Bulletin: 31st January 2021

PARISH BULLETIN – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 31st 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; Tuesday ~ 6 pm; 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 recent Northern Ireland Executive decision to extend the current Covid-19 restrictions, ALL Weekday and Sunday Masses will continue to be celebrated behind closed doors (except for Weddings and Funerals) until Friday 5th March.


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.




Please remember in your prayers:


Paul Devlin, Jim McKee, Lilly McCrory, Mickey McDaid and Dolores Meyler who died recently.


Alice McGuigan, Kevin Fullen, John Walls, Jean Kearney, Mary McNicholl, Hugh McNicholl, Patrick Kelly, Jim McBride, Rosaleen McCusker, Barney Donnelly, Patsy Donnelly, Annie Duffy and Michéal Gribbin whose anniversaries occur at this time.




THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £255.00.


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.



St. Brigid’s Crosses will be blessed during the 11 am Mass on Monday from the Holy Rosary Church, Draperstown.  Please have your St. Brigid’s Cross beside you for this blessing.



The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord remembers the last event from the childhood of Jesus recorded in the Gospels.  It’s the reason why we have kept our cribs in our homes and in our churches until this day.  This feast is the traditional day for blessing candles for personal use at home.  If you wish to have candles blessed, have them beside you while you’re watching the webcam Mass on Tuesday and they will be blessed then.  There will be two Masses on Tuesday – the 11 am Mass from St. Mary’s, Coolcalm and a 6 pm Mass from Holy Rosary, Draperstown.



The Individual blessing of throats will not take place this year, but there will be a general online blessing during the 11 am Mass on Wednesday from the Holy Rosary, Draperstown.



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

St. Patrick’s, Keenaught, will be open for private prayer and to light candles this week on Thursday from 11 am to 2 pm.


Please, you must 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.  Do not sit on a seat where a card has been left behind.  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.



Following the extension of the lockdown until at least 8th March, regretfully the decision has had to be taken to cancel the Confirmation ceremonies we had planned for the month of March in both the Desertmartin and Ballinascreen parishes.  Confirmations will be arranged at a time later in the year when, hopefully, there would be less chance of them having to be cancelled again.  In the meantime, parents/guardians and families of all children in Desertmartin and Ballinascreen making First Confession, First Communion and Confirmation this year are asked to put this date, Tuesday 23rd February, in their diary.  On the 23rd at 7 pm there will be a special online presentation from St. Eugene’s Cathedral, via the cathedral webcam, hosted by the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre.  More details nearer the event.



We will be ordering oil within the next week, 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.



Is inviting applications for its course towards a Part-Time Certificate in Religious Education (Primary) with Online Delivery beginning Autumn 2021.  The course is open to:  Qualified primary school teachers and Qualified post-primary school teachers who wish to transfer to primary school teaching.  Parents, sacramental preparation teams and parish catechists who have a specific interest in the area of primary religious education may also apply.  Closing date for Applications is Friday 14th May 2021.  This date may be extended.  For further information and application forms, contact Mary Kearns, Senior Administrator, School of Education, St. Angela’s College, Lough Gill, Sligo.  Email mkearns@stangelas.nuigalway.ie or visit Website: www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie



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.



During these times of being at home more than usual you might like to visit the Derry Diocesan Webpage and click on the bottom left hand corner where the link to Media Gallery is.  Here you will find that there are hundreds of free talks, short films, etc. available for you to view.



The January edition of The Net, the monthly publication sharing the fruits of faith in the Derry Diocese, is now available on the Diocesan website and Facebook Page – https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-net-january-2021

With Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the January edition will only be available on the Diocesan website.  However, 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:

  • St. Joseph’s School, Derry, celebrates opening of its new Oratory
  • Bishop Donalpays tribute to schools for creativity in challenging times
  • Hope filled message from Diocesan Post Primary RE Advisor, Mary O’Boyle
  • Catholic Schools’ Week launch by Therese Ferry
  • Youth writers share thoughts on…Hopes for 2021; relevance of St. Columba for today; the role of the young in shaping the world post-Covid; and Pope Francis’ moments of solitude.
  • Derry youth impressed by Dublin couple’s focus on ‘Called to More’
  • Melmount Parish celebrates 50thanniversary of St. Mary’s Church by Hollie Frystal
  • Carmelite Novena a humbling and touching time of prayer
  • Diocesan Lourdes Mass of Remembrance
  • Columban Year celebrations launched
  • Time of change for all of us as Church by Anne Friel, DPC chair
  • Bishop Donalreflects on Diocesan Pastoral Plan
  • Messages of hope for 2021 from around the Diocese
  • Our Vocation is a Gift by Fr. Chris Ferguson
  • Remembering the late Fr. Patrick McGoldrick
  • A tribute to the late Fr. Michael Mullan
  • Holy Hours for Vocations
  • A Reflection on Faith & Life by Mary McMenamin
  • Bishop Donal’sreflection on the Pope’s prayer intention for January
  • Ár nDúchas Spioradálta…Irish Pageby Fr. Oliver Crilly
  • Children’s Catechism Clubby Veronica Harley
  • Teach me to pray!  St. Therese of Lisieux by Fr. Stephen Quinn OCD
  • Our Hidden God by Fr. Johnny Doherty CSsR
  • Marriage & The Family by Madeline and Tom McCully
  • Evergreen Treasures by Vera McFadden
  • Quiz Time with Lawrence



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 9 am 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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