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3rd. Sunday of the Year - Year A................................................

..................................................23rd. January 2005 - No. 948


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (4 : 12 - 23)

Hearing that John had been arrested Jesus went back to Galilee, and leaving Nazareth he went and settled in Capernaum, a lakeside town on the borders of Zebulun and Naphthali. In this way the prophecy of Isaiah was to be fulfilled:

.........Land of Zebulun! Land of Naphthali!

.........Way of the sea on the far side of Jordan,

.........Galilee of the nations!

.........The people that lived in darkness has seen a great light;

.........on those who dwell in the land and shadow of death

.........a light has dawned.

From that moment Jesus began his preaching with the message,

.........'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.'

As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast in the lake with their net, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, 'Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.' And they left their nets at once and followed him.

Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets and called them. At once, leaving the boat and their father, they followed him.

He went round the whole of Galilee teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good news of the Kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness among the people.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.



Reading from Isiaih

The Gospel tells of the start of the preaching of our Lord, and of his calling Peter and Andrew, and James and John to follow him. The story begins in Galilee, with a direct quotation from this reading.

Here the prophet sees the place in which Israel had first suffered under a foreign invader being liberated and becoming a place of joy and foresees liberation from the yoke, the bar and rod of oppression.


Reading from Paul

Paul's letter was prompted both by questions the Corinthians had put to him and the need to deal with problems that had arisen in the community. One of those problems was the tendency to form factions based on loyalty to personalities.

Paul was the first to preach the Gospel in Corinth. Apollos was a learned convert who came after Paul and helped consolidate the community. Cephas is another name for Peter.

The central point for paul and for us, is to speak and live the Good News, and concentrate our loyalty on christ.


Quotation from St. Patrick

In the world I have been exalted beyond measure by the Lord..........

I was neither worthy of this nor a likely choice for the privilege.


Spring is near and love is in the air. However, getting married is a serious business. Marriage is for life, the life of the couple and the life of their offspring.

As in all major life decisions preparation is essential. Marriage preparation is now a requirement for a church wedding and three months advance notice is required by civil law. the idea behind these requirements is to help couples lay a foundation upon which to build a solid relationship and to help them plan for their future life together well in advance of their Wedding day

Pre-marriage courses are informative and though provoking. They help couples to generate good communications and to grow a shared understanding. they create an awareness of responsibility and decision making within marriage. Qualified presenters talk on a variety of topics including relationships, communications,conflict managament, sexuality, human reproduction, natural family planning, budgeting and money management etc.

In having a Church wedding couples publicly ask Christ to be part of the marriage. A priest will take on the requirements of the Church, spiritual preparation, prayer in marriage, passing on the faith and a few words on the paper work involved.

Some people shy off at the thought of attending a pre-marriage course, conjuring up in thier minds pictures of school retreats etc. In reality this is not the case. These courses are intended to be an eye opener, presenting to couples the varying situations they may have to deal with within marriage. It helps them to discuss openly among themselves some topics which they may have been pushing to the background, i.e. budgeting, family planning, arrival of a new baby, expectations of each other etc.

Sometimes couples attend these courses because they have to, however, they usually agree at the end of the course that it was worthwhile and enjoyable. It gives them an opportunity to meet other couples who are planning 'Wedding Bells'.

It is advisable to book your pre-marriage course at least six months in advance of the wedding date. You can make a booking with Cork Marriage Counselling Centre, 34, Paul Street or N.A.O.M.I. ar 36 Washington Street.


Why not give it a try?

Why not join the Mayfield Brass Band and learn to read music, play a brass instrument or the drums.

No musical experience is necessary. Former and new members would be very welcome. Phone 00.353.21.4502135


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

Only eight weeks to go to the day when you may have 20,000 euro or 15,000 euro, or 10,000 euro extra in your pocket.

If you are not in, you can't win

20,000 euro, or 15,000 euro or 10,000 euro or many more prizes

Tickets cost 100 euro

See the ticket sellers after Masses, and thanks to all who bought a ticket already.

See our article on the website.


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

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

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking !


Having a special event

Why not use our website to record your Parish wedding/baptism or special event? We can accommodate photographs and short articles.

Contact the Sacristy at 086.3107499 or email mail@stpatrickscork.com


Parish Contact Numbers

Canon Liam Leader PP ...............................................00.353.21.4500282

Fr. Bernard Cotter........................................................00.353.21.4502696

Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy .........................................00.353.21.4551503

Emergency (Priest on Duty).........................................00.363.87.8252284

Sacristy (except Thursday) ........................................00.353.86.3107499


Collection Last Week

Church and Renovation................................................................2,324 euro

Thanks to all who contributed


Ecumenical Service of Light at St. Vincent's Church, Sunday's Well on Sunday 23rd. January at 7 pm.

Guest Speaker : Fr. Silvester O'Flynn, OFM Cap

In the spirit of Christian Unity Week and in the context of the Cork European City of Culture celebrations St Vincent's will host a very special evening.

At a time when the people of Cork are taking stock of their cultural heritage in all it's diversity, it is fitting that recognition be given to the singular role which our Christian Faith has played in making us what we are. The life of the city has been marked, down the centuries, by the expression of that faith: in liturgy, music and architecture.

It is hoped that this joyous occasion unifying the many and diverse strands of our people, will be a fitting and uplifting start to this special year.

Admission is by ticket only. Tickets are free and are available from the Parish Office in the church - phone 001.353.21.43074070

Do come and be part of this Celebration.


Super Draw

If you are not in, you can't win.

Tickets for sale at main door or contact Maurice in the Sacristy.


Newsletter Contents

This is your newsletter and we would be delighted to include notice of meetings/events or short articles for publication. There is usually plenty of space available provided sufficient notice is given.

The Parish Bulletin goes to print on Monday every week. Therefore if you wish to hjve an item included on a particular weekend you should hand it in to the Sacristy not later than the Sunday before.


Mayfield Community School Gala Ball

Past Pupils Reunion, 25th. February 2005

For details contact Janette at 001.353.21.4506855, or,

email admin@mayfieldcommunityschool.ie


Websites of the Week

A listening ear for those finding life difficult at this time www.samaritans.org


Newsletter and Website

Visit our website............ www.stpatrickscork.com

You can write to us or send us feedback at ...mail@stpatrickscork.com


Diosesan Website

The Cork and Ross dioceses has its own website at www.corkandross.org

Why not visit and have a look.'The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely n


Italian Pilgrimage

To Rome, San Giovanni and Asssisi, 10th. June 2005 - seven nights.

Direct from Cork........ price 1,079 euro.

Names and deposits are being taken. For further information please contact Mary Lane at 001.353.21.4503287



4th. Sunday of the Year - Year A................................................

..................................................30th. January 2005 - No. 949


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (5 : 1 - 12)

Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:

'How happy are the poor in spirit;

theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Happy the gentle;

they shall have the earth for their heritage.

Happy those who mourn;

they shall be comforted.

Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right;

they shall be satisfied.

Happy the merciful;

they shall have mercy shown them.

