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Portstewart Parish 11th December 2011 Third Sunday of Advent Readings: Sunday Cycle B Psalter: Week 3 Fr. Austin McGirr PP 7083 2534 / 07739 223295 Triangle Youth Co-ordinator: Betty Harkin 07708782179 St Colum’s Primary School, Principal Sinead McCullagh 7083 3010 St Colum’s pre-school Playgroup, Leader Margaret McKinley 7083 5737 Parish Pastoral Council, Chairperson Mary McMahon 7083 3236 Parish Finance Committee, Chairperson Colm Diamond 7083 2227 Parish Childcare Committee, Chairperson Pat Davison 7083 3216 Family Minister, Sally Andrew, 7083 4789 Stella Maris, Editor: Bryan Rooney 07738290588 Parish Sec: Cliodhna Rae 7083 2534 Office email: Website (temp) MASSES THIS WEEK Monday to Friday at 9.30am. Saturday 9.30am & Vigil Mass at 6.00pm. Sunday - 9.00am, 11.00am and 8.00pm. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Eucharistic Adoration takes place each Tuesday and Thursday following 9.30am Mass until 10.00pm and Saturdays 5.00pm to 5.45pm. REST IN PEACE Recently: Liam Moore Anniversaries: Sean O’Boyle (7), George Coulson (12), Trevor Spiers (13), Mollie Davies, William Doherty (14), Anne Canning (17), POPE’S PRAYER FOR DECEMBER That children and young people may be messengers of the Gospel and that they may be respected and preserved from all violence and exploitation. COLLECTIONS Last weekend’s parish collection came to £1616 Thank you for your generosity and support. PARISH CENTRE Sun: Car boot Sale Private party Mon: Weight Watchers Karate Juniors Karate Seniors Star Women’s Group Tue: Little Stars P & T U3A French

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KARATE GRADING The grading examination will be taking place on Monday 19th during the usual training session beginning at 6.45 for everyone. This replaces the previously announced date of Saturday 17th which has had to be cancelled. Karate suits with the appropriate belts must be worn during the examination. Club members are encouraged to attend all classes until this date. The club will be closed on Dec 26th and Jan 2nd and will reopen on Jan 9th. OWEN ROE GAC Lotto numbers drawn 4 Dec: 6; 12; 18; 19 No jackpot winner (£2200)£25 winner - Angela Greene (Coleraine)Next Sunday's jackpot - £2300 Congratulations to Sean McGoldrick! He won the BBC’s NI Sports UNSUNG HERO award for 2011. Here’s Mark Sidebottom presenting the award with Sean’s “other family”. Well earned and well done! REPARATION FOR SACRAMENTS Parents of children who wish to be prepared for First Confession, First Eucharist or Confirmation next year please must make contact with our parish Family Minister Sally Andrew on 7083 4789 or Training will be available for anyone, an individual, a married couple, who would like to be part of a team of parishioners who would help parents prepare for their children’s Baptism. Contact PP or Sally. REPOSITORY The shop near the side entrance of Church. There is a great selection of Christmas cards and gifts available as well as booklets with the new translation of the Missal. People trying to live in places like Palestine, Congo and India benefit from gifts you buy at Christmas through the Trocaire Global Gifts scheme. Pick up a brochure from the parish repository or from the church entrances and make a difference with your shopping this year. We are open after every Mass. A PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT! St. Agnes’ Choral Society is delighted to announce that it will be performing the family favourite ‘Annie’

