Parish of Cumber Upper & Learmount



Serving the Churches of Saint Patrick's, Claudy, & Saint Joseph's, Craigbane.


Rev David O'Kane PP 9, Church Street, Claudy, Co Derry BT47 4AA

Telephone: 028 7133 7727


Volunteers for World Meeting of Families – Dublin – 21st to 26th August 2018

Dublin, Ireland has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families from 21st to 26th August 2018, guided by the theme ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy to the World’. Held every three years, this major international event brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the church.

The organisers require several thousand volunteers for the event. If you are interested in being part of this historic event as a volunteer, Madeleine Frissung, the Volunteer Outreach Co-ordinator for World Meeting of Families, will be holding an information session in Ardmore Parish Centre, Derry on Saturday 24th February 2018 starting at 10am.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, there will be an opportunity on the day to complete the required

Garda vetting paperwork and other documentation.

If you wish to attend the information session, please register your interest to:

Safeguarding Office, Diocesan Pastoral Centre, 164 Bishop Street Derry BT48 6UJ

Email: Tel:7136 2475

After you register your interest, you will be advised of the identification documents

to bring along with you to the information session.





We remember in our prayers Philip Crossan buried in Craigbane during the week.


First Anniversary Mass on Saturday the 24th at 6.30pm for Annie Burke.



Annie Burke, Hugh Harkin, Margaret Hutchinson




CLAUDY: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10am.

CRAIGBANE: Wednesday and Friday at 10am


All the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.


Devotions will take place in Saint Joseph’s Church, this evening, (Sunday) at 6pm.



Mass in honour of Blessed Alexandrina will be held in Termonbacca on Sunday the

25th February at 7:30 pm. Everyone welcome.




The Lenten Promise Card is available in the Parish at all Masses this weekend.

A great way of keeping Lent with a daily scratch-off activity that invites us to pray, to fast or to give.

A number of the activities this year have a focus on family. Cost: £1.





Mondays: Personal Reflection & Group Meditation (Different theme each week.)

Tuesdays: Care for the Soul through the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius (For those who want to go deeper.)

Thursday 1 March: Short Lenten Retreat Day

For more details and to book, contact Thornhill Ministries at 7135 1233 or e-mail



Thornhill Ministries: The Examen of St Ignatius 5 Monday Mornings starts 10:30 am; Going Deeper’ into spiritual life 6 Tuesdays Mornings starts 9:45 am The Quiet Hour 5 Tuesday Evenings using art and scripture to lead into meditaion 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. All held in Thornhill House, Culmore Road Contact 7135 1233 for details



FIVE CIRCLES PROJECT: Cookery/Baking Club, Every Wednesday 3.30-5pm in the Diamond Centre Claudy.

The activities outlined above are being run through the Destined Five Circles Project. The project is open to children between 8-12 years of age with a mild-moderate learning disability, living in rural areas of Derry City & Strabane District Council and Causeway Coast & Glens District Council.

If you know a child who would like to attend any of the activities outlined above, please contact Destined on 7778 1141 or email

For more information on the Five Circles project visit




Anam Cara the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Tuesday 6th March at 7:00pm in the Waterfront Hotel, Dungloe, Co. Donegal. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to before Monday 5th March or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.




Rally to “SAVE THE 8TH” – a massive pro-life Rally will be held in Dublin on Saturday 10th March 2018. Join thousands from across Ireland in support of the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution that protects unborn babies and their mothers. Coaches travelling to the Rally from towns across Northern Ireland. For further details please contact the Rally for Life Committee on 9027 8484 or click on





RADIO MARIA IRELAND is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station. Prayer, Catechesis, Music, Talks, Interviews and Testimonies – all commercial free – Listen via FREE App “RADIO MARIA IRELAND”,

streaming on or via PHONE – get live radio feed by calling +353 (0) 1 437 3277

(no extra charges apply). Please join our growing faith family!




CURSILLO will hold two “3-Day Weekends” at the Carmelite Retreat Centre in Termonbacca, Derry:

Men’s weekend from Thursday 22nd until Sunday 25th February.

Women’s weekend from Thursday 8th until Sunday 11th March .

These are residential Weekends. For further information please contact 077 0806 6939 or 078 4110 0174.





The loss of a partner through death, separation or divorce is devastating.

