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BALLINASCREEN PARISH - 21 FEBRUARY 2021

No. 1851 ~ FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

​​SUNDAY MASSES

  • VIGIL MASS

Holy Rosary: 6.15 pm (WEBCAM ONLY)

  • SUNDAY


St Mary’s, Coolcalm: 10.00 am (WEBCAM ONLY)

Holy Rosary: 12 noon (WEBCAM ONLY)

DAILY MASS TIMES (WEBCAM ONLY)

Holy Rosary Church:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 11.00 am

Friday ~ 7.30 pm

St Mary’s Church Coolcalm:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 7.30 pm

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:


DAILY MASS TIMES THIS WEEK (Monday 22 - Friday 26 February) - (WEBCAM ONLY)

Monday February 22:

11.00 am Holy Rosary followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Angelus and

Rosary at 12 noon.

7.30 pm ~ St Mary’s Coolcalm

Tuesday February 23:

11.00 am Holy Rosary followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Angelus and

Rosary at 12 noon.

7.30 pm St Mary’s Coolcalm

Wednesday February 24:

11.00 am in Holy Rosary followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Angelus and

Rosary at 12 noon

7.30 pm St Mary's Church, Coolcalm.

Thursday February 25:

11.00 am Holy Rosary followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Angelus and

Rosary at 12 noon.

7.30 pm St Mary's Church, Coolcalm

Friday February 26:

11.00 am Parish Anniversary Mass in St Mary's Coolcalm followed by Exposition of the

Blessed Sacrament. Angelus and Rosary at 12 noon.

Exposition and Stations of the Cross at 3.00 pm in Holy Rosary Church. Exposition of the

Blessed Sacrament will continue until the Parish Anniversary Mass at 7.30 pm.


TRÓCAIRE BOXES

Trocaire boxes are now available in all Church porches. Please take one home with you.


SUGGESTIONS FOR LENT

Many ideas and worthwhile resources on how to make a prayerful and meaningful Lent are to be found on Derry diocesan website: https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/categories/lent-2021


PRIVATE PRAYER TIMES

During Lent churches in our parish will be open as follows for Private Prayer:

HOLY ROSARY

Monday to Thursday: 12.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Saturday: 12 noon – 4.00 pm

Sunday: 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm.

ST COLUMBA’S STRAW

Open daily until 5.00 pm

ST EUGENE’S MONEYNEENA

Open daily until 5.00 pm

ST PATRICK’S SIXTOWNS

St. Patrick's will remain closed for two more weeks.

HEALTH NOTICE:

Upon entering any of our Churches for Private Prayer please:

  • Sanitise your hands on arrival

  • Follow the one way system in each Church

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


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021 & CONFIRMATION 2021

On Tuesday February 23 at 6.00 pm a Sacramental Talk will be held on line for all children from Ballinascreen and Desertmartin who are preparing to receive these sacraments. Their parents and guardians are also invited to view this broadcast with them. The talk will be broadcast live from St Eugene’s Cathedral Hall and will also be recorded, so if the 6.00 pm time does not suit you may listen to it again at a later time. Click HERE for link.


DEATHS

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

Patrick Logue. Weddell Bridge Road;

Catherine Toner, Nottingham;

Rory O'Kane, Sydney (formerly Drumderg).


MONTHS' MIND MASS

Francis McSorley, Moykeeran Gardens - Friday 26 February in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.


ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversary: Sadie Glasgow,

Philomena Kelly,

Mary McKenna,

Patrick McEldowney,

Mary Bradley,

Marian Haskins.


WEDDING

Congratulations and best wishes for the future to:

Orla Murray and Stephen McGuigan who were married recently in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena.


TRÓCAIRE

Trócaire are delivering a series of online workshops/webinars this Lent. Find out more and sign up here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdsitZjQ6LENkWcgfhJng9VHUFFtxTTSq4jelHAZRpCgzqLWQ/viewform?usp=sf_link


LENTEN CONVERSATIONS - ONLINE AT KNOCK SHRINE

Knock Shrine are launching a new series of online discussions to engage you during Lent. The talks will be streamed at 8.30 pm every Thursday during Lent.

Speakers will address issues such as:

  • What nurtures our faith and what challenges it today?

  • Where do we find hope and joy in our lives?

  • How can our faith build mental strength, wellbeing and resilience?

  • How has the Covid pandemic impacted upon our faith?

Join them at www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live or on Facebook @knockshrine


33 DAYS FOR ST JOSEPH

In response to Pope Francis declaring the Year of St Joseph, the Irish Dominicans invite you to join them online via Zoom at 8.00 pm each day from 15 February to 19 March (Feast of St Joseph) as they make a collective consecration to St Joseph, while seeking his intercession for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.

Zoom ID: 986 4005 1501

Passcode: 122013

All welcome. All prayers and readings will be displayed on screen.

