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Tuesday 19th Sept:St Januarius, Bishop & Martyr

Wednesday 20th Sept:St Andrew Kim Tae-gon & Companions, Martyrs

Thursday 21st Sept:St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist

Saturday 23rd Sept:St Pius of Pietrelcina, (Padre Pio), Priest. St Eunan.

Our prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Kieran Watson, recently deceased and for the following whose anniversaries occur around this time:Johnny & Pauline McCarthy, Maeve Crangle, Joey Crangle, William McGrattan, Kathleen McMullan, Eleanor Keating, Thomas, Catherine & Elizabeth Donnelly, Josephine Curran, James McGrath, William Sims, Sean Coleman, John Proctor, George Trainor, Margaret Byers, Amelia Lennon, Sammy Collins, Sadie Lunn, John Dorrian, Anna Coleman, Isobel Walsh.

The Bereaved of the Community will be remembered in a special way at Mass on Wednesday 20th September at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s Church.

SICK AND HOUSEBOUND During the weeks commencing Monday 18th, 25th September & 2nd October sick and housebound will be visited in the following areas: Ballyphilip Road, Rockfield Park, The Gables, Links Crescent, Marian Way, Armstrong Avenue, High Street, Castle Street, Church Street, Ann Street, Church View, Barrhall Road, Ballyfounder Road.

Concreting will commence in a section of St Patrick’s Graveyard on Monday 17th September to Thursday 21st inclusive. This section of the graveyard will be closed off during this time. We appreciate your co-operation and are sorry for any inconvenience.

Parish Draw, Week 50

£50.00:Kiera Mallon, Duff Ave

£30.00:Keelan & Brooke Convery, Shore Rd.

£20.00:Martin Swail, Steele Dickson Gdns.

£10.00:Anna Curran, The Square

Cuan Family Practice: Drs Doyle & McCoubrey

Anyone in a high risk group (chronic heart, kidney, liver, or lung disease, immunosuppressed, pregnant,BMI <40, splenectomy, history of stroke or TIA, any neurological condition or Over 65 years old) is invited to attend our Flu Clinic on Saturday 7th October. Please telephone to arrange an appointment: 028 427 28854. Further midweek clinics have yet to be arranged.

St Vincent de Paul

Cake Sale

30th September 9am – 1pm

The Market House, Portaferry

Any donations of cakes, scones etc will be gratefully appreciated.

CEILI CLASS continues on Sunday evenings in McKenna Hall, Kircubbin, 7-9pm. Come and join the fun and craic and learn a few dances. Everyone Welcome.

McAliskey School of Irish Dancing Classes

Tuesday from 6:30pm-7:30pm in McKenna Hall Kircubbin

Friday from 7:00pm-8:00pm in Portaferry Markethouse

Please contact Ms. Seana McAliskey TCRG on 07598811652

Harvest Thanksgiving

Sunday 24th September, 6.30pm

Portaferry Methodist Church, Ferry Street

Choir rehearsals on Monday 18th; and Thursday 21st September at 8.15pm

Everyone welcome


The Diocesan Liturgy Seminar 2017, entitled ‘Putting on Christ – A journey of Transformation: The Rite of Christian Initiation in Action’ will be held on Saturday 23rd September 2017 from 1.30pm – 4.30pm in St Brigid’s Parish Centre, 38 Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast. Registration from 1pm. It will be presented by Jane Ferguson, a member of The Council for Liturgy of the Irish Bishop’ Conference. The Seminar is open to all and the cost is £10 per person.

To book, please contact: Malachy McKeever, Tel: 07760 108 903 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Faith and Life Convention

Bishop Treanor invites you to attend our fourth Faith and Life Convention on Saturday 30th September 2017 in Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock, Belfast beginning at 10am.

This year we are delighted to welcome Cardinal Kevin Farrell as our keynote speaker. He will speak to us on the theme: Faith in the Family

In the afternoon each participant will have the opportunity to take part in two workshops from a range of twenty seven. The workshops fill up quickly so it’s best to book now!

Perhaps the best part of the day is the pleasure of meeting up with a great crowd of committed people from all over the diocese and beyond!

