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Archive 4 - 2nd May to 6th June

4th. Sunday of Easter, Year C ...............................................

.............................................................2nd. May 2004 - No. 910


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to John (10:27-30)

Jesus said:

'The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice;

I know them and they follow me.

I give them eternal life;

they will never be lost

and no one will ever steal them from me.

The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone,

and no one can steal them from the Father.

The Father and I are one.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


A new Contributor

We welcome Fr. Bernard as a contributor to the parish bulletin this week. He will be delighted to recieve feedback on his articles.


Where will we get priests?

I'll never forget Vocations Sunday in 1992. The Bishop Casey story had broken during the previous week. There was nothing else in the media by the weekend. But that Sunday was the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Vocations Sunday: what could I say in my homily? I stumbled through it somehow, but the event left a mark. The scandals that followed made talk of vocations even harder. Who would encourage vocations to a church with paedophiles in its ranks? Every preacher has wrestled with this as much as other members of the Church.

Yet priests are needed. Everyone knows about the vocations shortage. Ordinations have become rare in this country, and the age profile of clergy is rising fast. This Sunday's Gospel brings our focus back to where it should be. God's gift to humanity is eternal life: priests are needed to preach this amazing news. without this kind of focus, priests become managers, organisers, social workers etc. Preaching the Word of God and drawing people together in the Liturgy is what priests do: we will always be needed for this. So praying for and encouraging vocations to priesthood was never more important for believers.

Fr. Bernard .......................................email.....frbernard@eircom.net


Sacrament of Confirmation

Will take place this year on May 11th. at 11.30 in St. Patrick's Church


Parish Draw Meeting Tuesday 4th May 7.30pm in the Parish Hall

We are inviting all Ministers of the Word and Eucharist, and all those in the community to a special meeting of the Fund Raising Committee. The Draw is moving but it needs to move a little quicker. We need to broaden our base. It will be worth while.


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 @ 00.353.21.4902084 or 00.353.87.6438798


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

52,000 euro in prizes. Tickets 100 euro over a ten month period.

Why not get a ticket today? You might be smiling on March 17th. 2005


First Communion

Saturday 1st. at 11am the children from Scoil Mhuire, Scoil Eanna and CBC.

Sunday 2nd at 12 Mass the children from St. Luke's School.

Please note that there will be no 10am Mass on Saturday 1st May


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week................'Laurus nobilis' .....(Sweet Bay)

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,

42. Hail Queen of Heaven.

Please join in.


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


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 00.353.86.3107499 or email mail@stpatrickscork.com


Collection last week

Church and Renovation 1,838 euro,

Bishops Commissions 1,760 euro,

Thanks to all who contributed.


The Catholic Unattached Directory

Are you an unattached Catholic seeking new friends or perhaps looking for someone special? Why not join the Catholic Unattached Directory?

It is run by practising Catholics for practising Catholics. For free information pack, ring Dublin at 00.353.1.2837888 or write to The Catholic Unattached Directory, 10, Lower Abbey Street, FREEPOST (F2046), Dublin 1, or visit the web pages at www.cathud.com


Monthly Coffee Morning

Ballinlough Pastoral Centre,.........after 10am Mass,..........Wednesday 5th. May

Topic: Social Justice

Guest Sr. Shirley O'Sullivan, Cork Aliance for Justice and Social Care,

All Welcome


Cork Lifelong Learning Festival

Friday 7th. and Saturday 8th May 2004, Cork City of Learning

For details, phone 00.353.21.4924596 or visit us at www.corkcity.ie/learningfestival


The Coeliac Society of Ireland

The Southern Branch of the Coeliac Society will hold a meeting in the SMA Centre, Wilton, on Tuesday May 4th. at 8.00pm.

Our Summer Party Night. 'Bring some, taste some' ..........Everyone is Welcome


Fancy a cuppa?

There's a Tea Day at Holy Family Church next Thursday morning, 6th. May, after 9.25 Mass. All proceeds go to the Alzeimers Society of Ireland. Come along for a cuppa after Mass and support this worthy cause. (Tea available in the sacristy/kitchen area up to 12 noon on Thursday)


Brigend & District Male Voice Choir

Will sing at the 6pm Mass o Sunday 2nd May. They will sing for 10 minutes before Mass and 20 minutes after Mass. We welcome them and hjpe they enjoy Cork hospitality.

