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Victim Support NI Volunteers


VICTIM SUPPORT NI CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS

Victim Support NI, the leading organisation supporting victims of crime in Northern Ireland, has called for people to volunteer with the charity in the Down and Connor Diocese. The organisation, which helps victims of crime in communities and courts throughout Northern Ireland, said more volunteers are required to deliver their crucial support services in the local community.

Volunteering involves providing emotional support and practical assistance to victims of crime, form filling and giving people the confidence to make their voices heard. Accredited training and development courses are provided to volunteers equipping them with the knowledge and skills to deliver a first class support service to victims. As well as upskilling, it’s also a fantastic way to work as part of a caring and compassionate team while helping people in your local area. Expenses are also covered. If you have an interest in this type of role you can apply via their website http://www.victimsupportni.co.uk/volunteer/ , by emailing volunteer@victimsupportni.org.uk or by calling 02890277778.

CTS Booklets


Selection of CTS Booklets (individually priced) is available at back of church.

Money please to be placed in wall safe convenient to rack.

Altar Servers


All servers are kindly asked to serve the weekday Masses throughout the summer holidays. God bless!

Eucharistic Ministers


Rotas July/September 2017 are available for collection in Church Porch.

Bereavement Ministry


Our Lady of Consolation Bereavement Ministry: Meeting of Bereavement Ministers on Monday 26 June at 7.30pm in Pastoral Centre.

Recent Baptisms


We welcome into the Christian Community:

Emily Flynn: James Thomas Taylor: Rebekah Luna Best

Baptised in St. Patrick’s Church on Sunday 4 June, 2017

Hospital Visitors’ Course 2017


The next Hospital visitors’ course run by the NI Healthcare Chaplains’ Association (NIHCA) and Edgehill College will run for 10 weeks beginning Thurs 21st September from 7.30 – 9.30pm at Edgehill College, Belfast. The course is aimed at lay people who are interested in hospital visitation, either within the local church context or within a chaplaincy context, or who already visit hospitals as part of their church responsibilities. For further information and an application form contact: Mrs Kay Irvine, College Administrator, Edgehill Theological College, 9 Lennoxvale, Belfast BT9 5BY. Email:  kirvine@edgehillcollege.org     Tel. (028) 9066 5870

Family Care Adoption Services


This is an appeal on behalf of Family Care Adoption Services.

Family Care Adoption Services is a voluntary adoption agency with offices in Derry and in Belfast. We provide an adoption service throughout all of Northern Ireland. A core part of our work is to place children with new adoptive families.  These children are often from the care system and may have had a difficult start in life.

We are experienced in finding families for these children but given the number of children being referred and their specific needs we are always looking for families to come forward.

If interested please email: brian.downey@familycaresociety.org : www.familycaresociety.co.uk

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED PLEASE!


Could you spare a few hours per month to join one of our Church cleaning teams? Rota system in operation.

If interested please contact Parish Office or Damian on 07821190775.

Led by the Spirit for Mission


Pope Francis’ Message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2017 is entitled, “Led by the Spirit for Mission”.

In the message for this 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, the Pope reflects on the missionary dimension of our Christian calling. The Holy Father says that “commitment to mission is not something added on to the Christian life as a kind of decoration, but is instead an essential element of faith itself.  A relationship with the Lord,” he adds, “entails being sent out into the world as prophets of his word and witnesses of his love.”

Even if at times when “we are conscious of our weaknesses and tempted to discouragement”, Pope Francis underlines, “we need to turn to God with confidence”, and he reiterates that by “virtue of baptism, every Christian is a “Christopher”, a bearer of Christ, to his brothers and sisters.”

In the message divided into three subtitles, the first being “Jesus is anointed by the Spirit and sent”, the Holy Father explains that, “to be a missionary disciple means to share actively in the mission of Christ.”

In the second heading, “Jesus is at our side every step of the way”, Pope Francis describes how “the questions lurking in human hearts and the real challenges of life can make us feel bewildered, inadequate and hopeless.”  But he goes on to say, “if we contemplate the risen Jesus walking alongside the disciples of Emmaus we can be filled with new confidence.”

In the third subtitle, “Jesus makes the seed grow”, the Pope says that, “it is important to let the Gospel teach us the way of proclamation.”  “The seed of the Kingdom”, he adds, “however tiny, unseen and at times insignificant, silently continues to grow, thanks to God’s tireless activity.”

Concluding his message the Holy Father underlines that, “there can be no promotion of vocations or Christian mission apart from constant contemplative prayer and he encourages this kind of profound friendship with the Lord, “above all for the sake of imploring from on high new vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life.”

Recently Deceased



Months Mind


Robert Rooney; Sarah Louise Colhoun; Bridget (Biddy) Devlin


Anniversaries


Isobel McGurnaghan: Gerald & Sheila Kelly: Elizabeth Fusco: Gerald Matier: Edward (Snr), Edward (Jnr) & Hugh John Donnelly: Vera McAvoy: Patrick & Joan Hague: Patricia Eastwood: Isobelle O’Brien: Fergus Mulholland: James McKenna: Catherine Connor: Tommy Catney (Snr): Annie, John & Vincent McCreanor: Mollie McPolin: Gerald Rafferty: Mary Wilson: Elizabeth Burns: Gerald Matier; Billy, Kathleen & Seamus McGrath: David, Lucy, Pat, Nan & Terry Boyle: Tom, Mary & Harry Laverty: Margaret & Thomas Burns: Kathleen Stafford: Maura McGurnaghan: Francis Mooney: Jimmy Muldoon: Christine Sloan: Josie Kelly: Abelardo Lao.


May they rest in peace.