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Portstewart Parish 15th April 2012 Divine Mercy Sunday Readings: Sunday Cycle B Psalter: Week 2 Fr. Austin McGirr PP 7083 2534 / 07739 223295 amcgirr1947@gmail.com MASSES THIS WEEK Monday to Thursday at 9.30am. Saturday 9.30am & Vigil Mass at 6.00pm. Sunday - 9.00am, 11.00am and 8.00pm. REST IN PEACE Recently: Liam McErlean, Eamonn Martin. Anniversaries: Fr Alex (1), Matilda McAleese, Kathleen Weir (10), Rose Moore (11), Berna McCartney (12), Dick Hughes (14), Thomas McGeough 15), Mary Smyth, Cardinal Conway (17), Sarah McCann, Harry McLaughlin (19), Rose Ann Murray and Danny Crawford. PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL That the risen Christ may be a sign of certain hope for the men and women of the African continent. COLLECTIONS Last weekend’s parish collection came to £ Thank you for your generosity and support. Trocaire total to date: GIVING ENVELOPES Please pick up the church collection envelopes which are now available at main Church Entrance. If you do not have an envelope and would like to contribute to parish finances, please contact parish office now - 7083 2534. PARISH CENTRE Wed: Duplicate Bridge Improvers bridge Portstewart Bridge Thu: Zumba with Charlene St Colum’s Bowls Fri: GOLD Zumba Tango dancing

8 – 14 April 1430 - 1700 1430 - 1700 1930 - 2230 1800 - 1900 1900 - 2200 1020 - 1130

EOGHAN RUA GAC Lotto numbers drawn last Sunday: 2; 4; 6; 19 No jackpot winner. £25 winner - G Farren (C’raine) Next Sunday's jackpot - £4100. Derry Snr Football Div 1 today Eoghan Rua v Magherafelt, reserves at 2.00pm Snrs at 3.30pm. Mon 16th u 18 football Eoghan Rua v Lavey 6.45pm. LOURDES PILGRIMAGE The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage is from 11-16th July. Return flights from Belfast to Lourdes and full board in hotel costs £570.00 Bus to & from airport is extra. Deposit of £100 per person. Application forms and further details from Shelia

Conway 7083 6630 or Jimmy Haughey 7083 3734. You can also apply for the 7 night pilgrimage 10th – 17th July (£630.00). Application forms are also available for membership of the Youth Team – well worth going (£510). The Youth Team will fly out on 10th July having met for preparation days on 8 and 9 July. Minimum age is 16 years of age, max is 25. Contact the parish office. N I CANCER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES Sun 27th May to Fri 1st June Spiritual Director V. Rev. Sean McCartney. Flights from Belfast. Pilgrims accompanied by medical, nursing and other Oncology staff. Fare £599 Call 07516759646 PRAYING WITH THE SCRIPTURES A Diocesan campaign to deepen our knowledge of Sacred Scripture will begin in this Vicariate after Easter. Interested parishioners are invited to one of two initial meetings: Sunday 22nd April or Wednesday 25 April at 7.30pm. Specially invited are members of existing prayer groups, Ministers of the Word, members of Eucharistic Adoration group, but all are welcome. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRE-SCHOOL! St Colum’s Pre-school playgroup celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. To mark this special occasion the pre-school committee is organising a Family Fun Day to be held on Sat 9th June. In preparation, the committee is collecting photographs of the pre-school and its children from its inception in 1992 right through to the present day. If anyone has any photographs could they please leave them at the Parish Office where they will be photocopied or scanned and returned asap. In addition, the committee hopes to have stalls at the Fun Day. If anyone is interested in taking a stall to sell their arts or crafts, homemade produce etc or to display a particular skill such as professional makeup etc. please leave your name and contact details at the parish office. ST COLUM’S DADS’ WALK A self-sponsored walk to raise funds for St. Colum's Pre-School Playgroup and St Colum's Primary School PTA has been organised. £10 per head to walk from The Anchor to The Bar Mouth and back again (approx 5 miles from bar to bar). It’s happening Saturday 28th April - meeting in the Anchor at 2.30pm. It should be a great way for parents, especially the dads, to get to know one another. For more information contact Dermot (07766 505109) or Danny (07779 964971). 25 people = £250.00!!! LITTLE STARS Little Stars Parent & Toddler Group will reopen on Tuesday 24th April following the Easter break.

