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The Parish of Ballyclare & Ballygowan
Parish Office : 028 9334 2226 Email address: ballyclare@downandconnor.org
Daily Mass in the Parish Mass will be celebrated in the Parish during this coming week, Monday to Thursday (incl.) at 9.00am.
Entrance Hymn O comfort my people and calm all their fear, And tell them the time of salvation draws near. O tell them I come to remove all their shame. Then they will forever give praise to my name. Proclaim to the cities of Juda my word; That ‘gentle yet strong is the hand of the Lord, I rescue the captives, my people defend, And bring them to justice and joy without end’. All mountains and hills shall become as a plain, For vanished are mourning and hunger and pain, And never again shall these war against you, Behold I come quickly, to make things new.
Communion Hymn Be still and know that I am God (3) I am the Lord that healeth thee (3) In thee O Lord, I put my trust (3)
Recessional Hymn Now thank we all our God With hearts and hands and voices Who wondrous things hath done In whom this world rejoices. Who from our mother’s arms Hath blessed us on our way With countless gifts of love And still is ours today O may this bounteous God Through all our lives be near us With ever joyful hearts And blessed peace to cheer us. And keep us in his grace And guide us when perplexed And free us from all ills In this world and the next.
Advent Penitential Services The Advent Penitential Service will take place in the Sacred Heart Church, Ballyclare, on Sunday, 15 December 2018 at 7.00pm.  Fr Aidan Kerr, PP Larne, will be in attendance. A Penitential Service will take place in Larne on Monday, 16 December at 7.30pm and in Antrim on Tuesday, 17 December 2018 at 7.30pm.
Recently Deceased Ita Ryan, Headwood Anniversaries Mary & Joseph Rogan, Ronnie & Ann Jones, Mary Hogan, Tommy McNally, Peter McCaughey, Samuel McKeever, Veronica Herron, Cronan Hughes, Molly Symington, Bridget McAlinden, Francis & Liz McDonald, Mary Matthews, Gerard Matthews, Kathleen Morris, John Joe McVeigh, Margaret Curran.
Second Sunday of Advent (Sunday Cycle A) – 8 December 2019
Offertory Hymn Refrain: Take this bread, we ask you Take our hearts, we love you Take our lives, O Father, we are yours, we are yours. Yours as we stand at the table you set. Yours as we eat the bread our hearts cant’t forget. We are the signs of your life with us yet, We are yours, we are yours (Refrain) Your holy people stand washed in your blood, Spirit-filled, yet hungry, we await your food, Poor though we are, we have brought ourselves to you; We are yours, we are yours (Refrain)
Foodbank Under the auspices of the local Conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, a box will be left in each church over the next few weeks into which parishioners may donate food items which will be given to the local foodbank.  Not only in the run-up to Christmas but also in the post-Christmas period there are people and families in need.  Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.     The St Vincent de Paul Conference will itself be distributing hampers to those in need in the pre-Christmas period.  The Conference would like once again to thank Antrim Lions for assisting in this regard.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020 The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is currently seeking volunteer registered nurses to join our Nursing Team during next year’s pilgrimage (8-13 July 2020).  Applicants must be a registered nurse and active on the NMC live register.   Newly registered nurses are welcome.  For more information or to register your interest, please email Lourdes@downand connor.org
Parish Finances Thank you for your continued financial support of the Parish whether directly or by standing order. Weekly Offering 1 December 2019 amounted to £439.00. Monthly Stipend December amounted to £321.00.
Conference of St Vincent de Paul The Parish Conference is to be greatly commended for their organising a most successful and enjoyable Christmas Dinner held yesterday in the Parish Centre.  My sincere thanks and congratulations to all concerned.
Trócaire Christmas Gift Cards Over the next few weeks there will be an opportunity to purchase Trócaire Christmas Gift Cards.  This is an excellent way to support the work of Trócaire.