Bulletin: 10th January 2021

PARISH BULLETIN – Baptism of the Lord – 10th January 2021




Holy Rosary, Draperstown:                6.15 pm



St. Mary’s, Coolcalm:                         10 am

Holy Rosary, Draperstown:               12 noon



Holy Rosary Church:  Monday and Wednesday ~ 11 am; Friday ~ 7.30 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:





Following the statement released by the Northern Bishops (click link below to read in full), from now until Saturday 6th February, ALL Weekday and Sunday Masses will be celebrated behind closed doors (except for Weddings and Funerals).


These Masses from Coolcalm and the Holy Rosary can be watched on the respective Parish webcams.  Baptisms can continue to be celebrated with limited numbers attending.


Link to full statement of the Northern Bishops:







Please remember in your prayers:


Mickey McDaid, 13 Moorside Villas who was buried during the week.


Lilly McCrory, Dolores Meyler, Evelyn Maloney, Pat McCluskey and Frank Kearney who died recently.


Seamus Scullion, whose Month’s Mind occurs at this time.


John Ryan, Ann McCrystal, Bridie McIvor, Aloysius McElwee, Josie Murray, Tommy McGuckin, Roseann McGuckin, Sarah McElwee, Matthew Shields, Harry O’Kane, Veronica O’ Kane, Maureen O’Kane, James McKay and Lelia Burns whose anniversaries occur at this time.





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

Rachel Robb, 2 Mill Race Drive, Moneymore.



THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £290.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £120.00.

Those who contribute with a church collection envelope, you are welcome to put them through the Parochial House letterbox at any time during this current lockdown period.


Many thanks to all who have dropped in 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 put the envelope through the letterbox at the Parochial House.  Thank you.





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)


Ninth Day of Christmas (2nd January) Draw Winners:

Catherine Matterson, Luney Road  (No. 0973)

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

Gertie Cleary, 12 Tullybrick Road, Draperstown  (No. 1369)


Tenth Day of Christmas (3rd January) Draw Winners:

Mark McBride, Luney Road  (No. 0165)

Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Heaney, c/o 12 Tobermore Road, Draperstown  (No. 0505)

Niall McShane, Moneyneena Road, Draperstown  (No. 0879)


Eleventh Day of Christmas (4th January) Draw Winners:

Winnie Kelly, 6 Moneyneena Lane, Draperstown  (No. 0626)

Elena Moran, 12 Eglish View, Ballinderry  (No. 1118)


Twelfth Day of Christmas (5th January) Draw Winner:

Gerard Higgins, 22a Drumsamney Road  (No. 1245)


Bonus £100 Winners:

Frank & Bridie O’Hagan, 5 Drumderg Road, Draperstown  (No. 1350)

Anthony McGuigan, 94 Iniscarn Road  (No. 0468)


Congratulations to all the winners in the Christmas Draw.


Thank you for your incredible and generous support of this year’s Twelve Days of Christmas Draw.  Thanks to everyone within the parishes and beyond who bought tickets and asked for tickets to be posted to them.  Thanks too to the great number of parishioners who sold tickets, including Veronica in Heron’s Gift Shop and Bernie in Moneyneena Post Office who were outlets for tickets in Ballinascreen.  You all helped in your own ways to make our Christmas Draw be such a successful one in this very different time we’re going through.




St. Mary’s, Coolcalm, will be open for private prayer this week on Monday and Wednesday from 11 am to 2 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 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.



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/



Stress is a normal reaction to the rapidly changing and uncertain times we are all living in at the moment.  If you are feeling a bit more stressed than usual and would like to learn some great ways, free-of-charge, to deal with common problems like anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing then come along to our online Stress Control class.  ‘Stress Control’ is a six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy class used extensively in community-settings by the NHS (UK) and HSE (Ireland) and across the world.  You can find out more here: https://ni.stresscontrol.org/

As you can’t come to a regular Stress Control class due to the current circumstances, Stress Control will come to you and live stream the sessions.  Each session will be available on the YouTube channel from 9am and will be 62 hours after the start time.  The sessions will be led by Dr. Jim White, consultant clinical psychologist, who created the class and who has taught most of the NHS (UK) and HSE (Ireland) trainers who would normally be running classes across the country.

To take part:

  1. Go to https://ni.stresscontrol.org/ where you can learn more about the class and get the dates. Everything you need to successfully complete the class – the booklets, self-assessment, relaxation and mindfulness – can be found in the ‘Free zone’.  If you can, please read, and start working on, the booklets in the ‘Preparing for the course’ section before Session 1.


  1. On the homepage, click on the ‘Stress Control Online’ link to access our YouTube channel where the classes will be available to view at the scheduled times. If you click the ‘Subscribe’ button on our YouTube page (free), you will receive notifications when a new session is available.  You can also follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdCfzKgmXbB30baWLv6L5-g


  1. The session will begin exactly on time, so make sure you are there from the start. Sessions run for about 90 minutes and there will be a 10-minute break in the middle.


  1. Each session is one piece of the jigsaw in tackling your Stress. By coming to each class, the jigsaw will form, and the big picture can emerge, making you better able to handle your stress.  This is cognitive-behavioural therapy so it is crucial you practice the skills you will learn between sessions.


Life is very hard for us just now and there are no easy solutions or magic cures, but, with hard work and determination, we can boost our resilience to cope with these difficult times and come out the other end stronger. Please pass this on to anyone who you think might benefit from the class.


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