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1st. Sunday of Lent Year C ...............................................

..................................................................February 29th. 2004 - No. 901


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to Luke (4:1 - 13)

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted there by the devil for forty days. During that time he ate nothing, and at the end he was hungry. Then the devil said to him, 'If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to turn into a loaf'

But Jesus replied, 'Scripture says: Man does not live on bread alone.'

Then leading him to a height, the devil showed him in a moment of time all the kingdoms of the world and said to him, 'I will give you all this power and the glory of these kingdoms, for it has been committed to me and I give it to anyone I choose. Worship me, then, and it shall all be yours.'

But Jesus answered him. 'Scripture says: you must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone.'

Then he led him to Jerusalem and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple. 'If you are the Son of God' he said to him 'throw yourself down from here, for the scripture says: He will put his angels in charge of you to guard you, and again: they will hold you up on their hands in case you hurt your foot against a stone.'

But Jesus answered him, 'It has been said: You must remember not to put the Lord your God to the test'.

Having exhausted all these ways of tempting him, the devil lefthim, to return at the appointed time.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Reflecting and Responding to the Word

Jesus is faced with the choices in the desert. There is the temptation 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?


Pope's Message for Lent 2004

Final excerps from the Pope's Message

''With great admiration I think of all those committed to caring for underprivileged children and those who alleviate the sufferings of children and their families resulting from war and violence, inadequate food and water, forced immigration and the many forms of injustice present in the world.''

''Together with such great generosity, however, a word must be said about the selfishness of those who do not 'receive' children. There are young people who have been profoundly hurt by the voilence of adults: sexual abuse, forced prostitution, involvement in the sale and use of drugs; children forced to work or enlist for combat; young children scarred forever by the break-up of the family; little ones caught up in the obscene trakkicking of organs and persons''

''What evil have these children done to merit such suffering? From a human standpoint it is not easy, indeed it may be impossible, to answer this disturbing question. Only faith can make us begin to understand so profound an abyss of suffering.''

''Dear Brothers and Sisters, let us set out with trust on our Lenten journey, sustained by fervent prayer, penance and concern for those in need. In particular, may this Lent be a time of ever greater concern for the needs of children, in our families and in society as a whole: for they are the future of humanity.''

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


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 challenge. How could it best offer spiritual formation for such a great number of converts to Christianity?

The response was to develope a series of teaching strategies designated 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 atime of renewal for those already Baptised.

The Lectionary we use at Mass is divided into a 3 yearly cycle. This is year C. This first Sunday of Lent takes in the Temptations of Christ.


Cork Peace Week 2004

The 28th annual Mass for Peace and Recocillation in Ireland will be concelebrated at St. Augustine's Church, Cork on Sunday 7th. March at 3.30 pm. Fr. Kevin Mullen, Omagh, Co. Tyrone will preach the sermon.

A Holy Hour and Peace Mass will take place on Friday 12th. March at 7.30 pm in the Convent Chapel, St Maries of the Isle. Fr. Silvestor O'Byrne OFM Cap will officiate.

The week will conclude with an Ecumenical Peace Service on Sunday 14th. March at 4 pm in the Church of Ireland Church, Carrigaline. Fr. Martin Tierney, Dublin will preach the sermon.


The Coeliac Society of Ireland

The Southern Branch of the Coeliac Society will hold a meeting in the SMA Centre, Wilton, on Tuesday March 2nd at 8.00 pm. There will be a Quiz night followed by refreshments. Everyone is welcome.


Irish Catholic

As and from 4th March we have to reluctantly increase the price of the Irish Catholic to 80 cent.


Introduction to Lent 2004

A meeting to explore the theme of Lent will be held from 8 pm to 10 pm on Thursday 4th. March in St Dominic's Retreat House, Ennismore.

Members of Trocaire's Communication and Education team based in the Cork office will facitate the Session. Those attending will receive copies of our Lenten materials. The session will also provide practical suggestions for participants to promote the focus of this year's campaign in their parish.

If you are interested in attneding this meeting please contact Canon Leader.

 


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week.................................'Streptocarpus'

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking?


Songs of Praise

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

38. God of Mercy and Compassion, and

48. Holy God we Praise thy Name.

Please join in.


Collection last week

Church and Renovations 2,116 Euro

Thanks to all who contributed.


Parish Pilgrimage 2005

To Rome, San Giovanni and Assisi

Deposits will be taken on Friday 5th. March in St. Patrick's Credit Union from 11 am to 12 noon.

For further information please phone Mary Lane 353.21.4503287.



Parish Contact Numbers

Canon Liam Leader PP ...................................................353.21.4500282

Fr. Bernard Cotter...........................................................353.21.4502696

Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy ............................................353.21.4551503

Emergency (Priest on Duty)............................................363.87.8252284

Sacristy (except Thursday) ...........................................353.86.3107499



Parish Website

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

Contact the Sacristy 353.86.3107499 or email mail@stpatrickscork.com


Historical Society Meeting

The Lower Glanmire Road Historical Society will meet in the Garda Club on Monday 1st. March ar 8.30 pm

A brief history and photos of your family will be appreciated.

