Bulletin: 6th September 2020

PARISH BULLETIN – 23rd Sunday of the Year – 6th September 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:









Following the Irish Catholic Bishops recommendation to use face coverings at Masses and other celebrations in churches, we encourage our parishioners to adopt the practice.  Many people attending Mass in our parishes already wear a mask, but we appeal to all who attend Mass to do so.






Please remember in your prayers:


Baby Mary Henry, Dunloy and Mary Woulahan, Bellaghy who were buried during the week.


Annie McGlinchey, Callann Patrick Kidd, Hugh McWilliams, Roddy O’Kane and Alice McCracken who died recently.


Gerard McCann, James Fullen and Eddie Walls whose anniversaries occur at this time.





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

Cassie Sarah McErlane, 42 Gortahurk Road.



THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £1,125.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £85.00.

Pope’s Collection envelopes:  £5.00 (£380.00 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.  Your generosity is vital to the parish and is appreciated very, very much.



The children of Knocknagin Primary School will celebrate their First Holy Communion with their immediate family next Saturday, 12th September, at 11 am in St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm.  Family members, relatives, friends and parishioners will be able to view the Mass on the parish webcam at https://www.churchservices.tv/Desertmartin

We pray for all the children and their families as they prepare for their special day ahead.



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.



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.



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




30th August 2020 ~ Winning numbers –  2  4  8  10

£50 winner – Geraldine McGuigan, Keenaught

Jackpot – £2,350


Senior Ladies Championship – Desertmartin V Coleraine on Sunday 6th September at 11 am.

U14 Boys Championship – Greenlough V Desertmartin on Tuesday 8th at 7 pm.



Earlier in the year I planned on doing a fundraising cycle in aid of mental health, in particular S.T.E.P.S. in Draperstown.  Unfortunately due to Covid19 I was unable to complete the challenge and I decided to postpone the event.  It was looking like I was going to have to wait until next year before being able to arrange an event.  However, due to the struggles of all charities and in particular with S.T.E.P.S. over the period of this pandemic and the work they have been doing, I have decided to do a One-Day Cycle.

Thursday 10th September is World Suicide Prevention day.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to have the event that day, but on Saturday 12th September I will be attempting to Cycle from Dawn (6.30 am) to Dusk (8 pm) to raise money for S.T.E.P.S. mental health.  Due to Covid19 regulations, I will be using a local 25 mile circuit – Draperstown, Tobermore, Magherafelt, Moneymore and back to Draperstown and repeating that throughout the day.

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far.  If you would like to donate, please use the link below.  Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go around houses due to current restrictions, so if anyone can’t make a donation online and would like to donate, please contact me or any of the family and we will arrange something.  Thank you.

Link for donations:  https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/danny-mcstravock



The digital version of the September Messenger will be the last issue to be offered free of charge to non-subscribers.  From October onwards, the digital edition will only be available to subscribers.  A digital subscription costs just €15 per year and we hope you will decide to subscribe if you are not currently a subscriber.  The September issue can be viewed on https://issuu.com/messengerpublications/docs/messenger_september

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.



Pope Francis established 1st September as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.  The Season of Creation is marked throughout the Christian world from 1st September to 4th October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) and celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.



Anam Cara Donegal, an organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Thursday 10th September at 7.20 pm in the Raddison Blu Hotel, Letterkenny.  This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not  [subject to change in accordance with government guidelines].  For more information, visit anamcara.ie or call our Information Line on 00353 1 4045378.



The National Grandparents Pilgrimage 2020 will be broadcast live on Sunday 13th September at 3 pm from the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland at Knock Shrine.  Grandparents and their families are invited to join online at www.knockshrine.ie/watch



Commencing Monday, 14th September (online by Zoom).  Due to the success of last year’s course, applications are now being accepted for the new intake of this one-year programme for those who want a closer relationship with God.  Living out faith isn’t easy against the backdrop of our fast-paced, noisy and instantaneous culture.  The Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living course aims to give you the tools and space to become attuned to God’s voice in the midst of the clamour.  Taking place over 30 Monday Evenings from 7 pm – 9.30 pm by Zoom.  When circumstances permit, the option to take part in the Drumalis Centre will also be available.  For further information, please contact 028 2827 6455/2827 2196 (Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm) or email maura@drumalis.co.uk.  Details are also available on the Drumalis website – http://www.drumalis.co.uk.  See Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3JY2lChUU4&t=36s



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/


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.



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