Bulletin: 29th January 2022

PARISH BULLETIN – 4th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – 29th January 2023

 

SUNDAY MASSES NEXT SUNDAY

VIGIL MASS

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

 

St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm:  Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 11 am. [webcam]

 

Holy Rosary Church, Ballinascreen:  Monday and Wednesday ~ 11 am; 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

 

Fr. John Downey C.C.

36 Moneyneena Road

 

Desertmartin Parish Office:

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

Email:  desertmartinparish@gmail.com

 

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DEATHS AND ANNIVERSARIES

Please remember in your prayers:

 

Sr. Mary Kelly, Canterbury Kent; Patrick Joseph Kelly, Donegal and Eamon McDonagh, Tempo who died recently.

 

Annie Duffy, Jean Kearney, Mary McNicholl, Hugh McNicholl, Thomas McNicholl, Alice McGuigan, Jim McBride, Barney Donnelly and Kathleen Leeper whose anniversaries occur at this time.

 

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THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday/Priest’s Collection envelopes:  £1,035.00.

 

ORDINATION IN DERRY DIOCESE

Rev. Michael McCaul will be ordained priest in St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, at 3 pm today, Sunday 29th January.  We ask the Lord to bless Michael in his priestly ministry in the Diocese of Derry as we pray that many more will answer God’s call to them to serve the Church and the Diocese as priests.

 

BLESSING OF ST. BRIGID’S CROSSES

St. Brigid Crosses will be blessed at 11 am Mass in Holy Rosary Church, Ballinascreen on Wednesday 1st February.

 

CANDLEMAS DAY

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on Thursday 2nd February.  Candles will be blessed at 8 am Mass in Holy Rosary, Ballinascreen and at 11 am Mass in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm.  Candles will be available at Coolcalm, price £1.

We receive the Light of Christ on the day of our baptism and Candlemas Day allows us the opportunity to have a candle in our homes blessed especially to remind us of God’s eternal love for us.

 

FEAST OF ST. BLAISE

The blessing of throats will take place after both Masses on Friday 3rd February – 11 am in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm and at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary, Ballinascreen.

 

CONFIRMATION

There is a change of church for the Confirmation Mass on Sunday 5th March.  The Confirmation of the Primary 7 children of Knocknagin and St. Columb’s, Cullion Primary Schools will now be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church, Keenaught at 10 am on Sunday 5th March instead.  The Mass will be live streamed from the church and details on how to access the broadcast on the internet will be shared at a later date.

There will be NO 10 am Mass in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm that Sunday morning, but parishioners are welcome to attend to attend the 10 am Confirmation Mass.

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2023

Catholic Schools Week 2023 begins today, Sunday 29th January, and continues until Saturday 4th February in the Diocese of Derry.  The theme for this year is ‘Catholic Schools: Walking Together in Faith and Love’.  During Catholic Schools Week families, parishes and schools are invited to participate in a week of celebration of Catholic schools, reflecting on their contribution to the common good of society.

 

DESERTMARTIN CREDIT UNION 

We will be ordering Oil within the next 2 weeks, so if you want to request a fill, please let us know how much as soon as possible.  Any member who is not in the Heating Oil Club, you can join, and let us know your oil request for this delivery.  Office Telephone No:  028 7963 4858 on a Friday 6 pm till 9 pm and Saturday 10 am till 12 noon.

Also, the AGM will be held on Monday 30th January at 7.30 pm sharp in the Credit Union Office.  All members are very welcome.

 

SLIEVE GALLION ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION

Now taking membership for 2023.  Events include day trips, short breaks, lunch and health events.  For more information, contact any committee member or Chris on 075 4601 0560.

 

KNOCKNAGIN HALL ACTIVITIES

Making of St. Brigid’s Crosses today Sunday 29th January from 3 pm.

SPRED Group will meet on Monday 30th January.

Chair Exercise with Thomasina on Tuesday mornings at 10 am followed by a short walk.  Admission £4.  Everyone welcome.

Knit and Natter Class on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm.

Line Dancing with Thomasina on Wednesdays at 7.30 pm.  Admission £4.

Here And Now:  Older People and Well-Being with Charmaine from Arts Care on Friday 20th January at 7 pm for a Music and Dance programme.  Come along and enjoy the craic.  Open to all over 55s.  This is a funded programme.  Free admission.

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 to register.

Social Dance Classes (Quickstep, Foxtrot, Waltz, Polka’s, Barn dances) for beginners in Sixtowns Cross Community Centre on Tuesday evenings at 8.30 pm.  Everyone welcome.

 

SARSFIELD’S BAND AND DIV. 30 

Making of St. Brigid’s Crosses on Sunday 29th January in the parish hall from 3 pm.

Tickets for the 2023 Monthly Draw now on sale.  Tickets cost £1 per month or £12 for the year can be got from any Band member.  £50 prize drew every month, plus an extra free draw in December for fully paid up members.

Only a few 2023 Calendars left.  You can purchase one from any band member.  Calendars £5 each.

Band Practice continues every Thursday from 7.30 to 8:30 pm. All members ask to attend in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day.

 

TIRGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Traditional Music Sessions – The traditional music sessions will now take place monthly, on Saturday 4th February, and on the first Saturday night of each month thereafter.  Doors open at 8 pm.  Music starts at 8.30 pm.  Admission £5 includes light supper.  Everyone welcome.  Come along and enjoy some nice music.  The bar will be open.

Saturday 11th February – ABBA Tribute Night.  Doors open at 9 pm.  Late bar.  Tickets £10 on sale now from any committee member.  Everyone welcome.

 

GAELSCOIL NA SPEIRÍNÍ, STRAW

Special Needs Classroom Assistant required.  30 hours per week.  Please visit the Education Authority to apply.

 

DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

Scam Awareness Talk on Tuesday 7th February 2 pm – 3 pm.  To book a place, call into the library or phone 028 7962 8249.

Need help on a one to one basis with IT, phone, lap top, iPad, etc.  The library has an IT manager who is available every month to give help and advice.  Call in or contact any member of staff to book a slot.

Knit and Natter continues every Tuesday from 2 pm – 4 pm.

Rhythm and Rhyme for babies and toddlers on every Friday at 11.30 am.

Are you feeling lonely or bored?  Draperstown Library would like to set up a Chatty Corner in the library on a Friday morning where you can read the papers, tackle a jigsaw or crossword, do some mindful colouring, have a chat and a cuppa.  Anyone interested please contact the library, contact details as above.

