Bulletin: 5th September 2021

PARISH BULLETIN – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 5th September 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:


Fr. Patsy Mullan, priest of the Derry Diocese who died during the week.


Patrick Gormley, Colm Higgins, Monsignor Ignatius McQuillan, John Rogers, Patricia McGreevy and James McAuley who died recently.


Joseph McGuckin whose Month’s Mind occurs at this time.


Baby Mary Henry whose First Anniversary occurs at this time.


Gerard McCann, Charlie Higgins, Mary Anne Walls, Tommy Shiels, Maureen McNally, Michael McGurk, Thomas McPeake, Mary McPeake, Eddie Walls and Jim O’Hagan whose anniversaries occur at this time.


The 11 am Mass on Thursday 9th September will be offered for the Deceased Members of the Derry Diocesan Society.





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

Annie Rose Shaw, 44B Iniscarn Road and Pádraig Francis Spiers, 18A Cullion Road.



THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £851.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £15.00.

Pope’s Collection envelopes:  £5.00  (total so far:  £487.00).


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.



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.




Boxes of new Collection Envelopes are being distributed around the Parish.  Any people who are earning and haven’t had a box of envelopes before, please contact the Parish Office (028 7939 7047) and a box can be prepared for you.  Thank you for your financial support in the running of the Parish.

Anyone who contributes to the Parish, you may wish to consider using Direct Debit.  If so, please contact the Parish Office (Thursday 10.30 am to 3 pm) or Fr. McGirr for a form.

We would like you to also consider joining the Gift Aid system through which the Parish can receive from the government an amount equal to 25% of your contributions to the Parish at no extra cost to you.  Gift Aid forms are available at the Parish Office or from Fr. McGirr.  Please consider signing up to Gift Aid, it’s a crucial source of financial help to the Parish.




Following the easing of the coronavirus restrictions, Fr. Madden and Fr. McGirr hope to resume the Visitation of the Sick beginning in October.  There will be no monthly visitation as in the past and they will not be visiting parishioners by area.  It is still not safe to go from house to house visiting the sick and the vulnerable on rote.  They will make prior arrangements and over the course of the next few months hope to visit each person on the list twice.  Therefore, they would greatly appreciate it if those who would like them to call would get a member of their family to email the parish at desertmartinparish@gmail.com or ballinascreenparish@gmail.com giving name, address, and contact details of the person on the list and one delegated family member and their contact details if different.  Those who would prefer no visit at this time should feel absolutely free to say so.  Their wishes and those of their family will be respected.

If at any time you think a visit from the priest is needed, please contact Fr. Madden on 028 7962 8376 or Fr. McGirr on 028 7963 2196.


SEASON OF CREATION ~ ‘A Home for All?  Restoring Our Common Home’

Pope Francis established 1st September as World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation following the publication of the encyclical Laudato si’ in 2015.  The Season of Creation or Creation Time, is marked throughout the Christian world from 1st September to 4th October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi), celebrating the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.  The Diocese of Derry is encouraging parishes, schools and families to reflect on what they can do to protect the environment around us all.  Nature walks, planting seeds, collecting rubbish or recycling are examples of worthwhile environmental projects.  For more ideas, initiatives, prayers, liturgies and news articles on the theme please see the diocesan social media channels and derrydiocese.org/season-of-creation



Monday 6th September ~ Desertmartin Walk for Health Group will meet at the Hall on Knocknagin Road at 7 pm (please note time change).  Come along and join in for chat, fun, exercise and friendship.

Tuesday 7th September ~ Join us for Exercise and Line-Dancing with Thomasina in the Hall at 11.30 am.  Admission £4.

Wednesday 15th September ~ Gardening with Mary Doris (Seed Sowing).

Wednesday 22nd September ~ Gardening with Mary Doris (Bulb Planting).

Come along and join in session from 7 pm – 8 pm.  Admission £3.

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



Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 24th September from 11 am – 12.45 pm.  Cakes, tray bakes, scones and tea/coffee provided.  Social distancing will be observed.

Rhythm and Rhyme Sessions for Mums and Tots will begin on Friday 17th September at 11.30 am.  Booking essential as numbers are limited.  To book, phone 028 7962 8249 on Tuesdays, Fridays or Saturdays.

Library opening hours are:  Tuesdays 2 pm – 8 pm; Fridays 10 am – 1 pm and 1.30 pm to 5 pm; Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm and 1.30 pm – 4 pm.  Tea and newspapers on Friday afternoons resume on 10th September.  Adult Book Club will resume, but with restricted numbers due to covid regulations.  Members may contact staff regarding booking a seat.  NO Rhythm and Rhyme sessions.  Books being returned, no longer need to be left in foyer – adults and children may return them to the issue desk.


   LOUGH DERG 2021

Guided Pilgrimages on the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path will be offered on Sunday 12th, Wednesday 15th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 26th September and Sunday 3rd October, with Mass outdoors, weather permitting.  The full route is a 12 km loop, with a shorter 8 km option.  Advance booking is essential.  For further information email info@loughderg.org  or telephone 00353 71 9861518.  Visit www.loughderg.org .  Lough Derg Pilgrim Path, Pettigo, Co. Donegal F94 N289.



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.



Anam Cara would like to invite you to join us for an online Bereavement Information and Support Evening taking place on 16th September at 7 pm.  This event will give you an opportunity to hear a bereavement professional talk about the difficult challenges and many milestones grieving a child of any age has on you and your family.  If you would like to join us, please register here: https://bit.ly/3Dzyphc or contact us on info@anamcara.ie or tel. 028 9521 3120.  Visit:  www.anamcara.ie



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.  Applications for the Autumn intake close 30th September 2021.  If you require any further information, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 028 7126 4087 or email tferry@derrydiocese.org.



The following Retreat and Workshops will be offered by Fr. Hugh Lagan SMA:

‘Called by a New Name’ Retreat – Refocus, recharge and reconnect in a post-pandemic world.  Sunday 3rd October at 5 pm to Friday 8th October at 9.30 am.  Cost £420 / €490.

‘Broken Open’ Workshop – How difficult times can help us grow.  Friday 19th November at 5 pm to Sunday 21st November at 2 pm.  Cost £200 / €230.

For enquiries and reservations, tel. 028 3082 1964.  Email: admin@dromantineconference.com



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.



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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