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Portstewart Parish 29th January 2012 4th Sunday Ordinary Time Readings: Sunday Cycle B Psalter: Week 4 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: Thomas Mulholland Anniversaries: Pat Quinn (26), Patsy O’Kane (27), John O’Hanlon, Margaret O’Hanlon (28), Joseph McStravick (29), Alex O’Connell (30), and Julia Mary McGurk (1). LELIA BURNS – MONTH’S MIND Mass will be celebrated in Desertmartin on Saturday 11th Feb at 10.00am. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Eucharistic Adoration takes place each Tuesday and Thursday following 9.30am Mass until 10.00pm and Saturdays 5.00pm to 5.45pm. Recent tragic events in our parish have robbed us of faithful members of our Eucharistic adoration group. This has resulted in vacant slots in our attendance rota. Would you be prepared to fill one of these slots and commit to one hour a week on a Tuesday or a Thursday between the hours of 10am and 10pm? Contact Moira 7083 2081 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 £ 1633

Thank you for your generosity and support. PARISH CENTRE Sun: Car Boot Sale Mon: Pilates Weight Watchers Karate Juniors Karate Seniors Tues: Little Stars U3A 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. EOGHAN RUA GAC Lotto nbrs. drawn Sunday 22/01/12: 4; 14; 20; 21. No jackpot winner. £25 winner - S Anderson (C’raine). Next Sunday's jackpot - £3000. All-Ireland Camogie Intermediate championship semi-final Eoghan Rua (Holders) v Laois Harps on Sunday 5th February in Killyclogher at 2.30pm. Supporters bus leaving Pairc Eoghain Rua at 12 midday with a pick up at St Malachys 12.10pm. All seats £8 . Contact John Gaile / Paul Cunning to secure your seat. All support welcome as the girls aim to defend their title. St Brigids Eve - Tues 31st January - Cross making in pavilion 8.00pm - 9.30pm. Rushes provided, everyone welcome. Adult Irish Classes start again in clubrooms on Wed 1st Feb7.30pm to 9.30pm. All levels of ability catered for, beginners

welcome.for P3 - P7 children on Wed nights 6:00pm 7.00pm. Children introduced to the language through a fun mixture of activities, music, song and dance. Cost £20 for ten weeks per child or £30 for a family attending with more than one child.

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.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA First Down and Connor Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima will take place from 14th-21st Aug 2012. 3 star hotels, £629, inc Belfast – Dublin return coach, return flight to Lisbon, transfer to Fatima, 7 nights full board, based on sharing twin bedded rooms with facilities, full religious programme directed by Frs Gerry McCloskey and Sean Gilmore. For more: Pat Wade 07780685768. Booking forms available at the Parish Office.

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 and benefactors.

N I CANCER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES Sunday 27th May to Friday 1st June 2012 Spiritual Director V. Rev. Sean McCartney Flights from Belfast. Pilgrims accompanied by medical, nursing and other Oncology staff. Fare £599 with reduction for Oncology patients. Call 07516759646 IS GOD CALLING? “Let each of you lead the life that the Lord has assigned, to which God has called you.” 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 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. DATES FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2012 Sunday 13th May at 12.30pm CONFIRMATION Fri 4th May at 12 noon (please note new time). AND FIRST CONFESSION 22 Feb at 1.15pm (Ash Wednesday) THE PARISH RADIO Next Saturday all will be well again. We’re being fixed. STELLA MARIS Please send in your photographs, articles, poems etc for the Easter issue. We welcome all material for

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 a Marriage preparation course will take place from 24th 25th March in Dromantine Conference Centre, Newry. Tel: 7930 0340 or MARRIAGE PREPARATION – ACCORD All Saints Parish Centre Ballymena Wed 14, 21 and 28 Mar. Relationship Counselling services also available in B’mena and Coleraine. Contact Accord 3833 4781 Full details on website: 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. DOMINICAN COLLEGE, A special Sixth Form Information Day will be held on Wednesday 15th February. 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 CANDLEMAS DAY Candles are available from the Repository. Located near the side entrance of the Church, it is open after each Mass.


LOST PROPERTY In late December, a purse was found outside Bud’s. There is no identification. If you lost one recently please contact parish...