20th 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

20th February 2011
Seventh 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

Minister of the Eucharist
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 21st Teresa McCaffrey.

Ministry of The Word
Week beginning 21st - 10 a.m. Peggy McKeever.  7 p.m. Janet O'Neill

Sacrament of Confirmation:  those preparing and their parents and families will attend Mass next weekend with the theme `Holy Spirit'.  Ballyoran CPS at 7 p.m. Saturday;  Presentation PS at 10 a.m. Sunday and St. John the Baptist PS 11.30 a.m. Sunday.

Sacrament of Marriage:  congratulations to Geraldine Hamill and Matthew Hannigan who were married recently.

Recent Baptisms:  Megan Patricia Megaw, Amy Louise Clarke, Oliver James Clarke, Arthur Joseph Murphy, Logan Rhys Henry

Feasts:  Monday 21st St. Peter Damian;Tuesday 22nd The Chair of Peter, Apostle;Wednesday 23rd St. Polycarp.

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.

St. Joseph's Young Priest Society -  next meeting on Wednesday 23rd February in St. John's Meeting Room after 7 p.m. Mass.

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.

Precious Life has called for three days of prayer and fasting - beginning Wednesday 23rd February - for the Irish General Election on Friday 25th February.  Please offer up your Masses, Rosaries and sacrifices for the election of politicians who will uphold and defend Ireland's laws which protect unborn children.  For further information contact Precious Life 028 9027 8484.

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.  

Swine Flu - is still with us and the Diocesan Regulations issued by Cardinal Brady regarding the reception of Holy Communion still stand for the time being. Thank you to all who abide by them.

Fr. O'Dwyer and Fr. Burns
thank all who contributed to the
February Dues.
Requiescant in Pace
Lately Deceased:  Teresa Hamill, Paddy Campbell, Pat Lawless, Eileen Grimley, Maurice Gibney, Peter Duggan, Adrian Marley, Mariana Mendomsa, Des Flynn, Dympna Stuart, Gertie Madden, Imelda Austin, Edel Madden
At This Time:  Matthew Kavanagh
Sunday 20th: Charlie McVeigh, Sheila Gorman, Charlie Corr, Peter McKeown, Jim McKeever, Sarah Bunting, Luisa Pereira
Monday 21st:  M.M. Lily Glassey, M.M. Danny Preshur, Kevin Heatley, Joseph Litter, Vincent Byrne, Owen McCann, Josie Fleming, Joseph Marley, Mary Ellen Kelly
Tuesday 22nd:  John McConville, Edward Murphy, Ellen Fearon, John Woolsey, Paul Creaney
 Wednesday 23rd:  Rita Litter(1st Anniversary), Rose Judge, Molly Murphy, Jimmy Clarke, Mary Sherry
Thursday 24th:  Sarah Jane Donnelly, Charlie O'Neill, John McNally, John McGuigan, John Faloon
 Friday 25th: Winifred McConaghy, Pat Shevlin, Elizabeth Murphy
 Saturday 26th:  M.M. Sarah McCann, Brendan Smyth, Tommy Knox, Jim McClean, Nora Cullen
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.

Anam Cara Bereavement Support:  The N. Ireland Satellite Group will meet on wednesday 23rd February at 7.30 p.m. in Armagh City Hotel. The Satellite Group provides parents with an opportunity to meet with other bereaved parents in a relaxed setting.  For further details contact 07840 296122.

Servite Priory Benburb:   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

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.

Dyspraxia Awareness Training:  Dyspraxia in its simplest terms is a co-ordination and dexterity disability.  Half day training session in Cookstown Leisure Centre on Thursday 24th March, 10 a.m. - 12.45 p.m.  Price £25.  Light refreshments.  Booking esential.  Tel. 028 8773 8626.

Armagh Diocesan Historical Society:  The second lecture in the 2011 programme "Alice Kyteler, a woman of great importance", will be given by Dr. Bernadette Williams on Wednesday 2nd March at 8 p.m. in the Cardinal O Fiaich Library and Archive.

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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You must therefore be perfect just as your Heavenly Father is perfect.

To be perfect as God is perfect:
really, can we be like that?
The really perfect quality of God
is the love he has for each.

A love which
affirms, forgives, accepts,
enjoys, calls us,
day by day.

A love which strives for justice,
which wants to include everyone.
It's to be part of the circle of the love of God;
that's what being perfect seems to mean.

That you would have no faults,
nor think no evil,
nor fail in friendship;

Is that sometimes how we feel
God expects us to be,
a type of harsh, remote God,
`perfect in every way'?

`As the Father loves me,
so I love you...
love one another.'
This is the type of love which is God's perfect love.

Into that circle of love, the Lord invites you;
the love that you become part of,
a love that
affirms, forgives, accepts,
makes allowances,
strives for justice,
and that love is made perfect
because you and I want to be part of it.
You must therefore be perfect just as your Heavenly Father is perfect.