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The St Teresa’s Parish Bulletin for Sunday, 27th December 2020

Sunday 27 December 2020,

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph. (Year B)

Sunday, Vigil Church of the Holy Spirit (Saturday) 5pm St Matthias’ Sunday 10am

St Teresa’s Sunday 12noon

Week days

St Teresa’s Church Monday - Saturday 10am

St Matthias’ Church Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am

A word of thanks to those who volunteered in the parish over Christmastime. Fr Gabriel and Fr Lawrence wish everyone a happy and peaceful New Year.

Sunday Gospel The Holy Family was never meant to be a perfect family. It would be a great mistake for any of us to think that Jesus went to live in a home that was made for those who never said or did anything wrong. It is the love and friendship that was found in Nazareth which is important for the followers of Jesus because it teaches us what is important that we pray and then recognize the vocations that each person has. The vocations in family life tell that each one of us has work to do. A mother can’t be a father, or a daughter can’t be a son. This week our prayer at Mass gives us the opportunity to see that Christian family life brings us closer to the God who has created us and who recreates us in Baptism.

Special Notice From Saturday 26 December 2020, for a six week period, weddings and funerals will be limited to 25 people. ‘Emergency’ Pastoral visits to homes will continue to be permitted but strictly on the basis that it is in the presence of one household group only. Congregational singing will not take place in this parish. The 8pm ‘curfew’ that will operate during the first week of the lock down, will also apply to churches. (Further clarifications will be issued once guidance has been published by the Department of Health.) The risk assessment used for parish churches means that the door will be closed when the church is full.

To book a wedding or baptism please contact the parish office(better to email). Please note marriage courses are available to book at

Rest in peace

Recently deceased Maura Mc Cartan, Ann McManus & Joan Mc Glone.

Anniversaries Frank Hanna, Mary McDonagh, Jim Kerr, Rita Cushnan, Sheila Deane, Paul Burns, Phyllis & Hugh McPoland, Imelda & Kathleen Mc Poland, Rachel & Anne Caldwell & Maureen Murray


Mary Russell (R.I.P.) Marjorie & Billy Cunningham (R.I.P.)

CANDLES WILL BURN (4 January) Hugh, Phyllis, Imelda & Kathleen Mc Poland (R.I.P.)

OFFERTORY COLLECTION Weekly Collection £1 009. Thank you.

Catholic Engaged Encounter A 'Zoom' online Marriage Preparation course is planned for 27-28 March 2021. This 2-day course is a positive way of preparing for Marriage where you will discover how you can enrich your future relationship. Booking at or call 276 38512.

The Holy Father Francis, on the 150 Anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, 8 December 2020, has proclaimed a Year of St Joseph from 8 December 2020 until 8 December 2021. The Apostolic Penitentiary has issued a Decree granting plenary indulgences for the year.

2021 Diocesan Directories are available from the parish office, priced £4.

Age NI winter helpline If you need help to stay warm or if you know an older person struggling this winter, contact the Age NI Advice and Advocacy Service on 0808 808 7575.

Drumalis, Larne. Zoom Courses 2021 Elizabeth Prout Bicentenary Lectures: Thursday 14 January at 7 pm Understanding Jesus Means Understanding Judaism with Professor Amy -Jill Levine Thursday, 4 March at 7 pm An Evening with Dom Christopher Jamison OSB Thursday, 25 March at 7 pm Lecture on the Theme of Fratelli Tutti by Sr Joan Chittister OSB Let justice well up like water, Good relations and justice, Public Theology Course led by Dr Johnston McMaster over eight Tuesday evening sessions from 7 pm - 9 pm from January - March 2021, commencing Tuesday, 5 January 2021. For further details or to book any of the above, contact Drumalis Mon-Fri, 9 am - 5 pm, 2827 2196 or email Please check the Drumalis website and Facebook

Prayer to the Holy Family Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendour of true love; to you we turn with trust. Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic churches. Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division; may all who have been hurt or scandalised find ready comfort and healing. Holy Family of Nazareth, make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer. Amen. (Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia).

A Spiritual Communion: My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if you were already there, and I unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. (St Alphonsus Liguori).