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This Weeks Diary:

Tuesday 18th December:St Flannan, Bishop

Thursday 20th December:St Fachanan, Bishop

Friday 21st December:St Peter Canisius, Priest & Doctor

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Our prayers are requested for following whose anniversaries occur around this time:Davy Addis, (First Anniversary), Rev David Morgan, Johnny Savage, Jim Mullan, May Sands, William McKeating, James Joseph Smyth, Eilish Donaldson, Brendan Trainor, Gavin Breen, Charles Livingstone, Patrick Livingstone, Pat Livingstone, Elizabeth Fitzsimmons, Elizabeth Rogers, Jim Tomelty, Maeve & Tim Collins, Sean Mullan, Kathleen Cairns.

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The SVP Christmas Tree Appeal, is this Weekend 15th & 16th December.Gifts can be left under the Christmas tree in St Patrick’s Church, for distribution in our Christmas Hampers.

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INTERDENOMINATIONAL CAROL SERVICE, today Sunday 16th December at 4.00pm in Ballyphilip Church of Ireland.Everyone welcome.

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ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TURKEY WHIST DRIVE

St Patrick’s Community Centre

Sunday 16th December @ 8.00pm

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St Mary’s Primary School

Annual Carol Service

Tuesday 18th December at 12.45pm in St Patrick’s Church

Everyone is invited to come along and celebrate the true essence of Christmas.

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Mass on Wednesday 19th December will be at the earlier time of 6.30pm in St Cooey’s Oratory.

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The Parish at Prayer:The Holy Rosary will be offered on Thursday 20th December at 7pm in St Cooey’s Oratory.

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PENITENTIAL SERVICES IN PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS

Ardkeen:Monday 17th December 6.30pm

Ballygalget:Tuesday 18th December 6.30pm

Portaferry:Tuesday 18th December 7.30pm

Bangor:Wednesday 19th December 7.30pm

Newtownards:Thursday 20th December 7.00pm

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GESU BAMBINO

At the Masses for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, 22nd/23rd December, all children, families in the Parish and parishioners are invited to bring the Baby Jesus figure from their crib. The figures will be blessed during Mass and that blessing will reach your homes and families. You are then invited to wrap the Baby Jesus figure in Christmas wrapping paper and this will be the First present to be opened on Christmas Day. This will be a reminder of the great gift we have received at the Birth of Christ.

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PARISH DRAW:Week 11

£50.00:Terry Gilmore, High Street

£30.00:Raymond McNamara, Ashmount Drive

£20.00:Linda Hamilton, Rockfield Park
£10.00:Kay Smyth, Shore Road

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Thanks to Davy, Ernest, Raymond and Kieron for their help in erecting the Crib in St Patrick’s Church.

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Diocesan Directories are now available from Blaney’s Shop or the Parish office, Price £4.00

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Carols in the Barn on Friday 28th December at 7.30pm in Rubane Farm.

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Saturday 29th December at 11am, drop in for the New Year OPEN HOUR hosted by PresenCE in the Methodist Church Ferry Street.Contributions from all four Christian denominations in Portaferry will help us thank God for his help in 2018 and ask for his help in 2019.Drop in and out as your schedule demands.Refreshments immediately after.

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Christmas Ceile, Sunday 30th December 7pm – 11pm in McKenna Hall

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Christmas Gift Idea:We have beautiful books produced by the Pastoral Area Team and written by the very talented P4-P7 students in our Schools. Why not consider buying one as a Christmas present.A copy of the book can be viewed in the main porch in St Patrick’s Church.They are available to purchase from the Parish Office, price £10.00.

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The Live Crib

Visit the Live Christmas Crib at St Mary’s Grotto, opening Thursday, 13 December 2018 until Sunday, 6 January 2019.Come along and meet Mary and Joseph, Shepherds and the Three wise men. This year animals are kindly provided by the Irish Donkey association and there will be a baby donkey in the crib this year. Carol singers daily at 2 pm. and 5 pm. Proceeds to the Mill Hill Missionaries working in Sudan.

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Christmas: A Time to Remember

A fusion of Irish and Festive music featuring All Ireland Scor Champions from Saul, Brigid O'Neill, Kathryn Mullan, Scoil Rince an Chroi on Saturday 22nd December at 7.30pm in The Great Hall, Downpatrick. The concert is in memory of Phil Stratton and in aid of Marie Curie. This will be sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. Tickets cost £12 and are available online at tiny.cc/rememberphil or in Bargainland, Downpatrick or call Gareth on 07786837198.

