1st December 2013 Bulletin

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) - 1997
St. Patrick’s Church, William Street - 1835

Sunday 1st December 2013 - 1st Sunday of Advent

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 10a.m.
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 from 8a.m to 6.55 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
Fr. Sheehan 38332218
Parish Mobile - Emergency No. 07841101850

Devotions in St. Patrick’s this evening at 7 p.m.

Collection for Philippines and Syria - to date has amounted to £7156 and 100 Euros.  Thanks to all who contributed and to all the collectors and counters.  Late donations can be left  in - place in an envelope marked Philippines and Syria Collection.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: St. John the Baptist: Week beginning 2nd Geraldine Lawless.

Ministry of The Word: Week beginning 2nd - 10 a.m. Peggy McKeever.   7 p.m. Olivia McDonald.

Recent Baptisms:  Ava Lana Haddock, Danny Frederick Hallissey, Zach Patrick Murphy   

Sacrament of Confirmation for Rang 6 and Rang 7 Bun Scoil Eoin Baiste on Wednesday 2nd April in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh at 5 p.m.

Feasts: Tuesday 3rd St. Francis Xavier; Wednesday 4th St. John Damascene;  Friday 6th St. Nicholas; Saturday 7th St. Ambrose.
Carol Service in Drumcree Old Church, Cultra, on Sunday 15th December at 3 p.m.  As the Year of Faith concludes, this event will remember our ancestors in faith who handed the faith on to us.  Free bus - obtain tickets at sacristies.  All welcome.

Pastoral Centre Shop - Christmas gifts now available - cards cribs, diaries, calendars etc.  Trocaire Christmas Gifts now available.

Advent - Walk With Me books available in Churches.

St. Vincent De Paul Society: Christmas Appeal - 1st - 8th December
Again we are asking you to give a donation via envelope to help others this Christmas.  Please post donations in the Post Boxes which are available in the Churches (envelopes provided).  Your generosity will bring some joy and happiness to those in need and bring a blessing on yourself.

ADYC - ALIVE a social and prayer event for young people aged 16 - 30.  This is planned to be a fantastic evening of celebration through a vibrant Youth Mass.   Saturday 7th December 5.30 - 9.30 p.m., St. Brigid’s Parochial Centre, Cookstown.

Armagh Hospitalite Pilgrimage To Lourdes:  Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes 12th - 17th May 2014.  Direct flight from Belfast including full board 690 Euro.  Single room supplement 150 Euro.  To request a booking form for a Pilgrim or Assisted Pilgrim place contact a member of Lourdes Committee. Portadown/Loughgall Lourdes Committee meeting on Monday 2nd December in Drumcree Pastoral Centre.

Pastoral Area Resource Team meetng on Tuesday 10th December in Drumcree Pastoral Centre at 8 p.m.

Congratulations to Get Fit Stay Fit Tir na nOg who secured funding from Peoples Millions. Well done to organisers and all who phoned their votes.

Requiescat In Pace

Lately Deceased: Margaret Breen, Tommy Knipes, Mamie McKinney, Jean Madden, Peter Cullen, Paul Kaipaukll, Anthony McCullough, Terence McAlinden, Ita Keegan       At This Time: Brigid Kelly, John Tate, Paddy John Shevlin, Dec. Members St. Mary’sWomen’s Guild
Sunday 1st: Rose McNally, Catherine Blacker, Jose Tavares Filipe, Ana Maria Xavier Rego
Monday 2nd:  Mary Elizabeth Green, Margaret Hanratty, Mary Mulholland, Eileen Dunbar     
Tuesday 3rd: Alice Hagan, Jack McLaughlin, Anthony Smith
Wednesday 4th:  M.M. Phyllis McNally, Frankie Cush, Tommy Campbell, Mary McParland     
Thursday 5th:  Edith Brooks, Philomena McCann, Peter Foy         
Friday 6th: Jackie Maye, Patrick & Margaret McCann, George Rowney, Eamon Tennyson, Charlie McCloskey      
Saturday 7th:  John McCoy, Joseph Garvey

Anniversaries late for Bulletin should be left in the Sacristy on proper day. When submitting notices for bulletin please include name and phone 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. Furniture also needed - collection available.  Clothes shop phone 38393898. Furniture shop phone 38394219, Mayfair   Business Centre, Garvaghy Road.  Open Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. PRAMS, COTS, BUGGIES REQUIRED.
SELF HELP LINE - 38339639 - Response within 48 hours.

