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.




FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – 22ND APRIL 2018 - Day of Prayer for Vocations






No Mass Tuesday,Wednesday or Thursday. CRAIGBANE: Friday at 10am.

ADORATION as usual.


We remember in our prayers Josie Farren buried in Muff during the week.

We also remember Teddy Donaghy who died during the week.


Anniversaries at this time:

Willie O’Kane, Bernard Brogan, Peter Curran, Laurence Curran,

Liam Dixon, Charlie and Evelyn Donaghy.







FIRST HOLY COMMUNION takes place in our parish next Saturday.




INVITATION TO KNOCK SHRINE on Sunday 29th April. Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration Annual Pilgrimage to Knock. This will be a special day for; Adoration, Talks, Blessing of the Sick, Mass, Adoration, Rosary, Confessions, Young People’s Workshop, Children’s Adoration, Eucharistic Procession and Benediction. Bus from Claudy and Craigbane. £10 per adult incl’s tea and scones, No charge for children. Tel Sinead 079 7756 6093 as soon as possible.



Mass in honour of Blessed Alexandrina will be held in Termonbacca on Sunday the 29th April at 7:30 pm.



Claudy Cancer Focus group Annual Coffee evening & cake stall. Cumber Upper and Learmount Parish Hall, Wednesday 2nd May, at 8pm. Admission £3. The Cancer Focus NI Keeping Well van will be offering on board health checks from 5pm- 8pm, to book a time slot please contact Anne Eakin- 078 0188 6038.



Celebration of Friendship: Thornhill House is hosting a few hours on Monday 14 May, where friends can come together to give gratitude for friendships shared. Arrival time is 11:30am for 12noon. Gratitude Prayer and Celebration Lunch. Cost is £20. Pre-booking essential.


May Day Retreat – “The Seed and the Soil (III)”: Fr Paschal McDonnell OFM leads this Retreat Day, helping us embrace our truth. We hold, with reverence, our family and other relationships in the context of seeking integration. The day will include a Celebration of Eucharist. Date: Tuesday 1 May. Time: 9:45am to 2:30pm. Suggested Offering is £20.


Alana Concepts Ltd - CSR Training Sat 5th & FRI 18th May in the Benedy Centre, Dungiven. Tel Caroline on 7774 3737 or Mary on 078 4330 5959 to book your place.



Claudy Cancer Focus group Annual Coffee evening & cake stall. Cumber Upper and Learmount Parish Hall, Wednesday 2nd May, at 8pm. Admission £3. The Cancer Focus NI Keeping Well van will be offering on board health checks from 5pm- 8pm, to book a time slot please contact Anne Eakin- 078 0188 6038.



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




INVITATION TO KNOCK SHRINE on Sunday 29th April 2018. Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration Annual Pilgrimage to Knock. This will be a special day for; Adoration, Talks, Blessing of the Sick, Mass, Adoration, Rosary, Confessions, Young People’s Workshop, Children’s Adoration, Eucharistic Procession and Benediction. Bus leaving from Claudy and Craigbane. £10 per adult including tea and scones, children free. Anyone wishing to book seats on the bus please contact 079 7756 6093 as soon as possible.




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

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

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



ACCORD is Recruiting

ACCORD is currently recruiting for both Marriage Preparation and Marriage Counselling Services.

Individuals wishing to training as Marriage Preparation Course Facilitators and achieve a Certificate in Marriage Education (Special Purpose Award) from St Patrick's College at the Pontifical University, Maynooth should contact their Local Centres for information and or an Application Form. Qualified and experienced Counsellors wishing to train as Marriage and Relationship Counsellors and achieve a Certificate in Marriage and Relationship Counselling (Level 8 on the NFQ, 20 ECTS) from St Patrick's College at the Pontifical University, Maynooth

can find information online through the ACCORD website.





is a collaborative movement of individuals & organisations that seeks to re-frame the abortion debate in Northern Ireland. We are hosting an evening on Wednesday, 18th April @ 7.30 in The City Hotel, to look at abortion, the law and the implication of any changes to abortion law North & South. We want to rehumanise this debate and create a life affirming culture that values each woman and her unborn child. We would love you to join us on this evening.




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.




The Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from July 1st to 6th and is led by Bishop McKeown. 2018 marks the 160th anniversary of the apparitions at Lourdes. Contact the Pilgrimage Office 164 Bishop Street Derry BT48 6UJ. Telephone 7126 0293. Email.





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





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: 075 1675 9646 or e-mail at






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.


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:





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





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.




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.

ENROLMENT; 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.

HOPE SPORTS TOP: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.






