Christian Unity Week 2017The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18 to 25 January – the octave of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. The theme chosen for 2017 is ‘Crossing Barriers’.

The 2017 resource material was prepared for worldwide use by the churches in Germany based around the verses 2 Corinthians 5:14-20. The text from 2 Corinthians announces that God has, in Christ, reconciled the world to himself. The love of Christ compels us to be ambassadors of this reconciliation, which is enacted by dismantling walls.


This year’s resources include an order of service, daily reflections and background information. Some of the resources are available in the Irish language.

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We will be sharing information and news on Irish events for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on our news website

For additional resources including powerpoints for use at gatherings please see the Church Together in Britain and Ireland website

come and seeDo you feel called to be a priest? 

If you are interested in finding out more then come to our Vocations Information Day.

This is an opportunity for you to take some time to enquire about and discuss your vocation call.

Where???     'Ardstraw House', 21a Buncrana Road, Derry,

When???       Saturday 18 March 2017, 11am – 4pm.

Contact the Vocations Director for the Diocese, Fr Paul Farren, on 028 71264087, or email  


Ardmore parents Pastoral Council members and altar servers with Fr Neil Farren PP and Grainne Doherty who will host talks on Amoris LaetitiaAmoris Laetitia CoverThe First Session will be Introduced by Bishop Donal McKeown and Presented by Grainne Doherty (Director for Pastoral Development for Raphoe Diocese). Commencing at 7.30pm on Tuesday 31st January 2017.

The various themes contained in Pope Francis' 'Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family' will be explored and deliberated upon for reflection, inviting all to look anew at the beauty and joy of what it means to be part of a family.

It's an opportunity to be refreshed, enriched and informed by the Pope's reflections on the Family.

Each following Session will be on the last Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in Ardmore Pastoral Centre. (No Sessions in July and August).

Dates: February 28th; March 28th; April 25th; May 30th; June 27th; September 26th; October 24th & November 28th. All Welcome.

For more information contact Fr Neil Farren at Ardmore Pastoral Centre on (028) 7134 9490                         

or email Ardmore Parish Office at               Click to download PDF of Amoris Laetitia

Saturday, 14 January 2017 11:16

Irish Bishop's Ad Limina Visit to The Holy See

adlimina2017irishbishopsFrom Sunday 15 January, for ten days, members of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference will undertake their Ad Limina Apostolorum visit to Rome  – or “to the threshold of the Apostles” – a reference to the pilgrimage to the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul that all bishops are required to make. 

The Ad Limina normally occurs every five years and its purpose is to strengthen the bishops’ communion with the universal Church and with the successor of Saint Peter, Pope Francis.

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I express, on behalf of the Catholic community in the Diocese of Derry, deep sympathy to the Church of Ireland community of the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe as well as the wider Church of Ireland family, on the death of Very Reverend Dean Victor Griffin.

Thursday, 12 January 2017 13:02

Catholic Schools Week - 29 Jan - 4 Feb 2017

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