14th 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

14th June 2009
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
(Corpus Christi)

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

Requiescant In Pace

Lately deceased:  Rita Goncalves, Brian Fox, Vera Kelly, Joe McCormac, Addis McNally, Pierce McGivern, Margaret McAlinden, Frank Freeburn, Madge Fox, Joao Barrito, Fr Dan Bray
At This Time: Mary McDonagh, Thomas McKenna, Patrick Gallagher, Seamus Gallagher, Elizabeth McKeown
Sunday 14th:  Johnny Lappin, Patrick Kelly, Hannah Hamill, Eugene Wilson, Mary Kathleen Lavery, James McParland, Don Douglas
Monday 15th:  Michael Halfpenny, Vera Creaney
Tuesday 16th:  Elizabeth Marley
Wednesday 17th:   M.M. Peggy McAlinden, Ann McCausland
Thursday 18th: Elizabeth Murphy, Gavin Tennyson, John Joseph Lavery, Etta McNally
Friday 19th:  John McParland, Agnes O’Hanlon
Saturday 20th:  Laurence Dermot Creaney, Mary Cush, Gerry Donlon, Josephine Hughes

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

Solemnity of Corpus Christi:  welcome especially to Masses this weekend all those who received their First Holy Communion this year - come in thanksgiving.  Thanks also to the Knights of Columbanus for the First Communion Prayer Cards.

Welcome to Bernie Smith from Precious Life who will speak at Masses this weekend on pro-life issues.

Ministers of the Eucharist
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 15th June Paddy Gorman.

Ministry of The Word
Week beginning 15th June 10 a.m. Patricia Doran.  7 p.m. Tommy Bradley.

Friday 19th June Vigil in honour of the Sacred Heart - St. John the Baptist Church - 6 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.  7 p.m. Mass.  7.30 p.m. Public Act of Consecration.  7.45 p.m. Scriptural Rosary.  8.15 p.m. Litany of the Sacred Heart.  8.25 p.m. Chaplet of Divine Mercy.  8.35 p.m. Reflection Prayer.  8.45 p.m. Benediction.

Pope Benedict has announced a Year for Priests - 19th June 2009 - 19th June 2010 on the theme: “Faithfulness of Christ,
faithfulness of priests”.   2009 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Mary Vianney, the Cure d’Ars, patron of priests.  Keep the priests of the Parish - Diocesan and Jesuit - in your prayers.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament today in St. John the Baptist Church from 4pm concluding with Benediction at 7pm.

Triduum of Prayer with the theme “The Body of Christ” will be explored under three topics, 1.  The Person of Jesus.  2.  The Eucharist/The Mass.  3.  The People of God/The Church, on Thursday 25th, Friday 26th and Saturday 27th at the 7 p.m. Mass in St. John the Baptist Church.  All welcome.  The Triduum will conclude with the annual Garden Party on the Saturday evening.
Those who wish to help at the Party are asked to a meeting on Tuesday 16th June at 7.30 p.m. in St. John the Baptist meeting room.
Parish Pastoral Council meeting on Thursday 18th June after evening Mass.

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.

Recent Baptisms: Reuben Alexander Kerr

Cemetery Sunday: Thanks again to all who contributed to the liturgy last Sunday, Francis and his team; the choir; Readers and Eucharistic Ministers and Knights of St. Columbanus; First Communion children; servers; collectors; sound technicians. Thanks and congratulations to all who attended in a prayerful and respectful manner, and to God for the nice day.

Offertory Collection - Sunday 7th
Total - £2706-63
GATE - Diocesan Youth Magazine available in Churches - £1-50.

Nourishment and energy for the journey

In our hunger for love,
God offers the nourishment
of his love for us;
a love which is total,
the total acceptance
that each of us yearns for.

In our hunger for wholeness,
wanting to know we are forgiven
God offers the nourishment of
inviting us to leave the past
where it best belongs -
in his compassionate heart.

In our hunger for meaning,
God offers the nourishment
of the word and life of Jesus,
 and we know, in all our confusion,
that we are not lost.

And in our desire to do good,
to create a better world for people,
to live in the cause of justice and peace,
God offers energy and new hope.
We know he is on our side,
and we work, not on our own
but with him.

In our desire to live in love,
forgiveness and reconciliation,
he offers the energy of his risen Son,
and in our hopes to care for those we love,
children and family,
friends and the poor,
he offers energy,
from our friendship with Jesus.

In the Bread of life, the body of Christ,
God gives food for the journey.
In the Wine of life, the blood of Christ,
God gives energy for the journey.

As we eat this food and drink this wine,
we know we never walk alone.

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.
Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ - By sharing the body and blood of Christ we are sealing our covenant with God.  We are given the gift of life and asked to share it with others.  Give thanks for this sustaining gift.    Contact Fr. Paddy Rushe 00353 42 93 34259.

Eucharistic Congress 2012:  Ireland will host this in three years time centred in Dublin.  There will be all Ireland preparation in the two year period running up to the Congress.  The theme of our Parish Days of Prayer at the end of June is “The Body of Christ” - which is an early preparation for the 2012 celebrations.  The Irish Episcopal Conference have asked that a collection be taken up to help finance the prepartions and the Congress.  This is to be done in or around the feast of Corpus Christi.  In this Parish for this year the collection of next Sunday will be forwarded for this purpose.

Prayer cards 1) In Preparation for the Eucharistic Congress; 2) Prayer to Our Lady of Nazareth for those wishing to start a family; available in Church

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.

Tuesday 16th June - Mass will be offered for living members of Armagh Diocesan Clerical Benefit Society.

Feasts:  Friday 19th The Sacred Heart of Jesus; Saturday 20th The Irish Martyrs, The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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.

Armagh Diocesan Youth Council:The following pilgrimages/festivals are available for young people:  23 - 26 July Knock. (18 - 35).
10th August Croagh Patrick (15 - 35). 13 - 16 August Clonmacnoise (16 - 35).  For information contact 37525592.

St. John the Baptist PS - Annual Sunday FunDay - Sunday 14th June.  Come along and enjoy all the fun of the fair.  

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.
 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.

Emmanuel Community are running a Student Pilgrimage to Parayle 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

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  

Junior Phoenix Players:  Rehearsal and auditions for FAME! The Musical in St. Columba’s School, Carlton Street next week on
Monday 15th and Wednesday 17th June from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.  All welcome, especially boys and especially internationsl students.         

Tir na nOg GFC:  Saturday 27th June, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Fancy Dress Disco.  (All proceeds to go to the screening of players young and old, male and female for the detection of SADS).Back by popular demand ‘Strictly Come Dancing 2009’.  Anyone wishing to take part please contact B. Carville on 07706301311,

Car Treasure Hunt on Sunday 28th June - details later.