Bulletin: 19th September 2021

PARISH BULLETIN – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 19th September 2021

 

SUNDAY MASSES

VIGIL MASS

St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena:                5 pm

Holy Rosary, Draperstown:                6.15 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

Holy Rosary, Draperstown:               12 noon [webcam]

 

DAILY MASS TIMES FOR THIS WEEK

Holy Rosary Church:  Monday and Wednesday ~ 11 am.  Friday ~ 7.30 pm.

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

 

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

____________________________________________________________

 

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

____________________________________________________________

 

DEATHS AND ANNIVERSARIES

Please remember in your prayers:

 

Mary Bigmore, Ballyronan, mother of Jack Bigmore of Drumsamney Road; Michael Kennedy, Eglington; Darren Canavan, Ardboe; James McCullagh, Plumbridge; and Bernadette Duffy, Cranagh, who died during the week.

 

Rose O’Neill and Rose Kelly who died recently.

 

Patrick Gormley whose Month’s Mind occurs at this time.

 

Bernie McDaid, John Kelly (Dan), Sadie Kearney, John McNicholl, Josephine and Brian Murphy, Evelyn O’Kane, Andy Moran, Eugene Donnelly, Michael Toner, Mary Ann McKenna, Sarah Ann Walls and Rosella McGovern whose anniversaries occur at this time.

 

____________________________________________________________

 

THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £550.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £79.00.

 

Those who contribute with a church collection envelope, you are welcome to return them at any parish Mass or put them through the Parochial House letterbox at any time.  Thank you.

 

ST. VINCENT de PAUL

If you would like to make a donation, please put it in an envelope marked ‘St. Vincent de Paul’ and put the envelope through the letterbox at the Parochial House.  Thank you.

 

PARISH ENVELOPES ~ YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Boxes of new Collection Envelopes have been distributed around the Parish.  If you would like a box of envelopes, please contact the Parish Office (028 7939 7047) and a box can be prepared for you.

Anyone who contributes to the Parish, you may wish to consider using Direct Debit.  If so, please contact the Parish Office (Thursday 10.30 am to 3 pm) or Fr. McGirr for a form.

We would like you to also consider joining the Gift Aid system through which the Parish can receive from the government an amount equal to 25% of your contributions to the Parish at no extra cost to you.  Gift Aid forms are available at the Parish Office or from Fr. McGirr.  Please consider signing up to Gift Aid, it’s a crucial source of financial help to the Parish.

 

PASTORAL VISITATION OF THE SICK

Following the easing of the coronavirus restrictions, Fr. Madden and Fr. McGirr hope to resume the Visitation of the Sick beginning in October.  There will be no monthly visitation as in the past and they will not be visiting parishioners by area.  It is still not safe to go from house to house visiting the sick and the vulnerable on rote.  They will make prior arrangements and over the course of the next few months hope to visit each person on the list twice.  Therefore, they would greatly appreciate it if those who would like them to call would get a member of their family to email the parish at desertmartinparish@gmail.com or ballinascreenparish@gmail.com giving name, address, and contact details of the person on the list and one delegated family member and their contact details if different.  Those who would prefer no visit at this time should feel absolutely free to say so.  Their wishes and those of their family will be respected.

If at any time you think a visit from the priest is needed, please contact Fr. Madden on 028 7962 8376 or Fr. McGirr on 028 7963 2196.

 

SEASON OF CREATION ~ ‘A Home for All?  Restoring Our Common Home’

Pope Francis established 1st September as World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation following the publication of the encyclical Laudato si’ in 2015.  The Season of Creation or Creation Time, is marked throughout the Christian world from 1st September to 4th October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi), celebrating the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.  The Diocese of Derry is encouraging parishes, schools and families to reflect on what they can do to protect the environment around us all.  Nature walks, planting seeds, collecting rubbish or recycling are examples of worthwhile environmental projects.  For more ideas, initiatives, prayers, liturgies and news articles on the theme please see the diocesan social media channels and derrydiocese.org/season-of-creation

 

PADRE PIO MASS

There will be a Padre Pio Mass to celebrate the feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina on Thursday 23rd September at 7.30 pm in Holy Rosary Church, Draperstown.  The Rosary will be recited before the Mass at 7.10 pm.

 

KNOCKNAGIN HALL COMMITTEE

Monday 20th September ~ Desertmartin Walk for Health Group will meet at Union Road Car Park at 7 pm.

Making Life Better, supported by the Public Health Agency.

4 weeks Exercise continues on Tuesday 21st and 28th September and Tuesday 5th October at 11.30 am with Thomasina.  Admission £4.

4 weeks Line-Dancing on Wednesday 29th September; 6th, 13th and 20th October at 7 pm.  Admission £4.

Week 2 of Gardening with Mary Doris from 7 pm to 8 pm.  Bulb Planting on Wednesday 22nd September.  Admission £3.

Mental Health Talk (Coming Out of Covid) presented by Hugo McOscar on Monday 25th October and Monday 8th November at 7.30 pm.

Come along and join in any of the sessions for chat, fun, exercise and friendship.

Due to Covid restrictions, it is important to register for sessions as numbers are Limited.  Contact Kathleen on 077 6427 7809, Anne on 028 7964 2711 or Olive on 078 8761 4094.

 

   SLIEVEGALLION COMMUNITY PRE-SCHOOL REQUIRES A 1-1 SEN KEY WORKER

Slievegallion Community Pre-School Requires a 1-to-1 Sen Key Worker.  Temporary post – September 2021 – June 2022.  13.5 hours per week.  Salary TBC.

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA – NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in childcare; a minimum of 1 year’s experience working in a one-to-one capacity with a child with additional needs; experience planning and implementing IEP’s.

