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The St Teresa’s Parish Bulletin for Sunday, 9th January 2022



Sunday 9 January 2022

The Baptism of the Lord

(Year C)

Synod 2023: Communion, Participation, Mission.

Caith do phuicin, Glan do lamha.


Sunday Gospel The baptism we have received joins us to the life of Christ, the anointed one. We are invited to share in his life as priest, prophet and king. We are called to be people of prayer. The faith we have received gives us the power to pray, prayer connects us with God, it is our ‘daily bread’ because it strengthens us to live the Christian life. We are called to be prophets of truth, truth gives us hope, the hope that we can present the kingdom of God to the world and by the action of our lives that Kingdom will come. The gift of baptism gives us a royal dignity, we are destined for heaven where there is everlasting joy and peace. Today we celebrate the family of the Church, we are called to imitate the life of Christ in all its richness.


Dates for 2022 Ash Wednesday 2 March 2022, Sacrament of Confirmation 9 March 2022, Easter Sunday 17 April 2022, First Holy Communion 14 May 2022.


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


Week day Masses St Teresa’s Monday to Saturday 10am, St Matthias’ Tuesday to Thursday 10am.


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


Please note that Holy Communion only leaves the church by arrangement.


Recently deceased Brigid Shiels, Julia Barber, Mark Connolly.


Months Mind PJ McBrearty.


Anniversaries Sr Mary J Savage, Sheila Deane, Paul Burns, Marie Murray, Anne-Marie

Reid, Olive & Peter Ward, Jean Moorehead, Margaret & Joseph O’Neill,

Gerard Smyth.


Sanctuary Candles will burn for James Bradley.


Offertory Collection £ 891. Monthly £ 670. Thank you.


Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible is an 8 week online programme written by Jeff Cavins and facilitated by the Living Church Office. Course participants will receive a resource pack and connect online for a time of teaching, discussion and prayerful reflection. There are three groups available beginning on Wednesdays, 12 January 2022 at 11am or 7pm and Mondays at 7pm beginning 17 January 2022.


To register complete an online form https://forms.office.com/r/g3FWFK5x8w or email a.steen@downandconnor.org Come and join us for a programme will give you a way to read the bible, understand it and so experience its life changing power.


Bishop Treanor’s New Year Message I renew my thanks to all those who continue to work with generosity and responsibility in the areas of education, safety and protection of rights, in supplying medical care, in facilitating meetings between family members and the sick, and in providing economic support to the needy and those who have lost their jobs. I continue to remember the victims and their families in my prayers. To government leaders and all those charged with political and social responsibilities, to priests and pastoral workers, and to all men and women of good will, I make this appeal: let us walk together with courage and creativity on the path of intergenerational dialogue, education, and work. May more and more men and women strive daily, with quiet humility and courage, to be artisans of peace. And may they be ever inspired and accompanied by the blessings of the God of peace!

Parish Draw Winners A. McKeever, D Nugent, M. O’Neill, A. Monaghan, E. Molloy, R. Duffy, R. Duffy, S. Finnigan, Promoter’s Prize, B. Bradley.


A New Year Blessing for your home: May Christ bless our home and remain with us throughout this year. Visit, O Blessed Lord, this home with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who live or visit here with the gift of your love; and grant that we may show your love to each other and to all whose lives we touch. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace, O Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen.


Holy Father’s prayer intentions for January 2022: For true human fraternity. We pray for all those suffering from religious persecution, may their rights and dignity be recognised, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.