Bulletin: 12th May 2024

PARISH BULLETIN – ASCENSION SUNDAY – 12th May 2024

 

SUNDAY MASSES

 

SATURDAY VIGIL

Holy Rosary, Ballinascreen:                6 pm [webcam]

St. Patrick’s, Keenaught:               7.30 pm

 

SUNDAY

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 THIS WEEK

 

St. Mary’s, Coolcalm:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 10 am.  [webcam]

 

Holy Rosary, Ballinascreen:  Wednesday – 10 am; Monday and Friday ~ 7.30 pm.  [webcam]

 

 

All Masses in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm are transmitted live via the Desertmartin parish webcam:

https://www.churchservices.tv/Desertmartin

All Masses in the Holy Rosary Church are transmitted live on the Ballinascreen parish webcam:

https://www.churchservices.tv/Draperstown

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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

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DEATHS AND ANNIVERSARIES

Please remember in your prayers:

 

Manus McElhone, Colette Murphy, Johnny McWilliams, John Heaney, Baby Bella-Rosé Moran, Eva McKee, Gerry McAllister, Mary Cushenan, Ernie Guy, Francie Small and Sheila Mallinson who died recently.

 

Susan Toner, Kevin Murphy, Aloysious Shaw, John McGuigan Brackalislea, Charlie Donnelly, Marie Donnelly, John Pat McGuigan, Frank McKenna, Margaret McKenna, Michael McKay, Teresa Madden, Patrick Madden, Malachy O’Brien and Rose Fee whose anniversaries occur at this time.

 

MONTH’S MIND MASS

The Month’s Mind Mass for Patsy Breen, Coleraine and Iniscarn, will be celebrated on Friday 17th May at 7.30 pm in the Holy Rosary Church, Ballinascreen.

 

The Month’s Mind Mass for Teresa McGuigan, Drumard, will be celebrated on Friday 17th May at 7.30 pm in the Holy Rosary Church, Ballinascreen.

 

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THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:  Sunday/Priest’s Collection envelopes:  £637.50.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £556.50.

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

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Congratulations to the Primary 4 children of Knocknagin P.S., who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday 11th May.  Congratulations also to their parents, families, relatives and friends on this special day for them too.

 

 

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2024

First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Saturday 25th May at 11 am in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm for the children attending St. Columb’s P.S., Cullion.

 

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Eucharistic Adoration in Holy Rosary Church on Monday 13th May from 12 noon until 7.25 pm.

 

PADRE PIO MASS

The monthly Mass in honour of St. Pio of Pietrelcina will be celebrated on Monday 13th May at 7.30 pm in the Holy Rosary Church, Ballinascreen.  Novena prayers and Rosary at 7.10 pm.

 

THE LITTLE WAY NOVENA

The Little Way Novena in St. Eugene’s Cathedral – 11th to 19th May.  The theme is:  ‘I choose your will only’.  Devotions and talk on Sunday 12th May at 6 pm.  Monday to Friday (13th to 17th May) Novena Masses at 6.30 am and 10 am each morning and an evening service with a guest speaker at 7.30 pm.  Saturday 18th May, 10 am Mass for those who have died.  The Novena will close on Sunday 19th May at 3 pm.  Everyone is welcome to St. Eugene’s Cathedral for this time of prayer and petition.

 

BLESSING OF GRAVES 2024

Blessing of Graves in the parishes of Desertmartin and Ballinascreen takes place this weekend at the following days and times:

Saturday 8th June:

6.30 pm ~ Mass in St. Patrick’s, Keenaught followed by Blessing of graves.

Please note earlier Mass time.

Sunday 9th 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.

The annual gate collection will be taken up at the end of each ceremony to help with the upkeep of the graveyards.

 

KNOCKNAGIN HALL ACTIVITIES

SPRED:  Next meeting on Monday 13th May at 7.30 pm

Yoga Classes continue on Monday mornings at 10 am.

Convery School of Irish Dancing Class for boys and girls aged 3 and over on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm.  To register or for more information, contact Nicola on 075 1820 4758.

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

Knit and Natter Classes have stopped for the summer months and will resume again in September.

Line Dancing Classes on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm.  £24 for 6 weeks to be paid on registration.

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 Accordion Band:  Monthly Draw winner for May, £50, Kathleen Walls, Luney.  Band Practice continues on Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm.  New and past members welcome.

 

FREE BUS EXCURSIONS FOR OVER 60S

Workspace is organising the following free excursions to 30 members of the local community, thanks to funding received from The Older People’s Fund (Previously Turkington Fund) / Community Foundation:

Wednesday 5th June – Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.  Includes entrance fee to Castle and Gardens, tour and refreshments.  Contact Workspace on 028 7962 8113 for more details.