For further information please phone Mary Lane at 353.21.4503287.


 

7th. Sunday of Year C ...............................................

..................................................................February 22nd. 2004 - No. 900


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to Luke (6:27-38)

Jesus said to his disciples,

'I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly. To the man who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek too; to the man who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from the man who robs you. Treat others as you would like them to treat you.

If you love those who love you, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what thanks can you expect? For even sinners do that much. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what thanks can you expect? even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount.

Instead, love your enemies and do good, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be compassionate as your Father is compasionate.

Do not judge, and you will not be judged yourselves; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give and there will be poured into your lap; because the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.'

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Reflecting on the Word

He made his living out of selling little pieces of jewellery and bracelets. One caught the eye; it had the letters WWJD. He told me they stood for, 'What would Jesus do?' This weekend's scripture urges us to imitate Christ in our day-to-day lives. This gospel is unbelievably hard because we live in a society that demands its 'pound of flesh'. yet Christ pushes us to 'love our enemies' - that is a real challange.


Responding to the Word

When I read the Gospel, I think of those of us who have been damaged and hurt by others, it's hard to forgive and even harder to forget. How much of our lives are wasted by carrying around all that pain. When Christ asked us to 'love our enemies' maybe he was pointing to the enemy within us - the hurtful past.

Is it possible to free ouselves by letting it go?


Pope's Message for Lent 2004

Excerps from the Pope's Message will be published over the next three weeks:

''To become 'one of the least' and 'to receive' the little ones: these are two aspects of a single teaching which the Lord repeats to His disciples in our time. Only the one who makes himself one of the 'least' is able to receive with love the 'least' of our brothers and sisters.

''Many believers strive faithfully to follow these teachings of the Lord. Here I would mention those parents who willingly take on the responsibility of a large family, mothers and fathers who, rather than considering success in their profession and career as the highest value, make every effort to pass on to their children those human and religious values that give true meaning to life.''

''With great admiration I also think of all those committed to caring for under-privilaged children and those who alleviate the sufferings of children and their families resulting from war and violence, inadequate food and water, forced immigration and the many forms of injustice present in the world.''

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


Ash Wednesday

O Lord that time of the year again. For us older ones, we think of the days of hardship and bleakness. Today lots of things have changed us, so what is Lent? The Season of Lent lasts for 40 days. Its name comes from an old word for Spring - because Easter is a springtime festival in the northern hemisphere. Lent is used to prepare people for Baptism. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of that journey - a time to reflect on our own pilgrim journey, a time to reflect on how our faith touches our lives. Traditionally we 'give up' something we normally enjoy at this time. Certainly it may be used to take time to examine certain areas in one's life. Rather than it is a time of 'punishment' it maybe seen as a time of spiritual growth.


Farewell Fr. David

Fr. David Murphy has been C.C. in St. Patrick's Parish and Priest in Charge in Holy family Church for the past five years. He takes up responsibilty today as Parish Priest of the combined parishes of Schull and Goleen.

While we wish him every blessing and favour, many will regret his leaving us. He knew everybody, shared out joys and sorrows and attended to all our spiritual needs.

As he has already served as curate in Schull parish he is going to work in familiar surroundings, where we trust he will have health and happiness.

He will be missed.


Welcome Fr. Bernard

Fr. Bernard Cotter comes in place of Fr. David Murphy as C.C. in St Patrick's Parish and Priest in Charge in Holy Family Church. He was ordained in 1984 and has served the past six years as Editor of 'Intercom' a national pastoral and liturgical resource magazine for people in ministry.

We welcome Fr. Bernard and look forward to the energy and expertise he will bring to his new ministry.

Cead mile failte.


Christening

We welcome into the Christian Community,

Daragh Anthony Boland.


Please Pray for the souls of;

Christy Milner, Tom Joyce, James Burrows and William Guilfoyle,

who's first anniversary is at this time.


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

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

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking?


Songs of Praise

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

91. Praise my soul The King of Heaven, and

49. Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty.

Please join in.


Collection last week

Lourdes Fund 2,265 euro

Church and Renovations 2,008 Euro

Thanks to all who contributed.


Trocaire News

Fr. Michael Murphy writes;

I visited Rwanda in September and saw once again how Trocaire work on the ground. Trocaire is an excellent Catholic Church attempt to assist people in the Third World.

Because of tribal involvement, people of Rwanda cannot negotiate peace and justice on their own. They need outside influence to discuss and negotiate. I would fear that further massacres would take plac in Burundi or Rwanda unless justice, peace and forgiveness are promoted. Trocaire are assisting in this phase in addition to promoting the ability of local people to feed themselves.



