3rd April 2011

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

3rd April 2011
Fourth Sunday of Lent
(Laetare 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. Burns 38332218
Parish Mobile - Emergency No. 07841101850

Stations of The Cross this evening in St. Patrick's Church 7 p.m.

A blessing on all mothers and all who mother us and eternal life to those who gave us life in this world.

Sacrament of Confirmation:  Bishop Gerard Clifford will administer the Sacrament next Sunday at 3 p.m. in St. John the Baptist Church.

Minister of the Eucharist
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 4th  Martin Barlow, Teresa McCaffrey.

Ministry of The Word
Week beginning 4th - 10 a.m. Patricia Doran.  7 p.m. Mary Hamill.

First Confession - P 4/Rang 4 St. John the Baptist PS on Tuesday 5th April at 6.15 p.m;  Ballyoran CPS on Wednesday 6th April at 6.15 p.m.  Both in St. John the Baptist Church.

What are doing for Lent? Scripture, My Life's Guide - a 5 week programme studying Sunday Gospel and its practical relevance to our lives will be held during Lent, continues Wednesdays at 7.45pm in the Pastoral Centre.  Why not try this as Lenten prayer?

ALPHA: David and Miriam's group will continue their `Lenten Journey of Reflection' on Wednesday next, after evening Mass, in the Pastoral Centre.

Recent Baptisms:  Bianca Sofia Carvalho Esteves,Ana Irina Carvalho Esteves, Bethany Hunter Flynn,Finnan Anthony Brannigan.

Feasts: Monday 4th St. Isidore;  Tuesday 5th St. Vincent Ferrer;   Thursday 7th St. John Baptist de la Salle.

Eucharistic Congress 2012 seek volunteers - for details see www.iec.2012.ie. Be involved in a life time opportunity.

SHYNE - World Youth Day Fundraiser - QUIZ NIGHT:
Friday 8th April, 9 p.m. Tir Na nOg club.  £3 p.p.  Everyone welcome.  Great prizes up for grabs.  GET YOUR THINKING CAP ON!!

Pastoral Area Resource Team meeting on Tuesday 5th April, 8 p.m. in the Pastoral Centre.               

Parish envelopes for 2011/2012 are available for collection in Churches. Thanks to all who contribute to the upkeep of the Parish in this way.

Craigavon Civic Centre:  An Evening of Popular Hymns, Friday 8th April at 7.30 p.m.  Admission free.  All welcome.

The Legion of Mary celebrate their 90th anniversary in 2011.  The local praesidium meets each Monday after evening Mass.  New members welcome.

Sr Dorothy and Fr O'Dwyer will visit Fr O'Dwyers First Friday calls this week - expect us when you see us.
he Irish Catholic Newspaper is running a special feature on the Church in County Armagh in the paper over the next 2

Offertory Collection
Sunday 27th £2412-82
Thanks to all who contributed
Walk with Me - a Lenten journey of
prayer - books £1.
available in Churches - £1.
Requiescant in Pace
Lately Deceased: Margaret Grant, Canon John Donaghy, Frank McConville, Teddy O'Neill, Martin Hughes,
Paddy Breen, Eddie Wilson, Fr. Brendan Sherry, Charlie Brown
At This Time:
Sunday 3rd: M.M. Joseph McConville, Michael McGoldrick, John Mallon, Martin McVeigh, Elizabeth & Joe Corr, Gerard Jones
Monday 4th:  Vincent Creaney, Josephine Atkinson, Kathleen Crozier, Alice Marley, Aidan Brankin
Tuesday 5th:  M.M. Sheila McCann, M.M. Maura Kelly
Wednesday 6th:  Rita McParland(1st Anniversary). James Grimes, Rita Stuart, Joseph Molloy, Eoghan Dunbar,
Thursday 7th:  Eileen Mackle, Annie McCann, Jean McParland, Mary Carvill
Friday 8th: Bill Reid
Saturday 9th:  M.M. Vera Teague, Dympna Hagan

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.

St. Vincent De Paul Society
URGENTLY REQUIRED!!  Ladies, Men's and Children's clothing.
With your help we are enabled to support out community, plus a small community in Ghana. 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. 

Servite Priory Benburb:  Sunday 10th April An afternoon for Eucharistic Ministers.  For more information and reserve place phone the Priory 37548241.

Bannside Development Centre:  Homework Club Monday & Tuesday 3.15 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.  £1 per day.  Arts and Crafts classes from 7 - 8.30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  WEA Computer Classes - Monday 7 - 9 p.m.  WEA Language Classes - Tuesday 7 - 8.30 p.m. Free Gentle exercise classes - Wednesday 7 - 8 p.m. Workshop/Craft shop now open Tuesday to Saturday.  Friends Cafe - open every day. For more information contact Carol 38339916.

St. John's Accordion Orchestra:  classes in music on Thursday 7 p.m. in St. John the Baptist P.School.  Anyone
wishing to join please contact a committee member at the school on the evening.

First Communion dresses and suits for sale at St John the Baptist Primary School. Outfits can be viewed on school website (some never worn). Phone 38336211 for an appointment to view.

Lent for Life Campaign - Precious Life invite you to unite with them in faith for a Lenten Campaign to end abortion.  The mission of `Lent for Life' iw to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused campaign of prayer and fasting, and community outreach.  For more information please contact 90278484.

St Mary's Boxing Club: enrolement and training every Thursday; 8-12years 7-8pm; 13-17years 8-9pm.

Oran Fold - Sheltered accommodation has apartments to let.  To view phone Michelle on 38391918.

An Cumann Gaelach -  Irish language classes Monday 6.15-7.30pm in Mayfair Business centre; Thursday 8.00-9.00pm Ashgrove Community Centre.

St. Mary's Women's Guild:  Meeting Wednesday 6th April, 8 p.m., in Ashgrove Community Centre.  Guest speaker.  Please bring money for Armagh show.  All welcome.

ACCORD:  Are you interested in becoming a Facilitator with ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service?  Please contact Susannah or Sheila - phone 38334781 or Email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Irish Catholic Newspaper  costs £1 and is available to buy each week at the back of the church and is also available to buy each week from Winnies Shop, Woodhouse Street.

Armagh Diocesan Historical Society:  Third lecture in the 2011
programme `T.W. Russell and the `Wyndham Land Act of 1903' on Wednesday 6th April at 8 p.m. in the Cardinal O Fiaich Library.

Cemetery rubbish - to all who have no respect for the dead or the cemetery and have left their rubbish lying about instead of taking it home and disposing of it .... - well, the tip says it all!!

I am the light of the world, says the Lord.
Anyone who follows me will have the light of life.

Our life with God
is a journey,
sometimes uphill, other times level,
through light and shadow,
to the fullness of God's eternal joy.

It is a journey,
sometimes gentle, sometimes strenuous,
through doubt and faith,
to the fullness of God's eternal life.

It is a journey,
sometimes solitary, other times accompanied,
through isolation and love,
to the fullness of God's eternal friendship
It is a journey,
sometimes sad, sometimes joyful,
through sorrows and happiness,
to the fullness of God's eternal joy.

I am the light of the world, says the Lord.
Anyone who follows me will have the light of life.



If you would like to contribute to the upkeep of the Parish using envelopes please complete and return the slip below.  Place in collection basket or leave at either Parochial House.



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