Dublin has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families in August 2018. Started by Saint John Paul II, and held every three years, this major world event celebrates family as the cornerstone of our lives, and the fundamental building block of society and the Church.


Families and others from all over the world will gather in Dublin from 21-26 August 2018 to celebrate their lives together, to share their experiences from different parts of the world, to reflect on the different challenges they face and to grow together in faith.


The diocese of Derry will celebrate a Year of the Family, beginning on 14/15 August this year, and concluding on 8th September 2018.


The official launch of the year of preparations for WMOF2018 will take place in Knock on Monday 21st August 2017, with Mass at 3pm. This will happen during the annual novena in honour of Our Lady of Knock. Bishop McKeown hopes to be present, and would be delighted to see the parishes of the diocese represented.



Next Sunday is World Mission Sunday

Next Sunday, the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection. Every person in every parish in every country where the Church is present will be celebrating together and sharing what they have, no matter how little. It is the one Sunday in the year when the Mass is celebrated exclusively for missionary activity. Donations are collected at these worldwide Masses and they go to support churches, hospitals, schools and vocations in countries where the Church is new, young or poor. It is also the one Sunday in the year when your generosity goes directly to help mission parishes overseas and reach out with Jesus’ message of hope and love. World Missions Ireland is the Holy Father’s official charity for overseas mission. It is responsible for coordinating Mission Sunday in Ireland and, through local bishops, churches, and missionary congregations around the world, ensures that resources are distributed equitably and justly on the basis of need. In offering our prayers, we join with missionaries everywhere in communion and compassion to support them in spreading the Good News, and by giving a donation we respond to Christ's call to feed the hungry and clothe the naked so please give what you can.

Thank You.





To celebrate babyloss awareness week an Interdenominational candle service in St Patrick's church Dungiven on

Sunday 15th October at 5pm to remember all the babys lost in pregnancy and infancy. Candles provided, Everyone welcome.






Thornhill Ministries’ Upcoming Events:

‘Sitting with the Word’ - An opportunity to allow the Word of God to find a home in our hearts, focusing on a Scripture passage from the in-coming Sunday's Liturgy. An experience of praying Scripture that will enhance our Sunday Mass celebration. Series of eight Wednesdays in Thornhill House, Culmore Road, Derry, beginning 4 October from 10:45 - 11:45 am. Suggested donation - £5 per session. All welcome.



Thornhill Ministries - “Stirrings”: A gentle afternoon to help those who are experience initial stirrings of a religious vocation –

Sunday 15 October, 3:00 to 5:30 pm in Thornhill House. The suggested donation is £5.




“The Parable of the Family” The first of a 3-day series led by Fr Paschal McDonnell, allowing us to hold with serenity the parable of our own family reality as it has unfolded Thurs,19th October 10:30 – 2:30 Thornhill House


Would you have a crib that is unusual, has a unique story or has its own traditions – and would you be willing to loan it to Sr Perpetua for the Crib Festival in Thornhill House in November? If so, please get in touch with her at 7135 1233

The Holy Land - An 8-Day Retreat Pilgrimage to the Holy Land will take place in September 2018. Places still available.




DRAW to promote Temperance in Ireland and in the Developing World: Organised by the PTAA, this draw starts in mid-November 2017, subscription £6.50 per month for six months, (or £38 if paid in advance). The prizes each month are: 1st €1,000; 2nd €400; 3rd €200, 4th €100.

To enter, contact Robert Glackin tel: 7134 1647, Andrew Doherty tel: 7135 2285, Danny Gorman tel: 7135 2725 or

Kathleen Chambers tel: 7134 7833 no later than Monday 6 November.




Mary and Mercy Tour - World renowned author and speaker Fr Michael Gaitley will come to tour Ireland from 6-10 October 2017 . He will speak on Marian Consecration and Divine Mercy. Fr Gaitley is the author of the best selling book 33 Days to Morning Glory and will help us prepare for mass consecration of Ireland beginning on 5 November and concluding on 8 December. He will donate free copies of his best selling book to all who attend the events. Fr Gaitley will speak in St Columba's Church Longtower on Tuesday 10 October at 8pm. For more information check out




October is, Mission Month and World Missions Ireland (the Pope's official charity for overseas mission) is hosting/promoting a number of events. Further information is available on our website or from our offices.


Friday, 13th October: National Day of Prayer for Children. Countrywide but central celebration from the

Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow led by Bishop Denis Nulty.


Saturday, 14th October: Miles for Mission. 2km, 5km, and 10km walk/run to raise funds for overseas mission.

