Bulletin: 17th March 2024






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, Coolcalm:  Monday and Friday ~ 10 am; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 7.30 pm.  [webcam]


St. Colm’s High School, Draperstown:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 8.40 am.


St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 10 am.


Holy Rosary, Ballinascreen:  Monday and Friday ~ 7.30 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ~ 7 am.  [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

Email:  ballinascreenparish@gmail.com


Fr. Dermot McGirr C.C.

50 Tobermore Road, Desertmartin

Telephone:  028 7963 2196

Email:  desertmartinparish@gmail.com


Desertmartin Parish Office:

Tel. 028 7939 7047.  Wednesday and Thursday, 10.30 am to 3 pm.

Email:  desertmartinparish@gmail.com


Christenings:  To book a baptism, contact Fr. McGirr on 028 7963 2196


Parish Anniversary and Month’s Mind Masses:  If parishioners wish to have their loved one prayed for at any Anniversary Friday Mass, please email their name to the Parish Office by noon on Thursday of the relevant week.  Email:  desertmartinparish@gmail.com.

Notices for First Anniversary and Month’s Mind Masses should be received before the Thursday of the previous week so they may be printed in the Bulletin the weekend before the Anniversary Mass.


Sperrin Foodbank:  075 4342 0639                         SVP Helpline:  077 1083 8050




Please remember in your prayers:


Phyllis Kelly, 31 Gortahurk Road; Chuck Higgins, Drumrainey, Magherafelt; Charlie O’Neill, Dunamanagh; Rose Lagan, Sixtowns Road and Clare McDermott, Feeny whose funerals were held during the week.


Gerard Lagan, Bernadette Kelly, Anne Prunty, Ruperta Regan and John McCloskey who died recently.


Brendan Hegarty, Patrick McGuigan, Willie John Fullen, Annie Mary McCann, Annie Murray, Jim Joe O’Kane, Margaret O’Kane, Hugh Bradley and Mary Walls whose anniversaries occur at this time.




THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:  Sunday/Priest’s Collection envelopes:  £977.00. 

Thank you to those who contribute to the parish by direct debit.



The Irish language collection will take place next weekend, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March as a church gate collection after the Vigil and Sunday morning Masses.  All contributions are greatly appreciated.




We extend our Congratulations to the Primary 7 children of St. Columb’s, Cullion and Knocknagin Primary Schools who were confirmed by last Sunday 10th March in St. Patrick’s, Keenaught.

We also offer our congratulations to their parents, sponsors, family members, relations and friends on this special occasion for their young family member.

We thank the St. Columb’s, Cullion P.S. children’s choir, musicians, teachers and the altar servers from both schools involved in the occasion.

We thank our sacristan, flower arrangers, cleaners including JPII Award candidates, and helpers for preparing and tidying Keenaught before and after the special occasion for our young people.

We also thank Devlin Media for broadcasting the whole Confirmation ceremony so well.  For family members, relatives and friends, the video of the Confirmation can be viewed at www.devlinmedia.tv.




Monday 18th March:

St. Mary’s, Coolcalm ~ 10 am

Holy Rosary, Ballinascreen ~ 7.30 pm


Tuesday 19th March:

Holy Rosary, Ballinascreen ~ 7 am

St. Colm’s High School ~ 8.40 am

St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena ~ 10 am

St. Mary’s, Coolcalm ~ 7.30 pm


Wednesday 20th March:

Holy Rosary, Ballinascreen ~ 7 am

St. Colm’s High School ~ 8.40 am

St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena ~ 10 am

St. Mary’s, Coolcalm ~ 7.30 pm


Thursday 21st March:

Holy Rosary, Ballinascreen ~ 7 am

St. Colm’s High School ~ 8.40 am

St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena ~ 10 am

St. Mary’s, Coolcalm ~ 7.30 pm


Friday 22nd March:

St. Mary’s, Coolcalm ~ 10 am

Holy Rosary, Ballinascreen ~ 7.30 pm



Due to more children availing of school dinners, St. Colm’s High School is looking to recruit new members of staff, Monday to Friday 11.45 am until 1.45 pm.  If interested, please contact Chris in the meals kitchen at St. Colm’s High School or phone 028 7962 7953.



Work on the repointing of the exterior of St. Eugene’s Church, Moneyneena is underway.  This work is essential to ensure that this church building is fit for purpose, for current and future generations.  If you would like to contribute to Ballinascreen Church Renovation Fund account, you may do so by using the bank account details below.

You may also use the Donate button on the Ballinascreen Parish website.  If using this button, please select the ‘Restoration Fund’ option.

Ballinascreen Credit Union will also receive and deposit any contribution you may wish to make.

Donations may also be given directly to Fr. Madden.  Thank you for your support.

