Parish News for
Sunday 27th April 2008
Sixth Sunday of Easter,
OF THE PARISH
Very Rev Michael Canny Adm
Rev David O'Kane CC
Rev Gary Wade CC
HERE FOR THE 2007 FINANCIAL REPORT
The Human Person as the
pro-life group Precious Life collected 120,000 signatures
from around Northern Ireland to petition MP’s
to reject plans that might liberalise abortion laws.
While many people from a variety of political and religious
backgrounds oppose abortion, it is particularly important
for Catholics to defend the right to life. In the very
first book of the Old Testament we are told that we
are made in the image and likeness of God. Therefore,
‘being in the image of God the human individual
possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something,
but someone ...’1 So many aspects of modern living
have become disposable, but the gift of human life is
not ours to dispose of. God is the author of all life
and no matter how fragile this life is, we are still
called to respect and protect it. The social teaching
of the Catholic Church highlights the many human rights
that we its followers are called to defend. The right
to life is considered to be the most fundamental human
right, ‘... which is the condition for the exercise
of all other rights, in particular, it implies the illicitness
of every form of procured abortion and of euthanasia.’2
If this basic human right is violated then all other
rights are at least undermined if not rendered obsolete.
While many of us are comfortable in upholding and even
promoting pro-life values and ideals, the Church challenges
us to real action, ‘Unfortunately there is a gap
between the ‘letter’ and the ‘spirit’
of human rights which can often be attributed to a merely
formal recognition of these rights.’3 By virtue
of our baptism each of us is called to share in Christ’s
mission of protecting the most vulnerable members of
our community, the poor, the sick, the elderly, the
young and the unborn.
Commission for Justice and Social Affairs, Diocesan
Pastoral Centre, 164 Bishop St, Derry
1 Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
(2004) Par. 108
2 Ibid. Par. 155
3 Ibid. Par. 158
Children in St Eugene’s Parish
of children is at the very heart of the church’s
activity. The relationship between Jesus and children
was one which valued them and nurtured them. The example
of Jesus is, of course, always our standard.
In our parish
many people work together to safe-guard children taking
part in church activities. Our Parish Representatives
for Child Protection are key to this. Along with all
who work with children in the parish community, best
practice in child-safeguarding is our goal.
Within the Diocese
as part of best practice, it is important that each
parish fulfil the POCVA requirements of civil law in
Northern Ireland. This is the vetting process for all
who work with children, whether as employees of the
parish or as volunteers. I would ask everyone to cooperate
in vetting, both those who are new recruits to parish
activies with children, and those who have generously
done so for many years. Child safe-guarding is part
of our Christian calling.
I thank all of
you, who are engaged with children in this parish, for
the wonderful work you do, building up the Kingdom of
God among the next generation of young Catholics.
The Little Way Novena
The Little Way Novena will take place in the Cathedral
from Saturday, 10th May until Sunday, 17th May. This
will be an opportunity for people to come and pray for
a special intention and to ask St Thérèse
to intercede for them. The Novena will begin at the
7.30 pm Mass on Saturday, 10th May. Monday to Friday
there will be Novena Masses at 6.30 am and 10.00 am
each morning and an evening service with a guest speaker
at 7.30 pm each evening. The theme is ‘When I
am weak then I am strong’. Everyone is welcome
to the Cathedral for this time of prayer and petition.
We offer our sympathy to the family and friends of:
John Deery, 21
Argyle Terrace. May he rest in peace.
We welcome a as member
of the Christian community
Dara Aine Hegarty,
12 Glenowen Park.
on duty next Weekend
06.15 Garvin Kerr
07.30 Anna McMahon
09.30 Louise Davis
11.00 Eugene McClintock
12.30 Adele McCauley
10.00 Eugene McClintock
07.30 Mona Tracey
Team *C* begins its rota at the 6.15 pm Vigil Mass next
Deaf Chaplaincy: There will be a Mass
for the Profoundly Deaf in the Nazareth House Chapel
next Sunday, 4th May at 3.00 pm.
in Termonbacca today (Sunday) in honour of
Blessed Alexandrina Maria Da Costa at 7.30 pm.
Fr Canny acknowledges
with thanks donations for:
Holy Land Shrines: £10. St Joseph’s Young
Collection amounted to £3,402.
To purchase a ticket by instalments or full payment
contact Matt McColgan at 71268997. Parish Draw contributions
will be collected every First Friday from 6.30 - 8.30
pm in the room above the Sacristy.
Parish Hall: Sunday: Long Tower Bingo 8.40
pm. Tuesday: Long Tower Bingo 9.00 pm.
work to reorganise the layout of the
ground floor of the Parochial House
will begin on Monday.
Access to the Parochial House
will be via the door at Windsor Terrace.
Sorry for any inconvenience.