12th Sunday in Ordinary Time 25th June 2017
THE DEEP END: Even the Hairs on your Head are Counted
Today’s Gospel is an affirmation for all those who feel persecuted in any way because of their beliefs or because people are speaking badly about them, or those who feel alienated from their community, their family or even from God. During such times it can be extremely lonely to the point where one can lose their sense of purpose in this world. While we might not want to shout from the rooftops, as Jesus suggests, there is a message here to speak out, to talk it out. Today, spend time on the beautiful words of Jesus in this Gospel – ‘Even the hairs of your head are all counted, so do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows!’ The sparrow, one of the smallest of birds, is cared for and loved by God. This is a reminder that no matter how insignificant we might feel or how challenging the circumstances get, God is with us, each of us. Once again, we are being told how sacred each and every person is and how much we are loved by God. In his eyes, each of us are precious. Today, recall the times or places where you felt God’s supporting presence.
‘When we travel through those wilderness places of our lives where we feel lost, insecure, lonely, frustrated, discouraged, or overcome by busyness: Help us to trust in you, God of the journey. When we catch glimpses of the tremendous love you have for us and experience a deep, loving connection with others: Help us to trust in you, God of the journey.’
Baptisms We welcome: Cillian Sean Melaugh,52A Stanleys Walk, Josh Richard Kieran Curran, 5 Cable Street, Ríonagh Mairéad and Shannon Rose Devlin, 29 Harding Street
Requiescat In Pace We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of John Gillespie Gt James Street,, James Cuthbert, Corporation Street.
Hospital Calls – If you know anyone in hospital. Please contact Fr Aidan or the parish office with their name and hospital ward details.
Mass in honour of Blessed Alexandrina will be held in Termonbacca this Sunday the 25th June at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.
Coach to the Rally for Life – A coach will leave from St Joseph’s Chapel, Galliagh @ 8.00am to the pro-life rally in Dublin on Saturday 1st July. Limited seats – Book NOW! Contact Ciara on 077 4930 8198 or 028 9027 8484 or more details.
The St Columba’s Heritage Centre – Wee Nun’s Are you retired or semi-retired or would you just like to help out at the Centre. Aras Cholmcille community are looking for volunteers. Can you find 3 hours per week to be a part of the history of Cholmcille and work with a very friendly community. For more information contact Eugene on 077 7974 8142.
Please Complete your Volunteer Application for World Meeting of Families 2018 The WMOF website registration has now gone live and are actively recruiting volunteers. They would love to have you as part of their volunteer team! In order to volunteer, you must now complete your volunteer application in full at www.worldmeeting2018.ie/volunteer as soon as possible! The volunteer form is easy to fill out and will only take approximately 5-10 minutes. You will need to provide two referees in your application in order for us to complete your screening process. So please have these ready (including name, and contact number) before you start your volunteer application. By completing your application fully means we can get you on to the next phase of the recruitment quickly.
Saint Joseph’s Young Priests Society will meet on Monday the 26th June at 8.15pm in the upper room of the sacristy. All welcome
St Eugene’s Cathedral Restoration/Renovations Draw
1st Prize £2,000; 2nd Prize £500, 3rd Prize £200, 4th Prize £200, 5th
Prize £100, 6th Prize £100, 7th Prize £100, 8th Prize £100, 9th Prize
£100, 10th Prize £100.
10 chances per £5 ticket. (£50 for book of 10 tickets)
Draw will take place on Saturday, 1st July 2017
Tickets available from the Sacristy after Masses or from the Parochial
Guided Prayer Sessions at Knock Shrine take place in the prayer guidance centre daily. Take some time for quiet prayer, meditation and to listen to the word of God. Mon-Fri: 12 noon; 4.15pm, 8.15pm. Sat & Sun: 12noon, 5pm, 8.15pm.
Knock Counselling Centre Drop-In Service offers people an opportunity to discuss difficult or challenging life issues in a caring and confidential environment. People attend single sessions to reflect on and discuss personal issues or concerns. No appointment necessary. Available Thursday: 10.00am-5pm, Friday: 2pm-5pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11am-5pm.
Watch Masses online from Knock Shrine The daily 3pm Mass in the Basilica is now being streamed live. The 12 noon Sunday Mass is also available to watch online at www.knockshrine.ie/watch and recordings of all Sundays Masses are also available on the Knock Shrine YouTube channel.
Healing Mass at Columba House Thurs 29th June Fr Neal Carlin and the Columba Community will celebrate a special Mass for healing on Thursday 29th June at 7.30pm in Columba House, 11 Queen St, Derry. We invite you to come along and share in this special evening of prayer for healing.
Free Training Course for Carers of people with Dementia to be held in Derry and Strabane starting 29 June 2017 for 4 weeks (3 hours per week). To register Please email email@example.com or call 074 8450 7178.
Praxis Care, the Charity promoting mental health, urgently needs volunteers. Contact Clare at Praxis Care Befriending Scheme, email: BefriendingDerry@praxiscare.org.uk or phone 71361728. Training, and travel expenses will be reimbursed. Your friendship could make all the difference.
Abbey House Luncheon Club for over 50’s: Monday-Friday at 12.30 pm. 4 course meal £4.40 3 course meal £3.40. A collection and drop off bus service is available or a takeaway can be collected between 12 noon to 12.30pm Contact Patricia 71262393.
LAST WEEK’S COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £2020.00
LAST WEEK’S RENOVATION COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £522.00
Fr Aidan thanks you for your continued generosity to the Long Tower Parish