Online booking is available at: www.faithandlifeconvention.org Booking forms are also available from the Parish Office. We look forward to seeing you in September.

Mary & Mercy Tour comes to Belfast

Experience the time of mercy! Best-selling Catholic author Fr Michael Gaitley MIC is visiting Ireland in October to talk on Mary & Mercy. Fr Gaitley has sold over 2 million copies of his book ’33 Days to Morning Glory’ on personal consecration to Mary, and he’s also written on Divine Mercy and St Therese. He’ll be appearing at St Patrick’s, Donegall St, Belfast at 7.30pm on Friday 6th October giving his own personal testimony and speaking about Our Lady and mercy. Everyone is welcome to attend this uplifting evening.

Loss and Blessings Day at Tobar Mhuire Crossgar Saturday 11th November 2017 at 10.30am - 4pm Spend a day at Tobar Mhuire to remember your dead friends and relatives. Price £30 which includes tea/coffee and light lunch.

Two pro-life world renowned experts, Dr. Angela Lanfranchi and Professor Priscilla Coleman from the USA will speak on the link between abortion and breast cancer and abortion's harmful effects on women's mental health on Saturday 30th September 2017 in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin 8 (near Heuston Station) 9.30am to 4pm. Entry €20.Hosted by 'Ask Majella' Pregnancy Counselling, a project of Human Life International. For more info Tel. 094-9375993. Both of these women have been featured in the recent multi award winning documentary film 'HUSH'. www.hushfilm.com

Beginning Experience

Are you suffering the pain of loss of a partner? Looking for help and understanding?Beginning Experience (a support group for widowed, separated and divorced people) meets every Wednesday evening from 8pm to 10pm in St Bride’s Hall, 38, Derryvolgie Avenue, Malone Rd, Belfast. Information Evening: Wednesday 20th September at 8pm. 1st weekly meeting Wednesday 27th September at 8pm. All welcome. For details please contact Phil Tel: 028 90 207645 or Marie Tel: 07896119669

Always wanted to volunteer overseas? Want to do a course on global social injustice? Learn more at the Viatores Christi (VC) - Information & Recruitment Session in BELFAST on Wednesday 6th September 2017 at 7.30pm in St John’s Parochial House, Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6EN OR Tel. 01 8689986 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.viatoreschristi.com ALL WELCOME!

PATHWAYS- Adult Faith Development Programme at Drumalis -

Enrol now for 2017-2019 intakes. Pathways is a broad-based adult faith development course which explores spirituality, theology and prayer. Now in its twelfth year, Pathways is geared towards those who want to reflect about life, faith and relationships with God and others. The course takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Drumalis in Larne. No academic qualifications are necessary and there is no coursework attached.

This two-year programme supported by the Diocese of Down and Connor runs from October to June each year and will be held on nine Saturdays from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. For further information and booking form, please contact Drumalis – 028 2827 2196/2827 6455 (during office hours, Mon-Fri, 9 am – 5 pm), email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see the Drumalis website: http://www.drumalis.co.uk

"ANNUAL PIONEER MASS The annual Pioneer Mass for the Belfast Region will be celebrated in Corpus Christi Church, Springhill Grove, Whiterock Rd. Belfast BT12 7SL on Wednesday 27th September 2017 at 7 pm. Persons wishing to be presented with any of the following - Gold, Silver, Young Pioneer or other emblems/ certificates please contact Pat 9262 9959; Josephine 9061 7116; Ian 9061 6601. Light refreshments afterwards, everyone welcome."

Cardinal Cahal B Daly Memorial Lecture

In order to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late Cardinal Cahal B Daly,in October this year, there will be a memorial lecture in Queen's University Belfast. The lecture will be given by Archbishop Paul Gallagher, a native of Liverpool, who is the Secretary for Relations with States in The Secretariat of State, Vatican City. All are welcome but we ask that you inform us of your intention to be present by 22nd September: telephone 028 90665409, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cardinal Cahal B Daly Memorial Lecture

Go the extra mile: Cahal B Daly – Reflections on the practice of dialogue.

A lecture in Queen's University Belfast,

In Lecture Theatre PFC/OG/007

On 6th October next at 7.00pm.

Light refreshments will be available afterwards.

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

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