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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

24th July 2011
Seventeenth 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
Monday 10am
Tuesday - Friday 7p.m.
St. Patrick's
Tuesday - 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
Parish Mobile - Emergency No. 07841101850

Welcome to Rev. Ryan McAleer, a deacon for the Diocese, who comes to us for a two week stay as part of his formation for priesthood.

Ministers of the Eucharist
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 25th  Eddie McVeigh.

Ministry of The Word
Week beginning 25th - 10 a.m. Michael Sherry.   7 p.m. Martin Barlow.

Recent Baptisms: Ruben Marcellino, Rory Joseph Maguire

Sacrament of Marriage:  congratulations to Shileen McCann and Michael McCabe who were married recently and to Kathleen Grimley and Nigel Magee who were married recently.

Wedding booklets after 27th November this year will have to have the changes to the Mass responses included in them.  Wedding couples can check with Fr. O'Dwyer about the changes.

Feasts:  Monday 25th St. James;  Tuesday 26th Ss Joachim & Anne;  Thursday 28th St. Alphonsa; Friday 29th St. Martha.

St. Alphonsa - feast day Thursday 28th.  Mass in St. John the Baptist Church at 7 p.m.  Her relic and statue, normally kept at St. Patrick's Church, will be placed in the sanctuary that evening.  St. Alphonsa was a native of Kerata, India and was canonised two years ago.  Many members of the Syro Malabar Community come from that part of India.  Happy Feast Day.

Sr. Briege McKenna at Knock Shrine Monday 8th August. Coach £15, bring a packed lunch. Details and booking contact: Gabrielle at 028 87784964 or Grace at 028 87784942 or Marie at 028 38851517.

Special Collection at all Masses this weekend to help East Africa Drought  Famine Relief at Church door, organised by St Vincent de Paul Society. Your generosity can save lives.  Donations can be left in next Sunday

St. Vincent De Paul Society
URGENTLY REQUIRED!!  Ladies, Men's and
Children's clothing.  Clothes shop, tel. 38393898 or  Furniture shop tel. 38394219, Mayfair Business Centre.  Monday - Friday 10am- 3pm.  Saturday 10am - 1 pm.  
NEW SELF HELP LINE - 38339639.  Response within 48 hours.
Senior Citizen Outing Wednesday 10th August.  Ticket £3 (available in shop)  Bus leaves Mayfair Business Centre 11 a.m. sharp.  Pick up at St. Patrick's Hall 10.30 a.m., St. Mary's Hall 10.40 a.m. and St. John's 10.50 a.m.

Developing World Committee:   As we are the main organisers of Portadown Official 10K Run, we are asking for help to steward the race on August 6th, from approx. 10.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.  Anyone taking part in the race can register (£10) in the Park from 9.30 a.m. on the morning.  Contact Paddy 38352513 or Rosie 07743013122.

Graveyard Summer Clean - our young people travelling to World Youth day in August will be cleaning and tidying the graveyard next Saturday 30th July - all others welcome to help. All donations welcome at Saturday/Sunday Masses 30th/31st.

Offertory Collection
Sunday 17th - £2348-59
Thanks to all who contributed
Pastoral Centre: Cafe Bethany open after
10 a.m. Mass on Mondays
Requiescant in Pace
Lately Deceased:  Winifred McCourt, Eugenia de Oliveira, Beatriz de Sousa, Jim Derry, Lily Tennyson
At This Time: Josephine Ward     Sunday 24th:  George Halfpenny, Patrick Joseph Reilly, Eddie Cullen Monday 25th: Philip McVeigh, Colin Girvan, Leo McDonald, Kathleen Marley  Tuesday 26th:  Mary Lappin, Jim McVeigh  Wednesday 27th:  Geraldine Vallely(1st Anniversary), Jean Morris, Eugene McCann, Clara McCann   Thursday 28th: Rosemary Hyde(1st Anniversary), Annie Keogh, Seamus McKeever, Jim
McCann, Una Campbell, Tom McCann  Friday 29th:  M.M. Mary Hall,  George Smith, Elizabeth Tiffney, Patrick McGurgan, Caoimhe McCann, Ellen Hamill, Michael Kelly   Saturday 30th: Eammon Kelly

Anniversaries late for Bulletin should be left in the Sacristy for inclusion on proper day
When submitting notices for the bulletine please include a contact name and telephone number
Notices and anniversaries should be left in by the Wednesday prior to publication.

