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2nd Sunday after Christmas- Year C ...............................................

..................................................................January 4th 2004 - No. 893


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to John (1-5, 9-14)

In the beginning was the Word;

the Word was with God

and the Word was God.

He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things came to be,

not one thing had its being but through him.

All that came to be had life in him

and the life was the light of men,

a light that shines in the dark,

a light that darkness could not overpower.

The Word was the true light

that enlightens all men;

and he was coming into the world.

He was in the world

that had its being through him,

and the world did not know him.

He came to his own domain

and his own people did not accept him.

But to all who did accept him

he gave power to become children of God,

to all who believe in the name of him

who was born not out of human stock

or urge of the flesh or will of man

but of God himself.

The Word was made flesh,

he lived among us,

and we saw his glory,

the glory that is his as the only Son of the Father,

full of grace and truth.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


A Christmas Blessing from Canon Liam Leader PP, Fr. David Murphy and Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy.

We are very conscious of the thousands of people throughout the world who may have links with St. Patrick's Church on the Lower Glanmire Rd. It may have been a Baptism, Wedding, Confirmation or First Communion. At this time of the year we think about our home place and where we have come from.

We, the priests of the parish would like to let you know that we are thinking of you too. As Jesus came to us with a message of God's unconditional love, we ask this same God to bless you with contentment, wisdom and good health. May the gift of faith, nurtured here continue to deepen in your life.

 


Christmas Blessing

The priests of the parish extended a Christmas Blessing to parishioners, both home and abroad, through the parish website.

The website includes greetings to individual parishioners in places as far apart as Australia and the USA.

These can be seen at www.stpatrickscork.com


Reflecting on and Responding to the Word

The New Year sparks somerhing inside us. We look back and no doubt some will be happy to see the end of 2003 for personal reasons.

I think a New Year marks a time when we look forward hoping that all will go well for us and those dear to us. We do need each other and we need to feel we belong.

With this in mind, today's Word gives us reassurance that we are not alone. God has pitched his tent among us in the birth of Jesus Christ.

Something to ponder on; what difference has Jesus made to my life?

Thomas Merton wrote: 'Christ is born to us today so that He may appear to the whole world through us'

Do others see Christ in and through me?


Mass Times

St. Patrick's Church

Vigil (Saturday) 6 pm, Sunday 10, 12 and 6 pm., Daily Mass 10 pm.

Holy Family

Vigil (Saturday) 7 pm, Sunday 11.30 am, Daily Mass 9.25 am, (except Saturday)


New Year's Blessing

The priests of the parish wish all in the Parish and All those who come to Church here much Happiness, Peace and Good Health in the year 2004


Web Site

TheVisit our updated website at stpatrickscork.com and send us feedback at mail@stpatrickscork.com


Newsletter Contents

This is your newsletter and we would be delighted to include notice of meeting/events or short articles for publication.

You can contact us through the Sacristan or by email at 'mail@stpatrickscork.com'


New Year's Resolutions?

This is a chance to make a new start. Don't forget to include others who are less fortunate and need your help.


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week.................................'A Holly Wreath'


Songs of Praise

The hymns for the 6 pm Saturday and 12 am Sunday masses this week are contained in the hymn book on the seats.

Please join in.


Collection last week

Church and Renovations 2,208 Euro

Thanks to all who contributed.


Collection last week

Special Christmas Day 6,680 Euro

Thanks to all who contributed.


Feast of the Epiphany, Tuesday 6th. January.

St.Patrick's

Vigil (Monday 5th.) 6 pm

Tuesday 6th. 10 am and 6 pm.

(please note, no 12 noon Mass)

Holy Family

Vigil (Monday 5th) 7 pm

Tuesday 6th., 11:30 am


Parish Contact Numbers

Canon Liam Leader PP ...........................................................021.4500282

Fr. David Murphy ....................................................................021.4502696

Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy ......................................................021.4551503

Emergency (Priest on Duty)......................................................087.8252284

Sacristy (except Thursday) ......................................................086.3107499


 

 


3rd. Sundayof Advent - Year C .............................................................

