Living the Sunday
Give us strength and joy
in serving you.
What difference would 'strength'
and 'joy' make in your life now?
Questions for Action for the week.
For your marriage:
What do you want for yourselves as a couple
this coming week? Share this with each other.
What is your ambition for your parish at this
time? What can you do to make this come to
Sunday, 18th October,
29th Sunday of the
First Reading Isaiah 53;10-11
By his sufferings shall my servant justify
many, taking faults on himself.
Second Reading Acts
I have made you a light for the nations.
Gospel Mark 10:42-45
Anyone who wants to become great among you
must be your servant.
It is not an
exaggeration to say that people in many parts of the
world have benefited from the generosity of the people
of Melmount. From way before I came to the parish, the
Hunger Box at the back of the church was in operation.
On their way into or on exiting the church, parishioners
of all ages have put in their pennies and their pounds
and what has been collected has gone to all parts of
what is called the third world.
As well as donations
to the well known aid agencies such as Trocaire, the
White Fathers, who visited us earlier this year and
Sr Deirdre Mullen of the Sisters of Mercy, the Hunger
Box has enabled some of our own parishioners to provide
much appreciated assistance in the countries where they
have travelled to give of their time and energy. Emma
Nelson and Maria Miller took £500 to assist the
Changora Trust in the building of a refuge for street
children in Kenya. Stephen Boyle went to Namibia and
the donation that he took with him allowed the staff
of Andara Catholic hospital to buy equipment for skin
grafting operations. Damien O’Kane took a donation
to help in building homes with the Niall Mellon Township
Trust in South Africa. Dominic Bradley accepted a donation
towards Chernobyl children’s care. For the second
year in a row, two teachers from Holy Cross College,
Martin Morgan and Geraldine McGuone, went to Tanzania
to help Fr Maninga in his school building project. Their
donation from the Hunger Box was added to their fund
raising efforts in the college.
So far this year
over £7000 has been given from the Hunger Box
to causes in Africa and Asia. Those who delivered your
donations and those who have benefited from them send
you their thanks. I add my thanks. Melmount can be proud
of the work achieved through the anonymous donations
to our Hunger Box.
Today is Mission
Sunday and the Annual Mission Sunday Collection will
be taken up at all Masses today.
is a special envelope in your box.
following are the dates for the Sacrament of Baptism
during the months of October, November and December:
Friday 6; Sunday 15; Sunday 22; Friday 27.
Sunday 6; Friday 11; Sunday 20.
for Baptism: Sunday 1.15pm; Friday 7.20pm.
welcome into God’s Family through the Sacrament
Darragh Sean Gallagher
make their returns for October to the Parish Office
Monday 19 October
from 2.00pm - 4.30pm and from 7.30pm - 8.30pm.
The Draw for October
will take place on Thursday 22 October at 10.30am in
the Parish Office.
Service for the Dead
The annual service
in remembrance of deceased members of our families and
parish will take place on Sunday 8 November at 5.00pm.
Families who have suffered bereavement since November
1, 2008 are asked to nominate a representative to carry
a candle to the altar in commemoration of their dead.
(Candles will be provided).
for Confirmation and First Holy Communion 2010
will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to the
Primary 7 pupils of our schools
on Saturday 15
May 2010 at 11.00am.
First Holy Communion
for Primary 4 pupils of St. Mary’s Boys P.S. and
St. Mary’s Girls
P.S. will take
place on Saturday 22 May 2010.
First Holy Communion
for pupils from the Gaelscoil will take place on Saturday
5 June 2010.
‘Choosing your Future’
- a conference with Jean Vanier in the Millennium Forum,
Derry on Wednesday 21 October from 10.00am - 1.30pm.
This conference is for young people but there are a
limited number of tickets available for adults costing
£15.00. To book tickets please contact the Derry
Diocesan Catechetical Centre, Tel. 71264087 or email
Rest in Peace - Deaths
12 Carlton Crescent
McCosker, Coneyburrow Road
Gallen, Main Street, Lifford
McNulty, 16 Crockan Road, Glenmornan
Kathleen Coups, Francie Brown,
Packie Hoynes, Sadie Gamble,
William McLaughlin, Mary McLaughlin,
Patrick Quinn, Bridie Goldrick,
Paul Patton, Joe McNulty, Sean Elliott .
Join us for an
hour of meditative prayer and Taize chant on Wednesday
21 October at 7.30pm in St. Colman’s Chapel. Everyone
Concert Brass 30th Anniversary Concert
Brass will be holding a concert in the Melmount Centre
on Friday 23 October 2009. Curtain up at 8.00pm. Admission
Support Group will meet on Wednesday 21 October
at 7.30pm in Melmount Manor Care Home. The guest speaker
will be Mary Breslin (Foyle Tranquiliser Initiative)
speaking on ‘A Pill For Every Ill’. Everyone
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
The Diocesan Pilgrimage
to Lourdes will take place from 16 - 21 July 2010. Cost
£629.00. Payable in instalments. A few forms are
available at the Parish Office, 71383777 or at the Pilgrimage
Office. Forms for those in need of care or those aged
80+ are available only from the Pilgrimage Office 028
will be holding a
Charity Quiz Night
in Strabane Cricket Club
on Friday 23 October.
All proceeds in aid of Friends of Greenfield.
The Compassionate Friends is a national charity
that provides support and friendship to parents and
families after the death of a son or daughter at any
age or from any cause. We offer a wide range of support
services undertaken by volunteers who are similarly
bereaved. Our helpline number is 028 87788016 and is
manned each day from 10.00am - 4.00pm and from 7.00pm
- 9.30pm or log on to our website: www.tcf.org.uk for
de Paul Lucky Lotto
The Draw for October
took place on Sunday 4 October. The numbers drawn were:
1, 4, 10, and 24. There were 11 people who matched three
numbers - Paul McGeough, Stim Hughes, Miriam Crawford,
James McGill, Mark Quigley, May Brolly, Margaret McGeough,
Daniel Crawford, Michael Forbes, Stephen Kennedy and
Isobel Dunnion. The Jackpot for November is £1,200.00.
Promoters are asked to have November draw envelopes
returned on or before 25 October. The next draw will
take place at 9.00pm on Sunday 1 November at Melmount
St. Anthony’s Retreat Centre,
Burnfoot, Co. Donegal
Aspace of quiet,
prayer and solitude. Available for individual retreats
and spiritual guidance (Marie McCormack, Fr. Neal Carlin).
Residential accommodation and meals in the Centre’s
hermitages. Promotional offer 45 Euro per night. ‘Come
away by yourself to a desert place and rest for a while.’
Contact Fr. Neal Carlin on 00353 74 9368370 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for enquires and bookings.