7th June 2009 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

7th June 2009
Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

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 7p.m.
St. Patrick's
Monday - 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 and 2nd Sunday

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

Congratulations to the 106 girls and boys who received their First Holy Communion in the Parish over the past few weeks.  Thanks to all who prepared the children especially parents,
teachers and assistants.  And also to the choirs and musicians who added so much to the liturgies.  Children (in their outfits) and families are invited to any Mass next weekend, Feast of Corpus Christi, in thanksgiving.

Ministers of the Eucharist
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 8th June Geraldine Lawless.

Ministry of The Word
Week beginning 8th June 10 a.m. Denis McCourt.  7 p.m. Mary McAlinden.

St. Joseph's Young Priest Society - Annual pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday 27th June.  Cost £28, includes dinner.  To book contact Theresa 38331629 or Kathleen 38337603.

Recent Baptisms:  
Ruby Ada Cavanagh

Sacred  Heart Novena: Prayers will be said after Mass beginning on Thursday 11th June.

Priestly Jubilees:  Fr. Sean McEvoy and Fr. Michael Woods both celebrate 25 years of priestly ordination this weekend.  Congratulations to them and ad multos annos!

New Pastoral Centre:  the advertisement for tenders will be published in the Irish News this coming week, on Wednesdsy.  Plans for the Centre will be displayed in St. John the Baptist Church soon.  Keep the project in your prayers.

Columban Missionaries and especially Fr. Brendan Hoban have written to thank Parishioners for the welcome and generosity received in the Parish and Parish Schools during the recent visit.

Prayer cards 1) In Preparation for the Eucharistic Congress; 2) Prayer to Our Lady of Nazareth for those wishing to star a family; available in Church
Feasts:  Tuesday 9th St. Columba;  Thursday 11th St. Barnabas; Saturday 13th St. Anthony of Padua.  

Mass at Old Drumcree Church at Cultra on Sunday 21st June at 2 p.m.  Bring a packed lunch.  Buses leave St. John's car park at 12.30 p.m.  Tickets for bus £3-50 available in sacristies.  Some may wish to travel by their own means.  All welcome.

No devotions this evening.

Offertory Collection - Sunday 31st
Total - £2691-65
GATE - Diocesan Youth Magazine available in Churches - £1-50.

Requiescant In Pace

Lately deceased:   Peggy McAlinden, Rita Goncalves, Brian Fox, Vera Kelly, Joe McCormac, Addis McNally, Pierce McGivern, Margaret McAlinden, Frank Freeburn, Madge Fox, Joao Barrito
At This Time: Pat Toland, Alice Toland, Annie McVeigh, Dessie McCleery, Anna O'Neill,  Elizabeth Healy, Edward Sherry, Colette Sherry, John Robinson
Sunday 7th:  May McNeice(1st Anniversary), Sarah McKeever, Harry Creaney, Mary Lappin, John Harrison
Monday 8th:  M.M. Joan Farnon, M.M. John McCann, Margaret Davies, Martin McKee, Patrick Gallagher, Kenneth McNally, Joseph Bunting  
Tuesday 9th:  Monica Mulholland, James McCavanagh, Tommy McKernan
Wednesday 10th:   Mary Donnelly, Patrick McCourt
Thursday 11th: Noel McAtamney
Friday 12th:  Mary Marley, Mona McCorry
Saturday 13th:  M.M. Annie Monaghan, Joseph Wilson, Joe Atkinson, Patrick Tennyson, Thomas Campbell, Teresa Gordan Lavery

Anniversaries late for bulletin should be left in the Sacristy for inclusion on the proper day.

And the word became flesh

The mountain road beckoned,
and the snows were majestic.
Peaceful, far away, beautiful,
the mountain of God.
Like Father, Son and Spirit
in strength, beauty, power.

Beckoning the pilgrim,
challenging the walker,
strong and faithful,
and we are afraid.

We call God a mountain and a rock,
strong, beautiful, yet weak,
for the rock splits
and the hills may turn to dust,
for Jesus, God and one of us,
one of the Trinity of love,
is sent among us.

Strength becomes weakness,
rocks grow flowers,
snows melt
and God is near.

Mingling within his people,
like melting snow in a field,
like leaves of oak falling to earth,
for the power of God
took tiny flesh
in Mary's womb
and she gave birth to
God is with us.
Jesus, Saviour of all,
friend of the earth,
friend of all people,
God among us.

And now the mystery of God
is no longer a strange mystery,
but a hand of friendship and
which each of us may hold forever.

And we need no longer be afraid.

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.

Trinity Sunday - Today we celebrate a central mystery of our faith.  Our triune God calls us to be his own and blesses us on our life journey.  What impact does this mystery have on your vocation?  Contact Fr. Paddy Rushe 00353 42 93 34259.

St. Vincent De Paul Society
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.

SPRED -  Wednesday  in Drumcree Community Centre at 7.30 p.m.  Enquiries to 38392568.

Bannside Development Centre: Bannside Scribblers Mondays 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Arts and Crafts Classes from 7 - 8.30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.  English classes Thursday 10 a.m.  I.C.T. for beginners.  Homework Club 3.15 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.  Phone 38339916.
Drumcree House of Health:  Active Kidz programme (in conjunction with Club VO2).  Reduces the risk of children becoming overweight. (free). Yoga every Tuesday 6.30 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Friday 11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.  For information call 38334522.

St. Mary's Youth Centre:  Hip Hop Dance Classes for 11 - 14 yr olds are being held every Friday 7.15 p.m. - 8.15 p.m.  Cost 50p members, £1 non members.  All welcome.

Adoption:  Could you make a child happy again after a difficult start in life?  Family Care Society is presently seeking adoptive families for children between 2 - 6 yrs and who need the love and attention of a caring understanding family.  Could this be you?  Please contact
Family Care Society on Belfast 90 691133 or Derry 71 368592.
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Emmanuel Community are running a Student Pilgrimage to Paray
le Monial - 8 - 13th August for 18 - 25 yr olds.  Price 280 Euro,
includes registration, accommodation, food and travel while in France.  Excludes return flight to France. Contact Kevin 07762327275 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
St. John the Baptist PS - Annual Sunday FunDay - Sunday 14th June.  Donations of Bric - a Brac, Books, Unwanted New cosmetic gifts, Toys and Bottles.  For more details contact the school 38336211.

Envelopes - still available for collection in St. John the Baptist Church under the St. Paul picture. If you want envelopes please leave your name and address with the Sacristan or one of the priests. Once again thanks to all who contribute to the financial upkeep of the Parish.

ACCORD - The Armagh ACCORD centre, formerly known as CMAC, is celebrating its 40th anniversary later this year.  Were you involved?
Are you ex staff?  Do you have any stories to share?  If you have any information or stories please contact the Armagh office on
02838334781 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

A Meeting in Public of Craigavon District Policing Partnership will take place in Maghery Community Hall, Maghery on Tuesday 9th June at 7 p.m.              

Book launch: Eithne McAlinden's book on the life of Alf O'Muiri,
former Uachtaran of the GAA and renowned Irish language activist will be launched in the Cardinal O'Fiaich Library and Archive, Armagh on Monday 8th June at 7.30pm All welcome - refreshments served.