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This weeks Diary

Monday 15th January:St Ita, Virgin

Tuesday 16th January:St Fursa, Abbot & Missionary

Wednesday 17th January:St Anthony, Abbot

Thursday 18th January:Christian Unity Octave Begins (18th – 25th January)

Saturday 20th January:St Fabian, Pope & Martyr. St Sebastian, Martyr

Our prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Helen Owens and Henry Duggan recently deceased and for the following whose anniversaries occur around this time:Finola Mason (First Anniversary), Lily McMullan, William Charles Smyth, Josephine Smyth, Charlie Conlan, Gerald & Hugh Fitzsimmons, Mary Elizabeth Crowe, Mary Dorrian, Timmy Gray, Sean Moreland, Brigid Byers, Alex Dumigan, Mary Ellen Byers, Seamus Quinn, Charlie McManus, Matthew Magennis, Maria Moreland, Joshua Kelly, James Kelly, Mary Nihill, Hugh Savage.

The Bereaved of the Community will be remembered in a special way at Mass on Wednesday 17th January at 7.30pm in St Cooey’s Oratory. Tea and coffee is served afterwards in the Parish Office, Church Street, everyone is welcome to call round for a chat.

The Parish at Prayer:The Holy Rosary will be offered in St Cooey’s Oratory on Thursday 18th January at 7pm

SICK AND HOUSEBOUND

During the weeks commencing Monday 8th, 15th and 22nd January, sick and housebound will be visited in the following areas: Park Head, Cuan Avenue, Cuan View, Cook Street, Shore Road, Steele Dickson Avenue, Steele Dickson Gardens, Cumain House, Windmill Hill, Windmill Heights, Joe Tomelty Drive.

St Columba’s College, Portaferry

OPEN DAY

The College will open for visits by parents and prospective students on

Saturday 27th January 2018 from 10.00am – 12.30pm

The Principal will speak to parents and accompanied P6 and P7 children in the Library at 10.00am

GIFT 1 & 2

2018 Programme

St Patrick’s Community Centre

Starting Friday 12th January 7.00pm

Additional applications will be available for parents to sign on the night

Get ready for 6 weeks of faith based fun

Parish Draw Week 15

£50.00:Niamh, Aoife & Ciara O’Brien, Shore Road

£30.00:Joe Conlan, Church Street

£20.00:M & J Fitzsimmons, Joe Tomelty Drive

£10.00:Raymond Brown, Steele Dickson Gdns

St Mary’s Primary School: Application Forms for the Nursery Unit and Primary 1 are now available from the School Office.

Looking for a bit of Craic this winter?

Come and join the Cuan Craic Drama Group for 10 weeks of free workshops

facilitated by leading drama professionals.

Absolutely no experience is necessary for these workshops, which, more than

anything are about getting together, meeting new people and having some fun.

The workshops are designed for people aged 50+ but everyone is welcome.

Workshops will take place in Maxwell’s Courtyard in Kircubbin every Tuesday

from 2 – 4pm. Commencing Tuesday 30th January 2018.

Please phone Ards Arts for further information and to get involved.

ardsarts.com | 028 9181 0803

It’s not too late to vaccinate!!!
Cuan Family Practice and Windmill Surgery are still available to anyone in a
risk group. Friday 19th January 9.30 - 1.30 @ Portaferry Health Centre:
please telephone to arrange an appointment.

AGEnda: Age North Down and Ards.

“Fear of Crime” Roadshow

Friday 26th January 2018

Portaferry Hotel

11.30am to 2.00pm

Places must be booked before 12th January 2018 Tel: 028 91 271968 email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Northern Ireland Children's Hospice and Anam Cara, the national organisation that provides support services to bereaved parents, are hosting a Bereavement Information Evening in Corr's Corner Hotel, 315 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 4TQ on Tuesday 30th January 2018 from 7:30pm-9:30pm. This event gives parents an opportunity to hear an experienced bereavement professional talk about the many challenges families may face after the death of their son or daughter. This is a free event open to all bereaved parents. Northern Ireland Children's Hospice & Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for room set up, we would appreciate if you could RSVP to ' This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ' before Monday, 29th January 2018 or call us on 02895213120.

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. Next meeting: 8pm on Wednesday 17th January. All welcome. Residential Weekend: 2-4 March at Drumalis, Larne. For details please contact Phil Tel: 028 90 207645 or Marie Tel: 07896119669

Diocesan Directories are now available from the Parish Office and Blaney’s Shop, Price £4.00. These directories give an up-to-date list of Priests, Parishes, Church Services, Diocesan Bodies, Religious Orders, Schools, etc.

Bangor Parish

7 Day Trip to Brittany and Normandy

From June 25th to July 1st joining the one day St Columbanus International Meeting in St Coulomb June 30th.

The cost is 895 euro pp sharing, all breakfasts and dinners included, 3 nights Lisieux, 3 nights St Malo. Day trips include; Places associated with St Therese, Mont St Michel, Dinard and more.

(Courier: Kieran Troy who has led Bangor groups in the recent past). As there is great demand for hotel space in Brittany in this period prompt booking would be highly recommended.

Details and booking form on parish website www.bangorparish.com

A lecture by Lord Alton of Liverpool

“Legislating for Life”

In St Brigid's Parish Centre Derryvolgie Avenue Belfast BT9 6FP

On Thursday 25th January at 7.30pm.

David Alton is an Independent Life Peer, he is a Catholic and strongly holds a “pro-life” position. His motto on his Coat of Arms is taken from the Book of Deuteronomy: Choose Life.

LIVING YOUTH – World Meeting of Families Volunteering

Living Youth is leading a Youth Group from the Diocese of Down & Connor to Dublin this coming summer to volunteer at the World Meeting of Families Congress and to attend the Papal Mass. The trip will be from 22nd – 26th August 2018 and will be for those aged 16 – 25. The trip will cost £100 per person.

We expect places to fill quickly so to register your interest please email Living Youth This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name, contact number, parish and d.o.b or contact us directly on 02890 232 432.

Could YOU foster?

Have you time in your life to offer care to a child?

The South Eastern Trust would welcome applicants from all walks of life who could provide foster care for children of all ages.

Placements are required for long term, short term and respite and successful applicants will receive fostering allowances, 24 hour support and training.

If you feel you could rise to the challenge of fostering please contact South Eastern Trust Recruitment & Assessment Team on 028 9127 0672 or for more information visit HSC Regional Adoption and Fostering Service www.adoptionandfostering.hscni.net

A Watch and ring were found on the Ballyphilip Road. Contact the Parish Office 028 427 28373

CITIZENS ADVICE

Ards and North Down

The Health Centre

44 High Street, Portaferry

Friday 10am – 12noon

For an appointment Tel: 0300 123 9287

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