2nd September 2012 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

2nd September 2012
Twenty-Second 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
Fr. Sheehan 38332218
Parish Mobile - Emergency No. 07841101850

First Friday Notices:
Confessions - Thursday 6th
St. Patrick's    6 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
St. John's    7.30 p.m.
Masses - Friday 7th
St. Patrick's 10 a.m. (Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament 10.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
St. John's    7 p.m.
Fr. O'Dwyer will not make house calls this month.

Minister of The Eucharist
St. John the Baptist -  from 6th Teresa McCaffrey.

Ministry of The Word
from 3rd  - 10 a.m. Denis McCourt. 7 p.m. Jerome Marley.

Feasts: Monday 3rd St. Gregory the Great; Tuesday 4th St. Mac Nissi;  Saturday 8th The Nativity of The Blessed Virgin Mary.

Soil For The Seed:  An introductory course to theology will begin in Benburb Priory on Monday September 10th at 7.30 p.m.  This is an initiative of the Armagh Diocese which seeks to deepen the theological awareness of adults, thereby enabling all of the baptized to become co-responsible for the life of the Church.  No prior knowledge is required and the course is designed to be adult friendly in presentation and content.  To apply please contact: OPRFM, Armagh Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Dundalk.  Tel. 00353429336649.
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First Communion and Confirmation:  children attending St. John the Baptist P.S., Bun Scoil, Presentation P.S. and Ballyoran P.S. are prepared for these Sacraments in school and Parish.  If your child attends another school and is due to celebrate these Sacraments this coming year please contact one of the Priests of the Parish before 30th September.

Extra-Ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist:  Parishioners wishing to fulfil this ministry in the Parish are asked to contact Fr. Sheehan during September.

ADYC:  Sunday 2nd September -Youth Mass in Holy Family Church, Coalisland at 5 p.m.  Come along and enjoy a Sunday Mass with a difference.  All welcome!

Recent Baptisms:  Hayden James Keegan

Sacrament of Marriage:  congratulations to Colleen O'Neill and Stephen Rafferty; Elaine McMahon and Andrew Blackwell who were married recently.

Christian Meditation:  The Meditation Group will meet on Monday 3rd September at 8 p.m. in the Pastoral Centre.  All welcome.

Drumcree College:  
Monday 3rd September - re-opens for Years 11 & 12 only. Tuesday 4th September - re-opens for all pupils.

Armagh Diocesan Walk Run from Newbridge to Mell for Charity (ISPCC) - November 8th - 11th.
Parishioners are invited to join clergy for part of this venture or all of it (it will run over a number of days).  More details from Fr. Gerry Campbell at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Fr. Peter McAnenly at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   Taking part will help determine the route and daily distance.

Drumcree College:  Friday 31st August - re-opens for Year 8 pupils only.  Monday 3rd September - re-opens for Years

Sunday 26th
Offertory Collection - £2232-07
Thanks to all who contributed

Pastoral Centre: Cafe Bethany open after
10 a.m. Mass on Mondays
Requiescant in Pace
Lately Deceased: Anna Burnham, Isobel Murray, Kevin Creaney
At This Time: Mary Smith, Tess Woods, John & Eileen McCabe, John Faloon, Rose Ann Robinson, Dermot Foy, Nancy Sherry
Sunday 2nd: Bobby Wilson(1st Anniversary), Paddy Thornbury(1st Anniversary), Mary McKeever, Mary Dalzell, Guida Sa, Dermot Hamill, Teresa Lawless
Monday 3rd: Lucy Creaney, Desmond Hamill, Elizabeth McClean  
Tuesday 4th: Brian Leo Hamill, Margaret Murray, Jamie Harrison, Mary Martin
Wednesday 5th:
Thursday 6th:  Jinny Molloy, Jim Millsopp
Friday 7th:  Peter Lawless, Joan Goodwin, Mary Molloy, Margaret Foy   
Saturday 8th:  Canon P.J. Early, Fr. Kevin Devine, Mary Hamill, Charlotte Hueston, Mary Sherry

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.
Drumcree College: visit www.drumcreecollege.co.uk  Our School. Our Community. Our Future. Your Choice. Support Drumcree

St. Vincent De Paul Society
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.  
        SELF HELP LINE - 38339639.  Response within 48 hours.

