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BALLINASCREEN PARISH BULLETIN - 30 AUGUST 2020

No. 1826 ~ TWENTY-SECOND 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 and Wednesday ~ 10.00 am Friday ~ 7.30 pm

St Mary’s Church Coolcalm: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 10.00 am

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

NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN

Notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

Bulletins are presently only available online at www.parishofballinascreen.com

A printed copy is displayed in front porch of Holy Rosary Church.

FEASTS OF THE WEEK

Thursday 3 September: St Gregory the Great. Lived 540 – 604. Patron of musicians.

HOLY ROSARY CHURCH - PRIVATE PRAYER TIMES

Now that Confirmations and First Holy Communion Masses have been celebrated in Holy Rosary Church, new opening times for daily private prayer are announced this week. Holy Rosary Church will open Monday to Thursday from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm and on Friday and Saturdays from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm (this is to allow the sanitising of the church in preparation for evening Masses). The Church will remain open after Mass on a Sunday until 6.00 pm. Parishioners are asked to please sanitise their hands as they enter and leave the church and to sanitise the candle lighter if used. Upon entering the church for Private Prayer please lift one of the yellow coloured cards and leave it on the seat where you have been seated.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2020

Congratulations to all the children of the parish who celebrated First Holy Communion over the past fortnight in Ballinascreen. The ceremonies were beautiful in their simplicity and with the focus being solely on receiving Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament for the first time, this year’s First Holy Communion Masses were unforgettable experiences. Many thanks to the Principals, Primary 4 teachers in all the schools and the Ballinascreen 'Do This In Memory Of Me Parents’ Team for their commitment to the children and to the parish programme of evangelisation.

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FACE COVERINGS IN CHURCHES

Following the Irish Catholic Bishops recommendation to use face coverings at Masses and other celebrations in churches, from weekend Saturday 29 / Sunday 30 August 2020, we encourage our parishioners to adopt the practice. Many people attending Mass in our parishes already wear a mask but from this weekend we appeal to all who attend Mass to do so.

DEATHS

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

Colette Bennett nee Murray, Balbriggan and Campbelltown,

Baby Patrick and Baby Olivia Bradley Cordarragh Heights,

Seamus McMullan England.

ANNIVERSARIES

Francis McAuley,

Seamus Mulligan,

Seamus O'Kane,

Marian Foley,

Rose Celine Cleary,

Hugh Donnelly,

Francis McCloskey,

Mary Crossett,

Danny Mullan.

BAPTISMS

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

Grace Anne Mieles Glenelly Villas,

Erin Lara Brunton Mulinderg,

James Patrick Diamond Ranaghan Road,

Donnacha James McGillian Bancran Road.

WEDDING

Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Conor McEldowney and Mairead Woods who were married last weekend in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena.

DERRY DIOCESAN SOCIETY

The 10.00 am Mass in Holy Rosary on Wednesday 2 September will be offered for the intentions of the living members of the Derry Diocesan Society.

VOLUNTEERS

Many thanks to all who have already volunteered to assist as stewards in all our Churches at each Mass. More stewards, who are free to attend each week, not necessarily every morning, but who can commit to a particular morning are needed for Holy Rosary Church. If willing to volunteer please email Ballinascreen Parish Office or contact Fr Madden. Parish Office Email Address: ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

SEASON OF CREATION

Pope Francis established 1 September as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. The Season of Creation, is marked throughout the Christian world from 1 September to 4 October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) and celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.

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 when attending any parish Mass.

Thank you very much for your generous support.

Thanks also for donations received for St Vincent de Paul.

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.

NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE 2020

Pilgrimage will be broadcast live on Sunday 13 September at 3.00 pm from Knock Shrine. Grandparents and their families are invited to join online at www.knockshrine.ie/watch

PILGRIMAGE 2020 - PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP BALLYMAGROARTY

Holy Family Parish Prayer Group will meet on Tuesday 1 September directly after Mass at 7.15 pm. A first-class relic available at the prayer group for blessing. Everyone welcome.

GROWTH IN PRAYER AND REFLECTIVE LIVING

Applications are now being accepted for this one-year programme from those who want a closer relationship with God. This course aims to give you the tools and space to become attuned to God's voice in the midst of clamour. Taking place over 30 Monday evenings from 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm by Zoom, starting Monday 14 September. When circumstances permit, the option to take part in the Drumalis Centre will be available. For more details please phone 28276455 or 28272196 (Monday - Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm) or email maura@drumalis.co.uk

Details are also available on the Drumalis website http://www.drumalis.co.uk

DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

Library will re-open to the public on Tuesday 1 September.

Opening hours are:

Tuesdays 2.00 pm - 8.00 pm. Fridays 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and 1.30 pm - 5.00 pm.

Saturdays 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm.

SACRED HEART MESSENGER

The digital version of the September Messenger will be the last issue to be offered free of charge to non-subscribers. From October onwards, the digital edition will only be available to subscribers. A digital subscription costs just €15 per year and we hope you will decide to subscribe if you are not currently a subscriber. The September issue can be viewed on https://issuu.com/messengerpublications/docs/messenger_september

MESSENGER PUBLICATIONS

Messenger Publications have many books now available to order online at www.messenger.ie

Books available include:

Theology and Ecology in Dialogue,

Sacred Space, The Prayerbook,

Spirituality and the Senses

Many books for Advent and on Ignatian Spirituality are also listed on their website.

HOLY HOUR

No Holy Hours during July and August.

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/

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.

Because of the guidelines re social distancing the number of parishioners that may attend each Mass is limited. Full details of the two week cycle for September and October are detailed in this Bulletin (below) and on all Church doors, the Parish Office window and on the parish website and Facebook page. Parish Mass will still be available via the webcam 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

THE NET

The July-August edition of ‘The Net’ is only 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 please email: editorthenet15@gmail.com

POPE FRANCIS @PONTIFEX

If we take care of the goods that the Creator gives us, if we put what we possess in common in such a way that no one would be lacking, then we would truly inspire hope to regenerate a more healthy and equal world.

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)

SVP HELPLINE

Helpline telephone number: 07710838050

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