Eighteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time 2nd August 2020
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 3rd August 7.30pm Margaret McCarron
Tuesday 4th August 7.30pm John Joe O’Driscoll
Wednesday 5th August 7.30pm Billy Chambers
Saturday 7th August 10.00am Pat & Tricia Harkin
Saturday 7th August 6.00pm Vera Clarke
Derry Diocesan Society
The following deceased have recently been enrolled in the Derry Diocsean Society. We commend them to your prayers. They will be remembered in our Masses this weekend.
Patrick Kelly Hazelwood Avenue, Prehen
Niall Moran Letterkenny Road
Niall Heaney Lisneal, Waterside
Ken Grant Foyle Park
Robert (Paul) McBride Lower Galliagh Road
Mary McLoone Thistlewood Park
Michael Duffy St Francis Terrace
Joanna Carlin Celtic Villas
Robert (Bobby) McConnell (Formerly) Lone Moor Road
Kathleen Hutton Templegrove, Derry
May McCartney (Formerly) Long Tower Street
John Anderson Lisfannon Park
John Kavanagh Iona Court
Joe Gallagher Glenabbey Road
Margaret Crockett Meenan Drive
John Patton Lone Moor Road
Annmarie Toland Drumard Park
Josephine Duffy (Formerly) Bishop Street
May Downey Lindenwood Park
Liam McCartney Donal Casey Court
Paul Given Meenan Drive
Tony Cassidy Drumcliffe Avenue
Rhona Toland Joseph Place
Charlie Strain Lavery Fold
Kathleen Cooke Culmore Park
Margaret McKeever The Meadows
Philip Grant Marlborough Street
William (Liam) Nelis Shantallow Avenue
John Brown Maureen Avenue
Bernadette Ferguson Inch View, Hazelbank
Jimmy Jackson Charlotte Street
Bridget Healy Donal Casey Court
Sharon McClenaghan Iniscarn Road, Creggan
Lee Gurney Victoria Road, Bready
Noreen Robinson Brandywell Court
Fr John McNamara OCD Carmelite Retreat Centre, Termonbacca
Margaret McLaughlin Sunbeam Terrace
Philomena Duffy Ardfoyle
Bridget Carroll Alexander House
Willie Lynch Lone Moor Gardens
Anna Lynch Oakfield Avenue
Eileen Harkin Dove Gardens
Jim Doyle Bluebell Hill Gardens
Kathleen Duffy St Francis Terrace
Mary Hampson Demesne Avenue
John Joe O’Driscoll Foyle Park
Patrick Moran Beechwood Street
Baptisms: We Welcome into the Family of God; Crístóir McSheffrey, Damian Ryan & Cillian Collins
Confessions: Monday – Friday 7.00-7.25pm, Saturday 11.30am- 12.30pm & 5.15pm-5.50pm
Visitation of the Sick: For urgent sick calls please contact the Parish office on 028-71262301 or 02871262894.
Baptisms: Please contact the Parish Office for dates
Parish Office: You can contact the Parish Office by Phone on 028-71262301 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We continue to ask that everyone attending Mass wears a face covering (apart from those with certain health conditions). We must all continue to observe social distancing, to use the hand sanitiser on both entering and leaving the Church and to receive Holy Communion only in the hand. It is up to each of us individually and as a community to keep each other safe. The virus will be with us for some time to come. We also continue to have stewards and ushers giving direction as you enter and leave the Church. Please follow the guidance given by stewards and ushers, they are acting for the wellbeing of everyone. Entrance and exit doorways must be kept totally free at all times, we do not want to create pinch points.
We appreciate your understanding and support as we continue to gather together in these uncertain times.
Padre Pio Intercede for Us
Weekly Mass for Healing in Mind & Body continues this Monday 3rd August at 7.30pm.
We shall share in a spiritual network of prayer, love and support in these difficult times. While we may still be apart in person, we remain heartfully present with everyone and wish to further connect with all who are ill, unwell, feeling isolated and struggling with the pressures of life.
Through the gift of this Mass we will unite in prayer for all. We pray to be surrounded by the light and warmth of God’s love to heal our brokenness at this time of isolation, suffering and loss. We hope at the end of each Mass to give a Spiritual Blessing using a 1st class relic of Padre Pio.
