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Thank you so much for your precious gift of £793.15, which is helping us to bring renewed hope to children living in difficult and dangerous situations – including in six countries affected by brutal conflict.

Your kindness is particularly appreciated at this time, when many of our dedicated supporters are facing their own challenges linked to the cost of living crisis.

Please know that every single thing you do for our mission makes an enormous difference to the children who eat Mary’s Meals, allowing them to gain an education and look to a much brighter future.


Come along and support our Parish, at a sale of antiques and collectables in Holy Family Parish Centre, 118-120 Cavehill Road, Belfast, on Saturday 01st October, 10am- 4pm. A varied selection of antiques and collectibles will be on sale, and refreshments will be served.

YOUTH 2000 are holding a “Country Barn dance”! Join us for a night of craic, food and dancing in the Mellon Hotel, Omagh on Sat 24th Sept. Welcome- 6pm to start at 6.30pm. We’ll teach you how to throw a few moves before dinner and after dinner you’ll dance till the cows come home!! Suggested style “Wild West” but not necessary. This is an Over 18s event. £30/€35. Tickets available on

‘LITURGY AFTER COVID – Approaches to Liturgy in light of our experience of the Pandemic’

A one-day Seminar hosted by Down and Connor Liturgy Commission

St Brigid’s Parish Hall, 38 Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast, BT9 6FP

Saturday 8th October 2022

Registration 9.30am.

Seminar 10.30am to 4.30pm

The Diocese of Down and Connor Liturgy Commission warmly invites clergy, permanent deacons and those in liturgical ministry, in particular Ministers of the Word, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and members of Parish Pastoral Councils in the Diocese of Down and Connor to attend this Seminar. The cost is £10 per person and tea/coffee will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

To help with seating and other arrangements it will be helpful to have approximate numbers and so if you plan to attend, please contact Malachy McKeever by e-mail at


The Chaplaincy at Queen’s University Belfast looks forward to reopening for the new academic year from Monday 12 September. Open during term from 10am to 10pm Monday through Thursday and Fridays 10am to 3pm, the Chaplaincy provides vital pastoral and faith supports to students, offering them a home-from-home during their time at University. More on what’s on offer can be found at Mosaic Café is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm and the ever-popular Sunday evening Mass, open to the University community and wider public, resumes from Sunday 18 September at 8pm. Spread the word, especially with any incoming or returning students!


Special Belfast Pilgrimage to Fatima at Easter 2023 ex Dublin

Departing Wednesday (Holy Week) 5th April

5 nights

Full Easter ceremony and tour of Lisbon.

Optional tour to seaside on Easter Saturday

Contact James Treacy 0035361921470


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 (September 24, October 29 and November 26.) Booking essential. To find out more, contact Phil: 02890 207645 or Marie 07896119669 or email

PATHWAYS – ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME Two-year, part-time course, now enrolling for 2022-2023 intake

Have you ever thought about exploring your faith… or wished that you could broaden your understanding of your faith? Would you like to explore, discuss and reflect upon issues and questions of faith, the Church, and how to link faith to life? If the answer is “yes”, then Pathways may be for you.

The course runs one Saturday per month (10 am – 4:30 pm) from October to June, either in-house at Drumalis, Larne or online via Zoom. To register for Pathways, please contact Drumalis during office hours (Mon-Fri, 9 am – 5 pm) – 028 28276455/28272196 or email Further information also available on Drumalis website:

Lough Derg Day of Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

The One Day Retreat on Sunday 25th September, will have the special focus of praying for an end to the conflict in Ukraine. Guest Speaker, refugee, Halyna Tesluk, Associate Professor of Old Testament at The Ukrainian Catholic University. More information at

Boats from 9.15am | Retreat Programme begins at 10.15am | Boats return at 4.30pm

Morning Coffee & lunch included. Booking essential. Special discounted rate of €25 for Ukrainian refugees (must be booked by telephone: +353 (0)71 9861518). Full price €45


Trócaire is looking for people to join our team of Christmas fundraisers to help respond to the urgent need of poor communities around the world, especially the millions of people affected by the hunger crisis in East Africa. You can take action and make a difference through a range of activities, including the promotion of our Gifts of Love – training and support will be provided. If you would like to find out more about what you can do to help now or over the Advent and Christmas period, then please email Mark McMahon at or call 028 9090 8030.


One Day Retreats have resumed on Lough Derg, and continue on selected dates until the end of September:

September, 24 & 25

Booking is essential. Admission fee of €45pp includes all refreshments, lunch, return boat service, full retreat programme, free car & coach parking.

Boats available from 9.15am on the day; retreat begins at 10.30am until 4.30pm


Would you like to become a Volunteer Telephone Befriender? Join up to Engage with Age’s Telephone Befriending scheme specifically for carers of people living with dementia. You will receive all necessary training needed and you do not need to reside in Belfast to become a befriender. Phone 07423 701721 or email


7 Nights Apartment B&B and return Airport transfer from Dubrovnik or Split from €315 per person sharing. Guaranteed Airport transfer price for any flight. Contact us for details and book the dates that suit you. Tel. 01 4434510 or email

PRAYER ONLINE: Come and join us at… Who are we? We are a new interactive prayer website created by Jacinta Crockford DipTH, Spiritual Director living in Down and Connor. What’s on offer? A variety of PDF meditations on Mother Teresa, St John Paul II, Ignatius Spirituality to name but a few. Lots of content to Dive into! There you will find - Podcasts on Faith, Friendship & Knowledge; Rosaries, Prayers and Marian Consecration. Come and join us and be part of the prayer movement online!


Every Saturday at 4.30pm & 8.30pm (live) I will be leading the Most Holy Rosary and prayer reflections with Eucharistic Adoration (8.30pm) on the Catholic Internet TV – Just click on the following link to access this time of prayer. Please be assured that I will be offering in prayer all the Diocese of Down and Connor, parishioners and their families during this live Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration.