Bulletin: 30th May 2021


PARISH BULLETIN – Trinity Sunday – 30th May 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 morning ~ 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:




Fr. Peter Madden P.P. V.F.                                    

31 Sixtowns Road, Draperstown

Phone:  028 7962 8376

Email:  ballinascreenparish@gmail.com


Fr. Dermot McGirr C.C.

50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin

Telephone:  028 7963 2196

Email:  desertmartinparish@gmail.com


Fr. John Downey C.C.

36 Moneyneena Road

Telephone:  028 7962 8375

Email:  j.downey75@btinternet.com




Please remember in your prayers:


Rev. Fr. Brian O’Donnell, retired parish priest of Lavey, who died during the week.


Brendan Kyne, Baby Anna Rose Martin, Eileen O’Kane, John Paul Wilson, Bridget McKenna, Keith Fee, John Flood and Joe Rogers who died recently.


John James Ryan whose First Anniversary occurs at this time.


Elizabeth Kearney, Barney Kearney, Jack McNicholl, Joe Connery, Jim Higgins, Frankie Donnelly, Mary McGuckin, Brian Wright, Annie Wright, Hugh McCann, Paddy Trainor, Anthony McSwiggan and Francis Donnelly whose anniversaries occur at this time.


We also pray for all deceased members of the Derry Diocesan Society, especially for the following who have been recently enrolled:  Michael Toner, Brackalislea Road and Terence McKay, Longfield Lane.




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

Hugo Francis John Higgins, 5 Sherbourne Heights, Magherafelt and Teagan Shona McGuckin, 17 Quilly Road, Moneymore.



THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £1,046.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £114.00.

Diocesan Purposes Collection envelopes:  £50.00   (total so far:  £338.00).


Those who contribute with a church collection envelope, you are welcome to return them at any parish Mass or put them through the Parochial House letterbox.

Many thanks to all who have dropped in parish envelopes and established standing orders.  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.



Confirmation Ceremonies will take place on the following dates in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm (webcam):

Saturday 12th June at 11 am ~ Knocknagin P.S.

Saturday 19th June at 11 am ~ St. Columb’s, P.S., Cullion



First Holy Communion Masses will take place on the following dates in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm (webcam):

Sunday 13th June at 2 pm ~ St. Columb’s, P.S., Cullion

Sunday 20th June at 2 pm ~ Knocknagin P.S.




On Monday at 11 am the Mass for the Feast of the Visitation in Holy Rosary Church will be celebrated for and led by Year 14 Students from St. Colm’s High School as their second level education comes to an end.  All are welcome to attend or to follow it on the Ballinascreen parish webcam.  Social distancing will be in place.



On Sunday 5th June 1921, Michael Collins was ordained a priest in the chapel of the Nazareth House Convent in Derry by Bishop Charles McHugh Bishop of Derry.  He first came to Ballinascreen in 1939 and for the next 40 consecutive years he celebrated Midnight Mass in St. Columba’s Church, Straw and he died on the 6th February 1979 aged 81.  His commitment to the church, to Ballinascreen parish and its people over all these years was second to none.  He loved the people of Ballinascreen and is fondly remembered to this day.  On the occasion of his Golden Jubilee, his nephew Monsignor Andy Dolan, P.P. Bellaghy, was ordained a priest in his home parish of Aghyarn, at Fr. Collins’s request.  He could think of no other greater way of celebrating this important milestone in his own priestly life.  Monsignor Dolan was therefore ordained a couple of weeks before his classmates on June 5, 1971.  One of his other classmates ordained two weeks later was Fr. Colum Clerkin, former Parish Priest of Ballinascreen.  Monsignor Dolan, Fr. Clerkin and Fr. Michael Collins, Pastor Emeritus (another nephew), will concelebrate Mass in Holy Rosary Church on Sunday next 6th June at 12 noon to remember the centenary of Fr. Collins’s ordination.  All are welcome to attend or to follow it on the Ballinascreen parish webcam.  Social distancing and limited numbers will be in place.



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.



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

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


Please, you must wear a face covering while entering and leaving the church.  Also, please use hand sanitiser at the door.  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.



