Parish Bulletin

21st March 2021

Fifth Sunday of Lent


We were delighted to hear the news that public services will be allowed again from next weekend.  Our public schedule restarts on Friday evening with confessions and Mass. 


But before that we are pleased to welcome BBC Radio Ulster who are broadcasting our Sunday Mass at 10.15am.  I hope you will be able to listen in and join us in prayer.


This weekend also marks the start of Passiontide when we focus more closely on the death of Jesus. Following tradition the statues and crosses in the church are veiled in purple from now until Easter.


Fr Damian




Webcam available to watch on our YouTube channel.  



Sunday  .   .   .   .   . 10.15am Mass

                                         4pm Devotions  click here for the Order of Service


Monday  .   .   .   .   .   .  10am Mass


Wednesday .   .   .   .   .   9am Mass


Friday  .   .   .   .  Public services restart today

                             5.30-6.30pm Confessions

                                          7pm Mass

                                           8pm Stations of the Cross on Facebook only






Recently Deceased

Dessie O’Neill



Jennie Marie Darragh, Niall Doherty, Genevieve Elizabeth (Joan) McAteer, Patsy McGarry,

Gerry McGuigan, Brigid McNamee, Mavis McVeigh, Shaun McVeigh, Eric Turner 






Following guidance from the diocese (and in line with the other main denominations) we will reopen for public Mass this coming Friday (26th March).  Public Masses next weekend will follow our restricted timetable:


Friday at 7pm

Saturday at 6pm

Sunday at 10am & 5pm

Monday at 10am


Confessions Friday 5.30-6.30pm; Saturday 5-5.30pm.


NB There will be special arrangements for Holy Week - please check next week’s bulletin.


To be able to continue with public Masses we need everyone attending to follow instructions on social distancing.  We also need stewards to help at each Mass with seating the congregation and leading them out at the end of Mass.  Please consider volunteering for this job!  




This Sunday (21st) we welcome listeners to BBC Radio Ulster who will be joining us for a broadcast mass from Our Lady & St Patrick’s.  The Mass will start at the slightly later time of 10.15am and can be listened to live on radio and afterwards on demand on the BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world.




On April 1st we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the opening of the new church of Our Lady & St John the Evangelist in Dervock.  Unfortunately there can be no public celebration at this time but we still want to mark the occasion.  Have you any photos of the old church, or the building/opening of the new church?  If so please scan them and send them by email or Facebook, or if you don’t mind donating the photos themselves you can post them to the parochial house.  (In fact if you have any old photos of the parish or our churches it would be great to receive them).




The Legion of Mary in this area are having their annual special prayer service for on Sunday 21st March at 3pm.  It will be a drive-in service at the church of Mary, Queen of Peace in Glenravel.  Everyone is cordially invited.




If you need help please call our conference confidentially on 07860455549.  Thank you to everyone who supports St Vincent de Paul.  Donations can be left in an envelope (marked SVP) at the parochial house.




Trocaire Lent Appeal 

Envelopes are now available from the church with Trocaire boxes and details about how to donate to Trocaire by post or online.


To make a donation online click here:


Lent Videos

The local Knights of St Columbanus have asked Fr Damian to make a series of videos about how to make the most of Lent this year.  To watch them on YouTube click here.


So far he’s spoken about getting ready for Lent and the importance of fasting.  New videos will be produced each week up to Holy Week.


Stations of the Cross 

As noted above, we invite parishioners to pray the Stations online with our friends on the Catholic Minute Facebook page on Fridays at 8pm.  We’ll put up a link on our parish Facebook page too.


You are welcome to pray the Stations of the Cross yourself when the church is open for private prayer.


Lenten Pioneer Pledge

Many people choose to abstain from alcohol during Lent. Why not take this opportunity to perhaps help yourself or someone you know with an alcohol or drug problem by offering your sacrifice for freedom from addiction? Please consider taking the short-term Lenten Pledge and make a difference to someone's life and say the following daily prayer:


"I promise in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and with the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary to abstain from all alcoholic drink during Lent."


Lectio Divina sessions  

The online Lectio Divina course for parishes in this area continues this week.  It is an opportunity for people to come together online, pray with scripture and share their insights. 


Each week the course will look at the Old Testament reading from Sunday Mass with a teaching video and then a Lectio Divina (prayerful reading) of the Gospel passage.  The programme will run on Monday evenings from 22nd February to 22nd March inclusive starting at 7.30pm on Zoom.  To join in use these details:


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 391 752 6857

Passcode: 3e70J2 




Thank you for your support of our parish collections.  In these difficult times we greatly appreciate the financial support we receive.


In this lockdown period collection envelopes can be 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.