Deaths and Anniversaries
Please remember in your prayers
Lizzie Moore (Months Mind Mass today (Sunday) at 10 am in Coolcalm
who died recently
Kathleen McKenna, Jude Trainor, Eithne Hegarty, Colm Hegarty, Patrick McGuigan, Tommy O’Kane, Annie Mary Scullion, Paddy Scullion, Annie Henry, Sean McGuigan, Mary Bridget McGovern, Pat O’Neill, Gerard O’Neill, Eugene McGovern
whose anniversaries occur at this time.
Coolcalm: Tuesday at 10 am, Thursday at 7.30 pm and Saturday at 10 am (Feast day)
Keenaught: Monday at 10 am, Friday at 7.30 pm (Vigil)
Sunday Collection: Last week’s Collection amounted to £1349.11 and £671.87 was collected for the World Meeting of Families. Thank you.
Saturday is the feast of the Immculate Conception: Masses will be Friday Vigil in Keenaught at 7.30 pm and Saturday morning in Coolcalm at 10 am.
At the Vigil Masses in St Patrick’s Church Keenaught and Holy Rosary Church, Ballinascreen the students from the parish who have signed up for the Pope John Paul 11 Awards this year will be commissioned. We wish them every success throughout the coming year and look forward to their active participation in the life of the church in the County Derry Deanery of the Diocese of Derry.
The Twelve Days of Christmas Draw: As outlined last weekend, the Parish Christmas Draw Cards are on sale after weekend masses, from Fr McGirr’s House, the Parish Office at Keenaught and in Ballinascreen Parish Office (located beside the chemist in the centre of Draperstown). The draw tickets have been beautifully designed in the shape of a Christmas Card and make a wonderful gift. The cost is £20. The First ten draws are for three prizes of £100. On the Eleventh Day of Christmas the draw will be for 2 prizes of £500 and on the Twelfth and Last Day of Christmas there is one final prize of £1000. Please make a real effort to let your family and friends know about this special draw.
Over the past couple of years, the usual parish draws in the spring have not taken place and the twice-yearly cake fairs have not been held either. This has created a shortfall in parish funds and it is hoped that this Christmas Draw will make up for it. Your generosity from week to week in the Sunday Collection is very much appreciated. But if we are to maintain the fabric of the parish, and create opportunities for Adult Religious Education in the future, fund-raising is essential. The work that was undertaken in St Mary’s Coolcalm in 2014 is almost paid but plans for St Patrick’s Church Keenaught are waiting our attention. Of immediate concern is the state of the carpark at Keenaught. Depending on the success of the draw, it is hoped that this problem can be addressed immediately after Christmas. So, we make this appeal to everyone to do their best to promote the draw within their family and circle of friends. Thank you.
St Mary’s Parochial Hall ~ Desertmartin
Dancing in the parish hall on the second Friday of every month
Cookery Demonstration: Take the stress out of your Christmas cooking. Tips & ideas for Starters/Mains/Sweets by qualified Chef Mark on Saturday 8th Dec. Commencing at 12 midday Adm. £3
Crochet/Knitting: Continues until 13th December on Thursday evenings 7- 9pm with Mary Kelly. £6 per class.
Sewing class: Continues on Fridays 7-9pm with Rosemary everyone welcome places available.
Yoga class: continue on Monday mornings 10.30 am – 12 with Tutor Angela. Please contact Olive on 07887614094 to Register for any of the classes.
Bazaar: ParishBazaar on Friday 7th December at 7.30pm special guestSanta will arrive at 8pm
Bingo session : Wednesday 12th December. Commencing 8pm Money prizes for full line and house, 10 page book £7
Date for your Dairy: Keep Sunday 17th Feb free for our fund raising dinner ‘Come Dine With Us’
St Columb’s PS:– inviting all prospective P1 pupils and their parents to join us on Tuesday 4th December at 11 am – 12.15pm for our Open Day. The Education Authority has introduced a new Primary One application procedure for parents. An online portal will be available from Wednesday 2nd January 2019 and closes at 12 midnight on Tuesday 31st January 2019 for submission of applications to P1 in September 2019. We will be able to provide you with any up-to-date information regarding this new application process on our Open Day.
Knocknagin Primary School Open Day: Thursday 6th December 1pm to 2pm and 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Principal’s address at 7 pm. For children starting Primary 1 in September 2019. Everyone welcome
Immaculate Conception Rosary, to be held at the Crockanboy Hill Mass Rock, Greencastle on Saturday 8th Dec at 7:30pm. Everyone welcome, wrap up warm, bring a torch. “Abandon yourself in the hands of Mary. She will take care of you “ St Padre Pio.
Lissan Leisure Club: Whist Drive in Lissan Hall, Claggan Road on Friday 7th December at 8.30 pm. Top Score £50. Supper served. Admission £5.
The Holy Family Padre Pio prayer group will hold their Christmas (monthly) meeting in the Holy Family Church, Ballymagroarty, Derry, on Tuesday 4th December starting with Mass at 7.15pm, There will be a 1st class relic at the meeting, and all are welcome.
Tirgan Community Group:
Shopping Trip – Saturday 8th December, bus will be leaving
Tirgan Hall at 8 am, Moneymore 8.15 am and Cookstown 8.30 am
Sunday 9th December, Traditional Irish night, good music, craic and refreshments served, doors open 7.30 pm. Everyone Welcome.
Tuesday 11th December at 8.00 pm, First-Aid for Farming Families, including CPR. Come along to this very important and worthwhile course. To register contact Eileen on 07955191890.
St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt, in partnership with local primary schools – Holy Family, New Row, Derrychrin and Anahorish – is hosting a Community Christmas Carol Service in the Church of the Assumption, Magherafelt on Sunday 16 December 2018 at 3.00pm. Primary school pupils will perform traditional hymns alongside St. Mary’s choirs. Free admission. Refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall following the service.
Sarsfield AOH Acc Band: Mass for Dead members of the AOH will be held in Swatragh Hall on Sunday 2nd December at 1 pm on the 50th Anniversary of the Fire that claimed 3 members of the AOH. There will be a Christmas Quiz in the Market Tavern on 7th Dec at 8.30 pm. Mass will be celebrated on Thursday 6th December in Coolcalm at 7.30 pm. Band practice for young members continues every Thursday at 7.30 pm.
St. Martin’s GAC – News
Lotto numbers 3 10 19 22
£50 winner: John Moore, Castledawson ~ Jackpot £3000
The Youth Presentation will be held on Sunday 2nd December at 5.50 pm. This is an opportunity for the GAA community in the parish to say thank you to the young people of the club for their contribution to the maintenance and advancement of Gaelic games in our locality.
Parish Bazaar: The annual parish bazaar will take place in St Mary’s Hall Coolcalm on Friday night 7th December. Collectors will be calling at homes throughout the parish this week. This is an important fund-raiser for both club and parish and we appeal to everyone to give it your full support.
Club AGM: The Club AGM will be held on Sunday 9th December at 4 pm.