28th 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

28th February 2010
Second Sunday of Lent

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

First Friday Notices:
Confessions - Thursday 4th
St. Patrick's    6 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
St. John's    7.30 p.m.
Masses - Friday 5th
St. Patrick's    10 a.m. (Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament 10.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
St. John's    7 p.m.
The sick and housebound will be visited as usual.

Minister of the Eucharist - March
Vigil Miriam Loftus, Bernadette Breen, Mary McAlinden, Ruairi O'Hanlon.  8.30 a.m. Martin Barlow, Patsy Hanratty, Eddie McVeigh.  10 a.m. Denis McKeever, Kathleen Hagan, Seamus McCaffrey.  11.30 a.m. Bronagh Hagan, Kate Guy, Bernie Mallon, Patricia Halfpenny.  St. Francis Eithne McAtarsney.
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 2nd March Maura Berry, Martin Barlow.

Ministry of The Word - March
Vigil Louise Wilson.  8.30 a.m. Tommy Mallon.  10 a.m. Margaret Donovan & Patricia Doran.  11.30 a.m. Michael Dennison.
Week beginning  2nd  10 a.m. Margaret Donovan.  7 p.m. Aidan McCormack.

First Communion: children preparing, along with their parents and families, will attend Mass this weekend:
Ballyoran CPS - Saturday 7 p.m.
Presentation PS - Sunday 10 a.m.
St. John the Baptist PS & Bunscoil - Sunday 11.30 a.m.

Feasts:  Monday 1st St. David; Thursday 4th St. Casimir;  Friday 5th St. Kieran.
The Permanent Diaconate:  
The Archdiocese of Armagh is now accepting
applications for its discernment year for the permanent diaconate beginning in October 2010.  The Year of Discernment consists of six weekends from October to June, then candidates may formally apply for
acceptance to the three year formation programme leading to ordination.  Applicants should be aged 35 - 60.  Applications must be received no later than 31st May 2010.  Contact one of the priests for details of how to apply, or alternatively contact Fr. John Gates, Diocesan Director, 028 79632439 or email
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Women's World Day of Prayer - Friday 5th March at 8 p.m. in St. Columba's Church, Loughgall Road.
All are welcome.

Precious Life:  40 Days for Life Lenten Campaign  parishes across N. Ireland are encouraged to unite with parishes in the USA, Canada and Australia for a 40 day campaign to end abortion.  For more information please contact 028 90278484 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Recent Baptisms:  Magdalena Violeita Nosal, Casey Marie Campbell, Myla Conaty, Daniel Noel Sheridan, Tadhg Adrian Mulholland, Erasmo Semedo, Seimi óg Colm Brown

Camara - Africa 2010 Programme seeks volunteers to spend 4 weeks sharing IT skills; also used computers.  More information contact Ann @ 90332470 or www.camara.ie

ALPHA - The course continues on Wednesday

Trip:Drumcree Old Church in Cultra Sunday 27thJune.

Offertory Collection
Sunday 21st £2683-86
Thanks to all who contributed

GATE magazine available in
Churches - £1-50

Requiescant In Pace
Lately deceased: Elizabeth Freeburn, Sr. Carmel Mulligan, Jim Hughes, Sr. Josefina Greci, Rita Litter  
At This Time:  Vincie & Ellen McCoy, Mary Josephine Sherry, Mary Lavery, Mary Ellen Kelly, Angelina Livingston, Sarah Jane Donnelly, Paul Creaney, Jimmy Clarke, Kathleen Lavery, Charles Lavery  
Sunday 28th :  Sean Dunbar, Dolly Tennyson, Esther Prentice, James Hanratty, Gerry Hamill, Donal McNeice, Tommy Knox, Molly & Leo McCooe, Thomas Chambers  
Monday 1st:  Nell Follis, Barney McKeown, James Mulholland, Martin Breen  
Tuesday 2nd:  Bill McAtamney, Brian McGeough, Kay McNally, Ita Freeburn, Tommy McParland, Kitty O'Neill, Mary Rafferty
Wednesday 3rd: Mary Catherine Campbell, Anastasia McKeever, Elizabeth O'Connor, Isidore Campbell, Mary Agnes Dunbar, Patrick Marley, Thomas William Garvey   
Thursday 4th:  Sr. Agnes Collins, Joseph Kelly, Mary Austin, Dr. Joseph Fearon, Vera Burke  
Friday 5th: Julie Litter, Peter Guy, Elizabeth Carson, Patrick Gorman, Noel Kelly  
Saturday 6th:  Aoife Crummie(1st Anniversary), Margaret McCusker, James Conlon

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
URGENTLY REQUIRED - Baby Clothes and Small Girls Clothes.
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.

