17th March 2013 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) - 1997
St Patrick’s Church, William Street - 1835.

17th March 2013
Fifth Sunday of Lent

13th March 2013:
Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum;
habemus Papam: Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum, Dominum Georgium Marium
Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Bergoglio qui sibi nomen imposuit Francisum.

Pope Francis said:
‘I ask you to pray to the Lord that he will bless me.’ This we do as we pray for each other.

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

Extra time for Confession: after 7pm Mass next Saturday; after 11.30am Mass next Sunday.

Ministers of The Eucharist
St. John the Baptist week beginning 18th March Teresa McCaffrey and Geraldine Lawless.

Ministry of The Word Week beginning 18th March - 10 a.m. Patricia Doran.
 7 p.m. Martin Barlow.

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day on Lough Derg 10am to 3pm. Cost 20Euro, 8Euro for children Book at 00353719861518.

Sacrament of Marriage: congratulations to Michaela Green and Aaron Sands who were married recently.

Next Friday we conclude our Parish Retreat 'Fish on Friday – For an Easter Like Never Before'.   These past weeks we have been walking with the Lord towards a celebration of His Passion, Death and Resurrection at Easter.  In this last week as we approach Passion Sunday and Holy Week we will be joined by Sean Goan.  Sean is the Faith Development Officer with Le Céile Trust in Dublin  and holds a post-graduate degree in scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome.  Sean often works with parish groups, and is very experienced in presenting biblical themes and texts to non specialist groups. He is the author of Let the Reader Understand - a series of three books on the Sunday Readings.  This will be a very special end to our Retreat and everyone is warmly invited to come along to listen as Sean helps us gather our thoughts on how a better understanding of the Passion of Jesus can help us celebrate Easter – like never before.

Recent Baptisms: Connie Mulholland, Lilly Mulholland, Cora Ellen Blackwell, Rowan James Peter Connolly, Dara Noel Gallagher, Matheus Baldo Duraes.

First Confession for P4 children attending Ballyoran PS on Tuesday 19th at 6.15pm.

Parish Pastoral Council meeting on Thursday 21st after evening Mass.

Coffee Morning in aid of Armagh Hospitalite Pilgrimage to Lourdes on Sunday 24th March after 10 a.m. Mass, St. John’s Tartaraghan, in GAA Hall.

Year of Faith 2012 - 2013 - Do you have a question about your faith which you would like an answer to?  If yes, please complete the form available in the Churches and drop it into the question box provided.  We will endeavour to answer your questions in the bulletin or in the Sunday sermon. Boxes designed and made by students from Drumcree College. An initiative of the Year of Faith Parish Committee.

Requiescant in Pace
Lately Deceased:  Seamus Mallon, Thomas Lawless, Robert obiri Yeboah, Ita Murphy, Lucy Grimley, Mary McAlinden
At This Time:  John Garvey, Joseph Kelly, Sarah Reynolds   Sunday 17th:  Margaret Campbell Cedor(1st Anniversary), Catherine McCoy, Rose & Christopher Mangan, Pat Lavery, John Thompson, Lily McKeever, Sarah Byrne, Mary McDonald, Rita Metcalfe, Sarah Mulholland, Harry Murray  Monday 18th: Annie
Matchett, John McGarry, Paul Kelly, James Taggart, Frank Kelly, Malachy O’Hagan, Sean Kelly, Bernadette Matchett Tuesday 19th:  Mary Haughian, Frankie McParland    Wednesday 20th: M.M. Gerry McGreevy, John Molloy, Annie Donnelly    Thursday 21st: Jim McCaffrey(1st Anniversary), Frank McLoughlin, Mary Vallely, Annette Holland, Vanessa Crummie    Friday 22nd:  Sarah Kelly, Elizabeth McCann, Elizabeth
Creaney, Alice Daly, Kitty Daly Saturday 23rd:  M.M. Paddy Gillen, Peter Kelly, Felix Dalzell, Mary
McKeever    Anniversaries late for Bulletin should be left in the Sacristy for inclusion on proper day

Sunday 10th
Offertory Collection - £2550-01
Thanks to all who contributed
Pastoral Centre: Cafe Bethany open after
10 a.m. Mass on Mondays

When submitting notices for the bulletin please include a 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
URGENTLY REQUIRED!! Ladies, Men’s and Children’s Clothing. Furniture also needed - collection available.  Clothes shop phone
38393898. Furniture shop phone 38394219, Mayfair Business Centre, Garvaghy Road.  Open Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Saturday
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SELF HELP LINE - 38339639 - Response within 48 hours.

Book Shop Pastoral Centre:  Opening hours this week - Saturday
6 - 8 p.m.  Sunday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Monday 10.30 a.m. - 12 noon.
Tuesday - Friday 6 - 8 p.m.   First Communion gifts now available.

Personality and Spirituality Workshop:  (Finding a balance to assist your life of prayer) - led by Denis Bradley, Drumcree Pastoral Centre, Tuesday March 19th at 7.30 p.m.

Engaged Encounter is designed for couples preparing for marriage and seek to enrich communication in all aspects of their relationship.  The next non-residential weekend will take place on 13th/14th April at Dromantine.  For information tel. 79300340.