Beginning Experience is offering ‘a weekend away for a lifetime of change’ at Drumalis, Larne,

Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th March. To find out more, contact Phil: 9020 7645 or Marie 078 9611 9669 or email Support group continues Wednesday evenings at 8pm in St Bride’s Hall, Derryvolgie Ave, Belfast.





Tuesday 27 February 2018, 6pm – 9pm, in the Parochial House, St Eugene’s Cathedral, Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP. Enquiries can be made via the Diocesan Vocations Director: Fr Paul Farren, Tel 7126 4087

or email




Meeting of Overseas Returned Volunteers & Lay Missionaries

The next meeting for overseas returned volunteers & lay missionaries will take place on Tuesday 13th February at 7.30pm at Ardstraw House, 21A Buncrana Rd , Derry , next to St Columb’s College. All are welcome. For more info email or phone/text + 353 83 8422468.



Burning Hearts: Why not take on something new for Lent? Join us at the IOSAS Centre and Celtic Garden for an hour on Thursday mornings during Lent for prayer with the Scriptures and reflection in the Celtic Garden. Starting on Thursday 15th Feb at 11am and finishing with light lunch at 12:15pm. Cost €5/£5





The price of £669 (with price reduction for Cancer Patients) includes return flights from Belfast International Airport, full board and accommodation at Hotel Agena and travel insurance for persons up to 85 years on date of return.

Medical, nursing and other staff will accompany the Pilgrimage. To enquire or to obtain a booking form contact: Mrs Jean Clarke on Tel: 07516759646 or e-mail at





led by Bishop Donal McKeown takes place from Sunday 1 July - Friday 6 July 2018. Cost £669.

For further details contact the pilgrimage office at 164 Bishop Street , Derry BT48 6UJ :

Email: Tel: 028 71260293

Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 11am-1pm from Saturday 3 February.


PILGRIMAGE TO ASSISI, SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO & SORRENTO, 20th – 27th October, 7 Nights flying from Dublin to Ciampino. Assisi birthpace of St Francis and St Clare

Visit Lanciano, (first Eurcharistic miracle of the Catholic Church)

San Giovanni Rotondo; Visit the Birthplace of St Pio Pietrelcina; Venerate the Remains of St Pio;

Visit the place where Padre Pio received the first Stigmata.

Shrine of St Archangel Michael and finish the trip in Sorrento. Comprehensive Travel insurance included.

Spiritual Director: BR SEAN KELLY OFM CAP


Single room supplement is £255.00 EXTRA. LIMITED AVAILABILITY. £200.00 deposit secures a seat!


For further details contact:Jean Reynolds 077 2940 2311

or email:





The Annual Diocesan Mass for those with special needs, and their families and friends, will take place in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Steelstown, on Saturday 10th March at 3pm. If you have a child who wishes to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation or First Communion at this Mass please contact the Catechetical Centre on 0044 28 71264087.





7 nights B&B and Airport Shuttle Service from €279 per person.

Book any flight - any time and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service.

Call us for further info and book the dates that suit you. Tel. 00353 1443 4510 or

020 3239 8662. Email:





Accord Derry Marriage Preparation Workshops, 164 Bishop Street, Derry BT48 6UJ Tel 7136 2475

March 9/10th 2018 - April 13/14th 2018 - May 11/12th 2018 - June 8/9th 2018

Booking online now at

When courses are fully booked online a waiting list will be opened. Contact Rosemary at Accord Derry 7136 2475.




Holy Land Pilgrimage Retreat - Eight nights beginning 10 October. Cost is £1860 based on double occupancy and is fully inclusive of transport (Derry/Dublin return), direct flights to and from Tel Aviv, hotel accommodation, all meals,

Christian guide, incidental tips etc. For further details or to book, please contact Erin at 7135 1233.



Let’s talk about abortion’ – Noel Pattern, a former abortion worker is speaking about his experiences working for the NHS in England, on Thursday the 1st of March at 7:30pm, in Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union – Space Room 2. This promises to be a highly engaging, informative evening. For further information, please contact Lucy on 9027 8484.




