No. 1843 ~ FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
St Eugene’s, Moneyneena: 5.00 pm
Holy Rosary: 6.15 pm
St Patrick’s, Keenaught: 7.30 pm
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 ~ 6.30 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:
All Masses in St Mary’s Coolcalm are transmitted live via the Desertmartin parish webcam:
PARISH CONTACT DETAILS
Fr. Peter Madden PP VF
31 Sixtowns 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
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
On the noticeboard inside the front porch of Holy Rosary Church.
FEASTS OF THE WEEK
Tuesday 29 December: St Thomas Becket, bishop and martyr. Lived 1118 – 1170, as Archbishop of Canterbury, came in conflict with King Henry II over Church rights.
He was killed in his cathedral on this date.
Thursday 31 December: St Sylvester, pope, died in 335, after being pope for twenty-one years.
Friday 1 January: Mary, the Holy Mother of God.
Saturday 2 January: St Basil the Great and St Gregory Nazianzen, bishops and doctors of the Church.
SVP CHRISTMAS APPEAL 2020
Many thanks for the many generous donations made to the SVP Annual Christmas Collection.
SVP CHRISTMAS APPEAL 2020
The Annual Christmas Collection will be taken up this year over the next fortnight. You are invited to make your contribution by putting it in an ordinary envelope, marking it SVP, and placing it in the collection box on a Saturday or Sunday in any of the churches, or through the Parish Office, or giving it to any of the priests of the parish or members of St Vincent de Paul Society.
First Anniversary: Gerard McEldowney
Mary B McKee,
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS
Gerard McEldowney, Strawmore Road, on Friday January 1 at 6.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Joe Heaney, Maghera,
Sylvia O’Donnell, Dungiven,
Fr Michael Mullan, Limavady.
PRIVATE PRAYER TIMES
Holy Rosary Church will open this week for Private Prayer as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 12 noon – 4.00 pm
Sunday: 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm.
Upon entering the church for Private Prayer, parishioners are asked to first please sanitise their hands and then lift one of the yellow cards and leave it on the seat where you have been seated. Thank you
SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2021
FRIDAY MASSES - PARISH ANNIVERSARY AND MONTH'S MIND 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: email@example.com
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. This Mass will be available on the parish webcam.
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
Thank you very much for your generous support which is greatly appreciated.
CHRISTMAS BOX COLLECTION
The priests of the parish wish to express their sincere thanks and deep appreciation to the people of the parish for their great kindness and generosity to them in the Christmas Collection.
You are invited to email an image of your crib to firstname.lastname@example.org
These images will be displayed on our parish Facebook and website.
December edition of The Net is now 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.
DIOCESAN CHRISTMAS PRAYER RESOURCES
A Family Prayer Booklet - The Twelve Days of Christmas - has been specifically prepared with families and prayer in the home in mind.
The Gospel for each day of the twelve days of Christmas is accompanied by a Gospel reflection, prayers and a link to online Christmas hymns.
The booklet may be downloaded at www.derrydiocese.org/news/family-prayer-service-for-use-at-home-this-christmas
SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY
Outdoor Christmas Crib and Children’s Nativity Trail at Sixtowns Hall from Monday 7 December. Everyone very welcome to visit.
BALLINASCREEN CREDIT UNION
December Quarterly Cash Draw Winners-
1st Prize - £10,000 - Miss Lisa O’Neill, Gortnaskea Road
2nd Prize - £7,000 - Mrs Gertie Cleary, Tullybrick Road
3rd Prize - £3,000 - Mr William Curry, High Street
4th Prize - £500 - Mrs Bronagh McAuley, Sixtowns Road
5th Prize - £500 - Miss Niamh Sara Porter-Payne, Tobermore Road
6th Prize - £500 - Mr Kenneth Bradley, Sperrin Drive
7th Prize - £500 - Miss Joanne Kelly, Mullagh Road, Maghera
8th Prize - £500 - Mr Malachy McGuigan, Moykeeran Drive
9th Prize - £500 - Mr Niall Toner, Cahore Road
10th Prize - £500 - Mrs Lucy O’Neill, Corrick Road
11th Prize - £500 - Mrs Siobhan Doyle, Sixtowns Road
12th Prize - £500 - Miss Theresa Groogan, Ballybriest Road
13th Prize - £500 - Mr Michael P Murray, Moneyneena Road
Next Quarterly Cash Draw will be held on Saturday 27 March 2021.
BALLINASCREEN COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP
Please click the link https://www.parishofballinascreen.com/ballinascreen-community-support-gro for full details of Ballinascreen Community Support Group.
Every other person is my brother or my sister. In everyone, I see reflected the face of God, and in those who suffer, I see the Lord pleading for my help. I see him in the sick, the poor, the unemployed, the marginalized, the migrant and the refugee.
PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR
We pray that this New Year will bring us closer to You.
May we take the time to get to know You.
Help us to truly celebrate the gifts You have graciously given us and use them to serve You and spread Your word,
May we also see and love you in all the people we meet, so that in turn, they can see You in us.
Let us accept You in our lives, in the way it pleases You,
as Truth, to be spoken,
as Life, to be lived,
as Light, to be lighted,
as Love, to be followed,
as Joy, to be given,
as Peace, to be spread about,
as Sacrifice, to be offered among our relatives, friends, neighbours and all people.
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