Twenty- First Sunday In Ordinary Time 25th August 2019
Our Road to Jerusalem
“Try your best to enter by the narrow door.”
As Jesus made his way to Jerusalem he knew what would become of him when he would reach his destination – his Father had given him insight and the strength of His love to endure the days ahead. In the midst of this devastating knowledge Jesus continued his travels bringing healing, hope and faith to the people in the towns and little villages. People came to him for solace and he lovingly helped them whilst carrying the burden of his own destiny. Many of us today are travelling with news given to us that is hard to endure – we may feel our cross hard to bear as we travel our own road to Jerusalem. May we feel the powerful presence of His love in our body, mind and spirit – giving us the strength to try our best to enter the narrow door into the kingdom of healing and freedom. Reference and further reading: Luke 13; 22-30
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 25th August 12.00Noon Anna Celine Taylor
Tuesday 27th August 10.00am Bridget Morrison
Tuesday 27th August 7.30pm William Campbell
Wednesday 28th August 7.30pm The Lynch Family
Thursday 29th August 7.30pm Colum Devenney
Rest In Peace: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of; Patrick McIntyre- Hamilton Court, Annie Page- High Park
Baptisms: We welcome: Naoise Coyle & Donnacha Kelly
Fr. Aidan gratefully acknowledges with thanks the donation of £20.00 to the Longtower SOS Project.
The Parish Office will be closed on Monday 26th August.
LAST WEEK’S ENVELOPE COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £1760.00
LAST WEEK’S RENOVATION COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £506.00
PARISH YOUTH MINISTRY COLLECTION £655.00
Tuesday 27th August– Feast Day of St Monica, Patron Saint of Mothers;
Through her great patience and constant prayers along with her examples of kindness, Monica was blessed with the conversion to Christianity
of both her husband and son St Augustine.
Wednesday 28th August – Feast Day of St Augustine, Bishop & Doctor of the Church;
“Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe”. St Augustine
Job Opportunity: Derry Diocesan Trust seeks to recruit a Youth Co-ordinator for the Parish of Templemore (St Eugene’s Cathedral and St Columba’s, Long Tower). Part-Time (20 hours), Fixed Term One-Year Contract (with possibility of extension). The employee will facilitate the growth of the faith of all youth within the parish, which currently has five primary schools and three post-primary schools. For application packs please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 028 7126 2302. Completed applications must be returned to Derry Diocesan Trust, Bishop’s House, St Eugene’s Cathedral, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP, or via email, to be received no later than 5.00pm on Thursday 29th August 2019. Derry Diocesan Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
Derry Diocesan Trust Parish of Maghera Permanent Contract. This is a part time position, 12 hours per week. Sacristans Role: Preparing the church for all liturgies in accordance with diocesan guidelines and ensure effective security, maintenance and cleaning of the church. For application packs please contact: Personnel, Derry Diocesan Trust, Bishop’s House, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP or email: email@example.com. Completed applications must be returned via post to: Personnel, Derry Diocesan Office, Bishop’s House, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 5.00pm on Wednesday 11th September 2019. Derry Diocesan Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer
Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage To Knock Shrine: Saturday 28 September, led by Bishop Donal McKeown. Stations of the Cross 2pm, Mass 3pm, with Sacrament of the Sick. Buses will travel, with a variety of pick-up points. Contact: Fr Patrick Lagan for further detail, email: email@example.com, Tel: 028 7126 2894
Diocesan Religious Education Conference –‘The Path I Walk Christ Walks It’: The Diocese of Derry is hosting its inaugural Education Conference for Schools in Saint Columb’s College, Derry on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th August. As part of this event, there will be two public sessions, beginning each evening at 7pm. On 28th Fr Adrian Porter, SJ, Director of the Jesuit Institute of Education, London, will speak about, ‘Trusting God-Promoting Positive Mental Health in a Catholic School’ and, on 29th Professor Francis Campbell, Vice Chancellor of Saint Mary’s University, Twickenham, will address the topic, ‘Why Choose a Catholic School?’ Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre, working in Partnership with Saint Mary’s University, Twickenham, offers the Masters in Catholic School Leadership. This is a post graduate degree dedicated to the professional development and spiritual formation of Catholic school leaders. The next intake will be Autumn 2019. If you require any further information, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 004428 71264087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mass in honour of Blessed Alexandrina will be held in Termonbacca on Sunday the 25th August at 7:30 pm. Everyone welcome. Mass for the Sick in the Carmelite Retreat Centre Termonbacca on Tuesday 27th August, at 7.30 p.m.
Pioneers and Friends’ One Day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg takes place on Saturday 7th September. Bus will leave Ardmore Church at 7.45am and final pick up point is at Steelstown Church at 8.00am. Total price for the day is £40 which includes bus and boat fares and also refreshments, services and lunch on the island. To book a place please ring Bridie 7129 1231, Marie 7135 2970, Anne 7135 2768 or Andrew 7135 2285 as soon as possible and no later than Monday 2nd September. Everyone welcome
March For Their Lives: Please join us at this Urgent March at Custom House Square, Belfast, on September 7th from 2.00pm. For more information on buses leaving from your area, please contact Precious Life on 028 9027 8484 or email email@example.com
The organising group – NI Voiceless – is not linked to any party or particular faith & aims to put pressure on politicians to restore Stormont and halt abortion legislation. It will hold a protest on the steps of Stormont on Friday, 6th September at 7pm. Protesters have been asked to wear black or dark colours and carry a mobile or “other electric light”.
Catholic Grandparents Association Annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage September 8th 2019, Knock Shrine 2.30pm. Everybody welcome to honour & thank Grandparents alive & dead for all they have done for us down through the ages. Chief Celebrant Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin – Combined Choirs of Knock Parish – Dana sings ‘Our Lady of Knock’.
St. Mary’s College Return to School Arrangements 2019; Year 8 – Thursday 29th August, Years 13 & 14 – Friday 30th August – Induction, Monday 2nd September Whole School.
Registration Days for St Joseph’s Boys’ School are as follows Year 9 – Tuesday 27th August 10.00 am – 11.30 am, Year 10 – Tuesday 27th August 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm, Year 11 – Wednesday 28th August 10.00am – 11.30am Year 12 – Wednesday 28th August 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm. Introduction to the School year for St Joseph’s Boys School are as follows; Year 9, 10, 11 and 14 will attend on Thursday 29th August 2019 from 8.40 am – 12.00 noon. Year 8, 12 and 13 will attend on Friday 30th August 2019 from 8.40 am – 12.00 noon. All pupils attend for full timetable on Monday 2nd September.
Compassionate Communities is a partnership of local organisations working to improve the quality of life of people when living on the spectrum of a life-limiting illness, caregiving, death, dying and loss. We aim to improve end of life care by supporting those who wish to remain living in their own homes. Our ‘Reach Out’ scheme is recruiting volunteers to befriend someone who is experiencing isolation due to illness, death and bereavement. Could you give 1-2 hours a week to offer support and friendship to someone in their own home? No experience is needed as all volunteers receive comprehensive induction training, on-going training and monthly support. The next Volunteer Induction Training is Monday 23rd and 30th Sept at 9.30-2.30pm. Both days must be attended. Contact Leann on 07841101932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org