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The St. Teresa’s Parish Bulletin for Sunday, 2nd October 2022


Sunday 2nd October 2022

Twenty Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

(Year C)

Synod 2023: Communion, Participation, Mission.


Sunday Gospel October is Mission Month You will receive power” from the Holy Spirit – Let us always be strengthened and guided by the Spirit. When the risen Christ commissioned the disciples to be his witnesses, he also promised them the grace needed for this great responsibility: “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). According to the account in Acts, it was precisely following the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples that the first act of witnessing to the crucified and risen Christ took place. That kerygmatic proclamation – Saint Peter’s “missionary” address to the inhabitants of Jerusalem – inaugurated an era in which the disciples of Jesus evangelised the world. Whereas they had previously been weak, fearful and closed in on themselves, the Holy Spirit gave them the strength, courage and wisdom to bear witness to Christ before all. (Pope Francis).


Sunday Masses Holy Spirit Vigil 5pm (Saturday), St Matthias’ 10am, St Teresa’s 12noon.


Weekday Masses St Teresa’s Monday to Saturday 10am, St Matthias’ Tuesday to Thursday10am.


Confessions Before Saturday Vigil Mass and on request.


To book a wedding or baptism, please contact the parish office (better to email).


Months Mind Christopher Barnes, Teresa Gribben.


Anniversaries Anne Conlon (First), Marguerite Lawless, Margaret & Joseph McLoughlin.


Parish Draw Winners Mrs M McDonald, Jim Fitzpatrick, M McKeown, J Kennedy, Leanne Caldwell.


Offertory Collection £1 667. Thank you.


Certificate in Christian Thought Adult Faith Development Programme. Two-year, part-time course, now enrolling for 2022-2023 intake The Certificate in Christian Thought invites you to learn, reflect and discuss aspects of spirituality, theology and scripture at a greater depth. It is possible to do the course for personal development solely and/or to complete the written assignments required by St Mary's University College, which validates the course For further information, please phone Drumalis during office hours 02828 276455.


Statement from the Bishops’ Conference ‘...Of particular concern, is the fact that in Northern Ireland, one in four children are living in poverty - one of the highest levels of child poverty of any population in Europe. This is despite the fact that a Child Poverty Strategy has been promised for years now - most recently in the New Decade New Approach agreement - but has not yet been delivered, 25 years on since the Good Friday Agreement. Recent research from our Marriage Care Service, ACCORD, also points to the intensifying pressure the financial crisis is having on families, with 81% of those surveyed reporting that worries concerning money are a primary point of family and relationship pressure. It is known that many families here already have less than £100 per month in disposable income. We also know that, in comparison with other parts of these islands, more people here are reliant on social security, more people are in fuel poverty, more people are in absolute poverty and we have some of the highest levels of working poor. This means that the impacts of this emergency will be felt most acutely here.


Project Zambia is hosting an information evening on Wednesday 5th October at 7pm in the function room of The Devenish Complex (33-37 Finaghy Road North, BT10 0JB). Our charity works in partnership with host Zambian communities and aims to assist these communities to improve the quality of life. We are planning a trip to Zambia in Summer 2023. If you would be interested in volunteering with Project Zambia, please come along on this evening. Refreshments included. If you need further information, please get in touch with Eadaoin at projectzambiamail@yahoo.ie or 07791 915336.


Anam Cara Belfast, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it's monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Monday 10 October 2022 at 7.30pm in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.


RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is a process to introduce the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church to individuals who wish to learn more about Catholicism, including the opportunity, if they wish, to become Catholic through the Sacraments of Initiation. RCIA is a time of teaching, formation and conversion to come to know, love and develop a relationship with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Please feel free to contact RCIA by telephone or text 077 6101 4607 or email us at rcia@downandconnor.org How do I sign up for RCIA? The first step is to request a registration form by emailing rcia@downandconnor.org. We meet Thursday nights from 6.30 – 8pm at St Mary’s Hall, Chapel Lane, Belfast BT1 1HH from October to May. The start date for the programme is Thursday 6 October 2022.


Legion of Mary Rosary Procession Sunday 9 October 2022 3pm from St John's to St Michael's for Benediction. All welcome.


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