22nd December 2013 & 29th 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) - 1977
St. Patrick’s Church, William Street - 1835

22nd December 2013 – 4th Sunday of Advent

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
Fr. Sheehan 38332218
Parish Mobile - Emergency No. 07841101850

Sacrament of Reconciliation - Monday 23rd - After Novena Mass (7.30pm St Patrick's Church)

Christmas Masses:

Christmas Eve -
St. Patrick’s Church and St. John the Baptist Church BOTH AT 9PM

Christmas Day - St. John the Baptist Church 8.30am & 11.30am; St. Patrick’s Church 10 a.m.

St. Stephen’s Day - Thursday 26th

St. Patrick’s Church - 10am
(No Exposition today in St. John the Baptist)

Thursday 28th -
St. Patrick’s Church

Friday 27th
St. John the Baptist Church

Saturday 28th
St. Patrick’s Church -

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: St. John the Baptist from 23rd December - Maura Berry.

Ministry of The Word: from 23rd December - 10am Denis McKeever; 7pm Rosaleen Hamill.

Feasts: Monday 23rd: St. John of Kanty; Wednesday 25th: The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ; Thursday 26th: St. Stephen; Friday 27th: St. John; Saturday 28th: The Holy Innocents. 

Book Shop Pastoral Centre: Not open Christmas Week.

Slimming World meet on Monday 23rd and Monday 30th December in the Pastoral centre at 7pm - just for Christmas - meeting as usual Tuesday 7th January

Samaritans 24/7 - if you are feeling alone and in despair over Christmas phone us 028 38333555.

Grace at table during Christmas

Glory to God in the highest
And peace to his people on earth.
Lord Jesus, in the peace of this
season our spirits rejoice:
With the beasts and angels, the
shepherds and stars, with Mary and Joseph we sing God’s praise.
By your coming may the hungry be filled with good things and may our table and home be blessed.

Glory to God in the highest,
And peace to his people on earth.
Blessed are you, Lord God.
Through the fruitful virginity of Mary you fulfilled the long expectation of the poor and oppressed.
Grant that with the same faith with which Mary awaited the birth of her Son, we may look for him in our brothers and sisters in need.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Peace be with you
And also with you

During the Christmas Season exchange peace each morning with those at home

Requiescant in Pace

Lately Deceased: Mary Johnston, Ursula Fearon, Ita McNeice, Jim Harrison, Eamon McGurgan, John Kelly, Marie Mulholland, Danny Freeburn
At This Time: Charlie O’Neill, John Joseph Hagan, Adelaide de Araujo, George Moonan, W.T. McQuaid, Jim Dennison       
Sunday 22nd:  Eileen Conlon, Sr. Paschal McGivern     
Monday 23rd:  Mary Quinn, Alice Oliver, Brendan Mackle, Charlotte Hamill   
Tuesday 24th: Joe McCabe, Joseph R. Cullen, John Brophy, Teresa Devine, Edith Brankin    
Wednesday 25th: Eddie Murray, Patrick McNeice, Ann Hamill, Joan Farnon, Sam Connelly, Bernard Creaney, Frances Hanratty, Mary McNally, Patrick Farrell, James Furphy, Daniel O’Neill  
Thursday 26th: Irene Dignam, James Murphy, Mamie Smith, Michael Henderson, Vincent Melaugh, Barry Madden  
Friday 27th: Veronica McBennett, Patrick O’Neill, John Henry Halfpenny, Thomas Foy  
Saturday 28th:  James Kelly, James Johnston, Sarah Johnston, Margaret Mary McNally, Barney Kelly, Isobel McCann, Rosheen Girvan, Tommy McCann, Bridie Reynolds, Melburne Reid, Bridget McKenna

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

Sunday 15th
Offertory Collection £2673-69`
Thanks to all who contributed


Joseph, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife.

Isn’t it a story of faith?

Joseph wondering and afraid of what was
going on in Mary?
Mary, afraid of her call to be the mother of God?

