VOL. 22 NO. 24 18TH MAY 2014
MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK
|6.30pm Mary Wright
Anointing of the Sick
|Confessions at 6.00pm||11.30am
Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds
in the evening please close the car park gates.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR BAPTISM IN OUR PARISH
The Sacrament of Baptism is one of the most joyful occasions both for the family and the Parish and everyone is welcome. The next Baptismal Course takes place this Tuesday evening in the Iona Room from 8.00pm to 9.30pm, where parents will receive their Baptismal pack and can arrange the date for their child’s Baptism. Baptisms in the Parish take place on the first and last Sunday of each month and attendance at the course is arranged through Philomena in the Parish Office.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS
Elections to the Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June. The Council supports and advises our Parish Priest and represents the views of parishioners in matters affecting parish life. Nominations will be sought for candidates willing to serve for four years. If you would like further information please speak to any member of the Parish Pastoral Council or contact Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463. Nominations forms are available this weekend and need to be returned by next Sunday.
EASTER PRAYER SPACE – ‘I am risen and I am still with you.’ Ps 138:12. The empty tomb was the Tabernacle of Repose. The lit candle reminds us that Christ is here with us. The long winding sheet represents the cast off grave clothes. Grave clothes bind us. Christ invites us to cast off our grave clothes and come out of our tomb, free from the restraints of the past and anything that binds us like worry, fear, unforgiveness, negativity etc As Paul urges us: ‘Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience’. Colossians 3:12
EASTER DUTY – “ … each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during Paschal time unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.” Canon 920.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT – we can be contacted on 074 5698 9458. Our members are Regiena Babu, Eileen Brogan, Eithne Daly, Maire Devine, Brenda McMeekin, David McMeekin, Celine Molloy, Joan Rogan and Lucy Traynor.
CTS BOOKLETS – a new range of resources is on sale in the Church porch. There is also a variety of cards to purchase, to celebrate special occasions. Payment may be placed in any of the money boxes in the walls next to the candelabras.
EXAM BUDDIES– all students preparing for exams are invited to take an exam pack from the table in the Church porch and to place their name on the Exam Buddies notice board there. Parishioners are invited to place their name on the Prayer Sponsors board and then pray for the students over the exam period in May and June.
DECEASED – We pray for the repose of the soul of a parishioner, Elsie Campbell and for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:
John Doyle, Una Gallagher, Ted Gallagher, Dorothy Gilmore, Sam Heath, Joan Pears and Mary Wright.
TROCAIRE BOXES – parishioners are asked to return their Trócaire box to the parish by this Sunday.
ANNUAL DIOCESAN COLLECTION FOR OUR STUDENTS TO THE PRIESTHOOD – will be taken up at all Masses this weekend. There are currently ten young men in training for priesthood for the diocese, three of whom, Dominic, Andrew and Conor, are deacons. The other students are James, Manuelito, Tony, James, Michael, Kevin and Christopher. Please remember them in your prayers. Thank you for your support of this collection last year. Your continued support of this annual church collection is again requested. Your financial contribution is another concrete way of supporting our students as they journey towards priesthood for service in our parishes.
FR PAUL BYRNE – would like to thank parishioners for their very generous donation of £1,808.00 to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The money will be used to help the young widows of Sri Lanka whose husbands were killed in the bitter civil war there.
PARISH DRAW – The winners of the 2nd Parish Draw for 2014 are: Phil Gregg – £100, Fiona Devine – £75 & Lucy Traynor – £25. Don’t worry it’s not too late to get your tickets. Please speak to any member of the committee or tickets will be available over the weekend of 17th / 18th May after all the Masses.
SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP – we will meet again this Tuesday evening, at 8.00pm in the Committee Room. Focus will be on “entering more fully into the Pascal Mystery ”.
WEDNESDAY CLUB – trip to Co. Meath this Wednesday. Cost £30, includes bus, lunch and entertainment, tea before we leave for home Bus leaves at 10.15am and returning home at about 7.00pm. If you wish to join us please ring Pat on 9067 1036 or Anna on 9065 1351. We need final numbers by this Wednesday. Don’t delay.
