John the Baptist appeared; he preached in the wilderness.  ‘I baptise you in water for repentance, but the one who follows me is more powerful than I am.  He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.’  [Sunday’s Gospel]







There will be draws every day of the 12 days between Christmas Day and Tuesday 5th January 2023.  Everyone’s ticket will be in for All the draws, which means you have 33 chances to win prizes.  Total prize fund is £5,000.  TICKETS are £20 each, available from:

  • the Churches before and after Mass

  • Desertmartin Parish Office on a Thursday between 10.30 am and 3 pm

  • from McGirr at the Parochial House, 50 Tobermore Road

  • Heron’s Gift Shop, Draperstown

  • Moneyneena Post Office


A ticket would make a nice Christmas gift to send inside your Christmas cards to members of your family and friends this Christmastime.


If anyone would like a Ticket Posted to them, please contact Fr. McGirr on 028 7963 2196 or email


Good luck to everyone who enters our Twelve Days of Christmas Draw







Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.


O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.






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.




in Desertmartin and Ballinascreen:



Saturday ~

6 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 St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena




Monday and Friday evening

7.30 pm in Holy Rosary, Draperstown [webcam]


Tuesday and Friday morning ~

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


Wednesday evening ~

6 pm in Holy Rosary, Draperstown [webcam]


Wednesday evening ~

7.30 pm in St. Patrick’s, Keenaught


Thursday morning 

8 am in St. Columba’s, Straw


Thursday morning 

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


Thursday morning 

11 am in St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena


Thursday evening

7.30 pm in St. Patrick’s, Sixtowns




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.