NEWSLETTER

THE WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES COMES TO IRELAND.

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.

 

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BLESSING OF GRAVES TAKES PLACE IN OUR PARISH ON THE LAST SUNDAY OF JUNE

immediately after Mass in Claudy and at 3pm in Craigbane.

Please bring Holy Water with you to sprinkle on the grave of your loved ones.

Refreshments in Craigbane Hall after Cemetery Sunday 3pm. All donations to charity.....Air Ambulance.

 

 

 

A Summer School takes place from 29th June-1st July in Dromantine Conference Centre. The theme is Radical Discipleship: Healing for a World in Pain. For details of the full programme, costs etc. email laity@sma.ie

 

Rally for Life – The 12th All Ireland Rally for Life will be held in Belfast on Saturday 7th July at 2pm. It is vitally important that we all stand together for life and show the world that the pro-life movement in Ireland - North and South - remains strong and undefeated and that we are still pro-life and proud. Holy Mass will be celebrated in St Patrick's Church Belfast before the Rally at 12noon. For more information please contact us on 9027 8484 or visit www.rallyforlife.net

 

BOOKING FOR THE PASTORAL CONGRESS IN THE RDS IS NOW OPEN on their website and includes the possibility of booking free, guaranteed tickets for the Festival of Families and the Final Mass, subject to availability. Details of how to get tickets for the Festival of Families in Croke Park on Saturday 25th August and the Final Mass in the Phoenix Park on Sunday 26th August are currently being finalised and will be available in the coming months. Both are free, but ticketed, events and registration details. www.worldmeeting2018.ie

 

 

Summer Variety Concert - SUNDAY 1st July - Swatragh GAA Hall - SUSAN MCCANN plus special guests including NIAMH MCGLINCHEY and more. Doors Open @ 7pm - Show starts @ 8pm. Tickets £12 each from TOP 40 Music Shop Magherafelt or pay at the door. Contact 078 8761 4094 or 078 0311 5461, Proceeds in aid of Co. Derry Pioneer Association.

 

Thornhill Ministries Forthcoming Events:Afternoon Tea for Past Pupils/Boarders of Thornhill College – 29 July. ‘We are Spiritual Beings on a Human Journey’ - Summer Retreat to help us look reflectively at life’s experiences - 10 to 15 August. ‘Immersed in Heaney’ – Includes the ‘Essence of Heaney’ workshop and visit to Homeplace, Bellaghy – 31 August/1 September. Holy Land Retreat – 11 to 20 October. Three places still remaining. Booking is essential for the above. For details, please contact Thornhill Ministries at 7135 1233 or e-mail thornhillministries@derrydiocese.org.

 

The Playhouse Children’s & Teens Arts Festival Illuminate! The longest running Children's Arts Festival in Northern Ireland is back from Monday 23rd July to Friday 3rd August. A wide and colourful variety of workshops for ages of 4 - 16. For more information and booking contact The Playhouse on 7126 8027.

 

Join Children in Crossfire in a climb up Croagh Patrick on the 30th June. A bus will be provided as will tea and scones. Mass will be celebrated in the mountain top chapel by Fr Neil Farren. To sign up contact shauna.oneill@childrenincrossfire.org or 7126 9898.

 

St Joseph’s Young Priests’ Dungiven are running a bus to Knock on Saturday 23rd June. Leaving Dungiven carpark, Main St 7.30am - Feeney - Supermarket 7.40am – Claudy - O’Kane’s Butchers Main St 7.55am. Stop for tea at Henry’s 9.45am and a return stop again for 2 course dinner +tea/coffee – we should arrive in Knock 10.30-11am. £40 all inclusive. Contact Mrs Betty Ann McNicholl – 075 9764 9901

CSR One Day Training courses on Friday 29th June & Saturday 21st July in The Benedy Centre, Dungiven. Contact Harley on 7774 3737 or Mary on 078 4330 5959 to secure your place.

 

Energy of Light Discos - Friday 29 June/Friday 20 July/Friday 31 August - Time: 8.30pm – 10.30pm/11pm. Location: Millennium Forum - Theatre. Cost: £3. This is a monthly disco for 15+ who are experiencing limited physical, sensory and or learning disability.Tickets for this performances are on-sale through our box office 7126 4455 choose option 1) or on our websitewww.millenniumforum.co.uk

 

 

ADORERS are needed for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Wednesday from 12-1pm in Craigbane Church. Please contact 077 0912 5696 if you are able to adore at this time. Thank you.

 

 

WEEKEND MASSES: Claudy - Vigil - 6.30pm. Sunday Morning 11.30am. CRAIGBANE: 10am.

CLAUDY: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. CRAIGBANE: Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10am.

 

 

 

 

 

Working in Partnership with Saint Mary's College, Twickenham, the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre offers the MA in Catholic School Leadership, beginning Autumn. This is a post graduate degree dedicated to the professional development and spiritual formation of Catholic school leaders. Tel: 7126 4087 or email tferry@derrydiocese.org

 

 

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ACCORD - DERRY

Accord Derry Marriage Preparation Workshops, September 14/15th, October 19th/20th, November 16th/17th.

Venue: Thornhill Centre, Culmore Road, Derry. Booking online now at www.accordni.com

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

 

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SAFEGUARDING AND VETTING

Anyone in the Parish working with children or vulnerable adults, or bringing

Holy Communion to the sick and housebound in their own homes have to be vetted. All Church personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse. If you work with children or adults or bring Holy Communion to the sick and housebound you are duty bound to be vetted. Also if you are involved with children you must have consent forms completed and

returned to the Parish Office as soon as possible.

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CHILDREN IN CROSSFIRE ARE INVITING YOU

To walk the pilgrims path of the Camino De Santiago this year, to help children in Tanzania and Ethiopia. 31st July-6th August 2018. For more information call 7126 9898 or email ronan.mccay@childrenincrossfire.org

 

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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. COST £925.00 PER PERSON SHARING

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: jeanreynolds@hotmail.co.uk

 

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MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES:

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

Email: reservations@med-irishcentre.com

 

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HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE RETREAT

Eight nights beginning 10th 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.

 

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HOPE - CATHOLIC SUMMER CAMP

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.

 

 

 

AN APPEAL ON BEHALF OF FAMILY CARE ADOPTION SERVICES.

Family Care Adoption Services is a voluntary adoption agency with offices in Derry and in Belfast. We provide an adoption service throughout all of Northern Ireland. A core part of our work is to place children with new adoptive families. These children are often from the care system and may have had a difficult start in life.

We are experienced in finding families for these children but given the number of children being referred and their specific needs we are always looking for families to come forward.

 

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Anam Cara Donegal, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Thursday 10th of May from 19:30 to 21hours in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. For more information see anamcara.ie or call our Information Line on 085 2888 888 or NI 9521 3120.

 

 

 

DERRY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOUGH DERG, led by Bishop Donal McKeown, will take place Friday 22–Sunday 24 June 2018. Coach travelling from St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry , via Strabane . For pilgrims travelling by coach, the cost will be £80 per person (which includes all transport and pilgrimage costs). A non-refundable deposit of £20 per person is required to secure your place. Pilgrims may, of course, use their own means of transport. For more information about the pilgrimage or to register, please contact the Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 028 7126 4087 or email: rebecca.odoherty@derrydiocese.org