We ask everyone’s assistance to help others connect with this Mass through our webcam – especially the elderly, frail and vulnerable. Please share as best you can knowledge of this Mass with your family & friends. You can access the Mass via our parish website: www.longtowerchurch.org then click on the link for the webcam or alternatively by logging on to www.churchmedia.tv
Hunger is defined as a strong desire or need for food – creating emptiness, discomfort, weakness or pain. Some try to satisfy their hunger by eating, while many do not have the luxury of satisfying this basic human need – then others, who do not understand what ‘good things to eat’ to live well. If we can allow our hearts to really listen we will find new ways to desire an appetite for one another again and live in harmony. Firstly, we must pay attention – as we are all invited to ‘come to the water.’ This beautiful act of love wishes to gather everyone at the Divine table – to help, feed and care for one another. The infinite vastness of this table promises that no one will be excluded or sent away; as Jesus bonds his people to himself by saying, ‘there is no need for them to go.’ May we too not turn our backs or send anyone away for we are all hungering for connection and friendship. Let us share the food of love with one another – for only then will we truly feel satisfied and believe that ‘nothing can ever come between us and the love of God’
Reference and further reading: Isaiah 55:1-3, St Paul to Romans 8:35, 37-39, Matthew 14:13-21
Schedule of Masses (Week Beginning Monday 3rd August)
& Other Devotions until Further Notice
10am – Mass
3.00pm – Divine Mercy Devotions
7.00pm- 7.25pm Confessions
10am – Mass
11.30am – 12.30pm – Confessions
3.00pm – Divine Mercy Devotions
5.15pm- 5.50pm – Confessions
6.00pm- Vigil Mass
10.00am – Mass
3.00pm – Divine Mercy Devotions
Monday & Friday from 10.30am – 1.00pm& Wednesday 10.30am -7.00pm
Access to Church Services: You can access the webcam via the www.longtowerchurch.org website & clicking on webcam or directly via www.churchmedia.tv and clicking into to St Columba’s Church, Long Tower. https://churchmedia.tv/camera/st-columbas-church-longtower. We would ask that parishioners assist one another where possible to access these resources.
Derry Youth Community, a faith-based Gap Year opportunity for young adults aged between 18–25, is now open for applications for the year starting September 2020. DYC offers the opportunity to live in community, to develop and be formed in faith and be involved in youth ministry in parishes. The three main aspects of DYC are: Accompaniment, Community and Encounter. If you are interested in this Gap Year or would like some more information, please email: email@example.com.
Holy Family Padre Pio Prayer Group – Ballymagroarty, The Padre Pio Prayer Group will be held on Tuesday 4th August 2020 directly after mass at 7.15pm. There will be a first-class relic available at the prayer group for blessing. Everyone welcome.
Thanksgiving Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, 31st August 2020. £499.00 per person sharing. Price includes return bus transfer to Knock, 3 nights’ in 4 star Park Hotel with Full Board. All entertainment and excursions. Wheelchair accessible rooms. Single supplement £90.00. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Knock
Marys Meals: Marys Meals Sponsored Walk – Mary’s Meals are holding their annual sponsored walk across Ireland 7-15 August. If you would like take part, you can chose to walk at any section of the walk, or can do a virtual walk closer to your home. Once walk is from Derry to Fahan on Friday 7 August. The walk will begin at St Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry at 12.00 noon and continue for 15 km/10 miles to the Nazareth House in Fahan (Co Donegal) where they will meet the walkers coming from Malin Head.
If you would like to find out more or make a donation to this very worthy cause, see Malin_to_Knock – SbS4MarysMeals
Mary’s Meals is a charity with a simple idea that works – helping children in some of the world’s poorest countries – providing one good meal per child per day in schools, encouraging children to attend school where they can receive an education that could one day free them from poverty. Marys Meals currently feed 1.6 million children every day. Working together, they believe that can be achieved in this world of plenty. Just £15.90 will feed a child for a whole school year
The Net– July-August 2020. With the Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the July-August edition of ‘The Net’ will only be available on the Diocesan website at this stage – https://www.derrydiocese.org/news/the-net-july-august-2020. However, the publication will be available again in parishes when the restrictions are lifted. For inclusion of your faith related news in future editions just email: email@example.com.
Growth in Prayer & Reflective Living Course, 2020-2021 Drumalis. A one year course in Ignatian Spirituality, from September 2020 to June 2021 on Monday evenings. Facilitated by the Drumalis Retreat and Conference Centre in Co Antrim in association with the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org. https://youtu.be/I3JY2lChUU4
Accord’s free and confidential ‘Relationships Support Phone Line’ for marriages, families and relationships offers support to those experiencing extra pressure due to social restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The three numbers are:
–Accord CLG – 01 531 3331
–Accord Dublin – 01 905 9555
–Accord NI – 028 9568 0151 or 00353 1 531 3331
Webcams Around the country, some parish churches and cathedrals have installed webcams for the broadcast of Mass and these can accessed on the following websites;
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). Please join our growing faith family.
RTÉ will air Mass every weekday at 10.30am from St Eunan’s and St Columba’s Cathedral, Letterkenny, on RTÉ News Now. RTÉ News Now can be accessed on Saorview (channel 21), Sky (521), Virgin Media (200), Eir (517) as well as via the RTÉ Player, the RTÉ News Now app and via RTÉ.ie/news.