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Update about Standing Order forms and parish donations: new template for Standing Order Forms (with options for the allocation of your donation to the various collections) at the bottom of this page.

 

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Please consider, if your present circumstances allow,

making a donation to the parish.

 

Scroll down to the very bottom of this webpage

to see methods of doing so. 

 

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Parish church webcam

https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-patricks-and-st-brigids-church-ballycastle

 

 

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 Mass 7 days a week at 10am, and also at 6.30pm on Saturdays.

Please remember that the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday remains suspended.

Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet from Monday to Saturday at 12noon.

Pictures below of some of the posters, hand sanitiser facilities and seating arrangements in the church.

 

 

 

 

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FACE COVERINGS IN CHURCHES

The Church leaders in Ireland, including Archbishop Eamon Martin, following recent consultations with public health authorities, are formally recommending and encouraging the use of face coverings at all Masses and other liturgical celebrations.

It should however be noted that some people are exempt from the wearing of face coverings, as outlined in public health agency guidance: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-face-coverings

It has become increasingly clear that the wearing of face coverings, in conjunction with hand washing etc, is likely to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, thus helping to protect others. The use of face coverings is therefore one way in which we can evidence protection for the most vulnerable, support for our health workers and practical love for our neighbour.

 

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Reception into Full Communion with the Catholic Church

On September 13th the Parish was delighted to welcome Christine, Maureen and Natasha into Full Communion with the Catholic Church, and for them to be confirmed, and to receive First Holy Communion.

Below are photographs of the Rite of Confirmation, and a group photograph of Christine, Maureen and Natasha with their confirmation sponsors and their catechists.

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For visits for personal prayer in St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's Church, please enter by the side-door on the car park side of the church and follow the one-way system that is sign-posted in the church and leave the church by the side-door on the McAlister Hall side of the church. Please use the materials available to wipe the pews and kneelers before and after you use them, disposing of wipes in the pedal bins.

 

Visits for personal prayer in St. Patrick's Church Culfeightrin: Sundays 11am-5pm.

 

 

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 An Act of Spiritual Communion.

“My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire you with all my heart.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already in my heart
and unite myself to you completely.
Please do not let me ever by separated from you.”

 

 

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 We pray for all our deceased parishioners, relatives and friends, remembering especially those who have died recently:

 

 Roisin Gallagher (Moyle Park)

Sean McQuillan (Mayo Drive)

Teresa McBride (Hillside Road, USA, Abbeyfield & Leabank)

James Hughes (Moyle Avenue)

Catherine Connolly (Cushendall)

Fearghal Devlin (Portstewart)

and

    Ciaran Grose (England)

and those whose anniversaries occur at this time:

 

Betty McHenry (1st)

Kevin McClements (1st)

Michael Devlin

Ellen O'Kane

Fr. Vincent McKinley

Bishop Michael Dallat

Joan McAfee

Ann O'Connor

Feargal McCaughan

Eileen McCaughan

Brendan Donnelly

John Baird

Herbert Stewart Jnr

Teresa Fairley

and

Vera O'Connor

 

 

 

 
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon them.

 

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Alice Gallagher (nee Barton), R.I.P.
The family of the late Alice Gallagher wish to thank all those who sympathised with them in their sad bereavement. A special thanks to Father Daly and P.J Dallat & Sons.

 

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Geordie Davidson, R.I.P.

The family of Geordie Davidson would like to thank Fr Brian Daly and Fr Barney McCahery for their prayers, help and support.  Thanks also to Fergal for his beautiful singing, the Dallat family for their care and kindness, the paramedics and the emergency dispatcher for their help and assistance.  To all the people who helped at the wake, called at the house, sent cards a big thank you. We will remember you in our prayers.

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Recent photographs of

St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's Graveyard extension works

Pathways being laid out: 

 

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Excerpts from "The Parish Of Ramoan" by Cahal Dallat, J.P., B.A., D.A.S.E., M.Phil. which was originally published in a booklet for the Re-dedication of the Church in 1993 will be republished here week by week for the next few weeks.

