Parish News for
Sunday 23rd May 2010
OF THE PARISH
Very Rev Michael Canny Adm
Fr Peter Raftery CSSp
Rev Daniel McFaul CC
Fr Joseph Varghese
Veni Creator Spiritus - Come, O Holy
a Spioraid Naomh!
If we were to
try and launch the Church now, it is not very likely
that we would begin with a group of frightened, uneducated
men who were so afraid of their fellow-citizens in Jerusalem
after Jesus left them in his Ascension that they barricaded
themselves behind locked doors.
Neither is it
very likely that we would have chosen for our first
audience a group of people who, on the surface, at least,
did not seem very open to the message we were giving.
The Jews gathered in Jerusalem on that first Pentecost
had come from all over the known world to celebrate
a Jewish feast. They had not gathered to learn that
one of their own, a carpenter’s son from Nazareth
who had been publicly put to death on a cross, was the
Yet such was
– and is – the power of the Holy Spirit
that it was in these unpromising circumstances that
the worldwide preaching of the Gospel of Christ began.
The Spirit, symbolised by a powerful wind and tongues
of fire, liberated the apostles physically from their
self-imposed prison and spiritually from their fear
and apprehension, and empowered them to bring the saving
message of Christ to all peoples.
Let us not wait
for some ideal time that will never come. Let us recognise
the presence of the Holy Spirit within us and amongst
us today and through the power he gives us witness to
Jesus in what we think and say and do.
Diocesan Lourdes Hospitalite collection will
be taken up as a retiring collection at all Masses next
weekend, 29th/30th May. The Lourdes Hospitalite Fund
is dependent on the monies raised from this one collection
to support people who are sick and in need of medical
care. The strength of the collection determines the
number of sick and the number of medical helpers that
they are able to bring. They thank you for having generously
supported them in the past and hope that they can rely
on your support this year again.
Pilgrimage to Lourdes July 16th-21st 2010:
The Pilgrimage welcomes general pilgrims but also provides
particular support to those who might need care/assistance
whilst in Lourdes. For further details contact the Pilgrimage
Office at 71260293 which is open on Tuesdays 11.00 am
to 1.00 pm; Thursdays 11.00 am to 2.00 pm and Saturdays
from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm.
Service of Intercession for the Dead
takes place in the City Cemetery on Sunday, 20th June
at 6.00 pm.
Cemetery Sunday. The Service of Intercession
for the Deceased at Ardmore Graveyard will be held on
Sunday, 6th June at 6.00 pm in Ardmore and 3.00 pm in
Altnagelvin and Ballyoan Cemetery. Please bring Holy
Water to sprinkle the graves of your relatives on that
day. Flower Sellers should notify Ardmore Cemetery
Committee Members as usual by 1st June. No Flower
Sellers nor their vehicles permitted on Church Car Park
on that day. Their cooperation is very much appreciated.
our sympathy to the family and friends of:
McSheffrey, 6 Richmond Crescent.
he rest in peace.
We remember the
and Patrick McGeehan, Alan Roberts, James Caldwell,
Mary Ellen McKinney and Joe Cunningham.
they rest in peace.
Anniversary Mass of Fr Willie Rafferty
will be held in
Doneyloop Church on Wednesday at 7.30 pm.
10.00 am Neil
07.30 pm Adele McCauley
on duty next Weekend
06.15 pm Roísín
07.30 pm Blanaid Canavan
09.30 am Louise Davis
11.00 am Rebecca Doherty/
12.30 pm Marie Canning
Team *C* begins its rota
at the 6.15 pm Vigil Mass
Mass in honour of Blessed Alexandrina Maria
this evening (Sunday)
in Termonbacca at 7.30 pm.
Abstinence and Moderation
Over the next
few weeks children from the schools in the parish who
were confirmed this year will be asked to commit themselves
to abstain from alcohol until eighteen years of age
and illegal drugs for life. At this time in our society
when there is so much abuse and misuse of alcohol and
illegal substances it is important that we, as adults,
by our good example be a source of support and encouragement.
Fr Canny acknowledges with thanks donations
Pio: £20. Sisters of St John: £50, £20.
Altar Flowers: £20. Cathedral Maintenance: £100.
of Adm’s Choice: £20.
Canny will forward a donation of £20 to LASCO.
Week’s Collection amounted to £3,346.
of St Eugene’s Cathedral, St Mary’s, Creggan,
and Holy Family in Derry are embarking on an exciting
new project. Investing in our young people, we
are looking to employ an enthusiastic person to lead
and direct youth in the three parishes in the ways of
faith. The Pastoral Youth Ministry Leader will
be employed for a one year contract. The successful
candidate must fulfil the following criteria:
· Be an
active member of a Catholic Parish Faith Community
experience of skilled leadership in a Youth Setting
a third level qualification in a relevant discipline
eg education, theology, youth work, community work OR
one year’s experience of Youth Project Management
· Be competent
in the use of ICT
The Pastoral Youth
Ministry Leader will be based within the parishes of
St Eugene’s Cathedral, St Mary’s, Creggan
and Holy Family in Derry City.
criteria may be enhanced to facilitate short listing
Form, Job Description and Personnel Specification may
be obtained by telephoning 71264087 during normal office
hours and completed applications must be returned to:
Derry Diocesan Youth Commission, Derry Diocesan Catechetical
Centre, The Gate Lodge, 2 Francis Street, Derry, BT48
7DS not later than 5.00 pm on 3rd June 2010.
Summer Festival - 25th to 27th June - prayer,
music, reflection, talks, workshops and more. Cost €70
(includes food and accommodation). To book visit their
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