Bulletin: 24th May 2020

PARISH BULLETIN – Ascension Sunday – 24th May 2020


Deaths and Anniversaries

Please remember in your prayers:

Mary Quinn, Magherafelt; Noel Cleary, Cookstown; and Ann McIvor Moneymore who died during the week.

Susan Moran, Michael Toner and Ambrose Mulholland who died recently.


James McBride, Michael Ryan, John Joe Ryan, Patsy Breen, Thomas O’Kane, Pat McGuigan and Frankie Donnelly whose anniversaries occur at this time.


 THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests Collection envelopes:  £890.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:   £140.00.



St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm is open for private prayer from Monday to Saturday from 11 am until 1 pm and on Sundays from 3 pm until 5 pm.



Due to the Coronavirus restrictions, Cemetery Sunday in both Desertmartin and Ballinascreen Parishes has been deferred to a later date.  There will be NO Cemetery Sunday in Desertmartin at the end of May.


HOLY HOUR on Monday 25th May at 3 pm from the Holy Rosary Church.  You’re welcome to join in with this time of prayer via the Ballinascreen Parish webcam at www.parishofballinascreen.com.



If parishioners in Desertmartin and Ballinascreen wish to have their loved one prayed for at the 10 am Mass in Holy Rosary or the 7.30 pm Mass in Coolcalm on a Friday, phone the Desertmartin Parish Office answering machine on 028 7939 7047 or email desertmartinparish@gmail.com by 12 noon on Thursday of the relevant week.  These Masses from the Holy Rosary and Coolcalm may be viewed on the respective Parish webcams:

For Coolcalm go to www.desertmartinparish.com and click on the blue webcam button.

For Holy Rosary, go to www.parishofballinascreen.com and click on the word ‘webcams’ in yellow.

Other church webcams can be accessed at www.mcnmedia.tv.



 The 54th World Day of Social Communications will be celebrated this Sunday 24th May – the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.  Pope Francis has chosen to reflect on the theme of storytelling in his message this year.  On Sunday morning and throughout the day, resources and video clips from around the diocese will be published on the Diocese website and its social media channels on this storytelling theme.

On Sunday, you can follow them online at:



Bishop McKeown is inviting people to join him on Friday 29th May from St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, where he will lead his second 24 hour ‘virtual pilgrimage’, to fast and pray, asking God:

  • to free us from this pandemic and to support those who are fighting it;
  • to comfort those who have been afflicted with this pandemic; and
  • to ask God for the wisdom to know how to live now and in the aftermath of the pandemic.

This time of prayer and penance at home will take its shape from core elements of the 3-day Lough Derg pilgrimage.  The day will start with 6 am Mass, Seven Stations through the 24 hour period and conclude with 6 am Mass on Saturday 30th May.  You can follow and participate in the pilgrimage online at www.derrydiocese.org.  A number of parishes across the diocese are participating from their own churches, and a Station from each of seven of these parishes will be live-streamed to the diocesan website (as well as their own parish website).  Full details of Mass, Station times and prayers are available at: https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/day-of-prayer



 Thursday 4th June was to be the Diocesan Fan the Flame Mass, where we come together to celebrate all of the young people in our diocese who have received the sacrament of Confirmation and who are preparing to move to the next stage of their education.

Unfortunately, that will not be possible this year.  We do hope that these young people will experience the full Fan the Flame in the future as it is such a joy-filled day for all of us.

To mark the end of their primary education, Bishop McKeown will celebrate the 10 am Mass in Saint Eugene’s Cathedral for them on Thursday 4th June via the webcam:  http://www.steugenescathedral.com/webcam.html



Each year, a Scripture Summer School takes place in Dublin (Holy Cross Diocesan Centre).  Over the years, people have enjoyed being together to talk about their faith and to learn about the Word of God.  The experience of being together in one place has been a significant and enjoyable dimension.  However, because of the Coronavirus crisis, we have decided to offer our Scripture Summer School as usual but, this year, online.  With this medium we will reach a much wider audience and people who might not make it to Dublin will be able to take part.  Also, the cost has been reduced significantly.  The opportunity to view the presentations at your leisure may also be a plus.  Go to www.tarsus.ie.

The cost this year is €40.  Each participant will receive access to all eighteen presentations with full notes and study questions as well as being able to take part in all five Zoom conferences.  All details regarding registration, payment and participation may be found at www.tarsus.ie.

The week before (15th – 19th June):

Monday 15th June:  all the material for the course will become available on Zoom; pdfs etc. will be sent around to all participants.

Monday 15th June 12.30 pm:  A Zoom conference for all, introducing this year’s presentations, opening up the discussion and taking any initial questions.

The week itself (22nd – 24th June):

Tuesday 23rd June 7 pm:  Zoom conference for all, chaired by Sean Goan.

Wednesday 24th June 7 pm:  Zoom conference for all, chaired by Jessie Rogers.

Thursday 25th June 7 pm:  Zoom conference for all, chaired by Kieran O’Mahony.

Friday 26th June 7 pm:  Zoom conference for all, with the three presenters present.


Jessie Rogers ~ ‘In the days to come…’

Wisdom from the Old Testament Prophets for living in the light of the future.


Seán Goan ~ ‘He will not break a bruised reed nor quench a smouldering wick.’ (Matthew 12:20)

Jesus as the Servant of God in Matthew’s Gospel.