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Due to the Coronavirus situation all are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation. Mass, without a congregation, is celebrated in the parish church daily at 10am and can be viewed on the webcam or listened to on the parish CB radio. (Webcam viewing can also be  be accessed on www.mcnmedia.tv. [by clicking on “cameras”, then “churches”, then “Co. Antrim”, and then “Ballycastle”]. Please also note a set top box is needed for those parishioners who wish to view on their televisions; however internet is still required. The webcam can be viewed on laptop, PC, smart phone, kindle etc. If you have the internet and wish to view the Church on your TV, this will involve having a set-top box installed on your TV. For further information please contact Seamus McNichol, MCN Media on 07732329066)

To read and pray with today’s Mass readings

go to the "Today's Mass Readings" link

on the left hand column of this webpage,

or else go to https://www.catholicireland.net/readings/

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All enquiries to Fr. Brian Daly, P.P., 20762223; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Parish emergency mobile number 07809553349 

 

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Sacrament of Reconciliation - confessions

The ordinary means of receiving the Lord’s forgiveness, for the sins we commit after Baptism, is in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The Church’s faith in the Lord’s forgiveness and mercy, given in this Sacrament, is based on John 20:21-23, where the Lord told His disciples that, just as the Father sent Him, so He is now sending them. The Gospel says, “He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. Those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven. Those whose sins you retain, they are retained’. It is, therefore, not the priest who forgives sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is Jesus Himself Who reconciles us to the Father, through His Holy Spirit, sent forth and poured out among us. The priest, however, is God’s minister, acting in God’s Name. This is the normal and ordinary means of receiving God’s pardon but it is NOT THE ONLY MEANS. And we are not currently living in normal or ordinary times. God NEVER refuses His mercy and forgiveness when we sincerely ask it from Him. He ALWAYS forgives us when we turn to Him in sincere sorrow for the wrong we have done. During this current danger and crisis sacramental confession and absolution is still available when reasonably requested by a penitent, whilst observing social distancing and any other restrictions that are in place to protect lives and prevent the spread of the virus. Parishioners are reminded of the longstanding pastoral practice, when penitent’s access to the Sacrament of Reconciliation is restricted, that they can be assured that their sins are forgiven if they make an act of contrition with a firm resolve to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation after the stay at home orders are lifted; such is in line with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Pope Francis spoken on this in a homily on March 20th.

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Sacrament of the Sick – anointing

During this emergency please note that for calls to private houses for emergencies it is requested that only one other person be in the room with the sick person, and that for calls to hospital only designated chaplains are allowed to visit, and then only in emergency as agreed with the family and the medical personnel.



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Prayer Resources at Home:

‘Magnificat’ publications have generously provided complimentary access

to their online prayer resources at https://us.magnificat.net/free.

These include texts for daily prayer, Mass texts, and texts for family and personal prayer.

Many other aids and texts for praying at home available from www.downandconnor.org/ , as are many helps for catechesis at home.


 

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Bethany Bereavement Support

Regretfully home visits by the parish bereavement support group are being discontinued during the current outbreak of coronavirus. A member of the Bethany Group, however, may still be contacted confidentially on 07519  471481.

 

 

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Saint Vincent De Paul Helpline 07754722022

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For more notices please click on the "Parish News" section in the main menu on the left hand column of this page.

 

 

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Sunday Church Collections

 

 

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. Since the last public Sunday Mass the parish has received £8,626 in donations through envelopes, standing orders and electronic donations. (During the equivalent period last year contributions amounted to £26,931)

Thank you to everyone who is managing to make contributions at this difficult time


 

 

                NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES, 2020 / 2021    

 

Each year we remind parishioners of the Standing Order option, but his year in particular we strongly encourage all to consider filling up a Standing Order form. Please also consider signing a Gift Aid form - if you use your envelope or contribute by Standing Order and pay TAX you can sign a GIFT AID FORM, which will enable the parish to claim (from the Government) an additional 28p roughly for every £1 contributed to the parish.

Standing Order forms (FORM A, with Gift Aid tick box, to be returned to the parish office, and FORM B to be submitted to your bank) below:

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Gift Aid declaration form (for those still using boxes of envelopes) below:

 

Gift Aid Form 449x640

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paying by online banking faster payment to the Ballycastle Parish account:

sort code: 95-02-21  and account number: 21000616,

and please put your full name and envelope box number in the reference section.

 

 

 

ELECTONIC DONATION TO PARISH:

CLICK https://pay.easypaymentsplus.com/myeasypay1.aspx?id=1992 

AND GO TO "DONATION TO BALLYCASTLE PARISH" OPTION

 

 


 

 



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