Twentieth Sunday In Ordinary Time 20th August 2023
There is a great mystery in the will of God that all be saved. He knows the minds and hearts of all and does not judge in a human way. Like the Canaanite woman we must persevere with a determined faith in seeking the truth in love, until all nations learn of God’s salvation, and all peoples praise his name.
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 20th August 10.00am Angela Campbell
Sunday 20th August 12Noon Jimmy & Tess Deehan
Monday 21st August 7.30pm Alec Curran
Wednesday 23rd August 7.30pm John Crockett
Thursday 24th August 7.30pm Tommy Donnelly
Rest In Peace: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of; Francis Barbour- Iona Park, Mairead Doherty- Durrow Park & Seán Pól Boyle- Farland Way
Baptisms: We welcome into the family of God; Eabha Cooke. To book a Baptism, please contact the parish office for dates.
LAST WEEK’S ENVELOPE COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £2126.00
LAST WEEK’S RENOVATION COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £645.00
Parish Office: You can contact the Parish Office by phone on 028-71262301 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitation of the Sick. For urgent sick calls please contact the parish office on 028-71262301 or 02871262894.
An audio-visual tour of the Long Tower Church is now available. The guide which is narrated by Bishop Donal McKeown, offers a great insight into the history and sacredness of this beautiful Church. If you’re hosting visitors or you simply want to deepen your own appreciation, why not try the audio guide, priced at just £2.00. For further details, see posters in the Church porches or take a leaflet.
Áras Cholmcille – We are seeking volunteers to staff the reception for 3 hours once a week. This might be of interest to students seeking volunteering experience or anyone who enjoys engaging with tourists. For further information please email email@example.com or send a text to 07789850793.
We pray, during this Year of Prayer for Vocations to the Diocesan Priesthood, for our own diocese, for our deacon, Stephen Ward, as he prepares for ordination next month, for our seminarians, for those who are hoping to begin their formation this year, and for all those discerning a vocation at this time. Mary, Queen of Priests, pray for them.
‘BUILDING PARISH LIFE’ – Talk by Mr David Wells in St Columb’s College, Buncrana Road, Derry: Tuesday 29 August, 7.00pm – 8.30pm. You are invited to a talk on building parish life with catechist, international speaker and author David Wells. David has worked with parishes and dioceses internationally, encouraging and inspiring people to share the Joy of the Gospel, through the lens of building parish life. He invites us to be witnesses to the Gospel and to encourage others on their journey of faith, in the context of taking up opportunities, ministries and responsibilities at local parish level. This is a free event. Booking is not required. We hope this talk, will be an inspiration to renew the work of building parish and help discern the way forward in changing times in our parishes. We hope to see you there.
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).
The Net – The July/August 2023 edition is now available. Sharing the fruits of the faith in the Derry Diocese, the combined July/August edition of ‘The Net’ is available in parishes as well as on the Diocesan website. For coverage of faith related stories just email email@example.com.
Accord Derry Marriage Preparation Courses: – September 25th & 26th 2023, October 16th & 17th 2023, November 6th & 7th/ 27th & 28th 2023 and December 11th & 12th 2023. Courses can be booked online at www.accordni.com. All of the above courses are via Zoom, 6.30pm – 9.30pm Monday’s and Tuesday’s.
Blessing of Bikes – St Aengus’ Church, Burt, Co. Donegal: All bikers are very welcome to the annual blessing of motorbikes and scooters on Sunday 17 September, at 1.00pm. There will be a short service in St Aengus’ Church at 1.00pm, followed by the blessing of the bikes. During the service, prayers will be said for all our biker friends who have died since this time last year. Names can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. A collection will be taken up for the RNLI. After the blessing, there will be a run to the RNLI Station at Ned’s Point, Buncrana. Light refreshments will be available for all. A Mass will be celebrated at the Sacred Heart Church, Derry Road, Strabane at 11:30am, on the same day. The Mass will be in remembrance of all deceased bikers. We will leave immediately after Mass to go to St Aengus, Burt.
ROSARY ON THE COAST, will be held again on Sunday 20th August at 3pm on Benone Strand, Limavady. Everyone welcome.
Mary’s Meals: A very big Thank You to everyone who walked, donated or helped in any way with the Mary’s Meals ‘Two Bridges ‘Walk which took place in Derry on Sunday 6 August. We raised a total of £2,011 which is enough to feed 103 children for a whole year. Thank you very much for supporting this very worthy cause. Mary’s Meals provide a school meal to over 2 million children every day in 18 of the world’s poorest countries. If you would like to find out more, please see: https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/
The Poor Clare’s, Galway are hosting a Monastic Experience day on Saturday 26th August from 10am to 5pm. The day is designed to help young women who are exploring the possibility of a religious vocation to find out more about the Poor Clare way of life. If you would like to attend the day you can book a place at: email@example.com
Legion of Mary; Bust to Knock Shrine, Sunday 24th September 2023. Leaves Legion House, 5 Clarendon Street, Derry at 8.00am. Cost Adult £20, under 18’s £10, includes tea/ coffee with scone at Central Hotel, Donegal Town. £5 deposit secures seat. For further info/ to book please contact Gerry- 07904341198, Tom- 07521500665 or Theresa- 07555629473.
The Iosas Centre Cafe in Muff (adjacent to White Oaks) Sunday Carvery, serving meals from 12.30pm-3.00pm. Delicious starters, mains and desserts, using our own organic vegetables. Booking is recommended and take away is available. Tel:- 0749384866. Why not finish your afternoon with a walk in our beautiful Celtic Prayer Garden.
Radio Maria Ireland is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station. Prayer, Catechesis, Uplifting music, Talks, Interviews and Testimonies – Listen via TV on Saorview – Channel 210 and Freeview – Channel 826; Download our FREE APP – “Radio Maria Ireland”, streaming on www.radiomaria.ie or via PHONE – get live radio feed by telephoning +353 (0) 1 437 3277 (no extra charges apply).
Webcams Around the country, some parish churches and cathedrals have installed webcams for the broadcast of Mass and these can be accessed on the following https://www.churchmedia.tv/ https://www.mcnmedia.tv/cameras// https://www.parishwebsites.ie
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