Benburb Priory - Advent Sunday Retreat - Sunday 8th December, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Offering £20.
Christmas Bazaar - Monday 2nd December at 8 p.m. (just after St. Peregrine Mass).  Everyone welcome.

Vocations Evening - Is God calling you to live the life of a Priest in the Archdiocese of Armagh?  An evening of prayer and reflection in The Servite Priory Benburb on Wednesday 4th December from 5 - 7.30 p.m. For further information contact Fr. Peter McAnenly, 42 Abbey St., Armagh.  Tel. 028 37522802. 

Drumcree College - Christmas Shoe Box Appeal - Could you fill a wrapped shoe box with a gift of your choice for a child, indicating suitability for a boy or girl and age group.  We appreciate your support to this cause each year.  Would you please tape a pound coin to the lid of the box to cover postage and packaging?  Boxes may be left at Drumcree College by Friday 6th December. 

Philippine Relief:  a fund raising event at the Iveagh Movie Studio, Benbridge, Monday 9th December.  Donation £10 and proceeds will be distributed through the Columban Missionaries.  Refreshments on arrival at 7 p.m.  Tickets bookable in advance.  Phone 028 406 62666. 

Scotch Street Youth Club - Christmas Tree switch on Wednesday 4th December at 7 p.m.  Refreshments, Auction and Musical Performances.  All welcome.

St. Mary’s Women’s Guild:  Meeting in Ashgrove Community Centre on Wednesday 4th December at 8 p.m. Music and refreshments. All welcome.

St. John the Baptist P.S. PTA  present a Christmas Floral Extravangza with Fr. Sean McEvoy on Wednesday 4th December at  7.30 p.m. in the school.  Admission £5 includes light supper.

St. Malachy’s Hurling Club:  Bingo in Drumcree Pastoral Centre every Friday night 8.15 p.m. sharp.  All support welcome.

Tir Na nOg GFC - Bingo as usual Tuesday night.  The bigger the crowd the bigger the prizes. 

Bannside Development Centre:  Homework Club Monday & Tuesday  3 - 4.30 p.m.  £1 per day.  Arts & Crafts and other activities Tuesday & Wednesday evenings 6.30 p.m. - 8 p.m £1 per session.  Computer Classes Thursday 10 a.m. - 12.15 p.m. £3 per session.  For further information contact Ann on 38339916.  

Christian Aid Lunches: First Wednesday each month in Armagh Road Presbyterian Chruch Hall 12 noon to 1.30pm Minimum         donation £3. Soups, bread, cheese, tea/coffee.

Knock Shrine - 41st Annual All Night Vigil of Atonement - 7th December.  Coach £15.  For information and booking phone Gabrielle 028 87784964 or 07933521105, Grace 028 87784942.
All Night Vigil 7th December.  Bus from St. John the Baptist Car Park 5.30 p.m.  Phone Jim 07784648448

Cumann Seanchais Ard Mhacha: final lecture to mark the Diamond Jubilee year on Wednesday 4th December in the O’Fiaich Library, Ramagh.  Guest speaker Dr. Lesa Ni Mhunghaile.        Book Sale Saturday 30th Nov 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1st Dec. 9.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Adm. free; LECTURE - Anne Callanan will give a lecture on St. Jerome in Cardinal O’Fiaich Library, Armagh on Tuesday 3rd December.  Adm. free.

Special Candle-light Rosary Procession will take place in Derry on Sunday 8th December, assembling in Guildhall Square at 4.30pm, and proceed through the streets behind the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe for Ireland. The Rosary will be led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. You are invited to come along and carry a ‘Light for Life’ and pray for the protection of Ireland’s unborn children. Candles will be supplied. For further information, contact Precious Life on 9027 8484

Offertory Collection
Sunday 24th - £2477-66
Thanks to all who contributed
Pastoral Centre: Cafe Bethany open after
10 a.m. Mass on Mondays

You are always there
in a quiet room.
waiting  for me
to come to you.

This morning in
a hilly field,
sitting on the corner
of a stone cattle trough,
listening to the water
tumbling down the hill
into the silent river,
watching the crows
fly to work across the sky,
why was I surprised
to find you there?

Lord, teach me
to leave space
in my mind
so that you
can always be there.

The JOY rule
Think of Jesus
Think of Others
Think of You