Parish Bulletin

23rd May 2021



This weekend the Church celebrates the feast of Pentecost, remembering how the Holy Spirit came down upon the apostles like fire after Jesus had ascended into heaven.  


We too have received the Holy Spirit at our baptism and our confirmation.  If we allow the fire of the Spirit to burn brightly in our hearts we will also see God working through us in powerful ways.   And as we begin to recover from the past difficult year, let’s ask the Spirit to give us the gift of courage so that we can move from fear into joyful hope.


Fr Damian



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SATURDAY 22nd              5pm Confessions (until 5.30pm)

                                              6pm Vigil Mass


SUNDAY 23rd                  10am Mass

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

                                              5pm Mass


MONDAY 24th                10am Mass

                                              7pm May Crowning Devotions


WEDNESDAY 26th       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

Rosaleen Osborne

Daniel McKay



Daniel Carey, David Doran, Denis Irvine, Alex McQuillan, Elizabeth McQuillan, Kathleen O’Brien, Patrick O’Reilly, Patsy Olphert, John Quigg, Bertie Smyth.







to all the children from St Brigid’s PS who made their First Holy Communion here on Saturday.




Here are the dates for Children’s Sacraments in the next few weeks:


First Holy Communion

Saturday May 29th—other schools



Wednesday June 9th—All candidates




On Monday evening we will mark the month of May with special devotions to Our Lady.  At 7pm we will pray the rosary followed by Benediction and the statue of Our Lady will be crowned.




Please remember that there are still restrictions on the number of people who may attend funerals, weddings and baptisms at this time.  These ceremonies are not open to the general public and you should only attend if you have been directly invited by the family.  All
ceremonies are available to watch on webcam.




Thanks to the generous ongoing support of parishioners, our St Vincent de Paul conference is able to help those in need in our community.   To contact the conference you can leave a message on their helpline: 07860 455 549.




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




Pentecost marks the end of the Easter season in the church and so it’s the last day to use the Easter anthem to Our Lady, the Regina Caeli.


Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia;

Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,

Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia:

Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia


Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.

For He whom thou didst merit to bear, alleluia,

Has risen as he said, alleluia.

Pray to God for us, alleluia.


V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.

R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.


From Monday the Church moves back into the season of Ordinary Time.  Instead of the Regina Caeli the official prayer at 12noon and 6pm goes back to the normal Angelus:


V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,

R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.


Hail Mary...


V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord

R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.


Hail Mary...


V. And the Word was made flesh (genuflect as you say this)

R. And dwelt among us.


Hail Mary...


V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Let us pray,


Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord,
Thy grace into our hearts;
that, we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel,
may by His Passion and Cross
be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.
Through the same Christ our Lord.



Our church bell rings out over the whole town at noon and 6pm each day to encourage us to turn to Mary in prayer and to remember with her the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  Why not get into the habit of saying the Angelus at these times?