The Catholic Grandparents Association would like to invite all Grandparents, Parents and Grandchildren to celebrate the wonderful memorial day for St Joachim and St Anne on 26th July, and we will be delighted to welcome you all to our National Grandparents Pilgrimage at Our Lady of Knock Shrine, on 13th September.
World Youth Day, founded by Saint John Paul II, is the largest gathering of its kind in the world. It is celebrated every three years, each year moving to a different country, with the Pope presiding over the event. WYD is an excellent opportunity for young people from across our diocese to come together, in fellowship, with other young Catholics from around the world, to share and engage in their faith.
The Youth 2000 Summer Festival takes place in the Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th August 2015. For young people aged 16-35, this is a great opportunity to find out what your Catholic faith is all about in a friendly, chilled out atmosphere. The festival is donation only. Free buses available from all around Ireland. For more info and to book online, see www.youth2000.ie or phone 00353 (0)1 6753690
The Vatican has published the text of the new Encyclical Letter from Pope Francis which is called Laudato si. For the full text of the Encyclical please click here: Laudato Si
You can visit the website of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace for further commentary and information: click here
The Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes took place from 1st to 6th July, with 400 pilgrims from all over the Diocese travelling to Lourdes with Bishop Donal McKeown.
Pictured is the Youth Team who were a vibrant and joyful part of the pilgrimage. The Youth Team was made up of 96 young people, representing 36 parishes and 11 schools from every part of the diocese. The Youth Team assisted less able pilgrims by pushing wheelchairs; they also read at the ceremonies and a folk group was formed to sing at the liturgies.
Bishop Donal McKeown ordained Rev Seán O'Donnell, a native of the Parish of Iskaheen, to the pristhood for the Diocese of Derry at a ceremony in St Eugene's Cathedral, Derry.
Below is the text of Bishop McKeown's Homily:
Nine Maynooth men reached a milestone in their priestly formation on May 31st, when they were ordained deacons by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, during a Mass celebrated in College Chapel, St Patrick's College Maynooth before a congregation of approximately 500 people. Christopher McDermott, a native of the Parish of Melmount in Strabane, was ordained for the Dicoese of Derry.