Bulletin: 9th January 2022

PARISH BULLETIN – Baptism of the Lord – 9th 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]



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:


Mary Cassidy, Moneyneena; Annie May McNulty, Derryloughan; Joe McGreevey, Lissan; Fr. Hugh Boyle, Ballymena and Brian Toner, Armagh who were buried during the week.


Mickey Kelly, Rose Slevin and Breige Lawless who died recently.


Michael Mulholland, Josie Murray, Bridie McIvor, John Ryan Tirgan, Tommy McGuckin Magherafelt, Veronica O’Kane, Harry O’Kane, Maureen O’Kane, Matthew Shields, Mary Shields, Lelia Burns, Katie Smith and Aloysius McElwee whose anniversaries occur at this time.




THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £589.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £511.00.


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.  You will be receiving a request shortly to sign a new direct debit mandate.  Thank you for your support.






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)


Eighth Day of Christmas (1st January) Draw Winners:

Brianna and Gerard McElwee, Brackagh Lane  (No. 1141)

The Herron Family, Glenviggan Road, Draperstown  (No. 732)

Cathy Nelson, Kilrea Road, Upperlands  (No. 1259)


Ninth Day of Christmas (2nd January) Draw Winners:

Sadie Darragh, Killymoon Crescent, Cookstown  (No. 399)

Joseph Bradley, Maghera Road, Tobermore  (No. 054)

Aoife and Tara O’Kane, Dedmere Road, Marlow  (No. 370)


Tenth Day of Christmas (3rd January) Draw Winners:

Katie O’Kane, Corrick Road, Dungiven  (No. 1264)

Mayah McCann, Spires Manor, Magherafelt  (No. 002)

Gerard Murphy, Iniscarn Road  (No. 890)


Eleventh Day of Christmas (4th January) Draw Winners:

Teresa Agnew, Tullyglass Park, Ballymena  (No. 059)

Bridget Kearns, Mullaghanney, Raphoe, Co. Donegal  (No. 1032)


Twelfth Day of Christmas (5th January) Draw Winner:

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Conway, Cavanreagh Road, Draperstown  (No. 1328)


Bonus Draw Winners:

Conor Doherty, Drumderg Road, Moneyneena  (No. 651)

Sinead and James Daly, Glengomna Lane, Draperstown  (No. 366)

Aislinn Thornton, c/o Glenshane Park, Draperstown  (No. 1334)


Fr. McGirr offers his Congratulations to all of the Twelve Days of Christmas 2021 Draw Winners.  Thank you very, very much everyone for supporting our parish draw this year once again.  It was a great success and we are grateful for your generosity in purchasing tickets for your family and as gifts for family members and friends.


We thank everyone who was a ticket seller and promoter of the Draw in their locality and in our parishes of Desertmartin and Ballinascreen and farther afield as well.  Thanks to our parish workers and volunteers who distributed tickets through our churches and parish offices and schools.   Thank you to Heron’s Gift Shop, Moneyneena Post Office, Ballinascreen Credit Union and St. Columb’s Primary School, Cullion for acting as outlets for people to purchase tickets.  All your time and efforts over these past few months are appreciated so very much.


Thank you





2021 has been a difficult year for many people.  As we move into 2022 with hopes and dreams for a better year ahead, we all need to be mindful of the importance of our health and wellness.

We plan to re-start some of our actives in the hall.  This is a great opportunity for all us to come along and join in to learn, keep active and connected.

Tuesday Morning, 11th January:  Exercise with Thomasina at 11.30 am.  Admission £4.

 If you are interested in registering for any of the following actives, contact Kathleen: 077 6427 7809, Anne:  028 7964 2711, Olive:  078 8761 4094.  EARLY REGISTERING WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

Crochet Class  ~  Line Dancing  ~  Sean-nós  Dance  ~  Spring Gardening

We thank you all for your support and for attendance at the classes in 2021 and look forward to seeing you in this incoming year.  Wishing you all a Safe, Happy and Healthy New Year.




Proposed dates for Confirmation Ceremonies in Desertmartin Parish are:

Knocknagin P.S. on Saturday 26th February at 11 am in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm.

St. Columb’s P.S., Cullion on Saturday 12th March at 11 am in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm.



Proposed dates for First Holy Communion Masses in Desertmartin Parish are:

St. Columb’s P.S., Cullion on Saturday 14th May at 11 am in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm.

Knocknagin P.S. on Saturday 21st May at 11 am in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm.




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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.

  1. All Church events must continue to be risk assessed.

  2. 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.

  3. The routine celebration of the Sacrament of Confession should not take place in the current circumstances.

  4. 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.





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.


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