Happy the pure in heart;

they shall see God.

Happy the peacemakers;

they shall be called sons of God

Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right;

theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak

all kinds of calumny against you on my account.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.'

.........

This is the Gospel of the Lord.



Reading from Zephaniah

In this reading the prophet advocates teachings similar to the Beatitudes. He recommends humility and maintains that a humble people do no wrong.


Reading from Paul

Paul reminds the Corinthians that they came from humble backgrounds and that they should not claim to have special wisdom or insight. Instead Christ Jesus has become our wisdom, virtue, holiness and freedom.


Quotation from St. Patrick

I have not altogether led a life as perfect as other believers........

I confess it to my Lord and I do not blush in his sight because I am not.


Post Primary Cathechetics

In-service program 2004 - 2005, A Presentation of Trocaire's Lenten Campaign

distribution of resources and suggested methodologies for classes during Lent.

by Sheila Dillon, Education Officer, Trocaire.

Thursday 8th. February at 7.30 pm

Cork Education Support Centre, Western Road, Cork.


Christenings

Welcome to the Christian Community

Adam Michael Logan

Ella Noelle Murphy


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

Only seven weeks to go to the day when you may have 20,000 euro or 15,000 euro, or 10,000 euro extra in your pocket.

If you are not in, you can't win

20,000 euro, or 15,000 euro or 10,000 euro or many more prizes

Tickets cost 100 euro

See the ticket sellers after Masses, and thanks to all who bought a ticket already.

See our article on the website.


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

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

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking !


Having a special event

Why not use our website to record your Parish wedding/baptism or special event? We can accommodate photographs and short articles.

Contact the Sacristy at 086.3107499 or email mail@stpatrickscork.com


Parish Contact Numbers

Canon Liam Leader PP ...............................................00.353.21.4500282

Fr. Bernard Cotter........................................................00.353.21.4502696

Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy .........................................00.353.21.4551503

Emergency (Priest on Duty).........................................00.363.87.8252284

Sacristy (except Thursday) ........................................00.353.86.3107499


Collection Last Week

Church and Renovation................................................................2,202 euro

Thanks to all who contributed


Turners Cross Fund - Concert

One of Cork's finest singers, Cara O' Sullivan, teams up with Anthony Mee, the well known tenor from Lancashire, England, to take part in a special Spring Concert at Turner's Cross parish church.

They will perform with Christ the King Parish Choir and Cork's own Barrack Street Band in Christ the King Church, Turner's Cross, Cork, on Friday 18th of February 2005 at 8 pm.

The concert is in aid of the Church Restoration Fund.

Tickets 20 euro, available from the Parish Office, Turner's Cross, Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett St. and Veritas Book Shop, Carey's Lane


Super Draw

If you are not in, you can't win.

Tickets for sale at main door or contact Maurice in the Sacristy.


Newsletter Contents

This is your newsletter and we would be delighted to include notice of meetings/events or short articles for publication. There is usually plenty of space available provided sufficient notice is given.

The Parish Bulletin goes to print on Monday every week. Therefore if you wish to hjve an item included on a particular weekend you should hand it in to the Sacristy not later than the Sunday before.


Mayfield Community School Gala Ball

Past Pupils Reunion, 25th. February 2005

For details contact Janette at 001.353.21.4506855, or,

email admin@mayfieldcommunityschool.ie


Websites of the Week

A listening ear for those finding life difficult at this time www.samaritans.org


Newsletter and Website

Visit our website............ www.stpatrickscork.com

You can write to us or send us feedback at ...mail@stpatrickscork.com


Diosesan Website

The Cork and Ross dioceses has its own website at www.corkandross.org

Why not visit and have a look.'The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely n


Italian Pilgrimage

To Rome, San Giovanni and Asssisi, 10th. June 2005 - seven nights.

Direct from Cork........ price 1,079 euro.

Names and deposits are being taken. For further information please contact Mary Lane at 001.353.21.4503287


Please Pray for the Souls of

Michael Moore

and please remember in your prayers:

Joe McCarthy, Molly Roynane, Frank Looney


St. Patrick's and St. Joseph's Sick Poor Society

The AGM was held on Tuesday 11th. January. A summary of the expenditure for the year ending 31/12/2004 is published here for your information.

Relief in Cash .............................................................2,868.00 euro

Special Grants ..........................................................11,239.00 euro

Coal Fund ..................................................................9, 399.42 euro

Sundry Expenses ..............................................................35.00 euro

Other Grants ...............................................................5,050.00 euro

The President and members of the Society wish to thank subscribers for their generosity in the past, channels through which flow to the homes of the needy. St. Stephen, Patron of our Society, Pray for us.


Cork Simon Community, Helping the Homeless

Can you spare two hours a week to help with Food Collections?

Please contact Niamh by phone at 001.353.21.4377643 or by email at niamh@corksimoncommunity.ie


Creative Writing and Poetry Appreciation

A course for adults on Monday nights in Blackpool Community Centre, Great William O'Brien Street. Time 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm including a break. Price 3.00 euro (to cover tea etc.)

There is no need to book, just turn up on the night. All are welcome.


Church Directory 2005

This useful directory contains details of Mass Times, Parishes, Priests, Sisters, offices, religious congregations and societies, schools and colleges, social services and much more.

The 2005 version of the Directory is now available in the Sacristy, price 5.00 euro.


Social and Resources Centre, 61/64, Roches Buildings, Richmond Hill, Cork .

On Thursday 16th December we had a most enjoyable Christmas Party. There was a great attendance and we had a delicious meal followed by a wonderful sing-song and dancing.

Our sincere thanks are extended to all who attended and hjlped to make the night such a tremendous success.

For details on our upcoming activities, please contact Sr. Patricia O'Donovan L.S.A. at 001.353.21.4500023


Southern Branch of the Coeliac Society of Ireland - AGM

The Coeliac Society will hold a meeting in the SMA Centre, Wilton, on Tuesday 1st. February at 8 pm.

The AGM will be followed by a talk from the Health Food Store. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.


Monthly Coffee Morning

Ballinlough Pastoral Centre, after 10 am Mass on Wednesday 2nd February.

Lent - How Can I Journey with Jesus?

Speaker : Fr. Dermot Lynch, O.F.M/ Cap.

Everyone welcome.



5th. Sunday of the Year - Year A...............................

.........................................6th. February 2005 - No. 950


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (5 : 13 - 16)

Jesus said to his disciples:

'You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled underfoot by men.

You are the light of the world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house.

In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.'........

This is the Gospel of the Lord.



Reading from Isaiah

The prophet says that a person can be seen in their 'true light' by looking at how they come to the aid of the hungry and homeless and their contribution to alleviating injustice.


Reading from Paul

Paul admits to being in 'fear and trembling' when he was preaching to the Corinthians. He placed his trust in the power of God to sustain him rather than rely on human philosophy.


Quotation from St. Patrick

I am very much in debt to God, who gave me do much grace that through me many people should be born again in God.


