13th 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

13th February 2011
Sixth 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.

Devotions1st & 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.

Baptisms: Every Saturday, 5p.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

Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament in St. John the Baptist Church today from 4 p.m. concluding with Devotions at 7 p.m.  Blessing of Carers will take place during Devotions as part of the Triduum marking Our Lady of Lourdes feast and World day of the Sick.

Minister of the Eucharist
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 14th Martin Barlow.

Ministry of The Word
Week beginning 14th - 10 a.m. Aidan
McCormac.  7 p.m. Geraldine Lawless.

Recent Baptisms:  Bethany Florence Sarah Castles, Courtney Eileen Margaret Castles, Sarah Catherine Litter, Lorcan Sean McAuley, Caeleb Martin McNally

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.

Feasts:  Monday 14th Ss. Cyril & Methodius, St Valintine; Thursday 17th St. Fintan.; Seven Founders of Servite

Parish Pastoral Council meeting on Thursday 17th February after evening Mass.

Fig Tree Presents An Introduction To The Gospels:
Two evenings exploring the journey of the evolution of the gospels from Jesus through Apostolic teaching to the Evangelists.  Venue - Conference Room, Mount Zion House, Lurgan, 7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th February.

Pregnant?  Need to Talk?  If you are concerned about an unplanned pregnancy and would like to talk to someone in confidence contact CURA Lo-Call 1850 622626. See www.cura.ie for local Centre details.  All Cura services are Free and Confidential.  Our support service is available  to women, men and all family members.

Pastoral Centre: Cardinal Brady will bless the new building on Sunday 6th March at 11.30am Mass.
Thanks to those who have made financial contributions to the new Centre.

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.

Cardinal Sean Brady: anniversary of episcopal ordination 19th February 1995.

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;s

Offertory Collection
Sunday 6th - £2506-93
Thanks to all who contributed
Requiescant in Pace
Lately Deceased: Danny Preshur, Lily Glassey, Sarah McCann, Denis Rice, Teresa Hamill, Paddy Campbell, Pat Lawless, Eileen Grimley, Maurice Gibney, Peter Duggan, Adrian Marley, Mariana Mendomsa, Des Flynn
At This Time: John Walsh, Lily McClean, Marcelo Magalhains, Pat Hamill, Patrick & Margaret Lavery, Charles Lavery, Kathleen Lavery, Maria Fernanda, Mario Gama, Maria Augustinho
Sunday 13th: Jim Hughes(1st Anniversary), Stephen Murphy, Peggy Sloan, Bill Carvill, Agustinha Soares
Monday 14th:  Caroline Byrne, William Shanks, Pat Travers, Rosina Williamson, Peter Corrigan, Aidan Donlon, Sarah Breen
 Tuesday 15th:  M.M. Paddy Douglas, Laurence Cullen, May Sloan, Elizabeth Walsh, Lyda Murphy, Thomas Oliver
 Wednesday 16th:  M.M. Margaret Smyth, Kathleen Robinson, Aidan Donnelly, Nellie Halfpenny, Aloysius Tennyson, Agnes McCullaugh, Margaret Smyth
Thursday 17th:  Mary Jane Campbell, Kathleen Lynn, Cathy Connolly, Agnes McQuade
 Friday 18th: Fr. Desmond Cush, John Faloon, Theresa O'Dwyer
Saturday 19th:  Annie McConnell, Zofia Pokorna, Pokorna Family

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.

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.

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

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.

Irish Passport - application forms must have TWO photographs countersigned as from January 2011.

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.

Hospice Walk 26th March to 3rd April: 11 walks to chose from and raise money. Contact 90777123 or www.nihospice.org.

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.

If you have moved house within the Parish in the past 12 months, or recently moved to the Parish, please complete and return the slip below.  Place in collection basket or leave at either Parochial House.



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If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.

You can do the right things for the wrong
like going to Mass to be seen there, or to avoid God's displeasure,
like helping someone in school to look well for a teacher -
and then our virtue is no deeper than a
We are people of mixed motivations,
and God wants our goodness to be sincere.
In the intention of the heart, God is pleased,
wanting our lives to be lived in love.
The smallest help to another done from love
is worth more than the biggest done to get
that's what Jesus meant when he praised the poor woman
who gave away a small amount - all she had;
and what it means is that God never asks more than we can give.
And we can give everything away, even our bodies in death,
but if we have no love, it means nothing at all.
And what could look less than the piece of bread at Mass?
But this is God giving all of himself to us.
We ask for the gift of sincerity.