Holy Family Parish Newsletter - Sunday, 13th October 2013 -

HOLY  FAMILY CHURCH Parish Newsletter

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sun 6th Oct  2013 Vol. 30 No 39


The eyes of love see  below the surface  and finds  in the heart of  everyone  not one but two persons;   the darkness and light, the wounded and angry, the good and gifted.  It is understanding  and love that call forth the good and gifted from within that  person.  

[The opposite is also true.] 

This is the way that Jesus loved people like Zacchaeus, Mary Magdalene and the twelve apostles into the fullness of life.  The essential prelude to love is always compassion which breaks us out of  our own self-centred fixation and provides  others with the gift of  being understood.

The fact is we are all needy, every one of us.   Incomplete. No matter what game we play to  try to conceal our needs  we are all thirsty  to be understood and hungry to be loved.  Only when this thirst is quenched and this hunger filled can we be the fully alive people the Lord has called us to be.  This is the way Jesus himself sees us and this is the way he invites us to see one another. No wonder then  he said ‘I have come that you may live to the full’. No wonder St Irenaeus once said  we give  glory to  God  when  we are ‘fully ‘human , fully alive’.


Saturday Vigil  6.00pm

Sunday 9.30am 11.00am, 12.30pm

Weekdays  10.00am,  7.15pm


Saturday 10.30am, and before evening Mass

Eve of Holydays & eve of First Fridays:

10.30am. and before evening Mass


12th & 26th October 

9th and 23rd November

Parochial House 71267070

Email: office@holyfamilyparish.com

Parish Sisters 71260398

Holy Family School 71267798

St. Eithne’s School 71377077



We  offer our sympathy to the family and friends of 

Irish Quigley, Goldsmith Court 

who died during the week.  

May she rest in peace.


We pray for: 

Mary King,  Brian Leaman,  

Mary O’Donnell, 

Winne & John McCourt,

Francis & Grace O’Donnell


29th Sept  amounted to £1958.46 and €110.00  Thank you.


6.00pm   Eoghain Campbell &  family
12.30pm  Caomhan Tyre & family

These children will make their First Communion next year


These children will make their Confirmation next year.

The Holy Family Padre Pio Prayer Group will hold their monthly meeting tomorrow Monday  starting with Mass at 7.15pm. There will be two 1st class relics at the meeting,  


Thursday immediately after evening Mass. For quiet reflective prayer on the Gospel for Sunday. All welcome


meets every Sunday night from 8.00 pm until 9.30 pm in Resource Centre Carnhill Derry .  |All welcome.


To be held in An Grianán Hotel, Burt, from 10.15 am—3.00 pm on Thursday 24 October.  Facilitators: Sister Perpetua McNulty and Mary Murphy.  Suggested Donation: £20 (includes lunch).  To book a place on the Retreat, please phone 71351233 no later than Tuesday 22 October. 

Scripture and Meditation

For four consecutive Mondays beginning 4 November, the Thornhill Ministries team will help us to move into a deep and quiet place within which the Word of God can find a home.  Time: 11.00 am - 12.00 pm.  Venue: Collon House, Buncrana Road, Derry.  

Suggested Donation: £3 per morning.  To book, please phone 71351233. 

'Witness For Life’ 

Precious Life invite you to be a voice for unborn children at the Witness For Life in Great Victoria Street, Belfast, on Saturday 19th October, at 2.00pm, For further information and details please contact Precious Life on 90278484 info@preciouslife.com   


www.therosary3.com is a beautiful place where one can simply contemplate Jesus and Mary.  

SHINE/SPINA BIFIDA & HYDROCEPHALUS AWARENESS WEEK : "Music for All" Concert on 19th October in St Mary's College , Northland Road at 7pm with Shine,  St Mary's College Music Department & Ulster Orchestra Players. Funded by The Music Promise and Arts Council NI. Refreshments after concert Contact 71 359900 for further details. All welcome Admission free. 


There will be an introduction to Centering Prayer  on Saturday 2nd Nov. in St Augustine's church hall, Derry, from  10am - 3pm.  The Introduction is provided free of charge.  To book a place or for more information please contact Janice on 07734417824

ST JOSEPH’S PAST PUPILS UNION is holding a golf outing at Greencastle Golf Club on Saturday 26th October for past pupils and staff of St. Joseph’s Boys school If you are interested in playing please contact the school on 71262923 / 71262333 or Kevin Thompson 07540424924.   

SANCTUARY Illuminating the stories of those in exile.  New Theatre of Witness Production comes to The Playhouse Thursday 17th -Saturday 19th October at 8pm Admission Free – booking essential Followed by a light reception To book your ticket contact  7126 8027 

LITTLE HANDS SURESTART are running a “mums 2 be” programme beginning 17th October from 5pm – 7pm in our family Centre.  For more information call Rachel on 71 367524 

LITTLE HANDS SURESTART MEN & TODDLER GROUP takes place, every Thursday morning, 10.00 – 11.30 am at Rosemount Primary School, Helen Street Derry. Dads, granddads, uncles, carers — all males are welcome.  Tel  71367524

MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2013 Panel Discussion in Derry Central Library on Tuesday 15th October at 8.00pm On the panel are Liam Browne, Anita Robinson, Brian Mc Gilloway and Jenni Doherty. All welcome -light refreshments will be served.

HOBBY COMPUTER COURSE in St Eithne's school every Thursday from 12.15 to 2.15pm. 15 week course £30 (concessionary £25) Contact Maureen 71276135."

PARK MEDICAL FLU VACCINATIONS on Saturday 19 October from 9.00 a.m. to 12 noon.  If you normally get the flu vaccination, please contact the surgery 71378500.  to make an appointment.  

STROKE ODYSSEYS seeking chorus members to support the stroke community in Derry for an uplifting event. For more details call Sarah Murphy on 0781 1107065 or email  sarah@wall2wallmusic.org 

EXERCISE CLASSES at Glenview Community Centre, For details please telephone on 71268748 


I used to think gratitude a heavy burden for one to carry.
Now I know that it is something that makes the heart lighter.
The ungrateful person seems to me to be one who walks with feet and heart of lead.
But when one has learnt, however inadequately, what a lovely thing gratitude is, one’s feet go lightly over sand and sea.
And one finds a strange joy revealed to one, the joy of counting up, not what one possesses, but what one owes.
I hoard my debts now in the treasury of my heart,
And piece of gold by piece of gold, I range them in order at dawn and at evening.

Oscar Wilde