Ash Wednesday

O Lord it is time of the year again. The Season of Lent last for 40 days. For us older ones, it brings to mind days of hardship and bleakness. Its name comes from an old word for Spring and Easter is a springtime festival in the northern hemisphere.

Traditionally we have given up something we normally enjoy at this time. Today lots of things have changed, so what does Lent mean to us these days?

Wednesday is the beginning of that journey. It is a time when each of us can reflect on our own pilgrim journey, a time to reflect on how our faith touches our lives. It is a great time for spiritual growth.


Scouting in our Parish

The Scouts were founded in St. Patrick's Parish in 1930 and have continued without interruption since. We have provided fun, friendship and challange to the boys and young adults of the area. We currently have a membership of 120 ranging in age from 8 to 18.

Adult leadership and support is essential to the operation of scouting. We need adults for leadership positions particularly for the 8 to 11 age grouping. We also hope to restart the Beaver section (6 to 8 year olds) in September.

The time commitiment is 3 hours per week and while experience with young people is desirable, it is not essential as training is provided.

For more information contact Mary Lane at 001.353.21.4503287 or Graham Hayes at 086.3854059


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

Only six weeks to go to the day when you may have 20,000 euro or 15,000 euro, or 10,000 euro extra in your pocket.

If you are not in, you can't win

20,000 euro, or 15,000 euro or 10,000 euro or many more prizes

Tickets cost 100 euro

See the ticket sellers after Masses, and thanks to all who bought a ticket already.

See our article on the website.


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

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

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking !


Having a special event

Why not use our website to record your Parish wedding/baptism or special event? We can accommodate photographs and short articles.

Contact the Sacristy at 086.3107499 or email mail@stpatrickscork.com


Parish Contact Numbers

Canon Liam Leader PP ...............................................00.353.21.4500282

Fr. Bernard Cotter........................................................00.353.21.4502696

Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy .........................................00.353.21.4551503

Emergency (Priest on Duty).........................................00.363.87.8252284

Sacristy (except Thursday) ........................................00.353.86.3107499


Collection Last Week

Church and Renovation................................................................2,312 euro

Thanks to all who contributed


Turners Cross Fund - Concert

One of Cork's finest singers, Cara O' Sullivan, teams up with Anthony Mee, the well known tenor from Lancashire, England, to take part in a special Spring Concert at Turner's Cross parish church.

They will perform with Christ the King Parish Choir and Cork's own Barrack Street Band in Christ the King Church, Turner's Cross, Cork, on Friday 18th of February 2005 at 8 pm.

The concert is in aid of the Church Restoration Fund.

Tickets 20 euro, available from the Parish Office, Turner's Cross, Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett St. and Veritas Book Shop, Carey's Lane


Super Draw

If you are not in, you can't win.

Tickets for sale at main door or contact Maurice in the Sacristy.


Newsletter Contents

This is your newsletter and we would be delighted to include notice of meetings/events or short articles for publication. There is usually plenty of space available provided sufficient notice is given.

The Parish Bulletin goes to print on Monday every week. Therefore if you wish to hjve an item included on a particular weekend you should hand it in to the Sacristy not later than the Sunday before.


Mayfield Community School Gala Ball

Past Pupils Reunion, 25th. February 2005

For details contact Janette at 001.353.21.4506855, or,

email admin@mayfieldcommunityschool.ie


Websites of the Week

A listening ear for those finding life difficult at this time www.samaritans.org


Newsletter and Website

Visit our website............ www.stpatrickscork.com

You can write to us or send us feedback at ...mail@stpatrickscork.com


Diosesan Website

The Cork and Ross dioceses has its own website at www.corkandross.org

Why not visit and have a look.'The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely n


Italian Pilgrimage

To Rome, San Giovanni and Asssisi, 10th. June 2005 - seven nights.

Direct from Cork........ price 1,079 euro.

Names and deposits are being taken. For further information please contact Mary Lane at 001.353.21.4503287


Please Pray for the Souls of

Richard Field, Annie Desmond and Gerry Crowley


Lourdes Invalid Fund

There will be a special collection at all Masses next weekend.

The proceeds will subsidise the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes for individuals whose hjalth and/or means would otherwise prevent them from travelling to Lourdes.

Please support this worthy cause.


Cork Simon Community, Helping the Homeless

Can you spare two hours a week to help with Food Collections?

Please contact Niamh by phone at 001.353.21.4377643 or by email at niamh@corksimoncommunity.ie


World Youth Day

This coming August, World Youth Day is taking place in Cologne, Germany where up to one million young people are expected. Cork and Ross Diocese is collaborating with the Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe to bring 90 young people to Cologne in August.

This is a wonderful opportunity for any young person to travel with a group and share in the celebration of their faith with young people from all over the world. Pope Paul II is scheduled to meet the youth of the world and celebrate the Eucharist with them on August 21 st.

There are 30 places on offer on a first come first served basis. To secure a place a deposit of 100 euroshould be forwarded to Fr. Kieron O'Driscoll, 5 Elton Lawn, Bishopstown, Cork before the 28th. of February


Church Directory 2005

This useful directory contains details of Mass Times, Parishes, Priests, Sisters, offices, religious congregations and societies, schools and colleges, social services and much more.

The 2005 version of the Directory is now available in the Sacristy, price 5.00 euro.



1st. Sunday of Lent - Year A.....................

..............................13th. February 2005 - No. 951


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (4 : 1 - 11)

Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, after which he was very hungry, and the tempter came and said to him, 'If you are the Son of God, tell these stones toturn into loaves.'

But he replied, 'Scripture says:

....Man does not live on bread alone

....but on every word that comes from the mouth of God'

The devil then took him to the holy city and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple. 'If you are the Son of God' he said 'throw yourself down; for scripture says:

....He will put you in his angels' charge,

....and they will support you on their hands

....in case you hurt your foot against a stone'

Jesus said to him, 'Scripture also says:

....You must not put the Lord your God to the test.'

Next, taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. 'I will give you all these', he said, 'if you fall at my feet and worship me.'

Then Jesus replied, 'Be off, Satan! For Scripture says:

....You must worshop the Lord your God,

....and serve him alone.'

Then the devil left him, and angels appeared and looked after him.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.



What is behind those Lenten Readings?

In order to understand the readings chosen for Lent one needs to understand something of the origins of the season itself.

The rapid growth of the Church in the early centuries presented a challange. How could it best offer spiritual formation for such a great number of converts to Christianity?

The response was to develop a series of teaching strategies designed to prepare people for Easter Baptism. As the liturgical assembly was the primary place for that formation the scripture readings were chosen with an eye to forming the faith and secondly as a time of renewal for those already Baptised.

The Lectionary we use at Mass is divided into a 3 year cycle. this is year A and this first Sunday of Lent takes in the Temptations of Jesus.


Reflecting and Responding to the Word

Jesus is faced with choices in the desert. There is the temption of power, control, greed, the temptation to think he is superior.

The desert of our day may not be made of sand, in the'concrete jungle' we may feel dry and empty, there is always the temptation to go it alone. In the race to get to the top, are we driven by our appetite for power and control?

