Bulletin - Our Lady Queen of Peace

23 November 2014 – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the universe
When the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles at Pentecost, they immediately set out to
proclaim the Kingdom of God, speaking to each person in their own language. Today, “Jesus
wants evangelisers who proclaim the good news not only with words, but above all by a life
transfigured by God’s presence.” Today, “Spirit-filled evangelisers are evangelisers who pray and
work” and neither is complete without the other.
The first stage in the task of evangelisation is prayer, in its different forms — “The Church
urgently needs the deep breath of prayer.” This prayer brings us into “a personal encounter with
the saving love of Jesus,” and this in turn prompts us to share our joy, to evangelise. This
closeness to the Lord means that we share his suffering in the suffering of others: “Sometimes
we are tempted to be that kind of Christian who keeps the Lord’s wounds at arm’s length. Yet
Jesus wants us to touch human misery, to touch the suffering flesh of others.” Evangelisation
involves close sharing of life, of joy and of pain.
committed missionary knows the joy of being
a spring which spills over and refreshes
others. Only the person who feels happiness
in seeking the good of others, in desiring their
happiness, can be a missionary. This openness of the
heart is a source of joy... We do not live better when we
flee, hide, refuse to share, stop giving and lock
ourselves up in own comforts. Such a life is nothing
less than slow suicide.
This is a strongly phrased warning, not to invoke
fear, but to emphasise the importance of our encounter
with the Lord and the joy it brings. Here, Pope Francis
shares from his own experience to illustrate what he
means, and the intensity with which he believes it: “My
mission of being in the heart of the people is not just a
part of my life or a badge I can take off; it is not an ‘extra’
or just another moment in life. Instead, it is something I
cannot uproot from my being without destroying my very
self. I am a mission on this earth; that is the reason why
I am here in this world.” We too are meant to be “sealed,
even branded, by this mission of bringing light, blessing,
enlivening, raising up, healing and freeing.”
ne form of prayer moves us particularly to take
up the task of evangelisation and to seek the
good of others: it is the prayer of intercession.
Let us peer for a moment into the heart of Saint Paul, to
see what his prayer was like. It was full of people: “…
I constantly pray with you in every one of my prayers
for all of you… because I hold you in my heart” (Phil
1:4, 7). Here we see that intercessory prayer does not
divert us from true contemplation, since authentic
contemplation always has a place for others.
Like the evangelising power of personal piety, this
emphasis may seem surprising at first, but praying for
people constantly deepens our feelings of involvement
with them; we care, we pray, and we are more likely to
do something, to bring practical Good News.
The Holy Father’s final words are on Mary, whom he
calls the Mother of Evangelisation, and the letter ends
with a prayer, the final part of which is here:
Virgin of listening and contemplation, Mother of love, Bride of
the eternal wedding feast, pray for
the Church, whose pure icon you
are, that she may never be closed in on herself or
lose her passion for establishing God’s kingdom.
Star of the new evangelisation, help us to bear
radiant witness to communion, service, ardent and
generous faith, justice and love of the poor, that
the joy of the Gospel may reach to the ends of the
earth, illuminating even the fringes of our world.
Mother of the living Gospel, wellspring of
happiness for God’s little ones, pray for us.
Amen. Alleluia!
Read this prayer together before or after Mass
Thank God for the faith handed down, and hand it to
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Parish Office
Telephone: 90616300
130 Upper Dunmurry Lane Mon-1.00pm- 4.00pm
Tues-Fri- 10.00am-1.00pm
BT17 0EW
Fr. Rory Sheehan. PP
email:[email protected]
VISIT OUR PARISH WEBSITE www.ourladyqueenofpeacekilwee.com
The Credenhill, Forest Park, Netherlands Residents Association and Our Lady
Queen of Peace Parish Church is holding its annual Christmas Tree event
on Saturday, 6 December after the 6.30pm vigil mass... The event
consists of children visiting Santa Claus in his grotto and receiving a selection
box from the Big Man. Adults will be provided with Christmas cheer of hot
mulled wine and mince pies and members of the residents association will be
singing Christmas hymns. Our newly appointed Parish Priest, Fr. Rory, will be
‘switching on’ the Christmas tree lights. Everyone is welcome. Ho Ho Ho! and
Seasons Greeting to you all and I hope the children and you come along and enjoy this highly
successful community event.
ADVENT RETREAT - Fr. Frank Downes O.P. @ Emmaus
Date: 12 - 14th December 2014 (Weekend Retreat Friday - Sunday)
Time: 7.00pm Friday - 2.30pm Sunday
Total Cost €150 Residential or €100 Non Residential.