Having reflected on the numbers attending weekend Masses in Ballinascreen and Desertmartin, it has been decided that anyone may attend Sunday Mass in the following churches, regardless of where they live in the parish:  St. Columba’s, Straw; St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena; St. Patrick’s, Keenaught and Holy Rosary, Draperstown.  There are plenty of spaces available at the moment and when the number of spaces have been allocated before Mass begins, the doors will close.

Because of their relative size and the larger numbers attending St. Patrick’s, Sixtowns and St. Mary’s, Coolcalm, it is not possible to open these churches for Sunday Mass except on a townland area basis.  So, the 2-week townland area rota will continue in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm for Sunday Masses.



May is a very special month for the Church as we remember Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our Mother.  A full month is given over to Mary and during this month we are encouraged to honour Mary in different ways.  To help parishes, families and schools to do this, the Diocesan Catechetical Centre has created a number of resources including prayers, Gospel reflections, colouring and craft activities, examples of May Altars and ideas on how to pray the Rosary.  These resources are available online at  catecheticalcentre.org/category/celebrating-mary-in-the-month-of-may-2021/



In response to the Holy Father’s wish, May will be dedicated to a ‘marathon’ of prayer, to ask for an end to the Covid pandemic, and to ask for the resumption of social and work activities.  Pope Francis wishes to involve Shrines around the world in this initiative so 30 representative Shrines, have been chosen to lead the Marian prayer during one day of the month.

Together with the Rosary, each day there will be a prayer intention for the various categories of people most affected by the pandemic:  for those who have not been able to say goodbye to their loved ones, for all health care personnel, for the poor, the homeless and those in economic difficulty and for all the deceased.

The initiative is being conducted in the light of the biblical expression:  ‘Prayer by the Church was fervently being made to God’ (Acts 12:5).

The Holy Father will open and close this prayer marathon, along with the faithful around the world, from two locations within the Vatican City State.  On 1st May, he will pray at an icon of Our Lady of Succor, venerated in a fresco above the altar of Saint Leo in the Basilica.  On 31st May he will conclude this prayer marathon from the Vatican Gardens and will bless special Rosaries which will be sent to the 30 Shrines that were directly involved.



Marian Pilgrimages has released its pilgrimage schedule for 2021 and 2022 to Lourdes, Medjugorje, Fatima, Italy and the Holy Land.  For more information or to register your interest, please visit www.marian.ie or ring Marian Pilgrimages on 00353 1 878 8159.



Life in the Spirit Seminar in Omagh continues for 1 more week in conjunction with 7.30 pm Holy Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, Omagh.  Please join at 7.30 pm each Thursday via the Drumragh parish webcam: http://www.drumraghparish.com/webcam.html

3rd June:  ‘Transformation’ – Fr. Kevin Mc Elhennon.  ‘Let him who is thirsty come; let him who desires, take the water of life without price’ Rev. 22:17.  Please pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all people.



A Zoom online Marriage Preparation course is planned for 11th-12th September 2021.  This 2-day course is a positive way of preparing for Marriage where you will discover how you can enrich your future relationship.  For further information or Booking, visit: marriageencounter.ie or tel. 028 2763 8512.


The Diocese of Derry has launched a consultative plan about climate change and the environment and is inviting everyone within the Diocese to read, engage and respond to it.  The plan identifies actions and behaviours that support rather than destroy the environment. The suggestions cover such areas as land, buildings, energy, food, travel and waste.  A draft of the Environmental Strategy has been posted on the Derry Diocesan website, to view and/or download:  https://www.derrydiocese.org/diocese/environmental-strategy.  Every attempt has been made to make the Strategy both comprehensive and practical so as to suit each parish’s particular situation.  In order to ensure that it is as helpful as possible to your various parish communities however, we would appreciate any constructive feedback on it that you may have to give.  We ask if you could:
– Read the draft Strategy document and give feedback on aspects that you feel could be supplemented/improved.
– Begin to implement any aspect(s) of it that you feel can be put into practice quickly and easily.
– Draw the attention of both parish groups and individual parishioners to the Strategy and encourage them to give feedback. (This would be especially relevant to schools and any groups/individuals with particular interest in environmental issues).
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  Monday 31st May.  Submit your comments, questions and suggestions to Patricia McCormack by:
Email: laudatosiderry@gmail.com
Telephone/text: 077 1190 0420
Facebook: Laudatosiderry



Based at St. Anthony’s Business Park, Ballymount Road, Dublin 22, is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station with commercial-free broadcasting of Prayer, Catechesis, Music, Talks, Interviews and Testimonies.  If you are not already a follower of the station, Radio Maria Ireland encourage you to join their growing faith family.  You can tune in to the station in a variety of ways:

Digital TV – Freeview TV (Channel number varies per location in N.I.)