It may happen in the business world but does it happen at home too?


Quotation from St. Patrick

I wnt to Ireland only with reluctance....purified by the Lord.

He improved me so much from my former condition that I now care and work for the salvation of others whereas then I did not even consider my own.


Reading God's Word

Carol Dorgan will lead a Lectio divina group in Holy Family Church each Tuesday morning in Lent, after 9.25 am Mass (beginning 15th. Feb). Each session will last about one hour.

Carol is a noted spiritual writer, now resident in this parish.


Scouting in our Parish

The Scouts were founded in St. Patrick's Parish in 1930 and have continued without interruption since. We have provided fun, friendship and challange to the boys and young adults of the area. We currently have a membership of 120 ranging in age from 8 to 18.

Adult leadership and support is essential to the operation of scouting. We need adults for leadership positions particularly for the 8 to 11 age grouping. We also hope to restart the Beaver section (6 to 8 year olds) in September.

The time commitiment is 3 hours per week and while experience with young people is desirable, it is not essential as training is provided.

For more information contact Mary Lane at 001.353.21.4503287 or Graham Hayes at 086.3854059


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

Only five weeks to go to the day when you may have 20,000 euro or 15,000 euro, or 10,000 euro extra in your pocket.

If you are not in, you can't win

20,000 euro, or 15,000 euro or 10,000 euro or many more prizes

Tickets cost 100 euro

See the ticket sellers after Masses, and thanks to all who bought a ticket already.

See our article on the website.


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

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

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking !


Having a special event

Why not use our website to record your Parish wedding/baptism or special event? We can accommodate photographs and short articles.

Contact the Sacristy at 086.3107499 or email mail@stpatrickscork.com


Parish Contact Numbers

Canon Liam Leader PP ...................001.353.21.4500282

Fr. Bernard Cotter........................... 001.353.21.4502696

Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy ..............001.353.21.4551503

Emergency (Priest on Duty)..............001.363.87.8252284

Sacristy (except Thursday) ..............001.353.86.3107499


Collection Last Week

Church and Renovation..........................................2,118 euro

Thanks to all who contributed


Turners Cross Fund - Concert

One of Cork's finest singers, Cara O' Sullivan, teams up with Anthony Mee, the well known tenor from Lancashire, England, to take part in a special Spring Concert at Turner's Cross parish church.

They will perform with Christ the King Parish Choir and Cork's own Barrack Street Band in Christ the King Church, Turner's Cross, Cork, on Friday 18th of February 2005 at 8 pm.

The concert is in aid of the Church Restoration Fund.

Tickets 20 euro, available from the Parish Office, Turner's Cross, Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett St. and Veritas Book Shop, Carey's Lane


Super Draw

If you are not in, you can't win.

Tickets for sale at main door or contact Maurice in the Sacristy.


Newsletter Contents

This is your newsletter and we would be delighted to include notice of meetings/events or short articles for publication. There is usually plenty of space available provided sufficient notice is given.

The Parish Bulletin goes to print on Monday every week. Therefore if you wish to hjve an item included on a particular weekend you should hand it in to the Sacristy not later than the Sunday before.


Mayfield Community School Gala Ball

Past Pupils Reunion, 25th. February 2005

Silversprings Hotel, Black Tie,

Music by Soulmasters

For details contact Janette at 001.353.21.4506855, or,

email admin@mayfieldcommunityschool.ie


Websites of the Week

A listening ear for those finding life difficult at this time www.samaritans.org


Newsletter and Website

Visit our website............ www.stpatrickscork.com

You can write to us or send us feedback at ...mail@stpatrickscork.com


Diosesan Website

The Cork and Ross dioceses has its own website at www.corkandross.org

Why not visit and have a look.'The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely n


Italian Pilgrimage

To Rome, San Giovanni and Asssisi, 10th. June 2005 - seven nights.

Direct from Cork........ price 1,079 euro.

Names and deposits are being taken. For further information please contact Mary Lane at 001.353.21.4503287


Lourdes Invalid Fund

There will be a special collection at all Masses this weekend.

The proceeds will subsidise the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes for individuals whose hjalth and/or means would otherwise prevent them from travelling to Lourdes.

Please support this worthy cause.


Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes

11th to 16th June 2005 - 5 nights Full Board accommodation

Booking forms available for the pilgrim section from Joe Walsh Tours, 117 Patrick Street, Phone 001.353.21 4277959

Enquiries for special Invalid section to The Pilgrimage Director, Monsignor Kevin O'Callaghan, Parochial House Bandon 001.353.23.43794


Male and Female Volunteers Wanted

ISPCC are currently recruiting male and female volunteers for our activity based mentoring programme

Activities include anything from guitar lessons to soccer training.

This is a fun, flexible opportunity to support young people in Cork and share your interests.

Training will be provided.

For more information contact 001.353.21.4962949.


Church Directory 2005

This useful directory contains details of Mass Times, Parishes, Priests, Sisters, offices, religious congregations and societies, schools and colleges, social services and much more.

The 2005 version of the Directory is now available in the Sacristy, price 5.00 euro.


 


2nd. Sunday of Lent - Year A.....................

..............................20th. February 2005 - No. 952


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (17 : 1 - 9)

Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him.

Then Peter spoke to Jesus.

'Lord' he said 'it is wonderful for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tents here, one of you, one for Moses and one for Elijah'

He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and from the cloud there came a voice which said,

'This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.'

When they heard this, the disciples fell on their faces, overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them.

'Stand up,' he said 'do not be afraid.'

And when they raised their eyes they saw one but only Jesus.

As they came down from the mountain Jesus gave them this order.

'Tell no one about the vision until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.'

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.



Pope's Message for Lent 2005

"Loving the Lord means life to you, and length of days"

(The full text of the Pope's Message will be published over the next three weeks)

Each year, the Lenten Season is set before us as a good opportunity for the intensification of prayer and penance, opening hearts to the docile welcoming of the divine will.During Lent, a spiritual journey is outlined for us that prepares us to relive the Great Mystery of the Death and resurection of Christ. This is done primarly by listening to the Word of God more devoutly and by practising mortification more generously, thanks to which it is possible to render greater assistance to those in need

This year, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to bring to your attention a theme which is rather current, well illustrated by the following verse from Dueteronomy: "Loving the Lord means life to you, and length of days" (30:20). These are the words that Moses directs to the people, inviting them to embrace the Covenant with Yahweh in the country of Moab, "that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord, your God, obeying his voice, and cleaving to him." (30:19-20). The fidelity to this devine Covenant is for Israel a guarantee of the future: "that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to you fathers, to Abraham, toIisacc, and to Jacob, to give to them." (30:20). According to the Biblical understanding, reaching old age is a sign of there Most High's gracious benevolence. Longevity appears, therefore, as a special divine gift.

