WEEKLY OFFERTORY PROMISE The collection amounted to £1791.00 Thank you for your generous financial support. You can make your envelope contribution via the donate button on the Parish website home page also. www.stagnesbelfast.com
Season of Creation 1st September – 4th October 2023: ‘Let Justice and Peace Flow’.
This Season is a wonderful opportunity to respond to the call of Pope Francis to listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. As the ecological crisis worsens our newsfeeds are filled with stories of devastation, particularly in the most vulnerable parts of the world. Creation cries out as forests burn, animals flee, lives are lost and people are forced to migrate. The theme for this year’s Season is inspired by the Prophet Amos who cries out: “Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5: 24). The symbol is that of a ‘mighty river’: “Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing. I will even put a road in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19). As we join the river of justice and peace with others then hope is created instead of despair, “for we know that things can change!” (Laudato Si’, 13). To mark the closing of the Season of Creation a special Prayer Service will be held in St Agnes’ Church on Wednesday 4 October @ 7pm. Parishioners from the Pastoral Community are welcome to attend.
BEST WISHES TO ALL THE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AS THEY START BACK TO SCHOOL.
PRAYER FOR A NEW SCHOOL YEAR Gracious God, as the summer begins to fade, new possibilities lie on the horizon. Bless all of those who are beginning or returning to their roles as teachers as well as those who lead and support students by their efforts. May this school year be a time of grace and potential as they teach, share, and challenge others to grow in faith, knowledge and wisdom. Bless the children and youth, along with their parents, as they begin a new school year. May their minds be open to learning and to the wonder of discovery and insight. Be with us as we embark on this new school year. Amen.
Sat 09 (6.30pm): Mary Mc Donnell, Mary Mc Caughey, Lily Hamilton
Sun 10 (9.30am): Dorothea Mallon, Haidee Mc Dermott,
Sun 11 (12.30am): Deedee Doherty
Mon 12 (10am): Funeral of Janet Mc Gaharan RIP
Tue 13 NO MASS
Wed 14(10am): Priest’s intention
Thurs 15 (10am): Priest’s Intention
Fri 16 (10am): Priest’s intention
Sat 17 (1pm): Priest’s intention
Recently Deceased: Janet Mc Gaharan, Joe Mc Govern. RIP
Anniversaries: Sheila Magee, Cathy Mohan, Kathleen Hagan,John Gillespie, William Haughey, Joan Haughey – Mc Keown, Patricia Watters John & Phyllis Mc Go;ldrick & daughter Phyllis
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord!
ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
One Day Lough Derg Pilgrimage Saturday 23rd September 2023
The Living Church Office are organising a one-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg as this is a One Day Retreat, fasting and walking barefooted is not required. Cost £55 includes luxury coach transfers, tea, coffee & scones on arrival, retreat day, light lunch, concluding with celebration of the Eucharist. Bus departs 7am From St Patrick’s Church, Donegall Street. Places are limited so early booking is recommended. Contact Claire Tel: 02890 690920 Email: email@example.com
Tobar Mhuire Retreat Centre: We continue our series of conversations in Tobar Mhuire in
which people share their experience of life, faith and finding hope in their lives. Our next
conversation will be on Wednesday 20 th September at 7pm with Rev Bill Shaw from the
Duncairn Centre, Belfast, who will share his experience in peace and reconciliation. All
welcome. Voluntary donation.
Ballydownfine W.I. warmly invite you to their meetings held in St Michael The Archangel Parish Hall on the second Monday of the month. Next meeting is this Monday 11th September at 2pm The W.I motto is to “Unite in promoting any work which makes for betterment of our homes, and the development and improvement of rural and urban life through social and education activities.
5 DAY SILENT FAITH RENEWAL & HEALING RETREAT St Mary’s Convent, Knock Shrine. Sunday 8th-Thurs 12th October 2023. This Retreat is for all ages, old & young & from all walks of life. Priests and Religious warmly welcome. This Retreat will be given by Fr. Joseph K. Bill. For more information contact: Roisin 0749363336, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Meave N.I: 00447815319710 Meave:0868666199.
The Totus Tuus Men for Christ Conference 2023 – a Catholic Conference for Men will be LIVE & EXCLUSIVE on Radio Maria Ireland Saturday 16th September from 2pm. Speakers for this years Conference are Fr. Billy Swan, Fr. Chris Hayden, Anthony Crossey & Fr. John Harris OP