DESIRABLE CRITERIA – Paediatric first aid; Child protection training.

JOB DUTIES – Applicant will be responsible for the day-to-day care of a child with additional needs.  They will create and implement IEP’s.  They will support child’s daily routine and feedback to Pre-School leader and parents.  They will also be responsible for attending child’s personal care needs.  Applicant will also be expected to help with general day to day running and cleaning of the Pre-school.

HOW TO APPLY – Forward CV to Slievegallioncommunityplaygroup@outlook.com.

Closing date is Monday 20th September.

 

FAMILY FUN DAY

Ballinascreen G.A.C. Club is holding a Family Fun Day today Sunday 19th September from 2 pm to 5 pm in memory of Gracie-Mae Corrigan Bradley.  Activities include football cage, balloon modelling and face painting, petting zoo and splash board.  BBQ, tea and coffee, tuck shop, ice cream, slushies available.  Free Admission.  All donations on the day greatly appreciated and will go towards the Children’s Heartbeat Trust.  Free parking.  Everyone welcome.

 

DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 24th September from 11 am – 12.45 pm.  Cakes, tray bakes, scones and tea/coffee provided.  Social distancing will be observed.

Rhythm and Rhyme Sessions for Mums and Tots will resume on Friday 1st October at 11.30 am.  BOOKING ESSENTIAL as numbers are limited.  To book, phone 028 7962 8249 on Tuesdays, Fridays or Saturdays.

Library opening hours are:  Tuesdays 2 pm – 8 pm; Fridays 10 am – 1 pm and 1.30 pm to 5 pm; Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm and 1.30 pm – 4 pm.  Tea and newspapers on Friday afternoons resume on 10th September.  Adult Book Club will resume, but with restricted numbers due to covid regulations.  Members may contact staff regarding booking a seat.  NO Rhythm and Rhyme sessions.  Books being returned, no longer need to be left in foyer – adults and children may return them to the issue desk.

 

QUB CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY

The Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen’s University has reopened for the new academic year.  We are a vibrant community of faith and friendship at the heart of campus where students feel welcome, listened-to, valued and supported.  For more on our liturgy schedule, events, facilities and amazing Café, visit qubcatholic.org.  We can’t wait to welcome you!

 

   LOUGH DERG 2021

Guided Pilgrimages on the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path will be offered on Sunday 26th September and Sunday 3rd October, with Mass outdoors, weather permitting.  The full route is a 12 km loop, with a shorter 8 km option.  Advance booking is essential.  For further information email info@loughderg.org  or telephone 00353 71 9861518.  Visit www.loughderg.org .  Lough Derg Pilgrim Path, Pettigo, Co. Donegal F94 N289.

 

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.  Applications for the Autumn intake close 30th September 2021.  If you require any further information, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 028 7126 4087 or email tferry@derrydiocese.org.

 

DROMANTINE RETREAT CENTRE

The following Retreat and Workshops will be offered by Fr. Hugh Lagan SMA:

‘Called by a New Name’ Retreat – Refocus, recharge and reconnect in a post-pandemic world.  Sunday 3rd October at 5 pm to Friday 8th October at 9.30 am.  Cost £420 / €490.

‘Broken Open’ Workshop – How difficult times can help us grow.  Friday 19th November at 5 pm to Sunday 21st November at 2 pm.  Cost £200 / €230.

For enquiries and reservations, tel. 028 3082 1964.  Email: admin@dromantineconference.com

 

THORNHILL MINISTRIES

‘Beyond the Bruising’:  An oasis hour for those seeking serenity as they live with fractured relationships.  Available on zoom on Saturday 9th October at 11 am.  For details, contact thornhillministries@derrydiocese.org

 

PARISH ANNIVERSARY MASS

If parishioners in Desertmartin and Ballinascreen wish to have their loved one prayed for at the 11 am Mass in Coolcalm or the 7.30 pm Mass in Holy Rosary on Friday, phone the Desertmartin Parish Office answering machine on 028 7939 7047 or email desertmartinparish@gmail.com by 12 noon on Thursday of the relevant week.  These Masses from Coolcalm and the Holy Rosary may be viewed on the respective Parish webcams.

For Coolcalm go to www.desertmartinparish.com and click on the blue webcam button.

For Holy Rosary, go to www.parishofballinascreen.com and click on the word ‘webcams’ in yellow.

 

COOLCALM AND KEENAUGHT OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER

St. Mary’s, Coolcalm, will be open for private prayer and to light candles this week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and FRIDAY from 11 am to 2 pm.

St. Patrick’s, Keenaught, will be open for private prayer and to light candles this week on Thursday and FRIDAY from 11 am to 2 pm.

You must wear a face covering while entering and leaving the church.  Also, please use hand sanitiser at the door.  When you call into the church please pick up a coloured card at the door on the way to your seat.  When you have finished praying please leave the card behind on your seat.  That seat will be cleaned later in the day.  Do not sit on a seat where a card has been left behind.  Thank you.

 

NUMBERS ATTENDING SUNDAY MASSES IN KEENAUGHT AND COOLCALM

In Desertmartin and Ballinascreen anyone may attend Sunday Mass inSt. Patrick’s, Keenaught; St. Columba’s, Straw; St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena and Holy Rosary, Draperstown.

The 2-week townland area rota continues in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm for Sunday Masses.

 

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 be 62 hours after the start time.  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: 12th September 2021

PARISH BULLETIN – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 12th September 2021

 

SUNDAY MASSES

VIGIL MASS

St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena:                5 pm

Holy Rosary, Draperstown:                6.15 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

Holy Rosary, Draperstown:               12 noon [webcam]

 

DAILY MASS TIMES FOR THIS WEEK

Holy Rosary Church:  Monday and Wednesday ~ 11 am.  Friday ~ 7.30 pm.

