30th 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

30th August 2009
Twenty – Second 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 3rd
St. Patrick's    6 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
St. John's    7.30 p.m.
Masses - Friday 4th
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.

Adoration: First Friday:
Would those persons who kindly indicated their willingness to commit to a period of Eucharistic Adoration please contact the
Co-ordinator (tel. 3833563) to confirm times.

Ministers of the Eucharist - September
Vigil Mary McAlinden, Thomas McCooe, Ruairi O'Hanlon, Kathleen Lavery.  
8.30 a.m.Eddie McVeigh, Patsy Hanratty.
 10 a.m. Kathleen Hagan, Denis McKeever, Seamus McCaffrey.  
11.30 a.m.  Ann Murphy, Declan McAtarsney, Bronagh Hagan, Kate Guy.
St. Francis - Jackie McKeown.
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 31st August Teresa McCaffrey.

Ministry of The Word - September
Vigil  Richard Hendron.    8.30 a.m. James Lawless.  
10 a.m. Michael Sherry, Ann Hamill. 11.30 a.m. Gemma McKenna.
Week beginning 31st  August 10 a.m. Tommy Mallon.  7 p.m. Janet O'Neill.                         

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

Feasts:  Monday 31st St. Aidan;  Thursday 3rd St. Gregory; Friday 4th St. Mac Nissi.

Year for Priests - 19th June 2009 to 11th June 2010. Rosary intentions for priests: The Glorious Mysteries: 1.The Resurrection - we pray that every priest may be the bringer of peace and reconciliation. 2. The Ascension - we pray that every priest may be a witness of hope. 3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit - we pray that every priest may be on fire with the power of the Holy Spirit. 4. The Assumption - we pray that every priest may live the true devotion to Mary. 5. The Coronation - we pray for our own bishop(s), priests and deacons.

Sacrament of Marriage:  congratulations to Paula Smyth and Paul Reid who married recently.

Recent Baptisms:  Oonagh Marjorie Madden, Kacey Leigh Wilson, Ricardo Junior Da Silva, GiovannaJeronimo Coelho.

August Dues - Fr. O'Dwyer and Fr. White thank all who contributed to the August Dues.


Requiescant In Pace
Lately deceased:  Mary Campbell, Ann Green, Marie McClean, Paul Douglas, Oliver O'Neill, Kieran McClean, Nathan Creaney, Eileen Skelton, Kathleen Murphy, Margaret Marley
At This Time: James Halfpenny, Francis Hamill, Nancy Sherry, Odilia Victor
Sunday 30th: John McKeever, Mary Loughran, Annie McClean, Desmond Loughran, Eileen Doherty, John & Kathleen McCooe
Monday 31st:  Sr. Philip Greenan, Sr. Pius Horan, Sr. Therese Horgan, Barney Neeson, Peter McDermott, Elizabeth Ann McDowell
Tuesday 1st:  Frank Tucker, Francis Berry, John Faloon, Vera Prentice, Bridie Serpliss, Jim McCorry, Mary K. McCann
Wednesday 2nd: Jean McCabe, Teresa Lawless, Dermot Hamill, Mary Dalzell
Thursday 3rd: Ellen Roberts
Friday 4th: Jamie Harrison, Mary Martin, Brian Leo Hamill  
Saturday 5th:  Jackie Harrison(1st Anniversary)

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.
You are called to be a person of intregity.  Live in a way that shows that God is your centre.   Contact Fr. Paddy Rushe 00353 42 93 34259.

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.

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.

Servite Priory - Benburb:  Forthcoming events.
Friday 18th - Sunday 20th September.  De Mello Weekend.
Wednesday 30th September.  An Evening with Sr. Joyce Rupp O.S.M.  Beginning 7.30 p.m.
Thursday 1st October.  A Day with Joyce Rupp. Beginning at 10 a.m.
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.

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

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.

St. Malachy's Indoor Bowling Club:  Practice for the new season Thursday 7.30 p.m. in Ashgrove Community Centre.  New members welcome.

Junior Phoenix Players present "Fame" in Portadown Town Hall Wednesday 2nd - Saturday 5th September 8 p.m. sharp.
Tickets £8 may be purchased from Winnies, Litter's Garage and Wray's Cleaners.  
Matinee Saturday 5th at 2 p.m.  For Matinee pay at door.

Fancy yourself as a budding football manager?  Why not join Drumcree League in the Premiership Football League Manager.  Log on to www.fantasy.premierleague.com and register.  To join the Drumcree Premier League the league no. is

St. Mary's Womens' Guild:  Meeting in Ashgrove Community Centre Wednesday 2nd September at 8 p.m.  Guest Speaker. New members welcome.

Medjugorje Pilgrimage 23rd - 30th September:  Spiritual
Director.  Price £460 - via Belfast International Airport.  Details / booking form contact Jospehine 028 38343091.

Back to school: to all who go to school or college for the first time and all who return to school these days - learn plenty, teach well, work together.  May God bless all pupils, teachers and staff.

The service of the heart

The Lord looks on each of us
and sees into our hearts.
He sees within each of us
the secrets and the richness
that others often miss.
He sees the whole person:
what we do and fail to do,
what we want to do,
and the love we want to offer
to others and to him.

To God, many of our faults are seen as struggles,
and many of our sins as mistakes.
God sees what we would like to be,
as much as what we are.

And Jesus sees in each of us
a brother and sister, child of God.

And maybe it's true also
that he sees the pride
what may be cloaked in generosity
and the bits of selfishness cloaked
in love,
and he understands and forgives.

The Lord wants us to honour him
with the love of our hearts,
not just the observance of religion;
his desire for our faithful love
encourages us in weakness
and challenges us in strength.
And he knows and loves in each of us
what he knows and loves in Jesus,
For he sees in us the image of his Son.