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  • Patsy Doherty Wins 3rd Prize in October Parish Draw

    You can purchase a parish draw ticket as a gift for a loved one. You can choose a 6 month ticket at £12 or full year for £24.

    Call in and see us. A great Christmas gift for someone.

     

    Northern Ireland Coffee Morning

    in the Parish Hall, Friday 20th September 2019

     

     

    Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

    The boxes have arrived and are available at the Parish Office

    or at Mass from 22nd September. Please support this worthy cause.

    Lets see if we can increase on the number of boxes last year;

    there were approx. 190. Thank you for your support.

    Please read the leaflet as there are items we are unable to send.

    Shoe boxes need to be returned before Friday 8th November 2019

     

    Extraordinary Mission Month [EMM]

    October 2019 Theme – “Baptised and Sent”

    This October through an Extraordinary Mission Month declared by Pope Francis, the Diocese invites us to embrace the vision of a Missionary Church by celebrating the contribution of our Diocese to the missions abroad. To mark EMM2019 there will be holding 3 major events in October –

    • Saturday 19 October 9.30am – 4.30pm A Conference and Celebration of D&C Missionaries Abroad and at Home in St Mary’s University College, Falls Rd, Belfast
    • Sunday 20 October – 2.30 pm Mission Sunday Mass – Together We Are Mission – St Patrick’s Church, Chapel Hill, Lisburn.

    Throughout the coming year, we plan to acknowledge and celebrate the work of the many hundreds of Missionaries who left their homes and parishes to engage in Missionary endeavour around the world. If you have a relative or friend who is currently a Missionary abroad or during their lifetime has served as a Missionary, we would really appreciate if you would please give their details including Name, Religious Order, Dates etc.. to your Parish Office or email [missions@downandconnor.org] before 23rd September 2019.

    Let it Be Course 2019

    During the month of May 2019, in honour of our Blessed Mother Mary, the Pastoral Council and Fr. Brankin collectively facilitated a five-week adult faith development programme in the parish centre called ‘Let It Be’. The programme was designed to attract all age groups within the parish and its content encouraged the exploration of Mary’s position within the Catholic faith as well as taking those who attended on a journey to further know, love and imitate Mary more in their own lives.

    The course was a great success, with 28 to 30 parishioners attending each week. The calm, relaxing atmosphere invited parishioners to share experiences and stories of their own Marian faith journey and devotion to Our Lady along with gaining some new insights into the life and mission of the Mother of God. This was achieved through reflective prayer, twenty-minute DVD presentation sessions and question and answer sections. There was a great buzz about the parish during those five weeks where parishioners got to know each other better. The feedback from the sessions was very positive with many expressing their disappointment that the course had ended.

    In response to this, the PC recognises the need to provide more opportunities for further adult faith development within the parish and are at present planning the next programme following careful reflection on the evaluation questionnaires returned at the end of the ‘let It Be’ programme.

    We look forward to announcing the next programme and welcome any suggestions or ideas that could further develop our planning for future programmes.