 

MID ULSTER DISTRICT COUNCIL’S 2023/24 GRANT PROGRAMME

Mid Ulster District Council’s 2023/24 Grant Programme will be open for applications on Monday 30th January until Thursday 16th March 2023.  To make an online application visit www.midulstercouncil.org/resident/grants.  The Council’s Good Relations and Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership are currently developing their Action Plans for 2023/24.  If you would like to engage or partner with them on the delivery of their plans, please contact the PCSP or Good Relations team on 03000 132 132.

Grant Aid Workshops are being held to support the application process for 2023/24 grant programmes year.  There are some key changes to grant programmes for this year which will be covered at these sessions.  The workshops will be at:  Dungannon Office on Tuesday 24th January at 7 – 9 pm; Cookstown Leisure Centre on Wednesday 25th January at 7 – 9 pm; Magherafelt Office on Thursday 26th January at 7 – 9 pm; and Online Workshop on Wednesday 1st February at 7 pm.  To register for any of these or to receive Councils monthly grants newsletter, please email communitydevelopment@midulstercouncil.org or telephone 03000 132 132 ext: 24615.

 

WORKSPACE COMMUNITY HUB DRAPERSTOWN

Warm Welcome Wednesdays in the Community Hub every Wednesday from 11 am – 1 pm during these colder months, to provide a warm space, free tea/coffee and some chat.  Arrange to meet friends, call in to read the newspapers or if you just fancy a change of scenery.  Free of charge and open to everyone.  No need to book, just drop-in.

 

SPERRIN FOODBANK

Sperrin Foodbank has been established by the community for the community.

If you are experiencing difficult times or struggling to make ends meet, please do not hesitate to call 075 4342 0639.  If you wish to donate food, donation points can be found in all schools in Ballinascreen, Lynch’s Eurospar, Centra and Devlin’s in Moneyneena.  Thanks to everyone who has donated so far.

 

PIONEER CALENDAR 2023

Pioneer Calendar 2023 available to purchase from Madonna Devlin (077 8850 1610) or Kathleen Walls (028 79631 094).  Telephone to order.  Cost £5.

 

DESERTMARTIN GAC WEDNESDAY NIGHT WALKING CLUB

Desertmartin GAC invites you to its Winter Walking Club from 6.30 pm to 9 pm every Wednesday night until Wednesday 22nd February around the Club’s fully lit walking track.  Everyone welcome.  All ages, all abilities, wheelchair and pram friendly.  Dogs on leads welcome.  Do as much or as little as you want.  Set your own targets.  How far can you go?  Come along and enjoy some walking, some talking, a cup of tea and a bit of craic in the community hub.  Beat those winter blues, keep fit and meet some friends.  Free to all.  Looking forward to seeing you.

 

DIOCESAN VOCATIONS

Anyone interested in serving the Diocese of Derry as a priest should contact their local priest(s) and/or the diocesan Vocations Director, Fr. Pat O’Hagan, P.P., Bellaghy, at pgoh2111@gmail.com

 

A FUTURE FULL OF HOPE

Bishop Donal McKeown recently issued an important Pastoral Letter called ‘A Future Full of Hope.’  The full text of this Pastoral Letter is available on the Ballinascreen Parish website.

 

SONGS OF PRAISE

Songs of Praise is coming to Derry.  Come and join the congregation for the recording of traditional hymns and songs on Wednesday 8th February from 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm at The Guildhall, Derry.  All tickets to our recordings are free of charge.  To apply for tickets, please contact SOPcongregations@afantimedia.tv with your name, contact number and the number of tickets you’d like.  Please be sure to include ‘Songs of Praise Derry/Londonderry Traditional’ in your subject header.

 

ALCOHOL AWARENESS

Al-Anon groups provide family support to anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else’s drinking.  All meetings are listed on the website or call Confidential Helpline on 028 9068 2368 between 10 am – 1 pm or 6 pm – 10 pm Monday to Friday.

 

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).

 

TOTUS TUUS EUCHARISTIC CONFERENCE 2023

Totus Tuus Eucharistic Conference 2023 will be live on Radio Maria Ireland from 2 pm on Saturday 4th February.  Speakers include Fr. Columba Mary Toman Op, Fr. Patrick Cahill O.J.S.S, Fr. Patrick Lagan (Derry Diocese) and Maura Murphy (Holy Family Mission).  Radio Maria Ireland can be listened to by downloading the Radio Maria Ireland App, on Saorview Channel 210 or listen live at (01)4373277.

 

ANAM CARA DONEGAL

Anam Cara Donegal, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Thursday 9th February 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, call 00353 1 404 5378.

 

CARMELITE RETREAT CENTRE

Silent Retreat for men and women from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th February.  Cost £90.

Ladies Lenten Retreat from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February.  Cost £90.

To book, please phone Retreat Centre, Termonbacca, Derry on 028 7126 2512.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND

Bishop Donal McKeown will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 13th – 21st February.  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.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE 2023

Seven Nights Pilgrimage to Medjugorje from 24th May – 31st May.  Spiritual Director will be Fr. Séamus Kelly.  Bed/Breakfast and dinner, price is £799.  Offer of special price for early booking:  £699 – if paid before 5th December 2022.  Money must be paid in full.  Contact Martina for further information. Phone 028 7774 1219 or 077 1549 0880.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA

Fully escorted group pilgrimage for seven nights from 25th May to 1st June.  Cost £745 p.p.s.  Single room supplement £175.  Staying in 4* Hotel Styler.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.  Mass daily and spiritual activities.  Services of Marian Pilgrimages guide.  Direct flights Dublin / Lisbon.  Bus will travel from Oakleaf Restaurant, Maghera to Dublin Airport.  For more details, please contact Bridie Gallagher on 028 2564 4181.

 

NI CANCER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Sunday 28th May to Friday 2nd June.  The price of £799 (with price reduction for Cancer Patients) will include return flights from Belfast International Airport, operated by

Northern Star Travel Ltd, full board and accommodation at the Hotel Agena in Lourdes for five nights based on twin/double/triple rooms.  Service of JWT guides in Lourdes.  The party will consist of patients, ex-patients, relatives and friends accompanied by medical, nursing and other staff.  To enquire or to obtain a booking form, please speak to a member of the committee, tel. 078 7468 8388 or email mail@nicancerpilgrimage.org.uk.

 

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 2023

The Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2023, led by Bishop Donal McKeown, will go direct from City of Derry Airport.  3rd to 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).  Further details and payment arrangements will be available in the new year via the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop Street, Derry, derrypilgrim@outlook.com, tel 028 7126 0293.

