Thirtieth Sunday In Ordinary Time 27th October 2019
Annual Solemn Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, begins this Sunday 27th October at 6.00pm. The theme of this year’s 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 and ceremony of healing with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. This week’s speaker is Rev. Declan Boland who is native of Moville, Co.Donegal. Fr. Declan was ordained in 1973 at St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny. He has served in the Parishes of St. Patricks, Pennyburn, St Mary’s, Creggan, Ballinascreen & Limavady and has been Parish Priest of Camus, Strabane for the past 20 years. We welcome him to the Long Tower as we begin 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. If you already have the Novena Booklet ‘Stay with us, Lord’, please bring it with you, copies will also be available on the evening, cost £2.
Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament … begins this Sunday 27th October.
40 Hours Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament commences after 12noon Mass on Sunday. The first day concludes with the Novena at 6.00pm. Adoration recommences after 10.00am Mass on Monday and concludes with Solemn Benediction at 7.00pm. It is during this time that we bring our prayers before the Lord. We can offer Him our petitions, our concerns, our troubles, our joys, our gratitude, our disappointments, our needs and our aspirations.
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, 27th October at 12 noon.
Preparing the Church for Mass: The sacristan is a very important person in church. He or she opens and closes the building, makes sure that it is warm and welcoming, prepares the altar, lights the candles, puts out the necessary books and things needed for the Mass and make sure that there are enough candles, wine and altar breads for Mass. In most parishes there are people who look after the cleaning of the church. They also make sure that there are flowers to decorate the altar. They may put up the crib at Christmas and decorate the church building for special occasions.
LAST WEEK’S MISSION COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £2243.00
LAST WEEK’S RENOVATION COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £606.00
Thank you for your prayers and generosity towards World Mission Sunday last weekend. It will help missionaries to form and sustain communities of hope and faith. Please know that your kindness towards World Mission Sunday makes transformative differences in the lives of people who are suffering.
Fr. Aidan gratefully acknowledges with thanks the individual donations of £540.00, & £50.00 to the Longtower SOS Project.
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 29th October 7.30pm Gladys McShane
Wednesday 30th October 7.30pm Edward & Grace McCallion
Thursday 31st October 7.30pm Roisin Lyttle
Saturday 2nd November 6.00pm Mass for Deceased of Parish
Rest In Peace: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of; Liam McAdams- Bridge Street, Ann Coyle – Great James Street, Fr Jim Hamilton- St Columb’s Wells, Elizabeth Denny- Formerly Lone Moor Road, Eileen Holmes- Cable Street, Tony McDaid- Maybrook Park.
Baptisms: We welcome: Evie Quinn
This Sunday’s Gospel gives us an opportunity to reflect on three things; who we are in the depths of our hearts, how we relate to God and how we relate to others. It challenges each of us as missionary disciples to ensure that the words we proclaim and the loving deeds we perform during the course of our missionary discipleship are sincere and humble. Outwardly virtuous words and deeds, if they do not spring from an inwardly transformed virtuous heart, do not lead us to God. Feeling true humility in the face of God will help us to look with compassion on the lives of others, so that, in being truly merciful, we shall receive mercy.
On Friday 1st November we celebrate the Feast of All Saints. It is a Holyday of Obligation. Masses for the Holyday are: Thursday: Vigil 7.30pm. Friday: 8.00am, 10.00am & 7.30pm.
Indulgences at the Commemoration of All Souls, Saturday 2nd November
From 12 Noon on 1st November until midnight on 2nd November, all who have confessed, received Holy Communion and prayed for the Pope’s intentions (one Our Father & Hail Mary, or any other prayer of one’s choice) can gain one plenary indulgence by visiting a Church or Oratory, and there reciting one Our Father & the Apostle’s Creed. This indulgence is applicable only to the souls of the departed. Confession may be made at any time within the week preceding or the week following 1st November. Holy Communion may be received on any day from 1st to 8th November. The faithful who visit a cemetery and pray for the dead may gain a plenary indulgence applicable only to the Holy Souls on the usual conditions once per day from 1st to 8th November. The conditions mentioned above also apply to this.
Commemoration of All The Faithful Departed Mass will be celebrated on Saturday 2nd November at 6.00pm in commemoration of the departed. The relatives of loved ones who have died during the year will already have received a special invitation. However, everyone is encouraged to attend. During the Mass the names of all those who were buried from the Long Tower during the year will be read out as a member of each respective family is invited to place a candle (available at the Church) before the Altar. Additional candles are placed to remember those who are bereaved through miscarriage, still birth and infant death.
Confirmation 2020: The Confirmation for the children from Long Tower & Nazareth House Primary Schools will be celebrated on Tuesday 4th February at 5pm.