The acronym HOPE stands for Help Our Parish Evolve. HOPE Catholic Summer Camp started in Limavady Parish in August 2013. The concept was designed by Fr James Devine and Leo McCloskey. The ethos of HOPE is summarised in the HOPE slogan, Faith - Fun - Friendship. HOPE aims to reinvigorate the faith lives of the youth of the parish. Primarily this is done through daily faith formation activities but also through healthy social interactions in Sport, Art, Team Building etc. HOPE is a parish event. Volunteers of all ages assist in the delivery of the programme. It requires partnership with local businesses and the prayers of the parishioners to succeed. Faith Formation: HOPE is a Catholic Summer Camp and each day there will be between 50 to 60 minutes Faith Formation. Faith Formation activities will be interactive and pitched at the age level of the children involved. In Limavady we have found 9-10, 11-13 and 14 and older to be the best division of ages for faith work. Guest speakers at HOPE must express views to the children that are consistent with the spiritual and moral teachings of the Catholic Church.One of the Faith Formation activities will be a Camp Mass.

During the week a period of Eucharistic adoration will be timetabled.

All the volunteers are to participate in the Faith Formation activities.


HOPE is for all children aged between 9 and 16 in the parish. If it is financially and logistically viable all children should be permitted to join HOPE. To facilitate this it is important to remove barriers to enrolment especially cost. The challenge the HOPE steering committee faces is to organise a camp which is inclusive, affordable and self financed. Children and leaders from other faiths are very welcome in HOPE.


The Sports Top is a key element in HOPE. It gives the camp a unique identity and helps create a sense of team/parish between the campers and the HOPE project. HOPE colours are green,dark blue and white. The colours are deliberately neutral and have no connections with any GAA, Soccer or Rugby clubs. Each year the tops should be styled in a way that is appealing to both genders and can be worn by campers at any sporting or social event.


Sport is a key element in HOPE. Healthy competition is encouraged and through the sporting competitions children are taught to win and lose with dignity. Trophies and medals are provided for the major sporting events to ensure children try their hardest to win each competition. Not every child likes contact sports and it is important to provide a menu of other fitness and well being activities e.g. Cardio Dance, Spin etc. Each afternoon in HOPE team building games are organised.


To appeal to the interests of all children a variety of activities are offered each year in HOPE Limavady. Local volunteers provide lessons in Art, Drama and cooking during HOPE. Visits to outdoor pursuits centres provide an excellent chance to participate in Fun and Friendship challenges.


Volunteers are key to the success of HOPE. It is important to actively recruit volunteers of all ages and all backgrounds. Prior to the camp volunteers will be trained in child protection issues and given basic First Aid advice. When discussing the plans for each major event Risk Assessments will be shared with the leaders.




FOSTERING in the WHSCT area - Information Evenings as follow:

Monday 19 February, Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane at 7.30pm, Wednesday 21 February, Da Vinci’s Hotel, Derry at 7.30pm, Thursday 22 October, Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh at 7.30pm. WHSCT urgently needs people to come forward and offer up their homes to foster children and the Trust continues to struggle to meet the demand for foster placements in the Western Trust area. During the Information Evenings there will be an opportunity to ask questions from staff and experienced fostercarers. Light refreshments served. Contact details: 82 83 5264 or 7131 4240, or email




Apex Housing Association currently have a vacancy in their sheltered accommodation at:

CREGGMOUNT, Desmond Avenue, Claudy, Co L’Derry. BT47 4BF

Sheltered Housing provides independent living in a secure setting with low level support, preventing social isolation and promoting well being. If you or someone you know would be interested in this accommodation, please contact the supported living team at:

Apex Housing Association, 10 Butcher Street, Derry / Londonderry Northern Ireland BT48 6HL

Telephone: 02871 304800 Email:



Ireland Shed a Tear: ‘Ireland Shed a Tear’ by Michael Collins at The Playhouse on Wednesday 28 February, 1pm and 7.30pm. Mick works hard to provide accommodation for his family amid the rising cost of the land and the cuts in funding for Traveller accommodation. Tickets Free. To book (028)71268027 or


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: National Theatre Live presents ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’, screened to The Playhouse on Thursday 1 March, 7pm. Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney. Tickets £11. To book (028)71268027 or


Lives in Translation: Kabosh presents ‘Lives in Translation’ by Rosemary Jenkinson at The Playhouse on Saturday 10 March, 8pm. Celebrating the human survival instinct through the story of one woman. Tickets £10/£8. To book (028)71268027 or