21st October 2007
Sunday in Ordinary Time
FROM THE MESSAGE OF POPE BENEDICT XV1 FOR MISSION SUNDAY 2007
On the occasion of world Mission Sunday I ask the whole people
of God - bishops, priests, men and women religious and lay
men and women - to reflect together on the urgency and the
importance of the Church's missionary activity in our day.
The primary contribution we are called to offer for the Church's
missionary activity is prayer. Pray that His Kingdom may come
on earth. I appeal especially to children and young people
who are ever ready for generous missionary activity. I address
the sick and the suffering, mindful of the value of their
mysterious and indispensable collaboration with the work of
I ask consecrated persons, especially enclosed orders, to
intensify their prayers for the missions. I ask for a spiritual
network of prayer to sustain evangelisation.
May the Blessed Virgin Mary help us realise that we are all
missionaries, all sent by the Lord to be His witnesses in
every moment of our life.
This year’s Solemn Exposition
of the Blessed Sacrament (40hrs) will take place in the Parish
on the weekend of 3 and 4 November. We plan to do something
different this year. The Exposition will begin after the Evening
Mass on Saturday 3 November and will continue all through
the night until a Special Mass at 6.30am on Sunday morning.
The Parish has been divided into areas and each area has been
drawn by lot and asked to come at a specific time. During
the hour’s devotion there will be an opportunity for
private prayer, community prayer and also for confessions.
The other Masses on Sunday morning will be at the usual times
and the Solemn Adoration will continue after 12.30pm Mass
and will conclude with Devotions at 5.30pm. The times for
the areas of the Parish are as follows:
8.00pm-9.00pm: Beechmount Avenue, Delaney
Crescent, Olympic Drive, Oakland Park, Gartan Ave, Iona Villas,
Columban Terrace, Mount Sion, Mount Carmel View, St. Colman’s
Drive, Pearse Gardens, Sigersons Place.
9.00pm-10.00pm: Carricklynn Ave, Castlegrange
Park, Castletown Court, Jefferson Court, Summerhill Court.
10.00pm-11.00pm: Knockavoe Crescent, Melmount
Villas, Mourne Place, Mourne Ave, St. Mary’s Drive,
St. Mary’s Place, Croaghan View.
11.00pm - 12.00midnight: Urney Road, Cherryvale
Drive, Finn View, Glennfin Park, Last’s Lane, Carrickstrand.
12.00midnight- 1.00am: Ashbrook, Brookvale,
Castletown Road, Ferndale, Knockroe Road, Orchard Road, Prospect
Road, Somerville Road, Carricklee Road, Castlemurray.
1.00am-2.00am: Lisnafin Park, Ardnalee Park,
Cedar Park, Lampton Court.
2.00am-3.00am: Derg Villas, Drumman Court,
Dublin Road, Meenashesk Place, Owenreagh Drive, Owenreagh
Pass, Koram Square.
3.00am-4.00am: Carlton Drive, Carlton Crescent,
College Grove, Collins Walk, Fleming Way, Gormley Crescent,
Greeves Park, Melmount Mews, Melmount Park, Melmount Road,
O’Kane Terrace, Patterson Park, The Orchard, Turnberry
Manor, Whinn View, Gallany Court.
4.00am-5.00am: Belldoo, Laurel Drive, Five
Acres, Ashgrove Park, Melmount Gardens.
5.00am-6.00am: Ballycolman Estate, Ballycolman
Avenue, Ballycolman Road, Landsdowne Park, Linkside Close,
Linkside Park, Melvin View.
6.00am-7.00am: Bradley Way, Bridge Street,
Chestnut Grove, Chestnut Park, Magirr Park, Mulvey House,
O’Nolan Park, Waterside Street. Mass will be at 6.30am
collection amounted to £3501.00. Thank
Today is Mission Sunday and the Annual Mission Sunday Collection
will be taken up at all Masses today. There is a special envelope
in your box.
Dates for Baptism
The following are the dates for the Sacrament of Baptism during
the months of October, November and December:
October: Sunday 21; Friday 26.
November: Friday 2; Sunday 11; Sunday 18;
December: Friday 7; Sunday 9; Sunday 16;
Times for Baptism: Sunday 1.15pm; Friday 7.20pm.
