Vocations Week 2020 - Bishop Donal McKeown

Diocese of Derry Vocations Week 2020
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Vocations Information Day - 22nd February 2020

VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY on Saturday 22 February in Thornhill Retreat Centre, 121 Culmore Road, Derry, starting at 10.30am ending at 6.00pm. For furt...

The Net - February Edition

The Net. The February edition of The Net is now available. For coverage of your parish or school faith activities just send an email to editorthenet15...

Sleep Out - Stay Awake in solidarity with the homeless

The Diocese of Derry Youth Ministry are inviting young people aged 15-18 to get involved in a Stay Awake/Sleep Out in solidarity with the homeles...

Youth Work Training Opportunity

The Diocese of Derry in conjunction with Youth Link are offering a training course for adults interested in leading youth projects. This course will b...

St Brigid's Day 2020 Homily - Bishop Donal McKeown

Presentation of the Lord​ St Brigid's Church, Carnhill, DerrySunday, 1 February 2020We have arrived at the fortieth day after Christmas. As ...

Bishop Donal McKeown Homily - Mass to celebrate the Derry Diocesan Launch of Catholic Schools Week - Thursday 23rd January 2020

Catholic Schools: Living in Harmony with God's CreationThis annual week has been celebrated for more than ten years. It provides an opportunity for ou...

Confirmation Schedule 2020

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Sunday of the Word of God

Pope Francis' Apostolic Letter, Motu proprio "Aperuit illis", establishes that "the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God". Pope Francis is clear from the very first paragraph of this letter that the relationship between the Risen Lord, a community of believers, and sacred Scripture is essential to who we are as Christians.

Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the occasion.

Date of Celebration: Sunday, 26 January 2020

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A)

Pope Francis is inviting Catholics across the world to deepen their appreciation, love and faithful witness to God and his Word. 

Sunday, 26 January is a time when the community is called to give greater attention not just to the Word of God. It is also urged to reflect on how we honour that Word in our celebrations, the books that we proclaim the Word from.

  • Is the Gospel book carried in procession?
  • Is it a well-made book that shows forth its life-giving content?
  • Is it honoured with incense, and do we sing during the Gospel procession? 
  • Are the readers who proclaim the Word formed in the art of proclamation, and the knowledge of what they are announcing?

Pope Francis suggests in his letter that this Sunday is an ideal time to reflect on these issues. For presiders, it is also a call to reflect once again on their preaching of the Word of God. This Sunday might well be an appropriate time to commission and bless those who serve the community as readers, and initiate new ones to this essential ministry. If the parish community does not enthrone the Word of God every Sunday, maybe today is an opportunity to start.


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