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BALLINASCREEN PARISH - 18 APRIL 2021

No.1859 ~ THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER


​​SUNDAY MASSES - TOWNLAND ROTA

VIGIL MASSES

St Eugene’s Moneyneena 5.00 pm

Holy Rosary: 6.15 pm

St Patrick’s Keenaught 7.30 pm

SUNDAY

St Columba’s Straw 9.00 am

St Mary’s Coolcalm 10.00 am

St Patrick’s Sixtowns 11.00 am

Holy Rosary: 12 noon


DAILY MASS TIMES

Holy Rosary Church

Monday and Wednesday ~ 11.00 am

Friday ~ 7.30 pm

St Mary’s Coolcalm

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 11.00 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 on the Desertmartin parish webcam:

https://www.churchservices.tv/Desertmartin

PARISH CONTACT DETAILS

Fr. Peter Madden PP VF

31 Sixtowns 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


BALLINASCREEN COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP

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

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:


NEW REGULATIONS FOR ATTENDANCE AT RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Since Monday 12 April, regulations on the number of people attending weddings, funerals and baptisms have been relaxed, so the following arrangements are now in place in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin parishes. All churches have been risked assessed and the number of places determined for each church is as follows:


Holy Rosary: 100

St Columbna’s Straw: 100

St Eugene’s Moneyneena: 100

St Patrick’s Sixtowns: 50

St Mary’s Coolcalm: 60

St Patrick’s Keenaught: 100

These numbers do not include priests, sacristans, or musicians as they have already designated places.


While extra places are now available, we ask that families be mindful of those who are vulnerable, even if they have been vaccinated. Social distancing and hand sanitising are necessary requirements inside the church but a lack of social distancing outside the church and elsewhere is a potential danger that should not be lightly ignored. Many outbreaks of Covid 19 have occurred when large numbers have gathered in homes and other places where the protocols have not been followed.

Track and trace is obligatory at all weddings, funerals and baptisms. Families will be provided with a template on which all names and contact details of those attending a wedding, funeral or baptism must be recorded and once completed returned to the relevant Parish Office.


WEDDINGS

As well as providing a Track and Trace contact sheet, couples will receive a plan of the church where their wedding will take place so that they can prepare their own church seating plan. This plan will then assist the church stewards to direct guests to their designated seats as they arrive. The plan must be received by the Parish Office three days before the date of the wedding. For the distribution of Holy Communion, guests will be asked to stand in their place and the priest or Eucharistic Minister will distribute Holy Communion to them. Masks must be worn by all attending the wedding. The bridal party, with the exception of the bride and groom, must wear masks when they are in their place.


FUNERALS

Unlike a wedding where there is plenty of time to prepare a church seating plan, families will receive specially printed admittance cards and families may distribute these cards as they wish. These cards MUST be shown at the door of the church to one of the stewards. Please do not ask to be admitted into the church if you have not been given one of these cards. Families are requested to adhere to social distancing inside the church, and so sit in their ‘bubbles’ of two, three or more. Occasionally, stewards may have to respectfully request mourners to move to another seat to ensure proper social distancing is maintained. For the distribution of Holy Communion, mourners will be asked to stand in their place and the priest or Eucharistic Minister will distribute Holy Communion to them.

Face masks must be worn by everyone. A track and trace contact sheet must be completed the day before the funeral.


BAPTISMS

Though it is likely that numbers attending baptisms will be small, a track and trace contact sheet must be completed by the day before the baptism and all attending must wear a mask. Please be in the church well before the time the ceremony is due to begin.

Thank you for your cooperation.

DAILY MASS TIMES THIS WEEK - MONDAY 19 - FRIDAY 23 APRIL

Monday 19April

11.00 am in Holy Rosary Draperstown

Tuesday 20 April

11.00 am in St Mary’s Coolcalm

Wednesday 21 April

11.00 am in Holy Rosary Draperstown

Thursday 22 April

11.00am in St Mary’s Coolcalm

Friday 23 April

Parish Anniversary Mass at 11.00 am in St Mary’s Coolcalm

Parish Anniversary Mass at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary.