....................................................December 14th. 2003 - No. 890


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to Luke (3:10 - 18)

When all the people asked John, 'What must we do?' he answered, 'if anyone has two tunics he must share with the man who has none, and the one with something to eat must do the same.' There were tax colectors too who came for baptism, and these men said to him, 'Master, what must we do?' he said to them, 'Exact no more than your rate.' Some soldiers asked him in their turn, 'What about us? What must we do?' He said to them, 'No intimidation! No extortion! Be content with youe pay!'

A feeling of expectancy had grown amoung the people, who were beginning to think that John might be the Christ, so John declared before them all, 'I baptise you with water, but someone is coming, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to undo the strap of his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fan is in his hands to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his barn; but the chaff he will burn with a fire that will never go out.'

As well as this, there were many other things he said to exhort the people and to announce the Good News to them.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Reflecting on the Word

'Gradete Sunday' it's all about experiencing the coming of God that will restore us, a God who will breath new life into our weary lives. As John the Baptist pointed to the Christ, we too in our way may do likewise.

There are so many who hunger for new meaning, show them the Way.


Responding to the Word

Someone wrote;

'To expect God to do everything while we do nothing, this is not faith but superstition'

God works through those of us who are open to Him. Bringing joy and happiness is a little more than just buying gifts.

In what ways may I bring happiness to the people I know?.


Third Sunday of Advent

'Reconciliation Sunday'

After all Masses in the parish you will have the opportunity to celebrate God's love in the sacrament of Reconciliation.

Remember the only way not to receive the forgiveness of God is to fail to ask for it.


The Final Fold

The final issue of the Fold is now available. The Fold was first published in 1953 in black and white but the final issue is an array of colour as well as reflecting a very changed society and world.

Cork secondary school students Eamonn O'Mahony and Orla Crowley feature on the front cover highlighting the work of the SHARE organisation in Cork. The magazine's 36 pages of articles and photographs rerflect the depth of the contemporay believing community in Cork and Ross.


Mayfield Christmas Concert

Sunday 21st. December 7.30 pm in Our Lady Crowned Church,

Carol Kennedy:::::::::Garda Choir::::::::::Scoil Mhuire Banrion Choir:::::::::Willcollane Singers

Host Choir, Mayfield singers:::::::::::Accompanist, Eleanor Morgan:::::::::::Compere, Ger Canning:::::::::::::Musical Directors, Denis Bevan, Ann Dunphy, Maria O'Donovan

Tickets 13 euro from the Parish Office 021.4551276, or, Pro Musica, or, Roger Aherne 021.4506230

Proceeds in aid of Mayfield Church Fund.


Songs of Praise

The hymns for the 6pm Saturday and the 12am Sunday masses this week are;

078. O come, O come Emmanuel

112. The Lord made known to Israel.

Please join in.


Christmas Cards

Specially designed Christmas cards are on sale outside today in aid of St. Patrisk's Church renovation fund.

A packet of five unique cards costs 5 euro


New Email Address

You can contact the newsletter through our new address of mail@stpatrickscork.com


It's wonderful what we can do - SVP and you

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Ireland is made up of about 9,000 volunteers. Nationally the Society in the past year provided increased educational, fuel, food and cash support to people in need. It also provided housing for 1,200 people in hostels and housing projects.

Here in St. Patrick's we spent 54,000 euro last year. Through our church gate collections we collected 11,268 euro. We wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.

Looking forward, we want to assist our friends in making a better life both Spititually and financially. We are confident that the way to do this is through thoughtfulness and education. Parents are invited to reflect on their roles in at least encouraging and allowing children the peace and encouragement to fulfil these objectives. In situations of difficulty, the Society are there to assist.

The Society needs volunteers, particularly young people for its ongoing work. If you think you can help us please contact us at 2, Tuckey Street Cork, - 021.4270444.

If you need assistance please don't hesitate to contact us.

