21st October 2012 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


21st October 2012

Mission Sunday

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
Monday 10am
Tuesday - Friday 7p.m.
St. Patrick's
Tuesday - 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. Sheehan 38332218
Parish Mobile - Emergency No. 07841101850

Minister of The Eucharist
St. John the Baptist -  from 22nd
Maura Berry.

Ministry of The Word
from 22nd  - 10 a.m. Peggy McKeever.
7 p.m. Ursula Barlow.

Recent Baptisms:  Mya Metcalfe,Lucy Lennon, Bella Maria Rafferty,Cillian Seamus Brazier, Finn Leo Quigley

YEAR OF FAITH 11TH OCTOBER 2012 TO 24TH NOVEMBER 2013 - Fr. Bede McGregor, OP, Dundalk, will give a talk on the context of the Year of Faith on Tuesday 30th October in the Pastoral Centre after evening Mass.
Activities for the Year:  Read the life of a saint; go on a pilgrimage; choose a section of the Catechism to study; go to Confession more often; read one of the documents of Vatican III; join/form a prayer group; learn the Creed by heart; say a prayer to the Virgin Mary every day; devote more attention to the Mass and homily; say grace before meals; go to Mass as a family on a weekday; say a prayer together at home; display proudly a religious picture or figure in your home.  (Sheet available at back of Church).

First Communion dates 2013:
11th May St John the Baptist & Bun Scoil;  18th May Ballyoran Primary; 25th May Presentation Primary.

Drumcree College Students and Staff join us for Mass at 11.30 a.m. today:  Welcome.
A questionnaire on the SELB Strategic Area Plan for Post Primary Schools is available to be filled in.  The responses received by the SELB will be used to shape the way forward for the future of Second Level education in Portadown.  Retaining a Catholic Post Primary School in Portadown is important - the questionnaire has been responded to by pupils, staff and governors of the College.  Today it is available to a wider audience.  The future of your child's or grandchild's education is at stake.  Staff from the College will be available after 11.30 a.m. Mass in the Pastoral Centre to help fill the questionnaire in.

SHYNE Youth Group meet tonight in the Pastoral Centre at 7 p.m.

Southern Area Hospice Church Door Collection will be held after all Masses next Saturday 27th October and Sunday 28th October.

Feasts: Tuesday 23rd St. John of Capistrano; Wednesday 24th St. Anthony Claret; Thursday 25th Bl. Thaddeus

ALL SOULS - Lists of the Dead available in Churches.

by Raymond Murray
A new play depicting with passion and humour the changed attitudes to Down's Syndrome
Portadown Town Hall
27th October @ 7.30 p.m.
Ticket £6 from
C. Mallon's Butchers, Winnie's Newsagent,
Portadown Town Hall, or phone

Sunday 14th
Offertory Collection £2316-55
Thanks to all who contributed
Pastoral Centre: Cafe Bethany open after
10 a.m. Mass on Mondays
Requiescant in Pace
Lately Deceased: John Gavin, Paulina Maria Do Rego, Rosaleen Sherry, Patricia Bonderup, Paddy Gorman, Fr Patrick Kennedy
At This Time:
Sunday 21st: Gaspar Correia, Rosa Eco, Agostinha Maderia Lopes, Gastad Vasconcelos, John Crummie, Christopher O'Connor, William James Murphy, Cahal McNally  
Monday 22nd:  Patrick Fearon, Annie Hyde, Annie Steele, Greta Marley, Michael Marley, James McParland, Michael McParland, Ann Douglas, Oliver Smyth
Tuesday 23rd: M.M. Teresa Leonard, Vincent Litter, Gerald McCoy
Wednesday 24th:Dermot O'Connor(1st Anniversary), Michael McEvoy, Josephine Mitchell, Eileen Harney   
Thursday 25th:  M.M. Bridget O'Connor, Mary Ann Campbell, Rose Keegan, Lizzie Crossey, Colm Boyle  
Friday 26th:  Jim Lappin(1st Anniversary), Brendan McQuillan, Edward Cullen, Rose Beattie, John McCann, Gerald Livingstone, Mary Connolly, Patrick Robinson
Saturday 27th:  Oliver Brown

Anniversaries late for Bulletin should be left in the Sacristy for inclusion on 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.

Drumcree College: visit www.drumcreecollege.co.uk  Our School. Our Community. Our Future. Your Choice. Support Drumcree

St. Vincent De Paul Society
Ladies, Men's and Children's clothing.  Clothes shop, tel. 38393898 or  Furniture shop tel. 38394219, Mayfair Business Centre.  Monday - Friday 10am- 3pm.  Saturday 10am - 1 pm.  
        SELF HELP LINE - 38339639.  Response within 48 hours.

