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HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES

HOLY THURSDAY 18th APRIL

7.30pm: St. Patrick's Church - 'Mass of the Lord's Supper' Followed by Adoration ‘in silence’ at the Altar of Repose until 10.45pm. Night prayer 10.45pm to 11pm.“Will you not watch one hour with me?”

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GOOD FRIDAY 19th APRIL THE PASSION OF OUR LORD

Day of Fast and Abstinence

9.30am:St Cooey’s Oratory – Morning Prayer

3.00pm:St. Patrick's Church - The Main Ceremony

'Passion of Our Lord' Good Friday Liturgy of the Word including reading of the Passion, Veneration of the Cross; Distribution of Holy Communion.

7.30pm:St. Cooey's Oratory – Standing Vigil Beneath the Cross.(A new format). Veneration of the Cross.

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EASTER SATURDAY 20th APRIL

9.30am St Cooey’s Oratory – Morning Prayer

8.30pm St. Patrick's Church - 'Easter Vigil'

Blessing of Easter Fire; Easter Proclamation; Eucharist of The Resurrection to include - Blessing of Easter Water and Renewal of Baptismal Promises.

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EASTER SUNDAY 21st APRIL

10.00am:St. Patrick's Church - Mass of the Resurrection

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Our prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Elizabeth Tumelty and for the following whose anniversaries occur around this time:Fr. Conleth O’Reilly, Maria Coulter, John Lennon, Jim Magee, Robert Braniff, Sarah Braniff, Catherine Fowler, Helen Quinn, Mary Fegan, Edward McGrattan, Harry Bradley, Mary Hinds.

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THE FEAST OF DIVINE MERCY will be celebrated in St Patrick’s Church, Portaferry next Sunday 28th April 2018 as follows;

1.30pm – 2.45pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

2.00pm:Rosary, chaplet of Divine Mercy and Various Reflections

Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 1.30pm to 2.45pm

3.00pm: Mass

Veneration of the Divine Mercy Image

A Plenary Indulgence may be gained by the faithful on the day:

For those who attend Confession and worthily receive Holy Communion with complete Trust in God’s Mercy, witness the Public Blessing of The Image of Divine Mercy, Venerate the Image and perform an act of Mercy.

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The Parish Office is closed Good Friday and will re-open Wednesday 24th April

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Bishop Treanor has written a pastoral letter on priesthood and vocational discernment.In it, he invites us to pray for an increase in vocations to priesthood and religious life.He encourages us to contribute to a culture which supports young people to listen, discern and live God’s call in their lives.Copies of the letter will be distributed at the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Masses.Please take one and reflect on its themes with your loved ones.For further information on vocations to priesthood, please visit vocationsdownandconnor.org or contact Fr Kevin McGuckien on 02890614567

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St Vincent De Paul

CAKE SALE

Saturday 27th April 10am – 12noon

In the Market House, Portaferry

Tombola & Raffle.

Any donations of buns, cakes etc are greatly appreciated.

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PARISH DRAW: Week 29

£50.00:Danny Moreland, Laurelbank Park

£30.00:Gabriel Ellison, High Street

£20.00:S. Gilmore, C/o Anne Street

£10.00:Maureen Denvir, Demesne View

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St Columba’s College Mid- Summer Melodies Concert

Calling all you artistes who are willing to partake in our Mid- Summer Melodies concert at the end of June. Please contact Clare on 02842728323 or by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as soon as possible so we can get our planning underway. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Peninsula Amateur Junior Players Present Annie the Musical in St Patrick's Community Centre, Friday 3rd May 7.30pm and Saturday 4th May at 2.30pm. £5 per adult, £3 per child to include refreshments.

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2018/19 Development Day for Leaders of Children’s Liturgy of the Word on Saturday 11th May from 9.30am-3.30pm in the Living Church Offices at 120, Cliftonville Road, Belfast BT14 6LA.

