NEWSLETTER

THE WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES COMES TO IRELAND.

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 Year of the Family, began on the 14/15 August this year, and will conclude on the 8th September 2018.

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THE HOLY FAMILY PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP

Due to our parish holding their annual Novena to Our Lady on a Monday night, the Holy Family Padre Pio prayer group's Christmas meeting, will be held on TUESDAY 12th December in the Holy Family church, Ballymagroarty, Derry, starting with Mass at 7.15pm. There will be two 1st class relics at the meeting. Everyone is welcome.

 

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

17th December at 7:30 pm. everyone welcome.

 

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N.I. CANCER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

SUNDAY 27TH MAY TO FRIDAY 1ST JUNE 2018

 

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 mail@nicancerpilgrimage.org.uk.

 

 

GENTLE REMINDER: Thank you to the very many musicians and singers who support the Prayer of the Mass in the parishes throughout the diocese. A gentle reminder, as you prepare music for the Advent/Christmas Seasons.

This year the Season of Advent is very short. The Fourth Sunday of Advent will be 24th December.

It would be a great help to the celebration of Advent if those who provide music for the Liturgies still maintain the Advent themes of hope, of joy, of expectancy and anticipation of the coming birth of Christ right up until the morning of 24th. It is best that Carols are NOT sung until Christmas Eve – which is the Sunday evening. (Otherwise, people may mistake 4th Sunday of Advent as Christmas celebration.

Every blessing on your ministry among and for your community.

Sr Perpetua (Diocesan Director of Music)

 

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THORNHILL MINISTRIES, THORNHILL HOUSE, CULMORE ROAD, DERRY.

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

 

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St Columbs Hall on Sunday 17th December, ‘I AM PRESENT’. Come and join them for a night of musical celebration for all the family. The perfect event to celebrate the reason for the season. Tickets £10.

Available at Veritas or online @ ticketsource.co.uk/iam. Doors open 7pm. Show starts at 8pm.

 

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CHILDREN IN CROSSFIRE NEED MORE PARTICIPANTS.

Anyone who feels they would like to help through an amazing Borneo Trek next Easter

30th March - 7th April 2018. There will be mass available. £100 will secure a place contact shauna on

shauna.oneill@childrenincrossfire.org or call 7126 9898.

Mobile 075 9774 7940

 

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Children in Crossfire Advent boxes will be available at the doors of the chapel from this weekend.

Funds raised will provide vital health care and nutrition to some on the world’s most vulnerable children in Tanzania and Ethiopia. If you can help by handing these envelopes out after

Mass it would be really appreciated. Shauna 7126 9898.

 

 

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Park Community Playgroup: Application forms are now available for children in their pre-school year for September 2018. Please contact the pre school leader on 7778 1809 or call in for an application form.

 

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“Follow the Star” to the Celtic Garden Christmas Trail at the IOSAS Centre, Muff. An interactive family experience to recapture the true spirit of Christmas and learn about some of the Christian stories behind our favourite Christmas traditions. Fri 15th – Sun 17th Dec and Wed 20th Dec at 4pm, 5:30pm and 7pm. Pre-booking essential. For booking and further information contact the IOSAS Centre (00353) 74 9384866

 

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CONCERN - FUNDRAISING AUCTION

Local supporters of Concern Worldwide are holding an auction of Art on Thursday 7th December at 8pm in The Playhouse, Derry. If any artists wish to donate pieces they can leave them at the Concern Bookshop,

Ferryquay Street, Derry, or call 078 9481 3724 to arrange collection.

 

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DERRY PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

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 commencing from Tuesday 3rd October.Tel:7126 0293.

 

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ACCORD - DERRY

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 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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FINAL CALL - FREE TRAINING COURSE for CARERS

of people with Dementia will be held in Strabane and Derry this month: please note this free training will no longer be available after 31 Dec 2017. To register, please email roisin.flynn@alzheimers.org.uk or call 07484507178.

 

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Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Thursday 14th of December from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal (please note change of venue). This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died,

the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.

 

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Learmount Community Centre are hosting a Destined Christmas party from 7pm - 9pm on Tuesday 12 December and Park Luncheon Club Christmas Dinner on Thursday 14 December from 12.30pm.

Contact 7778 1881 or email learmountgroup@gmail.com for more information.

 

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Young Marx

National Theatre Live presents ‘Young Marx’, broadcast to The Playhouse on Thursday 14 December, 7pm. 1850, and Europe's most feared terrorist is hiding in Soho. Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Encore Screening. Tickets £11. To book (028)71268027 or www.derryplayhouse.co.uk

 

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FOREGLEN COMMUNITY CENTRE

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. £5per night.

 

Gortnaghey Community Centre,

Auld Tyme Dance on Friday 15th December, 9-12, Music By Glenshane Country

Adm £5, includes light supper.