Bookings can be made by calling Emmaus on 01-8700050 or on-line at www.emmaus.ie.
Facilitator: Fr. Frank Downes O.P.
Lord, we await your presence in our hearts as you bestow on us the gifts of wisdom; fresh
understanding and new vision this Advent time’.
On Thursday 27th November at 7.30pm the Church of the Nativity, Poleglass will have Exposition of
the Blessed Sacrament, singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet & Mass.
‘You may remember that back in the Spring we did a count of the attendance at all our Masses over
three weeks. This was part of a Review to help us plan for the future. Bishop Treanor has written a
letter to the diocese outlining the next steps in a process called Creating Pastoral Communities.
Copies of the letter are available at the back of the church.’
The Parish Pastoral Council aims to enable parishioners to move closer to God and to promote an
inclusive, vibrant parish. The Council has just completed delivery of its first year goals, culminating in
the parish mission and is now seeking to recruit new members to join in their work for next year.
If you are interested in joining our Parish Pastoral Council, please leave your name and contact
details in the parish office by Monday 1st December.
Once again we have been asked to help Santa to bring presents to those families
who are under more pressure than most at Christmas time. Santa has asked us to
help 30 children this year. If you would like to help please contact the parish
office on 90616300
Come and enjoy calm for a few hours in the middle of the Christmas frenzy. Slow down. Rest.
Rediscover Christmas for yourself. Time for you-time for God. Space for yourself to pray and think,
gently guided by Breige O’Hare.11am- 3pm Clonard Monastery, Saturday 6 December. Bring a
packed lunch. Tea/coffee provided. Donation £5. Booking is essential. Ring Clonard 02890445950 or
contact Breige through her website www.athomewithgod.co.uk
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION- ”Will you spare an hour with me”
We are desperately in need of adorers who can spare just one hour in divine intimacy with Jesus in
the Blessed Sacrament between 1.00pm – 5.00pm. If you are interested in putting your name
forward please contact the Parish Office on 90616300.
Roisin McGrenaghan (Months Mind
Noreen Donnelly (Months Mind)
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur around this time.
Peter McCusker and Maura Cushnahan
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon them
SOCIETY OF ST MARTHA There is an urgent need for additional volunteers to join some of
the Church housekeeping teams especially for Saturday mornings at 10.30am.
If you could give some time to this very necessary work please contact the parish office 90616300
CHILDREN'S LITURGY every Sunday at 10.00am and 12 noon Mass
Join us for two great events and at the same time show your support for the work of the Passionist
Christmas Craft Fair and Christmas Candlelight Dinner
Tobar Mhuire Craft Fair on 29th and 30th November from 1pm - 5pm.
There's Face painting, Craft stalls, Refreshments and a visit to Santa.
The annual Christmas Candlelight Dinner is being held again on 12th and 13th December.
Please call the Secretary at Tobar Mhuire for more details and to make a reservation 02844 830242
THE SANCTUARY LIGHT: Has been dedicated on week beginning 23rd November
‘For a special intention’
Envelope Offering £931.00
Loose Offering
Bishops Commissions £271.00
Many thanks for your continued support
CHURCH HOUSEKEEPING: Group D Saturday 29th November 2014
ST. VINCENT de PAUL: Anyone needing help please contact 90616300
Details of MASS TIMES AND ADDITIONAL NOTICES can be seen on the Parish web site.
The Safeguarding Committee recently completed The Parish Audit in relation to Safeguarding our
children, young people and vulnerable adults. We are pleased to state that Our Lady Queen of Peace
Parish is compliant with all standards as outlined by the National Board for Safeguarding.
All those volunteers in our parish, who are working with children, young people and vulnerable
adults(Eucharistic Ministers to the Nursing Homes) are vetted through Access N.I. All have attended
relevant Safeguarding Training .
If you have concerns re: the safety of a child, young person or vulnerable adult you can contact :
Social Services
Duty Social Worker 02890507000
Child Protection Team
028 90259457
02890650222 (out of hours)
The Diocesan Safeguarding Office
You can also speak to one of the committee members through the parish office (90 616300)
Committee members are : Fr. Rory Sheehan, Mr. Gerry Heery, Mrs. Pauline Moane, Mrs. Joan Mc
Keever (chair)
‘Dear parishioners. The St Vincent de Paul as a Christian Society strives to help the genuinely
needy. Neither poverty nor the Society discriminates. Sadly and increasingly we have bogus callers
who abuse the Christian generosity of our parishioners whose support we depend on. It is difficult
to refuse someone who presents as “seemingly” distressed as we may mistake the genuine for the
bogus but we ask parishioners to direct anyone who contacts them seeking help, either at their
homes or at the church, to call 90601899 or 90351561.