 

WORLD YOUTH DAY PILGRIMAGE – LISBON 2023
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.  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

 

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 info@marian.ie or call Belfast on 028 9568 0005 or Dublin on 00353 1 878 8159.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bulletin: 22nd January 2023

PARISH BULLETIN – 3rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – 22nd January 2023

 

SUNDAY MASSES NEXT SUNDAY

VIGIL MASS

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

 

St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm:  Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 11 am. [webcam]

 

Holy Rosary Church, Ballinascreen:  Monday and Wednesday ~ 11 am; 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

 

Fr. John Downey C.C.

36 Moneyneena Road

 

Desertmartin Parish Office:

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

Email:  desertmartinparish@gmail.com

 

____________________________________________________________

 

DEATHS AND ANNIVERSARIES

Please remember in your prayers:

 

Brigid Bradley Fortwilliam, Shane McGuigan, Mary Ryan, Cassie Ryan, Sarah V. Walls, Cassie Wilson and Teresa McKay whose anniversaries occur at this time.

 

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     ‘A FUTURE FULL OF HOPE’

 

Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, has just issued an important Pastoral Letter called ‘A Future Full of Hope’.  In it, he addresses the challenges facing the Diocese of Derry over the next 5 to 10 years and how parish life will change as priests age and retire. Currently, priests are expected to work until they are 75 years of age, but this has always been predicated on the assumption that a parish priest would have one or two or even three curates to do a great deal of the work.  That was the case up until about 25 years ago.  The reality now is very different.  Increasingly, there are parishes in the Diocese of Derry that have no resident priest at all and that will be the experience for many more over the next few years.  Bishop Donal is inviting us to see this as an opportunity for the Church in the Diocese of Derry to grow.  He wants us to reflect on his words in the Pastoral Letter and to let the Holy Spirit stir the hearts and minds of those who believe in Jesus and for them to step into this new developing model of Church.  A model where the Laity are not mere spectators at the feast whose role is to pay, pray and obey, but are actively involved in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ, risen from the dead; who are called to be the new evangelisers, keeping faith alive in these secular times.  The full text of the Bishop’s Pastoral Letter is now available to read on Ballinascreen Parish website.

https://www.parishofballinascreen.com/pastoral-letter-january-2023

Copies are available at the back of all churches for those who have no access to the internet.

 

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THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday/Priest’s Collection envelopes:  £909.70.

 

PARISH SICK VISITATION

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

 

        SERVICE OF LIGHT

The Service of Light Ceremony for the Primary 7 Confirmation children of both Knocknagin and St. Columb’s, Cullion Primary Schools will be held during 7.30 pm Vigil Mass next Saturday 28th January in St. Patrick’s Church, Keenaught.  The children are preparing to be confirmed in March and in the Service of Light they commit themselves to following Christ as young adults.  They also ask for the encouragement, support and example of their families, sponsors, teachers and fellow parishioners.

 

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

This week of prayer for Christian Unity continues until Wednesday 25th January.  The theme for this year is ‘Do Good; Seek Justice’.

 

SLIEVE GALLION ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION

There will be a Country and Irish Tea Dance in St. Mary’s Hall, Desertmartin today, Sunday 22nd January, from 3 pm – 5 pm.  Music by Shawn Cuddy.  Everybody welcome.  Tickets £10 or pay at the door.

Now taking membership for 2023.  Events include day trips, short breaks, lunch and health events.  For more information, contact any committee member or Chris on 075 4601 0560.

 

KNOCKNAGIN HALL ACTIVITIES

Afternoon Tea Dance today Sunday 22nd January at 3 pm.  Music by Shawn Cuddy.  Admission £10.

SPRED Group will meet on Monday 30th January.

Chair Exercise with Thomasina on Tuesday mornings at 10 am followed by a short walk.  Admission £4.  Everyone welcome.

Knit and Natter Class on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm.

Line Dancing with Thomasina on Wednesdays at 7.30 pm.  Admission £4.

Here And Now:  Older People and Well-Being with Charmaine from Arts Care on Friday 20th January at 7 pm for a Music and Dance programme.  Come along and enjoy the craic.  Open to all over 55s.  This is a funded programme.  Free admission.

Making of St. Brigid’s Crosses on Sunday 29th January from 3 pm.

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 to register.

Social Dance Classes (Quickstep, Foxtrot, Waltz, Polka’s, Barn dances) for beginners in Sixtowns Cross Community Centre on Tuesday evenings at 8.30 pm.  Everyone welcome.

 

SARSFIELD’S BAND AND DIV. 30 

Sarsfield’s Band and Div. 30 offers its sincere sympathy and condolences to Fr. McGirr on the death of his uncle Charlie McGirr, Castlederg.

Making of St. Brigid’s Crosses on Sunday 29th January in the parish hall from 3 pm.

Tickets for the 2023 Monthly Draw now on sale.  Tickets cost £1 per month or £12 for the year can be got from any Band member.  £50 prize drew every month, plus an extra free draw in December for fully paid up members.

Only a few 2023 Calendars left.  You can purchase one from any band member.  Calendars £5 each.

Band Practice continues every Thursday from 7.30 to 8:30 pm. All members ask to attend in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day.

 

KILCRONAGHAN CENTRE

Painting Classes – Spaces still available on evening painting class, suitable for all abilities.  Wednesday evenings 7 pm – 9 pm for 10 weeks.

Yoga with Angela O’Loughlin resumes on Thursday 25th January for 5 weeks, 10.30 am – 12 noon.

Bird Box and Glass Decoupage Workshop on Monday 23rd January for 2 weeks, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm.  All materials included.  £10.

Winter Health and Wellbeing Event on Tuesday 24th January, 10 am – 12 noon.  Come along and find out what support is available for you or your family.  Demonstrations, energy and money saving tips, information stands, community safety.  Includes free tea and coffee and hot lunch.  Please register your attendance to assist with numbers for catering.  Text 078 2196 3749 or email healthalliance@cwsan.org

Spring Wreath Decorating Workshop using artificial flowers/greenery on Monday 6th February, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm.  All materials included.  £5.

Message 078 2196 3749 for more information and to book your place.

 

TIRGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Traditional Music Nights – The traditional music sessions will now take place monthly, on Saturday 4th February, and on the first Saturday night of each month thereafter.  Doors open at 8 pm with music starting at 8.30 pm.  Entry £5 which includes refreshments.

Saturday 11th February – ABBA Tribute Night.  Everyone welcome.

