Bulletin: 25th February 2018

Deaths and Anniversaries
Please remember in your prayers
Alice Hodkinson, Mary McCann
who died recently
Brian Donnelly, Andrew Shaw, Christopher Shaw, Nellie Walls, John McBride, Brigid McGirr, Ellen McGirr, Vincent Corry, Pat Scullion, John Connery, Brigid McGonigle, Margaret McGurk, Seamus McGurk, and John Higgins
whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Daily Masses
Coolcalm: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 am
Keenaught: Monday at 10 am

Daily Mass Times During Lent
Holy Rosary:
Monday at 10.00 am and 7.30 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7.00 am
Friday at 10.00 am
St Eugene’s Moneyneena: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10.00 am
St Columba’s Straw: Wednesday and Friday at 7.30 pm
St Colm’s High School: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8.40 am

Baptisms in March:
Sunday 11th March in Coolcalm.
Sunday 18th March in Keenaught.

Sunday Collection: Last week’s Priest’s Collection amounted to £1,708. The collection for Holy Places amounted to £523.80. Thank you.

Desertmartin Credit Union: We have opened a Christmas Savings Club, and we would like all our members to avail of this. Also, this club is opened to new members. Just call into the office to avail of this new service.

Tirgan Community Group: Events in Tirgan Community’s Hall for February and March. Monday 26th February, Men’s Health Club at 7.30pm. Monday 5th March, An information evening on Inheritance Tax, Succession Planning and Taxation, talk delivered by a solicitor and accountant from CAFRE, at 8.00pm sharp. Monday 12th March Farm Family Health check 6.00pm-10.00pm, Saturday 17th March ‘ Elk Reunion’ from the 90s. Admission £10 doors open from 8.00pm for catch-up with the Disco starting at 10.30pm. A night not to be missed. Friday 23rd March, monthly Tea Dance music by Michael Mawhinney. Thursday 29th March an evening with Pat Cardy. Anyone interested in the Baby Massage classes , for babies 4weeks old to 15month old, £35 for 5 week session. Contact Eileen for more details 077955191890.

St. Colm’s High School: Congratulations to the Governors, staff and pupils of St. Colm’s High School on being placed 2nd in Northern Ireland at GCSE level in the 2016/17 League Tables published in the Irish News. Well done to all on this magnificent achievement.

Julie Forbes is researching for a documentary for the BBC, which will be a celebration of the Pope and look to his anticipated visit later in the year. I am looking for people who might be interested in taking part or hearing more about the project. I am hoping that you might be able to get the word out to your parishoners and hopefully find some people interested in having an initial chat with me?
Below are the questions to give you an idea of the people we are looking for.
– Do you have a beloved picture of the Pope on the wall?
– Did you attend the Pope’s visit to Ireland in 1979?
– Perhaps you’ve made the pilgrimage to Rome to attend an open air mass?
– Does the Pope (current or previous) mean something to you? Do you have a story to tell? Tel: 07811 281 663 (Julie Forbes)

St Mary’s Parochial Hall, Desertmartin
Fire Safe training 26th February. 3 places still available.
Tea Dance on the 9th March. Music by Two Star Country.
Hall Committee Annual General Meeting 25th March at 4.00 pm.
Tea Dance 13th April. Music by Michael Mawhinney
Culture Night 4th May
Afternoon Tea Dance 20th May
Knit & crochet class commencing after Easter date to be confirmed

Alzheimer’s Society Carer Support Group: The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 27th February in The Lurach Centre Maghera from 7.00 – 8.30pm. If you would like to find out more about the group or services provided by the Alzheimer’s Society please contact Mona McGlade, Dementia Support Worker on 028 8676 5888.

Whist Drive in Lissan Hall, Claggan Road on Friday 2nd March at 8.30 pm. Top Score £50. Supper served. Admission £5.

Sarsfield Accordion Band: Band practice continues every Thursday 7.30 to 9.00 pm.
£50 Winners of the first two draws: January: Charlie Coey. February: Laura Bradley.

St Martin’s GAC – NEWS:
Lotto numbers 1 4 17 22
£50 winner: Sarah O’Hagan, 9a Longfield Lane ~ Jackpot £2800

The annual 5km/10km Slieve Gallion Challenge will take place this Sunday. Registration for participants will take place from 8:45am to 9:45am. The run and walk will commence at 10:00am. For further info contact Peter Donnelly on 07944702434

Due to increasing costs the club are asking members and those who appreciate a GAA club within the parish to enroll with Friends of Desertmartin. This is financial support by way of direct debit. For further info contact Paddy Kidd on 07792127940 or visIt www.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 Rd Tel: 07944702434 or any committee member. To view committee members log onto desertmartin gaa official website.

The club will host Farm Families Health Checks at the Gaelic Centre on Thursday 1st March from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. This is a free service run by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in conjunction with the Public Health Agency. Although targeted at farming families it is open to everyone in the community. The health checks include blood pressure; weight and body mass index (BMI); cholesterol; diabetic risk score and mental wellbeing. For further information and registration contact Paddy Kidd on 07792127940 or email desertmartingac@gmail.com

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