Given the huge numbers of Irish missionaries overseas, World Missions Ireland and the World Meeting of Families is hoping that this event will be an occasion for families to come together on mission, to enjoy the missionary camaraderie, and help raise funds for missionaries working with very needy families around the world. Further details available at or


Friday, 20th October: "Maynooth, Ireland and the Far East," a one-day conference to mark the centenary of the Columban Fathers and the Maynooth Mission to China. This takes place at St Patrick's College, Maynooth.


Sunday, 22nd October: Mission Sunday. RTE televised Mass with chief celebrant Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly.





Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018 It’s never too early to start paying towards your 2018 Pilgrimage to Lourdes!

To help with this the Pilgrimage Office, 164 Bishop Street Derry will be open onTuesdays and Thursdays

from 11am to 1pm commencingfrom Tuesday 3rd October.Tel:7126 0293.




North West Regional College are having an enrolment night for three classes in the Diamond Centre on the 11th October, from 7pm - 9pm. The three courses are Essential Skills in Literacy, Essential Skills in Numeracy and BTEC Level 3 Peadiatric First Aid. All welcome to come along.




Children in Crossfire are looking to recruit an office based volunteer and parish based volunteers for advent. Please contact

as soon as possible on 7126 9898 or By volunteering together we can make a difference !






Further to Bishop McKeown ’s letter of 13 September, Fr Pat O’Hagan has asked me to point out that the correct contact numbers for him

are +35374 9382057 or +353 876149918. His email address is as quoted in the letter,





The Altnagelvin hospital annual Service of Remembrance for babies and children will take place on Sunday 15 October 2017 at 3pm.

and will be held in the Multi-Disciplinary Education Centre, Altnagelvin Hospital.

The service is in remembrance of all babies and children who have died either through miscarriage, neonatal death, still birth or infant death. All parents, families and friends are very welcome to attend. Families are invited if they wish, to bring a flower in memory of their child to present during the service. The flowers will be taken afterwards to Ballyoan Cemetery or family may take them with them again after the service.

Please allow some extra time for parking due to ongoing construction work at the hospital.





Foyer of Light, Charity & Love - 5 Day Silent Retreat: Theme: “If you but knew the gift of God...” Preached by: Fr. Kilian Byrne

Venue: Dromantine Retreat Centre, Newry, Co. Down - Date: October 23rd - 29th. Cost: £360stg full board. Contact: Helen : 00353 86 1678027, The retreat addresses those who search for God, or who wish to grow in their life of faith and prayer.





In this centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, parishes, schools and families are invited to pray a decade of the Rosary,

for vocations in Ireland, on 13th of each month from May until October 2017.

Those taking part in the prayer initiative are invited to use the social media hashtag #Pray4Vocations





A Novena will take place in honour of St John Paul in St Mary’s Church, Altinure, beginning at 8pm on the

13 October, the hundredth anniversary of the sun dancing in Fatima.

All will be welcome. St. John Paul was Mary’s special Pope.





Catholic Engaged Encounter: - a two day non-residential course will be held in Our Lady & St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, Ballymoney on 24-25 February 2018. This is a very positive way of preparing for Marriage where you will discover how you can enrich your future relationship.

For information/ booking, please contact: or 276 38512




Are you between the ages of 16 and 30? If ‘Yes’, then Pope Francis wants to hear from you, as the Church prepares for a Synod of Bishops (October 2018) on the theme: “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”. You are asked to complete the survey found at this link: Further information and A Letter to Young People from Pope Francis can be found on



40 Days for Life – From Wednesday 27th Sept to Sunday 5th Nov, Precious Life is urging all Christians to unite in a focused

40 Day campaign to end abortion. We are asking you to pray, fast and join our prayer vigils outside the

Marie Stopes and Family Planning centres in Belfast. For more info and your FREE Prayer Pack

please contact: 9027 8484 or






If you are between the ages of 18 and 25, and considering a Gap Year experience, why not consider one with a difference? The DYC are a community of faith and service located in the heart of Derry City and serving the young people of the Diocese of Derry. If faith is important in your life, and you are attracted to the ideal of service, you can find more information here:

Or contact us at:




Fostering Recruitment in the WHSCT area - Information Evenings:

Monday 16 October, Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane at 7.30pm

Tuesday 17 October, Da Vinci’s Hotel, Derry at 7.30pm

Tuesday 17 October, Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen at 7.30pm

Thursday 19 October, Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh at 7.30pm

For further information, tel 028 82 835264, 028 71 314240 or email





A coffee morning is taking place in the Synod Hall, Armagh Cathedral on Saturday 21st October at 11am. Stanton Healthcare provide life-saving crisis pregnancy support and need your help right now to protect both mother and baby. Find out more about this fantastic local charity while enjoying a cup of tea and some treats. Contact 02890332882 for more information.






wish to thank those parishioners who contributed so generously to the All Ireland Pioneer Council which was taken up recently.