For more details email colm.manniion@dominicans.ie or view www.irishdominicanvocations.com


FRIDAY MASSES - PARISH ANNIVERSARY AND MONTH'S MIND MASSES

Parish Anniversary Masses will be held every Friday and presently will only be available via the respective parish webcam. 11.00 am in St Mary's Coolcalm and 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


NB: Following requests we would like to repeat that NO STIPEND / DONATION is required for the Friday anniversary Masses.


PARISH COLLECTIONS

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.

Thank you very much for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.


SVP DONATIONS

Many thanks for the many generous donations for SVP. If you wish to make a donation please place it in an envelope and mark it SVP. This envelope may be left in the Parish Office or given to any of the priests of the parish. All donations are very much appreciated.


DERRY DIOCESAN TRUST ~ JOB OPPOPTUNITY

Safeguarding Coordinator (2-year fixed term contract). Diocesan Pastoral Centre, 164 Bishop Street, Derry.

14 hours per week – Monday and Tuesday.

£27, 905 - £29,636 per annum pro rata.

For application packs please contact: Bishop’s House, St Eugene’s Cathedral, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP or email payroll@derrydiocese.org or phone 028 71262302. Completed applications must be returned by 5.00 pm on 5 March.2021.


SMOKING CESSATION SERVICE

Thinking of giving up smoking for Lent? FREE smoking cessation service available at O'Kanes pharmacy.

Call 028 79628209 for more information.


THE NET

Sharing the fruits of the faith in the Derry Diocese. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the February edition of ‘The Net’ is only available on the Diocesan website - https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-net-february-2021

Coverage this month includes:

  • School year in St Colm’s Draperstown a good faith diary –Roisin McKenna

  • May Lent be a time of prayer and discernment Bishop Donal

  • Reflecting on God’s Mercy – Part 1 by Bishop Donal

  • New youth online bookclub - Hollie Frystal.

  • Ardmore Parish & school celebration

  • Celebrating grandparents

  • Trócaire Lenten Appeal 2021

  • Thornhill Lenten calendars

  • Youth writers share thoughts on Lent

  • Derry Youth Ministry update

  • Children’s Catechism Club

  • Is God asking big sacrifices for Ireland?.

  • Ancient Celtic Church and Renewal of Faith in Ireland

  • St Joseph ~ actions speak louder than words

  • Termonbacca Novena to Sleeping St Joseph

  • Consecration to St Joseph

  • St Colmcille’s Claudy principal helps schools navigate online resources

  • Sr Clare Crockett beatification cause

  • ‘Year of the Family’ reflection

  • Reflections from across the Diocese on the Holy Spirit

  • Christian Unity Week

  • Vocations Holy Hour

  • A Word of God for your family life

  • A reflection on marriage

  • The Quality of Mercy

  • National Divine Mercy Conference

  • The rise and growth of food banks

  • Memories of Dungiven

  • Cuimhní Cóivide – Fr Oliver Crilly

  • Quiz Time


DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

Library open 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Returned books may be left in the foyer, and people may phone (79628249) and reserve books, which can be collected from the foyer.

Free online classes (Happiness labs) on mindfulness, hatha yoga, chair yoga, positivity talk, healthy eating – cookery, and Tai Chi in Cookstown (Phone 86763702) and Magherafelt (Phone 79632278) libraries. To book classes please contact the relevant library


THE BIBLE IN A YEAR FREE PODCAST

Fr. Mike Schmitz walks you through the entire Bible in 365 episodes, providing commentary, reflection, and prayer along the way.

Unlike any other Bible podcast, Ascension’s Bible in a Year podcast follows a reading plan inspired by The Great Adventure Bible Timeline, a ground-breaking approach to understanding salvation history developed by renowned Catholic Bible scholar Jeff Cavins.

For each period in the timeline, Jeff will join Fr. Mike for a special episode that will help you understand the context of each reading.

With this podcast, you won’t just read the Bible in a year … you’ll finally understand how all the pieces of the Bible fit together to tell an amazing story that continues in your life today!

Listen and…

  1. Read the ENTIRE Bible

  2. Feel more confident about your understanding of Scripture

  3. Experience the transformative power of God’s Word in your daily life

  4. Start seeing the world through the lens of Scripture

Each 20-25 minute episode includes:

  • Two to three scripture readings

  • A reflection from Fr. Mike Schmitz

  • A guided prayer to help you hear God’s voice in his Word

https://podcasts.apple.com/…/the-bible-in-a-y…/id1539568321


DIOCESE OF DERRY - PRAYER FOR LENT 2021

Loving Father,

To prepare for His mission of proclaiming Your kingdom to the world

Your Son Jesus was guided by

Your Holy Spirit to the quiet of the desert.

In these Lenten days,

I pray that I will be guided by that same Spirit,

to a place of renewal in my heart and mind, so that I will seek opportunities for daily personal prayer, personal sacrifices and acts of kindness.

With Your help,

may I too be truly prepared to share in the story of the passion, death and resurrection of

Jesus Your Son, our Lord.

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

Ballinascreen Parish Office, 9 High Street, Draperstown

028 79628248

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