Bulletin: 28th August 2022





Holy Rosary, Ballinascreen:                6 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

St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena:               12 noon




St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm:  Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 11 am.

Holy Rosary Church:  Monday and Wednesday ~ 11 am; Friday ~ 7.30 pm.



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:


Paddy Henry, 132 Tobermore Road, who was buried during the week.


Charlie Higgins who died recently.


Danny MacOscar, Mickey McAllister, Thomas McPeake and Mary Woolahan whose anniversaries occur at this time.




THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £957.90.





Winners Week 5:

£2,000 ~ Philip Wilson, Disert Road.

£500 ~ Michael McEldowney, Moykeeran Drive.

£300 ~ Clara May Deighan, Dungiven.


Congratulations to all the draw winners over the past 5 weeks.

Fr. Madden thanks everyone who supported the Ballinascreen Parish Summer Draw this year, the support was very much appreciated.  Special word of thanks also to all who sold tickets: Ballinascreen Parish Draw Promoters, staff in Heron’s Gift Shop, Devlin’s Shop Moneyneena and the Credit Union Offices.



Chair Exercise with Thomasina will resume on Tuesday 30th August at 10 am.  Admission £4.  Everyone welcome.

SPRED Group Coffee Morning Fundraiser on Sunday 11th September from 10.30 am to 1 pm your support would be much appreciated.

Knit and Natter Class will resume on Tuesday 13th September at 7.30 pm.

Line Dancing with Thomasina will resume again 27th September (if numbers are sufficient).  Please contact Olive or Kathleen if you are interested.

Christmas Craft Fair:  Back this year on Sunday 13th November.  To book a table or for further details, contact Monica on 075 9406 1178 or Olive on 078 8761 4094.

To register for any classes, please contact Olive 078 8761 4094, Kathleen 077 6427 7809 or Anne 028 7964 2711.



Desertmartin Credit Union will be ordering Oil within the next 2 weeks, so if you want to request a fill, please let us know how much as soon as possible.  Also, any member who is not in the Heating Oil Club, you can join and let us know your oil request for this delivery.

Office Telephone No:  028 7963 4858 on a Friday 6 pm – 9 pm and a Saturday 10 am – 12 noon.



Painting Class begins on Wednesday 7th September for 8 weeks.  Choose from 10 am – 12 noon or 7 pm – 9 pm.

Felt Flower Crafting begins on Monday 12th September, 10 am – 12.30 pm for 3 weeks.  £10, all materials supplied.

Yoga with Angela begins on Thursday 22nd September, 10.30 am – 12 noon for 6 weeks.

Watercolours with George Gourley begins on Monday 3rd October, 10 am – 12 noon for 4 weeks.

Creative Writing with Maura Johnston begins on Tuesday 4th October, 10.30 am – 12 noon for 9 weeks.

Our annual Vintage Rally, Craft Fair and Family Fun Day returns this year on Saturday 24th September at 11 am.  We are taking bookings for craft tables now – drop us a message if you’re interested in reserving a space.  Text 078 2196 3749, ring 028 7962 7826 or PM Kilcronaghan facebook for more details and to book your place.



The Season of Creation from Thursday 1st September to Tuesday 4th October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) has a special significance for the Catholic Church, particularly since Pope Francis established 1st September as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.  This season celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect our natural environment.  The theme this year is: ‘Listen to the Voice of Creation’.



The National Synthesis is the fruit of a wide-ranging process of listening and consultation and is based on the syntheses produced by the 26 dioceses in Ireland, as well as those submitted by religious congregations and other interested groups.  The National Synthesis which may be viewed on synod.ie will be forwarded to Rome as part of the worldwide synodal process of listening and discernment launched by Pope Francis in October 2021 and which will culminate in the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome in 2023.



The Derry Diocese has invited the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland to conduct a review of safeguarding practice.  This review will commence with the Safeguarding Sunday Mass on 18th September in St. Columb’s Church, Waterside, at 3 pm.  Everyone welcome to attend this Mass.  The review will continue from Monday 19th September to Friday 23rd September 2022.  If you have any views about Safeguarding in the Derry Diocese, we invite you to come forward to Teresa Devlin, Chief Executive Officer, National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, prior to the review dates.  Teresa can be contacted on 00353 1 505 3124 or by email Teresa.devlin@safeguarding.ie .  If you wish to report a child safeguarding concern, please contact Marie Gormley, Designated Liaison Person (DLP) on 075 9650 0793 or report directly to PSNI or HSC.



The National Pilgrimage in honour of St. Pio takes place at Our Lady’s Shrine at Knock on Sunday 18th September.  Coach leaving Holy Rosary Church, Draperstown at 7 am, returning 10 pm approx.  Fare £30, including breakfast payable on booking.  Contact:  078 3636 6949, 077 3212 5316 or 028 7962 8920 as soon as possible.



Blessing of Motorbikes and Bikers at St. Aengus’ Church, Burt, Co. Donegal (N13 Derry-Letterkenny Road) on Sunday 11th September at 1 pm.  All are very welcome to a blessing for motorbikes and bikers.  We will also remember all our biker friends who have died since our last time together, September 2019, before COVID.  Collection on the day for R.N.L.I.  Usual bike run to Ned’s Point R.N.L.I. Station to present the donation and for refreshments.  Contact details:  Fr. Gerry Sweeney:  gerardsweeney@ymail.com or on Facebook.



