27th June 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

27th June 2010
Thirteenth 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 & 2nd Sunday -
October - June

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 1st
St. Patrick's    6 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
St. John's    7.30 p.m.
Masses - Friday 2nd
St. Patrick's    10 a.m. (Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament 10.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Fr. O'Dwyer will visit his Friday calls on Tuesday afternoon.

Minister of the Eucharist - July
Vigil Ruairi O'Hanlon, Thomas McCooe, Maura Berry, Aine McCooe.  8.30 a.m.
Martin Barlow, Patsy Hanratty, Eddie McVeigh.  10 a.m.    Seamus McCaffrey, Nicola Fay, Winnie Breen.  11.30 a.m. Roisin Kelly, Gerry Barlow, Ann Murphy, Declan McAtarsney.  St. Francis - Bernadette Breen.  Rosemount  Patsy Lamb; St. John the Baptist, week beginning 29th Eddie McVeigh.  

Ministry of The Word - July
Vigil Ursula Barlow.  8.30 a.m. Colm Hagan.  10 a.m. Marcella McAtarsney, Sarah Lawless.  11.30 a.m. Michael Dennison.
Week beginning 28th 10 a.m. Patricia Doran.   7 p.m. Geraldine Lawless.

St. Joseph's Young Priest Society:
meeting on Wednesday 30th June after 7 p.m. Mass.  In 2009/2010  £2450 was raised.  Many thanks to all who contributed.

CAR BOOT SALE:  Big Car Boot Sale taking place in St. John the Baptist Car Park on Saturday 3rd July, beginning at 8 a.m.  All buyers and sellers welcome - come along, make a few pounds and get a bargain.

Triduum of Prayer and Garden Party:  I thank once again Fr. Dick Delahunty, Fr. Flann Lynch and Mrs Mary Cunningham for leading us last week.  They led us to sacred space which is closer than we think and made us, I hope, less afraid to encounter God in everyday living.  Thanks also to those involved in the liturgies, sacristy team, Ministers of the Word, Eucharistic Ministers, both Parish Choirs, SHYNE group and all who participated.  I hope all benefitted in some way.To all who contributed to the successful Garden Party, to all who helped set up the Church grounds, expecially the Knights of St. Columbanus; to those who contributed food and beverages, to the ladies who prepared the food, to those who lent equipment, to all who cooked and served on the evening, to the youth who supervised the fun areas, to the "X Factor Hopefuls" who sang and musiced us (you saw and heard them here first) and to all who helped tidy up on Saturday night and Sunday evening.  Thank you and God bless you.
To all who came to pray and play over the three evenings - these days and events go some way to building a community of Faith and welcome that can socialise and enjoy each others company.  Let us continue to build.     
                         Michael O'Dwyer, P.P.

Ulster Project: Portadown to Kansas:  to our young people and leaders - safe journey - have fun - be good ambassadors.  To Hutchinson and McPherson - thank you for hosting our teens and counsellors.  

St. Mary's Hall and Parochial House, Obin St: Plans have been passed for development.  The process of selling this Parish property will begin shortly.

Offertory Collection
Sunday 20th - £2321-07
Thanks to all who contributed

Gate Magazine for youth available in Churches - £1.50
Requiescant In Pace
Lately deceased:  Danny Connors, Lily McKenna, Barney McIlkenny, Eugene Weir, Colette Little, Aderito Fortes, Mario Neves
At This Time:  Jon Vaz, Jim McQuaid, John Martin, Eileen Martin, John Hamill, Mario Neves, Jackie McVeigh
Sunday 27th:  Gerry Breen(1st Anniversary), Frank Judge, Peter Celestine Donnelly, Teresa Antonia Rodrigues, Diolinda Rodrigues Correia, Vincente Cardoso Pereira, John Irwin, Olandina Do Carmo  
Monday 28th:  Patrick Rodgers, Charles McCann, Malachy Marley, Frank Walker  
Tuesday 29th:  Paul Murray(1st Anniversary), May Lavery  
Wednesday 30th:  James Mackey, May McDowell, Patsy McKeever, Gertrude McConville, Denis Corr, John Dunbar
Thursday 1st:  Patrick Megarity(1st Anniversary), Johnny Dignam, Thomas Marley, Aidan Starrs  
Friday 2nd:  M.M. James Patrick McClean, Kate Hamill(1st Anniversary), Gretta O'Connor   
Saturday 3rd:  Rose Creaney, Alice(Murphy)Doran, Elizabeth McDonald, Mary Curran, Veronica Conlon, James Hendron

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.

