15th December 2013 Bulletin

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

15th December 2013 - 3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)

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 10a.m.
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 from 8a.m to 6.55 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
Fr. Sheehan 38332218
Parish Mobile - Emergency No. 07841101850

Extraordinary Ministers Holy Communion: St. John the Baptist week beginning 16th December - John Geary.

Ministry of The Word: Week beginning 16th - 10 a.m. Denis McCourt.   7 p.m. Jerome Marley.

Advent Confessions:
Wednesday 18th -
Penitential Service 7.30 p.m. St. John the Baptist
Friday 20th - after evening Mass in St. John the Baptist
Saturday 21st - 12.30 p.m. - 1.15 p.m. in St. Patrick’s & 6.15 - 6.45 p.m. & after evening Mass. in St John the Baptist
Sunday 22nd - after 11.30 a.m. Mass in St. John the Baptist.
Monday 23rd - after Novena Mass in St. Patrick’s.

Recent Baptisms:  Taylor Lee Doyle,   Mollie McGuigan, Harvey Vincent Colin Wilson, Danny Gavin Preshur

Feasts: Wednesday 18th St. Flannan;  Friday 20th St. Fachanan; Saturday 21st St. Peter Canisius.

Pastoral Centre Shop - Christmas gifts now available - cards cribs, diaries, calendars etc.  Trocaire Christmas Gifts now available.

Carol Service at Old Drumcree - buses leave at 2pm.    Service starts at 3pm. Cultra closes at 4pm.

SHYNE - coffee morning postponed to later date.

St. Vincent De Paul Society - Christmas Appeal: sincere thanks to all who have contributed to our recent Appeal and also to all who contribute in any way throughout the year.
St. Vincent De Paul Society invite P4 - P7 children to a party/disco in the Pastoral Centre today Sunday 15th December 2.30 - 4.30 p.m.

Parish Pastoral Council meeting on Thursday 19th after evening Mass in Pastoral Centre.

Armagh Hospitalite Pilgrimage To Lourdes:  Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes 12th - 17th May 2014.  Direct flight from Belfast including full board 690 Euro.  Single room supplement 150 Euro.  To request a booking form for a Pilgrim or Assisted Pilgrim place contact a member of Lourdes Committee.

Have you a family member away for Christmas - living abroad due to work, education, marriage? include them at Christmas Masses by placing their name on the Christmas trees in either Church.

Bulletin: no edition on 29th December - anniversaries and notices for week beginning 29th should be left at Parochial house by next Wednesday 18th December for the 22nd publication.

Team 125NI - fundraising for the Philippines - propose to petition energy companies to donate £1 for every customer account they hold to help the people of the Philippines to help them restore electric power. Petition forms to sign are available at the back of Churches.

The Art and Practice of Daily Prayer - an exhibition of icons, images, prayer beads in Drumcree Pastoral Centre. Open to experience before and after all Masses this weekend and during the week. Come and see - come and pray! Diocesan Prayer and Spirituality Commission.

Requiescat In Pace

Lately Deceased:  Mary Johnston, Ursula Fearon, Daniel Aquilho de Carvalho, Ita McNeice, Eamon McGurgan, Jimbo Harrison, John (Jake) Kelly
At This Time: Henry Redmond, James Creaney, John Lappin   
Sunday 15th: Brian Loftus, Jim Brennan, Rose Marie McParland, Molly Williamson, John Loughran, Daniel Fearon, Michael & Edna Davidson, Kitty & Tom McCourt, John Maguire, Ilda Alves Correia     
Monday 16th:  Nora McDonald, John McAnallen, Felix Devine, Patrick McGarrity, Bryan McDonald
Tuesday 17th: Joe Bailey, Ailish Black, John Kelly, George Walker, Laurence Crozier, Margaret Fox
Wednesday 18th: M.M. Jean Madden, Francie Fay, Jo Melville, Paddy McConville, Sharon Berry, James McCullough, Charles Gavin Duffy, Patrick Kelly
Thursday 19th:  Frank Hamill, Cissie Lappin, Billy Doran, Iris Berry, Brian Judge, Annie Millsopp, Vera Madden, Mary Gorman, Ellen Catherine McCann  
Friday 20th: Stephen Lyness, Hugh & Joe Fox, Eamon Freeburn, Jimmy Dunbar, Sarah Gertrude Garvey, Tommy McDonald   
Saturday 21st:  M.M. Anthony McCullough, Paddy Judge(1st Anniversary), Rose McKeever

Anniversaries late for Bulletin should be left in the Sacristy on proper day. When submitting notices for bulletin please include name and phone number. Notices and anniversaries should be left in by the Wednesday prior to publication.

