Parish Bulletin

31st October 2021

Thirty First Sunday of Ordinary Time


This Sunday is Halloween.  The word Halloween is a modern version of All Hallows’ Eve—the vigil of All Hallows’ (All Saints’ as we call it nowadays).  In past generations this time of the year was a time to reflect on the Four Last Things—Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell before celebrating the feast of All the Saints of Heaven on November 1st and All the Souls in purgatory on November 2nd.


The Lord doesn’t want us to be afraid of death but to look forward to becoming saints ourselves and to the day we will live in the kingdom of heaven.  But for that reason we have to take seriously the free choice that God gives us—to love him and follow him, or to reject him as the Devil once did. 


Fr Damian



Parish webcam can be viewed on our YouTube channel
(search for Ballymoney Parish)


SATURDAY 30th      6pm Vigil Mass


SUNDAY 31st          10am Mass

                                      4pm Vespers & Benediction (online only)
                                      5pm Mass


MONDAY 1st           10am Mass

All Saints’ Day           7pm Mass


TUESDAY 2nd          10am Mass

All Souls’ Day            7pm Mass



FRIDAY 5th            5.30pm Confessions

                                       7pm Mass


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






Olivia Jex (nee McDaid), Scotland



James Campbell, Francis Cassidy, Patrick Darragh, Mary Dunlop, Christopher Hendrie,
Jeannie Horner, Rosemary McArdle, Edith McColgan, Molly McKeague,
Sarah Josephine McLaughlin, William & Annie McLaughlin, Molly Mullaghan,
Denis McWilliams, William O’Connor, Sr Perpetua Osborne







This week we pray in a special way for the Fleming, McGothigan, O'Neill and Wallace households.





Thank you for your support of our parish collections. 


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


Please make cheques payable to:

Parish of Ballymoney & Derrykeighan





As Catholics we mark the month of November as a special time of prayer for the dead.  There will be a number of ways to participate this year:



All Saints’ & All Souls’ Days

Although there is still  no obligation to attend Mass at the moment, it would be a good and holy thing to mark Monday 1st November as All Saints’ Day and Tuesday November 2nd as All Souls’ Day.



Plenary Indulgences for the Holy Souls

The Church grants a plenary indulgence for the souls in purgatory to those who visit a church on November 1st  and pray for the dead or who visit a cemetery during the first week of November.  This is granted under the usual conditions that we:

  • Reject sin
  • Go to Confession (within 21 days either side)
  • Receive  Holy Communion
  • Pray for the Pope’s intentions
    (an Our Father and the Apostles’ Creed)


November Dead Lists

November dead lists and envelopes are available in the church.  Please write down the name of your own deceased family and friends who you wish to pray for, pop them in the envelope and leave them back in the church at Mass time or through the door of the parochial house any time.  You may wish to include a Mass offering and these are very gratefully received.  Your lists will be placed before the altar for the month of November and all those included will be prayed for at every Mass and ceremony for the month.


If you’re not able to come to Mass at the moment just write down your list at home, put it in an envelope and get them posted or dropped in to the parochial house.



Remembering Deceased Parishioners

The names of parishioners who have died in the last year will be remembered at Mass on All Souls’ Day and in an online video later in the month.



November Pledge

Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer up their sacrifice for their deceased family members and friends. Going off alcohol this month is also a good preparation before we celebrate Christmas.


Please consider taking the Short-Term Pledge for November and say the Prayer daily:


"I promise in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and with the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary
to abstain from all alcoholic drink during November".





If you would like to make a contribution to the cost of the garden it would be much appreciated.  Cheques or cash can be left at the parochial house (please mark on the envelope that they are for the Garden Appeal).  You can also make a one off payment online to our bank
account using the details on the opposite page.


We have currently raised £705.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. 





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

Many of you are now starting to spend your High Street vouchers.  We, like many other Ballymoney shops, are happy to accept these vouchers!


This week we have a lovely Minton dinner service, and a choice of tea sets. There are also some lovely small pieces of furniture, paintings & lots of ceramics. Two more trunk sets have arrived this week & our llamas, bears and tin men continue to sell.  We’ve also lots of new table lamps AND our 25% off crystal sale continues this week.


We're open Wednesday - Saturday, 10am - 4.30pm at 5 Gate End, Ballymoney.