Book Shop Pastoral Centre:  Opening hours this week are as follows:  Saturday  6-8.00pm; Sunday 9 am to 1 pm; Monday 10.30 am to 12 noon; Tuesday - Friday  6 - 8.00 pm.
Christian Meditation:  The Meditation Group will meet on Monday at 8 p.m. in the Pastoral Centre.  All welcome.

Autumn Ball: The Knights of St Columbanus in aid of Hospice on Friday 2nd November in the Armagh City Hotel. Formal dress, tickets £40 each.  Contact Brendan 07770838301.

Bannside Development Centre:  Homework Club Monday and
Tuesday 3.15 - 4.30 p.m. £1 per day.  Arts and Craft Classes Tuesday and Wednesday 7 - 8 p.m.  Computer Classes to be arranged.  For more information contact Ann 028 38339916.

Servite Priory, Benburb - Friday 26th October Fundraising Dance inThe Ryandale, Moy,Tickets £5.
Sunday 28th October at 3 p.m. Harvest Thanksgiving.  An afternoon of music, dancing, poetry, song and prayer.  Everyone welcome.

Drumcree Developing World Committee are appealing for volunteers to travel to Romania at Easter 2013 to work on the Parish Orphan Children Home. This is a great experience for those involved and the satisfaction of knowing you helped get the orphans a step closer to their new home. Also new committee members needed.
Upcoming events: Kids Halloween Fancy Dress sponsored walk Sunday 28th October leaving Pastoral centre at 3pm. All welcome.

Ballyoran Community Association:  for up to date information log on to Facebook Page - ballyorancommunityassociationPortadown.

A Play: 1912, A Hundred Years On in Lurgan Town Hall on 25th
October at 7.30pm Admission:Free

Drumcree College:  WANTED!!  unused balls of wool for Knitting Club and old/used greeting cards for Art Club.

Ashgrove Community Centre:  
Monday  Junior Indoor Soccer 4.30 - 5.30 p.m. Hip Hop Dance 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday 12 - 1 p.m. Seniors Luncheon Club. MMA Fitness Class (Adult) 7.30 - 8.30 p.m.  Pilates 7 - 8 p.m.  Wednesday 10.30  - 11.30 a.m. Housing Executive Advice.  Ballyoran Seniors Club 2 - 3.30 p.m.  Young Female Activity Programme 7 - 9 p.m.
Thursday Seniors Luncheon Club 11.30 - 12.30 p.m.
St. Malachy's Bowling 7.30 - 9 p.m.  Irish Language Class 8 - 9 p.m.  
Friday Irish Dancing School 4.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. Intergenerational Project 7 - 9 p.m.  MMA Fitness Class(Kids) 6 - 7 p.m.
Saturday Ballet Dancing 10.30 - 1.30 p.m.  Christian Meeting 6 - 8 p.m.  Sunday Pride of Eireinn Band Practice 3 - 5 p.m.
For bookings etc contact Chris Cassidy 028 38 331650 or 07912389509 for Birthday Parties and Private Bookings.

Tir Na nOg:  Bingo every Tuesday 8 pm All support needed also Club Lotto.  

Clanbrassil Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann hosy an evening of ceol, craic agus spraoi Saturday 10th November in Drumcree Pastoral centre from 7.45pm. Adm £5, Senior Citizens and under 14 - £3.

"Come and See" Jn 1:39   To welcome in the Year of Faith, the Armagh Archdiocese, led by the Diocesan Commissions, is holding a Diocese-wide campaign, asking regular Churchgoers to invite a friend or relative to come to the celebration of Mass, on the First Sunday of Advent, 2 December. People who drop out of Churchgoing may have simply got out of the habit. They may have moved or had a change in life circumstances and drifted away. Quite often, life has become too busy. Come and See Sunday is a special day set aside when people who do not regularly attend Church are invited and welcomed to a Church near them by a friend or relative. This Parish has normally done this on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in January.


Not to be served, but to serve

What we remember most in anyone's life
is not so much what they achieved,
but the love in which they lived.

Jesus himself is remembered more for
his death
out of love for all his people
than for any great achievements.

He wrote no music or symphony,
but shared the song of God's love;
he painted no great masterpiece,
but showed us we are all God's work of art;
wrote no great book,
but his words of comfort and love
resound through all our joys and sorrows.

He has shown us what the Son of Man is capable of
when he lives in the shadows and light of God;
and he has shown us what every man and woman
can be guided towards.

Sitting at the right and the left of Jesus -
that's language he doesn't go for.
To live and grow, to suffer and struggle
in love of self and others,
is the way to glory in the sight of God,
and this is the only glory worth our