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6th April 2014 5th Sunday in Lent Readings: Sunday Cycle A Psalter: Week 1 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. Sunday: 9.00am, 11.00am and 8.00pm REST IN PEACE Anniversaries: Annie Sweeney (1), Isabella Kerris (2), Catherine Laverty (3), Dympna Farrelly, Jimmy McDonnell (6), Bernard and Alice Loughrey (7), Joyce Fisher (9), Tony McDonnell, Paddy Mullen and James Mulhern. 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 £1544. Thank you for your generosity and support. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Held in the Marian Hall 10am-9pm on Thursdays. PARISH CENTRE Sun: Car Boot Sale Innova Irish Dance Mon: U3A Pilates Weight Watchers Karate Juniors Karate Seniors Tues: Legion of Mary Little Stars Parent & Toddlers Art Class U3A French U3A Whist Innova Irish Dance Bowling Club Apostolic Work Wed: Rosemary Conley Club U3A Bridge Innova Irish Dance Portstewart Bridge Thurs: Innova Irish Dance Fri:

6 – 12 April 1000 – 1500 1530 – 1900 1000 – 1200 1730 – 1830 1845 – 1930 1930 – 2045 1015 1030 – 1200 1330 – 1530 1400 – 1700 1400 – 1645 1700 – 1900 1900 – 2200 1930 1000 – 1130 1415 – 1700 1700 – 1900 1930 – 2230 1700 – 1900 CHARITY BRIDGE NIGHT 1900 – 2200 Zumba Gold 1030 – 1130 Seated Tai Chi 1130 – 1230 Innova Irish Dance 1230 – 1400 U3A Bridge 1415 – 1700 Junior Legion 1700 Flame Club 1800 – 2000

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Preschool Coffee Morning Innova Irish Dance Speech and Drama

1015 – 1230 1300 – 1600 1600 – 1700

EOGHAN RUA GAC Lotto Sun 30thMarch: no jackpot winner. Nos: 4,6,13,19. £25 winner: T Gaile (C’raine). Jackpot next Sun £1800. ‘Biggest Loser’ programme – an 8 week healthier lifestyle programme for all those interested in shedding a few pounds, getting fitter and meeting new people. Registration at 6pm sharp on Mon 7th April in the clubhouse. There will be fun exercise classes, beach walks, toning sessions, dietary and cooking advice. So come along, get involved, have a bit of craic and re-energise yourself for the summer. PARISH CELL PRAYER GROUP Next meeting on Monday 7th April at 8pm. All are very welcome. Please phone Mary: 70836330 / 07769 885710 or Terry: 07783 117077. LORETO COLLEGE COLERAINE SPRING CONCERT – Thursday 10th April featuring Music, Song and Dance with the Senior and Junior Choirs, Junior Orchestra, Traditional Group, and Irish Dancing, Vocal and Instrumental groups and soloists. Free Admission. Donations will go to Trócaire and Loreto Rumbek. Please be seated by 7.20pm. Refreshments will be served at 9.00pm A SHORT COURSE ON THE EUCHARIST Next 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 and gift to the church. PORTSTEWART PARISH CONGRESS It is two years and a few weeks since parishioners met in our Parish Centre for what was called a Listening Event. Out of that came the Living Church Report summarising the hopes, frustrations, dreams of parishioners throughout the diocese. Then we had a Diocesan Congress last September. On Sat May 3rd we will have a Parish Congress in our Parish Centre from 11.00am until 3.30pm. If you are reading this, you are welcome. Bishop Treanor plans to be with us and the guest speaker is Jim Deeds from the Living Church office. It will be a chance to meet together to listen, talk, pray, dine and dream. PRE SCHOOL EASTER COFFEE MORNING... next Saturday 12th April in the Parish Centre from 10.15am. Admission: £2 (includes refreshments). Lots of fun including face and nail painting, lucky dip, Easter craft, Tombola, stalls and

of course an Easter Egg Hunt! Please come along for a great morning.

be downloaded from the Diocesan website. Early booking is encouraged as places are limited.

GRAND AUCTION Portstewart Presbyterian Church Hall, Central Avenue at 12 noon on Saturday 12th April. Admission £1 catalogue. Viewing Friday 7-9pm and Saturday from 10.30am. Light refreshments.

STELLA MARIS DELIVERERS - ALERT The Easter edition of the parish magazine will arrive from the printers this week. Prepare ye!

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. KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBANUS RETREAT DAY

Palm Sunday 13th April at Ards Friary, Co Donegal. Cost €45. This annual day of reflection encourages everyone to come together with families and friends in the spirit of harmony and companionship. More information and booking can be obtained from Noel 7083 3400 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. GALA BALL will be held on Friday 16th May in The Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena. Tickets £40/£400 per table. For tickets or more info please contact Fr Raymond, or Claire Smylie, Living Youth Office, 9023 2432 PERMANENT DEACONATE After a long period of discussion within the diocese Bishop Treanor has given the ‘Green Light’ for the permanent Deaconate 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 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 next 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. ST COLUMBANUS PILGRIMAGE TO ROME To celebrate the 1500th Anniversary of the death of St Columbanus a Year of Columbanus is being opened in Rome on 12 October 2014 with a Mass in St John Lateran, the Cathedral Church of Rome. There will also be a concert given by ‘The Priests’ and an International Meeting of countries and parishes evangelised by St Columbanus. A Pilgrimage led by Bishop Treanor will depart from Dublin from 8th – 15th October. Accommodation will be in 3 star hotels in Rome and the cost per person sharing is €995. Application forms can

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 5 DOWN 2 TO GO!! Fergal Quinn has undertaken a sponsored fast each Wed in Lent in aid of the British Heart Foundation. He has 2 Wednesdays left. If you would like to support his challenge speak to him on 07592006003 or go to www.justgiving.com/fergals-fast to make a donation. CHOIR PRACTICE FOR EASTER The choir will be practising for the Easter celebrations after 11am Mass on Sundays. New members welcome! IRISH CATHOLIC NEWSPAPER Special editions will be printed this week featuring the installation of bishop Donal McKeown as Bishop of Derry AND, on 24 April, a special one on the canonisation of the two Popes. If you want to reserve your copy, contact the office and your name will be on your paper. REPOSITORY The Church shop is open after all Masses and stocks a good selection of Confirmation and First Communion cards and gifts. EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS The new rota is now available. 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. If you haven’t had envelopes before, and would like to use them this year, please let the office know. ------------------------------------------------------------------To the Parish of Portstewart Title ………

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