PARISH BULLETIN – 2nd Sunday of Christmas – 2nd January 2022
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]
DAILY MASS TIMES FOR THIS WEEK
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
Fr. Dermot McGirr C.C.
50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin
Telephone: 028 7963 2196
Fr. John Downey C.C.
36 Moneyneena Road
Telephone: 028 7962 8375
DEATHS AND ANNIVERSARIES
Please remember in your prayers:
Mickey Kelly, 30 Cahore Road and Rose Slevin, 10 Slieve Gallion Park who died during the week.
Breige Lawless, Paddy Leyden, Thomas McLoughlin and Anna Devenney who died recently.
Bridie McGuigan whose Month’s Mind occurs at this time.
Mickey McDaid, Moorside Villas, whose First Anniversary occurs at this time.
Rossa Brendan Foley, Joe McKenna, Mary Jane Donnelly, Brendan Kelly, Fintan Scullin, Bonnie Storey, Johnny Walls, Felix Pat Bradley, Mary Bradley and Elizabeth Shaw whose anniversaries occur at this time.
The priests of Desertmartin and Ballinascreen wish all parishioners every grace and blessing in 2022
MASSES FOR THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY
This is NOT a holy day of obligation this year.
While parishioners are welcome to attend these Masses if they so wish, given the high numbers of Covid 19 infections presently, people are encouraged to watch the Mass, broadcast wherever possible on church webcam, from the safety of their own home.
Wednesday 5th January:
6.15 pm in Holy Rosary Church, Draperstown [webcam].
7.30 pm in St. Patrick’s Church, Keenaught.
Thursday 6th January:
10 am in St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm [webcam].
12 noon in Holy Rosary Church, Draperstown [webcam].
THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.
Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes: £1,303.30.
CHRISTMAS BOX COLLECTION
The priests of the parishes wish to express their sincere thanks and deep appreciation to the people of the Desertmartin and Ballinascreen parishes for their great kindness and generosity to them in the Christmas Collection.
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.
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2021 DRAW
There are draws every day of the 12 days between Christmas Day and Tuesday 5th January 2022. Everyone’s ticket will be in for All the draws. Total prize fund is £5,000.
PRIZES ~ on the first 10 days there are 3 prizes each day of £100. On 11th Day (4th January) the draw will be for 2 prizes of £500 and on the 12th and last Day of Christmas (5th January) there is one final prize of £1,000. Please let your family and friends know about our special Christmas Draw.
Good luck to everyone who has entered the Christmas Draw.
WINNERS SO FAR:
First Day of Christmas (25th December) Draw Winners:
Teresa O’Hagan, Bradley Park, Draperstown (No. 941)
Teresa McKenna, Draperstown Road, Tobermore (No. 360)
Kim Morgan, 8 Manor Place, Magherafelt (No. 1184)
Second Day of Christmas (26th December) Draw Winners:
Adrian Donnelly, Glenshane Park, Draperstown (No. 1338)
Gael Martin, Cookstown (No. 526)
Norah O’Hagan, Tobermore Road, Draperstown (No. 1066)
Third Day of Christmas (27th December) Draw Winners:
Maria McLernon, Drumsamney Road (No. 1589)
Toner Family, River Road, Draperstown (No. 1120)
Rose Groogan, Coolnasillagh Road, Maghera (No. 407)
Fourth Day of Christmas (28th December) Draw Winners:
James and Niamh Cleary, Loran Meadow, Cookstown (No. 395)
Dara McElhennon, Crocknamohill Road (No. 1308)
Veronica and Mary, Draperstown (No. 415)
Fifth Day of Christmas (29th December) Draw Winners:
Maggy Kelly, Gortnari, Moneyneena (No. 1413)
John O’Brien, Knocknagin Road (No. 290)
Pius and Majella McCloskey, Tereighter Road, Park (No. 301)
Sixth Day of Christmas (30th December) Draw Winners:
Paul Flanagan, Moybeg Road, Tobermore (No. 506)
Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Donnelly, Glenshane Park, Draperstown (No. 1327)
Kathleen Toner, Drumard, Draperstown (No. 405)
Seventh Day of Christmas (31st December) Draw Winners:
Rosaleen Griffin, c/o Motalee Road, Desertmartin (No. 1082)
Frances Murray, Dunmurray (No. 953)
Patrick Hegarty, Roshure Road (No. 1556)
DESERTMARTIN CREDIT UNION
Desertmartin Credit Union will re-open on Friday 7th January 2022, 6 pm to 9 pm as usual.
The proposed time of prayer for Vocations to be held in the Creggan next Friday, 7th January, has been cancelled due to current restrictions in Northern Ireland.
CHILDREN IN CROSSFIRE
Envelopes containing details of the tremendous work carried out by Children in Crossfire, particularly in Ethiopia, are still available in all Church porches. Please take one home. Details of how to support their vital work to save children’s lives are also provided in these envelopes. Thank you.
LOUGH DERG ONLINE SHOP
Lough Derg online shop offers unique Christmas Cards, featuring scenes of the Island from across the centuries and bespoke Gifts including a limited edition Lough Derg Christmas Candle. Christmas Mass Bouquet Cards are also available – Fr. La, Prior, will offer a triduum of Masses beginning on Christmas Eve for all those who are enrolled. Visit www.loughderg.live/shop Telephone 00353 71 9861518. Delivery nationwide and Click and Collect Service available.
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MESSAGE FROM BISHOP
COVID 19 ~ OMICRON VARIANT
Bishop McKeown, having received the most recent scientific and medical advice, has written to all parishes to reinforce the following safety points to ensure that our churches remain as safe environments as possible.
All Church events must continue to be risk assessed.
Face coverings be worn, not just for entering and leaving the church, but also when seated. This is winter, but ventilation is still vital and social distancing is critical, both in the church and when entering or leaving.
The routine celebration of the Sacrament of Confession should not take place in the current circumstances.
Holy Communion should not be distributed on the tongue. A right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue is not an absolute right and, at the moment, must be restricted for the protection of human life, a key part of the Church’s pro-life stance.
PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD
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