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The Parish of Ballyclare & Ballygowan
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Weekday Masses - Ballyclare There will be no Weekday Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Ballyclare, during this coming week.  Weekday Mass will resume on Monday, 23 September 2019. I welcome Father Vincent Cushnahan to the parish and I thank him for kindly agreeing to lead us in celebrating our Sunday Masses.
Entrance Hymn Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart, Naught be all else to me save that thou art. Thou my best thought in the day and the night, Waking or sleeping thy presence my light. Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word Thou ever with me and I with thee, Lord. Thou my great Father and I thy true heir Thou in me dwelling and I in thy care.
Communion Hymn Soul of my Saviour, sanctify my breast Body of Christ, be thou my saving guest Blood of my Saviour, bathe me in thy tide Wash me with water flowing from thy side. Strength and protection may thy passion be, O Blessed Jesus hear and answer me. Deep in thy wounds, Lord, hide and shelter me So shall I never, never part from thee. Guard and defend me from the foe malign In death’s dread moments make me only thine Call me and bid me come to thee on high Where I may praise thee with thy saints for aye
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.
Parish Finances The Weekly Collection on Sunday, 8 September 2019 amounted to £409.08 The Autumn Collection will be taken up this weekend. Thank you for your continued financial support of the Parish.
Online bookings for this year’s Faith and Life Convention are now open  We hope that you will be able to us on Saturday 28 September 2019 in Our Lady and St Patrick’s College in Belfast.  This year our theme for the convention is Faith in a Better World and our Keynote Speaker will be Michel Camdessus.  Michel is the former director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a member of the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace. 
Anniversaries Sheila Dawson, Eileen Foley, John Joseph Ryan, Kathleen McToal, John Flynn, Sarah Maxwell, Dan Tallon, Michael McWilliams, Peggy Mulholland, Anne Denvir. May they rest in the peace of Christ.
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 15 September 2019
 Celebration of Sacraments I would be grateful to receive the names of those children in the Parish due to receive First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation during 2020.  Parents will receive information concerning preparatory pre-sacramental meetings once these have been arranged.
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 can’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)
Parish Night at the Races There will be a Parish Night at the Races on Friday, 11 October 2019 at 7.30pm.  You have an opportunity either to sponsor a race at £25.00 or buy a horse at £5.00.  Refreshments available on the night.  Forms and monies to be returned to Paddy Kelly as soon as possible.  Please give the Hall Committee your support as all monies raised go towards the Parish.  Many thanks to the Hall Committee for organising this fund-raising venture.
Annual Macmillan Coffee Morning The Annual Macmillan Coffee Morning will be held in the Parish Centre on Friday, 27 September 2019 from 9.00am until 3.00pm.  Your support would be greatly appreciated. Children in Crossfire A representative from the charity Children In Crossfire will speak at Masses on Sunday, 29 September 2019.