Lourdes has been designated as one of the International Pilgrimage sites for the Year of Mercy. Join Bishop Donal, the priests and people of the Diocese of Derry from 1st - 6th July 2016.
Applications can be made online by using the link below. For those over 80 years of age or those requiring assistance, please contact Rosemary on 7126 0293 or Teresa on 07517 965751 for an application form.
There will be a Ceili in Cockhill National School Buncrana on Friday 12th February. Music provided by Cottage Ceili Band with Dancing from 9pm to Midnight. Admission €5 includes Supper. Proceeds in aid of the Diocesan Pilgrimage to World Youth Day and Radio Maria Ireland. For more information contact the Catechetical Centre 02871264087
Many people abstain from alcohol and take the Short-Term Pledge for the duration of Lent. Make your Lenten pledge by visiting www.pioneerassociation.ie and joining online or by contacting your local parish office.
Take this opportunity to help someone you know/love with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your Lenten sacrifice as a prayer for their freedom and well-being. Go for it and make a difference to someone’s life!
The Saint Patrick Foundation are hosting a breakfast on March 17th, 2016 in the City Hotel, Derry. The program includes music, soloiists, dancers and a presentation of the inaugural Spirit of St Patrick Award.
Tickets and more information is available online at: www.saintpatrickfoundation.org
Last Sunday in the Gospel, Jesus announced that he had come to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free and to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour. That set the programme, not just for himself but anyone who claims to be his disciple.
Later this year, World Youth Day will take place in Kraków, Poland, the homeland of Saint John Paul II. The Derry Diocese will be bringing a group of young people on pilgrimage to this event from the 21st July until 31st July 2016. We are currently taking bookings for this trip and encourage anyone aged 18-35 to sign up now.
A special one-day conference entitled “Opening the Door of Mercy” will be held on Saturday, 5th March 2016 at Moran’s Red Cow Hotel, Dublin. Speakers include His Excellency, Archbishop Charles J. Brown, Professor Michael Conway and Ms Susan Gately. It is hoped that this day, during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, will nourish, encourage and enable those who are members of Ecclesial Movements, Associations of Lay Faithful, Apostolates, Christian Organisations and, of course, other parish groups to continue living out, in our daily lives, the mercy the Father constantly extends to all of us.
The Irish Pilgrimage Trust travel to Lourdes every Easter with children and young people from all over Ireland with physical needs/illness, intellectual disabilities and social needs. One of groups from the Derry area is urgently looking for a nurse to travel with the group on the 27th March for 6 nights. If you are interested please contact Jimmie on 07802545282 or Mary on 00353877962047 as soon as possible for further details.