16th 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

16th September 2012
Twenty-Fourth 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

Minister of The Eucharist
St. John the Baptist -  from 17th
Geraldine Lawless.

Ministry of The Word
from 17th  - 10 a.m. Margaret Donovan.
7 p.m. Martin Barlow.

Feasts:  Monday 17th St. Robert Bellarmine; Wednesday 19th St. Januarius; Thursday 20th Ss Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong & Companions; Friday 21st St. Matthew.

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.

Recent Baptisms:  Eabha Mary Ellen McShane

Sacrament of Marriage:  congratulations to Conor McAtarsney and Helen Gorman who were married recently.

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

Parish Pastoral Council:  meeting on Thursday next in the Pastoral Centre after evening Mass.  Present members along with outgoing members and those recently elected will attend.

SHYNE resumes Sunday 30th September at the Pastoral Centre 7 - 9 p.m.  New members welcome - Year 11

Sacrament of the Sick - a monthly celebration will begin next Friday 21st September during the 7 p.m. Mass in St. John the Baptist Church.  All welcome.  (See next page).

St. Vincent de Paul Society:  members please note next Conference meeting will be on Thursday 27th September.

St. Joseph's Young Priest Society: next meetong Wednesday 19th September in the Pastoral Centre after evening Mass.

Mass of St. Therese:  Monday 1st October in St. Malachy's Church, Armagh, at 7.30 p.m.  Please bring your roses for the blessing.

FROM 1st OCTOBER, 2012

rSacrament of MarriageS. PDrumcree College:  Friday 31st August - re-opens for Year 8 pupils only.  Monday 3rd

Sunday 9th
Offertory Collection - £2225-31
Thanks to all who contributed
Pastoral Centre: Cafe Bethany open after
10 a.m. Mass on Mondays
Requiescant in Pace

Lately Deceased: Kevin Creaney, Sheila Ward, Betty McKeever,, Fr. Andy McNally,  Bobby Wright, Patrick McCann
At This Time:
Sunday 16th: Mary Ann McCabe, William Breen, Luisa Cabral Pereira, Brigida Ximenes, Luis Cabral
Monday 17th: Kathleen McCoy, James Thompson, George Ambrose Hall, Mary Cumberton
Tuesday 18th:  Eileen Sloan, Sarah McConnell, Maureen O'Neill
Wednesday 19th: M.M. Isobel Murray, Seamus Donnelly, Margaret Murphy, Gabriel Vallely, Bro Francis
McCann, James Kelly, Teresa Mulholland, Maria Socorro Agostinho
Thursday 20th:  Sean Reilly, Philomena Murphy, Malachy Russell, Frances Margaret Caldwell
Friday 21st:  Seamus Brown, Bobby Tiffney, Nellie Murphy, Lawrence McKenna, James Mallon, Teresa Smith, James Judge, Shauna Quinn, Eddie Foy, Mary Hamill
Saturday 22nd:  Noreen Christina Doherty

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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Finding new Life in The Spirit (The Convent of Mercy, Dungannon) -
This is a 5 week series of teachings which will help deepen our relationship with God through the power of The Holy Spirit.  Wed. 19th Sept. God's Love & Salvation.  Wed. 26th Sept. The New Life.  Wed. 3rd Oct. Receiving God's Gift.  Wed. 10th Oct. Baptism in the Spirit.  Wed. 17th Oct. Growth & Transformation in Christ.  Starting time 7.45 p.m.  All welcome.  Please use rear entrance door to the Convent via the car park.

Knock - Annual Servite Pilgrimage - Saturday 20th September.  Bus will leave Benburb at 8 p.m.  Contact 37548241 to book.  £20 per person.

Richmount Rural Community Association:  Food Festival - taste the food that other nationalities enjoy - Richmount Primary School, Saturday 22nd September.  All welcome.
Free Irish and Scottish Folk dancing lessons also free speech and drama lessons in storytelling, recitals and presentation.  All ages welcome including beginners and experienced.  Weekly folk music and singing sessions to include traditional Irish, Ulster Scot and East European  For more information contact Joe Garvey 07934186635.

Bannside Development Centre:  Homework Club Monday and Tuesday 3.15 - 4.30 p.m. £1 per day.  Arts and Craft Classes Tuesday and Wednesday 7 - 8 p.m.  Computer Classes to be arranged.  For more information contact Ann 028 38339916.

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

Hospice Walkies!!  Why not take part in the Southern Area Hospice Walkies - Sponsored Dog Walk on Saturday 22nd September in Peatlands Park, Dungannon.  If you would like to take part contact the Hospice on 028 3025 1333.

Macmillan Cancer Care:  Ann and Liz invite all to their Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September 9.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. in Ashgrove Community Centre.

Ladies Fitness Class - recommences Wednesday 26th September 7.30 - 8.30 p.m. in the Pastoral Centre.  All ages welcome.
When should someone receive the Anointing of the Sick?
If you were asked to close your eyes and picture the Sacrament of Anointing, what image would come to your mind?  Many Catholics would picture a priest standing at a hospital bedside.  For an increasing number of Catholics, however, the mental picture would be different.  They would picture a parish gathered for Sunday Eucharist, with 30 or so people - some visibly ill, some apparently perfectly healthy - coming up the aisle to be anointed, some with their spouses or family or carers.

Although the sacrament began as a ritual of healing, over time the emphasis shifted to the forgiveness of sins on the deathbed, when such forgiveness would be the final preparation for heaven.  The Second Vatican Council returned the original meaning to the sacrament by emphasising that it is not only for those who are at the point of death, but for anyone who is seriously ill, including mental or spiritual illness.  It also helped move the
Anointing away from a private service and back toward a community based one.

Today we are all aware that tensions, fear and anxiety about the future affect not only our mind but our body as well.  These illnesses can be serious.  They can move us to ask for the healing touch of Christ in the Sacrament of Anointing.  Persons living with alcoholism or suffering from other addictions can be anointed.  So can those who suffer from various mental disorders.  The anxiety before exploratory surgery to determine if cancer is present is a situation in which Christ's power can be invoked in the sacrament.

In these cases the person does not have to wait until the illness is so grave that he or she is in the hospital or bedbound to celebrate the sacrament.  Sacraments after all are community celebrations.  It is preferable to celebrate them in the context of family and parish even before going to the
hospital.  The sick person has a better
opportunity to appreciate the prayers and symbols of the rite when in her or his customary worshipping community.