Thornhill Ministries

Responding to the Hunger for God in Our Time

Tel: 028 7135 1233

www.thornhillministries.co.uk                       email:secretary@thornhillministries.co.uk

Another Adventing


And as another Advent 

invites me to that perpetual preparation

may I know Your coming to me 

in the ordinary exchanges of each day 

in the silent sanctuary of times of prayer

in the open-eared hearing of Your word  

in the delicate host of consecrated bread-become-body

in the gentle moment of the night

when lying down to sleep I trust

my living and my dying into Your care.

(Sr Perpetua)


Thornhill Ministries' retreat-pilgrimage to the Holy Land 24 September 2020 - 2 October.  This is a most unique trip to the land where Jesus was born, lived, died, and rose and from where He ascended into heaven.  The programme is devised to allow pilgrims a deep and reflective experience of walking in the footsteps of Christ.  2 x Jerusalem, 2x Bethlehem, 4 x Tiberius (Galilee).All inclusive cost 1,695 stg per person sharing. Flights, 4* hotel accommodation, all meals, coach transfers,  tips and entrance fees. Deposit: 250 stg.  Application forms now available  -Erin (secretary) 028 7135 1233 / thornhillministries@derrydiocese.org.

PRAYING ADVENT : Mindful Keeping of the Season

 Wednesday 11 December: Praying Advent Love

 Wednesday 18 December: Praying Advent Peace

 Advent Mornings: (9:30 am - 12:00 noon) A contemplative weaving of the theme.  Includes Morning Prayer, Meditation, Exposition, Eucharist and light lunch.  Suggested Offering: £10.00 per morning (guideline only)

Advent Twilights: (6:30 pm - 7:30 pm) A contemplative hour with meditation on the theme.  (Donation welcome.)

ADVENT RETREAT:  'With Mary We Ponder the Mystery'

Fr Paschal leads our Advent Retreat: A 1/2-day of spiritual nourishment at the beginning of the 9-Day Novena of prayer, as we prepare to celebrate the Christmas Feast where we know Emmanuel: God-with-Us.

Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm  Date: Tuesday 17 December   Venue: Thornhill House 121 Culmore Road, Derry BT48 8JF

Booking essential.  Day includes Eucharist and light lunch.  Suggested Offering: £20.00

FLOWER WORKSHOPS : Taking home your own seasonal creations!

Under expert guidance, these two separate workshops allow participants to get one-to-one direction in making  a seasonal arrangement.  To reserve a place on either, please contact Thornhill Ministries by Monday 2 December so enough resources can be purchased for each person.  Suggested Offering for each workshop is £30.00 and includes all you need! 

Tuesday 10 December at 7:30 pm: Christmas Door Wreath

Thursday 19 December at 7:30 pm: Christmas Table Centrepiece


We do not list here the parishes we are assisting in Ministry Training out of a sense of boundaries.  This term, we have a significant number of parishes engaging our services for Church Readers and Ministers of Holy Communion.  If your parish wishes to avail of this support or our Liturgy Foundations Programme, please get in touch with us directly. 


We could say we are very keen to help you clear out your wardrobes and presses - but in truth, we are in need of clobber as a fundraising activity for our Ministries and to help clothe children and adults in the developing world.  Material, bedding, towelling as well as clothing, are welcome.  We are linked to a particular charity in Kenya and those who work in that charity are very grateful for the mutual support generated through the donation of clobber.  Please leave  clobber bags with us any time between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm from Monday to Friday throughout the  year. 







Welcome to Thornhill Ministries, where our team offers a variety of responses

to those who hunger for meaning... for God...

We provide opportunities for reflection and  for deeper exploration.

The Word of God is at the heart of our ministries as we strive towards an integrated spirituality.

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