Bulletin: 18th 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:  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:


Bernie Convery, Derrynoyd; John McGuigan, Drumard and Michael Cunningham, Magherafelt, who were buried during the week.


Kevin Donnelly, Patrick Bradley, Maureen Kelly, Sean Diamond and Pat Hughes who died recently.


Josephine and Brian Murphy, Sadie Kearney, John McNicholl, Patrick Bradley, Sarah Ann Walls, Eugene Donnelly, Michael Toner, John McGuigan, Michael McGurk and Michael Devlin whose anniversaries occur at this time.




THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £806.22.



This coming week Fr. McGirr will visit the sick on Carncose, Luney, Tobermore and Forgetown Roads.



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.

Christmas Craft Fair:  Back this year on Sunday 13th November, starting at 10.30 am until 4 pm.   1 table £20, 2 tables £30.  £10 deposit to pay when booking.  For further details, contact Monica on 075 9406 1178 or Olive on 078 8761 4094.

Chair Exercise with Thomasina on Tuesday mornings 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.

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.



The AOH annual Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Saturday 8th October, depending on numbers.  Bus fare plus full breakfast and evening meal £45.  Anyone interested, contact Seamus on 078 8081 6392 asap.

Band practice resumes on Thursday nights.  Please note new starting time of 7.30 pm.  New members are always welcome



St. Mary’s Bowling Club on Tuesday nights.  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.



Come and celebrate ‘Good Relations Week’ in Maghera Library by joining our coffee morning on Friday 23rd September from 11 am – 1 pm.  Everyone welcome.



Kilcronaghan Vintage Rally, Craft Fair and Family Fun Day on Saturday 24th September, 11 am – 4 pm.  Vintage cars, tractors and engines, car boot sales, dog show, craft fair, scarecrow competition, BBQ, teas, Kenny Archer, line dancers and much more.

Build a Scarecrow Competition – Kilcronaghan Centre is seeking entries from families, schools, youth groups or individuals for its new Build a Scarecrow Competition.  Be as original as you want.  Scarecrows are to be brought to the Vintage Rally and Family Fun Day on Saturday 24th September and there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  Free registration between 11 am and 1 pm on the day.  More details on Kilcronaghan facebook or message 078 2196 3749.

Family Dog Show will return to the Kilcronaghan Vintage Rally & Family Fun Day on Saturday 24th September.  £2 to register your dog from 11 am and there will be various classes available to enter.  Prizes on the day.  More details on both above events on Kilcronaghan facebook page or message 07821963749.



Youth 2000 is holding a ‘Country Barndance’!  Join us for a night of craic, food and dancing in the Mellon Hotel, Omagh on Saturday 24th September.  Welcome – 6 pm to start at 6.30 pm.  We’ll teach you how to throw a few moves before dinner and after dinner you’ll dance til the cows come home!  Suggested style ‘Wild West’ but not necessary.  This is an Over 18s event.  Tickets £30 available on www.youth2000.ie.



Classes for adults recommence on Thursday 6th October from 7.30 pm – 9 pm in Glór na Speiríní, Straw.  Cost for 10 weeks is £30.  Classes to suit all levels from beginners to advanced.  To register or for more details, please email conchurglor@gmail.com or fón 028 7962 7703 nó 077 9553 6682.  Tá fáilte roimh chách – Everyone welcome.



The annual subscriptions for the magazine are now due and will cover you receiving your magazine every second month throughout the year until August 2023.  If you wish to get this interesting and informative St. Pio magazine, posted directly to your home from San Giovanni Rotondo, please enclose £14 in a sealed envelope with your name and full address and leave into Ballinascreen Parish Office by Monday 26th September.  Thank you.



Derry Youth is taking expressions of interest for the Derry Youth Scholarship Programme.  This is a year-long programme for young people in 6th Form or doing their Leaving Cert.  The programme provides opportunities for young people to meet others from across the diocese, to come together to explore their faith, to meet new friends, gain training and learn new skills, and work with a charitable organisation.  If you are interested in this programme or would like more information, please message us @Derryyouth on social media or email Niamh at niamh.mclaughlin@derrydiocese.org.



Is Gambling affecting your life?  Perhaps we can help.  Tel 028 7135 1329.


Safeguarding Sunday is a chance to shine a light on what our diocese is doing to ensure our parish communities and our places of worship are safe environments.  Protecting children, and adults at risk, is at the heart of the Church’s message.  This year’s Safeguarding Sunday Mass takes place today, Sunday 18th September, at 3 pm in St Columb’s Church, Waterside, Derry.  All welcome.



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 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.



The Chaplaincy at Queen’s University Belfast is open during term from 10 am to 10 pm Monday through Thursday and Fridays 10 am to 3 pm, the Chaplaincy provides vital pastoral and faith supports to students, offering them a home-from-home during their time at University.  More on what’s on offer can be found at qubcatholic.org.  Mosaic Café is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 3 pm and the ever-popular Sunday evening Mass, open to the University community and wider public, resumes from Sunday 18th September at 8 pm.  Spread the word, especially with any incoming or returning students!



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.  See reflection on the course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE7FIbhuJCI



We are excited to see the return of our 15+ Energy of Light Disco on Friday 30th September at 8.30 pm.  We now also have a Kids (0-8 years) at 4 pm – 5 pm and Juniors (9-14 years) 5 pm – 6 pm on Saturday 24th September.  Our discos are aimed at those experiencing limited physical, sensory and or learning disability.  Tickets are £3 with carers and parents going free – complimentary tea/coffee provided.  Tickets for this performances are on sale through our box office (028 7126 4455 choose option 1) or at our website www.millenniumforum.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 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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