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Bulletin - 28 July 2019

We welcome into the parish those were baptised recently
                                   
Mason Christopher George Wallace

                                               

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

 

Month’s Mind:              Kane McElroy    

Recently deceased:      Bridget Barker (nee Gilmore) Randalstown 
                                    John Devlin
                                    Maurice Henry            

Anniversaries: Mary McNeill, Stephen Evans, Brenda Mulholland, Sammy Logan, John Murphy, Colm Duffy, Patsy McGoldrick, Elizabeth Reynolds, Carmel & Kanti Tavadia, Jason Poland, William & Kathleen Agnew, Ann Magill, Kathleen Montgomery (nee O’Hara), Patrick McNulty, Mary O’Neill, Ellen Dunlop, Margaret Quinn, James & Seamus Mulholland, Jimmy McAdorey, Joe Sloan

The sick and housebound will at attended during the incoming week. 

 

PARISH CENTRE

Repository, Gift and Holy Shop –opens 10 30am-1 30pm

Non-stop Parish Draw Week – 36 - £300 Patrick & Angela Neeson/B McReynolds, £15 Brendan Mooney/J Mooney, £15 Stephen Kerr/S McNeill, £15 Kitty Adair/R McCormick, £15 June Goodfellow/M Burke, £15 Paddy Devlin/P Devlin, £15 O’Brien Family/E Kearney

Lough Derg 2019: The Three Day Pilgrimage continues until Tuesday 13th August. Advance booking is not necessary.  Tel 00 353 71 9861518 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Pilgrimage to Fatima (2 nights), Lisbon (4 nights) – led by Fr Tony McAleese & Fr Eugene O’Neill - 8th – 14th September - 875pps.  Contact St Patrick’s Parish office 9032 4597 or Cultural Connections Ltd, Tullamore - 00353 57 93 55 050, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

SVP Senior Citizens’ Outing – 10 August – leaving 9 00am.  Visit to Derry and then a meal in Ballyliffen.  Tickets £10 available from Vincent’s or any SVP member. 

 

All Saints’ GAC – Club All Saints (21/07/19 draw) Lotto numbers: 04-05-10-15. No Jackpot winner. Hard luck prize: S Graham (£20). Jackpot this Sunday (28/07/19 draw) is now up to £2,100. Tickets available from usual sellers. Thank-you for your continued support of this important Club fundraiser.

For all the latest Club information including fixtures and upcoming events visit www.allsaintsgac.com, www.facebook.com,  visit www.allsaintsgac.com and www.twitter.com/AllSaintsGAC


St.Mary's Ahoghill - Parish Pilgrimage to Knock on Friday 9th August.  Contact Teresa on 07517972172


Prayer and Fasting for 3 days
to stop the NI abortion Bill before it receives Royal Assent and becomes law.  Monday 29th July through to Wednesday 31st July.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 9027 8484

 

 

Persistence and Patience in Prayer


In today’s readings runs the theme of persistent prayer.  Abraham prayed for God to show mercy; David praised God for answered prayer and Jesus taught his followers how to pray, assuring them that if they kept asking, they would receive.

So, what happens when it seems as if our prayers are not being answered?  How do we react when we have been praying persistently over a long period of time but see no results?  That is when faith and trust really kick into action.

Firstly, we must remember that God really does care about even the smallest details of our lives.  He always hears and he always answers.  He knows our needs before we ask.  In fact, he knows them before we even know them ourselves!  But he wants us to pray.  He wants us to communicate with him and pour out our hearts before him.  And he wants to answer our prayers.  Our prayers do make a difference.

In today’s Psalm, we see how David praised God for answered prayer.  But if we look at many other Psalms, we also see how David praised God at all times, even when it seemed that his prayers were not being answered.  Our first duty in prayer is to praise God.  Sometimes we need to learn the lesson of patience and perseverance.  These are characteristic traits that make us more like Jesus.  And it is worth remembering that often the journey bears more fruit than the destination.

The other key element in prayer, (as Jesus taught in the “Our Father”), is that we need to learn how to pray according to the will of the Father.  If we trust in the sovereign power of the all-knowing God, then we accept that he knows what is best for us.  He has our best interests at heart.  Jesus did not promise to give us what we want, but what we need.  And faith means believing that God knows best.  We are called to praise him at all times, not just when we get what we want. Perhaps our prayer needs to be, “Lord, teach us how to pray.  May thy will be done.”

 
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