Sunday 28 May 2023



This weekend we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came down upon the apostles.  In an instant a group of frightened disciples were empowered to go out and proclaim God’s amazing dream for the world – the Good News of Jesus Christ!  

When we read about Pentecost and the birth of the Church in the Acts of the Apostles, we find inspiration for where we are as a Church here in Ireland today.  We know that we have come to a fork in the road.  We can’t keep going the way we were, we have to head out on a new pathway. 

In Down & Connor the Pathways to the Future project is charting the next steps on this journey. We have to be realistic – change is inevitable.  There will be new ways of working in our parishes and communities.  But this isn’t something to be afraid of.  God still has a dream for our Church.  He wants us to be filled with the Spirit and willing to go out and share the Gospel with others.  He wants us to be generous, loving and inclusive, welcoming everyone into his family.  And he wants us to be confident that each of us – lay women and men, clergy and religious – has a part to play in renewing our parishes, the diocese and building up the Kingdom of God. 

To find out more we encourage you to read Bishop Donal McKeown’s Pastoral Letter available on or  

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 & Saturday 10am.  

Confessions Before Saturday Vigil Mass and on request. 

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

Recently Deceased Kieran Monaghan, Anne McCourt. 

Month’s Mind Peter Corscadden. 

Anniversaries Elaine Captain, Seamus Catney, (1st) Mary Spackman, Colm & Patricia Fenton, (1st) George Owens, Geraldine Glover, Iris Flynn & Jim Flynn Jr, James & Eileen Curley. 

Candle Burning James & Eileen Curley. 

Weekly Offertory £1,827 Thank you. 

Parish Draw Winners Mary J James, Bernadette Farrelly, W&A Cargill, Catherine McCallan, Cyril Magill. 

Cemetery Sunday in Belfast Cemeteries: 

Hannahstown Cemetery                  Sunday 28 May at 3.00pm 

Tullyrusk Cemetery                        Sunday 4 June at 1.30pm 

St Peter’s the Rock Cemetery         Sunday 4 June at 3.00pm 

The Living Church – Funeral Ministry Lay Leader’s Training. For more information for potential applicants contact: or telephone on 028 90 690920. For further reading the website is 

All Ireland Rosary Rally in Knock– coach leaving from the Kennedy Centre, Falls Rd, Belfast at 8.15am to the Rosary Rally in Knock on Saturday 3rd June. Returning to Belfast at 5pm. To book your seat please contact 07592280522. 

SAFEGUARDING: The Diocese of Down and Connor has invited the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland to conduct a review of safeguarding practice across the Diocese. The review will take place 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9TH June. If you have any views about Safeguarding in the Diocese, you are invited to contact Teresa Devlin, Chief Executive Officer, National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, prior to the review dates: Tel 003531 5053124 or email  This is part of the process of learning and maintaining best safeguarding practice across the Diocese and ensuring our Church is a safe and nurturing place for young people where they can grow and develop their faith. Philip O Hara, Interim Director of Safeguarding, Designated Liaison Person, Diocese of Down and Connor.   

Down & Connor Trust Living Church Office – Vacancy for an Assistant Director, 3 Year Fixed Term Contract. Full details relating to the vacancy can be found on the Diocesan website at: clicking on the tab: job vacancies and on the Community NI and websites, where terms and conditions relating to the role can also be accessed by way of a Role Profile and Employment Application form. 

Down & Connor Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2023:  11/12th – 17th July.  6 nights in hotel from £829. 5 nights in hotel from £769. 5 nights for pilgrims requiring nursing and/or personal care in Accueil Notre Dame £719. For further information contact the Pilgrimage Office (028) 9077 0162,  or visit  

Bethany Group Contact number 0799 0381248 

St Vincent De Paul Helpline No. 0741 9326678  

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