Bulletin: 20th December 2020

PARISH BULLETIN – 4th Sunday of Advent – 20th December 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, Tuesday and Wednesday ~ 10 am.


St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm:  Tuesday ~ 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:






The priests of Desertmartin and Ballinascreen parishes wish everyone a holy and peaceful Christmas

Beannachtaí na Nollag





Please remember in your prayers:


Evelyn Maloney (née O’Hagan), Sheffield, formerly of Longfield (sister of Eddie and John Joe O’Hagan) and Pat McCluskey, Dublin, who died during the week.


Frank Kearney, Seamus Scullion and Mary Gunning who died recently.


Charlie Bradley whose first anniversary occurs at this time.


Briege McGurk, Ellen McIvor, Peter Kearney, Darren McDaid, Felix Pat Bradley, Mary Bradley, Tommy Shields, Cissie Ryan and Joseph McHugh whose anniversaries occur at this time.




THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £840.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £85.00.

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.



If you would like to make a donation, please put it in an envelope marked ‘St. Vincent de Paul’ and place it in the collection box at Sunday Mass or put the envelope through the letterbox at the Parochial House.  Thank you.


The Parish is having a CHRISTMAS DRAW.  There will be draws every day of the 12 days between Christmas Day and Tuesday 5th January 2021.  Everyone’s ticket will be in for all the draws, which means you have 33 chances to win prizes.  Total prize fund is £5,000.  TICKETS are £20 each, available from:

  • Heron’s Gift Shop, Draperstown,
  • Moneyneena Post Office,
  • and from McGirr at the Parochial House, 50 Tobermore Road.

A ticket would make a nice Christmas gift to send inside your Christmas cards to members of your family and friends this Christmastime.


PRIZES ~ on the first 10 days there are 3 prizes each day of £100.  On 11th Day the draw will be for 2 prizes of £500 and on the 12th and last Day of Christmas there is one final prize of £1,000.  Please let your family and friends know about our special Christmas Draw.

The first draw will take place this Friday – Christmas Day

Thank you for your kind support of this year’s Twelve Days of Christmas Draw.




To allow as many parishioners as possible attend Christmas Mass, in the present circumstances, 22 Masses have been arranged in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin from 24th December to 27th December.  To maintain social distancing there must be a limit on how many can attend each Mass.  It is therefore ESSENTIAL that you BOOK ONLINE and follow all the booking instructions.

Holy Communion will be distributed at the church doors at the end of Mass.



St. Patrick’s, Sixtowns ~ 3 pm & 7 pm

St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena ~ 3 pm & 7 pm

Holy Rosary ~ 3 pm & 8 pm [webcam]

St, Mary’s, Coolcalm ~ 5 pm [webcam]

St. Columba’s, Straw ~ 6 pm

St. Patrick’s, Keenaught ~ 8 pm



St. Columba’s, Straw ~ 9 am

St. Mary’s, Coolcalm ~ 10 am [webcam]

St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena ~ 10 am

St. Patrick’s, Sixtowns ~ 11 am

St. Patrick’s, Keenaught ~ 12 noon

Holy Rosary ~ 12 noon [webcam]



St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena ~ 5 pm

Holy Rosary ~ 6.15 pm [webcam]

St. Patrick’s, Keenaught ~ 6.30 PM.

The time of this Mass has been changed to comply with the new Covid Regulations that all churches must be closed by the 8 pm curfew beginning on 26th December.  Those who booked tickets for the original 7.30 pm Mass, you don’t have to re-book; your tickets will carry over to and are good for the 6.30 pm Mass.



St. Columba’s, Straw ~ 9 am

St. Mary’s, Coolcalm ~ 10 am [webcam]

St. Patrick’s, Sixtowns ~ 11 am

Holy Rosary ~ 12 noon [webcam]


  • You may only book for and attend ONE MASS over these four days.
  • Booking now open. There is still some availability for some of these Christmas Masses particularly on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th
  • A valid email address and contact number MUST be provided when booking.
  • To make a booking go to your parish website:

www.desertmartinparish.com or www.parishofballinascreen.com




The Confirmation for the children in St. Columb’s Primary School, Cullion will be celebrated on Saturday 6th March 2021 at 11 am in St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm.

