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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 dates 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.
Missionaries of Africa Appeal:
Fr. Charlie Timoney will speak at all Masses this weekend 23rd / 24th March on the work of the missionaries of Africa (White fathers) in Africa. A collection will take place for the White Fathers. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
The Parish Draw:
The Parish Draw will recommence on March 28th. If you would like to subscribe to the draw, 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!!
At the time when the life of a baby in the womb is deemed by many as dispensable the parish would like to set up a PRO-LIFE group, to help us appreciate the sanctity of life. A meeting will take place in Patrick’s Place on Tuesday 26th March at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.
The Why? Course:
The next session of the ‘Why?’ course will be on Wednesday 17th April (8:10pm – 9:30pm) in Patrick’s Place. The second session will be called ‘Why I believe in Jesus’. Through modern media, chat and discussion – and a cuppa ALL ARE WELCOME to attend and deepen their faith.