Kieran J. O’Mahony ~ ‘In him, all things hold together’

Cosmology and Christ in Colossians and Ephesians



Messenger Publications is offering a free online copy of the June edition of ‘The Messenger’.  To access the June edition, visit: https://issuu.com/messengerpublications/docs/messenger_june_v11.3_low_res.

If you would like to set up a Subscription to ‘The Messenger’ and have it POSTED to you, contact Coordinator, Elizabeth Foley on 00353 87 230 9219 or email: e.foley@messenger.ie.  A year’s subscription is £37.



In accordance with the Government statement and guidelines issued by Bishop McKeown, there will be no baptisms until further notice.  Baptisms will resume as soon as possible, but we ask parents not to be anxious.  It is customary nowadays for children to be baptised many weeks and months after they are born.  Parents can bless their children with the Sign of the Cross morning and evening and recite the Guardian Angel Prayer for them:

Angel of God
My guardian dear
To whom God’s love
Commits me here
Ever this day
Be at my side
To light and guard
To rule and guide.   Amen.



Resources are available on the Derry Diocesan Catechetical website to help families, young people and children to continue to engage with their Faith Formation during this time.  Log on to www.catecheticalcentre.org.

Primary School Resources: https://catecheticalcentre.org/category/primary-school-resources/

Post Primary School Resources: https://catecheticalcentre.org/category/post-primary-school-resources/

Youth Resources: https://catecheticalcentre.org/category/youth-resources/


THE NET – MAY 2020

With the Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the May edition of ‘The Net’ will only be

available on the Diocesan website at this stage – ww.derrydiocese.org. However, the publication will be available again in parishes when the restrictions are lifted.

Coverage in this month’s edition includes:

  • JPII updates from Clonmany and Iskaheen
  • Youth Ministry online
  • Schools maintaining spiritual support for pupils
  • Diocesan Catechetical team keeping focus on faith
  • Drawing God feature – a catalyst for more God talk
  • Iskaheen JPII leader reflects on parish life as extension of family life
  • Building ‘new normal’ centred on Christ by Davog McCaffrey
  • Surviving lockdown by Lizzie Rea
  • Sr Clare Crockett’s family overwhelmed by depth of devotion
  • Bellaghy blessed with amazing music ministry by Mgr Andy Dolan
  • Ministry in Lockdown by Fr Eddie Gallagher
  • Maghera reflection time source of comfort
  • Parishioners praise their ‘unsung heroes’
  • Faughanvale reflection on Fatima
  • Online prayer important link with parish community by Fr Colum Clerkin
  • Ballymagroarty teacher, Delma Boggs shares devotion to Our Lady
  • Internet services big hit in Ardstraw East
  • Culmore parishioner, Michelle Burns shares faith story
  • Parish Post-its
  • Irish Page by Fr Oliver Crilly – Críost Mhachaire Rátha
  • Parishes celebrate Divine Mercy
  • Fr Gerard Mongan reflects on Our Lady’s last recorded words
  • A Word of God for Your Family Life by Fr Johnny Doherty CSsR
  • Derry couple enjoy golden years after Marriage Encounter enrichment
  • Tribute to late Fr John McNamara OCD
  • Children’s Catechism Club by Veronica Harley
  • Bishop Donal on staying prayerful and open to God’s promptings
  • Maytime contemplation in lockdown by Patricia McCormack
  • Boats that sailed by Vera McFadden
  • Trocaire Feature by Caoimhe de Barra CEO
  • Quiz Time with Lawrence.

For inclusion of your faith news in future editions just email: editorthenet15@gmail.com



Stress is a normal reaction to the rapidly changing and uncertain times we are all living in at the moment.  If you are feeling a bit more stressed than usual and would like to learn some great ways, free-of-charge, to deal with common problems like anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing then come along to our online Stress Control class.  ‘Stress Control’ is a six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy class used extensively in community-settings by the NHS (UK) and HSE (Ireland) and across the world.  You can find out more here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDVRme6oWZT2hsCYaSergGw

Due to the current circumstances, Stress Control will come to you and live stream the sessions.  Each session will play twice a day (at 2 pm and repeated at 8.30 pm) for two consecutive days beginning on Monday the 11th May (dates in picture below).  The sessions will be led by Dr Jim White, consultant clinical psychologist, who created the class and who has taught most of the NHS (UK) and HSE (Ireland) trainers who would normally be running classes across the country.

To take part:

  1. Go to https://stresscontrol.org/ where you can learn more about the class and get the dates. Everything you need to successfully complete the class – the booklets, self-assessment, relaxation and mindfulness – can be found in the ‘Free zone’. I f you can, please read, and start working on, the booklets in the ‘Preparing for the course’ section before Session 1.


  1. On the homepage, click on the ‘Stress Control 2020’ link to access our YouTube channel where the classes will be available to view at the scheduled times. If you click the ‘Subscribe’ button on our YouTube page (free), you will receive notifications when a new session is available.  You can also follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_BKErJ_jlSQHKFtHPCRmEctDtcNCCowB


  1. The session will begin exactly on time, so make sure you are there from the start. Sessions run for about 90 minutes and there will be a 10 minute break in the middle.


  1. Each session is one piece of the jigsaw in tackling your Stress. By coming to each class, the jigsaw will form, and the big picture can emerge, making you better able to handle your stress.  This is cognitive-behavioural therapy so it is crucial you practice the skills you will learn between sessions.




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