Twenty Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time 1st 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 1st October 12Noon Rosaleen McLaughlin
Monday 2nd October 7.30pm Patsy McGowan
Tuesday 3rd October 7.30pm John McGlinchey
Wednesday 4th October 7.30pm Peter McDaid
Friday 6th October 7.30pm RMA Mass
Saturday 7th October 6.00pm Deceased Members of Cassidy Family
Rest In Peace: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of; Andrew Robinson- Magowan Park & John Curran- Ferguson Street
Baptisms: We welcome into the family of God; Ollie Gillen, Cuan McCartney, Ben Redden & Ruaídhrí Martin.
To book a Baptism, please contact the parish office on 028-71262301 for available dates.
LAST WEEK’S ENVELOPE COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £2051.00
LAST WEEK’S RENOVATION COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £650.00
The Parish Office: You can contact the Parish Office by phone on 028-71262301 (during office hours) or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Mental Health- We invite you to our 7.30pm Mass on Thursday 5th October. At this Mass we give thanks to God for positive mental health, and to pray for those who are struggling with mental health issues, and to pray for those who care for them. We will be joined at this Mass by Caoimhe from Human Life International who will lead us in devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus. This will include a talk after 7.30pm Mass, veneration of relic & blessed oil from the Shrine of the Holy Face, Tours, France. Adoration from 8.30pm to midnight (guided holy hour and devotions at 9.30pm). For more Information, Tel 00353852525612
BLESSING OF PETS at Long Tower on Wednesday 4th October after 10am Mass (10.30am, at the Calvary outside, safely distanced!). This annual event is conducted in remembrance of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, whose feast day is Oct 4th marking the close of the Season of Creation! Everyone in the community is invited to come along with their pets! For those of you who are unable to attend the blessing, we invite you to post pictures of your beloved pets on the parish Facebook post and they will be included in the blessing!
Our Lady, Untier of Knots Novena commences after 7.30pm Mass on Thursday 5th October at Saint Eugene’s Cathedral and will continue for the following eight Thursdays finishing on 30th November. Do you have some “knots” in your life? Knots of discord in your family, the knots of deep hurts in relationships, the absence of peace and joy in the home. Sometimes our lives may seem one big knot due to circumstances beyond our control when we face health problems. We pray and entrust our specific “knots” to Her loving hands, learning how to let go of that which binds us.
The Holy Family Padre Pio Prayer Group will meet on Tuesday 3rd October at Holy Family Chapel, Ballymagroarty, Derry. Starting with Rosary at 6.45pm, Mass at 7.15pm, and Novena to St. Pio directly afterwards. The priest will bless each person, directly after Mass, with a first-class relic of St. Pio.
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. The funds raised will help pay for the renovations of the church.
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.
Masters in Catholic School Leadership: The Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre, working in Partnership with Saint Mary’s University, Twickenham, offers the Masters in Catholic School Leadership. This is a post graduate degree dedicated to the professional development and spiritual formation of Catholic school leaders. It is a great opportunity for those currently in leadership roles and those who aspire to, or have an interest in, leadership roles within the Catholic School system. There is still time to sign up for the Academic Year 2023/2024. If you require any further information, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 004428 71264087 or email email@example.com
‘Host for Hospice’ – October is Foyle Hospice Coffee Morning Month: Can you ‘Host for Hospice’ and organise a Coffee Morning in your community.Host anywhere, any way, all you need is a kettle and some company. We will even provide a ‘Free Coffee Morning Pack’. For more information or to sign up to become a host, please call Ailbhe, Community Fundraising Officer, Foyle Hospice, on 028 71359888 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TROCAIRE is looking for people to join its team of Christmas fundraisers to help respond to the urgent need of poor communities around the world, including the millions of children and families caught in conflict across Ethiopia, South Sudan and Ukraine. You can take action and make a difference through a range of activities, including the promotion of its Gifts of Change – training and support will be provided. If you would like to find out more about what you can do to help now or over the Advent and Christmas period, please email Mark McMahon on email@example.com or call 028 9080 8030.
In Sunshine and In Shadow: A book of poetry written by the late Fr Paddy O’Kane has been reprinted. It is available at Holy Family parish office any morning, Mon-Friday. Cost £10: Tel 71267070 or Veritas Bookshop in Shipquay St, Derry. All proceeds will go the Foyle Hospice.
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.
Hail Holy Queen Conference 2023 is live on Radio Maria Ireland from 2pm on Saturday 7th October. Speakers include Fr. Seán Maguire, Fr. Colum Power, Catherine McGowan, Fr. Freddy Warner. Radio Maria Ireland can be listened to by downloading the Radio Maria Ireland APP, Saorview Channel 210 or listen live at (01)4373277.
Anam Cara Donegal, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Thursday 12th October 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
Ulster Project Derry/Londonderry: Applications are now open for Ulster Project 2024. Teens who are eligible must be: 15 on or before 1st July 2024; regular attender of chapel/church. A written reference from/priest/minister on attendance must be included with application form. A written reference from a teacher to be included with application form. Must be available for all meetings and our USA dates are provisionally from 26th June to 18th July onwards. Closing date: Sunday 15th October 2023. For an application form please email: firstname.lastname@example.org We are a non-funded organization so parents must meet the full cost of the project for your teen (until the cost and flights are confirmed we can only estimate this) but a deposit of £700 will be required in January. We do have group fundraising events throughout the months prior to travel. Due to the high demand for the limited number of places available we will be holding interviews. A reserve list will also be held.
GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: Is Gambling affecting your life? Perhaps we can help. Tel 028 7135 1329.