14th April 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) - 1977

St. Patrick’s Church, William Street - 1835



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


Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament in St. John the Baptist Church today from 4 p.m. concluding with Benediction at 7 p.m.


Lent, Holy Week, Easter Triduum:

Thanks to all who organised and participated in all our Parish ceremonies.  May our continued celebration of Easter be like never before.


Ministers of The Eucharist -

St. John the Baptist week beginning

15th Maura Berry.


Ministry of The Word - week beginning 15th - 10 a.m. Tommy Mallon.

7 p.m. Mary Murphy.



Monsignor Eamon Martin will be ordained as our Co-adjutor Archbishop next Sunday in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  Keep him in your prayers as he prepares to minister among us.


Parish Pastoral Council - meeting on Thursday 18th April after evening Mass.


Safeguarding Children - a reminder to those who received a letter regarding this information evening; Tuesday 16th April at 7.30 p.m. in the Pastoral Centre.


All Parishioners are invited to a special Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Saturday 20th April.  There is a full programme organised for Adults, Teenagers, Children and all the programmes are running separately on the day.

The programmes begin at 10.45 and finish with Mass, Blessing of The Sick, Eucharistic Procession and Benediction at 3 p.m.  Archbishop Brown, our Apostolic Nuncio will be the main celebrant.  Children’s Adoration for Ireland will be launched also.


Knock - those travelling to Knock on personal pilgrimages will find times of Masses and ceremonies on Church porch display boards.


John Paul II and Muredach Cross Youth Awards will be presented in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Monday 15th April at 7 p.m.  Young people from this Parish will be receiving them.  All are welcome to attend.


Portadown/Loughgall Lourdes Church Door Collection - £1431-50 and E18-60.  Thanks to all who contributed so generously.


Lough Derg - three day pilgrimages begin on 31st May until 13th August.  One day retreats in May 4,5,6,11,12,13,18,19,20,25,26 27 - booking essential - 028 68632391.


Feasts:  Thursday 18th St. Laserian.


Sacrament of Marriage - congratulations to Catherine Mallon and Andrew Cassells who were married recently.


Recent Baptisms:  Jeson Andrade, Margariola Maria Moreno, Mariana Moreno


St. Joseph’s Young Priest Society - Church Door Collection   20th & 21st April.


Year of Faith questions: Fr Sheehan and Fr O’Dwyer will endeavour to answer your questions via the bulletin and/or sermons.



Requiescat In Pace

Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


Lately Deceased:  Laura Hayes, Alice Weir, Edna Davidson, Bridie Conlon, John Mulligan, Esther Campbell, Anna Hughes, John McCarthy, Catherine McKeown, Joachim Kleffel, Mary Flatt, Eamonn Halfpenny, Antonio Soares, Sean Lavery


At This Time:  Gerald Bailey, Cissie & Ned Murphy, Jimmy Hamill, Angelina Soares  


Sunday 14th:   Michael McConville, John McGeown, Kathleen Judge, Patrick Hamill, Hugh John Marley, Luis do Rosario Cabral, Brigida da Costa Ximenes, Luisa Cabral Pereira, Rosa da Costa Cabral


Monday 15th: John Creaney, Michael McConville, Francis McDowell, Harry McCann, Bridie McCourt


Tuesday 16th: Margaret Lawless, Robert John Coleman, Jim Corr   


Wednesday 17th:  James Patrick Tiffney, Bridget Catherine & Thomas Lappin, May Douglas, Noel McCann, Harry Creaney, Anna Mackle  


Thursday 18th: Peter Joseph McEvoy, Margaret McVeigh 


Friday 19th:   Arthur Cush, Thomas McClean, Julia Monaghan  

Saturday 20th:   M.M. Gillian Smith, Catherine Kelly, Bernadette Prunty, Hugh Madden, James McCormick      

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


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.


Spiritfest: Diocesan Day of Reflection Saturday 11th May in the

Fairways Hotel, Dundalk9am-6pm. Leaflets available in Churches. See www.prayerandspirituality.com Booking essential.


Magnificat: readings and prayers for Mass; Morning and evening prayer of the Church; meditations. Books for April available in Book Shop.


Year of Faith - Doorway to Faith - a journey of prayer through the Catechism - available in Churches and Bookshop £2-50.




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 2013 in the Pastoral Centre at 7.45 p.m.

There will be 2 speakers on the night - Bernadette Smith of Precious Life and Fr. John McKeever.

The speakers will address the following:

·                Abortion - the pressure in 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.



Youth 2000 invites all young adults between ages of 16-35 to a Catholic weekend retreat from 19th - 21st April in St. Mary’s High School, Lurgan.  For more details see www.youth2000.ie or Tel. 07598 876399.  Don’t let money be an obstacle.  Just bring any

donation and a sleeping bag.



Parish Envelopes for April 2013 - March 2014 are available for collection in the Churches. Any changes to names or address please call the Sacristy.  It is still not too late to receive a box of envelopes to be able to contribute to the upkeep of the Parish.



Readings:  have you copies of readings for Weddings or Funerals at home - can you please return them to the sacristy please?  Thank you.



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



Annual Hospice Towpath Walk - Sunday 28th April at 3 p.m. from Newry Cue Club to Steenson’s Bridge and back, refreshments afterward in the Bockey Club.  For more information or a sponsor card please contact Siobhan or Victoria on 028 30251333 or email on This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it



Medjugorje- Marian Pilgrimages Saturday 8th June 2013.  £519, fully inclusive - for 7 nights.  Depart Dublin.  Spiritual Director Fr. Thomas McHugh.  For more details contact Maureen McKeown

028 37522188.



ACCORD - Are you interested in becoming a Facilitator with ACCORD?  Please contact Susannah or Sheila on 028 38334781,

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St. Malachy’s Hurling Club:  Bingo in Drumcree Pastoral Centre every Friday night 8.15 p.m. sharp. All support welcome.



Fr. O’Dwyer & Fr. Sheehan thank all who contributed to the Easter Dues




Pastoral Centre: Cafe Bethany open after

10 a.m. Mass on Mondays






It is the Lord


They watched from the boat

and looked to the shore:

an early dawn,

maybe a mist till the sun got strong

and a figure in the mist.


It was Jesus but they did not recognise him,

then they picked up some words from the shore

and it began to dawn -

they knew him by his words of friendship and life

and later would know him in the bread of life.


It is the Lord:  This can be said:

when we are surprised by the peace of prayer,

by the love of a friend,

by the care shown us when we need care,

by the truth that enlightens our minds

and the life that gives a lift to our hearts

and the care we offer to others.



Not always clear:

We search for the light of God

in the twilight of doubt

or the darkness of pain;

we search for the peace of God

in the violence of bitterness

and in the guilt of our heart;

we search for the generosity of God

in our desire to do the best we can

and in the needs of the world.


Not always clear:

if we search alone we do not find him.

We search and ponder about God

within our community of believers,

within our community of love

and within the community of those

who wish to create with Jesus

a world of justice and peace,

of  forgiveness and reconciliation,

of love and joy.

It is the Lord

who takes the bread of life

and speaks the word of life

to give direction and nourishment for our journey -

Jesus, the God of earth,

the God of heaven.




The JOY rule

Think of Jesus

Think of Others

Think of You