News Bulletin



PREPARING FOR MARRIAGE? CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER. A two day non-residential course will be held in Castle Community Centre, Ballymoney on 21-22 March 2020. This weekend is a positive way of preparing for Marriage where you will discover how you can enrich your future relationship. Information/Booking: or 028 27 638512

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, Derryvolgie Ave., Malone Rd., Belfast. All welcome. For details please contact Phil Tel: 028 90 207645 or Marie Tel: 07896119669

A Marriage Enrichment Weekend

A Marriage Enrichment Weekend offers married couples of all ages in a good relationship, private time to rekindle the joy of their love. The next (residential) Weekend (Fri 8pm to Sun 4:30pm) will be held in Dromantine, Newry from 31st January- 2nd February For information and to book, visit or phone 0770 281 2321. Tom and Madeline McCully with Fr. Seán Coyle – (National Leadership team, Catholic Marriage Encounte).

4 Corners Festival Belfast

This inter-denominational arts festival aimed at promoting reconciliation runs from January 31 to February 9.
You are invited to attend as many as possible of nearly 20 events throughout Belfast, including a talk by Fr Peter McVerry SJ, the famous champion of the homeless. The theme this year is “Building a City of Grace” and the intention is to promote through music, drama and prayer discussion about the need we share for the gift of grace in our divided society. One of the keynote events sees Church of Ireland bishop, Alan Abernethy, return to St Anthony’s Catholic Church, Willowfield, where as a horrified fifteen-year-old he witnessed a sectarian attack that he says changed his life. The Festival was co-founded in 2012 by Falls Road priest, Fr Martin Magill and Presbyterian minister, Rev Steve Stockman. The events are free – further details can be found at the website

Annual Christmas Missionary Appeal

Thank you for your generous response to our Christmas Missionary appeal. Donations are still very welcome – appeal will close Sunday 26 January 2020. Below please see extract from Medical Missionaries of Mary (Tanzania) whose projects have benefitted from your previous generosity:


Warm Christmas greetings from Nangwa, Tanzania in East Africa.

Sr. Celine Jones, Medical Missionaries of Mary has sent your generous donation to us (2019).

We used it as follows:
Poor school children’s uniforms
Food supplement for TB patients
Home visit for TB patients
Assisted orphaned children

The less privileged children that we are supporting were delighted to get the uniforms and we have attached a photo.

Our region has the second highest number of TB patients in Tanzania and one of our activities was to follow up those with TB in their homes.  We provided food supplements and also were able to do sputum testing for all the members of the family.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated and may God bless you all.

With our sincere gratitude,

Sr. Sekunda Kimario

Medical Missionaries of Mary

Nangwa, Tanzania’

Coffee Morning For Stanton

The pre-Christmas COFFEE MORNING for Stanton (Women in Crisis Pregnancy) made £200. Thank you.

Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity

Octave Of Prayer For Christian Unity – 18th to 25th January 2020

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from 18th to 25th January – the Octave of St Peter and Paul.

Word of God – Gift and Challenge

The Diocesan Liturgy seminar entitled “Word of God – Gift and Challenge” will be held on Saturday 25 January 2020 from 1.30pm – 4.30pm in St. Brigid’s Parish Centre, 38 Derryvolgie Ave. Belfast, BT9 6FP. Registration from 1pm.

The Seminar will be presented by Fr. Albert McNally and is open to all, cost £10 per person. To book, please contact Malachy McKeever email


FACEBOOK PAGE : The parish has launched a new facebook page: Parish of Blaris Lisburn. Give it a like to stay up to date with the latest Parish news and events.

St.Patrick’s Academy

Ballinderry Road, Lisburn, BT28 1TD.
OPEN NIGHT – Thursday 16 January 2020.
7.30pm Principal’s Address. Tel: 02892 664877 Website:

Recently Deceased

Una Mallon

Months Mind

Sarah (Sally) Wilson


Betty McAuley: Hugh Eadie: Martin (Marty) Mooney: Meta O’Reilly: Catherine & John Watters: Mary, George & Dorothy Osbourne: Dorothy Hanna: James & Ray McGuigan: Jim Magorrian: Molly Dowey

May they rest in peace.