16th September 2007 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.


16th September 2007
Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. John the Baptist Church, Garvaghy Road (1777) - 1977

St. Patrick’s Church, William Street - 1835

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
Tuesday - Friday     7.30 p.m.
St. Patrick’s
Monday - Saturday  10 a.m.
Monday 7.30 p.m. (Novena - Miraculous Medal)

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.

Requiescat In Pace

Lately deceased:  Una  Wilson, Hugh McAnallen, Charles Conlon, Eugene Marley, Sr. Monica Cavanagh, James Edward Tennyson .
At This Time:  Seamus
Marley, Mary Rose Woloham, Mick Fay.
Sunday 16th:  William Breen, Barney Murphy, Hugh Murphy, Margaret Thomas, Mary Ann McCabe.  
Monday 17th:  Elizabeth McAtamney, George Ambrose Hall, James Thompson, Mary Cumberton.  
Tuesday 18th:  Mary Jane O’Reilly, Patsy Berry, Eileen Sloan, Sarah McConnell,
Maureen O’Neill.  
Wednesday 19th:  Margaret Murphy, Bro. Francis McCann, Manuel & Rosa Ribeiro, Tomas, Inis Salsinha Da Cruz, Manuel Da Costa, Amadeu Pereira Do Rosario, Teresa Mulholland, Seamus Donnelly.
Thursday 20th: M M Sheila McQuillan, Sean Reilly, Frances Margaret Caldwell, Malachy Russell.
Friday 21st:  Seamus Brown, Martin Smyth, Shauna Quinn, Mary Hamill,
Bobby Tiffney, James Mallon, Nellie Murphy, James Judge.  
Saturday 22nd:  M.M. Maurice McCann, Dermot Foy, Patrick Foy

Phone Numbers:  
Fr. O’Dwyer 38350610
Fr. White 38332218
Parish Mobile - Emergency No. 07841101850


Ministers of the Eucharist:
St. John the Baptist, week
beginning 18th Sept. Mary McAlinden.

Ministry of Word:
Week beginning 17th Sept.,
10 a.m. Belle Oliver.  
7.30 p.m. Tommy Bradley.

Recent Baptisms:  Marc Andrei Mullet, Orlando De Fatima
Victor Gama

Interested in being a Loreto Sister? To find out more about the way of life today see www.loreto.ie.  The next Loreto Life Weekend will be held in Donegal on October 13th 2007.  For more information you can contact Therese at
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URGENT PRO-LIFE PETITION - a motion has been tabled in the Assembly opposing Health Department Guidelines which will make abortion widely available in N. Ireland.  Precious Life has launched a Petition Postcard for the public to sign and send to their local Assembly members, calling on them to vote in support of this pro-life motion.  To order free Campaign Postcards please
contact  028 9027 8484.

GATE - Magazine for young people on sale in Churches, £1-50.

St. John the Baptist P.S. Opening of Year Mass in St. John the Baptist Church on Wednesday 19th September at 9.30 a.m.  All
parishioners are welcome to join pupils and staff in asking God’s Blessing for a new
school year.

Meeting on Tuesday 18th September, 8 p.m. in St. John’s Meeting Room for those who volunteered to assist with the P.A.L.S. group.

CALL ACCORD - ph. 38334781.

Theology by Distance Learning September 2007 to January 2008:  Introduction to Theology and Scripture:  The Gospel of Mark and Moral Theology.  For more information contact The Priory Institute, Tallagh, Tel. 003531 4048124 or www.prioryinstitute.com

Sunday 9th September Collection


Thanks to all who contributed



Lost and found

We can lose our way in life;
like when there’s failure
and we don’t believe in ourselves any more -
in an exam, in a job, promotion,
or feeling a failure as a parent, teacher,
or in whatever is our calling in life.

Loss, bereavement, deep disappointment,
and our faith may be weakened.
We wonder is God really interested,
does he look for us,
search us out like lost sheep?

Or lost in guilt, remorse, shame
for what stings from the past?

We look for a light in the mist;
like walking home on a foggy night,
wondering will we ever find the way again?

Lost we are at times,
but never without
Jesus Christ.

the one who was lost himself
who suffered bereavement
and all that we suffer.

On the path of our lives,
from first to last moment,
we look on Jesus with thanks -

our guide on the journey
our song in the discord,
our light in the darkness

Lost in confusion, sin, anxiety,
found in the mercy of the love
of God.

Parish & Community Notices

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.

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 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  NEW SELF HELP LINE - 38339639.  Response within 48 hours.

You are invited to the launch of ‘Tunes of Praise’, a CD of inspirational music on Saturday 22nd September at 7.30pm in St. Paul’s Parish Church, Gilford. All welcome.

Bannside Scribblers, Monday 7 - 9 p.m.  Arts & Crafts, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7 - 8.30 p.m. English/Culture Awareness/Child Protection/ ICT for beginners.   Contact Phyllis for further information.  38339916.  Volunteers needed to supervise Homework Club.
Cafe Lisboa - authentic Portuguese and local food.  Open Monday - Saturday 9.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

DRUMCREE COLLEGE:   Linda May Martin’s disco- freestyle / keep fit dance classes starting Monday 17th September,  (from age 4 yrs. to adult)   £2-50 per class. For more information phone College 38334725.  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.

St. John’s Accordion Band.  Lessons in accordion, percussion and keyboard Thursdays 7 p.m. in St. John the Baptist School.  All ages welcome.

Irish Dancing Classes St. John the Baptist P.S., Saturdays
Beginners Class 9.45 a.m.

Drumcree Community Centre: Conwell School of Dance - classes for children 9 - 15 yrs, Monday 1st October.  Contact Kevin 38347286 or 07933528627 for more information.
Craigavon Cardiac Care Association present An Evening of Autumn Floral Displays (Fr. Sean McEvoy) in Thomas Street Methodist Church Hall, Friday 21st September, 8 p.m.  Admission £5.  Tickets available from Wray Cleaners, Winnies or committee members.

Orchard Training Services & Cots & Tots:  Offering NVQ awards in Child Care, Learning & Development with a wide range of optional units on offer including Classroom Assistant Units. Courses in Computers for Beginners and First Aid, Tuesday evenings 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Beginning 25th September.  If interested in any of above contact 38350552, 9.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. Monday - Friday.

PRESENTATION SISTERS KOINONIA PROJECT begins 17th September with Meditation on Monday at 7.30 p.m. at 103 Thomas St.  T’ai Chi Chih classes Tuesday 7.30 p.m. and Thursday 11 a.m. in Committee Room of Cascades Leisure Centre.  For information and to register call 38332220.

Armagh Diocesan Historical Society:  Wednesday 19th September,
8 p.m.  Lecture in Cardinal ÓFiaich Library, ‘The Early Years of the Irish Colleges in Paris’.  All welcome.

St. John’s Scouts:  Open Day, Sunday 23rd September, 2 - 4 p.m.
Scout Den, Moy Road.  All welcome.  New and current members invited to come along and enrol for coming year.

Ashgrove Community Centre:  Conwell School of Dance - classes starting Tuesday 9th October, 8.15 p.m.  16 - adult.  For information phone 38347286 or 07933528627.
Yoga classes starting Monday 17th September, 7.30 p.m. phone
Art Classes commencing Monday 24th September and Wednesday 26th September.  Enrolment for both classes in Ashgrove C.C.
Thursday 20th September at 7 p.m.