Parish Contact Numbers

Canon Liam Leader PP ...........................................................353.21.4500282

Fr. David Murphy ....................................................................353.21.4502696

Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy ......................................................353.21.4551503

Emergency (Priest on Duty)......................................................363.87.8252284

Sacristy (except Thursday) ......................................................353.86.3107499



Parish Website

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

Contact the Sacristy 353.86.3107499 or email mail@stpatrickscork.com



 

 

 


6th. Sunday of Year C ...............................................

..................................................................February 15th. 2004 - No. 899


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to Luke (6:17.20-26)

Jesus came down with the twelve and stopped at a piece of level ground where there was a large gathering of his disciples with a great crowd of people from all parts of Judea and from Jerusalem and fro the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon who had come to hear him and to be cured of their diseases.

Then fixing his eyes on his disciples he said;

'How happy are you who are poor; yours is the kingdom of God.

Happy you who are hungry now : you will be satisfied.

Happy are you who weep now ; you shall laugh.

Happy are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of Man.

Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, for then your reward will be great in heaven.

This is the way their ancestors treated the prophets.

But alas for you who are rich : you are having your consolation now,

Alas for you who have your fill now : you shall go hungry.

Alas for you who laugh now ; you shall mourn and weep.

Alas for you when the world speaks well of you !

This was the way their ancestors treated the false prophets'

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Reflecting on the Word

One of the topics we give a lot of time to is the weather. If we are planning to go anywhere or do anything we may take a look at the weather forecast. The readings for today forecast the atmosphere for those who do and do not put their trust in God.

Jesus describes how one can find blessedness as well as woe. What is surprising is that Jesus invites his followers to find happiness in conditions that wordly wisdom would shun as suffering

It is through the cross we grow.


Responding to the Word

In this gospel, Jesus is not saying, 'blessed is poverty', He is not telling those who are poor or marginalised to be happy with their lot. Instead, He is calling His followers to see as He does - the sacredness of each person.

How may I respond?. I'm sure there are people we shun for whatever reason, why not try and get beyond our judgement and see the good that lies within.

Pope's Message for Lent 2004

Excerps from the Pope's Message will be published over the next three weeks:

'This year's theme - 'Whoever Recieves one such child in my name receives me' - invites to reflect on the condition of children .... Jesus' words call upon us to see how children are treated in our families, in civil society, and in the Church.'

'Jesus had a particular love for children because of 'their simplicity, their joy of life, their spontaneity, and their faith filled with wonder'. For this reason He wishes the community to open its arms and its heart to them, even as He did ; 'Whoever Recieves one such child in my name receives me'. Alongside children Jesus aets the 'very least of the brethren' : the suffering, the needy, the hungry and thirsty, strangers, the naked, the sick, and the imprisoned. In welcoming them and loving them, or in treating them with indifference and contempt, we show our attidude towards him, for it is in them that He is particularly present'.

'In the years of his public life Jesus often insisted that only those who became like children will enter the Kingdom of Heaven ... 'Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven'.

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


TableQuiz

In aid of St. Patrick's Boys N.S. in Brian Dillon's GAA Club on Friday 27th. February ar 8.00 pm, Spots and Prizes.


Blood Doner Clinic

on Monday 16th. February in the GAA Hall, Mayfield from 6.00pm to 9.00 pm.


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week.................................'Camellia' (Susan Stone)

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking?


Songs of Praise

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

83.O Praise Ye the Lord, and

125. We Stand for God.

Please join in.


Collection last week

Church and Renovations 2,038 Euro

Thanks to all who contributed.


Cork and Ross Pilgrimage 2004 - Lourdes

11th. to 16th June - 5 nights, Full Board Accommodation, Booking forms available from Joe Walsh Tours, 117 Patrick Street, phone 353.21.4277959 or 353.21.4277120.

Enquiries for special invalid section tp the Pilgrimage Director, Monsignor Kevin O'Callaghan, Parocial House Bandon, Cork, 353.504.20528


Retreat for Young Men and Women

In St. Doninic's Retreat House, Ennismore, Montenotte, on Saturday 20th.and Sunday 21st. March.

Young people who contemplare Priestly or Religious life and wish to dedicate their lives to God are welcome to a weekend retreat organised by the Pauline Family.

This retreat will be a great help for all those who stand at the cross roads of their lives not knowing which road to take to make the maximum of their lives in futher.

For more details contact; Fr. Superior, Society of St. Paul, Maynooth, 353.1.6285933 or Sr. Superior, Disciples of the Devine Master, Stillorgan 353.1.2114949


Parish Contact Numbers

Canon Liam Leader PP ...........................................................353.21.4500282

Fr. David Murphy ....................................................................353.21.4502696

Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy ......................................................353.21.4551503

Emergency (Priest on Duty)......................................................363.87.8252284

Sacristy (except Thursday) ......................................................353.86.3107499


Irelands Changing Heart

Reception followed by public talk on Heart Health, in the City Hall, Cork, on Monday 16th. and Tuesday 17th. February, from 7.00 pm. to 9.00 pm.

