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 –
Friday 11 October 4.30pm – 7.30pm Missionary Young People and Children’s Day – Braid Parish to include climbing Slemish, Prayer Service and BBQ (bus leaving from QUB Chaplaincy at 3.00pm)
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 [firstname.lastname@example.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.
Patsy McCullough won the first prize of £150 in the new “bigger prize” parish draw and is pictured below with Parish Secretary Cathy Megahey receiving her cheque. Why not join the draw – tickets are £2 per month per ticket and the monthly prizes are £150, £50 and £30. Contact the parish office on 90 618180.