Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time 16th February 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.
Sunday 16th February 12.00Noon Anne Lyttle
Monday 17th February 10.00am Matthew Morrison
Tuesday 18th February 7.30pm Patrick Taggart
Wednesday 19th February 10.00am Michelle Morrison
Wednesday 19th February 7.30pm Johnny & Kevin McGowan
Thursday 20th February 7.30pm Bridget Duffy
Saturday 22nd February 6.00pm Phyllis Kelly & Tommy McCann
Rest In Peace We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of: Annmarie Toland- Drumard Park, Josephine Duffy- Formerly Bishop Street, May Downey- Lavery Fold.
LAST WEEK’S ENVELOPE COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £1620.00
Latin Mass will be celebrated in the Long Tower this Sunday 16th February at 2.00pm. Everyone is welcome.
Padre Pio Healing Mass will take place on Monday 17th February at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.
Eucharistic Ministers: There will be a meeting for all serving Eucharistic Ministers in St Columba’s Church, Long Tower on Tuesday 18th February at 6.30pm.
St Joseph’s Young Priests Society: Next meeting will be on Tuesday 18th February after 10.00am Mass in St Columba’s Church, Long Tower. Everyone is welcome.
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, 15th March 2020 at 12 noon.
The liturgy of the Eucharist – we bring our gifts
During this part of the mass we move from the ambo to the Altar. We have heard the Word of God and now we come to share in the bread of life at the altar. The first part of the liturgy of the Eucharist is about preparing the gifts that we bring to the Altar. The most important gifts that we bring are the bread and wine. The bread is placed on something which looks like a plate. We call this a paten. The wine is in a glass jug. These gifts are placed on the Altar. One of the first gifts that you will notice being prepared is the gift of money. You will see people moving through the church with a basket or a bag for the collection. Everyone is asked to put some money into the basket or bag. This money helps to pay for all the things that are done in the parish, including helping those who may not have enough for themselves.
Fr Aidan will visit the sick in his care in the following areas on 17th, 18th and 21st February 2020.
Monday 17th February am:
Bishop St., Corporation St., Belview Avenue, Ferguson Street, Maureen Avenue, Ivy Terrace, Moat Street,
Foyle Road, Foyle Park, Bishop Street, Alexander Memorial Cottages, Millar Street.
Monday 17th February pm:
Lower Bennett St, Abercorn Road, Jack Allen Court, Metropole, Bridge Street.
Tuesday 18th February From 11.00am:
Long Tower Ct, St Columb’s Wells, Meenan Drive, Drumcliffe Avenue, Abbots Walk,
Dove Gardens, Nualamount Drive, Jacqueline Way, Stanley’s Walk, Lecky Road, Kerrigan’s Close
Friday 21st February From 11.30am:
Bluebell Hill Gardens, Celtic Court, Southend Park, Lecky Road, Lecky Court, Iona Court & Glennane.
Friday 21st February From 1.30pm:
Lone Moor Road, Old City Court, Iona Park, Braehead Road.
‘All you need to say is “Yes” if you mean yes. “No” if you mean no.’
Sometimes we need little reminders, someone or something that prompts us to check in with ourselves and remember the basic qualities that help make us who we are – those beautiful virtues that have been seeded in our hearts. These deep roots of love are the foundations of our existence, bonding our connection and direction – though sometimes we choose to move in the temporal fields rather than seeking the permanence of the eternal oceans. Going for the short cut leaves us open to forgetting our moral duties and disgracing our covenant to each other. Our ancestral rules of conduct allow us to fulfil our purpose – to flow with the natural order of things – and, if we really become present within His word, then we can live in the simplicity of those two words – yes or no. Reference and further reading: Matthew 5:17-37
Diocese of Derry Vocations Week 2020 Sunday 16th – Saturday 22nd February: During this week of prayer centred on Vocations, parishioners in all parishes across the Diocese of Derry are encouraged to pray for hearts open to the presence of the Holy Spirit. During Vocations Week can we become aware of our role in God’s plan to heal and redeem a broken world? How can we use our gifts to promote the reign of God? How is God calling each one of us to live out our lives in response to His call? As we search our hearts, are we being called to priesthood, Religious life, married or single life? More information can be found on Derryvocations.org.
Vocations Information Day on Saturday 22 February in Thornhill Retreat Centre, Derry, from 10.30am until 6.00pm. For further information, email Fr Chris Ferguson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2 – 7 July 2020: To make enquiries or to book, Tel 7126 0293 or Email: email@example.com . Doctors and nurses are invited to consider taking part in the pilgrimage to assist those in need. Contact the Lourdes Office for details.
