Thirty First Sunday In Ordinary Time 30th October 2022
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 families and loved ones in our prayers.
Sunday 30th October 12Noon Edward & Grace McCallion
Monday 31st October 10.00am Roisin Lyttle
Monday 31st October 7.30pm Mary Dauncy
Tuesday 1st November 7.30pm Darren McCormick
Wednesday 2nd November 7.30pm Mass for Deceased of Parish
Thursday 3rd November 7.30pm John Connolly
Friday 4th November 10.00am Jack Morrison
Saturday 5th November 10.00am Shamus, Lena & Maureen Donohoe
Saturday 5th November 6.00pm Thomas McShane
Rest In Peace: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of; Frankie McFeely- Elaghmore Park & Stanley Power- Glendara, Foyle Road
Baptisms: We welcome into the family of God; Fiadh O’Connor, Dakota-Mae Simpson Magee & Sophie Richardson
Baptisms: Please contact the Parish Office for dates.
LAST WEEK’S MISSION SUNDAY COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £1940.00
LAST WEEK’S RENOVATION COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £607.00
Parish Office: You can contact the Parish Office by Phone on 028-71262301 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fr. Gerard gratefully acknowledges with thanks a donation to the running costs of the 40 Hours Adoration and thanks also to all who attended.
Visitation of the Sick. For urgent sick calls please contact the parish office on 028-71262301 or 02871262894.
Annual Solemn Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Continues this Sunday 30th October at 6.00pm. The theme of our Novena this year is ‘What do I believe’? Exploring our Faith. Each night will comprise of the Rosary, Novena prayer and petitions with a short talk given by guest speakers and a ceremony of healing with Benediction. Our speaker this week is Gemma Thatcher. Gemma is an RE teacher at St Brigid’s College, Carnhill. She studied Theology & Religious studies at St Mary’s University College, Strawberryhill. She is a mother and has a passion for liturgical music. We wish her and our Parish every blessing 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 join us.
FEAST OF ALL SAINTS – This Tuesday 1st November we celebrate the Feast of All Saints, Masses are on Monday 31st October (Vigil) at 7.30pm & Tuesday at 10.00am & 7.30pm.
ALL SOULS – Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
Masses will be offered on Wednesday 2nd November at 10.00am & 7.30pm in commemoration of the departed. During the 7.30pm Mass the names of all those who were buried from the Long Tower during the year (1st Oct’21 – 30th Sept’22) will be read out. We invite you to join us in person, if you can, or via the webcam. We also invite you to visit the Church during this month of November to offer a prayer for the happy repose of the soul of your own deceased relative or friend.
Indulgences at the Commemoration of All Souls: 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.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues this Thursday 3rd November, in St Columba’s Church, Long Tower from after the 7.30pm Mass until 12 Midnight. According to the Book of Lismore, a 15th-century medieval manuscript, “Columbkille used, moreover, to go to Heaven every Thursday while he was alive”. Fr Willie Doherty translated this ‘quaint extract’ to mean that on Thursdays, St Columba was ‘more than usually fervent in his visits to the Blessed Sacrament’. During this time, we will gather with St Columba and all our ancestors who knelt and prayed where he knelt and prayed for all our families, particularly the sick, those suffering from mental health and living with addictions, for healing in our city and in reparation. All welcome to come and pray throughout the evening.
Long Tower Parish together with a Local Charity launch a Cost of Living Appeal:- Given the rise in the cost of living and the stress and heartache many families are going through especially in the run up to Christmas, we want to help as many families as possible. Please get in touch if you can help in any way or if you need help yourself. Items we are collecting are: Toys for all ages, Toiletries, Food for hampers, Gift sets, PJ’s/ Clothes (Must be in good condition/new). Items /Donations can be left at the Parochial House, 6 Victoria Place, Monday-Thursday from 2-4pm. Thank you for your support.
Morning coffee/tea at the Aras. Come and join us at Aras Cholmcille for a cup of coffee/tea and a bit of crack with the parishioners after 10 mass on Tuesday’s. ‘Casting a Long Shadow’ is a new book charting the People’s History of the Long Tower Church. It will be on sale in Aras Cholmcille daily from 10.30.a.m. to 1.00.p.m. Price £20.00.
Deceased Children & Young People’s Mass: The Annual Mass for deceased children and young people will take place in St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, on Sunday 6th November at 7:00pm. There will be an opportunity to write down the name of your deceased loved one before Mass. All are welcome to attend. You can also join this Mass live on the St Eugene’s Cathedral webcam. If you are unable to attend this Mass in person but would like to have a child or young person remembered at it, please email the name to email@example.com by Friday 4 November.
The Holy Family Padre Pio Prayer Group will meet on Tuesday 1 November at Holy Family Chapel, Ballymagroarty, Derry, starting with the holy rosary at 6.45pm, Mass at 7.15pm, and novena to St. Pio directly afterwards. There will be a first-class relic available for veneration. All Welcome.
Do you have questions about your Catholic Faith? Ask the God Club! 🤔. For 11-18year olds. Starting Saturday 5th November 10.30am- 11.30am, Upstairs in Long Tower Church, then every Saturday same time, same place. Be there!! Be informed!! Parents welcome.
St Joseph’s Boys School- Annual Mass of Remembrance for all deceased pupils, staff and governors will take place on Thursday 10 November 2022 @ 7pm in the school assembly hall. If you would like to add a name to the list for remembrance please contact the school office on 02871262923.
Knights of St. Columbanus deceased members mass is Thursday 10th November in St Brigids Church, Carnhill, Derry at 6 30pm. Celebrant, Fr. Sean O’Donnell.
Pledge for November: Many people offer spiritual support to a relation who is struggling because of alcohol or an addiction problem. Parishioners who wish to take a short-term Pioneer pledge during the month of the Holy Souls are invited to visit www.pioneers.ie/pray.
This autumn, help us spread the word about Fostering: We need more foster carers now, right across Northern Ireland. Help us get the message out by talking to your family, friends and work colleagues. There are various types of foster care available to suit different lifestyles and family commitments. Could you foster? Telephone:0800 0720 137, Website: adoptionandfostercare.hscni.net.
The Catholic Mothers Group will host a Retreat in Termonbacca on Saturday 26th November. This all-day Retreat will begin at 10am, with registration. Come and join us for a day away from the busyness of motherhood and take time for prayer, restoration and encouragement. Contact Sinead for further information and to register on 07523104760 or 0860528282.
Rally for their Lives – Please join us for this most important Life Chain at Belfast City Hall on Saturday 5th November at 2.00pm to stand for the protection of babies in the womb. For more information contact Precious Life on 02890278484 /07592280522.
GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: Is Gambling affecting your life? Perhaps we can help. Tel 028 7135 1329.