 

DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

Need help on a one to one basis with IT, phone, lap top, iPad, etc.  The library has an IT manager who is available every month to give help and advice.  Call in or contact any member of staff to book a slot.

Scam Awareness Talk on Tuesday 7th February 2 pm – 3 pm.  To book a place, call into the library or phone 028 7962 8249.

Knit and Natter continues every Tuesday from 2 pm – 4 pm.

Rhythm and Rhyme for babies and toddlers on every Friday at 11.30 am.

Are you feeling lonely or bored?  Draperstown Library would like to set up a Chatty Corner in the library on a Friday morning where you can read the papers, tackle a jigsaw or crossword, do some mindful colouring, have a chat and a cuppa.  Anyone interested please contact the library, contact details as above.

 

MID ULSTER DISTRICT COUNCIL’S 2023/24 GRANT PROGRAMME

Mid Ulster District Council’s 2023/24 Grant Programme will be open for applications on Monday 30th January until Thursday 16th March 2023.  To make an online application visit www.midulstercouncil.org/resident/grants.  The Council’s Good Relations and Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership are currently developing their Action Plans for 2023/24.  If you would like to engage or partner with them on the delivery of their plans, please contact the PCSP or Good Relations team on 03000 132 132.

Grant Aid Workshops are being held to support the application process for 2023/24 grant programmes year.  There are some key changes to grant programmes for this year which will be covered at these sessions.  The workshops will be at:  Dungannon Office on Tuesday 24th January at 7 – 9 pm; Cookstown Leisure Centre on Wednesday 25th January at 7 – 9 pm; Magherafelt Office on Thursday 26th January at 7 – 9 pm; and Online Workshop on Wednesday 1st February at 7 pm.  To register for any of these or to receive Councils monthly grants newsletter, please email communitydevelopment@midulstercouncil.org or telephone 03000 132 132 ext: 24615.

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2023

Catholic Schools Week 2023 begins on Sunday 29th January and continues until Saturday 4th February in the Diocese of Derry.  The theme for this year is ‘Catholic Schools: Walking Together in Faith and Love’.  During Catholic Schools Week families, parishes and schools are invited to participate in a week of celebration of Catholic schools, reflecting on their contribution to the common good of society.  To launch Catholic Schools Week in our diocese, the Eucharist will be celebrated by Bishop McKeown in St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry on Thursday 26th January at 10 am.

 

WORKSPACE COMMUNITY HUB DRAPERSTOWN

Warm Welcome Wednesdays commencing Wednesday 25th January.  The Community Hub will be open every Wednesday from 11 am – 1 pm during these colder months, to provide a warm space, free tea/coffee and some chat.  Arrange to meet friends, call in to read the newspapers or if you just fancy a change of scenery.  Free of charge and open to everyone.  No need to book, just drop-in.

 

SPERRIN FOODBANK

Sperrin Foodbank has been established by the community for the community.  Please use this facility if you require help either short or long term.  It is a facility for all.  There is a dedicated mobile number 075 4342 0639 you can ring and someone will meet you at the site in Draperstown at an agreed time.  Alternatively, you can ring Workspace on 7962 8113 and ask for Dolores.  Another option is to ring the SVP’s mobile number:  077 1083 8050.  If in any doubt please phone O’Kane’s Chemist, High Street on 7962 8680 beside Sperrin Food Bank and they will arrange for someone to call you back.  If you wish to donate food to the foodbank, you may leave your non- perishable food donations in any of the local schools or in Lynch’s Eurospar.  Thanks to all who have donated so far.

 

PIONEER CALENDAR 2023

Pioneer Calendar 2023 available to purchase from Madonna Devlin (077 8850 1610) or Kathleen Walls (028 79631 094).  Telephone to order.  Cost £5.

 

DESERTMARTIN GAC WEDNESDAY NIGHT WALKING CLUB

Desertmartin GAC invites you to its Winter Walking Club from 6.30 pm to 9 pm every Wednesday night until Wednesday 22nd February around the Club’s fully lit walking track.  Everyone welcome.  All ages, all abilities, wheelchair and pram friendly.  Dogs on leads welcome.  Do as much or as little as you want.  Set your own targets.  How far can you go?  Come along and enjoy some walking, some talking, a cup of tea and a bit of craic in the community hub.  Beat those winter blues, keep fit and meet some friends.  Free to all.  Looking forward to seeing you.

 

DERRY DIOCESE JOB APPLICATIONS

Derry Diocesan Trust Administrative Officer based at the Derry Diocesan Office, Bishop’s House, Derry 3 days per week (9 am – 5 pm).

Derry Diocesan Trust HR Officer based at the Derry Diocesan Office, Bishop’s House, Derry 2 days per week (9 am – 5 pm).

For application pack for either position, please email office@derrydiocese.org  or telephone 028 7126 2302.  Completed applications must be returned to Personnel, Bishop’s House, St Eugene’s Cathedral, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP or via email to payroll@derrydiocese.org no later than 4.30 pm on 30th January.  Derry Diocesan Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We welcome applications from all men and women and from members of all communities.

 

DIOCESAN VOCATIONS

Anyone interested in serving the Diocese of Derry as a priest should contact their local priest(s) and/or the diocesan Vocations Director, Fr. Pat O’Hagan, P.P., Bellaghy, at pgoh2111@gmail.com

 

SONGS OF PRAISE

Songs of Praise is coming to Derry.  Come and join the congregation for the recording of traditional hymns and songs on Wednesday 8th February from 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm at The Guildhall, Derry.  All tickets to our recordings are free of charge.  To apply for tickets, please contact SOPcongregations@afantimedia.tv with your name, contact number and the number of tickets you’d like.  Please be sure to include ‘Songs of Praise Derry/Londonderry Traditional’ in your subject header.

 

ALCOHOL AWARENESS

Al-Anon groups provide family support to anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else’s drinking.  All meetings are listed on the website or call Confidential Helpline on 028 9068 2368 between 10 am – 1 pm or 6 pm – 10 pm Monday to Friday.

 

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).

 

CARMELITE RETREAT CENTRE

Silent Retreat for men and women from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th February.  Cost £90.

Ladies Lenten Retreat from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February.  Cost £90.

To book, please phone Retreat Centre, Termonbacca, Derry on 028 7126 2512.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND

Bishop Donal McKeown will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 13th – 21st February.  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.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE 2023

Seven Nights Pilgrimage to Medjugorje from 24th May – 31st May.  Spiritual Director will be Fr. Séamus Kelly.  Bed/Breakfast and dinner, price is £799.  Offer of special price for early booking:  £699 – if paid before 5th December 2022.  Money must be paid in full.  Contact Martina for further information. Phone 028 7774 1219 or 077 1549 0880.

