Home Bulletin 33rd Sunday of the Year 18th November 2018

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS TEAM 2

This Weeks Diary:

Wednesday 21st November:The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday 22nd November:St Cecilia, Virgin & Martyr

Friday 23rd November:St Columbanus, Abbot & Missionary

Saturday 24th November:Ss Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions, Martyrs

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Our prayers are requested for the following whose anniversaries occur around this time:Gerry Donnelly (First Anniversary),Gerard Braniff,Rev Bernard Armstrong, Hugh Joseph & Cyril Keating, Lily McCarthy, Margaret Young, Jim & Mary Hinds, William Lennon, John Hughes, Agnes Torney, Ruby Smyth, Agnes Walsh, John McGreevy, Mary & George Hanna, Frances McKissick, Pat Kearney, Hugh Joseph Byers, Jim Breen.

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MONTHS MIND MASS:Roland Mason, Sunday 18th November, 11am in St Patrick’s Church.

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MONTHS MIND MASS:Joey Smyth, Saturday 24th November, 6.30pm St Patrick’s Church.

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The Bereaved of the Community will be remembered in a special way at Mass on Wednesday 21st November at 7.30pm in St Cooey’s Oratory.

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The Parish at Prayer:The Holy Rosary will be offered on Thursday 22nd November at 7pm in St Cooey’s Oratory.

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Dear Friends

I wanted to congratulate everyone on the very successful presentation event for Fr. Mulholland last Sunday afternoon.From those who organised it to those who provided the refreshments, the Choirs and musicians, the young people who took part, those who gave addresses – and to all of you who turned up in such numbers. It was truly a warm and generous tribute to Fr. Mulholland, a tribute to your regard for him and for his priestly ministry.This along with hospitality and welcome having always been a trait of Gods Holy faithful people in Portaferry.Congratulations!Well done!

Fr Feargal.

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Table Top Sale in St Patrick's Community Centre on Saturday 24th November 10.00 am to 1.00 pm adm £5.00.What a great way to declutter before Santa arrives?? Please contact Concepta 07762 282369if you wish to book a table.

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SICK AND HOUSEBOUND

During the weeks commencing Monday 5th, 12th and 19th November sick and housebound will be visited in the following areas:Dunvely Road, Abbacy Road, Deerpark Road, Drumardan Road, Loughdoo Road, Ballygalget Road, Newcastle Road, Tullymally road, Portaferry Road, Ballygarvigan Road, Cloughey Road, Rockfield Park, The Gables, Links Crescent, Armstrong Avenue, The Fairways, The Square, Castle Street, Church Street, Ann Street, Church View, Barrhall Road.

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St Vincent de Paul wish to thank everyone who supported their recent Cake Sale.Thanks to all the bakers, and those who donated raffle prizes.The total collected was £426.00.

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Cards are available from the Rock Bakery, the Square, Portaferry, price £3.50.

CHRISTMAS SHOP now open in Vincent's Living, Kircubbin

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JPII Awards

Last year six young people from the Parish participated in the JPII Awards programme, enriching the parish community by volunteering in Children's Liturgy, Folk Choir and fundraising for the parish. Five of our young people volunteered at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August and found the experience, quote "wonderful".One of our young people (indeed the first in the Parish)) achieved the Papal Cross Award for her work in the Parish and in Living Youth (the Diocesan youth organisation). Six young people have signed up for the JPII Award this year, we wish them every success.

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Johnny Cash appearing in St Patrick's Community Centre, 24th November £9.00 per ticket. This has not been cancelled.

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PARISH DRAW: Year 27 Week 7

£50.00:Anne Swail, Steele Dickson Avenue

£30.00:Amelia Magee, Armstrong Avenue

£20.00:Alison Murphy, Ferry Street

£10.00:Kevin Moreland, Church View

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Make Your Shakespeare Dreams Come True!

Terra Nova Productions is Northern Ireland’s only professional intercultural theatre company.We’ve worked across the world: China, Egypt, Greenland and more.You can find out more about us at www.terranovaproductions.net ; Now we’re coming to Ards and North Down with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and we’re keen to get you involved, on-stage and more. We want 150 people to join us!For details of sign up dates email: or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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ANTHONY NOLAN: saving the lives of people with blood cancer. Every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer.For many, a stem cell transplant is their last hope of life.By joining the Anthony Nolan register, you could give them that hope.Once you’ve joined, you’ll stay on the register until you’re 60.You must be aged 16 – 30 and meet our medical criteria.Find out more at anthonynolan.org

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Special Mass of Remembrance

A Special Mass of Remembrance is being organised by St Paul’s Disability Care Group and will be held on Friday 23 November in St Paul’s Church, Falls Road, Belfast at 7.30 pm with refreshments immediately after Mass in the Fr O’Kane Centre adjacent to the church.This Mass will remember all those with a disability or special needs who have died.

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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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‘MY FAMILY’ books produced by the Pastoral Area Team and written by the very talented P4 – P7 students in our Pastoral Area Schools can be purchased from the schools, or the Parish Office, 15 Church Street, Price £10.00.

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There is a real need for us as Catholics to feed our faith on a daily basis. This is why our parish is partnering with The Irish Catholic newspaper to launch a special initiative for 10 weeks from November 8th, 2018. The paper will be available for just £1 per edition for this time, and we encourage as many people as possible to pick it up. From hearing uplifting positive news from parishes around the country, to getting the Catholic perspective on the latest news, there is something for everyone in the paper. So please do pick up a copy, take time to read it throughout the week, and invest in your faith this winter.

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Ardkeen Parish Whist Drive on Thursday 22nd November at 8pm in McKenna Hall

Ardkeen Parish Bazaar, on Sunday 2nd December at 2.30pm in McKenna Hall

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A TURKEY (Whist) Drive will take place on Sunday 16th December at 7.30pm in the Community Hall, Comber. Proceeds in aid of Church Restoration Fund. Admission £5 including supper.

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The University of the Third Age U3A

Are you retired? Semi Retired? We are a self-help organisation for active retired or semi-retired people providing educational, creative and leisure activities.

Launch Meeting Tuesday 27th November at 1.30pm, Donaghadee Community Centre. Just come alone and find out more!www.u3ani.info

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Living Church - Children’s Liturgy Leaders Training - Save the Date

The Living Church Office will be hosting a series of development courses throughout the year for Children’s Liturgy Leaders. The first of these will take place on Saturday the 24th November in Holy Rosary Parish Hall, Ormeau Road, from 9.30am – 4.30pm. The other dates to save are: Saturday 16th February and Saturday 11th May 2019. Whether your Children’s Liturgy Group is well established or just beginning, these days will encourage, nourish, support and resource those involved in leading it. Attendance at each day is free. If you would like to register to attend one, two or all three of the days, contact Caren at the Living Church Office, 028 90 690920 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Tobar Mhuire Retreat:

Advent Day of Reflection.

Preparing for the Advent and Christmas season through an exploration of the scriptures.

The day will be led by Sean Goan. This day is open for all, but is particularly recommended for clergy and for those involved as Ministers of the Word in parishes. Saturday 24th November 2018. 10.30am – 4.00pm Day led by: Sean Goan Cost: £30 (to include tea/coffee and light lunch)

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Christmas Pilgrimage Group to the Holy Land Ex Dublin 19h – 27th December 2018 Taking in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, (Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Last Supper Room and Calvary), Mount Tabor, Cana, Nazareth, Jericho, River Jordan, Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee. Contact James Treacy 035361921470 or 00353860572216 payments can be made in instalments and it’s perfectly safe to go otherwise you will get your money back.

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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