Bulletin: 18th March 2018

Deaths and Anniversaries
Please remember in your prayers
Anna McGuigan, Draperstown, sister of Margaret McDaid and Mary McCullagh, Longfield
Barbara Fullen, Ohio USA, (Months Mind Mass Friday 23rd March at 7.30 pm in Coolcalm), Evelyn McKenna, Hugh Bradley, Jack McBride
who died recently &
Patsy McGuigan, James Kidd, John Hughes, Ned Smith, Jim Donnelly and Edward Donnelly
whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Daily Masses
Coolcalm: Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am and Friday at 7.30 pm
Keenaught: Monday at 10 am
Next Sunday is Palm Sunday – Palms will be blessed at all Masses.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm on Friday 23rd March from 10 am until 3 pm in the afternoon.

Sunday Collection: Last week’s Collection amounted to £1,381.17. Thank you.

Urgent – Our Churches need Cleaners
Our churches have always been kept immaculately. Unfortunately, cleaners are in decline. If you can spare a few hours to help, you will not be alone, please give your name to Cassie, Annie or Margaret Kearney.

LENT CONFESSIONS – On Wednesday evening in Holy Rosary Church, in place of Mass, there will be a Penitential Service at 7.30 pm. All the priests of the parish will be present and with you, the People of God, we will reflect on our sinfulness and our need to say sorry to God and to each other. Mindful that Pope Francis is encouraging us to say ‘Please’, ‘Thank you’ and ‘I’m sorry’ often, this unique celebration of the Sacrament of Confession or Reconciliation will afford us the opportunity to say sorry for our sins. The Priests will stand at the front of the altar and you will be invited to come forward. After we have recited together an Act of Sorrow, to say ‘I am sorry for my sins’, and if there is something in particular you wish to mention, you may do so then. The priest will then give you absolution and you will return to your seat. This is not the occasion for in depth conversation about issues in your life that you may wish to talk about. Please come back on another occasion. We hope that many who have not been to confession for some time will see in this ‘Evening of Love and Forgiveness’ an opportunity to return to the sacramental life of the Church and to celebrate the Paschal Mystery the following Holy Week with renewed vigour and faith. Similar Confessions will be heard in Desertmartin on Wednesday of Holy Week.

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 Coummunity Group: Don’t miss the Elk Reunion on Saturday 17th March. Doors open at 8 pm. Disco from 10.30 pm to 1 am with music from the 90s. Admission £10. Friday 23rd March – monthly Tea Dance. Music by Michael Mawhinney. Dancing 9 pm to 12 midnight. There will also be a short talk on energy saving in the home on the night. Admission £5, includes light supper. Thursday 29th March at 8 pm – an evening with Pat Cardy. Pat’s 9 year old daughter was killed by serial killer Robert Black as she cycled to a friend’s house. Pat tells her story, 30 years later.

Friends Of Africa: A Ladies Night in aid of Friends of Africa will be held in St. Colm’s High School on Friday 23rd March at 7.30 pm. Come along enjoy the refreshments, the music, stalls and fashion show. All money raised will go directly to Friends of Africa. Admission £12. Pay at the door or tickets available by contacting 077 6150 0975.

St Mary’s Parochial Hall
Everyone is invited to the Annual General Meeting of Knocknagin Hall Committee which will take place in the Hall on Sunday 25th March at 4.00 pm. New members are always welcome.

Big Breakfast: The Maghera Cancer Research Big Breakfast will take place on Friday 23rd March from 7 am to 2 pm in Walsh’s Hotel, Maghera. All donations in aid of Cancer Research. Everyone welcome.

Spring Sale will take place in An Rath Dubh Hall, Moneyneena on Sunday 25th March from 12 noon to 3 pm. Stalls of New and Pre-loved Goods. Donations in aid of Cancer Research. Tables are £10 each. If interested, contact Danielle Sheridan on 077 8830 9209 or email danielle.sheridan@cancer.org.uk or go through Facebook.

ACCORD – Time For A New Challenge – Are you interested in becoming a Facilitator with ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service, Ireland’s leading provider of marriage Preparation courses? Would you like to share your positive married experience with engaged couples preparing for their married life together? ACCORD is a voluntary Catholic organisation that aims to promote a deeper understanding of Christian marriage and to offer people the means to safeguard and nourish their marriage and family relationships. Professional training is provided – Certificate in Marriage Education accredited by the Pontifical University, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Please contact ACCORD MAGHERA by phone on 7964 2983 or email accordmaghera@btconnect.com. More information is available at www.accord.ie.

Sarsfield Accordion Band: March Draw Winner: Veronica Wilson, Luney.

St Martin’s GAC – NEWS:
Lotto numbers 7 13 16 18
£50 winner Niamh McGovern, Draperstown ~ Jackpot £2950

Membership payment for 2018 is now due. Membership officer: Peter Donnelly, 2 Roshure Rd

The club will be ordering more sportswear at the end of March. Anyone wishing to order new gear, contact Ciaran Higgins on 079 6883 7094 before Monday 26th March. The shop will be open each Monday night at 8.00 pm.

Due to inclement weather the Farm Families Health Checks will now take place in the Gaelic Centre on Thursday 12th April from 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm. For further information, contact Paddy Kidd on 077 9212 7940.

A collection for the Irish language will be taken up at both churches over the Easter weekend. The proceeds of this will assist young club members attending the Gaeltacht this summer. Those wishing to go to the Gaeltacht, please contact Shay Shiels on 077 9613 5759.

The Kevin Murphy Memorial Quiz will take place in the Gaelic Centre on Friday 6th April at 8.00 pm. This is a table quiz commemorating the great contribution that Kevin made to the GAA within his parish and county. Admission fee is £5 per person.

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