Streaming on website, www.radiomarie.ie (subscribe and donate here also)

‘Listen Live Radio’ link on Facebook Page.  (Like, Share and Follow us on Facebook)

Phone – get live radio feed by calling 00353 1 437 3277 (no extra charges apply).

Prayer and song requests welcome.  ‘A Catholic voice in your home’.  Fr. Eamonn McCarthy is Director.



The Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre, working in Partnership with Saint Mary’s University, Twickenham, offers the Masters in Catholic School Leadership.  This is a post graduate degree dedicated to the professional development and spiritual formation of Catholic school leaders.  It is a great opportunity for those currently in leadership roles and those who aspire to, or have an interest in, leadership roles within the Catholic School system.  The next intake will be Autumn 2021.  An information session via ZOOM will be held on Monday 7th June at 3.30 pm.  If you are interested in attending this session or require any further information, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 028 7126 4087 or email tferry@derrydiocese.org.



St. Angela’s College, Sligo, is offering this online part-time MA, starting in September 2021.  The closing date for receipt of applications is 16th June.  Please visit www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie or contact Mary Kearns on 00353 71 919 5550.  Email: mkearns@stangelas.nuigalway.ie


THE NET – MAY 2021

Sharing the fruits of the faith in the Derry Diocese.  With Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the May edition of ‘The Net’ will only be available on the Diocesan website –


However, the publication will be available again in parishes when the restrictions are lifted.

For coverage of faith stories just email editorthenet15@gmail.com.

Coverage in this month’s edition includes:

*Derry Youth Ministry update – by Lizzie Rea

* Sr. Clare Retreat…

-Holiness is real and can apply to real people – Fr. Stephen Quinn OCD

-Sr. Clare still touching lives

-Sr. Clare’s story gives hope – Ruairi McClafferty

-Reflecting on the Sacraments

-Family and friends reminisce

-Sr. Clare shows joy comes from following Divine dream – Bishop Donal.

*Diocesan Environmental Strategy launched – by Patricia McCormack

*Young writers share thoughts on…

– Diocesan Environmental Strategy

– St. Teresa of Ávila and Women in the Church

– Vocations

– Christus Vivit

– Fatima and Queen of the May

– Pope Francis’ message for youth

*Culmore and Steelstown creating moments of connection

*St. Benedict and Miraculous Medals and prayers leading to many conversions

*Fr. Paddy McIntyre reflects on six decades of priesthood

*Aghyaran couple reflect on 40 rewarding years as sacristans

*Bishop Donal blesses Creggan Divine Mercy statues

*Beautiful Day of Grace in Claudy Parish – by Annie Mullan

*Feast of Divine Mercy celebrated in Newtownstewart

*First Saturday Devotions in Claudy

*Honouring Our Lady

*Legion of Mary centenary reflections

*‘Blessed is She’ lead introduction to Carmelite Spirituality – by Aoife O’Neill

*May brings joy of Little Way Novena

*Termonbacca 48 Hours’ Adoration for end of Covid

*Thoughts from across the Diocese on a Synodal Church

*Golden Rose – Our Lady of Knock – by Fr. Joseph Varghese

*Columba Community celebrates 40 years of ministry

*Our faith serves us up a rich fare! – by Bishop Donal

*An Biobla Naofa – Irish Page by Fr. Oliver Crilly

*The Five Sundays of May – by Fr. Johnny Doherty, CSsR

*Children’s Catechism Club – C3 – by Veronica Harley

*Sr Clare’s Face – by Fr. Stephen Quinn OCD

*Those Tunnels by Vera McFadden

*Some May Memories by Vera McFadden

*A Letter from Sebastiano

*ACCORD recruiting for couples counselling training

*Quiz Time with Lawrence





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