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

 

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

____________________________________________________________

 

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

____________________________________________________________

 

DEATHS AND ANNIVERSARIES

Please remember in your prayers:

 

Rose O’Neill, 30 Dysart Road, whose Funeral will be on Sunday 12th September at 1.30 pm in St. Columba’s Church, Straw and Rose Kelly, Derrynoyd who was buried during the week.

 

Michael McGurk, James Fullen, Edward Higgins Snr., Frankie Walls, Paddy Bradley, John T. Higgins, Harry Ryan, Michelle McDaid and Michael Devlin whose anniversaries occur at this time.

 

MONTH’S MIND MASS

The Month’s Mind Mass for Patrick Gormley, 96 Tobermore Road, will be celebrated on Friday 17th September at 11 am in St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm.

 

The 11 am Mass on Tuesday 14th September will be offered for the Deceased Members of the Derry Diocesan Society.

 

____________________________________________________________

 

BAPTISM

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

Benji Michael McIvor, 17 Brackaghlislea Road; Gabriel Patrick Donnelly, 10 Knocknagin Road and Fiadh Éirinn DeRúiséil, 2 Rainey Court, Magherafelt.

 

 

THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £1,072.20.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £386.78.

 

Those who contribute with a church collection envelope, you are welcome to return them at any parish Mass or put them through the Parochial House letterbox at any time.  Thank you.

 

ST. VINCENT de PAUL

If you would like to make a donation, please put it in an envelope marked ‘St. Vincent de Paul’ and put the envelope through the letterbox at the Parochial House.  Thank you.

 

 

PARISH ENVELOPES ~ YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Boxes of new Collection Envelopes have been distributed around the Parish.  Any people who are earning and haven’t had a box of envelopes before, please contact the Parish Office (028 7939 7047) and a box can be prepared for you.  Thank you for your financial support in the running of the Parish.

Anyone who contributes to the Parish, you may wish to consider using Direct Debit.  If so, please contact the Parish Office (Thursday 10.30 am to 3 pm) or Fr. McGirr for a form.

We would like you to also consider joining the Gift Aid system through which the Parish can receive from the government an amount equal to 25% of your contributions to the Parish at no extra cost to you.  Gift Aid forms are available at the Parish Office or from Fr. McGirr.  Please consider signing up to Gift Aid, it’s a crucial source of financial help to the Parish.

 

 

PASTORAL VISITATION OF THE SICK

Following the easing of the coronavirus restrictions, Fr. Madden and Fr. McGirr hope to resume the Visitation of the Sick beginning in October.  There will be no monthly visitation as in the past and they will not be visiting parishioners by area.  It is still not safe to go from house to house visiting the sick and the vulnerable on rote.  They will make prior arrangements and over the course of the next few months hope to visit each person on the list twice.  Therefore, they would greatly appreciate it if those who would like them to call would get a member of their family to email the parish at desertmartinparish@gmail.com or ballinascreenparish@gmail.com giving name, address, and contact details of the person on the list and one delegated family member and their contact details if different.  Those who would prefer no visit at this time should feel absolutely free to say so.  Their wishes and those of their family will be respected.

If at any time you think a visit from the priest is needed, please contact Fr. Madden on 028 7962 8376 or Fr. McGirr on 028 7963 2196.

 

SEASON OF CREATION ~ ‘A Home for All?  Restoring Our Common Home’

Pope Francis established 1st September as World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation following the publication of the encyclical Laudato si’ in 2015.  The Season of Creation or Creation Time, is marked throughout the Christian world from 1st September to 4th October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi), celebrating the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.  The Diocese of Derry is encouraging parishes, schools and families to reflect on what they can do to protect the environment around us all.  Nature walks, planting seeds, collecting rubbish or recycling are examples of worthwhile environmental projects.  For more ideas, initiatives, prayers, liturgies and news articles on the theme please see the diocesan social media channels and derrydiocese.org/season-of-creation

 

HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS TO PRIESTHOOD AND RELIGIOUS LIFE

Bishop Donal McKeown will lead an evening of prayer and intercession for an increase in vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life in the Diocese of Derry at St. Eugene’s Cathedral on Thursday 16th September beginning with Mass at 7.30 pm followed by a Holy Hour.  All welcome.

 

   

KNOCKNAGIN HALL COMMITTEE

Monday 13th September ~ Desertmartin Walk for Health Group will meet at the Hall on Knocknagin Road at 7 pm.  Come along and join in for chat, fun, exercise and friendship.

Making Life Better, supported by the Public Health Agency.

4 weeks Exercise on Tuesday 14th, 21st and 28th September and Tuesday 5th October at 11.30 am with Thomasina.  Admission £4.

4 weeks Line-Dancing on Wednesday 29th September; 6th, 13th and 20th October at 7 pm.  Admission £4.

2 weeks Gardening with Mary Doris from 7 pm to 8 pm.  Seed Sowing on Wednesday 15th September and Bulb Planting on Wednesday 22nd September.  Admission £3.

Come along and join in any of the sessions for chat, fun, exercise and friendship.

Due to Covid restrictions, it is important to register for sessions as numbers are Limited.  Contact Kathleen on 077 6427 7809, Anne on 028 7964 2711 or Olive on 078 8761 4094.

 

   

SLIEVEGALLION COMMUNITY PRE-SCHOOL REQUIRES A 1-1 SEN KEY WORKER

Slievegallion Community Pre-School Requires a 1-to-1 Sen Key Worker.  Temporary post – September 2021 – June 2022.  13.5 hours per week.  Salary TBC.

