The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal are leading a special time of prayer this week in preparation for their move to the St. Joseph’s Parish in Galliagh.
There are youth workshops each night in St Joseph’s Parish Centre, a series of talks, a healing service, morning Masses at 7am and 10am, and Bishop Donal McKeown will lead a candlelight procession on Thursday evening before celebrating Mass (7 p.m.) to finish the mission.
Speaking at Mass on Sunday, Fr Thomas, a brother from California, invited everyone to attend this week’s event.
He asked the congregation to “reach out” to those people around them who have, perhaps, been away from the church for a while.
He said that nothing was expected of those who came to any of the events - they can, he said, simply listen to the inspiring talks and take part in the healing service and Masses.
He added that people could often get into that ‘same old, same old’ pattern of attending Mass and praying but with “nothing really changing.”
The Franciscan Friars aim to be settled in the parochial house at St Joseph’s in the first week of June.
Builders are currently adding more rooms within the parochial house for the Friars.
Four brothers are moving from the Long Tower parish but St Joseph’s hopes to house up to seven brothers in the future.
A garage is being transformed into a chapel as the friars pray for at least five hours per day.