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27th May 2007

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading:   Acts. 2:1-11

When Pentecost day came round, the apostles had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them.  They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.
   Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language.  They were amazed and astonished.  ‘Surely’ they said ‘all these men speaking are Galileans?  How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes, and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphlyia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrena; as well as visitors from Rome - Jews and proselytes alike - Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.’

This is the word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps. 103

R. Send forth your Spirit, O Lord,
and renew the face of the earth.

Second Reading:  Rom. 8:8-17

People who are interested only in unspiritual things can never be pleasing to God.  Your interests, however, are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you.  In fact, unless you possessed the Spirit of Christ you would not belong to him.  Though your body may be dead it is because of sin, but if Christ is in you then your spirit is life itself because you have been justified; and if the Spirit of him who raised
Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.
   So then, my brothers, there is no necessity for us to obey our unspiritual selves or to live unspiritual lives.  If you do live in that way, you are doomed to die; but if by the Spirit you put an end to the misdeeds of the body you will live.
   Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God.  The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’  The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are the children of God.  And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory.

This is the word of the Lord

Gospel:   John

Jesus said to his disciples

‘If you love me you will keep my commandments.
I shall ask the Father
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you for ever.

‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him
and make our home with him.
Those who do not love me do not keep my words.
And my word is not my own;
it is the word of the one who sent me.
I have said these things to you
while still with you;
but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all I have said to you.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


RECENTLY DECEASED:-  Stella Loughlin, Patricia Mulligan, Alassana Sal, Eleanor Keegan
AT THIS TIME:   Daniel Mackle, Mary Freeburn, Patrick Coleman, Michael Reid, Annie McQuaid, Kathleen Mullan, Edward McVeigh, Miguel Soares, Maria Soares, Joao Soares, Filipe Soares
SUNDAY 27th:-  Mary Nugent, Mary Grimes, Kathleen Loughran, Eileen Doherty, Karl Mercer, Maria Migual Soares, Barbara Soares, Cirilo Soares
MONDAY 28th:-  M.M. Vera Jordan, Gerry Harbinson, Jane Marley, Jane McKeefry, Gerrard McDonnell, Mannix McDonnell, Colette McDonnell, Charlie McCann, Una O’Neill, Isabel Soares, Andre Soares, Luis Soares, Catarina Soares
TUESDAY 29th:-   Annie McNeice, Donna Magennis, William Tennyson, Charles Molloy, Leontia Kennedy, Lucy McDonald, Paulo do Rosario, Marciana da Silva, Emilia Fernandes Soares
WEDNESDAY 30th:-  Brian McKeown, Rita McCann, Mary Hagan, Georgina Cullen
THURSDAY 31st:-  Eileen McCann, Eugene Hughes, Ellie McCooe
FRIDAY 1st:-  Eileen McConville, Jimmie Douglas, Patrick Berry, William John Murphy,
John Mallon
SATURDAY 2nd:-  Jim Reid, Elizabeth Beattie

Church Notices

Evening Prayer of The Church in St. Patrick’s this evening 7 p.m.

‘Sign Up Sunday’ and Week of Prayer 3rd - 9th June - see separate sheet.

Parish Week of Prayer based on the seven Sacraments - Living the Sacraments: a duty for all - will take place during the evenings of 3rd - 9th June.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday -
St. Patrick’s    12.30 - 1.15 p.m.
St. John’s                        6.15 - 6.45 p.m.

Mission Awareness 2007 - We welcome Fr. Tom Morrison, Divine Word Missionary (SVD), to the Parish this weekend.  He will speak at all Masses about his work and promote ‘The Word’ magazine.

Baptism: Next Baptisms Saturday 2nd June in St. Patrick’s Church at 5 p.m.  Pre-baptismal meeting in St. John’s Friday after evening Mass.   

Offertory Collection
Sunday 20th May - £2565-05
Thanks to all who contributed

First Friday Notices:
Confessions - Thursday 31st
St. Patrick’s    6.30 - 7 p.m.
St. John’s    8 p.m.
Masses - Friday 1st
St. Patrick’s    10 a.m. (Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament  10.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
St. John’s    7.30 p.m.
The sick and housebound will be visited as normal.

