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Faith Development team - Downpatrick
We welcome into the Parish of Downpatrick, two Faith Development team members.
They are Therese Crossan and Matt Brennan. This is a little bit about them.
Hi, My name is Therese and I'm part of the Faith Development team here in Downpatrick. I'm 19 years old and I live in West Belfast. I'm currently studying Youth Work and Theology at university and I look forward to learning more about Downpatrick and becoming more involved within the community over the next few months.
Hi, my name is Matt Brennan. I am 23 years old. I am from Poleglass, West Belfast. I studied Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast. I have just returned home from a year of mission in America where I was working with university students. I enjoy anything to do with football (especially Liverpool), reading, and hanging out with my friends. I will be working as the Faith Development Youth Worker at Youth Initiatives, working in collaboration with the parish.
New Arrangements for Baptism:
As part of our Faith Development Process in Our Parish, a new preparation programme for the Sacrament of Baptism will begin on May 2019. In order to facilitate this, we will not celebrate any Baptisms in May. Parents requesting Baptism for their child after Sunday, 14th April, must give at least 6 weeks notice. They are also required to undertake a “Preparing Your Child for Baptism Session”. The date for these sessions along with the Baptism application form and further important information will be available to download from the website or collect from the Parish Office over the coming weeks. At the time of making your booking with Mary, the Parish Secretary, you will be invited to attend Mass on a Sunday before your baby’s Baptism, when your child will be introduced and welcomed to the Parish Community.
The Parish Draw:
The First Parish Draw of 2019/20 took place on March 28th. If you would like to subscribe to the draw for April onwards, please contact the Parish Office. Subscription is £5 per month, or £60 for the year, with monthly prizes of £1000, £200 and three prizes of £100 each. The final bonus draw will have a 1st Prize of £5000, 2nd £3000, 3rd £2000 plus the usual monthly prizes! Pop into the office Monday – Friday and purchase your ticket!!
They met for the first time on Tuesday 26th March. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 16th April at 7pm. In Patrick’s Place (Church Crypt). All are welcome. “From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 2270)
Following Christ Course:
All those who completed the two Discovering Christ courses are invited to join ‘Following Christ’ which will continue on May 14th in Patrick’s Place at 7pm. There will be a break for refreshments during the evening which will end at 9pm. The teachings in the course are not academic, rather they are focused on helping people to develop a lifestyle of living for Jesus Our Lord. There will be a retreat day on June 1st and the course ends on June 11th. Please text 07704670795 mentioning ‘Following Christ’ and giving your name and a phone number to confirm your attendance.
Beloved Christ Course
A new Course for the over sixties! An opportunity to meet friends, watch a short DVD presentation, followed by a question and answer and discussion session. Continuing on May 16th at 10.15am (immediately after Mass) in Patrick’s Place – and running over six weeks until June 6th.
Pope Francis has been reminding us that all ‘older people are a treasure’ – come and join us for a very profound and enjoyable course which will help you deepen your faith, giving you more confidence and value in your day to day life. Each Session last 30 minutes – join us for all of the sessions or some of them! Everyone Welcome. Contact 02844612084 to let us know if you wish to attend. Light refreshments will be served.