Bulletin: 17th March 2019

Deaths and Anniversaries
Please remember in your prayers
Charlie McCauley, Manchester, Joe Conway, Joseph Sargent and Eddie McKeever
Martin Walls (Months Mind Mass on Friday 22nd March in Coolcalm at 7.30 pm)
who died recently
Brendan Hegarty (1st Anniversary today, Sunday 17th March in Coolcalm at 10 am Mass),
Jack McBride (1st Anniversary on Sunday 24th March in Coolcalm at 10 am Mass),
Patrick McGuigan, Cecelia Shiels, Jim Joe O’Kane, Margaret O’Kane, Ned Smith, Patrick Madden, Mary Walls
whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Sunday Masses
Keenaught: Vigil 6.30 pm; 11.30 am
Coolcalm: 10 am

Daily Masses
Coolcalm: Monday and Wednesday at 10 am and Friday at 7.30 pm
Keenaught: No Mass this week

Draperstown Daily Mass Times
Holy Rosary: Monday at 10 am and 7.30 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7 am and 10 am; Friday at 10 am
St Columba’s Straw: Wednesday at 7.30 pm and Friday at 7.30 pm
St Colm’s High School: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8.40 am

Sunday Collection: Last week’s Collection amounted to £1309.75 and £432.20 for Holy Places. Thank You. Fr Madden acknowledges receipt of £500 legacy towards Desertmartin Parish.

Lenten Pastoral 2019: Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry has issued a Pastoral Letter on the challenges facing all parishes in the Diocese of Derry as a greater number of priests reach retirement age (75) and the number of vocations has fallen dramatically in recent years. Copies are available at the back of the church and on the parish website.

To find out more visit www.trocaire.org
“You will eat and have all you want and you will bless the Lord your God in the fine country which he has given you.” Deuteronomy 8:10. This year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign highlights the different ways land is stolen from vulnerable people in the developing world. It could be by corporate land grabs, by war or simply because they are women.

Confirmation: We congratulate the boys and girls of Knocknagin P S and Cullion P S who were confirmed last Saturday in St Patrick’s Church Keenaught. Sincere thanks to Ms Carr and Mr McIver and their staff for preparing their pupils so well and for organising a beautiful Confirmation Ceremony and also the children’s choir for the lovely singing during the Mass. Thanks also to Ann O’Hagan for the flower displays and Annie and Margaret who assisted in the Sacristy. We are grateful to Fr Brian Brady, Parish Priest of Clonmany and Culdaff and Vicar Forane of Inishowen, who conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation, putting the children at their ease on this important occasion and made everyone feel so welcome. Finally, thanks to St Martin’s GAC for the hospitality and refreshments in the club after the Confirmation Ceremony.

St Mary’s Parochial Hall
Tea Dance: Next Dance 29th March. Music by Michael Mawhinney.
Sewing class: Some places are still available -beginners welcome. Please contact Olive on 07887614094 or Philomena on 07866381473
Fundraiser: Next bag lift of unwanted items of clothing, shoes etc. will be collected 13th April. Any bags before that date can be left at the hall.
Bingo session: on Wednesday 24th April at 8pm.
Volunteers Required : Anyone who would like to help us out at functions etc. Or application for funding would be much appreciated.

N.I. Blood Transfusion Service: Blood donation sessions in St Colm’s High School on Wednesday 27th March.
2.30 pm – 4.15 pm and 5.30 pm – 8.00 pm.

St Columb’s P.S. Cullion: Recycling of all rewearables (clothes, pair shoes, curtains, handbags etc). Any bag can be used and left at the school anytime before the next lift on Monday 25th March at 9 am.

Desertmartin Credit Union: We have a special Junior Membership Easter Promotion on at present, which will end on 19th April, to encourage new Junior members to join. If you are a pupil at either Cullion or Knocknagin Primary Schools and have not yet joined our Credit Union, we will give each new member a start-off payment of £10. This is a great opportunity to get saving with us through the schools.

Desertmartin PTAA: Many People Abstain from Alcohol during Lent. Anybody who wishes to take the Temporary Pledge for the Duration of Lent, please enrol with Madonna Devlin 028 796 32769 or Kathleen Walls 028 796 31094.

St. Colm’s High School: We are all very proud of our Junior Camogie team – Ulster Champions. They gave us a wonderful journey in getting all the way to the All Ireland Final on Saturday 9th March. We send sincere thanks to all parents, brothers, sisters, extended families, sponsors and parishioners who travelled to Mullingar to support the team. It was very much appreciated. We are very grateful to this talented team and to the coach Mrs F. Devlin, who represented us all so well.

Fundraiser in aid of trip to Lourdes with the Derry Youth Team.
The Shepherds Rest – Sunday 17th March at 2.30 p.m. Music by Bleed’n Cowboys starting at 3 p.m. Admission £5.
Your presence will be greatly appreciated!

Friends of Knocknagin
Upcoming events:
Friday 5th April: Bingo – 7pm start (Doors Open 6.30pm) – St. Mary’s Parochial Hall
Friday 14th June: Family Fun Evening & BBQ – 6.00pm – 8.00pm – Knocknagin PS Garden

The Iona Institute NI welcomes you to our upcoming conference, “The Future of Conscience in an Age of Intolerance” on Saturday 30th March 2019. 10 am – 1.30pm (Registration opens 9.30am). Wellington Park Hotel, Malone Road, Belfast BT 9 6RU. £10 Adults £5 student (includes tea/coffee/scones). Speakers include Nuala O’Loan (DBE), Dr Helen Watt (Anscombe Bioethics Centre Oxford) Benedict Ó’Floinn SC, and David Smyth (Evangelical Alliance). To book or to request further information, please email ionainstitute@gmail.com or call 02892646861.

Kilcronaghan Centre: TEL: 028 796 27826 to book any course.
Soap Making Workshop using all natural ingredients. Saturday 23rd March at 10am
Mothers Day Cupcake Decorating, Saturday 30th March at 11am
Interested In Attending A FREE set of classes to learn a new skill … Come along on Monday 8th April at 10 am to find out more.
Cookery Book available to purchase … only £5. Ideal Mother’s Day or Easter gift!
Gardening Classes with Margaret Johnston, Monday 1st April & 13th May, 10am – 12 noon
Easter Floral Art, with Margaret Johnston, Wednesday 17th April, 10am.

St. Martin’s GAC – News
Lotto numbers 2 3 10 11
£50 winner Ana O’Hagan Brackaghslievegallion ~ Jackpot £3000

Irish Language Collection: A collection for the Irish Language will take place outside both churches this weekend. The proceeds will assist club members to attend the Gaeltachta this summer.

Irish Language Day: As part of Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish language week) Desertmartin GAC are holding a day of fun and games through Irish for P5, P6 and P7. This will take place in the Gaelic Centre on Saturday 23rd March from 10:30am to 2:00pm. Admission – £2 per child with lunch provided. To register, please send your child/children’s names to Leanne on 07783206629.

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