The Society wish you and your family a holy and happy Christmas and ask ypu to remember our slogan for Christmas 2003

'It's wonderful what we can do - SVP and you'


Thanks from COPE

COPE is based within St. Patrick's parish and caters for upwards of 1,600 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. It provides schooling, vocational training, sheltered employment, housing, information and advice, in over 60 locations throughout Cork City and County and employs almost 750 staff.

COPE says a big thank you to the people who contributed to the church gate collection last weekend. Thanks also to the volunteers who collected.


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week.....................'Winter Flowering Heather' (Springwood White)



Collections last week

Church and Renovations 2,282 Euro

Thanks to all who contributed.



Christmas Blessing

The priests of the parish will extend a Christmas Blessing to parishioners, both home and abroad, through the parish website.

You can nominate someone to be included in this blessing by either filling in a form available in the Church or by Email before 3 pm on 24th. December.

These greetings will be on our website, www.stpatrickscork.com on Christmas morning.


 

 

 

 

 


2nd. Sundayof Advent - Year C .............................................................

....................................................December 7th. 2003 - No. 889


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to Luke (3:1- 6)

In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar's reign, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of the lands of Iturea and Trachonitis, Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the pontificate of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah, in the wilderness.

He went through the whole Jordan district proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the sayings of the prophet Isaiah:

A voice cries in the wilderness;

Prepare a way for the Lord,

making his paths straight.

Every valley will be filled in,

every mountain and hill be laid low,

winding ways will be straightened

and rough roads made smooth.

And all mankind shall see the salvation of God.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Reflecting on the Word

At this time of the year we indulge in a lot of dreaming, children are restless waiting for Santa, while the adult world may just the season will be peaceful.

Do our dreams ever come true? Is it pointless? The vision expressed in today's scripture suggests it is not pointless.

It is Advent, a time to remember that God is there to heal our hurts, in short God can make our dreams come through but we have to work with Him.


Responding to the Word

There is hardly a week or a day goes by when someone doesn't tell us about a dream or wish they might have. If it is in our power why not bring some happiness to others?

Giving doesn't always entail dipping into the pocket - it may mean just giving people time to tell their story.

When was the last time you took time with those in your own family?


Second Sunday of Advent

The 'GIVING TREE'. Would you like to look after some family who are finding it hard to make ends meet. On the tree is a profile of families. You are invited to take a card and buy what you feel they may need. You may return your gifts next Sunday. St. Vincent de Paul will distribute it to the family concerned. Also we propose to light the Christmas tree outside the Church after the 6pm Mass on Saturday.


The Advent Wreath

The origins of the Advent Wreath are found in the folk practices of the pre-Christian Germanic peoples, who during the dark winter gathered wreaths of evergreen and lighted fires as a sign of hope in the coming spring. Christians then adopted this cermony to highlight their hope in Jesus Christ.

The wreath itself is a circle of evergreen foliage. There are four candles; one rose coloured, the other three are purple. The violet colour represents our longing for fulfillment thet comes for the Christian in the birth of Jesus. The rose coloured candle (Guadete Sunday) symbolises joy and hope.


Christmas Party

The Holy Family Residence Christmas Party will take place this Sunday in the Ambassador Hotel from 1.30 to 7 pm. There will be a four course dinner, entertainment and spot prizes - tickets 20 euro.

All are welcome.


Songs of Praise

The hymns for the 6pm Saturday and the 12am Sunday masses this week are;

078. O come, O come Emmanuel

112. The Lord made known to Israel.

Please join in.


Christmas Cards

Specially designed Christmas cards are on sale outside today in aid of St. Patrisk's Church renovation fund.

A packet of five unique cards costs 5 euro


New Email Address

You can contact the newsletter through our new address of mail@stpatrickscork.com


N.A.O.M.I

Pre - Marriage Courses

Natural Family Planning

Achieving a Pregnancy

Menopause Counseling

For further information, contact

36, Washington Street, phone 021.4272213, Tuesday to Friday


Thanks from Trocaire

On behalf of the families and communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America that you have supported, through your participation in Trocaire's Lenten Campaign.

St. Patrick's Parish raised 2,080 euro


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week..............................................................'Phorium'


Carol Concert

Sunday 14th. December 7.30 - 9.30 pm in the Lough Church

City of Cork Male Voice Choir

Chorus of Opera Cork

Lough Parish Choir

Cathedral Choir

Choir of the Church of the Holy Spirit

Ballyphenane Children's Choir

Admission 5 euro on the night. Family 10 euro

Proceeds in aid of Lough Church restoration fund.


Collections last week

Church and Renovations 2,084 Euro

Thanks to all who contributed.


An Enchanted Christmas Evening in aid of Innishannon Church

On Tuesday, 16th. of December at 8 pm the wonderful voices of Linda Kenny and Paud O'Donoghue will fill St. Mary's. They will be accompanied by Maurice Healy. The Carbery Choral Society directed by Nancy Long will provide a feast of music.

The presenter will be Elmarie Mawe and Mike O'Brien will do the light and sound.

The last Enchanted evening was all pre - booked so book early through Eileen 477273, Breda 477273, Marie 4775549 or Alice 4775978.


Christmas Blessing

The priests of the parish will extend a Christmas Blessing to parishioners, both home and abroad, through the parish website.

You can nominate someone to be included in this blessing by either filling in a form availabe in the Church or by Email before 3 pm on 24th. December.

These greetings will be on our website, www.stpatrickscork.com on Christmas morning.


 

 

 

 

 


1st. Sundayof Advent - Year C .............................................................

....................................................November 30th. 2003 - No. 888


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to Luke (21:25 - 28. 34 - 36)

Jesus said to his disciples: 'There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony bewildered by the clamour of the ocean and its waves; men dying of fear as they await what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand'.

'Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened with debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day will be sprung on you suddenly, like a trap. For it will come down on every living man on the face of the earth. Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and stand firm before the Son of Man'.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Reflecting on the Word

The conversation between a child and parent is insightful; 'Mum can I get that toy?' 'No, you'll have to wait', came the reply. 'But, why..? Now there is a word we ask; WHY? Right through life we ask WHY to so many things that we cannot understand.

Today's scripture readings point to the ultimate reasons for the hope we have, a hope that is built around the promise that God will bring justice in His time.


Responding to the Word

The Advent Wreath is more than a piece of decoration. Along with the scripture readings it is a reminder of this inner yearning we all have for a better life.

Why not make an Advent Wreath at home and take time to reflect on ways in which you may bring hjpe to those who feel hopeless or light to those who feel bleak.


Season of Advent, What's happening in our Church?

First Sunday of Advent; Nov. 30th.

The lighting of the Advent Wreath and the Christmas tree. The 'Light to Remember' is launched today. If you would like to remember anyone, living or dead just give the name into the Sacristy. Mass will be offered on Christmas Day at 12 noon for all those people.

Second Sunday of Advent; Dec. 7th

The 'GIVING TREE'. Would you like to look after some family who are finding it hard to make ends meet. On the tree is a profile of families. You are invited to take a card and buy what you feel they may need. You may return your gifts next Sunday. St. Vincent de Paul will distribute it to the family concerned. Also we propose to light the Christmas tree outside the Church after the 6pm Mass on Saturday.

Third Sunday of Advent; Dec 15th.

'Reconciliation Sunday'. After all Masses in the parish you will have the opportunity to celebrate God's love in the sacrament of Reconcilation. Remember the only way not to receive the forgiveness of God is to fail to ask for it.


Why Advent

A little season of four weeks, probably forgotten by most of us, squeezed out by the frantic rush in shopping malls. It is a season of PREPARATION for the birth of Jesus. If important people were coming to your home, I am sure there would be a big clean up. Advent is our time of 'making the path straight' for the coming of God's Son. We do that by looking at significant areas in our lives that may need some attention.


Children's Mass

Would you like to participate in our CHILDREN'S MASS on Christmas Eve at 6 pm?. Names will be taken in the Sacristy or at barrs@eircom.net


Songs of Praise

The hymns for the 6pm Saturday and the 12am Sunday masses this week are;

110. The King of Love my shepard is, and

003. Abide with me.

Please join in.


