9th August 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

9th August 2009
Nineteenth 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

Saturday 15th August - Feast of The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary - Holy Day - Masses as follows:
St. John the Baptist Church Friday 7pm, Saturday 11.30am
St. Patrick's Church Saturday 10am

Ministers of the Eucharist
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 10th August Mary McAlinden.

Ministry of The Word
Week beginning 10th August 10 a.m. Denis McCourt.  7 p.m. Jerome Marley.
Recent Baptisms:  Lydia Rose McNally, Lara Ciara Cabral Sequeira, Fiachra Máirtín Óg Mac Cana

Ordination: Rev Francis Coll will be ordained priest for service in our Diocese next saturday, 15th August, in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh. Keep him and his family in your prayers.

Monaghan Charismatic Prayer Group monthly healing Mass in St. Louis Convent Chapel, Monaghan on Monday 10th August beginning with Rosary at 7.30 p.m.  All welcome.

PALS - no PALS group in St. Patrick's Church during August - will resume in September.

Our young pilgrims and leaders return from Taize today - we hope they travel safely after an uplifting and prayerful experience. Monday sees the Diosean Youth climb of Croagh Patrick - a Sabbath walk!!

Feasts:  Monday 10th St. Lawrence:  Tuesday 11th
St. Clare;  Wednesday 12th St. Jane Frances de
Chantal, St. Muredach, St. Attracts, St. Lelia;
Thursday 13th Ss. Pontian and Hippolytus,
St. Facthna; Friday 14th St. Maximilian Kolbe;
Saturday 15th The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary.

Drumcree Parish Townlands:  see below at the end of bulletin

Christian Aid collection amounted to £936.  Thanks to all who contributed and to all who helped collect this money.

As the Presentation Sisters invite us to continue to celebrate this year commemorating the 225th anniversary of the death of their foundress, Nan Nagle, we remember especially the sisters who ministered here in Portadown and whose anniversaries of death occur in June, July and August: Sr. Michael Conlon, Mother Clare Cummins, Mother Emeria Harbison, Mother Columba O'Connor, Sr. Joseph Smith, Sr. Gerard Morgan, Sr. Philip Greenan, Sr. Pius Horan, Sr. Therese Horgan. RIP.
.PALFeasts:  Tuesday 4th St. John Vianney; Wednesday 5th Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major;
Thursday 6th The Transfiguration of The Lord; Friday 7th Ss. Sixtus II pope and Companions, martyrs;
Saturday 8th St. Dominic.
Offertory Collection - Sunday 2nd
Total - £2677-14


Requiescant In Pace
Lately deceased: William Dougan, Eddie Cullen, Seamus McKeever, Elizabeth Tiffney
Pray for the parents and family of Baby Anthony Paul Metcalf who died.

At This Time: Frank McGurgan, Patsy Corrigan, Anne O'Hanlon, Kathleen McVeigh, Margaret Farrell, Brigid Culleton, Brian Loughran, Antonio Gonealves, Manuel do Rego
Sunday 9th: Tomas Tishna(1st Anniversary), Catherine Murphy, Patrick McAlinden, McAlinden Family, Aidan Cullen, Annie Greer
Monday 10th:  Leo Mackle(1st Anniversary), Henryk Jasniak(1st Anniversary), Eileen Hendron, Annie Holland, Colette Dinsmore, Frank Laverty, Ana Maria Xavier do Rego, Sr. Michael Conlon, Mother Clare Cummins
Tuesday 11th:  Imelda Farrell(1st Anniversary), Margaret Lavery
Wednesday 12th:  Teresa Troy, Michael McCann
Thursday 13th: Desie Hamill, Alice Austin, Matt Harbinson
Friday 14th: Mary Ellen Richardson, John King, Ellen McDermott, Anna Foy
Saturday 15th:  Margaret Mallon, Marie McCavanagh, Bridget Handy, Thomas Robinson
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.
Jesus continues to draw those who believe.  Our world is hungry and thirsty for the Bread of Life.  Consider sharing your faith.  Consider ministry in the Church..  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.
ANNUAL OUTING - Wednesday 19th August
Pick up times as follows:-
St. Patrick's Hall            12 noon
Obins Drive                12.10 p.m.
St. Mary's Hall                12.15 p.m.
St. John's School            12.20 p.m.
Mayfair                    12.25 p.m.
Spar                    12.30 p.m.
Ticket £2 - available from St. Vincent's shop.
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
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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

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

Playing for the Future - Summer Soccer Camp
Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th August from 10am to 2pm at St. John the Baptist Primary School. Cost £25. To book a place please contact Thomas at 07821579451.

ACCORD Marriage Preparation Courses: in Armagh City Hotel on 9th/16th/23rd September and 4th/11th/18th
November; in Cohannon Inn on 8th/15th/22nd September and 6th/13th/20th October and 3rd/10th/17th November. It is
important to book early even if your wedding is not until 2010. To book contact ACCORD Office at 38334781.

An Evening of Celebration and Song in the newly restored St. Patrick's Church, Dungannon on Friday 21st August at 8pm. The Church will be formally rededicated on Sunday 6th September. Artists on 21st include Susan McCann, Malachi Cush, Liam Lawton. Tickets available by contacting 87722631 or 87726893.

Tir na nOg GFC:  Summer Football Camp - 18 - 21st August  Anyone wishing to book a place please contact Paul Carvill on 07708519249.

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.

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

New website connects Pope Benedict to youth - check it out - Pope2you.

Gift of God through others

The wheat was sown in the land
and grew silently, hidden, day and night;
the wheat was harvested
by many human hands.
And bread was made:
threshed, shaped, baked,
and its fragrance filled the house.

The fragrance of God
is the air we breathe.
The gifts of life and of love
are the sources of human strength.
And like the bread on the table,
life and love come from God
shaped and nurtured by human hands.

The bread of life is the work of
human hands;
the work of Mary and Joseph caring for Jesus,
the food made by them nourishing the son of God.

The bread of life is Jesus,
given to us by Mary, by God;
given to us by many human hands,
the hands that care for us in life.

Jesus is the gift of God
through many others
to each of us.


A document states that there are 66 townlands in our Parish. Below is a list. Is the list correct? Are there townlands omitted or included that should or should not be there? And we need versions in Irish please.
Please contact Fr. White or Fr. O’Dwyer with information.  

3.    ANNAGH
12.    BREAGH
19.    COHARRA
37.    DIVINY
47.    FARRA
48.    FOY BEG
49.    FOY MOR
54.    LEGANNY
55.    MAHON
56.    MUCHERY
59.    ROUGHAN
65.    .
66.    .