The St Vincent De Paul requires donations of good furniture and Bric-a brac on an on going basis to
assist families who are being housed and seeking help. Meeting this demand is a constant struggle
that may only be met through the public’s generosity.
Aware of the many demands already made of parishioners and thankful for your continued support
may we ask you to consider donating good used furniture to us by contacting any of our members or
telephoning our area office on 90601899
VINCENT’S SHOP; Do you have a few hours to spend each week? Why not help out at our
newly established Vincent’s Shop facing Turf Lodge. Volunteers urgently needed
A St Vincent De Paul clothes bank has been installed to the left of the Church in the car park.
Used clothes are very welcome. All proceeds go to West Belfast.
BAPTISMS - First Sunday of every month.
To register please contact the parish office at least one month in advance of baptism.
Parents presenting their first born child for Baptism will be expected to attend a pre-baptism
meeting. Please contact the Parish Office to book a place at the meeting as spaces are limited.
PRAYER LIBRARY A small prayer library is located in the Baptistery. There, you will find books of
guidance, suggestions on prayer which you can borrow for use at home.
Please record the details of the book you have borrowed and returned
Saint Malachy’s Fundraising Committee are having a QUIZ NIGHT on Friday 28th November 2014 in
St. Malachy’s Parish Centre at 8pm. Admission £5 (Pay at Door)
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR There will be a Christmas Craft Fair in St Kevin’s Hall, North Queen St,
Belfast on Sunday 30th November between 10.00 – 4.00
Saturday 6th December 2014
10.00am – 2.30pm
£1 entrance fee donated to the school charity, AJOSEPO (funding development projects in Ethiopia
and Nigeria)
A wide range of stalls selling handmade, locally crafted products – a great opportunity for some
Christmas shopping, Santa’s Grotto, café, raffle, performances throughout the day by our school
choirs, band and traditional group and over 30 crafts stalls.
Please come along and support our school charity.
Ards CCÉ will be celebrating this year’s Christmas concert at St Comgall’s Parish Centre, Bangor. The
concert will be an extravaganza of Irish/Festive Music, Song and Dance and will be compered by local
celebrity....George Jones!
All the super talented kids from Ards will be participating at the event along with various other artists,
including world famous vocalist Fr Martin O’Hagan!
The concert will take place on Saturday 6th December with doors opening at 8pm. Admission is only
£5 and there will be a ballot, mince pies, tea/coffee and a fully licensed bar available.
TICKET LINE 07955685745
FREE HEARING-AID CLINIC: Do you wear an NHS hearing aid or know someone who
does? Action on Hearing Loss runs a free drop-in clinic at Harvester House, 4-8 Adelaide Street,
Belfast BT2 8GA. Telephone 028 90239 619
Thursday 11th December.
If you're having trouble with your hearing aid, need new batteries (they are free), need the tubing
changed, or just need some information, come along and talk to our trained Action on Hearing Loss
volunteers. They'll be glad to help
Suffolk Library
Thursday 27 Nov 14
10.30am to 12.30pm
Finaghy Library
Thursday 27 Nov 14
1.30pm to 3.30pm
The Montague Centre (Fallswater Street) Wednesday 3 Dec 14
10am to 12pm
Action on Hearing loss runs a free Hear to Meet group at Harvester House, 4-8 Adelaide Street,
Belfast, BT2 8GA.
VOLUNTEER APPEAL Action for Hearing Loss is setting up some new clinics in Belfast and we are
looking for Volunteers – Contact Angela, on 02890 239 619. If you have a few hours to spare a month
we would love to hear from you.
Alternative Mass Cards are on sale in the shop or from any member of the Apostolic Group.
A priest does not need to sign them -The onus is on you to go to Mass and offer it up for the
deceased and their family. A suggested contribution is £2.00.
The stand in the front porch of the Church offers 16 different CD’s. We encourage you to take
advantage of this wonderful opportunity! A suggested donation of £2.00 per CD covers the basic
THE WAY OF ST JAMES -Camino de Santiago
Sections from the Pyrenees to Santiago 22nd – 28th May 2015. 6 Nights Hotel Accommodation, with
Breakfast and dinner daily; Coach and back-up car with group throughout; Walk leader with group
throughout; All airport and local taxes; Travel insurance included.Flying from Dublin Airport COST
£715.00 STG SEATS ARE LIMITED Single room supplement is extra £50.00 deposit secures a seat! For
further details contact: Jean Reynolds 028 44830979 or email: [email protected]
If you are single and between 21 and 40 years of age and feel you may have an interest in religious
life and would like to share with others similar questions then exploreAway aims to provide the input,
support and accompaniment needed to help participants discern their call. The programme involves
five residential weekends and one residential weekend retreat throughout the year, based in Dublin
The weekends will provide input on vocation, discernment, prayer and religious life- its core values
and the various ways it is lived.
