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Portstewart Parish

16th Feb 2014 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Readings: Sunday Cycle A Psalter: Week 1 Fr. Austin McGirr PP 7083 2534 / 07739 223295 Email - Parish Secretary: Ruth McGuckian 7083 2534 Office email: St Vincent de Paul: 0750 854 9572 Website: MASSES THIS WEEK Monday to Saturday: 9.30am. Sunday Vigil Mass 6.00pm. Sunday: 9.00am, 11.00am and 8.00pm REST IN PEACE Recent: Rt Rev Dom Aengus Dunphy OCSO, Josephine O’Connor, Nicholas Quigley Anniversaries: Danny McMullan, Thomas Doherty (11), Lisa Christopher, Margaret and Harry Sweeney (13), Paddy Conway, Jack Doherty, Jack Farrelly, Jim McCartney (14), Theresa Butcher, Evelyn Foster, Patrick Kelly (15), Clare McGuckian (17), Kate Crossan, John McLaughlin (18), Uel McDonnell, Patrick O’Connell (20) PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR FEBRUARY That the Church and society may respect the wisdom and experience of older people. COLLECTIONS Last weekend’s parish collection came to £1536. Thank you for your generosity and support. LEPRA APPEAL Next weekend 22-23 February, Ros Kerry will be speaking at all Masses and there will be a collection taken up in aid of Lepra. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Held in the Marian Hall 10am-9pm on Thursdays. PARISH CENTRE 16 – 22 February Sun: Car Boot Sale 1000 – 1500 Innova Irish Dance 1530 – 1900 Mon: U3A Pilates 1000 – 1200 U3A Spanish 1000 – 1100 Weight Watchers 1730 – 1830 Karate Juniors 1845 – 1930 Karate Seniors 1930 – 2045 Tues: Legion of Mary 1015 Little Stars Parent & Toddlers 1030 – 1200 Art Class 1330 – 1530 U3A French 1400 – 1700 U3A Whist 1400 – 1645 Innova Irish Dance 1700 – 1900 Bowling Club 1900 – 2200 Wed: Rosemary Conley Club 1000 – 1130 U3A Italian 1030 – 1230

U3A Bridge Innova Irish Dance Portstewart Bridge Thurs: U3A Pilates Innova Irish Dance CHARITY BRIDGE NIGHT



Zumba Gold Seated Tai Chi U3A Bridge Junior Legion Flame Club Rosemary Conley HIT Innova Irish Dance Speech and Drama

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EOGHAN RUA GAC Lotto Sun 9th February: no jackpot winner. Nos: 4,6,7,19. £25 winner: Bob McWilliams Mullan (Portstewart). Jackpot Sun 16th February: £1100. ECO-SCHOOLS GREEN FLAG St. Colum’s PS are working towards achieving Bronze status and the Green Flag through the Eco-Schools initiative. One of our first challenges is to build a greenhouse using empty 1, 1½ and 2 litre bottles. We currently have 329 bottles, our target is 1500 bottles. Can you help us to reach our target? Please send empty bottles into school or drop them off during school hours in our designated blue bin which you can find at the school’s pedestrian entrance.

7–10pm. Free admission including free Finger Buffet. A ‘Get Active’ Health and Well-Being Event organized by Portstewart Community Association in conjunction with CSWAN. CHARITY TABLE QUIZ Please support a Table Quiz in aid of Foyle Hospice on Friday 21st February at 8.30pm in Portstewart Golf Club. BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE The next blood donation sessions will be held in the Town Hall, Portstewart on Friday 28th February from 2 – 4.30pm and 5.45 – 8pm. In order to maintain the vital supply of blood to our hospitals, new and existing donors are encouraged to attend. BELFAST COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR An evening concert in St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast on Friday 28th February at 7.30pm. Proceeds in aid of St John Eye Hospital, Jerusalem and Holy Family Maternity Hospital, Bethlehem. Tickets: £15. Telephone 9079 9393 LIVING CHURCH IN OUR PARISH! The Living Church Ministry of Welcome training is starting our Parish. The training course is 4 sessions. The first session is on Mon 3rd March at 7pm in the Marian Hall. All are invited to attend. In the first session we will explore the issue of welcome and consider its impact on ourselves and others. Why not come along and be part of this exciting venture in our Parish. Together we are the Living Church!


