PARISH BULLETIN – The Body and Blood of Christ – 6th June 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]
DAILY MASS TIMES FOR THIS WEEK
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
Fr. Dermot McGirr C.C.
50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin
Telephone: 028 7963 2196
Fr. John Downey C.C.
36 Moneyneena Road
Telephone: 028 7962 8375
DEATHS AND ANNIVERSARIES
Please remember in your prayers:
Jim McCann, Dungannon, who died during the week.
Rev. Fr. Brian O’Donnell, Brendan Kyne, Baby Anna Rose Martin, Eileen O’Kane, John Paul Wilson, Bridget McKenna, Keith Fee, John Flood and Joe Rogers who died recently.
Michael Joseph Toner whose First Anniversary occurs at this time.
Anthony McSwiggan, Kathleen O’Kane, Geraldine Bradley, Hugh A. McGurk, Teenie McGurk, Anthony McGurk and Mary Shaw 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:
Ethan Mark Raymond Higgins, 47 Longfield Road.
THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.
Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes: £1,088.00.
Restoration Fund envelopes: £32.00.
Diocesan Purposes Collection envelopes: £25.00 (total so far: £363.00).
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 or established standing orders. Your generosity is vital to the parish and is appreciated very, very much.
ST. VINCENT de PAUL
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):
Next Saturday 12th June at 11 am ~ Knocknagin P.S.
Saturday 19th June at 11 am ~ St. Columb’s P.S., Cullion
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021
First Holy Communion Masses will take place on the following dates in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm (webcam):
Next Sunday 13th June at 2 pm ~ St. Columb’s P.S., Cullion
Sunday 20th June at 2 pm ~ Knocknagin P.S.
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 today, Sunday 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.
PARISH ANNIVERSARY MASS
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 email@example.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.
COOLCALM AND KEENAUGHT OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER
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.
NUMBERS ATTENDING SUNDAY MASSES IN KEENAUGHT AND COOLCALM
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.
DESERTMARTIN PRIMARY SCHOOL, 20 DROMORE ROAD
You are warmly invited to attend Desertmartin Primary School’s Celebration Open Week from Monday 14th to Thursday 17th June. Have a look around our school building where old photographs will be on display. Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 3.15 pm – 6.15 pm. Late opening on Wednesday night until 8.15 pm. Open by appointment only. Visitors must book and entrance times will be staggered to ensure social distancing. To make an appointment, tel. 028 7963 4131 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DAWN TO DUSK CHARITY CYCLE ON SUNDAY 27TH JUNE
Message from Danny McStravock: As many of you know over the last number of years I have been organising a charity cycle every year to raise money for local charities. This year I am again planning a sponsored cycle on Sunday 27th June when along with my son-in-law Sammy Lupari we will be attempting to cycle from Dawn at 4.30 am until Dusk at 9 pm to raise money for Kinship care N.I. Once again due to COVID the cycle will be taking place locally. We will be using a circuit of Magherafelt, Moneymore, Desertmartin, Tobermore, Magherafelt and attempting to complete as many laps as we can. This year’s charity Kinship Care N.I. provides support to families encountering difficulties and trying to make sure families can stay together no matter what the circumstances are. They do this through a range of support services. One of their many initiatives is ‘Kindness of Strangers’ with shops in many towns throughout Northern Ireland. Thanks to everyone who has donated so far. If you would like to donate, please follow this link: https://localgiving.org/dawntoduskcharitycycle Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go around houses due to current restrictions, so if anyone can’t make a donation online and would like to donate, please contact me or any of the family and we will arrange something. Thank you.
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.
LOUGH DERG 2021
Lough Derg regrets that it will not be possible in 2021 to reopen Station Island for the Traditional Three-Day Pilgrimage or even for the autumn programme of Day Retreats. Lough Derg will again offer the opportunity to ‘Do Lough Derg from wherever you are’ on 3rd – 5th July. The outdoor Pilgrimage on the Lough Shore Pilgrim Path will also be available as the summer goes on. Further information from Lough Derg office, tel. 00353 71 9861518 or visit www.loughderg.org.
PREPARING FOR MARRIAGE? CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER
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.
RADIO MARIA IRELAND
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.)
Download FREE App ‘RADIO MARIA IRELAND’
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.
MASTERS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
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 email@example.com.
MASTER OF ARTS IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
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: firstname.lastname@example.org