World Youth Day 2008 -  The Armagh Diocesan Youth Council are taking a group of young people to World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, in July 2008.  Information evenings have been planned for those interested:
5th June 2007, 7.30 p.m. in Synod Hall, Armagh.
6th June 2007, 7.30 p.m. in St. Brigid’s Parochial Centre, Cookstown.
12th June 2007, 7.30 p.m. in Dunleer.
Forms with information are available in the churches.  Also contact Kate or Sarah at 37525592 or Fr. White or Fr. O’Dwyer.

St. Joseph’s Young Priest Society - Annual Pilgrimage to Knock:   Saturday 23rd June.  All members and parishioners are welcome to join with us to pray for an increase in vocations and for the continued work of the society.  If interested contact Kathleen 38337603, Theresa 38331629 or David 07704751325.
Cost £22, includes meal.

Ministers of The Eucharist
June - Vigil - Miriam Loftus, Bernadette Breen, Mary McAlinden, Martina O’Hanlon.  8.30 a.m. -  Geraldine Lawless, Martin Barlow. 10 a.m. - Winnie Breen, Ann Marie Hamill, Madeline O’Neill.  11.30 a.m. -  Patricia Halfpenny, Rosaleen Hamill, Nicola Fay, Bernie Mallon.
St. Francis - Kathleen Hagan
Grange - Paddy Gorman
St. John the Baptist - Week beginning 29th May, Martin Barlow.

Ministry of The Word - June
Vigil    Sheila Henderson
8.30 a.m.    Kevin McConville
10 a.m.    Niamh Devlin
    Aine McCreesh-West
11.30 a.m.    Monica McCaffrey
Week beginning 28th May, 10 a.m. Mass, Michael Sherry.  Week beginning 29th May, 7.30 p.m. Mass, Mary McAlinden.

Cemetery Sunday - Corpus Christi Sunday 10th June 2007, with Mass at 11.30 a.m.

Useful Numbers:  Fr. O’Dwyer - 38350610
Fr. White - 38332218
Parish Mobile: to contact the Priest on Duty or for emergencies, contact 07841101850.

GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER CELEBRATION:  Sunday 27th May, 3 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. at Craigavon Leisure Centre, Brownlow Road, Craigavon.  Persons of all denominations are invited to participate.  As people come together it is an opportunity to join in prayer that God will be glorified in all that happens in our lives, our country and our nation.  The Zephaniah Dancers from Portadown will be doing some creative dance to worship songs and will include some Irish dancing.

Children are always welcome in our Churches to Masses and other liturgies.  Parents and other adults who accompany children to Church are asked to keep children under reasonable control so as not to be a distraction to others.  All Parishioners and visitors to the Churches have a responsibility to keep a prayerful atmosphere at all times.

Anniversaries left in late for inclusion in the Bulletin should be left in the Sacristries for inclusion in the List of the Dead.

Renew - refresh

Holy Spirit,
refresh the face of the earth;
refresh like the cool wind through
humid air,
refresh like cooling rain in
stagnant water,
refresh like greenery in the burnt desert -
and refresh tired hopes,
dull love,
broken trust,
with gentle confidence
with new visions of each other,
with a belief in goodness,
refresh and renew us.

Refresh our countries,
with compassion in politics,
with peace based on justice,
with respect for the dignity of all,
and a genuine care for those in need,
and policies to end inequality.

Refresh families with tolerance,
communities with openness,
whole neighbourhoods with involvement;

Refresh our prayer with your love,
our sorrow with your forgiveness,
our generosity with your call.

Refresh us,
renew us,
renew the face of the earth.

St. John’s Independent Accordion Band:  Classes in music and drumming on Thursdays, 7 p.m. in St. John the Baptist School.  Anyone wishing to join contact a committee member at the school on the evening.

McArts ‘n’ Crafts:   Vocational Training Unit for Adults with a Learning Disability, Unit H, Mayfair Business Centre.  McArts ‘n’ Crafts can offer interested trainees a variety of work activities, experiences and skills within a creative and supported working environment.  Contact Eithne for further information 38339119.

Legion of Mary:   Meeting every Monday evening after Novena Mass in St. Patrick’s Church.  New members always welcome.  Any enquiries please contact Lee Walters 028 38341496.

GAMBLING:  Is Gambling affecting your home life, work life, or reputation?  Contact the local GA helpline on 07926170921.

Naíscoil na Banna:  If you wish your child to be taught through the medium of Irish there are places available at Naíscoil na Banna.  Contact Shileen 02838 391243.

