29th March 2009
Sunday in Lent
“Anyone who loves her/his
life loses it; anyone who hates her/his life in
this world will keep it for the eternal life.”
At first glance that statement from Christ in
this Sunday’s Gospel is hard to take. But
it is God’s wisdom and we must listen to
it. It’s really about our priorities. If
our priorities are all just about the here and
now and our own gratification we will lose everything.
If we set our sights on what God wants for us
we will gain far more than we ever imagined possible.
And what God wants for us is love, peace, joy,
freedom, full life - all of which can only be
gained by giving ourselves fully to one another.
Marriage and family life are the two great schools
for learning self-giving. In marriage each person
has to deliberately choose what is good and best
for their life together. In family life parents
especially have to constantly give of themselves.
That is how people grow to maturity.
Fr. Johnny Doherty,
Mary’s Church, Bellaghy.
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Please mark this bulletin news and have
all notices into the office by lunchtime
& Thurs 9.30am
First Frid after Thurs morning mass & 1st
Communion: Saturday 6th June @ 11am
Cemetery Sunday: Sun 5th July
of Readers and Eucharistic Ministers
There will a meeting for Readers and Eucharistic
Ministers on Wednesday 1st April @ 8pm. We would
appreciate if as many as possible would attend
to make arrangements for
the Holy Week Ceremonies.
The weekly collection envelopes
are now ready for the year ahead. Those who normally
distribute them can collect them as soon as they
Lenten Talks each Sunday evening
at 6.30pm in
Parochial Hall with the theme of Vocations; speakers
29th March Grainne McGroarty (single
person from Moville)
5th April Mickey Harte
All are very welcome and hopefully many will avail
of this opportunity.
We welcome into God’s Family through
Noah Peter Devlin, Holmecroft Manor, Toome.
Heaney Event at 1pm on Thurs 2nd April.
Seamus Heaney will unveil a sculpture outside
the wall of the
Bawn on Castle Street. This is a public event
to which all are invited.
Meeting on Wednesday @ 8pm in Prayer Room.
This will be the last meeting before Easter.
Prayer Meeting will resume on 22nd April.
Servers: W’days:R McPeake Vigil:
9am:TJ McErlean 11.30am: P Stuart
Readers for the month of April
Vigil Mass: Geraldine Brown 9.00am: Rois Gribbin
11.30am: Therese/Michelle Scullion
Mon: Teresa O’Hagan Tues:Pauline Cassidy
Wed: Tom Scullion
Thurs: Moira Kearney Friday: Marie Kilpatrick.
Weekend of 4th & 5th April
Vigil: Gertrude Toner, Barry Cassidy, Ronan McErlean.
9.00am: Betty Campbell, Dympna Gallagher, Pauline
11.30: Pat Henry, Tom McGoldrick, Madeline Scullione.
Weekdays: week commencing 29th March.
Morning: Pat Henry Evening : Gertrude Toner
SOCIETY: Margaret McCallion & Jean
Park Attendants: April—Patsy O’Neill(Ballynease)
& John Glackin.
appeal for more volunteers for this very important
cleaners for April Margaret McCallion,
Elish O’Boyle & Jean Toner.
FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL
9.00 am 11.30am.
Paddy Doherty Liam McNally(sen) Sean Gribben
Leo Neeson Liam McNally(jnr) Michael Keenan
Alex McKeown Oliver Murphy Gerry Kelly
Children’s Liturgy Teams April:
Vigil: Patricia Larkin, Darena Lee & Shane
11.30am: Kathleen O’Neill, Mary & Clare
Joe Kearney, Margaret Cushley, Betty McKeown,
Hugh Diamond, Margaret Scullion, Jim Cassidy,
Anna Winifred Walsh.
Parish Draw Winners ( Wk. 25).
Henry McErlean, B’macombs Rd 2138 Teresa
£200 Thomas McErlain, Toomebridge 1909 Maura
£200 Rosemary McCauley, Ballynease Rd 1168
£100 Ruairi Craig, T’duff Pk 1310
please note on Monday 6th April both weeks 27
& 28 will be drawn at the bingo. The draw
will resume on Monday 20th April with week 29.
