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BALLINASCREEN PARISH - 24 JANUARY 2021

No. 1847 ~ THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

​​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 and Wednesday ~ 11.00 am

Friday ~ 7.30 pm

St Mary’s Church 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

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:


FEAST OF THE WEEK

Monday 25: The Conversion of St Paul, apostle.

Tuesday 26: St Timothy and St Titus

Thursday 28: St Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church.

DAILY MASS TIMES THIS WEEK (Monday 18 - Friday 22 January) - (WEBCAM ONLY)

Daily Mass will be celebrated as follows:

Holy Rosary Church:

Monday and Wednesday ~ 11.00 am

Friday ~ Parish Anniversary Mass 7.30 pm.

St Mary’s Coolcalm:

Tuesday and Thursday ~ 11.00 am

Friday ~ Parish Anniversary Mass 11.00 am.


HOLY HOUR ~ MONDAY

Holy Hour on Monday from 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm in Holy Rosary Church. Due to the new Covid restrictions this Holy Hour, like all Masses, will ONLY be available via the parish webcam.


PRIVATE PRAYER TIMES

In line with current regulations, Holy Rosary Church will close during all Masses and devotions but will open this week for Private Prayer as follows:

Monday: 12 noon – 2.30 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday:12 noon 4.00 pm

Sunday: 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm.


HEALTH NOTICE:

Upon entering Holy Rosary Church for Private Prayer, parishioners are reminded that it is vitally important that after sanitising hands, they lift one of the yellow cards and leave it on the seat where they sat. These seats will be later cleaned in line with current regulations. Thank you.


CHRISTIAN UNITY

The Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity finishes tomorrow Monday 25January. This year’s theme is Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, based on John 15:1-17. For prayer and other resources visit Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021 - Irish Council of Churches and Irish Inter Church Meeting (irishchurches.org).


DEATHS

We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of

Pat Bradley, Derrynoyd Road;

Michael Kelly, Antrim;

Tommy Kennedy, Cranagh;

John Murray, Aldershot formerly Dunlogan;

Michael Ryan, New Jersey;

Jimmy Quinn, Dungannon;

John Kelly, Cookstown.


ANNIVERSARIES

Patrick Groogan,

Breige Rogers,

Rose Bradley,

Peter Joe O;Neill,

Frank O'Hagan,

Mary Margaret McGillian,

Margaret McCallion,

Brian McGurk,

Deirdre Diamond.


MONTH’S MIND MASS

Pascal Kelly Cahore Road, on Friday 29 January in Holy Rosary at 7.30 pm.


WEDDING

Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Sara McCloskey and Ryan McCleave who were married recently in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena.


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


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.


CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

To celebrate Catholic Schools Week (24 -31 January) Derry Diocese have an online Programme of Events which will include Daily Assemblies led By Bishop McKeown and Daily Reflections by guest speakers on themes of Catholic Schools Week.

All these resources will be available on their website www.catecheticalcentre.org and through their social media platforms

https://www.facebook.com/DerryDiocesanCC/

www.catecheticalcentre.org


DIOCESAN ONLINE RESOURCES

During these times of being at home more than usual you might like to visit the Derry Diocesan Webpage and click on the bottom left hand corner where the link to Media Gallery is. Here you will find that there are hundreds of free talks, short films…etc available for you to view.


SCHOOL NOTICE FOR PARENTS

If your child will be starting pre-school or Primary School in September 2021, you should apply for their place online. Closing date for pre-school and Primary One applications is 12 noon on 29 January 2021.

Further details are available at www.eani.org.uk/parents/admissions


THE NET

The January edition of The Net, the monthly publication sharing the fruits of faith in the Derry Diocese, is now available on the Diocesan website and Facebook Page: www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-net-january-2021

With Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the January edition will only be available online. However, the publication will be available again in parishes when the restrictions are lifted. Enquiries to: editorthenet15@gmail.com.

Coverage in this month’s edition includes:

  • St Joseph’s School, Derry, celebrates opening of new Oratory

  • Bishop Donal pays tribute to schools for creativity in challenging times

  • Hope filled message from Diocesan Post Primary RE Advisor,

  • Catholic Schools’ Week launch

  • Youth writers share...Hopes for 2021

  • Derry youth impressed by Dublin couple’s focus on ‘Called to More’

  • Melmount Parish celebrates 50th anniversary of St Mary’s Church

  • Carmelite Novena

  • Diocesan Lourdes Mass of Remembrance

  • Columban Year celebrations launched

  • Time of change for all of us as Church

  • Bishop Donal reflects on Diocesan Pastoral Plan

  • Messages of hope for 2021 from around the Diocese

  • Our Vocation is a Gift

  • Remembering Fr Patrick McGoldrick RIP

  • A tribute to Fr Michael Mullan RIP

  • Holy Hours for Vocations

  • A Reflection on Faith & Life

  • Bishop Donal’s reflection on the Pope’s prayer intention for January

  • Irish Page by Fr Oliver Crill

  • Children’s Catechism Club

  • Teach me to pray! St Therese of Lisieux

  • Our Hidden God

  • Marriage and the Family

  • Evergreen Treasures

  • Quiz Time

SMOKING CESSATION SERVICE

Thinking of giving up smoking for 2021?

Free smoking cessation service available at O'Kane’s Pharmacy.

Please phone 028 79628209 for more information.


DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

Library will be open from 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, for book and collect services only.

Readers may telephone the library during these hours and request books for adults or children.

The Library also stocks a collection of AR (Accelerated Reading) books for children to borrow.

Currently readers cannot browse in the library, but may ask staff to select books for them – by phone preferably.

If you know of anyone elderly or shielding who would like to borrow books, and have them delivered free to their homes, please contact a member of the library staff.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions computers are also unfortunately not accessible in the library at this time.

Library phone number is 79628249.


BALLINASCREEN COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP

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


DISCERNING OUR VOCATION

In the Gospel this Sunday, Jesus calls his first disciples to follow him. Here is a model of his call to each of us. But what is a vocation and how can we discern what God is calling us to do and what path to follow? Here are extracts from Pope Francis' Christ is Alive where he talks directly to the young and not so young!

The word “vocation” can be understood in a broad sense as a calling from God, including the call to life, the call to friendship with him, the call to holiness, and so forth. This is helpful, since it situates our whole life in relation to the God who loves us. It makes us realise that nothing is the result of pure chance but that everything in our lives can become a way of responding to the Lord, who has a wonderful plan for us…..

To respond to our vocation, we need to foster and develop all that we are.

This has nothing to do with inventing ourselves or creating ourselves out of nothing. It has to do with finding our true selves in the light of God and letting our lives flourish and bear fruit. “In God’s plan, every man and woman is meant to seek self-fulfilment, for every human life is called to some task by God”.[140]

Your vocation inspires you to bring out the best in yourself for the glory of God and the good of others’

(Pope Francis, Christ is Alive, 248, 257)

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