Feast of Christ the King 24th November 2019
Anniversary & Month’s Mind Masses
Mass will be offered for the following people on the occasion of an Anniversary or Month’s Mind. We remember them, their family and loved ones in our prayers.
Sunday 24th November 12.00noon Tony McDaid
Monday 25th November 7.30pm Kate Kennedy
Tuesday 26th November 7.30pm Knights of St. Columbanus (deceased)
Wednesday 27th November 7.30pm Ann Coyle
Thursday 28th November 7.30pm Nana & Jim Melly
Friday 29th November 10.00am Legion of Mary (deceased)
Friday 29th November 7.30pm Patrick McAnee
Saturday 30th November 10.00am Liam McGuinness
Saturday 30th November 6.00pm Patrick Gorman
Rest In Peace: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of; Aidan Barrett- Formerly Sunbeam Terrace
Baptisms: We welcome: Rían McChrystal & Shane McNamee
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 the Novena is; ‘As we seek Mary’s help in caring for our common home, this planet earth’. Each night will comprise of the Rosary, Novena prayer and petitions, a talk given by various guest speakers & ceremony of healing with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. This Sunday 24th November our speaker is Briege O’Hare. Briege is married with two grown up daughters. She was trained by the Jesuits in Dublin and has a MA in pastoral theology and a certificate in counselling from QUB. She helped establish ‘well.com’ with Rev Alan Lorimer and is currently based in Belfast. Briege has worked in spiritual direction and adult faith development for 20 years and is also the author of two books. We welcome her to the Long Tower as we continue our Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. 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.
2019 Long Tower SOS DRAW. The final draw will take place on Monday 2nd December at 6pm in the Parochial House. We would appreciate any outstanding draw returns are left in Parish Office no later than Tuesday 27th November.
LAST WEEK’S ENVELOPE COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £1822.00
LAST WEEK’S RENOVATION COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £552.00
Fr. Aidan gratefully acknowledges with thanks the individual donation of £300.00 to the Longtower SOS Project.
In Memory Programme
The ‘Do This In Memory’ Mass for those children who are celebrating their First Communion this year will take place this Sunday, 24th November at 12 noon.
Mass Begins: The opening parts of the Mass are called the introductory Rites. When the priest arrives at the alter he kisses it. This is a sign of respect. He then goes to the special chair which is near the altar. We call this the “Presiders Chair”. The priest leads us in prayer from this chair. We all make the sign of the cross together. This is the way we begin almost all our prayers. The priest then says “The Lord be with you” and we answer by saying “And with your spirit”. This is a special way of greeting us and reminds us that God is always with us. The priest then introduces the Penitential Act.
“You will be with me in paradise.”
It truly feels, more than ever, that the life and times of Jesus continues to reflect its light and power into our lives at every moment. If we allow ourselves to feel what he felt and hear what he is saying through his words of wisdom, then we permit our sacred master to teach us and transmute the condition of our hearts as we move through this anointed life. Therefore, it is not negative to feel that none of us will escape what he experienced throughout his life, as that was his divine purpose – to teach and guide us by example – from the joys of birth to his suffering on the cross. His symbolic messages deepen in us the capacity to trust and have faith in Him – shedding doubt, fear and darkness from our hearts. May we further open ourselves to the beauty of the Kingdom, joining his divine purpose with ours – loving and helping each other as creators of peace in the paradise of His heart. Reference/ Further reading; Luke 23:35-43
Christmas Mass Bouquets are now available from the Parish Office or the Sacristy
Long Tower Christmas Cards are now available from Parish Office or the Sacristy. Cost is £4.00 for a packet of 12 cards each containing 4 different images from stained glass windows in Long Tower Church.
The Annual SVDP Collection will be taken up at all Masses over the weekend of the 7th/8th December. Thank you for your continued support.
Toy Appeal for St. Vincent De Paul. As in previous years we as a Parish once again would like to help SVDP with the collection of toys for distribution within our Community. We have gift tags for different age groups which are available for collection from the Church and Parish office. Once you purchase a gift you can leave it in the Sacristy or the Parish office (unwrapped) together with the tag. Thank you for your continuing support.
Trócaire- Gifts of Love. ‘If you want to help make the world a better place this Christmas, and to give a gift that shows how much you care… then please, give a Trócaire Gift of Love. Available from the Trócaire Belfast Office, online at www.trocaire.org/gifts or by Tel: 0800 912 1200. Thank you for your support’. Gift brochures are available in Church or from Parish Office.
Mass in honour of Blessed Alexandrina will be held in Termonbacca this Sunday the 24th November at 7:30 pm. Mass for the Sick will take place in Termonbacca, on Tuesday 26th November at 7.30 p.m. Everyone welcome.
