14th October 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.

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

St. Patrick’s Church, William Street - 1835

!4th October 2007
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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.

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

Requiescat In Pace

Lately deceased:  Thomas McCooe,  Francis Grimes, Mary McConnell.
At This Time:  John Shevlin, Maura & Harry Tully, Jim Edon, Theresa McReynolds, Kathleen O’Neill, Bridget Hamill.
Sunday 14th:  Patrick Reynolds, Aidan McCann, Katherine Nugent.  
Monday 15th:   Frank McCann, Kenneth Brownlee, Vera Jordan, Phyllis McCann, Catherine Kelly, Seamus McCann, Frank McKeever.
Tuesday 16th:  Dan McKeever, Margaret Gorman.  
Wednesday 17th:  Lily May, James McCoy.
Thursday 18th:  Patrick Lappin Terence McCann, Gerald McParland, Kathleen McCann, Mary Laverty.
Friday 19th:  John Davies.
Saturday 20th:  Bridie McKeever, Elizabeth Cullen.

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

Sacrament of Confirmation
Bun Scoil - Friday 9th May at 5 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh
Parish - Saturday 24th May at 3 p.m. in St. John the Baptist Church.

First Holy Communion
Presentation P.S.  - Saturday 26th April 11am
St. John the Baptist P.S. Saturday 10th May 11 a.m.
Ballyoran C.P.S. - Saturday 31st May 11 a.m.
Bun Scoil - Saturday 31st May 1 p.m.

Ministers of the Eucharist:
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 16th October Geraldine Lawless.

Ministry of The Word:  
Week beginning 15th October, 10 a.m. Damien Russell. 7.30 p.m. Rory Judge.

Recent Baptisms:  Chloe Ellen Cunningham

Servite Priory, Benburb:   Healing Service, Saturday 3rd November, prayers and talks begin 2 p.m. concludes with Mass.

An Exploration of Catholic Faith (Nine Session Course) begins Thursday 11th October in Convent of Mercy, Dungannon, 7.30 - 9.30 p.m.  Course Fee £75.  Phone 00353 42 937 1945 to register.

Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life - If you feel a need to deepen your spiritual life, without having to interrupt daily routine, you may be interested in this course.  It will be, hopefully, a mixed church group experience and spread over several months.  First meeting Friday 5th October.  Phone Fr. Michael Bingham 38330366.

D.A.R.T. seek volunteer drivers for minibuses and social car scheme - leaflets in Churches - contact

PALS - Meeting for all volunteers of the group in St. John the Baptist Church, Thursday 18th October at 8 p.m.

Southern Area Hospice:  Church Door Collection amounted to £2007-25.  Thanks to all the collectors and those who contributed so generously.

Thornton Trust:  The Trust is to sponsor a series of cross community lunchtime concerts.  The concerts are free and will feature musicians from local schools.  First concert in Millenium Court, Portadown, Friday 19th October 1.10 p.m.

Sunday 7th October Collection


Thanks to all who contributed



One day I sat down and relaxed
and went back over the last year:
I thought of all I could be grateful for -
people I met who helped me,
people whom I love and who love me,
the times someone seemed to care.
And I was grateful too
for times I could help another,
show some care,
and make life that bit easier and safer for
family, friends, pupils, colleagues,
and all I contact.

And I thought of health and faith,
for having food on my table,
and enough to live on.

Problems and worries came to mind too:
the worries of others
and my faults and failings,
but in the atmosphere of thanks,
they seemed less intense.

And I know I could go back
over the years and say thanks too,
like a river of thanks flowing by
as I sit and enjoy the memories
and feel the thanks.

Thanks - a word that brings us alive,
for what once was can always
give life.
Thanks - a word that keeps us humble,
for we know that we depend on others.

Thanks - a word that keeps us joyful
for we know that in every day
there are the meetings and
the memories,
the help and the support,
given and received,
which are the seeds of life and
of growth.

May we be people who are truly grateful
to others and to God
for what makes life worthwhile.

Remember this day,
remember last week,
remember all times,
and be grateful!
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.

SPRED Group - Recommences Wednesday 26th September in Drumcree Community Centre, 7.30 p.m.  Enquiries ph. 38392568.


BANNSIDE COMMUNITY GROUP:   Arts & Crafts, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7 - 8.30 p.m. English/ ICT for beginners. October - TADI (talking about tough issues) and Bill of Rights.  November - Know Yourself & Your Neighbour.  Contact Phyllis for further information.  38339916.  Volunteers needed to supervise Homework Club.

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.

Drumcree Community Centre:  Conwell School of Dance - classes for children 9 - 15 yrs, Monday 1st October.  Contact Kevin 38347286 or 07933528627 for more information.

St. John’s Scouts:  Scouts - Monday 7 - 9 p.m. - Cubs Tuesday 7 - 8.30 p.m. - Beavers Wednesday 7 - 8.30 p.m.  New members always welcome.

PRESENTATION SISTERS KOINONIA PROJECT – Weekly  Meditation on Monday at 7.30 p.m.at 103 Thomas St.  T’ai Chi Chih classes Tuesday 8 p.m. and Thursday 11 a.m. in Committee Room of Cascades Leisure Centre.  Information nights for HEALING AND EMPOWERING YOUR INNER CHILD Wednesday 17th or Thursday 18th October.  Come to 103 Thomas Street and find out if this programme is for you. For information and to register call Sr. Brigid  38332220.

Ashgrove Community Centre:  Conwell School of Dance - classes starting Tuesday 9th October, 8.15 p.m.  16 - adult.  For information phone 38347286 or 07933528627.

African Missions, Dromantine Presents:  October 29th, 8 p.m. Concert Starring Philomena Begley, Aiden Quinn, Gene Fitzpatrick, Malachi Cush, Rosemary Woods, Conor “Singing Brickie” and Dromantine Priests with Country Harmony.
October 20th, 8 p.m. - Concert Starring Susan McCann, Garry Gamble Tom O’Rourke, Conor “Singing Brickie”, Sharon Larkin, Kenny Archer,and Dromantine Priests with Country Harmony.  Tickets £10 per concert.  Contact Dromantine 30821224.  All proceeds go directly to Projects in Africa.