Fourth Sunday Of Easter 30th April 2023
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 April 10.00am Nigel McCafferty
Sunday 30th April 12.00Noon Philomena Duddy
Monday 1st May 7.30pm Kathleen & James Page & Rose Harkin
Tuesday 2nd May 7.30pm Harry Curran
Wednesday 3rd May 10.00am Kathleen & William Ferguson
Thursday 4th May 7.30pm Barney McGowan
Friday 5th May 7.30pm Sally Doherty
Saturday 6th May 6.00pm Patricia McDaid
Rest In Peace: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of; Michael McKee- Abercorn Road
To book a Baptism, please contact the parish office for dates.
LAST WEEK’S ENVELOPE COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £3050.00
LAST WEEK’S RENOVATION COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £652.00
Parish Office: You can contact the Parish Office by Phone on 028-71262301 or via email email@example.com.
The Long Tower Parish recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of all children and is committed to ensuring their safety and wellbeing. We are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church and recognise that we also have a special responsibility towards all vulnerable people who are members of our faith community. Our Parish Safe-Guarding Representatives are Mrs Rita Moore and Ms Josephine Brown. If you have any concerns with regard to Safeguarding children or adults in need of protection within the Church please contact Marie Gormley, the Diocesan Designated Liaison Person (DLP) Tel: NI 075 96500 793 / ROI (0044) 75 96500 793 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional contact numbers: N Ireland PSNI: 101 or Social Services WHSCT Tel +442871314090 (Ask for Duty Social Worker).
Visitation of the Sick
Fr Gerard will visit the sick in his care in the following areas, the week beginning Monday 1st May 2023;
Bishop Street, Corporation Street, Belview Avenue, Ferguson Street, Maureen Avenue, Ivy Terrace, Foyle Road, Foyle Park, Alexander Memorial Cottages, Ardfoyle, Lower Bennett Street, Jack Allen Court & The Metropole.
For urgent sick calls please contact the parish office on 028-71262301 or 02871262894.
Padre Pio Intercede for Us
Padre Pio Mass for Healing in Mind & Body continues this Monday 1st May at 7.30pm Through the gift of this Mass we will unite in prayer with all who are ill, unwell, feeling isolated and struggling with the pressures of life. We pray to be surrounded by the light and warmth of God’s love to heal us at this time. We hope at the end of each Mass to give a Blessing using a 1st class relic of Padre Pio. The Mass will be streamed via our parish website: www.longtowerchurch.org then click on the link for the webcam or alternatively by logging on to www.churchmedia.tv Everyone is welcome to attend.
Anam og: There will be a special presentation at the 12.00pm Mass on Sunday 30th April in St Columba’s Church, Long Tower for all of our young people aged 10-14 inviting them to join Anam Og. A programme of faith, fun and accompaniment. Further information to follow.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues this Thursday 4th May, in St Columba’s Church, Long Tower from after the 7.30pm Mass until 12 Midnight. According to the Book of Lismore, a 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.
St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry: 150th Anniversary Celebrations: Sunday 30th April – Diocesan Mass will be celebrated in St Eugene’s Cathedral at 3.00pm. On Wednesday 3rd May there will be a blessing of a new statue of Blessed Carlo Acutis during the 10.00am Mass in St Eugene’s Cathedral. On Thursday 4th May at 7.30pm Bishop Mc Keown will celebrate Mass to mark the day the Cathedral was opened in 1873. Everyone is welcome to attend the Masses.
The Little Way Novena in honour of St Thérèse of Lisieux will be take place at St Eugene’s Cathedral from Saturday 6th May until Sunday 14th May 2023. The Novena begins with a Mass with the Anointing of the sick at 7.30pm on Saturday 6th May. This will be an opportunity to pray for a special intention and to ask St Thérèse to intercede for us. It is a time when many people find great joy and healing. All are very welcome.