Don't forget that you can see them in action on Saturday 1st. May at 8pm in the Lough Church in a Concert in aid of the Lough Church Restoration Fund.

The choir was established in 1960 and over the years has generously raised many thousands of euro for worthwhile causes.


Could you help?

St. Joseph's school for the visually impared are looking for volunteers who will run or walk the women's mini-marathon on Monday 7th. June. All money raised will go towards the funding of a pre-school service for the blind and visually impaired children aged between 0 and 5 years. For further information contact Stella on 00.353.1.8373635


 


5th. Sunday of Easter, Year C ...............................................

.............................................................9th. May 2004 - No. 911


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to John (13:31-35)

When Judas had gone Jesus said:

'Now has the Son of Man been glorified,

and in him God has been glorified.

If God has been glorified in him,

God will in turn glorify him in himself,

and will glorify him very soon.

My little children,

I shall not be with you much longer.

I give you a new commandment:

love one another;

just as I have loved you,

you also must love one another.

By this love you have for one another,

everyone will know that you are my disciples.'

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Where are you headed?

It's very important to have a good party song! My grandaunt had one that brought down the house: Jerusalem. It was a powerful because she hit all the notes, even the high ones! Her singing the 'Holy City' is one of my fond childhood memories:

'Last night as I lay sleeping, there came a dream so fair:

I stood in old Jerusalem, beside the Temple there ..........'

It was much later that I learned my grandaunt's song is based on the last book of the Bible, Apocalypse. We've been dipping into that book on each Sunday of this year's Easter season, including today.

The Book of Apocalypse gives a vision of heaven - just as the song does. The Book was written to encourage Christians being persecuted. 'Don't give up!' was the message: it'll be worth it.

That message still encourages. We too are pilgrims on our way to a great feast: the effort of holding on the Christian Way will be worth it in the end. And I am looking forward to hearing my grandaunt singing her song in heaven!

Fr. Bernard - email frbernard@eircom.net


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

This year, Ireland's largest volunteer organization, the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, celebrates 160 years of unbroken service to the poor and vulnerable.

Every year, thanks to your support, the Saint Vincent de Paul Society touches the lives of 200,000 people. Every day, we visit families, people in hospital, and people in prison. We run 600 housing units and 18 hostels which provide 1,200 beds for people in need of housing. We run 120 good as new shops around the country, 9 holiday homes, 12 day care and family resource centres, almost 40 breakfast clubs and many other services.

The SVP would like to use this occasion to thank the many thousands of Irish people who support the society during the year and to invite all members to a special Members Day Event which will take place in the RDS on the 30th. May. For further information please contact you local conference.


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 10th. May at 8.00pm. Everyone is welcome.


Scoil Mhuire Junior School

Congratulations to the first communion class. School Mhuire at 20, Patrick's Place, Wellington Road is an independant Catholic School for Girls from 4 to 12 years old. Small classes foster personal development.

Open night for new parents on Thursday 20th. May at 5pm. Enquiries 00.353.21.4552440


Congratulations

To the boys and girls from Scoil Mhuire, Schoil Eanna, St. Luke's and CBC who received their First Communion last weekend.

On this special day we thank all who helped the children prepare for this sacrement; mums and dads, grandparents and especially the teachers.

Thanks also to those who prepared the Church


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

52,000 euro in prizes. Tickets 100 euro over a ten month period.

Why not get a ticket today? You might be smiling on March 17th. 2005


Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to Prague and Poland

12th - 23rd. of July 2004. 11 nights, ex. Cork Airport. Spiritual Director Fr. Michael Kidney SMA, Group Leader: Mr. Donal O'Keeffe.

Visits included to Krakow, Auschwitz, Salt Mines, Wadowice, Czestochowa, Warsaw and Prague. For details contact Premier Travel, 2 Grand Parade, Cork, Phone 00.353.21.4277700


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week................'Laurus nobilis' .....(Sweet Bay)

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

56. I'll Sing a Hymn To Mary, and,

51. How Great Thou Art.

Please join in.


