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8th July 2007

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading:   Is.  66:10 - 14

Rejoice, Jerusalem,
be glad for her, all you who love her!  
Rejoice, rejoice for her,
all you who mourned her!

That you may be suckled, filled,
from her consoling breast,
that you may savour with delight
her glorious breasts.

For thus says the Lord:
Now towards her I send flowing
peace, like a river,
and like a stream in spate
the glory of the nations.

At her breast will her nurslings be carried and fondled in her lap.
Like a son comforted by his mother
will I comfort you.
And by Jerusalem you will be comforted.

At the sight your heart will rejoice,
and your bones flourish, like the grass.  
To his servants the Lord will reveal his hand.

This is the word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm:   Ps. 65        

R.  Cry out with joy to God all the earth.

Second Reading:    Gal.   6:14-18

The only thing I can boast about is the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. It does not matter if a person is circumcised or not; what matters is for him to become an altogether new creature. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, who form the Israel to God.
I want no more trouble from anybody after this; the marks on my body are those of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, my brothers.  Amen.

This is the word of the Lord.

Gospel:    Luke

The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit. He said to them, "The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, 'Peace to this house!' And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house. Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, 'The kingdom of God is very near you.' But whenever you enter a town and they do not make you welcome, go out into its streets and say, 'We wipe off the very dust of your town that clings to our feet, and leave it with you. Yet be sure of this: the kingdom of God is very near.' I tell you, on that day it will not go as hard with Sodom as with that town."
  The seventy-two came back rejoicing, "Lord", they said, even the devils submit to us when we use your name." He said to them, "I watched Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Yes, I have given you power to tread underfoot serpents and scorpions and the whole strength of the enemy; nothing shall ever hurt you. Yet do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you; rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven."

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


RECENTLY DECEASED:-   Arthur McCann, Jim McQuaid, Joao Miguel John Vaz, Briege McCourt, Doreen Fearon
AT THIS TIME:  Lynch Family, Cecilia Duffy, Alice Murphy, Jane McKeever, Gretta O’Connor, Catherine, James & Kathleen Byrne, Winnie Farrell
SUNDAY 8th:-  M.M. Martin McKee, Julia Duggan, Anna Bella Lappin, Jimmy Reynolds, Ana Maria do Rego, Filomeno Miguel, Vanessa Araujo
MONDAY 9th:-  Jack Furphy, Mary & Austin Furphy, Peter Leo McCann
TUESDAY 10th:-   M.M. Mary Donnelly, Reggie Elliott, Veronica Rose Grimes, Hugh A. Quinn, Terence Kelly, Vera Mercer
WEDNESDAY 11th:-  Yolanda Martini(1st Anniversary), Mary Ann McNeice, Hannah Frances Cullen, Stephen McGuigan
THURSDAY 12th:-  Maureen Byrne, Sarah Fearon, Jack McCabe, Florence McCaffrey
FRIDAY 13th:-  Mary Ellen McCann, Margaret Killops
SATURDAY 14th:-  Philip Wilson, Jerome Mulholland, William Kelly, Sally McGeough

Church Notices

Weekday Masses
St. Patrick’s Church: Monday 10am & 7.30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 10am
No Mass Thursday/Friday
St. John the Baptist Church Tuesday to Friday 7.30pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation
St. Patrick’s 12.30 - 1.15 p.m.
St. John’s    6.15 - 6.45 p.m.

Baptism: Next Baptisms Saturday 14th July in St. John’s Church at 5 p.m.  Pre-baptismal meeting in St. John’s Friday after evening Mass.   Recent Baptisms:-   Sean Patrick Reynolds, Calvin Joseph Wilson

Offertory Collection
Sunday 1st July - £2523-40
Thanks to all who contributed

Tuesday 17th July - Mass will be celebrated in Polish in St. John the Baptist Church.

Knock Summer Youth Festival:  Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th July.  Cost is on a donation basis with accommodation and food provided.  Free buses from certain locations.  For more information contact Ann 094-9388100 or Sheena 01-6753690.

Day of Prayer and Intercession for Priests with Sr. Briege McKenna, OSC, at Knock on Monday 13th August.  Bus fare £13, booking essential.  Details and booking contact Marie 38851517, Gabrielle 87784964.

