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BALLINASCREEN PARISH - 7 MARCH 2021

No. 1853 ~ THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

​​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, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 11.00 am

Friday ~ 7.30 pm

St Mary’s Church Coolcalm:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 7.30 pm

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


BALLINASCREEN COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP

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

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 March 8 ~ St John of God

Tuesday March 9 ~ St Frances of Rome.

Thursday March 11 ~ St Aengus, bishop and abbot.

Saturday March 13 ~ The anniversary of the election in 2013 of Pope Francis as Supreme Pastor of the Church.


ST JOSEPH

Friday week March 19, is the Feast of St Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and an extra special this year since Pope Francis declared it the Year of St Joseph.

The special prayer to St Joseph that Pope Francis has written will be recited at every Mass from Thursday next March 11.

We ask you to recite this prayer with your family each day in your homes. Also we invite you to come to the Shrine of St Joseph in Holy Rosary Church and to place written petitions to St Joseph in the box provided. Please do not put money in your petition envelopes as all will be burned unopened. You are free to light a candle at the shrine or the other candelabra.


PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil.

Amen.


DAILY MASS TIMES THIS WEEK (Monday 8 - Friday 12 March) - (WEBCAM ONLY)

Monday March 8:

11.00 am Holy Rosary followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Angelus and

Rosary at 12 noon.

7.30 pm ~ St Mary’s Coolcalm

Tuesday March 9:

11.00 am Holy Rosary followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Angelus and

Rosary at 12 noon.

7.30 pm St Mary’s Coolcalm

Wednesday March 10:

11.00 am in Holy Rosary followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Angelus and

Rosary at 12 noon

7.30 pm St Mary's Church, Coolcalm.

Thursday March 11:

11.00 am Holy Rosary followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Angelus and

Rosary at 12 noon.

7.30 pm St Mary's Church, Coolcalm

Friday March 12:

11.00 am Parish Anniversary Mass in St Mary's Coolcalm followed by Exposition of the

Blessed Sacrament. Angelus and Rosary at 12 noon.

Exposition and Stations of the Cross at 3.00 pm in Holy Rosary Church. Exposition of the

Blessed Sacrament will continue until the Parish Anniversary Mass at 7.30 pm.


TRÓCAIRE BOXES

Trocaire boxes are now available in all Church porches. Please take one home with you.


SUGGESTIONS FOR LENT

Many ideas and worthwhile resources on how to make a prayerful and meaningful Lent are to be found on Derry diocesan website: https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/categories/lent-2021


PRIVATE PRAYER TIMES

During Lent churches in our parish will be open as follows for Private Prayer:

HOLY ROSARY

Monday to Thursday: 12.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Saturday: 12 noon – 4.00 pm

Sunday: 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm.

ST COLUMBA’S STRAW

Open daily until 5.00 pm

ST EUGENE’S MONEYNEENA

Open daily until 5.00 pm

ST PATRICK’S SIXTOWNS

Open daily until 12 noon.

HEALTH NOTICE:

Upon entering any of our Churches for Private Prayer please:

  • Sanitise your hands on arrival

  • Follow the one way system in each Church

  • Prior to leaving the Church please use the materials provided to sanitise the seat where you sat. Thank you.


DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME

Next Saturday evening March 13 at 6.15 pm in Holy Rosary Church, the children who will be receiving their First Holy Communion this year and their families are invited to attend this Mass on line via the parish webcam.

This Mass is part of this year’s Do This In Memory Of Me programme which of necessity has been much reduced.

We will also celebrate the anniversary of the election of Pope Francis on March 13 2013 during this Mass.


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021 & CONFIRMATION 2021

The Sacramental Talk for all children from Ballinascreen and Desertmartin who are preparing to receive these sacraments is now available to view online. Parents and guardians who missed the live talk are invited to view this broadcast with their child/children and can do so by following this link: Click HERE for link.


DEATH

We extend our prayerful sympathy to the family and relatives of:

Paul Carlin, Drumderg.


MONTHS' MIND MASS

Francis McSorley, Moykeeran Gardens - Friday 26 February in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.


FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS

Josie Cushenan, Glenelly Villas on Friday March 12 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.

Eamon McGovern, Bancran on Friday March 12 at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church.


ANNIVERSARIES

Please remember in your prayers the following whose anniversaries occur at this time:

First Anniversary: Josie Cushenan

David Crossett,

Maureen Kelly,

Helen Cuskeran,

Nancy Kelly,

Peter Bradley,

John Bradley.


BAPTISMS

We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:

Caiden Luke McKenna and Callum Edward McKenna, Tullybrick Road;

Brooke Maia McCloskey, Cahore Heights.


SOCIAL DISTANCING

In the fight against coronavirus, maintaining social distancing is everyone’s responsibility. With the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme well underway there are fresh concerns around complacency. These concerns coupled with the increased anxiety of many, especially those in vulnerable groups, around contracting the virus is why it is so important to continue to show support for and practise social distancing.

The Distance Aware campaign which was recently adapted for use in Northern Ireland aims to address this through use of a consistent and instantly recognisable symbol, the Distance Aware Shield.

The Distance Aware Shield, whether worn or displayed, is an indicator to others that the wearer/organisation would like others to maintain a respectful distance where possible. For more information visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/covid-19-distance-aware or follow their social media accounts: Twitter: @publichealthni @ healthdpt @PatientClient

Facebook: @publichealthagency Instagram:@publichealthni



BALLINASCREEN FOLD

Ballinascreen Fold, Draperstrown currently has 2 vacant flats to let.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in moving in to the scheme, please contact the co-ordinator by telephone (028 7962 7068)


LENTEN CONVERSATIONS - ONLINE AT KNOCK SHRINE

Knock Shrine are launching a new series of online discussions to engage you during Lent. The talks will be streamed at 8.30 pm every Thursday during Lent.

Speakers will address issues such as:

  • What nurtures our faith and what challenges it today?

  • Where do we find hope and joy in our lives?

  • How can our faith build mental strength, wellbeing and resilience?

  • How has the Covid pandemic impacted upon our faith?

Join them at www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live or on Facebook @knockshrine


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


NB: Following requests we would like to repeat that NO STIPEND / DONATION is required for the Friday anniversary Masses.


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.


POST GRADUATE DEGREE FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL LEADERS

The Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre, working in Partnership with Saint Mary’s University, Twickenham, offers the Masters in Catholic School Leadership. This is a post graduate degree dedicated to the professional development and spiritual formation of Catholic school leaders. It is a great opportunity for those currently in leadership roles and those who aspire to, or have an interest in, leadership roles within the Catholic School system. The next intake will be Autumn 2021. If you require any further information, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 004428 71264087 or email tferry@derrydiocese.org.


SMOKING CESSATION SERVICE

Thinking of giving up smoking for Lent? FREE smoking cessation service available at O'Kanes pharmacy.

Call 028 79628209 for more information.


THE NET

Sharing the fruits of the faith in the Derry Diocese. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the February edition of ‘The Net’ is only available on the Diocesan website https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-net-february-2021


DIOCESE OF DERRY - PRAYER FOR LENT 2021

Loving Father,

To prepare for His mission of proclaiming Your kingdom to the world

Your Son Jesus was guided by

Your Holy Spirit to the quiet of the desert.

In these Lenten days,

I pray that I will be guided by that same Spirit,

to a place of renewal in my heart and mind, so that I will seek opportunities for daily personal prayer, personal sacrifices and acts of kindness.

With Your help,

may I too be truly prepared to share in the story of the passion, death and resurrection of

Jesus Your Son, our Lord.

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