Renovation Account Details:  Ballinascreen Parish Premium Business Reserve account number: 10585922.  Sort code: 98-05-50.



Trócaire boxes will be available in all Church porches during Lent.  Please take one home.  Your contributions will help Trócaire to continue its vital work in developing countries.  www.trocaire.org



Double Award Biology (CCEA) Small Group Tuition in The Hub, Draperstown.  Year 11 started Thursday 14th March, 8 pm – 9 pm and Year 12 starting Wednesday 20th March, 8 pm – 9 pm for 8 weeks.  Contact Brenda for details on 079 1745 3290.



Jive NI will take a 5-week jiving class from Wednesday 20th March at 8 pm.

Yoga Mondays at 10 am.  Numbers limited, so registration necessary.  To register, contact Olive on 078 8761 4094, Angela on 077 4689 5949 or Anne on 028 7964 2711.

Chair Exercise on Tuesday mornings at 10 am, followed by a short walk.  Admission £4.

Knit and Natter Classes on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm.  Bring your own project or you can help with knitting for local charities.

Read Yourself Well:  Selection of books from wellness experts, doctors and bestselling authors.  There are a number of books out on loan but no details were recorded.  If you are borrowing a book, it is necessary to record your name and a contact number.  Please return any overdue books or if you require it for a longer period then contact any committee member below.

Come along to any of the above actives and enjoy a fun way to exercise, keep fit and improve your health and wellbeing.  Contact Olive on 078 8761 4094, Kathleen on 077 6427 7809 or Anne on 028 7964 2711 to register.

Sarsfield’s Band:  Monthly Draw ~ March winner:  Anna McKay, Maghera.

All members are asked to please make a special effort to attend practice in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Rasharkin on Sunday 17th March at 2.30 pm.



Slieve Gallion Active Retirement Association is running a series of six health and wellbeing sessions with complimentary breakfast included.  These will take place on Sunday mornings beginning on Sunday 24th March.  Additional dates will follow.  Numbers will be strictly limited, so if you are interested please contact Chris on 075 4601 0560 to reserve your spot.



Aware NI will be running a 6-week Free mental health programme in Tirgan Hall.  The dates will be announced in due course.  This programme is open to men and women.  If anyone is interested, please contact Eileen on 079 5519 1890.


Pilates and Yoga Style Exercise Class
, adaptable for all abilities and ages.  Ideal also for those who are less mobile.  Continues every Friday, 10 am – 11 am, £4.  Includes advice on nutrition, sleep, stress and mindfulness to help you look and feel your best self.

Watercolours Painting Class with George Gourley, Monday 8th April x4 weeks, 10 am – 12 noon.  Ring/text 078 2196 3749 to book your place/more details.



Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday 17th March, at Sixtowns Hall.  Irish Stew served and traditional music will play from 12 noon – 2 pm.  Entry by donation, all proceeds will go towards essential hall roof repairs.  Take away option also available.

Bowls Club meet every Monday at 8.30 pm.  New members welcome.

Dance Class every Tuesday at 8.30 pm.  Old time, waltz and line dancing.  No booking.

Pilates continues every Monday in April with AMG Pilates.  Suitable for age 16+, men and women welcome, exercises modified to suit all abilities.  To book for this new block of classes, contact Emma on 077 6928 9385.



Warm Welcome Wednesday Luncheon Club is offering a Free lunch to over 60s and the chance to meet and chat to others on Wednesday 20th March in Workspace Community Hub, 11 am – 1.30 pm, food served about 12.15 pm.  Only 30 places available, so booking is essential.  To confirm your place, contact Workspace on 028 7962 8113 by 12 noon on Tuesday 19th March.

Draperstown Health Matters Project next session will be held on Wednesday 27th March in Workspace Community Hub and will focus on mental health and loneliness.  The session will include a workshop facilitated by STEPS, commencing at 12 noon.  The event is free and open to all.  No need to book, just drop-in.

Baby Massage Classes starting on Friday 12th April in Workspace Community Hub.  Contact Rosie on 077 4912 1208.



Easter Bake Sale:  10 am – 1 pm on Saturday 30th March in Ballinascreen Credit Union.

Easter Trail in Derrynoid Forest on Saturday 30th March from 11 am – 3 pm.  Bookings at Eventbrite, select Easter train – Derrynoid.  1 slot per group booking.  Cost £6.50 per child.  For details, phone 077 4953 8199 or email ballinascreen.scouts@gmail.com.

30th Anniversary Gala in The Shepherds Rest on 1st June at 7.30 pm, dinner will be served at 8 pm.  Tickets now on sale £40 each.  Search Ballinascreen Scouts Gala on Eventbrite or contact ballinascreen.scouts@gmail.com.  Over 18s only, smart dress code.