You are invited to a Visitors’ Night in Agherton Parish Centre on Monday 17th Feb at 8pm. The speaker will be Mrs Mary Good on ‘My Trip to Cambodia with the International Justice Mission’. All ladies welcome! PARISH CELL PRAYER GROUP The next meeting of the Parish Cell Group is on Monday 17th February at 8pm. Our aim is to foster a greater sense of community within the parish, to deepen our faith and grow in our love of God and of each other as we meet and share our faith together in a congenial home environment. We extend a warm invitation to anyone who would like to come along to find out what it is about and whether it might be a meaningful experience for them. Please ring Mary Bond at 70836330 / 07769885710 or Terry Butcher at 07783117077 for more information. CHARITY BRIDGE NIGHT Thursday 20th February at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. £10 per person, including supper. Entries must be received by 18th February. Contact 7034 4914 or 7083 4920. All proceeds to Cancer Research. TEA DANCE Portstewart Town Hall on Friday 21st February from

ACCORD MARRIAGE PREPARATION The next courses arranged for 2014 are: Course 2: Wed 12, 19 & 26 March. Course 3: Wed 30 April, 7 & 14 May. Course 4: Wed 17 & 24 September, 1 October. Courses are held at All Saints’ Parish Centre, Ballymena from 7 – 10pm. Attendance is required on all 3 nights. Telephone: 3833 4781 ENGAGED ENCOUNTER A two-day preparation course for marriage has been organised to take place in St Malachy’s Parish Centre, Coleraine, on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March. The course has no group discussions, just conversations between the engaged couples following input from married couples and a priest. Please book with Fr Austin. ALZHEIMERS SOCIETY A 4-week education programme will take place on Tuesday evenings in March commencing Tues 4th March at 7.30-9pm in the Bushtown Hotel, Coleraine. For more information, contact the Causeway Office: 7035 8887. DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES This year’s pilgrimage is from 11-16th July, under the leadership of Bishop Treanor. The local Legion of Mary has booked seats. Fare, including return flights from

Belfast and full board in hotel, is £570. (Bus to & from airport extra). Deposit: £100 per person. Application forms and further details from Sheila Conway 7083 6630 or Jimmy Haughey 7083 3734 or Parish Office. You can also apply for the 7 night pilgrimage 10-17th July (£635). Application forms are also available for membership of the Youth Team (age 16-25) 8-17th July, £520. Closing date for youth applications: 31st March. RACHEL’S VINEYARD MINISTRIES Rachel’s Vineyard offers retreats for anyone suffering with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion. The retreat weekend is a very specific process designed to help you experience the love, mercy, compassion and forgiveness of God and to release repressed feelings of anger, shame, grief and guilt. It enables transformation of the pain of the past into love and hope. To find out more, contact Marian: 9079 9967 or Sheila: 07902 869646 or email: CENTENARY STAR OF THE SEA CHURCH To mark the centenary of our Church in 2016 a commemorative booklet will be published. If you have any photographs, newspaper cuttings or scrapbook material illustrating aspects of parish life over the years and would be willing to make your material available, the group putting the booklet together presently would like to hear from you. Contact Margaret Campbell, Sean Farren, Maurice McAleese or Roisin McCaughan;,; FERGAL’S 7-DAY FAST One of our parishioners, Fergal Quinn is undertaking a sponsored 24-hour fast each Wednesday during Lent (commencing Wed 5th March) in aid of the British Heart Foundation. If you would like support his challenge please speak to Fergal, phone him on 075 9200 6003 or go to to make a donation. FAMILY CARE SOCIETY FCS is a voluntary adoption agency with its roots in the Catholic Church providing an adoption service throughout Northern Ireland. A core part of our work is to place children with new adoptive families. These children are often from the care system and may have had a difficult start in life. We are experienced in finding families for these children but given the number of children being referred and their specific needs we are always looking for families to come forward. SICK AND RETIRED PRIESTS – extra envelope This collection is required for the ongoing needs in respect of the Sick & Retired Priests of the Diocese. The ‘Priests’ Provident Fund’ continues to require ongoing funding if it is to carry on meeting these needs. Thank you for your help.

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