The annual Derry Diocesan Pioneer Mass will be celebrated by Rt Rev. Monsignor Eamon Martin in Clonmany, County Donegal at 3pm on Sunday, October 7.
A full attendance of Pioneers and their friends from all four deaneries are expected to attend and it is expected that Sam Maguire may also be there.
A recent meeting of the Derry Diocesan Pioneer Council was help in the Pastoral Centre, Ardmore. The vice chairman, Joe Brennan, Maghera, welcomed everyone to the meeting and led the opening prayers.
The report on the recent Pioneer Central Council meeting in Dublin contained information about child protection vetting and training. It was also reported that with the Junior Pioneer Section taking members up to 18 years of age, the age of lifelong membership has been changed from 16 to 18 years.
Mention was also made of three new leaflets available from the central Office entitled, Promoting sobriety for a better society, Think before you drink (to help adults reflect on their drinking) and Let’s really talk about alcohol (a guide to help parents and their children.)
The individual reports from all four deaneries showed that all were working well in their own areas.