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


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 00.353.86.3107499 or email mail@stpatrickscork.com


Collection last week

Church and Renovation 1,838 euro,

Thanks to all who contributed.


Confirmation Day

11th. May at 11.30 in St. Patrick's


Arthritis Lecture Day - Saturday 15th. May

Jury's Hotel, Western Road, Cork

11.30am ............Back Aches ......................................... Dr. Patrick Kinsella

1.30 pm .............Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment................Dr. Michael G Molloy

3.00pm...............Different types of Arthrisis .......................Dr. Joe Devlin


Celtic Tenors in Concert

In Christ The King Church, Turners X, Thursday 13th. May at 8pm.

Tickets 20 euro available from Pro - Musica 00.353.21.4271659, Veritas Book Shop, 00.353.21.4251255 or Parish Office, 00.353.21.4312465.

Proceeds in aid of Christ The King Church Restoration Fund.


The Alzheimer Lyons Tea Days

Drink tea on May 6th., 7th. or 8th. and your cuppa at home or in the workplace will hjlp support our work. Money raised locally stays local.


Graduation Mass

For St Angela's 6th. Years on 20th May at 8pm in St. Patrick's


University of Indiana Choir Concert

12th. May at 8pm in St. Patrick's


Graduation Service

For Scoil Mhuire's 6th. Years. on 26th. May at 7pm in St. Patrick's


 


6th. Sunday of Easter, Year C ...............................................

.............................................................16th. May 2004 - No. 912


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to John (14:23-29)

Jesus said to his disciples:

'If anyone loves me he will keep my word,

and my Father will love him,

and we shall come to him

and make our home with him.

Those who do not love me do not keep my words.

And my word is not my own:

it is the word of one who sent me.

I have said these things to you

while still with you;

but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,

whom the Father will send in my name,

will teach you everything

and remind you of all that I have said to you.

Peace I bequeath to you,

a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.

Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

You heard me say:

I am going away, and shall return.

If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father,

for the Father is greater than I.

I have told you this now before it happens,

so that when it does happen you may believe.'

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Two weeks to touchdown!

I've always had a soft spot for the Holy Spirit. Like most people, I made the first contact when exams were looming. It seemed easiert to pray to the Spirit than to promise to do Lough Derg!

I don't have exams any more, but I still rely on the Spirit. When there's something I can't cope with, I ask for help - and get it.

It's two weeks to Pentecost, the great feast of the Spirit. This year it's celebrated on the 30th. of May. On Pentecost, we're launched out into the rest of the year, with the Spirit's breath filling up our sails.

Thursday next used to be called Ascension Thursday. It marked the beginning of nine days of prayer, recalling those days the first disciples felt paralysed by fear after the Lord's departure. They stayed indoors and waited for help. Then, after that original novena, the Spirit came and made all the difference.

You can make your own novena to the Spirit. Whatever you need, ask for it with confidence. Ask God to send wisdom and all other gifts you got when you were confirmed. And God will!

Fr. Bernard - email frbernard@eircom.net


N.A.O.M.I.

Pre - Marriage Courses ............. Natural Family Planning ............ Achieving a Pregnancy .......Menopause Counselling and Menopausal Support Group.

For further information contact N.A.O.M.I., 36 Washington Street, Cork.

Telephone 00.353.21.4272213, Tuesday to Friday (office hours)


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 10th. May at 8.00pm. Everyone is welcome.


Annual Padre Pio Devotee's Pilgrimage

To Holy Cross Abbey, Thurles on Sunday 30th. May.

Tickets 10 euro from Pat/Kay Harrington 00.353.21.49668087 or Holy Trinity Office.

Bus from Marian Pharmacy 9 am and bus from Opera House 9.30 am.


Graduation Service

For Scoil Mhuire's 6th. Years on 26th. May at 7 pm in St. Patrick's.


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

52,000 euro in prizes. Tickets 100 euro over a ten month period.

