Bulletin: 1st August 2021

PARISH BULLETIN – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 1st August 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:


Joseph McGuckin, 53 Tirgan Road.  His Funeral will be on Sunday morning at 10 am in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm.  Because of limited numbers and to help family members to attend the Mass, we ask that parishioners only watch the 10 am Mass on webcam or attend one of the other Sunday Masses in the parishes.


Gerry O’Hagan, 61 Iniscarn Road, Betty O’Neill, Dromdallagan and Sarah McGreevy, Lissan who were buried during the week.


Colm McWilliams, Lorraine Kelly, Kathleen McCloskey, Andrew McBride, Mary Faulkner, Philomena Toner and Collette Murphy who died recently.


Mary Breen and Mary Kidd whose First Anniversaries occur at this time.


Margaret Higgins, Bridget Hegarty, Edward Higgins, Patrick Higgins, Francis O’Hagan, Leonard O’Hagan, John Trainor, John O’Connor and Tommy McGirr whose anniversaries occur at this time.





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

Cillian Barry McEldowney, 30 Iniscarn Road.



THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £873.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £50.00.

Pope’s Collection envelopes:  £30.00  (total so far:  £437.00).


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.



Monday 2nd August ~ Desertmartin Walk for Health Group will meet at Union Road Car Park, Magherafelt at 7.30 pm.  Come along and join in for chat fun exercise and friendship.

Tuesday 3rd August ~ Join us for exercise and line dance with Thomasina in the Hall at 11.30 am.  Admission £3.

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.



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.

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.



Mary’s Meals is currently feeding over 1.8 million children a daily school meal across 19 countries.  The Derry section of Our Annual ‘Step by Step Sponsored Walk to Knock’ to support this work starts from St. Eugene’s Cathedral travelling to Fahan on the 7th August (12 noon – 4 pm) and we would love for more people to join us even for a mile or two.  All welcome to participate!  Covid safe measures will be in place.  If not walking, then keep us in your prayers and watch out for our walkers with their blue collection buckets and support our campaign to feed the next hungry child.  Alternatively, why not join us for our led walks around Gortin Glen Forest Park on the 21st August at 11 am.  Contact Helen Quinn on 078 1444 1701 for more details on these walks or visit Step by Step to Feed the Next Child on Facebook.


    LOUGH DERG 2021

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.  Dates for Guided Walk Experiences 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.



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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