It is upon this theme that I would like to ask you to reflect during this Lent, in order to deepen the awareness of the role that the elderly are called to play in society and in the Church, and thus to prepare your hearts for the loving welcome that should always be reserved for them. Thanks to the contribution of science and medicine, one sees in society today a lengthening of the human life span and a subsequent increases in the number of the elderly. this demands a more specific attention to the world of so-called "old" age, in order to help its members to live their full potential by placing them at the service of the entire community. The care of the elderly, above all when they pass through difficult moments, must be of great concern to all the faithful, especially in the ecclesial communities of Western societies, wher the problem is particularly present.

To be continued... The full Pope's Lenten message is available on the Vatican website www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/messages/lent


Monthly Coffee Morning

Ballinlough Pastoral Centre, after 10 am Mass, Wednesday 2nd March

Topic: Asylum Seekers.....'What's the true story?

Guest Ger Forde, Cois Tine. ......................All are Welcome


Quotation from St. Patrick

The Most High rejects the gifts of the wicked.


The face on the Trócaire Box.

Dansa (6) and Bada (16) are sisters and live in Ethiopa in an area that is mainly desert. They live in a small village, planting some crops and keeping cattle and goats. Their family used to have a lot of cattle and had enough to live on but a few years ago there was a terrible drought in Ethiopia and most of their cattle died. In the village, people know it is important to look out for each other and stand by people who don't have enough. When Dansa and Badada's family lost their cattle they were given a few cows so that they could start again.

In the desert where they live water is very precious, and the wells need to be looked after. Trócaire is helping the village to care for their wells and dig new ones so that people can have water for themselves and for their cattle. This way, if there is another drought there will hopefully be enough water for everyone.

In the desert where they live water is very precious, and the wells need to be looked after. Trócaire is helping the village to care for their wells and dig new ones so that people can have water for themselves and for their cattle. This way, if there is another drought there will hopefully be enough water for everyone.

The Trócaire box this Lent has an image of 6-year-old Dansa on the front pictured in a school that was built and is run by Trócaire. Badada is her older sister and the photo here is of Badada walking her younger sister to school.


A Trócaire Lenten thought.

When Christ went to prepare himself for what was to come, he chjse a dry desert place without river or water. As we enter the Lenten Season the Trócaire Campaign asks us to stand by those who live in such barren desert places. At a time when we recently responded so generously to those victims of such a torrent of water in Asia, we are also asked to reach out to those in places deficient of the water we all need to live. Remember - the tiniest ripple of compassion can reach the farthest shores.


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

Only four weeks to go to the day when you may have €20,000 or €15,000 , or €10,000 euro extra in your pocket.

If you are not in, you can't win

€20,000, or €15,000 or €10,000 or many more prizes

Tickets cost €100

See the ticket sellers after Masses, and thanks to all who bought a ticket already.

See our article on the website.


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week................'Clivia'

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking !


Having a special event

Why not use our website to record your Parish wedding/baptism or special event? We can accommodate photographs and short articles.

Contact the Sacristy at 086.3107499 or email mail@stpatrickscork.com


Parish Contact Numbers

Canon Liam Leader PP ...................001.353.21.4500282

Fr. Bernard Cotter........................... 001.353.21.4502696

Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy ..............001.353.21.4551503

Emergency (Priest on Duty)..............001.363.87.8252284

Sacristy (except Thursday) ..............001.353.86.3107499


Collection Last Week

Church and Renovation..........................................€ 1,802

Thanks to all who contributed


Lower Road Resident's Association

Lunch for residents of the Lower Road only on the 6th. march at 1 pm in the Metropole. Two persons per household, with the compliments of the Arcadia Builders.

Contact Noreen at 021.4508993 or Nancy at 021.4506976 before 22nd. February.


Super Draw

If you are not in, you can't win.

Tickets for sale at main door or contact Maurice in the Sacristy.


Newsletter Contents

This is your newsletter and we would be delighted to include notice of meetings/events or short articles for publication. There is usually plenty of space available provided sufficient notice is given.

The Parish Bulletin goes to print on Monday every week. Therefore if you wish to hjve an item included on a particular weekend you should hand it in to the Sacristy not later than the Sunday before.


Mayfield Community School Gala Ball

Past Pupils Reunion, 25th. February 2005

Silversprings Hotel, Black Tie,

Music by Soulmasters

For details contact Janette at 001.353.21.4506855, or,

email admin@mayfieldcommunityschool.ie


Websites of the Week

A listening ear for those finding life difficult at this time www.samaritans.org


Newsletter and Website

Visit our website............ www.stpatrickscork.com

You can write to us or send us feedback at ...mail@stpatrickscork.com


Diosesan Website

The Cork and Ross dioceses has its own website at www.corkandross.org

Why not visit and have a look.'The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely n


Italian Pilgrimage

To Rome, San Giovanni and Asssisi, 10th. June 2005 - seven nights.

Direct from Cork........ price €1,079

Names and deposits are being taken. For further information please contact Mary Lane at 001.353.21.4503287


Lourdes Invalid Fund

There was a special collection at all Masses last weekend.

The proceeds amounting to € 2,500 will subsidise the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes for individuals whose health and/or means would otherwise prevent them from travelling to Lourdes.

Thanks to all who supported this worthy cause.


Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes

11th to 16th June 2005 - 5 nights Full Board accommodation

Booking forms available for the pilgrim section from Joe Walsh Tours, 117 Patrick Street, Phone 001.353.21 4277959

Enquiries for special Invalid Section to The Pilgrimage Director, Monsignor Kevin O'Callaghan, Parochial House Bandon 001.353.23.43794


Irish Night in aid of the Third World

Ardfallan Centre, Douglas Road, Cork on Thursday 10th March, 9pm to 12 pm.

Donal Ring Ceile Band..........Compere Paddy O'Donovan

Spot Prizes, Price, including supper - €7.00

(Parking at Douglas Swimming Pool Car Park)


Church Directory 2005

This useful directory contains details of Mass Times, Parishes, Priests, Sisters, offices, religious congregations and societies, schools and colleges, social services and much more.

The 2005 version of the Directory is now available in the Sacristy, price €5.00.



3rd. Sunday of Lent - Year A.....................

..............................27th. February 2005 - No. 953


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to John(4 : 5 - 42)

Jesus came to the Samaritan town called Sychar, near the land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob's well is there and Jesus, tired by the journey, sat straight down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, 'Give me a drink.'

His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, 'What? You are a Jew and you ask me, a Samaritan, for a drink? - Jews, in fact, do not associate with Samaritans.'

Jesus replied: 'If you only knew what God is offering and who it is that is saying to you: Give me a drink, you would have been the one to ask, and he would have given you living water.'

'You have no bucket, sir', she answered 'and the well is deep: how could you get this living water? Are you a greater man than our father Jacob who gave us this well and drank from it himself with his sons and his cattle?

Jesus replied: Whosoever drinks this water will get thirsty again; but any one who drinks the water that I shall give will never be thirsty again: the water that I shall give will turn into a spring inside him, welling up to eternal life.'

'Sir,' said the woman 'give me some of that water, so that I may never get thirsty and never have to come here again to draw water.'

