Twenty Eighth Sunday In Ordinary Time 15th October 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 15th October 10.00am Billy Campbell
Sunday 15th October 12Noon Charlotte Leggett
Tuesday 17th October 7.30pm William Wilson
Wednesday 18th October 7.30pm Maura Starkie
Thursday 19th October 7.30pm Pat McCarron
Friday 20th October 7.30pm Tommy McGowan
Saturday 21st October 6.00pm Liam McAdams
Baptisms: We welcome into the family of God; Teddie Óg Fitzpatrick, Oscar O’Kane, Senán Mulholland & Eimear Nash
To book a Baptism, please contact the parish office on 028-71262301 for available dates.
LAST WEEK’S ENVELOPE COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £2155.00
LAST WEEK’S RENOVATION COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £647.00
The Parish Office: You can contact the Parish Office by phone on 028-71262301 (during office hours) or via email email@example.com.
Visitation of the Sick at Home & in Hospital. For urgent sick calls to those at home please contact the parish office on 028-71262301 or 02871262894. For urgent sick calls for those in hospital, please ask the duty nurse on the ward to call the Hospital Chaplain.
PRAYER OF SAINT COLUMBA
(Prayer of St. Columba in the Dubh Regles of Derry)
May the fire of God’s love burn brightly and steadfastly in our hearts like the golden light within the sanctuary lamp.
This month of October the Sanctuary lamp beside the Tabernacle in Long Tower Church will be lit for all our families and especially those affected in any way by addiction.
Mass For Deceased Children and Young People will take place on Sunday the 12th of November in Saint Eugene’s Cathedral. The Mass will be Celebrated by Bishop McKeown.
Long Tower 2024 Calendars are now available, cost £3 each or 2 for £5. All proceeds from the calendars will go towards the cost of refurbishing ‘The Calvary’ in the grounds of the Long Tower Church. They would make an ideal Christmas gift especially for those living away from home. Calendars can be purchased from the Parish Office, Sacristy, Doherty’s Vivo Bishop Street, Vivo Brandywell & Veritas, Shipquay Street.
Annual Solemn Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Mother of Priests. Nine Sundays before Christmas in Long Tower Church at 6.00pm, beginning next Sunday 22nd October. The theme of our Novena this year “Take the Risk for Christ”- Year of Vocations to the Diocesan Priesthood. Each night will comprise of the Rosary, Novena prayer and petitions with a short talk given by various guest speakers and Eucharistic Healing Ceremony with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Our guest speaker on the opening night, Sunday October 22nd will be Bishop Phonsie Cullinan, Chair of the Irish Bishops’ Council for Year of Diocesan Priesthood. We wish him and our Parish every blessing as we begin our Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. We encourage everybody, including those in particular need of healing in their lives to join us.
Long Tower’s 40 Hours
A continuous 40 Hours of Adoration will begin with 8am Mass on Sunday 22nd October 2023, continuing right through Sunday night and all day Monday 23rd October, concluding at midnight. ‘O Come Let Us Adore Him’.
Sunday 22nd October 2023
8.00am Mass, 10.00am Mass, 12.00Noon Mass, 3.00pm Divine Mercy Chaplet
6.00pm Opening of Novena & Talk
9.00pm Night Prayer
Monday 23rd October 2023
12.00am Rosary, 3.00am Rosary, 6.00am Angelus and Chaplet for Priests
8.00am Morning Prayer, 9.30am Divine Mercy, 9.40am Rosary
10.00am Mass, 12.00Noon Angelus and Midday Prayer
6.00pm Angelus & Evening Prayer
7.00pm Rosary, 7.30pm Mass, 9.00pm Night Prayer
Celebrating the Saints at Long Tower this Hallowed Evetide: Long Tower and Áras Cholmcille (wee nuns) is hosting a special celebration of two great Feast days in the Church – All Saints & All Souls on Friday 3rd November, 1.30pm to 3 pm. We are inviting children from the parish and all schools and neighbourhoods across the city, to dress up as their favourite saint and take part in an organised pageant around the Long Tower precinct. There will be prizes for the best homemade costumes in three categories – best Irish Saint, best Ancient Saint and my favourite Saint. But the real fun is in getting ready and taking part. If you and your family fancy joining a Christian-themed alternative to the Halloween festivities – then Long Tower is a little sanctuary of faith and togetherness at this Holy time of year. Our celebration includes hot chocolate and treats, tea and coffee, storytelling and a little take-home activity pack on St Columba and the Celtic saints. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOD BANK APPEAL: There are many people within our local community who go without sufficient food and hygiene products, we have been asked by the Churches Trust to help. Can you donate some nonperishable food items (store cupboard items) or hygiene products (toiletries). If so, donations can be left in Parochial House, 6 Victoria Place, Monday-Friday from 2-4pm from this incoming week, Thank you.
Holy Family Parish Prize Draw. 50 Prizes for £50: 1st Prize £10,000. 2nd Prize £7500., 3rd Prize £5000., 4th Prize £2500. Also 46 other cash prizes of various amounts. Draw tickets will be on sale after weekend Masses in Holy Family Church or you can pay up for the ticket by calling each Wednesday between 7pm –8.30pm. You can also contact the parish office to purchase a ticket.
Carmelite Retreat Centre, Termonbacca: On Thursday 19th October there will be a day retreat in honour of St. Peregrine in the Carmelite Retreat Centre Termonbacca from 10.00am – 3.00pm. Cost for the day, including light lunch £15. Please bring along a bottle of olive oil to be blessed in honour of St. Peregrine. A first class relic of St. Peregrine will also be available on the day. For bookings contact 71 262512. At 7.30 – 8.30p.m. on the same evening – Catechesis with Fr. Cajetan.
Marriage and Relationship Counselling with ACCORD NI: Help us help you support your marriage and relationship. If you feel your relationship is in crisis or you need a little guidance and help, either face to face or online, contact your local ACCORD centre. Every year Accord help thousands of couples rebuild and sustain healthy relationships. For support, call 028 9023 3002 or visit accordni.com.
Preparing for Christmas: Weekend Retreat at Ards Friary, 8th – 10th December. Led by Philip McParland. In the weeks leading up to Christmas there is usually a lot going on in our lives. This weekend will offer you an opportunity to focus on your spiritual preparation. It will be both reflective and practical, suggesting ways to keep in touch with Jesus. To book, contact Ards. Tel: 074 91 38909. Email: email@example.com.
Messenger Publication: The Deep End: A Journey with the Sunday Gospels in the Year of Mark. Authors Tríona Doherty and Jane Mellett invite us to journey with them though Mark’s Gospel, offering insights and fresh perspectives so we may grow in awareness and understanding of this narrative. It includes tips for prayer and meditation to increase our understanding and facilitate an encounter and engagement with the living God. As noted by one reviewer on a previous volume, ‘There’s treasure here! I cannot recommend this double-act authorship of Triona and Jane too highly… a boon to anyone who wants to deepen their love and knowledge.’ (The Catholic Post).
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