Fourth Sunday of Advent 22nd December 2019
Annual Solemn Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help This Sunday 22nd December will conclude the Solemn Novena to our Lady of Perpetual Help with our Annual Carol Service and Nativity Play. The Carol Service & Nativity will begin at 6.00 pm. The Long Tower Folk Group, and Long Tower Choir will lead the carols. We invite children to bring presents of new unwrapped toys and adults to donate sweets, biscuits, vouchers or cash (no other foodstuffs). St Vincent de Paul Society will distribute the gifts. Refreshments will be available in the Long Tower Primary School immediately afterwards. We look forward to seeing you on the evening.
A few years ago Pope Francis wrote: “When people become self-centred and self-enclosed, their greed increases. The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs things to buy, own and consume. It becomes almost impossible to accept the limits imposed by reality” (Laudato Si Encyclical). May the child fill us with all that we need this Christmas.
A Sacred Invitation
“The Child who lies in the manger has the face of our brothers most in need, of the poor who ‘are the privileged ones of this mystery and, often, those who are most able to recognize the presence of God in our midst.’’ Pope Francis
For the past few weeks we have been making ready and waiting for Christmas – now our heart asks us to set aside some time to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus and rediscover his beautiful presence within and all around us. It feels Christmas sends us a notification – a reminder that we can begin again, to change our ways and let go of our needs and met the need in others. This notification also brings an open invitation – to return to that sacred place in Bethlehem, where the Divine Infant lies in wait for us to visit him and feel his loving presence as we sit in the peace of hope and joy. Together, in the year ahead may we hatch a plan – to once again find this simplicity in our hearts and begin to feel the presence of God more deeply in our lives and in the faces of those whom we meet.
Adoration: Due to Christmas Day & New Years’ Day falling on Wednesday’s we will not have Adoration on 25th December or 1st January 2020. Adoration will resume as normal on Wednesday 8th January 2020.
The Parish Office will be closed from 12 Noon on Monday 23rd December and will re-open at 9.00am on Thursday 2nd January 2020.
Adoration Chapel in Pump Street will be closed from Tuesday 24th December at 12 Noon and re-open on Thursday 2nd January at 9.00am.
Fr Aidan gratefully acknowledges with thanks the individual donations of £1000.00, £200.00 & £50.00 to the Longtower SOS Project.
Long Tower Christmas Mass Bouquets & Christmas Cards are still available from the Parish Office or the Sacristy.
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 22nd December 12 Noon Shane Brunker
Monday 23rd December 10.00am Jim Blakely
Monday 23rd December 7.30pm Mary McClery
Saturday 28th December 6.00pm Brian Starrett
Sunday 29th December 12 Noon Mickey Griffiths
Monday 30th December 10.00am Eileen Arbuckle
Wednesday 1st January 10.00am Bernie Mooney
Thursday 2nd January 7.30pm Gavin McCormick
Saturday 4th January 10.00am Robert Friel
Saturday 4th January 6.00pm Patrick Finucane
Baptisms: We welcome: Frankie McColgan & Andrew Toland
Confessions: Confessions will be available on Tuesday 24th December from 5.00-5.45pm and will resume on Thursday 2nd January before 7.30pm Mass.
Christmas Day Masses
Tuesday 24th December: Evening Vigil for Christmas 6.00pm
Late Vigil for Christmas 9.00pm
Wednesday 25th December: Christmas Day 8.00am
Our Mass to go into 2020 “In The Light of Christ” will be at 4.30pm on Tuesday 31st December. Everyone welcome.
I WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL PARISHIONERS A HOLY, HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A PEACEFUL NEW YEAR. Father Aidan.
‘For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders: and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’ Isaiah 9:6
“My soul glorifies the Lord.”
As we awaken on Christmas Day may our hearts feel the wonder and joy of the infant’s arrival and for his beloved mother Mary. Beneath the surface of our material Christmas Mary has been speaking to our hearts through her poem of love – The Magnificat. She has been reaching out to remind us of our divine purpose – of our responsibilities to ourselves and to each other. She asks us to wary of self-importance and dominance over others; to have mercy and protect our fellow sisters and brothers who may be lost or broken – the homeless, the hungry, the lonely. May Mary continue to infuse our hearts with these beautiful virtues to help us find peace and joy in our lives – following the glorious light of our eternal reality.
