The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ/ Corpus Christi 23rd June 2019
May our hearts be joined to Christ in the Eucharist in an extraordinary way this Sunday, May our belief that the Sacred Host is His Flesh be strengthened as we consume the “Bread of Angels” that we may be a people of fierce hope and dearer love. Fr. Patrick Mary Briscoe, OP
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.
Tuesday 25th June 7.30pm Patrick McGuigan
Wednesday 26th June 7.30pm Christina Gillespie
Baptisms: We welcome: Caragh O’Donnell, Fionn O’Reilly & Jonah Wrench.
Ordination of Reverend Declan McGeehan, will take place this Sunday 23rd June at 3pm in St Eugenes Cathedral. Fr. McGeehan will celebrate his first Mass in St Columba’s Church, Long Tower on Monday 24th June at 7.30pm, and offer his first blessing immediately after Mass. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Please note there will be NO Padre Pio Healing Mass during the Month of July. The next Padre Pio Healing Mass will be on Monday 19th August at 7.30pm.
Fr. Aidan gratefully acknowledges with thanks the donations of £200.00, £200.00, £20.00 & £40.00 respectively to the Longtower SOS Project. He also acknowledges with thanks a gift of £256.00 from the Primary 4 children in the Nazareth House Primary School.
LAST WEEK’S ENVELOPE COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £1931.00
LAST WEEK’S RENOVATION COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £587.00
In Memory Programme
The final ‘Do This In Memory’ Mass for those children who have celebrated their First Communion this year will take place this Sunday, 23rd June at 12 noon. This is a Mass of thanksgiving for the P4 children from the Primary Schools in the Parish and their families.
“All ate and were filled.”
Down through the ages we have gathered at momentous times in life to honour our triumphs, togetherness and departures. During our celebrations the sharing of food and wine play a significant part in bringing us together to bond with one another. It feels this inner pull to join together is a sacred longing built into our hearts – to be loved, nourished and belong – moving our hungry and thirsty spirit to seek fulfilment. May we find our peace at the heavenly table – filled with the divine food of love let us continue to gather and bond with each other; sharing in the bread and cup of freedom, and infinite life in Him. References & further reading: Gen 14:18-20 St Paul, 1Cor 11:23-26 Luke 9:11-17
The Annual Service of Intercession for the Dead takes place in the City Cemetery next Sunday, 30th June at 6.00 pm. Please be in position at 5.30 pm. Families are asked to bring their own holy water with them to the Cemetery for the blessing of the graves. At the appropriate time Bishop McKeown will ask a representative of each family to sprinkle their family grave (and neighbouring grave if there is no-one present). There will be no holy water in the Cemetery. Derry City & Strabane District Council, Cemeteries Section, have asked, due the large attendance on Cemetery Sunday, that all able bodied people, park their vehicles outside the City Cemetery Grounds. Also for your information, a one way system will be in operation.
The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 4th until 9th July. In preparation for the pilgrimage all pilgrims and their families are welcome to Mass at 7.30pm in Our Lady of Lourdes, Steelstown, Derry, on Tuesday 25th June. Tickets will be distributed to pilgrims after the Mass. We ask for everyone in the diocese to pray for the pilgrimage.
Pilgrimage to Medjugorje 2019 Bookings now being taken for a Pilgrimage to Medjugorje departing from Belfast International Airport on Sunday 15th September 2019, returning on 22nd September. Total cost £579 per person sharing which covers return flights, coach transfers to/from Dubrovnik Airport, accommodation and meals. There is an additional charge for single room occupancy. The Pilgrimage is organised through Marian Pilgrimages in Dublin. Early booking strongly recommended…£100 deposit required. For more details please contact John Murray on 0780 1105575 or 02882 841265 (after 6pm)
In the Footsteps of St John Paul II: 10 Night Pilgrimage to Poland. 21st April 2020 – 1st May 2020: Follow in the footsteps of St. John Paul II: visit the capital of Divine Mercy, venerate the messenger of Mercy, St. Faustina’s relics, see the cell that imprisoned St. Maximillian Kolbe, martyr, as well as visit the largest Marian shrines and sanctuaries in Poland; daily Mass and spiritual activities. Flights from Belfast, luxury coach travel and excellent accommodation. For more information, detailed itinerary and price, please contact Fr Micheál McGavigan at email@example.com
Diploma in Pastoral Theology at Drumalis, in association with St Patrick’s Pontifical College, Maynooth. Applications are now being accepted for this two-year, part-time, intensive course which begins in September 2019. Information available at http://www.drumalis.co.uk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning Drumalis during office hours – Tel: 028 28272196/28276455
Parish Bus To Knock – Saturday 29th June. One-Day Pilgrimage. Leaving Derry (Sainsburys’s Car Park, Strand Road) at 7am. Cooked breakfast en route and evening meal on return. Bring a packed lunch. Accompanied by Fr Roland Colhoun. Cost: £39 (£30 for children under 12). Money transferable but not refundable. Bookings taken with full payment in Newtownstewart Parish. Ring 028-8166 1445 or email email@example.com
Healing Mass at Columba House Thurs 27th June. The Columba Community will celebrate a special Mass with healing prayer on Thursday 27th June at 7.30pm in Columba House, 11 Queen St, Derry. We invite you to come along and share in this special evening of prayer for healing.
Mass in honour of Blessed Alexandrina will be held in Termonbacca on Sunday the 30th June at 7:30 pm. everyone welcome.
Thornhill Ministries will present a Flower Demonstration and Workshop in Thornhill House, 121 Culmore Road, Derry, on Thursday 27 June at 7:30 pm. Take home your own floral arrangement for your family grave. Places limited. Cost £30 (includes materials). To book, phone 028 7135 1233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St.Columba Heritage Centre (formally the Wee Nuns School in the grounds of the Long Tower) is having a Coffee & Social morning on Saturday June 29th from 10am to 12:30. This is an invitation to the public and all past pupils and teachers to join us in the now restored and beautiful building dedicated to Cholmcille hence the name ARAS CHOLMCILLE. The centre is focused on the history, legacy and heritage of St. Columba. We run the centre with a small group of volunteers and all donations we receive are to maintain and promote this historic building. We look forward to welcoming you there.
Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum are holding a Celebration Event on Saturday 29th June in the Gasyard at 3pm to thank you all. We have a range of activities planned for all ages and would love if you could come along – all welcome! For more information please contact Susan on 71365330.
Stormont Rosary For Life – Please join us in praying the Rosary for the protection of Northern Ireland’s pro-life laws at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, (meeting at main gate entrance on Upper Newtownards Road) at 2.30pm on Saturday 29th June. For more information contact Rosary Crusade for Ireland on 028 9027 8484 or email@example.com
The Net. The June edition is now available. Copies are available at the Sacristy. For coverage of your parish or school faith activities just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or ring/text 07809292852.
Accord Derry/ Marriage Preparation Workshops, September 13th/14th 2019, October 18th/19th 2019, November 15th/16th 2019, Venue: Thornhill Ministeries, Culmore Road, Derry, Booking now online at www.accord-ni.co.uk.
Married Couples: Take a special weekend break together to boost and refresh your relationship on a Marriage Enrichment Weekend. The next Weekends will be in Dromantine, Newry, from 13th to 15th September 2019 and 15th-17th November in the Lake Hotel, Killarney For more information or to book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie or call 07702812321 or (087) 784 0408. Weekends are presented by Catholic Marriage Encounter, Ireland.