ST AGNES PARISH BULETIN 26TH NOVEMBER 2023…CHRIST THE KING

PATHWAYS TO THE FUTURE In excess of 1,000 people have registered or have already attended one of the Pathways to the Future conversations that are being held across the Diocese during November. The conversations have been animated, rich, and fruitful, with those present sharing their hopes and dreams for their parishes and Families of parishes, their cares and concerns, as well as ideas and suggestions on how we build the Kingdom of God in Down and Connor. The Holy Spirit is moving through our parishes and our people, and there is a very real sense of excitement and optimism, and a willingness among our faithful to answer’s Christ’s call to renew and rebuild His Church for now and for the future. On this Feast of Christ the King, as this church year draws to a close and we move into a time of waiting, expectation and preparation for the birth of Christ, our Saviour and King, let us pray for the renewal of our Church in Down and Connor and the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we plan for our future. Let us pray to be guided by the Spirit in the discernment of our own personal gifts and the role that God wants us to play in sharing the Good News of the Gospel and the love of God with all we meet and journey with in our lives.

I am going to look after my flock myself and keep all of it in view.”

 

PARISH NEWS…

WEEKLY OFFERTORY PROMISE The collection amounted to £1565.00 Thank you for your generous financial support. You can make your envelope contribution via the donate button on the Parish website home page also at  www.stagnesbelfast.com

SVP Christmas cards are now on sale from the Sacristy priced £4 for a pack of 10.

SVP CHRISTMAS COLLECTION  Will be held on the weekend of 2nd/3rd Dec. Many thanks for your very generous support throughout the year.

TROCAIRE GIFTS Trócaire gifts at Christmas will now be known as “Gifts of Change”  are now on sale from the Sacristy 

Hall St Agnes’ Seniors will close with a Christmas Breakfast on Wednesday 13th Dec and will reopen on Wednesday 10th January 2024

PIONEER MASS  Mass for deceased Pioneers of Down &Connor will be celebrated here in St. Agnes’s Church on Wednesday 29th November at 10 am.

CAR PARK CLOSURE TUE 28TH NOVEMBER Fibre Broadband will be getting installed for the new Parish office on the 28th Nov as last one was cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience.

PIONEER MASS  Mass for deceased Pioneers of Down &Connor will be celebrated here in St. Agnes’s Church on Wednesday 29th November at 10 am.

 

MASS INTENTIONS

 

Sat 25 (6.30pm):   Terry Mc Veigh, Sarah Fennell, Sarah Gillen, Marie Gillen

Sun 26(9.30am):   Dominic O’ Hara, Celine Sharkey, Sarah Mc Varnock

Sun 26(12.30pm): Paul Shiels

Mon 27(10am):     Priest’s Intention

Tue 28:                    NO MASS                

Wed 29(10am):     Mass for Deceased Pioneers of D&C

Thurs 30(10am):   Priest’s intention

Fri 01(10am):        John Patrick Shields  

Sat 02(1pm):         Deceased members Milligan family

 

NB: In the event of a funeral, the assigned intention will be offered privately by the priest at his first available mass.

 

REMEMBER IN PRAYER

 

Recently Deceased: Sean Magee

Anniversaries: Geraldine Dunlop, Brigid Mc Evoy, John O’ Rawe,

Bill Cinnamond, Fr Don O’ Rawe, Larry & Rose Mc Cahey

David Rouse, Bridget & Bernard O’ Kane & son Barney,

Joseph Gunning.

 

 Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord!

 

ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

OPEN DAY HOLY CHILD P.S & NURSERY UNIT

Thursday 7th Dec 1.30pm or 6pm for P1 & Nursery Pupils starting in September 2024. Principal’s talk will be followed by tour of the School or Nursery Unit. We look forward to welcoming you.

 

HOLY CHILD NURSERY SCHOOL Slievegallion Drive Invite you to their Open Afternoon on Tuesday 5th Dec 1.30pm –3pm. If it doesn’t suit to call in during the Open Day  all parents and carers are welcome to phone the Principal and I she will be happy to show  you around at a more convenient time. Email:info@holychildns.belfast.ni.sch.uk or phone on 02890 627732

 

HOLY CHILD CHRISTMAS FAIR Sunday 10th December 1pm-4pm. Santa’s Grotto, Gift Stalls, Tombola, Sweets & Treats. All welcome!

 

ST GENEVIEVE’S CHRISTMAS FAIR Will take place on Sat 9th December from 10am-2.30pm. £2 entrance fee and all proceeds go to Charity. All Welcome!

 

“Youth 2000 Ireland are having their annual Christmas retreat in Dominican College, Newbridge, Co Kildare on the 8th -10th of December for ages 16-35. This promises to be a special retreat!! Excellent Speakers, Inspiring Talks & Workshops, Fantastic music, Group activities, Youth Masses, Adoration, Reconciliation, prayer, Drama, Games & plenty of time to chill out, meet new people and find out what it means to be young & Catholic today!! There are free buses leaving from all over the country to the retreat. Donation only. Find out more and register now on www.youth2000.ie

 

Mary’s Meals is keeping the promise of a daily school meal to over 2.4 million children in 18 countries. Our Double the Love Campaign has launched, and all donations made to Mary’s Meals until 22nd January 2024 will be doubled by a group of generous supporters, up to £1million. Amongst the many challenges we see in today’s world, from conflict to the cost-of-living crisis, your little acts of love can go further thanks to Double the Love, bringing hope to desperately hungry children and their families. Please pray that we can reach even more children around the world with our life-changing school meals this Christmas. Find out more and browse our Christmas gift cards at marysmeals.org.uk or freephone 0800 698 1212.

 

Deceased Clergy & Religious Annual Mass for Deceased Clergy and Religious who have died in this past year (1st November 2022 – 31st October 2023). Tuesday 28th November 2023 – St Peter’s Cathedral (Belfast) 7:30 pm The Mass will also be broadcast online at http://www.churchservices.tv/stpeterscathedral Parishioners, Clergy and Religious from throughout the Diocese are invited to join the families of the deceased to offer Mass together with our Bishop.

 

ADOPTIVE PARENTS NEEDED URGENTLY There are currently more children waiting to be adopted in Northern Ireland than families approved to adopt and there is an urgent need for new families to come forward. So, wherever you live in Northern Ireland if you think you could offer a children a new life in a family of their own and would like an informal chat to discuss this and to find out more about adoption, CONTACT US! Email: email@familycareadoption.org

Phone: 02890 691133 Website: www.familycareadoption.com We are waiting to hear from you!

 

HOUSEKEPER VACANCY in St Teresa’s Glen Road 12 hour week position – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 0930 – 1.30. please visit downandconnor.org

 

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS Sat 2nd Dec St Matthias’s Church . 3pm Adoration. 4pm Mass. All welcome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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