PARISH BULLETIN – PENTECOST SUNDAY – 28th May 2023
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
WEEKDAY MASSES *** NEW MASS TIMES ***
St. Mary’s, Coolcalm: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 10 am. [webcam]
Holy Rosary, Ballinascreen: Monday and Wednesday ~ 10 am; Friday ~ 7.30 pm. [webcam]
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
Fr. Dermot McGirr C.C.
50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin
Telephone: 028 7963 2196
Fr. John Downey C.C.
36 Moneyneena Road
Desertmartin Parish Office:
Tel. 028 7939 7047. Wednesday and Thursday 10.30 am to 3 pm.
SVP Helpline: 077 1083 8050
DEATHS AND ANNIVERSARIES
Please remember in your prayers:
Raymond Caulfield, Moykeeran; Kathleen Breen, Ballyronan; Aaron Thornton, Cookstown and John Convery, Glen who were buried during the week.
John Connolly, Aidan Clarkin, Joe Crilly and Fr. Kevin Mullan who died recently.
James McBride, John James Ryan, Jim Wilson, Jack McNicholl, Barney and Elizabeth Kearney, Mary McGuckin, Paddy Trainor, Francis Donnelly and Johnny Corry whose anniversaries occur at this time.
We welcome into God’s family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Maggie Anne McGuigan, 26 Gortahurk Road and Luke Adrian Donnelly, 17 Quarry Road.
THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.
Last Week: Sunday/Priest’s Collection envelopes: £747.50.
Diocesan Purposes Collection envelopes: £413.80.
TRUCK FESTIVAL AND FUN WEEKEND
Mid Ulster Truck Festival and Family Fun Weekend on this weekend on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May at Lavey GAC Club. Truck Convoy on Sunday will be passing through Draperstown at approximately 4.30 pm. Check out Midulster Truckers Facebook page for updates. All money raised will be donated to FACTS.
KNOCKNAGIN HALL ACTIVITIES
Chair Exercise with Thomasina continues on Tuesday at 10 am followed by a short walk. Admission £4. Everyone welcome.
Knit and Natter continues on Tuesday at 7.30 pm.
Line Dancing continues on Wednesday at 7.30 pm. Admission £4.
If you are interested in any of the above activities, please contact Olive on 078 8761 4094, Kathleen on 077 6427 7809 or Anne on 028 7964 2711.
Sarsfield’s Band Practice on Thursday at 7.30 pm. New and past members welcome to come along, roles for all ages and abilities, accordion players, drummers, flag bearers and majorettes.
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PARISH OF DESERTMARTIN
Summary of Income and Expenditure Account for 2022
Income from main church collection 54,586
Income from candles and bookstall 2,937
Gift Aid refunds received 12,860
Graveyard collection 2,556
Total Income 72,939
Salaries and wages of priests and parish employees 36,670
Church and parochial house requisites and supplies 6,565
Heating and lighting 14,747
Routine property repairs and maintenance 3,397
Rates and insurance 6,165
Bank charges and interest 627
Office expenses 3,832
Diocesan Assessment paid to Bishop’s Office 9,482
Legal, professional and accountancy fees 600
Pastoral Programmes/Activities 657
Christmas Gifts 1,320
Total expenditure 84,062
Routine surplus for the year £ -11,123
Summary of Assets and Liabilities at 31st December 2022
Parish Bank Current Account 41,864
Restoration Fund Bank Account 62,743
Total Assets 104,607
Total parish funds and reserves £ 104,607
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GLÓR NA SPEIRÍNÍ
Are delighted to announce that they are offering a part-time job of 16 hours per week at an hourly rate of £12.50 per hour. Applicants must have a proficiency in spoken and written Irish. This job will also include working with young children as well as coordinating projects. For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 028 7962 7703. Closing date is Wednesday 31st May.
Coffee Morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support on Saturday 3rd June in An Rath Dubh, Moneyneena from 11.30 am – 2.30 pm.
Annual Plant Sale at the Kilcronaghan Centre, 10 Rectory Road, Tobermore on Friday 9th June. Gates open at 6.30 pm. Perennials, annuals and shrubs all available.
