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Mission Statement of the Parish of Drumcree

Our Parish of Drumcree is a Christ-centred community. In Baptism we are challenged by the Spirit to live and share the Gospel message.

Through proclaiming the Gospel message to all, growth in faith, liturgy, justice issues and ecumenism we extend our love and care to all people providing support in renewing and deepening our faith. We value the gifts and talents of each of our parishioners and invite them to use these in responding to Christ’s invitation to all of us to follow Him and spread the Good News to the whole world.

‘For the Church the new world of cyberspace is a summons to the great adventure of using its potential to proclaim the Gospel message. This challenge is at the heart of what it means to “put out into the deep” (Lk 5:4)’

Pope John Paul II – Message for the 36th World Communications Day

3rd December 2023 Bulletin (First Sunday of Advent)

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Advent Reflections 2023

Advent is a uniquely joyous and hopeful season in the Church where we again encounter God's mercy and tenderness. It can be a real challenge to find some peace and quiet during the exciting but busy preparation leading up to Christmas and the season of Advent can perhaps pass by largely unnoticed. 

As is now traditional and to help find a space in the rush, the Knights of St Columbanus invite you to join them in some prayerful reflection during the season. 

Why not come along to Mass at 7pm each Friday evening, in St John the Baptist Church, and then stay for 30 minutes of quiet reflection before the Blessed Sacrament where we will consider the Gospel readings during each of the Sundays of Advent? Please consider giving yourself an early Christmas present and we look forward to seeing you starting on Friday 1st December at 7pm.
Year for Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood
This year, the Irish Bishops’ Council for Vocations have launched a special "Year for Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood". This will run from Vocations/Good Shepherd Sunday – Sunday 30th April 2023 – for one year. Over the next twelve months, it is planned to host events in parishes and at pilgrim sites around the country and to provide resources for homes and schools. 

During this year, you might consider:
• Praying the Prayer for Vocations daily;
• Praying the Rosary and/or offering time before the Blessed Sacrament with the extra intention of an increase of vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life in our Archdiocese;
• Supporting the work of our local branch of St Joseph's Young Priests Society with your prayers, financial contributions or by joining the group;
• Pray for the priests and consecrated persons that you know, and for those who are discerning their vocation;
• Encourage those you know who might be called to priesthood or consecrated life to consider such a vocation;
• Consider whether God might be calling you to the priesthood or consecrated life.