Second Sunday of Christmas 5th January 2020
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.
Monday 6th January 10.00am Angela Evans
Monday 6th January 7.30pm Tommy & Mary McCourt
Tuesday 7th January 7.30pm Bridie Carlin
Wednesday 8th January 10.00am Margaret & Dan Tonner
Saturday 11thJanuary 6.00pm William &Margaret Saltmer
Rest In Peace We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Patrick Kelly- Westlake, Niall Moran- Letterkenny Road, Niall Heaney- Lisneal.
Baptisms: We welcome: Grace Doherty
ENVELOPE COLLECTION (22/12/18) £2805.00 & (29/12/19) £2056.00
RENOVATION COLLECTION (22/12/18) 620.00 & (29/12/19) £591.00
Latin Mass will be celebrated in the Long Tower this Sunday 5th January at 2.00pm. Everyone is welcome.
Monday 6th January: The Epiphany of the Lord
It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses in St Columba’s Church, Long Tower at 8.00am, 10.00am & 7.30pm.
‘The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Saviour of the world. The great feast of the Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (Magi) from the East. They listened to an inner divinely inspired voice inviting them to search for a new presence of their creator among his people. Their courage and tenacity lead them to Bethlehem and to Jesus. A similar opportunity is ours everytime we sense an impulse to goodness or greatness in our hearts. We should be ever alert to the inspirational moments of our lives and to follow our star with courage, determination and joy. It will lead to similar fulfilment for us as it did for the wise men from the East.
Evening Prayer of the Epiphany
Three wonders marks this day we celebrate;
today the star led the Magi to the manager,
today water was changed into wine at the marriage feast;
today Christ desired to be baptised by John in the river Jordan to
bring us salvation, alleluia. (Magnificat antiphon of Evening Prayer)
PATH MASS (Parish Action Towards Health). The next PATH MASS will be on Monday 13th January at 7.30pm. At this Mass we give thanks to God for positive mental health, and to pray for those who are struggling with mental health issues, and to pray for those who care for them. During this Mass the Sacrament of the Sick will be celebrated.
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 readings: The minister of the word goes to the ambo to read. The first reading is usually from the oldest part of the Bible called the Old Testament. In the Easter Season the first reading comes from the New Testament. The stories that we hear during the first reading are the same stories that Jesus would have heard when he was a child. Some of the stories from the Old Testament are thousands of years old. They remind us of how long people have been listening to Gods Word. They also tell us how much God loves us. Even though the stories are very old, they still have an important message for us today.
The Psalms: the psalms are different from the other readings from the bible. They were written as poems or songs. There are 150 psalms altogether. Sometimes the psalms is sung. Between each verse there is a response which we are all invited to say. The psalm allows us to reflect on the reading that we have just heard.
Second Reading: This reading always comes from the part of the Bible called the New Testament. The reading is taken from the books that are found directly after the Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Our Response to the Readings: At the end of each of the readings the Minister of the Word finishes by saying, “The Word of the Lord” and we all respond wi9th the words “Thanks be to God”. This is our way of saying thank you to God for these stories which help us to grow together as members of Gods family.
Fr Aidan will visit the sick in his care on 13th, 14th and 15th January 2020. Full details will be in next weekend’s bulletin.
Fr. Aidan gratefully acknowledges with thanks the individual donations of £100.00 & £20.00 to the Longtower SOS Project.
The Parish Sacramental talk will take place on Tuesday 7th January at 5.30pm in Nazareth House Primary school. This year’s talk will focus on the preparation for the Sacrament and the four week confirmation programme we are delivering in the parish. The talk will be for the Children and Parents.
A Light that Shines in the Dark
On Christmas Day we were given an extraordinary invitation to get up and go towards the call of love from the Child Jesus, a call so subtle one could almost miss it – for it is only in the silence of our hearts that we can feel Him touch our divine reality, the place of our true selves. Over these twelve days it feels we have been on a sacred journey – seeking the light from the Star of Bethlehem to guide our hearts out of the darkness of pain and suffering into the simple stable where He will manifest the way forward. Going forward always carries an element of risk – do we have the courage to open our hearts and be witnesses to enlighten others with what he gives us – or do we close our hearts and allow fear to lock us away from the joy of gifting ourselves to be His messengers of light. May this Epiphany be our starting point for that plan we hatched on Christmas Day. Reference and further reading: The Gospel of John 1:1-18
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.
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
Children in Crossfire would like to wish parishioners a happy new year. If you have an Advent box at home please return it to the chapel next weekend. Donations will help us provide vital health care to children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in Ethiopia this year, thank you.
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.
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
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: email@example.com Website: www.med-irishcentre.com.
Arás Cholmcille- June 2020 will mark the centenary of the 1920 Bloody riots in and around the Long Tower area. If any of your ancestors were casualties in this momentous week or were involved during these events then Aras Cholmcille would like to interview you. Please contact us on 02871 368491 or email; firstname.lastname@example.org