6th February 2011 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

6th February 2011
Fifth 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 & 2nd Sunday - October - June

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. Burns 38332218
Parish Mobile - Emergency No. 07841101850

Benediction in St. Patrick's this evening at 7 p.m.

Drumcree Pastoral Centre:
The Presidential visit was a great blessing and all who attended on Thursday would have felt the energy and "bounce".  Thanks to all who worked to get the Centre ready for the visit and all who helped on the day itself.  The work to complete the Centre,
inside and out, will soon be finished.  
Cardinal Brady will come on Sunday 6th March to bless the Centre at the 11.30 a.m. Mass.

Our Lady of Lourdes Triduum and World Day of the Sick:  Friday 11th Mass and candle-light procession to Grotto at 7 p.m;  Saturday 12th Mass and Anointing of the Sick at 12 noon;  Sunday 13th Blessing of Carers at 7 p.m. during Devotions.  All in
St. John the Baptist Church.
(The 10 a.m. Mass in St. Patrick's will not be celebrated on next Saturday 12th.)

Minister of the Eucharist - February
Vigil Colm McCann, Patsy Lambe, Theresa McCaffrey, Paddy Gorman.  
8.30 a.m. Margaret Marley, Patricia McCooe, Geraldine Lawless.  10 a.m. Ann Fleming, Maurice Hagan, Pat Devlin.  11.30 a.m. Roisin Kelly, Gerry Barlow, Ann Murphy, Declan McAtarsney.
St. Francis Jackie McKeown.  
Rosemount  Gerry Barlow
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 7th Maura Berry.

Ministry of The Word - February
Vigil Ursula Barlow.  8.30 a.m. Colm Hagan.
10 a.m. Marcelle McAtarsney, Sarah Lawless.  11.30 a.m. Cathal Mercer.
Week beginning 7th - 10 a.m. Belle Oliver.  7 p.m.
Sr. Mona Taggart.

Recent Baptisms:  Shea Andrew Wilson, Ollie Mark McLaughlin, Craig Cowan Cardoso

ARMAGH HOSPITALITE PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES - 12th - 17th May:  Limited number of both assisted pilgrim and pilgrim places are available.  Application forms for assisted pilgrim places are available from the sacristy of both Churches.  Completed forms must be returned to the sacristy before Wednesday 16th February.  Pilgrim places can be booked by contacting Bernie Hanratty on 38361870.  Direct  flight from Belfast, including full board, 630 Euro.

Presentation of The Lord Icon can be viewed in the Churches this weekend.  It was painted by Bro Paschal from the Benedictine Monastery in Rostrevor.  Fr. Declan O'Loughlin will anoint the icon soon and it will be displayed in the Church as an aid to prayer.

Feasts:  Monday 7th St. Mel; Tuesday 8th St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita; Thursday 10th St. Scholastica;  Friday 11th Our Lady of Lourdes.

Drumcree College:  We've Got Talent Auditions in the College on Monday 7th February 3.30 - 5 p.m. and Tuesday 8th 4  - 6.30 p.m. The Show will take place on Thursday 7th April 2011.
ianney; Wednesday 5th Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major;

Offertory Collection
Sunday 30th - £2608-46
Thanks to all who contributed
Requiescant in Pace
Lately Deceased:  Paddy Douglas, Margaret Smyth, James Greene, Kathleen Hamill, Danny Preshur, Lily Glassey, Sarah McCann, Denis Rice, Teresa Hamill, Mary Dullagan
At This Time: Sarah Ryan, James Ryan, William John Quinn, Rose McShane, Mary Monaghan, Moniz
Family, Adelina Lemas, Cosmi Ximenes
Sunday 6th: Elizabeth Freeburn(1st Anniversary), Ronnie Magennis, Joey Hanratty, Eddie Grimes, Sarah Jordan, Teresa Davidson, Sarah Jane McCann  
Monday 7th:  M.M. Mary Geary, Dympna Hall, Jack Roberts, Desmond McCleery, Dessie Heaney, Mary Cullen, Margaret Murphy, Matthew McCarthy
Tuesday 8th:   Elsie McCourt, Madeline Dunbar, Ana Maria Xavier Rego
Wednesday 9th:  M.M. Deirdre Henderson, Elizabeth Turley, Jimmie Dunbar, Margaret Harrison, Mary Gribbon, Casey Falloon, Patrick Creaney, Danny Hughes
Thursday 10th:  Tony Cavanagh, John Rooney, Peggy McVeigh, James McConaghy, Bill Carvill, Patrick Marley, Daniel Lynn  Friday 11th:  M.M. Eileen McBride, Pat McGuigan, Bernard Duffy, Sean Mulholland
Saturday 12th:  Geordie & Teresa McCann, Rose Lappin, Patrick Grimes, Harry O'Neill

Anniversaries late for Bulletin should be left in the Sacristy for inclusion on 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.

