23rd 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

23rd September 2012
Twenty-Fifth 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 24th
Maura Berry.

Ministry of The Word
from 24th  - 10 a.m. Mary McCann.
7 p.m. Geraldine Lawless.

Feasts:  Tuesday 25th St. Finbarr; Wednesday 26th Ss Cosmas & Damian; Thursday 27th St Vincent De Paul; Friday 28th St. Wenceslaus, Ss Lawrence Ruiz & Companions.

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:  Emily Rea Dickson, Sophie Rachel Mackle, Lydia Kate Molloy, Naumi JevseJevs Agostinho, Eoghan Barry Gorman

Sacrament of Marriage:  congratulations to Martina McVeigh and Mark Goan 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.

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

Pastoral Area Resource Team meeting on Tuesday 25th September in the Pastoral Centre after evening Mass.

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

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.

National Novena St. Therese of the Child Jesus - African Missions, Dromantine, Newry at 10 a.m. &  7.30 p.m. daily.  Sunday 23rd Life of St. Therese.  
Monday 24th Family Life Today.  Tuesday 25th God's Creation.  Wednesday 26th Missionary Life Today.  
Thursday 27th Eucharist and Service.  Friday 28th Suffering in the Christian Life.  Saturday 29th Healing Life's Hurts.  Sunday 30th St. Therese's Way of God.  
Monday 1st October Feast of St. Therese.

COFFEE MORNING:  Sunday 30th September in Pastoral Centre after 10 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. Masses.  Porceeds in aid of Maisha Mema Children's Home, Kenya.  
All welcome.

FROM 1st OCTOBER, 2012

Sunday 16th
Offertory Collection - £2110-36
Thanks to all who contributed
Pastoral Centre: Cafe Bethany open after
10 a.m. Mass on Mondays
Requiescant in Pace
Lately Deceased:  Fr. Andy McNally, Betty McKeever,  Bobby Wright, Patrick McCann, Carol Fitzpatrick, Ted Gordon, Gretta Moonan, Mary McNeice, Ryan Byrne, Mary Ann Foy
At This Time: Jane McNally
Sunday 23rd: Jim Monaghan, Carlos Namede Agostinho, Joaquim Da Costa, Manuela Soares Ximenes,
Felicisima Castelo  Monday 24th: Bernard McNally, Sarah Heyburn, Mary McCann
Tuesday 25th:  Mona McKeown, Gerald McIlkenny, Theresa McKeown, Margaret Faloon, John Connolly,
Joseph Desmond Caldwell, Margaret Litter, James McCann, Thomas Marley, Margaret McGrane, Edith Woolsey, Bernadette McEvoy, Margaret McConville
Wednesday 26th: Edward Campbell, John Gorman, Mary Molloy
Thursday 27th:  Pat McVeigh(1st Anniversary), Patrick Garvey
Friday 28th:  M.M. Kevin Creaney, Alice Marley, Dan Murphy
Saturday 29th:  Breda McCann, Pat Breen, Elizabeth Fearon, Eileen Marley

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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Knock - Annual Servite Pilgrimage - Saturday 29th September.  Bus will leave Benburb at 8 p.m.  Contact 37548241 to book.  £20 per person.

Richmount Rural Community Association:  
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.

Ladies Fitness Class - recommences Wednesday 26th September 7.30 - 8.30 p.m. in the Pastoral Centre.  All ages welcome.

Flower Arranging Classes - recommence Monday 24th September at
7 p.m. in the Pastoral Centre (with renowned florist James Murphy).  A one off fee of £35 payable on the first evening and £12 pwe week thereafter (all flowers and materials included).

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.

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.
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.

SPRED:  The group will recommence on Wednesday 26th September at 7.30 p.m. in Drumcree Community Centre.  Enquiries phone 38392568.

An Cumann Gaelach:  Enrolment for this year's Irish language classes will take place on Thursday 27th September 7.30 - 8.30 p.m. in Ashgrove Community Centre.  Classes will commence the following week.

Drumcree Community Centre:  Friday 28th Sept. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support,  plus free complimentary therapies.  Saturday 29th Sept. 10 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. Action Cancer Big Bus for Breast Screening, MOT Health Checks Weight Management Assessments.  Appointment booking necessary.  Call Action Cancer direct on 028 90823344.  Also on the day free complimentary therapies and health information.

To be first with God

To be first is a desire in many of us;
first in class,
first in sport,
the favourite in the family,
the favourite in the class;
to be thought highly of,
to be acclaimed.

And that was the way with the disciples
when they argued
about which of them was the greatest.

Maybe they argued about who was Jesus' favourite
or who was the leader of the group,
or wanted to be seen as the closest to him
by those who looked up to Jesus.
We like honour and praise,
we like prestige and to be looked up to,
but the eyes of Jesus fell on a child
when he wanted to say something
about who was the greatest.

When they all wondered
how to be popular in the eyes of God,
Jesus took a little child
and told us that when you welcome a child,
you welcome God.

To be first in the eyes of God
is to be first in service,
for the Son of man came
not to be served but to serve.