Third Sunday of Advent/ Gaudete Sunday 15th December 2019
A few years ago Pope Francis wrote: “The pace of consumption, waste and environmental change has so stretched the planet’s capacity that our contemporary lifestyle, unsustainable as it is, can only precipitate catastrophes, such as those which even now occur in different areas of the world”. (Laudato Si Encyclical).
Season of Advent – 1st to 24th December 2019
In preparation for Christmas, St Columba’s Church will open late on Friday 20th December from 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm. During this time there will be an opportunity for confession and prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The Annual Carol Service will take place in the Church on Sunday 22nd December at 6.00 pm. The Long Tower Folk group, Childrens Choir and Long Tower Choir will lead the carols. We invite children to bring presents of new unwrapped toys and adults to donate sweets, biscuits, vouchers or cash (no other foodstuffs). St Vincent de Paul Society will distribute the gifts.
Annual Solemn Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Nine Sundays before Christmas in Long Tower Church at 6.00pm. The theme of the Novena is; ‘As we seek Mary’s help in caring for our common home, this planet earth’. Each night will comprise of the Rosary, Novena prayer and petitions, a talk given by various guest speakers & ceremony of healing with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. This Sunday 15th December our speaker is Julianne Moran. Julianne has extensive experience of working in both ecclesial and educational roles and has previously worked for the Irish Bishops Conference. She has a Masters in Theology and is currently the National Secretary for World Missions Ireland. We welcome her to the Long Tower as we continue our Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. We encourage everybody, including those in particular need of healing in their lives, to come along. The Novena can also be a way of spiritually preparing to celebrate the feast of Christmas and a source of blessing on our parish, our families and all those whom we love.
Latin Mass will be celebrated in the Long Tower this Sunday 15th December at 2.00pm. Everyone is welcome.
Padre Pio Healing Mass will take place on Monday 16th December at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.
LAST WEEK’S ENVELOPE COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £1766.00
LAST WEEK’S RENOVATION COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £560.00
Adoration: There will be No Adoration this Wednesday 18th December 2019, due to the Nativity practice. Due to Christmas Day & New Years’ Day falling on Wednesday’s we will not have Adoration on 25th December or 1st January 2020. Adoration will resume as normal on Wednesday 8th 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.
Monday16th December 7.30pm Bridie McGill
Tuesday 17th December 10.00am Toal Toland
Tuesday 17th December 7.30pm Paula Roberts
Wednesday 18th December 7.30pm Terence Crawley
Thursday 19th December 7.30pm Helen Marie Toland
Saturday 21st December 6.00pm Eileen Crossan
Rest In Peace: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of; Odran Morrow – Ardfoyle
Baptisms: We welcome: Grace Devenney & Aoisé Radcliffe
Fr. Aidan gratefully acknowledges with thanks the individual donations of £250.00 £100.00 to the Longtower SOS Project.
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 December at 12 noon.
The Liturgy of the Word: This part of the Mass is called the Liturgy of the Word. It might be helpful to think of this first part of the liturgy of the word as the time when we listen to the story of God’s love for us as it is written in the Bible. We sit down to listen just like we would when we listen to any story. During the first part of the Liturgy of the Word we usually listen to three readings from the Bible:
- The first reading is usually taken from the Old Testament
- The Psalm is a poem or song from the Book of Psalms
- The second reading is taken from the New Testament
“Good and happy is the man who does not lose faith in me.”
To wait is ‘to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens.’ Waiting asks us to have a measure of faith – faith in the anticipated probability that something good is going to occur, even within the moments when life is not so good to us. It feels we spend much of our existence in various states of waiting – from our conception to our dissolution, hoping that all will be well. We are in a period of waiting during Advent, preparing our hearts for the arrival of the Divine Child. In this state of repose let us not lose hope in what may be happening in our lives that is painful or challenging, for He will once again return us to joy and peace – when we are least expecting it. Reference and further reading: Matthew 11:2-11
Long Tower Christmas Mass Bouquets & Christmas Cards (pack of 12) are now available from the Parish Office or the Sacristy.
Sisters from St Elisabeth Convent, Minsk, Belarus, will visit St Columba’s Church, Long Tower this Monday 16th of December at 7.30pm Mass and on Tuesday 17th December at 10am Mass. A small display of their crafts will be available to purchase in support of their various charitable projects.
Toy Appeal for SVDP. As a Parish we would like to help SVDP with the collection of toys for distribution within our Community. Gift tags are available from the Church & Parish office. Gifts can be left in the Sacristy or Parish office (unwrapped) together with the tag. Thank you for your continuing support.