Why not get a ticket today? You might be smiling on March 17th. 2005


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

A most enjoyable evening was had on April 20th. It was an Easter party, replacing our Easter bonnet 'parade'. We were delighted to have our friends from all ends of the Parish.

The Last Tuesday of each month is a 'Fun' Table Quiz! There is no fee and all are welcome.

We have a social on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8 pm and also on Wednesday afternoons. Various other events take place throughout the year.

For further details please contact Sr. Patricia O'Donovan L.S.A. at 00.353.21.4500023.

(see also article on www.stpatrickscork.com)


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week................'Berebis lologensis (x)' .....(Mystery Fire)

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

108. The Bells of the Angelus and,

125.. We Stand for God

Please join in.


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


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 00.353.86.3107499 or email mail@stpatrickscork.com


Collection last week

Church and Renovation 1,858 euro,

Thanks to all who contributed.


Why is it, Lord?

Why is it, Lord,

That parents see puddles and think wellies

And our children see magic mirrors

Waiting for a pebble-drop

To ripple into smiles?

Why is it, Lord

That parents see snow and think gloves

And our children see sleds and slides

And the tingle of a snowflake's farewell kiss

Upon the palm?

Why is it, Lord

That parents see toys and think tidy

And our children see endless possibilities

For fantasy and play?

Why is it that when we are growing up

We somehow grew away?

Away from all the joy and wonder

In the everyday

Free carefree to careful

From outgoing to anxious

From confident to concerned?

And unless we regain our vision of God

In the hjre and now

How shall we ever know Him then?

Help us to be humble

To be led by our children

Into the small joys and special moments

Where miracles abound.

So that hand in hand

We may enter with them

The Kingdom of Heaven. Amen.

 

Christy Kenneally


Scoil Mhuire Junior School

Scoil Mhuire at 20 Patrick's Place, Wellington Road is an independent Catholic School for girls from 4 to 12 years old. Small classes foster personal development.

Open night for new parents Thursday May 20th, at 5pm.

Enquiries 00.353.21.4552440


Life in the Spirit Seminar

Thursday 18th. May for 8 weeks.

Contact Sr. Briget Dunne at the Prayer Centre 00.353.21.4270362


Alpha Course

Providing a basic understanding of Christianity will start on Wednesday 26th. May for 10 weeks. Contact Sr. Briget Dunne at the Prayer Centre 00.353.21.4270362.


Graduation Mass

For St Angela's 6th. Years on 20th May at 8pm in St. Patrick's


 


The Ascension of the Lord, Year C ...............................................

.............................................................23rd. May 2004 - No. 913


The good news this week is from the holy Gospel according to Luke(24:46-53)

Jesus said to his disciples: 'You see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.'

'And now I am sending to you what the Father has promised. Stay in the city then, until you are clothed with the power from on high'. Then he took them out as far as the outskirts of Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. Now as he blessed them, he withdrew from them and was carried up to heaven. They worshipped him and then went back to Jerusalem full of joy; and they were continually in the Temple praising God.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


'Pope bans guitars' Oh no, he doesn'!

One of the local papers recently made a big deal of a Vatican document on how Mass should be said. Priests were asked for their reaction to the newa that guitars were to be banned. Naturally, they expressed dismay. The only problem was that the original document never mentioned guitars!

This says a lot about how the Church is viewed in some media - as a handy source for a snesational story - and no more. But the Church doesn't help matters when press releases and statements are full of church terminology and often impossible to understand. This is unfortunate, since the Church needs to use every medium - it exists to communicate. We have Good News to tell - the love of God urges us on. Any means the Church can use to spread this message must be used.

This Sunday, May 16th is World Communications Day. How successful is the Church (universal and local) in using the various media to share good news? How might things improve?

And what are you doing about it?

Fr. Bernard - Email.......frbernard@eircom.net


Eucharistic Procession

'If we feel moved by the Christmas crib when we contemplate the Incarnation of the Word, what must we feel before the alter where Christ makes his Sacrifice present in time?' (Pope John Paul II, 'Holy Thursday address to Priests' 2004)

The Cork Eucharistic Procession 2004, takes place on Sunday, June 6th. The Preacher this year is Archbishop Dermot Clifford of Cashel and Emly. Archbishop Clifford is well known for his gift as a preacher; he is also witty. It is important that we keep this year's date in the front of our minds as it is a little earlier than usual. Congratulations and thanks to the people of Cork fro your Devotion and Faithfulness to the Lord in this Procession each year.

