7th February 2010 PDF Print E-mail

Mission Statement: Our Parish 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.

St. John the Baptist Church, Garvaghy Road, (1777) - 1977
St. Patrick's Church, William Street – 1835

7th February 2010
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass Times:
St. John the Baptist
Saturday   7 p.m.
Sunday      8.30 & 11.30 a.m.
St. Patrick's
Sunday    10 a.m.

Weekday Masses:
St. John the Baptist
Tuesday - Friday 7p.m.
St. Patrick's
Monday - Saturday  10 a.m.
Monday 7p.m. (Novena -
Miraculous Medal)

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Thursdays in St. John the Baptist Church beginning at 6 p.m.

Devotions 1st and 2nd Sunday

St. Patrick's
Saturday - 12.30 - 1.15 p.m.
St. John the Baptist
Saturday - 6.15 - 6.45 p.m.

Every Saturday, 5 p.m.
Registration for Baptism must be  made in St. John the Baptist Church, after Friday evening Mass, two weeks prior to date.

At least three months notice must be given to the Priests of the Parish.

Phone Numbers:  
Fr. O'Dwyer 38350610
Fr. White 38332218
Parish Mobile - Emergency No. 07841101850

Benediction this evening in St. Patrick's at 7 p.m.

Minister of the Eucharist
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 8th February Geraldine Lawless.

Ministry of The Word
Week beginning  8th February 10 a.m. Peggy McKeever. 7 p.m.  Margaret Marley.

Tuesday 9th February - Mass offered for members of Armagh Diocesan Clerical Benefit Society.

Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day - Thursday 11th February - Mass and Procession to Grotto 7 p.m. Thursday.
"The Song of Bernadette" - film on Friday after evening Mass in St. John the Baptist meeting room.
Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick at 7 p.m. on Sunday 14th February in St. John the Baptist Church.

Armagh Hospitalite Pilgrimage to Lourdes - 12th - 17th May 2010.  Limited number of assisted pilgrim and pilgrim places available.  Application forms for Assisted Pilgrim places are available from sacristy of both churches.  Completed forms must be returned to the sacristy before Wednesday 10th February.  Pilgrim places may be booked by contacting Bernie Hanratty on 38361870.  Direct flight from Belfast, including full board, 650 Euro.
Lourdes Committee Meeting Wednesday 10th February after 7 p.m. Mass in St. John the Baptist Church.

Lent approaches - now is the time to be thinking what to do for the Holy Season.

Recent Baptisms:  Niamh McConville, Eve Frances Mallon, Ethan Gavin Michael Desmond McGuirk, Harry James Griffin

ALPHA - The course continues on Wednesday

£11,249-31 raised to  date and forwarded to Cardinal Brady. Thanks to all who contributed so generously, and to the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Knights of St. Columbanus for arranging the collection.

John Paul II Awards:  anyone doing this through their school should contact Fr. White

Feasts:  Monday 8th, St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita;  Wednesday 10th St. Scholastica;
Thursday 11th, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Gobnait.

"Walk with me" - Lenten journey prayer book now available in Churches.

Trocaire Boxes available in Churches.
Offertory Collection

Sunday 31st - £2684-39

Thanks to all who contributed

Requiescant In Pace
Lately deceased:  Sr. Mary Hendron, John Livingstone, Jesuina Abelita Sarmento Guterres, Briege McKeown, Elizabeth Freeburn
At This Time: Sarah Jane McCann, Avelino Ximenes Magno, Elias Fernandes
Sunday 7th :  Dympna Hall, Margaret Murphy, Desi Heaney, Lily McMahon, Jack Roberts, Desmond McCleery, Mary Cullen, Joseph McDonald   
Monday 8th:  Margaret & Edward Tallon, Tallon Family, Madeline Dunbar, Elsie McCourt, Ana Maria Xavier Do Rego, Filomena Miguel Soares   
Tuesday 9th:  Elizabeth Turley, Patrick Creaney, James Dunbar, Danny Hughes, Margaret Harrison, Mary Gribbon, Vincent Cullen
Wednesday 10th: Tony Cavanagh, Patrick Marley, Peggy McVeigh, James McConaghy, Daniel Lynn, Anthony Bennett, John Rooney  
Thursday 11th:  Sean Mulholland, Bernard Duffy
Friday 12th: Kathleen Fearon(1st Anniversary), Harry O'Neill, Geordie & Teresa McCann, Patrick Grimes, Rose Lappin  
Saturday 13th:  William Carvill, Zofia Pokorna & Family, Peggy Sloan

Anniversaries late for bulletin should be left in the Sacristy for inclusion on the proper day.
When submitting notices for the bulletin please include a contact name and telephone number.
Notices and anniversaries should be left in by the Wednesday prior to publication.