 

NI CANCER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Sunday 28th May to Friday 2nd June.  The price of £799 (with price reduction for Cancer Patients) will include return flights from Belfast International Airport, operated by

Northern Star Travel Ltd, full board and accommodation at the Hotel Agena in Lourdes for five nights based on twin/double/triple rooms.  Service of JWT guides in Lourdes.  The party will consist of patients, ex-patients, relatives and friends accompanied by medical, nursing and other staff.  To enquire or to obtain a booking form, please speak to a member of the committee, tel. 078 7468 8388 or email mail@nicancerpilgrimage.org.uk.

 

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 2023

The Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2023, led by Bishop Donal McKeown, will go direct from City of Derry Airport.  3rd to 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).  Further details and payment arrangements will be available in the new year via the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop Street, Derry, derrypilgrim@outlook.com, tel 028 7126 0293.

 

WORLD YOUTH DAY PILGRIMAGE – LISBON 2023
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

 

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 2023.  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 info@marian.ie or call Belfast on 028 9568 0005 or Dublin on 00353 1 878 8159.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bulletin: 15th January 2022

PARISH BULLETIN – 2nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – 15th January 2023

 

SUNDAY MASSES NEXT SUNDAY

VIGIL MASS

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

 

St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm:  Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 11 am. [webcam]

 

Holy Rosary Church, Ballinascreen:  Monday and Wednesday ~ 11 am; 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

 

Fr. John Downey C.C.

36 Moneyneena Road

 

Desertmartin Parish Office:

Open on Wednesday and Thursday from 10.30 am to 3 pm.

Tel. 028 7939 7047.  Email:  desertmartinparish@gmail.com

 

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DEATHS AND ANNIVERSARIES

Please remember in your prayers:

 

Patsy Kennedy, Anthony Groogan, Patrick Rogers and Mary Duffy who died recently.

 

Matthew Shields, Maureen McGuigan, Sarah McElwee, Rosanne McGuckin, Denis McWilliams, Helena McElhennon, Harry O’Kane, Veronica O’Kane, Maureen O’Kane, Seamus McGuigan, Catherine Kearns, Lelia Burns and Patrick Corry whose anniversaries occur at this time.

 

MONTH’S MIND MASS

The Month’s Mind Mass for Annabella McNabb, formerly Rosegarland, will be celebrated on Friday 20th January at 11 am in St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm.

 

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      ‘A FUTURE FULL OF HOPE’

 

Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, has just issued an important Pastoral Letter called ‘A Future Full of Hope’.  In it, he addresses the challenges facing the Diocese of Derry over the next 5 to 10 years and how parish life will change as priests age and retire. Currently, priests are expected to work until they are 75 years of age, but this has always been predicated on the assumption that a parish priest would have one or two or even three curates to do a great deal of the work.  That was the case up until about 25 years ago.  The reality now is very different.  Increasingly, there are parishes in the Diocese of Derry that have no resident priest at all and that will be the experience for many more over the next few years.  Bishop Donal is inviting us to see this as an opportunity for the Church in the Diocese of Derry to grow.  He wants us to reflect on his words in the Pastoral Letter and to let the Holy Spirit stir the hearts and minds of those who believe in Jesus and for them to step into this new developing model of Church.  A model where the Laity are not mere spectators at the feast whose role is to pay, pray and obey, but are actively involved in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ, risen from the dead; who are called to be the new evangelisers, keeping faith alive in these secular times.  The full text of the Bishop’s Pastoral Letter is now available to read on Ballinascreen Parish website.

https://www.parishofballinascreen.com/pastoral-letter-january-2023

Copies are available at the back of all churches for those who have no access to the internet.

 

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THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday/Priest’s Collection envelopes:  £621.00.

 

PARISH SICK VISITATION

This coming week Fr. McGirr will visit the sick on Iniscarn, Gortahurk, Brackalislea and Nutgrove Roads.

 

KNOCKNAGIN HALL ACTIVITIES

SPRED Group will meet on Monday 16th January.

Chair Exercise with Thomasina on Tuesdays at 10 am followed by a short walk.  Admission £4.  Everyone welcome.

Knit and Natter Class on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm.

Line Dancing with Thomasina on Wednesdays at 7.30 pm.  Admission £4.

Here And Now:  Older People and Well-Being with Charmaine from Arts Care on Friday 20th January at 7 pm for a Music and Dance programme.  Come along and enjoy the craic.  Open to all over 55s.  This is a funded programme.  Free admission.

Acro Bats Gymnastics Club Classes on Saturdays.

Sarsfield’s Band:  Band Practice continues every Thursday at new starting time of 7.15 to 8.30 pm.  New and past members welcome.

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 to register.

 

KILCRONAGHAN CENTRE

Painting Classes – Spaces still available on evening painting class, suitable for all abilities.  Wednesday evenings 7 pm – 9 pm for 10 weeks.

Yoga with Angela O’Loughlin resumes on Thursday 25th January for 5 weeks, 10.30 am – 12 noon.

Bird Box and Glass Decoupage Workshop on Monday 23rd January for 2 weeks, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm.  All materials included.  £10.

Winter Health and Wellbeing Event on Tuesday 24th January, 10 am – 12 noon.  Come along and find out what support is available for you or your family.  Demonstrations, energy and money saving tips, information stands, community safety.  Includes free tea and coffee and hot lunch.  Please register your attendance to assist with numbers for catering.  Text 078 2196 3749 or email healthalliance@cwsan.org

Spring Wreath Decorating Workshop using artificial flowers/greenery on Monday 6th February, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm.  All materials included.  £5.

Message 078 2196 3749 for more information and to book your place.

 

TIRGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Traditional Irish Music Sessions continue each Wednesday night in Tirgan Hall.  Doors open at 8 pm with music starting at 8.30 pm.  £5 entry and includes refreshments.  The bar will also open.

Saturday 11th February – ABBA Tribute Night.  Everyone welcome.

 

DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

Need help on a one to one basis with IT, phone, lap top, iPad, etc.  The library has an IT manager who is available every month to give help and advice.  Call in or contact any member of staff to book a slot.

Scam Awareness Talk on Tuesday 7th February 2 pm – 3 pm.  To book a place, call into the library or phone 028 7962 8249.

Knit and Natter continues every Tuesday from 2 pm – 4 pm.

Rhythm and Rhyme for babies and toddlers on every Friday at 11.30 am.