Coeliac Society - Southern Branch - December Meeting

Christmas Party - Tuesday 2nd. 8 pm at SMA Hall Wilton - 'Bring a little taste a lot'


New Email Address

You can contact the newsletter through our new address of mail@stpatrickscork.com


Craft Fairs / Food Fairs / Concerts and Parties

Craft Fair - Sun 30th. noon - Opera House - Chernobyl

L'Arche Craft Fair - Sun 7th. December 10 to 5 - L'Arche Community Togher

Food Fair - Sun 7th. December 12 noon Innishannon Parish Hall - Church fund.

Messiah 100 voices - Sat 29th, 8 pm Christ the King Church Turners X - restoration fund

Holy Family Residence Christmas Party - Sun 7th. December 1.30 to 7.00 - 4 course dinner, entertainment, spots - tickets 20 Euro.


COPE needs your help

COPE Foundation seeks volunteers for their Church Gate Collection (City and Blarney) next week 6th. and 7th. December. If you have 15 minutes to spare, phone Ann at 021.4554121


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week............................'Miniature Cyclamen (Miracle Scarlet)


CBC Carols

CBC Primary School carols sevice on December 18th. at 7 pm. All are welcome.


Collections last week

C.M.A.C. 1,725 Euro

Church and Renovations 1,808 Euro

Thanks to all who contributed.


More next week

We did not have enough space to include all the material received this week. We will try to include any items that have been held over next week


 

 

 

 

 

 


1st. Sundayof Advent - Year C .............................................................

....................................................November 30th. 2003 - No. 888


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to Luke (21:25 - 28. 34 - 36)

Jesus said to his disciples: 'There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony bewildered by the clamour of the ocean and its waves; men dying of fear as they await what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand'.

'Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened with debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day will be sprung on you suddenly, like a trap. For it will come down on every living man on the face of the earth. Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and stand firm before the Son of Man'.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Reflecting on the Word

The conversation between a child and parent is insightful; 'Mum can I get that toy?' 'No, you'll have to wait', came the reply. 'But, why..? Now there is a word we ask; WHY? Right through life we ask WHY to so many things that we cannot understand.

Today's scripture readings point to the ultimate reasons for the hope we have, a hope that is built around the promise that God will bring justice in His time.


Responding to the Word

The Advent Wreath is more than a piece of decoration. Along with the scripture readings it is a reminder of this inner yearning we all have for a better life.

Why not make an Advent Wreath at home and take time to reflect on ways in which you may bring hjpe to those who feel hopeless or light to those who feel bleak.


Season of Advent, What's happening in our Church?

First Sunday of Advent; Nov. 30th.

The lighting of the Advent Wreath and the Christmas tree. The 'Light to Remember' is launched today. If you would like to remember anyone, living or dead just give the name into the Sacristy. Mass will be offered on Christmas Day at 12 noon for all those people.

Second Sunday of Advent; Dec. 7th

The 'GIVING TREE'. Would you like to look after some family who are finding it hard to make ends meet. On the tree is a profile of families. You are invited to take a card and buy what you feel they may need. You may return your gifts next Sunday. St. Vincent de Paul will distribute it to the family concerned. Also we propose to light the Christmas tree outside the Church after the 6pm Mass on Saturday.

Third Sunday of Advent; Dec 15th.

'Reconciliation Sunday'. After all Masses in the parish you will have the opportunity to celebrate God's love in the sacrament of Reconcilation. Remember the only way not to receive the forgiveness of God is to fail to ask for it.


Why Advent

A little season of four weeks, probably forgotten by most of us, squeezed out by the frantic rush in shopping malls. It is a season of PREPARATION for the birth of Jesus. If important people were coming to your home, I am sure there would be a big clean up. Advent is our time of 'making the path straight' for the coming of God's Son. We do that by looking at significant areas in our lives that may need some attention.