Summer School Friday 29th June - Sunday 1st July at DROMANTINE Retreat and Conference Centre, Newry, Co Down, N. Ireland, BT34 1RH. PROGRAMME Friday 29h June 5.30pmWelcome Reception. 6.15pmSupper

7.15pm ECUMENICAL DISCUSSION ON SUMMER SCHOOL THEME Panel: Rev. Elaine Murray, Rev. Ruth Patterson, Senator Ronan Mullan. 9pmSocial Gathering. Saturday 30th June 8.30 am Breakfast - 9.30am Keynote Speaker Professor Tina Beattie THE CHURCH, WOMEN & MODERN FAMILIES - HEARING THE VOICES AND HEALING THE WOUNDS: 11.00amTea/Coffee. 11.30am Workshops: a) Siobhan Tighe SEEK THE LORD - SHARING FAITH WITH TEENS. b) Jane Mellett BREAKING THROUGH TO THE REAL - CHRISTIAN MEDITATION IN A HECTIC WORLD. c) Brendan Staunton SJBARRIERS TO FAMILIES FINDING HEALING IN THE CHURCH 1pm Lunch . 2.15pm Keynote Speaker John Lonergan. THE MARGINALISED AND THE EXCLUDED - CAUSES, EFFECTS, RESPONSES: 3.30pmTea/Coffee. 4pm Workshop.a) Amy Ward ESTABLISHING AN ETHNIC MINORITY- EXPECTATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: b) Aaron O’Connell


9pmSocial Gathering. Sunday 1st July. 8.00amBreakfast. 9.15amKeynote Speaker Cardinal Vincent Nichols

USING OUR GIFTS -TRANSFORMED BY HOPE:10.45amTea/Coffee. 11.15am Workshops


b) Maria Garvey, Jillian Gould & Larry Gourley


c) Michael Long & Tom Gallagher 12.30pm. Closing Remarks. 1pm Lunch

Facilitator: Seán Healy SMA An SMA priest; founder and CEO of “Justice Ireland”. Has a proven track record in addressing social justice issues at home and abroad.


Professor Tina Beattie: Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Roehampton in London, and Director of Catherine of Siena College. Tina’s main areas of research are in sacramental theology and gender; Marian theology and art, and ethical issues of human dignity and rights in Catholic social teaching, with a particular focus on women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. A frequent contributor to the media, she engages widely with Catholic groups and institutions to promote theological awareness, particularly with regard to issues concerning women in the Church and society. John Lonergan: In a 42 year career in the Irish Prison Service he served as Governor at Mountjoy and Portlaoise Prisons. In 2010, soon after retiring, he published his autobiography “The Governor.” Nowadays he delivers talks on a wide range of subjects to groups and communities and actively supports many charitable organisations. He believes that change, personal or otherwise, cannot be imposed on people. Real and meaningful change only comes through dialogue, consent and agreement. The more people are in touch with their own humanity the more likely they are to treat others with humanity - show respect to gain respect. Cardinal Vincent Nichols was ordained to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Liverpool in December 1969. He studied at the English College of Rome, the University of Manchester (MA) and Loyola University, Chicago (Med). Subsequently he was priest in St Anne’s Parish in the Toxteth area of Liverpool. He served as the General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and was ordained Bishop of North London in 1992 and installed as Archbishop of Birmingham in March 2000. He became Archbishop of Westminster on 21 May 2009 and appointed President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales thereafter. He was created a Cardinal on 22 February 2014. WORKSHOP FACILITATOR Siobhán Tighe: a Parish Pastoral Worker of the Dublin Archdiocese with responsibility for Youth Evangelisation. Now works from St. Paul’s in Arran Quay and previously in Marino Parish. She holds an MA in Leadership and Pastoral Care and is a qualified Spiritual Director. Among her passions are the Gospel and Mayo GAA. Jane Mellett: a Parish Pastoral Worker in the Archdiocese of Dublin. She is involved in various levels of parish development and mission. Jane has a keen interest in Scripture, Spirituality and is a member of the Anam Ashram community in Tallaght. Brendan Staunton SJ: Has studied Pastoral Theology and Psychotherapy. At present he is a Chaplain in the Pro Cathedral, Dublin. He writes and also gives talks on faith and culture questions with parish groups, priests and religious. Amy Ward: Holds an LLB and has done research on Roma Human Rights for the UN & EU.. She is a mediator and facilitator, has produced programmes on violence and social justice, has written on Traveller history, & culture and is a founder member of a Traveller led activist group. Aaron O’Connell: Holds an M.Soc.Sc. and is Assistant Director of Cork Simon Community. Has worked in various management capacities, across the organisation since 1996. His current role includes developing long-term housing options for homeless people. Deirdre Ruane: A registered nurse and Health Care Coordinator for the Loreto Sisters, she is also a Mindfulness Teacher who believes that taking a more holistic approach to a person’s physical, psychological and spiritual needs leads to a more fulfilling connected life. Brian Higgins: CEO of Pieta House, centre for the prevention of suicide & self-harm and bereavement support. He works towards the vision of “a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance.” Maria Garvey, Jillian Gould & Larry Gourley: Maria is founder of the L'Arche Community Belfast. She is deeply committed to every single person having a place to belong where they can flourish and shine. She is experienced in accompaniment and in leading retreats and workshops. Jillian is a founding core-member of the Belfast L'Arche Community, an experienced retreat leader and motivational speaker. Jillian’s sensitive, compassionate and beautiful presence transforms the hearts and minds of those who meet her.Larry, a long-term core-member of the L’Arche Community in Belfast is also an experienced retreat leader and motivational speaker who is particularly gifted in working with young people and revealing the power of non-violent communication.Michael Long & Tom Gallagher: Michael worked in Kenya with Gorta in the 80s and as a Kiltegan Missionary in Zambia in the 90’s. Since 2004 he is involved with Cabragh Wetlands Centre, developing environmental awareness programmes for schools and the public. Tom, a retired Primary Principal has a keen interest in environmental issues. He is co-founder of Cabragh Wetlands Trust, a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council and of Thurles Eco Spirituality Group. Since 2016, at the request of Archbishop Kieran O’ Reilly, he and Michael have been running workshops on Laudato Si for the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly. Attendance must be booked in advance as places are limited. All-inclusive cost £145 (€170) For those wishing to attend part of the Summer School the following costs apply. £5 admission fee on Friday 29th. £10 admission fee on Saturday 30th and £10 admission fee on Sunday 1st Lunch is available at a cost of £15 (€20), Supper: £10 (€15) Please indicate when booking and pay on arrival. B&B only cost is £35 (€40). A booking form is available on via email or post on request from or by telephoning 048 3082 1024