Are you feeling lonely or bored?  Draperstown Library would like to set up a Chatty Corner in the library on a Friday morning where you can read the papers, tackle a jigsaw or crossword, do some mindful colouring, have a chat and a cuppa.  Anyone interested please contact the library, contact details as above.

 

BALLINASCREEN TRADITIONAL MUSIC GROUP

Registration for the new term of music classes will be on Tuesday 17th January.  Classes will start back on 24th.  Our monthly session will be on Friday 20th January in An Scioból.  Juniors from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm followed by open house.  Traditional singing classes every fortnight in An Scioból from 10 am to 11 am beginning on Saturday 21st January.

 

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

This week of prayer for Christian Unity will be from 18th – 25th January.  The theme for this year is ‘Do Good; Seek Justice’.

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

The Derry Diocese will be celebrating Catholic Schools’ Week from 29th January – 4th February.  The theme for 2023 is ‘Walking Together in Faith and Love’.

 

ST. COLM’S HIGH SCHOOL, DRAPERSTOWN

St. Colm’s High School Open Night will be on Thursday 19th January from 7 pm.  Principal’s Address at 8.30 pm.  All P6 and P7 pupils and parents are very welcome.

 

ST. MARY’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, MAGHERAFELT

St. Mary’s Grammar School invites P6 and P7 pupils and their parents/carers to an Open Evening on Wednesday 18th or Thursday 19th January.  Principal’s Address at 7 pm. Parents can book to attend their preferred option by visiting the following link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/st-marys-grammar-school-magherafelt-open-evening-2023-tickets-504755797177.

 

SPERRIN FOODBANK

Sperrin Foodbank has been established by the community for the community.  Please use this facility if you require help either short or long term.  It is a facility for all.  There is a dedicated mobile number 075 4342 0639 you can ring and someone will meet you at the site in Draperstown at an agreed time.  Alternatively, you can ring Workspace on 7962 8113 and ask for Dolores.  Another option is to ring the SVP’s mobile number:  077 1083 8050.  If in any doubt please phone O’Kane’s Chemist, High Street on 7962 8680 beside Sperrin Food Bank and they will arrange for someone to call you back.  If you wish to donate food to the foodbank, you may leave your non- perishable food donations in any of the local schools or in Lynch’s Eurospar.  Thanks to all who have donated so far.

 

PIONEER CALENDAR 2023

Pioneer Calendar 2023 available to purchase from Madonna Devlin (077 8850 1610) or Kathleen Walls (028 79631 094).  Telephone to order.  Cost £5.

 

DESERTMARTIN GAC WEDNESDAY NIGHT WALKING CLUB

Desertmartin GAC invites you to its Winter Walking Club from 6.30 pm to 9 pm every Wednesday night until Wednesday 22nd February around the Club’s fully lit walking track.  Everyone welcome.  All ages, all abilities, wheelchair and pram friendly.  Dogs on leads welcome.  Do as much or as little as you want.  Set your own targets.  How far can you go?  Come along and enjoy some walking, some talking, a cup of tea and a bit of craic in the community hub.  Beat those winter blues, keep fit and meet some friends.  Free to all.  Looking forward to seeing you.

 

GLENSHANE HOUSE

OCN Level 3 Award in Working with Children and Young People with Special Needs will commence on Wednesday 25th January from 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm.  To register, phone 027 7774 2494 or visit their office on Main St., Dungiven.

 

DERRY DIOCESE JOB APPLICATIONS

Derry Diocesan Trust Administrative Officer based at the Derry Diocesan Office, Bishop’s House, Derry 3 days per week (9 am – 5 pm).

Derry Diocesan Trust HR Officer based at the Derry Diocesan Office, Bishop’s House, Derry 2 days per week (9 am – 5 pm).

For application pack for either position, please email office@derrydiocese.org  or telephone 028 7126 2302.  Completed applications must be returned to Personnel, Bishop’s House, St Eugene’s Cathedral, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP or via email to payroll@derrydiocese.org no later than 4.30 pm on 30th January.  Derry Diocesan Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We welcome applications from all men and women and from members of all communities.

 

DIOCESAN VOCATIONS

Anyone interested in serving the Diocese of Derry as a priest should contact their local priest(s) and/or the diocesan Vocations Director, Fr. Pat O’Hagan, P.P., Bellaghy, at pgoh2111@gmail.com

 

SONGS OF PRAISE

Songs of Praise is coming to Derry.  Come and join the congregation for the recording of traditional hymns and songs on Wednesday 8th February from 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm at The Guildhall, Derry.  All tickets to our recordings are free of charge.  To apply for tickets, please contact SOPcongregations@afantimedia.tv with your name, contact number and the number of tickets you’d like.  Please be sure to include ‘Songs of Praise Derry/Londonderry Traditional’ in your subject header.

 

ALCOHOL AWARENESS

Al-Anon groups provide family support to anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else’s drinking.  All meetings are listed on the website or call Confidential Helpline on 028 9068 2368 between 10 am – 1 pm or 6 pm – 10 pm Monday to Friday.

 

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).

 

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND

Bishop Donal McKeown will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 13th – 21st February.  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.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE 2023

Seven Nights Pilgrimage to Medjugorje from 24th May – 31st May.  Spiritual Director will be Fr. Séamus Kelly.  Bed/Breakfast and dinner, price is £799.  Offer of special price for early booking:  £699 – if paid before 5th December 2022.  Money must be paid in full.  Contact Martina for further information. Phone 028 7774 1219 or 077 1549 0880.

 

NI CANCER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Sunday 28th May to Friday 2nd June.  The price of £799 (with price reduction for Cancer Patients) will include return flights from Belfast International Airport, operated by

Northern Star Travel Ltd, full board and accommodation at the Hotel Agena in Lourdes for five nights based on twin/double/triple rooms.  Service of JWT guides in Lourdes.  The party will consist of patients, ex-patients, relatives and friends accompanied by medical, nursing and other staff.  To enquire or to obtain a booking form, please speak to a member of the committee, tel. 078 7468 8388 or email mail@nicancerpilgrimage.org.uk.

 

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 2023

The Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2023, led by Bishop Donal McKeown, will go direct from City of Derry Airport.  3rd to 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).  Further details and payment arrangements will be available in the new year via the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop Street, Derry, derrypilgrim@outlook.com, tel 028 7126 0293.

 

WORLD YOUTH DAY PILGRIMAGE – LISBON 2023
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

 

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 2023.  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 info@marian.ie or call Belfast on 028 9568 0005 or Dublin on 00353 1 878 8159.