Book Shop Pastoral Centre:  Opening hours this week are as follows:  Saturday  6-8.00pm; Sunday 9 am to 1 pm; Monday 10.30 am to 12 noon; Tuesday - Friday  6 - 8.00 pm.

Called to the Contemplative Life?  The Cistercian Community in Portglenone, Co Antrim, will guide a weekend of vocation discernment for men who may feel they have a vocation to the contemplative monastic life.  Dates 2nd - 4th November, 2012.  Details available either by phoning 028 25821211 or by contacting the Vocations Director at
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PIPS - Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide and Selfharm - hold a Balloon Release Fun Day on Saturday 8th September, 2.30 p.m. in Lurgan Park to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.  All welcome.

St. Mary's Women's Guild:   meeting in Ashgrove Community Centre on Wednesday 5th September at  8 p.m.  Guest speaker.  All welcome.

Clanbrassil CCE:  Registration for traditional Irish music classes will take place in Ailf Ui Mhuire Centre, North St., Lurgan on Friday 7th September from 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.  Music classes will resume on Friday 14th September at 6.30 p.m.

Altnaveigh House and The Young Ireland Fund present The Musical Love Story (Jenny Verner and John Mitchel) in Drumcree Church of Ireland on Friday 7th September at 8 p.m.  Admission £6.

Ashgrove Community Centre:  
Monday  Junior Indoor Soccer (10th Sept.) 4.30 - 5.30 p.m.
Pride of Eireann Band Practice 6 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.
Tuesday 12 - 1 p.m. Seniors Luncheon Club.   Slimming World 5.30 - 6.30 p.m. & 7.30 - 9 p.m.  Pilates 7 - 8 p.m.  
Wednesday 10 a.m. - noon Housing Executive Advice.  
2 - 3.30 p.m. Ballyoran Seniors Club.   
Thursday 12 noon - 1 p.m. Seniors Luncheon Club.  
Friday Irish Dancing School 4.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Garvaghy Intergenerational Project (7th Sept)) (contact Ashgrove CC for details).
Saturday Ballet Dancing 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  
Christian Meeting 6 - 8 p.m.
For bookings etc contact Chris Cassidy 028 38 331650 or 07912389509.

Tir Na nOg:  Bingo every Tuesday 8 pm All support needed also Club Lotto.  

Ballyoran Community Association:  for up to date information log on to Facebook Page - ballyorancommunityassociationPortadown.

St. Malachy's Indoor Bowling Club:  Introductory sessions for those  interested have been arranged for 6th, 13th & 20th September 7.30 p.m. - 9 p.m. in Ashgrove Community Centre.  Places available.

Cumann Seanchais Ard Mhacha:  The fifth lecture in the 2012 programme, `The Irish influence in Flanders in the period after
Kinsale' will be given by Professor Ruairi O hUiginn on Wednesday 5th September at 8 p.m. in the Cardinal O Fiaich Library.

To mark European Heritage Day the Cardinal O Fiaich Library will be holding a sale of new, second-hand, antiquarian and ex-library book from 10 a.m. until 2.30 p.m. on Saturday 8th September.  All welcome.

The service of the heart

The Lord looks on each of us
and sees into our hearts.
He sees within each of us
the secrets and the richness
that others often miss.
He sees the whole person:
what we do and fail to do,
what we want to do,
and the love we want to offer
to others and to him.

To God,many of our faults are seen as
and many of our sins as mistakes.
God sees what we would like to be,
as much as what we are.
And Jesus sees in each of us
a brother and sister, child of God.
And maybe it's true also
that he sees the pride
what may often be cloaked in generosity
and the bits of selfishness cloaked in love
and he understands and forgives.

The Lord wants us to honour him
with the love of our hearts,
not just the observance of religion;
his desire for our faithful love
encourages us in weakness
and challenges us in strength.

And he knows and loves in each of us
what he knows and loves in Jesus.
For he sees in us the image of his Son.