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Bulletin - 7 July 2019

We welcome into the parish those who were baptised       recently in the parish:

                          Grayson Thomas Hanna

We congratulate those who have been recently married in the parish:

                   Ciara McReynolds & Matthew Kelly

We extend our sympathies to the families of those who have died recently and those whose month’s mind and anniversaries occur about now.     

Recently deceased       Hanna McGrath (Kilrea)   

                             

Anniversaries: Hugo McNally, Frances McCann, Margaret McGuigan, Charlie McGarry, Joe Moore, William Gribben, Jamie McIlwee, Charlie & Mairead Duncan, Mary Montgomery, Jackie Christie, Paddy Cushenan, Sean McCollam, Nancy Marron, Sarah Creelin, Henry Donnelly, Nellie Graffin, Charles Donnelly, Archie Loughran, William Gribben, Margaret McGuigan, Hugh Kerr, Charlie McGarry, Joe Moore, Patrick Kerr Jnr

 

The Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage Associate gratefully acknowledge the generous donation they received from the parishioners of Ballymena.  They assure all who contributed that they will be remembered in a special way in prayers at Lourdes. 

 

PARISH CENTRE

Repository, Gift and Holy Shop – will be open until Wednesday 10 July.  Reopens Thursday
18 July - 10 30am-1 30pm

St Vincent de Paul is urgently appealing for volunteers to join the friendly team in Vincent’s Shop.  Vincent’s plays a vital part in raising funds to assist the ever-increasing vulnerable people in society.  You can make a difference by giving a few hours of your time each week.

SVP is sincerely grateful for the continual generosity of all who donate during the year and for the dedication of our volunteers who give so freely of their time.  Contact Vincent’s or ring 2564 4122.

 

All Saints GAC–Club All Saints (30/06/19 draw) Lotto numbers: 06-08-11-24. No Jackpot winner. Hard luck prize: A Connon (£20). Jackpot this Sunday (07/07/19 draw) is now up to £1,800. Tickets available from usual sellers. Thank-you for your continued support of this important Club fundraiser. 

 

Scripture Reflection

 

The scriptures used at Mass today speak of joy and peace.  Isaiah announces, “Rejoice!”  King David tells us to, “Cry out with joy!” St Paul states that all who become a ‘new creature’ will be blessed with peace and mercy, and in the Gospel, Jesus instructs the disciples to bless each home they enter with peace.

The challenge as a Christian is how to live in the peace and joy of Christ when our circumstances would dictate otherwise.  When we surrender our lives to God and his sovereignty, then we are called to live above the earthly world and fix our eyes on the unseen spiritual world.

Jesus gives a peace that the world cannot give or take away.  Living in the peace and joy of Christ is something we must learn to do over time by developing a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus. 

The more time we spend with him, the more we learn to trust him with our lives, believing that he can bring good out of even the most difficult situations. 

The first reading speaks of a baby suckling at the mother’s breast.  The intimacy between mother and baby is the same intimacy that Jesus wants to have with us. 

Only by spending time in his presence will we learn to live in his peace and joy when the storm around us is raging.

 

 
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