On Tuesday 10 December past Cardinal Seán Brady published the Review of Safeguarding Practice in the Archdiocese of Armagh by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) The Review has found that safeguarding practice in the Archdiocese of Armagh conforms to the highest national standards. Cardinal Brady expressed his immense gratitude to the multitude of lay representatives and clergy who have worked hard to attain these high standards. Cardinal Brady repeated his apology to those who have been abused, saying that they had suffered terribly and that he was truly sorry. While acknowledging the Report’s findings that the response in the past was not as robust and coordinated as in the present, the Review recognises that the archdiocese is fully committed to safeguarding children and young people; it also acknowledges that all current child protection concerns are reported fully and without delay to the Police and Social Services. The reviewers established that forty five out of the forty eight assessment criteria have been “fully met” and the remaining three have been “partially met”. At all times, however, whenever and wherever children are involved in Church activities, “vigilance” shall continue to be the watchword of the Archdiocese of Armagh. As part of our outreach to those who have suffered, the Archdiocese of Armagh supports the work of Towards Healing (contact details below), a counselling and psychotherapy service for those who have been abused as children by people working for the Catholic Church in Ireland. A full copy of the Review can be downloaded from the Armagh diocesan website: www.archdioceseofarmagh.com  Towards Healing Website: www.towardshealing.ie Freephone: 1800 303 416 (Republic of  Ireland)  Freephone: 0800 096 3315 (Northern Ireland/UK)

St. Vincent De Paul Society
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. PRAMS, COTS, BUGGIES REQUIRED.
SELF HELP LINE - 38339639 - Response within 48 hours.

Naiscoil Na Banna:  La Oscailte Mairt 17ie Nollaig ag 2.00i.n - We are having an Open Afternoon on Tuesday 17th December at 2 p.m. for parents and children who are interested in pre-school education through the medium of Irish.

Drumcree College: visit www.drumcreecollege.co.uk  Our School. Our Community. Our Future. Your Choice. Support Drumcree College.

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. 

Bannside Development Centre:  Homework Club Monday & Tuesday  3 - 4.30 p.m.  £1 per day.  Arts & Crafts and other activities Tuesday & Wednesday evenings 6.30 p.m. - 8 p.m £1 per session.  Computer Classes Thursday 10 a.m. - 12.15 p.m. £3 per session.  For further information contact Ann on 38339916.  

Ashgrove Playgroup have been allocated some free pre-school places for school year 2014/2015.  For more information contact Catherine on 07723502028.

St. John the Baptist Nursery School:  Application forms are now available for free pre-school places in the above school for September 2014 admissions.  Closing date for applications is Friday 10th January 2014 at 12 noon.  For more information contact Mrs. Helene Murtagh at 38339283.

Cumann Gaelach Port an Dunain:  Christmas Ceili Na Nollag, 21st December in Pastoral Centre.  Music by ‘Long Note’.  Adm £5.        9 p.m. - 12.30.  Supper served.

Offertory Collection
Sunday 8th - £1739-79
Thanks to all who contributed
Pastoral Centre: Cafe Bethany open after
10 a.m. Mass on Mondays


Building the Kingdom

Have you ever watched children building bricks?
as they sit there, they are at work and play.
Look at the wonder in their faces as they build.
They are building their dreams.

Their eyes are closed with determination,
‘I’ll do it this time,’ they are thinking.
They smile as they place each brick,
and this is the joy of learning.

Look at their gentle hands,
they are the hands
of a carpenter,
of a healer,
of a peace-maker,
of a creator.
Each brick is precious,
it is handled with care.


Let’s learn from these children,
as we work to build our lives
and the kingdom of God.
May we plan and design with hope and care,
may we always use our Christian
the bricks of love,
the sands of tolerance,
the waters of faith.