12th July 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

12th July 2009
Fifteenth 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

Monday 13th July - no 10 a.m. Mass in St. Patrick's, Novena Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. in St. John the Baptist Church. Tuesday 14th July - no 10 a.m. Mass in St. Patrick's, 7 p.m. Mass in St. John the Baptist Church.  Wednesday onwards as normal.

Ministers of the Eucharist
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 13th July Teresa McCaffrey.

Ministry of The Word
Week beginning 13th July 10 a.m.
Damian Russell.  7 p.m. Aidan McCormack.
Recent Baptisms: Neve Catherine Ursula Brocklebank

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

Feasts:  Monday 13th St. Henry; Tuesday 14th St. Camillus;  Wednesday 15th St.
Bonaventure; Thursday 16th Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Due to ongoing complaints about motorised vehicles damaging headstones and grave surrounds the cemetery gates will be locked.  Visitors to the cemetery are asked to park in the adjacent car park.  All visitors are asked to respect the cemetery grounds.

The Safeguarding Children Committee in this Parish comprises of Mrs Mary McCann, Sr. Mona Taggart, Fr. Brian White and Fr. Michael O'Dwyer.  If anyone has any concerns in this area they should contact Aileen Oates at 07895450797 or Kate Acton at 00353879374070.  Posters with this and more information are on the Church notice boards.

Parish Pastoral Centre - model and plans are in St. John the Baptist Church to view.
Offertory Collection - Sunday 5th
Total - £2616-39

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

Requiescant In Pace
Lately deceased:  Jackie McNally, Margaret Savage, Gerry Breen, John Tallon, Patsy Megarity, Kate Hamill, James McAlinden, Eddie Kelly, Leszek Grzesiak
At This Time: David Kearns, Annie McKeever, Owen Molloy, Charles & Margaret McCaffrey, Vera Mercer, Eddie Sherry, Patrick Vincent Sherry, Mildred Sherry, Margaret Therese Gribben, Peter Leo McCann, Ellie Mulholland, Terence Kelly
Sunday 12th:  Sadie Garvey(1st Anniversary), Joyce Kelly, Sarah Fearon, Felix Reynolds, Henry Gribben, Florence McCaffrey
Monday 13th:  M.M. Tommy Marley, Frank McNeice(1st Anniversary), Margaret Killops, Margaret McParland
Tuesday 14th:  Philip Wilson, Jerome Mulholland, William Kelly, Sally McGeough
Wednesday 15th: Shéa Day, Kathleen Hackett, Patrick McDonald
Thursday 16th: M.M. Frank McParland, Sarah Bridget Donnelly, Josephine Derry, Annie McShane
Friday 17th:  William John Glassey
Saturday 18th:  Roisin Cullen(1st Anniversary), Jack McAtamney, May McNeill, Samuel Livingstone, Peter McKeever
Sunday 19th: John McParland(1st Anniversary), Sarah Ann McIlkenny, Matilda Grimes, Patrick Neeson, Annie Lappin
Monday 20th: Christine Grigiene(1st Anniversary), Patrick McCann, Sarah Grimes, John McShane
Tuesday 21st: M.M. Jackie McNally, Gertrude Elliott
Wednesday 22nd: Martin Carvill
Thursday 23rd: Jossie Ward
Friday 24th: George Halfpenny(1st Anniversary), Patrick Joseph Reilly
Saturday 25th: Pat McNeice, Leo McDonald, Colin Girvan

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

Minister of the Eucharist - Week beginning 21st July -
St. John the Baptist, Eddie McVeigh.
Minister of the Word - Week beginning 21st July -
10 a.m. Belle Oliver.  7 p.m. Janet O'Neill.

God will provide for you on your journey.  Trust that you will receive the grace to carry out the mission.  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.

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.
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 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 welcome.

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

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.  Phone 38339916.

Sent out in pairs

In the centre of our lives,
of every day and week,
in work and in the home,
we live in a circle of our relationships

We know that problems are diminished
and burdens lightened,
by sharing them with another.
Decisions come more easily when we talk them over,
suffering is lessened by the comfort of another.

And whenever we meet
in the name of Jesus,
in the name of love,
in the name of justice,
he is with us.

To preach his word,
he sent out his disciples in pairs,
for we do not live our faith alone.

Like a river gathers its fullness
from the smaller rivers flowing into it,
we grow in faith from the faith of others.

In prayer together,
in sharing struggles of faith,
in helping another in sorrow,
in gathering together to work for justice -
whether in pairs or larger groups,
we are engaged in the work of Jesus,
the one who worked with and sent others
on his work of God.