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Bulletin - 17 November 2019


We congratulate those who were baptised recently in the parish:                                 

                                       Olivia Turner
                                       Eoin Michael McKeegan
                                       Thomas Robert John McCann
                                       Leonardo Pereira 

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:       Betty Dallas
Baby Aoibhe Ann McCloskey
Henry Higgins (Glenravel)
Gerry McFall (Larne)       

Anniversaries:  Frank McCormick, Billy Graham, Joe Connon, Kathleen & William Agnew, Katie Robinson, Dessie Rock, Noel McQuillan, Patrick McKee, William Monaghan, Brendan Graham, Jerry O’Brien (Tralee), Ena Duncan, Kathleen Agnew, Rosaleen O’Kane, Margaret Haveron, David O’Neill, Margaret Scullion, Bridie & rosemary Casey, Chris Evans, Anne Campbell, Peggy Reilly, Patrick McGroggan, Tommy Agnew, Agatha Bothwell, James (Sen) & Jasser O’Loughlin, Margaret Price, Shaun Scullion, Leo Robb, Henry & Noel McQuillan, Maura Kerr  

The Ballymena Bethany Bereavement Support Group can be contacted        confidentially on: 07842 100 060 and are available in the
Parish Centre every 4th Wednesday - 6 45 until 8 00pm.

Do you need prayer for a particular situation? Koinonia John the Baptist cordially invite you to a meeting of praise and prayer - The Old Schoolhouse, 187 Carnlough Road, The Braid - Tuesday - 19th November
7 30pm – 9 30pm,
 including a cup of tea and a chat.  For any enquiries call Christine: 07547 298830.

Advent Reflections  -   
Thursday 28 November - 12.30pm All Saints’ Church

             Thursday   5 December - 12.30pm West Church

             Thursday 12 December - 12.30pm St Patrick's COI

             Thursday 19 December -12.30pm  Ballymena Methodist

Each Reflection lasts about 45 minutes and is usually followed by light refreshments.


Repository, Gift and Holy ShopMon-Sat - 10 30am-1 30pm Trocaire “Gift of Love” cards now on sale. Also available - Christmas Mass Bouquets, Calendars and Gifts.

Wednesday Afternoon Get Together –- 20 November 2 pm-4pm. Make up tips from Boots.

Apostolic Work Whist Drive – 20 November – 8 00pm. 
Donations of cakes/pastries would be most welcome for sale at Christmas Fayre.
Please leave into Parish Centre after 12 noon on
28 November.

Thursday Lunch – 28 November – 12 30pm Booking must be made by Tuesday before lunch with Claire 078 7977 4749


Christmas Fayre – Friday 29 November – 6 pm Santa’s Grotto – Santa arrives at 6.15pm. Wheel of Fortune and lots of stalls for all your Christmas needs. A fun night for all the family with Free admission! (Anyone wishing to donate prizes for Wheel of Fortune, please leave them in the Repository.)

How to Proclaim the Word of God - Ministry of the Word - support session - presented by Kieran Downey: 19 November 7 00pm. Contact the Parish Office - or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  .                      

Open Evenings:
St. Brigid's P.S. - Monday 2nd December – 6 30pm – 7 45pm
St. Colmcille's P.S. – Monday 9th December - 6
30pm – 7 45pm

Parents of pupils starting school in September 2020 are invited to attend along with their children when they will have the opportunity to visit the classrooms and talk to class teachers.

All children born on or between 2nd July 2015 and 1st July 2016 will have reached compulsory school age in September 2020 and therefore must begin their primary schooling from 1st September 2020.


"Cardinal Newman: preparing an apologia for our times" - Lecture – St Brigid’s Parish Centre, Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast – 3 December 7 30pm.  Delivered by Monsignor Roderick Strange, Professor of Theology, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London.


Christmas Gospel Concert – All Saints’ Church – Wednesday
18 December 7 30pm.
Details later.

Fr Conor McGrath, Glenravel and Fr Aloysius Lumala, Ballymena are joining other diocesan priests on a trip to the Holy Land – 18 - 26 November.  Fr Delargy and Fr McKenna will be covering the Masses on the weekend 23/24 November. 


New daily rota available for Ministers of Holy Communion. 


2019-2020 Non-Stop Draw will commence today Sunday
17 November.  (50p weekly - £25 for the year).
  If you do not have a Promoter in your area, and would like to support the draw, please leave you contact details and subscription into the Parish Office and a Promoter will deliver your membership card to you. 


‘The Gospel of Matthew’ Blessed are you . . .’ – Drumalis - 16 November.  Short course led by Sr Pamela Thimmes OSC.  Contact 2827 6455 or 2827 2196 for details. 



St Olcan’s Parish, Armoy – Parish Hall - Christmas Supper Whist Drive – 24 November 8 00pm.  Tickets £5 each.  Top Score £100. 



Knock -All-night vigil - Sunday 8th December.  Bus leaves Loughgiel Church at 5pm - Saturday 7th December. Price approx. £20.  Contact 27641120 or 07871626940 for more details.


All Saints’ GAC – Club All Saints - (10/11/19 draw) Lotto numbers: 01-06-16-21. No Jackpot winner. Hard luck prize: H Cassley (£20). Jackpot this Sunday (17/11/19 draw) is now up to £3,700. Tickets availabl from usual sellers. Thank you for your continued support of this important Club fundraiser.

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