Twenty Third Sunday In Ordinary Time 6th September 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 families and loved ones in our prayers.
Sunday 6th September 12Noon James Murray
Monday 7th September 10.00am Angela Carlin
Monday 7th September 7.30pm John Temple
Tuesday 8th September 10.00am Grace, Anne, & Margaret McKee
Tuesday 8th September 7.30pm Betty & Leeann Kelly
Wednesday 9th September 7.30pm Eddie & Martin Harrigan
Thursday 10th September 7.30pm Martin McGuigan
Saturday 12th September 6.00pm Bernadette Murray
Rest In Peace: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of; Dolores Logue- Alexander House.
Baptisms: We welcome into the family of God; Shea Morrison, Millie Savage, & Matthew Moore
Parish Office: You can contact the Parish Office by Phone on 028-71262301 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Baptisms: Please contact the Parish Office for dates.
Visitation of the Sick. For urgent sick calls please contact the parish office on 028-71262301 or 02871262894.
Adoration: There will be No Adoration this Wednesday 9th September due to 1st Confessions.
We kindly ask that everyone attending Mass, other Church Services and Devotions to wear a face covering at all times (apart from those with certain health conditions). We must all continue to observe social distancing, to use the hand sanitiser on entering & leaving the Church and to receive Holy Communion only in the hand. It is up to each of us individually and as a community to keep each other as safe as possible as we continue to live alongside the virus. We continue to have stewards and ushers giving direction as you enter and leave the Church. Please follow the guidance given as they are acting for the well being of everyone. Entrance and exit doorways must be kept totally free at all times.We appreciate your understanding and support as we continue to gather together in these uncertain times.
Padre Pio Intercede for Us
Weekly Mass for Healing in Mind & Body continues this Monday 7th September at 7.30pm.
We shall share in a spiritual network of prayer, love and support in these difficult times. While we may still be apart in person, we remain heartfully present with everyone and wish to further connect with all who are ill, unwell, feeling isolated and struggling with the pressures of life.
Through the gift of this Mass we will unite in prayer for all. We pray to be surrounded by the light and warmth of God’s love to heal our brokenness at this time of isolation, suffering and loss. We hope at the end of each Mass to give a Spiritual Blessing using a 1st class relic of Padre Pio.
We ask everyone’s assistance to help others connect with this Mass through our webcam – especially the elderly, frail and vulnerable. Please share as best you can knowledge of this Mass with your family & friends.
To be Known…
“The Creator can say to each one of us: ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you’ (Jer 1:5). We were conceived in the heart of God, and for this reason ‘Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary’.’’ Pope Francis.
The thought of being known before being formed creates a stir in the heart like no other – then, to be told that ‘each of us is necessary’ is deeply reassuring. To know that we are not here by accident, that each of us matter and are mutually connected releases the angst of separation that seems to have grown in our hearts. If in doubt, difficulty or alone remember these Divine words; write them down, even memorise them – but most importantly, let’s engrave them on our hearts, ‘each of us is willed, loved and necessary’…and known in the heart of God. Reference and further reading: Laudato Si – On Care for Our Common Home. Chapter 2 – The Gospel of Creation II:65.
Schedule of Masses (Week Beginning Monday 7th September)
& Other Devotions until Further Notice
10am – Mass
6.50pm–Divine Mercy Devotions
7.00pm- 7.25pm Confessions
10am – Mass
11.30am – 12.30pm – Confessions
5.15pm- 5.50pm – Confessions
6.00pm- Vigil Mass
10.00am – Mass
There will be No Adoration this Wednesday
Access to Church Services: You can access the webcam via the www.longtowerchurch.org website & clicking on webcam or directly via www.churchmedia.tv and clicking into to St Columba’s Church, Long Tower. https://churchmedia.tv/camera/st-columbas-church-longtower. We would ask that parishioners assist one another where possible to access these resources.
The Season Of Creation -1st September To 4th October 2020
The Season of Creation, is marked throughout the Christian world from 1st September to 4th October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) and celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment. It offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that he has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live. Many ideas and resources have been published on the diocese website (derrydiocese.org) including: Practical actions for parishioners, leaflets for download, videos and other resources and ideas.
Anam Cara Donegal, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it’s monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Thursday 10th September at 7:20pm in the Raddison Blu, Letterkenny. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. *subject to change in accordance with government guidelines*.
National Grandparents Pilgrimage 2020 will be broadcast live on Sunday 13 September at 3.00pm from the Basilica at Knock Shrine. Grandparents and their families are invited to join online at www.knockshrine.ie/watch
The Helping Hand Programme:Calling Retired Teachers/The Online Helping Hand programme. Covid-19 pandemic has impacted so much on the learning of children and young people. Greater Shantallow Area Partnership are setting up a pilot Learning Hub, in the new Glenabbey Centre at Skeoge for all primary school children in the Outer North area. We are setting up a pool of retired primary school teachers, who would be available to give up one hour per week, from the comfort of their own home, to answer questions and concerns of pupils Nicola Mullan, Glenabbey Area Co-ordinator would be the only person to have the teachers contact details and on the day that they are volunteering from home, she would call or Zoom them. Greater Shantallow Area Partnership would really appreciate you promoting this appeal on your website. Please contact Nicola Mullan 02871358787.
The Priory Institute: We are taking registrations now for our autumn online theology courses. The courses are up to degree level and are heavily subsidised by the Irish Domincans. They could be just the thing as the nights draw in and we look to an uncertain winter. https://prioryinstitute.com/
Accord’s free and confidential ‘Relationships Support Phone Line’ for marriages, families and relationships offers support to those experiencing extra pressure due to social restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The three numbers are: Accord CLG – 01 531 3331, Accord Dublin – 01 905 9555, Accord NI – 028 9568 0151 or 00353 1 531 3331
Webcams Around the country, some parish churches and cathedrals have installed webcams for the broadcast of Mass and these can accessed on the following websites; https://www.churchservices.tv/churches/
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