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In today’s Gospel we hear St Luke’s version of the Beatitudes, which are almost like Christ’s manifesto, where he sets out his vision of the world as it should be in clear and simple words.  His vision about the important people in the world is a little bit different from what we’re used to hearing today, not the stars, the billionaires or the rulers but rather the poor, the hungry, the mourning, the hated, rejected, denounced and scorned – people who suffer.  Suffering is something we’d all run a million miles from and yet those who suffer can teach us the greatest lesson in life – that care and kindness, love and time change lives and change the world in the best way – because those things touch the real lives of real people.  In the busy world it’s very easy to forget the suffering people, because we get so caught up in our own busy schedules, and truth be told maybe a lot of it nonsense.  Christ tells us that the suffering will get God’s reward in the end, but it’s good to remember that maybe God wants them to start to feel his reward in their lives today through what we do for them.  No matter how busy, we all have the time to help others especially the poor and lonely, the sick or mourning.  We all have the time to be kind, and even if it’s not noticed or recognised – who cares so long as it’s a good thing done.  On our last morning, whenever it may be, if we could wake up knowing that, despite everything, our faults were that we were that bit too kind, that bit too loving, that we cared that bit too much and tried a little too hard to be decent – it would be a wonderful life to have lived.  It mightn’t be what modern life says will bring happiness, but Christ knows a thing or two about what brings real and lasting happiness. His vision of the world is a good one, one where everyone is important.  With time and care we can start to make it happen.  Try.

With best wishes for the week,

Fr O’Neill

A Christian is a person who reaches his or her full stature, not by self-exaltation, but by bowing. Let us, at least in our hearts, bow before God who made us.

Rosary at Our Lady’s Grotto on Sunday at 7 pm, and Monday to Friday at 8 pm.

The Divine Mercy Chaplet this Wednesday @ 7pm in Holy Family Church.

Baptisms are held in the Holy Family Church on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at 1 pm and in St Mary’s Church, Stewartstown on the third Sunday of each month immediately after Mass. Please give one months notice. Baptisms are to be booked through the parish office, 8774 0221, or email coalislandparish@yahoo.co.uk. A meeting for parents and godparents will take place on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month in the O’Brien Room, 7.30 pm to help parents and godparents prepare for the Sacrament.

Holy Family Church  

Weekday Masses: Monday to Saturday 10 am.

Confessions after 10 am Mass Monday to Saturday except in case of Funeral.

St. Mary’s Church, Stewartstown 

Perpetual Novena & Mass on Monday evening at 7 pm.

Weekday Masses: Tuesday to Friday 10 am.

Ministers Of The Eucharist for 17th February: Dick Lee  (also Minister to the Sick) PJ Campbell (s),  Una Scullion

Flowers for 17th February: B Devlin, S Devlin

St. Mary & St. Joseph’s Church

Novena & Mass: Every Monday evening at 7.30pm

Weekday Mass: Friday 7.30pm MM and 1st Anniversaries by arrangement.

First Anniversary: Maureen Kelly – Friday 22nd February – 7.30pm

Collection: Sunday 10th February: Envelopes: £1550.91 Offertory: £1257.73        

Many thanks for your generosity.  If anyone would like to make a donation by cheque please make cheques payable to “Coalisland Catholic Church”.

Lately Deceased: Please pray for Sheila Corr; Oliver Mitchell; Sean O’Neill; Mary Hughes; Peter Symington; Betty Corr; Joe Corr; Dympna Toner; Margaret McGuinness;  Patricia O’Neill; Seamus Quinn

Legion of Mary meets every Monday evening in the  O’Brien Room at 8.00pm.

Proclaiming God’s Word in Three Parishes: Our Parish is a member of St Colman’s Pastoral Area along with Ardboe and Clonoe. Working together over the years, Clergy and Laity from the three Parishes (known as the Pastoral Area Resource Team, or PART) have sought to build on the goodness in our three Faith communities. 

Following on from past projects, PART has arranged two evenings for current Ministers of the Word and anyone who would like to join this ministry. We hope that these evenings will enhance the knowledge and confidence of our parishioners who proclaim the Word of God. 

These evenings will be very helpful to all current ministers, young people or adults who may consider being commissioned to this ministry within our Parish in the near future. 

Sister Anne Ling from the Armagh Diocesan Pastoral Centre will facilitate the two evenings as follows, and we encourage you to please attend both evenings: 

Dates: 13th and 20th March 2019 

Time: 7.15pm – 9.30pm (Tea / Coffee available when you arrive)

Venue: The Washingbay Centre, Ballybeg Road, Derrylaughan, BT71 4QT

Any parishioner who may be interested in attending these evenings can contact Anne Coyle @ 0790 972 6950 or Fr Aidan Murphy @ 8774 0302 for more information.

Eucharistic Ministers: New rotas are available for collection from the sacristy this weekend and are effective from 23/24 February. Copies are also displayed in the Church porches.  

Dungannon & District Lourdes Committee would like to ask anyone who has applied to travel with us as a sick Pilgrim on this year’s Pilgrimage to Lourdes, if they could return their completed forms on or before the 25th of February. If anyone has any query please call the booking officer on 07936 566 983.

Armagh Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place 15th – 21st May 2019. The Armagh Diocesan Youth Commission (ADYC) will be leading young pilgrims, aged 15 – 18, at a reduced rate of €600.00 per person, part of which can be fundraised.  For more information and booking please visit https://www.armagharchdiocese.org/youth-lourdes-2019/

Back on Track: a programme within Solas, are looking for retired teachers or people who have experience in working with children in an educational setting to provide 1:1 support specifically in literacy and numeracy, on a voluntary basis. One morning per week (2-3 hours) is required for a minimum of 15 weeks and full induction will be provided.  Please contact Kate at Sólás on 02890 247600, or email progs@solasbt7.com for further details and information pack”.

STEP: Living with dementia? Caring for someone with dementia?  Interested in how to adjust to dementia as a community? You are invited to an informal public meeting to discuss how we can take steps to make Coalisland accredited as a Dementia Friendly Community.  Meeting will take place on Wednesday 27th February 2019 at 7.30pm in 1st Floor, The Cornmill, Coalisland.  For details call Philip McQuaid 07961934361.

Derrylaughan Kevin Barrys: will host Northern Ireland Chest, Heart & Stroke on 20th February at 7.30pm in the clubrooms to deliver a talk about a healthy heart and exercise. Everyone welcome. Health checks are also offered on 23rd February at £25 for 20 minutes and £35 for 30 minutes. Contact Orlaith on +447880224045 to book.

Charity Sale: a Sale of Crochet and Knitted items, Novelty Teapots, Gifts and many more items in The Cornmill, Coalisland on Saturday 23rd February from 11am-3pm. All proceeds will be donated to Katie-Rose who is fighting life-threatening cancer. A donation can also be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/campaign/katierose. Refreshments available.

Annual Great Daffodil Ball: organised by the Dungannon Fundraising Group for Marie Curie will take place on Saturday 2nd March 2019 @ 7.30pm at Glenavon House Hotel Cookstown.  Drinks Reception, Meal, Dance and Raffle. Tickets £40 each.

Marie Curie are also looking for volunteer collectors for a number of collections during February and March in the Dungannon and surrounding areas. For further information or to buy tickets please contact : Sandra Spence: 028 8772 3989 or Cathal McGurk: 07762 309 294 or Email: dungannonfundraisinggroup.mariecurie@hotmail.co.uk

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