31st March 2013
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.

31st March 2013
Easter Sunday

The joy of Easter and the greeting of the Risen Christ to all
Peace be with you

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 and 2nd Sunday

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

EASTER DAWN SERVICE - Everyone is invited to a brief service organised by ‘Churches Together’on Easter Sunday morning at 6.45 a.m. at Craigavon Lakes Water Sports Centre. “It was very early on the first day of the week when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb”.

Easter Morning Masses:
St. John the Baptist 8.30 & 11.30 a.m.
St. Patrick’s Church 10am

Easter Week Masses:
St. Patrick’s Church
Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday - 10 a.m.
St. John the Baptist Church
Monday 10 a.m. (Novena Prayers will be said), Thursday & Friday - 7 p.m.

Ministers of the Eucharist - April
Vigil Ruairi O’Hanlon, Miriam Loftus, Margaret Mallon, Theresa McCaffrey. 8.30 a.m. Catherine McCooe, John Geary,
Geraldine Lawless. 10 a.m. Denis McKeever, Seamus McCaffrey, Winnie Breen. 11.30 a.m. Roisin Kelly, Elizabeth Wilson, Mary Taggart, Bernie Mallon.
St. Francis - Madeline O’NeillRosemount - Margaret Marley
St. John the Baptist - Week beginning 1st April Elizabeth Wilson.

Ministry of the Word - April
Vigil Denis McCourt. 8.30 a.m. Kevin McConville. 10 a.m. Ann Hamill & Margaret Donovan. 11.30 a.m. Ciara Burnett.
Week Beginning 1st April - 10 a.m. Mary McCann. 7 p.m. Kathleen Hamill.

Easter Water - from St. Patrick’s Well, Mahon Road supplied by the Knights of St. Columbanus. Use your own bottle to collect in Church.

Adoration of Blessed Sacrament on Thursday St. John the Baptist Church 6pm-6.55pm

Recent Baptisms: Molly Elizabeth Mallon,Cara Sarah Farrell, Tommy James Heatley

Confessions will not be held next Saturday 6th April.

Fatima Rosary Group - meet on Saturday 6th April at 3 p.m. in St. John the Baptist Church. All welcome.

Book shop Pastoral Centre closed this week 1st - 7th April.

Divine Mercy Sunday 7th April - Novena in preparation for the Feast began on Good Friday, 29th for nine days. Sunday 7th April in St. Patrick’s Church Confessions 2 - 245 p.m. followed by Devotions at 3 p.m. Divine Mercy Novena leaflets available at back of both Churches.

Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia!
for He whom you were worthy to bear, alleluia!
has risen as He said, alleluia!
Pray for us to God, alleluia!
said during Eastertide at Angeleus.

Requiescant In Pace
Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Lately deceased: Gillian Smith, Alice Weir, Edna Davidson, Bridie Conlon, Esther Campbell
At This Time: Augusto Sa Nogueira, Leao Jose Mendes, Maria & Bill Hall, Johnny Coleman, Rita Kelly
Sunday 31st: Lily O’Neill, Pat O’Neill, Martha Nugent, Eileen Conlan, Mary Josephine
Mulholland, Fr. Brendan Sherry
Monday 1st: Denis McGuigan Tuesday 2nd: Henry McGuigan, Patrick
Mulholland Wednesday 3rd: Louis McCann, John Mallon, Martin McVeigh, Elizabeth & Joe Corr Thursday 4th: M.M. Ita Murphy, M.M. Tommy Lawless, Dolores Magennis
(1st Anniversary), Vincent Creaney, Josephine Atkinson, Aidan Brankin, Kathleen Crozier, Alice Marley Friday 5th: Michael McGoldrick
Saturday 6th: M.M. Lucy Grimley, Eoghan Dunbar, James Grimes, Rita Stuart

Anniversaries late for Bulletin should be left in the Sacristy for inclusion on the proper day.


Requiescant In Pace
Sunday 7th: Mary Carvill, Mary McCann, Annie McCann, Eileen Marley, Jean McParland
Monday 8th: Bill Reid, Mary Ellen McAlinden,Johnny Hamill
Tuesday 9th: Dympna Hagan, Brian Derry
Wednesday 10th: Jim Creaney, Lisa Kelly, Winifred Henderson
Thursday 11th: Malachy Beattie(1st Anniversary), Patrick Thompson, Joe Bennett Friday 12th: M.M. Mary McAlinden, Gerald Gray(1st Anniversary), Peggy Lappin, Jimmy Creaney, Arthur Williams, Michael Henderson, John James McCann, Catherine Davis, John Cullen
Saturday 13th: Catherine McGuigan, Francis Austin, Brian Chambers

Minister of The Eucharist - St. John the Baptist, week beginning 8th April, John Geary. Ministry of The Word - week beginning 8th April, 10 a.m. Denis McKeever. 7 p.m. Ursula Barlow.

