Bulletin: 18th February 2018

Deaths and Anniversaries
Please remember in your prayers
Alice Hodkinson, Antrim (Sister of Henry McBride, Carncose), Mary McCann, Joan O’Neill,
who died recently
Kathleen McGurk, Mary Moran, Charlie Donnelly, Rita Shaw, Lena Armour, Maddie Ryan, Paddy McCann, Eva Gibbs, Essie Breen and Annie Donnelly
whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Daily Masses
Coolcalm: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10 am
Keenaught: Monday at 10 am
Baptisms in March:
Sunday 11th March in Coolcalm.
Sunday 18th March in Keenaught.

Sunday Collection: Last week’s Collection amounted to £962. Plus Lourdes Collection of £622. Thank you.

World Meeting of Families collection will be taken up as second collection next weekend 24th/25th Feb. A yellow envelope is included in your box of envelopes.

February Responsibilities
Collector: Shay Shiels
Altar Society:
Keenaught – Team B Brackalislea
Coolcalm – Josephine Bradley, Jim Higgins, Gerard Walls

Urgent – Cleaners for Churches Both our churches have always been kept immaculately. Unfortunately, cleaners are in decline. If you can spare a few hours to help, please give your name to Cassie, Annie or Margaret Kearney.

Tirgan Community Group: Forthcoming events in Tirgan Hall. Monday 26th February at 7.30pm – Men’s Health Club. Weekly meetings on looking after your health, both mentally and physically, with talks by health professionals each week. Monday 5th March – Succession planning and Taxation information for farmers. This includes information given by solicitors and accountants on inheritance tax, etc. Meeting starts at 8.00pm sharp. Monday 12th March our annual Farm Family Health checks from 6.00pm – 10.00pm. Youth Club continues each Wednesday night as usual. Gymnastics class each Thursday 5.00pm – 8.00pm. Big Breakfast in aid of Laurel House takes place on Sunday 6th May. Breast Screening for 40-49 year olds and over 70s, with health checks for over 16 year olds, will take place on Saturday 19th May. More information to follow.

FOSTERING in the WHSCT area – Information Evenings: Monday 19th February, Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane at 7.30pm. Wednesday 21st February, Da Vinci’s Hotel, Derry at 7.30pm. Thursday 22nd February, Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh at 7.30pm. WHSCT urgently needs people to come forward and offer up their homes to foster children, and the Trust continues to struggle to meet the demand for foster placements in the Western Trust area. During the Information Evenings there will be an opportunity to ask questions from staff and experienced foster carers. Light refreshments served. Ring 028 8283 5264 or 028 7131 4240, or email Vanessa.Nelis@westerntrust.hscni.net.

St Mary’s Parochial Hall, Desertmartin
In association with People Plus N.I., the following Courses will take place in the Parish Hall.
Week 3: Mon 19th February – First Aid: 6 pm – 9 pm. Fully Booked.
Future Events: 25th March – AGM New Members are always welcome.

Kilcronaghan Centre: To book any of the courses, Tel; 028 7962 7826.
Computer Class. Starts Tuesday 20th February 10am – 11.30am x 6 weeks, £20. Suitable for beginners or as an ideal refreshment course.
Flower Arranging Workshops for Mothers Day. Friday 9th March, 7pm – 9pm & Saturday 10th March 10am – 12noon. Ideal for a basket/table centrepiece or grave arrangement.
Craft Classes: Monday 19th March. Brooches & felt making crafts Monday 26th March Paper flowers & Easter crafts. Booking essential. 10am – 12noon. All materials provided.

St Columb’s PS, Cullion: We are having another recycling lift at the school on Monday 5th March. Bags of clothes, curtains, bedding, paired shoes, handbags, etc can all be left at the school anytime from Mon 19th February up to 9am on Mon 5th March. Thank you for your continued support.

St Martin’s GAC – NEWS:
Lotto numbers 10 13 21 23
£50 winner Emma O’Hagan, Longfield Lane ~ Jackpot £2,750

The annual 5km/10km Slieve Gallion Challange will take place on Sunday 25th February. All 10km runners will be digitally timed. Entry Fees: 5km/10km run £12 per person; 5km walk £5 per person or £10 per family. Only people over 15 years of age can take part in the 10km run. For further information, contact Peter Donnelly on 079 4470 2434.

Due to increasing costs, the club is asking members and those who appreciate a GAA club within the parish to enrol with ‘Friends of Desertmartin’. This is financial support by way of direct debit. There are two options: £10 per month which includes the membership fee for one adult or £20 per month which includes the membership fees for two adults or both parents whose children will be entitled to free membership. For further information, contact Paddy Kidd on 077 9212 7940 or visit the Desertmartin GAA offical website and click on ‘Friends of Desertmartin’.

Membership payment for 2018 is now due. Adults – £40; OAPs – £20; Students/Underage £20; third child and subsequent children in a family £10 each. Payments can be made to membership officer Peter Donnelly, 2 Roshure Road, tel: 079 4470 2434, or any committee member. To view committee members, log onto the Desertmartin GAA official website.

The club is conducting an online survey seeking the opinions of locals on the need for a Community Hub on the GAA premises to provide services of social, medical and recreational need across all age-groups. We believe that our club should not only be an outlet for Gaelic games and culture, but can be a centre for community need. We want to establish how great that demand is before we commit ourselves to providing the space to accommodate these services. If you wish to take part, log onto the Desertmartingac Facebook page and click on Desertmartin Community Services Survey. All contributors will remain anonymous.

A representative from the Ulster GAA Council will visit the club on Tuesday 20th February to conduct a workshop on Tackling Bullying. It is important that all team coaches attend.

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