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NURSES! The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is currently seeking volunteers to join our nursing team to care for our pilgrims who will stay at the Accueil Notre Dame, during our 2019 Pilgrimage (10-15 July.) You will need to be a registered nurse, active on the NMC live register - newly registered nurses are welcome.For more information or to register your interest please email us to with your contact details and we will get back to you.

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'Do not let the downtrodden retreat in confusion, give the poor and needy cause to praise your name.' Psalms 74:21 Millions of people have had to flee conflict in South Sudan and Yemen. In one area alone in northern Uganda 33,000 mainly women and children from South Sudan have taken refuge. They have witnessed and experienced the worst kind of violence and have arrived traumatised and broken.Trocaire's Christmas Appeal will help these people and many others rebuild their lives. Visit www.trocaire.orgto find out more

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We are delighted to announce that “THE PRIESTS” will be in concert in St Patrick’s Church, Downpatrick, on Thursday 27th December.

This will be an evening of Christmas songs, seasonal Hymns and a few traditional favourites, also including tracks from their latest album Halleluiah.Tickets £25.00 on sale from St Patrick’s Parish Office - Tel: 028 4461 2084

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Are You Making Wedding Plans?Prepare for your future married life at a Catholic Engaged Encounter Course, 23-24 March 2019 in Our Lady and St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, Ballymoney, Co. Antrin. For details/booking: marriageencounter.ie or 028 27638512

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DRUMBO PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO ROME, ASSISI & CASCIA

Including Divine Mercy Sunday in Rome 6 Night Pilgrimage to Assisi, Cascia, Rome & Vatican City,
27 April– 03 May 2019
Package price from £945.00 pps
Spiritual directors: Fr Conor Mc Grath & Fr Dominic McGrattan

Single rooms are now on a waiting list
This pilgrimage is an excellent opportunity for a parish-orientated group to explore Assisi, the Sanctuary of St Rita of Cascia & Vatican City, discover the fascinating history of our Christian faith. Pilgrimage includes return flights from Belfast City Airport (via Heathrow) to Rome, transfers, 4 nights Half-Board in a central hotel in Rome (within walking distance of the Vatican) & 2 nights Half-Board in a 4 Star Hotel in lower Assisi. Fully guided tours of Assisi, Cascia & Rome. The pilgrimage also aims to include the Divine Mercy Sunday Angelus address with the Holy Father, Pope Francis I (depending on the Pope’s calendar)

For more details, please contact the parish office 028 90812238 opt 2

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From Bishop Noel Treanor

I wish to make you aware of an initiative within the Diocese of Down and Connor that

is very beneficial to those who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Each day a BSL NI Sign Language Mass is provided via the webcam from St Vincent

de Paul Parish, Ligoniel, Belfast.

https://www.saintvincentdepaulligoniel.com/webcam

You can also watch a recording of the Mass externally at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQJf_QN2zqPzwKx4p6PJ18A

This will have subtitles.

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11 day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land February 11th to 21st 2019

Spiritual Directors Fr Stephan Park, Fr Owen Gorman, Fr Peter Okpetu,

Price €1,450.00 PPS, to secure a place Deposit €450.00 before August 15th 2018

For Bookings call: Philip 087 2508043 or Brenda 0416863390

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Bethany Support Group

This group offers support for anyone experiencing bereavement.

If you would like to talk to a member of the Bethany Support Group Please Telephone: 07564293692

Loss and Blessings Day at Tobar Mhuire, CrossThe Joy of Love- The Church’s care for the family. On Wednesday 9th November at 7:30pm the Diocese will welcome Fr Nick Austin SJ, moral theologian, to St Brigid’s Church, Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast. The evening will be an opportunity to discuss Pope Francis’s apostolic letter on the family. Everyone very welcome. The Joy of Love- The Church’s care for the family. On Wednesday 9th November at 7:30pm the Diocese will welcome Fr Nick Austin SJ, moral theologian, to St Brigid’s Church, Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast. The evening will be an opportunity to discuss Pope Francis’s apostolic letter on the family. Everyone very welcome. 

emember your deceased relative and friends=

on Saturday 12th November 2016

from 10.30am -4

price £30 which includes tea/

You are welcome to being a picture or mement

of the person you are remembering
Pleas

Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this sacrifice up for their deceased loved ones. YOU CAN DO LIKEWISE. Take the Short Term Pledge for

: "I promise in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and with the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary to abstain from all alcoholic dri