St. Vincent De Paul Society
Clothes shop, tel. 38393898 or  Furniture shop tel. 38394219,  in Mayfair Business Centre, Garvaghy Road.  Opening hours Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  
NEW SELF HELP LINE - 38339639.  Response within 48 hours.
SENIORS' TEA DANCE - Thursday 18th February,
in Tir Na nOg Club.  8 p.m. sharp.  
Ticket £2, available from shop.

A Time For Lay People - Irish College, Rome 18th-24th July, renewal course `Rediscovering the meaning of our Baptism.' Cost 870 Euro. Contact College at 00 3906 772631  or ufficio@irishcollege

Drumcree College - Basketball - P7 - 1st & 2nd years every Wednesday from 3.30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Adult fitness classes Wednesdays 7.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.  For more information contact the school 38334725.

Drumcree Community Centre:  Young Parent's Group,- if you are a parent under 25yrs come along with your child. 11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. 9th and 23rd February; 9th and 23rd March.
Sparkles - group for parents, grandparents, minders or anyone who looks aftetr a child 0-4yrs - every Wednesdasy 1030am-12.30pm
Feileacan - parent and child group Fridays 2pm-3.30pm

Drumcree House of Health:  Women's Drop-in Night Tuesday 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.   Young Peoples Health Drop-in Monday 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  This confidential service on all aspects of health (male or female) under 25 yrs.
Phone Jennifer or Linda on 38334522 for more details.

Bannside Development Centre:  Homework Club  £1 per day. I.C.T. a 16week course for beginners starting mid-January.  English Classes Thursday morning 10am Arts and Crafts Classes from 7 - 8.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. For more information contact Carol on 38339916.

St. John's Accordion Band: classes in music on Thursdays 7pm in St. John the Baptist School. Anyone wishing to join contact a
committee member at the school on the evening.

Tir Na nOg GFC:  U10 Training in Drumcree College Tuesdays 6.30 p.m.  Bingo  - Tuesday 8.15 p.m.

Holy Land 2010 - 6th - 15th September, direct from Belfast International, £989 pps, 10 days.  Includes half board, taxes, tours, spiritual director etc.  For more information call Rita O'Neill on 02890623186.
Fatima 2010 - 27th May + 22nd July, £599 pps. 7 days, includes full board en suite, taxes, tours, spiritual director etc.  For more information call Rita O'Neill on 02890623186.

Cumann Gaelach - Irish Class every Thursday in Ashgrove
Community Centre, 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Arthritis Care - Challenging Pain Course in Portadown Library Monday 15th and 22nd February, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.  If interested contact
028 9078 2940 as places are limited.

Workshop in Sacred Music - The Synod Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh on Wednesday 24th February, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Resource pack and refreshments available.  Those who attend will be asked to contribute £5 or 6 Euros towards the costs of the evening.

If you have moved house within the Parish in the past 12 months, or recently moved to the Parish. please complete and return the slip below.  Place in collection basket or leave at either Parochial House.



Old Address/Parish .............................................................


From now on you will catch people

Caught by a smile in a crowded room,
and you will find the gathering is never the same;
caught by a loving touch
and you know you are not along;
caught by a joke on you
and you know you are teased or mocked.

We are caught by the word of God
and our lives are changed,
like the friendship
or a chance meeting
that catches us unawares
can change our lives.

We are caught
by the compassion of God
so that we know we are always loved,
even when we cannot love ourselves.
We are caught by God's forgiveness
and know that nothing of the past
need catch us in nets of guilt;
caught by the call of God
and we know that God wants
to catch others through us.

We are invited, each of us
into his service,
to be caught by
the beauty, joy,
challenge and freedom
of his invitation.

We know that we can be his followers,
into his service.

He catches us to be
his word and presence,
compassion and love
in the world of today.