‘A parable leaves you with sufficient doubt about its meaning to tease the mind into active thought.’ C.H. Dodd
Hidden or buried treasure sounds like an adventure story. This is intended by Jesus. Finding the kingdom of God is like an adventure in which there is a treasure that we did not expect to find, that fills us with wonder and tension and drama. Not everyone finds this treasure, which is what makes the story exciting. Jesus could have said that the man dug up the treasure and took what he wanted and left the rest out in the field for others to find easily, but he doesn’t. The man hides the treasure again.
We who find the treasure of the kingdom of God will come to understand (whether immediately or over time), that it is more valuable than all that we have – all that our lives consist of. The treasure of the kingdom of God does not fit nicely or easily into the lives that we have already constructed for ourselves.
Treasure stories are all about disrupted lives. One cannot discover hidden treasure and remain the same or continue, in an undisrupted way, to live the life one has always lived. In a sense, the measure of the disruption of our former lives is also a measure of the meaning of the treasure we have found. Some of us, perhaps, have not yet discovered the treasure that is worth exchanging our lives for.
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure – Pete Bauer
Baptisms We welcome:.Annie Rae McBride, 25 Liscloon Drive
Requiescat In Peace We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends John Johnstone, 34 Long Tower Court.
Latin Mass in the extraordinary form on Sunday 6th August at 2.00pm. All welcome
Lorica An hour of Prayer and Praise to St Francis on Thursday 1st August at 12.00 -1.00pm For world Peace, Justice and Protection and care of creation. All Welcome.
A Cenacle of the Marian Movement of Priests will take place in the Long Tower on Friday 4th August at 8.15pm. The Cenacle is to lead the faithful to a renewed devotion to our Lady’s Immaculate Heart. The Marian Movement of Priests is comprised of Priests, Religious and Laity.
First Anniversary Mass for Bishop Daly will be on Saturday 5th August 2017 at 7.30pm, in St Eugene’s Cathedral.
Fr Mullan will visit the sick in his care in the following areas: Monday, 31st July, Tuesday, 1st August and Wednesday, 2nd August:
Monday 31st July from 1.30pm Bishop Street, Sunbeam Terrace, Alexander Memorial Cottages, Ardfoyle, Foyle Road, Foyle Park, Orchard Row, Moat Street, Belview Avenue, Maureen Avenue, Ivy Terrace, Lower Bennet Street, Abercorn Road, Grove Place, Jack Allen Court, The Metropole, Bridge Street.
Tuesday 1st August from 1.30pm Long Tower Court, Mountjoy Street, St Columb’s Wells, Meenan Drive, Drumcliffe Avenue, Abbots Walk, Dove Gardens, Durrow Park, Braehead Road.
Wednesday, 2nd August from 1.30pm Lecky Road, Kerrigan’s close, Brandywell Avenue, Brandywell Court, Bluebell Hill Gardens, Southend Park, Iona Court, Glenanne, Moore Walk, Old City Court, Iona Park, Lone Moor Gardens, Celtic Court, Lone Moor Road, Nualamount Drive, Jacqueline Way, Stanley’s Walk.
Rev Malachy Gallagher will be ordained by Bishop McKeown today Sunday in St Mary’s Church, Drumnagarner. Everyone is welcome to attend the Ceremony. Please keep him in your prayers and continue to pray for vocations.
Mass and First Blessings of Newly Ordained Priest Fr Malachy will celebrate Mass in Long Tower Church on Tuesday, 1st August at 7.30pm and will offer his Blessing to all who wish to receive it immediately after Mass. All welcome.
The Marian Movement of Priests National Cenacle in the Basilica, Knock on Saturday 5th August 2017 from 12 noon ~ 5.30 pm. Bus leaving Long Tower at 7.00 am. To book seat phone Kevin 7130 2042. Please bring a packed lunch.
SVDP – Appeal for School Uniforms If you have any used school uniforms could you please donate them to the SVDP Shop in William Street or contact Oznam House for collection on 7126 5489.
Mass in honour of Blessed Alexandrina will be held in Termonbacca on Sunday, 30th July at 7.30pm.
Retired Teacher Volunteers urgently needed one morning per week. The children’s charity Sólás urgently needs Retired Teachers, to provide 1:1 support to children, with additional educational needs, in a number of primary schools in the Derry area. One morning per week, during term time, is required and full induction and ongoing support will be provided. Please contact Anne Cahill at Sólás on 02890 247600, Mobile 07729 779242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and information pack.
The 13th Annual Art Exhibition will take place in the Colgan Hall, Carndonagh from Friday 4th -Tuesday 8th August. Opening times: Preview night Friday 4th 8-10pm. Saturday: 12-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm, Monday 12-5pm and Tuesday 10am-5pm. Admission is free and local and international artist will be exhibiting.
Micheala Foundation Fundraising Concert, with Donna Taggart: Saturday 12 August on the Hill of the O’Neill, Dungannon. Special guest: Mairead Duffy. Tickets £25 are available online at www.michaelafoundation.com and locally at various outlets, including Omagh and Maghera. For further enquiries, email email@example.com or tel 07712323716.
A short community-organised prayer will take place at the stone monument, dedicated to Bishop Daly, in the Garden of Reflection, Glenfada Park, Derry. The event will occur shortly after the Anniversary Mass for Bishop Daly on 5th August 2017.
Heal the Hurt: Public Information Meeting in St Brigid’s Community Centre,Carnhill on Thursday, 3rd August at 8.30 pm You are invited to come along to the meeting and hopefully answer any questions you may have on your own or a loved ones alcohol or/and drug issues and also find out more about Heal the Hurt’s treatment programme.
LAST WEEK’S ENVELOPE COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £1933.00
Trocaire Emergency Appeal We wish to thank everyone who contributed to this appeal last weekend. £4073.00 was donated and will be forwarded to Trocaire.
Fr Mullan gratefully acknowledges the anonymous donation of £500.00