Parish Bulletin

1st August 2021

Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time



Many of us will have been watching the Olympic Games this week and cheered on the athletes.  They should inspire us in our spiritual lives too - just as athletes go on special diets to improve their strength, so God wants us to give us the food that will help us grow in holiness.  That's the Bread from heaven that Jesus speaks about in the Gospel - the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. 


If we want to reach our goal of eternal life in God's kingdom we need the power that comes from receiving the Body of Christ regularly. 
Holy Communion gives us strength and it is the greatest prize on earth.


Fr Damian




Parish webcam can be viewed on our YouTube channel
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SATURDAY 31st         5pm Confessions (until 5.30)

                                        6pm Vigil Mass


SUNDAY 1st               10am Mass

                                         4pm Vespers & Benediction (not open to the public)

                                         5pm Mass


MONDAY 2nd             10am Mass


WEDNESDAY 4th    9.30am Mass (not open to public)


FRIDAY 6th              5.30pm Confessions (until 6.30)

                                         7pm Mass


Our Lady & St Patrick’s is open Friday to Monday from 12noon to 4pm for private prayer.





Recently Deceased

Fr Alan Francis

Caitlin Kerr, Coleraine


Month’s Mind

Vincent McCarry



Kathleen Doherty, George McCullagh, Terry McQuaid, Catherine McVeigh, Josephine Smyth






Throughout 2021 we are praying for the households who registered in our parish census last year. This week we will pray in a special way for the Boyle, McGinty, O'Kane and O'Loan households.




The Northern Ireland Executive has updated the guidelines for face coverings in churches at this time:

  • There is still a legal requirement to wear face coverings on entering and leaving the church building.
  • When people are in their pew then face coverings are recommended but optional. 
  • The priest should continue to wear a mask when distributing Holy Communion.



Thank you for your support of our parish collections. 

Collection envelopes can be left in the church at Mass times or left at the parochial house any time.  You can also set up a standing order or make a one-off payment to our account with these details:


Parish of Ballymoney & Derrykeighan

Sort code: 95-06-79 

Account No: 10020192.


Please make cheques payable to:

Parish of Ballymoney & Derrykeighan




Job vacancies in the Diocese of Down & Connor are advertised on the diocesan website: . There are currently a number of positions open in this area:

  • Sacristan, Loughguile Parish
  • Youth Worker, Triangle parishes
  • Caretaker, Portrush Parish
  • Parish Secretary, Portrush Parish



One of our parishioners is advertising for the following role.  A link to the online job ad is available from the bulletin on our parish website.


PA/Carer, post available in the Ballymoney via direct payments, £10.35 per hour.


10 hours per week 1 or 2 days a week this role is to support a young male in his twenties, who has a brain injury TBI. He enjoys being active & social he is walker user/ wheelchair users requires support to enable independent.


This role is to support ongoing rehabilitation sessions actives such as attending and supporting gym sessions, hydro therapy, swimming pool exercise sessions and home physiotherapist etc.


Working days flexible Tuesday, Fridays and occasional Saturdays. Additional hours via holiday cover if interested.


Full training will be provided but experience desirable within the carer sector or a knowledge of exercise, physio, personal training, students of health and social care, physiotherapist, OT, health and well being or an awareness or brain injury.


Must respect and follow all COVID guidelines.

Driving licence essential and completion of access NI.


To apply email resume to with subject REF0271.


Closing date 12/08/2021




Anyone seeking help or interested in assisting us with our work can contact our helpline (07860 455 549) or any member of the Society.




Our Bethany team are here to help the bereaved and grieving by listening and offering support.  To contact them phone 07594 162 499.



OLD & NEW @No.5

This week, we have a very interesting collection of Doulton characters including some old and rare ones.  Although last week we sold a lot of small furnishings, we have topped up our stock again this week and that includes a lovely pair of balloon back chairs.

Check out our gypsy caravan, nice tea sets, interesting pieces of crystal and for the bargain hunter we have a half price sale on all our silver plated items.

Hope to see you this week! Open Wed - Sat 10.00am-4.30pm @ 5 Gate End, Ballymoney




St John Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests and his feast day is this Wednesday.  This is a prayer he wrote:


I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life.

I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, 

 and I would rather die loving You,
   than live without loving You.

I love You, Lord, and the only grace I ask
 is to love You eternally.

My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment
 that I love You,

I want my heart to repeat it to You
 as often as I draw breath.  Amen.