WORKSPACE RECREATION CENTRE
Nuala’s Keep Fit Classes, a new block of keep fit circuit classes are running. Spaces still available. They are £3.50 per class. Classes on Mondays at 7.15 pm and Thursdays at 6.45 pm.
Beginner Exercise Classes will be on Tuesdays from 8 pm. Classes are £3.50. A great class for those starting or not sure where to start.
Call 028 7962 8113 to secure your place for any of the classes above. Any skill level is welcomed as you can go at your own pace.
BABY MASSAGE AND REFLEXOLOGY CLASS
New Baby Massage and Reflexology Class has begun in Community Hub, Draperstown. For details, Whatsapp 077 4912 1208 or email email@example.com.
If you require a food parcel, Sperrin Foodbank will be open on Fridays from 11 am – 1 pm for drop-ins. No appointment required. If you require assistance outside this time, please call 075 4342 0639 to arrange collection. No questions asked or criteria to meet. Other contact details are Facebook page Sperrinfoodbank or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PADRE PIO MASS
Padre Pio Mass will be celebrated on Monday 5th June in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30 pm. This Mass will be offered for all who are sitting examinations at this time. It is hoped that one of Padre Pio’s mits will be available for a special blessing.
BLESSING OF GRAVES 2023
Blessing of Graves in the parishes of Desertmartin and Ballinascreen will take place on the following dates:
Saturday 10th June:
6.30 pm ~ Mass in St. Patrick’s, Keenaught followed by Blessing of graves.
Please note earlier Mass time.
Sunday 11th June:
11 am ~ Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Sixtowns followed by Blessing of graves.
12 noon ~ Mass in St. Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena followed by Blessing of graves.
2 pm ~ Blessing of graves at St. Columba’s, Straw.
3 pm ~ Blessing of graves at St. Mary’s, Coolcalm.
4.30 pm ~ Blessing of graves at Old Keenaught Church.
ANAM CARA DONEGAL
Anam Cara Donegal, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Thursday 8th June at 7.15 pm in the Raddison Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. We also offer an online service. For more information, tel. 00353 1 404 5378.
DROMANTINE FAMILY FUN DAY
Dromantine Family Fun Day on Sunday 11th June, 1.30 pm – 5.30 pm. Attractions: Grand Draw, Country and Western Music, Vintage Tractors, Bouncy Castles, Obstacle Courses, Stalls, Food, Refreshments and much more! Admission £5 donation per car. Everyone welcome.
Is Gambling affecting your life? Perhaps we can help. Tel. 028 7135 1329.
DERRY DIOCESE – JOB OPPORTUNITY
Housekeeper – St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry. 25 hours per week (Monday – Friday). Permanent Contract. For job description and application pack, please contact: Bishop’s House, St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP, tel. 028 7126 2302 or email: email@example.com. Completed applications must be returned to: Personnel, Bishop’s House, St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 4.30 pm on 9th June. Derry Diocesan Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We welcome applications from all men and women and from members of all communities.
KNOCK SHRINE 2023
The pilgrimage season at Knock Shrine is now underway, and the shrine community looks forward to welcoming organised pilgrimages from all across the country at the weekends, and daily ceremonies for visiting pilgrims each day. For more details, please check church notice boards or visit the Shrine website: www.knockshrine.ie
LETTERKENNY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE
The Management and Chaplains of Letterkenny University Hospital invite you to an Ecumenical Prayer Service of Remembrance on Thursday 1st June at 5.30 pm in the Church of the Irish Martyrs, Letterkenny. During this service we will remember all the staff and former staff of Letterkenny University Hospital who have passed away. We also remember the staff who suffered personal bereavements during the Covid-19 pandemic. All the patients who died in Letterkenny University Hospital during the pandemic will also be remembered in prayer and a warm invitation is extended to their families to attend this service.
