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Precious Life


Precious Life will be hosting a talk given by Fr Stephen Imbarrato in St Mary’s, Chapel Lane, Belfast on Wednesday 26th February at 8pm. Please come along and hear the amazing personal testimony of this Priest for Life, who has dedicated the last 25 years to Pro-Life Ministry in the USA. For more info contact Precious Life on 02890278484 or info@preciouslife.com

Health & Safety


In the interests of Health & Safety and emergency access to Parochial House and to side church entrance we would ask please that if possible no cars be parked in driveway at any time.

Please avoid parking cars directly in front of house gates as this obstruction can cause serious inconvenience.

DIOCESAN VOCATION WEEKEND


Have you ever considered the possibility that God is calling you to the priesthood? If so, take this opportunity to gather with other men who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood. This retreat will create the time and space to help you discern God’s calling in your life.

The retreat will take place in Drumalis Retreat Centre, from Friday 6th – Sunday 8th March 2020. If you wish to attend this retreat or would like further information contact: Fr. Kevin McGuckien, 23 Hannahstown Hill, Belfast, BT17 0LT (02890614567) Email:k.mcguckien@downandconnor.org.

LENT AT TOBAR MHUIRE


LENT AT TOBAR MHUIRE, RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTRE, CROSSGAR.
1. ASH WEDNESDAY. A conversation on forgiveness between Alan McBride and Jude Whyte, two people who been faced with the challenge of forgiving those who perpetrated awful deeds upon their loved ones. Session begins at 7.30pm. Voluntary donation towards Belfast Welcome Centre.

2. LENTEN SCRIPTURE COURSE WITH FR. OLIVER TREANOR. A four week series on the Wednesdays of Lent, in which Fr. Oliver Treanor invites us to see the meaning of the Cross in God’s plan and as a way of achieving the fullness of life. Begins at 7.30pm and concludes at 9.00pm sharp. Voluntary Donation.

3. TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES – YOU ARE STANDING ON HOLY GROUND! A three week course, March 1st; March 8th; March 15th, to explore the beauty of Eucharistic Adoration and ways of developing best practice in our personal lives and in our parishes. Led by: Fr Tom Scanlon CP. Time: 3.00pm – 5.30pm each day. Voluntary Donation.

TROCAIRE LENTEN APPEAL 2020


Trocaire boxes are available for collection in the church porch.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES


DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2020: Full board in hotel: 7 nights (7-14 July) for £725 or 5 nights (8-13 July) for £650. Full board for sick or infirm pilgrims with medical and nursing care in Accueil Notre-Dame: 5 nights (8-13 July) for £550. Youth Team (5-14 July) £590. All flights from Belfast Int’l Airport.

Application forms available from Parish Office or for further information contact the Pilgrimage Office on 028 9077 0162. Email Lourdes@downandconnor.org or visit www.downandconnor.org/Lourdes

DROMANTINE


SMA RETREAT AND CONFERENCE CENTRE, DROMANTINE

LENTEN DAYS OF RECOLLECTION: ‘Lord, open my heart as wide as it can open’ led by Fr. Damian Bresnaham SMA, Saturday 14th March, 9.30am – 5.00pm Incl. lunch – £25

‘Remember – you’   led by Fr. John Gallagher SMA Saturday 28th March. 9.30am – 5.00pm Inc. lunch – £25

PARISH OF BLARIS STATISTICS


1st JANUARY 2019 to 31st DECEMBER 2019

Baptisms – 111

First Communions – 163

Confirmations – 110

Marriages – 11

Deaths – 61

INSTITUTIONS SERVED: Lagan Valley Hospital, Thompson House Hospital, 12 nursing homes.

SCHOOLS – 6

COUNTRY CHURCHES – 3

ACCORD


ACCORD provides a counselling service for any couple who may be experiencing difficulties or challenges in their relationship. The Belfast Centre is situated in Twin Spires Centre, Northumberland Street, Belfast. Tel No-028 90 339944. Email-belfast@accordni.com

WHY SUPPORT LIFE?


A round-table discussion on the future of the pro-life movement in Northern Ireland will take place in the Catholic Chaplaincy QUB. The panel, chaired by Brett Lockhart QC, features key figures in the pro-life movement including Dawn McAvoy, Dr Andrew Cupples, Patrick Gallagher, Kate Meenagh and Sarah Haire. If you are interested in learning more about the pro-life position from a variety of perspectives, this event is not to be missed.  28 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast on Wednesday 19 February at 7pm

Recently Deceased


May Lenaghan


Months Mind


Una Connor


Anniversaries


Mary McDonald: Francis Edmund Crossey: Paddy &Jimmy Wright: Kathleen Loughran: Arthur O’Reilly: Dolly & Paddy Hughes: Jim Blevins: Mary McCann: Elizabeth Catney: Agnes McConville: Patrick, John & Frank Hughes: Neil Hickey: Kathleen Close: Michael Lagan: Joseph McCorry (Snr)


May they rest in peace.