City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival 2018 at The Playhouse.

The Playhouse hosts many exciting events for City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival from Thursday 3rd to Monday 7th May. Featuring-Kaz Hawkins and Sam York Duo (Friday 4th May, 8pm), Jazz Masterclass -Darren Beckett Drum Clinic (Saturday 5th May, 2-4pm), David Lyttle Trio (Saturday 5th May, 8pm), Jazz Masterclass with Meilana Gillard

(Sunday 6th May, 12 - 2pm), Paul McIntyre & Special Guests (Sunday 6th May, 3pm), Dinosaur (Sunday 6th May, 8pm) and The Ronnie Greer Organ Band with Special Guest Jim Mullen (Monday 7th May, 8pm)

To book (028)71268027 or


The Playhouse FREAKeasy

The Playhouse will present its first ever FREAKeasy from Friday 4 May to Sunday 6 May from 9pm. Feel the rhythm, check the rhyme , come on along and have a real good time as Diana Ross and Tina Turner welcome you to join the groovers on the dancefloor, and experience an underground disco-era heyday. Dress up! Entry £5. To book (028)71268027 or





County Derry Fleadh Limavady 24th May - 27th May - closing date for competition entries is Friday 13th of April. Please contact for registration forms and information prior to this date.




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, Telephone 7130 4800 Email:



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.



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 or call our Information Line on 085 2888 888 or NI 9521 3120.





A day to remember Donal Walsh and celebrate #LiveLife will take place at Knock Shrine on Friday, 11 May.


‘Donal’s Day’ is being offered to students in Transition Year, 5th Year, Year 11 and Year 12 from all over Ireland. We are also opening the day up to JP2 Award students as a parish hours Top Up as we believe as many young people from the Diocese as possible should be able to be part of such an enriching and eye-opening event. The JP2 hours will be as follows: 2.5 hours for Gold, 2 hours for Silver and 1.5 hours for Bronze. The day promises to be an inspiring experience and a chance for students to come together from across Ireland at the end of the academic year, kick start the summer and reflect on what it means to Live Life!! The Diocese of Derry is offering a bus for the young people of Derry to avail of this opportunity with each school allowed an allocation of up to 4 places which will be decided on a first come first served basis, depending on uptake. There are 52 places in total including staff. There is no cost for the event. The itinerary for the day is as follows:- 10-10.30am: Registration. 10.30am: Welcome by Elma Walsh & Fr Richard Gibbons.

- 11am-1pm: Workshops by Joe Schmidt – Ireland rugby coach; Ian McKinley – Rugby union player; Fr Dermot Donnelly, Youth Ministry Trust – Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, England;

Fr Philip Mulryne O.P, Dominican Friar and former professional football player; and Istvan Markuly, permaculture designer 1pm: Why We Go to Mass – Preparation for celebrating the Eucharist

- 1.30pm: Mass. 2.30pm: Refreshments (Rolls, crisps etc.)

We are intending to leave Derry on the bus at 7am arriving in Knock for 10am to register and leave Knock around 3pm with the intention of arriving back in Derry at 6pm so the kids can be home in time for dinner.




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: