Jesus said, ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like.  A man throws seed on the land.  Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing.  Of its own accord the land produces first the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.’  [Sunday’s Gospel]







The Forty Hours Devotions – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – in Desertmartin Parish is this weekend:


Sunday 16th and Monday 17th June

in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm

from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm each day


Exposition will begin after the Sunday morning 10 am Mass concluding with Devotions and Benediction at 7.30 pm that evening.

It will resume after 10 am Mass on Monday morning with the 40 Hours ending at 7.30 pm with Devotions and Benediction that evening.


Everyone is welcome to visit the church or go online and spend a short while in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament over the course of the two days.





Tickets only £20 each are available to buy from:  Fr. McGirr’s Parochial House, both porches of Coolcalm and Keenaught churches, Desertmartin Parish Office and Desertmartin Credit Union Office.






Breastplate of St. Patrick

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.






in Desertmartin and Ballinascreen:



Saturday ~

6 pm Vigil in Holy Rosary, Ballinascreen [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




Wednesday morning ~

10 am in Holy Rosary, Ballinascreen [webcam]


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning

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


Friday evening ~

7.30 pm in Holy Rosary, Ballinascreen [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), on 075 9650 0793, or at

Additional contact numbers:

PSNI Tel. 101 or Social Services Western HSC Trust on 028 7131 4090 (ask for Duty Social Worker).