Third Sunday Of Easter 23rd April 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 23rd April 10.00am Gerry Murray
Sunday 23rd April 12.00Noon Pauline Begley
Monday 24th April 7.30pm Joe, Lizzie & Denis Casey
Tuesday 25th April 7.30pm Ethel Vernon
Wednesday 26th April 7.30pm Catherine Doherty
Thursday 27th April 7.30pm Patrick Hume
Friday 28th April 7.30pm James McFeely
Saturday 29th April 6.00pm Danny O’Connor & Nora Creighton
Rest In Peace: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of; John McGuinness- Celtic Court, Gerry Clarke- Bradford & formerly Foyle Road, Rose McLaughlin- Foyle Park.
Baptisms: We welcome into the family of God; Elsie Cook, Méabh Kearney, Romi McLaughlin. To book a Baptism, please contact the parish office for dates.
LAST WEEK’S ENVELOPE COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £1965.00
LAST WEEK’S RENOVATION COLLECTION AMOUNTED TO £637.00
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.
Fr Gerard would like to thank sincerely all those who took part in the ceremonies throughout Holy Week in St Columba’s Church, Long Tower. Thank you all for making it so memorable and special.
Anam og: There will be a special presentation at the 12.00pm Mass on Sunday 30th April in St Columba’s Church, Long Tower for all of our young people aged 10-14 inviting them to join Anam Og. A programme of faith, fun and accompaniment. Further information to follow.
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 email@example.com. Additional contact numbers: N Ireland PSNI: 101 or Social Services WHSCT Tel +442871314090 (Ask for Duty Social Worker).
Cemetery Sunday: The Annual Service of Intercession for the Dead will take place in the City Cemetery on Sunday, 25th June 2023 at 3.00 pm.
Sincere thanks from Sister Ann, Gerry Deeney, and Margaret Hamilton and to all who contributed in any way to the Easter Raffle/Fundraiser in aid of vulnerable children and their families in Kenya, India, Nigeria, Zambia, and Haiti. Thanks also to the many people who contribute generously throughout the year to the Hunger Box in the Church. This Easter we raised £12,980 and €320. May God reward and bless you all.
In life, many hear God’s call to priesthood. Is your heart open to the Lord? Have you ever considered taking the risk to follow in the footsteps of Jesus? If so, you are invited to the national seminary of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, on 25th April, to attend a special conference on evangelisation and vocations in Ireland today. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, Pro Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelisation, will be the keynote speaker. Please register directly on www.vocations.ie, or contact the National Vocations director Father Willie Purcell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev Eric Cooney secretary of the National Vocations Office at email@example.com
St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry: 150th Anniversary Celebrations: Diocesan Mass will be celebrated in St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, on Sunday 30 April at 3.00pm. All are very welcome. On Wednesday 3rd May there will be a blessing of a new statue of Blessed Carlo Acutis. The blessing will take place during the 10.00am Mass in St Eugene’s Cathedral. All are welcome to attend. On Thursday 4 May at 7.30pm Bishop Mc Keown will celebrate Mass to mark the day the Cathedral was opened in 1873. Everyone is welcome.
The Little Way Novena in honour of St Thérèse of Lisieux will be take place at St Eugene’s Cathedral from Saturday 6th May until Sunday 14th May 2023. The Novena begins with a Mass with the Anointing of the sick at 7.30pm on Saturday 6 May. This will be an opportunity to pray for a special intention and to ask St Thérèse to intercede for us. It is a time when many people find great joy and healing. All are very welcome.
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. An information session via ZOOM will be now be held on Monday 15th May 2023 at 3.30pm. If you require any further information, please contact the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 004428 71264087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Carmelite Retreat Centre Termonbacca: St. Peregrine Day Retreat –Wednesday 3rd May, 10am – 3pm. Cost for the day including light lunch £15. First class relic of St. Peregrine available for veneration on the day. Please bring a bottle of Olive Oil to have it blessed in honour of St. Peregrine. Holy Souls Retreat- On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May. Fr. Paul Denizot and Fr. Axel de Perthuis from the Fraternity of Our Lady of Montligeon in France, will lead a time of retreat and prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Beginning at 10am and ending at 4.30pm on Saturday. Beginning at 10am and ending at 1pm. on Sunday. This is a free (donation only) event. Those wishing to attend please bring a packed lunch. Carmelite Pilgrimage to Lourdes- 29th August – 6 nights. €899 Euro per person. For bookings contact the Carmelite Retreat Centre Termonbacca. Tel: 71 262512.
Accord Derry Marriage Preparation Courses:- June 12th/13th 2023, July 3rd /4th 2023. Courses can be booked online at www.accordni.com. All of the above courses are VIRTUAL.
‘WHO IS SHE?’, a day- long Legion of Mary Conference takes place on Saturday 13 May, in the historic DCU Rooms, All Hallows Campus, Dublin. Insightful talks on Our Lady, Prayer, Mass. ‘What can we learn from early Irish Christian Marian devotion? How can we love Jesus as His mother loved Him?’ To find out, come along on 13 May, 9.30am – 4.30pm. Cost €30, including food. For more information or to book contact email@example.com
Holy Land Pilgrimage – QUB Alumni and Friends: The Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen’s University Belfast will lead a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land for alumni and friends.* Departing 9 February 2024 for 8 nights with half-board accommodation in 4 star hotels in Jerusalem and Nazareth, this promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip. The Pilgrimage’s Spiritual Director will be Queen’s Chaplain, Fr Dominic McGrattan, with music and song provided by the Chaplaincy’s Director of Sacred Music, celebrated soprano, Marcella Walsh. In addition to a rich itinerary which includes visits to the principal sacred sites, we will also visit the Holy Family Maternity Hospital in Bethlehem and the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem. If you would like to know more information including price, itinerary and how to book, please email Chaplaincy Director, Shannon Campbell, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, at Christmas 2023, ex Dublin, taking in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, Last Supper Room, Garden of Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, with full day in Bethlehem on Christmas Day. Contact James Treacy on 0035361 921470, email email@example.com
Foster Carers needed in the Western Trust area – a range of opportunities available that can work in with different lifestyles, including respite, emergency and long-term: Saturday 13 May, 2.00-4.00pm: Bethany Community Hall, Limavady. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 0720 137.
Gift Ideas for First Holy Communion from Veritas: Choose from beautifully designed rosaries, to bibles, missals, prayer books, crosses, medals, watches and much more to make this sacramental occasion memorable and meaningful for the children and their families. This First Holy Communion season, Spend £50 on Communion Gifts and get a £10 voucher on selected products until 31st May 2023. Browse the complete range of gifts on www.veritas.ie or visit your local Veritas store.
The Rally for Life 2023, the biggest pro-life event of the year, is just months away now – and we need YOU to start helping to make this an even bigger and better pro-life demonstration with a special focus on young people and RETAINING the 3-day wait before abortion. Saturday, JULY 1st, Parnell Square in Dublin city centre. SAVE the DATE!! We are always looking for volunteers to help out with the Rally for Life. Can YOU help with promoting the Rally and/or on the day itself. Please get in contact to help – email@example.com or 01 8730465
County Derry Fleadh 2023 will take place from the 5th – 11th of June in Dungiven. All competitions will be held on Saturday the 10th of June in Gaelcholáiste Dhoire. Fleadh Entries are now open, with the deadline for all entries the 28th of April. All Comhaltas branch members can enter via their local branch committee. Non-Comhaltas branch members can only enter via our online Fleadh Entry website www.derryfleadhentries.com. For more information follow Fleadh Cheoil Dhoire Dún Geimhin 2023 facebook page or Derry CCÉ facebook page.
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