APOSTOLIC WORK Wish to express sincere thanks and appreciation for your support of their coffee morning and sale of March 4th. To date a grand total of £1,164 has been raised. Just think how many people in real need that you have helped. In the past financial year Portstewart Branch i.e. YOU – contributed £6480. The total from Down and Connor Diocese was £360,944 and 91% of that money was sent directly to missionary organisations. In total, 210 missionaries were helped last year. Committee Meeting: Please note the following change of date - the April meeting will now be on Tuesday 17th April at 7.30pm. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER GLOBAL VILLAGE TRIP TO ETHIOPIA 2012 A student team from the University of Ulster will be travelling to Ethiopia this summer to build houses for impoverished families, working in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, the world's largest poverty housing charity that builds simple, affordable homes in partnership with low-income families and volunteers. Our University of Ulster Team will be made up of Catholics and Protestants working and living together to make a difference in the lives of others. The partnership also works closely with local leprosy associations to guarantee houses for some of Africa’s most vulnerable people. As part of their fundraising campaign this year’s Habitat team is hosting a Gala Ball on Saturday 2nd

June 2012 in the Diamond Hall, University of Ulster, Coleraine Campus. Tickets £40/£400 per table. For tickets or more information please contact Fr Raymond McCullagh on: 07739223293. Email: r.mccullagh@ulster.ac.uk Please help build houses, community and hope for the people of Ethiopia. STAR OF THE SEA WOMEN'S GROUP have invited Patricia Farren author of the recently published "Show me the Prision" to speak and do a short book reading about the background and motivation for her book. This will take place tomorrow, Monday 16th of April in the Parish Centre at 8pm. The organisers look forward to seeing you there. DAY OF RECOLLECTION IN TOBAR MHUIRE RETREAT HOUSE - CROSSGAR Eucharist and the Holy Spirit: Date: Saturday 21st April. 10am – 4.30pm Cost: £15 per person
See Notice Board. DIOCESAN SAFEGUARDING OFFICE Full details of policies and procedures are available online at downandconnor.org/safeguarding or contact them directly at 511 Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 3GS, Tel:9049 2798 email: cpodownandconnor@gmail.com

PARISH MEETINGS Apostolic Work: Tuesday 17th 7.30pm Marian Hall Pastoral Council: Wed 18th Apr 7.00pm Marian Hall Parish Lectors (Readers of the Word) Tues 24th Apr 7.30pm to 9.00pm, Marian Hall. All parish Lectors should make time for this course, which follows on the recent two-day Larne course. STAR OF THE SEA WEBCAM Please be aware that all liturgies celebrated in Star of the Sea are carried on the parish website www.portstewartparish.com VOCATION VIGIL 3rd May 8pm until 10.00pm. in the parish church in Randalstown. There will be music, prayer and reflection. All are welcome to come and pray for the wisdom to know their vocation in life. AN EXECUTIVE WARNING The N. I. Housing Executive has given us huge posters warning of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. The symptoms are headache, nausea, breathlessness, dixxiness, collapse and unconsiousness. For information call 0900 0320 121 PRAMBLE TO THE PROM A mums and baby group of Portstewart are holding a sponsored ‘Pram Push' to thank the Bubble Foundation for their support after Oscar underwent a bone marrow transplant in February this year. Oscar was diagnosed with a Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) in December - a condition which affects the immune system which he was born with. The Pramble with take place on Sat 21st April 10.00am FOR 10.30am Start at the Portstewart Baptist Church Car park. Everyone welcome: £5 entry fee (sponsorship and donations welcome) "Morelli's To Go" will be donating all money taken from 4pm to 5pm on the 21st. For more information contact Eilis Lafferty on 07768211251 ARE YOU SUFFERING THE PAIN OF LOSS? Beginning Experience (a support group for widowed, separated and divorced people) continues from 18th April every Wednesday from 8 to 10pm in St Bride’s Hall, 38 Derryvolgie Avenue, Malone Rd, Belfast. Residential weekend: 25th – 27th May at Drumalis Retreat Centre, Larne. For further information please contact Phil Tel: 9020 7645 or Geraldine Tel: 9083 3329 or Marie Tel: 07542070835


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