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Portstewart Parish

18th May 2014 5th Sunday of Easter Readings: Sunday Cycle A Psalter: Week 1 Fr. Austin McGirr PP 7083 2534 / 07739 223295 Email - Parish Secretary: Ruth McGuckian 7083 2534 Office email: Parish Pastoral Council, Chairperson: Terry Butcher 7035 6578 Parish Finance Committee, Chairperson: Colm Diamond 7083 2227 Parish Safeguarding Committee, Chairperson: Michelle Shaw 7083 2606 Family Minister, Sally Andrew 7083 4789 Stella Maris, Editor: Patricia Farren 7083 3042 St Vincent de Paul: 0750 854 9572 Website: MASSES THIS WEEK Monday to Saturday: 9.30am. Sunday: 9.00am, 11.00am and 8.00pm REST IN PEACE Recently: Patrick Rawlings. Anniversaries: Mary Morgan, Gemma O’Connell (15), May Gaffrey (16), James Deighan (17), Albert and Creina Chiappe, Nora Sloane (18), Elizabeth Hayter, Mary Toal (19), Charlotte Downey, Seamus Lynch (21), Tommy Doherty and Margaret McNally (23). PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MAY That the media may be instruments in the service of truth and peace. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Adoration takes place in the Church on Thursdays from 10am – 10pm. COLLECTIONS Last weekend’s parish collection came to £1551. Thank you for your generosity and support. THIS WEEK’S COLLECTION The second collection today is the yearly collection for the education of our student priests. There are currently ten young men training for priesthood in the diocese, three of whom, Dominic, Andrew and Conor, are deacons. The other students are James, Manuelito, Tony, James, Michael, Kevin and Christopher. Please remember them in your prayers. GIFT AID Grateful thanks to all who have filled in their gift aid forms. The Parish has just received a payment of £17,375 from HMRC for 2013/14. If you haven’t already signed a declaration, please

consider doing do – it’s a great way to increase your donations at no extra cost to you.

opportunity to ask questions and to obtain a Registration Pack. P6 pupils and parents all welcome.

BRING IN THAT TROCAIRE BOX please. Donations already received total £4058. Thank you.

SWEAT IT OUT SATURDAY WITH ZEST !! In the Parish Centre from 9.15am - 10.15am on Saturday 24th May, 7th and 21st June. Costs £5. Suits all levels. Exercise first thing in the morning jumpstarts your metabolism and keeps it elevated all day sometimes for up to 24 hours. You will feel more energized and will burn more calories because you exercised in the morning! Join us!! Please prebook or Barbara 07736963223

PARISH CENTRE 18 – 24 May Sun: Car Boot Sale 1000 – 1500 Innova Irish Dance 1530 – 1900 Mon: Pilates 1000 – 1200 Art Class 1130 – 1330 Weight Watchers 1730 – 1830 Karate Juniors 1845 – 1930 Karate Seniors 1930 – 2045 Tues: Little Stars Parent & Toddlers 1030 – 1200 U3A Whist 1400 – 1645 Innova Irish Dance 1700 – 1900 Portstewart Bridge 1930 – 2230 Legion of Mary 1930 Wed: Rosemary Conley Club 1000 – 1130 U3A Bridge 1415 – 1700 Innova Irish Dance 1700 – 1900 Art Class 1930 – 2130 Thurs: Pilates 1600 – 1700 Innova Irish Dance 1700 – 1900 Fri: Zumba Gold 1030 – 1130 Seated Tai Chi 1130 – 1230 Junior Legion 1700 Flame Club 1800 – 2000 Sat: ZEST 0915 – 1015 Innova Irish Dance 1030 – 1600 Speech & Drama 1600 – 1700

THE GREAT PORTSTEWART ALLOTMENT CHALLENGE Anyone interested in acquiring an allotment in the land around the Parish Centre (free of charge)? Please contact Tom McKeever 7083 1000 ALL SAINTS’ ROUND TABLE 'In Faith, through Forgiveness to the Future' on Saturday 24th May from 1.30-5.30pm in All Saints’ Parish Centre, Ballymena. Guest Speaker, Dr Geraldine Smyth OP, of Trinity College Dublin and the Irish School of Ecumenics, with Fr Paddy Delargy, Mrs Janice McKeith and Baroness Nuala O'Loan. Explore the true meaning of forgiveness for all Christians and its importance for the way we live our lives and build our future. No charge. All welcome. Tea and tray bakes. Donation basket to cover the costs. Contact Nuala 077 6997 4970 or Janice 079 2708 9125 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBANUS Knock Pilgrimage takes place on Sunday 25th May and will include Mass at 3pm followed by procession and blessing of motor cyclists. Call 07770 838301