APOSTOLIC WORK ANNUAL DISPLAY AND SALE – will take place after all the Masses next Saturday and Sunday. Please support our missionary work by going to the Parochial Hall and enjoying a cup of tea or coffee and freshly made scones. There will be cakes, plants, books etc. for sale and the popular tombola and raffle. You are encouraged to Gift Aid cash donations of ANY AMOUNT so that Apostolic Work can claim the tax. Forms will be available at the door or from a member of Apostolic Work in the hall. Thank you for your faithful support.
PARISH SIRLOIN STEAK/CHICKEN BBQ & DISCO – will take place on Friday 30th May from 7.30pm in the Parochial Hall/Scouts & Guides den. Bring your own refreshments and the music will be on until 12.30am. Its guaranteed to be a great night out. Tickets are only £15 per person and will be available to purchase this weekend or they are available from Roisin McMullan 07854 140019 or Mary Walsh on 07815 493463 or any member of the Social & Fundraising Committee. If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know when you book your ticket. We look forward to seeing you there.
ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK – will take place on Sunday 8th June and will be led by The Most Reverend Anthony Farquhar. The ceremonies commence at 2.30pm in the Basilica with the Sacrament of the Sick, followed by Mass, Benediction and the Rosary Procession. Further details can be obtained from Father Colin Grant at 028 9064 3939
IN FAITH, THROUGH FORGIVENESS TO THE FUTURE – a round table discussion next Saturday from 1.30pm to 5.30pm in All Saints Parish Centre, Cushendall Road Ballymena. Guest Speaker, Dr Geraldine Smyth OP, of Trinity College Dublin and the Irish School of Ecumenics, well known theologian and writer, will be accompanied by Fr Paddy Delargy, Mrs Janice McKeith and Baroness Nuala O’Loan. Explore the true meaning of forgiveness for all Christians and its importance for the way we live our lives and build our future. No charge. All welcome. Tea and tray bakes. Donation basket to cover the costs.
We hope you will come. For further information contact Nuala 077 6997 4970 or Janice
079 2708 9125.
BETHANY BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP – is a parish based group ministry which aims to help those bereaved and grieving. Support is offered on an individual basis in the home, to groups in drop-in centres, by phone calls, by helping at funeral liturgies and remembrance services.As of January 2014 there are twenty four parishes in the Diocese with Bethany Teams. For more information or to register interest in the next training session which begins in September in Castlewellan, please contact Claire Dowds, Good Shepherd Centre, 511Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 3GS. ( 07557882183, email: bethanybereavementni @gmail.com
ST.MALACHY’S COLLEGE – Antrim Road, will host an Information and Registration Event for GL Assessment 2014 on Tuesday 24th June at 7.00pm . Parents and Primary 6 pupils who wish to apply for a place in the College are welcome to attend.
ST PATRICK’S PRIMARY SCHOOL HOLYWOOD – will be celebrating their 75th year with a reunion of pupils and teachers past and present, on Wednesday 21st May from 4.30pm until 7.00pm in the school. Refreshments and entertainment provided. If anyone has any old photos or memories from their time at the school please come along and take a trip down memory lane. For further information or if you have any photos etc that could be displayed, please contact Tracey Jordan : 07746440910 or the school.
TOOLS FOR SOLIDARITY – in collaboration with the Down and Connor Churches are running a project over a 6 month period, to collect old hand tools and 500 old/unused sewing machines for centres in Uganda and Tanzania, in order to help improve the lives of the local people and their communities. The charity will collect the tools from the Church, on a date to be set. Meanwhile if anyone would like to work with the charity on this project, or would like a machine collected, please contact Tools For Solidarity on 02890 747473.
SVP FASHION SHOW – run by the West Belfast SVP office, will be held on Thursday 5th June at 7.30pm in the Balmoral Hotel, Blacks Road, Belfast. Tickets for the event are £10 each and this includes a Buffet. Tickets and Ballots can be purchased by ringing the SVP West Belfast Office on 90601899
THE FLOURISH INITIATIVE – an invitation to a morning, designed to give an insight into how this initiative gives support to those affected by suicide, will be held on Tuesday 20th May in the Skanios Centre, 239 Newtownards Road from 9.30am – 12.30pm. There will be an opportunoity to gather information from other agencies working in the area of mental health wellbeing for local communities.