Bulletin: 31st May 2020

PARISH BULLETIN – Pentecost Sunday – 31st May 2020


Deaths and Anniversaries

Please remember in your prayers:

John Ryan, 12 Carncose Road, who died on Friday evening.  His remains will be coming to St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm this evening, Saturday, at 6 pm.  His Funeral will be tomorrow morning, Sunday, at 10 am and will be broadcast via the St. Mary’s, Coolcalm webcam.

The webcam can be accessed at www.desertmartinparish.com.


Month’s Mind for Susan Moran, Iniscarn Road.


Patrick Trainor, Jack McNicholl, Hugh McCann, Elizabeth Kearney, Barney Kearney, Francis Donnelly, Mary McGuckin, Joe Connery, Mary Shaw, Hugh Devlin, Patrick Hegarty, Jim Higgins and Geraldine Bradley whose anniversaries occur at this time.



THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests Collection envelopes:  £826.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:   £45.00.

Diocesan Purposes envelopes:  £190.00.



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 this weekend.



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.

The way into the church grounds was freshly tarred on Friday.  No cars will be able to come into the church grounds until Tuesday in order to allow the tarmac to harden well.  People can still enter the grounds on foot.


HOLY HOUR on Monday 1st June 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.watchmcnmedia.tv.



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 on Thursday 4th June in Saint Eugene’s Cathedral for them via the webcam:  http://www.steugenescathedral.com/webcam.html



Calling all young people 15-18 years from Derry Diocese, we are hosting an online meeting/course for 8 weeks starting on 31st May at 7 pm.  We will have some craic, play some games and quizzes but we will also explore some big questions about our faith with the help of a programme called Alpha.  Alpha Youth explores the Christian Faith and answers some pretty big questions.  Each week as part of the meeting we will watch a video and have a discussion afterwards.  This trailer will give you an idea what to expect from this part of the meeting:  https://alpha.org/youth

 If you’d like to take part, please fill in this form to sign up!


If you want more information please email lizzie.rea@derrydiocese.org or yvonne.rooney@derrydiocese.org



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



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