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Mission Statement of the Parish of Drumcree

Our Parish of Drumcree is a Christ-centred community. In Baptism we are challenged by the Spirit to live and share the Gospel message.

Through proclaiming the Gospel message to all, growth in faith, liturgy, justice issues and ecumenism we extend our love and care to all people providing support in renewing and deepening our faith. We value the gifts and talents of each of our parishioners and invite them to use these in responding to Christ’s invitation to all of us to follow Him and spread the Good News to the whole world.

‘For the Church the new world of cyberspace is a summons to the great adventure of using its potential to proclaim the Gospel message. This challenge is at the heart of what it means to “put out into the deep” (Lk 5:4)’

Pope John Paul II – Message for the 36th World Communications Day

28th May 2023 Bulletin
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Blessing of Graves 2023
The Blessing of Graves will take place AFTER the 11.30am Mass on Sunday 4th June. Parishioners and visitors are encouraged to attend ANY of the Sunday Masses in the Parish that weekend and then gather at family Graves at approximately 12.30pm for the blessing. Family members should bring Holy Water to sprinkle on their family graves.

When tidying graves, please ensure you take any rubbish home with you to dispose of in your general waste/garden waste bin. There are no waste facilities in the cemetery.
Sunday Cuppa
As we approach Summer 2023, we now have the opportunity to celebrate the end of the emergency phase of the COVID 19 pandemic and to gather again with confidence as a community, both inside and outside our churches.  Although deeply painful and personal at times, as an entire parish we responded very wisely to the pandemic and took the proper precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.  We sincerely thank everyone for your understanding and compliance even when it was so very challenging. 

In celebrating our joy, the Catholic family in St John the Baptist and St Patrick’s are not just about Sunday worship, as central as that is.  We are a joyful community of friends, new and old, coming from all across the world, with Jesus as our friend, guide and leader.  With our fellow Catholics we belong to our Parish and we form one community of loving service to each other. 

To celebrate being together again and to renew and create friendships the Parish invites you to an outdoor cup of tea after the Sunday Masses listed below:
  1. Sunday 28th May after 10am Mass in St Patrick’s Church 
  2. Saturday 10th June after 7pm Vigil Mass outside St John the Baptist Church
  3. Sunday 11th June after the 8.30am and 11.30am Masses outside St John the Baptist Church
We invite everyone to stop for a few minutes after Mass and have a tea or coffee, to chat and enjoy the simple pleasure of each other’s company, something we longed for not so long ago. 

The tea and coffee arrangements are provided by the Knights of St Columbanus.

As a Parish we look forward to seeing you after Mass.  
Year for Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood
This year, the Irish Bishops’ Council for Vocations have launched a special "Year for Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood". This will run from Vocations/Good Shepherd Sunday – Sunday 30th April 2023 – for one year. Over the next twelve months, it is planned to host events in parishes and at pilgrim sites around the country and to provide resources for homes and schools. 

During this year, you might consider:
• Praying the Prayer for Vocations daily;
• Praying the Rosary and/or offering time before the Blessed Sacrament with the extra intention of an increase of vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life in our Archdiocese;
• Supporting the work of our local branch of St Joseph's Young Priests Society with your prayers, financial contributions or by joining the group;
• Pray for the priests and consecrated persons that you know, and for those who are discerning their vocation;
• Encourage those you know who might be called to priesthood or consecrated life to consider such a vocation;
• Consider whether God might be calling you to the priesthood or consecrated life.