Bulletin: 27th December 2020

PARISH BULLETIN – The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – 27th 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 and Wednesday ~ 11 am; Friday ~ 6.30 pm.


St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm:  Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 11 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:






 The priests of the parish wish everyone a holy and peaceful Christmas

Beannachtaí na Nollag





Please remember in your prayers:


Evelyn Maloney, Pat McCluskey, Frank Kearney and Seamus Scullion who died recently.


Patricia McSwiggan whose first anniversary occurs at this time.


Josephine Donnelly, Fintan Scullin, Joseph McKenna, Cissie Higgins, Brian Higgins, Jim Joe Kelly, Rossa Brendan Foley, Shauna Murchan, Joe Marshall, Mary Kerr, Elizabeth Donnelly, Mary Jane Donnelly, Mary McGirr and Pat McGirr whose anniversaries occur at this time.





We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism children who were Christened in the last month:

Annalise Kate McKenna, 4 Gallion Heights, Moneymore; Freya Maria McGuigan, 3 Keenaught Road and Ronan Joseph Bradley, 8 Hawthorn Crescent, Maghera.



THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £1,030.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £70.00.


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 for the generous donations people have made recently.




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 33 draws.


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.


First Day of Christmas (25th December) Draw Winners:

Jamie and Marian Duffy, Drumderg, Draperstown

Frances McGuigan, Woodlands, Draperstown

Claire Brides, c/o Brian Óg Gormley


Second Day of Christmas (26th December) Draw Winners:

Caoimhe Kelly, Crocknamohill Road

Michael Gormley, Tobermore Road

Carrie and Michael Toner, Straw


Thank you for your incredible and generous support of this year’s Twelve Days of Christmas Draw.




Fr. McGirr would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who helped with the celebration of this year’s Christmas Masses.  Thanks to the Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Musicians and Singers, Sacristans, Christmas Tree and Christmas Crib decorators, Flower Arrangers, Church Cleaners, Groundskeeper and the Helpers who looked after parishioners before and during Mass and sanitised seats after Masses.  Everyone’s assistance enabled Christmas Masses to be celebrated this December.



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 6.30 pm Mass (this week) in Holy Rosary on 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.



If you have a child starting primary school in September 2021, you must apply for a P1 placement online between Thursday 7th January 2021 and Friday 29th January 2021.  Please check out the advice video posted on St. Columb’s P.S., Cullion Facebook page which will help you complete your online application.  You can also phone the school mobile on 075 0149 2216 from Tuesday 5th January and we will be pleased to assist you with your online application.  We can also advise you on making any further applications for school transport, free school meals and uniform allowance.



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/



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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