Vintage Vehicle Show in Moneyneena on Sunday 7th April at 1 pm.  All vintage vehicles welcome.  All proceeds in aid of necessary repair work on St. Eugene’s Church.  More details later.



Foodbank operates Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm.  If you or someone you know requires assistance, please call 075 4342 0639.  No questions asked or criteria to meet.  Follow them on facebook at Sperrinfoodbank or email foodbank@theworkspacegroup.org.



Lizzie and Niamh of the Diocese of Derry Youth Team are inviting all young people or those who work with young people in parishes and schools in the diocese to an evening of sharing faith along with Tea, Chat and Prayer.  This event will be held in the Maghera Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 20th March, 6.30 pm – 8 pm.  If you would like to register for any of these events, please email Lizzie on lizzie.rea@derrydiocese.org or phone 028 7126 4087.



Omagh Charismatic Prayer Group invite you to seminars on Thursdays in conjunction with 7.30 pm Mass in Christ the King Church, Strathroy from 15th February until 21st March.  Speaker on Thursday 21st March will be Bishop Donal McKeown.  Seminars online at www.churchservices.tv/strathroy.



Join with the Columba Community for a Day of Healing Prayer at St. Anthony’s Retreat Centre, Dundrean, Burnfoot, Co. Donegal, which will include Scripture meditations, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Teaching and Celebration of Eucharist as we enter Holy Week together.  Sunday 24th March, 11 am – 4 pm.  Mass celebrated at 3 pm.  Light lunch included.  Suggested donation £20.  Email columbacommunity@hotmail.com to book or call 028 7126 2407.



ACCORD NI Catholic Marriage Care Service is currently recruiting people to train as marriage preparation programme facilitators.  If you have a positive attitude towards marriage in the Catholic Church, if you have the enthusiasm to be part of the Accord team in supporting couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage, then Accord wants to hear from you.  Successful applicants will receive professional training and will be part of a team delivering marriage preparation programmes locally.  Contact Brenda on 028 9023 3002 or by email to info@accordni.comwww.accordni.com



Marriage Encounter Ireland invites married couples to their next Marriage Enrichment Weekend in the Focolare Centre, Prosperous, Co Kildare, Friday 26th – Sunday 28th April.  Register online.www.marriageencounter.ie.



The Knights of Columbanus, Omagh, is organising a Retreat in Lough Derg for young adults, to take place on Saturday 27th April from 10 am – 4 pm.  Guest Speakers, inspirational talks, reflective time and concluding with Mass.  This event is Free.  For further information, email info@knightsofstcolumbansomagh.co.uk



Fully escorted group pilgrimage accompanied by Spiritual Director for seven nights from 28th May – 3rd June.  Accommodation in 4* Hotel Style, with breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.  Cost £825 p.p.s.  Single room supplement £280.  Mass daily and spiritual activities.  Services of JWT tour guide.  Direct flights from Dublin.  Coach from Oakleaf Restaurant, Maghera to Dublin Airport.  For further details, please contact Christina Lagan on 078 0319 2621.



Monday 1st to Friday 5th July, ex City of Derry Airport.  Led by Bishop Donal McKeown.  Full board £799, single room supplement £150.  The pilgrimage office at 164 Bishop Street, Derry, will open to the public 11 am to 1 pm on Thursdays and Saturdays, starting Saturday 10th February.  Tel. 028 7126 0293 or email derrypilgrim@outlook.com.



We are inviting young people aged 16+ to join us on pilgrimage to Medjugorje for 9 nights from 30th July to 8th August.  This will be a unique experience for young people and an opportunity to engage with peers from around the world, in a faith context.  Up to 50,000 young people attend the Medjugorje Youth Festival each year.  Cost is £800 and there will be a budget plan to help with this.  Names and deposit of £100 are required as soon as possible to secure a place.  For more information or to book in, please contact lizzie.rea@derrydiocese.org or tel. 028 7126 4087.



Fatima Pilgrimage, 9th – 14th August.  Ex Dublin.  Mass in Santarem where the bleeding host took place, visit visionaries homes, Hungarian stations of the cross, Lisbon with church of Saint Anthony where he was born and baptised, seaside excursion.  Payments can be made by instalments.  Contact James Treacy on 00353 61 921 470 or email jamestreacyphotography@gmail.com.



4th – 10th November, led by James Molloy.  Spiritual Director, Fr. John McKeever.  To book please phone Kieran and Laura Troyon on 00353 57 9355050.  To book by debit card, see www.myriam.ie.  Passport details needed when booking.  Coach pickup at Oakleaf Restaurant, Maghera.  Cost 895 Euro p.p.s.



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 mariegormley@derrydiocese.org.

Additional contact numbers:  PSNI Tel. 101 or Social Services Western HSC Trust on 028 7131 4090 (ask for Duty Social Worker).



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 4th March and will be taken down at 8 am on Monday 11th March.  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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