Jesus went into the synagogue on the sabbath.  He stood up to read and they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah.  He found the place where it is written:  The spirit of the Lord has been given to me to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.  [Sunday’s Gospel]




A Prayer for Schools in Catholic Schools Week


Almighty God,

you sent forth your Son as a beacon of hope for all people.

As Teacher, he has given us the prime example of the importance of education.  As disciples, we look to him for inspiration and strength.

Thank you for the many people who have dedicated their lives in service to our Catholic Schools.

Thank you for the teachers, staff members and governors who sustain our schools.

Thank you for the parents who have given support and witness to the importance of Catholic education.

Thank you for the students who work hard to further their education.

Bless our primary and secondary schools and the many people who advance our mission.

May each of our schools be a home for those who seek to grow in openness, faith, love, intellect and commitment to justice.

In your name, we pray.




St. Jude is the patron saint of hope and of impossible causes.  That makes him a good saint for students when they feel overwhelmed by studies and other demands on their time.


A Student’s Prayer to St. Jude Thaddeus

St. Jude, stay with me.

Though the journey of learning is long and often difficult, your quiet presence gives me courage.

Sustain my trust in myself, my teachers, and fellow students.

Help me to let go of my fears and believe in the growth that is happening, even though I may not see it right away.

As I embark again on this mission of study, I ask for the grace to be wise in mind and word, compassionate at heart, and full of energy and zeal as I seek to learn the ways of God’s world and come to understand how my gifts may serve their best purpose.




SUNDAYS ~ In Desertmartin and Ballinascreen anyone may attend Sunday Mass in St. Patrick’s, Keenaught; St. Columba’s, Straw; St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena and Holy Rosary, Draperstown.


The 2-week TOWNLAND AREA ROTA continues in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm for Sunday Masses:


Sunday 6th February, 20th February:

Annagh and Moneysterlin, Ballinderry, Calmore, Cloughfin, Coolsaragh, Drumballyhagan, Drumcrow, Granny, Killynumber, Killytoney, Moneyshanere, Mormeal, Moybeg, Tamnyaskey, Tobermore and Tullyronan.


Sunday 30th January, 13th February, 27th February:

Ballymacpherson, Ballynagown, Clooney, Curr, Dromore, Drumsamney, Gortamney, Grange, Killyboggin, Knocknagin, Luney, Motalee, Moyesset, Rosgarran, Roshure and Stranagard.






St. Mary’s, Coolcalm, is open for private prayer and to light candles on

Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.


St. Patrick’s, Keenaught, is open for private prayer and to light candles on

Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.


Please wear a face mask/face covering while entering and leaving the church.

When you call into the church please pick up a coloured card at the door on the way to your seat.  When you have finished praying please leave the card behind on your seat.  That seat will be cleaned later in the day.  Do not sit on a seat where a card has been left behind.  Thank you.




in Desertmartin and Ballinascreen:



[See Townland Rota above for Coolcalm on Sundays]

Saturday ~

5 pm Vigil in St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena

6.15 pm Vigil in Holy Rosary, Draperstown [webcam]

7.30 pm Vigil in St. Patrick’s, Keenaught


Sunday ~

9 am in St. Columba’s, Straw

10 am in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm [webcam]

11 am in St. Patrick’s, Sixtowns

12 noon in Holy Rosary, Draperstown [webcam]




Monday and Wednesday morning ~

11 am in Holy Rosary, Draperstown [webcam]


Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning

11 am in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm [webcam]


Friday evening

7.30 pm in Holy Rosary, Draperstown [webcam]



To access other Church Webcams go to

and click on the ‘Churches’ tab in the menu




The Diocese of Derry complies with GDPR regulations.  A privacy notice is available on the Parish Website or by contacting the Parish Office.  Live streaming and recordings of Mass and Services in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm is available online.  Parishioners should note that the first three rows of seats on the left-hand side are visible online.



If you have any concerns with regard to Safeguarding children or adults in need of protection within the Church, contact Marie Gormley, the Diocesan Designated Liaison Person (DLP) at 075 9650 0793, or at the Safeguarding Office, Diocesan Pastoral Centre, 164 Bishop Street, Derry, BT48 6UJ, 028 7136 2475 or PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) 101 or Social Services Gateway Services Western HSC Trust 028 7131 4090.