Bulletin: 10th October 2021

PARISH BULLETIN – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10th 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:


Ellen Murray, Belfast and Moneyneena, whose funeral will be on Sunday at 11 am in St. Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena, and Ann Staunton, Mohill, Co. Leitrim who has died.  She is the sister of Michelle Toner, Sixtowns Road.


Brian McGuigan, Drumard; Brendan McBride, Cavanreagh Road; Mickey McGlone, Tonagh Heights and Briege McFlynn, Moneymore who were buried during the week.


Rose McKenna, Harry McPeake, Mark Petticrew, Paddy Andy Kelly, Patsy Stewart, Raymond McKee, Kevin Wilson and Mary Bigmore who died recently.


Sadie Wright whose First Anniversary occurs at this time.


Jim Wright, Sarah Donnelly, Michelle O’Neill, Eddie O’Hagan, Gabriel McGurk, Margaret McGuigan, Carmel Kielty, Brendan O’Neill, Philomena McKay, James McBride, John Williams and Sean Henry, Brackalislea Road whose anniversaries occur at this time.





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

Sadie Mary McGuigan, 26 Gortahurk Road; Tommy Sé McQuillan, 30a Iniscarn Road and Éabha Marie Kidd, 17 Moorside Villas.



THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £885.60.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £405.00.


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.

Thank you also to all parishioners who are supporting the Parish by direct debit.  Your contributions are appreciated 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.




In these days, the Catholic Church throughout the world and in Ireland is beginning a series of conversations about what God wants of his people at this time.  These conversations are often referred to as a Synodal Process.  ‘Synodal’ comes from a Greek word which means ‘walking together’.  This weekend marks the official launch of the Synod by Pope Francis in Rome.  Over the next couple of weeks Bishop Donal will launch the process in our own diocese and more information will follow.  Please say each day in your prayers the following prayer for the success of the Synodal Process which is both old and new.



We stand before you, Holy Spirit,
as we gather together in your name.

With you alone to guide us,
make yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful;
do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in you our unity
so that we may journey together to eternal life
and not stray from the way of truth
and what is right.

All this we ask of you,
who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever.


To learn more about the Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland, please view





Desertmartin Walk for Health Group – due to colder weather and the darker evenings, we will look at morning or afternoon walks.  Watch the bulletin for details.

SPRED Group next meeting on Monday 18th October from 7 pm to 8.30 pm

Making Life Better, supported by the Public Health Agency.

Exercise on Tuesdays at 11.30 am with Thomasina.  Admission £4.

Line-Dancing on Wednesday 13th and 20th October at 7.30 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.

Arts Care and the Public Health Agency with their Partners and Artists are delighted to host this very special 10th Anniversary of the ‘Here & Now’ Older People’s Arts & Well-being Festival.  The Festival this year will focus on the theme of ‘Life’s Road Trip.’

An 8-week Dance and Movement Session will start on the 22nd October at 7 pm in Knocknagin Hall with facilitator Charmaine, a Dance Artist with Artscare.  The sessions will use dance and movement to help us feel good in both body and mind.  We will share stories, talk, laugh and move together to our favourite music.  Dancing is all about telling a story and that’s what we will do, exploring storytelling through dance, our stories, exploring what makes us feel good and smile.  So come along for a bit of fun with friends, dance and boogie and then sit back and relax with a cuppa and cake.

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.


Creative Writing Classes resume on Tuesday 12th October from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm for 10 weeks with Maura Johnston.  £3 weekly or £25 if paid on week 1.
Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 6th November from 10 am to 4 pm.  Free admission.  Great selection of unique homemade crafts – ideal Christmas presents!
Tel. 028 7962 7826 or email manager@kilcronaghan.co.uk for more details.



Free Rhythm and Rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers ages up to 4 years have recommenced on Fridays at 11.30 am.  BOOKING ESSENTIAL.  Please contact the library to book.

Adult Book Group on Tuesday 19th October at 7 pm.  Please contact the library to book a place in this group.

Two free Halloween craft sessions for children aged 4-8 years on Tuesday 26th October at 6 pm and Friday 29th October at 3.30 pmBOOKING ESSENTIAL as numbers are limited.  Please contact the library to book.

Library Opening Hours:  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.  Phone 028 7962 8249.



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 Workshop will be offered by Fr. Hugh Lagan SMA:

‘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



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.



Is seeking a Part-Time Financial and Administrative Secretary.  10 hours per week with the possibility of extension to 15 hours per week (days/time to be agreed).  For application packs please contact:  Bishop’s House, St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP, tel. 028 7126 2302 or email:  payroll@derrydiocese.org.  Completed applications must be returned to Personnel, Bishop’s House, St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP or via email to payroll@derrydiocese.org no later than 5 pm on 18th October.



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 with the name and address of your deceased loved one.  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.




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