The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ 25th December 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.
Monday 26th December 10.00am Bernie Mooney
Tuesday 27th December 10.00am Bridget O’Connor
Thursday 29th December 10.00am Lena, Maureen & Shamus Donohoe
Friday 30th December 10.00am George Kelpie
Saturday 31st December 10.00am Mollie & Laurence McGowan
Saturday 31st December 6.00pm Don & Charlie Gormley & Peter Melarkey
Sunday 1st January 10.00am Mary McLery
Sunday 1st January 12Noon Gavin, Ian, Darren & Edgar McCormick
Monday 2nd January 10.00am Nilia Gonzalez
Tuesday 3rd January 10.00am Mollie Doherty, Seamus & Sheila Bradley
Wednesday 4th January 10.00am Robert Friel
Thursday 5th January 10.00am Connie Smyth
Thursday 5th January 7.30pm Eileen McGuigan
Friday 6th January 10.00am Angela Evans
Friday 6th January 7.30pm RMA Mass
Saturday 7th January 10.00am Sarah Van Sikkelerus
Saturday 7th January 6.00pm Patrick Finucane
Rest In Peace: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of; Phyllis O’Kane- Lecky Road
Baptisms: We welcome into the family of God; Connor Duffy & Aoife McCarroll
Baptisms: Please contact the Parish Office for dates.
LAST WEEK’S ENVELOPE COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £1811.00
LAST WEEK’S RENOVATION COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £491.00
Parish Office: You can contact the Parish Office by Phone on 028-71262301 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.The Parish will be closed from 2.30pm on Thursday 22nd December 2022 and will re-open at 9.00am on Wednesday 4th January 2023.
Visitation of the Sick. For urgent sick calls please contact the parish office on 028-71262301 or 02871262894.
Confessions: Confessions will resume on the evening of the 5th January at 7.00pm, the Vigil Mass for Eiphany, and thereafter at normal times.
A Tridium of Masses for all those who received Christmas Mass Bouquets will be offered on the following dates and times; 8.00pm Christmas Eve Vigil Mass 24th December, 8.00am & 10.00am Masses on Christmas Day, 25th December.
24th December 2022 – 5th January 2023
MASSES OVER THE CHRISTMAS SEASON & NEW YEAR
Saturday 24th December 10.00am
Evening Vigil for Christmas 6.00pm
Late Vigil for Christmas 8.00pm
Sunday 25th December /Christmas Day 8.00am
Monday 26th December 10.00am
Tuesday 27th December 10.00am
Wednesday 28th December 10.00am
Thursday 29thDecember 10.00am
Friday 30th December 10.00am
Saturday 31st December 10.00am & 6.00pm
(Adoration after Vigil Mass until 9.00pm with special blessing ceremony for New Year)
Sunday 1st January 2023 8.00am, 10.00am & 12Noon
Monday 2nd January 10.00am
Tuesday 3rd January 10.00am
Wednesday 4th January 10.00am
Thursday 5th January 10.00am & 7.30pm
Please note the Church will close at 6.00pm on 25th, 26th December – 4th January 2023
(Excluding 31st December/New Years Eve).
Padre Pio Mass: The Padre Pio Mass will resume on Monday 6th February 2023 at 7.30pm.
Adoration Chapel Pump Street: The Adoration Chapel will be closed over the Christmas period and re-open on Monday 9th January 2023.
Adoration: Adoration will resume as normal on Wednesday 11th January 2023 after 10.00am Mass.
Isn’t there a huge contrast between the meaning of the Manger and the material mess we get swamped in? If we took away all the Christmas trees and tinsel, the spending and the shallow socials, would anyone even want to celebrate Christmas? Behind the mad traffic and treks for turkey, those little arms are reaching out to us from the manger, begging the world and us to lift him up, take him into our arms and hold him and carry him…to make room for him in our home not just today but every day – in our prayer, in our Sunday Mass, in our care for the precious gift of every human life, born and pre-born. Our search for meaning is in that manger. Perhaps as we gaze into that humble crib scene, we can say with Isaiah that as people who often walk in darkness, who live in a land of deep shadow, a light has shone and will always shine.
Looking forward to seeing you over the Christmas Season. With every good wish and blessing on you and your families this Christmas. Fr Gerard.
Pilgrimage to San Giovanni & Rome: As part of St Eugene’s Cathedral 150th Anniversary Celebrations, Bishop Donal McKeown will lead a pilgrimage to San Giovanni & Rome from 25th – 30th September 2023. Visiting the birthplace of Padre Pio, Shrine of St Michael Archangel, St Peter’s Basilica and other important sites. Price is £879pps (Single room supplement £150). For more details, email email@example.com or call Belfast on (028) 956 80005 or Dublin on (01) 878 8159.
Children in Crossfire wish to extend a happy and peaceful Christmas to everyone here in St Columba’s Longtower Parish, thank you so much for your support to the Advent Appeal this year. If you have an advent box at home they can be returned here after Christmas, or you can send your donation directly to the charity. Thank you.
Accord Derry: Marriage Preparation Workshops January – March 2023, January 9th/10th 2023, January 30th/31st 2023, February 6th/7th 2023, February 20th/21st 2023, March 6th/7th 2023 & March 27th/28th 202. Courses can be booked online at www.accordni.com. All of the above courses are VIRTUAL.
Life in the Spirit Seminars: Saturday 7 January and Sunday 8 January 2023, led by the Apostles of Love, in the Carmelite Retreat Centre, Termonbacca. Finishing with Mass on Sunday celebrated by Bishop McKeown. Enquiries to Mark on 07895003022 or Jenny on 07761248975.
The annual GOAL Mile Walk will take place on St Stephen’s Day, Monday 26 December. Meeting at Sainsbury’s car park anytime between 11 am and 1 pm for a walk along the river, over the Peace Bridge to Ebrington Square and back to Sainsbury’s. Everyone welcome.
GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: Is Gambling affecting your life? Perhaps we can help. Tel 028 7135 1329.