Email [email protected] or Tel 087 358 4447 or 085 766 4480
Family Care Adoption Services is presently seeking families who would be interested in adopting
children aged between 2 – 6 years and who need the love and attention of a caring and
understanding family. Could this be you?
If you would like to find out more please contact Family Care Adoption Services on: Belfast: 028
90691133 or [email protected]
Website: www.familycaresociety.co.uk We look forward to hearing from you
Are you in your 30’s,40’s, 50’s or over, Interested in making new friends / living & sharing your faith
together / participating in various events,. Interested in finding out more ? Why not come along and
see for yourself. Simply register now by emailing your name to [email protected] or text
your name/to 07842960198 and we will be in touch.
Sacred Heart Calendars and diaries for 2015 as well as Christmas cards are available from the
Diocesan Pioneer Office, 68 Berry St. Tel no. 9089 4070 or Josephine @9061 7116.
Since 1960, Viatores Christi has aimed to respond to needs overseas and at home by giving people an
opportunity to share their lives and skills with those in need. People from all backgrounds and
professions join VC - people who want to challenge themselves to make a difference in the world,
however big or small. If you want to explore such a challenge, and you are interested in learning more
email [email protected] call 01-8689986 or visithttp://viatoreschristi.com/events/
URGENT: PROJECT LOVE: The Justice Minister of the Northern Ireland Assembly David Forde
has launched a public consultation on legalising abortion in cases of, what he refers to as, lethal
feotal abnormality and sexual crime. Every Life Counts has launched the Project Love campaign to
give you more information and help you make your submission to the Justice Minister. For further
information on PROJECT LOVE or to receive your free Submission Card, please contact, Every Life
Counts on 07927412226 or email us at [email protected]
Tragically so far this year 57 people have lost their lives on Northern Ireland’s roads. This figure is
the same as for the whole of 2013. We are told that most of the deaths on our roads could be
prevented. We all share the responsibility of making our roads safer. This means slowing down,
wearing our seatbelts, paying full attention to the road and never driving after drinking alcohol. It
sounds simple. It makes sense. We just need to do it.
Road users may wish to sign up to the Department of Environment’s “Share the Road to Zero”
programme which has one aim - zero road deaths in Northern Ireland. Pledging is quick, easy and
FREE and when you sign up, you will receive weekly road safety tips about how you and your loved
ones can stay safe on our roads these coming months.
Let us pray for all those in our parish who have been affected in some way by a road death.
We Tidy Graves is offering a tidy up service and placing of a Christmas wreath on a loved ones grave
from only £15.
Contact Andrew on 02890 292 140 or mobile 0771 8282 816
Website: www.wetidygraves.com
We are a locally based Charity offering children living in the areas most heavily contaminated by the
radioactive fallout a respite holiday, helping them recover from the effects of the disaster. The short
time that they spend with us greatly improves their health and offers a tremendous boost to their
immune system.
If you can help, please contact Mairead on 07752399393 anytime on Sunday or after
7pm the rest of the week. You can also email us at :- [email protected]
The charity Lifeni is looking for volunteers for their charity shop on the Lisburn Road. If you would
like to find out more please contact Jayne/Joanne @90438339.
We are also seeking donations of good quality clothes, accessories, shoes, books and bric-a-brac.
Lifeni caring, educating, upholding the value of human life.
“Unique volunteering opportunities for Retired Teachers to provide 1:1 support to children, with
additional educational needs, in primary schools in West and North Belfast. One morning per week is
required for a minimum of 15 weeks, full induction will be provided and the start date will be
October/November 2014. Please contact Sólás on 02890 247600 or email [email protected] for
further information and registration pack”.
Counselling (for adults and children over the age of 5) – counselling provides an opportunity to
explore thoughts and feelings, to identify worries and concerns and to create self awareness and
bring about change. Examples of therapies used include: Person Centred Counselling;
Sandplay/art therapy; Thought Field Therapy and Emotional Freedom Technique
Complementary therapies which include: reflexology, aromatherapy, relaxation techniques,
Bach Flower remedies, gentle massage, Bowen and Emmett therapy.
Acupuncture clinic – acupuncture can help with pain and symptom control.
One to one Coaching.
A group focused Positive Living Programme – this programme uses life coaching techniques
to help people reflect, refocus, build coping skills and set personal goals to be able to move
forward positively with life after a cancer diagnosis.
