Holy Family Parish Newsletter for Sunday 10th August 2014 -

Holy Family Parish Newsletter

Sunday 10th August 2014

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 


How often are we motivated by fear? Fear of looking silly, fear of being laughed at or rejected, fear of failure, fear of losing everything we have worked for—some of these fears will be familiar to us. 

In the Gospels fear is often the opposite of faith. Peter has enough faith to get out of the boat and start walking on the water, but as soon as he feels the force of the wind he becomes afraid and begins to sink. Sometimes we start out fine but lose motivation or momentum along the way. Events seem to conspire against us, we get tired and fearful, and it is easier to just give up. 
Some of the most powerful and consoling words of Jesus are contained in this Gospel passage: ‘Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.’ When we are afraid, Jesus is there to lift us out of our fear. When we lose faith, doubt ourselves, and feel as though we are sinking, Jesus stretches out his hand to us. Next time you are panicking, stressed or fearful, spend some time in prayer. If you struggle to find the words, why not echo Peter’s cry. ‘Lord! Save me!’ and add 

“Lord, when our faith falters, as it often does, may we hear your gentle voice saying to us ‘Courage! Do not be afraid.’
In that moment, Lord, may your divine power uphold us, 
calm our fears, steady our nerves, and enable us to steer our little boat to a place of safety and peace, beyond the wind and the waves.”


This Friday we celebrate Mary’s Assumption into Heaven. She is the first tabernacle and she is indeed the Cause of Our Joy. Without Mary’s ‘Yes’ it would be impossible for us to achieve eternity in Heaven. It has been imagined that in the moment between the angel Gabriel’s request and Mary’s answer at the visitation, that the whole of Heaven held its breath.

What great reward has been given for such a great sacrifice! Sitting at the right hand of Jesus, Mary constantly intercedes for us. 

Friday is a holyday of obligation. Masses will be Vigil Mass Thursday at 7.15pm and 10am, 12.30pm and 7.15pm on Friday evening. 

BAPTISMS Our parish family welcomes: 

Zayn Lindsay, 46 Sheelin Park 

Katie Lee Carla Carmel Tope, 8 Linsfort Drive

Hannah Ann McDaid, 97 Kylemore Park 

Kai Noel Dalzell, 4 Harty Court

Connor James, 1 Earls Court

Correy Williams, 31 Brookdale Crescent 

Conor James Duffy, 12 Killary Road


We pray for Charlie Smith, Raymond O’Connell, Martian Tope, Charlie Begley and Kathleen Saunders. 


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


Every Saturday at 7.00pm

Parochial House 71267070

Email: office@holyfamilyparish.com

Parish Sisters 71260398

Holy Family School 71267798

St. Eithne’s School 71377077



Tues 8pm Choir Practice

Wed 8.00pm Adult Education

Thurs 7.45pm Scripture Group

New members welcome!


When he was Cardinal of Buenos airs a Eucharistic miracle occurred in Pope Francis’s diocese in Argentina. On Monday night there will be a DVD presentation of which will help us to see that Eucharistic miracles help us to believe even more deeply the real presence of Christ in the Eucharistic. The presentation will begin at 8pm in the conference room and includes testimony from those whose faith in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist has been deepened. 

SUNDAY COLLECTION 3 August amounted to £1471.76 and €120.84

PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP will hold their monthly meeting tomorrow Monday 11 August 2014 starting with Mass at 7.15pm. There will be two 1st class relics at this meeting. Everyone welcome. 

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL Cistercian College Roscrea Co. Tipperary 14-17th August. 16 –35 year olds welcome. See www.youth2000.ie or phone 07598876399 . Donation only Free buses from available. 

PILGRIMAGE TO San Giovanni/Sorento 7th Oct 7 nights. Padre Pio Weekend at Knock 20th Sept. For details call Sean Mulrine 71265926 C

AL-ANON Is someone in your family addicted to alcohol? If so, there is help for you at Al-Anon family groups. These currently run on Thursday evenings at 8.30pm and Sunday evenings at 8.00pm, in Melrose Day Centre, Glendermott Road, Waterside, Derry or White Oaks Centre, Derryvane, Muff. on Tuesday evenings at 8.00pm. Contact Al-Anon family groups on 90682368 for further details. 

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS available in the local area 7 nights a week. Contact AA at 90434848

SUMMER SERENITY at the IOSAS Centre and Celtic Garden, Derryvane, Muff, on Wednesdays 13th August / 27th August . Hot lunch at 12:30pm followed by a tour of the Celtic Garden and a short healing service and blessing. Music and story-telling until 4pm. Cost €10 / £8 per person. Individuals and groups welcome. Booking Essential (00353) 74 93 84866.

HEAR TO HELP clinics will be taking place on the first Wednesday of each month, commencing on 6 August at Habinteg’s Inch View common room.

CHILDREN IN CROSSFIRE - THE NORTH WEST 200 MILE CYCLE CHALLENGE, 12TH 14TH Sept. TEL 71269898 Email events@childrenincrossfire.org 

Tour De Foyle Charity Cycle and Family Fun Cycle with picnic in the Park – Sat 23rd August. (big cycle) from St Columb’s Park, at 7.30am. 11am Fun Cycle and picnic in the park (bring your own picnic) soft drinks & refreshments provided. The event is planned by the North West Methodist Mission and the Churches Trust. It is supported by all Church leaders in the City & the Irish Churches Peace Project. Register now @ 
www.tourdefoyle.co.uk and check hwww.facebook.com/tourdefoyle 

The Cairn Theatre Group presents "Moville, The Bishop and The Big House" in The Cairn every Tuesday July to end Sept. This story takes place 100 years ago when we meet Bishop and Lady Montgomery in Newpark house and relive stories of World War One, The 1916 Rising, Emigration, Stilling plus much more Humour, Drama and song combine to make a story to remember Show starts 8pm Enquiries Tel 00353 074 9381104

LONDON TO PARIS BIKE RIDE - SEPTEMBER 2015 ONLY 20 places further information contact Michelle McGinn on 71359888 or email michellemcginn@foylehospice.com

DVD NIGHT Sunday 10th August at 8pm in Ballymagroarty Community Centre. There will be a showing of the Ballymagroarty Hazelbank Family Album and the 1991 DVD of the Women’s Street Football Tournament. Tea and sandwiches will be provided.

SEAN DAVIS FOOTBALL ACADEMY 4 day out door ‘World Cup’ Academy at Templemore Sports Complex from Monday 11th August—Thur 14th August for boys and girls aged 5-17yrs old from 10-3pm. To book contact Sean on 71263044

UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER welcome applications for our part-time Irish language courses, Diploma at Magee and Degree in Letterkenny. Please call 71675277 for further information or email nm.mccaul@ulster.ac.uk 

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin is delighted to announce a new schedule of classes for Irish language learners at all levels, as well as a range of musical instruments, commencing on September 8th. For details, please contact + 44 (0)28 71 264 132 or eolas@culturlann-doire.ie.