Introducing the New Missal that will come into effect on the First Sunday of Advent:  Some of the Prayers that are changing are printed below. We will start using them over the next few months. In September and October there will be an evening of reflection on the Mass and the changes to help us gain a better understanding and appreciation of the Sacred Liturgy.

In September we will start using the following Prayer responses:

Penitential Act A

I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grevious fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Invitation to Holy Communion

Priest:  Behold the Lamb of God,
behold him who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

People:  Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof,
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.

In addition you may wish to view the brief video and further explanations which are now available on www.catholicbishops.ie.  Related topics on the new edition of the Roman Missal are also on www.liturgy-ireland.ie.

Tir Na nOg GFC:  Bingo every Tuesday 8.15 p.m.  All support needed.

St. Mary's F.C. Soccer Fun Nights:  Soccer Fun Nights for children aged between 4 and 10 yrs. will take place on Tuesday 26th,
Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th July at Drumcree College, Moy Road, from 7 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.  Qualified coaches.  Registration will take place each night at 7 p.m.  Cost £2 per night  or £5 for all 3 nights.  For more information call 07595366153.

Croagh Patrick Challenge - Want a unique experience on a bank holiday?  Come along on the Armagh Diocesan Youth Commission's pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick on Monday 1st August 2011.  This promises to be a great family day of fun and craic.  Enjoy the beauty and spiritual experience of the Croagh Patrick Challenge.  Buses will be leaving from various places around the Diocese.  The Cost is £15 which includes transport and refreshments.  All are welcome (ages 14 and over, moderate fitness required).  To book your place contact Dermot or Pierce on 3752 3084 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Youth 2000 National Retreat Clonmacnois, Co Offaly from 4th - 7th August.  A weekend full of fun, workshops, prayer, music, dance and inspirational talks. Age group 16 + and its FREE.  For more information contact Diocesan Youth Office at 37523084 or join us on FACEBOOK, ADYC be inspired.

ACCORD:  Marriage Preparation Courses as follows:
Course 1 - Quinn's Corner, 175 Ballygawley Road,
Dungannon, Tuesday 23rd and 30th August and 6th September.  Course runs for 3 weeks, 7 - 10 p.m.
Course 2 - Venue as above.  Tuesday 8th, 15th and 22nd November.  Course runs for 3 weeks 7 - 10 p.m.
Couples are advised to book their place at least ten months before the wedding. Tel: 38334781.

Slimming World - new group starting on Thursday 28th July at 7.30pm in Drumcree Pastoral Centre. Contact Claire at 07880896434.

Monaghan Charismatic Prayer Group evening of healing with Eddie Stones on Friday 5th August at 7 p.m.  Venue: St. Louis Convent Chapel, Monaghan.  All welcome.

Like treasure hidden in a field

Where is the Kingdom of God?
How to recognise it?
Has it an anthem like a country,
a flag like a nation,
a language of its own?

In the middle of the heart of experience is found
the Kingdom of God.
Through the gaps of life,
shines the Kingdom of God.
Like treasure hidden in a field.

Glimpsed in the narrow gaps
between tight thoughts
and you're surprised by a new idea.
Glimpsed in the narrow gaps
between people who know each other
and you're surprised by the newness of
one you love.
Glimpsed in the narrow gap
of acceptance of unjustice and
and you're surprised by new initiatives.

There is no flag, no anthem, no
separate from
the flag, anthem and language
of our experience of life:
the flag, anthem and language
of love, compassion, truth
of the works of justice,
of Eucharist.

Like treasure hidden in a field