27th 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

27th February 2011
Eighth 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

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.

Minister of the Eucharist - March
Vigil Miriam Loftus, Bernadette Breen, Mary McAlinden, Ruairi O'Hanlon.
 8.30 a.m. Martin Barlow, Patsy Hanratty, Eddie McVeigh.  
10 a.m. Denis McKeever, Kathleen Hagan, Seamus McCaffrey.  
11.30 a.m. Bronagh Hagan, Kate Guy, Bernie Mallon, Patricia Halfpenny.
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 28th Eddie McVeigh.
St. Francis Eithne McAtarsney.  
Rosemount Patsy Lambe

Ministry of The Word - March
Vigil Louise Wilson.  8.30 a.m. Tommy Mallon.  10 a.m. Margaret Donovan, Patricia Doran.  11.30 a.m. Michael Dennison.
Week beginning 28th - 10 a.m. Denis McCourt.  7 p.m. Margaret Marley.

Diocesan Appointments: Cardinal Brady has announced the following - Mr. Dermot Kelly as Youth Director; Fr Peter McAnenly as Vocations Director, Fr Pat Hannigan as Assistant Vocations Director.

Pastoral Centre: Cardinal Brady will bless the new building next Sunday 6th March at 11.30am Mass.  
A buffet lunch will be provided for all.
Have you time on your hands and interested in using that time as a volunteer worker in the new Centre? You are invited to a meeting in the Centre on Tuesday 8th March at 7.30pm - Shrove Tuesday.

Sacrament of Confirmation:  those preparing and their parents and families will attend Mass this weekend with the theme `Holy Spirit'.  
SHYNE (Parish Gift) Programme for those preparing for Confirmation begins next Friday 2nd March in St Mary's Youth Club 6.30pm-8.15pm. All Confirmandi should attend.

Recent Baptisms:  Eira Rose Awada

Feasts:  Tuesday 1st St. David; Friday 4th St. Casimir; Saturday 5th St. Kieran.

Women's World Day of Prayer - Armagh Road Presbyterian Church, Friday 4th March at 8 p.m.  
All welcome.

Diocesan Safeguarding Appeal - Are you experienced in the area of safeguarding children and/or vulnerable adults?  Or do you have experience of training or presenting?  If you can say yes to either of these and would like to contribute to the development of best safeguarding practice in your parish and diocese then we would like to hear from you.  The Armagh Diocesan Safeguarding Committee is forming teams of volunteers for each Pastoral Area who will deliver information sessions on the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.  For more information check out www.armagharchdiocese.org or phone Pierce Fox on 37523084.

Offertory Collection
Sunday 20th £2477-60
Thanks to all who contributed
Requiescant in Pace
Lately Deceased: Paddy Campbell, Pat Lawless, Eileen Grimley, Maurice Gibney, Adrian Marley, Mariana Mendomsa, Dympna Stuart, Gertie Madden, Imelda Austin, Edel Madden, Maura Loftus, Mary McCann, Philomena Mackle
At This Time:  Celeste Da Costa Guterres, Felix Guterres, Catherine Kelly, Sean Gorman, Mary & Thomas James Reid, Maire Jackson
Sunday 27th: M.M. Teresa Hamill, Etta Burns, Mary Fearon, Sarah Mallon, Rose Monaghan, Molly & Leo McCooe, Mary Lucy McKeever, Kevin Atkinson, Marjorie O'Neill
Monday 28th:  Sean Dunbar, Dolly Tennyson, Donal McNeice, Martin Breen, Esther Prentice, Gerry Hamill, James Hanratty, Patrick Hughes  
Tuesday 1st:  Aoife Crummie, Nell Collis, James Mulholland, Bro Patrick Atkinson
Wednesday 2nd:  Bill McAtamney, Brian McGeough, Tommy McParland, Ita Freeburn, Kay McNally, Mary Rafferty, Kitty O'Neill Thursday 3rd:  Mary Catherine Campbell, Patrick Marley, Mary Austin, Anastasia McKeever, Thomas William Garvey, Mary Agnes Dunbar, Isidore Campbell   
Friday 4th: Sister Agnes Collins, Dr. Joseph Fearon, Eileen McMurray, Vera Burke  
Saturday 5th:  Julie Litter, Peter Guy, Elizabeth Carson, Patrick Gorman, Noel Kelly
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.  

Clonmore Players present Sam Cree's `Widows' Paradise.' Saturday 5th March at 8pm and Sunday 6th at 7.30pm in Clonmore Hall. Tickets £10 with £5 concession for uinder 16yrs and Senior Citizens.

Tir na nOg - underage registration for all players on Monday 28th February at 7.30pm in the Clubrooms. Boys and girls from 4yrs old are encouraged to become members for the 2011 season. Teams are in place at under 8, under 10, under 12, under 14, under 16 and under 18 levels. A one off payment of £5 ensures membership for the year and covers insurance.

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

Pilgrimage / Sun Holiday - Fatima & Lisbon 4 - 11th July.
£695 per person, includes 4 star hotels, 4 nights Fatima, 3 nights Estoril. Full Board, guided tours and full religious itinerary.  Contact Fr. Devlin on 90713401 or Anam Cara Travel 25821690.

St. Mary's Women's Guild:  Meeting in Ashgrove Community Centre on Wednesday 2nd March at 8 p.m.  Guest Speaker.
St. John the Baptist P.S. - Friends of St. Johns present A Floral Evening with Fr. Sean McEvoy, Thursday 24th March, 7.30 p.m.  Ticket £5 includes light supper, available from school or pay at the door.

First Communion dresses and suits for sale at St John the Baptist Primary School. Outfits can be viewed on school website (some never worn). Phone 38336211 for an appointment to view.

Marriage Encounter - next weekend 25 - 27th March - Dromantine Conference Centre. Tel. 90626503 or ww.marriageencounter.ie
Marriage Preparation - Engaged Encounter - next weekend 26-27th March - Dromantine Conference Centre, Newry.  Tel 02879 300340

Oran Fold - Sheltered accommodation has apartments to let.  To view phone Michelle on 38391918.

Armagh Diocesan Historical Society:  Lecture - "Alice Kyteler, a woman of great importance", given by Dr. Bernadette Williams on Wednesday 2nd March at 8 p.m. in Cardinal O Fiaich Library & Archive.

An Cumann Gaelach - ceili in St John the Baptist Primary Assembly Hall on Saturday 12th March at 9.30pm Music: Castleblaney Ceili Band. Adm £5. Irish language classes Monday 6.15-7.30pm in Mayfair Business centre; Thursday 8.00-9.00pm Ashgrove Community Centre.

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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I will never forget you

To be remembered -
something we all like.
A letter, a Christmas card,
a photo in the kitchen,
a gift we gave to someone,
are ways of remembering
friends and family
and people dear to us.

And that's the way God thinks about each
of  us:
I will never forget you.

We wonder has love been forgotten,
has friendship been ignored,
and if we feel like that,
we feel diminished, lonely, unvalued.

It's good to know that God remembers us,
he compares his memory to a parent's,
a mother always remembering birth,
a father always remembering
the first smiles and the first words,
the first steps and the first falls;
remembering with love;
I will never forget you.

And if there are faults,
they are remembered only
with forgiveness and with love.

And isn't that what the daily bread and wine say:
each Eucharist is God's big statement
in the love of Jesus Christ:
I will never forget you.