21st 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

21st April 2013 - Vocations Sunday

O God, eternal Shepherd, you care for your flock with tender love, and choose yourservant and priest,Eamon to the ministry of bishop in the Archdiocese of Armagh.

  Grant, we pray, that by his holiness of life he may everywhere prove to be a faithful witness to Christ.
  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the
 beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world
 without end. Amen.



Monsignor Eamon Martin will be ordained as our Co-adjutor Archbishop today in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  Keep him in your prayers as he prepares to minister among us. Check television listings for coverage or log on towww.armaghparish.net/live. Archbishop Eamon Martin will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving in the Cathedral on Monday 22nd at 7.30pm to which all are invited.

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




Ministers of The Eucharist -

St. John the Baptist week beginning  22nd Martin Barlow.


Ministry of The Word - week beginning 22nd - 10 a.m. Bridget McCann. 7 p.m. David Greer.


Feasts:  Tuesday 23rd St. George, St. Adalbert of Prague; Wednesday 24th St. Fidelis; Thursday 25th St. Mark, Evangelist.



May Rosary: every day at the Grotto. Parish groups wishing to lead this pray are asked to sign up for this in theSacristy.




Blessed Frederic Ozanam - founder of the St. Vincent de Paul Society - 200th anniversary of his birth 23rd April 1813.  After seeing the poverty on the streets of Paris he, along with some friends, set up the Society in 1833 to do something to help.


“A Calling for everyone” - a video about Ordinary people doing extra - ordinary work - produced by Armagh Diocesan Vocations Commission - available in Book Shop at £10.



John Paul II and Muredach Cross Youth Awards - Congratulations to Clodagh McAlinden, Owen Beattie, Kevin Curran, Tiernan Power, Thomas Reynolds who received awards from Cardinal Brady during the week.


Sacrament of Marriage - congratulations to Nichola Kelly and Gary McKee.



Recent Baptisms:  Bianca Marisa Temporario, Denzel Alexander Temporario, Jamie Edward Mincher, Dylan James Prentice



St. Joseph’s Young Priest Society - Church Door  Collection this weekend.  Next meeting on Wednesday 24th April in the Pastoral Centre after evening Mass.



Bishop Gerard Clifford celebrates the anniversary of his episcopal ordination today - 1992.


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


Trocaire received to date: £9478.04. Thanks to all who contibuted.


 Requiescat In Pace

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

Lately Deceased: Bridie Conlon, John Mulligan, Esther Campbell, Anna Hughes, John McCarthy, Catherine McKeown, Joachim Kleffel, Mary Flatt, Eamonn Halfpenny, Antonio Soares, Sean Lavery, Kathleen Mallon, Marion Malaugh 


At This Time: Rita Murray, Vincent Malaugh Jr  


Sunday 21st:  Bobby O’Neill, Billy

Murphy, James Millsopp, Annie Reilly, Jackie Berry, Adrian Lamph, Cassie O’Connor, Mary Jane O’Neill, Arthur Walsh, Bobby Smith, Peter McGrane, Elvino Goncalves, Orlando Miranda, Mario Orlando Neves, Philomena Litter, Peter McEvoy, Eileen Taggart


Monday 22nd: Michael Byrne, Eddie McCann, John

Goodwin, Denis McGarry 


Tuesday 23rd:  Lily Murphy, Catherine Litter, John Loftus, Mary C. Kelly   


Wednesday 24th:  M.M. Alice Weir, Mary McCann, Martin Reynolds, Mary Ellen McGoldrick  


Thursday 25th: Eileen O’Hehir, McGoldrick Family, Joseph Holland, Kevin Donnelly, Jodie Marley, Michaela McCooe, John McKeown, Joseph Gibson, Margaret Dalzell  


Friday 26th:  M.M. Edna Davidson, Hugh Breen, Danny Hall, Hamill Family, Brigid McCann, Ben O’Brien, Jimmy Hamill, John Monaghan 


Saturday 27th:   Ellen McGurgan, Peter McShane(Snr), Peter McShane(Jnr) 

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


Parish & Community Notices

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 College.

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, Dundalk 9am-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 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.

Concert of Choral Music in SS Patrick and Coleman Cathedral, Newry on Thursday 25th April at 8 p.m.


“The Pronouncements of Mochua” - a collection of poems by Peter Makem -  available in Book Shop at £10.


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.


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.


Holy Land Pilgrimage - 23rd Oct. - 4th Nov.  1500 Euro PPS. Contact Tom at 00353 872701311.

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.

Coalisland/Dungannon Romania Appeal - a night of storytelling, music and song in Brackaville, Coalisland, featuring Malachi Cush, Art O’Neill and Patsy O’Hagan -Saturday 27th April.  Adm. £12 includes supper.  Enquiries and ticket sales to Owen 07749434951.


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.


Offertory Collection

Sunday 14th - £2397-38

Thanks to all who contributed


Pastoral Centre: Cafe Bethany open after 10 a.m. Mass on Monday







No one can ever steal them from me


We belong to him,

as closely as the stone belongs to a rock,

the water to a river,

the scent to perfume,

for without him we would be nothing.


We belong to him

as the shadow belongs to the sun,

as the taste belongs to the bread,

as the reflection belongs to the light,

for without him we would be nothing.


We belong to him

as a child to a parent -

loved, united

but each our own person.


We belong to him

as brothers and sisters belong to each other,

finding our family roots

in the family of God,

and each unique in our own



We belong to him,

as earth belongs to heaven,

as the son Jesus belongs to his Father,

for as he and the Father are one,

so we are one with him,

and belong to God

because he belongs to God.


And because he has been born and lived among us,

the Word of God made flesh,

he belongs to us,

and we share his life,

as he humbled himself to share our life.

We belong to him when we sit with him in prayer,

or when we share his work,

each in our own way,

according to our talents and our call in life,

of  bringing on earth the kingdom of God.

The JOY rule

Think of Jesus

Think of Others

Think of You