Deaths and Anniversaries
Please remember in your prayers
Joe McHugh (1st Anniversary Mass today Sunday at 10 am in Coolcalm)
Ellen McIvor (1st Anniversary Mass on Thursday 16th December at 7.30 pm in Keenaught)
Agnes Walls, Agnes Higgins, Peter Kearney, Mary H McKibbin, Briege McGurk
whose anniversaries occur at this time.
Coolcalm: Monday and Wednesday at 10 am
Keenaught: Thursday at 7.30 pm
Sunday Collection: Last week’s Collection amounted to £1,198.08. Thank You.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm on Thursday 20th December from 10 am until 3 pm in the afternoon.
Pentitential Services: Evenings of Love and Forgiveness
On Tuesday, 18th December at 7.30 pm in St Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena and on Wednesday 19th December at 7.30 pm in St Patrick’s Church, Keenaught, there will be Penitential Services. The priests, from both parishes, 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 then do so. 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. Priests will also be in Holy Rosary Church on Saturday 22nd December at 11.00 am and Sunday 23rd December at 5.00 pm for Confessions. We hope that many people who have not been to confession for some time will see in these ‘Evenings of Love and Forgiveness’ an opportunity to return to the sacramental life of the church and be ready then to celebrate Christmas with renewed faith.
Please Note: No 7.30 pm Mass in Ballinascreen on Wednesday 19th December.
Ballinascreen Carol Service will take place in St. Columba’s Church, Straw today Sunday 16th December at 6 pm.
St Mary’s Parochial Hall ~ Desertmartin
Dancing in the parish hall on the second Friday of every month
Tea Dance: Boxing Night music by Two Star Country dancing 9 pm – 12 Midnight. £5 light supper included
Crochet/Knitting Will continue on Thursday evenings 7- 9 pm with Mary Kelly in the New Year
Sewing class Continues on Fridays 7-9 pm with Rosemary in the New Year.
Yoga class continue on Monday mornings 10.30 am – 12 with Tutor Angela. In the New Year please contact Olive on 07887614094 to Register for any of the classes. Everyone welcome.
Date for your Dairy: Keep Sunday 17th February free for our fund raising dinner ‘Come Dine With Us’
Kilcronaghan Centre Christmas Activities – everyone welcome. Contact 0285 796 27826 to book your place. Monday 17th December, 10 am – Christmas Crafts Workshop – all materials supplied.
Thursday 20th December, 10am – Flower Arranging for your Christmas Table. GIFT VOUCHERS available to purchase for classes in 2019!
St Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt invite you to their Christmas Carol Service at the Church of the Assumption, Magherafelt on Sunday 16th December at 3 pm. Join us as we rejoice in the wonder of the Christmas story through Carols and Reflections, followed by light refreshments in the Parish Hall.
Twelve Days of Christmas 2018 Draw
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me … one winning ticket!’
The Parish is having a special Christmas Draw this year. There will be draws every day of the 12 days between Christmas Day and Saturday 5th January 2019. Every ticket will be entered into all the draws, which means everyone has 33 chances to win prizes. Total prize fund is £5,000. Tickets are £20 each, available from either of the Church Sacristies, Desertmartin and Ballinascreen Parish Offices, and from Fr. McGirr at the Parochial House, 50 Tobermore Road. This would make a nice Christmas gift to send to members of your family and friends. Tickets are still available.
Sarsfield Accordion Band: Draw winners: November: Noel Donnelly; December: Nicole Cartin; Paid-Up Members: Margaret McDaid. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our supporters a Happy and Holy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.
St. Martin’s GAC – News
Lotto numbers 8 17 19 22
£50 winner: Brona Connery, Motalee ~ Jackpot £3000
Thanks to everyone who attended the Bazaar last Friday evening raising much needed funds which will be shared equally between parish and club. Well done to those who collected around the local area in the proceeding weeks, those who organised the event and to many others who worked on the night.
Star Prize – Heating Oil
£400 winner – Anna McElhennon 11 Crocknamohill Rd
£200 winner – Joan Murray 11 Moorside Villas
Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM last Sunday and congratulations to those who were elected to the Executive Committee for 2019. For further details contact Desertmartin GAA Facebook
Congratulations Well done to Brian Smith who was elected Derry County Chairman at Owenbeg last Monday night for a fifth year running.