Parish Bulletin

21st November 2021

Christ the King


On the last Sunday of the Church’s year we celebrate Jesus as the King of the Universe.  One day he will come to judge the living and the dead.  But until then Christ the King is humble and gentle.  The Gospel shows us how Jesus was king even when he was put on trial by
Pontius Pilate.  And the famous statue of the Child of Prague reminds us that even as a small child Jesus was king—a mystery we will celebrate at very soon again at Christmas.


Today has also be chosen by Bishop Treanor as our annual Safeguarding Sunday in this
diocese of Down & Connor.  If Christ the King was once a defenceless child then we should realise how precious children are in God’s eyes.  The abuse scandals have taught us that even in the Church children have not always been loved and protected.  As we grieve for those past sins and crimes we also make every effort to ensure they never happen again.  With God’s help, and our efforts, the Catholic Church must now lead the way in child protection.


Fr Damian




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SATURDAY 20th         6pm Vigil Mass


SUNDAY 21st              10am Mass

Christ the King         12noon Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (until 3.50pm)

                                         4pm Vespers & Benediction

                                          5pm Mass


MONDAY 22nd           10am Mass


WEDNESDAY 24th     10am Mass (online only)


FRIDAY 26th            5.30pm Confessions

                                         7pm Mass


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





Month’s Mind

Rachael Dempsey


Annie Baird, John Baird, Annie Coyles, Bernadette Doey, Patrick McCloy, Daniel McDaid,
Neil McGothigan, Adrian McKay, George McKay, Michael O’Reilly, Annie Roche  


and all the names on our November dead lists







this week we pray in a special way for the Donaghy, Kelly, Law and McLaughlin households.





to the family of Emily McKee who was baptised last weekend.





Thank you for your support of our parish collections.  Although these have been difficult times for many households you have continued to give great support to our parish and to the regular diocesan and charitable collections.  May God bless you for your generosity—and keep up the good work!


Boxes of envelopes for the next year are available at the back of the church at Mass times.  Boxes will be delivered to those who are not attending Mass over the next few weeks.


An increasing number of parishioners now make their contribution through a standing order. This is a very convenient way to pay.  Standing order forms are also available in the church.  Form A should be sent to your bank and Form B left in to the parochial house.


You can also set up a standing order online 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





To celebrate Christ the King on Sunday there will be public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 12noon to 3.50pm and then at 4pm our afternoon devotions (Vespers & Benediction) will also be open to the public.  A plenary indulgence will be granted to those who take part in the devotions under the usual conditions.





A Traditional Latin Requiem Mass (1962 Missal) will be offered at 7.30pm on Monday November 22nd for all the Holy Souls in purgatory.  It will be a fully sung Mass (Missa Cantata) with visiting musicians providing the Gregorian chant.





Our Sunday afternoon devotions will be open to the public during the four weeks of Advent (which begins next Sunday, 28th November).  Vespers & Benediction will be celebrated at 4pm each week.





Social distancing is expected to remain in place throughout the winter so we will be operating a ticket system for Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day


Tickets will be available from the Parish Hall on
Sunday December 5th between 1pm and 4pm for the following Masses:


Christmas Eve Vigils:      5pm and 7pm

Midnight Mass:                 12 midnight

Christmas Morning:         10am





This year the SVP Christmas  Appeal will be a bit different again due to the Covid restrictions. Instead of distributing toys and gifts we will be providing vouchers to parents & carers to allow them to provide gifts for their children.  We are asking for your financial help to buy vouchers and you can donate in several ways:


(please specify your donation is for Ballymoney, Co.

  • by Phone on 02890750161

(please tell them your donation is for Ballymoney, Co. Antrim).


Our conference continues to support our local community. If you need help please call us
confidentially on 07860455549. We would like to thank you for your very generous ongoing support.





Our annual ecumenical carol service which we organise jointly with St Patrick’s Church of Ireland,
First Ballymoney Presbyterian and Ballymoney Methodist churches will take place on Monday 6th December at 7pm.


Due to Covid regulations the carol service will take place in just one outdoor location this year —the
Garden of Reflection behind the Church of Ireland hall on Queen Street.