Parish Bulletin

28th March 2021

Palm Sunday


We are delighted to be able to welcome you back to the church for Masses and public services.  This weekend marks the beginning of Holy Week so we are especially pleased that most of the great ceremonies of the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord will be open to all.


Please remember, though, that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is still suspended.  If you are currently unwell, or concerned about your own health or the health of someone you live with please don’t come out to Mass at this time.  All our services are available to watch online, and over the Easter weekend there will also be televised services on EWTN, RTE and the BBC.


Fr Damian




Click here to see our full timetable for Masses this week and next.






Thomas Carson, John Doherty, Joseph Donaghy, Rose Fleming, William Francis McAteer,
Patrick McConville, Winnie McCullagh, Alphonsus McErlain, Brigid McErlain, Brigid McGinty,
James McGreevy, James McSheffrey, May McWilliams, Daniel O’Loan, Stephen Shiels.






To the family of Mia Gage who was baptised here last week.




On Thursday 1st April (Holy Thursday) we mark the twentieth anniversary of the opening of Our Lady & St John the Evangelist’s church in Dervock.  Our  parish Mass on Holy Thursday will be offered  from Dervock.  Due to social distancing regulations this Mass will unfortunately not be open to the public.  It will instead by live streamed on Facebook.




Trocaire have been touch to thank everyone in advance for supporting their annual Lent appeal.  This year the UK government will match donations to Trocaire from Northern Ireland residents received by May 16th.


Trocaire boxes can be returned to the church at Mass times.  Outside of Mass times put the contents of your box in an envelope and post it through the door of the parochial house.  Please do not ring the doorbell unless you need to speak to Fr Damian!




Under the current regulations we need to have stewards to assist with welcoming and seating people, taking contact details and leading them out.  Without stewards we would have to reduce our public Masses.  If you can help with this important ministry at any of our Masses please speak to one of the current stewards, Noel Burns or Fr Damian.




A huge thank you to those who took part in our broadcast Mass last weekend.  We have received positive messages from many people outside Ballymoney and from non-Catholics as well.  The Mass can be listened to on the BBC website for the next three weeks.



GOOD FRIDAY—Day of Fast & Abstinence.

This is an opportunity for the whole Church together to make an act of sacrifice and penance in honour of the death of Jesus.


Fasting means we eat just one proper meal with up to two smaller snacks if needs be.

Abstinence means we don’t eat meat at all.

This rule applies to all Catholics aged between 14 and 60 who are in good health.  


The collection for Christians in the Holy Land will be taken up on Good Friday.  This international collection was badly affected by the lockdown last year and our support this year will be much appreciated.




Thank you for your support of our parish collections.  In these difficult times we greatly appreciate the financial support we receive.


Collection envelopes can be left at the church during Mass or at the parochial house any time. 


Cheques should be made payable to Parish of Ballymoney & Derrykeighan.


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.