Fr Gerard Mongan, Fr Daniel
McFaul, Fr Joseph Varghese
Deacon: Rev Brendan
March 2012 - Fifth Sunday of Lent
who loves her/his life loses it; anyone who hates her/his
life in this world will keep it for the eternal life.”
At first glance that statement from Christ in this Sunday’s
Gospel is hard to take. But it is God’s wisdom
and we must listen to it. It’s really about our
priorities. If our priorities are all just about the
here and now and our own gratification we will lose
everything. If we set our sights on what God wants for
us we will gain far more than we ever imagined possible.
And what God wants for us is love, peace, joy, freedom,
full life - all of which can only be gained by giving
ourselves fully to one another. Marriage and family
life are the two great schools for learning self-giving.
In marriage each person has to deliberately choose what
is good and best for their life together. In family
life parents especially have to constantly give of themselves.
That is how people grow to maturity.
Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.
25th March 2012 - 5th Sunday of Lent
Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
God will create a new heart in people, a heart that
knows God and neighbour.
Reading: Hebrews 5:7-9
Christ learned to hear and follow his Father’s
way humbly and obediently.
The grain of wheat has to fall on the ground and die
if it is to bring new life.
Next Sunday is Palm Sunday.
will be blessed at all the Masses.
around the Cross:
On Thursday (29th March) there will be an Evening of
Reflection around the Cross in the upstairs room in
the Sacristy area here in St Eugene’s Cathedral.
The evening will be led by young people from the Pope
John Paul II Group and will begin after 7.30 pm Mass
for approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
Eucharistic Congress in Thornhill New College on
Saturday and Sunday, 14th and 15th April. Booking office
has now opened for bookings. You should collect a booking
form from your parish and mail it to IEC Office, 55
St Patrick’s Street, Draperstown, Co. Derry BT45
7AJ. (Booking form should read BT45 7AJ not BT45 7AG).
Cheques should be made payable to Fr Seamus Kelly. The
Office is open from Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 3.00
pm and Saturday 12 noon - 2.00 pm. Email DerryDioceseIEC@btinternet.com
Orbis: The tickets for the final Mass in Croke
Park will now be pooled together so that parishes who
are over their quota will now get tickets if not used
by the other parishes by Wednesday. Bookings have to
be completed by the end of March and are to be sent
to Dublin for processing. All tickets will be posted
out from Dublin and will be individually Named. Booking
forms available from the Parochial House.
Blessed Sacrament Chapel
You are invited
to pray in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament which
is exposed each day from 9.00 am until 6.00 pm, Monday
to Saturday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Long Tower
Parochial House, Pump Street.
We offer our
sympathy to the family and friends of:
Stewart, Carrowkeel, Quigley’s Point.
they rest in peace.
Freddie Boyle, Pat Glackin,
Frank Orr, Bella
Kerrigan and Samuel Ramsey.
they rest in peace.
10.00 am Grainne Nugent
12.30 pm Terry
07.30 pm Mona
on duty for Palm Sunday
pm Reader: Roísin Bonar
Mary McDowell (N Kieran Kehoe (S)
pm Reader: Stephen Orr
Charlie McDermott (N) Mona
09.30 am Reader: Children’s Mass
Brendan Burns (N) James Garvin (S)
11.00 am Reader: Adele McCauley
Eugene McClintock (N) Geraldine Ui Meallain (S)
12.30 pm Reader: Michael Wilson
Carita Kerr (N) Sean Hickey (S)
Team *C* begins its rota at
the 6.15 pm Vigil Mass
In Memory’ - First Communion preparation:
‘Do This In Memory’ Mass for
children preparing for First Holy Communion next Sunday
- Palm Sunday, 1st April at 9.30 am Mass here in St
THE PRIEST GIVES THANKS TO GOD FOR OUR GIFTS
The priest stands behind the
altar and holds up the paten with the bread on it and
says a prayer of blessing to God. The priest then pours
the wine into the chalice. The chalice is a special
cup which is shaped like a wine glass. It may be made
of gold or silver. He pours a drop of water into the
wine. He then holds up the chalice and says a prayer
of blessing to God again. At Mass the priest says a
prayer over the gifts which is different each day. In
many churches people will stand at this point. This
shows us that the preparation of the gifts is over and
we are now going to pray the Eucharistic Prayer.
Week’s Collection amounted to £3,502.
Collection amounted to £855.
you for your generosity to the Clerical Education &
Ongoing Formation Collection.
A Weekend Retreat in preparation for Easter will take
place in Termonbacca beginning on Friday at
7.30 pm and ending on Sunday after Lunch. For booking
contact the Carmelite Retreat Centre. Phone 71262512.
in honour of Blessed Alexandrina Maria Da Costa
this evening (Sunday) at 7.30 pm in Termonbacca.
Night of Healing: The Derry Trust Fund is holding
a night of Spiritual Music, Song and Prayer on Tuesday,
3rd April in St Brigid’s Chapel, Carnhill from
8.00 pm to 10.00 pm.
Week Prayer Experience at the YARD Project, Columba
House. During Holy Week the conference rooms
of Columba House will be transformed with interactive
hands-on prayer stations using the senses of sight,
sound, touch and taste to give visitors a truly memorable
prayer experience. This creative and contemporary approach
to prayer helps us reconnect and deepen our relationship
with Jesus as we relate his sacrifice to our own spiritual
journey. Sessions are open to the public and begin at
11.00 am and 2.00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
of Holy Week. For further information contact: The YARD
Project, Columba House, 11 Queen Street, phone 71269113.
March - Reminiscence Afternoon at the IOSAS Centre.
Enjoy lunch and a guided tour of the Celtic Peace Garden.
Fr Neal will conduct a short Healing Service and Blessing
for all who wish to participate. Sit back and share
in some music, memories and laughter with Tracey McRory
and Dinny McLaughlin. Donation: £8
Derry Marriage Preparation Workshop 18th/19th May. Venue:
Thornhill Centre, Culmore Road. Booking online: www.accordni.com
or contact: Accord Derry, telephone 71362475 or email
Way of Saint Columcille: As part of
the preparation for the International Eucharistic Congress
you are invited to join in a youth pilgrimage echoing
the Way of St Columcille: an all night Vigil of Adoration
will be held in Thornhill Chapel, Culmore beginning
at 8.00 pm on Saturday, 14th April. This Vigil will
be led by the youth of the Diocese. It will finish at
6.00 am with dawn Mass in the grounds of Thornhill Convent,
followed by a walk to the Long Tower Church, after which
a cooked breakfast will be provided. For more information
or to request a booking form contact Dominic at the
Catechetical Centre on 71264087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St Eugene’s Cathedral - Easter
Prize: £3000 •2nd Prize: £1000 •3rd
Prize: £500 •4th Prize: £500
Prize: £100 • 6th Prize: £100 •7th
Prize: £100 •8th Prize: £100
Donation: £5/€6 per ticket
(£50/€60 for book of 10)
take place on Easter Monday, 9th April 2012
available from the Sacristy after all Masses
- the Parochial House - Matt and Hilda - upstairs in
the Sacristy area from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm on Friday
needed: If you wish to help to sell tickets
please contact the Parochial House.
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