 

STRESS CONTROL ONLINE  

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 2nd January and will be taken down at 8 am on Thursday 5th January.  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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Bulletin: 8th January 2023

PARISH BULLETIN – BAPTISM OF THE LORD – 8th January 2023

 

SUNDAY MASSES

VIGIL MASS

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

St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm:  Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ~ 11 am. [webcam]

 

Holy Rosary Church, Ballinascreen:  Monday and Wednesday ~ 11 am; 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

 

Fr. John Downey C.C.

36 Moneyneena Road

Telephone:  028 7962 8375

Email:  j.downey75@btinternet.com

 

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DEATHS AND ANNIVERSARIES

Please remember in your prayers:

 

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Packie Farren, Clonmany, Co. Donegal who were buried during the week.

 

Patsy Kennedy, Anthony Groogan, Patrick Rogers, Mary Duffy, Annabella McNabb and Brian Mallanson who died recently.

 

Ann McCrystal, Michael Mulholland, Katie Smith, Bridie McIvor, Aloysius McElwee, Josie Murray, James McKay and John Ryan whose anniversaries occur at this time.

 

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THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday/Priest’s Collection envelopes:  £1,552.40.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £632.50.

 

 

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2022 DRAW

 

First Day of Christmas (25th December) Draw Winners:

Shay Shiels, Tobermore Road  (No. 593)

Cathy Nelson, Kilrea Road, Upperlands  (No. 874)

Michelle and Brian Glasgow, Gortnari  (No. 1119)

 

Extra Draw for Christmas Day Winner (£100):

Conway Family, 55 Cavanreagh Road  (No. 1130)

 

Second Day of Christmas (26th December) Draw Winners:

Evelyn McGuigan, Iniscarn Road  (No. 852)

Christopher Flanagan, Moybeg Road  (No. 590)

Deirdre McAuley, Glenelly Villas  (No. 1207)

 

Third Day of Christmas (27th December) Draw Winners:

Sean Madden, 11 Slievegallion Park, Draperstown  (No. 793)

Fred McErlean  (No. 242)

Damien Mallon, 20A Gortahurk Road  (No. 029)

 

Fourth Day of Christmas (28th December) Draw Winners:

Bernie Clerkin  (No. 1025)

Victor Lynn, Cordarragh  (No. 761)

Aoife Kelly, 178 Battery Road, Cookstown  (No. 193)

 

Fifth Day of Christmas (29th December) Draw Winners:

Cathal McWilliams  (No. 1589)

Ryan McLean, Desertmartin Road  (No. 223)

Jim Coyle, c/o Corinne Coyle, St. Mary’s P.S.  (No. 031)

 

Sixth Day of Christmas (30th December) Draw Winners:

Raymond Quigg, 49 Sallowilly Road, Claudy  (No. 872)

Rosemary Kelly, Crocknamohill Road  (No. 1203)

Denise and Ben McCann, Portglenone  (No. 1206)

 

Seventh Day of Christmas (31st December) Draw Winners:

Margaret T. O’Hagan, 5 Gallion Heights, Moneymore  (No. 052)

Philip Trainor, 35 Brackalislea Road, Draperstown  (No. 338)

Caroline Morrison, 36 Glenburn Park, Magherafelt  (No. 900)

 

Eighth Day of Christmas (1st January) Draw Winners:

Kathy McLernon, 37A Drumsamney Road  (No. 073)

Clifford Wilson, 3 Luney Villas  (No. 515)

Arthur and Brigid McGuigan, 46 Fivemilestraight  (No. 1568)

 

Ninth Day of Christmas (2nd January) Draw Winners:

Michelle Kelly, 54 Drumderg Road  (No. 1552)

Breige Heron, Draperstown  (No. 1034)

Melissa Walls, Longfield Lane  (No. 818)

 

Tenth Day of Christmas (3rd January) Draw Winners:

Celia Bradley, 30 Gortnari, Moneyneena  (No. 455)

James Mullan, 61 Mullaslin, Omagh  (No. 826)

Chris O’Hagan, 3 Moneyneena Lane  (No. 409)

 

Eleventh Day of Christmas (4th January) Draw Winners:

Rosaleen Murray, 25 Dunlogan Road  (No. 459)

Cathal McBride, Enniskillen  (No. 610)

 

Extra Draw on Eleventh Day Winner (£100):

Rois Conway, 11 Cordarragh  (No. 671)

 

Twelfth Day of Christmas (5th January) Draw Winner:

Daíre Moran, 32 Farmlodge Lane, Magherafelt  (No. 195)

 

Extra Draws on Twelfth Day Winners (£100 each):

Tony Higgins, Longfield Lane  (No. 978)

Kieran McBride, 10 Dromdallagan, Straw  (No. 933)

Marie McWilliams, 8 Gortnari  (No. 456)

 

PRIZES ~ on the first 10 days there are 3 prizes each day of £100.  On 11th Day there are 2 prizes of £500 and on the 12th Day there is one final prize of £1,000.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE WINNERS OVER THE 12 DAYS!

  

We would like to THANK EVERYONE in Desertmartin, Ballinascreen and beyond for your very generous support of the Christmas Draw once again this year.  We are grateful to parishioners who entered the Draw and who sold tickets among family and friends, in the community and farther afield; to parish workers who distributed and sold tickets through the Churches and Parish Offices; to volunteers from St. Colm’s High School who helped do that in Ballinascreen Parish Office; and to the staff of Heron’s Gift Shop and Moneyneena Post Office who helped and sold so many tickets over the weeks in the run-up to Christmas.  A heartfelt thank you to everyone and your fabulous response to the Twelve Days of Christmas 2022 Draw especially in these times.  It is appreciated very, very much.

 

 

 

SLIEVE GALLION ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION

Monthly Meeting will be held in St. Mary’s Hall, Desertmartin, on Monday 9th January at 8 pm.  New members welcome.  Contact Chris about any enquiries on 075 4601 0560.

 

KNOCKNAGIN HALL COMMITTEE

UP AND COMING ACTIVITIES FOR 2023:

Social Dance:  Next dance on Friday 13th January.  Music by Liam McLaughlin.  Dancing from 9 pm – 12 midnight.  Admission £7, includes light supper.

SPRED Group will resume on Monday 16th January.

Chair Exercise with Thomasina will resume on Tuesday 10th January at 10 am followed by a short walk.  Admission £4.  Everyone welcome.

Knit and Natter Class will resume on Tuesday 10th January at 7.30 pm.

Line Dancing with Thomasina will resume on Wednesday 11th January at 7.30 pm.  Admission £4.

