24th January 2010

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

24th January 2010
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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
Tuesday - Friday 7p.m.
St. Patrick's
Monday - 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.

Devotions1st & 2nd Sunday

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. White 38332218
Parish Mobile - Emergency No. 07841101850

this weekend, organised by St. Vincent De Paul Society and Knights of St. Columbanus.  Please be generous. Donations can also be left in during the week or next weekend.

Minister of the Eucharist
St. John the Baptist, week beginning 25th January Teresa McCaffrey.

Ministry of The Word
Week beginning  25th January
10 a.m. Belle Oliver.  
7 p.m.  Geraldine Lawless.

St. Joseph's Young Priest Society -  meeting Wednesday 27th January after 7 pm Mass in St. John the Baptist Church.  New members welcome.

Are you aged 21 or over?  Have you been on a youth pilgrimage in the past?  Would you be interested in being a leader for the Diocesan pilgrimage to World Youth Day in 2011?  If you have answered yes to all these questions then the Armagh Diocesan Youth Commission are looking for you!  For further information contact Kate at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   The first gathering of leaders will take place on Sunday 7th February from 1.30 - 3.30 p.m. in Armagh.

Cardinal Cahal B. Daly Month Mind Mass on Sunday 31st January in St. Patrick's Cathedral at 5.30 p.m.  All welcome.

Armagh Hospitalite Pilgrimage to Lourdes - 12th - 17th May 2010.  Limited number of assisted pilgrim and pilgrim places available.  Application forms for Assisted Pilgrim places are available from sacristy of both churches.  Completed forms must be returned to the sacristy before Wednesday 10th February.  Pilgrim places may be booked by contacting Bernie Hanratty on 38361870.  Direct flight from Belfast, including full board, 650 Euro.
Lourdes Committee Meeting Wednesday 10th February after 7 p.m. Mass in St. John the Baptist Church.
Thanks to the Lourdes Committee for donating the seat at the Lourdes Grotto.

Recent Baptisms:  Anais Marie O'Neill,Jack Seamus McNally

Sacrament of Marriage - congratulations to Karen Leeper and Paul McConville and Lisa McKeever and Brian Rocks who were married recently.

ALPHA - The course continues on Wednesday

Feasts:  Monday 25th The Conversion of St. Paul;  Tuesday 26th Ss. Timothy and Titus; Wednesday 27th St. Angela Merici;  Thursday 28th St. Thomas Aquinas; Saturday St. Aidan.

Cemetery Care and Respect for Graves:
Parishioners and Visitors comment on the good state of the cemetery. It reflects families and individuals remembrance of the dead and is an act of faith in the after life our share in Christ's Resurrection. Please continue to uphold the sanctity of the cemetery by
conduct within it and respect for graves and grave momentos and flowers.

Offertory Collection

Sunday 17th - £2973-85

Thanks to all who contributed

Requiescant In Pace
Lately deceased:  Cardinal Cahal Daly, Frances Henderson, Mary Hanratty, Philomena Duffy, Margaret McConville, Pat Turley, Sr. Mary (Peter) Hendron, John Livingstone
At This Time: Richard McCleery, James Gillen, John Charlie Mackle, Patrick Lappin, Patrick Robinson, Dominic Marley Sunday 24th: Mairead Cullen, Mary Corrigan, James Grimley, Sarah McConnell, Gretta Starrs, Frank McCann, Vincent Marley   Monday 25th:  Matthew Hanratty, John Robinson, Thomas Lappin   Tuesday 26th: Anna Morgan(1st Anniversary), Ciaran Megaw(1st Anniversary), Patrick McKee, Jack Connolly, Theresa Bailey, George Daly, Molly O'Brien, Peter McCann, Frank Hannaway, Laurence McAtarsney  Wednesday 27th: Mary Neeson, James Williamson, Joseph Donnelly  Thursday 28th:  M.M. Mary McNally, M.M. Isabel McCann, Sarah Ann Lappin, Frances Douglas, Joseph Hanratty, Alice Creaney, Veronica McKeever, Mary Ann Breen  Friday 29th: M.M. Josephine Hannaway, John Hamill, Mary McCleery, Madge McAlinden, Mary Oliver, , James & Catherine Doyle, Connie Keating  Saturday 30th:  Kathleen McClean, John Patrick Creaney, Joseph Kelly, John Fearon

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

John Paul II Awards:  anyone doing this through their school should contact Fr. White

St. Vincent De Paul Society
Clothes shop, tel. 38393898 or  Furniture shop tel. 38394219,  in Mayfair Business Centre, Garvaghy Road.  Opening hours Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  
NEW SELF HELP LINE - 38339639.  Response within 48 hours.

