Parish Bulletin

Pentecost Sunday

31st May 2020


This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came down upon the apostles. It is the third holiest day of the year after Easter and Christmas and it is considered the birth of the Church.


When we read the account of Pentecost day in the Acts of the Apostles we see a group of anxious, nervous men transformed into confident enthusiastic evangelists by the power of the Spirit.


In these anxious times we live in, let's ask God to renew his Holy Spirit in us.  May we be freed from fear to love others, serve those in need and to share our faith with joy.


Fr Damian




Recently deceased:

Patrick O’Reilly



John Cushnahan, Tillie Douglas, Robert Gaile, Patrick McCullagh, John McCusker, Patrick McVeigh, Eileen Mooney, Ann O’Reilly, William Rodgers


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 and Friday at 7pm. 



Our Lady & St Patrick’s church is open for private prayer this week:


Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday 12noon to 4pm.


When you come to the church please note that a one way system is in place to allow for social distancing.  Please enter through the main door at the back of the church and exit through the side door by the Sacred Heart shrine.  


We are so grateful to the volunteers from our cleaning teams, the sacristans and the Parish Pastoral Council who have made the reopening possible. 



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.  If you’re isolating 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:


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.)



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 post 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.  If you are unable to send a donation directly to Trocaire please wait until public Masses restart before bringing your box here.



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.



When confession isn’t possible we may seek God’s forgiveness by making an act of perfect contrition.


We should:


  • Prayerfully call to mind our own sins.
  • Tell God of our sorrow and desire for repentance.
  • Do what we can to make amends.
  • Promise to go to confession when it is possible.


We can then make the following prayer:


O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.


If you urgently wish to go to confession, please contact Fr Damian to make arrangements.



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).



At this time only prayers at the graveside are allowed. Funeral Masses and prayers at the home are not possible. In the event of a death Fr Damian will offer Mass for the soul of the deceased privately.