Guest Speakers are, Cllr. Colm Burke, Rt. Honourable Lord Mayor of Cork, Mr. Michael Martin, TD, Minister for Health and Children, Cllr. Damian Wallace, Chairman, Southern Health Board, Dr. Mahon Varma, President, Irish Cardiac Society.

Come along and find out what you can do to improve your own health. Learn to love your heart.


Parish Website

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

Contact the Sacristy 353.86.3107499 or email mail@stpatrickscork.com


Christenings (addendum to Parish Newsletter)

Welcome into the Christian Community,

Cian Sean Ahern,

St. Therese de Lisieux Catholic Church, West Palm Beach, Florida. on 14th. Feb 2004

Grandad (Montenotte)


 

 

 


5th. Sunday of Year C ...............................................

..................................................................February 8th. 2004 - No. 898


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to Luke (5:1-11)

Jesus was standing one day by the lake of Gennesaret, with the crowd pressing round him listening to the word of God, when he caught sight of two boats close to the bank. The fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats - it was Simon's - and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, 'Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch.' 'Master,' Simon replied 'we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets'. And when they had done this they netted such a huge number of fish that their nets began to tear, so they signalled to their companions in the other boats to come and help them; when these came they filled the two boats to sinking point.

When Simon Peter saw this he fell at the knees of Jesus saying 'Leave me Lord, I am a sinful man'. For he and all his companions were completely overcome by the catch they had made; so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were Simon's partners. But Jesus said to Simon ' Do not be afraid; from now on it is men you will catch' Then bringing their boats back to land, they left everything and followed him.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Reflecting on the Word

Today we read of 'CALL and RESPONCE'. After some encouragement Isaiah answers, 'here I am, send me'. The fishermen let go off their fears and leave everything to follow Jesus.

I think it would be fair to say that many of us fear answering God's call in such radical terms and yet maybe all He wants us to do is the simple things well.

Many of us are answering that call by the responce we make in serving others in family and in the community. Keep going.


Responding to the Word

Even though we live in the frenetic super communication highway where we can be in touch with people in isolated parts of the world there are those in our very midst who crave our attention.

Responding to God's call begins within ourselves and within our homes.

How am I responding to God's call in my life?.


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

The AGM was held on Thursday 20th. January. A summary of the expenditure for the year ending 31.12.2003 is published here for your information.

Relief in cash: 4,695 euro, Special Grants: 19,205 euro, Coal Fund : 6,880 euro, Sundry Expenses: 389.85 euro.

The President and members of the Society wish to thank subscribers for their generosity in the Past.

St. Stephan, Patron of our Society, Pray for us.


Social and Resource Centre, 61, Roches Buildings, Richmond Hill, Cork.

Our pre-school is reopened. Please contact us at 353.21.4552634. (Mornings only).


Website of the Week

www.stop-discrimination.com

Check out the new EU directives on discrimination.


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week.................................'Viburnum tinus' (Laurustinus)

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking?


Songs of Praise

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

43. Hail Redeemer, King Devine, and

110. The King of Love my Shepard is.

Please join in.


Collection last week

Church and Renovations 2,086 Euro

Thanks to all who contributed.


Lourdes Invalid Fund

There will be special collection at all Masses on the weekend of 6th. and 7th. of February. The proceeds will subsidise the Annual Diocesen Prolgrimage to Lourdes for individuals whose health and/or means would otherwise prevent them from travelling to Lourdes. Please support this worthy cause.


Please Pray for the Souls of

Joe McCarthy and Molly Roynane.

and please remember in your prayers: Renee Greasley

who's first anniversary is at this time.


Parish Contact Numbers

Canon Liam Leader PP ...........................................................353.21.4500282

Fr. David Murphy ....................................................................353.21.4502696

Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy ......................................................353.21.4551503

Emergency (Priest on Duty)......................................................363.87.8252284

Sacristy (except Thursday) ......................................................353.86.3107499


Website Hits

The Parish Website was inaugurated in June 2003. Since then the number of visitors to the site has gradually built up from 67 in June to almost 300 per month in November, December and Jabuary. So far we have had almost 1,200 visitors to our site, the number of 'Hits' are in excess of 11,000.

During January we were visited from a wide range of places including; Australia, Canada, Chech Republic, France Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Seychelles, UK ,USA and more.

Have a look yourself and let us know what you think.

Our website address is; www.stpatrickcork.com


Parish Website

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

Contact the Sacristy 353.86.3107499 or email mail@stpatrickscork.com


The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

The Cork City Branch of the Alzheimer Society will hold a support meeting in Jury's Hotel Western Road, on Monday 9th February at 8.00 pm. All are welcome.