Children's Mass

Would you like to participate in our CHILDREN'S MASS on Christmas Eve at 6 pm?. Names will be taken in the Sacristy or at barrs@eircom.net


Songs of Praise

The hymns for the 6pm Saturday and the 12am Sunday masses this week are;

110. The King of Love my shepard is, and

003. Abide with me.

Please join in.


Coeliac Society - Southern Branch - December Meeting

Christmas Party - Tuesday 2nd. 8 pm at SMA Hall Wilton - 'Bring a little taste a lot'


New Email Address

You can contact the newsletter through our new address of mail@stpatrickscork.com


Craft Fairs / Food Fairs / Concerts and Parties

Craft Fair - Sun 30th. noon - Opera House - Chernobyl

L'Arche Craft Fair - Sun 7th. December 10 to 5 - L'Arche Community Togher

Food Fair - Sun 7th. December 12 noon Innishannon Parish Hall - Church fund.

Messiah 100 voices - Sat 29th, 8 pm Christ the King Church Turners X - restoration fund

Holy Family Residence Christmas Party - Sun 7th. December 1.30 to 7.00 - 4 course dinner, entertainment, spots - tickets 20 Euro.


COPE needs your help

COPE Foundation seeks volunteers for their Church Gate Collection (City and Blarney) next week 6th. and 7th. December. If you have 15 minutes to spare, phone Ann at 021.4554121


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week............................'Miniature Cyclamen (Miracle Scarlet)


CBC Carols

CBC Primary School carols sevice on December 18th. at 7 pm. All are welcome.


Collections last week

C.M.A.C. 1,725 Euro

Church and Renovations 1,808 Euro

Thanks to all who contributed.


More next week

We did not have enough space to include all the material received this week. We will try to include any items that have been held over next week


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33rd. Sunday Ordinary Time, Year B............................

.......................................November 16th. 2003 - No. 886


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to Mark (13:24-32)

Jesus said to his disciples:

'In those days, after the time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose it's brightness, the stars will come falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory; then too he will send the angels to gather his chosen from the four winds, from the ends of the world to the ends of heaven.

'Take the fig tree as a parable: as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near, at the very gates. I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all these things will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

'But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angles of heaven, nor the Son; no one but the Father.'

This is the Gospel of the Lord.



Parish Contact Numbers

Canon Liam Leader .......................................021.4500282

Fr. David Murphy............................................021.4502696

Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy .............................021.4551503

Emergency (Priest on Duty).............................087.8252284

Sacristy (except Thursdays).............................086.3107499


Special Collection

The annual special collection for the Cork Marriage Counselling Centre will be held at all Masses on the weekend of Sunday November 23rd. The centre provides a range of marriage care services including pre-marriage courses and marriage counselling in Cork and Skibbereen. This collection helps to fund the service.


Christmas Flowers

On Wednesday 26th. November, a demonstration of Christmas decorations and flowers will take place in the Church hall. The event costs 10 euro and is open to everyone. Beginning at 8 pm an enjoyable evening is guaranteed with a host of prizes and giveaways.


The Woman in Black

This haunting and eloquent play begins a five night run in the Granary Theatre, Mardyke Parade on Tuesday coming. Tickets are 6 euro and the show commences nightly at eight o'clock. This is a UCC Dramatic production, a promising innovative presentation and a chance to see developing actors.


Have you logged in yet?

The parish website (www.srpatrickscork.com) has been expanding steadily since it's launch in June. As well as providing another version of this newsletter each week, it contains permanent and growing information on many aspects of the parish. The intention in the long term is to build up a wide-ranging database, the foundations of which are being laid this year. Perhaps you may have some suggestions or comments to make?


Songs of Praise

The hymns for the 6pm Saturday and the 12am Sunday masses this week are;

Holy God and

Hail Redeemer.

Please join in.


Lower Road Christmas Party

The Lower Road Residents Association annual Christmas Party is to take place in The Country Club on Sunday 7th. December. Everyone is welcome to attend the event which will begin at 1.15 pm. Tickets priced at 30 euro must be purchased by the 30th. November.


