Parish Bulletin

18th July 2021

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time


In the Gospel this weekend Jesus sees the hard work that the apostles have been doing and tells them it’s time to take a break.  So he suggests they sail off to a lonely place to rest for a while.


Rest has always been an important part of our faith.  Christians have followed that by treating Sunday as a special day for worship, rest and family life.


In this summer period we too are encouraged to rest and take time for ourselves.  And that includes our spiritual lives too—we need to take time to pray and to get closer to God, free from distractions and worries.  


Fr Damian




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


SATURDAY 17th           5pm Confessions (until 5.30)

                                           6pm Vigil Mass


SUNDAY 18th               10am Mass

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

                                            5pm Mass


MONDAY 19th               10am Mass


WEDNESDAY 21st      9.30am Mass (not open to public)


FRIDAY 28th               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 Pat McLoughlin CSSR, St Gerard’s Belfast



Canon Archibald Molloy, Daniel Brown, Kathleen Darragh, Annie Douglas, James McCloy, John McCloy, Mary McKay, Gretta McMillan, Desmond Roche.






This week we pray in a special way for the Ferris, Hughes, Kearney and Laverty households.




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




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.




The Holy Father has thanked everyone who prayed for him during his recent time in hospital.  Pope Francis was discharged on Wednesday and immediately went to the Basilica of St Mary Major to pray in thanksgiving before returning home to the Vatican.  In a message the Pope asks us to continue to pray for all who are sick at this time.



OLD & NEW @No.5

Our parish shop has all kinds of new things in stock this week - from pictures to ceramics, crystal and small furnishings.  Check out our range of lanterns, our selection of Royal Doulton and Hummell figurines and our etched glass picture of the Dark Hedges - a must for any tourist! We are also delighted to say we have received another supply of Tin Men.


Be sure to call in as we are open Wednesday - Saturday 10.00am - 4.30pm. Located at 5 Gate End, Ballymoney




Although the traditional 3 –day and 1-day pilgrimages on Station Island will not be running this year, the outdoor Pilgrimage on the Lough Shore Pilgrim Path will also be available as the summer goes on. 
Further information from the Lough Derg office tel. 00353 71 9861518 or




Daily Masses continue to be broadcast on the Knock Shrine website and Facebook page at 12noon and 7.30pm with the Rosary at 7pm.  On Sunday Mass is broadcast at 12noon and 3pm with the Rosary at 2.30pm.  Prayers and petitions can be sent through the website.




The shrine of Our Lady in Lourdes has a website at:

You can watch Masses and devotions in English (or other languages) each day and send in prayers and petitions.



Friday was the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  This feast remembers the special devotion to Our Lady shown by the Carmelite order.  Perhaps the best known example of this devotion is the famous brown scapular worn by many Catholics under their clothes.  Tradition has it that the scapular was given as a gift by Our Lady to St Simon Stock when she appeared to him in a vision in the thirteenth century.


The brown scapular is a cord that is worn around the neck.  It has two small cloth panels that hang down the front and the back.  It is actually a miniature version of the brown habits worn by Carmelite monks and nuns.  Unlike other holy medals, the scapular is not just blessed.  The person wearing it should be formally enrolled by a priest who follows a special ritual.   (If you would like Fr Damian to do this for you feel free to ask!)


Over the centuries many saints have spoken of special promises made to those who are enrolled in the brown scapular and who wear it faithfully.  The most famous is that those who wear it will be saved from hell and that, if they must spend time in purgatory after they die, Our Lady will bring them to heaven on the Saturday after (known as the sabbatine privilege).


But more important than any promise is the true significance of wearing the brown scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  The wearer who has been enrolled is considered to be consecrated to Mary in a special way and they promise to live their lives more fully inspired by the Blessed Virgin’s example.  We then know that Mary, who looks after all her children, will have a special regard for those who love her so much.