The Confirmation for the children in Knocknagin Primary School will be celebrated on Saturday 13th March 2021 at 11 am in St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm.



St. Mary’s, Coolcalm, will be open for private prayer this week on Monday and Wednesday from 11 am to 1 pm.

Please wear a face covering while entering and leaving the church.  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.




Monday 14th December 2020 ~ Winning numbers –  7  18  20  21

£50 winner – Paddy Eddy Donnelly, Cullion Road

Jackpot – £3,100



The AGM took place in the Gaelic Centre on Sunday 13th December.  With Brian Smith presiding over the election of officers, the following were elected to the Executive Committee for 2021:

Chairman  –  Pat Kidd

Secretary  –  Colm Breen

Treasurer and Registrar  –  Claire Mullan

Vice-Chairman  –  Patrick Kidd

Assistant Secretary  –  Michael McGovern

Committee members  –  Gerry McGuigan, Peter Donnelly and Ciaran Higgins




Thank you to those volunteering to help with stewarding and implementing the new Covid guidelines at our Masses.  We would greatly appreciate more help with our weekend Masses and especially at our funerals.  More volunteers are necessary to us having our churches open for our public Masses and they would be very welcome.  You’re welcome to assist with the cleaning of seats after a Mass you attend.  Thank you.



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



A digital edition of ‘The Messenger’ is 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.  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.



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



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/



These resources have been created by the Derry Diocese in conjunction with the Northern Pastoral Network for family prayer during Advent.  A family prayer booklet with the Gospel for each Sunday of Advent with a family activity, prayers and a reflection  can be downloaded at:  https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/advent-prayer-service-for-use-at-home
Other family activities for Advent, including prayers and how to create an Advent Wreath, are available on the Catechetical Centre website.



Sharing the fruits of the faith in the Derry Diocese.  With Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the December edition of ‘The Net’ will only be available on the Diocesan website – https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-net-december-2020.  The publication will be available again in parishes when the restrictions are lifted.  Enquiries to editorthenet15@gmail.com.


Coverage in this month’s edition includes:

  • Bishop Donal looking forward to World Youth Day 2023
  • Online youth activities for Advent
  • Strabane Holy Cross College ‘Footprints’ competition by Hollie Frystal
  • JPII Reflections
  • Youth writers share thoughts on…Celebrating Christmas; Inspirational Garvan Byrne story; and Drawing God
  • Advent reflections by Hollie and Filip, Derry Youth Scholarship Ministry
  • Clare devotees gathered in heavy rain to pray birthday Rosary
  • Bishop Donal launches Columban Year
  • Melmount Prayer for Deceased by Hollie Frystal
  • Creggan Eucharistic Blessing
  • Clonleigh Pilgrimage of Remembrance by Fr. Colm O’Doherty
  • Ardmore marks 90th anniversary
  • Newtownstewart gets a new relic by Fr. Roland Colhoun
  • Dungiven celebrates doctoral success of Fr. Joseph Varghese
  • Roni Zacharias arrives from India
  • Remembering Fr. Stephen Kearney
  • Pat Carlin shares thoughts on ‘Connecting Generations’ campaign
  • Following the stone by Fr. Oliver Crilly
  • Françoise Henry – Irish section by Fr. Oliver Crilly
  • My faith story by Fr. Francesco Gavazzi CFR
  • Memories of Christmas past…and hopes for Christmas 2020
  • The Stable and The Cribs by Vera McFadden
  • Novena to the Divine Child with Termonbacca Carmelites
  • A Word of God for your Family Life by Fr. Johnny Doherty CSsR
  • An Advent like no other Advent by Fr. John McLaughlin SSC
  • A holy duty to hand on the faith by Roseann O’Donnell
  • Teresa of the Andes – Part IV by Fr. Stephen Quinn OCD
  • Advent Sunday Holy Hours for Vocations
  • Children’s Catechism Club by Veronica Harley
  • Neal Carlin’s latest book reviewed – ‘The Eagle, the Tiger and Covid’
  • Parish Post-its
  • Quiz Time with Lawrence





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