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BALLINASCREEN PARISH - 6 DECEMBER 2020

No. 1840 ~ SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

​​SUNDAY MASSES (WEBCAM ONLY)

  • VIGIL MASS

Holy Rosary: 6.15 pm ( Ballinascreen Webcam)

  • SUNDAY

St Mary’s Coolcalm: 10.00 am (Desertmartin Webcam)

Holy Rosary: 12 noon (Ballinascreen Webcam)

DAILY MASS TIMES FOR THIS WEEK - WEBCAM ONLY FROM MONDAY UNTIL THURSDAY

Holy Rosary Church:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 10.00 am (Webcam only)

Friday ~ 7.30 pm

St Mary’s Church Coolcalm:

Tuesday & Thursday ~ 7.30 pm (Webcam only)

Friday ~ 10.00 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 via 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:


FEASTS OF THE WEEK

Monday 7: St Ambrose, bishop and doctor of the Church.

Tuesday 8: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a holyday of obligation and due to current regulations Masses on 8 December will be available at the following times by WEBCAM ONLY:

Holy Rosary ~ 10.00 am

St Mary’s Coolcalm ~ 7.30 pm.

Immediately after each of these Masses the priests will lead an online recitation of the Rosary.

SUNDAY AND DAILY MASSES

To comply with the Northern Ireland Executive’s latest Covid 19 restrictions that all churches must close for public worship until December 11 (with the exception of weddings and funerals with 25 people present) ALL Masses in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin will be celebrated behind closed doors and available only on the parish webcams.

Saturday 5 December Vigil:

Holy Rosary Church ~ 6.15 pm

Sunday 6 December:

St Mary’s Coolcalm ~ 10.00 am

Holy Rosary Church ~ 12 noon.

Daily Masses - Webcam only until Friday 11 December

Holy Rosary Church

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 10.00 am (Webcam only)

Friday ~ 7.30 pm

St Mary’s Church Coolcalm

Tuesday & Thursday ~ 7.30 pm (Webcam only)

Friday ~ 10.00 am.


CHRISTMAS MASSES

To allow as many parishioners as possible attend Christmas Mass, in the present circumstances, 22 Masses have been arranged in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin from 24 December to 27 December. To maintain social distancing there must be a limit on how many can attend each Mass. It is therefore ESSENTIAL that you BOOK ONLINE and follow all the booking instructions.


PRIVATE PRAYER TIMES

Holy Rosary Church will open this week for Private Prayer as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday: 11.00 am – 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


FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASSES

Helen Heron, Fivemilestraight on Friday11 December in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.

James Kelly, Drumderg Road, on Friday11 December in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.


ANNIVERSARIES

First Anniversary Peter McEldowney

Neil Kennedy,

Sean Kelly,

Baby Leonie Ellen Kidd.


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: ballinascreenparish@gmail.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.


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 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.


DIOCESAN PRAYER RESOURCES FOR ADVENT

These resources have been been created by the diocese, in conjunction with the Northern Pastoral Network , for family prayer during Advent. A family prayer booklet with the Gospel for each Sunday of Advent with a family activity, prayers and a reflection, can be downloaded at: https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/advent-prayer-service-for-use-at-home Other family activities for Advent including prayers, how to create an Advent Wreath are available on the Catechetical Centre website at: https://catecheticalcentre.org/family-resources/preparing-our-hearts-for-christmas-advent-resources/


SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY

  • Sixtowns Cross Community Group are having a Christmas fundraising raffle with all proceeds going towards the upkeep of the hall. The prize is an 8 foot outdoor metal Christmas tree, complete with lights. Tickets for the draw are £5 each and may be purchased at Heron’s Gift Shop or via PayPal “friends and family” to: paypal.me/emmasixtowns. Winner will be announced live on Facebook page on Sunday 13 December at 3.00 pm.

  • Outdoor Christmas Crib and Children’s Nativity Trail at Sixtowns Hall from Monday 7 December. Everyone very welcome to visit.


BALLINASCREEN COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP

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


POPE FRANCIS @PONTIFEX

The first step of faith is to tell God that we need him, that we need him to be close to us. Thus, if we ask Jesus to come close to us, we will train ourselves to be watchful.


PRAYER OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that you desire to make your home within me and that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you in my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my heart. I embrace your love as if you were already there, and I unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. 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