferred with a papal knighthood from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in recognition of his commitment to peace, reconciliation, non-violence and social justice.

His commitment to peace-building was recognized in 1998 when he received the Nobel Peace Prize. He also received the Gandhi Peace Prize and the Martin Luther King Award, making him the only person ever to win all three major peace awards.

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, and Primate of All Ireland reflected that the sadness in Derry City last Tuesday rippled out to every corner of Ireland and all around the world where the mere mention of the name of John Hume evokes admiration, respect and thanksgiving for a life dedicated to peace and social justice. Archbishop Martin also recorded that John’s vocation was to serve God and his community as a layman, and he totally devoted his energies to that vocation – to relieving poverty, challenging injustice and providing decent living conditions for all. John, he said, was a man whose convictions were rooted in a deep faith, in prayer and practical Christianity. He put Catholic Social Teaching into practise – sometimes at great personal cost and risk – working ceaselessly for a process of reconciliation through which the dignity of every human person is recognised and upheld.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

PRAYER OF ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI

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Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master,

Grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;

To be understood, as to understand;

To be loved, as to love;

For it is in giving that we receive,

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.

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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Ballinascreen Parish Office, 9 High Street, Draperstown

028 79628248

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