Please encourage your neighbours to come with you.


International Event

See it at www.stpatrickscork.com on the web. Why not use the website to record your Parish wedding / baptism or special event? We can accommodate photographs and short articles.

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


Annual Padre Pio Devotee's Pilgrimage

To Holy Cross Abbey, Thurles on Sunday 30th. May.

Tickets 10 euro from Pat/Kay Harrington 00.353.21.49668087 or Holy Trinity Office.

Bus from Marian Pharmacy 9 am and bus from Opera House 9.30 am.


Graduation Service

For Scoil Mhuire's 6th. Years on 26th. May at 7 pm in St. Patrick's.


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

52,000 euro in prizes. Tickets 100 euro over a ten month period.

Why not get a ticket today? You might be smiling on March 17th. 2005


Volunteers Wanted for Hospital Playschemes in Cork

Just 2 - 3 hours a week can make a difference.

If you are cheerful and reliable, over 18 years of age, love children and have one morning or afternoon a week to spare, find out more about becoming a volunteer by contacting Chris of Bernadette at 001.353.21.4211822 or email ....info@childreninhospital.ie


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week................'Berebis lologensis (x)' .....(Mystery Fire)

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,

95. Queen of the May

Please join in.


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


COPE Foundation

Benefit Night, Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium, Thursday 27th May.

For further details on the various packages available, contact John Clifford at 001.353.21.4554146.

A great night is guaranteed.


Collection last week

Church and Renovation 1,764 euro,

Thanks to all who contributed.


For the Things in our Children that Delight

Oh, thank you, Lord

For the first hear -stopping sight of her,

The heft, so feather-light of her,

The puzzled pinch between the eyes

That are hers, all hers,

The nuzzle-velvet cheek of her,

The wisp of hjir, the sculpted toe,

The flex and stretch and yawn of her.

Oh, thank you, Lord

For the letting-go step of him,

The 'up in arms' and 'lip' of him,

The try again and trip of him,

The squeezing of all cares away,

The turning night-time into day,

The early morning thirst of him,

The saying 'Dada' first of him.

Oh, thank you, Lord

For the spurt and stretching and growth of her,

The fishing from the boat of her,

The dancing trout, the wild surprise,

The cry of joy that fills my eyes,

For the why and who and where of her,

The comb-defying hair of her.

Oh, thank you, Lord

For the independent way of him,

The heart-break growing away of him,

The wise 'old- mannish' sayings of him,

The deep and humbling prayer of him,

All undeserved, this child reward,

Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you, Lord

Christy Kenneally


Alpha Course

Providing a basic understanding of Christianity will start on Wednesday 26th. May for 10 weeks. Contact Sr. Briget Dunne at the Prayer Centre 00.353.21.4270362.


 


Pentecost Sunday , Year C ...............................................

.............................................................30th. May 2004 - No. 914


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to John(14:15-16. 23-26 )

Jesus said to his disciples:

'If you love me you will keep my commandments.

I shall ask the Father

and he will give you another Advocate

to be with you forever.

If anyone loves me he will keep my word,

and my Father will love him,

and we shall come to him

and make our home with him.

Those who do not love me do not keep my words.

And my word is not my own;

it is the word of the one who sent me.

I have said these things to you

while still with you;

but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,

whom the Father will send in my name,

will teach you everything

and remind you of all I have said to you.'

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Rearing to go ?

I was at two interesting meetings during the week. Nearly 80 Catholics attended these sessions, representing the 13 Cork & Ross parishes north of the Lee. Lay people and priests from Clogheen to Watergrasshill attended the consultation events, which focussed on diocese's recent strategy document.

I got a vivid impression at these meetings - of laity enthusiastic about getting involved, only held back by unresponsive clergy!

