No. 1833 ~ TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
St Eugene’s Moneyneena: 5.00 pm
Holy Rosary: 6.15 pm (Also on Ballinascreen Webcam)
St Patrick’s Keenaught: 7.30 pm
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
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:
All Masses in St Mary’s Coolcalm are transmitted live via the Desertmartin parish webcam:
NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN
Notices for the Bulletin should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday firstname.lastname@example.org
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 22: St John Paul II
PARISH OCTOBER DEVOTIONS
Devotions in Holy Rosary Church on today, Sunday October 18, at 5.00 pm. Parishioners welcome. Devotions will also be broadcast on our parish webcam.
MONTH OF THE ROSARY
October is the month of the Rosary and during this month we are invited to recite the Rosary as a family prayer in the home. Click HERE to view the Mysteries of the Rosary and how to pray it on the Ballinascreen Parish Website.
Also on the parish website home page is the recording of the priests of the parish reciting the Rosary.
Adoration and Rosary every evening at 8.00 pm in St Eugene’s Cathedral, which you may join in with via their webcam. https://www.churchservices.tv/derrysteugenes
HOLY ROSARY CHURCH - PRIVATE PRAYER TIMES
Holy Rosary Church will open Monday to Thursday from 11.00 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 be open for private prayer on Sundays from 1.00 pm 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.
PRIVATE PRAYER TIMES
Holy Rosary Church will open for private prayer at the following times:
Monday to Thursday: 11.00am - 6.00pm
Friday and Saturday: 9.30 am - 4.00 pm
Sunday: 1.00 pm - 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 cards and leave it on the seat where you have been seated. Thank you.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Sadie Wright, Desertmartin,
Brian O’Neill, Portadown,
Joe Neville, Magherafelt,
Patsy Cassidy Maghera.
MONTH’S MIND MASSES
Maggie McCloskey, Fivemilestraight, on Friday 23 October at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
Patrick McGlone, Glenelly Villas, on Friday 23 October at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
Gavin Bradley, Magherafelt Road, on Friday 23 October at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS
Bronagh Murray, Tirruadh Square, on Friday 23 October at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
Bronagh Murray (1st Anniversary)
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Shea Francis Brian Heron, Woodland Grove,
Sincere thanks to all who have returned parish envelopes, established standing orders, have made online payments or used the ‘Donate’ button on the Parish Website. You can also access the Parish Donation web page by clicking here: DONATE
Envelopes may be returned to the Parish Office or Parochial Houses or when attending any Parish Mass
Thanks also for several donations received for St Vincent de Paul.
Thank you very much for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
WAKES, FUNERALS, MONTH’S MINDS AND ANNIVERSARIES
One of the great losses during this time of pandemic has been the restrictions placed on parishioners attending wakes and funerals. The natural instinct is to go and offer sympathy to the bereaved. It goes against the grain to absent yourself from the home of a deceased neighbour or friend. It is also distressing when you cannot attend a funeral either. Ballinascreen and Desertmartin families are noted for their loyalty and support to families who suffer a bereavement. No one ever needed to think twice about going to a wake or funeral.
But these are not ordinary times we are now living through. We all have our part to play in keeping the numbers who contract Coronavirus low, for it’s out there to be picked up if we do not follow the rules. And though for most people Covid 19 may not impact seriously on their health, it is dangerous and life threatening for others and that might very well include ourselves. We cannot take the risk. We cannot presume that if we get the virus we will escape its worst effects. Wearing a mask is essential. We ask those who visit any of our churches to please wear a mask for their own and others’ safety. Please sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the Church. If visiting the Holy Rosary Church for private prayer please place a yellow card on the seat where you have been seated so that no one will sit there until the area is sanitised.
Those who attend wakes should only do so if they are related to the family or the very closest of friends. This is a difficult call to make but no one will take offence by your absence. They will understand. We are all in this together. Standing alongside the road on the day of the funeral is a very moving tribute. We are entering into the winter months when flu and other ailments will be the order of the day. We must do our bit not to exacerbate an already demanding situation for our health professionals.
From now on 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 will ensure that there is sufficient space for those who are remembering a Month’s Mind, First Anniversary and other anniversaries. The Anniversary Mass will be available on the parish webcam.
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
These Masses may be viewed on the respective Parish webcam.
EVANGELISING IRISH CULTURE
Brought to you by ‘The Hook of Faith’ A Zoom Conference that shines the light of the Gospel on modern Irish culture. Expert input for 25 mins. Q and A for 10 minutes. Each conference begins at 8.00 pm. Open to all. To take part, just send an email to email@example.com to receive details for the Zoom call. For details on dates and speakers please google- Hook of Faith Evangelising Irish Culture Today.
‘It is imperative to evangelise cultures in order to inculturate the Gospel. In countries of Catholic tradition, this means encouraging, fostering and reinforcing a richness which already exists’
(Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel)
BALLINASCREEN COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP
Please click the link https://www.parishofballinascreen.com/ballinascreen-community-support-gro for full details of Ballinascreen Community Support Group.
HOPE IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC
Lecture by Dr Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ, theologian and spiritual director. Hosted by Drumalis Retreat Centre, Larne, via Zoom, at 7:00 pm on Thursday, 22 October. This is the first Lecture in the Elizabeth Prout (Foundress of the Cross & Passion) Bicentenary Series. Suggested donation: £10. For further details or to book a place, please contact Drumalis – 028 28276455/8272196(during office hours Monday -Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DROMANTINE RETREAT CENTRE
Dromantine Centre intends to host the following events in November. Offering a safe welcome back, numbers will be restricted, with social distancing and all Northern Health and Executive directives being adhered to:
‘Broken Open’: How difficult times can help us grow - a Workshop that will explore the potential for discovering courage, compassion and wisdom even in the most painful of life circumstances. Presented by Fr Hugh Lagan SMA: Monday 2 November, 9.30am – Tuesday 3 November, 5.00pm. Full cost £115.
‘Loss and Recovery’: This seminar will explore loss in its many facets and how it is also an invitation to wholeness. "While the heart grieves for what it has lost, the Spirit dances for that which it has found." Presented by Fr Jim Cogley: Saturday 14 November, 9.30 am – 5.00 pm. Full cost £35. To book, or for further enquiries, Tel 028 30821964 or email email@example.com
October edition of The Net is now available online on www.derrydiocese.org. As always, it features a wide variety of news, interesting and inspiring interviews, articles and photos from parishes across the diocese. You are invited to read The Net, on the diocesan website, at your convenience.
DRAPERSTOWN CELTIC F.C.
Congratulations to Draperstown Celtic who won Regional Club of the Year in the IFA McDonalds Grassroots Awards. These awards recognise the huge contribution clubs make in grassroots football. They now qualify for the National Awards in February.
The club were also recently awarded silver level in IFA People and Club Accreditation.
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 :
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)
Helpline telephone number: 07710838050