Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 12thNovember 2017
LONG TOWER S.O.S.
SOS – SAVING OUR STONEWORK! This week we are appealing to our promotors who have unsold tickets to return them to the Parish Office as soon as possible as we have a waiting list of people looking to purchase them.
Baptisms We welcome: Kyron Anthony Lynch, 3 Brandywell Avenue.
Rest in Peace We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Patrick Doherty, 101 Lisfannon Park, Patrick Canning, 3 Alexandra Memorial Cottages
Annual Solemn Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Nine Sundays before Christmas in Long Tower Church at 6.00pm. The theme of this year’s novena, in this ‘Mary, Mother of the Family’. Each night will comprise of the Rosary, Novena prayer and petitions, talk given by various guest speakers and ceremony of healing with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. This week’s speaker is Mattie Harte he is the Director of Youth Ministry in the parish of Athenry in the Archdiocese of Tuam. A native of Ballygawley in Co. Tyrone, he is the Son of Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte. Tonight he will be speaking about not only his own journey of faith but also his work as director of Youth ministry. We are delighted to welcome him and his wife Catherine to St Columba’s Church, Longtower. We encourage everybody, including those in particular need of healing in their lives, to come along. The Novena can also be a way of spiritually preparing to celebrate the feast of Christmas and a source of blessing on our parish, our families and all those whom we love. Novena Collection will be taken up this week, 12th November.
Please pray for the members of the Derry Youth Community who will be leading Children’s Liturgy, delivering ‘Youth Alpha’ in the local secondary schools, preparing for Retreats and visiting parish schools.
Do It Yourself Retreat – 33 Days to Morning Glory Why not do your 33 day retreat each day in the Adoration Chapel in Pump Street. The chapel is open Monday to Saturday, 9.00am to 6.00pm. Free Novena Books available in the Parish Office, Pump Street and Long Tower Church.
Holy Family Parish Divine Mercy Pilgrimage To Poland 22-27th May 2018 Flying Belfast—Krakow. Cost £718 (hold baggage extra) Savings scheme Thursday nights 8-9pm at Holy Family Parochial House. Deposit £100 Spiritual director Fr P O’Kane Tel.71267070 or 07732468511
‘DO THIS IN MEMORY’ – FIRST COMMUNION PROGRAMME
The next Do This in Memory Mass is on Sunday, 26th November at 12 noon
Arriving in the church. Usually when we come into God’s house we bow our heads or go down on one knee. This is called “genuflection”. It shows respect and love for Jesus. We genuflect or bow in front of the tabernacle, the special place where Jesus is present at all times. The tabernacle may be behind the altar or to one side of it. There will be a red light near the tabernacle, called the Sanctuary Lamp. This light tells us that Jesus, the Blessed Sacrament, is present inside. The Blessed Sacrament is another name for Jesus.
Final call – Free Training Course for Carers of people with Dementia to be held in Strabane and Derry. Starting 9 Nov in Bishops Gate Hotel, Derry, and other venues for four weeks (3 hours per week ) Please note this free training will no longer be available after December 2017 . To register please email email@example.com or call 07484507178
Can You Help Us Address The Need For Food In This City: The Pantry Project is a project of The Churches Trust. It was established as a crisis response to meet the needs of people (individuals and families) who for one reason or another find themselves in a situation of extreme hardship. The Churches Trust collect food donations and work with community hubs to distribute food parcels to those in need. People from all walks of life have accessed our project. We would appreciate if you could bring non-perishable goods to the church this weekend. Flyers about the project are available at the back of the church. The Churches Trust will arrange to pick-up the food from the church. If you would like to know more about the Pantry Project, please call The Churches Trust on 7131 1322.
Due to Holy Family Parish’s Annual Novena to Our Lady on a Monday night, the Padre Pio prayer group’s Christmas meeting, will be held on Tuesday 14th November in the Holy Family Church, Ballymagroarty, starting with Mass at 7.15pm. There will be a 1st class relic at the meeting. Everyone is welcome.
St Mary’s College are holding a Special Mass this Wednesday at 7.00 pm in the College for deceased past pupils, staff and governors. If you would like your loved one to be remembered during the Mass please contact 71362154.
St Mary’s College will hold its annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 25th November from 11.00am – 4.00pm. With over 70 local craft stalls, live entertainment and much more. Everyone is welcome!! Entry: Child – 50p & Adult – £1.00
LAST WEEK’S ENVELOPE COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £2734.00
LAST WEEK’S RENOVATION COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £701.00
Thornhill Ministries, Mozart’s Requiem: An Appreciation – Series of 3 Wednesdays from 8.00 to 9.30pm, beginning 8 November. In this short series, there will be an opportunity to investigate the musical language, orchestration, timbres used and tonal colours that combine to make this setting of the Requiem so astounding. It may be a help to have some basic skill in following a musical score, although this is not essential. Suggested Offering: £20 for series.
Alcohol Awareness Week ‘Alcohol and Families’ – 13-19 November. Al-Anon Family Groups and Alateen meetings provide a safe and confidential environment for anybody who is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking. For a copy of the Al-Anon publication ‘Families Surviving Alcoholism’ or for information about the help available and availability of meetings, please contact Colette on 028 9068 2368
The Foyle Yarnspinners will meet on Monday 18th November at 7.30pm in Verbal Arts Centre Bishop St. Guest this month is Martin Sweeney.
St Cecilia’s College would like to invite parents and friends to its Annual Rickety Wheel and Craft Fair on Thursday, 30th November from 7-9pm. Santa will also be visiting the school that evening. Fantastic Prizes to be won As part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations there will also be a photographic exhibition on display with images of pupils and the school throughout the last half century. All welcome. Venue: St Cecilia’s College, Bligh’s Lane.
Crib Festival, Thornhill House, Derry – A truly inspirational event with all sorts of cribs (creative, contemporary, traditional and in Augmented/Virtual Reality): Friday 24th November 12.00 to 6.30 pm and Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th November 10.30 am to 6.00 pm. Proceeds in support of the work of Thornhill Ministries.
Concern – Fundraising Auction Local supporters of Concern Worldwide are holding an auction of Art on Thursday 7 December at 8pm in The Playhouse, Derry. If any artists wish to donate pieces they can leave them at the Concern Bookshop, Ferryquay Street, Derry, or call 07894 813724 to arrange collection.
Christmas Dinner Dance in Pilot’s Row Centre on Sunday, 3rd December. Tickets are now on sale priced at £7.00 each.
Prayer to keep the presence of God.
Lord, God Almighty, you have brought us safely to this day. Defend us today by your mighty power, so that we may not fall into any sin, and that all our words may so proceed and all our thoughts and actions be so directed as to be always just in your sight. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.