'I see you are as prophet, sir' said the woman. 'Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, while you say Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.'

Jesus said: 'Believe me woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusulam.

You worship what you do not know, we worship what we do know; for salvation comes from the Jews. But the hour will come - in fact it is here already - when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: that is the kind of worshippers the Father wants. God is spirit and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth.'

The woman said to him, 'I know that Messiah - that is Christ - is coming and when he comes he will tell us everything.'

'I who am speaking to you,' said Jesus 'I am he.'

Many Samaritans of that town had believed in him on the strength of the woman's testimony when she said, 'He told me all I have ever done,' so when the Samaritans came up to him, they begged him to stay with them. He stayed for two days, and when he spoke to them many more came to believe; and they said to the woman, 'Now we no longer believe because of what you told us; we have heard him ourselves and we know that he really is the saviour of the world.'

This is the Gospel of the Lord.



Pope's Message for Lent 2005

"Loving the Lord means life to you, and length of days"

(This is the second extract from the Pope's Message, the final extract will be published next week)

Human life is a precious gift to be loved and defended in each of its stages. The Commandment, 'You shall not kill!', always requires respecting and promoting human life, from its beginning to its natural end. It is a command that applies even in the presence of illness and when physical weakness reduces the person's ability to be self relient. If growing old, with its inevitable conditions, is accepted serenely in the Mystery of the Cross, which gives full sense to human existence.

The elderly need to be understood and helped in this perspective. I wish, here, to express my appreciation to those who dedicate themselves to fulfilling these needs, and I also call upon other people of good will to take advantage of Lent for making thier own personal contribution. This will allow many elderly not to think of themselves as aburden to the community, and sometimes even to their own families, living in a situation of loneliness that leads to the temptation of isolating themselves or becoming discouraged.

It is necessary to raise the awareness in public opinion that the elderly represent, in any case, a resource to be valued. For this reason, economic support and legislative initiatives, which allow them not to be excluded from social life, must be strengthened. In truth, during the last decade, society has become more attentive to their needs, and medicine has developed palliative cures that, along with an integral approach to the sick person, are particularly beneficial for long-term patients.

To be continued... The full Pope's Lenten message is available on the Vatican website www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/messages/lent


Monthly Coffee Morning

Ballinlough Pastoral Centre, after 10 am Mass, Wednesday 2nd March

Topic: Asylum Seekers.....'What's the true story?

Guest Ger Forde, Cois Tine. ......................All are Welcome


St. Patrick's Parish Accounts for 2004 (euros)

Opening Balance (01/01/04)..................21,050

Income

Offertory Collection ...............................67,386

Donations/Bequests .............................. 9,815

Shrines ...............................................11,849

Books/Magazines ..................................3,202

Interest on Deposit .................................1,856

Missions (Peru/Ecuador) ...........................686

Deposit Withdrawn ...............................70,000

Other .......................................................580

Expenditure

Wages/Salaries ....................................16,312

Other .....................................................8,725

Housekeepers Subsidies (2 years) ...........4,171

Supply .....................................................769

Insurance .............................................13,695

Light ......................................................5,564

Heat ......................................................4,715

Cleaning ................................................6,909

Phone/Post/Stationery .......................... .5,684

Church Requisites ..................................6,451

Books/Magazines ..................................3,335

Repairs/Maintenance (2 Churches).........45,539

Presbytery ............................................7,041

Purchase of Equipment ..........................1,455

Other purchases ........................................82

Professional Fees ......................................50

Bank Charges .......................................1,226

Diocesan Fund ......................................5,455

Benevolent Fund ................................... 3,971

Eucharistic Procession .............................500

Confirmation ..............................................50

Missions .................................................338

Miscellaneous .......................................3,717

 

Closing Balance (31/12/04) ...................37,315


Post Primary Cathechetics

In-service program 2004 - 2005, The Monastic Tradition, Historical and Contemporary Expressions

by Sr. Eleanor OCSO Glencairn Abbey

Tuesday 3rd. March 7.30 pm, at

Cork Education Support Centre, Western Road, Cork

 


Trócaire Story

Pope John Paul 11 in his Lenten message asks us to reflect on the role and place of the elderly within our society. This theme is very related to the Lenten story from Ethopia this year.

Badada is the oldest in her family. Although she lives beside her family, she lives in a seperate house with her grandmother, Jatan. Badada has lived with her grandmother since she was a small child. This is very common in her culture. As well as helping with her family's chores and looking after the cattle, Badada cooks, cleans and cares for her grandmother. Because her grandmother is very old and frail, Badada does not like to leave her alone although she sometimes goes to the market to sell milk from the cattle. Although she works hard, Babada says she does not mind. She loves and respects her grandmother and wants to look after her. In Ethiopia, respect for old people is very important.

The Pope says in his Lenten message, 'How important it is to rediscover this mutual enrichment between different generations .... What would happen if the people of God yeilded to a certain current mentality that considers these people, our brothers and sisters, as almost useless, when they are reduced in their capacities due to the difficulties of age or sickness'.


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

Only three weeks to go to the day when you may have €20,000 or €15,000 , or €10,000 euro extra in your pocket.

If you are not in, you can't win

€20,000, or €15,000 or €10,000 or many more prizes

Tickets cost €100

See the ticket sellers after Masses, and thanks to all who bought a ticket already.

See our article on the website.


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week................'Clivia'

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking !


Having a special event

Why not use our website to record your Parish wedding/baptism or special event? We can accommodate photographs and short articles.

Contact the Sacristy at 086.3107499 or email mail@stpatrickscork.com


Parish Contact Numbers

Canon Liam Leader PP ...................001.353.21.4500282

Fr. Bernard Cotter........................... 001.353.21.4502696

Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy ..............001.353.21.4551503

Emergency (Priest on Duty)..............001.363.87.8252284

Sacristy (except Thursday) ..............001.353.86.3107499


Collection Last Week

Church and Renovation..........................................€ 2,108

Thanks to all who contributed


Lower Road Resident's Association

Lunch for residents of the Lower Road only on the 6th. March at 1 pm in the Metropole. Two persons per household, with the compliments of the Arcadia Builders.

Contact Noreen at 021.4508993 or Nancy at 021.4506976 before 22nd. February.


Super Draw

If you are not in, you can't win.

Tickets for sale at main door or contact Maurice in the Sacristy.


Newsletter Contents

This is your newsletter and we would be delighted to include notice of meetings/events or short articles for publication. There is usually plenty of space available provided sufficient notice is given.

The Parish Bulletin goes to print on Monday every week. Therefore if you wish to hjve an item included on a particular weekend you should hand it in to the Sacristy not later than the Sunday before.


Mayfield Community School Gala Ball

Past Pupils Reunion, 25th. February 2005

Silversprings Hotel, Black Tie,

Music by Soulmasters

For details contact Janette at 001.353.21.4506855, or,

email admin@mayfieldcommunityschool.ie


Websites of the Week

A listening ear for those finding life difficult at this time www.samaritans.org


Newsletter and Website

Visit our website............ www.stpatrickscork.com

You can write to us or send us feedback at ...mail@stpatrickscork.com


Diosesan Website

The Cork and Ross dioceses has its own website at www.corkandross.org

Why not visit and have a look.'The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely n


Italian Pilgrimage

To Rome, San Giovanni and Asssisi, 10th. June 2005 - seven nights.

