Sunday 16th April 2023

Second Sunday of Easter
(or of Divine Mercy)

Congratulations to Fr Laurence McElhill – on your Diamond Jubilee on 14 April 2023. 

Fr. Gabriel, Fr. Derek and parishioners wish you Fr. Laurence every blessing and good wishes on your Diamond Jubilee.  60 years serving as a priest is a milestone, and Fr. Laurence, we thank you for your faithful dedication and commitment to priesthood and us your parishioners.  We ask God to continue to bless you with good health, enthusiasm and joy that you radiate wherever you go. Bless you Fr. Laurence, and congratulations on your great achievement. Enjoy your day.  

Weekend Masses Church of the Holy Spirit Vigil Mass 5pm. Sunday St Matthias’ 10am, St Teresa’s 12noon.  

Weekday Masses St Matthias’ Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10am. St Teresa’s Friday 10am, Saturday St Teresa’s 10am

Confessions Before Saturday Vigil Mass and on request. 

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

Please return your Trocaire boxes asap. Thank you. 

Recently Deceased Oliver Brennan, Dan McKeown, Ritchie Miles Keena, Hannah Magill, Mary Doyle. 

Month’s Mind Marian Reilly. 

Anniversaries Gabriel Davey, Jacinta Dugan, Charles Patrick O’Neill, Fintan & Maureen McAnneney, Peter Cunningham. 

Weekly Offertory £1,539. Thank you. 

ACCORD NI is seeking applications for the Certificate in Counselling (Couple and Relationship) 1 year (part-time) programme. St Patricks College validate the Certificate in Counselling, Maynooth and is equivalent to Level 6 UK and Level 8 20 ECTS on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) (RoI). The Certificate course is an opportunity for qualified and experienced counsellors and psychotherapists to train in the specialism of couples counselling. Successful applicants will follow a 16-day Certificate programme which will provide: the clinical skills essential to couples work; in-depth knowledge relating to the handling of Infidelity, Trauma, Addiction, Neurodiversity, Physical & Mental Illness & Disability, Sex and Intimacy, Step-Family Dynamics, Diversity, Parenting Issues, the Impacts of Family of Origin, and Domestic Abuse in the couple context; self-awareness exercises specific to the needs of the couple and relationship counsellor. Course fees will be funded, and placement will be provided by Accord NI. Closing date 19th May 2023. 

Eucharistic Adoration – Calling ALL ADORERS of the Blessed Sacrament in the Diocese of Down and Connor: National Eucharistic Adoration Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday 23rd April (2nd wkd after Easter)          
Full details and poster for download at   Transport: to find out if buses are going from your area, visit  Or why not organise your own bus? 

Belfast Beginning The loss of a partner through death, separation or divorce is devastating. Beginning Experience is offering a programme of bereavement support in St Bride’s Hall, Derryvolgie Ave., Belfast on three Saturdays (April 29th; May 27th and June 24th, 2023) Booking essential. To find out more, contact Phil: 02890 207645 or Marie 07896119669 or email 

On the Feast of the Good Shepherd, 29th April, the Irish Bishops are launching a Year for Vocation for Diocesan Priesthood with the theme: “Take the Risk for Christ”. The year will allow us to focus our energies and renew our prayer for Diocesan Vocations. This year, the Drumalis Vocations Retreat, Larne will take place on 21-23 April 2023 and will be co-hosted by the Northern Dioceses. The contact link is: Please see the poster at the back of the Church for further details. 

The Council for Vocations-In life, many hear God’s call to priesthood.  Is your heart open to the Lord?  Have you ever considered taking the risk to follow in the footsteps of Jesus?  If so, you are invited to the national seminary of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, on 25 April, to attend a special conference on evangelisation and vocations in Ireland today.  Archbishop Rino Fisichella, Pro Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelisation, will be the keynote speaker.  Please register directly on, or contact the National Vocations director Father Willie Purcell at or Rev Eric Cooney secretary of the National Vocations Office at  

Holy Land Pilgrimage – QUB Alumni and Friends – The Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen’s University Belfast will lead a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land for alumni and friends. *  Departing 9 February 2024 for 8 nights with half-board accommodation in 4-star hotels in Jerusalem and Nazareth, this promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip.  The Pilgrimage’s Spiritual Director will be Queen’s Chaplain, Fr Dominic McGrattan, with music and song provided by the Chaplaincy’s Director of Sacred Music, celebrated soprano, Marcella Walsh.  In addition to a rich itinerary which includes visits to the principal sacred sites, we will also visit the Holy Family Maternity Hospital in Bethlehem and the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem.  If you would like to know more information including price, itinerary and how to book, please email Chaplaincy Director, Shannon Campbell, at 

Living Church- Adult Faith Development Programmes for May  

Proclaiming the Word of God in the Gathered Community. (Ministers of the Word) 

  • Online session Monday 17April, 7pm-8.30pm 
  • Enrichment Day Sat 22 April (Holy Rosary Parish Centre, Belfast) Sat 20 May 2023 (Newcastle)10am – 4pm.  

Eucharist- Food for the Journey (Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion) 

  • Online session: Wednesday 10th May 
  • Enrichment Day Saturday 13th May (Holy Rosary Centre, Belfast) Sat 20 May 2023 (Newcastle) 

Bethany Group Contact number 0799 0381248 

St Vincent De Paul Helpline No.  0741 9326678  

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