If the energy of these gatherings could only be harnessed, there would not be a parish in Cork without a pastoral council or parish assembly, a liturgy group and a finance/administration committee.

Why are these things not in place already? If priests sensed that this kind of full involvement was what people wanted, who could prevent it?

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, marking the day the Spirit's power was first unleased on earth. I have no doubt that the Spirit is still stirring things up, even here in Cork!

Are you ready to play your part in breathing new life into your Church? Tell us what this parish needs!

 

Fr. Bernard - Email.......frbernard@eircom.net


Report on Diocesan Meetings

On the 18th and 20th of May, four representitives from the parish went to a meeting at Silversprings Hotel hosted by the Diocese of Cork and Ross. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Draft Pastoral Strategy which basically addresses two question:

1. How do we need to develop so that there is true partnership in the way we live and celebrate our Christian fate; and

2. The concept of a 'pastoral area' (where a number of parishes work as a unit) and what would be required for a pilot phase to succeed.

We also discussed keywords such as Education and Formation, Liturgy, Parish, Leadership and Support, Co-responsibility, and Funds and finance.

Both meetings were very well attended, with representitives from all the parishes of the North City Centre present. The response to these questions was positive and energetic. A pool of creative ideas was gathered and useful questions and possible problems were identified by parishioners.

One outcome of these two meetings is that four representitives from each area meeting will attend a final meeting in June. Therefore a total of 28 laity along with the members of the clergy will represent all the areas of the Diocese of Cork and Ross. The aim of this meeting will be to re-write the Draft with all the comments, questions and ideas from the May meetings in mind, in an effort to create a working proposal for the Diocese of Cork and Ross.


Eucharistic Procession

'If we feel moved by the Christmas crib when we contemplate the Incarnation of the Word, what must we feel before the alter where Christ makes his Sacrifice present in time?' (Pope John Paul II, 'Holy Thursday address to Priests' 2004)

The Cork Eucharistic Procession 2004, takes place on Sunday, June 6th. The Preacher this year is Archbishop Dermot Clifford of Cashel and Emly. Archbishop Clifford is well known for his gift as a preacher; he is also witty. It is important that we keep this year's date in the front of our minds as it is a little earlier than usual. Congratulations and thanks to the people of Cork fro your Devotion and Faithfulness to the Lord in this Procession each year.

Please encourage your neighbours to come with you.


The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

The Cork City Branch of the Alzheimer Society will hjld a support meeting in Jury's Hotel, Western Road, on Monday 14th. June at 8.00pm. Everyone is welcome.

For information on our Day/Home Care services please ring 00.353.21.4391690


Parish Prilgrimage 2005

To Rome, San giovanni and Assisi, 10th June 2005 ex. Cork, price 1,079 Euro. Book your place now by giving your name and deposit on Friday 4th. June in St. Patrick's Credit Union.

For further information please contact Mary Lane 00.353.21.4503287


Most Holy Trinity Church

Annual Tridium in honour of St. Anthony of Padua. Opening Thursday 10th June 7.30pm, Friday 11th Mass at 10am & 7.30pm, Saturday 12th Mass at 10pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 13th Sol;emnity of Corpus Christi & Feast of St Anthony, Mass at 10am & 7.30pm

Blessing of Lilies at each Mass on Sundau. Preacher Fr. James Harrington OFM Cap.


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

52,000 euro in prizes. Tickets 100 euro over a ten month period.

Why not get a ticket today? You might be smiling on March 17th. 2005



Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week................'Azalea' .....(Blue Danube)

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

108. The Bells of the Angelus, and,

42. Hail Queen of Heaven

Please join in.


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 1,722 euro,

Thanks to all who contributed.


Trinity Sunday , Year C ...............................................

.............................................................6th. June 2004 - No. 915


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to John(16:12-15)

Jesus said to his disciples:

'I still have many things to say to you

but they would be too much for you now.

But when the Spirit of truth comes

he will lead you to the complete truth,

since he will not be speaking as from himself

but will say only

what he has learnt;

and he will tell you of the things to come.

He will glorify me

since all he tells you

will be taken from what is mine.

