Parish Bulletin

9th January 2022

The Baptism of the Lord


This Sunday is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  It might surprise us to learn that this is still part of the Church’s Christmas season.  That's why the crib and some of the decorations are still up in the church.  At Christmas the angels told the shepherds that the baby Jesus was the Saviour.  At the Epiphany the wise men greeted Jesus as the great king.   Today at his Baptism, God the Father confirms who this Jesus really is—the Son of God.


Once his baptism is past Jesus will move on with his mission as our Saviour.  And we too should be ready to follow God into the new year.  Whatever it may bring us, we know that through our baptism we are the beloved daughters and sons of God too.  May he bless us all in the year ahead.


Fr Damian



Parish webcam can be viewed on our YouTube channel
(search for Ballymoney Parish)


SATURDAY 8th                   6pm Vigil Mass


SUNDAY 9th                      10am Mass

                                               (4pm Vespers & Benediction—Online only)

                                                5pm Mass


MONDAY 10th                  10am Mass


WEDNESDAY 12th       (9.30am Mass —Online only)


FRIDAY  14th         5.30-6.30pm Confessions

                                               7pm Mass


Our Lady & St Patrick’s is open every day for private prayer—usually from 11am to 4pm.






Recently Deceased
Ciaran O’Loan

Rev. Paul McCormick (Deacon), Downpatrick


Fr Seamus McAfee, Angela Fitzpatrick, Robert Law,  Rose Lynn, Josie Mooney, Bridget (Bridie) Olphert, Pauline Purdon, Tracy Turner







Thank you for your support of all our parish collections.  Envelopes can be left in the church at Mass times or at the parochial house.  You can also set up a standing order or make a one-off payment  with these details:


Parish of Ballymoney & Derrykeighan

Sort code: 95-06-79 

Account No: 10020192.


Please make cheques payable to:

Parish of Ballymoney & Derrykeighan





If you need help or you would like to find out more about getting involved in the work of the SVP contact us on 07860 455 549 or by speaking to any member of the society.




Is your child due to start P1 in September 2022?  Due to restrictions we are once again offering an online tour of the school on our website through the eyes of our P1 children. If you would like to make an appointment to come and view the school, or have any questions about
St Brigid's PS, please contact Mr O'Neill on 028 27662664.


Registration opens Monday 10 January and closes at 12 noon on Friday 28 January.




As we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord we miss being able to leave out holy water in the church due to Covid regulations.  If you would like  Holy Water you can bring in a bottle of water when you come to Mass and ask Fr Damian to bless it for you.




OLD & NEW@No.5

It’s a bright new year at our parish shop and we were delighted to be able to hand over a cheque for £10,000 to the parish this week.  Thanks to everyone who supports us and to our volunteers who make this possible.


But to keep up the good work we urgently require more volunteers to assist in the shop—ideally for four hours a week or fortnight (although shorter periods may also suit).  Our current volunteers find working in the shop to be rewarding and enjoyable and there is a real sense of community within the team. 


We would really encourage you to consider joining our team.  Why not ask a friend to join you and we can try and arrange for you to work the same shift?  If you are interested or would like to find out more please contact Gemma McKenna (07798501046), Gerard McAfee (07860474956) or speak to any of our team.


And if you just want to call in and have a browse in the shop we’re open as usual this week Wednesday-Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm.






Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible

The Bible is at the heart of our faith and our relationship with God. Reading the Bible should bring us closer to Christ, but many people find it hard to know where to start.   Why not begin with the Living Church office and be a part of an online community learning how to read the Bible, understand it and experience its life-changing power? 

Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible is an 8 week online programme. Course participants will receive a resource pack and connect online for a time of teaching, discussion and prayerful reflection.

There are  three options for you to join in online:
Monday @7pm beginning on Monday 17th Jan
Wednesday @11am beginning on Wednesday 12th Wednesday @7pm beginning on Wednesday 12th


To register you can complete an online form
or e-mail




Alpha is a course which introduces the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and discussions.


St Colmcille's parish in Belfast invite you to join their Alpha course via zoom, starting next Tuesday 11th January 2022 at 8.00pm.  For more information, to register your interest or to request the zoom link contact Noeleen by emailing :  
or send a text to : 07879 498131