Direct from Cork........ price €1,079

Names and deposits are being taken. For further information please contact Mary Lane at 001.353.21.4503287


Alzheimers Society

Home Care workers required for part-time hours in Cork County. Previous experience working with dementia/older adults is desirable. Duties will include providing home support and recreational activities within our clients homes. Contact Marie @ The Alzheimer Society 001.353.21.4391691


Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes

11th to 16th June 2005 - 5 nights Full Board accommodation

Booking forms available for the pilgrim section from Joe Walsh Tours, 117 Patrick Street, Phone 001.353.21 4277959

Enquiries for special Invalid Section to The Pilgrimage Director, Monsignor Kevin O'Callaghan, Parochial House Bandon 001.353.23.43794


Irish Night in aid of the Third World

Ardfallan Centre, Douglas Road, Cork on Thursday 10th March, 9pm to 12 pm.

Donal Ring Ceile Band..........Compere Paddy O'Donovan

Spot Prizes, Price, including supper - €7.00

(Parking at Douglas Swimming Pool Car Park)


Church Directory 2005

This useful directory contains details of Mass Times, Parishes, Priests, Sisters, offices, religious congregations and societies, schools and colleges, social services and much more.

The 2005 version of the Directory is now available in the Sacristy, price €5.00.



4th. Sunday of Lent - Year A.....................

..............................6th. March 2005 - No. 954


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to John(9 : 1- 41)

As Jesus went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. He spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man and said to him, 'Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam' (a name that means 'sent'). so the blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored.

His neighbours and people who earlier had seen him begging said, 'Isn't this the man who used to sit and beg?' Some said 'Yes, it is the same one.' Others said, 'No, he only looks like him.' The man himself said 'I am the man.'

They brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. It had been a sabbath day when Jesus made the paste and opened the man's eyes, so when the Pharisees asked him how he had come to see, he said, 'He put a paste on my eyes, and I washed, and I can see.' Then some of the Pharisees said, 'This man cannot be from God: he does not keep the sabbath.' Other said, 'How could could a sinner produce signs like this?' And there was disagreement among them. So they spoke to the blind man again, 'What have you to say about him yourself, now that he has opened your eyes?' 'He is a prophet' replied the man.

'Are you trying to teach us,' they replied 'and you a sinner through and through, since you were born!' And they drove him away.

Jesus heard they had driven him away, and when he found him he said to him, 'Do you believe in the Son of Man?' 'Sir' the man replied 'tell me who he is so that I may believe in him.' Jesus said, 'You are looking at him; he is speaking to you.' The man said, 'Lord, I believe', and worshipped him.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.



Pope's Message for Lent 2005

"Loving the Lord means life to you, and length of days"

(This is the final extract from the Pope's Message.)

The greater amount of free time at their stage of life offers the elderly the opportunity to face the primary issues that perhaps had been previously set aside, due to concerns that were pressing or considered a priority nonetheless. Knowledge of the nearness of the final goal leads the elderly person to focus on that which is essential, giving importance to those things that the passing of years do not destroy.

Precisely because of this condition, the elderly person can carry out his or her role in society. If it is true that man lives upon the heritage of those who preceded him, and that his future depends definitely on how cultural values of his own people are transmitted to him, and the wisdom and experience of the elderly can illuminate his path on the way of progress towards an ever more complete form of civilisation.

How important it is to rediscover this mutual enrichment between different generations! The Lenten Season, with its strong call to conversation and solidarity, leads us this year to focus on these important themes which concern everyone. What would happen if the People of god yielded to a certain current mentality that considers these people, our brothers and sisters, as almost useless when they are reduced in their capacities due to the difficulties of age or sickness?. Instead, how different the community would be, if, beginning with the family, it tries always to remain open and welcome towards them.

Dear brothers and sisters, during Lent, aided by the Word of God, let us reflect upon how important it is that each community accompany with loving understanding those who grow old. Moreover, one must become accustomed to thinking confidently about the mystery of death, so that the definitive encounter with God occur in a climate of interior peace, in the awareness that He "who knit me in my mother's womb (cf. Psalm 149:13b) and who willed us "in his image and likeness" (cf. Gen. 1:26) will receive us.

Mary, our guide on the Lenten journey, leads all believers, especially the elderly, to an ever more profound knowledge of Christ dead and risen, who is the ultimate reason for our existence. May she, the faithful servant of her divine Son, together with Saints Ann and Joachim, intercede for each one of us "now and at the hour of our death". My Blessing to All

The full Pope's Lenten message is available on the Vatican website www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/messages/lent


Priesthood Information Day

The Diocese of Cork and Ross is inviting people who want to be priests of the diocese to attend an Information Day on Sunday 19th. March at Ennismore Retreat Centre, Montenotte, Cork, from 11 am to 5 pm.

Contact Fr. Aidan O'Driscoll at St. Finbarr's College, Farranferris, Cork. Call him on 001.353.21.4303015 or email him at priesthood@corkand ross.org


St. Patrick's Parish Accounts for 2004 (euros)

Special Collections in 2004

Marriage Counselling ..........................................2,050

Holy Places ......................................................... 800

Episcopal Commissions ......................................1,760

Peter's Pence .....................................................1,635

Student Education Fund ......................................2,180

Missions Sunday ................................................2,575

Lourdes Fund .................................................... 2,600

All special collections were forwarded to the appropriate groups


Lower Glanmire Road Residents Association

AGM will take place in St. Patrick's Hall on Monday 7th. March at 8 pm.

All are welcome


Build a Boat Appeal

Concert featuring,

The Woman's Chorale from Ithaca College, New York

Voices of Cork 2005,

The Eudoxa Quartet,

Special guest Cara O'Sullivan

in Christ the King Church on Tuesday 8th. March at 8 pm.

Tickets€ 10 available from Mass Office, Veritas or Pro Musica

The money raised will build a replacement boat for those lost in the Tsunami. A wooden boat costs€ 2,000 and a fibre-glass catamaran costs€ 3,000. Each boat will provide a living for one fisherman and his family


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

Only twoweeks to go to the day when you may have €20,000 or €15,000 , or €10,000 euro extra in your pocket.

If you are not in, you can't win

€20,000, or €15,000 or €10,000 or many more prizes

Tickets cost €100

See the ticket sellers after Masses, and thanks to all who bought a ticket already.

See our article on the website.


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week................'Clivia'

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking !


Having a special event

Why not use our website to record your Parish wedding/baptism or special event? We can accommodate photographs and short articles.

