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Portstewart Parish 22nd January 2012 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time Readings: Sunday Cycle B Psalter: Week 3 Fr. Austin McGirr PP 7083 2534 / 07739 223295 Triangle Youth Co-ordinator: Betty Harkin 07708782179 St Colum’s Primary School, Principal Sinead McCullagh 7083 3010 St Colum’s pre-school Playgroup, Leader Margaret McKinley 7083 5737 Parish Pastoral Council, Chairperson Mary McMahon 7083 3236 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: Cliodhna Rae 7083 2534 Office email: Website: MASSES THIS WEEK Monday to Friday at 9.30am. Saturday 9.30am & Vigil Mass at 6.00pm. Sunday - 9.00am, 11.00am and 8.00pm. REST IN PEACE Recently: Richard Henry. Anniversaries: Elizabeth McKeague (21), Gretta Brolly, Rose McGHeough (22), Claire Hughes, Stephen Friel (24), Leo Tosh (25) and Herbert Peter Keith (28). EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Eucharistic Adoration takes place each Tuesday and Thursday following 9.30am Mass until 10.00pm and Saturdays 5.00pm to 5.45pm. POPE’S PRAYER FOR JANUARY That the victims of natural disasters may receive the spiritual and material comfort they need to rebuild their lives. COLLECTIONS Last weekend’s parish collection came to £ 1604 Thank you for your generosity and support. PARISH CENTRE 22-28 January Sun: Car Boot Sale 10.00 - 1500 Dominic Graham Dancing 1600 – 1930 Portstewart Bridge Mon: Pilates 1000 - 1200 Weight Watchers 1730 - 1830 Karate Juniors 1845 - 1930 Karate Seniors 1930 - 2045

Tues: Little Stars U3A Spanish Art U3AWhist U3A French St Colum’s Bowls Wed: Duplicate Bridge Improvers bridge Portstewart Bridge Legion of Mary Art Class Thu: Zumba with Sonia Pilates Zumba with Charlene St Colum’s Bowls Fri: GOLD Zumba Duplicate Bridge Jnr Legion of Mary Star Club Tango Dancing Sat: Speech & Drama

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LECTORS The new rota to 30 April including Holy Week and Easter is being prepared. If you plan to be away, please advise parish office 7083 2534. Effective Proclamation Mar 10th and Apr 14th. This two-day course facilitated by Fr Alan McGuckian SJ and his team is offered to those who proclaim the Word at Mass. As well as looking at the readings, Fr. Alan offers practical tips to help with this important ministry. The cost for the two days is £60. Any parish Lectors will be paid for by the parish – please make a decision to attend. OWEN ROE GAC Lotto numbers last Sunday: 3; 7; 15; 19. No jackpot winner. £25 winner - A Greene (C’raine) Next Sunday's jackpot - £2800. The club's ''Off Pitch'' CD will be launched at a Concert in the Star of the Sea Parish Centre on Sat 28th Jan. The CD features all of the musical talent within the club (young and not so young). The concert will feature the first ever 'live' performance of the CD with all the original artistes taking to the stage, there will also be singers and musicians in concert! Admission is FREE and the CD will be on sale £10 (limited stocks), check the following weeks CD charts to see where it debuts. EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS Your February Rota will be available for collection in the Sacristy from 28th January. NIALL AND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY says - a huge thank-you to everyone who contributed so generously to the collection last weekend. I am totally overwhelmed by the amount given. Thanks also to my “band of helpers” from the Junior Legion of Mary who were great. The trip will take place in July.

IS GOD CALLING? “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of all.” Are you considering a vocation to the priesthood ? A Vocation Weekend for students and young men will take place in Drumalis Retreat House, Larne on February 10th -12th . The weekend is for anyone 18year s+ who is thinking about the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. Anyone interested could contact Fr. John Murray, Vocations Director, St Michael’s Presbytery, 200 Finaghy Road North, Belfast 9091 3761 or e-mail on DOMINICAN COLLEGE, A special Sixth Form Information Day will be held on Wednesday 15th February. SACRED HEART MESSENGER This magazine is distributed at homes throughout our parish. If you would like to receive a copy please call 7083 3734 or advise the parish office. LOST PROPERTY In late December, a purse was found outside Bud’s. There is no identification. If you lost one recently please contact parish office. 7083 2534. NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION……Volunteer for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (Dublin 10th to 17th June 2012). Recruiting now for administration, data entry, stewards, marketing, transport, meet & greet, multimedia, pastoral preparation and much more! Please visit the IEC2012 website and fill out an online application or request an application form from the Congress office. Induction training sessions will be held 28th January in the RDS, Dublin. For more information please contact the IEC2012 offices on 00353 (01) 2349900 or DATES FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2012 Sunday 13th May at 12.30pm AND CONFIRMATION Wed 4th May at 5.00pm THE PARISH RADIO We think its fixed. If you used to receive it loud and clear and are not now receiving, please let the office know. WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHURCH UNITY started Wednesday 18th Jan. The local Annual Service organized by the Churches Forum takes place in West Bann Community Centre Killowen St. Coleraine at 8pm this Monday 23rd Jan. Theme: We will all be changed by the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Speaker: Rev Dr John Dunlop CBE (retired but still working for understanding between Catholic and Protestant communities in Northern Ireland.)

PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK Sun 22 - For Lutherans and Presbyterians Mon 23 - For all Baptists, Methodists and Congregationalists Tues 24 - For all other Groups of Christians Wed 25 - For the Unity of all humanity in the truth and love of Christ STELLA MARIS Please send in your photographs, articles, poems etc for the Easter issue. We welcome all material for consideration - you can email us at or leave/send material to the parish office (Please mark "For Stella Maris"). Remember to include your contact details. Latest date we can consider material - Monday 27th Feb. APOSTOLIC WORK - MASS Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s, Star of the Sea on Wednesday 1 Feb for Lelia Burns and all deceased members. MOT YOUR MARRIAGE To celebrate National Marriage Week, married couples are warmly invited to an evening with the highly entertaining author and speaker Adrian Plass and his wife Bridget at the Lodge Hotel, Friday evening 17 Feb. Cost £20 per couple including supper. Contact Brian or Mary Taylor 07763933606. Adrian is the author of “The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass (aged 37½)”, “Seriously Funny”, “Bacon Sandwiches and Salvation”. ENGAGED ENCOUNTER is a Marriage preparation course presented by married couples and a priest and is intended for couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage. The next weekend will take place from 24th - 25th Mar in Dromantine Conference Centre, Newry. Tel: 7930 0340 or / MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER For couples wishing to enrich their marriage or renew their marriage vows. Marriage Encounter is a weekend away (Friday 8pm to Sunday 5pm) for married couples of all ages with a stable relationship. Couples explore, in complete privacy, how to come to a deeper, mutual understanding of each other. The next weekend will be held from 9th – 11th March in Dromantine Conference Centre, Newry. Tel: 276 3 8512 or for more details. LIAM LAWTON – PUBLIC LECTURE Monday 27 Feb at 7.30pm in Woodlock Hall, All Hallows College, Dublin. €10 admission. Theme: How Music Enhances the Eucharistic Liturgy. Booking: 00353 1 837 3745 ext 552 or email


EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS Your February Rota will be available for collection in the Sacristy from 28 th January. LOST PROPERTY In late December...