No. 1848 ~ FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Holy Rosary: 6.15 pm (WEBCAM ONLY)
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:
All Masses in St Mary’s Coolcalm are transmitted live on 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
BALLINASCREEN COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP
Please click the link https://www.parishofballinascreen.com/ballinascreen-community-support-gro for full details of Ballinascreen Community Support Group.
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.
FEAST OF THE WEEK
Monday 1: St Brigid, abbess, secondary patron of Ireland.
Tuesday 2: The Presentation of the Lord or Candlemas Day.
World Day for Consecrated Life.
Wednesday 3: St Blaise, bishop and martyr.
Friday 5: St Agastha, virgin and martyr.
Saturday 6: St Paul Miki and Companions, martyred at Nagasaki Japan in 1597.
DAILY MASS TIMES THIS WEEK (Monday 1 - Friday 5 February) - (WEBCAM ONLY)
Daily Mass which will be available ONLY via webcam, will be celebrated as follows:
Monday February 1: Feast of St Brigid
11.00 am Holy Rosary
St Brigid’s Crosses will be blessed at this online Mass from Holy Rosary Church. Please have your St Brigid's Cross(es) in front of you for this blessing.
Tuesday February 2: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas Day)
11.00 am St Mary’s, Coolcalm
6.00 pm Holy Rosary
This feast is the last event in the infancy narratives of Jesus recorded in the gospels.
It is the reason why we have maintained our cribs in our homes and in our churches until this day.
Please click HERE to see the images you have sent in over these last weeks.
There will be two Masses on Tuesday so that you have the opportunity to have your candles blessed. Please have your candles with you before the online Mass begins.
Wednesday February 3: Feast of St Blaise
11.00 am ~ Holy Rosary
The Individual blessing of throats will not take place this year but there will be a general online blessing during this Mass.
Thursday February 4: 11.00 am ~ St Mary’s Colcalm
Friday February 5: Parish Anniversary Masses
11.00 am ~ St Mary’s Coolcalm
7.30 pm~ Holy Rosary
MONDAY EXPOSITION ONLINE
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place immediately after 11.00 am Mass on Monday February1and conclude at 12 noon with the Angelus and the recitation of the Rosary.
There will be NO Holy Hour from 3.00pm – 4.00 pm.
Following the extension of the lockdown until at least March 8, regretfully the decision has had to be taken to cancel the Confirmation ceremonies we had planned for the month of March.
Confirmations will be arranged at a time later in the year when, hopefully, there would be less chance of them having to be cancelled again.
In the meantime, parents/guardians and families of all children in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin making First Confession, First Communion and Confirmation this year are asked to put this date, Tuesday February 23, in their diary. On this date at 7.00 pm there will be a special online presentation from St Eugene's Cathedral, via the cathedral webcam, hosted by the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre.
More details nearer the event.
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.
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.
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Francis McSorley, Moykeeran,
Anne McCullagh, Ennis Co. Clare,
Paul Devlin, Galway,
Mary Mullan, Newtownards and Moyard,
Baby Oisin Graham.
Packy McSorley ,
MONTH’S MIND MASS
Donaugh McCallion, Moykeeran on Friday February 5 in Holy Rosary at 7.30 pm.
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: email@example.com
NB: Following requests we would like to repeat that NO STIPEND / DONATION is required for the Friday anniversary Masses.
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.
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.
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.
Latest 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 NET will only be available online. However, the publication will be available again in parishes when the restrictions are lifted. Enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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