The Irish Catholic

As from 12th. February we will publish monthly Cork edition of The Irish Catholic, with three pages of news, information, interviews and pictures devoted to Cork.

Patricia O'Leary is the editor for the Cork edition and she would welcome news and photographs about the parish. She can be contacted at 353.21.4892329, or 353.86.3298778, or patoleary@eircom.net


Christenings

Welcome into the Christian Community,

Naoise Gerard Ryan, Aine Clare Garvan, Caithlin Eleanor McGinn, Cian Sean Ahern.


Parish Pilgrimage 2005

A meeting will be held in the Parish Hall on Wednesday 11th. February at 8 pm to discuss the venue fro above. For more information please contact Mary Lane at 353.21.4503287.


Young People

Do you have any suggestions for things you would like to see in this newsletter?. Please let us know by contacting the Sacristy, or send us an email.

 


4th. Sunday of Year C ...............................................

..................................................................February 1st. 2004 - No. 897


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to Luke (4:21-30)

Jesus began to speak in the synagogue,

'This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen'

And he won the approval of all, and they were astonished by the gracious words that came from his lips.

They said 'this is Joseph's son, surely?'

But he replied 'No doubt you will quote me saying 'Physician, heal thyself' and tell me 'We heard of all that happened in Capernaum, do the same in your own countryside'

And he went on 'I tell you solemnly, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country. There were many widows in Israel, I can assure you, in Elijah's day, when heaven remained shut for three years and six months and a great famine raged through the land, but Elijah was not sent to any one of these:he was sent to a widow of Zarephath, a Sidonian town. And in the prophet Elisha's time there were many lepers in Osrael, but none of these was cured except the Syrian Naaman'.

When they heard this everyone in the Synagogue was enraged. They sprang to their feet and hustled him out of the town; and they took him to the brow of the hill their town was built on, intending to throw him down the cliff, but he slipped through the crowd and walked away.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Reflecting on the Word

The gospel is a continuation of last week, the initial euphoria of the local being a celebrity preacher passes to something we still see today - the knives are out and soon enough the 'star' is brought of their pedestal.

Both Jeremiah (first Reading) and Jesus experience a rejection, yet their confidence doesn't come from the acceptance or applause of others, their strength is their unshakeable trust in God.


Responding to the Word

Moving beyond our comfort zone is always difficult. One may feel isolated and alone, yet there are times when one has to stand up for what one believes in.

In His life Jesus had a strong belief and confidence not only in His Father but He must have received encouragement from within his community.

On way of responding to the Word is to encourage those whom we know in their difficulty decisions.


Spring Concert

With Cara O'Sullivan, CorkSymphony Orchestra, Cor Cois Adhan, Christ the King Choir Choir

in Christ the King Church Choir, Turners Cross, Friday 6th. February, 8 pm

Tickets 15 euro available from Pro Musica 353.214271659, Veritas Book Shop 353.21.4251255 or Parish Office 353.21.4312465.

Proceeds in aid of Christ the King Church Restoriation Fund.


Retreat for Young Men and Women

In St Dominic's Retreat House, Ennismore, Montenotte, on Sat 20th. and Sun 21st. March.

Young people who contemplare Priestly or Religious life and wish to dedicate their lives to God are welcome to a weekend retreat organised by the Pauline Family.

This retreat will be a great help for all those who stand at the cross roads of their lives not knowing which road to take to make the maximum of their lives in future.

For more details contact:

Fr. Superior, Society of St. Paul Maynooth, (353 1 6285933) or Sr. Superior, Disciples of the Divine Master, Stillorgan (353.1.2114949)


The Coeliac Society of Ireland

The Souther Branch of the Coeliac Society will hold a meeting in the SMA Centre, Wilton, on Tuesday February 3rd at 8 pm.

There will be a Gluten Free Cookery Demonstration. Our Dietician will be on hand to meet new members and old. Everyone is welcome.


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week.................................'Sarcococca' (Sweet Box)

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking?


Songs of Praise

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

48. Holy God We Praise Thy Name, and

17. Be Thou My Vision

Please join in.


Collection last week

Church and Renovations 2,312 Euro

Thanks to all who contributed.


Lourdes Invalid Fund

There will be special collection at all Masses on the weekend of 6th. and 7th. of February. The proceeds will subsidise the Annual Diocesen Prolgrimage to Lourdes for individuals whose health and/or means would otherwisw prevent them from travelling to Lourdes. Please support this worthy cause.


Historical Society Meeting

The Historical Society of the Lower Glanmire Road and surrounding areas will hold a meeting in the Garda Club on Monday 2nd February at 8.30 pm.

All are welcome. please bring photos and a brief history of your family. Photos will be returned if desired.