LOUGH DERG:  3 Day Pilgrimage any day to Monday 13th August.  Pilgrims must be at least 15 years of age, in normal good health and able to walk and kneel unaided.  They must fast from midnight prior to arrival.  Boats available from 11 a.m. to  3 p.m. daily.  Cost £32, includes boat fare and accommodation.
Quiet Days - 9th May - 5th September:  Arrive
10 a.m., departure 4 p.m.  Cost £15, includes boat fare and lunch.  Reservations essential.
One Day Retreats: Aug. 18,19,20,21,22,25,26,
27,28,29.  Sept. 1,2,3,4,8,10,11,12,15,16,17,18,
19,22,23.  The retreats are not suited to children.  Numbers limited so advance booking is essential.
Each retreat begins at 10 a.m. and ends at approx. 5 p.m.  Cost £18 includes boat fare and lunch.  Reservations essential.  For bookings tel.  00353 71 9861518.

Ministers of The Eucharist
July - Vigil  Ruairi O’Hanlon, Aine McCooe, Sharon Garland, Theresa McCaffrey.  8.30 a.m.  Eddie McVeigh, Patsy Hanratty.  
10 a.m. - Ann Fleming, Kathleen Hagan, Denis McKeever  
11.30 a.m. -Teresa Murphy, Mary Taggart, Declan McAtarsney, Ann Murphy  .
Grange - Ann Murphy
St. Francis: Bernadette Breen
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 10th July, Teresa McCaffrey.

Ministry of The Word - July
Vigil      Olivia McDonald
8.30 a.m. David Greer
10 a.m.    Sarah Lawless
       Tommy Bradley
11.30 a.m. Ciara Burnett
Week beginning 9th July, 10 a.m. Mass, Tommy Mallon.
7.30 p.m. Rory Judge.  

Useful Numbers:  Fr. O’Dwyer - 38350610
Fr. White - 38332218
Parish Mobile: to contact the Priest on Duty or for emergencies, contact 07841101850.

Children are always welcome in our Churches to Masses and other liturgies.  Parents and other adults who accompany children to Church are asked to keep children under reasonable control so as not to be a distraction to others.  All Parishioners and visitors to the Churches have a responsibility to keep a prayerful atmosphere at all times.

St. John the Baptist Church - Altar Society:  July Rota - Team 2.

Legion of Mary:   Meeting every Monday evening after Novena Mass in St. Patrick’s Church.  New members always welcome.  Any enquiries please contact Lee Walters 028 38341496.

St. Vincent De Paul Society
Good quality used clothing and furniture welcome at all times.  Collection can be arranged.  Contact the shop. Clothes shop and Furniture shop in Mayfair Business Centre, Garvaghy Road, tel. 38393898. Opening Hours:  Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Saturday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  NEW SELF HELP LINE - 38339639.  Response within 48 hours.

 Parish website has photographs of Sign-up Sunday;
Week of Prayer Parish Social;
St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society in Knock;

The Bulletin will not be published during the remainder of July.

The Good Samaritan

A lot can be learned about a people
from the stories they tell.

People who tell stories about their children
are letting us know how much they mean to them,
and this can be a way of remembering them
with love or with worry or prayers.

We know Jesus by the kind of stories he told,
and the Good Samaritan was one of his best.

Jesus could tell that story,
because like the man who watched others
pass by
he had felt rejection and neglect himself;
and like the man who had been beaten up
by thieves,
he had been mistreated by people who wanted to
kill him.

So he knows what it’s like
to be a victim of street violence,
or to queue for help and be passed by,
or to need any sort of sympathy and be ignored.
He knew what it was like to be bullied,
to be robbed, to be left alone.

And he knew what it was like to be helped
as the man in the ditch was helped,
and he remembered the care of Mary, his mother,
and those who looked after him on his journeys.
And he knew he would need help like that
when he was brought to his death.

And he was the type of person also who helped,
whose heart was moved with compassion
for the whole human race,
for you and me,
as was the heart of the Samaritan.

Jesus who saves and calls us into his service,
tells about being the helper and the helped,
from the experiences of his own life.

That’s something of what Jesus was like,
your friend and mine,
God of heaven and God of earth

GROW - seeks to provide support to anyone who wants to improve their mental health.  This doesn’t mean that you have to have a diagnosis of depression or any sort of mental illness - it just means that you could be feeling bored, out of sorts, unfulfilled, stuck in a rut, lonely ....feelings symptomatic of living in a fast changing society where sometimes we can all feel a little bit ‘left behind’.  The Portadown Group will meet weekly at Craigavon Community Network, 22 Church Street, Portadown.  