KOINONIA PROJECT  -  Sr. Brigid Kavanagh thanks all who have participated in KOINONIA PROJECT programmes this past year.  The word KOINONIA is an old Christian word which means COMMUNITY and was used to describe the early communities who were bonded by their belief in Jesus.  The Project here in Portadown provides ecumenical programmes for healing, reconciliation and spiritual growth.  Programmes will resume the week of 17th September, 2007.  For information or a chat about prayer or growing spirituality feel free to call Sr. Brigid at 38332220.

Ballyoran Over 50 Club:  Every Wednesday 2 - 3 p.m. in Ashgrove Community Centre.

St. Mary’s Youth Centre:  Visit the Centre’s web-site for further information at www.stmarysyc.org

Drumcree House of Health - Another 10 week weigh in has started.  Every Monday 11 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. or 7 p.m. - 7.45 p.m.  A men only weigh in each Monday 7.45 p.m. - 8.15 p.m.

Calling on all past pupils who attended Presentation Convent School to attend procession after 7.30 p.m. Mass on Tuesday 29th May, to lay wreaths on Nuns’ graves.

Craigavon Voluntary Group - Diabetes U.K.  Evening of Floral Display by Gabrielle and Josh at Armagh Road, Presbyterian Church Hall, Wednesday 30th May, 8 p.m.  Admission £5.  Tickets available from Gabrielles.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Pilgrimages - Medjugorie:
23rd August - 30th August, Spiritual Director, Fr. Brian White.  Full spiritual programme.  Travel insurance included ex Belfast International Airport.  (And 27th September - 4th October). Tel. Josephine 028 38343091.

FOYER OF CHARITY:  Five day silent Retreat, The Servite Priory, Benburb, June 25th - July 1st.  For other venues and detailed brochure contact Hugh & Anna Donnelly at 3083090
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St. Vincent De Paul Society
Good quality used clothing and furniture welcome at all times.  Collection can be arranged.  Contact the shop. Clothes shop and Furniture shop in Mayfair Business Centre, Garvaghy Road, tel. 38393898. Opening Hours:  Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Saturday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  NEW SELF HELP LINE - 38339639.  Response within 48 hours.

Bannside Scribblers, Monday 7 - 9 p.m.  Arts & Crafts, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7 - 8.30 p.m.
ICT for beginners.   Contact Carol for further information.
HOMEWORK CLUB: VOLUNTEER NEEDED to supervise Homework Club.  Homework Club  takes place Monday - Thursday, 3.30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Contact Phyllis or Carol
Cafe Lisboa - authentic Portugese and local food.  Open Monday - Saturday 9.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

DRUMCREE COLLEGE:  Social Dance Lessons continue in Drumcree College.  “Swing Jive” lessons  Wednesday  7 - 8 p.m.  £2-50 per night.  For more information phone 38337745.
CEILI CLASSES -  Drumcree College Wednesday 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.  (James Murphy Tutor) £2-50 per week.  Everyone welcome.
Attend the two classes above and only pay £2-50!!
WANTED!  old/used greeting cards for craft classes.  Please leave in office at Drumcree College.

Tir Na nOg GFC:  Bingo every Tuesday 8.30 p.m.  The bigger the crowd the bigger the prizes.  Support the Club Lotto.

Rome & Assisi Pilgrimage - 4th August for seven nights, led by Fr. Peter McAnenly, (includes day trip to Sienna).  Total cost, to include taxes, insurance and service of coach throughout is £710.  For booking or further details contact Sullivan Travel, Coalisland, tel. 8774 0339.

Pilgrimage to Santiago (The Way of St. James) -
9 nights, 13th - 22nd Sept.  E1300 per person.  Flights from Dublin, coach throughout.  Further information and booking phone P. McConville 38891247.

Fatima Pilgrimage - 19th - 26th July.  Celebrate 90th Anniversary of Fatima.  Spiritual Director Fr. Martin McAlinden.  Price £399 includes full board, flights and coach to and from Dublin.  For more information contact Moyraverty Parish Office, tel. 38343013.

15 day Pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, San Giovanni, Loreto, Venice, Padua and many other shrines.  Departing August 8th.  Phone 00353 57 9355050, mornings only.

St. John’s P.S. (Eglish) Fundraising Event, family barbeque and entertainment, Friday 22nd June 7 - 9 p.m.  All welcome.   Tickets £5, available from school.  Te. 38851743.