8th 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

8th December 2013 - 2nd 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


Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament in St. John the Baptist Church today commencing at 4 p.m. concluding with Benediction at 7 p.m.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated on Monday this year, the Sunday of Advent takes precedence in the liturgy.  Monday is not a holy day of obligation but Parishioners are encouraged to celebrate the feast by attending either 10 a.m. Mass in St. John the Baptist Church or 7 p.m. Novena Mass in St . Patrick’s Church.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: St. John the Baptist, Week beginning 9th Elizabeth Wilson.

Ministry of The Word: Week beginning 9th - 10 a.m. Stephen Smyth; 7 p.m. Pat Hagan.

Recent Baptisms:  Louie Thomas Patrick McGrath, Charlie Michael Hughes, Hunter McCann   

Carol Service organised by Portadown Inter-Church Forum in Armagh Road Presbyterian Church on Thursday 12th December at 8 p.m.  All welcome.

Sacrament of Anointing will take place during the 7 p.m. Mass on Friday 13th December in St. John the Baptist Church.

Feasts: Monday 9th The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Wednesday 11th St. Damasus; Friday 12th Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Finnian; Friday 13th St. Lucy; Saturday 14th St. John of the Cross.
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.
St. Vincent De Paul Society invite P4 - P7 children to a party/disco in the Pastoral Centre on Sunday 15th December 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

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.

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

SHYNE - coffee morning and children’s activities in aid of the Philippines disaster, Sunday 15th December in Pastoral Centre 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  All welcome.

Christmas window painting at St John the Baptist Church and the Pastoral Centre done by students from Drumcree College, St John the Baptist PS, Presentation PS and Ballyoran PS. Thank you all very much

Requiescat In Pace

Lately Deceased:  Jean Madden, Peter Cullen, Paul Kaipaukll, Anthony McCullough, Terence McAlinden, Ita Keegan, Mary Johnston, Ursula Fearon, Daniel Aquilho de Carvalho
At This Time: Rose & Joe Ingram, John Edgar 
Sunday 8th: Clarence Gosney, Shaun Farrell, Bernadette Cullen, Maud Tennyson, Michael Walsh, John Reid, James Freeburn, Rosaleen McCann, Phoebe Donnelly, Rose Donnelly, Kathleen McCann, Mary McDonald, Jose Tavares Filipe, Maria da Gloria Belo, Sebastiao Alves 
Monday 9th:  M.M. Margaret Breen, M.M. Tommy Knipes, James Tiffney 
Tuesday 10th: Patrick Keenan, Thomas McCann, Patricia Ann Begley, Patsy Byrne
Wednesday 11th:  Tom Dummigan(1st Anniversary), Rory McGuigan,Francis McGinley, Anthony Foy, Sr Paula McDermott
Thursday 12th:  M.M. Maymie McKinney, John McKeever(1st Anniversary), Annie McCooe, Patrick Lappin, Teresa O’Hagan, Dympna Fearnon
Friday 13th: Edward Fearnon, Patrick Hughes, Peter McCann, Vera Williams, Kitty Tennyson, Mary Jordan, Paddy Lappin, Karl Bugner Mercer, James Dalzell 
Saturday 14th:  Eugene Douglas, Geraldine Knox, Noel Benson, John McClean, Agapito Ximenes, Eugenia De Oliveira 
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.

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. 

Legion of Mary:  Frank Duff founded the Legion of Mary in 1921 to be the outworking of Mary’s maternal love for the world. The Legion has been operating in this parish since October 1934, continuing its work for Mary throughout the Second World War and the  Troubles. Age and ill health has reduced membership and we are prayerfully seeking new members to celebrate with us our 80th Anniversary in 2014. If you feel you would like to give that commitment please contact any member or phone 38333563 or 38334245.

Naiscoil Na Banna:  La Oscailte Mairt 17ie Nollaig ag 2.00i.n
We are having an Open Afternoon on Tuesday 17th December at 2 p.m. for parents and children who are interested in pre-school education through the medium of Irish.

For those interested in overseas volunteering, Viatores Christi lay missionary association is currently recruiting and will hold am information and recruitment session on Thursday 12th December at 8pm in QUB Catholic Chaplaincy.

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

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

Ashgrove Playgroup have been allocated some free pre-school places for school year 2014/2015.  For more information contact Catherine on 07723502028.

The Last Things: Thursday 12th December at 7.30pm in Drumcree Pastoral Centre. A 30minute video presenting Cathiolic teaching on Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell. To be followed by tea/coffee. Free entry and all are welcome.

Offertory Collection
Sunday 1st - £2282-60
Thanks to all who contributed
Pastoral Centre: Cafe Bethany open after
10 a.m. Mass on Mondays


He will make his home among us

We need a place we call home;
where there is acceptance,
a place we can just be ourselves.
Home is the place of family, friendship and of faith.
In the love of family, we find we can be ourselves
and relax into the mystery of being loved for
 who we are,
and that is what home is.
In the love of friendship we also find our home,
accepted and affirmed for who we are,
loved for what is strong and weak within us.
And in faith there is the love of God,
accepting, affirming, forgiving all we are and need.

He will make his home among us.

Home is more than bricks and mortar,
more than a garden and a house;
it is the place of warmth and

And Jesus said to many he met
‘Today I want to stay in your house’.
He makes his home within you,
in the warmth of your heart and
in the centre of your personality,
bringing with him
gifts of affirmation, affection,
acceptance and forgiveness.

He will make his home among us.

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