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Portstewart Parish

8th June 2014 Pentecost Sunday Readings: Sunday Cycle A Psalter: Week 4 Fr. Austin McGirr PP 7083 2534 / 07739 223295 Email - Parish Secretary: Ruth McGuckian 7083 2534 Office email: Parish Pastoral Council, Chairperson: Terry Butcher 7035 6578 Parish Finance Committee, Chairperson: Colm Diamond 7083 2227 Parish Safeguarding Committee, Chairperson: Michelle Shaw 7083 2606 Family Minister, Sally Andrew 7083 4789 Stella Maris, Editor: Patricia Farren 7083 3042 St Vincent de Paul: 0750 854 9572 Website: MASSES THIS WEEK Monday to Saturday: 9.30am. Sunday Vigil Mass: 6.00pm Sunday: 9.00am, 11.00am There will be No Sunday Evening Mass during the summer months. REST IN PEACE Recent: Mary Mulholland, Patsy Mullan Anniversaries: John Sweeney (1), Jack Eastwood (5), Mary and James French, Barbara Forsythe, Margaret McCorriston (7), Agatha Hurrell, Hannah Duffy (9), John McPhillips, Paddy McKinley (10), Eamonn Devlin (14) and Michael McKeever. PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR JUNE That the unemployed may receive support and find the work they need to live in dignity. COLLECTIONS Last weekend’s parish collection came to £1432. Thank you for your generosity and support. NEXT WEEK The Lourdes Associate Membership collection will be taken up outside the Church before and after all Masses on 15th and 22nd June. PARISH CENTRE Sun: Car Boot Sale Innova Irish Dance Mon: Pilates Art Class Weight Watchers Karate Juniors Karate Seniors Tues: Little Stars Parent & Toddlers Innova Irish Dance Portstewart Bridge

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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Adoration takes place in the Church on Thursdays from 10am – 10pm. APOSTOLATE OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION You are invited to come and pray with us on the Annual Pilgrimage to Knock, one of the world’s great Eucharistic shrines. Sunday 22nd June from 11am5pm. Guest speaker: Frances Hogan. For more details, phone 7083 3733. EOGHAN RUA GAC Lotto Sun 1st June: no jackpot winner. Nos: 1,9,21,24. £25 winner: Leo Diamond (Portstewart). Jackpot next Sun: £2700. Bingo in St Patrick’s Hall Portrush every Tuesday night, doors open 8.15 pm, games 8.30pm to 9.45pm, everyone welcome. PARISH CELL PRAYER GROUP Our next meeting will be held on Monday 9th June at 8pm. All are very welcome. For further information please ring Mary at 02870836330 / 07769885710 or Terry at 07783117077. THE GREAT PORTSTEWART ALLOTMENT CHALLENGE Anyone interested in acquiring an allotment in the land around the Parish Centre (free of charge)? Please contact Tom McKeever 7083 1000 CAPPELLA CAECILIANA Midsummer Choral Concert Saturday 14th June at 7.45pm in Star of the Sea. Tickets: £10 from the Repository or Parish office and online at Come and hear an excellent small choir in a beautiful space. More parking available at the Parish Centre. NORTH CONNOR YOUTH PROJECT SUMMER SCHEME 2014 The annual summer scheme for children aged 4–11 years will run from Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th July from 10am–2pm in St Malachy’s Parish Centre, Coleraine. It is also hoped to have a “fun day” for

families on Saturday 5th July. The summer scheme is an opportunity for young people to engage in fun activities, try out new things and learn about their faith. The costs are as follows: 1 child £30; 2 children from one household £55; 3 children from one household £80; 4 or more children from one household £105. Application forms are available from the primary schools in the local parishes. Closing date is 14th June. For any further details please contact Jacqueline on 07516679769. Volunteers needed: We need Leaders (aged 18+), Junior Leaders (aged 14-18) and Support Volunteers – please contact Jacqueline on 07516679769. STREET PASTORS – Coleraine This is an inter-church initiative in our borough to engage with people on the streets and in night-time venues to care, listen, support and offer practical help. You need to be 18 years of age or over, complete 50 hours of training (starting 13 Sept) and be police-checked. Contact Barbara Brown 7084 8012 or ST COLUMBANUS PILGRIMAGE TO ROME 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 be downloaded from the Diocesan website. EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS The June rota is now available. Please collect your copy from the Sacristy. Please remember to let Ruth know any dates you will be unavailable during July and August. CEMETERY SUNDAY Cemetery Sunday will take place in Agherton Cemetery on Sunday 29th June at 3pm. COLLECTION FOR FR LAWRENCE Last Sunday at Mass, parishioners gave £2498.37 to Fr Lawrence in support of the work of his parish in Malawi. He is deeply grateful as are the members of “Malawi Mercy” who organised his visit. Many thanks! FOR THOSE FACING EXAMINATIONS O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favour in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked. Through Christ our Lord. St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us. Amen. REVIEWING THE REVIEW Last Wednesday about 100 people gathered from the 12 parishes in our Vicariate to hear Fr Alan McGuckian and Jim Deeds outline the results of the Diocesan Review held during the first 3 weeks of Lent. For a full report go to church. The people who gathered identified themes and implications for our

Diocese as we move into the future. They considered our situation in light of Pope Francis’ words on Church in the following context: Church is Missionary - We need to proclaim the Good News in the world today - We need to be called to conversion and renewal- both individually and as a body. We recognised that we were not making decisions that night. Rather we were engaging in a conversation about what the possible implications were for our Diocese at this time. Fr Alan and Jim made the following commitments:  Living Church Team will travel and listen across the Diocese in these coming weeks  Collate all the things said across the Diocese  Inform the Bishop  Invite other parts of the body of our Diocese to the same conversation - Bishops, Clergy, Council of Priests, Diocesan Pastoral Council for example  We will all enter into a period of intentional discernment – Pray Meet Discuss  Come back around the end of the year to hear the fruits of that discernment and to discuss practically how we go about taking our next steps on our journey Please read Pope Francis’ letter- Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) as well as Bishop Noel’s Easter letter- The lights of Heaven. The texts will help us focus our prayers, thoughts and conversations as we travel together on the journey of faith in Down and Connor. P’STEWART PARISH CONGRESS – OUTCOMES Last week the Parish Council met to look at the outcomes of our Parish Congress. Six themes emerged from the feed-back “How do we make our parish a living parish?” Theme one: Worship Have a Children’s Mass once a month – Could the Bulletin be read after the bidding prayers? – Can we have a 'parish crier' to make announcements at end of Mass? Theme two: Education More explanation and opportunities for Holy Communion under both species – more information on the Deaconate Theme three: Social Christmas concerts and Dances – Parish and Pastoral Area socials – form a Social Committee Theme four: Communication An annual Parish Congress - Structured evaluation + review of each event, collating feedback for the future – more parish missions – offer training – develop a prayer ministry - Facebook notification Living Church Theme five: Youth Create youth group that will organise attractive events for youth - Ensure parish activities reach out to teenage children who attend schools outside parish - Help with the junior Legion and youth formation Theme six: Blue Skies Establish our own residential care home for parishioners – buy the house next door for a car-park. There is more to be read at the wall of the Baptistery.