Thanks also due to the collectors.




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

January 12/13th 2018

February 16/17th 2018

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.




Cursillo in the Derry Diocese will holdd two “3-day weekends” at the Carmelite Retreat Centre in Termonbacca, Derry .

The men’s weekend will run from Thursday 12th until Sunday 15th Oct;

the women’s weekend will run from Thursday 26th until Sunday 29th Oct.

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




The Net. The October edition of The Net is now available. For coverage of your parish or school faith activities just send an email to or ring/text 078 0929 2852. This month’s coverage includes – Templemore HOPE Camp, Iskaheen Holy Wells pilgrimage and blessing, Urney & Castlefin Family Fun Day, Moville input to WMOF icon, Greencastle and Maghera pilgrims at Lough Derg, Coleraine commemoration for stillborn babies, Blessing of the Fleet in Greencastle, Desertmartin parishioner’s pedal power targets Alzheimer’s, Drung pilgrimage to Doon Well, Lisdoo Mass Rock, Urney & Castlefin One Voice Choir enjoy Knock visit, Bellaghy and Portglenone farewells for Rafferty siblings, Galliagh Triduum honours Sacred Heart, Waterside’s Sr Carmel celebrates 60 years a Good Shepherd, Malin celebration for Fr Logue, Ardmore’s Fatima pilgrimage, Blessing of Steelstown PS Oratory, St Teresa of Calcutta relics in Leckpatrick and St Eugene’s, Newtownstewart marks Fatima Centenary, Fatima Rosary Processions in Carnhill and Dungiven, Ardmore faith story, Cursillo in Knock for consecration to Immaculate Heart of Mary, 33 Days to Morning Glory reflections, Diocesan Year of Family Programme, Children’s Catechism Club, Diocesan Diary, Parish Post-its and the Autumn Garden.





A Marriage Encounter Weekend offers married couples (of all age ranges) private time to rediscover the joy of their love.

The next Residential Weekend will be from 17 to 19-Nov-2017 at The Lake Hotel, Killarney.

For info. and to book, visit or call (087) 784 0408 or (01) 832 4429





Fr. Bill Retreat, Given by: Fr. Anthony Saji V.C.

5 Day Silent Spiritual Renewal and Healing Catholic Retreat at: Knock Shrine, 31st Oct. to 4th Nov. 2017

Details: Maeve ( N. Ireland ) - 0781 5319710. Roisín (Donegal) - 074 93 63336





is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station. Their mission is to help spread the Gospel message of Joy, Hope and Charity with a mixture of Prayer, Catechesis, Uplifting music, Talks, Interviews and Testimonies – all commercial free. RMI broadcasts 24/7. Live Morning Prayer at 9.15am followed by daily 10am Holy Mass. 11am Catechesis - with Fr. Eamonn McCarthy, full-time Director - Angelus and Midday Prayer. Live Evening Prayer at 5pm is followed by News and the Rosary prayed from the studio at 5.30pm. RMI is available to download FREE by App “RADIO MARIA WORLD FAMILY” on mobile devices, FREE streaming on by clicking “LISTEN LIVE” or can be listened to on the

phone via a live radio feed by calling +353 (0) 1 437 3277.





Mothers & Toddlers every Tuesday in Foreglen Communtity Centre at 10am-11.30am. Only £2.00 per child.


Jiving classes with Ruby Rankin every Wednesday at Foreglen Community Centre from 7.30pm-9pm. £5.00 per night.





Anam Cara the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Thursday 12th October at 7:30pm in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, 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 Wednesday 11th October or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.





Playcraft Live will stage the first ever play in Minecraft, stepping between real and virtual worlds, human actors, theatrical direction

and digital puppeteering at The Playhouse on Saturday 14 October 2017. Tickets available soon at

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾

Bruiser Theatre Company presents ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾’ by Sue Townsend at The Playhouse on

Sunday 15 October, 8pm. Tickets £12/10. To book (028)71268027 or


Centre Stage Theatre Company presents Luther by John Osborne at The Playhouse on Saturday 21 October, 8pm. A powerful portrait of the monk as he agonizes with his doubts and disillusions and subsequently the consequences of his world-shattering cry for Church reform. Tickets £11/ £8.

To book 7126 8027 or