17th January 2010

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

17th January 2010
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

Ministers of the Eucharist
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 18th January Martin Barlow.

Ministry of The Word
Week beginning  18th January
10 a.m. Damian Russell.  
7 p.m.  Sr. Mona Taggart.

Sacrament of Confirmation, Bun Scoil, Saturday 20th March in Armagh at 5 p.m.  Bishop Clifford will celebrate.  Wrong date on Christmas Calendar edition of Bulletin:  Apologies.

Parish Pastoral Council meeting on Thursday 21st January after evening Mass.

John Paul II Awards:  anyone doing this through their school should contact Fr. White

Are you aged 18 - 35?  Do you want to help a family in India to get the house they've always wanted? We are looking for 16 young people in the Diocese who will "build houses, build hope, build communities" in a partnership project with the Armagh Diocesan Youth Commission and Habitat for Humanity N.I.  The build will take place mid July - mid August.  Dates to be confirmed.
If you would like more information contact Pierce/Kate on 028/048 37525592 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feasts:  Wednesday 20th St. Fabian, St. Sebastian; Thursday 21st St. Agnes; Friday 22nd St. Vincent.  
Are you aged 21 or over?  Have you been on a youth pilgrimage in the past?  Would you be interested in being a leader for the Diocesan pilgrimage to World Youth Day in 2011?  If you have answered yes to all these questions then the Armagh Diocesan Youth Commission are looking for you!  For further infromation contact Kate at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   The firat gathering of leaders will take place on Sunday 7th February from 1.30 - 3.30 p.m. in Armagh.

Drumcree College: Open Day Thursday 28th
January from 3 - 6 p.m. for all P6 & P7 children and their families.
Congratulations to those involved in the Young Scientist Exhibition in Dublin.

The course continues on Wednesday

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18th - 25th January
Reader Exchabge this weekend - we welcome readers from other Church Communities.
Interdenominational Prayer Service in
St Gobhan,s Church of Ireland, Seagoe on
Friday 22nd January at 8pm. All welcome.
Greenhills Ecumenical Conference Monday 18th
Interdenominational Prayer Service in our Cathedral on Wednesday 20th January at 8pm

A Time For Lay People - Irish College, Rome 18th-24th July, renewal course `Rediscovering the meaning of our Baptism.' Cost 870 Euro. Contact College at 00 3906 772631 or ufficio@irishcollege

Offertory Collection

Sunday 10th - £2352-30

Thanks to all who contributed
Requiescant In Pace
Lately deceased: Mary McNally, Isobel McCann, Josephine Hannaway, Cardinal Cahal Daly, Frances Henderson, Mary Hanratty, Philomena Duffy, Margaret McConville, Pat Turley, Sr. Mary (Peter) Hendron
At This Time: Alice Breslan, John Hayes, Brian Loftus, James Lennon, Rita Gallagher, Leonard McShane, James McGurk, Mary Elizabeth McGurk, Sarah Smith, Tommy Hall, Bobby Hall, Mary McGall
Sunday 17th:  James Judge, Elizabeth McCann, James McConville, Mary Megarity, James P. McCooe  
Monday 18th:  Jim Keogh, Violet Berry, Joey Weir, William Nugent, James Fitzsimons, Maisie Hughes, John Faloon, Frank McCaffery   
Tuesday 19th:  Alfred McCullagh, Mary Byrne, Joseph C. Daly, Mary Campbell, Peggy Marley, Violet Beattie  Wednesday 20th: Harry Marley, Annie Henderson, Sylvester Lavery, Eileen Harrison
Thursday 21st:  Alice Bridie McGeehan, Bill McBride, Johnny Reynolds, Gerald Henderson   
Friday 22nd: Mary McCourt  
Saturday 23rd:  Bridie Jordan, Patricia Rodgers, Elizabeth McClean, Joseph McGrane, James Neeson, John McVeigh, Annie Lynn

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.

Thanks!  The Society of St. Vincent De Paul thank all who contributed during the year, especially those who contribute each week to the Church Door Collection, give donations throughout the year of clothing,  furniture etc. or donate in any other way. Mass will be offered for your intentions.

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.

Church Time Burglaries:  some basic advice - lock all exterior doors and windows;   secure all sheds and garages; make your home look occupied even when you're not at home (use timer switches on lamps / radios).  Leaflets in Church.  Stay safe - stay secure.

Drumcree College - Basketball - P7 - 1st & 2nd years every Wednesday from 3.30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Adult fitness classes Wednesdays 7.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.  For more information contact the school 38334725.

Drumcree Community Centre:  Young Parent's Group, 11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
Drumcree House of Health:  Women's Drop-in Night Tuesday 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.   Young Peoples Health Drop-in Monday 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  This confidential service on all aspects of health (male or female) under 25 yrs.
Phone Jennifer or Linda on 38334522 for more details.

Bannside Development Centre:  
Diet/Allergy testing and Detox plan for a healthier you on 12th and 19th January evenings 7 - 9pm followed by a retest on Tuesday 23rd February at same time. Everyone welcome.
Homework Club starting back Monday 11th January.  £1 per day. I.C.T. a 16week course for beginners starting mid-January.  English Classes Thursday morning 10am
Arts and Crafts Classes from 7 - 8.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday. For more information contact Carol on 38339916.

St. John's Accordion Band: classes in music on Thursdays 7pm in St. John the Baptist School. Anyone wishing to join contact a
committee member at the school on the evening.

Naiscoil Na Banna: A.G.M. Sunday 17th January, 3 p.m. in the
St. John the Baptist Nursery School:  Application forms are now available for free pre-school places in the above school for September 2010 admissions.  Closing date for applications is Wednesday
January 20th 2010 at 12 noon.  For more information call or contact Mrs Murtagh at 028 38339283.

St. John's Scouts:  All sections resume on Monday 18th January 7 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. in Drumcree College.  Past members who have
uniforms not being used please leave with a leader during meeting times. New leaders needed.  Come along and hlep out and have fun at the same time.

Tir Na nOg GFC:  U10 Training in Drumcree College Tuesdays 6.30 p.m.  Bingo  - Tuesday 8.15 p.m.

Cumann Gaelach - Irish Class every Thursday in Ashgrove
Community Centre, 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Special Valentine Gift - give your husband or wife a special Valentine gift of a weekend away with you (12th - 14th February).  A weekend with a difference that will help deepen your commitment to one
another and enrich the joys you share together whether you are
recently or many years married.  For details and booking visit www.marriageencounter.ie or phone 00353 1 832 4429.




Things can change

Things can change:
water can become wine,
families can be reconciled,
justice can replace violence
peace can cover the land.

And people can change
when they get a chance.
Love can change
hardness of heart into compassion,
prayer can change
a selfish style of life into generosity.

With the touch of Jesus
water can change into wine,
and men and women can change
and become more like God.
God sees us as we are,
and as we can be.

As the water was changed
at the word of Jesus
and the prayer of Mary,
so too the world can change
at the word of Jesus,
made active through us,
and the prayer of Mary
and of his followers.

We are not stuck in the present,
nor are we prisoners of the past,
The followers of Jesus
are people with a future.
We are the people of the
And so this day we make a prayer
for justice where there is inequality,
for peace where there is violence,
for love where there is hate.
And all this can happen,
when we try to put on
the mind and heart of God.