Parish Bulletin

23rd August 2020

Twenty First Sunday of Ordinary Time


Our parish schools reopen this week and we take another step towards normality.  Let’s keep the children and young adults of St Brigid’s PS and Our Lady of Lourdes School in our prayers and ask that God will bless the parents, teachers, staff and governors.  Once the year has begun we will announce arrangements for those sacraments (First Confession, First Communion and Confirmation) which have been delayed.


But even though the reopening of schools is a positive step we continue to be vigilant against the virus.  That’s why the Bishop has asked again that those who attend Mass would wear a face mask.  These practical measures (along with much prayer and penance!) will hasten the day that we truly get back to normal!


God bless,

Fr Damian




Recently Deceased:

Andrew McCloskey

Fr Stephen Rooney (Archdiocese of Detroit, USA)



Josephine Doherty, Tony Donaghy, Bridie McAleese, Eilish O’Brien.


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord




The parish is taking every step to look after the safety of everyone using the church building.  We know that the virus hasn’t gone away and there is still the possibility of cases in this area.  


Bishop Treanor, in conjunction with the other Northern Catholic bishops and leaders from other churches has asked that all those who visit the church for private prayer or attend Mass would wear a face mask if possible.


We ask that if anyone who attends Mass or visits the church should test positive for the virus in the future that they would let us know as soon as possible.  The parish will then contact the health authorities immediately to get guidance on what steps to take to minimise the risk to others.  




Our parish schools both begin to reopen to pupils in the coming week.

Details can be found on their websites: St Brigid’s Primary School and Our Lady of Lourdes School.




Our Lady & St Patrick’s now has a permanent webcam which will allow almost all ceremonies in the church to be viewed by people at home.  The new webcam is accessed through the parish YouTube account.


If you have a YouTube account please subscribe and click the bell icon on the parish page to get updates of all our broadcasts.




As we deal with the pandemic the obligation to attend Mass remains suspended.  Parishioners are invited to attend one Mass next weekend from the following options: 


Friday     .   .   .    .   7pm

Saturday .   .   .    .  6pm

Sunday    .   .   .    .  10am  or 5pm

Monday   .   .   .    .   10am


When you arrive you will be greeted by a steward and shown to a seat.  If the church is filled to capacity at any Mass it will not be possible for anyone else to attend. 


In addition there will be Vespers & Benediction on Sunday at 4pm and Mass on Wednesday at 10am - these two services will not be open to the public but will be streamed online.


Those who have symptoms or who are vulnerable are asked not to attend at this time.




Confessions will be available in Our Lady & St Patrick’s this week on Friday evening from 5.30-6.30pm.




Our Lady & St Patrick’s will be open for private prayer 12noon-4pm on the days when Mass is celebrated - Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.




Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the parish finances.  We know many people are worried about their own family finances at this time, so it means a great deal that some people are able to support the parish too. 


If you want to make an offering you can leave your envelope through the door of the Parochial House at any time.  Collection envelopes may also be left in the church at Mass time.  If you’re shielding at the moment just save your envelopes at home until we’re all out and about again!


You can also make a payment online to the parish account or set up a regular standing order using the following details:


Parish of Ballymoney & Derrykeighan

Sort code: 95-06-79 

Account No: 10020192.  


(If you are someone who normally pays by envelope, please use your envelope number as a reference.)




Our parish conference is still running and they are doing great work to help people in need of practical assistance at this time.  For confidential help contact their answerphone on 07860 455 549.




Regular visits to the sick by the priest or Minister of Holy Communion are suspended.  However emergency call outs are being carried out as normal.  Please contact the Parochial House (or if it’s for a hospital patient, ask the staff to contact the priest on call).