Everything the Father has is mine;

that is why I said:

All he tells you

will be taken from what is mine'.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Trinity Sunday - What is God ?

It's a question people have always asked in different ways: what is God?

Is God a handy dispenser of favours, to be called on when you're stuck and then locked back in his box?

Or is God a scapegoat for anything that goes wrong in nature?

Is God a morilising judge who damns to hell those who do not measure up to his unreasonable demands?

I can only answer for myself. For me, God is the one who loves me. I count myself blessed to know this, to have experienced this. God is the one who loves me no matter what. No matter how I screw up, no matter how I fall short of the Christian ideals, God cannot not stop loving me.

This might sound trite to you - or the kind of thing a priest would write. It's what we're paid to say! But I believe it. Do you?

Fr. Bernard - Email.......frbernard@eircom.net


You are invited

Would you like to hear how the diocese' new strategy is being refined and changed?

We had a meeting about the plan for the future in the parish last March: perhaps you came along? Four delegates were elected then to represent the parish at two three-hour meetings in the Silversprings.

These meetings have now taken place and the delegates would like to report back on what happened there.

If you would like to hear more, please come along to the Parish Hall on Monday 14th June at 7.30 pm.

 


Eucharistic Procession this Sunday

St. Patrick's Parish Parishioners assemble at 3pm outside St. Patrick's Church.


The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

The Cork City Branch of the Alzheimer Society will hjld a support meeting in Jury's Hotel, Western Road, on Monday 14th. June at 8.00pm. Everyone is welcome.

For information on our Day/Home Care services please ring 00.353.21.4391690


Parish Prilgrimage 2005

To Rome, San giovanni and Assisi, 10th June 2005 ex. Cork, price 1,079 Euro. Book your place now by giving your name and deposit on Friday 4th. June in St. Patrick's Credit Union.

For further information please contact Mary Lane 00.353.21.4503287


Most Holy Trinity Church

Annual Tridium in honour of St. Anthony of Padua. Opening Thursday 10th June 7.30pm, Friday 11th Mass at 10am & 7.30pm, Saturday 12th Mass at 10pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 13th Sol;emnity of Corpus Christi & Feast of St Anthony, Mass at 10am & 7.30pm

Blessing of Lilies at each Mass on Sundau. Preacher Fr. James Harrington OFM Cap.


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

52,000 euro in prizes. Tickets 100 euro over a ten month period.

Why not get a ticket today? You might be smiling on March 17th. 2005


Novena to the Sacred Heart

10th - 18th June

We are all invited to make this Novena privately in our own homes. We can use the Novena Prayer published in the Messenger or any prayer of our choice.


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week................'HEBE' .....(First Light)

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,

83. O Praise Ye the Lord

Please join in.


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


Bridgend & District Male Choir

The choir members extend their heartful thanks and appreciation for the invitation to join the congregation celebrating Mass when we visited you beautiful city recently. It was a privilege and a deeply impressive experience to sing in the wonderful church.

Moments like that are emotionally uplifting. Thank you once again for the opportunity to share our God given gift with you. We hope the congregation enjoyed the singing as much as we did.

We hope to get the opportunity to visit again and until then we hjpe that God watches over us all.


Collection last week

Church and Renovation 1,780 euro,

Thanks to all who contributed.


Colaiste Stiofan Naofa, Tramore Road

June Workshops 14th. to 18th June 2004, 9.30am to 12.30 pm

Workshops in Printmaking, Constructed Textiles, Gardening & Garden Design, Flower Arranging, Lifestyles & Wellness.

Also one week long Beginners Computer Course.

For details please contact the college at 00.353.21.4961010.


Special Prilgrimage to Knock

The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart are celebrating their 150th anniversary.

The celebrations will include a special pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Saturday, 24th July.

A day-return coach will leave Western Road that morning.

Enquiries and Bookings to Marie Duffy at 00.353.21.4541207


Mission Alive 2004

This years theme is...........'Proclaim the Message'

Mission month is October and the first event we have been advised of is 'Mission Alive Festival of Mission' in Bishopstown GAA Club from Sunday 3rd. to Wednesday 6th. How about making a note in your diary?