Contact the Sacristy at 086.3107499 or email mail@stpatrickscork.com


Parish Contact Numbers

Canon Liam Leader PP ...................001.353.21.4500282

Fr. Bernard Cotter........................... 001.353.21.4502696

Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy ..............001.353.21.4551503

Emergency (Priest on Duty)..............001.363.87.8252284

Sacristy (except Thursday) ..............001.353.86.3107499


Collection Last Week

Church and Renovation..........................................€ 2,068

Thanks to all who contributed


Happy Mother's Day

On Mother's Day every mother wakes up with a feeling of expectancy, in the hope of receiving flowers or chocolates from her children, or a touching moment when her four year old presents her with a flower from the garden. These few lines say it all:

Mum I will always think about your love

Your caring for my tears

Your smiles that brighten up my day

Like sunshine from above. ...........................Angela Mulvihill


Super Draw

If you are not in, you can't win.

Tickets for sale at main door or contact Maurice in the Sacristy.


Newsletter Contents

This is your newsletter and we would be delighted to include notice of meetings/events or short articles for publication. There is usually plenty of space available provided sufficient notice is given.

The Parish Bulletin goes to print on Monday every week. Therefore if you wish to hjve an item included on a particular weekend you should hand it in to the Sacristy not later than the Sunday before.


Tsunami Appeal Concert

In conjunction with Trocaire

Mary Hegarty, St. Francis Choir, City of Cork Male Voice Choir, Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig, Chorus of Opera Cork, Carrigaline Singers and Madrigal ''75

in St. Francis Church, Trinity Street on Sunday 6th. March at 8 pm.

Tickets€ 20 available from Mass Office or Opus 11 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork


Websites of the Week

A listening ear for those finding life difficult at this time www.samaritans.org


Newsletter and Website

Visit our website............ www.stpatrickscork.com

You can write to us or send us feedback at ...mail@stpatrickscork.com


Diosesan Website

The Cork and Ross dioceses has its own website at www.corkandross.org

Why not visit and have a look.'The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely n


Italian Pilgrimage

To Rome, San Giovanni and Asssisi, 10th. June 2005 - seven nights.

Direct from Cork........ price €1,079

Names and deposits are being taken. For further information please contact Mary Lane at 001.353.21.4503287


ISPCC Wants Your Opinion

What do young people need?

What do you believe the ISPCC could do to improve the lives of children and young people in your area?

The ISPCC has a vision of a society in which all children are loved, valued and able to fulfil their potential.

Come along to our Public Meeting in the Gresham Metropole Hotel on Monday 7th. march at 8.30 pm and help us make a real difference to children's lives.


Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes

11th to 16th June 2005 - 5 nights Full Board accommodation

Booking forms available for the pilgrim section from Joe Walsh Tours, 117 Patrick Street, Phone 001.353.21 4277959

Enquiries for special Invalid Section to The Pilgrimage Director, Monsignor Kevin O'Callaghan, Parochial House Bandon 001.353.23.43794


Irish Night in aid of the Third World

Ardfallan Centre, Douglas Road, Cork on Thursday 10th March, 9pm to 12 pm.

Donal Ring Ceile Band..........Compere Paddy O'Donovan

Spot Prizes, Price, including supper - €7.00

(Parking at Douglas Swimming Pool Car Park)


Church Directory 2005

This useful directory contains details of Mass Times, Parishes, Priests, Sisters, offices, religious congregations and societies, schools and colleges, social services and much more.

The 2005 version of the Directory is now available in the Sacristy, price €5.00.


A new weekly section to the Parish Newsletter dealing specifically with the Holy Family Church, to be known as 'Holy Family News' is under construction. Fr. Bernard Cotter, Priest in Charge, has put his thoughts to paper on the style of this publication, as below. This is a new exciting development and will take some weeks to format on the Home Page............please bear with us.

 

Fr Bernard writes....

I'm one year on ‘the Hill'!

M y first day in Holy Family was Saturday 21 February 2004 — just over a year ago. I was very nervous arriving on the Hill, having been out of parish life for the previous few years. I was afraid I might have got rusty!
It didn't take long for me to realise how fortunate I was. To be welcomed into a real community in the heart of the city was an amazing experience. Now that I am here a few months, I boast about this wonderful place, so rare in the urban context. Anything I can do to enhance that over the next few years, I will try to do.
What is marvellous about Holy Family is how people look out for each other and mind each other. It's what being part of a parish is all about, yet many places just don't have that same spirit. I would love to welcome even more people into the church here, to experience the welcome I have experienced. We still have room for more church-goers at Holy Family.
I've floated some ideas for the future on the back cover (volunteers welcome!) Nothing will happen without a lot of help: maybe you could offer your talents to the community?
I'll include a ‘sign-up sheet' with the dues letter: if you see something that you could give a little energy to, please add your name and phone number to the sheet, and send it back with the Dues.
Thanks again for your great welcome.
Fr Bernard

PS You'll find the regular (St Patrick's) parish newsletter inside this leaflet, but the back cover is also ours for Holy Family matters. I hope you like this new formula!

NOTICES

Confessions for Easter
You are invited to a Penitential Service on the Monday of Holy Week (21 March) at 7.30 pm in Holy Family Church. The service will be prayerful and calm (and brief!) and will include the opportunity for Confession.
If you would like Confession after Mass (as last year), be sure to go to St Patrick's Church next weekend, where there will be Confessions after each Mass.

Holy Week timetable
Holy Thursday is on Thursday fortnight, 24 March: Mass will be at 8 pm that evening. Good Friday: Stations at 12 noon, the Liturgy of the Passion will be at 3 pm. Taizé-style ‘Prayer around the Cross' will from 8 to 9 pm. The Easter Vigil will be celebrated on Saturday 26th at 8 pm (there will be no 7pm Mass that Saturday). The Vigil will be followed by a party, to celebrate Easter (thanks to the ICA)!

This week's calendar
Monday 7 March: Saints Perpetua & Felicity, martyrs
Tuesday, 8 March: St John of God, patron saint of nurses and the sick. Also St Senan.
Wednesday 9 March: St Frances of Rome
Thursday 10 March
Friday 11 March: St Aengus (died AD 830)
Saturday 12 March
Sunday 13 March: Fifth Sunday of Lent
Readings: Ezekiel 37: 12-14; Psalm 129;
Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45.

THE FUTURE

A few ideas for 2005

How about......

• A newsletter for this community?
Nothing can be done without a means of communication. A local newsletter is a great way to go — not just for church notices but for local news and other tidbits of information. I'll do something limited over the next few months (until summer), hoping I can gather a few interested parties by September. Would you like to help?

• A children's Mass?
Children often feel ‘at sea' during Mass, it's such an adult experience. An occasional Family Mass, with children involved right through, might help. With the help of a few parents, who knows what we might do?

• A tea/coffee morning?
Now that we have an equipped kitchen, how about using it for a social gathering after morning Mass. Tea and coffee makers and washers-up needed: can you help?

• A management committee?
To maintain and develop the church and hall will need a management committee, with nominated and elected members. (This might also leave me freer for priestly jobs). I'm still churning the idea over in my head, but would welcome your thoughts before presenting the idea at Masses after Easter.

Lots of helpers needed!