Bulletin: 17th November 2019

Deaths and Anniversaries
Please remember in your prayers
Mickey Joe McGuigan, Brackalislea and James Bigmore, Drumullan, (Brother of Jack Bigmore, Drumsamney) who were buried during the week
Annie O’Neill, Peter McGuigan, Paddy Joe McGuigan, Bernard McGuigan, Johnny Mc Daid, Seamus Donnelly, Vera McKenna, Elizabeth McGuigan, Michael McGuigan, Nathan Doyle, Michael Trainor, Margaret McGovern
whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Sunday Masses
Keenaught: Vigil 7.30 pm
Coolcalm: 10 am

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

Sunday Collection: Last week’s Collection amounted to £1076.30. Thank You.

The Forty Hours Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in St Mary’s Church, Coolcalm on Sunday 24th November after 10 am Mass until 6 pm. Exposition will continue after 10 am Mass on Monday 25th November until 6 pm.

Sunday Mass Changes: Holy Rosary Church is on schedule for re-opening on Sunday 1st December at 3 pm. Bishop Donal McKeown will be chief celebrant at the Mass during which he will rededicate the church and anoint the new altar. The reopening also provides a time for the rescheduling of Sunday Masses in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin to take place, taking into account the availability of priests in active full-time ministry in both parishes. At the centre of the changes taking place is the provision of a Sunday Mass in all churches, either on the Saturday evening or Sunday morning. This we hope to maintain for as long as possible.
Consequently, as from the weekend 7th/8th December, Masses in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin will be as follows:
6.00 pm Vigil Holy Rosary
7.30 pm Vigil Keenaught
9.00 am Moneyneena
10.00 am Coolcalm
11.00 am Sixtowns
12 Noon Straw
Over the past few months while Holy Rosary was closed for renovation, many parishioners remarked positively on the atmosphere at the other Masses, the larger congregations seeming to be an unexpected boost to a sense of an entire community at prayer. This concurs with what has been written about parishes that have reduced the number of Sunday Masses due to the fall in the number of priests. The pooling of talent and resources and the larger congregations have enlivened the worship of God and the celebration of the Eucharist. Please God this will be our experience too.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
7.30 pm Vigil Keenaught – Anna O’Kane
10.00 am Coolcalm – Peter Moran
Eucharistic Ministers:
7.30 pm Vigil Keenaught – Roisin Kerr/ Susanna McGurk/ Kevin McStravock
10.00 am Coolcalm – Frances Moran/ Anthony O’Hagan

Twelve Days of Christmas 2019 Draw
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me… one winning ticket!’

The Parish is having a Christmas Draw again this year. There will be draws every day of the 12 days between Christmas Day and Sunday 5th January 2020. 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.

St Mary’s Parochial Hall ~ Knocknagin Hall Committee

Sunday 17th November: CRAFT FAIR. Everyone welcome to come along purchase some beautiful Christmas gifts.
Next Tea Dance: Friday 29th November. Dance from 9 pm to Midnight. Music by Ed Fox.
Crochet Classes: Thursday evenings 7 pm – 9 pm with tutor Mary.
Sewing Class: Friday evenings 7 pm – 9 pm with tutor Rosemarie.
Yoga: Monday Mornings, 10.30 am – 12 noon with tutor Angela. 4 places available
Wreath Making: Monday 16th December, 7pm – 9 pm with Nuala. Please contact Anne on 7964 2711 for a list of material you need to bring. Class now full.
Yoga wellness activity: Wednesday 18th December. This is a light exercise and relaxation suitable for all ages.
If you wish to register in any of the above, contact Olive 078 8761 4094, Anne 028 7964 2711 or Philomena 078 6638 1473. Everyone is welcome to come along to any of the events to listen and learn, and enjoy the company, craic and have a bit of fun.
Christmas Bingo Night: Wednesday 11th December.

Knocknagin Primary School: You are invited to attend our Open Day on Thursday 5th December. Times: 1.15 pm –
2 pm or 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm (Principal’s address at 7 pm). For children of school age due to start in September 2020.

Friends Of Knocknagin: You are invited to join us for ‘Breakfast with Santa’ on Sunday 15th December. 9 am – 12 noon in St. Mary’s Hall, Desertmartin. Everyone welcome.

Christmas SPRED Mass will be on Monday 2nd December at 7 pm.

Desertmartin Parish GIFT (Grow In Faith Together): With 2 out of the 7 weeks complete, the Parish GIFT Programme (7th Nov – 19th Dec) for Year 8’s has been very successful to date and continues each Thursday evening from 7-9pm sharp in St Mary’s Hall, Knocknagin with games, music, reflection, arts & Crafts, activities and chill out time, the GIFT Programme provides participants with a positive experience of belonging to the Catholic Church and their own parish. Any queries, please contact Frances Moran 075 1685 6812 or any other member of the GIFT Team.

Sarsfield Accordion Band: ‘Reminiscence Night’ tonight (Saturday 16th November) in St. Mary’s Hall. Come along and enjoy some light refreshments, a good night’s craic and the chance to renew old friendships. There will be a short talk on the benefits of music. Refreshments served at 9 pm. Family and friends welcome.
Band Practice continues every Thursday at 7.30 pm. Monthly Draw Winner: Anne McKee, Lissan.

St. Martin’s GAC – News
Lotto numbers 6 12 13 20
£50 winner: Michael McGovern, Draperstown ~ Jackpot £1050

The Annual Bazaar will take place in the Gaelic Centre on Friday 6th December at 8 pm. This is a joint venture between the GAA and Parish where the proceeds are split evenly. Collectors will be calling at homes over the coming weeks.

A Youth Presentation night for our underage players will be held on Friday 29th November at 6.30 pm. This is an opportunity for the GAA community to say thanks to all the young people of our club for their efforts and contribution throughout the year.

Club Dinner. The annual club dinner and presentation will take place in the Gaelic Centre on Saturday 30th November at 8 pm. Admission is £20 per person. If you wish to attend please contact Pat Kidd on 077 1825 7555 or Ann Matterson on 077 3235 1672.

AGM. The Club AGM will place on Monday 2nd December at 8 pm. We invite all members and new members to attend.

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