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Portstewart Parish 12th August 2012 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Readings: Sunday Cycle B Psalter: Week 3 Fr. Austin McGirr PP 7083 2534 / 07739 223295 amcgirr1947@gmail.com St Colum’s Primary School, Principal: Sinead McCullagh 7083 3010 St Colum’s Pre-School Centre, Leader: Margaret McKinley 7083 5737 Parish Pastoral Council, Chairperson: in transit 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: Ruth McGuckian 7083 2534 Office email: sec-starofthesea@hotmail.co.uk Website: www.portstewartparish.co.uk MASSES THIS WEEK Monday to Friday at 9.30am. Saturday 9.30am & Sunday Vigil Mass at 6.00pm. Sunday 9.00am, 11am and 6pm THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION Wednesday 15th August is the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady. It is a Holy Day of obligation. The times of Masses are: Tuesday vigil at 7.30pm and on the morning: 9.30am and 11.00am. REST IN PEACE Anniversaries: Eithne McCotter (7), Bozena and Kurt Kunkel, May Doherty, Pat McGlade (9), Hugh McAleese, Hugh Kelly and Canon Brendan McGarry (13). PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR AUGUST That young people, called to follow Christ, may be willing to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel to the ends of the earth. COLLECTIONS Last weekend’s parish collection came to £1616. Thank you for your generosity and support. EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS COURSE Start off the new season with a refreshing refresher course in the Marian Hall on Saturday 1st September at 11am until 3.00pm presented by Fr John Forsythe. Please make time for this. PARISH CENTRE August Sun: Car Boot Sale 1000 - 1500 Dominic Graham Dancing 1530 - 1900 Mon: Dominic Graham Dancing 1030 - 1630

Lectio Divina Tues: Dominic Graham Dancing Wed: Summer Bridge Portstewart Bridge Legion of Mary Thurs: Dominic Graham Dancing Fri: Zumba GOLD Dominic Graham Dancing Sat: Dominic Graham Dancing

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has been planned in consultation with the Parish Finance Committee and approved by the diocesan authorities. The work will start this week on Thursday, the day after the Feast Day. Exposition will be held in the Marian Hall until the work is complete (2 weeks).

Kay Irvine, College Administrator, Edgehill Theological College, 9 Lennoxvale, Belfast BT9 5BY Email:ace@edgehillcollege.org Tel. (028) 9068 6938 THE TABLET Copies of this weekly church magazine are available for a limited time. Order now to secure your copy.

EOGHAN RUA GAC Lotto Sunday 29th July: no jackpot winner. Nos: 16,20,21,24. £25 winner: Margaret Devine (Coleraine). Jackpot Sunday 5th August: £5000.

APOSTOLIC WORK Our annual diocesan retreat will take place this year on 29th–30th September in Drumalis Retreat Centre, Larne. Fr Perry Gildea, Vincentian Father, will conduct the retreat. Programme for the weekend: Saturday 29th only - £35 to include lunch and evening meal. Full amount to be paid by 3rd September. Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th - £70 (as Saturday but also to include B&B and Sunday lunch). Retreat finishes at 3pm. Names and deposit of £30 to be in by 13th August and balance by 3rd September. Early booking is recommended as there are a limited number of rooms available. Please contact Marian McKenna 7083 3467 or Mary McKeever 7083 4076.

IS GRAPHIC DESIGN YOUR THING? Our parish magazine has lost the services of our talented graphic designer, Craig Wilson. After revamping the look and lay out of Stella Maris over the last two years, he has relocated to Scotland. We are very grateful to Craig and keen to keep up the high standards he set. If you have experience of I.T. and Graphic Design and would be willing to spend a little time every few months on the design of the magazine, the Stella team could really use your help. (We publish three issues a year.) Please contact the editor, Bryan Rooney, on 07738290588 or by email at – stellamaris@btinternet.com - if you think you can help.

PATHWAYS - Adult Faith Development Programme at Drumalis, Celebrating the Year of Faith is enrolling now for 2012-2014 intake. The principal purpose of this programme is to offer a space for reflection and discussion about Life, Faith and Ministry and also offers participants spiritual and theological formation, which will enable them to explore their faith with greater confidence. No academic qualifications are necessary. This two-year programme, supported by the Diocese of Down and Connor, runs from October to June each year on nine Saturdays from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm at Drumalis. For further information and booking form, please contact Drumalis – 2827 2196/2827 6455 or email maura@drumalis.co.uk

RELIGIOUS SHOP The Repository at the side entrance to the Church is open after all Masses and stocks a good selection of cards and gifts.

ACCORD MARRIAGE PREPARATION The next courses arranged for 2012 are: Course 1: Wed 26th September, 3rd and 10th October. Course 2: Wed 7th, 14th and 21st November. Courses will take place in All Saints’ Parish Centre, Ballymena from 7-10pm with attendance required on ALL 3 nights. For further information and booking please ring 3833 4781 or visit www.accordni.com

To the Parish of Portstewart

MUSIC FOR AN AUTUMN EVENING Elizabeth Ross and Friends invite you to Drumalis on Friday 28th September at 7.30pm for a recital of seasonal favourites. They will be accompanied by the McAuley Piano Trio under the direction of Loreto McAuley. The cost of the evening is £25 per person including a twocourse hot supper. For further information and booking phone Drumalis – 2827 2196 or 2827 6455.

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LECTIO DIVINA Praying from sacred Scripture brings us great life. Reading and reflecting with others also helps. Meeting Mondays at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. All are welcome.

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be held at Saint Paul's Church, Falls Road, Belfast on Wednesday 15th August 2012 at 7.30pm. Everyone is very welcome. 7th ANNUAL WEEKEND RETREAT AT KNOCK SHRINE Friday 24 - Sunday 26 August. Theme: ‘Behold The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World’ (John 1:29). Speakers: Fr. John Keane, Fr. Archie Guiriba, OFM, Philip McArdle, MCPG Email: info@mcpg.net WORK ON THE CHURCH To prepare for repainting the interior of the church, some work has to be done inside and outside. This

HOSPITAL VISITATION The next course is due to run from Thurs 20th Sept 29th Nov 2012 from 7.30 – 9.30pm (with half-term break end of Oct). For further information contact: Mrs

BBC BROADCAST MASS Many thanks to all who worked hard to make the broadcast the success it was. Copies of the BBC’s recording of the Mass are available from the Parish Office. FEAST DAYS THIS WEEK Tues 14 – Maximilian Kolbe (1894 – 1941) a Franciscan who worked in the apostolate of the press in Poland and Japan and died in Auschwitz. Wed 15 – Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady (see Mass Times). Friday 17 – Our Lady of Knock on 21 August 1879 an apparition appeared on the gable wall of the parish church in Knock, Co Mayo. The apparition had a strong Eucharistic theme: St John the Evangelist, St Joseph and Our Lady with the Lamb of God standing on an altar. THE GIFT AID SCHEME - RAISING DOUGH Last year those who signed one of these raised £15,459 for the parish. If you are a parish contributor, paying tax and have not yet signed a GIFT AID DECLARATION certificate, we ask that you please do so. It costs you nothing to be a parish fundraiser. ---------------------------------------------------------------GIFT AID DECLARATION

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