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30th March 2014 4th Sunday in Lent Readings: Sunday Cycle A Psalter: Week 4 Fr. Austin McGirr PP 7083 2534 / 07739 223295 Email - pp@portstewartparish.co.uk Parish Secretary: Ruth McGuckian 7083 2534 Office email: secretary@portstewartparish.co.uk St Vincent de Paul: 0750 854 9572 Website: www.portstewartparish.co.uk MASSES THIS WEEK Monday to Saturday: 9.30am. 7.30pm Mass on Friday for John Corrigan’s first anniversary. Sunday Vigil Mass 6.00pm. Sunday: 9.00am, 11.00am and 8.00pm REST IN PEACE Recent: Mary Devenney Anniversaries: John McNally (25), Mary Keenan, John McCurdy (27), John Farren (29), Maisie McCann (1), Joseph McKenna (2), John Corrigan and Mary McKeown (4). PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness. COLLECTIONS Last weekend’s parish collection came to £1912. Thank you for your generosity and support. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Held in the Marian Hall 10am-9pm on Thursdays. PARISH CENTRE 30 March – 5 April Sun: Car Boot Sale 1000 – 1500 Innova Irish Dance 1530 – 1900 Mon: U3A Pilates 1000 – 1200 Weight Watchers 1730 – 1830 Karate Juniors 1845 – 1930 Karate Seniors 1930 – 2045 Tues: Legion of Mary 1015 Little Stars Parent & Toddlers 1030 – 1200 Art Class 1330 – 1530 U3A French 1400 – 1700 U3A Whist 1400 – 1645 Innova Irish Dance 1700 – 1900 Bowling Club 1900 – 2200 Wed: Rosemary Conley Club 1000 – 1130 U3A Bridge 1415 – 1700 Innova Irish Dance 1700 – 1900 Portstewart Bridge 1930 – 2230 Thurs: U3A Pilates 1600 – 1700 Innova Irish Dance 1700 – 1900 Bowling Club 1900 – 2200 Fri: Zumba Gold 1030 – 1130 Seated Tai Chi 1130 – 1230 U3A Bridge 1415 – 1700 Junior Legion 1700

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Flame Club HIIT Innova Irish Dance Speech and Drama

1800 – 2000 0915 – 1015 1300 – 1600 1600 – 1700

EOGHAN RUA GAC Lotto Sun 23rd March: no jackpot winner. Nos: 9,10,15,16. £25 winner: Caroline Weir (Coleraine). Jackpot Sun 30th March: £1700. FITMIX WORKOUT 1st Saturday of every month in the Parish Centre from 9.15am - 10.15am – includes HIIT (interval training), crazy circuits, bootcamp, kettlebell blast, body conditioning, boxfit and more!! Suits all levels of fitness Costs £5. Places must be booked in advance Tel 07736963223 or email zestrfl@hotmail.co.uk (Dates – 5 April, 10 May, 7 June, 5 July, 2 August, 6 September, 4 October, 1 November, 6 December) YOUTH 2000 – Catholic Youth Weekend All young adults between16-35 are invited to a retreat from 4 – 6 April at St Mary’s School, Limavady. This will be an exciting weekend attracting over 150 young people from all over the country. Good craic, inspiring talks and workshops, prayer, music, group activities, youth Masses, games … time to chill out and meet new people. See www.youth2000.ie or tel 07598 876399 for more details STORIES OF LIFE AND DEATH A Series of Lenten Talks in preparation for Easter at Drumalis, Larne given by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Thurs 3 April: Stories from the Gospel of Mark Thurs 10 April: Stories from the Gospel of Luke Each session takes place from 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm, including tea/coffee. The suggested contribution is £5 per evening. Please contact Drumalis to book a place: 28272196/28276455 (Mon-Fri, 9-5) LENT 2014 and the Pioneers Lenten Retreat Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey, Portglenone on Sunday 6th April. Cost: £25.00 (includes light refreshments on arrival and lunch). Matt Talbot Pilgrimage: The Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Venerable Matt Talbot in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Dublin takes place on Saturday 26th April. Concelebrated Mass at 12.30. Cost £20.00. Enquiries to Pioneer office 9089 4070, Frances Doole 0771 8914692, or email dandcpioneers@gmail.com BURNSIDE PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN You are invited to the Annual Presbyterian Women’s Service on Sunday 13th April at 7pm. The guest speaker will be Stephen McNie and music will be provided by Causeway U3A Choir.