GRADUATION MASS – QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY
On Thursday 1st June at 5.15 pm, the QUB Chaplaincy will host a Graduation Mass for the Class of 2023. Students, their families and friends, as well as staff and alumni are most welcome. This Mass will be the last special celebration before we close our doors and move to temporary accommodation whilst our landmark building on Elmwood Avenue undergoes major redevelopment. If the Chaplaincy holds special memories for you and you would like to experience it as-is for one last time, know that we would love to have you join us. Refreshments will be served afterwards. If you plan to come, it would be helpful if you could let us know by emailing email@example.com
ALL IRELAND ROSARY RALLY IN KNOCK
The All-Ireland Rosary Rally will take place on Saturday 3rd June from 1 pm in Knock. It will include Holy Mass, the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross and a talk by Bishop Oliver Doeme. The Main Celebrant for the Holy Mass is Archbishop Eamon Martin. A bus will leave from Antrim/Derry. Please book your seat early to avoid disappointment. Tel. Patricia Casey on 075 9304 1040.
TWO ROSARIES ON THE COASTS
The next Rosaries on the Coasts will be on 4th June at 3 pm on Lisfannon Strand, Buncrana and also on 18th June at 3 pm on Benone Strand, Limavady. All Rosary Coasters welcome and remember to invite your families and friends along too.
MASTERS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
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. If you require any further information or wish to register for the information session, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 028 7126 4087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS DIOCESAN EDUCATION CONFERENCE 29TH AND 30TH AUGUST
‘Go Make Disciples of all Nations’ (Pope Francis in Christus Vivit says that, ‘schools remain essential places for the evangelisation of the young’.) We are delighted to announce that David Wells will be our Keynote Speaker for our Diocesan Education Conference in August in Saint Columb’s College, Derry. David is an internationally renowned speaker with a background in Education. Popular motivational speaker David Wells | David Wells Live. We will also have a number of workshops and a session looking at how, as Catholic schools, rooted in Jesus, we encourage a culture of dialogue and forgiveness in all our relationships.
Post Primary will be 29th August and Primary 30th August. A full programme of events, with booking forms will be issued in the coming months. We are really looking forward to this gathering of our Diocesan Education Community – over 900 delegates attended the last one. We hope you will be able to attend.
THE NET – MAY 2023
Sharing the fruits of the faith in the Derry Diocese, the May edition of ‘The Net’ is now available in parishes (FREE PAPER COPIES IN OUR CHURCHES) as well as on the Diocesan website. For coverage of faith related stories just email email@example.com. Coverage in this edition includes:
Pope John Paul II Award Knock pilgrimage impacted young pilgrims
St. Columb’s Memorial Garden Stations a walk of prayer for deceased College community
Egg-cellent Anam Óg Easter fun by Aoife O’Neill
Excitement mounting for WYD 2023
Overjoyed to share God’s love – Niamh Kehoe shares faith story
Children’s Catechism Club – C3 by Veronica Harley
Celebrating St. Eugene’s Cathedral 150th…
*Diocesan family hear Papal call to experience original freshness of Gospel and shine as peacemakers
*Eye-catching Carlo Acutis statue strong sainthood link for young
*Cathedral parishioners encouraged to keep flame of faith lit
*Reflections on Cathedral 150th anniversary
Cathedral Parish’s Anne Marie Hickey bursting with positivity for new pastoral role
Young Writers share thoughts on…
*Trusting God with our ambitions in life
*Building a spiritually sound home
*What makes St. Eugene’s Cathedral so distinctive
*Living life God’s way
The time is always right to do right by James Tourish
Great response to Dominican-led Mission in Limavady
Honouring Our Lady
May Eve Holy Well Rosary tradition still strong in Faughanvale
‘Mere Christianity’ study inspiring for Ardstraw, Badoney and Greencastle faithful by Paula Kennedy
Celebrating 200 years of worship in St. Mary’s, Cloughcor by Geraldine Devine
Sr. Clare Retreat…
*Great sense of joy and peace
*Talks highlight Sr. Clare deeply touching lives
*Life in the Seven Sacraments
*The power of the Eucharist and Rosary to change hearts – Martina Davidson
Servant Sisters share their vocation stories – Part 2
*Jesus Youth Movement led me to ask God about His plan for my life – Sr. Ruby
Home of the Mother activities
Much-loved Fr. Kevin Mullan laid to rest
