Sacraments

‘Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time’. [Matthew 28:19-20]

 

When?

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated as follows:

 

St John’s Parish Church, Falls Road

2nd & 4th Sunday of each month

 

How to book?

To arrange a Baptism please contact the Parish Priest or fill out the form below and a member of the parish team will be in touch with you.

 

What happens next?

 

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Guidelines for choosing Godparents

There can be one or two Godparents. If there are two Godparents, one should be male [Godfather] and the other female [Godmother]. At least one Godparent must be Catholic.

Godparents must be:

  • At least 16 years of age
  • Baptised, Confirmed and have received the Eucharist
  • Living an upright Christian lifestyle
  • Someone other than either parent.

A baptised non-Catholic can be a ‘Christian Witness’ for the child as long as there is at least one other Catholic Godparent.

 

Prayer for Parents

When you were born, our hearts were so full of happiness, 

that there was no room in us for words.

When you were growing, our hearts were so full of care for you 

that we spoke soothingly and sometimes sharply.

Fearful for your safety 

but always in the deepest places of our hearts, we spoke lovingly. 

Today, as we watch you moving forward with your friends, 

we marvel at all you have done and become. 

Our spirits sing praise to God for the gift that is you. 

And though our hearts have stretched to love others,

yet there is still a place within us that is yours,

and only yours, always. 

For the light you have shone on us,

for the life you have called us to,

for the special gift of God,

you are now and will ever be… thank you. Amen.

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“Israel, come back to the Lord your God; your iniquity was the cause of your downfall. Provide yourself with words and come back to the Lord. Say to him, ‘Take all the iniquity away so that we may have happiness again and offer you our words of praise’”.

[Hosea 14:2-3]

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated at the following times:

 

St John’s Church, Saturday 5.30-6.00

 

Penitential Services

Penitential Services during the Liturgical Seasons of Advent and Lent, in preparation for Christmas and Easter, take place in our Parish and in the other Parishes in the Pastoral Area.

Dates, times and venues will be published in the Bulletin and posted on the Website.

 

Six Steps to a Good Confession

  1. Examine your conscience – what sins have you committed since your last Confession?
  2. Be sincerely sorry for your sins
  3. Confess your sins to the Priest
  4. Make sure that you confess all your mortal sins and the number of them
  5. After your Confession, do the penance the Priest gives to you
  6. Pray daily for the strength to avoid the occasion of sin, especially for those sins you were just absolved from.

 

First Confession

St Kevin’s – TBC

Sacramental preparation

The Year 3 boys and girls are prepared for First Confession in school, in conjunction with teachers, parents/guardians and school Chaplains.

The parents/guardians of children attending non-Parish schools, who would like their child to make his/her First Confession, should contact the Parish Office at the beginning of the Academic Year to enrol their child in the Sacramental Preparation Programme.

 

Prayer

O my God, I thank you for loving me. I am sorry for all my sins, for not loving others and not loving you. Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again. Amen.

“The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the Blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the Body of Christ”. [1 Corinthians 10:16]

 

St John’s

Vigil [Saturday] 6.30pm

Sunday 10.00am, 12.00 noon

Monday – Saturday 10.00am

 

Holy Days of Obligation

Mass times will be posted on the website and printed in the Bulletin.

 

First Communion

St Kevins PS  – Saturday 14th May 2016 at 11.00am in St John’s Church

 

Sacramental preparation

The Year 4 boys and girls are prepared for First Communion in school, in conjunction with teachers, parents/guardians and school Chaplains.

 

The parents/guardians of children attending non-Parish schools, who would like their child to receive his/her First Communion, should contact the Parish Office at the beginning of the Academic Year to enrol their child in the Sacramental Preparation Programme

 

Prayer

O God,

I came to You, this morning 

with my failings, my troubles, my weaknesses and my sins.

I go away now one with Christ your Son, 

to live with his life, 

in the little part of your world 

in which You, my Father, have set me down. 

I have offered my life with Christ to You 

in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Let me go out now 

and be true to that offering among all those with whom I live 

and whom I shall meet in the course of this day.

Let me be to them a Christ, 

loving with his love; 

not asking for anything 

but ready to give of myself in patience, in compassion, 

in service, in co-operation and in forgiveness. Amen. 

“When Pentecost day came round, they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech”. [Acts 2:1-4]

 

Sacramental preparation

The Year 7 boys and girls are prepared for Confirmation in school, in conjunction with teachers, parents/guardians, sponsors and school Chaplains.

The parents/guardians of children attending non-Parish schools, who would like their child to be confirmed, should contact the Parish Office at the beginning of the Academic Year to enrol their child in the Sacramental Preparation Programme.

Service of Commitment and Light

St Kevin’s PS –TBC

 

Celebration of Confirmation

St Kevins PS – TBC

 

Prayer

O Holy Spirit,

today you have come among us readily offering your gifts.

May we now have the courage and strength

to act like the Apostles wherever we may be –

at home, in school, at work, at play. 

Help us always to be concerned about others,

to be loving, forgiving, patient, honest and fair

so that we can be true workers for the Kingdom of God

for ever and ever. Amen.

“Give way to one another in obedience to Christ. Wives should regard their husbands as they regard the Lord… Husbands should love their wives just as Christ loved the Church…” [Ephesians 5:21-25]

 

How to book?

Bookings [Church, date, time] for the Sacrament of Marriage can be arranged by contacting the Parish Priest. At least 6 months notice should be given.

Please note – Marriages are not celebrated on a Sunday or Holy Day of Obligation. Only those over the age of 18 may celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage.

 

What next?

All couples are expected to complete a Pre-marriage Course.

