Bulletin: 3rd October 2021

PARISH BULLETIN – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 3rd October 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:


Rose McKenna, Tonagh; Harry McPeake, Bradley Park and Pauline McGillin, Omagh who were buried during the week.


Mark Petticrew, Paddy Andy Kelly, Patsy Stewart, Raymond McKee, Kevin Wilson, Mary Bigmore, Michael Kennedy, Darren Canavan, James McCullagh and Bernadette Duffy who died recently.


Alice McBride, Mary Donnelly and Martin McPeake whose anniversaries occur at this time.




THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £977.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £85.00.


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.



Monday 4th October ~ Desertmartin Walk for Health Group will meet at Union Road Car Park, Magherafelt at 7 pm.

SPRED Group will return on Monday 4th October from 7 pm to 8.30 pm.  (If you have a few hours free on Monday Evenings and you would like to volunteer your help, please contact any group member)

Making Life Better, supported by the Public Health Agency.

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

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

Gardening with Mary Doris will be back with us in February/March for spring gardening and advice.

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

Crochet with Ceiline Bleeks on Tuesday 12th October from 7 pm to 9 pm.  £5 per Session.

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.



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.



Vacancies available in Ballinascreen Fold (over 55’s accommodation).  If interested, please call Ciara McNally 033 0123 0888.



A series of presentations on Mission Today – what mission means in today’s society – will be available online by Zoom on the Tuesday and Thursday evenings of the month of October.  Each presentation is free and will consist of a short talk, discussion on the topic and a chance to ask questions.  For more information on the individual presentations, the speakers and to receive the Zoom links, visit derrydiocese.org/mission-month



The annual subscriptions for this bi-monthly magazine are now due and because of the Covid-19 Pandemic the 2020 subscriptions were unable to be collected.  However, the Editor kindly continued to mail the magazines and therefore, the renewal subscription of £28 for 2020 and 2021 can now be paid.  This will renew your magazine until August 2022.  If you wish to receive this interesting and informative St. Pio magazine, posted directly to your home from San Giovanni Rotondo, please enclose £14 (for new subscribers) or £28 (for renewal subscribers for 2020 + 2021) in a sealed envelope with your name and full postal address and leave into Ballinascreen Parish Office by Monday 11th October.    



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



Hail Holy Queen Conference on Saturday 9th October at 2 pm.

Coastal Rosary on Sunday 10th October at 2.30 pm.  For all details view

www. coastalrosaryireland.ie



Let’s Talk Church Music!  For those involved in planning and supporting music in our parishes there is an online gathering to consider ways of developing support for this vital ministry.  If interested and to receive the details of the Zoom meeting, please send an email to thornhillministries@derrydiocese.org.  Zoom meeting from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm on Monday 11th October.

‘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



Although mindful of all the uncertainties we face at this time, the Pilgrimage Director and staff have begun planning for a return to Lourdes in early summer 2022.  While it is still too early to provide details, it is intended that the date and duration will be as in recent years and hopefully these will be confirmed and announced by the end of 2021.  We ask for the prayers of the people of the diocese so that, by the grace of God and intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, we may return to Lourdes once more.



Marriage Enrichment Weekend, 5th – 7th November, hosted by Catholic Marriage Encounter:  Restore Communication, Renew Commitment and Rekindle Romance.  This is an online experience (using Zoom), starting on the Friday evening at 8 pm and ending on the Sunday afternoon at 2.30 pm.  Full details on: www.marriageencounter.ie



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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