The scripture readings proclaimed today throughout the world for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time give us great nourishment on this ordination day. They are typical of the Gospel message that is both encouraging and challenging. They present that consistent picture of a God who tells us that we are fit for great things – and who points out to us where we can be betrayed by those forces that tempt us to expect only fun but no real joy, only entertainment but no real commitment, an inhuman belief that everything is passing and nothing is really real.
After the success of the first concert 'I AM Alive' on Easter Sunday night, where almost 500 people attended the event, the Christian Worship Band will perofrm a second concert 'I AM FREE' on Sunday 26th June in St Columb's Hall, Derry at 8pm.
Tickets available from Veritas, Derry; Henderson Music, Derry or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/iam
Working in Partnership with Saint Mary's College, Twickenham, the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre will offer the MA in Catholic School Leadership, beginning Autumn 2016. This is a post graduate degree dedicated to the professional development and spiritual formation of Catholic school leaders.
Two Derry students have been awarded first and second place in a national essay-writing competition for senior cycle students.
Conal Fagan, 17, of St Columb’s College took first place in the Life Advocate Awards.
This was the inaugural year of the Life Advocate Awards which were set up to encourage research and critical-thinking on human rights and right to life issues.Students were asked to discuss the words of Mahatma Gandhi who said: “The measure of society is in how it treats its most vulnerable members”.
Bishop McKeown welcomes Pope Francis’ announcement at a Press Conference at the Vatican this morning of the dates and theme for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in 2018: 22 to 26 August 2018, with the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.
Our Gospel reading at Mass yesterday has Jesus saying to his apostles, Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. From the cries of anguish and relief last Friday night as Sr Clare’s coffin came round the final corner after her long journey home, I know that there are many people – both here and in Ecuador – who hunger for peace in the face of this earthquake and the deaths it caused. And Sr Clare’s family here in Derry and her religious family wonder why on earth a young, generous woman should be plucked from our midst. Couldn’t she have done so much in the aftermath of the earthquake?