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Saint Columba’s Church
Long Tower

Pray for Peace

Pope Francis recently called on all the faithful to"persevere in prayer for those situations of tension and conflict that continue in different parts of the world, especially in the Middle East and in the Ukraine"

Mass for Persecuted Christians

On Friday 8th August 2014, the 7.30pm Mass in St. Columba’s Church will be offered for peace in the Middle East and for persecuted Christians.  This Mass provides an opportunity for parishioners to pray for an end to hatred and violence in Israel, Gaza, Syria and Iraq.  A collection will be taken up at this Mass to support the work of Trócaire and their partners as they endeavour to bring assistance to the injured, bereaved and displaced in the region.  All are welcome to attend.   

Might you attach these prayers to your fridge door during these weeks?

12:00noon Prayer for Peace in the Middle East
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  (St. Francis of Assisi)

6:00pm Prayer for Persecuted Christians
May the Lord support us all the day long, til the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace.  (Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman)
Night Prayer for Families
God our Father, I come to say: thank you for your love today, thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me. Guard me in the dark of night and in the morning send your light.


St. Columba Heritage Centre


Dear Parishioners, the new St. Columba Heritage Centre is now open and welcoming visitors to discover the fascinating story of Colmcille alongside the history of ‘The Wee Nun’s School’. Situated in the grounds of the Long Tower Church, the centre offers educational entertainment for all the family that includes quizzes and games, rubbings and children’s costumes in a fantastic hands-on exhibition. The perfect place to spend a few hours during the holidays!
For more info: 02871 368491 or online at


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