Inter-Diocesan Vocations weekend very positive experience – Fr. Pat O’Hagan
‘Take the Risk for Christ’
Irish section by Déaglán Ó Laithbheartaigh…
*Shil sí deora dúinn (She shed tears for us)
*Suntas an Phictiúir (The significance of the picture)
We are enriched by constant rediscovery of wisdom of the ages – A reflection by Bishop Donal
History of original Divine Mercy Image by Sr. Benedetta Hutnikiewicz ZSJM
Divine Mercy devotion growing in the Diocese
Celebration of Eucharist – Christ’s invitation to join on-going hymn of praise before God’s throne – Bishop Donal
Life to the full by Fr. Johnny Doherty CSsR
The hunger for holiness hasn’t gone away by Fr. Peter McCawille
The Mission of Pere Jacques of Jesus – Part 2 by Fr. Stephen Quinn ocd
An Meitheal by Fr. John McLaughlin ssc
The Rosary by Vera McFadden
Quiz Time with Lawrence
Supporting ‘The Net’
The Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2023, led by Bishop Donal McKeown, will go direct from City of Derry Airport. 3rd – 7th July, four nights full board in the Hotel Agena: £745 sharing, £35 single supplement. Travel insurance up to age 79 – £39. Age 80 to 94 – £78. (Pilgrims may wish to use their own insurance). Pilgrimage Office at 164 Bishop St, Derry, BT48 6UJ will be open only on Saturdays from 11 am – 1 pm. Intending pilgrims can also leave a message on 028 7126 0293 with their full postal address and the number of booking forms required, or email these details to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to above address for forms.
WORLD YOUTH DAY – LISBON 2023
Derry Diocesan Youth is taking a group on Pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Lisbon, from 25th July to 7th August. This pilgrimage is for over 18s. Limited places available. If you would be interested in travelling on the pilgrimage, or finding out more, please contact Lizzie Rea on email@example.com.
CARMELITE PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
Carmelite Pilgrimage to Lourdes from 29th August, for 6 nights. Cost €899 per person. For all bookings, please contact Carmelite Retreat Centre, Termonbacca. Tel. 7126 2512.
PILGRIMAGE TO SAN GIOVANNI AND ROME
As part of St. Eugene’s Cathedral 150th Anniversary Celebrations, Bishop Donal McKeown will lead a pilgrimage to San Giovanni and Rome from 25th – 30th September. Visiting the birthplace of Padre Pio, Shrine of St. Michael Archangel, St. Peter’s Basilica and other important sites. Price is £879 p.p.s. (Single room supplement £150). For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Belfast on 028 9568 0005 or Dublin on 00353 1 878 8159.
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGES
15th October – Pilgrimage Retreat to the Holy Land (9 nights). Direct flights ex Dublin to Tel Aviv. Part I: Galilee/Nazareth. Part II: Bethlehem/Jerusalem. Cost £1,795 stg includes taxes, transfers, tips, half-board. To register/for details, please contact Erin/Sr. Perpetua at email@example.com / 077 3683 2458 or visit thornhillministries.co.uk website.
HOLY LAND AT CHRISTMAS
Last remaining places for Derry Pilgrimage to the Holy Land at Christmas 2023 ex Dublin, taking in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, Last Supper Room, Garden of Gethsemane and Mount of Olives, with full day in Bethlehem on Christmas Day. Contact James Treacy: tel. 00353 6 192 1470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
QUB HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE
The Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen’s University Belfast will lead a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land for alumni and friends. Departing 9th February 2024 for 8 nights with half-board accommodation in 4 star hotels in Jerusalem and Nazareth, this promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip. The Pilgrimage’s Spiritual Director will be Queen’s Chaplain, Fr. Dominic McGrattan, with music and song provided by the Chaplaincy’s Director of Sacred Music, celebrated soprano, Marcella Walsh. In addition to a rich itinerary which includes visits to the principal sacred sites, we will also visit the Holy Family Maternity Hospital in Bethlehem and the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem. If you would like to know more information including price, itinerary and how to book, please email Chaplaincy Director, Shannon Campbell, at email@example.com
If you have any concerns with regard to Safeguarding children or adults in need of protection within the Church, contact Marie Gormley, the Diocesan Designated Liaison Person (DLP), on 075 9650 0793, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional contact numbers: PSNI Tel. 101 or Social Services Western HSC Trust on 028 7131 4090 (ask for Duty Social Worker).