Wednesday, 18 September 2019

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Bulletin - 11 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:     Micheal Mulligan

                                    Kirk Green

                                     Maureen Devlin

                                   Peggy McMonagle (London)

 

             

Anniversaries: Sammy McAllister, Jean Neeson, Joe McRandal, Eugene Agnew, Paddy Ferris, Lizzie Kelly, Mrs McKenna, Charles Walsh, Frank & Bridie Boyle, Bernard & Margaret Neeson, Lily Houston (nee Pedlow), Harry Downey, John & Gerard Gillan, Annie McQuade, Rosaleen O’Connell, Nellie McKenna, Susan McKenna, Charlie Walsh, Eilish Doherty, Archie & Ellen Farrell, Michael Connolly, Paul McKeown, Henry McQuillan, Paddy McCambridge, Joe Marron

         Thursday 15 August – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Church of All Saints                        Wednesday Vigil 7 30pm

                                                     Thursday 8 00am, 10 00am, 1 10pm

 

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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PARISH CENTRE

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

Parish Dance – Saturday 17 August – dance to the music of Michael Mawhinney from 9 00pm-midnight.  Admission £5 including supper.  Everyone welcome. 

Non-stop Parish Draw Week – Week 38 - £50 Harriett Sloan/
A Wilkinson, £15 Greta McKenna/A Wilkinson, £15 P N Hendron/
A Wilkinson, £15 Sean Dunlop/S McNeill, £15 Margaret Killough/P Devlin, £15 Phoebe McDonald/R McCormick, £15 Anne O’Loan/A O’Loan

Online bookings for Faith and Life Convention are now open - Saturday, 28 September - Our Lady and St Patrick’s College in Belfast.   This year our theme for the convention is Faith in a Better World - Keynote speaker Michel Carndessus, former Director of the International Monetary Fund & a member of the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace.   Booking forms can also be collected from the Parish Office. 

Right to LiveLobby the Prime Minister - Society for Unborn Children have left postcards in the Church porches.  Please complete and return to the parish office as the parish will return them together to Belfast.
righttolife.org.uk have an online petition/letter to which you can add your name.


The 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.  March For Their Lives - Custom House Square, Belfast - September 7th from 2 00pm.   For information on buses leaving from your area, please contact 9027 8484 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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. Would you like to help those people in this parish?  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 contact 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) are available outside masses today. Tickets are £2 each or a book of six for £10.

Club All Saints (04/08/19 draw) Lotto numbers: 02-10-11-12. No Jackpot winner. Hard luck prize: A Wilkinson (£20). Jackpot this Sunday (11/08/19 draw) is now up to £2,300. Tickets available from usual sellers. 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

Faith in the Firing Line

What does the word faith mean to you?

In today’s second reading, St. Paul tells the Hebrews that faith is the assurance of things that we hope for but cannot see.  What he is referring to are matters of a spiritual nature, and ultimately our faith in the forgiveness of our sins and the hope of our eternal, heavenly home that awaits us.

St. Paul explains to the Hebrews that our faith in God should be based on God’s faithfulness to us.  Throughout the entire Bible, we see concrete evidence of the faithfulness of God to his chosen people, despite their frequent unfaithfulness to him.  The second reading focuses on Abraham, but it is worth reading all of Chapter 11 of Hebrews.  It looks back through history at many of the key Biblical characters who demonstrated their faith in God by their actions.  They listened and obeyed.  They couldn’t see what was around the corner but stepped out in faith and obedience, often straight into the line of fire, in total trust that God would deliver on his promises.  And this faith led to miracles.

Our faith is about a personal relationship with Jesus that enables us to dig deep when everything around us is going wrong.  It is about letting go of the reins and giving God control of our lives.  Our faith needs to be fed.  In order to believe in the promises of God’s Word, we need to be familiar with his Word.  We need to look at the scriptures and reflect on them to see how God continually showed up at the right time and in the right place.

There will be many occasions in our lives when our faith will be tested- bereavement, illness, financial worries, relationship problems……………….

But our faith is about the confident assurance that God walks with us in our pain and affliction and he will deliver us, ultimately from the slavery of sin and death and into the Promised Land of eternal life. 

As followers of Christ, we must take up our cross, and in doing so, we are purified to become more like Jesus.  We may not see our prayers answered but that is why we are called to walk by faith, not by sight.  We need to listen to God speaking in our lives and obey his Word.  Miracles do happen.  And as we wait patiently and with perseverance, we should continue to praise and thank God for his faithfulness to us, a faith that extends from one generation to the next.  (Psalm 119:90)

 
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