Cumann Seanchais Ard Mhaca - the first lectures in the Spring 2010 series will be held on Wednesday 3rd March at 8 p.m. in the O'Fiaich Library, Armagh.  Dr. Thomas McErlean, University of Ulster
Archaeologist, will talk about "Medieval tide mills in Strangford Lough at Nendrum Monastery".

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  Monday & Tuesday 3.15 - 4.30 p.m. £1 per day. I.C.T. Tuesday 10 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.  Cookery class Tuesday 7 - 9 p.m.  English Classes Thursday morning 10am  Arts and Crafts Classes from 7 - 8.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. For more information contact Carol on 38339916.

Tir Na nOg GFC:  Information Evening for the launch of a Grand Draw in clubrooms Monday 1st March, 8 p.m.  All welcome.
Minor Training starts Monday 1st March at club.  U10 Training in Drumcree College Tuesdays 6.30 p.m.  Bingo  - Tuesday 8.15 p.m.

St. Mary's Youth Centre - Girls Football Coaching every Monday evening 7.15 - 8.15 p.m.  Ages 10 - 14 yrs.  Cost £1.   For more information phone Centre 38337524.

St. Mary'w Women's Guild:  Meeting Wednesday 3rd March, 8 p.m. in Ashgrove Community Centre.  Guest Speaker.
St. Malachy's Hurling Club - Weekly Draw Winner, Gregory Burke, Woodside.

Playing For The Future Multi Sports Camp - recommences Sunday 7th March, 2 - 4 p.m. at St. John the Baptist P.S.  For more information contact Thomas 07821579451.

Save the Children:  Coffee Morning in Armagh Road Presbyterian Church Hall on Firday 5th March, 10.30 a.m. - 12 noon.  Admission £5 (includes coffee).  All welcome.

Failte Isteach - Recording an Epic Journey: Legendary RTE
broadcaster Donacada O'Dualing is making a live recording of his epic journey from Slane to Rome following the route taken by the Flight of the Earls in 1607.  The first day is Sunday March 21st, Crossing the Border, Day 2 of the journey will see Donacada recording 3 walks - 1 from Dundalk to Silverbridge, 2 Silverbridge to Newtownhamilton via Cullyhanna and 3 Newtownhamilton to Armagh.  This journey is taking place as part of the celebrations of the Irish Wheelchair Assocication's 50th anniversary and we are asking for the people of this area to come and support us on the day.  Interested?  The Irish Wheelchair
Association can help you travel on this great journey by advising and authorising you on how to raise the necessary funds.  For further
information or a walk brochure please ring 00353 429374186/ 00353877774700, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

This is my Son, listen to him

In the cloud and mist the disciples were afraid.
They had climbed the mountain with Jesus,
as they had been through rough times with him -
mocked his sermons in the synagogue,
condemned his compassion for people,
and now they had seen his glory -
they had seen him at the best humanity could offer
and they had seen what divinity looked like,
the glory of God on the face of Jesus.

We journey like that -
mountain steepness and boulders tire us,
the summit seems far off,
like trying to understand those we love,
or trying to create some sort of a better world,
or trying to live up to the call of God.

And we glimpse glory,
like when the mists lifts on a mountain,
the glory of love and reconciliation,
or the glory of God's nearness in prayer.

If we're lost in a mountain mist
we get afraid -
and we get afraid in the mists of life -
of losing our way, our health, our
There are times when we glimpse
in the lifting of the mist
that God is with us
on all the journey.
caring for us in all troubles,
offering us the word of life,
naming each of  us
his beloved child.
May we listen to his word,
the word of comfort in trouble,
of challenge in our ease,
of faithfulness always.


This Lent, I will fast my ears from talk that harms: I will fast my voice from words that hurt.
This Lent, I will fast my eyes from things that I don't need; I will fast my mind from jealousy and hate.
This Lent, I will fast my hands from
pushing and shoving: I will fast my feet from stamping and kicking.
May I praise God and Love others. Amen.



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