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Portstewart Parish

2nd September 2012 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Readings: Sunday Cycle B Psalter: Week 2 Fr. Austin McGirr PP 7083 2534 / 07739 223295 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: Website: MASSES THIS WEEK Monday to Friday at 9.30am. Saturday 9.30am & Sunday Vigil Mass at 6.00pm. Sunday 9.00am, 11am and 6pm 8 pm Mass on Sunday resumes on 23 September REST IN PEACE Recently Deceased: Kevin Conway Anniversaries: Fr Paddy Campbell, Brigid Mullan (30), Lizzie Kane, Peggie McKeague (2), Bridget Conway, Michael O‟Cleary and Brendan Hopkins. PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR SEPTEMBER That politicians may always act with honesty, integrity and love for the truth. COLLECTIONS Last weekend‟s parish collection came to £1695. Thank you for your generosity and support. CHILDREN’S LITURGY We will be welcoming children back to the Children‟s Liturgy following the summer break next Sunday 9th September during 11am Mass. FIRST COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION All parents who wish to have their children prepared for First Holy Communion or Confirmation in 2013 are invited to get in touch with the Parish Office 7083 2534 or Sally Andrew 7083 4789 as soon as possible. LEGION OF MARY Church door collection for Legion of Mary Hostels caring for Belfast homeless will be taken up this weekend 1-2 September.

LEGION OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK Sunday 23rd September – the bus will leave from Armstrong Gordon, The Promenade at 7am. Cost approximately £18 per person. Please add your name to the list at the back of the Church. PARISH CENTRE Sun: Car Boot Sale Dominic Graham Dancing Mon: Karate Juniors Karate Seniors Lectio Divina Tues: U3A Whist Wed: Rosemary Conley Club Portstewart Bridge Legion of Mary Fri: Zumba GOLD Sat: Speech and Drama

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KARATE CLUB Karate starts back on Monday Sept 3rd after the summer break. As usual, all welcome to attend. Juniors 6.45-7.30. Seniors 7.30-8.45. Next grading will be at the end of November. ST COLUM’S PRIMARY SCHOOL School reopens on Monday 3rd September for P1. LORETO COLLEGE COLERAINE School reopens on Monday 3 September for Years 8, 11, 13 and 14 and Tuesday 4 September for all Years. Dominican College, Portstewart Notice for P7 parents Friday 21st September is the closing date for registration for P7 pupils who wish to sit an Entrance Assessment for admission to Dominican College in September 2013. A familiarisation & registration morning is being held in Dominican College from 10.00am until 11.00am on Saturday 8th September. Please come along if you are considering Dominican College as a post-primary school for your child next year. Registration packs will be available and the Principal will outline arrangements relating to the Entrance Assessment. EOGHAN RUA GAC Lotto Sunday 26th August: no jackpot winner. Nos: 6,9,14,20. £25 winner: Sean McGoldrick (P‟srt). Jackpot Sunday 2nd September: £5000. Irish language classes (Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced) will re-commence in mid-September. Please contact Schira McGoldrick (07725213083) or Kevin Mullan (07858759997). Derry Senior Football Championship 2nd Round Eoghan Rua v Glen at Glenullin – today Sunday 2nd September.

Throw-in 1.45pm. Your support will be greatly appreciated IS GRAPHIC DESIGN YOUR THING? 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 Maris team could really use your help. (We publish three issues a year.) Please contact the editor, Bryan Rooney, on 07738290588 or by email at WORK ON THE CHURCH To prepare for repainting the interior of the church, some work has to be done inside and outside. This has been planned in consultation with the Parish Finance Committee and approved by the diocesan authorities. Exposition will be held in the Marian Hall until the work is complete. APOSTOLIC WORK Our annual diocesan retreat, conducted by Fr Perry Gildea, Vincentian Father, will take place this year on 29th– 30th September in Drumalis Retreat Centre, Larne. Please contact Marian McKenna 7083 3467 or Mary McKeever 7083 4076. PATHWAYS - at Drumalis 2827 2196/2827 6455 Adult Faith Development Programme, Celebrating the Year of Faith - enrolling now for 2012-2014 intake. The course offers a space for reflection and discussion about Life, Faith and Ministry and enables participants 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 and will be held on 9 Saturdays from 10:00am - 4:30pm at Drumalis. For further information and booking form, contact Drumalis or email THE GOSPEL STORIES- at Drumalis

A Series of Four Evenings at Drumalis, Larne given by Pádraig Ó Tuama, popular facilitator of scripture courses 6 September - Jesus of Who? 13 September - The Jesus of John 20 September - The story of Jesus' travels in Luke 27 September - Jesus and the Marginalised in Mark Each session takes place from 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm. The suggested contribution is £5 per evening, including tea/coffee. 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.

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 ROSEMARY CONLEY FITNESS You are invited to join the brand new „Fun and Easy‟ class starting on Wednesday 5th September at the Parish Centre 10.00-11.30 am. This new class is ideal for those who would like to lose weight and exercise at a slower pace, with gentle – but still effective, results. There is a very special offer for anyone joining this class until 30/09/12 – free membership and a free Fat Attack Booster diet pack when you pay class fee of £6 only. Everything you need to slim down and tone up for before Christmas! Please contact Barbara to reserve a place 07736963223 NOIRIN NI RIAIN WORKSHOP A Gregorian Chant workshop will be held in Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle on Saturday 22nd September from 10.30 – 4.30 with registration at 10am. Cost £10 per person. Please bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided. Noirin is an Irish singer, writer, teacher, theologian and authority on Gregorian Chant. This will be an enjoyable day so early booking is essential. Contact the Parish Secretary in Culfeightrin 2076 2248 or Ballycastle 2076 2223. ARE YOU SUFFERING THE PAIN OF LOSS?

Beginning Experience (a support group for widowed, separated and divorced people) resumes on 19th September 2012 and continues every Wednesday from 8 to 10pm in St Bride‟s Hall, 38 Derryvolgie Avenue, Malone Rd, Belfast. Next Residential weekend: 22nd – 24th February 2013 at Drumalis Retreat Centre, Larne. For further information please contact Phil Tel:90207645 or Geraldine Tel: 9083 3329 or Marie Tel: 07542070835 PATIENT AND CLIENT COUNCIL PCC Roadshow will be held on Wednesday 24th October at 7pm in the Sandel Centre, Knocklyn Road, Coleraine. Places are limited so please email or call Briege on 0800 917 0222 to reserve your place. This is your opportunity to share your views with key decision makers from Health and Social Care. INVITATION TO A MONASTIC WEEKEND Single women aged 22 – 38 are invited to a Carmelite Monastery in Co Waterford 21 – 23 Sept for a “discernment weekend”. If you wish to accept, telephone 00353 58 56205 or email