Bulletin: 2nd August 2020

PARISH BULLETIN – 18th Sunday of the Year – 2nd August 2020




St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena:                5 pm

Holy Rosary, Draperstown:                6.15 pm [webcam]

St. Patrick’s, Keenaught:             7.30 pm



St. Columba’s, Straw:                         9 am

St. Mary’s, Coolcalm:                   10 am [webcam]

St. Patrick’s, Sixtowns:                       11 am

Holy Rosary, Draperstown:               12 noon [webcam]



Holy Rosary Church:  Monday and Wednesday ~ 10 am; Friday ~ 7.30 pm.

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


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:

Mary Kidd, 65 Iniscarn Road; Mary Breen, 18 Cullion Road; Margaret McGuigan, Moykeeran Crescent and Anna McGrory, Pennyburn, Derry who were buried during the week.


Claire Boyle (née Murray) of Whitby in Yorkshire and formerly from Cullion who died on Tuesday during the week.


Henry McBride and Ann Watters who died recently.


John Trainor, Leonard O’Hagan, John O’Connor and Patrick Higgins whose anniversaries occur at this time.





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

Donnacha Anthony Foley, 6 Moorside Villas.


THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £1,685.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £180.00.

Diocesan Purposes envelopes:  £15.00 (£415.00 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 during the week ONLY on Monday and Wednesday 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.



There is a change in the Friday Masses 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.



If parishioners in Desertmartin and Ballinascreen wish to have their loved one prayed for at the 10 am Mass in Coolcalm or the 7.30 pm Mass in Holy Rosary 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 Coolcalm and the Holy Rosary 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.



Bishop Donal McKeown will be the celebrant at the 7.30 pm Mass on Friday 7th August in Holy Rosary Church.



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 at www.desertmartinparish.com, and on local club and community group Facebook pages.

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.

People are free to wear masks or face coverings at Mass if they wish.

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 and Holy Rosary 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 are very welcome.



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




27th July 2020 ~ Winning numbers –  1  8  10  24

£50 winner – Mary Margaret Love, Loup

Jackpot – £2,100



The Club offers its deepest sympathy to the Kidd family on the death of former Treasurer Mary, mother to Club Chairman Pat and grandmother to Vice-Chairman Patrick.  We also offer our most sincere condolences to the Breen family of Cullion Road on the death of Mary, wife to former Chairman Fintan and mother to senior player James.



Men – Senior Championship Round 2  Magilligan V Desertmartin  on Friday 7th August at 7.30 pm in Magilligan.


Men – Recreational Reserve Championship Round 1  Desertmartin Res. V Slaughtneil Thirds on Sunday 9th August at 2 pm in Longfield.


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.



Messenger Publications is offering a free online copy of the August edition of ‘The Messenger’.  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.



A faith-based Gap Year opportunity for young adults aged between 18 – 25, is now open for applications for the year starting September 2020.  DYC offers the opportunity to live in community, to develop and be formed in faith and be involved in youth ministry in parishes.  The three main aspects of DYC are:  Accompaniment, Community and Encounter.  If you are interested in this Gap Year or would like some more information, please email: dyc@derrydiocese.org



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/



We are taking registrations now for the second running of our online Summer School ‘Theology, Spirituality and Religious Experience’ starting on 10th August; it also ran in July.  The course consists of 10 online lectures by Fr. Pat Collins C.M. given over two weeks and we were delighted to receive hugely positive comments from participants who took part in July; see just two examples:  ‘Your talks are refreshing me, rekindling my spirit and renewing my enthusiasm.  Refocusing on the centrality of religious experience is vital and extremely helpful’.  ‘The eyes of my mind have also been enlightened, as I gained a fresh understanding, from a range of Christian and other perspectives, of the nature of genuine religious experience as well as of the inherent dangers that can lie within that approach’.  To find out more about the online Summer School Experience, visit https://bit.ly/2BYPmXa



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.



With the Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the July-August edition of ‘The Net’ will only be available on the Diocesan website at this stage – https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-net-july-august-2020.  However, the publication will be available again in parishes when the restrictions are lifted.  For inclusion of your faith related news in future editions just email: editorthenet15@gmail.com

Coverage in this month’s edition includes:

  • Youth News – summer programmes, youth ministry scholarship and leadership opportunities
  • Sacramental joy for Bellaghy and Limavady children
  • Fan the Flame 2020
  • ‘End of School Year’ Mass celebrations
  • SEARCH lockdown Rosary reaches into many homes
  • Youth reporters reflect on upcoming beatification of Italian teenager and amazing Diocesan youth activities
  • Pope John Paul II youth reflections
  • Derry Youth Community recruiting
  • Desertmartin family share lockdown experience
  • Holy Family honoured in Newtownstewart Oratory
  • College lockdown feature
  • Funds needed to complete St. Pio House, Galliagh
  • Fr. Columba CFR off on sabbatical
  • Celebrating St Columba
  • St. Francis’ Men’s Prayer & Friendship Group
  • Special creation brings joy in time of sadness by Jeanette Gallagher
  • An Bráthair Searlas – Irish section by Fr. Oliver Crilly
  • Bishop Donal humbled by Community Service Award
  • Parishioners share lockdown faith experience
  • The love of Christ urges us on – Bishop Donal on return to public worship
  • Leckpatrick parishioner, Oliver Barrett’s faith journey
  • Bishop Francis Lagan RIP
  • Bishop Donal reflects on Pope’s monthly prayer intentions
  • Why conversations about ‘Black Lives Matter’ belong in classroom by Deirdre McElholm
  • The Significance of Eucharistic Miracles by Fr. Stephen Quinn OCD
  • A Word of God for your family life by Fr. Johnny Doherty CSsR
  • Get ready to celebrate Season of Creation by Patricia McCormack
  • Children’s Catechism Club by Veronica Harley
  • Quiz Time with Lawrence
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