Fear and faith go together.
You believe in a person and maybe you’ll be
let down.
You believe in God and you can’t pin him down.
So much of life lived in trust:
that love once promised will last,
that children will be safe and will do the right thing,
that health will last and old age will be safe;
we want our security.

And Mary and Joseph were the same;
wanting security in relationship and
And their real safety was in God.

Do not be afraid, the Lord says;
I am your companion all your days.
And Jesus who became a man in
is with us today in bread and wine.

Joseph do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife.

Parish & Community Notices for week beginning 30th December - 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.

Ballyoran Community Association:  for up to date information log on to Facebook Page - ballyorancommunityassociationPortadown.

St. John the Baptist Nursery School - application forms are now available for September 2014.  Closing date for return of these is Friday 10th January 2014 at 12 noon.

Medjugorje - Pilgrimage departs Wednesday 4th June 2014 - 7 nights f/b ex Belfast £515.  £50 deposit secures place.  Courtesy bus to and from airport. Spiritual Director Fr. Joseph Wozniak. Group Leader Marguerite O’Kane. For more information phone 078 431 924 31.

Recent Baptisms: Eile Catherine Devine, Amarildo Pereira Mendes

Sacrament of  Marriage: congratulations to Louise McDonald and Jonathan Farrell who were married recently.

Some dates for 2014: Cemetery Sunday - 1st June; Excursion to Cultra - 8th June.

The next published bulletin will be Sunday 5th January.

Masses for New Year's Week:
Monday 30th - Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph: 10 a.m. St. John the Baptist
Tuesday 31st: St. Patrick’s - 10am; St. John the Baptist - 12.30pm Wedding Mass
New Years Day: St. John the Baptist - 12 noon.
Thursday  2nd January: 7 p.m. St. John the Baptist (Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 6pm - 6.55pm)
Friday 3rd: St. Patrick’s - 10am; St. John the Baptist Church - 7pm
Saturday 4th: St. Patrick’s Church - 10am

Requiescat in Pace

Sunday 29th: Pauline Nichols, Margaret Foy, Patrick Carvill, Teresa Marley, Brendan Kelly  
Monday 30th: Frank Kelly, Dermot Hagan, Henry Mulholland, Eileen Kelly   
Tuesday 31st:  Conor Mulholland,
Ciaran Killops, Dominic Matthews, Cardinal Cathal Daly, Msgr. Peter Shields
Wednesday 1st: Arthur Wilson(1st Anniversary), Bridget McCann, Mary Ann Tiffney, Nora Carvill, Barney Hamill, Pat Hughes, Maureen Fisher, Miriam McNally, William Black, Dick & Mabel McCourt
Thursday 2nd: M.M. Mary Johnston, Mary Lappin, John Aloysius Derry   
Friday 3rd: M.M. Ursula Fearon, Mona & Owen Kelly, Mona McCann, Dennis Kelly, Catherine Watkins, Peter Daly 
Saturday 4th: Joseph McParland, Frances Henderson, Joseph Hamill, Damian Goodwin, Eddie McNally, Frances Keegan, Philomena Murphy, John Hagan


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Comunion - January
Aine Kelly, Kathleen Lavery, Theresa McCaffrey, Colm McCann
8.30am: Eddie McVaigh, Dylan Murphy, Patsy Hanratty. 
10am: Maurice Hagan, Winnie Breen, Ann Marie Hamill. 
11.30am: John Marley, Kate Guy, Declan McAtarsney, Bronagh Hagan.
St. Francis: Ann Murphy. 
Rosemount: Margaret Marley.
St. John the Baptist week beginning 30th - Eddie McVeigh.

Ministry of The Word - January
Olivia McDonald. 
8.30am: David Greer. 
10am: Aine McCreesh West. 
11.30am: Ciara Burnett.
Week beginning 30th - 10 a.m. Stephen Smyth; 7pm Margaret Marley.