21st 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

21st June 2009
Twelfth 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 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: Pierce McGivern, Margaret McAlinden, Frank Freeburn, Madge Fox,
Joao Barrito, Fr. Dan Bray, Tommy Marley, Frank McParland, Cassie Campbell, Maggie Wyer, Baby Ryan Slimming
At This Time: Malachy Carron, John Martin, Eileen Martin, Jerry McCluskey
Sunday 21st:  Sally Creaney, Annie Lennon, Matthew John Quinn, Mary Ellen McGrane, Stephen Hueston, Agnes Tiffney, Lynch Family
Monday 22nd:  Agnes Kelly, Danny O'Neill
Tuesday 23rd:  Seamus McAlinden, Kitty Duffy, Patrick Joseph McClean, Thomas Hyde, Eddie Kelly, Denis Fisher
Wednesday 24th: Francie McGuigan, Matthew John Devlin, Mary Creaney, Sean Quinn, John Daly, Elizabeth McAlinden
Thursday 25th: Phyllis Kelly(1st Anniversary), John Hamill, Family Ribeiro
Friday 26th:  M.M. Joe McCormack, M.M. Addis McNally, Lily McConville, Roseann Dunbar, Mary Cullen, Elizabeth Taggart, Joao Vaz
Saturday 27th:  

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

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 have offered to make tarts/buns/sandwiches/salads are asked to leave them in the meeting room of St. John the Baptist Church on Saturday at 2 p.m.  Thank you.

Ministers of the Eucharist
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 22nd June Mary McAlinden.

Ministry of The Word
Week beginning 22nd June 10 a.m.
Margaret Donovan.  7 p.m.Margaret Marley.

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart: thanks to all who prepared and took part in the celebrations on Friday evening last.
Liturgy Committee meeting on Tuesday 23rd June after evening Mass.

Wednesday 24th June - birthday of St. John the Baptist Mass in St. John the aptist Church at 9.30 a.m. organised by the local Primary School/Bunscoil.  All welcome.

Recent Baptisms:   Ella Bridget Grimley, Eva Kate McHugh, Blathnaid Carol Mary Moylan, Ellie Anne McCullaugh, Zenha Maria Helena Neves, Jhodanev Jeronimo Neves, Ryan Hoey

The blessing of God on all Fathers today and all who fulfil that role and responsibility in our lives.

St. Joseph's Young Priest Society:  next meeting will be held on Wednesday 24th June after evening Mass.
Annual pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday 27th June.  Cost £28, includes dinner.  To book contact Theresa 38331629 or Kathleen 38337603.

Youth 2000 Summer Festival, Clonmacnois - Thursday 13th - Sunday 16th August.  For young people aged 16 - 35, an opportunity not to be missed.  Donation only.  Free buses available from around N. Ireland.  For more information contact 07929095820 or check website www.youth2000.ie

Rally for Life in Dublin - please join the massive pro-life rally on Saturday 4th July in Dublin city centre.  Bring your family and friends.  Coaches to the rally from various towns across N. Ireland.  "May Ireland never weaken in her witness before the whole world to the dignity and sacredness of human life" (Pope John Paul II).  For details phone 028 90278484.

Car Treasure Hunt on Sunday 28th June - starts 4pm St. John the Baptist car park.

Fr. O'Dwyer & Fr. White thank all who contributed to the June Dues.

GATE - Diocesan Youth Magazine available in Churches - £1-50.
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.
"Why are you so terrified?  Why are you lacking faith?"  If God is calling you, don't let fear stop you.   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.  

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

Feasts:  Monday 22nd St. Paulinus of Nola, Ss John Fisher & Thomas More; Wednesday 24th The Birth of St. John the Baptist;
Saturday 27th St. Cyril of Alexandria.

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.

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.

Benburb Sunday 21st June - gates open 1pm. Fun for all the family. Admission £5 per adult; accompanied children free.
Trocaire:  The total amount collected in the Parish this year amounted to £12,426-55.  Thanks to everyone who contributed so generously.

St. Mary's Youth Centre:  Summer Scheme - July 6th - 23rd
Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.  Membership £3.  Daily subs. £1.  Ages 8 - 14 yrs.  All welcome.
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

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

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
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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,

Marie Curie Cancer Care - Annual Tea Party in the garden of Colin McConville, 13 Ballyhannon Grove, Saturday 27th June from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  No admission charge but all proceeds will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care.  All welcome.  The recent Sponsored Cycle raised £7500 and Lurgan Walk in the Park £5500-54.  Thanks to all who

BBC N.I. is making a television documentary to mark the 30th
anniversary of Pope John Paul II's visit to Ireland and are keen to hear from people who have memories of that weekend in September /
October 1979.  If you have photographs or video footage contact
Patricia Buller on 02890338735 or 07742749661 or email
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Do not be afraid

Storms of life - which of us hasn't had them?
About exams and jobs, in marriage and friendships,
And our fears of things going wrong.

What sort of fear does God calm?

The fear of being rejected by people close to us,
or the fear of love being lost.

One of the worst things about death
is the fear of being nothing.

Or of losing God,
like when Jesus was asleep in the boat.
You might have had some
experiences like that.
where God saved you.
A big relationship breaking up,
a child dying,
a marriage ending,
redundancy or unemployment,
alcoholism -
surviviving with some happiness even when money was low.

The Lord is close to the broken-hearted -
maybe you knew that at rough times
when you didn't go under and
you knew that God was there.
Be not afraid, for I am with you.