Newsletter

Notices need to be handed in to the Sacristy before Monday morning to be on time for the next newsletter.



Any Suggestions

Our newsletter team is constantly looking for ways to improve and expand upon the content of these pages. Should you have any suggestions or comments please e-mail us at 'stpatrickscork@hotmail.com'


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the week...........HYPERICUM moserian


Collection last week

For Church and Renovations..........................2,226 euro

Thanks to all who contributed.



St. Patrick's Church Restoration Fund

Christmas cards in aid of the fund are on sale after all masses, a packet of five lovely cards for only five euro.



Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King....................................

....................................................November 23rd. 2003 - No. 887


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to John (18:33-37)

'Are you the king of the Jews?' Pilate asked.

Jesus replied, 'Do you ask this of your own accord, or have others spoken to you about me?'

Pilate answered, 'Am I a Jew? It is your own people and the chief priests who have handed you over to me: what have you done?'

Jesus replied, 'Mine is not a kingdom of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my men would have fought to prevent my being surrendered to the Jews. But my kingdom is not of this kind.'

'So you are a king then?' said Pilate

'It is you who say it' answered Jesus. 'Yes I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.'

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Overall view of today's word

The selection from the Book of Daniel was part of that attempt to weave a vision of ultimate success from the persecuted Jews. The believers in the early Christian community seize upon this passage and recognise it as a messianic prophecy - a prophecy foretelling the ultimate triumph of Jesus Christ.


Reflecting on the Word

Who rules the world? We have all types of regimes and governments; today's Word seems to point to a type of Kingdom that will happen in the future. Yet upon closer examination one may deduce that the Kingdom is here: the kingdom that Jesus often spoke of, not like the political powers of our time but a kingdom based on justice, equality and peace. It is not a future event but a present reality every time a Christen lives by the truth.


Responding to the Word

I am quite sure you, like me, get annoyed and fed up of the type of leadership we have in the world, I am not having a 'go' at all leaders because there are those who are people of integrity but in the main we cannot ignore the fact that so many people are still famished, poor, homeless and powerless. Expecting change to come from the top may be a little naive but this should not stop us from trying to better the quality of life for those we encounter.

How many people will you meet in the coming week that may need a hand, may need a listening ear, and may need comfort or a good word?. We all have tremendous power to change someone's life for the better.


Advent

The season of preparation for the birth of Jesus begins on the 30th. November. In next week's issue we will have details and times of the different liturgical themes.


Community Prayer

Continuing Frank O'Conner's version of the Irish peom ascribed to St. Manchan of Offaly. The original poem dates from the 10th. century and concerns the praying of psalms. Published by Alfred A Knopf.

Four files of three or three of four

To give the psalter forth;

Six to pray by the south church wall

And six along the north.

Two by two my dozen friends-

To tell the number right-

Praying with me to move the King

Who gives the sun it's light.

A lovely church, a home for God,

Bedecked with linen fine,

Where over the white Gospel page

The Gospel candles shine.

A little house where all may dwell

And body's care be sought,

Where none shows lust or arrogance,

None thinks an evil thought.


Songs of Praise

The hymns for the 6pm Saturday and the 12am Sunday masses this week are;

Praise ye the Lord, and

Holy Holy Holy Lord God.

Please join in.


Lower Road Christmas Party

The Lower Road Residents Association annual Christmas Party is to take place in The Country Club on Sunday 7th. December. Everyone is welcome to attend the event which will begin at 1.15 pm. Tickets priced at 30 euro must be purchased by the 30th. November.


Newsletter

Notices need to be handed in to the Sacristy before Monday morning to be on time for the next newsletter.



Advent / Christmas

As we plan to have a Children's Mass on Christmas Eve (6pm) we would like children to particpate. If you are interested and you are in 2nd. Class and up, please hand in your name and phone number to the sacristy. The three people co-ordinating this Mass are; Kate McCarthy, Hilda Leader Galvin and Regina Gilley.


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week....................................'.Vinca minor'