Lenten Study Programme Monday 11 a.m. - 12 noon in the Pastoral Centre.  Those attending please reflect on the Sunday Readings for 17th March.  All welcome.

Year of Faith Bible Study continues next Thursday after evening Mass in the Pastoral Centre. All welcome.

Focolare Mariapolis in Dungarvan 1st to 6th July. For information contact 0035345840410 or www.focolare.org

Adorned Icons: an exhibition is on display in the O’Fiaich Library, Armagh until 19th April. Monday to Friday 9.30am-5pm. Adm free.

William Lauder Memorial Organ Recital:  Liam Crangle will give the next Organ Recital on Sunday 24th March at 4.15 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh.  Admission free.  All welcome.

St. Malachy’s Hurling Club:  BIG BINGO - continues Friday at 8.15 p.m. sharp in Pastoral Centre.  9 games at £30 line, £60 house.  Big game must be won £50 line, £500 house. Adm £10 per 6 books.

Feasts: Monday 18th St. Cyril; Tuesday 19th St. Joseph; Thursday 21st St. Enda.

Ashgrove Community Centre:  
Monday  Craft Classes 10am-12noon; Arts Class 2pm-4pm; Hip Hop Dance 6 - 8 p.m; Mixed Martial Arts 8-9pm  
Tuesday 11.30am - 12.30pm Seniors Luncheon Club; Bowls 2-4pm; MMA  7.30 - 8.30 p.m.  Wednesday 10.30  - 11.30 a.m. Housing Executive Advice;  Ballyoran Seniors Club 2 - 3.30 p.m; Eat to Succeed 5-6pm; Pride of Eireann 7.30-9pm.
Thursday Seniors Luncheon Club 11.30 - 12.30 p.m.; Junior Indoor Soccer 4.30 - 5.30 p.m., Multi Skills Club 6-7pm; St. Malachy’s Bowling 7.30 - 9 p.m.  Irish Language Class 8 - 9 p.m.  
Friday Irish Dancing School 4.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m;  MMA  7-8 p.m.
Saturday Ballet Dancing 10.30 - 1.30 p.m;  MMA 3-4pm;  Christian Meeting 6 - 8 p.m.  
For bookings etc contact Chris Cassidy 028 38 331650 or 07912389509 for Birthday Parties and Private Bookings.

Tir Na nOg:  Bingo every Tuesday 8 pm All support needed also Club Lotto.  Membership now open - closes 31st March 2013.  
17th March - 2 - 5 p.m. Penalty kick competition, face painting, treasure hunt etc.  5 - 8 p.m. Bard of Armagh, Traditional Music, Tars School of Dance.  9 p.m. - late Heartbeat.  Saturday 16th                        Snake Bite.  Saturday 23rd Stevie Hart.  Saturday 30th 3’s a Crowd.
Easter Monday 1st April - Clash of the Clans.

Bannside Development Centre:  Homework Club Monday & Tuesday 3.15 - 4.30 p.m.  £1 per day.  Arts and Crafts Classes Tuesday & Wednesday 7 - 8 p.m.  Computer Classes Thursday 10 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.  For more information contact Ann 38339916.   

Spiritfest:  Diocesan Day of Reflection. Theme - “Did not hearts burn within us? - Thirsting for God’s Word”.  Saturday 11th May in the Fairways Hotel, Dundalk, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Leaflets available in Churches and at www.prayerandspirituality.com.  Booking essential.
Carmelites, Tallow - Monastic weekend 22nd - 24th March for single women aged 22 - 40 discerning a vocation to religious life.  Apply St. Joseph’s Carmelite Monastery, Tallow, Co Waterford.  Tel 00353 58 56205.  

Traced through time

If you walk a beach you see lines traced in the sands,
remaining there till washed away.
Or the way the sea can change the shape of the coast with its gentle and rough tides.

Our feast this day
is of one whose lines have not been washed away,
the one who traced the gospel of Jesus
on the shores of a country and shaped its future;

for what he traced in the hearts of people
has remained through centuries
of prosperity and of poverty,
of persecution and peace -

the faith of Patrick and its effects through a
history of hardship,
the statue of Patrick in younger countries,
where his people shared that faith,
the words of Patrick, a consolation and a spur
to put the concerns of God first in life.

And with Patrick we recall our people
who shared faith and love
in the homes of their own country
and among their own people;
parents, grandparents, extended family,
priests, sisters, brothers,
and men and women who, like Patrick, heard that call
to go among others and share that
of God’s saving love for people;
of education, health and dignity
where those might not be found.

The lines of faith have been traced
on many sands,
the gospel has put words on the music of time,
and we are grateful and celebrate the legacy of one who came in God’s name
and of many who lived in God’s name.

Patrick’s gift was the gospel of Jesus,
our celebrations this day renews our thanks for that gift.

Prayer for Emigrants
Lord, bless all those who have left our country
and now live in other lands.  Give them a strong faith so that they will always put their trust in you and make you known by the example of their lives.
Console those who are lonely because they are separated from those whey love.  Help all missionaries who are working far from home to make your love known.  Bless our people overseas who are sick or in prison.  We pray for foreigners living in our country that they may experience our hospitality.  Grant your eternal welcome to our emgrants who have died and to all the dead.          Amen