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.