Parish Bulletin

Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

5th July 2020 


It was a great joy to celebrate public Mass in the parish on Friday evening.  Around 40 people were able to join us for the first public Mass since St Patrick's Day.  We're very grateful to everyone for their cooperation in following the social distancing regulations  - and particularly to the volunteers who helped it go so smoothly.


Over the coming weeks we will continue to adapt to the 'new normal' - so please be patient as we do our best to make sure that everyone in the church and at home is able to participate as much as possible.


God bless,

Fr Damian






Maureen Bainbridge, Mary Darragh, Alice Devine, Bobby Graham, Kevin McAleese, Claire McAlister, Mary McClusky, Ellen McKay, Sean McLaughlin.


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord




Mass will be streamed at 10am on Sunday on our Facebook page with thanks to our friends at Catholic Minute.


At 4pm on Sunday we will live stream evening devotions.  We will pray Vespers (evening prayer of the Church) followed by Benediction.  This service will not be open to the public.


Mass will also be streamed on Wednesday at 10am.


Due to technical difficulties the public Masses will not be shown on Facebook this week.  We hope to soon be installing a permanent camera which will allow any of our church ceremonies to be shown online as well.




The capacity of Our Lady & St Patrick's church for Mass is approximately 50 people.  There is no obligation to attend Mass at this time.  If you are in good health you are invited to attend one Mass next weekend from the following options: 


Friday   .   .   .   .   7pm

Saturday   .   .   .  6pm

Sunday  .   .   .   . 10am  or 5pm

Monday .   .   .   . 10am


When you arrive you will be greeted by a steward and shown to a seat.  If the church is filled to capacity at any Mass it will not be possible for anyone else to attend. 


At this stage we will not be using Ministers of Holy Communion, Altar Servers, Choir or Folk Group.  The Bishop has asked that public Masses be celebrated in a simple way (as on a weekday) until a later date.




Confessions will be available in Our Lady & St Patrick’s this week on Friday evening from 5.30-6.30pm.  Please enter through the side door and observe the 2m social distancing within the church.  Confessions will take place in the back porch.




Our Lady & St Patrick’s will be open for private prayer 12noon-4pm on the days when Mass is celebrated - Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.




We know many people are worried about their own family finances at this time, so it means a great deal that some people are able to support the parish too. 


If you want to make an offering you can leave your envelope through the door of the Parochial House at any time.  From Friday July 3rd collection envelopes may also be left in the church at Mass time.  If you’re shielding at the moment just save your envelopes at home until we’re all out and about again!


You can also make a payment online to the parish account or set up a standing order using the following details:


Parish of Ballymoney & Derrykeighan

Sort code: 95-06-79 

Account No: 10020192.  


(If you are someone who normally pays by envelope, please use your envelope number as a reference.)




Trocaire have been in touch with parishes and have asked that if it’s possible, people would consider sending their Lent donation directly to Trocaire in one of the following ways:


Online at

By cheque posted to their office: Trócaire, 50 King St, Belfast BT1 6AD

By phone 0800 912 1200


Please note that we cannot accept Trocaire boxes here in the parish at this time.




Our parish conference is still running and they are doing great work to help people in need of practical assistance at this time.  For confidential help contact their answerphone on 07860 455 549.




Regular visits to the sick by the priest or Minister of Holy Communion are suspended.  However emergency call outs are being carried out as normal.  Please contact the Parochial House (or if it’s for a hospital patient, ask the staff to contact the priest on call).