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA – NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in childcare; a minimum of 1 year’s experience working in a one-to-one capacity with a child with additional needs; experience planning and implementing IEP’s.

DESIRABLE CRITERIA – Paediatric first aid; Child protection training.

JOB DUTIES – Applicant will be responsible for the day-to-day care of a child with additional needs.  They will create and implement IEP’s.  They will support child’s daily routine and feedback to Pre-School leader and parents.  They will also be responsible for attending child’s personal care needs.  Applicant will also be expected to help with general day to day running and cleaning of the Pre-school.

HOW TO APPLY – Forward CV to Slievegallioncommunityplaygroup@outlook.com.

Closing date is Monday 20th September.

 

FAMILY FUN DAY

Ballinascreen G.A.C. Club is holding a Family Fun Day on Sunday 19th September from 2 pm to 5 pm in memory of Gracie-Mae Corrigan Bradley.  Activities include football cage, balloon modelling and face painting, petting zoo and splash board.  BBQ, tea and coffee, tuck shop, ice cream, slushies available.  Free Admission.  All donations on the day greatly appreciated and will go towards the Children’s Heartbeat Trust.  Free parking.  Everyone welcome.

 

DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 24th September from 11 am – 12.45 pm.  Cakes, tray bakes, scones and tea/coffee provided.  Social distancing will be observed.

Rhythm and Rhyme Sessions for Mums and Tots will begin on Friday 17th September at 11.30 am.  Booking essential as numbers are limited.  To book, phone 028 7962 8249 on Tuesdays, Fridays or Saturdays.

Library opening hours are:  Tuesdays 2 pm – 8 pm; Fridays 10 am – 1 pm and 1.30 pm to 5 pm; Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm and 1.30 pm – 4 pm.  Tea and newspapers on Friday afternoons resume on 10th September.  Adult Book Club will resume, but with restricted numbers due to covid regulations.  Members may contact staff regarding booking a seat.  NO Rhythm and Rhyme sessions.  Books being returned, no longer need to be left in foyer – adults and children may return them to the issue desk.

 

   LOUGH DERG 2021

Guided Pilgrimages on the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path will be offered on Sunday 12th, Wednesday 15th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 26th September and Sunday 3rd October, with Mass outdoors, weather permitting.  The full route is a 12 km loop, with a shorter 8 km option.  Advance booking is essential.  For further information email info@loughderg.org  or telephone 00353 71 9861518.  Visit www.loughderg.org .  Lough Derg Pilgrim Path, Pettigo, Co. Donegal F94 N289.

 

ANAM CARA – SUPPORTING PARENTS AFTER BEREAVEMENT

Anam Cara would like to invite you to join us for an online Bereavement Information and Support Evening taking place on 16th September at 7 pm.  This event will give you an opportunity to hear a bereavement professional talk about the difficult challenges and many milestones grieving a child of any age has on you and your family.  If you would like to join us, please register here: https://bit.ly/3Dzyphc or contact us on info@anamcara.ie or tel. 028 9521 3120.  Visit:  www.anamcara.ie

 

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.  Applications for the Autumn intake close 30th September 2021.  If you require any further information, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 028 7126 4087 or email tferry@derrydiocese.org.

 

DROMANTINE RETREAT CENTRE

The following Retreat and Workshops will be offered by Fr. Hugh Lagan SMA:

‘Called by a New Name’ Retreat – Refocus, recharge and reconnect in a post-pandemic world.  Sunday 3rd October at 5 pm to Friday 8th October at 9.30 am.  Cost £420 / €490.

‘Broken Open’ Workshop – How difficult times can help us grow.  Friday 19th November at 5 pm to Sunday 21st November at 2 pm.  Cost £200 / €230.

For enquiries and reservations, tel. 028 3082 1964.  Email: admin@dromantineconference.com

 

PARISH ANNIVERSARY MASS

If parishioners in Desertmartin and Ballinascreen wish to have their loved one prayed for at the 11 am Mass in Coolcalm or the 7.30 pm Mass in Holy Rosary on Friday, phone the Desertmartin Parish Office answering machine on 028 7939 7047 or email desertmartinparish@gmail.com by 12 noon on Thursday of the relevant week.  These Masses from Coolcalm and the Holy Rosary may be viewed on the respective Parish webcams.

For Coolcalm go to www.desertmartinparish.com and click on the blue webcam button.

For Holy Rosary, go to www.parishofballinascreen.com and click on the word ‘webcams’ in yellow.

 

COOLCALM AND KEENAUGHT OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER

St. Mary’s, Coolcalm, will be open for private prayer and to light candles this week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and FRIDAY from 11 am to 2 pm.

St. Patrick’s, Keenaught, will be open for private prayer and to light candles this week on Thursday and FRIDAY from 11 am to 2 pm.

You must wear a face covering while entering and leaving the church.  Also, please use hand sanitiser at the door.  When you call into the church please pick up a coloured card at the door on the way to your seat.  When you have finished praying please leave the card behind on your seat.  That seat will be cleaned later in the day.  Do not sit on a seat where a card has been left behind.  Thank you.

 

NUMBERS ATTENDING SUNDAY MASSES IN KEENAUGHT AND COOLCALM

In Desertmartin and Ballinascreen anyone may attend Sunday Mass inSt. Patrick’s, Keenaught; St. Columba’s, Straw; St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena and Holy Rosary, Draperstown.

The 2-week townland area rota continues in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm for Sunday Masses.