For further information Tel 90803344 or email [email protected] or visit the website at
The Historic Institutional Abuse Inquiry is an independent Inquiry set up to investigate abuse
of children in residential institutions (but not schools) in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995.
Abuse could be sexual or physical abuse, or emotional abuse or neglect. The Inquiry has an
Acknowledgment Forum where you can come and tell experienced professionals in private, and in
confidence, about abuse you experienced. Another part of the inquiry will investigate abuse, and
then make recommendations to the Northern Ireland government. You can choose to talk to both
parts, or to either part, of the Inquiry.
If you were abused in an institution, or saw others being abused, the Inquiry wants to talk to you. It
hopes that as many people as possible who experienced abuse in institutions, or witnessed others
being abused, will come forward to help the Inquiry investigate the way these children were treated,
and what should be done about it. If you know someone who was abused encourage them to
contact us.
If you want to contact us you can get more information on our website www.hiainquiry.org. If you
live in the UK you can write to us at FREEPOST HIA Inquiry, or ring us at our FREEPHONE number
0800 068 4935. If you live outside the UK you can write to us at HIA Inquiry, PO Box 2080, Belfast,
BT1 9QA,
HEAVEN’S ROAD FM CATHOLIC RADIOwww.heavensroadfm.com is a new internet
Radio broadcasting Catholic programmes, prayers, interviews and music. Their website broadcasts
up to 40 Masses and other services daily and has over 200+ podcasts available as Listenagain. Tune in and listen/watch. The Radio is run on a shoestring by unpaid volunteers, so any
donation, however small, would be very welcome. Cheques should be made payable to Heavens
Road fm Catholic Radio and sent to Heavens Road fm Radio, St John’s Seminary, Wonersh,
Guildford, GU5 0QX. Follow on Facebook (Heavens Roadfm) or twitter (@HeavensRoadFM).
Heavens Road fm Catholic Radiowww.heavensroadfm.com is broadcasting a special series of
programmes on Vocations startingSunday 12th Oct. Tune in and enjoy this new series on our
Catholic radio. Their website broadcasts up to 40 live Masses daily. They are also looking for
enthusiastic people to help make programmes and techies to operate the Radio. Further info
athttp://www.heavensroadfm.com/vols/. Follow on Facebook (Heavens Roadfm) or twitter
Camara are a Local Charity based in Unit 10, Townsend Enterprise Park. Belfast BT13 2 ES, who
take old computers, wipe the data, refurbish them and set them up in schools in Africa as computer
labs. Combined with accredited training courses and ongoing maintenance we have taught over half
a million young people how to use a computer. This vital skill in today's world opens up
unending opportunities for the young people whilst also building a better future for the country.
To do this amazing work we need old computers. There is huge demand from Africa
for Camara computers as we send them preloaded with software and train the teachers how to use
them. From 11th November we will run our annual "One week, One Thousand Computers"
campaign. Churches in Northern Ireland contributed over a quarter of this last year.
This annual event tries to find 1,000 unused and unwanted pcs and laptops for reuse in deprived
schools in Africa. Camara wipe and repair computers of all ages, shapes and sizes, load them with
educational software and ship them to one of Camara’s seven African Hubs where they are
distributed to the most deprived schools. We are asking people to dig out their old computers that
are gathering dust.
Visit www.camara.org for details of where to drop your computers off between 9.30 and 4.30 any
week day.
For your information. It costs £100 per computer to process, ship and provide the relevant training
and maintenance for a minimum of 21 children to learn how to use it over the next 3 years. Most
schools require a 25 computer suite at a cost of £2,500. Whilst we are not asking for donations
anyone who feels they would like to support Camara in this way may do so
through https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/camara or by sending a donation along with a computer
to our base in 10, Townsend Enterprise Park.
Volunteers are vital to our work and make a real difference to everyone living with Parkinson’s in the
Belfast area.
You can volunteer for us in lots of ways, from raising awareness of Parkinson’s to helping at a support
group. Here’s what some of our volunteers say about volunteering at Parkinson’s UK:
“I feel that I am part of something really special and that what is achieved really does make a
difference to people with Parkinson’s.”
“Raising funds for research gives me hope that a cure will be found”.
“Volunteering lets me focus on what I can do, rather than what I can’t do because of my Parkinson’s.”
Join us today and you will be part of a team with full training to carry out your role. You will also have
a dedicated person to support you and receive out of pocket expenses. For more information on the
volunteer roles available and an application pack contact Paula Mc Larnon, Branch and Volunteer
Support, 0844 225 3684 or email [email protected]