Courses can be booked by contacting Phone: 028 9024 6857

 

Approximately 3 months before the date of Marriage, couples are invited to contact the Priest who will be officiating at the ceremony to arrange a meeting in order to complete the Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Forms, book a rehearsal, choose music and receive any other advice they require.

An excellent on-line resource to help you with your marriage preparation – including marriage catechesis, the ceremony, the booklet, married life – can be found at www.gettingmarried.ie

 

Baptismal and Confirmation Certificates and Letter of Freedom

Couples who require a Baptismal Certificate, Confirmation Certificate, Letter of Freedom to marry, should contact the Parish Office.

 

Prayer

Lord God, from you every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. Father, you are Love and Life. Through your Son, Jesus Christ, born of woman, and through the Holy Spirit, fountain of divine charity, grant that every family on earth may become for each successive generation a true shrine of life and love.

Grant that your grace may guide the thoughts and actions of husbands and wives for the good of their families and of all the families in the world. 

Grant that the young may find in the family solid support for their human dignity and for their growth in truth and love.

Grant that love, strengthened by the grace of the Sacrament of Marriage may prove mightier than all the weaknesses and trials through which our families sometimes pass.

Through the intercession of the Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that the Church may fruitfully carry out her worldwide mission in the family and through the family.

Through Christ Our Lord, who is the Way, the truth and the Life for ever and ever. 

Amen [Saint John Paul II]

“When he had washed their feet and put on his clothes again he went back to the table. ‘Do you understand’ he said, ‘what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord, and rightly; so I am. If I, then the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you should wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you’”.

[John 13:12-15]

 

‘Becoming a Priest is not primarily our own decision ….. Rather it is the response to a call and a call to love’. [Pope Francis]

 

If you are discerning God’s call of love in your life and you feel he may be calling you to Priesthood please contact the Diocesan Vocations Director – Father Kevin McGuckien.

 

Vocations Director:

Father Kevin McGuckien

23 Hannahstown Hill

Belfast

BT17 0LT

T: 9061 4567

Email: kevinmcguckien@hotmail.com

 

This link will take you to the Vocations section on the Diocesan website: www.vocationsdownand connor.org

 

Permanent Diaconate

The Acts of the Apostles describe how, in the 1st Century, the Church was faced with the challenge of responding to the needs of those who were at risk of being marginalised, either through culture or through material poverty. Keeping in mind the example of Jesus, the Apostles selected and ordained a number of men specifically for this service.

For a number of centuries, Deacons ministered in close co-operation with the Bishops of the Church, assisting at the Eucharist, preaching the Gospel and exercising a ministry of charity.

Gradually in the Western Church, the functions of Deacons were absorbed into the ministry of the Priest and the Diaconate became a transitional order, for those on the way to Priesthood.

The Second Vatican Council envisaged a renewal of ministry, both lay and ordained, in the Church. The Council’s Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, explains that the lay faithful, by virtue of their Baptism, are commissioned to an active apostolate and states that ‘every opportunity be given them so that, according to their abilities and the needs of the times, they may zealously participate in the saving work of the Church’.

The Second Vatican Council also proposed the restoration of the Diaconate as a ‘distinct ministry of service’ to be exercised ‘in communion with the Bishop and his group of Priests’.

 

For more information on the Permanent Diaconate in Down and Connor, please visit www.downandconnor/permanent diaconate.org or contact –

Father Kevin McGuckien

23 Hannahstown Hill

Belfast

BT17 0LT

T: 9061 4567

Email: kevinmcguckien@hotmail.com

 

Prayer to know God’s will

Lord, let me know clearly the work which you are calling me to do in life,

And grant me every grace I need to answer your call 

with courage and love and lasting dedication to your will.

Amen. 

 

Pope Francis has also said: ‘Behind and before every vocation to the Priesthood there is always the strong and intense prayer of someone – a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a community ….’

 

Prayer for our Priests

You came from among us to be, for us, one who serves.

We thank you for ministering Christ to us 

and helping us minister Christ to each other. 

We are grateful for the many gifts you bring to our community –

For drawing us together in worship,

for visiting us in our homes,

for comforting us in sickness,

for showing us compassion,

for uniting us in marriage,

for baptising our children,

for confirming us in our calling,

for supporting us in bereavement,

for helping us to grow in faith,

for encouraging us to take the initiative,

for helping the whole community realise God’s presence among us.

For our part, we pray that we may always be attentive to your needs 

and never take you for granted.

You, like us, need friendship and love, 

welcome and a sense of belonging, 

kind words and acts of thoughtfulness. 

We pray also for the Priests who have wounded Priesthood.

May we be willing to forgive and may they be open to healing. 

God our Father, we ask you to bless our Priests 

and confirm them in their calling. 

Give them the gifts they need to respond with generosity and a joyful heart.

We offer this prayer for our Priests, who are our brothers and friends.

Amen.

“If one of you is ill, he should send for the elders of the Church, and they must anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord and pray over him. The prayer of faith will save the sick man and the Lord will raise him up again; and if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven”. [James 5:14-16]

 

The Priest can be contacted at any time for the Anointing of the Sick and Viaticum on the Parish Phone/Mobile Number –028 90 314112 /
07514278476

Prayer

Father, I find it hard to accept this illness.

I am impatient. 

I find it hard to speak to anyone.

I find it hard to talk to you.

I am wrapped up in pity and worry for myself.

I worry over my health.

I worry about the things I would like to do,

ought to do, but now I cant.

At a time like this I find it hard 

to believe in you,

to trust in you, 

to love you.

And yet I want to believe, to trust, to love.

I know you really care for me.

I cast all my care upon you.

I leave myself entirely in your hands.

Not my will but yours be done. Amen.