News Bulletin


The Paradox of our Age – by The Dalai Lama

We have bigger houses but smaller families; more conveniences, but less time;

We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgement;

More experts, but more problems; more medicines, but less healthiness;

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,

But have trouble crossing the street to meet our neighbour.

We build more computers to hold more information to

Produce more copies than ever but have less communication.

We have become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are times of fast foods but slow digestion:

Tall man but short character;

Steep profits but shallow relationships.

It’s a time when there is much in the window but nothing in the room.

Ministers of the Word & Eucharistic Ministers

The Parish is in need of new Ministers of the Word & Eucharistic Ministers. If you would like to enrol for either of these special ministries please contact the Parish office.


Monday 13th August 2018 – Sunday 19th August 2018. ROME, ASSISI & SAN GIOVANNI (ST PIO).

Cost £760 p.p.s. Contact Susan Burns 92 679305 or Mona Mitchell 38 328897.

Living Youth

Summer Pilgrimage 2018.  Are you 17-25?  Why not join us on our Pilgrimage to Taize and Paris:  29th July – 8th August 2018.  £799 – includes flights, transfers, accommodation, half board, t-shirts and half zip.  Lots of fundraising ideas and opportunities available.  £100 deposit required.  Closing Date:  Thursday 16th November 2017 for completed application form and deposit.  For more information email:

A Magical Christmas Experience

ST ALOYSIUS PFTA present ‘A Magical Christmas Experience’ on Thursday 14th December 6.30pm-9.30pm. Come and visit our wonderful Santa.   We are also holding a Christmas Craft Fair with refreshments, face painting, children’s activities and stalls. A number of tables will be available to stallholders at £15 per table. Please PM me if you are interested and we will be in touch. The contact number is Leia Kelly 07743072609 or email

Pledge Prayer

Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this sacrifice up for their deceased loved ones. YOU CAN DO LIKEWISE. Take the Short Term Pledge for November. Pledge Prayer: “I promise in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and with the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary to abstain from all alcoholic drink during November.”

Loss and Blessings Day

Spend a day at Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar, to remember your dead friends and relatives on Saturday 11 November 10.30am-4pm. Price £30 which includes tea/coffee and light lunch.


THE LISBURN CONFERENCE OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL has recently reformed in the Parish. We have a good group, but we always welcome new members, whether it is to be a full member or to help with such things as the Sunday church collection. We would also greatly welcome help from people who might not want to become full members but who could help in other ways e.g. general handyman, maintenance of white goods etc.

If you would like to join us or have any questions, please contact Dee French (07821 190775) or Cathy Brannan (07518 333644). If you are struggling financially, please feel free to contact us in strictest confidence on 028 9060 1899. Finally, many thanks to all parishioners for their continued support. It is very much appreciated and, without it, we wouldn’t be able to provide the support that we do.

Christmas Turkey Trot

ST PATRICK’S GOLF SOCIETY “CHRISTMAS TURKEY TROT” will be played at DOWN ROYAL GOLF CLUB  on Thursday 9th NOVEMBER 2017. Tee off 10.00am. Visitors will be very welcome. Please arrive before9.30am for registration and 4-ball draw.

Total cost for GOLF, 2 COURSE CHRISTMAS DINNER and PRIZES – £30. If interested please ring Bobby on 92108691 or John 92678539.

100th Birthday Thanks

The family of Sarah (Sadie) Downey wish to thank those who gave her presents and also donations for Cancer on her 100th Birthday.

Recently Deceased

Ita Donnelly: Gerald McNamee (England)

Months Mind

Peter Ewing: Lawrence Murray: Bobby Walsh


Maurice & Betty Murray: Mary McReynolds: Soledad Mamangon: Paddy Murray: William McGuigan: Steven Melville: Mary Eadie: Fr Joseph McPolin: Kitty, Joe & Gerard Whittaker: Caroline Smith: Robert McKernan: James & Anna McDonald: Shan Henry: Mary Donaghy: Alice & James Green: Maggie Muldoon: Mary McKIllion: Kathleen Stalford: Tom & Eileen McKeown

May they rest in peace.