 

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 be 62 hours after the start time.  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: 5th September 2021

PARISH BULLETIN – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 5th September 2021

 

SUNDAY MASSES

VIGIL MASS

St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena:                5 pm

Holy Rosary, Draperstown:                6.15 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

Holy Rosary, Draperstown:               12 noon [webcam]

 

DAILY MASS TIMES FOR THIS WEEK

Holy Rosary Church:  Monday and Wednesday ~ 11 am.  Friday ~ 7.30 pm.

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

 

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

____________________________________________________________

 

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

____________________________________________________________

 

DEATHS AND ANNIVERSARIES

Please remember in your prayers:

 

Fr. Patsy Mullan, priest of the Derry Diocese who died during the week.

 

Patrick Gormley, Colm Higgins, Monsignor Ignatius McQuillan, John Rogers, Patricia McGreevy and James McAuley who died recently.

 

Joseph McGuckin whose Month’s Mind occurs at this time.

 

Baby Mary Henry whose First Anniversary occurs at this time.

 

Gerard McCann, Charlie Higgins, Mary Anne Walls, Tommy Shiels, Maureen McNally, Michael McGurk, Thomas McPeake, Mary McPeake, Eddie Walls and Jim O’Hagan whose anniversaries occur at this time.

 

The 11 am Mass on Thursday 9th September will be offered for the Deceased Members of the Derry Diocesan Society.

 

____________________________________________________________

 

BAPTISM

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

Annie Rose Shaw, 44B Iniscarn Road and Pádraig Francis Spiers, 18A Cullion Road.

 

 

THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £851.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £15.00.

Pope’s Collection envelopes:  £5.00  (total so far:  £487.00).

 

Those who contribute with a church collection envelope, you are welcome to return them at any parish Mass or put them through the Parochial House letterbox.

 

ST. VINCENT de PAUL

If you would like to make a donation, please put it in an envelope marked ‘St. Vincent de Paul’ and put the envelope through the letterbox at the Parochial House.  Thank you.

 

 

PARISH ENVELOPES ~ YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Boxes of new Collection Envelopes are being distributed around the Parish.  Any people who are earning and haven’t had a box of envelopes before, please contact the Parish Office (028 7939 7047) and a box can be prepared for you.  Thank you for your financial support in the running of the Parish.

Anyone who contributes to the Parish, you may wish to consider using Direct Debit.  If so, please contact the Parish Office (Thursday 10.30 am to 3 pm) or Fr. McGirr for a form.

We would like you to also consider joining the Gift Aid system through which the Parish can receive from the government an amount equal to 25% of your contributions to the Parish at no extra cost to you.  Gift Aid forms are available at the Parish Office or from Fr. McGirr.  Please consider signing up to Gift Aid, it’s a crucial source of financial help to the Parish.

 

 

PASTORAL VISITATION OF THE SICK

Following the easing of the coronavirus restrictions, Fr. Madden and Fr. McGirr hope to resume the Visitation of the Sick beginning in October.  There will be no monthly visitation as in the past and they will not be visiting parishioners by area.  It is still not safe to go from house to house visiting the sick and the vulnerable on rote.  They will make prior arrangements and over the course of the next few months hope to visit each person on the list twice.  Therefore, they would greatly appreciate it if those who would like them to call would get a member of their family to email the parish at desertmartinparish@gmail.com or ballinascreenparish@gmail.com giving name, address, and contact details of the person on the list and one delegated family member and their contact details if different.  Those who would prefer no visit at this time should feel absolutely free to say so.  Their wishes and those of their family will be respected.

If at any time you think a visit from the priest is needed, please contact Fr. Madden on 028 7962 8376 or Fr. McGirr on 028 7963 2196.

 

SEASON OF CREATION ~ ‘A Home for All?  Restoring Our Common Home’

Pope Francis established 1st September as World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation following the publication of the encyclical Laudato si’ in 2015.  The Season of Creation or Creation Time, is marked throughout the Christian world from 1st September to 4th October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi), celebrating the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.  The Diocese of Derry is encouraging parishes, schools and families to reflect on what they can do to protect the environment around us all.  Nature walks, planting seeds, collecting rubbish or recycling are examples of worthwhile environmental projects.  For more ideas, initiatives, prayers, liturgies and news articles on the theme please see the diocesan social media channels and derrydiocese.org/season-of-creation

 

KNOCKNAGIN HALL COMMITTEE

Monday 6th September ~ Desertmartin Walk for Health Group will meet at the Hall on Knocknagin Road at 7 pm (please note time change).  Come along and join in for chat, fun, exercise and friendship.

Tuesday 7th September ~ Join us for Exercise and Line-Dancing with Thomasina in the Hall at 11.30 am.  Admission £4.

Wednesday 15th September ~ Gardening with Mary Doris (Seed Sowing).

Wednesday 22nd September ~ Gardening with Mary Doris (Bulb Planting).

Come along and join in session from 7 pm – 8 pm.  Admission £3.

Due to Covid restrictions, it is important to register for sessions as numbers are Limited.  Contact Kathleen on 077 6427 7809, Anne on 028 7964 2711 or Olive on 078 8761 4094.

 

DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 24th September from 11 am – 12.45 pm.  Cakes, tray bakes, scones and tea/coffee provided.  Social distancing will be observed.

Rhythm and Rhyme Sessions for Mums and Tots will begin on Friday 17th September at 11.30 am.  Booking essential as numbers are limited.  To book, phone 028 7962 8249 on Tuesdays, Fridays or Saturdays.

Library opening hours are:  Tuesdays 2 pm – 8 pm; Fridays 10 am – 1 pm and 1.30 pm to 5 pm; Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm and 1.30 pm – 4 pm.  Tea and newspapers on Friday afternoons resume on 10th September.  Adult Book Club will resume, but with restricted numbers due to covid regulations.  Members may contact staff regarding booking a seat.  NO Rhythm and Rhyme sessions.  Books being returned, no longer need to be left in foyer – adults and children may return them to the issue desk.

