Bulletin: 25th 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:


Thomas Laverty, Edendork; Teresa Deehan, Magherafelt and McGarvey, Cranagh, who were buried during the week.


Bernie Convery, John McGuigan, Michael Cunningham, Kevin Donnelly, Patrick Bradley and Maureen Kelly who died recently.


Bernie McDaid, Cecilia Shaw, Margaret McWilliams, Mary Ann McKay, Rosella McGovern, Harry Ryan and John Kelly (Dan) whose anniversaries occur at this time.





We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:

Caitlín Suzanne McGuckin, 17 Quilly Road.


THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £942.00.



Over two and a half years ago parish life and life in general took a dramatic turn when we were faced with lock down as a result of the Covid 19 Pandemic.  Over these two and a half years the St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) Society has been grateful to all who continued to support its work with their generous offerings.  Covid 19 did not put a pause of the work of the SVP and in the coming weeks and months that work will intensify.

This weekend the Church Door Collections will resume after every Mass and many thanks to the students of St. Colm’s High School who have taken on the responsibility of standing outside at the end of each Mass to take up the collections.  If you would like to join the SVP in this essential parish outreach, please email the Ballinascreen Parish Office or speak to one of the priests of the parish or a member of the Society.

If you would like to make a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at any time, place your donation in an envelope marked SVP and drop it through the Parochial House letterbox at any time.  Thank you for your kind generosity.



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.

SpRed Group:  Next Meeting on Monday 3rd October at 7 pm.  The group would like to thank all who sponsored the food, prizes, give donations or help in any way to make our Coffee morning a great success.

Chair Exercise with Thomasina on Tuesday mornings at 10 am.  Admission £4.  Everyone welcome.

Knit and Natter Class meet on Tuesday 27th 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).

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.

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 continues on Thursday nights, 7.30 pm to 9 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.



Children’s Primary School Halloween Fancy Dress Disco on Friday 28th October.  Beauty Night on Saturday 19th November.  Car Boot and Craft Fair on Sunday 11th December.  Slieve Gallion Challenge on 26th December.  For details, contact Eileen on 079 5519 1890.



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.



Housekeeper, 15 hours per week (4 days – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) in Dungiven Parish.  Closing date Friday 7th October.

For a job description and application form, please Write:  Personnel, Derry Diocesan Office, St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP; Email:  payroll@derrydiocese.org or Telephone:  028 7126 2302.



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



SMA Novena 2022 in honour of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Patroness of the Missions runs until 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.



On Sunday 9th October, the annual Coastal Rosary will take place at 2.30 pm.  Join thousands of people from around Ireland to pray the Rosary for Life and Faith at our coasts, grottos, rivers, churches and other suitable places.  Simply sign up a Rosary location at www. coastalrosaryireland.ie or text your location to 087 278 6552.



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.



OCN L2 Award in Managing Challenging Behaviour in Children.  A few spaces left on this 6 week course (2 hours in the evenings).  Registration fee £30, £28 for certificate/accreditation.  Suitable for teachers, classroom assistants, parents and students.



The family of Mary Theresa Lanigan wish to sincerely thank all those who supported, in any way, the fundraiser they organised last June in memory of their mum.  The £24,000 raised was divided equally between the I.C.U. and the Emergency Department of Antrim Area Hospital.


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.



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.


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



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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