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Portstewart Parish 25th March 2012 Fifth Sunday in Lent Readings: Sunday Cycle B Psalter: Week 1 Fr. Austin McGirr PP 7083 2534 / 07739 223295 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. INTER-CHURCH LENTEN STUDIES A Day Away for the interchurch group, and anyone interested in coming along, is planned for this Thursday 29th March in Corrymeela, starting 10.45am and finishing at 3.15pm. Let Fr Austin know if you’d like to take a bus (from Parish Centre) to C’meela or use your own transport. LENTEN TALKS IN COLERAINE Inter-Denominational talks in St. Malachy’s Pastoral Centre, Coleraine each Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. Dr Johnston McMaster & Dr Cathy Higgins will facilitate. Leaflets at Church entrance. REST IN PEACE Anniversaries: Paddy Mullen, Elisabeth McAleese, Charles O’Neill (25), Madge Tracey (26), Tony McDonnell, Mary Keenan (27), Catherine Mulhern, James Mulhern and Joseph McKenna (2). PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MARCH The contribution of women: That the whole world may recognise the contribution of women to the development of society. COLLECTIONS Last weekend’s parish collection came to £1309 Thank you for your generosity and support. 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 Sun: Car Boot Sale Dominic Graham Dancing Mon: Pilates Weight Watchers Karate Juniors Karate Seniors Modern & Olde Time Dance Tue: Little Stars P & T U3A Spanish Art

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U3AWhist U3A French St Colum’s Bowls Wed: Duplicate Bridge Improvers bridge Portstewart Bridge Legion of Mary Art Class Thu: Pilates Zumba with Charlene St Colum’s Bowls Fri: GOLD Zumba Duplicate Bridge Junior Legion of Mary Star Club Sat: Speech & Drama

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EOGHAN RUA GAC Lotto numbers drawn last Sunday 10; 12; 13; 23 No jackpot winner. £25 winner - Peter Duffy (Coleraine) Next Sunday's jackpot - £3800. 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 VOCATIONS “He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him” The gift of a vocations to the priesthood requires an obedient response through prayer and action. Call Fr.John Murray, 200 Finaghy Road North, Belfast 90913761 or e-mail Fr.Murray on CHARITY BRIDGE NIGHT Wednesday 28 March at Star of the Sea Parish Centre, 7.30pm sharp, in aid of two registered charities RNLI & Newlife for Disabled Children. Tickets £10.00 including supper. Raffle prizes galore. Call Tom: 7083 1000, Bill 7083 4920 or Eric 077 3137 5023.

ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service ACCORD, the Church agency which provides a professional counselling relationship service to couples, is recruiting new members to train as counsellors. Applications will be considered from individuals who have achieved at least Diploma level on an approved counselling training programme. You should have 100 hours of supervised client work that meets the criteria for accreditation by one of the main accrediting bodies e.g. BACP, NAPCP etc. For further information see our website: or contact Liam Lally at or 003535053108. Closing date for applications is 13th April 2012.

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.

PIONEER PILGRIMAGE The Down and Connor Diocesan Pioneer Council are holding their annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Venerable Matt Talbot on Saturday 14 April. Mass will be celebrated at 12 noon in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermott Street, Dublin. Transport is by coach with a cost of £20.00 each and there are various pick up points within the Connor Region. For further information please contact Frances Doole, Antrim (0771 8914692), Jennifer Stewart, Ballymena (2564 2432), Teresa Duffin, Glenravel (2175 8608), Anne McNulty, Cloughmills (2764 1124) or Ann Scally, Armoy (07759046993).

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.

ONE DAY RETREAT IN ARDS FRIARY One day retreat in Ards Friary, Creeslough on Palm Sunday 1st April 2012 organised by the Knights of St. Columbanus. Arrive 10am. Retreat commences 10.30am. Retreat directed by Fr. Sylvester O’Flynn & Fr. Kieran Shorten OFM Cap. To book: contact Ards Friary at 00353 74 913809 or Noel Campbell on 7083 3400 or mobile 07730028830 COST €45 including meals ONE GOLDEN HOUR OF PRAYER Next Friday night (30th March in Star of the Sea Church at 7.30pm there will be an hour of prayer in song and in Word with music and singing provided by Bernard Loughrey and friends who helped him put together the CD “One Golden Hour”. Tell your friends and fill the church! PRAYING WITH THE SCRIPTURES A Diocesan campaign to support existing prayer groups 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

STELLA MARIS The Easter edition is currently being distributed. .

OCTOBER CLUB The next meeting of the October Club takes place on Monday 26 Mar at 2pm in the Parish Centre. Mike and Christine Turner will present a talk and slide show on Japan and the tragedy of the tsunami. WELCOME ABOARD Cliodhna Rae will shortly be retiring from her work as Parish Secretary. We wish her every blessing in her liberation! The new Parish Secretary will be Ruth McGuckian. Congratulations Ruth and welcome to the parish office. GIFT AID If you are a tax payer contributing to your parish completion of the form below will help the parish finances at no cost to you. ------------------------------------------------------------------To the Parish of Portstewart Title ……

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GIFT AID If you are a tax payer contributing to your parish completion of the form below will help the parish finances at no cost to you. --...


GIFT AID If you are a tax payer contributing to your parish completion of the form below will help the parish finances at no cost to you. --...