Parish Bulletin

10th October 2021

Twenty Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time


This week is Baby Loss Awareness week.  In the last couple of years our parish has taken a special interest in this important issue which has affected many of our families over the years. 


Last year we announced plans to develop a garden of remembrance for those who have lost babies to be dedicated to Christ the Good Shepherd.  Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd who knows each of his flock by name and who does not allow any of them to be lost.  That promise gives us comfort and hope that God is looking after these children who mean so much to him and us.


You can read below about the progress that has been made so far with the garden and how you can support the project.


Fr Damian



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


SATURDAY 9th    5pm Confessions (until 5.30)

                                 6pm Vigil Mass


SUNDAY 10th      10am Mass

                                   3pm Service of Prayer for Baby Loss Awareness Week (Facebook only)
                                  5pm Mass


MONDAY 11th     10am Mass


Parish Office closed from Monday 11th to Friday 22nd October

No midweek Masses or confessions this week


SATURDAY 16th   6pm Vigil Mass


SUNDAY 17th       10am Mass
                                   5pm Mass


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






Recently Deceased

William McLaughlin



James Fleming, Patricia Fleming, Grace Laverty, Charlie McAleese, Mary McCaughan,
Tilly McCusker, Margaret McGuckian, Terence McKenna, Joseph (Joe) McMullan,
William McSheffrey, Catherine Osborne, Patrick Osborne, Cecil Truesdale, Charlie Ward,
Samuel Ward, Jack Young







This week we're praying in a special way for the Gillan, Kelly, McGothigan and O'Neill households.





The parish office will be closed from Monday 11th to Friday 22nd October.  Fr Damian will be on leave during this time.  Priests from Dunloy parish will celebrate Masses next Saturday (6pm ) and Sunday (10am & 5pm).  They will also cover any funerals if necessary.





We welcome Paula McKeown, director of the Down & Connor Living Church office, who will speak at the weekend Masses about a new project which we hope to run in our parish to connect with children making their sacraments and their families.





An online service of prayer for those who have lost children has been recorded at the Causeway Hospital.  Fr Damian and Christina Kerr from our parish are among the contributors.  It will be available to watch through Facebook on Sunday afternoon at 3pm.





Work is continuing on our Garden of the Good Shepherd.  A new path has been laid and flower beds will be planted.  Many thanks to Sean Kerr and Aidan Reid for their work on this project.


We are hoping to commission a stone relief panel showing Jesus the Good Shepherd to be mounted on the garden wall.  The proposed panel will measure 74x55cm and the cost will be around £2500. You can see the design for the panel in the photo at the top of this page.


If you would like to make a contribution to the cost of the garden it would be much appreciated.  Cheques or cash can be left at the parochial house (please mark on the envelope that they are for the Garden Appeal).  You can also make a one off payment online to our bank account using the details below.





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




OLD & NEW @No.5

Our window has a blue and white theme this week with our lovely Churchill pottery , ‘Willow Pattern’ tea and dinner set, and a similar large circular platter!


If you are hoping to give one of our Tin Men as a Christmas present this year, please note we have very few left - so grab yours quick.  And good news for anyone waiting for our llama figurines… we are due a supply this week!


We're open Wednesday - Saturday, 10am - 4.30pm at 5 Gate End, Ballymoney and hope to see you this week!





Those travelling by bus to the St Vincent de Paul’s “Let’s get back together again function”, on Sun 10th October can board the bus from 1pm in the car park opposite the church. The bus will depart at 1.15pm


Those travelling in their own transport should arrive at the Crannagh, Portstewart Rd Coleraine for 1.45pm


A £5 contribution per person is gratefully appreciated.


If you need help contact us on 07860 455 549 or by speaking to any member of the Society.





October is the month of special devotion to the rosary.  For this second week of the month we might
focus on the newest set of mysteries—the Luminous Mysteries:


1 The Baptism in the Jordan   (Matthew 3: 13-17)

2 The Wedding at Cana   (John 2: 1-12)

3 The Proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven  (Mark 1:15)

4 The Transfiguration   (Luke 9: 28-35)

5 The Institution of the Eucharist   (Mark 14: 22-25)


Our friends at the Catholic Minute Facebook page pray the rosary together at 8pm each evening from Mondays to Thursdays.