 

   LOUGH DERG 2021

Guided Pilgrimages on the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path will be offered on Sunday 12th, Wednesday 15th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 26th September and Sunday 3rd October, with Mass outdoors, weather permitting.  The full route is a 12 km loop, with a shorter 8 km option.  Advance booking is essential.  For further information email info@loughderg.org  or telephone 00353 71 9861518.  Visit www.loughderg.org .  Lough Derg Pilgrim Path, Pettigo, Co. Donegal F94 N289.

 

PREPARING FOR MARRIAGE?  CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER

A Zoom online Marriage Preparation course is planned for 11th – 12th September 2021.  This 2-day course is a positive way of preparing for Marriage where you will discover how you can enrich your future relationship.  For further information or booking, visit: marriageencounter.ie or tel. 028 2763 8512.

 

ANAM CARA – SUPPORTING PARENTS AFTER BEREAVEMENT

Anam Cara would like to invite you to join us for an online Bereavement Information and Support Evening taking place on 16th September at 7 pm.  This event will give you an opportunity to hear a bereavement professional talk about the difficult challenges and many milestones grieving a child of any age has on you and your family.  If you would like to join us, please register here: https://bit.ly/3Dzyphc or contact us on info@anamcara.ie or tel. 028 9521 3120.  Visit:  www.anamcara.ie

 

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.  Applications for the Autumn intake close 30th September 2021.  If you require any further information, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 028 7126 4087 or email tferry@derrydiocese.org.

 

DROMANTINE RETREAT CENTRE

The following Retreat and Workshops will be offered by Fr. Hugh Lagan SMA:

‘Called by a New Name’ Retreat – Refocus, recharge and reconnect in a post-pandemic world.  Sunday 3rd October at 5 pm to Friday 8th October at 9.30 am.  Cost £420 / €490.

‘Broken Open’ Workshop – How difficult times can help us grow.  Friday 19th November at 5 pm to Sunday 21st November at 2 pm.  Cost £200 / €230.

For enquiries and reservations, tel. 028 3082 1964.  Email: admin@dromantineconference.com

 

PARISH ANNIVERSARY MASS

If parishioners in Desertmartin and Ballinascreen wish to have their loved one prayed for at the 11 am Mass in Coolcalm or the 7.30 pm Mass in Holy Rosary on Friday, phone the Desertmartin Parish Office answering machine on 028 7939 7047 or email desertmartinparish@gmail.com by 12 noon on Thursday of the relevant week.  These Masses from Coolcalm and the Holy Rosary may be viewed on the respective Parish webcams.

For Coolcalm go to www.desertmartinparish.com and click on the blue webcam button.

For Holy Rosary, go to www.parishofballinascreen.com and click on the word ‘webcams’ in yellow.

 

COOLCALM AND KEENAUGHT OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER

St. Mary’s, Coolcalm, will be open for private prayer and to light candles this week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and FRIDAY from 11 am to 2 pm.

St. Patrick’s, Keenaught, will be open for private prayer and to light candles this week on Thursday and FRIDAY from 11 am to 2 pm.

You must wear a face covering while entering and leaving the church.  Also, please use hand sanitiser at the door.  When you call into the church please pick up a coloured card at the door on the way to your seat.  When you have finished praying please leave the card behind on your seat.  That seat will be cleaned later in the day.  Do not sit on a seat where a card has been left behind.  Thank you.

 

NUMBERS ATTENDING SUNDAY MASSES IN KEENAUGHT AND COOLCALM

In Desertmartin and Ballinascreen anyone may attend Sunday Mass inSt. Patrick’s, Keenaught; St. Columba’s, Straw; St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena and Holy Rosary, Draperstown.

The 2-week townland area rota continues in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm for Sunday Masses.

 

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 be 62 hours after the start time.  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: 29th August 2021

PARISH BULLETIN – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 29th August 2021

 

SUNDAY MASSES

VIGIL MASS

St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena:                5 pm

Holy Rosary, Draperstown:                6.15 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

Holy Rosary, Draperstown:               12 noon [webcam]

 

DAILY MASS TIMES FOR THIS WEEK

Holy Rosary Church:  Monday and Wednesday ~ 11 am.  Friday ~ 7.30 pm.

 

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

 

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

____________________________________________________________

 

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

____________________________________________________________

 

DEATHS AND ANNIVERSARIES

Please remember in your prayers:

 

Patrick Gormley, 96 Tobermore Road; Colm Higgins, Maghera; Alex McBride, Cookstown and Monsignor Ignatius McQuillan who were buried during the week.

 

John Rogers, Patricia McGreevy, James McAuley, John Murray, Margaret Layden, Conor Donaghy and Conor Devine who died recently.

 

Gerry O’Hagan whose Month’s Mind occurs at this time.

 

Mary Woulahan whose First Anniversary occurs at this time.

 

Danny MacOscar, Patrick O’Neill and Hubert Murray whose anniversaries occur at this time.

 

MONTH’S MIND MASS

The Month’s Mind Mass for Joseph McGuckin, 53 Tirgan Road, will be celebrated on Friday 3rd September at 11 am in St. Mary’s Church, Coolcalm.

 

____________________________________________________________

 

BAPTISM

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

Michael Terence Foley, 6 Moorside Villas.

 

 

THANK YOU for your generous contributions to the Parish.

Last Week:

Sunday Collection/Priests’ Collection envelopes:  £925.00.

Restoration Fund envelopes:  £45.00.

Pope’s Collection envelopes:  £5.00  (total so far:  £482.00).