Parish Draw 2007
Promoters should make their returns for October to the Parish
Office tomorrow Monday 22 October from 2.00pm - 4.30pm
and from 7.30pm - 8.30pm. The Draw for October will
take place on Thursday 26 October at 10.30am in the Parish
We welcome into God's Family through the Sacrament of Baptism:
Josh Crawford Doherty
Evie Frances Patterson-McLaughlin
Madison Carmel Herron
Liam Tyson McDonagh
We congratulate the following couples who were recently united
in the Sacrament of Marriage:
Gary Williamson and Margaret Barkley
May they Rest in Peace - Deaths
Fr. Joseph McGeady, SSCC, Ballybofey
John Goan, Castlederg
Christopher Gallagher, Derry
Brendan O’Hare, Ryan McGonigle, Patrick Kearney,
Sean Elliott, Mark Collins, Bernard Lynch, Tom Devlin, Sarah
Donald Banham, Jean Banham, John Banham, Albert McCool,
Michael Hogan, Kathleen Hogan, Thomas Hugh McCool,
Josephine Monaghan, Michael McCool, Gerald McCool,
Edward Joseph McCay, George Tams, Packie Hoynes, Charlie Flanagan,
Cedric Edwards, Joseph McNulty, Paul Patton, Rosaleen Coyle,
Christina O’Reilly, Mickey Cassidy, Packie Gallagher,
Holy Cross College
The Annual Mass for Holy Cross College East Junior School
(Years 8-10) will be held on Monday 22 October at 11.15am
in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Strabane. Mass
for Holy Cross College West Senior School (Years 11-14) will
be held on Tuesday 23 October at 11.15am in St. Mary’s
Church, Melmount. Everyone is welcome especially parents and
There will be a meeting in St. Mary’s Boys P.S. on Monday
22 October at 7.30pm for all parents of children in P7, in
preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation. We would like
to encourage all the parents to attend. The meeting should
be of great benefit to parents as they prepare with their
children for the sacrament. The meeting will be conducted
by Fr. Paul Farren and Therese Ferry, Diocesan Advisers in
Annual Service for the Dead
The annual service in remembrance of deceased members of our
families and parish will take place in the Church on Sunday
25 November at 5.00pm. Families who have suffered a bereavement
since November 1, 2006 are asked to nominate a representative
to carry a candle to the altar in commemoration of their dead.
(Candles will be provided).
Our New Cardinal
Congratulations to Archbishop Sean Brady of Armagh
who was elevated to the College of Cardinals at the Consistory
held by Pope Benedict XVI this week. Archbishop Sean, a native
of Co. Cavan, was ordained a priest in 1964, served as Rector
(President) of the Irish College in Rome for some years and
was installed as Archbishop of Armagh in November 1996. He
joins two other Irish men, Cardinals Cathal Daly and Desmond
Connell, in the College of Cardinals.
Melmount Centre - Parish Bingo Sunday 21
October 2007. St. Vincent de Paul
The Draw for October took place on Sunday 7 October. The numbers
drawn were: 1, 4, 11 and 24. There were 7 match 3 winners
who shared £300.00, Kathleen Gillespie, Catherine McDaid,
Paul McDonald, Andrew MacIntyre, Mary Barrett, Elizabeth Devine
and Rose McGeehan. Jackpot for November is £1,500.00.
Promoters are asked to have November draw envelopes returned
on or before 27 October. The next draw will take place at
9.00pm on Sunday 4 November at Melmount Parish Bingo.
Bosnia Christmas School Box Appeal
If you would like to make up a shoe box for refugees and poor
families or donate new or used clothes, household items, furniture,
buggies and non-perishable foods etc. Or if you would like
to purchase items a list is available in all Essentials Shops
or Pound Choice in Strabane. Please contact Ann Duffy on 077
36005396 or 71 880372. Many thanks to everyone who donated
items for the last truck.
Drug & Alcohol Awareness for Parents/Carers Are you concerned
or interested in young people’s drug or alcohol use?
If so the Divert Project are facilitating a six week programme
that will equip individuals to deal with this situation. Programmes
will be held on Wednesdays at 1.30pm at Strabane & Lifford
Women Centre. To secure a free place contact Patricia on 028