Bulletin: 20th September 2020

PARISH BULLETIN – 25th Sunday of the Year – 20th 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:


Bernadette Mullin, Magherafelt Road, Draperstown and John Bradley, Mullinavoo who died during the week.


Mary Henry and Mary Woulahan who died recently.


Annie McGlinchey whose Month’s Mind occurs at this time.


Eddie Higgins, Bernie McDaid, Sadie Kearney, John McNicholl, Eugene Donnelly, Michael Toner, Mary Toner, John McGuigan, Roseann McGovern, Harry Ryan, Evelyn O’Kane, Margaret McWilliams, Maggie McKay, Brian Murphy, Josephine Murphy, Francis Murphy and Michael Devlin whose anniversaries occur at this time.





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

Myla Beth Murphy, 43 Gortahurk Road.



THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £1,015.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £165.00.

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.



We offer our warmest Congratulations to the children of St. Columb’s Primary School, Cullion and Knocknagin Primary School who made their First Holy Communion over these past two Saturdays in the parish.  The children prepared and rehearsed for their special day in a very short space of time on returning to school and were all involved and performed beautifully at each of their First Holy Communion Masses.  We also offer our congratulations and gratitude to their families, relatives and friends in supporting their young family members celebrate their special occasion of receiving Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time.  Many thanks to the teachers and staffs of both schools for their support and commitment to the children.  And thank you too to the church sacristans, flower arrangers, stewards, cleaners and musicians who helped make their First Holy Communion memorable for the children.



A sum of money was found on Longfield Road last week.  Contact the Parochial House on 028 7963 2196.

A sum of money was found in Keenaught graveyard on Friday 18th September.  Contact the Parochial House on 028 7963 2196.



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 2-Week Cycle, each Mass will be for certain areas of the parish.

Full details of this 2-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.

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



We will be ordering Oil within the next 2 weeks.  So, if you want to request a fill, please let us know how much as soon as possible.  Also, any member who is not in the Heating Oil Club, you can join and let us know your oil request for this delivery.




Monday 14th September ~ Winning numbers –  4  19  22  24

£50 winner – Paul McGovern Jnr., Tirgan

Jackpot – £2,450



U16 Boys Championship Quarter-Final ~ Desertmartin V Claudy on Thursday 24th September in Longfield at 6.30 pm.



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.



Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the ‘Totus Tuus’ magazine is now being delivered straight to your door.  If you would like to start receiving ‘Totus Tuus’ to your home, then please phone Fiona on 00353 86 876 0058.



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.



The National St. Pio Pilgrimage will be broadcast live on Sunday, 20th September from Knock Shrine commencing at 2.30 pm.  Join online at www.knochshrine.ie/watch

The Padre Pio Mass continues every Monday at 7.30 pm from St. Columba’s Church, Longtower, Derry at http://longtowerchurch.org/webcam/



All parents/guardians of P7 pupils intending to sit the GL Assessment, should note that the closing date for Registration is Friday 16th October.  A guide to the registration and assessment procedure can be found at http://stmarysmagherafelt.com/practical-information/year-8-admission/



The Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen’s reopens on Monday 21st September.  Our liturgies, faith events and social gatherings are popular with students and alumni.  We have a range of groups and societies whose activities appeal to a wide range of interests.  Our Chapel, Food Bar and study space are open throughout the academic year.  Wherever you are on your faith journey, know that we are here for you.  For more, visit qubcatholic.org or drop by for a coffee and chat at 28 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast.

Facebook link to a welcome video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=613457662659672&extid=VWuGAapdA2czXP2q



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.



The September edition of ‘The Net’ is now available online at www.derrydiocese.org.  As always, it features a wide variety of news, interesting interviews, articles and photos from parishes across the diocese.  There is a ‘Remembering Bishop Lagan’ feature and a ‘Remembering John Hume’ article in the September issue.  You are invited to read The Net, on the diocesan website, at your convenience.



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