GODLY PLAY Godly Play is a gentle way to invite children to listen to God’s word and explore its meaning for them through story and play. A 3 day (non-residential) training course is being held in the Good Shepherd Centre, Belfast from Thurs 24 – Sat 26 April. For more information email Kate Cavanagh GodlyPlayandCGS@gmail.com or phone 07544 991454 LIVING YOUTH Habitat for Humanity Gala Ball A Diocesan Living Youth Team will be travelling to Ethiopia in July 2014 to build houses with Habitat for Humanity, the world’s leading housing charity. As part of their fundraising campaign a GALA BALL will be held on Friday 16th May in The Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena. Tickets £40/£400 per table. For tickets or more information please contact Fr Raymond, or Claire Smylie, Living Youth Office, 9023 2432 clairesmylie@livingyouthni.org Please help build homes and hope in Ethiopia. DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES This year’s pilgrimage is from 11-16th July, under the leadership of Bishop Treanor. The local Legion of Mary has booked seats. Fare, including return flights from Belfast and full board in hotel, is £570. (Bus to & from airport extra). Deposit: £100 per person. Application forms and further details from Sheila Conway 7083 6630 or Jimmy Haughey 7083 3734 or Parish Office. You can also apply for the 7 night pilgrimage 10-17th July (£635). Application forms are also available for membership of the Youth Team (age 16-25) 8-17th July, £520. Closing date for youth applications: 31st March. DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA 14 – 21 August, 3 star hotels, £649, includes Belfast – Dublin rtn coach, rtn flights to Lisbon, transfer to Fatima, 7 nights full board, based on sharing twin bedded rooms with facilities, full religious programme directed by Fr G McCloskey and Fr S Gilmore. For more: contact Joe Catney 9071 4001 or Anna Prior 4484 184 A SHORT COURSE ON THE EUCHARIST On Thursday 10th April, a week before Holy Thursday, there will be a short illustrated course on the Eucharist given in Star of the Sea church from 7.30 until 9.30pm. This would be useful for all Eucharistic Ministers, old and new, enquiring minds and parishioners wishing to learn more about this great sacrament.

should be male 35 years and older and if married should be married for at least 10 years. PALM SUNDAY Palms are blessed and given as a reminder of the joy of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. Often people keep them throughout the year. Before Sunday 13th April, would you bring any old palm to the church, please? We’ll keep them and burn them for next year’s Ash Wednesday. PENITENTIAL SERVICES FOR LENT Coleraine Sunday 13th April at 2.00pm Portrush Sunday 13th April at 4.00pm Ballymoney Monday 14th April at 7.30pm Portstewart Tuesday 15th April at 7.30pm Pope Francis said “Do not be afraid of Confession! One who is in line to confess himself feels all these things – even shame – but then, when he finishes confessing, he leaves free, great, beautiful, forgiven, happy. And this is the beauty of Confession. CHOIR PRACTICE FOR EASTER The choir will be practising for the Easter celebrations after 11am Mass on Sundays. New members welcome! SANTA IN MARCH? Someone (Santa?) left two Burco boilers in the Parochial House. Whoever did, would you please contact to give the whole story? EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS The new rota will be available this Friday, 4th April. Please collect your copy from the sacristy. COLLECTION ENVELOPES 2014 The new offering envelopes for 2014-15 are now available at the back of the church. Please note that your envelope number may have changed – this doesn’t mean you’ve been given the wrong box! If you haven’t had envelopes before, and would like to use them this year, please let the office know. Please consider filling in a Gift Aid form which will increase the value of your donation with no extra cost to you. ------------------------------------------------------------------To the Parish of Portstewart Title ………

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PERMANENT DIACONATE After a long period of discussion within the diocese Bishop Treanor has given the ‘Green Light’ for the permanent Diaconate as a ministry of service within the diocese of Down & Connor. If you are interested please contact Fr John Murray, Vocation Director: 9091 3761 or office: 9508 8030, mail@frmurray.co.uk. Applicants

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