Bulletin: 12th July 2020

PARISH BULLETIN – 15th Sunday of the Year – 12th July 2020




Holy Rosary:                           6 pm


St. Mary’s, Coolcalm:             10 am

Holy Rosary:                           12 noon



Holy Rosary Church:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday ~ 10 am

St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm: Tuesday and Thursday ~ 10 am; Friday ~ 7.30 pm


All Masses in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm are transmitted live via the Desertmartin parish webcam:


All Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the Ballinascreen parish webcam:





Please remember in your prayers:

Henry McBride, 47 Tirgan Road, who was buried during the week.


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


Tony Duffy, Dan McKenna, Teresa O’Brien, Dan Kerr, John Hughes, Elizabeth Hughes, Veronica O’Neill, James Doyle, Joseph McGuigan, Kathleen Higgins, Eileen McGuigan, Annie Bridget McBride, Kathleen O’Neill, Andy McCullagh, William Mullan and Molly Mullan whose anniversaries occur at this time.




We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:

Ríona Sheridan, 21 Grange Road, Magherafelt.



THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £595.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £490.00.

Pope’s Collection:  £25.00 (£265.00 in total).

Many thanks to all who have returned parish envelopes, established standing orders, have made online payments or used the ‘Donate’ button on the Parish Website.



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.



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.



From Friday, 31st July, when Confirmations in Ballinascreen are completed, there will be a change in Friday Mass times schedule.  The 10 am morning Mass on a Friday will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm, and the 7.30 pm Friday evening Mass will be celebrated in Holy Rosary Church.

Both Masses will be available on webcam.

Social distancing will apply at all Masses and when all the seats are taken, others may remain in their cars and receive Holy Communion when the congregation has left the church.



Saturday Vigils and Sunday Masses for different areas of the parish will commence next weekend, 18th and 19th July.

Masses will be held as follows:

7.30 pm Vigil Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Keenaught.

10 am Sunday Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm (webcam).


In Ballinascreen Parish:

5 pm Vigil Mass in St. Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena.

6.15 pm Vigil Mass in Holy Rosary Church, Draperstown.

9 am Sunday Mass in St. Columba’s Church, Straw.

11 am Sunday Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Sixtowns.

12 noon Sunday Mass in Holy Rosary Church, Draperstown.

Church doors will open 30 minutes before Mass starts.

Because of the new guidelines regarding social distancing, the number of parishioners that may attend each Mass is limited.  Therefore, following a 4-Week Cycle, each Mass will be for certain areas of the parish.

Full details of this 4-Week Cycle will be displayed on all Church doors, on the parish website, and on local club and community group Facebook pages from early in the week.

It is very important to note that the Sunday Obligation to attend Mass continues to be suspended.

In the church only families residing in the same household can sit together.

Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass as people leave.

Mass will be broadcast over the external speakers or you can watch Mass via the webcam (Coolcalm only).  Those outside the church in their cars can receive Holy Communion once Mass is finished and the congregation has left the Church.  Churches will be closed when the available seats are taken.

The safest place is still to remain at home.



Many thanks to those who have volunteered to assist in our Churches with implementing the many new guidelines at each Mass.  More volunteers welcome.

Those who would like to volunteer to help at Masses in St. Patrick’s, Keenaught are invited to come to the church and meet with Fr. McGirr tomorrow, Monday 13th July, at 7 pm.



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


KILCRONAGHAN CENTRE ~ PLANT SALE of Perennials on Friday 17th July at 6.30 pm.  Great selection, all reasonably priced.  The sale will be held outside with a one-way system in place observing social distancing requirements.  Please bring your own box to put purchases into. No admission until 6.30 pm.




The Club offers its deepest sympathy to the Donnelly family of Bellaghy on the death of Francis, formerly of Iniscarn Road, Desertmartin.  Francis had a prolonged playing career with St. Martin’s and was a playing member of the Junior Championship winning team of 1968.

The Club also offers its sincere condolences to the McBride family of Tirgan on the death of club member Henry, father of former playing members Peter and Sean and brother of Joe who played with the 1968 Junior Championship winning team.


Junior Championship

Group A:    Desertmartin, Craigbane, Magilligan, Drum, Moneymore

Group B:    Sean Dolan’s, Ardmore, Ballerin, Doire Colmcille

Round 1:    Aug 1st/2nd Desertmartin v Moneymore (Neutral venue)


Recreational Football

Group A:    Craigbane Reserves, Glen Thirds, Bellaghy Thirds, Loup Thirds, Magherafelt Thirds

Group B:    Ogra Colmcille, Desertmartin Reserves, Dungiven Thirds, Slaughtneil Thirds

Round 1:    6th – 9th August.  9th Desertmartin Res. v Slaughtneil Thirds.



6th July 2020 ~ Winning numbers –  9  12  14  15

£50 winner – Ciara Scullion, Brackagh Lane

Next week’s jackpot – £1,950


Kellogg’s Cul Camp – Derry 2020

Kellogg’s Cul Camps will happen in Derry this summer across a number of regional venues.  Cul Camps provide boys and girls – between ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games.  For further information, visit desertmartin gac facebook.


Club Merchandise  

For those needing sports gear due to the commencement of the playing season or any other club merchandise, please contact Ciaran Higgins on 079 6883 7094.



Lough Derg Lakeshore and Ancient Pilgrim Path reopens for visitors.  Walk and Pray the Ancient Pilgrim Path with the Prior on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July.  Guided Contemplative Walk begins at noon.  Approx. 4 hour, 12 km. moderate loop.  Booking essential, full details at www.loughderg.org or email info@loughderg.org



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

To access the August edition, visit:  https://issuu.com/messengerpublications/docs/august_messenger_to_press

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 2020Derry 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 2020Derry 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



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