Youth 2000 Summer Festival, Clonmacnois, Thursday 12th - Sunday 15th August.  For young people aged 16 - 35 yrs.  For more information contact 0751 482 0572 or website www.youth2000.ie

St. Oliver Plunkett Celebration in Drogheda on Sunday 4th July to mark the 90th anniversary of the Beatification of Oliver Plunkett.  There will be a procession of the relics and a Diocesan Mass.  The Parish have organised a bus leaving that Sunday at 12.30 p.m.  Tickets available in sacristy of both churches.

Feasts: Monday 28th St. Irenaeus; Tuesday 29th Ss Peter and Paul; Thursday 1st St. Oliver Plunkett;  Saturday 3rd St. Thomas.

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.

Drumcree Community Centre:  Sparkles - group for parents, grandparents, minders or anyone who looks after a child
0-4yrs - every Wednesday 10.30am-12.30pm.  Feileacan -
parent and child group Fridays 2pm-3.30pm

Bannside Development Centre:  Homework Club, ICT Classes, English classes will recommence in September. Arts and Crafts Classes from 7 - 8.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. For more information contact Carol on 38339916.

Tir Na nOg GFC:  Bingo and Lotto Tuesday 8.15 p.m. (All support welcomed).  Development Draw Tickets available from members, £10 each or 3 for £20.  Draw to take place in August 2010.  

St. John's Accordion Orchestra:  Concert with Sinead McKenna in St. John the Baptist School on Friday 2nd July at 8 p.m.  Ticket £10 (includes refreshments).  Tickets available from the school on any Thursday night from 7 p.m. also Judges Shop and Marian's Shop, Obins Street.

ACCORD - INTER-CHURCH MARRIAGE PREPARATION:  Inter-church couples preparing for marriage please contact ACCORD for dates of courses - 028 9023 3002.

CTS Bookstand - Something New for Summer - In both Churches we have completely renewed the books and leaflets available from the CTS stands. Have a fresh look and see if there is something that interests you - maybe even take a risk and read something you might normally not be interested in.

Precious Life - A massive Pro-Life Rally will be held in Belfast City Centre on Saturday 3rd July.  A bus for the Rally will leave St. John the Baptist Church car park on the day at 12 noon.  For more information contact Eamon on 07771965059 or Pat on 07957282907.  Flyers for the Rally will be distributed after all Masses this weekend.

St. Mary's Youth Centre
SUMMER SCHEME - July 5th - 22nd.
Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. - 1.30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Membership     £4 individual, £7 family.  £1 sub per day. Ages 8 - 15 yrs.  Come and join the fun!

BIG LOUGH SUNDAY - Felix Hamill Park, Maghery.  4th July - 1.30 p.m. - 6 p.m.  Fun for all the family.  All welcome.

Post-Primary Review for Drumcree, Keady, Armagh: Wednesday 30th June is the closing date for responses to the options proposed or to submit new options for consideration.

Dog litter in the cemetery - if your dog, which should be on a leash, litters in the cemetery, please take the litter home - leaving it behind is a health and safety issue and totally unacceptable.
Mount Mellery Trip 12th June All
:Armagh DiocesPioneers invite parishioners to spend an hour in the company of the Sacred Heart on Thursday 10th June in St. Mochua Church, errynoose at 9pmuding with Mass at 10pm. Or St. Patrick's Church, Dungannon - times to be

Another Step

Love always beckons another step.
Don't we know that from family life,
marriage, communities,

Love may seem to have nowhere to lay its head
as we move from a secure place in love
to new trust, new challenges, new demands,
as children grow older,
a spouse gets ill.

And God may seem distant.

Love has to move on
leaving the dead ways of being with
rising to new depths of conversation or care,
as families move out to marry and raise new families,
as our loved ones die or move away,

And God may seem remote.

Love looks back only in thanks.
For remembering past times with regret
is a way of living in the past,
like parents trying to pretend families are not grown up,
or people in mid-life hankering after youth.

Love enjoys the security and life of the present;
it is willing to move and grow with each other,
and it looks back only to say thanks
and bring the spirit of love -
grown and deepened from the past -
into the future.
And God is in love,
for he is the source and the energiser
of all true love.