We are Seeking Volunteers to lead the Rosary in Long Tower, Monday-Friday evenings beginning at 7.00pm. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Christmas Mass Bouquets are now available in the Parish Office and the Sacristy.
New Dublin Voices will be singing at 12 noon Mass this Sunday 27th October 2019 as part of the Sacred Trail of the City of Derry International Choral Festival. New Dublin Voices is a leading Irish chamber choir, founded by conductor Bernie Sherlock in 2005, from the start NDV has presented concert programmes that are fresh, innovative, and exciting, ranging widely in style and period from the medieval to the contemporary. The choir takes special pleasure in exploring the music of living composers and has given numerous Irish and world premieres. www.newdublinvoices.com
Mass in honour of Blessed Alexandrina will be held in Termonbacca on Sunday the 27th October at 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Mass for the Sick will take place in the Carmelite Retreat Centre Termonbacca on Tuesday 29th October, beginning at 7.30 p.m.
Windows to the Soul: A Reflective Walking Tour; Friday & Saturday Evenings 1st & 2nd Novermber. The tour will involve a short walk between the Venues of St Augustine’s, Aras Cholmcille – Long Tower, First Derry Presbyterian & St Columbs Cathedral. The event is free & begins each evening at 8.20pm at Long Tower Church
Thornhill Ministries, 121 Culmore Road, Derry: The Annual Crib Festival will take place this year on the last weekend of November. Do you have a crib that you would be willing to lend us for our display as we bring alive the true story of Christmas? If so, please contact us before 31 October. Oasis Day: Fr Paschal McDonnell offers a gentle day’s reflection and meditation on ‘Harvesting Experience’s Wisdom’ – Tuesday 5 November from 9:30 am to 2:15 pm. Booking essential. Suggested Offering, £20:00 (includes Eucharist and light lunch).
Spiritual Reading Book Club, The Book of the Month for November is ‘A Cry is Heard’ by John Vanier. Copies of books available for purchase. New members welcome! Date: Tuesday 19 November. Time: 10:30 am – 11:45 am. Suggested Offering £5.00. For more information Tel: 028 7135 1233/email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accord Derry, Marriage Preparation Workshops, January 17th/18th 2020, February 21st/22nd 2020. March 27th/28th 2020, Venue: Thornhill Ministeries, Culmore Road, Derry BT48 8JF, Booking now online at www.accord-ni.co.uk.
Accord Derry Counselling Service – We provide a professional counselling service for individuals and couples who are experiencing difficulties in their marriage and relationships. For further information go to www.accordni.com or telephone (028) 71362475.
The Pro Life Campaign National Conferencetakes place in the Concert Hall of the RDS, Dublin 4 on Saturday, 2nd November from 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm. The keynote speaker this year is Ashley Bratcher, star of the ‘Unplanned’ film, which tells the story of Abby Johnson who was the director of an abortion clinic in the US and has now become a pro-life advocate. The movie ‘Unplanned’ will also be screened at the conference. To register see www.prolifecampaign.ie or telephone (01) 662 9275. The event is free and all are welcome.
Could you help someone with sight loss in Derry / Londonderry?Become a My Guide Volunteer In our local area there are people with a visual impairment who really need your support to get out and about, try new things and engage in our local community. If you have a few hours to spare and really want to make a massive difference to someone living with sight loss in our local area then become a My Guide volunteer. For more information contact Paula Mclarnon on 07766 526873 or email email@example.com
Are you or someone you know blind or partially sighted and keen to get into paid employment? RNIB (the Royal National Institute of Blind People) has secured funding to provide a full range of tailored one to one support, training and paid work placement for six Blind or Partially Sighted people to be supported into employment in your area. To qualify you must be of working age and currently unemployed. Places are extremely limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. For further information and to secure a place contact Anne Cahill, Eye Work Too Programme on 02890 334103, mobile 07845 499482, email Anne.Cahill@rnib.org.uk or website rnib.org.uk/eyeworktoo
Los Dramáticos An exciting voyage around Latin America and Spain with Paddy (N. Ireland) and Victor (Chile), Los Dramáticos will bring flamenco guitar, the charango lute and vocal harmonies to The Playhouse on Friday 8 November, 8pm. More info at www.derryplayhouse.co.uk or (028)71268027.
Frs. Martin and Eugene O’Hagan of ‘The Priests’ and Derry soprano Margaret Keys have announced details of an Autumn gala concert in aid of Trócaire. The concert will be held in Clonard Monastery, Belfast on Friday 15th November at 7.30pm and will feature the three vocalists together with the choir of St. Dominic’s Grammar School in Belfast. Admission will be free by ticket with a suggested donation on the night of £10. To reserve tickets, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search ‘Trócaire Autumn Gala Concert’, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 028 90808030.