28th 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





First Friday Notices:

Confessions - Thursday 2nd

St. Patrick’s 6 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.

St. John’s 7.30 p.m.

Masses - Friday 3rd

St. Patrick’s 10 a.m. (Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament 10.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

St. John the Baptist 7 p.m.

The sick and housebound will be visited.

Ministers of The Eucharist - May

Vigil Colm McCann, Kathleen Lavery, Ciara Wilson, Owen Beattie.


8.30 a.m. Martin Barlow, Dylan Murphy, Patsy Hanratty.


10 a.m. Ann Marie Hamill, Maurice Hagan, Ann Fleming.


11.30 a.m. John Marley, Kate Guy, Declan McAtarsney, Bronagh Hagan

St. Francis - Mary Taggart.

Rosemount - Gerry Barlow.


St. John the Baptist week beginning 29th April Teresa McCaffrey.


Ministry of The Word - May

Vigil A. Turley.


8.30 a.m. Eamon McCausland.


10 a.m. Aine McCreesh-West.


11.30 a.m. Cathal Mercer.


Week beginning 29th April - 10 a.m. Peggy McKeever. 7 p.m. Olivia McDonald


Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage -

Portadown/Loughgall Committee meeting on Monday 29th April at 8 p.m. in Pastoral Centre.

Pre-Pilgrimage Mass for all Pilgrims travelling on the Diocesan Pilgrimage 12 - 17th May on Thursday 2nd May at 7 p.m. in St. John the Baptist Church.

Year of Faith Committee - meeting on Friday 3rd May in the Pastoral Centre after evening Mass.


First Communion for children attending St. John the Baptist PS and Bun Scoil next Saturday, 4th May, at 11 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church. All welcome.



Feasts: Monday 29th St. Catherine of Siena:Tuesday 30th St. Pius V: Wednesday 1st St. Joseph the Worker; Thursday 2nd St. Athanasius; Friday 3rd Ss Philip and James.




May Rosary: every day at the Grotto. 1st: Sacristy Team; 2nd-Rosary Group; 3rd-Legion of Mary; 4th - Saturday Choir; 5th-Fr Sheehan. Parish groups wishing to lead this pray are asked to sign up for this in the Sacristy.

Recent Baptisms: Melah Frances Greene, Aoife Teresa Reid, Kayla Jayne Corr, Patrick James McStravick-Hamill, Calum McDonagh



“When the Holy Spirit comes on you ... you will be my witnesses ... to the ends of the earth.” Mass for the Nations on Saturday 11th May at 7 p.m. in St. John the Baptist Church celebrating Ascension Day. Various languages singing and speaking about the love of God and praising God. Those from foreign countries who have made Drumcree their home are invited to this Celebration of Faith - come in your native custome if possible and bring your national flag.




H.U.G. (Help Uganda Grow) - Coffee Evening Saturday 4th May 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. ALSO Coffee Morning Sunday 5th May 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Pastoral Centre. Everyone welcome.


Drumcree College: a reminder to parents - meeting with CCMS representatives on Tuesday 30th April at 7.30 p.m. in the College.st - re-opens for Year 8 pupils only. Monday 3rd September - re-opens for Years 11 & 12 only.

Requiescat In Pace

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

Lately Deceased: Joachim Kleffel, Mary Flatt, Eamonn Halfpenny, Antonio Soares, Sean Lavery, Kathleen Mallon, Marion Melaugh, Fr. Tommy Marley


At This Time: Mary Donnelly, Liam White, Mary Catherine & Michael Coleman, Angelina Soares

Sunday 28th: M.M. Bridie Conlon, John McKenna(1st Anniversary), Gerry Kelly, Isabella Daly, Gerard Jones


Monday 29th: M.M. Esther Campbell, Joan Hamill


Tuesday 30th: M.M. Anna Hughes, John Murphy, Donald Creaney, Margaret McDonald, Eddie McCann, Frank McCann, James Jordan


Wednesday 1st: M.M. John McCarthy, Eileen Clarkson(1st Anniversary), Gary McKeever, Austin Marley, Thomas McNally, John McCoy


Thursday 2nd: Cahir McNally, Mary McGurgan, Eileen Hagan


Friday 3rd: Denis McCourt(1st Anniversary), James McKeever


Saturday 4th: Sharon McNamara, Elizabeth Fearon, Jackie Lavery, Patrick Murphy


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 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.



Armagh Parish Youth Group (J.O.Y.) - Mass for young people Sunday 5th May, 5.30 p.m. in Armagh Cathedral. This Mass will have young people as it’s focus. Refreshments afterwards. Everyone welcome.



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.



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.



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



St. Mary’s Women’s Guild: Meeting in Ashgrove Community Centre Wednesday 1st May at 8 p.m. Guest speaker.



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


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.



Tir Na nOg GFC - Bingo as usual Tuesday night. The bigger the crowd the bigger the prizes. Saturday 4th May ‘Heart Beat’.



The Mayor of Craigavon is hosting a Over 60’s Daffodil Tea Party in Craigavon Civic Centre on Friday 3rd May, 2.30 - 4 p.m. Admission is free but by ticket only. Tickets available from Mayor’s Office. Tel. 028 38312403.



Southern Area Hospice - Remembrance Service - you are invited to join us as we remember and give thanks for all Southern Area Hospice patients who died between 1st January and 31st December 2012. The service will be held today 28th April from 3 - 4 p.m. at Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre followed by refreshments.



A talk about the Camino de Santiago, by a pilgrim who walked the route, in the Market Place Theatre, Armagh, Thursday 2nd May 7 - 9 p.m. Tickets available online or at the door. Book online at www.awayaweewalk.com or call Eimear on 07837703643



Naiscoil na Banna - additional places have been allocated for children of pre-school age ( born between 2nd July 2009 and 1st July 2010). If interested in a place for 2013-2014 contact Paula at 38391243.



Golf Challenge (Epworth Methodist Church) Friday 10th May 3pm at Portadown Golf Club. To book contact sam Forbes 38335601.

National Prayer Vigil for the right to life of mothers and babies - Saturday 4th May, Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock.


Offertory Collection

Sunday 21st - £2531-78

Thanks to all who contributed


Pastoral Centre: Cafe Bethany open after

10 a.m. Mass on Mondays


Love one another as I have loved you

It was one of those days.

Things had gone wrong all day -

some tensions at work,

annoyance with people,

criticism behind their backs -

one of those days.

The words sometimes go through my mind then:

Love one another as I have loved you.

They don’t make it any easier,

but somehow it makes

things look a bit different

and I think a bit more kindly

of another.

Sometimes it’s the love one another

that I remember and that gets me.

Why should I love him?

Why should I care for her?


They don’t seem to want to care for me.

And I hear,

in the ear of the mind and the memory of the heart,

the words of Jesus,

as I have loved you.

Your total love of me, Lord,

is like a tidal wave coming over me,

refreshing, cooling, drenching me

and that gives me another chance

to cool off hot words,

refresh tired judgements

and believe that,

as you love me,

you also love everyone.

Thanks for the words:

Love one another as I have loved you.

They spur me on,

cool me down,

centre me and focus me

on the gift of love and hope

that is your gift to me.

The JOY rule

Think of Jesus

Think of Others

Think of You