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Bulletin - 4 August 2019

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:       John McQuaide (originally Kilrea)  
Angela Lara (Gibraltar)

             

Anniversaries: Peter Kearney, Patricia, Mary, Cathleen & Frank Mulholland, Felix & Margaret Dillon, Joe Nelson, Ann Hallissey, Maureen McAleese, Pearly Loughran, Willie Ward, James Larkin, Kathleen Toal, Rosemary Sheehan, Mary Burke, Mandy Mohan, Margaret Clegg, Geoff Fitzsimons, James Gribben, Martha Canavan, Clement McMahon, Elizabeth Cushenan, John Hamill, Josephine Casey, Ellen Hannan, Julie Tennant, Colum Martin, Hugh Quinn
 

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.  Contact 2564 4122 of call at Vincent’s.
             Due to staff shortage Vincent’s is closed Monday & Friday –
                         Open Tues-Thurs 9 00am-5 00pm
                         Open Wed – 9 00am-1 00pm
                         Open Sat – 9 00am-1 30pm  

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 - 00353 57 93 55 050,
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 Lough Derg - 5th August - A Day to Pray for Priests with Sister Briege McKenna.  25th August - A Day Trip to Lough Derg.  8th September - Grandparents Day in Knock.  Contact Una to Book: 07743575969

 

PARISH CENTRE

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

Parish Whist – Thursday 8 August – 8 00pm.  Everyone welcome. 

Non-stop Parish Draw Week – Week 37 - £50 Bernie Scullion/R McCormick, £15 Pauline Kelly/R McCormick, £15 Liam Hunter/R McCormick, £15 Carl Falls/M Loughlin, £15 Naomi Rafferty/R McCormick, £15 D C McNeill/S McNeill, £15 Eileen Rami/J Mooney

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. 

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


The Holy Rosary will be recited at Our Lady's Grotto, Chapel lane, Belfast August 15th at 7 30pm, for the intention to protect NI's unborn babies from abortion.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 9027 8484.

 Bethany Bereavement Support ministry aims to help those bereaved and grieving on an individual basis in the home, to groups in drop-in centres, by phone calls and by helping at funeral liturgies and remembrance services. A full training course is offered over a ten-evening period.  Would you like to help those people in this parish?  The next Training Course -
120 Cliftonville Road, Belfast.  26 September.  Contact 07557882183, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

St Louis Sixth Form 2019/20 – if you are interested contacted the school on
2564 9534 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

All Saints’ GAC – Raffle tickets for All Ireland tickets (and other prizes) will be available outside masses next weekend. Tickets are £2 each or a book of six for £10.  Club All Saints (28/07/19 draw) Lotto numbers: 09-17-22-24. No Jackpot winner. Hard luck prize: C Cherry (£20). Jackpot this Sunday (04/08/19 draw) is now up to £2,200. 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

 

 

Wealthy or Wise?

Ecclesiastes is a book written by King Solomon in his later life.  Solomon had been given the gift of wisdom by God, a gift which he used well in his early days as king.  But unfortunately, like so many others before him and since him, he lost his focus and fixed his eyes on the wealth he had accumulated. 


In this book, as Solomon looks back on his life, he realises that without God at the centre, everything else is completely meaningless.  He talks at length about the futility of working ourselves into a state of exhaustion in order to experience fleeting earthly pleasures and gather an abundance of unnecessary worldly possessions.  He states how, at death, which cannot be avoided and will come to us all, the only thing that will matter is our relationship with God.  Even as king, Solomon realised that his power, wealth and wisdom meant nothing, as the only security in life is God himself.


Solomon recognised that nothing is our own and that all our wealth and possessions come from God.  He also believed that if God blesses us with wealth, then that is something to be enjoyed but only in a way that pleases God.  Our God is generous, and he expects us to be the same.  He wants us to share what we have and therefore, the more we have, the more generous we should be. 


But we live in an unjust world where that is not the case. The more people have, the more they want.  A very small percentage of the world’s population hold a very large percentage of the world’s wealth.  We live in a world of greed, where thousands die every day from hunger and thirst.  Millions around the world lack homes, health and education, basic rights of every individual.  Millions of pounds each year is pumped into the health service to terminate the lives of unborn, unwanted babies, denying them the right to life itself.  Therefore, the problem is not our wealth but our attitude towards it and what is done with it.


And so, Solomon, considered to be the greatest, wisest and wealthiest king who ever lived, looks back on his life with sadness.  His words are a reminder to us all to keep our eyes fixed on the Lord and obey his commands, storing up treasure in heaven, for without God in our lives, regardless of our earthly possessions, we have nothing.
                                                                                    Phoebe McDonald

 
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