For more information please phone Mary Lane 353.21.4503287


Parish Contact Numbers

Canon Liam Leader PP ...........................................................353.21.4500282

Fr. David Murphy ....................................................................353.21.4502696

Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy ......................................................353.21.4551503

Emergency (Priest on Duty)......................................................363.87.8252284

Sacristy (except Thursday) ......................................................353.86.3107499


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

The Centre commenced 2004 with a lovely party. It was great to see a full house.

Many people have come to live in the nicely refurbished houses in Suttons and Roches Buildings. We extend a cordial welcome to all. We have a social on Tuesdays and Thursday nights at 8 pm. and also on Wednesday afternoons. Various other events take place throughout the year.

It is the people who keep the projects alive so do attend and enjoy your local centre.

We extend a big thank you to all who sold and bought tickets for our Christmas raffle. Thanks also to local shops and pubs who supported the raffle.


Parish Website

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

Contact the Sacristy 353.86.3107499 or email mail@stpatrickscork.com


Day of reflection and Prayer

Bishopstown Lay Dominican Chapter invite you to join them from 10 to 6 pm. on Saturday, February 7th. in St. Domnic's Retreat House Ennismore, Montenotte.

Offering (including light lunch) 20 euro, payable on arrival.

For booking please contact Mrs. Jean McKeown, 086.1547944, or any council member.


 

 

 


3rd. Sunday of Year C ...............................................

..................................................................January 25th 2004 - No. 896


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to Luke (1:1-4; 4:14-21)

Seeing that many others have undertaken to draw up accounts of the events which have taken place among us, exactly as these were handed down to us by those who from the outset were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, I in my turn, after carefuly going over the whole story from the begining, have decided to write an ordered account for you, Theophilus, so that your Excellency may learn how well founded the teaching is that you have received.

Jesus, with the power of the Spirit in him, returned to Galilee; and his reputation spread throughout the countryside. He thaught in their synagogues and everybody praised him.

He came to Nazara where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day as he usually did. He stood up to read, and they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll he found the place where it is written:

The spirit of the Lord has been given to me for he has anointed me

He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor,

to proclaim liberty to captives

and to the blind new sight,

to set the downtrodden free,

to proclaim the Lord's year of favour.

He then rolled up the scroll, and gave it back to the assistant and sat down. And all eyes in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to speak to them, 'This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen'

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Reflecting on the Word

Three words sum up today's scripture; LIVING THE WORD

Jews and Christians believe that the Word of God is a living reality. The Word is our source of meaning. It is a Word that is life giving.

When we listen to God's Word being proclaimed in our liturgical gathering, we apply it to the way we see and live our lives. We give life to that Word through our witness.


Responding to the Word

We all know there are many words in our Mass. Some are meaningful, no doubt some are not heard at all because they don't apply to our daily experience.

That said, God's Word has something to say to those who hear it with faith and then reflect on it.

What does the scripture say to you?

How do we apply the readings at Mass to our lives?


Fundraising Committee

A meeting will take place on Monday 26th Jan at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall.

All members are requested to attend.


Parish Group

A few weeks before Christmas, about 18 of us met to discuss Parish Liturgy coming up to Christmas. Suggestions were made and it was agreed that a follow up meeting would be held in the new year.

So, if you are interested in participating in this, you are more than welcome to attend our next meeting on Saturday, Jan. 31st. at 11 am in the Parish Hall.


Are you over 60?

Would you like to improve the quality of life of older people?

Would you be willing to take part in a study in UCC?

If so, please contact Mike Murphy, CHSU @ 021.4902084 or 087.6438798


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week.................................'Hamamelis' (Witchhazel)

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking?


Songs of Praise

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

83. O Praise Ye the Lord, and

125. Praise be the Lord our God

Please join in.


Collection last week

Church and Renovations 2,154 Euro

Thanks to all who contributed.


Monastic Experience

There will be a weekend for single women interested in finding out more about monastic life of prayer, liturgy and work on;

Friday 6th. to Sunday 8th. February.

Places are limited and the preferred age is 22 - 40 years.

For more details contact Sr. Eleanor, Cistercian Sisters, St. Mary's Abbey, Glencairn, Co. Waterford.

Phone 35358.56168 or email info@glencairnabbey.org


Historical Society Meeting

The Historical Society of the Lower Glanmire Road and surrounding areas will hold a meeting in the Garda Club on Monday 2nd February at 8.30 pm.

All are welcome. please bring photos and a brief history of your family. Photos will be returned if desired.

For more information please phone Mary Lane 35321.4503287


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


Thanks from Edel House

The Combined Counties Association thanks you most sincerely for your help and co-operation during the recent Church Gate Collection for Edel House.

Sister Jane and all the staff of Edel House are most grateful to you for your great generosity. The sum of 656 euro was raised for this worthy cause.


Parish Website

Why not record your Parish wedding/baptism as an article with a photograph on the Parish Website?

