No.1856 ~ EASTER SUNDAY -THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD
SUNDAY MASSES - NB: The Townlands Rota has been resumed. Details below.
St. Eugene's, Moneyneena: 5.00 pm
Holy Rosary, Draperstown: 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, Draperstown: 12 noon
DAILY MASS TIMES FOR THIS WEEK
Holy Rosary Church:
Monday to Thursday ~ 11.00 am
Friday ~ 7.30 pm
St Mary’s Church Coolcalm:
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.
The priests of the parish wish everyone the Blessings of Easter. This Easter may we live as people deeply touched by the hope and spirit of the Risen Jesus as we proclaim:
Christ is risen,
He is truly risen!
FEAST OF THE WEEK
Wednesday 7: St John Baptist de la Salle.
DAILY MASS TIMES THIS WEEK (Monday 5 - Friday 9 April)
Monday - Thursday: 11.00 am Holy Rosary. (No Mass Monday to Thursday in Coolcalm)
Friday: 11.00 am Parish Anniversary Mass in Coolcalm also Parish Anniversary Mass at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary.
Important Health and Safety Notice re Friday Anniversary Masses
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 should ensure that there is sufficient space for those who are remembering a Month’s Mind, First Anniversary and other anniversaries, as seating is limited and cannot be exceeded. The Anniversary Mass will be available on the parish webcam. Holy Communion will be distributed at the door of the Church once the congregation in Church has left.
Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.
CONFIRMATION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021
Fr Madden and Fr McGirr held an online meeting with the primary school principals in Ballinascreen during the week to plan ahead for the celebration of First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. As you will know Bishop McKeown has deferred all First Holy Communion Masses until September and Confirmation Ceremonies may be provisionally arranged for June, though he will review this in May to decide whether, in the light of the Covid 19 statistics at that time, they can take place.
Nevertheless, despite this uncertainty we want to provide the parish with the relevant dates for these ceremonies in the hope that they will not be changed.
First Penance will take place in schools on the following days:
St Mary's PS: Thursday morning 29 May;
Gaelscoil Na Speirini: Wednesday afternoon May 5;
St Eoghan's PS: Thursday morning May 6;
St Columba's Straw: Tuesday afternoon May 11.
St Mary's PS: Thursday June 10 at 6.00 pm in Holy Rosary Church;
Gaeilscoil na Speirini: Friday June 11 at 5.00 pm Holy Rosary Church;
St Columba's PS, Straw: Thursday June 17 at 6.00 pm in Holy Rosary Church;
St Eoghan's PS: Friday June 25 at 5.00 pm in St Eugene's Church Moneyneena.
First Holy Communions
Gaelscoil Na Speirini: Saturday September 18 at 11.00 am in Holy Rosary Church;
St Eoghan's PS: Saturday September 25 at 11.00 am in St Eugene's Moneyneena;
St Mary's PS: Saturday October 2 at 11.00 am in Holy Rosary Church;
St Columba's, Straw: Saturday October 16 at 11.00 am in Holy Rosary Church.
MONTH’S MIND MASSES
Margaret Heron, Cahore Road, on Friday April 9 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
Anna Mulligan, Drumderg on Friday April 9 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MASS
Michael Toner, Brackaghlislea on Friday April 9 in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm.
First Anniversary: Tony McCormack.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Anna Marie Corbett, Tonagh Road;
Sophie Anna Shaw, Fort View.
We have been requested by Derry Diocesan Office to make our parishioners aware of how donations to Trócaire may be made at this time:
Donations may be placed in an envelope marked Trócaire and returned with your normal weekly envelope.
If you wish to transfer your donation directly Trócaire Bank details are: Sorting Code: 93.80.92 Account No: 8822 7020
Donate button on the Trócaire website,
Cheques may be posted to: Trócaire, 50-52 King Street, Belfast, BT1 6AD
Tróciare freephone number is 0800 912 1200, if you need more information.
RESOURCES FOR EASTER
Easter resources and activities are available on derrydiocese.org/easter
These include live Easter broadcasts from the Vatican, live Mass broadcasts from Knock, films, downloadable activities for children, prayers for use in your home, instructions on creating an Easter garden and much more.
DIVINE MERCY NOVENA ONLINE
Available on Parish Facebook or by clicking on the link below:
YEAR OF ST JOSEPH
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 petitions will be burned unopened. You are free to light a candle at St Joseph’s shrine or the other candelabra. The special prayer to St Joseph that Pope Francis has written is displayed at the St Joseph shrine.
PRIVATE PRAYER TIMES
Churches are open for Private Prayer: If attending for Private Prayer in any of our Churches we ask you to observe the following:
Please sanitise your hands on arrival
Prior to leaving the Church please use the materials provided to sanitise the seat where you sat. Thank you.
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: NO STIPEND / DONATION is required for the Friday anniversary Masses.
In the fight against coronavirus, maintaining social distancing is everyone’s responsibility. And 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 practice social distancing.
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.
BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE
Donation sessions in Magherafelt High School Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 April.
To book phone 08085535 653.
STRESS CONTROL ONLINE
Stress Control is a six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy class led by Dr Jim White, consultant clinical psychologist. All details at: https://ni.stresscontrol.org/
Classes start Monday 5 April at 9.00 am
WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE FOR APRIL AND MAY
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