Annual Palliative Care Week, from Sunday 11th to Saturday 17th September.  The theme this year is Palliative Care:  Living As Well As Possible’.  The week offers an opportunity to raise awareness of the positive impact that palliative care has on the lives of people with life-limiting illnesses and their families; allowing them to live their lives as fully as they can.  For details please visit: thepalliativehub.com/public-awareness.



Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Saturday 24th September led by Bishop Donal McKeown.  Stations of the Cross at 2 pm followed by Mass at 3 pm with Sacrament of the Sick.  Buses will travel from a variety of pick-up points.  For further information, please contact Fr. Patrick Lagan at St. Eugene’s Cathedral on 028 7126 2894 or email the Cathedral parish office at cathedral@derrydiocese.org.



Bookings open for these workshops:  WHEN IT IS DARKEST ~ Understanding suicide.  Saturday 24th September, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm.  CHURCH ABUSE:  A UNIQUE BETRAYAL ~ A call to listen, a call to action, a call to change.  Friday 4th November at 5 pm – Sunday 6th November at 2 pm.  The Workshop Facilitator is Fr. Hugh Lagan SMA, priest and chartered clinical psychologist who has led retreats, workshops and trainings internationally on psychological and spiritual well-being, positive change, trauma, mental health and resilience.  Please contact Jacinta or Louisa to reserve your place:  Phone 028 3082 1964 or email admin@dromantineconference.com.



Benburb Priory will host a day conference on ‘The Meaning Crisis, Modernity, and the Christian Way:  A Benburb Priory Conference’, (rise in suicides, depression, and more) and the Christian way today on Friday 2nd September.  The conference will feature leading Christian thinkers, including Paul Kingsnorth, Paul Vander Klay, and Fr. Calvin Robinson.  Tickets are available at Benburbpriory.com now.  Cost: £34.99.  All are welcome.  Webpage link:  The Meaning Crisis, Modernity, and the Christian Way: A Benburb Priory Conference – Benburb Priory



Lough Derg One-Day Retreats will be held on 3rd, 7th, 10th, 13th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th September.  Booking is essential.  Admission €45 p.p., includes all refreshments, lunch, return boat service, full retreat programme, free car and coach parking.  Boats available from 9.15 am on the day, retreat begins at 10.30 am, finishing at 4.30 pm.  For booking and further information, tel. 00353 71 9861518, online:  www.loughderg.org or email:  info@loughderg.org.


The Diocese of Derry is inviting any young person who is over 18 or will be 18 by July 2023 to join us on Pilgrimage to Lisbon for World Youth Day.  World Youth Day (WYD) is the gathering of young people from all over the world with the Pope.  It is also a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church and an intense moment of evangelization for the youth world.  This pilgrimage will take place in August 2023.  For now, we are taking expression of interest until we have more information on dates, times and prices.  We have limited space so signing up is essential.  You can register your interest on the derrydiocese.org website or on the @derryyouth Facebook page.  If you have any questions regarding this pilgrimage, please email Lizzie Rea, Youth Coordinator at: lizzie.rea@derrydiocese.org



The National Centre for Liturgy at Maynooth University invites applicants for this blended learning course which will combine online modules with some on-campus learning.  For more details, please log onto www.maynoothcollege.ie/courses.  Closing date for applications is 9th September.  Course will commence on 23rd September.



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 on 30th September.  If you require any further information, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 028 7126 4087 or email tferry@derrydiocese.org.



Stress is a normal reaction to the rapidly changing and uncertain times we are all living in at the moment.  If you are feeling a bit more stressed than usual and would like to learn some great ways, free-of-charge, to deal with common problems like anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing then come along to our online Stress Control class.  ‘Stress Control’ is a six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy class used extensively in community-settings by the NHS (UK) and HSE (Ireland) and across the world.  You can find out more here: https://ni.stresscontrol.org/

As you can’t come to a regular Stress Control class due to the current circumstances, Stress Control will come to you and live stream the sessions.  Each session will be available on the YouTube channel from 9 am and will remain available until 8 am the morning of the next session, e.g. Session One will be available from 9 am on Monday 12th September and will be taken down at 8 am on Thursday 15th September.  Session Two will then premiere at 9 am.

The sessions will be led by Dr. Jim White, consultant clinical psychologist, who created the class and who has taught most of the NHS (UK) and HSE (Ireland) trainers who would normally be running classes across the country.

To take part:

  1. Go to https://ni.stresscontrol.org/ where you can learn more about the class and get the dates. Everything you need to successfully complete the class – the booklets, self-assessment, relaxation and mindfulness – can be found in the ‘Free zone’.  If you can, please read, and start working on, the booklets in the ‘Preparing for the course’ section before Session 1.

  1. On the homepage, click on the ‘Stress Control Online’ link to access our YouTube channel where the classes will be available to view at the scheduled times. If you click the ‘Subscribe’ button on our YouTube page (free), you will receive notifications when a new session is available.  You can also follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdCfzKgmXbB30baWLv6L5-g

  1. The session will begin exactly on time, so make sure you are there from the start. Sessions run for about 90 minutes and there will be a 10-minute break in the middle.

  1. Each session is one piece of the jigsaw in tackling your Stress. By coming to each class, the jigsaw will form, and the big picture can emerge, making you better able to handle your stress.  This is cognitive-behavioural therapy so it is crucial you practice the skills you will learn between sessions.

Life is very hard for us just now and there are no easy solutions or magic cures, but, with hard work and determination, we can boost our resilience to cope with these difficult times and come out the other end stronger. Please pass this on to anyone who you think might benefit from the class.






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