No. 1849 ~ FIFTH 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 email@example.com
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 8: International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. This was first observed in 2015 on the memorial of St Josephine Bakhita, who lived from 1868- 1947. She was a native of Sudan brought as a slave to Italy where she became a Christian and later entered the Institute of Canossian Daughters of Charity in Venice.
Wednesday 10: St Scholastica, virgin, died c 543, sister of St Benedict.
World Day for Consecrated Life.
Thursday 11: Our Lady of Lourdes. On this day in 1858, Our Lady first appeared to fourteen year old Bernadette Sourbirous. In 1992 Pope John Paul II instituted the World Day of the Sick to be held on the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes. This day provides a time to pause and be prayerfully in solidarity with those who are sick and with all who care for the sick.
DAILY MASS TIMES THIS WEEK (Monday 8 - Friday 12 February) - (WEBCAM ONLY)
Daily Mass which will be available ONLY via webcam, will be celebrated as follows:
From Monday to Thursday Mass will be followed by a period of online Eucharistic Adoration until 12 noon. The Angelus will then be recited followed by the Novena Prayers to Our Lady of Lourdes.
These Novena Prayers may be accessed here: www.catholicbishops.ie/2021/02/01/novena-to-our-lady-of-lourdes/
Monday February 8: 11.00 am - Holy Rosary
Tuesday February 9: 11.00 am - St Mary’s, Coolcalm
Wednesday February 10: 11.00 am - Holy Rosary
Thursday February 11: 11.00 am - St Mary’s, Coolcalm
Friday February 12: 11.00 am - St Mary’s, Coolcalm - Parish Anniversary Mass
7.30 pm - Holy Rosary - Parish Anniversary Mass
We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:
Margaret Mary Doherty, Cloane;
James O’Kane, Lavey;
Eileen Fitzgerald, Dungannon;
Charlie McDonald, Dromore;
Harry Gribbin, Annahorish.
MONTH’S MIND MASS
Pat Bradley, Derrynoyd Road on Friday February 12 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
Karen Carlin, Drumderg on Friday February 12 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
FIRST ANNNIVERSARY MASS
Gracie-Mae Corrigan Bradley, The Orchard, on Friday February 12 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
Willie Murray, Glengomna, on Friday February 12 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.
VIRTUAL TOUR OF BALLINASCREEN CHURCHES
Enjoy a short virtual relaxing tour of the 4 churches in the Parish of Ballinascreen by clicking on this link: https://youtu.be/5vkRu8KDLx4
This link is also available on the Ballinascreen Parish Website:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
NB: Following requests we would like to repeat that NO STIPEND / DONATION is required for the Friday anniversary Masses.
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.
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: email@example.com.
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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STATEMENT BY BISHOP MICHAEL ROUTER AUXILIARY BISHOP OF ARMAGH AND CHAIR OF THE COUNCIL FOR HEALTHCARE OF THE IRISH CATHOLIC BISHOPS` CONFERENCE ON POPE’S MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD DAY OF THE SICK 2021.
The Pope reminds us that, as Christians, we should always practice what we preach and reach out in a tangible way to those who are sick and suffering, particularly the marginalised and the poor. Thankfully, so many people, through both secular and religious groups, are doing so by reaching out to those who most need help in their local communities. Such outreach has provided a beacon of hope and positivity in an otherwise challenging time.
Pope Francis emphasises that sickness makes us very aware of our own vulnerability, our need for the care and assistance of others and our dependence on God. Illness is experienced at more than just a physical level. It can also be accompanied by fear and bewilderment, particularly, when we are faced with our own powerless. Sickness normally raises questions about the meaning of life which we bring in faith before God.
Health is essential for the common good, therefore, care and assistance for the sick should always be a priority.
At the heart of the Pope’s message is an insistence that for therapy to be effective it must have a “relational aspect” which can enable a more holistic approach to the patient. There must be a relationship of trust between healthcare professionals and those who receive their care and expertise. Pope Francis describes it as a relationship based on “mutual trust and respect, openness and availability”. He points to the example of Jesus in the gospel who “heals not by magic but as the result of an encounter, an interpersonal relationship”.
The Pope also states that a society is truly human when it cares effectively for the sick and suffering in a spirit of communal love. We must all strive to make sure “that no one will feel alone, excluded or abandoned”.
Pope Francis entrusts the sick, healthcare workers, and all those who assist the suffering to the care of Our Lady.
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