Irish Language Collection on the weekend of 18th
& 19th April.
Irish Dancing Class & Line Dancing Class have
Wolfe Tones GFC are holding a 10k run and a 5k
run/walk on Frid 3rd April @ 7pm. Registration
from 6pm—costs £10 for 10k and £5
Malachy’s Castledawson - Lotto
No’s 3, 4, 5, 8
Lucky Dips £25 Noel McKenna & Elizabeth
Shivers J’pot capped @£5000.
Executive Committee meeting Wednesday 1st April
John & Marie Mackle, Broagh Rd,
thank all who sponsored tables, donated or contributed
in any way their Charity Gala Dinner which raised
£29,000 to be divided between the Neo-Natal
and Gastroenterology Units of the RVH, Belfast.
Your generosity and support was greatly appreciated.
Day Pilgrimage to Holy Land direct from
Belfast. Sat 19th to Tues 28th Sept. £1,090.
Spiritual Director : Fr Michael Porter. For further
info/bookings contact C Gillespie @ 07533330756
Dancing Class & Line Dancing Class have both
Mary’s P.S are collecting Tesco Vouchers
and would welcome vouchers towards buying
computer and sports equipment. These can be left
in the school at any time.
John Bosco Youth Club
Class: Mondays at 7pm. Tuesday: Under 12’s
Wednesday: over 12’s 7pm—9pm Thursday:
over 12’s 7pm—9pm
School Reunion, St Mary’s College
Calling years 1973, 1974 & 1975
Venue Wild Duck Inn, Portglenone on 1st May 2009
commencing @ 8.30pm with Buffet Supper followed
by disco. Adm £10
Proceeds in aid of New Palliative Care Unit. AAH
Contact Bernie McKenna 07843739836 or Marie McCann
Monday @ 8.30pm -
BINGO Lines £20.Houses £40
Commencing 2nd Feb
Snowball on last house £500 starting on
43 numbers or £200 on usual full house.
Books £7. Flyer £1Wed nights—WHIST
in Parochial Hall on
Sat 4th April @ 9.30pm. Music by Lifford Ceili
Band. Proceeds in aid of Building Fund.
Usual monthly session in Sean O’Leary’s
Hall on Thurs 2nd April.
St Joseph’s Ballyscullion
Sunday @ 10.00am
is First Friday Mass at 8pm
Confessions before Mass.
Eucharistic Minister for next Sunday
Frank Scullion & Clement Murray
Maura & Sheena Weir &
Lotto No’s 2, 4, 16, 19
£50 Mona Donnelly
£25 Eilish McNally & Ann O’Neill
Jackpot now £2100
Young Doves Youth Club; Due to
breakdown of our management
Committee an urgent AGM has been called for Monday
6th April we would appreciate if all parents would
attend. In the event of a new committee not being
formed we have been advised by NEELB that we will
no longer be able to function
Many thanks to all who
supported the recent coffee morning in aid of
CHARIS held in Moneyglass Hall. An amazing £950
I Hospice Walk will take place on
Sat 4th April 5 miles starting at
Clotworthy House, Randalstown Rd,
Antrim. Register online nihospice.org or
tel 028 90777123
Children in Crossfire are recruiting
enthusiastic people to participate in Trek Peru
in Nov 2009. A £250 registration fee is
required and min sponsorship applies. Contact
Sarah 028 71269898 or visit www.trekperu2009.com
Weddings must be confirmed in
Person. If a wedding is postponed or cancelled
please let us know right away.
1st Saturday of the month &
3rd Sunday of the month
(Catholic Marriage Care Service)
Provides confidential counselling for couples
or individuals who are experiencing problems in
Accord also runs marriage preparation courses
throughout the year. For further information on
our services call 796 42983
Baptisms: To book a Baptism please
contact the Parish Office 028 79386259
Weddings: Please check your wedding
day details with Parish Office before you finalise
your other arrangements for the day; 6 months
in advance is advisable
Cemetery: we request that no headstone
should exceed 3ft 6` in width; and the height
should be in keeping with the rest of the graves.