St. John’s Independent Accordion Band:  Classes in music and drumming on Thursdays, 7 p.m. in St. John the Baptist School.  Anyone wishing to join contact a committee member at the school on the evening.

McArts ‘n’ Crafts:   Vocational Training Unit for Adults with a Learning Disability, Unit H, Mayfair Business Centre.  McArts ‘n’ Crafts can offer interested trainees a variety of work activities, experiences and skills within a creative and supported working environment.  Contact Eithne for further information 38339119.

GAMBLING:  Is Gambling affecting your home life, work life, or reputation?  Contact the local GA helpline on 07926170921.

Naíscoil na Banna:  If you wish your child to be taught through the medium of Irish there are places available at Naíscoil na Banna.  Contact Shileen 02838 391243.  

Ballyoran Over 50 Club:  Every Wednesday 2 - 3 p.m. in Ashgrove Community Centre.

St. Mary’s Youth Centre:  Visit the Centre’s web-site for further information at www.stmarysyc.org
July 9th - 26th - Ages 8+
Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Membership £5 per family, £3 individual.  Come and enjoy the fun!

Drumcree House of Health - Another 10 week weigh in has started.  Every Monday 11 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. or 7 p.m. - 7.45 p.m.  A men only weigh in each Monday 7.45 p.m. - 8.15 p.m.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Pilgrimages - Medjugorie:
23rd August - 30th August, Spiritual Director, Fr. Brian White.  Full spiritual programme.  Travel insurance included ex Belfast International Airport.  (And 27th September - 4th October). Tel. Josephine 028 38343091.

FOYER OF CHARITY:  Five day silent Retreat.   For venues and detailed brochure contact Hugh & Anna Donnelly at 3083090, e mail - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and Mai Keating
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Now enrolling for 2007/2008 year.  For further details contact Catherine 07849599813.

Weekend 15th/16th September, staying in convent.  Bus from Portadown via Maghery.  Contact Theresa 38331629.

Bannside Scribblers, Monday 7 - 9 p.m.  Arts & Crafts, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7 - 8.30 p.m.
ICT for beginners.   Contact Carol for further information.
HOMEWORK CLUB: VOLUNTEER NEEDED for September to supervise Homework Club.  Homework Club  takes place Monday - Thursday, 3.30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Contact Phyllis or Carol
Cafe Lisboa - authentic Portugese and local food.  Open Monday - Saturday 9.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

DRUMCREE COLLEGE:  Social Dance Lessons continue in Drumcree College.  “Swing Jive” lessons  Wednesday  7 - 8 p.m.  £2-50 per night.  For more information phone 38337745.
CEILI CLASSES -  Drumcree College Wednesday 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.  (James Murphy Tutor) £2-50 per week.  Everyone welcome.
Attend the two classes above and only pay £2-50!!
WANTED!  old/used greeting cards for craft classes.  Please leave in office at Drumcree College.

Tir Na nOg GFC:  Bingo every Tuesday 8.30 p.m.  The bigger the crowd the bigger the prizes.  Support the Club Lotto.

Rome & Assisi Pilgrimage - 4th August for seven nights, led by Fr. Peter McAnenly, (includes day trip to Sienna).  Total cost, to include taxes, insurance and service of coach throughout is £710.  For booking or further details contact Sullivan Travel, Coalisland, tel. 8774 0339.

Pilgrimage to Santiago (The Way of St. James) -
9 nights, 13th - 22nd Sept.  E1300 per person.  Flights from Dublin, coach throughout.  Further information and booking phone P. McConville 38891247.

15 day Pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, San Giovanni, Loreto, Venice, Padua and many other shrines.  Departing August 8th.  Phone 00353 57 9355050, mornings only.

ASHGROVE SENIOR LUNCHEON CLUB:  Trip for “The Young at Heart” - Tralee, Monday 27th August, £199.  Price includes B/B and evening meal and excursion every day.
A few places left.  £20 deposit secures.  Contact John
38394722 for more information.

Holy Souls Crusade Pilgrimages to Poland & Spain:
Divine Mercy Shrine & Auschwitz - Aug. 18th - Aug. 25th - E550 ex Dublin to Krakow.  Garabandal - Spain - Oct. 13th - Oct. 20th - E550 Ex Dublin to Bilbao.  Divine Mercy Shrine - Nov. 10th - Nov. 17th - E550 Ex Dublin to Krakow.  For further details contact Aidan 091 876737 or Mary
091 798407.