PATHWAYS TO THE FUTURE This weekend we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came down upon the apostles. In an instant a group of frightened disciples were empowered to go out and proclaim God’s amazing dream for the world – the Good News of Jesus Christ! When we read about Pentecost and the birth of the Church in the Acts of the Apostles, we find inspiration for where we are as a Church here in Ireland today. We know that we have come to a fork in the road. We can’t keep going the way we were, we have to head out on a new pathway. In Down & Connor the Pathways to the Future project is charting the next steps on this journey. We have to be realistic – change is inevitable. There will be new ways of working in our parishes and communities. But this isn’t something to be afraid of. God still has a dream for our Church. He wants us to be filled with the Spirit and willing to go out and share the Gospel with others. He wants us to be generous, loving and inclusive, welcoming everyone into his family. And he wants us to be confident that each of us – lay women and men, clergy and religious – has a part to play in renewing our parishes, the diocese and building up the Kingdom of God. To find out more we encourage you to read Bishop Donal McKeown’s Pastoral Letter available at the side entrance of the Church.
WEEKLY OFFERTORY PROMISE The collection amounted to £1945.00
TROCAIRE £13,774 Thank you for your continued support and contributions.
Meditating with Mary in May Will conclude Wednesday 31 May @ 7pm. Each session has been led by a facilitator and involves some scripture sharing, followed by tea/coffee and light refreshments. Everyone is welcome.
Parish Renewal This weekend Fr Laurence will be helping us to reflect on the gift of the Holy Spirit and how we can begin to renew our Parish community in these changing times. We welcome him back to St Agnes’.
CONGRATULATIONS To the boys and girls of Holy Child Primary School who received the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time at their First Holy Communion last Saturday . And a big thank you to everyone who helped with the preparation.
Parish Hall The Senior group will finish for the Summer on Wednesday 28th June and re-open on Wednesday 6th September.
Direction for our times: Next Thursday 1st June at 7pm
Let us heed the call to stand with the victims of environmental and climate injustice, and to put and end to the senseless war against Creation.
Sat 27: (6:30pm): Lavery, O’ Sullivan & O’ Neill families, Molly Hetherington
Sun 28:(9:30am): Fr David Mc Avoy
Sun 28: (12:30pm): Sean Prenter, Sr Rose Prenter
Mon 29:(10am): Francis Joseph Shields
Tue 30: No Mass
Wed 31: (10am): Requiem Mass for Margeret ( Maureen ) Boyer RIP
Thu 1: (10am): Michael Jones
Fri 2: (10am): John Patrick Shields
Sat 3: (1pm): Francis Joseph Shields
REMEMBER IN PRAYER
Recently deceased: Dominic Park, Ethna Megahey, Margaret (Maureen) Boyer RIP
Months Mind: Molly Hetherington
Anniversaries: Freddie Briggs, Sarah Mc Larnon, James Kennedy, Rose Quinn, Hugh & Kathleen Mc Aleavy & son Gerard, Gloria Halliday, Eithna Halliday, James Coey, Mary Keenan, Robert Mc Cullagh, John Patrick Shields, Andy Corrigan.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord!
ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
ST ANNE’S PARISH VACANCY PARISH CENTRE MANAGER A vacancy has arisen for a Parish Centre Manager within St Anne’s Parish Centre, Kingsway, Finaghy, Belfast, BT10 0NE. The post holder will be responsible for managing the Parish Centre and its range of activities. The terms are based on a permanent appointment requiring 24 hours per week, however flexibility to work additional hours may be required. Work pattern to be agreed with the Parish Priest. Rate of Pay – £15,000 gross per annum. Full details relating to the vacancy can be found on the Diocesan website at: http://www.downandconnor.org clicking on the tab: JOB VACANCIES. Closing date for applications will be 12.00 noon on Thursday 15th June 2023.
LIVING CHURCH OFFICE VACANCY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR 3 YEAR FIXED TERM CONTRACT An exciting opportunity has arisen within our Living Church Office, where we seek to recruit into the role of Assistant Director. Full details relating to the vacancy can be found on the Diocesan website at: http://www.downandconnor.org clicking on the tab: job vacancies and on the Community NI and nijobs.com websites. Closing date for applications will be 12.00 noon on Thursday 8th June 2023.
Cemetery Sunday 2023 St Josephs Hannahstown today Sunday 28th May 3pm. Rock Cemetery Sunday 4th June at 3pm. Tullyrusk on Sunday 4th June 1.30pm N.B. Please note that the time of Tullyrusk has been corrected from 3pm to 1.30pm
Music for A Summer’s Evening Concert Join International Chart topping singers Fr Eugene O’Hagan from the multi platinum selling classical group “The Priests” and International award winning singer Margaret Keys at Fisherwick Church, Belfast on Saturday 3rd June and St Malachy’s Church, Castlewellan on the 10th June @7.30pm together with the stunning Scala Strings Orchestra and guest choir for what promises to be a night of uplifting and much loved music. Tickets are £20. You can book them at Eventbrite.ie or call 07812588010 for tickets.
PILGRIMAGE Last remaining places for special Belfast Pilgrimage to the Holy Land at Christmas 2023 EX Dublin taking in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, Last Supper Room, Garden of Gethsemane, Mount of Olives with full day in Bethlehem on Christmas Day contact James Treacy 0035361921470 email@example.com
CLONARD SOLEMN NOVENA 2023 Wednesday 14th –Thurs 22nd June. The Solemn Novena is a wonderful festival of faith for all. It is a time to celebrate and renew our faith as a community. We pray with Mary and give thanks for God’s outpouring of abundant grace and love. Come join us. All are welcome!
Down & Connor Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock. Sunday 11th June 2023. Bus leaves St Anne’s at 8am picking up at St Michael’s and St Agnes. Cost £45 and includes morning tea, Scones and evening meal in Killyhevlin Hotel. Contact Frank Donnelly on 07852583086.
WORLD YOUTH DAY 25th July –7th August. 25th –31st July Days in Diocese in Porto, 1st—7th Aug: Lisbon. FEW SPACES LEFT. 1,150 Euro. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02871264087.
All Ireland Rosary Rally in Knock- coach leaving from the Kennedy Centre, Falls Rd, Belfast at 8.15am to the Rosary Rally in Knock on Saturday 3rd June. Returning to Belfast at 5pm. To book your seat please contact 07592280522
FIRST SAT DEVOTIONS Will take place in St Matthias’s Church, Glen Road on 3rd June. 3pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions and Act of Consecration. 4pm Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. PLEASE COME AND BRING A FRIEND!