Bulletin: 7th February 2021

PARISH BULLETIN – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 7th February 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.


Novena – On Tuesday and Thursday, morning Mass will be followed by a period of online Eucharistic Adoration until 12 noon.  The Angelus will then be recited followed by a short Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes.  The Novena Prayers may be accessed at: www.catholicbishops.ie/2021/02/01/novena-to-our-lady-of-lourdes/


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 and Lilly McCrory who died recently.


Mickey McDade whose Month’s Mind occurs at this time.


Barney Walls, Mary Wright, Seamus O’Hagan, John O’Hagan, Sarah Higgins, John Crawley Snr., Patrick McGuigan, John Maguinness and Phillip Donnelly whose anniversaries occur at this time.




THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £727.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £143.00.


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.



Over the past few months parishioners have been leaving in donations for Trócaire.  During the week Trócaire sent a letter ‘to gratefully acknowledge the generous donation of £327 sent to Trócaire on behalf of the parishioners of Desertmartin and Kilcronaghan Parish.  Please convey our sincere thanks to your parishioners for their thoughtful generosity.  This donation will help to sustain our life-changing projects overseas, and it is the sum of each and every contribution, no matter what size, that makes a powerful difference.’



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.



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.



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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