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OVERSEAS VOLUNTEERS TRAINING COURSE SEPTEMBER 2021 – OPEN TO ALL!


Viatores Christi, a faith-based development organisation has specialised in the recruitment, training and deployment of overseas volunteers since 1960. VC runs an online volunteer preparation course covering Community Development, Health, Global Awareness, Mission, etc. This is open to all! Once completed, participants can be considered for volunteer roles through VC EU Aid Volunteers #EUAVI programmes. Please visit the News section of our website www.vcvolunteers.ie or email info@viatoreschristi.com

TRÓCAIRE’S LENTEN APPEAL


All donations to the appeal from the public in NI made before 16th May will be matched pound for pound by the UK government, up to £2m.  Supporters who sign up for a monthly gift, or increase their monthly gift before the 16th May deadline, will have three instalments matched.

These matched funds will help thousands of people in South Sudan to grow enough food to feed their families. It will also support strong women like Awut and Ajak – the women featured on this year’s Trócaire Lent Box – in having their voices heard in decisions affecting them. The more funds we can raise by 16th May, the more we are able to help families hurt by conflict to survive and thrive.
Donations can be made to the Lent campaign in the following ways:

1. Trocaire boxes are still available in church porch and in Pastoral Centre. Please collect one and return to Pastoral Centre or Sacristy before 16th May.
2 .Online at www.trocaire.org/donations/now/
3. By phone: 0800 912 1200 (Northern Ireland)

STANDING ORDER APPEAL


We are indebted to the number of parishioners who responded to our appeal by setting up a monthly standing order in lieu of payment by Offertory Envelopes. This method helps ensure a regular income.
We are very aware of the current pressures on family and personal incomes and budgets and acknowledge sincerely your continuing generosity, goodwill and support in these challenging times.
Thank you once again!

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES 2021


Grateful thanks to all who helped with the distribution of the Parish Offertory Envelopes.

Could we kindly ask anyone who has not yet received their box of envelopes to contact Maria, Parish Office – tel. 028 92 660206. For parishioners who do not have Offertory envelopes, contributions towards Parish upkeep can be made by cash, or cheque, and placed in the post-box of the Parish Office.

CHRISTMAS MISSIONARY APPEAL


Thank you for your very generous support of our Annual Missionary Appeal. Well done! A magnificent sum of £12,162.50 has been split and forwarded on your behalf to the Medical Missionaries of Mary (Uganda) and Dominican and Franciscan Sisters (Zambia) working with marginalised, stigmatised and disadvantaged children and individuals.

A donation was assigned to a Leper Colony in Zambia. Since 1975 it has been run by the Franciscan Sisters of Assisi for people with leprosy. They took on the responsibility for almost a hundred families. It now has several homes and clinics, treats leprosy at Liteta Hospital, and helps leprosy patients at Chibote Rehabilitation Centre. There is a school and nursery, and nutrition centres feeding 2000 orphans, and 145 resident children of people with AIDS. An acknowledgment of your generosity is below:

“Dear Parishioners,
I am Sr. Mary Kapambwe In charge of Chibote Rehabilitation Centre for the Lepers. I am grateful for the generous donation and I am humbled by you gesture of love for the lepers.
Your donation has come at the right time when the maize which is used for mealie meal as staple food is almost running out. Whatever will be purchased for the lepers and their families, pictures will be sent to you. I am grateful to your parish family once more. Thank you a lot and God bless your good works of love.

Sr. Mary Kapambwe
Chibote Leprosarium, Zambia”

WE NEED PEOPLE LIKE YOU


We are recruiting people like you to provide supported lodgings accommodation for young people aged 16-24 who are not quite ready to live independently.

Supported lodgings is a type of foster care but does not require the same level of care that fostering provides. If you’re interested in finding out more please: Call us on 0800 0720 137

or visit www.adoptionandfostercare.hscni.net

Courage Pentecost


Courage Pentecost seeks to provide the solidarity within Christian Churches so we can carry out acts of courage together, supporting, inspiring and encouraging one another. On each of the 50 days between Easter Monday (5th April 2021) and Pentecost Sunday (23rd May 2021), Courage Pentecost will share an image and suggest a courageous action that can be taken in the face of sectarianism and paramilitary violence. Each step is invitational rather than aspirational. Courage Pentecost is for all of us (not just the heroic and famous few), because we can all contribute to a more reconciled society. These contributions could be anything from a private act of prayer to a public act of witness. Join us on our Pentecost Journey of Courage! Together we can step forward bravely. Sign up with your email at  www.couragepentecost.com/ and we will send you all the details.

CELEBRATING MARY’S YES


THURSDAY, 25 MARCH AT 7PM

SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD

At 7pm on Thursday 25th March, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, we invite everyone to join us online to pray for vocations. Mary had courage, placing her youth and enthusiasm in God’s hands. We invite the Diocese to come together so that men and women who are considering a vocation to Priesthood, Diaconate or Religious Life may we be granted that same openness of heart, that same readiness to respond, “Yes”, to the Lord’s call.

We encourage you to set aside this time of prayer in your home and to unite with people across the Diocese in prayer. The service will be broadcast from St Peter’s Cathedral at 7pm. The link for St. Peter’s Cathedral is: www.churchservices.tv/stpeterscathedral.

In I am With You Still


Faith Reflections from a Covid-19 World, seventeen voices from across Ireland and further afield, from different backgrounds and faiths, reflect on the impact of the pandemic on their lives and on their faith, and look forward with hope to the future.  Throughout the book, writer and broadcaster John Quinn provides a series of short reflections, memories and poems written during lockdown that capture something of our journey through the universal time of isolation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The book is available online on veritas.ie

 

SOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL, LISBURN BRANCH.


If you wish to support St Vincent de Paul you may do so by Online transfer to our St Vincent de Paul Bank Account with Danske in Lisburn. Sort Code 95-06-79. Account No. 00149373

Please contact Damian French, President SVP, LISBURN on 07821190775/028 92607110 regarding all St. Vincent de Paul enquiries. Thank you for your continued support.

Recently Deceased


Eugene McNamee: Joe O’Neill (Canada): Eleanor Bennett (nee Kelly), Rhode Island, USA.


Months Mind



Anniversaries


Brian McEvoy: Nicola Irvine McSherry: Edna Matier: Hugh Donnelly: James McGuigan


May they rest in peace.