Parish News for
Sunday 28th June 2009
Sunday in Ordinary Time
OF THE PARISH
Very Rev Michael Canny Adm
Rev David O'Kane CC
Rev Daniel McFaul CC
Jubilee Year for
in the Vatican Basilica on the Solemnity of the Sacred
Heart of Jesus (19th June 2009) a day of prayer for
the sanctification of the clergy, Pope Benedict XVI
inaugurated this Jubilee Year for Priests. The theme
for the priestly year is “Faithfulness of Christ,
Faithfulness of Priests”. Pope Benedict also officially
proclaimed St. Jean Marie Vianney as “patron saint
of all the priests of the world”.
will aim in this year to promote initiatives that will
“highlight the role and mission of the clergy
in the Church and in modern society”. Another
goal will be to address “the need to intensify
the permanent formation of priests, associating it with
that of seminarians”. The Pope has sent a Letter
to the priests of the world for the occasion of the
Year for Priests, which has been called to mark the
150th anniversary of the death of St John Mary Vianney.
Extract and Conclusion:
In today’s world, as in the troubled times of
the Curé of Ars, the lives and activity of priests
need to be distinguished by a forceful witness to the
Gospel. As Pope Paul VI rightly noted, “modern
man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers,
and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they
are witnesses”. Lest we experience existential
emptiness and the effectiveness of our ministry be compromised,
we need to ask ourselves ever anew: “Are we truly
pervaded by the word of God? Is that word truly the
nourishment we live by, even more than bread and the
things of this world? Do we really know that word? Do
we love it? Are we deeply engaged with this word to
the point that it really leaves a mark on our lives
and shapes our thinking?” Just as Jesus called
the Twelve to be with him (cf. Mk 3:14), and only later
sent them forth to preach, so too in our days priests
are called to assimilate that “new style of life”
which was inaugurated by the Lord Jesus and taken up
by the Apostles.
To the Most Holy
Virgin I entrust this Year for Priests. I ask her to
awaken in the heart of every priest a generous and renewed
commitment to the ideal of complete self-oblation to
Christ and the Church which inspired the thoughts and
actions of the saintly Curé of Ars. It was his
fervent prayer life and his impassioned love of Christ
Crucified that enabled John Mary Vianney to grow daily
in his total self-oblation to God and the Church. May
his example lead all priests to offer that witness of
unity with their Bishop, with one another and with the
lay faithful, which today, as ever, is so necessary.
Despite all the evil present in our world, the words
which Christ spoke to his Apostles in the Upper Room
continue to inspire us: “In the world you have
tribulation; but take courage, I have overcome the world”
(Jn 16:33). Our faith in the Divine Master gives us
the strength to look to the future with confidence.
Dear priests, Christ is counting on you. In the footsteps
of the Curé of Ars, let yourselves be enthralled
by him. In this way you too will be, for the world in
our time, heralds of hope, reconciliation and peace!
With my blessing.
From the Vatican, 16th June 2009
our sympathy to the family and friends of:
16 Marlborough Terrace.
12 Glenbrae Gardens.
77 Cashelmore Park.
May they rest
We welcome as a member of the Christian community:
who was baptised in
Paramus, New Jersey.
10.00 Jimmy Doyle
07.30 Adele McCauley
on duty next Weekend
06.15 pm Garvin Kerr
07.30 pm Christine McDevitt
09.30 am Michael Roddy
11.00 am Anne Douglas
12.30 pm Megan Meenan
Team *A* begins its rota
at the 6.15 pm Vigil Mass
for the sick with Eucharistic Blessing on Tuesday
at 8.00 pm in Termonbacca .
Life ‘Pro-Life Mass’ in Termonbacca
on Monday at 7.30 pm for the intentions of the rally
for life in Dublin on Saturday, 4th July.
A one day retreat for Senior Citizens
and their friends in Termonbacca on Wednesday for those
from Derry and Donegal. Registration from 10.30 am finishing
around 5.00 pm. Cost £15 or €18 includes
a four course lunch. Payment at the Centre on the day.
To book telephone 71262512 during office hours only.
of the Centenary Mass at St Columba’s Church
– 9th June 2009 is available from Long Tower Church
or Parochial House. Cost £10.
Grandparents Pilgrimage Sunday , 13th September,
Our Lady of Knock Shrine, Knock. Chief Celebrant Cardinal
Seán Brady. Guest Singers: Fr Liam Lawton &
Dana. Further details later.
Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday, 19th July. Coach
leaves Termonbacca at 7.45 am with a pick up point at
Melmount Centre at 8.15 am. Returning to Derry at approx.
11.00 pm. Return coach, snack on the way down and evening
meal. Fare £35 or €40. For further information,
phone Termonbacca on 71262512 during office hours only.
Mass in honour
of Blessed Alexandrina Maria Da Costa
today (Sunday) at 7.30 pm in Termonbacca.
Canny acknowledges with thanks donations for:
£5, £15. St. Pio: £20. Sisters of
St John: £20. Altar Flowers: £20. Eucharistic
Congress Collection: £40.
Canny will forward a donation of £20 to LASCO.
amounted to £3,833.
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