Friday 14th June – Garden Show Ireland at Antrim Castle Gardens.  Includes transport, entrance fee and refreshments.  Contact Workspace on 028 7962 8113 for more details.

 

WARM WELCOME WEDNESDAY

Luncheon Club:  offering a Free lunch for over 60s and the chance to meet and chat to others on Wednesday 15th May 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 Monday 13th May.

 

GLENSHANE HOUSE

First Aid and Defibrillator Training starts on Wednesday 15th May, 7 pm – 9 pm (4 weeks). To register, phone 028 7774 2494.

 

FREE HOUSE INSULATION

Homeseal has secured funding for free insulation for households with income less then £40,000 per annum.  All works completed under the scheme are completely free.  This includes loft/cavity wall insulation.  For more information, please contact Homeseal on 028 7962 7474.

 

SIXTOWNS CROSS COMMUNITY GROUP

Yoga Classes with Sperrin Wellbeing and Yoga in Sixtowns Hall each Wednesday in May from 8 pm – 9 pm.

Pilates Classes with AMG Pilates will run from Monday 13th May for a 4 week block from 7 pm – 8 pm.  To book, contact Emma on 077 6928 9385.

On Thursday 6th June Sixtowns Hall will host the Farm Families Mobile Screening Unit which offers Free advice and health assessments.  Appointments about 20-25 minutes, checking blood pressure, BMI cholesterol, diabetic risk and more.  General lifestyle, mental health and wellbeing advice will be provided by trained nurses.  Health checks available to anyone over 18 who hasn’t had a cholesterol test or blood pressure check within the past year.  Booking essential.  To book, please call Emma on 077 6928 9385.

 

WORKSPACE COMMUNITY HUB

Nuala’s Keep Fit Classes on Monday and Thursday nights from 6.45 pm.  Four weeks left on this block.  Sign up anytime, classes only £3.50 each.  Call Workspace for more details or to book your place 028 7962 8113.

Baby Massage Classes starting on Fridays in Workspace Community Hub.  Contact Rosie on 077 4912 1208.

 

33rd DERRY BALLINASCREEN SCOUTS

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.

 

SPERRIN FOODBANK NEW OPENING HOURS

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.

 

MARY’S MEALS – PRAY IN MAY

Mary’s Meals provides school meals to over 2.4 million children every day.  During the month of May, dedicated to Our Lady, we invite you to join us in praying for the hungry children who rely on our life-changing school meals, and for all the children and families around the world who live in poverty.  We are praying particularly for families facing extreme food insecurity and hunger in Ethiopia.  Further details on our Ethiopia appeal and prayer resources for adults and children can be found at www.marysmeals.org.uk/prayinmay

 

ACCORD NI SEEKING MARRIAGE PREPARATION FACILITATORS

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.

 

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.   An Information Session via Zoom will be held on Monday 20th May at 3.30 pm.  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 tferry@derrydiocese.org.

 

LOUGH DERG ONE DAY RETREATS IN MAY

These guided days of prayer and reflection will take place on Tuesday 14th, Saturday 18th, Sunday 25th and Monday 27th May.  More details can be found at www.loughderg.ie.  €45 per person.  Booking essential.

The Lough Derg traditional Three Day Pilgrimage begins on Friday 31st May and continues until Thursday 15th August.

 

SACRED HEART CHURCH OMAGH

An Evening of Conversation and Music Celebrating 125 Years of The Sacred Heart Church, Omagh on Wednesday 22nd May, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm in St. Mary’s Hall.  (Entrance at back of Sacred Heart Church at the graveyard).  Admission Free – limited tickets available.  We invite you to join us for a special Evening of Conversation and Music celebrating 125 Years of The Sacred Heart Church, Omagh.  Joining us on the evening will be local Musicians including Tom Sweeney and The McSorley Sisters and native Priests of Drumragh including Fr. Eamon Graham, Fr. Joe Gormley, Fr. Gerard Mongan and Fr. Damian Bresnahan.  You can book a ticket for this event through this link:  https://bit.ly/sacredheartchurch125 or call the Parish Office on 028 8224 2092.

 

PRAY FOR LIFE NOVENA

The Pray for Life Novena is an invitation by the Council for Life of the Irish Bishops Conference to join thousands of people across Ireland to pray, from Thursday 23rd May to the Feast of the Visitation on Friday 31st May, for the protection of human life.  Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life in Ireland.  Visit www.prayforlife.ie for the daily novena prayers and to sign up for daily reminders.  The prayers will also be posted on facebook.com/PrayforLifeNovena  @PrayforLife_ie on X and @prayforlifenovena on Instagram.

