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asdfasdf- 5th. March 2006 -


Starting over…

The newsletter is back! It's been missing since 15 January. What happened to it?
The answer is simple. I had been preparing the newsletter all on my own since March 2005 (which, in hindsight, was a very silly thing to do). Then I got sick in mid-January. So that was the end of the newletter…
I have learned from the experience. I asked for help, and got plenty. A meeting in the Holy Family on Ash Wednesday night drew an enthusiastic gathering, who will work with me to produce the newsletter, from now on.
To make this publication truly representative of the area, your help is needed too. Local news is the key to a good newsletter, it makes each of us sensitive to the joys and sorrows of our neighbours. But only you can make this sharing possible.
Please keep an ear open for what's happening and share it through the newsletter. Write your news or local notice on a slip of paper and drop it in the timber box in the porch. Or bring it in to the sacristy.
It's Lent, time for a new start all round.
Among your resolutions, include your community's needs.
Fr Bernard

PS News can also be phoned in - to the church's answering machine - 450 9311. Or if you have email, note the newsletter's email address: it's holyfamilycork@eircom.net

News & Notices

Recent baptisms
Congratulations to John & Susan Ryan, The Crescent, St Mary's, Montenotte, on the recent baptism of their daughter Emma Grace at Holy Family Church. Congratul-ations also to Kevin & Margaret Higgins, Rockspring, Montenotte, on the baptism of their daughter Niamh Catherine (incorrect details given in last newsletter).

Recent deaths
Chriss Roche, Sidneyville, Bellevue Park, died on 21 January in Marymount. Born in 1918, she was the beloved wife of the late Seán and dear mother of Dónal, Conchubhar, Len and Adi. After her funeral Mass at Holy Family Church, celebrated by an tAthair Tomás Ó Caoimh from Co Chiarraí, she was buried in St Bridgid's Cemetery, Buttevant, near her native Liscarroll.
Olga Hayes (née O'Kelly), late of Bellevue Park, died recently in Wimbledon, England.
Maureen O'Sullivan (née Barry, Barrackton Post Office, Military Road) died recently in Bishopstown. She was one of the first to be married in Holy Family Church.

Eily Scanlan, Ballyhooly Road;
Edward Corbett, Old Youghal Road;
Jean Nolan, Cassidy's Avenue (2005);
Nora Lynch (1996); Tim O'Mahony.
May they rest in peace.

Papal honour
Mary O'Donovan, the founder of Scoil Mhuire, Wellington Road, was honored with the papal award ‘Pro Ecclesiae et Pontifice' at Holy Family Church on 1 February. This papal medal was presented to her by Bishop Buckley in recognition of her contribvution to education in Cork.

Local Artist's Exhibition
Congratulations to parishioner Ita Freeney, Cahillville, whose work is currently being exhibited in the Fenton Gallery, Wandesford Quay, Cork.

Committee says ‘Thanks'
Con Quirke, PRO of the Combined Countiues Association, has written to thank parishioners for their help with their annual churchgate collection for Edel House. The sum raised at Holy family Church amounted to €197, for which SIster Jane and all the staff of Edel House are grateful.

‘Do this in Memory' continues
First Communion children and their parents who gather with us for 11.30 Mass this Sunday are reminded that there are just three more Sundays in the programme:
April 9th (Palm Sunday)
April 30th (Third Sunday of Easter)
June 18th (Corpus Christi).

Polish Chaplain for Cork
Fr. Piotr (Peter) Galus has been appointed as Diocesan Chaplain to the local Polish Community, looking after their spiritual needs. He celebrates Mass in the Polish language every Sunday at St Augustine's Church, Washington St, at both 9 am and 6pm (with Confessions before Mass).
Fr Piotr will assist in completing pre-nuptial enquiry forms and any other documents, and is also available to celebrate baptisms and marriages in the Polish Language in the parish church of any Polish couple. Fr Piotr can be contacted through one of these numbers:
• Mobile number: 087 695 1913
• Landline: 021 494 4976
• Email gpiotr@msn.com

Food for thought
‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.'
— William Morris

‘One drop of eternity is of greater weight than a vast ocean of finite things.
— Karl Barth

This Week's Calendar
Mass each day (Monday to Friday) is at 9.25 in Holy Family Church (10.00 am from Monday to Saturday in St Patricks).
Monday 6 March: First Week of Lent. Today is called ‘Clean Monday' by Orthodox Christians, the first day of Lent for them and a day of strict fasting.

Tuesday 7 March: Saints Felicity and Perpetua, both martyrs.

Wednesday 8 March: St Senan (from Kilrush, Co Clare). Also St John of God, patron saint of nurses and the sick.
• Today is also International Women's Day (UN Day for Women's Rights and International Peace).

Thursday 9 March: St Frances of Rome — a happily married woman known for her concern for the poor.

Friday 10 March: First Week of Lent.

Saturday 11 March: Restoration of Statehood is celebrated in Lithuania today.

Sunday 12 March: Second Sunday in Lent, Year B. First Rdg: Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18 (story of Abraham and Isaac). Second Reading Romans 8:31-34. Gospel is Mark 9: 20-10 (the Transfiguration). Why not look up these readings during the week?

Holy Family News is available at the church and at nearby businesses. Local notices and news welcome (birthdays, anniversaries, beareavements). Drop a note into the box in the church porch or phone the church (450 9311), or email holyfamilycork@eircom.net