Parish Bulletin

27th March 2022

Laetare Sunday


Today's Gospel speaks of God as a loving Father who is full of forgiveness and mercy towards his sons.  The younger son abandoned his family, wasted his inheritance and forgot his religion.  But when he returned to the Father he was forgiven and restored.  The elder son stayed at home—but he’s angry and resentful.  The Father, however is patient and gentle with him too. 


Jesus tells this parable to help us understand how merciful a father to us God really is.


Fr Damian



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SATURDAY 26th        5-5.30pm Confessions

                                                6pm Vigil Mass


SUNDAY 27th                    10am Mass         

                                                4pm Stations of the Cross & Rosary

                                                5pm Mass


MONDAY 28th                   10am Mass


WEDNESDAY 30th            10am Mass


FRIDAY 1st              5.30-6.30pm Confessions

                                                 7pm Mass


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





Recently Deceased
Bernadette Muldoon


Thomas Carson, Gertie & Frank Diamond, Joseph Donaghy, William Francis McAteer,
Pat McConville, Winnie McCullagh, Alphonsus McErlain, Brigid McErlain,

Brigid McGinty, Kieran McKay, Ena McKendry, Kathleen Montgomery,

Daniel O’Loan, Stephen Shiels







to the families of Ollie Mullan and Alana O’Kane who were baptised here last weekend,


and to the Primary 3s from St Brigid’s Primary School, Ballymoney Model Integrated Primary School and Damhead Primary School who made their First Confession during the week.




Thank you for supporting 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





The collection for Ukraine takes place at all Masses in Ireland this weekend. Donations can be left at Mass or put through the front door of the parochial house. 


If you are making a donation by cheque please make it payable to
Parish of Ballymoney & Derrykeighan
and place it in an envelope marked Ukraine.




SYNOD 2021-2023

If you would like an another chance to answer the Synod questions there are two options: 

  • A card with the four questions is available in the church.  Please write your answers on the card and post through the door of the parochial house. 
  • Alternatively you can answer the questions online at:




We hope to have music at the Masses and ceremonies for Holy Week and Easter this year.  Aimee Doherty will coordinate this and we would like to invite anyone who is interested in singing or playing an instrument to meet with Aimee in the parish hall on Wednesday evening (30th March) at 7pm.  This is open to adults and children over 8 years of age.  It would be helpful to let Aimee know you’re coming beforehand by contacting: 07934 147981 or





The Stations of the Cross will be prayed in Our Lady & St Patrick’s each Sunday of Lent at 4pm.  After Stations the rosary will be prayed before 5pm Mass.





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

Our parish shop is looking for new stock, good quality  ladies clothing and accessories as well as good giftware, ornaments etc.  The shop has a limited amount of space  so we can no longer take  men’s or children‘s clothing.


Our shop is not just about  fundraising but also sustainability.  While we make money, you hopefully get a bargain and our donations get  reused and are not going to landfill. So, when you are doing that spring clean, please think of your parish shop.


A small team of volunteers keep the shop going. We do need more help so if would be thinking about it please talk to Gemma, Gerard or any of our volunteers, or call into the shop and see the set up. We would love to see you!





If you are interested in serving as a Eucharistic minister you are invited to a short meeting after 10am Mass on Sunday 3rd April.  We also need a volunteer coordinator to organise the rota for this ministry.


Ministers will be commissioned on Holy Thursday.  At this time we will only require ministers to help at the Friday evening, Saturday vigil and Sunday morning Masses.





A coffee morning for Parkinsons Dalriada will take place on Saturday 9th April from 11am-2pm at
Ballymoney Football Club.