DEATHS

We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of Irene Mulholland, Grange Road, Desertmartin.


MONTH’S MIND MASS

Catherine Kelly, Portstewart, on Friday April 23 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.


FIRST ANNIVERSARIES

Sean Patrick O'Hagan

Jane Duffy

Josie McNally.


ANNIVERSARIES

Helen Kelly,

Nuala O'Kane,

John P Bradley,

Lily McGurk,

Andrew Church,

Annie McGovern.


BAPTISM

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

Emily Jane McKenna, Derrynoid Lane.


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Sincere thanks to all who have returned parish envelopes, established standing orders, made online payments or used the ‘Donate’ button on Parish Website. Envelopes may be returned at any parish Mass, to Parish Office or any Parochial House.

Thank you for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.


SVP DONATIONS

Many thanks for many generous donations. To make a donation please place it in an envelope and mark it SVP. All donations appreciated


PARISH ANNIVERSARY AND MONTH’S MIND MASSES

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

Email address: ballinascreenparish@gmail.com

Health and Safety Notice re Friday Anniversary Masses

We ask that only members of a family, whose loved one is being prayed for, attend the Friday Anniversary Mass in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.

This should ensure that there is sufficient space for those who are remembering a Month’s Mind or any other anniversary, as seating is limited and cannot be exceeded. The Anniversary Mass will be available on the parish webcam.

Holy Communion will be distributed at the door of the Church once the congregation has left.

Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.


LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS

Seminars will take place over 7 weeks in conjunction with the 7.30 pm Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Omagh, starting Thursday 22 April. Please join at 7.30 pm each Thursday via the Drumragh Parish webcam.

22 April: God’s Love - Fr Damian Bresnahan SMA;

29 April: Salvation - Fr Joe Gormley;

6 May: The New Life - Bishop Donal McKeown

13 May: Receiving God’s Gift - Fr Christopher McDermott;

20 May: Baptism in the Spirit - Fr Eddie Magee;

27 May: Growth - Fr Colum Curry;

3 June: Transformation - Fr Kevin McElhennon


DERRY DIOCESAN VOCATIONS WEEK

The annual Derry Diocesan Vocations Week is celebrated this week, and will end on Good Shepherd Sunday, 25 April.

The theme for this year’s Vocations Week is based on “Patris Corde” (‘With a Father’s Heart.’), which is Pope Francis’ recent publication for the year of Saint Joseph.

You are encouraged to participate in the diocesan schedule of daily prayer and Mass, as well as devotional reflections based on the Angelus, Daily Examen and the Mysteries of the Rosary.

These resources are all available online at derrydiocese.org and derryvocations.org

On the five evenings from Monday, 19 April, through to Friday, 23 April, Bishop McKeown will host a series of interviews with guests from throughout the diocese, discussing how they have answered God’s call to vocation. These twenty-minute interviews will be broadcast live online at 7.00 pm each evening, followed by a broadcast of the celebration of the Daily Examen.

At 8.00 pm, after 7.30 pm Mass each evening, Bishop McKeown will lead the Rosary, before concluding with night prayer.

Again, these live broadcasts can be viewed at derrydiocese.org and derryvocations.org at the specific times.


YEAR OF ST JOSEPH

We invite you to come to the Shrine of St Joseph in Holy Rosary Church and to place written petitions to St Joseph in the box provided. Please do not put money in your petition envelopes as all petitions will be burned unopened.


PRIVATE PRAYER

Our Churches are open for Private Prayer, however we ask you to please observe the following advice when visiting any of our Churches.

  • Please sanitise your hands on arrival

  • Prior to leaving the Church please use the materials provided to sanitise the seat where you sat. Thank you


POPE FRANCIS @PONTIFEX

Jesus is the Risen One, the Lord who passed through death in order to lead us to safety. Even before we begin to seek Him, He is present beside us. He lifts us back up after our falls. He helps us grow in faith.

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