Mass for the sick will take place in the Carmelite Retreat Centre Termonbaccca on Tuesday 17th December at 7.30p.m. Advent Evening Vigil (Confessions, Adoration and Mass) will take place on Wednesday 18th December at 7.30p.m.
Thornhill Ministries, 121 Culmore Road, Derry: Tue 17 Dec Advent Retreat: ‘With Mary we Ponder the Mystery’ (9:30 am to 1:00 pm) Fr Paschal leads this time of spiritual nourishment as we prepare to celebrate the Christmas Miracle, includes Mass and light lunch. Booking essential. Suggested Offering £20. Wed 18 Dec. Reflection Morning (9:30 am to 12:00 pm) Includes Mass and light lunch / Meditation Hour (6:30pm to 7:00pm). Thu 19 Dec. Décor Workshop 7:30 pm Create a Table Centrepiece. Suggested Offering £30. Includes all materials.
Derry Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Medjugorje 28th July: We are inviting young people aged 16-18 to join us on pilgrimage to Medjugorje for 7 nights from 28th July-4th August. Cost is £599 and there will be a budget plan to help with this. Names and deposit of £100 are due by 20th of December. For more information or to book in please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 00 44 2871264087
Children in Crossfire want to thank everyone who took an Advent box this year and for your continued support. Donations this year will help provide lifesaving treatment for children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition in Ethiopia, please return your donations to the chapel in January. For any more information email@example.com or 02871269898.
Trócaire- Gifts of Love. ‘If you want to help make the world a better place this Christmas, then please give a Trócaire Gift of Love. Available online at www.trocaire.org/gifts or by Tel: 0800 912 1200. Thank you for your support’.
The Priory Institute, offers an online retreat based on the ‘O Antiphons’ of Advent from 17th to 23rd December. This retreat will be offered entirely online with one reflection per day beginning on 16th December and ending on Christmas Day. To register, please contact 0035314048124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Net. The December edition of The Net is now available. For coverage of your parish or school faith activities just send an email to email@example.com or ring/text 07809292852.
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.
Training Opportunity for Young People: The Diocese in conjunction with Youthlink NI are offering an exciting training opportunity for young people aged 16-18 interested in Youth Work and Leadership Training. The course will be an OCN Level 1 Award in Practical Youth Work/Ministry Skills. It will run over on 3 days Saturday 18th January, Sunday 2nd February and Saturday 7th March in Maghera Pastoral Centre.
Training Opportunity for Adults: The Diocese are also offering a training course for adults interested in Parish Pastoral Ministry. This course will be a Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice and it will run over 5 Saturdays and a few evenings beginning on Wednesday 4th March 6pm-9pm in Maghera Pastoral Centre. If you are interested in any of these courses, please contact Yvonne Rooney the Diocesan Pastoral Youth Leader for more details or an application form on 0044 2871264087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020: 2 – 7 July 2020. Applications are now being sought for the 2020 Youth Pilgrimage, from those who will be age 17 at time of travel. Forms can be requested through schools or directly from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop Street, Derry, BT48 6UJ, email; email@example.com. Gift Vouchers for all pilgrims to the value of £25 and £50 can be ordered via these same contact details.
Sean Davis 2 day Indoor Christmas Fun Soccer Academy takes place at Templemore Sports Complex from Monday 30th to Tuesday 31st December 2019 for boys and girls aged 5 to 17 yrs. Times: 10:00am to 3.00pm daily. For further details Tel. Sean Davis FAI, IFA, FA European A Licence Coach on 028 71263044.
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.
ST COLUMBA’S CHURCH, LONG TOWER
24th December 2019 – 4thJANUARY 2020
MASSES OVER THE CHRISTMAS SEASON & NEW YEAR
Tuesday 24th December 10.00am
Evening Vigil for Christmas 6.00pm
Late Vigil for Christmas 9.00pm
Wednesday 25th December /Christmas Day 8.00am
Thursday 26th December 10.00am
Friday 27th December 10.00am
Saturday 28th December 10.00am
Vigil Mass 6.00pm
Sunday 29th December 8.00am
Monday 30thDecember 10.00am
Tuesday 31st December 10.00am & 4.30pm
Wednesday 1st January 10.00am
Thursday 2nd January 10.00am & 7.30pm
Friday 3rd January 10.00am & 7.30pm
Saturday 4th January 10.00am
Vigil Mass 6.00pm
Please note the Church will close at 6.00pm on 25th, 26th & 27th December