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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday, 23rd October 2011
... Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart; you must love your neighbour as yourself.” Jesus gives us these two commandments as the only way to full human living and happiness. They are the core of Christian living and practice. We try everything else and yet love is all that human life is about here and hereafter. These two commandments go hand in hand as two parts of the one movement of life. Love of God is the ultimate in human life. It involves each of us in a personal relationship with God through prayer. Our Catholic tradition is very rich in the variety of prayer forms that are possible. Each of us needs to choose the ones that are helpful for ourselves. We reach this love of God also through our love for one another. In our common worship through the Sunday Eucharist we build up the People of God. And through love in marriage and family life we dedicate all that is good in life to God.



First Reading: Exodus 22:20-26
If you are harsh with the widow, or with the orphan,
my anger will flare against you.

Second Reading: Thessalonians 1:5-10
You broke with idolatry and became servants of God;
you are now waiting for his Son

Gospel: Matthew 9:1-8
You must love the Lord your God and your neighbour as yourself.


Mission Sunday

One day youngsters will learn words they will not understand.

Children from India will ask: ‘what is hunger?’

Children from Alabama will ask: ‘what is segregation?’

Children from Hiroshima will ask: ‘what is the atomic bomb?’

You will answer them. You will tell them those words are not used anymore. Like stagecoaches, galleys or slavery they are words no longer meaningful. That is why they have been removed from dictionaries.

Martin Luther King




Dates for Baptism

The following are the dates for the Sacrament of Baptism during the months of October, November and December:

October: Sunday 30.

November: Sunday 13; Sunday 20; Saturday 26.

December: Sunday 4; Saturday 10; Sunday 18.

Times for Baptism: Sunday 1.15pm; Saturday 4.00pm.

Mission Sunday - The Annual Mission Sunday Collection will be taken up at all Masses today. Support is needed by prayer as well as financially. On Mission Sunday please pray for the universal missions of the church and give as generously as you can to the Mission Sunday collection. The 1,762 Irish missionaries across the globe greatly appreciate your loyalty and support to their work in spreading the Good News, God’s word, to all corners of the world. On this special day they unite with us spiritually.

Church Collections - We would remind those who make their contributions by cheque to any of the church collections e.g. weekly collections, priest’s collections, Mission Sunday Collection or any other special collection that cheques should be made payable to ‘Melmount Parish’. The words Mission Sunday or Fr. Michael Doherty should not appear on the cheque. This is a requirement of the bank. Thank you.

Dates for Confirmation and First Holy Communion Bishop Hegarty will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to Primary 7 pupils of our schools on Saturday 21April 2012 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 19 May 2012.

We welcome into God’s Family through the Sacrament of Baptism:

Conor Paul Sweeney


We congratulate the following couple who were recently united in the Sacrament of Marriage:

Gary McAdams and Kerrie McGavigan

May they Rest in Peace - Deaths

Bridie Gormley, 145 Dunnyboe Road, Dunamanagh



Brendan O’Hare, Jean Walsh, Gordon Ferguson,

Tom Devlin, Sarah McDevitt, William Meehan,

Martin McElwee, Hugo Quinn, Mark Collins,

Christina O’Reilly, Hugh McDaid Snr, Paul Patton,

Mary McLaughlin, William McLaughlin, Charlie Flanagan,

Patrick Kennedy, Joe McNulty, Brendan McGee,

Sarah Hoynes, John McKenna, George Doherty,

Kathleen Coups, Mary Duffy.


Solemn Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament The Annual Solemn Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in this Church on Sunday 30 October beginning at 3.00pm and concluding at 8.00pm.


Holy Cross College Annual Mass The Mass for the Senior School (Years 11 - 14) will take place in the Church on Wednesday 26 October at 11.15am. Mass for the Junior School (Years 8 -10) will take place in the Church on Wednesday 26 October at 2.15pm.

Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet on Wednesday 26 October at 7.30pm in Melmount Manor Care Home. Guest speaker will be Michael McIvor (Alzheimer’s Society Foyle Service) speaking on ‘Dancing with Dementia’. Everyone welcome.

Strabane Aware Defeat Depression Support Group will hold their next October meeting on Tuesday 25 October at 6.30pm in Room 1, Strabane Library. For further information contact Aware Defeat Depression on 71260602.

St. Vincent de Paul Society clearance sale at their Warehouse in Ballycolman Industrial Estate on Saturday 29 October from 10.00am - 1.00pm. Great bargains in household goods, tables and chairs, beds, fireplaces, suites etc. Easy parking at premises. Delivery service available.

Free Hearing Aid Support Sessions: Do you wear a hearing aid or know someone who does? RNID runs free monthly hearing aid support sessions in Ballycolman Community Centre from 10.00am - 12 noon and in St. Patrick’s Hall from 1.00pm - 3.00pm on the last Thursday of every month. The next date is Thursday 27 October. If you’re having trouble with your hearing aid, or need new batteries, or just some advice come along and talk to a trained RNID volunteer. They’ll be glad to help.

Annual Service for the Dead The Annual service in remembrance of deceased members of our families and parish will take place on Sunday 6 November at 5.00pm. Families who have suffered a bereavement since November 1, 2010 are asked to nominate a representative to carry a candle to the altar in commemoration of their dead. (Candles will be provided).

Parish Draw Promoters should make their returns for November to the Parish Office on Monday 14 November from 2.00pm - 4.30pm and from 7.30pm - 8.00pm. The draw for November will take place on Thursday 17 November at 10.30am in the Parish Office.

New Altar Servers Required
If your child is in P5, P6 or P7 and would like to be an Altar Server here, in St. Mary’s, Melmount please leave his/her name, address and contact number in the Parochial House, Parish Office or Sacristy.


Melmount Centre - Parish Bingo Sunday 16 October


Digital Map of Graveyard. You will see large maps showing the details and locations of graves in the old graveyard at the back of the church. These maps will eventually be in the graveyard to help people locate graves of relatives and friends and the information will be available to view on line. Over the next few weeks I would ask you to look at these maps and check that the information regarding your relatives is correct or if any changes or additions need to be made, for example, if someone buried in a grave has not been included or if a grave in a particular section has been omitted. You will find correction sheets on the tables at the back of the church and you are asked to use these to make any necessary changes. Please read the correction sheet carefully and give all the information requested so that the map may be completed as accurately as possible. If you are unsure of what to do or require any information please contact the Parish Office on 71383777.


Parish Draw 2011

The Parish Draw took place on Thursday 20 October 2011.

The winners are as follows: October Draw

£500: 1157 Helen Callaghan – Mar Hagan
£250: 1754 Charlie McKinney – Mar Hagan
£250: 1012 Eileen Kelly – Elizabeth O’Hare
£250: 1681 Sharon O’Kane – Dympna McNamee
£150: 1759 Kevin & Mary Gallagher – Elizabeth Devenney
£150: 1062 Kenny Griffin – Pauline Wilson
£150: 1075 Mary Browne – Margaret McLaughlin
£100: 1018 Frances Patterson – Brenda Brolly
£100: 1567 Sheila McGonagle – Sheila McGonagle
£100: 1173 Therese O’Gorman – Michael McGrath



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