News Bulletin


Journey Towards Wholeness

Saturday 26th January, Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar, 10am-4pm. Donation £25 ( includes a light lunch). Developing a contemplative practice through silence, meditation and teaching. Contact: for info and booking.


YOUTH WEEKEND | 1-3 FEBRUARY | PARISH OF THE BRAID: Koinonia John the Baptist have organised a weekend for 11-18 year olds (residential option available for 13-17s), jam-packed with games, group activities and time with the Lord and each other. It’s a safe place for you to ask burning questions about God, and an event full of faith, fun and friendship with young people from across the Diocese. It can also count towards your Pope John Paul II Award. Interested? Contact Br. Darren: 154369, or for more info/book a place visit Full weekend costs £35. Limited places.


Sunday 27 January at 10.00am.

All Primary 4 children preparing for First Holy Communion 2019 and their parents are invited to attend.

Living Youth / Habitat for Humanity

LIVING YOUTH/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY N.I. ETHIOPIA TEAM: 8th – 18th JULY (Dates may change slightly, depending on flight availability. ) Ongoing partnership between Living Youth and Habitat’s Global Village programme in Ethiopia! Twelve years ago, a volunteer team from Ulster University was the catalyst for our Ethiopia Partnership. Since then, thousands of lives have been transformed through small changes which make a world of difference; simple homes, clean water, proper toilets. Global Village is the name given to Habitat for Humanity’s international volunteering programme. The programme is a unique, short-term opportunity where you will join a team which has the privilege of working alongside families in need. “The trip was one of the best experiences of my life. Seeing the happiness, hope and joy the partnership was bringing to homeowners was incredible” Previous Team Member.  Personal Donation £500; Personal Fundraising Target £1700. Closing Date for Applications: Thursday 31st January 2019. To register go to: – click on ‘Join Us’, ‘Volunteer Globally’ and select Living Youth. For further information contact:


ST. BRIGID’S DAY LECTURE 2019 given by Bishop Alan McGuckian, S.J.,

“Discerning Disciples: Pope Francis on Prayer” in St. Brigid’s Parish Centre. 38 Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast on Thursday, 31st January 2019 at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.


Candles £1 may be ordered in church porch this weekend.

Christmas Missionary Projects

Thank you for your generous response to our Christmas Missionary Appeal. Appeal closes this weekend.

This Week’s Calendar

Monday 21 January – St Agnes

Tuesday 22 January – St Vincent

Thursday 24 January – St Francis de Sales

Friday 25 January – The Conversion of St Paul

Saturday 26 January – Ss Timothy & Titus

Sign Language Mass


‘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.

St. Patrick’s Golf Society

St. Patrick’s Golf Society will hold their Annual General Meeting on Monday 28th January 2019 at 6 o’clock in the parish centre.  All members are asked to attend.  If interested is joining the Society please come along or ring Bobby on 92108691 or John on 92678539.

Recently Deceased

Annie McDonnell: Florence McKeown

Months Mind


Margaret Blaney: Gerry Robinson: Margaret Agnew: Joseph Taggart: Joan McClinton: Emma & john Burns: Mary Ann McManus: Martin Mooney: Catherine and John Watters: Jim Magorrian: Sr Mairead Walsh: Betty McAuley: Brian Magennis: Molly Dowey: Arthur & Sally Rooney: Kevin Corken: Marie Nugent: Jimmy Doherty: Rosaleen & Arthur Quigley: Dominic & Mary Brady: Wilfred McClurg: Mary & Joseph Osbourne: Dorothy Hanna: Patrick Lavery (Jun)

May they rest in peace.