in the Grand Opera House, Tues. 28th Feb. – Sat. 3rd Mar. 2012. Tickets can be booked by phoning 9024 1919 ONE GOLDEN HOUR A beautiful Christmas Gift is now available. Fourteen inspirational songs and hymns performed by Bernard Loughrey and a host of talented musicians. Available at Repository, Dempseys or Homemakers, New Row, Coleraine. Reasonably priced at £10.00- will give joy. PORTSTEWART CHRISTMAS CARDS If you want to support Cancer research as you share your good wishes, please bring your cards for delivery to Portstewart addresses to Morelli’s on either Friday 16th or Saturday 17th Dec between 9.00am and 5.00pm. Price 30p a card. ADMISSIONS TO ST COLUM'S P1 Applications forms for entry into St Colum's P1, September 2012 will be available from the school office on the Tuesday 29th November 2011. These are also available at ST COLUM’S PRE-SCHOOL CENTRE Will your child be aged 3 years before 1st July 2012? Application forms for September 2012 are now available at St Colum’s Pre-School from Mrs McKinley and must be returned by noon on January 11th, 2012 LORETO COLLEGE CAROL SERVICE The pupils and staff of Loreto College invite you to an evening Carol Service in the College’s Assembly Hall on Wednesday 14 December at 7.30 pm followed by refreshments. Donations in aid of the Loreto Missions. We look forward to seeing you. WHAT’S HAPPENING IN USA? The Catholic Church in USA are calling lapsed Catholics back to the practice of their faith. The site is worth a look: EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS There are posters in the porch of the church giving full details. For more information, go to For those who do not use the internet, help is available in our parish office if you wish to book for the Eucharistic Congress. Talk to Cliodhna any Monday to Wednesday 10am to 12.30pm. OPERATION FREEZE KNEES You are invited to the Strand beach at 12.00 noon on Christmas Day for the Annual Fund Raiser, organized by Coleraine Hospice Support Group. We aim to break last year’s record of 50 brave souls. All funds raised will be used to help maintain the Home Care Nursing Service for local people with life threatening illnesses. Further information or sponsor forms call 7083 2735.

ZUMBA GOLD Class starting: Friday 13th January, 10.30 - 11.30 am. Zumba Gold is specifically designed for the active older adult, complete beginner to exercise, or anyone who would feel uncomfortable in a regular high intensity Zumba class. Zumba Gold is generally slower and less stressful on the joints, yet it is done to the same fun and exhilarating music as regular Zumba. Let Zumba Gold be your New Year's Resolution - Keep fit and have fun. Contact Geraldine on 07845562510. SCHOOL FUNDRAISING Shop Online and Raise Money for St Colum's PTA You shop directly with the retailer as you would normally, but if you sign up to mspta for free and use the links on the easyfundraising site to take you to the retailer then a percentage of whatever you spend comes directly to us at no extra cost to yourself. Easyfundraising is FREE to use plus you could save money yourself with access to hundreds of discounts and voucher codes, so not only will you be helping us, you'll be saving money yourself. STAR WOMEN’S GROUP. We would like to thank all who attended the party and helped to make the evening a great success. Thanks Supervalu, Tesco's, The Anchor Bar, Olivia Hayes, Inspirations, Maggie, and Nicola Magee for their generous contributions to our raffle, from which we raised £125 for Habitat. We would also like to thank Caoimhe Crerand, Stephen Og, Dearbhla, and Lorcan McMullen for their Outstanding Traditional Music, Lauren Young for her Champion Irish Dancing and Rosanna Morelli and Father Raymond for their Double award winning dance act which wowed the crowd. We would like to organize further events in 2012 but we need your support to do so. Membership is only £6/annum. Application forms can be obtained from Maura Hickey on 02870832719 or from the Parochial House. NATIVITY WINDOW & CAROL SINGING The Nativity Window this year will once again be in a prominent place on the Promenade. Carol singing will be on Friday 16th at 7.30pm followed by refreshments including mulled wine and mice pies in the Methodist Hall afterwards. All invited. PORTSTEWART PARISH ON LINE You can now find our parish on the internet with links to other useful church sites. We’re linked to Facebook under “Portstewart Parish” where you can view photographs from the recent Living Parish exhibition. Ideas on the development of the site are welcome. The address is


MASSES THIS WEEK Monday to Friday at 9.30am. Saturday 9.30am & Vigil Mass at 6.00pm. Sunday - 9.00am, 11.00am and 8.00pm. WHAT’S HAPPENI...