News Bulletin


Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning (in aid of Stanton Healthcare, Belfast)

Friday 16th November at 10.30am in St Patrick’s Pastoral Centre. All welcome.

Also selection of nearly new toys for sale. All proceeds to help provide emotional and financial support to women in crisis pregnancies.

Advent Day of Reflection

Advent Day of Reflection: Saturday 24th November 2018. 10.30am – 4.00pm. Day Cost: £30 (to include tea/coffee and light lunch). Preparing for the Advent and Christmas season through an exploration of the scriptures.

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.

Loss and Blessings


Loss and Blessings: Saturday 17 November 2018. 10.30am – 4.00pm Day led by: Brian McKee Cost: £30 (to include tea/coffee and light lunch)

November is a time when we remember loved ones who have died. This day of prayer; reflection and symbols, will be a chance to take time aside; to reflect upon the memory of those who have gone before us, and to give thanks for those who have touched our lives. You are welcome to bring a picture or memento of the person you are remembering.

Alcohol Awareness Week

Alcohol Awareness Week: 19th-25th November 2018

Alcohol misuse has been identified as a significant public health and social issue in Northern Ireland over many years.  A Coroner has described it as “the greatest healthcare problem facing Northern Ireland”.  The latest statistics suggest 12,000 people are admitted to hospital each year with alcohol related problems in N.I. with 170,000 people drinking hazardly and 47,000 drinking harmfully.

Behind these statistics is the Untold Story of families and friends of problem drinkers living each day with uncertainty, deceit, financial insecurity, and in some cases violence or emotional and physical abuse.

Al-Anon Family Groups is there for families and friends of Problem Drinkers – ph. 02890682368.

Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire is launching a new campaign “The Untold Story” during Alcohol Awareness Week 19th – 25th November 2018 to encourage more people living with problem drinkers to find their local Al-Anon meetings which run weekly throughout Northern Ireland.  National Helpline 02074030888/email for more information or visit our website

The Spirit of Christmas

 ‘The Spirit of Christmas’, concert, Saturday 15th December, 7.30pm, Good Shepherd showcasing Marion Jordan accompanied by several performers including the Arco String Quartet, renowned local Tenor Greg Davidson and the Saint Michael’s Parent and Children’s choirs.  Post concert, the recently opened parish centre will host a small craft fair and guests can avail of mulled wine and nibbles. Tickets £15 are available from and also available at venue.

Prepare For Advent

Prepare For Advent with Sr. Pam Thimmes OSC on The Hospitality of God – The Gospel of Luke – A gospel of Mercy and Forgiveness on Saturday 17th November in St Joseph’s Primary School, Crumlin from 10.00am to 4pm. Lunch provided. To register please contact Glenavy Secretary 028 94 422278 or email glenavy@downand   Information on programme will be available at back of our church.

Whist Drive

Reilly’s Trench: Monthly Whist Drive Monday 12 November at 8.30pm sharp. All welcome.

Ards Choral Society

ARDS CHORAL SOCIETY presents MESSIAH by G.F. Handel in Christ Church, Hillsborough Road, Lisburn on Saturday 1st December 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets available from Christ Church Office 028 9267 3271 or member of vestry.

St.Vincent De Paul Collection

SVP will be conducting their GIVING Sunday Church door collection on Sunday 9th December. Each year our Conference makes many visits to families and people in need in this community. The funds raised will be spent in this community helping those who need it most with food, heating and education costs.

We rely almost entirely on the support of you, the generous parishioners of Blaris Parish.

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Our Parish Conference is urgently in need of volunteers – if you are interested in helping please speak with one of our members at church door. Thank you.

World War 1

It is a hundred years since the end of WW1 on November 11th. To commemorate this occasion, St. Patrick’s Church bells will be rung at 11.00am on November 11th. We ask parishioners to try to observe a minutes silence at that time and offer a prayer for peace in our world.

Recently Deceased

Rita Treacy (nee Cunningham)

Months Mind


Tom Maguire (1st Anniversary): Maurice & Betty Murray: William McGuigan: Steven Melville: Mary Eadie: Fr Joseph McPoland: Kitty, Joe & Gerard Whittaker: James & Anna McDonald: Shan Henry: Tom McKeown: Peggy Catney: Mary Donaghy: James & Alice Green: Margaret Murnaghan: Mary McKillion: John Martin

May they rest in peace.