 

Those who contribute with a church collection envelope, you are welcome to return them at any parish Mass or put them through the Parochial House letterbox.

Many thanks to all who have dropped in parish envelopes or established standing orders.  Your generosity is vital to the parish and is appreciated very, very much.

 

ST. VINCENT de PAUL

If you would like to make a donation, please put it in an envelope marked ‘St. Vincent de Paul’ and put the envelope through the letterbox at the Parochial House.  Thank you.

 

SEASON OF CREATION ~ ‘A Home for All?  Restoring Our Common Home’

Pope Francis established 1st September as World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation following the publication of the encyclical Laudato si’ in 2015.  The Season of Creation or Creation Time, is marked throughout the Christian world from 1st September to 4th October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi), celebrating the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.  The Diocese of Derry is encouraging parishes, schools and families to reflect on what they can do to protect the environment around us all.  Nature walks, planting seeds, collecting rubbish or recycling are examples of worthwhile environmental projects.  For more ideas, initiatives, prayers, liturgies and news articles on the theme please see the diocesan social media channels and derrydiocese.org/season-of-creation

 

RE-OPENING OF SCHOOLS

We welcome back staff and pupils to all of our schools this week and we ask God to bless everyone as they begin another school year.  Hopefully, this year will be less disrupted by Covid 19 than the past eighteen months have been.

We welcome Mr. Liam Kearney as the new Acting-Principal of St. Columb’s P.S., Cullion.  We wish Mr. Kearney well as he takes up his post in the school on Wednesday, 1st September.  We also thank the outgoing Acting-Principal, Miss Patricia Carr, for all her teaching talents, energy, care and time she shared with the school community over the past few years.

St. Colm’s High School begins its Diamond Jubilee this week, the school having opened in September 1961.  We wish the school’s new principal Ms. Sinead McAllister and all the staff and pupils many blessings in this anniversary year. Covid 19 not-withstanding we hope to celebrate this milestone appropriately during the Jubilee Year.

 

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.  Also, 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 from 6 pm to 9 pm and a Saturday from 10 am to 12 noon.

 

KNOCKNAGIN HALL COMMITTEE

Monday 30th August ~ Desertmartin Walk for Health Group will meet at the Hall on Knocknagin Road at 7 pm (please note time change).  Come along and join in for chat, fun, exercise and friendship.

Tuesday 31st August ~ Join us for Exercise and Line-Dancing with Thomasina in the Hall at 11.30 am.  Admission £4.

Wednesday 1st September ~ Gardening with Mary Doris.  Week 1:  ‘Grow your Own’ in raised beds/containers.  Week 2:  ‘Planting Containers for Autumn Colour’.  Come along and join in session from 7 pm – 8 pm.  Admission £3.

Due to Covid restrictions, it is important to register for sessions as numbers are Limited.  Contact Kathleen on 077 6427 7809, Anne on 028 7964 2711 or Olive on 078 8761 4094.

 

DRAPERSTOWN LIBRARY

From Monday 6th September, Library opening hours will be:  Tuesdays 2 pm – 8 pm, Fridays 10 am – 1 pm and 1.30 pm to 5 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm and 1.30 pm – 4 pm.  Tea and newspapers on Friday afternoons resume on 10th September.  Adult Book Club will resume, but with restricted numbers due to covid regulations.  Members may contact staff regarding booking a seat.  NO Rhythm and Rhyme sessions.  Books being returned, no longer need to be left in foyer – adults and children may return them to the issue desk.

 

   ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY

Alzheimer’s Society is delivering a Virtual Dementia Information Program across the Northern Trust area in August and September.  There will be 4 information talks from professionals about topics relevant to people affected by dementia, with an opportunity for people to ask questions.  Attendees need to book on to the sessions, this can be done by contacting Lisa Hendley, Dementia Support Worker, Mid-Ulster on 077 3019 5234 or email at lisa.hendley@alzheimers.org.uk . Attendees can attend all 4 sessions or pick and choose which they feel are relevant to them:

Friday 20th August ~ 10.30 am – 11.30 am ~ What is Dementia? with Dr. Ronan Kehoe, Consultant Old Age Liaison Psychiatrist, NHSCT.

Friday 27th August ~ 10.30 am – 11.30 am ~ Legal and Financial Issues with Lisa Mallon, Alzheimer’s Society, and Michael Graham, Solicitor with Cleaver, Fulton and Rankin.

Friday 3rd September ~ 10.30 am – 11.30 am ~ Dementia and Changes in Behaviours with Anne Marie Stewart, NHSCT Dementia Home Support Team.

Friday 10th September ~ 10.30 am – 11.30 am ~ NHSCT Memory Service and the role of the Dementia Navigator with Tom Brannigan, Dementia Navigator with NHSCT Memory Service.

If you wish to speak to someone about dementia, please contact Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support Line on 0333 150 3456.  Opening hours: 9 am – 8 pm Monday to Wednesday.  9 am – 5 pm Thursday and Friday.  10 am – 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.

 

   LOUGH DERG 2021

The Lough Derg Pilgrim Path on the lough shore is now open daily.  The full route is a 12 km loop, with a shorter 8 km option, and several information boards highlight features of particular interest.  Leaflets are available at the Visitors Centre.  Dates for Guided Walk Experiences will follow for late August and early September.  For bookings and further information, email info@loughderg.org  or telephone 00353 71 9861518.  Visit www.loughderg.org  Derg Pilgrim Path, Pettigo, Co. Donegal F94 N289

 

PREPARING FOR MARRIAGE?  CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER

A Zoom online Marriage Preparation course is planned for 11th – 12th September 2021.  This 2-day course is a positive way of preparing for Marriage where you will discover how you can enrich your future relationship.  For further information or booking, visit: marriageencounter.ie or tel. 028 2763 8512.

