Year of Mercy Flower Festival in Our Lady of Lourdes church

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Thornhill Ministries is celebrating the Year of Mercy by holding a Festival of Flowers entitled “Dry the Tears”. The Festival will be held in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Steelstown Road, Derry next Friday, Saturday and Sunday 6th, 7th and 8th May 2016. Inspired by the Pope’s Jubilee of Consolation (being celebrated on 5th May), this unique festival - expressing in flowers the joys and challenges of life - will be uplifting and reflective in equal measure.

The church will be filled with colour and beauty as the flowers portray aspects of life where hope and consolation are offered to those in need. For anyone who has known the comfort of others, there will be a chance to write a few words of gratitude for kindness or support received.

Flower arrangements are being created by members of the Londonderry and District Floral Art Society, while others will be created by friends of Thornhill Ministries. Light refreshments will be available.

The Official Opening and Dedication will take place on Friday, 6th May at 5pm and the daily opening will be Friday, 6th May from 3pm to 7pm; Saturday 7th May from 11am to 6pm and Sunday, 8th May from 2pm to 8pm with the Liturgy of Consolation and Closing on Sunday, 8th May at 7.30pm

Further information on the Flower Festival from Sister Perpetua McNulty at 028 71351233 and thornhillministries@derrydiocese.org.

Information on Thornhill Ministries and the Flower Festival at www.thornhillministries.co.uk