EOGHAN RUA GAC Lotto Sun 11th May: no jackpot winner. Nos: 8,16,20,22. £25 winner: Brian Daly (Portstewart). Jackpot next Sun: £2400. Bingo in St Patrick’s Hall Portrush every Tuesday night, doors open 8.15 pm, games 8.30pm to 9.45pm, everyone welcome.

LEGION OF MARY Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday 8th June. Please sign the list at the back of the church. The bus will leave at 7am from the Promenade and arrive back around 10.30pm. Cost: £20. For more information, contact 7083 3792 or 7083 6630.

PARISH CELL PRAYER GROUP The meeting of the Parish Cell Prayer Group which was scheduled for Monday 12th May, and regrettably had to be cancelled, will now be held on Monday 19th May at 8pm. Our theme for the evening is how the Blessed Virgin Mary can be our guide and our scripture reading is Luke 1:39-56. If you are interested in joining us please ring Mary at 70836330 / 07769885710 or Terry at 07783117077

CAPPELLA CAECILIANA Midsummer Choral Concert Saturday 14th June at 7.45pm in Star of the Sea. Tickets: £10 from the Repository or Parish office and online at

DOMINICAN COLLEGE, PORTSTEWART Transfer Information Evening for P6 parents Monday 19th May at 7.00pm. The Principal will outline the school’s plans for admission into Year 8 in September 2015 including details of the Entrance Assessment. There will be an

NORTH CONNOR YOUTH PROJECT SUMMER SCHEME 2014 The annual summer scheme for children aged 4–11 years will run from Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th July from 10am– 2pm in St Malachy’s Parish Centre, Coleraine. It is also hoped to have a “fun day” for families on Saturday 5th July. The summer scheme is an opportunity for young people to engage in fun activities, try out new things and learn about their faith. The costs are as follows: 1 child £30; 2 children from one household £55; 3 children from

one household £80; 4 or more children from one household £105. Application forms are available from the primary schools in the local parishes. Closing date is 14th June. For any further details please contact Jacqueline on 07516679769. Volunteers needed: We need Leaders (aged 18+), Junior Leaders (aged 14-18) and Support Volunteers. If you can help out, for even part of the week, please contact Jacqueline on 07516679769. DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES Seats are still available for the 5 night pilgrimage, 11-16 July departing from Belfast. Places are also available for sick pilgrims needing care - medical & nursing - in the 'Accueil Notre Dame'. For further information and booking forms, contact the Pilgrimage Office on 90646040 or email DISCUSSING THE DIOCESAN REVIEW As you know, right across the Diocese during Lent there was an audit of pastoral activity in each of our parishes. On 4th June in Ballymoney Parish Centre at 7.30pm there will be an opportunity for people from our parish and all other parishes in the vicariate to come together to receive initial feedback from the review and to consider the implications for the future. This is an important time in our parish, diocese and Church. Please come along and take part in the evening. ST COLUMBANUS PILGRIMAGE TO ROME To celebrate the 1500th Anniversary of the death of St Columbanus a Year of Columbanus is being opened in Rome on 12 October 2014 with a Mass in St John Lateran, the Cathedral Church of Rome. There will also be a concert given by ‘The Priests’ and an International Meeting of countries and parishes evangelised by St Columbanus. A Pilgrimage led by Bishop Treanor will depart from Dublin from 8th – 15th October. Accommodation will be in 3 star hotels in Rome and the cost per person sharing is €995. Application forms can be downloaded from the Diocesan website. BETHANY BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP is a parish based group ministry which aims to help those bereaved and grieving. As of January 2014 there are 24 parishes in the Diocese with Bethany Teams. For more information or to register interest in the next training session which begins in September in Castlewellan, please contact Ruth in the Parish Office. SVP CLOTHING DRIVE The next clothing drive takes place on the weekend of 31 May/2 June. Bags will be distributed next weekend. THANK YOU Thanks to all who supported Ruth and the Children’s Heartbeat Trust in Clare’s 10th Anniversary Run – your generosity is very much appreciated.