Third Sunday In Ordinary Time 26th January 2020
Pope Francis has designated this Third Sunday in Ordinary Time as Sunday of the Word of God – Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter, Motu proprio “Aperuit illis“, establishes that “Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God”. Pope Francis is clear from the very first paragraph of this letter that the relationship between the Risen Lord, a community of believers, and sacred Scripture is essential to who we are as Christians. Pope Francis is inviting Catholics across the world to deepen their appreciation, love and faithful witness to God and his Word. Sunday 26th January 2020 is a time when the community is called to give greater attention not just to the Word of God. It is also urged to reflect on how we honour that Word in our celebrations & the books that we proclaim the Word from.
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 26th January 12.00Noon Mary McFadden
Monday 27th January 7.30pm James & Margaret McCallion
Tuesday 28th January 7.30pm Margaret, Sarah & James Duggan
Wednesday 29th January 7.30pm Jim & Bernadette Deeney
Thursday 30th January 7.30pm Neil McLery
Friday 31st January 10.00am The Harkin Family
Saturday 1st February 6.00pm Anna McDaid
Rest In Peace: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of; Kathleen Hutton-Templegrove.
Fr. Aidan gratefully acknowledges with thanks the individual donations of £200.00 & £20.00 to the Longtower SOS Project.
LAST WEEK’S ENVELOPE COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £2041.00
LAST WEEK’S RENOVATION COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £586.00
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, 26th January at 12 noon.
What is a Deacon? The word “Deacon” comes from the Greek word “diakonia”, which means “service”. The work of the Deacon is an act of service to the community. Deacons can read the Gospel, preach the homily, baptise and perform other ceremonies where there is no Mass. There are two types of Deacon who minister in the church. The first is someone who is training to be a priest and this is the last step before finally being ordained a priest. The second is called a Permanent Deacon and he is not going to be ordained a priest. We know that priests cannot get married but a married man can be ordained a Permanent Deacon. At the moment we have very few Permanent Deacons in our country. But this may change in the next few years.
“Follow Me and I will make you Fishers of Men.”
It feels we humans sometimes allow ourselves to become entangled in superficial things to fill the empty spaces of our own needs and desires. We keep seeking outward things for our happiness, though these are not sustainable without an inner connection to our hearts – our true selves. Then, at certain points in our lives we find ourselves in a time and place that is not of our own making – something happens or someone walks onto our path to help us find a way to reach this place in ourselves. Let us feel a more permanent experience of love and real fulfilment – allowing ourselves to come into the sacred nets that He casts around us, that infinite lifeline that gives us everything we need and takes us to live a renewed life in Him.
Reference and further reading: Matthew 4:12-23
Baptismal Name Tags that were placed on the Baptismal Tree from 12th January 2019 to 23rd November 2019 are available for collection from the Parish Office.
Adoration. Due to Confirmation practice there will be NO Adoration in Long Tower Church on Wednesday 29th January 2020. Adoration will resume as normal on Wednesday 5th February 2020.
Catholic Schools’ Week 2020 will run from 26th January to 2nd February 2020. The theme of this year’s Catholic Schools Week is ‘Catholic Schools: Living in Harmony with God’s Creation’. The theme encourages us to see that we all have a responsibility to care for the earth, not just for our own future, but for the future of every one of God’s creatures. All CSW 2020 resources are available to download online at www.catholicschools.ie.
The Joint Presbyterian & Methodist Men’s Club invite men from the Long Tower to our February meeting where the guest speaker will be the Lord Bishop Andrew Forster, the new Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. The meeting will take place on Thursday 13th February in Clooney Hall at 7.30pm. We would be delighted if you could attend
Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Bishop Donal McKeown, Thursday 2 July to Tuesday 7 July 2020. Cost £679 (deposit £100, non-refundable) including full board and transfers in Lourdes. The Pilgrimage Office in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, will be open for enquiries and bookings each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 11am to 1pm, from Tuesday 14 January. Tel 028 71 260 293/ (00 44 28 71 260 293 from ROI) email: email@example.com.
Sincere Thanks from Sister Ann and Gerry Deeney to all who contributed in any way to the Christmas Missions Appeal in aid of the poor in Kenya, Sudan, India, Chile, Peru, Papua New Guinea and Zambia. Total amount raised this Christmas to date is £18,624.00 and €550.00 Euros. May God reward and bless you all.
Mass in honour of Blessed Alexandrina will be held in Termonbacca this Sunday the 26th January at 7:30 pm. Mass for the Sick will be held on Tuesday 28th January at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.
Samartians, Derry are holding two information evenings for potential volunteers or for anyone who wants to know more about volunteering in any capacity for Samaritans. The dates for the information evenings are, Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th January @ 7pm at our branch at 16 Clarendon Street, Derry, BT48 7ET. If you can’t make it you can visit our website www.samaritans.org for more information.
Fostering Information Evenings will be hosted by WHSCT on 28 January in Da Vincis Hotel, Derry, and on 29 January in the Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane. Time: 7-9pm. The Evenings are of an informal nature; questions will be answered. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome.
Believe – Reflections on the Creed: commencing on Wednesday, 29th January after the 10.00 am Mass in the Sacristy area of St Eugene’s Cathedral. This is a six-part series exploring the treasures of our faith as expressed in the Nicene Creed. It is presented by David Payne (Director of CaFE) in various locations. Each session lasts approximately 35 minutes and features several interviews with prominent men and women of faith. Session 1 – Why we believe/Session 2 – How we believe/Session 3 – The Almighty Father/ Session 4 – The Lord Jesus Christ /Session 5 – The Holy Spirit and the Church/ Session 6 – The Coming Kingdom. There are also testimonies from lay people, Scripture and Catechism quotations, questions for discussion and times of prayerful reflection.
A Night of Hope: Sunday 2nd February 2020 at 7pm in St. Mary’s Church Bellaghy. Artists include St. Mary’s Youth Choir, The Ward Sisters,The Gribbin Girls, Oonagh Clarke, The Robinsons Sisters, Justin McGurk, Fiddler Adam, Michael Mawhinney and Cloughfin Pipe Band. Also on the night we will have two Mental Health Guest Speakers. Admissiom by voluntary donation. All monies go to S.T.E.P.S, Community Rescue Services & Mental Health Charities.
ARISE event in Knock for young adults (18+) at Knock Shrine, Co Mayo: Catholic Youth Ministry Ireland (CYMI) invites young adults aged 18+ to join them for a faith event in Knock on Saturday 7 March. The event will involve workshops, fellowship, worship, speakers. It is hoped to provide transport for those who would like to attend, from the diocese. If you are interested in hearing more details or would like to register your attendance, please contact Yvonne in the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 0(044) 28 71264 087.
Thornhill Ministries – Pilgrimage/Retreat to the Holy Land: There are a few places remaining on our pilgrimage/retreat (24 Sep-2 Oct 2020) and it would be a great help if those wishing to travel would return their application forms in the next few weeks. Contact: 028 71351233 or email@example.com.
Donegal Hospice Bereavement Support. Tel: (003535) 089-4402787
The Priory Institute, Study Theology Online. We are currently taking enrolments for our 2020 Spring Semester. Launch Day is 8 February and the cut-off date for registrations is 4 February. For further details email, firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 00353 14048124
The IOSAS Centre is running an eight week course led and facilitated by Bernie’s Blooms culminating in an Easter Floral Display in St. Canice’s Church. Total price of course (including all materials and tea/coffee) is £100 for the 8 weeks. An ideal present for Mothers’ Day. Spaces are limited due to the nature of the course. Full details on Facebook #IOSASCentre or telephone +353 74 9384866.