Bulletin: 7th June 2020

PARISH BULLETIN – Trinity Sunday – 7th June 2020


Deaths and Anniversaries

Please remember in your prayers:

Michael Toner, 23 Brackagh Road.  His Funeral Mass will be on Monday at 11 am in St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm, with burial in Keenaught.  His Funeral Mass will be broadcast via the St. Mary’s, Coolcalm webcam at www.desertmartinparish.com.


John Ryan, 12 Carncose Road, who was buried during the week.


Anthony McSwiggan, Kathleen O’Kane and Charlie Donnelly whose anniversaries occur at this time.



THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests Collection envelopes:  £1,145.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:   £430.00.

Diocesan Purposes envelopes:  £85.00 (£275.00 in total).



Thank you for your kind support of the Trócaire 2020 Lenten Campaign.  Parishioners have been making contributions to the collection at the Parochial House since Easter.  The total is £620.00 and has been sent on to Trócaire to assist it in helping very needy people in poorer countries of the world.  Any additional contributions can be dropped through the letterbox at the Parochial House.  For information about Trócaire’s work, visit www.trocaire.org.



St. Mary’s, Coolcalm, is open for private prayer and lighting of candles on:

Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm.

Sunday from 3 pm to 5 pm.


HOLY HOUR on Monday 8th 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.



Ballinascreen Parish is having a special Service of Reconciliation for the P4 children of the First Holy Communion classes of the Ballinascreen Primary Schools on Tuesday 9th June at 7.30 pm broadcast via webcam from the Holy Rosary Church.  Relations are welcome to be a part of this service.  Go to www.parishofballinascreen.com and click on the word ‘webcams’ in yellow.



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.



We want to say a big Thank You to our volunteers who donated material and elastic for face masks.  To date we have completed 280 face masks and 20 scrub-bags for those caring in our community, including NHS Families, NI Scrub Group and Magherafelt Helper Group.

Thanks also to the ladies who knitted a number of little hats for new-born babies.  These were donated to Antrim Area Hospital.

Assistance and Support:  Our Volunteers are continuing to support those who are shielding and anyone in the community who requires assistance with shopping, prescription collection, etc.  Contact:  Seamus O’Hagan on 078 8081 6392, Gerard Walls on 028 7963 1744, Kathleen Mallon on 077 6427 7809, Micheal Higgins on 077 9556 3365, Monica Walls on 075 9406 1178.

This can be a worrying time for many people, please continue to follow the guidelines, advice and information of the health professionals.

If you feel lonely, worried or afraid and you need to talk or need support, please

call Olive on 078 8761 4094 and you will be sign-posted to professional advice.

Remember the Take Five Actions:  Connect with someone; Be active – have a short walk; Take notice of the changes around you; Keep Learning – take up a new hobby; Give – Show kindnesses.  Try to include these in your daily routines.  Keep Well and Stay Safe!

Scams!!!  Please be aware of scammers who are very active through the internet, emails and phone calls.  Keep doors and property secure at all times.  Help to protect yourselves and your families.

Black Bag Recycle:  Bags can still be left outside the front door of the Parish Hall.



Created by Derry Diocesan Youth, Bishop McKeown presents a series of short lessons on the Gospel in easy-to-understand, short (3-4 minute) videos, with tips and references of where and how to use these lessons in your daily life.  View the series at:  https://www.derrydiocese.org/scripture-saturday



To access a wide variety of initiatives and activities by Derry Diocesan Youth, visit: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DerryDiocesanYouth/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/derryyouth/



Calling all young people 15-18 years from Derry Diocese, we are hosting an online meeting/course for 8 weeks on Sunday evenings 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/



Go to https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-net-june-2020

With the Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the June edition of ‘The Net’ is only available on the Derry Diocesan website at this stage. However, the publication will be available again in parishes when the restrictions are lifted.  Coverage in this month’s edition includes:

  • Bishop Donal asks – How can we help young people renew the Church?
  • Diocesan online youth programme to continue into summer
  • Special celebration for Newtownstewart Holy Communicants
  • Cappagh Youth Holy Hours
  • Drumragh family’s virtual vigil in Sacred Heart Church
  • JPII participants looking forward to completing Award
  • CBS Omagh keeping the faith online
  • Lumen Christi family staying connected
  • Brigid’s College continues to be a beacon of light
  • Joseph’s pupils encouraged to engage in daily prayer
  • Celebrating St. Columba – a Derry tradition by Ivor Doherty
  • Sisters, Bridget Quigley & Nellie Kerlin stay true to their Donegal roots
  • Drumragh reflection on new ways of engaging in parish life
  • Three Patrons parishioner shares power of The Little Flower
  • Little Saint of Lisieux as close as ever by Roseann O’Donnell
  • Lifford faithful honour Our Lady
  • Kilrea parishioner, Patricia Casey shares faith story
  • Oliver Crilly launches Irish book in lead-up to 80th birthday
  • Shalom Media Award delight for Cappagh parishioner
  • Columba Community founder celebrates 80th birthday
  • Remembering the late Bridin McDermott
  • Mary McCloskey SSCC reflects on The Way of the Heart
  • A mystical espousal to Christ by Taryn Watkins
  • Irish Page by Fr. Oliver Crilly
  • Ireland has its Round Towers…Derry has its Long Tower by Stephen Doherty
  • Peter McCawille writes on leading lives of quiet isolation
  • Grandparents and grandchildren encouraged to share stories
  • Journeying with great mysteries of our salvation – Bishop Donal
  • The gift of the Holy Spirit by Fr. Stephen Quinn OCD
  • Urgent appeal of Our Lady of Fatima by Anne Lench
  • Eugene’s turned into virtual Lough Derg by Roseann O’Donnell
  • Mary O’Boyle honoured to be part of Diocesan Catechetical Team
  • Online information session on Masters in Catholic School Leadership
  • A Word of God for your Family Life by Fr. Johnny Doherty CSsR
  • Derry Diocese celebrates World Communications Day online
  • Fifth anniversary of ‘Laudato Si’ by Noel Bradley
  • Columba in Song by Vera McFadden
  • Children’s Catechism Club by Veronica Harley
  • Prayer for Grandparents
  • Parish Post-its
  • Quiz Time with Lawrence

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



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