 

ALL IRELAND ROSARY RALLY

Rosary Rally on Saturday 1st June in Knock.  Marian Conference at 9.30 am with speakers Fr. Michael Donnelly, Sr. Ana Margarita Lanzas SCTJM, and Fr. Joseph Maria Deane CFR.  hen there will be an opportunity to meet over 20 apostolates from around Ireland from 11.30 am in St. John’s Centre.  Mother Adela Galindo from Miami will deliver the keynote Rosary talk at 1 pm in the Basilica.  Stations of the Cross outside at 2 pm, followed by Rosary Procession.  Concelebrated Mass and Anointing of the Sick at 3 pm.  Confessions available all day.  Rosary and scapular-making workshops.  For more details, visit www.AllIrelandRosaryRally.com

 

QUB CHAPLAINCY

Summer Concert with Canticle, the Choir of the Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen’s University.  We are thrilled to announce details of our forthcoming Summer Concert on Sunday 2nd June at 7 pm.  The singers and musicians of Canticle Sacred Music Society will provide a rich programme of sacred and traditional music, with contributions from our student string quartet, our Irish traditional ensemble, and celebrated soprano, Eilis Fox.  Our good friend, Rev. Steve Stockman, will host us in Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, with light refreshments afterwards by Mosaic Cafe.  All monies raised from tickets, priced at just £10 each, as well as a charity raffle on the evening, will help support our choir tour to Italy in June.  Please follow the link to secure your ticket early for what is sure to be a popular event:  https://fixr.co/event/canticle-summer-concert-tickets-82467491

 

MID ULSTER ACTIVE TRAVEL MASTERPLAN – STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION

Active Travel is defined as the movement of people or goods using some physical activity of a person.  Mid Ulster District Council recognises that Active Travel can have a positive impact on public health, wellbeing and for the environment, amongst many other benefits.  SCP were instructed in December to produce an Active Travel Masterplan for Mid Ulster District and have been working on it since January, to identify strengths, opportunities, and barriers to active travel in your area (active travel can be walking, cycling or wheeling (using a scooter).  We would like to hold a series of Stakeholder Consultations (via Teams call) to allow a range of organisations to comment on a series of Draft Active Travel Measures/Schemes.  Those invited include Statutory bodies, key community groups and Councillors and other key Council officers.  Please could you go to the following link and complete it by 12 noon on Monday 13th May with which of the 4 dates/times proposed you would be available to join a call.  Dates/times are as below.  Once we have your availability, a Teams invite will follow for one of the sessions:  Thursday 13th June ~ 5-7 pm; Friday 14th June ~ 2-4 pm; Tuesday 25th June ~ 5-7 pm; Wednesday 26th June ~ 2-4 pm https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/ejOnxNva

 

FOYER OF CHARITY SILENT RETREAT

Theme:  ‘If You But Knew the Gift of God…’  Do you need to come away, have time for yourself and rest for a while?  This is the invitation that Jesus is offering you today.  A privileged time to leave noise and distractions and listen to the Spirit of God, who is Love.  Retreat from Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th June at the Carmelite Retreat Centre, Termonbacca, Co. Derry.  Cost (Full Board) £350/€400.  Preached by Fr. Kilian Byrne (Foyer of Charity).  Daily Mass, Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, Teachings.  For enquiries, tel. Helen on 00353 86 167 8027 or email hellywilliams@gmail.comwww.foyerofcharity.ie

 

LIFE CAMP 2024

Living – In – Faith – Everywhere.  LIFE Camp is a voluntary organisation staffed by teachers, students and experienced volunteers.  It takes place in St. Mary’s College, Northland Road, Derry.  We are calling all pupils currently in P3 – P7.  Week 1:  Monday 1st – Friday 5th July and Week 2:  Monday 8th – Friday 12th July.  Cost for each week is £40.  To register go to www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/Life%20Summer%20Camp

 

PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA

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.

 

DERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 

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.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Our Lady of Lourdes Pilgrimage Society’s 52nd Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes, 7 nights – 10th – 17th July.  From Belfast International Airport and staying full board at Hotel Agena.  Contact Kathleen McCann on 028 7963 2205 or 077 1970 1925.

 

DERRY DIOCESAN YOUTH PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE

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.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA

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.

 

ST. EUGENE’S CATHEDRAL PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA

19th – 24th October.  Cost £770 per person sharing with a single room supplement of £150 (subject to availability).  For more information, please contact Anne Marie Hickey on amhickey@derrydiocese.org or phone St. Eugene’s Parish Office on 028 7126 2894.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO ROME AND SAN GIOVANNI 

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.

 

GLENSHANE PILGRIMAGE TO ROME, SAN GIOVANNI AND MONTECASSINO

6th – 10th November.  €895 euros all in.  Afternoon flights with Aer Lingus.  Excellent accommodation and dinners.  All coaches and tours included.  Phone Kieran and Laura on 00353 57 93 55050.

 

SAFEGUARDING NOTICE

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).

 

 

 

 

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