Bulletin: 18th July 2021

PARISH BULLETIN – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 18th July 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 ~ 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:


Kathleen McCloskey, Andrew McBride, Mary Faulkner, Philomena Toner, Collette Murphy, Will Armour and Hubert McNamee who died recently.


Kathleen Higgins, Thomas McGuckin, Tony Duffy, Dan McKenna, Joseph McGuigan and Barry McGuigan whose anniversaries occur at this time.




THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £779.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £97.00.

Pope’s Collection envelopes:  £20.00  (total so far:  £392.00).


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.



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.




For the chance of winning £1,000 and even £2,000 this summer!!!


Have you bought a ticket yet?


First draws on Saturday evening, 17th July!


Five Weekly Draws from Saturday 17th July to Saturday 14th August.

  • Total Prize Fund £8,000

  • 15 chances to win!

  • Week 1: 1st Prize £1,000, 2nd Prize £200, 3rd Prize £100

  • Week 2: 1st Prize £1,000, 2nd Prize £200, 3rd Prize £100

  • Week 3: 1st Prize £1,000, 2nd Prize £200, 3rd Prize £100

  • Week 4: 1st Prize £1,000, 2nd Prize £200, 3rd Prize £100

  • Week 5: 1st Prize £2,000, 2nd Prize £500, 3rd Prize £300

Three fantastic cash prizes every week of the draw.

Winners will be announced every Saturday night after 6.15 pm Mass in Holy Rosary Church.


TICKETS ONLY £20 each are now available to buy from:

Ballinascreen Parish Draw Promoters,

Fr. Madden’s and Fr. McGirr’s Parochial Houses,

Ballinascreen and Desertmartin Parish Offices,

Ballinascreen and Desertmartin Credit Union Offices,

Heron’s Gift Shop, Draperstown and

Moneyneena Post Office.

We thank all those who either bought or are presently selling tickets and encourage as many as possible to please actively promote this draw around your family and friends including those who live outside the parish.  Thank you.



Good luck to all the members of the Derry Minor Football team and their manager, Marty Boyle, in their All-Ireland Football Final today (Sunday), when they play Kerry in Tullamore at 1 pm.



The Covid-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives.  Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children.  S.T.E.P.S (Suicide.  Talking.  Education.  Preventing.  Support), Draperstown, has always been community led, so we want to hear your voices.  Please complete our survey, by accessing the link: https://forms.gle/RbnrsB5JsVGq2qzL6 before the closing date of Friday 23rd July at 12 noon, to help us support you.



Adults and children are welcome to now come into the library, browse and borrow books.  Summer Reading Challenge will be held again this year and new members are very welcome.  It’s for children aged 4-11 years.  Library opening hours are:  Tuesdays 10 am – 1 pm and

2 pm – 5 pm.  Fridays 10 am – 1 pm and 1.30 pm – 5 pm.  Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm and 1.30 pm – 4 pm.  Parents and children may re-register if they have lost their library cards.




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.



In Desertmartin and Ballinascreen anyone may attend Sunday Mass inSt. Patrick’s, Keenaught; St. Columba’s, Straw; St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena and Holy Rosary, Draperstown.

The 2-week townland area rota continues in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm for Sunday Masses.




Time Out for the Journey In!  Jesuit Week at Knock Shrine is always a very popular annual programme with pilgrims and visitors.  This year, the 6-day retreat will take place online only due to current restrictions.  The programme will begin on Sunday 25th July at 8.30 pm and will conclude on Sunday 1st August at 10.30 am.  There will be three 20-minute sessions each day at the times listed.  You are encouraged to join us online for Mass at 12 noon each day.  The 6-day programme will be facilitated by Bishop Alan McGuckian S.J., Raphoe Diocese,

Paula McKeown (Down and Connor) and Patricia McCarthy, Prayer Guides Co-ordinator at Knock Shrine.

Daily Schedule

10.30 am – Retreat Talk by Bishop Alan Mc Guckian
12 noon – Mass from Knock Shrine
4 pm – Guided Meditation with Patricia McCarthy
8.30 pm – The Examen (Review of the Day) with Paula McKeown

No booking / registration is necessary.  This event is free of charge.  Donations welcome.  These events will take place online on the Knock Shrine website and on its Facebook page.



This book The King of Love by Fr. Albert McNally, a Down and Connor priest, is a guide to a prayerful approach to John’s Gospel.  It includes 22 examples of Lectio Divina on the Fourth Gospel.  A copy costs £15 from www.shanway.com



The Lough Derg Pilgrim Path on the lough shore is now open daily.  The full route is a 12 km loop, with a shorter 8 km option, and several information boards highlight features of particular interest.  Leaflets are available at the Visitors Centre.  A Guided Walk Experience will be offered on Sunday 25th and Saturday 31st July, with Mass outdoors, weather permitting.  Further dates for these guided walks will follow for late August and early September.  For bookings and further information, email info@loughderg.org  or telephone 00353 71 9861518.  Visit www.loughderg.org  Derg Pilgrim Path, Pettigo, Co. Donegal F94 N289



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.



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.



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.



Drumalis Retreat Centre, in association with St. Mary’s University College, Belfast, invites applications for this two-year, part-time, intensive course which begins in September 2021.  The course will be delivered over 7 Saturdays in each of two successive years, from 10 am until 4.30 pm.  The Certificate in Christian Thought programme aims to offer a space where adults can explore, reflect upon, discuss and study faith and how it relates to life in today’s world, both at a personal and community level.  During the course, participants will cover topics on:  Spirituality, Pastoral Theology, The Eucharist, Living the Christian Life, The Sacraments, The Scriptures, Where in the World is God? and much more.  Full details are available at: derrydiocese.org/news/certificate-in-christian-thought



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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