Bulletin: 5th July 2020

PARISH BULLETIN – 14th Sunday of the Year – 5th July 2020


Deaths and Anniversaries

Please remember in your prayers:

Michael McNally, Moydamlaght, and Francis Donnelly, Ballynease, who were buried during the week.


Pat Donnelly, Michael Toner, Brother Ignatius Quinn and Bishop Francis Lagan who died recently.


Month’s Mind – Michael Joseph Toner.

Maggie and Kieran McGuigan, Malachy O’Neill, Gerard Fullen, Barney McGovern and Danny Donnelly whose anniversaries occur at this time.




THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £1,120.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £305.00.

Pope’s Collection:  £50.00 (£240.00 in total).

Diocesan Purposes envelopes:  £5.00 (£385.00 in total).



St. Mary’s, Coolcalm, will be open for private prayer today Sunday from 3 pm to 5 pm and during the week ONLY on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm.  When you call into the church please pick up a coloured card at the door on the way to your seat.  When you have finished praying please leave the card behind on your seat.  That seat will be cleaned later in the day.  Thank you.



Since Monday 29th June Mass may be celebrated in churches with a limited number of people, depending on social distancing, some seats will be available at morning Mass in Holy Rosary Church, Draperstown on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 am and in St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm on Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am, and Friday at 7.30 pm.  Masses will still be available on the webcam for the majority of parishioners.

However, it is still safer to remain at home and follow Mass on the webcam.  This certainly applies to the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions.

 Parishioners who wish to attend the 10 am Mass are asked to come early and to take directions from the ushers, who will guide you to your seat.  It will not be possible to sit wherever you like and social distancing must be maintained.

Please do not genuflect, bow your head in reverence instead.

There will be no kneeling during Mass, only sitting or standing.

Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass and on the hand only.  Parishioners must go to communion when instructed to do so and will leave the church by the nearest exit. You cannot come back into the church.

If the limit of seats is reached, parishioners are asked to sit in their cars and follow Mass, if they can, on the webcam.  When those seated have left the church, those who have remained in their cars are welcome to enter the church to receive Holy Communion.  They will sanitise their hands and leave as directed.

We thank you, in advance, for your cooperation as these new guidelines are implemented.



Sunday Masses including Saturday Vigils will remain on the webcam for now.

As a greater number of people attend Mass at the weekend than on a weekday, greater attention must be paid to how we can facilitate this larger number safely.

It is very important to note that the Sunday Obligation to attend Mass has been removed.



A large body of volunteers is needed to implement the many new guidelines.  As we hope to open each church in the parish for weekend Masses, as soon as possible, volunteers will be needed for each church.

Dates and times of meetings for volunteers will be posted on Facebook and parish webpages, etc.



Mindful that some Readers of the Word of God and Eucharistic Ministers may not be available to offer their services at this time, those who can are asked to please email the Parish Office as soon as possible giving name, address, and telephone number and the church they usually attend.  Thank you very much.  Email Address: desertmartinparish@gmail.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.churchservices.tv.



Baptisms are being celebrated once again in the parish.



Messenger Publications is offering a free online copy of the July edition of ‘The Messenger’.  To access the July edition, visit: https://issuu.com/messengerpublications/docs/messenger_july_1

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.



Banagher Parish Part Time Housekeeper.  Permanent Contract.  This is a part time position with the hours stipulated below:  10 hours per week – Monday and Wednesday 4 pm to 7 pm and Saturday 11 am to 3 pm.  For application packs please contact:  Bishop’s House, St Eugene’s Cathedral, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP, telephone 028 7126 2302 or email:  payroll@derrydiocese.org.  Completed applications must be returned to Personnel, Bishop’s House, St Eugene’s Cathedral, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP or via email to payroll@derrydiocese.org no later than 5 pm on Monday, 13th July 2020.  Derry Diocesan Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We welcome applications from all men and women and from members of all communities.



Part Time Housekeeper for Retired Priest in Co. Donegal.  Part-time Permanent Contract.  This is a part time position with the hours stipulated below:  15 hours per week – Monday to Friday.  For application packs please contact:  Bishop’s House, St Eugene’s Cathedral, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP, telephone 028 7126 2302 or email:  payroll@derrydiocese.org.  Completed applications must be returned to Personnel, Bishop’s House, St Eugene’s Cathedral, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP or via email to payroll@derrydiocese.org no later than 5 pm on Monday 13th July 2020.  Derry Diocesan Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We welcome applications from all men and women and from members of all communities.



This year, St. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society celebrates its 125th Anniversary of the founding of the Society (in 1895).  The Society has launched a new website, www.stjosephsyoungpriestssociety.ie.  In congratulating the faithful members of S.J.Y.P., past and present, on its 125th Anniversary, the Society acknowledges the ongoing good work of the S.J.Y.P. members in parishes across the country and in our own diocese.  The work of S.J.Y.P. and the dedication of the members is very much understated, but the steady, prayerful and financial support is invaluable to us.  The National president, Mr. John Murphy, says that in the last ten years, through the generosity of members and benefactors, the Society has assisted, both prayerfully and financially, 1,449 ordinations to priesthood.  These include support for our own seminarians, of course, for which we are very grateful.


MATT TALBOT PRAYER SOCIETY – Praying for those suffering from Addiction

On the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Eugene’s Cathedral launched the Matt Talbot Prayer Society.  This Prayer Society has been created to pray for people who are suffering from any form of addiction, to pray for those recovering from addiction, and to pray for all those affected by addiction, especially family members.  As we know addiction takes many forms from alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography, to other less acknowledged addictions.

To join the Matt Talbot Prayer Society, you are invited to enrol the name of the person to be prayed for and the addiction from which we are praying that they will be freed.  Those enrolled will be prayed for specifically every day by members of the Matt Talbot Prayer Society.  Mass will be offered for those enrolled on the first Monday of every month in St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, at 7.30 pm.  You will also receive an enrolment card to enable you to join in the prayer.  To enrol someone in the Matt Talbot Prayer Society, please phone St. Eugene’s Cathedral on 028 7126 2894 or email steugenes@btconnect.com or private message St. Eugene’s Cathedral Facebook page.



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



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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