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Portstewart Parish 22nd April 2012 3rd Sunday of Easter Readings: Sunday Cycle B Psalter: Week 3 Fr. Austin McGirr PP 7083 2534 / 07739 223295 amcgirr1947@gmail.com MASSES THIS WEEK Monday to Friday at 9.30am. Saturday 9.30am & Sunday Vigil Mass at 6.00pm. Sunday - 9.00am, 11.00am and 8.00pm. REST IN PEACE Recently: Helen Kelly, Christina Mary McLaughlin, Rosanna McMullan. Anniversaries: Colum McKenna (19), John Doyle, Annie Kearney, Francis McCrory (20), Thomas Ferris, Maisie McCann, Mary McKeown (21), Sarah Doherty, Mary McCafferty (22), Eileen Gillen (24) and Michael Davies (25). 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 £1853.00 Thank you for your generosity and support. Trocaire total to date: £4081.00 - please return all Trocaire Boxes by 6th May to the sacristy or parish office to benefit from the UK Aid Match initiative – the Dept of International Development have committed to matching donations made within 90 days of the start of the appeal. 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 22 – 28 April Sun: Car Boot Sale 1000 - 1500 Dominic Graham Dancing 1600 - 1900 Mon: Pilates 1000 - 1200 Weight Watchers 1730 - 1830 Karate Juniors 1845 - 1930 Karate Seniors 1930 - 2045 Modern & Old Time Dance 2100 Tues: Little Stars Parent & Toddler 1030 - 1200 Art 1330 - 1530 U3AWhist 1430 - 1700 Wed: Duplicate Bridge 1430 - 1700 Improvers Bridge 1430 - 1700 Legion of Mary 1930 - 2100 Art 1930 - 2130 Thu: Pilates 1600 - 1700 Zumba with Charlene 1800 - 1900 Fri: Zumba GOLD 1030 - 1130

Sat:

Duplicate Bridge Junior Legion of Mary Star Club Karate Grading Speech & Drama

1415 - 1700 1700 1800 - 2000 1600 - 1700

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. LOURDES PILGRIMAGE Diocesan Pilgrimage 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 Sheila Conway 7083 6630 or Jimmy Haughey 7083 3734. You can also apply for the 7 night pilgrimage 10th – 17th July (£630.00). 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: today or Wednesday 25 April at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre, St Malachy’s Coleraine. Specially invited are members of existing prayer groups, Ministers of the Word, members of Eucharistic Adoration group, but all are welcome. PARISH LECTORS (Readers of the Word) are meeting this Tues 24th April 7.30pm to 9.00pm in the Marian Hall. All parish Lectors should make time for this course, which follows on the recent two-day Larne course. 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 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. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER GLOBAL VILLAGE TRIP TO ETHIOPIA 2012 A student team from UU 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 lowincome 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 Ethiopians. 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 STAR OF THE SEA WEBCAM Please be aware that all liturgies celebrated in St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church 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 telephone 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 info: Eilis Lafferty on 07768211251. ARE YOU SUFFERING THE PAIN OF LOSS? Beginning Experience (a support group for widowed, separated and divorced people) continues 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 JOB ADVERTISEMENT DOWN & CONNOR YOUTH COMMISSION DIRECTOR Salary Scale: £35,430 to £40,741 per annum. The successful applicant will be responsible for the overall management, delivery and co-ordination of the work of Down & Connor Youth Commission Essential criteria include: Third level degree qualification in community youth work, youth ministry or related discipline Experience of managing and co-ordinating programmes in youth work / youth ministry Experience of staff, financial and building management Active involvement in Church life, knowledge and understanding of youth work and youth ministry within the Catholic Church and other Christian traditions Closing date for receipt of completed applications: 11 May 2012 @ 4.00 pm. For further details and an application form please contact: Down and Connor Youth Commission, 68 Berry Street, Belfast BT1 1FJ Tel: 9023 2432 E-Mail: info@youthcom.org PORTSTEWART VISION PUBLIC MEETING will take place in the Minor Town Hall Portstewart Monday 30 April at 7.30pm to discuss: night time disturbance in the Diamond – swimming locations – community policing and Neighbourhood Watch report – harbour security. Local councillors invited. Come along and have your questions answered. PENITENTIAL SERVICE WED 25 APRIL 7.30pm particularly for parents and children preparing for First Eucharist and Confirmation. Several priests from neighbouring parish will be available for the Sacrament.


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