Abortion (The Facts!)
How to stop abortion becoming legal in Ireland North and South
The Parish of Drumcree is facilitating a presentation on Tuesday 23rd April 2012 in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 7.45 p.m. after 7 p.m. Mass in St. John the Baptist Church.
There will be 2 speakers on the night:
• Bernadette Smyth of Precious Life & Fr. John McKeever
The speakers will address the following:
• Abortion - The pressure to introduce legislation to legalise abortion in Ireland North and South
• Marie Stokes Clinic, Belfast - The facts surrounding the opening of this facility
• Church - What does the church teach about the evils of abortion and other life threatening policies i.e. Euthanasia, Same Sex Marriage, Stem-Cell research, Contraception.
There will be a question and answer session after the presentation.
Tea and Coffee will be provided during the evening. The evening is part of a series of initiatives run by the Parish to celebrate the Year of Faith. All are welcome and please bring a friend.


Legion of Mary: The annual retreat will take place in Benburb Priory on Sunday 14th April. Cost £29 (including transport). Bus leaves St. Patrick’s 9 a.m. St. Mary’s Hall 9.05 a.m. St. John the Baptist 9.30 a.m. Contact 38333563 or 38334245.
ACIES Ceremony during evening Mass on Monday 8th April. All auxiliary members welcome to attend.

Portadown/Loughgall Lourdes Committee - Annual Church Door Collection at all Masses, next weekend, 6th/7th April.
Coffee Morning in Tartaraghan raised £800 and 10Euro. Thanks for the support and generosity.

Important dates: First Holy Communion: Bun Scoil Eoin Baiste and St. John the Baptist P.S. 4th May at 11 a.m. Ballyoran P.S. 11th May at 11 a.m. Presentation P.S. 18th May at 11 a.m.
Cemetery Sunday/Blessing of Graves - Sunday 2nd June.
Cultra - Old Drumcree Church - trip and Mass on Sunday 23rd June.
June Triduum of Prayer and Parish Garden Party 13th to 15th June.

Walk with me - Easter prayer books available in Churches.

Trocaire: Thanks and congratulations to the boys and girls of Ashgrove Pre-School who raised £105-24 for Trocaire.

Anointing of The Sick - during 10 a.m. Mass in St. Patrick’s Saturday 13th April.

Seagoe Church of Ireland Internation Praise and Worship - Friday 12th April at 8 p.m. All welcome.

Cumann Seanchais Ard Mhacha: The third lecture in the 2013 programme, ‘The Rawdons and the Conways - a family tradition of the 17th century intellectual enquiry’, will be given on Wednesday 10th April at 8 p.m. in the Cardinal O Fiaich Library and Archive. All are welcome.

Tir Na nOg - bingo every Tuesday at 8pm.

St Malachy’s Hurling Club - bingo Friday 8pm.

Feasts: Monday 1st April St Celsus; Tuesday St Francis of Paola; Thursday 4th St Isidore; Friday St Vincent Ferrer; Sunday 7th St John Baptist de la Salle; Monday 8th The Annunciation of the Lord (transferred because of Holy Week); Thursday 11th St Stanislaus; Saturday 13th St Martin.


New life

And the tomb was empty.
It’s empty not because we took him out,
but because God called him
into new, triumphant, risen life.
Jesus is alive.

We don’t expect much change in a tomb,
only that the body will rot and disintegrate.
A place that is cold, empty, fearful.
We don’t think of it as a place of life,
yet in the tomb Jesus was called

from the coldness of death to the warmth of new life,
from the emptiness of death to the fullness of new consolation,
from the dread of nothingness to the
confidence of new mission.

The clothes left behind,
rolled up,
never to be used again.
For life is new
and on a new day
we wear new clothes.

The clothes of death, give way to the bright colours of resurrection,
and injustice gives way to care and compassion,
hurt and violence to reconciliation.
The hand of friendship is stretched out to another,
and people just try to make it together.

Old clothes no longer needed,
angers long smouldering put out
with new hope, new life
and a new vision of God.
And fears once crippling new life
evaporate into confidence
the wearers are raised to new life,
new love and work for God.

For the tomb of Jesus is the place of light
and the tomb of Jesus is the space of

Offertory Collection
Sunday 24th - £2380-11
Thanks to all who contributed