DCU Assistant Prof. of Religious Education, Cora O’ Farrell, will be our guest speaker. Cora is an expert in Children’s Spirituality and she has a passion for Montessori inspired forms of Religious Education and has undertaken training in both Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (levels 1 and 2) and Godly Play. She will be sharing some of her insights with us, helping to inspire, support and nourish all those involved in this valuable ministry within our Diocese. Attendance at the day is free and lunch will be provided but it is necessary to register as spaces are limited. Please contact Caren at by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone: 028 90 690 920 to register.

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ACCORD provides counselling services for couples who may be experiencing difficulties in their relationship. We also offer Marriage Preparation courses for couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage. The Belfast Centre is situated in Twin Spires Centre, Northumberland Street, Belfast.Tel No-028 90339944 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Portaferry Parent & Toddler group meet Wednesdays in Church of Ireland Parish Centre from 9.30 - 11.30. All pre school children and carers welcome. Kids have great fun!Come a long for a cuppa and a chat - make new friends, catch up with old friends!

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Pro-Life Information Meeting: Precious Life will be hosting an information evening regarding the upcoming elections with advice on candidates and their stance on abortion. This will take place on Thursday 11th April @7pm Queen’s University Students’ Union, Belfast, Clubroom 4. All welcome. For more information contact Precious Life on 02890278484 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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St Vincent De Paul Clare Lodge Holiday Home in Newcastle Co Down are takings bookings for day trips lunches, tea, coffee and biscuits; overnight or weekly stay overs; conference meetings, etc. Everyone welcome.SVDP does not discriminate against Colour or Creed. Open all year round. Any information required contact Regina or Tom on Telephone 028437 22849 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Looking forward to meeting with you.

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SVP Annual Chimney Sweep Scheme

Those eligible from Portaferry & Ballygalget Parishes include: Senior Citizens, Single Parent Families on benefits and Single People on benefits.If you require this service please leave your name, address, telephone number and £15.00 in an envelope into the Rock Bakery, The Square, Portaferry from 15th March and 20th April.Unfortunately, any requests after 20th April cannot be accepted.

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STEPHEN SMYTH IN CONCERT: Saint Patrick Centre, Downpatrick’s, Thursday 9th May at 7.30pm in aid of the Mercy Missions in Zambia.Tickets £15.00 including supper, available from Downe Travel Service Ltd, St Patrick Centre or by phoning 028 44 614340

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The Benedictine Monks, Rostrevor Co. Down, invite men (18-40) to an Easter Triduum Retreat from Holy Thursday 18th April until Sunday 20th April 2019.Take time to reflect. Examine your life and consider your call.
If interested, please contact:Fr Thierry: benedictinemonks@btinternet.com / +44 (0)28 4173 9979
Facebook: Benedictine Monks Rostrevor / Twitter: @rostrevormonks

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Dates for your Diary

Sacrament of First Holy Communion

St Mary’s Primary: Saturday 18th May

St Patrick’s Ballygalget: Saturday 25th May

Cemetery Sunday:

Ballygalget:Sunday 26th May at 3.00pm

Portaferry:Sunday 9th June at 3.00pm

Ardkeen/Ballycran:Sunday 16th June at 3.00pm

St Cooey’s Wells Mass:Sunday 23rd June at 3.00pm

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Dublin Medjugorje Pilgrimage Group for the Youth Festival 2019 at August Bank Holiday Weekend. One of the biggest events of the year in Medjugorje.Ex Dublin costs €725 ppsfor 7 nights.Payment can also be made in instalments Contact James Treacy 061-921470 or contact Joe Walsh Tours on 01-2410800

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Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2019:Full board in hotel: 7 nights (9-16 July) for £725 or 5 nights (10-15 July) for £650.Full board for sick or infirm pilgrims with medical and nursing care in Accueil Notre-Dame: 5 nights (10-15 July) for £550.Youth Team (7-16 July) £590.All flights from Belfast Int’l Airport.Application forms now available from the Parish office or for further information contact the Pilgrimage Office on (028) 90770162 or 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
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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