Carmelite Retreat Centre Termonbacca: St. Peregrine Day Retreat –Wednesday 3rd May, 10am – 3pm. Cost for the day including light lunch £15. First class relic of St. Peregrine available for veneration on the day. Please bring a bottle of Olive Oil to have it blessed in honour of St. Peregrine. Holy Souls Retreat- On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May. Fr. Paul Denizot and Fr. Axel de Perthuis from the Fraternity of Our Lady of Montligeon in France, will lead a time of retreat and prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Beginning at 10am and ending at 4.30pm on Saturday. Beginning at 10am and ending at 1pm. on Sunday. This is a free (donation only) event. Those wishing to attend please bring a packed lunch. Carmelite Pilgrimage to Lourdes- 29th August – 6 nights. €899 Euro per person. For bookings contact the Carmelite Retreat Centre Termonbacca. Tel: 71 262512.
The Totus Tuus Women of Faith Conference 2023 will be LIVE on Radio Maria Ireland on Saturday May 6th from 2pm. Speakers include Siobhán Dunniece, Sr. Benedetta, Katie Ascough and Mary Anne Collins. You can follow the conference by: Going online at www.radiomaria.ie. Downloading the Radio Maria Ireland App to your smartphone or tablet. Listen live via Facebook or by calling 01 4373277. Listen via your TV on SAORVIEW Channel 210.
Cemetery Sunday: The Annual Service of Intercession for the Dead will take place in the City Cemetery on Sunday, 25th June 2023 at 3.00 pm.
Accord Derry Marriage Preparation Courses:- June 12th/13th 2023, July 3rd /4th 2023. Courses can be booked online at www.accordni.com. All of the above courses are VIRTUAL.
The Holy Family Padre Pio Prayer Group will meet on Tuesday 2nd May at Holy Family Chapel, Ballymagroarty, Derry. Starting with the Holy Rosary at 18.45pm, Mass at 19.15pm, and novena to St. Pio directly afterwards. There will be a first-class relic available for veneration. All Welcome.
Lisfannon Rosary on the Coast. The next Rosary on the Coast at Lisfannon will be on Sunday 7th May at 3pm. Benone Rosary on the Coast. The next Rosary on the Coast at Benone Strand will be on Sunday 21st May at 3pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and pray for peace, Ireland and our unborn children. More details on (00 44) 0 7730330028
‘WHO IS SHE?’, a day- long Legion of Mary Conference takes place on Saturday 13th May, in the historic DCU Rooms, All Hallows Campus, Dublin. Insightful talks on Our Lady, Prayer, Mass. ‘What can we learn from early Irish Christian Marian devotion? How can we love Jesus as His mother loved Him?’ To find out, come along on 13 May, 9.30am – 4.30pm. Cost €30, including food. For more information or to book contact email@example.com
Foster Carers needed in the Western Trust area – a range of opportunities available that can work in with different lifestyles, including respite, emergency and long-term: Saturday 13 May, 2.00-4.00pm: Bethany Community Hall, Limavady. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 0720 137.
The Rally for Life 2023, the biggest pro-life event of the year, is just months away now – and we need YOU to start helping to make this an even bigger and better pro-life demonstration with a special focus on young people and RETAINING the 3-day wait before abortion. Saturday, JULY 1st, Parnell Square in Dublin city centre. SAVE the DATE!! We are always looking for volunteers to help out with the Rally for Life. Can YOU help with promoting the Rally and/or on the day itself. Please get in contact to help – email@example.com or 01 8730465
Holy Land Pilgrimage – QUB Alumni and Friends: The Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen’s University Belfast will lead a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land for alumni and friends. Departing 9 February 2024 for 8 nights with half-board accommodation in 4 star hotels in Jerusalem and Nazareth, this promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip. The Spiritual Director will be Queen’s Chaplain, Fr Dominic McGrattan, with music and song provided by the celebrated soprano, Marcella Walsh. In addition to a rich itinerary which includes visits to the principal sacred sites, we will also visit the Holy Family Maternity Hospital in Bethlehem and the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem. If you would like more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Anam Cara Donegal, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it’s monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Thursday 11th May at 7:15pm in the Raddison Blu Hotel, Letterkenny Co.Donegal. 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. We also offer an online service. For more info call 01 4045378.
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