Parish Bulletin

28th June 2020

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time


After three long months we are delighted that public Masses will start again in our parish from this Friday - Deo gratias! 


But please be aware that this doesn’t mean back to normal yet.  At this stage coronavirus is still a real concern so the regulations agreed between the Northern Ireland Executive and the Northern Dioceses are quite restrictive.  For that reason we are still not obliged to go to Sunday Mass at this time.  But at least from Friday the option to go to Mass and Confession will be back and we give thanks to God for having got us to this point.  See the note below for further details.


Many thanks to all the volunteers who will help make these Masses possible and to the Parish Pastoral Council and our sacristan for their work.  I hope to see you at Mass, if possible, in the near future!


Fr Damian






Mary Cushnahan, Drew Hegarty, James McCloy, John McCloy, Mary McGill, Bob McLaughlin, 


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord




Mass will be live streamed at 10am on Sunday on our Facebook page.


At 5pm on Sunday we will live stream evening devotions.  We will pray Vespers (evening prayer of the Church) followed by Benediction.


Mass will also be streamed on Monday and Wednesday at 10am.




Public Masses in our parish will restart in a limited way on Friday 3rd July at 7pm.  Five public Masses will be offered over the weekend from Friday evening through to Monday morning (all in Our Lady & St Patrick’s).  


At first there will be no obligation to attend and those who are shielding, or who have special concerns for themselves or someone they live with are asked to stay away from Mass for a while longer.


Social distancing needs to be observed at this time so a maximum capacity of 50-60 people will be in place at each public Mass in Our Lady & St Patrick’s church. It will not be possible to have public Mass in Dervock at this time as too few people would be able to attend there.


Please note that it will not be possible for everyone to fit in the church for Saturday night and Sunday morning Mass as they would have normally.  Instead you are invited to attend one Mass next weekend from the following options: 


Friday 3rd July      . .    .    .   7pm

Saturday 4th July   . .    .    .  6pm

Sunday 5th July      . .    .    .  10am  or 5pm

Monday 6th July     . .    .    .   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. 


At this stage we will not be using Ministers of Holy Communion, Altar Servers, Choir or Folk Group.  The Bishop has asked that public Masses be celebrated in a simple way (as on a weekday) until a later date.


There will be special instructions for the distribution of Holy Communion and for leaving the church in an orderly way when Mass is over.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation with the regulations.




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 this week on Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday from 12noon to 4pm.


From Friday 3rd July a new schedule will be introduced.  The church will be open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12noon to 6pm.




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.  From Friday July 3rd 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 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.)



OLD & NEW @ No.5

Our drop-off evening for donations of ladies’ clothing takes place on Monday, 29th June, in the Castle Community Centre at 7pm. If you have been clearing out over lockdown, we are keen that you bring along the good quality clothes you no longer require for us to sell. As space is limited, please ensure the clothes are ready to be displayed in the shop. Other items of clothing, curtains, etc suitable for recycling should be bagged and clearly marked. 


Our parish shop is only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays at present as we urgently need more volunteers. If you would be available to help in the shop for a few hours each week, please contact Gemma McKenna on 07798501046 or Gerard McAfee on 07860474956.




Trocaire have been in touch with parishes and have asked that if it’s possible, people would consider sending their Lent donation directly to Trocaire in one of the following ways:


Online at

By cheque posted to their office: Trócaire, 50 King St, Belfast BT1 6AD

By phone 0800 912 1200


Please note that we cannot accept Trocaire boxes here in the parish at this time.




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).