Bulletin: 26th September 2021

PARISH BULLETIN – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26th 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 and Friday ~ 11 am.

                There will be no 11 am Mass on Thursday this week.



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:


Rose McKenna, Tonagh.  Her funeral will be on Monday at 12.30 pm in Straw.

Mark Petticrew, Belfast.  His funeral will be on Monday in Belfast.


Paddy Andy Kelly, Bancran Road; Patsy Stewart, Ballinascreen Fold; Raymond McKee, Lissan, formerly of Desertmartin, and Kevin Wilson, 2 Oak Park who were buried during the week.


Mary Bigmore, Ballyronan, Michael Kennedy, Eglington; Darren Canavan, Ardboe; James McCullagh, Plumbridge; and Bernadette Duffy, Cranagh, Rose O’Neill and Rose Kelly who died recently.


Margaret McWilliams, Cecelia Shaw, John Murray, Bella Murray and Mary Ann McKay whose anniversaries occur at this time.




THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £808.50.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £115.00.


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 at any time.  Thank you.



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.



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 27th September ~ Desertmartin Walk for Health Group will meet at Union Road Car Park at 7 pm.

Making Life Better, supported by the Public Health Agency.

4 weeks Exercise continues on Tuesday 28th September and Tuesday 5th October at 11.30 am with Thomasina.  Admission £4.

4 weeks Line-Dancing on Wednesday 29th September; 6th, 13th and 20th October at 7 pm.  Admission £4.

Week 2 of Gardening with Mary Doris from 7 pm to 8 pm.  Bulb Planting on Wednesday 22nd September.  Admission £3.

Mental Health Talk (Coming Out of Covid) presented by Hugo McOscar on Monday 25th October and Monday 8th November at 7.30 pm.

Come along and join in any of the sessions for chat, fun, exercise and friendship.

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.



Slievegallion Community Pre-School is inviting applicants for the post of Afterschool Assistant.

Hours of work – Monday to Friday 2 pm to 6 pm.  Rate of pay – TBC.


Applicants must have 1 year’s paid experience working with children; NVQ level 3 or equivalent; Child protection training.


Level 5 in leadership and management or equivalent; Clean driving license; Pediatric first aid training; Designated child protection training.

Post will commence November 2021

For more information or to apply please send CV to willowtreeafterschoolsclub@outlook.com

Closing date Tuesday 28th September at 4 pm.



Science Technician post, full time to start A.S.A.P. until the end of June 2022.  Hours are 8.30 am – 4.30 pm.  If interested, please contact St. Colm’s High School on 028 7962 8377.



Rhythm and Rhyme Sessions for Mums and Tots will resume on Friday 1st October 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.



The Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen’s University has reopened for the new academic year.  We are a vibrant community of faith and friendship at the heart of campus where students feel welcome, listened-to, valued and supported.  For more on our liturgy schedule, events, facilities and amazing Café, visit qubcatholic.org.  We can’t wait to welcome you!


   LOUGH DERG 2021

Guided Pilgrimages on the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path will be offered on 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.



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



‘Beyond the Bruising’:  An oasis hour for those seeking serenity as they live with fractured relationships.  Available on zoom on Saturday 9th October at 11 am.  For details, contact thornhillministries@derrydiocese.org



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.



Sharing the fruits of the faith in the Derry Diocese.  The September 2021 edition of ‘The Net’ is now available on the Diocesan website – https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-net-september-2021

For coverage of faith stories just email editorthenet15@gmail.com.

Coverage in this month’s edition includes:

  • Great sense of hope at Derry Youth 2000 Festival

  • Youth ministry a priority for Termonbacca’s new retreat facilitator

  • Banagher’s inaugural HOPE Camp a ray of hope

  • Thornhill College celebrates 1,500th anniversary of St. Columba by Teresa Hodgins

  • Greatest threat to Catholic education comes from lack of identity within Bishop Donal

  • Diocesan Youth Ministry news

  • Young writers share thoughts on:

            *Combating Climate Change

            *Mary, Mother of God

            *Celtic Camino celebrating St. Columba

            *People of the future

  • The Season of Creation Comments from around the Diocese

  • An environmentally sustainable lifestyle by Patricia McCormack

  • Polish community celebrate Our Lady of Herbs

  • Impressive new St. Oliver Plunkett Shrine in Newtownstewart Oratory

  • Inspiring Long Tower Retreat, Fr. Aidan’s parting gift

  • Diocese mourns loss of serving pastor, Fr. Aidan Mullan

  • Ignatius McQuillan remembered as priest, teacher, coach and College president

  • Patsy Mullan greatly missed by Faughanvale community

  • Clerical changes

  • Remembering the late Mary Hamilton

  • Pat Hume gave her heart to God and to us all – Fr. Paul Farren

  • God’s plan is mysterious, painful and beautiful in equal measure by Roland Colhoun

  • Celebrating Legion of Mary Centenary

  • Coastal Rosary for Life and Faith

  • Child’s Christening led to Mum making vestments and liturgical items

  • September Feast Days ‘highlight mellow fruitfulness’ of God’s Grace by Bishop Donal

  • Patrick Pye – Irish Page by Fr. Oliver Crilly

  • Children’s Catechism Club – C3 by Veronica Harley

  • ‘I am too old to go to Mass’ by Fr. Johnny Doherty CSsR

  • Teresa of Calcutta by Mary McMenamin

  • Priestly life lessons from St. John Mary Vianney by Fr. Stephen Quinn ocd

  • Being Eucharist by Fr. John McLaughlin ssc

  • Columba the Scribe by Vera McFadden

  • Quiz Time with Lawrence




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