In Memory Programme
The ‘Do This In Memory’ Mass for those children who are celebrating their First Communion this year will take place on Sunday, 26th January at 12 noon.
The Ambo: The word of God is so important for us that there is a special place in Gods house from which it is read. We call this the ambo. The only time that the ambo is used is for the readings, The Gospel, The homily and the prayers of the faithful. Minister of the Word: The person who reads at mass is called the Minister of the Word. They are people who have volunteered to read at Mass. They will have had to do some training so that they are able to do the best job they can. Their job is very important. The readings at mass come from the Bible. They are the word of God, and so we can say that we hear God speaking to us through the voice of the Minister of the Word.
ST COLUMBA’S CHURCH, LONG TOWER
24th December 2019 – 4thJANUARY 2020
MASSES OVER THE CHRISTMAS SEASON & NEW YEAR
Tuesday 24th December 10.00am
Evening Vigil for Christmas 6.00pm
Late Vigil for Christmas 9.00pm
Wednesday 25th December /Christmas Day 8.00am
Thursday 26th December 10.00am
Friday 27th December 10.00am
Saturday 28th December 10.00am
Vigil Mass 6.00pm
Sunday 29th December 8.00am
Monday 30thDecember 10.00am
Tuesday 31st December 10.00am & 4.30pm
Wednesday 1st January 10.00am
Thursday 2nd January 10.00am & 7.30pm
Friday 3rd January 10.00am & 7.30pm
Saturday 4th January 10.00am
Vigil Mass 6.00pm
Please note the Church will close at 6.00pm on 25th, 26th & 27th December
Mass in honour of Blessed Alexandrina will be held in Termonbacca on Sunday the 29th December at 7:30 pm. everyone welcome.
Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum, Smoking Cessation Programme, beginning 6th January at 7pm in the Long Tower Youth Club. For further information please contact Lorraine Kivelehan (Health Facilitator) on 02871 365330.
St. Cecilia’s College Open Day, Thursday 9th January 2020 from 5pm – 8pm. Principal’s address: 5.00pm and 6.15pm. Pupils transferring from primary to post- primary school in September 2020 and their parents are welcome to attend. Prospective Year 13 students and their parents are also welcome.
St Mary’s College Open Day, Saturday 11th January 2020, 10.00am – 1.00 pm, Principal’s address 10.00 am and 11.00 am.
Lumen Christi College Open Evening – Monday 13th January 2020. P6 & P7 pupils and their parents/ carers are warmly invited to visit Lumen Christi College for the annual Open Evening on Monday 13th January 2020 between 4.00pm and 6.30pm. Principal’s Address: 4.00pm & 6.00pm in College Assembly Hall. Guided tours of departments will be provided by pupils. Parents of current pupils will be available to share their experience with visitors. Further details are available on the College website- www.lumenchristicollege.co.uk
Blood Donation Sessions in the Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th January 2020, from 1.30pm – 4pm & 5.15pm – 8pm.
Anam Cara Donegal, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on 9th January at 7:20pm in the Radisson 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.
The Net. The December edition of The Net is now available. For coverage of your parish or school faith activities just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or ring/text 07809292852.
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; email@example.com. Gift Vouchers for all pilgrims to the value of £25 and £50 can be ordered via these same contact details.
Holy Land Pilgrimage Retreat: 24 September – 8 October 2020. Applications now available. For more information or to book, please contact Thornhill Ministries, Derry, at 028 7135 1233 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NI Cancer – Pilgrimage To Lourdes: 19 – 24 May 2020. Cost £695 (with price reduction for cancer patients). To enquire or to obtain a booking form call 07933938981 or email: email@example.com
Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages April – Oct 2020: 7 Night Stay and Airport Shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for €266 per person sharing. Book any flight – any time and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further info and book the dates that suit you. Medjugorje: 00387 36 651 518, Ireland: 00353 1 443 4510, N. Ireland: 0044 28 8224 1888 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.med-irishcentre.com