Contact the Sacristy 086.3107499 or email mail@stpatrickscork.com


Day of reflection and Prayer

Bishopstown Lay Dominican Chapter invite you to join them from 10 to 6 pm. on Saturday, February 7th. in St. Domnic's Retreat House Ennismore, Montenotte.

Offering (including light lunch) 20 euro, payable on arrival.

For booking please contact Mrs. Jean McKeown, 086.1547944, or any council member.


Defence Forces Welfare Funds

Defence Forces Bands in Concert, City Hall, Cork. on Friday 6th. Feb. 8 pm

Guest Artiste, Regina Nathan (Soprano)

Admission ; Balcony 20 euro, Front Parterre 12 euro, Back Partree 8 euro.

Booking at the City Hall office 2nd to 6th. February at 10 - 1 and 2 - 5 pm. Please note; no phone or credit card bookings.


Spirituality of everyday life

One day retreat, (based on the writings of St. Therese)

A unique one day retreat will be held in St. Dominic's Ennismore on Sunday, January 31st., comprising of meditation, reflection and guided inputs to aid peace and healing to enter our hearts and lives.

Faciltated by Martina Lehane (author and producer of the nationally acclaimed 'Shower of Roses')

Bookings 021.4502520


 


2nd Sunday of Year C ...............................................

..................................................................January 18th 2004 - No. 895


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to John (2:1-11)

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, 'They have no wine'.

Jesus said, ''Woman why turn to me? My hour has not come yet.'

His mother said to the servants, 'Do whatever he tells you'. There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews; each could hold twenty or thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, 'Fill the jars with water,' and they filled them to the brim. 'Draw out some now' he told them 'and take it to the steward' They did this; the steward tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it came from - only the servants who had drawn the water knew - the steward called the bridegroom and said, 'People generally serve the best wine first, and keep the cheaper sort till the guests have had plenty to drink; but you have kept the best wine till now'

This was the first of the signs given by Jesus; it was given at Cana in Galilee. He let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Reflecting on the Word

New Year and new begining, today's scripture calls us to rejoice in a God's presence in the heart of the community. Unlike the Nancy Griffith song, 'God is watching us from a distance', our God lives within us, in our hearts and in the heart of the community. He is a God who journeys with us, we are never alone or abondoned


Responding to the Word

God Works through us, that is, if we are open to His ways.

Everyday of every week there will be someone who may need us.

It isn't what one says, we don't have to fill the silences with talk or advice. Being there, being present can be enough.

Take a look around you, is there anyone in the family or the work place, the school or staff room who may need the 'extra piece' of time?


How about a career in Psychiatric Nursing ?

Psychiatric nurses work with people of all ages in a variety of different settings. The aim of the 4 year BSc Nursing (psychiatric) Degree Programme is to facilitate the development of psychiatric nurses who will achieve the highest possible standard of practice.

If you are someone who enjoys working with people, communicates well, embraces a challange, is patient and caring then maybe Psychiatric Nursing is a career possibility for you.

The Southern Health Board are holding an information evening on Monday 19th. January in Jury's Hotel, Western Road at 7 pm. This is an opportunity to meet with Lecturers, Clinical Placement Co-ordinators and students, all of whom will be happy to answer your questions

Further details are available from Connie Mulcahy, Program Administrator 021.4904730; Mr Harry Gijbels, Course Director, 021.4904723, or Mr. Michael Cottrell, Director of Nursing, 021.4927284.


Theology from Home

We are offering a 14 week course,

Introduction to Christian Spirituality

starting on February 7th. 2004.

We follow the method of the Open University - participants receive a 'pack' with the full text, and are linked with one of our nine centres around the country.

For more information please contact:

The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24., Tel (01) 4048124 or (01) 4048132

email; enquiries@prioryinstitute.com


Grand Variety Concert

The Friends of Lough Derg are organising a Grand Variety Concert in aid of Lough Derg Building Fund ar Silversprings Moran Hotel on Sunday 15th. February at 7.30 pm

Tickets 15 euro are available from Mary Healy 021.4631382, John Dennehy 021.4883288, or Vincent de Paul Office, Tickey Street, Cork.


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

91. Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven, and

125. We Stand for God.

Please join in.


Collection last week

Church and Renovations 2,148 Euro

Thanks to all who contributed.


Favourite Poems with Music

An evening course for adults on popular poems and songs fron childhood and since.

This eight-evening course takes place at Blackpool Community Centre on Tuesdays 7.30 pm to 9.15 pm begining on Tuesday 27th January.

Fee 30 euro

Using tapes and overheads the course will be given by John Paul Cotter, known for his courses on Frank O'Conner and other Cork Authors.

Book your place by phoning Blackpool Community Centre 021.4501787


Make a Difference

Cork Water Safety is running Life-Saving Courses at Mayfield Swimming Pool on Thursday Nights at 8 pm.

8 - 10 week courses 50 euro

Enquiries; Phone 086-8447395 after 6 pm.


