Thornhill Ministries

Responding to the Hunger for God in Our Time

Tel: 028 7135 1233

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 November's Letting-go-ness

The season of remembering

is calling to me again

in gentle, unhurried reminders;

And as the leaves obey nature's nudge

to fall that, not too dramatic distance,

from branch security to waiting ground,

I am reminded that I too will one day

feel the letting-go-ness of all creation.


Great and comforting God

who knows my silent weeping

for departed parents and loved ones who

in the season of their dying

heard Your voice

in gentle unhurried tones

and obeyed Your nudge

to move that, not too dramatic distance,

from friendships' security to waiting Redeemer; 

I am reminded that I too will one day 

feel that letting-go-ness into eternity's embrace. 


(Sr Perpetua)


The mystery of the Incarnation manifested in a simple crib is celebrated in a most unique way with our Annual Crib Festival.

Thornhill House is transformed into an exhibition space with hundreds of cribs from all over the world.  Families, older people, young children, and men and women of all ages attend this festival and allow themselves to be drawn into the story of Christmas. 

And for those who might like to purchase a small, slightly different Christmas gift, our Christmas shop with crafts and candles might just be what you would like. 

Dates: Friday 29 November, Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December


Spiritual Reading Book Club reconvenes Tuesday 19 November.  All welcome.  November Book: 'A Cry is Heard' by

Jean Vanier

Time: 10:30 am - 11:45 am   Date: Tuesday 19 November   Venue: Thornhill House, 121 Culmore Road, Derry

BT48 8JF   Suggested Offering: £5:00  (Only a guideline to offset costs - and is voluntary)


Thornhill Ministries' bi-annual retreat-pilgrimage to the Holy Land begins 23 September 2020 for 8 days.  This is a most unique trip to the land where Jesus was born, lived, died, rose and ascended into heaven.  The programme is devised to allow pilgrims a deep and reflective experience of walking in the footsteps of Christ.  Deposit: 250 stg.  Application forms available from Erin (secretary) at 028 7135 1233 or  thornhillministries@derrydiocese.org.

PRAYING ADVENT : Mindful Keeping of the Season

 Wednesday 4 December: Praying Advent Joy

 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.)

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

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


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. 

PRAYER GUIDES: Ongoing Formation Day

The next Ongoing Formation Day for Prayer Guides will be held on Saturday 23 November, with Fr Brendan McManus SJ, in Thornhill House.







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.

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