Bulletin: 15th December 2019

Deaths and Anniversaries
Please remember in your prayers
Fr Colm Morris, Roseanne Molloy, Pat McBride, John McDaid, Eric Murdoch
Maggie Donnelly, (Months Mind Mass on Friday 20th December in Keenaught at 7.30 pm)
Mickey Joe McGuigan, (Months Mind Mass on tonight, Saturday 14th December in Keenaught at 7.30 pm)
who died recently
Ellen McIvor, (1st Anniversary Mass on Saturday 21st December in Keenaught at 7.30 pm)
Agnes Walls, Agnes Higgins, Briege McGurk, Peter Kearney, Edward McGurk and Katie McGurk, Patrick McGuigan, Cassie Ryan
whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Sunday Masses
Keenaught: Vigil 7.30 pm
Coolcalm: 10 am

Daily Masses
Keenaught: Friday at 7.30 pm
Coolcalm: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am

Christmas Confessions:
Wednesday 18th December at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church
Sunday 22nd December at 5 pm in Keenaught

Sunday Collection: Last week’s Collection amounted to £1409.60. Thank You.

A Thought from the Pope – A few years ago Pope Francis wrote: “The pace of consumption, environmental change and waste has so stretched the planet’s capacity that our contemporary lifestyle, unsustainable as it is, can only precipitate catastrophes, such as those which even now occur in different areas of the world”. (Laudato Si Encyclical).

Desertmartin Parish GIFT (Grow In Faith Together): The GIFT Programme for Year 8’s continues each Thursday evening from 7-9 pm sharp in St Mary’s Hall, Knocknagin. The final night is 19th December and will finish with a party. All current P7’s in both Knocknagin and Cullion Primary Schools are invited to attend the final evening and party from 7 – 9pm. This will afford the P7’s the opportunity to meet with the leaders and join in the fun and games with all the others. 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 07516856812 or any other member of the GIFT Team.

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

Christmas Old Time Dance in Sixtowns Cross Community Centre on Thursday 19th December. Music by Cascade. Dancing 9 pm – 12 midnight. Light Refreshments served. Everyone Welcome.

St Mary’s Parochial Hall ~ Knocknagin Hall Committee
Monday 16th December. Wreath making 7 pm – 9 pm with Nuala. Please contact Anne on 79642711 for a list of material you need to bring.
Wednesday 18th December. Yoga wellness activity at 7 pm, this is a light chair exercise and relaxation suitable for all ages and open ladies and gents.
Crochet Classes: Thursday evenings 7 – 9 pm with Tutor Mary. Next date for Class is 16th January 2020
Sewing class: Friday evenings 7 – 9 pm with tutor Rosemarie.
Yoga: Monday Mornings, 10.30 – 12 noon with tutor Angela. Date of next class is 3rd February, 2020
If you wish to to register in any of the above contact Olive 07887 614094, Anne 028 7964 2711 or Philomena 078 6638 1473. Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy the company, craic and have a bit of fun.
Boxing night Dance. Thursday 26th December at 9 pm. Music by Micheal Mawhinney.

Many thanks to all who supported our activities throughout the year. Happy Christmas to All.

St Colm HS Draw Winners: Week 6: £100 – Eamon Donnelly (Eimhear McBride); £50 – Mary Connolly (Caoimhe Connolly); £30 – Francis McCloskey (Rosey McCloskey). Collector Prize: Aoife Frain
Week 7: £100 – Cara Kidd (Brendan Kidd); £50 – Pearl & Eugene Kelly (Cassie Kelly); £30 – Paul Bell (Chloe McGeehan). Collector Prize: Molly O’Doherty.

Pilgrimage To San Giovanni Rotondo, 20–24 April 2020. This is a fully escorted pilgrimage, accompanied by Spiritual Director. Includes a visit to Pietrelcina and Mass at the Shrine of St Michael the Archangel. Cost £619 pps (single room supplement £125 – limited availability). For further details contact one of the organisers: Marie on 07799112224 or Clare on 07778025587 (Cappagh Parish Padre Pio Group).

Training Opportunity for Young People: The Diocese in conjunction with Youthlink NI are offering an exciting training opportunity for young people aged 16-18 interested in Youth Work and Leadership Training. The course will be an OCN Level 1 Award in Practical Youth Work/Ministry Skills. It will run over on 3 days Saturday 18th January, Sunday 2nd February and Saturday 7th March in Maghera Pastoral Centre. If you are interested in this course, please contact Yvonne Rooney the Diocesan Pastoral Youth Leader for more details or an application form. yvonne.rooney@derrydiocese.org 0044 028 7126 4087

Training Opportunity for Adults The Diocese is also offering a training course for adults interested in Parish Pastoral Ministry. This course will be a Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice and it will run over 5 Saturdays and a few evenings beginning on Wednesday 4th March 6pm-9pm in Maghera Pastoral Centre. If you are interested in this course, please contact Yvonne Rooney the Diocesan Pastoral Youth Leader for more details or an application form yvonne.rooney@derrydiocese.org 028 7126 4087
The Net. The December edition of The Net is now available. For coverage of your parish or school faith activities just send an email to editorthenet15@gmail.com or ring/text 078 0929 2852.

Twelve Days of Christmas 2019 Draw
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me …one winning ticket!’
Tickets on sale at £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. 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. This would make a nice Christmas gift to send to members of your family and friends. Thank you for your generous support.

Sarsfields Accordion Band: Monthly Draw Winner: 203: Malachy O’Kane. All Paid up members draw: Leagh Higgins. New monthly draw will commence in January. We wish all members and supporters a Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.

St. Martin’s GAC – News
Lotto numbers 4 11 21 22
£50 winner – Jean Trainor, Quarry Rd ~ Jackpot £1250

The Club extends its thanks to those who attended the annual Bazaar in such good numbers last Friday night and to everyone who bought Star Prize tickets and made donations. A sincere thank you to the volunteers who collected throughout the parish in the lead up to the Bazaar and to those who worked on the night. This is a joint venture between the Club and Parish with the proceeds being shared equally. Star Prize winners of heating oil:
£400 – Susan O’Hagan, 1 Crocknamohill Rd. £200 – Oran Kelly, 27 Crocknamohill Rd

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