A Time For Lay People - Irish College, Rome 18th-24th July, renewal course `Rediscovering the meaning of our Baptism.' Cost 870 Euro. Contact College at 00 3906 772631
or ufficio@irishcollege

Church Time Burglaries:  some basic advice - lock all exterior doors and windows;   secure all sheds and garages; make your home look occupied even when you're not at home (use timer switches on lamps / radios).  Leaflets in Church.  Stay safe - stay secure.

Drumcree College - Basketball - P7 - 1st & 2nd years every Wednesday from 3.30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Adult fitness classes Wednesdays 7.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.  For more information contact the school 38334725.

Drumcree Community Centre:  Young Parent's Group, 11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
Drumcree House of Health:  Women's Drop-in Night Tuesday 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.   Young Peoples Health Drop-in Monday 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  This confidential service on all aspects of health (male or female) under 25 yrs.
Phone Jennifer or Linda on 38334522 for more details.

Bannside Development Centre:  Homework Club starting back Monday 11th January, £1 per day. I.C.T. a 16week course for beginners starting mid-January.  English Classes Thursday morning 10am Arts and Crafts Classes from 7 - 8.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday. For more information contact Carol on 38339916.

St. John's Accordion Band: classes in music on Thursdays 7pm in St. John the Baptist School. Anyone wishing to join contact a
committee member at the school on the evening.
Holy Ghost Missions thank all who contributed to their `Mite Boxes' in Spar and Costcutters.  The amount received was

St. John the Baptist P.S.  - Playing for the Future Multi Sports Camp continues Sunday for 4 - 12 yr olds. P1 - P4, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. and P5 - P7, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.  All welcome.

Holy Land 2010 - 6th - 15th September, direct from Belfast International, £989 pps, 10 days.  Includes half board, taxes, tours, spiritual director etc.  For more information call Rita O'Neill on 02890623186.
Fatima 2010 - 27th May + 22nd July, £599 pps. 7 days, includes full board en suite, taxes, tours, spiritual director etc.  For more information call Rita O'Neill on 02890623186.

Drumcree College: Open Day Thursday 28th
January from 3 - 6 p.m. for all P6 & P7 children and their families.

Tir Na nOg GFC:  U10 Training in Drumcree College Tuesdays 6.30 p.m.  Bingo  - Tuesday 8.15 p.m.

Cumann Gaelach - Irish Class every Thursday in Ashgrove
Community Centre, 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Special Valentine Gift - give your husband or wife a special Valentine gift of a weekend away with you (12th - 14th February).  A weekend with a difference that will help deepen your commitment to one
another and enrich the joys you share together whether you are
recently or many years married.  For details and booking visit www.marriageencounter.ie or phone 00353 1 832 4429.


With the power of the spirit

The spirit of a person is within the unique cluster
of gifts, exuberances, talents, loves, hopes
worries, hurts, anxieties,
that makes each person
unique, never to be replaced.
It is what we remember of someone
who has left us.

Jesus spoke from the depths of his spirit,
from what made him unique:
Son of God, Son of Mary,
Word of Heaven, Human Word,
Bread of God, Human Flesh,
for the life of the world,
and at the very last
he gave up his Spirit
that his Spirit might live:

the Spirit of wisdom to teach the true way of life,
the Spirit of compassion to reach out to all of us,
the Spirit of courage to follow through his work to the end,
the Spirit of gentleness to invite each to the embrace of God,
the Spirit of forgiveness to move on always to deeper love.
And this Spirit gave him power,
a power of conviction and of love,
so that the ears of all were on his word.

This is the power of his people,
the Spirit he shares through all time.
What made him unique
still invites all of us
to be his people,
the community of believers,
the Church of God.