Bulletin: 25th July 2021

PARISH BULLETIN – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 25th 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:


Gerry O’Hagan, 61 Iniscarn Road, who has died.  His Funeral will be on Monday at 11 am in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm.  There will be Rosary and prayers for the dead  for Gerry O’Hagan at 8 pm this evening, Sunday, from Coolcalm which can be viewed on webcam.


Colm McWilliams, 8 Gortnari and Lorraine Kelly, Glenullin who were buried during the week.


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


Leo McBride, Christopher Donnelly, Gerry Donnelly, Thomas McGuckin, Annie Bridget McBride and Hugh O’Neill whose anniversaries occur at this time.





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

Pádraig Brendan Leyden, 6 Iniscarn Road.



THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £852.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £70.00.

Diocesan Purposes Collection envelopes:  £20.00   (total so far:  £448.00).

Pope’s Collection envelopes:  £15.00  (total so far:  £407.00).


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.


Today, Sunday 25th July, is the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.  Pope Francis has set aside this day in the Church’s life and liturgy as a one dedicated to prayer, reflection and thanksgiving for the life and gifts of grandparents and older people.  The theme for this first such day, ‘l am with you always’ (Matthew 28:20), reminds us of the closeness of young and old and of the huge role played by grandparents and the elderly in the lives of young people and others, particularly in handing on the faith in our families and communities.  See www.catliolicbishops.ie for more details.

By logging onto the Vatican News website you will be able to view a meaningful, short subtitled film in which Pope Francis prays with grandparents and the elderly.


Prayer for World Day for Grandparents and Elderly

I thank you, Lord,

for the comfort of your presence:

even in times of loneliness,

you are my hope and my confidence,

you have been my rock and my fortress since my youth!

I thank you for having given me a family

and for having blessed me with a long life.

I thank you for moments of joy and difficulty,

for the dreams that have already come true in my life

and for those that are still ahead of me.

I thank you for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which you call me.

Increase, O Lord, my faith,

make me a channel of your peace,

teach me to embrace those who suffer more than me,

to never stop dreaming and to tell of your wonders to new generations.

Protect and guide Pope Francis and the Church,

that the light of the Gospel might reach the ends of the earth.

Send your Spirit, O Lord, to renew the world,

that the storm of the pandemic might be calmed,

the poor consoled and wars ended.

Sustain me in weakness

and help me to live life to the full

in each moment that you give me,

in the certainty that you are with me every day,

even until the end of the age.


The Catholic Grandparents Association has created its own emblem for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.  The image at the centre of the emblem features Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of Mary and Grandparents of Jesus.  At its centre the Child Jesus is holding a red rose representing the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mystic Rose.  Jesus is surrounded by his Grandparents and together three generations, Grandparents, parents and children are represented as one family symbolising the communion of the Holy Trinity.



Monday 26th July ~ Desertmartin Walks for Health Group will meet at Pole Patrick Car Park, Castledawson Road, Magherafelt at 7.30 pm.  Come along and join in for chat, fun, exercise and friendship.

Upcoming activities:  Jive and Two Hand Dancing – couples only or bubble partners.  Woman Resource and Development Agency – Cancer Awareness 3-Week Breast Care Awareness.  Activities will only be organised if there is enough interest.

Due to Covid restrictions, it is important to register as numbers are Limited.  Contact Kathleen on 077 6427 7809, Anne on 028 7964 2711 or Olive on 078 8761 4094.




Congratulations to all the players and management of the Derry Minor Football Team on winning the 2020 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship.  A magnificent achievement for all of you, including the players from our St. Martin’s GAC, Desertmartin – Lachlan Murray, Connor Shields and Ryan McEldowney.  Well done everybody in winning this honour for yourselves, your families and your sport.



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.



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.



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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