Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this prayerful act in honour of their deceased loved ones. If you would like to take up this November Pledge initiative, please contact 003531 8749464 or visit www.pioneerassociation.ie . A small fee applies for the Certificate and Emblem.
We have a job to do this October as we celebrate Mission Month. There are approximately 1,500 Irish born missionaries working in more than 80 countries.
They continue to spread the Gospel through their work, their deep commitment to the people they serve and their Faith. In essence, they lead by example and have helped to change, for the better, millions of lives all over the globe.
It is fitting then that the theme for this years' Mission Month of October is 'That they may have life'...life in all its richness and dignity. The richness of knowing the Gospel and Jesus Christ and the dignity of having food to eat, a roof to sleep under and work to go to.
Apply now to become a member of the Youth Team who travel with the Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. There will be a group of 100 young people from across the diocese travelling to Lourdes on 1st - 6th July 2015.
Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry dedicated the new altar and solemnly reopened St. Mary's Church Coolcalm in Desertmartin Parish last Sunday afternoon, 38 years to the day Bishop Edward Daly reopened the church after it had suffered widespread damage in a bomb.
On Sunday 24th August 2014, Bishop Donal McKeown celebrated Mass in the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Desertegney to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Church.
Clergy, past and present, joined many parishioners from across the parish for the celebrations.
You can read Bishop McKeown's homily here: Download Here
The Holy Father is following with deep concern the dramatic news reports coming from northern Iraq, which involve defenseless populations. Christian communities are particularly affected: a people fleeing from their villages because of the violence that rages in these days, wreaking havoc on the entire region.
On Sunday 20 July 2014, Pope Francis called on all the faithful to pray for Christians fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul, and to"persevere in prayer for those situations of tension and conflict that continue in different parts of the world, especially in the Middle East and in the Ukraine"