St Mary’s Creggan, Fifty years since the start of the troubles- Evenings of reflection to walk the journey towards healing. On Tuesday 26th November at 8pm in our community room, Johann Coyle and Alan McBride from WAVE will give some insight into the diverse range of work that WAVE is committed to both locally and across Northern Ireland in support of victims and survivors of the Troubles.
Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020: 2 – 7 July 2020. Applications are now being sought for the 2020 Youth Pilgrimage, from those who will be age 17 at time of travel. Forms can be requested through schools or directly from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop Street, Derry, BT48 6UJ, email; firstname.lastname@example.org. Gift Vouchers for all pilgrims to the value of £25 and £50 can be ordered via these same contact details.
Children in Crossfire will speak at masses next weekend about their Advent Campaign. This year the campaign is helping provide vital healthcare for children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition in Ethiopia.
Silent Walk for the Unborn from St Eugene’s Cathedral to St Columba’s Church, Long tower on first Friday of every month, starting after 10.00am Mass. Everyone is welcome to join in.
St Eugenes Primary School will be hosting their 4th annual Christmas rickety wheel on Wednesday 27th November at Pilot’s Row Youth & Community Centre, Rossville Street, Derry. Doors open from 7pm. Everyone welcome.
St Cecilia’s College will be holding their annual Rickety wheel/ Craft Fair with Santa’s grotto on Thursday 28th November from 7pm-9pm. If anyone would like to hire a stall please contact the office on (028) 71281 800. Everyone welcome
St Joseph’s Boys’ School will host their Annual Wheel of Fortune in the school on Thursday 5th December, doors open at 7pm 1st draw at 7.30pm. Admission £2.00. All welcome to attend. St Joseph’s Boys’ School will host their Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 7 December from 1pm – 5pm all welcome to attend. If you would like a stall at £20 please contact the school office on 02871262923.
SPUC (The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) will hold an Information evening on Tuesday 3 December at 7.30pm, in the Drummond Hotel, Ballykelly. Light refreshments served. All welcome. Tel 028 9077 8018 or 07730330028.
Thornhill Ministries, Culmore Road: Crib Festival: Fri 29 Nov – Sun 1 Dec (10:30 am to 6:00 pm). Advent: Wed 4, 11 & 18 Dec Reflection Mornings (9:30 am to 12:00 pm) includes Mass and light lunch. Meditation Hour (6:30 to 7:00 pm). Décor Workshops: Tues 10 (7:30 pm) Christmas Wreath /Thu 19 Dec (7:30 pm) Table Centrepiece. Tel: 028 7135 1233 or email@example.com
Knock Shrine: The 49th Annual Public All Night Eucharistic Pro- Life Vigil will take place on 7th /8th December, Saturday Midnight to Sunday Morning. For further details please contact Knock Shrine Office on (00353)-0949388100.
Discernment Holy Hour. On Thursday 28th November, a holy hour will be held at 6pm in Our Lady Chapel in Saint Joseph’s Church in Galliagh. This period of guided prayer is an opportunity for people to take time out and open their hearts to God’s calling. As a child of God we all have been called by name and we will never be happy until we learn to respond to God’s will for our lives. We all need to make space and time to discern the direction our lives should take as a response to the call God has placed in our hearts.
Sisters from St Elisabeth Convent, Minsk, Belarus will be visiting St Columba’s Church, Long Tower on Monday 16th of December – 7.30pm Mass and on Tuesday 17th December – 10am Mass with a small display of their crafts in support of their charitable projects. Your support as a Parish would be very much appreciated.
Older People Northwest; There will be two taster sessions in Malvern House on Chapel Road for an intergenerational community choir. The first will be from 1.30 – 2.30pm and the second will be from 6pm – 7pm on Thursday 28th November. This will be a chance for all generations to enjoy singing together. Led by Valerie Whitworth, the natural voice approach believes ‘if you can breathe you can sing’. Come and experience the joy of singing for yourself. For information and to enrol, ring 02871 347 478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St Mary’s College will hold their Annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 30th November from 11am – 4pm. Over 70 Stalls- Entry: Child-50p, Adult-£1. Live Entertainment: Local Quality Crafts: Hold & Cold Refreshments. St Marys College 60th Anniversary Gala Concert on Wednesday 11th December at 7pm, (doors open at 6.30pm). Staring past pupil Bronagh Gallagher. Tickets on sale now Child £2 Adult £4 Family (x4) £10.
2 Be Still Book – Derry’s Women of Hope are delighted to announce that they have published their second collection of Prayers and Thoughts. All money raised from 2 Be Still will be donated to the Foyle Hospice. The book is priced at £7 and available from Veritas, the Millennium Forum, the Foyle Hospice, (including all their shops), and Eason, Foyleside. Perfect Christmas present.