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Bulletin - 25 August 2019

We welcome into the parish those who have recently been baptised:
Freya Marie Killough
                                    Jaxon Liam Laverty

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:    Fenton Lyons

                                    Mary McCambridge (Co Down)

                                   Elizabeth Teresa (Eilish) O’Brien

Month’s Mind:              John Devlin


Anniversaries:  Tommy Shannon, Oliver McIlwee, Frank O’Connell, James and Ethel Murphy, Paddy Faith, Orlaith O’Kane, Leo Logan, Hugh Mearns, Maggie McCrudden, Stephen Randal, Martha Deane, Mary Harrington, Martin Rabbitt, Nellie Loughran, Bernadette Smith, Peggy Kamam, Robert, Derek & Meta Pilson, Margaret O’Boyle, Samuel & Mary Carbery, Ian Mulvenna, Ronnie Rami

This week we have said goodbye to Fr Damian McCaughan and wish him well in his new parish of Ballymoney.  We welcome Fr Paddy McKenna PE and Fr Aloysius Lumala who have come to minister in Ballymena.


Apostolic Work – One day Retreat – Drumalis – Saturday 7 September.  Registration 9 30am – Mass 5 00pm.  Cost £40.  Contact 077 4357 5969.

Faith and Life ConventionSaturday 28 September - Our Lady and
St Patrick’s College, Belfast. 
 Theme is Faith in a Better World.   Booking forms can also be collected from the Parish Office.  Online bookings


Ministers of Holy Communion – Rota  - Daily/Friday evening now available. 

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

All Saints’ Bowling Recommences – Wednesday 4 September –
7 30pm. 
New members welcome. 

Non-stop Parish Draw Week – Week 40 - £50 Angela Mulligan/R McCormick, £15 Cathy Cullen/R McCormick, £15 Eugene Reid/S McNeill, £15 Geraldine McCambridge/M Burke, £15 Louis McMurray/E Kearney,
£15 Dorothy O’Kane/E Kearney, £15 Mary McAleese/R McCormick

 St Patrick’s College will reopen as follows:

Friday 30 August – Year 8 pupils (9 30am-12noon)

2 & 3 September – Years 8, 9 & 10

4 & 5 September – 11, 12, 13 & 14

6 September – All pupils – Years 8-14)

St. Colmcille’s Primary School reopens on Monday 2nd September for Y2 -7. Year 1 pupils have already been given a start date. 

St Brigid’s Primary School reopens on Thursday 29 August for
Year 1 pupils have already been given a start date. 


St Killian’s College will re-open as follows:
            Monday 2 September for Year 8, 11 & 13. 
            Tuesday 3 September - Years 9, 10, 12 & 14
            All year groups will attend from Wednesday 4 September.


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  


‘Get Together’ Conference for bereaved families – 9 00am - 5 00pm - Thursday 19 September – Riddel Hall Belfast – Contact 9079 2419.


All Saints’ GAC – Club All Saints (18/08/19 draw) Lotto numbers: 03-10-19-21. No Jackpot winner. Hard luck prize: Sarah Kelly (£20). Jackpot this Sunday (25/08/19 draw) is now up to £2,500. Raffle tickets for All Ireland tickets are still available from any Club committee member.  Visit,,   


The Gentle Hand of the All-Powerful Master

There are two themes running through today’s readings- discipline and restoration.  The first reading is taken from the Book of Isaiah, a prophet who was deeply disturbed by the sinfulness of the Israelites, particularly those sins of injustice and inequality. In this reading Isaiah prophesies the joyous return to Jerusalem after seventy years exile in Babylon.

God wants to restore all things, not only our relationship with him, but also our relationships with each other and all that is broken in our lives, including our hearts, minds and bodies.  Nothing is beyond his power to restore.  But healing takes time.  Jerusalem was not rebuilt overnight.  The process lasted many years.  In fact, for ten years nothing happened. The Israelites had given up trying as a result of all the problems they faced.

In the second reading, the Hebrews are reminded that because of God’s great love for us, there are times in our lives when he chooses to discipline us, just as he did when he sent the Israelites into exile.  God wants to lavishly bestow all that is good upon us but for this to happen we must be walking in his ways.  Sometimes when our prayers are not being answered, we may need examine our lifestyle or our hearts, and come before God’s throne of mercy in humble repentance.

In the Gospel, Jesus reminds his listeners that at the final coming together of all God’s people at the end of time, it is those who have lived a life of serving others who will be seated first at his table.

This message of discipline is not something we like to hear.  Yet the great saints looked upon it as a privilege and a necessity in becoming more like Jesus in holiness.  Perhaps it is helpful to remind ourselves that a plant which has been pruned correctly will grow back stronger and able to bear more fruit.

And so it is with us when God chooses to discipline us.  He is the Master Gardener.  He “prunes” us with gentleness, compassion and always in love.  May we look forward to the second coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, when people from every tribe and nation will joyfully gather at the Supper of the Lamb.

Phoebe McDonald

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