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


Parish Dues

The priests of the parish would like to thank all those who contributed to the Autumn Dues. Your generosity is appreciated.


Trocaire Emergency in Iran

The devastation and loss of life caused by the recent earthquake in the cith of Bam have been widely reported.

You can help Trocaire in their work in providing relief to the people of Bam by making a donation over the phone, 1850.408.408, on the net at www.trocaire.org or by dropping in to the Trocaire centre at 9, Cook Street. Cork.


Christening

Welcome into the Christian Community, Samual James O'Sullivan.


Please Pray for the Souls of

Nora Sheehan,

and please remember in your prayers,

Mary Walsh, and Cyril Deasy,

Who's first anniversary is at this time.


 


The Baptism of the Lord - Year C ...............................................

..................................................................January 11th 2004 - No. 894 The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to Luke(3:15-16, 21-22)

A feeling of expectancy had grown among 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'

Now when all the people had been baptised and while Jesus after his own baptism was at prayer, heaven opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily shape, like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.'

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.

 



Reflecting on the Word

Jesus identified himself with sinful men and women when he responded to John th Baptist's call to all people to repent, i.e. to do a re-think and change their lifestyle. God intervened and proclaimed Jesus to be different, his 'own Beloved Son', a person to be listened to and followed.

Jesus was baptised, immersed in water, a symbolic washing away of the sin as a prelude to the new sacremental baptism in which we got the benefit of the death and resurrection of Christ.


Responding to the Word

I am baptised. While the sacrement was given in the past it is a present reality. Always say 'I am baptised' i.e. I am immersed, steeped in the life of God, living now the life of grace.

When life on earth is over our remains will be covered with the white pall, the reminder that at our baptism we were wrapped in the white Christening robe and the priest said: 'You have become a creation and have clothed yourself in Christ....'

All our family and neighbours are sharing in and living the life of grace. Am I conscious of this when I am dealing with them?



St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York.

There are many Churches dedicated to St. Patrick. One of the most well known is St. Patrick's Cathedral in the middle of the skyscrapers of New York. As you might imagine it is visited by thousands of people every year and this has prompted the inclusion of the following article in their newsletter on 7th. December last.

'You know haw pleased we are when persons of other faiths or communions join us in prayer here at the Cathedral. The prayers we offer at mass include all of you, and we know you remember us in your prayers and goodwill. We all please the Lord in that.

If you are here during Mass or other services we hope that, if it pleases you, you will join our congregation in its responses and hymns.

With the kindest of thoughts, we explain why Holy Communion is reserved to Catholics. Ther are two rreasons, which we hope you will understand, knowing our good will

Catholics believe that Our Lord Jesus Christ, fillowing His words at the Last Supper and repeated at every Mass, is truly present as God and man in the host which is given as Communion. Because it is so sacred in that fact, we think it not proper to offer it to those who, in their honest belief, do not hold that Christ is truly and wholly present in Communion.

The second reason is that the reception of Communion is a bond of unity among Catholics. It is a sign of their identity as Catholics. We know that good people wish all of us to be clear in our religious affiliation.'

With thanks to a Cork St. Patrick's parishioner recently returned from New York.


Theology from Home

We are offering a 14 week course,

Introduction to Christian Spirituality

starting on February 7th. 2004.

We follow the method of the Open University - participants receive a 'pack' with the full text, and are linked with one of our nine centres around the country.

For more information please contact:

The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24., Tel (01) 4048124 or (01) 4048132

email; enquiries@prioryinstitute.com


Grand Variety Concert

The Friends of Lough Derg are organising a Grand Variety Concert in aid of Lough Derg Building Fund ar Silversprings Moran Hotel on Sunday 15th. February at 7.30 pm

Tickets 15 euro are available from Mary Healy 021.4631382, John Dennehy 021.4883288, or Vincent de Paul Office, Tickey Street, Cork.


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

48. Holy God we praise thy name, and

99. Seek Ye First

Please join in.


Collection last week

Church and Renovations 2,290 Euro

Thanks to all who contributed.


Evening Classes / Ranganna Oiche, Colaiste an Phiarsaigh, Gleann Maghair, Co. Chorcai

1. Computers Beginners (20 hours), Riomhairi (20 uair a chloig)

2. Gaeilge, beginners and advanced

3. Pottery / Potadoireacht, beginners and advanced.

4. Creative Writing, Scriobhnoireacht Chruthaitheach

5. French - Culture and Language, Fraincis - Cultur agus Teanga

6. Italian - Culture and Language, Iodalais - Cultur agus Teanga

7. Basic Cooking and Advanced Baking, Bacail / Cocaireacht

For further information, Tuilleadh Eolas - Fon 021.4821955, Co-ordinateoir - Nuala Ni Loinsigh.

Claru / Registration; Next Tuesday 13th. 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Classes will start on 20th. January and run for 10 weeks at 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

The availability of classes is subject to the numbers enrolling



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