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.  
Tea Dance - Thursday 17th February in Tir Na nOg Club.  Ticket £3 available in St. Vincent's Shop.

Portadown Inter-Church Forum:  As a follow-up to the successful November launch of Portadown Inter-Church Forum a meeting will be held in the Minor Hall, Portadown Town Hall on Tuesday 8th February at 7.30 p.m.  Rev. Norman Hamilton, OBE, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, will address the meeting.  This will be the first AGM of the Inter-Church Forum and office bearers for the Forum Management Committee will be elected.  Everyone is welcome and theForum steering committee look forward to meeting again all those who attended the launch and anyone interested in the work of the Inter-Church Forum, the aim of which is to work together to promote respect, end division and help build a reconciled and peaceful

Servite Priory Benburb:  Saturday 19th February Loss and
Bereavement.  Saturday 12th March A Day with the Scriptures.  Sunday 27th March An afternoon for Lectors.  Sunday 10th April An afternoon for Eucharistic Ministers.  For more information and reserve place phone the Priory 37548241.

Bannside Development Centre:  Homework Club Monday & Tuesday 3.15 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.  £1 per day.  Arts and Crafts classes from 7 - 8.30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  I.C.T. and English classes to be arranged.  Free Gentle exercise classes - Wednesday 7 - 8 p.m. for 7 weeks. For more information contact Carol 38339916.

St. John's Accordion Orchestra:  classes in music on
Thursday 7 p.m. in St. John the Baptist P.School.  Anyone
wishing to join please contact a committee member at the school on the evening.

YELLOWRIBBON (Suicide Prevention Group) - Fundraising Coffee Evening at Faith Mission Bookshop, Magowan Buildings, 7 - 9 p.m.
Tuesday 8th February.  Admission free - donations welcome.

Medjugorje - May 29th to 5th June from Belfast £519. Contact Marguerite at 38326326 or 07753297993

Armagh Diocesan Youth Council:  Are you ages 18-35?  Do you want to help a family in Malawi to get the house they've always wanted?  We are looking for 16 young people in the Diocese who will "build houses, build hope, huild communities" in a partnership project with the Armagh Diocesan Youth Commission and Habitat for Humanity NI.  The build will take place in late July for 2 weeks.  Actual dates to be confirmed. If you would like more information please contact Louise on +353 (O) 86 3540966 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Knights of St Columbanus appeal for old mobile phones - donating them will help raise funds for our Radio Housebound Appeal. Our bright pink drop off bins are found at the back of both Churches. Please help us to bring our Church Services to the house bound who value this service.

Drumcree House of Health - Women's group each Wednesday 7 - 9 p.m.  Starting soon - Cook It - Fun fast food on a budget, cookery for adults, date and time to be confirmed.

Drumcree Community Centre:  Wednesday "Little Stars" Young Parent and Toddler Group 11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.  Tuesday - Yoga, 6.30 - 8 p.m.  Wednesday - Sparkles Parent & Toddler Group for parents, grandparents, childminders or anyone who looks after toddlers  10.30 - 12 noon.  Friday - Parent & Toddler Group 2 - 3.30 p.m. For information about above contact Jennifer 38334522.  "Hip Hop" dance classes begin Friday 29th January, 7.30 - 9.30 p.m. For further information contact Gareth 07927899069.

You are the light of the world

When you share your bread with the hungry,
You are the light of the world.

When you do your best to find shelter and homes for the poor,
You are the light of the world.

When you clothe those who are cold and
educate those in ignorance,
or support those who help others,
You are the light of the world.

In the darkness of loneliness and of isolation,
the light of God will shine
only because you have chosen
to be a helper,
to be a carer,
to be a friend.
In the darkness and gloom of confusion and dread
the light of God will shine
only because you have chosen
to be a helper,
a listener,
a friend.

Let our words, Lord,
be words which bring light;
let our touch
bring consolation and light,
and let us believe,
strongly and in the heart,
that each of us is the light of God.

You are the light of the world.