Mass for those with special needs: The Annual Diocesan Mass for those with special needs, and their families and friends, will take place in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Steelstown, Derry on Saturday 25th April 2020 at 3.00pm. If you have a child who wishes to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation or First Communion at this Mass please contact the Catechetical Centre on 71264087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Life in the Spirit Seminars will take place in Scoil Eoghain, Moville, on Sundays, from 23 February until 5 April, from 4 – 6pm.There will be an introductory talk, given by Mr Eddie Stones, in St Pius X Church, Moville, from 2 -6pm this Sunday, 16 February
Pro-Life Movement NI. A round-table discussion on the future of the pro-life movement in Northern Ireland will take place in the Catholic Chaplaincy QUB, 28 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast on Wednesday 19 February at 7pm. The panel, chaired by Brett Lockhart QC, features key figures in the pro-life movement. If you are interested in learning more about the pro-life position from a variety of perspectives, this event is not to be missed.
Mass in honour of Blessed Alexandrina will be held in Termonbacca on Sunday 23rd February at 7:30 pm. Everyone welcome.
Thornhill Ministries, Thornhill House, 121 Culmore Road, Derry: Lenten Promise Cards Now Available. If you or someone you know “want to do something for Lent,” the scratch card reveals a pray/fast/give activity for each day. Cards available at Thornhill Ministries or Veritas, Shipquay Street, Derry. Oasis Day – “Sensing Mortality” A hope-filled day led by Fr Paschal McDonnell to help find an oasis of peace and serenity in acceptance of what is. Includes Eucharist, reflection and pondering on mortality. Date: Mon 24 Feb (9.30 am-1:30 pm). Suggested Donation: £20 (guideline only).
Would you like to grow your own fruit and vegetables? Brand New Allotments becoming available from March 2020 on the Buncrana Road. To register your interest please contact Emmett Mullan by emailing Emmett.email@example.com or phoning on 02871262894.
St Maria Goretti Prayer Group Holy Hour for healing for victims of abuse and reparation for the Church. Immaculate Conception Church, Trench Road, Derry, on Tuesday 18th February at 8.15pm.
The 28th Annual Jim Guy Quiz begins on Monday 24th February in Malvern House. Open to teams of 4 who must all be aged 60 or over. There is an entry fee of £10 per team.Tel: 028 71 347 478 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children in Crossfire would like to thank parishioners of St Columba’s Longtower Parish, for their generous donations of £2322.92 to the Advent Campaign. These donations will help provide vital health care to children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in Ethiopia this year. Thank you so much.
Precious Life will be hosting a talk given by Fr Stephen Imbarrato in the City Hotel, Derry on Tuesday 25th February at 8:15pm. Please come along and hear the amazing personal testimony of this Priest for Life, who has dedicated the last 25 years to Pro-Life Ministry in the USA. For more info contact Precious Life on 02890278484 or email@example.com
Shaping Ourselves & Our Children (SOOC) A Life-start Programme. The IOSAS Centre is hosting a child and parenting development programme in The Sanctuary Conference Centre from February 28th for 4 Fridays (9.30-1.30). The course is FREE to parents, expectant parents, grandparents, carers and guardians. Refreshments and lunch are provided free of charge each day and there is also a generous childcare allowance if required. This programme teaches important life skills, coping techniques as well as focusing on the important role of the parent in the milestones of child development. This is a cross border initiative and is open to all residents of the north and south of Ireland. This is an EU PEACE IV funded programme. Places are limited. Please contact Paul on +353 (74) 9384866 or PM Paul on Facebook @IOSASCentre to book your place
Open Week- North West Regional College: NWRC invites you to attend its Open Days; Strabane Campus, Derry Road, 12noon-8pm Tues 25th February, Strand Rd & Springtown Campuses, 12noon- 8pm, Wed 26th February, Liamavady & Greystone Campuses, 12noon-8pm Thurs 27th February & Strand Road Campus, 11am- 2pm Sat 29th February. Activities and information on the NWRC courses starting this September, campus tours and talks from staff will be available. To attend, please register via www.nwrc.ac.uk/opendays or Tel: 028-71276084.
Eye testing for the housebound: Local opticians Douglas & Cobane offer a FREE home visiting service for the housebound in the community. They also provide specialist eye testing for those with Autism and learning disabilities. Both NHS and private patients welcome. To make an appointment please visit the practice at 46 Spencer Road, or telephone 02871 343803.