Bulletin: 12th January 2020

Deaths and Anniversaries
Please remember in your prayers
Sean McClarnon, Charlie Bradley (Scotland), Patricia McSwiggan,
Joseph White, (Months Mind Mass on Sunday 12th January in Ballyshannon at 10 am) Frank McCann, (Months Mind Mass on Friday 17th January in Coolcalm at 7.30 pm)
who died recently
Ann McCrystal, Bridie McIvor, Denis McWilliams, Mary Jane Donnelly, Harry O’Kane, John Ryan, Harry McKendry, Mary O’Hagan, Matthew Shiels, Roseann McGuckin, Sarah McElwee, Teresa Trainor, Mary Trainor, James McKay, Catherine Kearns, Paddy Scullion, Lelia Burns, Robert Kelly
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 and Thursday at 10 am and Friday at 7.30 pm

Sunday Collection: Last week’s Collection amounted to £1164.08 and £1135.25 for the Restoration Fund. Thank You.

Desertmartin Parish GIFT: The GIFT Programme for Year 8s concluded before Christmas – the Children all really enjoyed themselves and got a lot out of the programme. This was the first of its kind in the Parish and really helps the young members of our Parish to come together to celebrate and enjoy their Faith in a fun and friendly atmosphere. A sincere word of thanks to all the children who attended and to their parents for their efforts in transporting them. Thanks also to all the Volunteers who assisted in any way to make this such a success. The programme will resume later in the year for the new Years 8s and a short while after for the Year 9s.

Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Bishop Donal McKeown, Thursday 2nd to Tuesday 7th July 2020, cost £679 (deposit £100 – non refundable ) including full board and transfers in Lourdes.
The Pilgrimage Office in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre at 164 Bishop Street, Derry, BT48 6UJ, will be open for enquiries and bookings each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm, from Tuesday 14th January. Tel. 028 7126 0293. Email: derrypilgrim@outlook.com.

Tirgan Community Group: We are having an inter-generational evening with children, parents and grandparents on Wednesday 22nd January at 7.30 pm. This will be an evening of story-telling, etc, encouraging the young and elderly to talk and discuss life and changes through the generations. Come along and enjoy a cup of tea and craic.

St. Mary’s Grammar School invites P6 and P7 pupils and their parents/guardians to an Open Evening on Tuesday 21st or Wednesday 22nd January. Principal’s Address at 7 pm.

St Mary’s Parochial Hall ~ Knocknagin Hall Committee
Crochet Classes: Thursday evenings 7 pm – 9 pm with Tutor Mary. Next class is 16th January.
Sewing Class: Friday evenings 7 pm – 9 pm with tutor Rosemarie. Date to be confirmed.
Yoga: Monday Mornings, 10.30 am – 12 noon with tutor Angela. Date of next class to be confirmed.
Black Bag recycle. Continuing throughout the Year. Any bag can be left at the hall or phone 078 8761 4094 for collection.

Twelve Days of Christmas 2019 Draw Winners

First Day of Christmas (25th Dec)
Paul McCloskey, Dungiven
Colette Trainor, 35 Brackalislea Road
Karen McElwee, 6 Quarry Road

Second Day of Christmas (26th Dec)
Cathy Kelly, Dungiven
Eithne Glackin, Derry
Maureen and Raymond Houston, Derry

Third Day of Christmas (27th Dec)
Eithne Glackin, Derry
Gabriel McKenna, 14 Cloane Road
Francis McNally, 173 Sixtowns Road

Fourth Day of Christmas (28th Dec)
Rose Mullan, Derry
Emma Kelly, 8 Brackalislea Road
Kate McKenna, 29 Brackalislea Road

Fifth Day of Christmas (29th Dec)
Ian Fee & Roisin Prunty, Lisnaskea
Charlene Toner, 21 Brackagh Road
Aisling McEldowney, 38 Drumard Road

Sixth Day of Christmas (30th Dec)
John Ryan, 48 Tirgan Road
Sr. Mary B., Holy Cross Convent, Belfast
James Mullan, 61 Mullaslin Road, Carrickmore

Seventh Day of Christmas (31st Dec)
Sean & Ashton McIvor, Brackalislea
Jim McGuigan, St. Patrick’s Street
Sean McGuigan, 34 St. Patrick’s Street

Eighth Day of Christmas (1st Jan)
Barney Walls, 57 Luney Road
Eileen Grey, 54 Drumard Road
Pauline McGuigan, 22 Ballyneill Road

Ninth Day of Christmas (2nd Jan)
Anne Johnston, Strawmore
Elizabeth McFalone, 90 Tirkane Road
Grainne Kelly, 38 Glenelly Villas

Tenth Day of Christmas (3rd Jan)
Paula Henry, 140 Tobermore Road
Sr. Mary Perpetua McCann, Lurgan
Paula & Mark Varma, Strabane

Eleventh Day of Christmas (4th Jan)
Fiona McGirr, Lifford
Bernadette Higgins, 24 Tobermore Road

Twelfth Day of Christmas (5th Jan)
Dolores Esler, 3 Athelstan Road, Worchester, England

We’d like to thank everyone once again in Desertmartin, Ballinascreen and beyond for your very generous support of the Christmas Draw this year. The funds raised will greatly benefit our parish.

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 Sunday 1st March in Maghera Pastoral Centre. There are still a limited number of places available. If you are interested in this course, please contact Yvonne Rooney the Diocesan Pastoral Youth Leader for more details or an application form. Email yvonne.rooney@derrydiocese.org or tel. 028 7126 4087

Marriage Enrichment Weekend, hosted by Catholic Marriage Encounter Ireland, offers married couples of all ages in a good relationship, private time to rekindle the joy of their love. The next (residential) Weekend (Friday 8 pm to Sunday 4.30 pm) will be held in Dromantine Retreat Centre, Newry, from 31st January to 2nd February. For further
information and to book, visit (new) website www.marriageencounter.ie or phone 077 0281 2321.

The Net. The January edition of The Net is now available.

St. Martin’s GAC – News
Lotto numbers 2 8 17 22
£50 winner Aimee O’Connor Cullion Rd ~ Jackpot £1400

Membership fees are now due. If you wish to renew your membership or become a new member please contact our membership officer Claire Mullan on 07711829991.

Scor: The club are seeking entrants for Senior Scor which is taking place shortly. The categories are: Irish Dance; Recitation, Ballad Group; Solo Singing; Instrumental and Question Time. If you wish to take part please contact our Cultural Officer Shay Shiels on 07796135759.

National Draw: The club will be taking part in the National Club Draw shortly with ticket sellers calling at homes throughout the parish over the coming weeks. This very credible fundraiser is sponsored by the GAA from Croke Park and has been hugely successful to our club in previous years. Tickets are £10 each with many very worthwhile prizes to be won. We ask you to please give this fundraising event you full support.

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