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Portstewart Parish 25th December 2011 The Nativity of Our Lord Readings: Sunday Cycle B Psalter: Week 1 Fr. Austin McGirr PP 7083 2534 / 07739 223295 MASSES THIS WEEK Christmas Midnight Mass (at midnight!) 9.00am and 11am - no 8.00pm tonight Monday to Friday at 1200 noon Saturday 1200 noon and 6.00pm vigil Sunday 1st January Mass at 9.00am and 8.00pm. Travelling Service commences at 11.30am at the Methodist Church on the first Sunday of 2012. REST IN PEACE Recently: Joseph Green Anniversaries: Hannah Tosh (15), Cathal McQuillan, Noel McQuillan, Seamus Loughrey (20), Tom Mullan (21), William Kearney, Bridie Duffy (24), Patrick Elliott, Sarah Loughrey, Ellie Sweeney (25), Hugh Mc Garry (27), Michael McGlade and John Mulholland (30). 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 DECEMBER That children and young people may be messengers of the Gospel and that they may be respected and preserved from all violence and exploitation. COLLECTIONS Last weekend‟s parish collection came to £1635 Thank you for your generosity and support. PARISH CENTRE Wed: Portstewart Bridge Thu: Duplicate Bridge Tango Dancing Sat: Speech & Drama

25 Dec – 7 Jan 1930 - 2100 1415 - 1700 2000- 2100 1600 - 1700

OWEN ROE GAC Lotto numbers drawn 18/12/11: 4; 6; 20; 21 No jackpot winner£25 winner - P McCann (P‟tst) Next jackpot - £2500. The annual St Stephens Day Charity Challenge will be held at Pairc Eoghain Rua next Monday. The hurling/camogie challenge will commence at 11.00am with the football to follow at 12.30. A good opportunity to blast off the excesses of the previous few days, show off your silky skills and maybe impress the senior management teams ahead of the new season!

PREPARATION FOR SACRAMENTS Parents of children who wish to be prepared for First Confession, First Eucharist or Confirmation next year please must make contact with our parish Family Minister Sally Andrew on 7083 4789 or REPOSITORY The shop near the side entrance of Church. There booklets and missals with the new translation of the Roman Missal. We are open after every Mass. CHORAL NIGHT OUT St. Agnes‟ Choral Society is performing „Annie‟ in the Grand Opera House, Tues. 28th Feb. – Sat. 3rd Mar. 2012. Tickets can be booked by phoning 9024 1919 ONE GOLDEN HOUR A beautiful Christmas Gift is now available. Fourteen inspirational songs and hymns performed by Bernard Loughrey and a host of talented musicians. Available at Repository, Dempseys or Homemakers, New Row, Coleraine. Reasonably priced at £10.00- will give joy. ADMISSIONS TO ST COLUM'S P1 Applications forms for entry into St Colum's P1, September 2012 will be available from the school office on the Tuesday 29th November 2011. These are also available at ST COLUM’S PRE-SCHOOL CENTRE Will your child be aged 3 years before 1st July 2012? Application forms for September 2012 are now available at St Colum‟s Pre-School from Mrs McKinley and must be returned by noon on January 11th, 2012. GRATEFUL THANKS Annie McKenna wishes to express her appreciation for all the support and prayers she received from neighbours and friends on the death of her husband Charlie. Mass will be said for your intentions. OPERATION FREEZE KNEES Come to Portstewart Strand at 12.00 noon on Christmas Day for the Annual Fund Raiser, organized by Coleraine Hospice Support Group. We aim to break last year‟s record of 50 brave souls. All funds raised will be used to help maintain the Home Care Nursing Service for local people with life threatening illnesses. Further information or sponsor forms call 7083 2735. ZUMBA GOLD Class starting: Friday 13th January, 10.30 - 11.30 am. Zumba Gold is specifically designed for the active older adult, complete beginner to exercise, or anyone who would feel uncomfortable in a regular high

intensity Zumba class. Contact Geraldine on 07845562510. SCHOOL FUNDRAISING Shop Online and Raise Money for St Colum's PTA You shop directly with the retailer as you would normally, but if you sign up to mspta for free and use the links on the easyfundraising site to take you to the retailer then a percentage of whatever you spend comes directly to us at no extra cost to yourself. Easyfundraising is FREE to use plus you could save money yourself with access to hundreds of discounts and voucher codes, so not only will you be helping us, you'll be saving money yourself. STAR WOMEN’S GROUP. We would like to thank all who attended the party and helped to make the evening a great success. Thanks Supervalu, Tesco's, The Anchor Bar, Olivia Hayes, Inspirations, Maggie, and Nicola Magee for their generous contributions to our raffle which raised £125 for Habitat. We would also like to thank Caoimhe Crerand, Stephen Og, Dearbhla, and Lorcan McMullen for their outstanding Traditional Music, Lauren Young for her Champion Irish Dancing and Rosanna Morelli and Father Raymond for their double award winning dance act which wowed the crowd. We would like to organize further events in 2012 but we need your support to do so. Membership is only £6/annum. Application forms can be obtained from Maura Hickey on 7083 2719 or from the Parish House. APOSTOLIC WORK COFFEE MORNING & SALE

Thanks to all for your contribution and support including the Portstewart business people for the generous response to our request for raffle prizes. A grand total of £1153.59 was raised. Well done in these difficult financial times! Congratulations to Josephine Boyce, Lever Road, winner of the Christmas Hamper. The ticket was drawn at our last monthly meeting. LORETO COLLEGE OPEN DAY Loreto College Coleraine invites Parents and P7 pupils to attend its Open Day on Saturday 7 January 2012 from 10.00am – 1.30pm.The Principal‟s address will be at 10.00am for those who live West of the River Bann and 11.00am for those who live East of the River Bann. This arrangement gives you the opportunity to see the College comfortably both inside and outside. .Year 12 students transferring to Sixth Form are also welcome to attend. We very much look forward to meeting you. A NEW BOOK “Golden Days on the Summer Shores of Old Portstewart” has just been published. Written by one of our parishioners, Maurice McAleese, it‟s in local shops and the Repository. A really good read!

STELLA MARIS Christmas edition has been distributed. If you have not received a copy at home contact the office or go on-line to read it on the parish website. INTER-CHURCH ALPHA Clare McKeever, who works in the London HQ of Alpha will be speaking to an inter-church group in the Marian Hall on Tuesday 27th Dec at 4.00pm. Any parishioners who have experienced Alpha and would like to be part of an inter-church course please feel welcome to come along. “KNOW DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS that, as we have rejoiced at the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, so by leave of God‟s mercy we announce to you also the joy of his Resurrection, who is our Saviour. On the 22 day of February will fall Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the fast of the most sacred Lenten season. On the 8th day of April you will celebrate with joy Easter Day, the paschal feast of our Lord Jesus Christ. On the 20the day of May will be the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. On the 27th day of May the feast of Pentecost. On the 10th day of June the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. On the 2nd day of December the First Sunday of the Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ to whom is honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen” ancient Christmas announcement The Christmas season ends on the Sunday falling after 6th January with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

May this Christmas open us to the gift and Mystery of God’s divine love, unfathomable, alive for you and for me in Jesus of Nazareth, born of Mary, a woman, one of us.


A NEW BOOK “Golden Days on the Summer Shores of Old Portstewart” has just been published. Written by one of our parishioners, Maurice McAlee...