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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

28th June 2009
Thirteenth 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

First Friday Notices:

Confessions - Thursday 2nd
St. Patrick’s     6 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
St. John’s    7.30 p.m.
Masses - Friday 3rd
St. Patrick’s    10 a.m.(Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
St. John’s    7 p.m.
The sick and housebound will be visited as usual.

Ministers of the Eucharist - July
Vigil Aine McCooe, Sharon Gartland, Colm McCann, Patsy Lambe.  8.30 a.m. Patsy Hanratty, Margaret Marley.  10 a.m. Winnie Breen, Ann Marie Hamill, Madeline O’Neill.  11.30 a.m. Bernie Mallon, Patricia Halfpenny, Rosaleen Hamill, Nicola Fay.
St. Francis - Paddy Gorman
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 29th June Maura Berry.

Ministry of The Word - July
Vigil Olivia McDonald.  8.30 a.m. David Greer.  10 a.m. Sarah Lawless, Patricia
Doran.  11.30 a.m. Ciara Burnett.
Week beginning 29th June 10 a.m.
Tommy Mallon.  7 p.m.David Greer.
St. Oliver Plunkett - feast 1st July -National Day of Prayer for Peace and Reconciliation.  National Celebration on Sunday 1st July in St. Peter’s Church Drogheda at 3 p.m.  All welcome.

Parish Triduum of Prayer on the Body of Christ concludes this weekend as does the Year of St. Paul. The Year of the Priest has begun.

Recent Baptisms: Ariana Da Silva Almeida, Guilherme Almeida

St. Joseph’s Young Priest Society:  Total funds raised in 2008/2009 was £2400.  All funds raised are forwarded to the society headquarters in Dublin.  Thank you for your continued support.

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

Cultra visit:  all who travelled to our Old Parish Church last Sunday enjoyed the spiritual and social events of the trip.  This is an important date on our Parish
Calendar and the interest of parishioners and others is appreciated.  Please consider visiting Cultra on family days out or when you have visitors on holiday.

Ulster Project:  Young people and leaders from our parish and area travel to Kansas and Delaware this week.  We wish them a safe journey and an enjoyable stay in America.  Remember them and also the host families there and organisers here and in USA in your prayers especially when praying the ‘Our Father’.

Sign-Up Sunday: 26th/27th September - Parish based societies/groups/organisations should use this weekend to promote and recruit new members.

Parish Pastoral Centre - model and plans are in St. John the Baptist Church to view.

Requiescant In Pace
Lately deceased: Joao Barrito, Tommy Marley, Frank McParland, Cassie Campbell, Peggy Wyer, Baby Ryan Slimming, Jackie McNally, Margaret Savage, Gerry Breen
At This Time: Jim McQuaid, Peter Celestine Donnelly, Francie Judge, Jackie McVeigh, Edward McVeigh, Conrado Odchigue, Nilo Gapufan, Perfecto Penalose, Zenith Penalosa, Romerio Guinanao, John Irwin, John Hamill
Sunday 28th:  Charles McCann, Patrick Rodgers, Frank Walker, Malachy Marley
Monday 29th:  Kathleen Heaney, May Lavery
Tuesday 30th:  M.M. Margaret McAlinden, James Mackey, Mary McDowell, Denis Corr, Pat Metcalfe, John Dunbar, Gertrude McCoville, Patsy McKeever
Wednesday 1st: M.M. Madge Fox, M.M. Frank Freeburn, Johnny Dignam, Kitty McGuigan, Thomas Marley, Thomas McKenna
Thursday 2nd: Maureen Henry(1st Anniversary), Gretta O’Connor, Jean Toland
Friday 3rd:  Rose Creaney, Elizabeth McDonald, Mary Curran, Vera Conlon
Saturday 4th:  Erin White
Anniversaries late for bulletin should be left in the Sacristy for inclusion on the proper day.
Offertory Collection - Sunday 21st
Total - £2120-91

GATE - Diocesan Youth Magazine
available in Churches - £1-50.

Walking free in God

The girl, once dead and lifeless,
is given new power and new life by Jesus.
She is to walk free.
His word is for us to do the same.
Bring life to each other.

Raising the dead -
this story is untrue to life -
people are dead when they’re dead.
It’s more the promise of eternal life
and the hope of Jesus to bring comfort
to sorrow.
Jesus is giving a big example that he came to bring life.

Ways we have been helped in bad times.
Ways in which we find the right person
at the right time.

Miracles are like kindnesses people do for each other
from their love and care and thoughfulness.

Jesus brought life to a house of
but not by himself -
he brought Peter, James and John;
and any time he wants
to do the work of God,
he brings his followers,
he brings you and me.

Be a life giver;
the person who works those small miracles

Then Christ works through you.
Then his words are in action and in reality.
Walk free in the love of God.
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.

Many people need a healing touch.  Open your heart to the possibility that God may choose you to be a healing touch as a priest, sister or brother.  Contact Fr. Paddy Rushe 00353 42 93 34259.

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 29th Ss. Peter and Paul; Tuesday 30th First Martyrs of the Church of Rome;  Wednesday 1st St. Oliver Plunkett;  
Friday 3rd St. Thomas;  Saturday 4th St. Elizabeth of Portugal.

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.
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            

Tir na nOg GFC:  Back by popular demand ‘Strictly Come Dancing 2009’.  Anyone wishing to take part please contact B. Carville on 07706301311.
St. Mary’s Youth Centre:  Summer Scheme - July 6th - 23rd
Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 12.30 p.m., 1.30 p.m. - 4 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

St. John the Baptist PTA thank all who supported the recent Funday, including all our sponsors.  Despite the weather a great day was had by all.  A special word of thanks to the SHYNE Group for their assistance.  Grand Draw winners - 1st Mary Creaney, 454 Ballyoran Park, 2nd K. Weir, 23 Moy Rd., 3rd S. Harvey, 96 Kernan Hill Manor.  4th Ciara McKee, 8 Selshion Grove.  5th Mollie McKay, Ballinagone House, Drumcree Rd., 6th Nial McGuckian, 37 Rose Cottages.  7th Maria Atinhais, 187 Ballyoran Park. 8th Cathal Mercer, 29 Rose Cottages.  9th Katie McDonald, 94 Rose Cottages.

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.

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