Bulletin: 3rd January 2021

PARISH BULLETIN – 2nd Sunday of Christmas – 3rd January 2021




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 ~ 7.30 pm.


St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm:  Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 11 am; Wednesday ~ 7.30 pm (webcam only).


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 Visit of the Magi/3 Kings/Wisemen)


Wednesday 6th January 

There is NO obligation to attend Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany this year, so to ensure safety for all during the current pandemic all Masses for the feast on Wednesday will be said behind closed doors and will be broadcast on WEBCAM ONLY.

Holy Rosary Church, Draperstown at 11 am

 St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm at 7.30 pm



You are invited to email an image of your Christmas Crib to desertmartinparish@gmail.com or ballinascreenparish@gmail.com.  If you haven’t already sent in a photo of your crib in your home, please do so before Tuesday 5th January as the Ballinascreen Parish Facebook Christmas Crib Presentation will go live on Wednesday 6th January.




Please remember in your prayers:


Lilly McCrory, Calendar, Scotland, who died during the week; Jimmy Rogers, Foreglen whose funeral will be on Sunday at 1 pm in Moneyneena and Dolores Meyler, Dublin (née Dolores McKenna from Tullybrick, Sixtowns) whose funeral will be on Monday at 11 am broadcast from Holy Rosary, Draperstown, with burial afterwards in Sixtowns.


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


Brendan Kelly, Fintan Scullin, Josephine Donnelly, Veronica Storey, Harry McKendry, Johnny Walls, John O’Hagan, Katie Smith, Elizabeth Shaw and Nellie Grant whose anniversaries occur at this time.




THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £1,905.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £480.00.

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.




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  (No. 0887)

Frances McGuigan, 6 Woodlands, Draperstown  (No. 0864)

Claire Brides, c/o Brian Óg Gormley  (No. 0063)


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

Caoimhe Kelly, 9B Crocknamohill Road  (No. 1442)

Michael Gormley, 96 Tobermore Road  (No. 0985)

Carrie and Michael Toner, Straw  (No. 1412)


Third Day of Christmas (27th December) Draw Winners:

Emma McBride, 67 Cavanreagh Road, Draperstown  (No. 0023)

Kevin and Monica O’Hagan, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin  (No. 0799)

Charlie and Eleanor Kelly, 76 Glengoland Park, Belfast  (No. 1179)


Fourth Day of Christmas (28th December) Draw Winners:

Caroline McCloskey, 2 Fortview, Moneyneena  (No. 0826)

Brian McLaughlin, 21 Thorndale, Limavady  (No. 1078)

Pauline McGuigan, 46 Fivemile Straight  (No. 1386)


Fifth Day of Christmas (29th December) Draw Winners:

Kieran McBride, 10 Dromdallagan, Straw  (No. 0355)

Paula Henry, 140 Tobermore Road  (No. 0489)

Kieran and Karen Doyle, 7 Drumard Road, Draperstown  (No. 1359)


Sixth Day of Christmas (30th December) Draw Winners:

Claire McBride, 83 Cavanreagh Road, Draperstown  (No. 0014)

Lois Austin, 44 Motalee Road  (No. 0072)

Caroline Kelly, 3 Scutchers Lane, Draperstown  (No. 1252)


Seventh Day of Christmas (31st December) Draw Winners:

James McKenna, c/o 50 Sixtowns Road, Draperstown  (No. 1177)

Rory Gormley, Bury-St.-Edmunds  (No. 0981)

Colm and Kathleen McBride, 25 Cloane Road, Draperstown  (No. 1165)


Eighth Day of Christmas (1st January) Draw Winners:

Rose Sargent, 66 Cavanreagh Road, Draperstown  (No. 0548)

Damien Donnelly, 48 Bancran Road, Draperstown  (No. 1191)

Jeremy and Scarlett, Circular Road, Omagh  (No. 0001)


Thank you for your incredible and generous support of this year’s Twelve Days of Christmas Draw.  Congratulations to the winners so far in the Draw.




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 11 am Mass (this week) in Coolcalm or the 7.30 pm Mass 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.



Thinking of giving up smoking for 2021?  Free smoking cessation service available at O’Kane’s Pharmacy, Draperstown.  Please phone 028 7962 8209 for more information.



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/





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