 

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.  Applications for the Autumn intake close 30th September 2021.  If you require any further information, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 028 7126 4087 or email tferry@derrydiocese.org.

 

DROMANTINE RETREAT CENTRE

The following Retreat and Workshops will be offered by Fr. Hugh Lagan SMA:

‘Called by a New Name’ Retreat – Refocus, recharge and reconnect in a post-pandemic world.  Sunday 3rd October 5 pm to Friday 8th October at 9.30 am.  Cost £420 / €490.

‘Broken Open’ Workshop – How difficult times can help us grow.  Friday 19th November at 5 pm to Sunday 21st November at 2 pm.  Cost £200 / €230.

For enquiries and reservations, tel. 028 3082 1964.  Email: admin@dromantineconference.com

 

PARISH ANNIVERSARY MASS

If parishioners in Desertmartin and Ballinascreen wish to have their loved one prayed for at the 11 am Mass in Coolcalm or the 7.30 pm Mass in Holy Rosary on Friday, phone the Desertmartin Parish Office answering machine on 028 7939 7047 or email desertmartinparish@gmail.com by 12 noon on Thursday of the relevant week.  These Masses from Coolcalm and the Holy Rosary may be viewed on the respective Parish webcams.

For Coolcalm go to www.desertmartinparish.com and click on the blue webcam button.

For Holy Rosary, go to www.parishofballinascreen.com and click on the word ‘webcams’ in yellow.

 

COOLCALM AND KEENAUGHT OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER

St. Mary’s, Coolcalm, will be open for private prayer and to light candles this week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and FRIDAY from 11 am to 2 pm.

St. Patrick’s, Keenaught, will be open for private prayer and to light candles this week on Thursday and FRIDAY from 11 am to 2 pm.

You must wear a face covering while entering and leaving the church.  Also, please use hand sanitiser at the door.  When you call into the church please pick up a coloured card at the door on the way to your seat.  When you have finished praying please leave the card behind on your seat.  That seat will be cleaned later in the day.  Do not sit on a seat where a card has been left behind.  Thank you.

 

NUMBERS ATTENDING SUNDAY MASSES IN KEENAUGHT AND COOLCALM

In Desertmartin and Ballinascreen anyone may attend Sunday Mass inSt. Patrick’s, Keenaught; St. Columba’s, Straw; St. Eugene’s, Moneyneena and Holy Rosary, Draperstown.

The 2-week townland area rota continues in St. Mary’s, Coolcalm for Sunday Masses.

 

THE NET – JULY-AUGUST 2021

Sharing the fruits of the faith in the Derry Diocese. With Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the July-August edition of ‘The Net’ will only be available on the Diocesan website – https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-net-july-august-2021

However, the publication will be available again in parishes when the restrictions are lifted.

For coverage of faith stories just email editorthenet15@gmail.com.

Coverage in this month’s edition includes:

  • Search family bond still strong despite Covid enforced separation

  • Newtownstewart P7 Award in memory of Fr. Stephen Kearney

  • First Diocesan Youth Ministry Scholarship ends with day of celebration

  • Fan the Flame celebration

  • Southern sacramental situation – Bishop Donal

  • Young writers share thoughts on…

            *Benefits of prayer in facing life’s challenges

            *Impact of social media

            *The faith of ‘Doubting’ Thomas

            *Pope’s call to ‘be like Peter and Paul, free but humble’

            *Is Catholic Education worth keeping in Northern Ireland?

            *The gift of older people in our lives

  • Celebration of Grandparents and the Elderly

  • Termonbacca to host Youth 2000 summer festival

  • Cast your burdens at ‘Blessed Is She’ retreat by Aoife O’Neill

  • Preparing for Season of Creation by Patricia McCormack

  • Mass rocks powerful reminder of ancestors’ sacrifices to preserve the faith – Glenshane, Leckpatrick and Granaghan

  • Réalt na Mara – Irish Section by Fr. Oliver Crilly

  • Bellaghy celebrates Mgr. Andy Dolan’s Golden Jubilee

  • Ballinascreen mark 100th anniversary of late Fr. Michael Collins’ ordination

  • Sacristan shares childhood memory of Fr. Collins

  • Thornhill celebrates Golden Jubilee of Fr. Colum Clerkin

  • Neal Carlin, founder of Columba Community, laid to rest

  • Tribute to Fr. Neal by Mary O’Donnell

  • Drumquin celebrates Fr. Kevin Mullan’s Golden Jubilee

  • Last 40 years have been a blessing – Fr. Michael Canny

  • We are born to live in The Divine Will – Emma Devine

  • Life’s tapestry – A tribute to late Fr. Brian O’Donnell by Fr. Malachy Gallagher

  • Mike Spain OCD reflects on 40-year ministry that led him back to Derry

  • Stephen Quinn shares vision for future ministry of Carmelites in Derry

  • Bearing witness to Jesus – the Way, the Truth and the Life – Pope Paul VI

  • One of the reasons we still have our faith by Michael Devlin

  • Discarded Stations of the Cross restored and multiplied thanks to two faith friends

  • Reflections on Pope’s prayer intentions for July and August by Bishop Donal

  • Celebrating St. Maria Goretti and the power of forgiveness by Mary McMenamin

  • Pope Francis and his critics by Fr. Stephen Quinn OCD

  • Where have the treasures gone? by Vera McFadden

  • Rejoice and be glad by Fr. Johnny Doherty CSsR

  • Fun and Games by Fr. John McLaughlin SSR

  • Children’s Catechism Club – C3 by Veronica Harley

  • Quiz Time with Lawrence

 

 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 be 62 hours after the start time.  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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