Bulletin: 4th September 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:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 11 am.


Holy Rosary Church:  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:


Sean Diamond, Bellaghy and Pat Hughes, Coalisland, who were buried during the week.


Paddy Henry and Charlie Higgins who died recently.


Jim Joe McBride, Tommy Shiels, John T. Higgins, Eddie Walls and Gerard McCann whose anniversaries occur at this time.




MASS ON MONDAY MORNING will be celebrated in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm at 11 am.


THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £1,076.50.



Mass in honour of St. Pio of Pietrelcina will be celebrated on Monday 5th September at 7.30 pm in the Holy Rosary.  Novena prayer and Rosary at 7.10 pm.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Holy Rosary will commence at 12 noon and continue throughout the day.  If you are available to sit with Jesus during the hours of Exposition, please send your name and contact details to ballinascreenparish@gmail.com.

A short film on the life of St. Pio of Pietrelcina will follow the Mass and it is a good opportunity for those who know little of this great saint to familiarise themselves with his marvellous life and his call to bear witness to the Crucified Christ by the Stigmata (the Wounds of Christ) which he bore on his body for 50 years until the moment of his death.

Padre Pio also spent the greater part of his life in the confessional.  Now that the covid rules have been relaxed in our churches, there will be Confessions in Holy Rosary on Monday evening at 6 pm.  Thereafter, confessions will take place every Saturday in Holy Rosary before 6 pm Vigil Mass.



The monthly Matt Talbot freedom from addiction Mass will take place in St. Eugene’s Cathedral at 7.30 pm on Monday 5th September.  At this Mass we pray for all those battling addiction, their families and all those affected by addiction, we also pray specifically for all those enrolled in the Matt Talbot Prayer Society.  We welcome you to join us at this Mass to pray for yourself or somebody you may know who has an addiction. To enrol someone in the Matt Talbot Prayer Society, please email vita@matttalbotprayersociety.com or tel. 028 7126 2894.



Lough Derg One-Day Retreat:  A bus will leave Coolcalm Chapel on Saturday 24th September.  Cost £15 payable on booking.  Admission to the island will cost €45, includes refreshments and lunch.  Please contact Lawrence on 078 8981 0947 or Olive on 078 8761 4094.

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

Dance on Friday  9th September.  Music by Niall Patterson.  Dancing 9 pm – 12 midnight.  Admission £7.

Chair Exercise with Thomasina on Tuesday 6th September at 10 am.  Admission £4.  Everyone welcome.

Knit and Natter Class will resume on Tuesday 13th September at 7.30 pm.  You can bring along your own work, have a natter and we will learn from each other.

Line Dancing with Thomasina on Wednesday 28th 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.

If you are interested in any of the above activities, please contact Olive 078 8761 4094, Kathleen 077 6427 7809 or Anne 028 7964 2711.

Knocknagin Hall Committee A.G.M. on Wednesday 21st September at 8 pm.  This is an open meeting.  Everyone welcome to attend.



St. Mary’s Bowling Club new season starts on Tuesday night 6th September.  After two seasons interrupted due to COVID, we are hoping to welcome back all previous members plus anyone who would like to try out the game.  Play commences at 8 pm and usually runs to 9.30-10 pm.



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.



O’Neill Academy of Irish Dance will resume classes in An Rath Dubh, Moneyneena on Thursday 8th September at 6.30 pm.  New members welcome.



Holy Hour for Vocations in Holy Family Church, Ballymagroarty Derry, on Friday 9th September from 8 pm – 9 pm.  It will be broadcast live on parish webcam that can be accessed at: www.holyfamily-parish.com.



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.



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.



SMA Novena 2022 in honour of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Patroness of the Missions from Friday 23rd September to Saturday 1st October.  Daily Mass and Novena Prayers at 10 am and 7.30 pm in the S.M.A. Chapel, Dromantine.  All welcome.  Also available via webcam at www.sma.ie.



Lough Derg One-Day Retreats will be held on 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 One Day Retreat on Sunday 25th September will have the special focus of praying for an end to the conflict in Ukraine.  Guest Speaker, refugee, Halyna Tesluk, Associate Professor of Old Testament at The Ukrainian Catholic University.  More information at www.loughderg.org.  Boats from 9.15 am.  Retreat Programme begins at 10.15 am.  Boats return at 4.30 pm.  Morning coffee and lunch included.  Booking essential.  Special discounted rate of €25 for Ukrainian refugees (must be booked by telephone:  00353 71 9861518.  Full price €45.



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.



Bishop Donal McKeown will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 13th – 21st February 2023.  Visiting Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee and other important sites, this is an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.  Price is €1,895 / £1,655 p.p.s. including taxes and tips.  For more details, email info@marian.ie or call Belfast on 028 9568 0005 or Dublin on 00353 1 878 8159.


Two-year, part-time course, now enrolling for 2022-2023 intake.  Have you ever thought about exploring your faith or wished that you could broaden your understanding of your faith?  Would you like to explore, discuss and reflect upon issues and questions of faith, the Church, and how to link faith to life?  If the answer is ‘yes’, then Pathways may be for you.  The course runs one Saturday per month (10 am – 4.30 pm) from October to June, either in-house at Drumalis, Larne, or online via Zoom.  To register for Pathways, please contact Drumalis during office hours (Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm) on 028 2827 6455 / 2827 2196 or email maura@drumalis.co.uk.  Further information also available on Drumalis website: http://www.drumalis.co.uk.


Do you feel restless, do you sense there is a deeper meaning to life, that God is out there but you feel disconnected?  The Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living may be for you.  This 20 session course via Zoom between September and March is based on the insights of Ignatian Spirituality.  For further details, have a look at the Drumalis Facebook page or website or contact Drumalis during office hours (Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm) on 028 2827 6455 / 2827 2196 or email drumalis@btconnect.com.


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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