Here And Now:  Older People and Well-Being with Charmaine from Arts Care on Friday 20th January at 7 pm for a Music and Dance programme.  Come along and enjoy the craic.  Open to all over 55s.  This is a funded programme.  Free admission.

Acro Bats Gymnastics Club:  Reminder all classes have recommenced Saturday 7th January.

Sarsfield’s Band:  Band Practice continues every Thursday at new starting time of 7.15 to 8.30 pm.  New and past members welcome.

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 to register.

 

KILCRONAGHAN CENTRE

Painting Classes resume on Wednesday 11th January for 12 weeks.  Class times are 10 am – 12 noon or 7 pm – 9 pm.

Yoga with Angela O’Loughlin resumes on Thursday 25th January for 5 weeks, 10.30 am – 12 noon.

Bird Box and Glass Decoupage Workshop on Monday 23rd January for 2 weeks, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm.  All materials included.  £10.

Spring Wreath Decorating Workshop using artificial flowers/greenery on Monday 6th February, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm.  All materials included.  £5.

Message 078 2196 3749 for more information and to book your place.

Kilcronaghan Centre would like to thank everyone for their support during 2022 and we look forward to a busy 2023 offering something for everyone.

 

TIRGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Traditional Irish Music Sessions each Wednesday night at 9 pm.  Light supper provided and the bar will be open.  Everyone welcome both local musicians and those who want to listen to some nice traditional music.

 

SPERRIN FOODBANK

Sperrin Foodbank has been established by the community for the community.  Please use this facility if you require help either short or long term.  It is a facility for all.  There is a dedicated mobile number 075 4342 0639 you can ring and someone will meet you at the site in Draperstown at an agreed time.  Alternatively, you can ring Workspace on 7962 8113 and ask for Dolores.  Another option is to ring the SVP’s mobile number:  077 1083 8050.  If in any doubt please phone O’Kane’s Chemist, High Street on 7962 8680 beside Sperrin Food Bank and they will arrange for someone to call you back.  If you wish to donate food to the foodbank, you may leave your non- perishable food donations in any of the local schools or in Lynch’s Eurospar.  Thanks to all who have donated so far.

 

PIONEER CALENDAR 2023

Pioneer Calendar 2023 available to purchase from Madonna Devlin (077 8850 1610) or Kathleen Walls (028 79631 094).  Telephone to order.  Cost £5.

 

DESERTMARTIN GAC WEDNESDAY NIGHT WALKING CLUB

Desertmartin GAC invites you to its Winter Walking Club from 6.30 pm to 9 pm every Wednesday night until Wednesday 22nd February around the Club’s fully lit walking track.  Everyone welcome.  All ages, all abilities, wheelchair and pram friendly.  Dogs on leads welcome.  Do as much or as little as you want.  Set your own targets.  How far can you go?  Come along and enjoy some walking, some talking, a cup of tea and a bit of craic in the community hub.  Beat those winter blues, keep fit and meet some friends.  Free to all.  Looking forward to seeing you.

 

ST. PIUS X COLLEGE, MAGHERAFELT 

Open Day is on Saturday 14th January at 11.30 am.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

DERRY DIOCESE JOB APPLICATIONS

Derry Diocesan Trust Administrative Officer based at the Derry Diocesan Office, Bishop’s House, Derry 3 days per week (9 am – 5 pm).

Derry Diocesan Trust HR Officer based at the Derry Diocesan Office, Bishop’s House, Derry 2 days per week (9 am – 5 pm).

For application pack for either position, please email office@derrydiocese.org  or telephone 028 7126 2302.  Completed applications must be returned to Personnel, Bishop’s House, St Eugene’s Cathedral, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP or via email to payroll@derrydiocese.org no later than 4.30 pm on 30th January.  Derry Diocesan Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We welcome applications from all men and women and from members of all communities.

 

DIOCESAN VOCATIONS

Anyone interested in serving the Diocese of Derry as a priest should contact their local priest(s) and/or the diocesan Vocations Director, Fr. Pat O’Hagan, P.P., Bellaghy, at pgoh2111@gmail.com

 

ANAM CARA DONEGAL

Anam Cara Donegal, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Thursday 12th January 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, call 00353 1 404 5378.

 

SONGS OF PRAISE

Songs of Praise is coming to Derry.  Come and join the congregation for the recording of traditional hymns and songs on Wednesday 8th February from 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm at The Guildhall, Derry.  All tickets to our recordings are free of charge.  To apply for tickets, please contact SOPcongregations@afantimedia.tv with your name, contact number and the number of tickets you’d like.  Please be sure to include ‘Songs of Praise Derry/Londonderry Traditional’ in your subject header.

 

ALCOHOL AWARENESS

Al-Anon groups provide family support to anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else’s drinking.  All meetings are listed on the website or call Confidential Helpline on 028 9068 2368 between 10 am – 1 pm or 6 pm – 10 pm Monday to Friday.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND

Bishop Donal McKeown will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 13th – 21st February.  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.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE 2023

Seven Nights Pilgrimage to Medjugorje from 24th May – 31st May.  Spiritual Director will be Fr. Séamus Kelly.  Bed/Breakfast and dinner, price is £799.  Offer of special price for early booking:  £699 – if paid before 5th December 2022.  Money must be paid in full.  Contact Martina for further information. Phone 028 7774 1219 or 077 1549 0880.

 

NI CANCER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Sunday 28th May to Friday 2nd June.  The price of £799 (with price reduction for Cancer Patients) will include return flights from Belfast International Airport, operated by

Northern Star Travel Ltd, full board and accommodation at the Hotel Agena in Lourdes for five nights based on twin/double/triple rooms.  Service of JWT guides in Lourdes.  The party will consist of patients, ex-patients, relatives and friends accompanied by medical, nursing and other staff.  To enquire or to obtain a booking form, please speak to a member of the committee, tel. 078 7468 8388 or email mail@nicancerpilgrimage.org.uk.

 

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 2023

The Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2023, led by Bishop Donal McKeown, will go direct from City of Derry Airport.  3rd to 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).  Further details and payment arrangements will be available in the new year via the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop Street, Derry, derrypilgrim@outlook.com, tel 028 7126 0293.

 

WORLD YOUTH DAY PILGRIMAGE – LISBON 2023
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

 

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 2023.  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 info@marian.ie or call Belfast on 028 9568 0005 or Dublin on 00353 1 878 8159.

 

STRESS CONTROL ONLINE  

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 2nd January and will be taken down at 8 am on Thursday 5th January.  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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