The National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage to The Shrine of our Lady of Knock takes place this year on Sunday 11 September 2016. This annual pilgrimage is a very special day for grandparents and families, and a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the great contribution that grandparents make to church, to family, and to society in teaching and passing on the faith.
Pictured is the Youth Team of the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2016. These young people, all in Year 13, representing 14 schools and 31 parishes from the Diocese of Derry took part in the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes led by Bishop Donal McKeown from 1st - 6th July 2016.
The Youth Team participated in a full pilgrimage programme whilst also assisting pilgrims in wheelchairs, singing as part of the choir or reading during the ceremonies.
The National Committee of the Pope John Paul II Award are seeking an enthusiastic and highly skilled candidate to coordinate the Pope John Paul II Award at a national level. The successful candidate will also help implement the Diocesan Plan for Parish Youth Ministry in the Derry Diocese.
In this special Year of Mercy you are invited to join Bishop Mc Keown for a Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lough Derg 5-7 August. Cost £60 or, with bus transport included, £70. Bus pick-ups in Derry, Strabane and Omagh can be arranged. Please contact the Catechetical Centre for a booking form or more information. Phone: +44 28 71264087 email:
Events are finalised for the National Novena to Our Lady of Knock will take place from the 14th – 22nd August. The theme for this year is ‘Merciful like the Father’ in keeping with the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Novena will open with Most Rev. Bishop Michael Smith and the Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage as well as guest speaker, Mr. Noel Smyth, Businessman and Solicitor who whose talk entitled ‘God and Mammon- doing the right thing’ will explore the topic of business and ethics. As in recent years, workshops will take place daily at 12 noon and 6pm on a range of interesting and contemporary issues.
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.