Parish Bulletin

23rd January 2022

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time


In both the first reading and the Gospel this Sunday we hear about how the people came together as a community on the Sabbath to worship.  As the prophet Ezra says in the first reading “this day is sacred to the Lord.  Do not be sad: the joy of the Lord is your stronghold.”  


These readings should remind us how important Sunday Mass is for Catholics.  In our Mass we hear the same readings and listen to the Word of God.  And then we go even further by celebrating the Eucharist and receive Jesus, the Word made flesh, in Holy Communion.  This is what the Lord himself commanded us to do when he said “do this in memory of me”.  Sunday Mass is our encounter with God, a source of blessings and the heart of our parish community.  We must make sure that we never take it for granted but rather cherish it as the highpoint of our week.


Fr Damian



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


SATURDAY 22nd                     6pm Vigil Mass


SUNDAY 23rd                          10am Mass

                                                     (4pm Vespers & Benediction—Online only)

                                                      5pm Mass


MONDAY 24th                        10am Mass


WEDNESDAY 26th             (9.30am Mass —Online only)


FRIDAY  28th               5.30-6.30pm Confessions

                                                      7pm Mass


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






Fr Con Flanagan, Sr Mark McAfee, Sr Auxilia McKenna, Hugh Cochrane, Mary Coyles,
Ellen Davis, Roseanne Doran. Susan Graham, Bernard Green, Mona McAfee, Patrick McKay,
Margaret McLaughlin, Gabriel Mooney, Una Smyth







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





This week is the annual week  to celebrate the good work of our Catholic schools.  Here in our parish we are very proud of both our schools—St Brigid’s Primary School and Our Lady of Lourdes. 


A special prayer service for grandparents of pupils at St Brigid’s will be shown on our webcam on Wednesday and can be watched on YouTube afterwards.




Is your child due to start P1 in September 2022?  Due to restrictions we are unable to have an Open Day so once again we are  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 the principal, Mr O'Neill on 028 27662664.   Registration is currently ongoing and closes at 12 noon on Friday 28 January.





Primary 7’s are warmly invited to our Come and Visitopen door guided tour.


For more information please contact the school office on 028 2766 2050 or email





BBC Radio Ulster will be broadcasting our Sunday morning Mass on 13th February.  It will also be
available to listen to online on BBC Sounds.  There will be more details about the arrangements for this Mass in the coming weeks.




Please note that the parish cemetery is not open to the public during the hours of darkness for reasons of safety and security.  Your cooperation with this is much appreciated.





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.




OLD & NEW@No.5

Here at Old & New our clothes, shoes and accessories sale continues for another week, with all items half price.  We also have a good range of new items in the shop too.  Check out our marble based “Cupid” figurine lamp, our pair of bamboo tables, a selection of new tea sets, our lovely mahogany canterbury & our selection of wall mirrors!


We’re open Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm and you’ll find us at 5 Gate End.


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.





The Priory Institute in Dublin provides online theology courses to degree level. You can attend Saturday lectures in Tallaght or online from the comfort of your own home. Register before 8 February for Spring 2022 for the next term. For further information see: