Bulletin: 14th February 2021

PARISH BULLETIN – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 14th February 2021




Holy Rosary, Draperstown:                6.15 pm



St. Mary’s, Coolcalm:                           10 am

Holy Rosary, Draperstown:                12 noon



Holy Rosary Church:  Monday, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 11 am; Friday ~ 7.30 pm.


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


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:


Philomena McAveney-Douglas (née Shanley), Longford who died during the week.


Paul Devlin and Jim McKee who died recently.


Essie Breen, Anthony McGuigan, Pat Scullion, Mattie Ryan, Peggy Ryan, Nellie Walls, Annie Donnelly, Edward Gribbin, Norah Gribbin, Margaret McGurk, Seamus McGurk, John Higgins and Jim Reid whose anniversaries occur at this time.




THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £815.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £162.00.


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.





Beginning on Ash Wednesday (17th February) the Daily Masses will be at the following times and places on webcam only:



11 am Mass from Holy Rosary followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Angelus and Rosary at 12 noon.  There will be a recording made of this Angelus and Rosary so families may use it to pray together later in the day.

7.30 pm Mass from St. Mary’s, Coolcalm.

No Ashes will be distributed this year.  Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence.



11 am Mass from Holy Rosary followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Angelus and Rosary at 12 noon.

7.30 pm Mass from St. Mary’s, Coolcalm.



World Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Sexual Abuse

11 am Parish Anniversary Mass from St. Mary’s, Coolcalm followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Angelus and Rosary at 12 noon.

3 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Stations of the Cross from the Holy Rosary.

7.30 pm Mass from Holy Rosary.


Suggestions for Lent

Create a Prayer Space in our homes with a Crucifix or the image of Christ Crucified at the centre and remember each day all those who carry heavy burdens at this time.  Further ideas on how to create such a space are to be found on this link:  https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/categories/lent-2021

This link will also provide you with many other worthwhile resources for a prayerful and meaningful Lent.


As it’s not possible to safely distribute Trócaire Boxes at this time to everyone, we suggest that you create your own Trócaire Box or Jar and place it somewhere for all to see as a reminder of daily blessing and the need to give to those much less fortunate than ourselves.





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.



Trócaire is delivering a series of online workshops/webinars this Lent.  Find out more and sign up here at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdsitZjQ6LENkWcgfhJng9VHUFFtxTTSq4jelHAZRpCgzqLWQ/viewform?usp=sf_link



In response to Pope Francis declaring the Year of St. Joseph, the Irish Dominicans invite you to join them online via Zoom at 8 pm each day from 15th February to 19th March (Feast of St. Joseph) as they make a collective consecration to St. Joseph, while seeking his intercession for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.  Zoom ID:  986 4005 1501.  Passcode: 122013.  All welcome.  All prayers and readings will be displayed on screen.  For more details, email colm.manniion@dominicans.ie or view www.irishdominicanvocations.com.



Knock Shrine is launching a new series of online discussions to engage you during Lent.  What nurtures our faith and what challenges it today?  Where do we find hope and joy in our lives?  How can our faith build mental strength, wellbeing and resilience?  How has the Covid pandemic impacted upon our faith?  These are just some of the questions that will be explored over the 6 weeks of Lent during a new series of online discussions on the topic of ‘Living Christian Faith’.  Faith Renewal at Knock Shrine is all about reaching out to people.  This will open a conversation on contemporary issues of faith and church life.

Chaired by Fr. Eamonn Conway DD, Priest in Tuam diocese and Professor of Theology at Mary Immaculate College, the conversations will explore a different theme each week and guest speakers will discuss some of the important questions we all face in living out our faith.  The discussions will be streamed online via the Knock Shrine website at www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live  and on Facebook @knockshrine, offering people from all over the world the opportunity to engage in relevant topics and to hear from a range of people, from those in public life such as Baroness Nuala O’Loan and Senator Ronan Mullen to groups of young teachers and members of the clergy.


Thursday 18th February – ‘Living Christian Faith in the Family’
St. John Paul spoke about how the future of humanity passes by way of the family.  Patrick and Linda Treacy, who have four children and run a centre for domestic spirituality called ‘Integritas’ from their home, will speak about the joys and challenges of living Christian Faith as a family today.


Thursday 25th February – ‘Living Christian Faith as Young Adults’

A group of young Irish adults, for whom Christian Faith is of great importance, will discuss the strength it gives them and how we can better communicate the joy of the Gospel today.


Thursday 4th March – ‘Living Christian Faith in the Classroom as Young Teachers’

Three recently qualified primary teachers explain how their religious faith is important to them and how it influences their work as teachers in the classroom.


Thursday 11th March – ‘Living Christian Faith in Public Life’

Baroness Nuala O’Loan and Senator Ronan Mullen discuss their own faith, how it informs their public service and the challenges people of faith encounter in the public sphere today.


Thursday 18th March – ‘Proclaiming Christian Faith as a priest or religious today’

Sr. Ursula Lawler, lecturer in Christian Ethics at Mary Immaculate College, returned missionary and editor of the Africa Magazine, Fr. Sean Deegan SPS; Ballyhaunis Parish Priest Stephen Farragher and Fr. Eamonn Conway will discuss living priesthood and religious life today in conversation with young Irish Catholic journalist Jason Osbourne.


Thursday 25th March – ‘Studying Christian Faith’

Dr. Máire Campbell is assistant principal of a primary school in North Dublin, Judith King is an internationally recognised psychotherapist and Margaret Naughton is a busy hospital chaplain.  Yet they have all found time to fulfil their passion of doing a PhD in theological studies.  They share with us how their theological studies enrich their faith and their work.


The talks will be streamed at 8.30 pm every Thursday during Lent.  Join us at www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live or on Facebook @knockshrine



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.



Sharing the fruits of the faith in the Derry Diocese.  With Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the February edition of ‘The Net’ will only be available on the Diocesan website – https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-net-february-2021

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:


  • Uplifting Catholic Schools Week programme goes down a treat
  • Joint parish and school celebration in Ardmore by Fr. Neil Farren
  • Celebrating the precious gift of grandparents
  • School year in St. Colm’,s Draperstown a good faith diary – Roisin McKenna
  • New St. Colmcille’s, Claudy Principal helping schools navigate online resources
  • Youth writers share thoughts on…Lent, Cherishing baptismal identity, Catholic Schools Week, Christian Unity, St. Brigid and Pope Francis encouraging youth
  • New youth online bookclub by Hollie Frystal
  • Derry Youth Ministry update
  • Song released for WYD 2023
  • Children’s Catechism Club – C3 by Veronica Harley
  • Is God asking big sacrifices for Ireland?…Remembering Sr. Ruth O’Callaghan, Servant Sister
  • Hopes high for opening of Sr. Clare Crockett beatification cause
  • Tyrone singer pays tribute in song to Sr. Clare
  • Strabane youth help mark 125th anniversary of Immaculate Conception Church by Hollie Frystal
  • Bridget Carroll’s legacy to Long Tower Church by Ivor Doherty
  • May Lent be a time of prayer & discernment – Bishop Donal
  • ‘Year of the Family’ reflection by Sharon Mallett
  • Reflections from across the Diocese on the Holy Spirit
  • Christian Unity Week – Main churches in Derry collaborating for decades by Bishop Donal
  • Cuimhní Cóivide – Part 1 – Irish Page by Fr. Oliver Crilly
  • Joseph – His actions speak louder than words by Fr. Joseph Varghese
  • Termonbacca Novena to Sleeping St. Joseph
  • Consecration to St. Joseph
  • Reflecting on God’s Mercy – Part 1 – by Bishop Donal
  • Life is beautiful because of Mercy by Fr. Francesco Gavazzi CFR
  • The ancient Celtic Church & Renewal of Faith in Ireland by Fr. Neal Carlin
  • Stephen Quinn OCD to lead Vocations Holy Hour
  • A Word of God for your family life by Fr. Johnny Doherty CSsR
  • A reflection on marriage by Fr. Stephen Quinn OCD
  • The Quality of Mercy by Fr. John McLaughlin
  • National Divine Mercy Conference goes online
  • The rise and growth of food banks by Denis McGowan
  • Memories of Dungiven by Vera McFadden
  • Trócaire Lenten Appeal 2021
  • Thornhill calendar offers creative Lenten ideas
  • 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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