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18th. Sunday of Year C ...................................

.............................................................1st. August 2004 - No. 923


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke(12:13-21)

A man in the crowd said toJesus,

'Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance'.

'My friend,' he replied 'who appointed me your judge, or the arbitrator of your claims?' Then he said to them, 'Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for a man's life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than he needs.'

Then he told them the parable: 'There was once a rich man who, having had a good harvest from his land, thought to himself, 'What am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops.' Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and store all my grain and my goods in them, and I will say to my soul: My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, have a good time.'

But God said to him, 'Fool! This very night the damand will be made for your soul; and this is your hoard of yours, whose will it be then?.

So it is when a man stores up treasure for himself in place of making himself rich in the sight of God.'

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Reading from Ecclestiaces

If you have ever shrugged your shoulders and thought there's nothing to be done to change things, this is your reading! Chances are your are not alone to record that reaction in the church today.

It is often said there is and Old Testament psalm for every human mood. Certainly there is a place in human growth for that stage or period when people wonder about the long term value of it all.

The Scriptures have sacred words for every human situation, even one of evident hopelessness. Our faith is convinced Christ has made it all worthwhile.

The writer of this astonishing book has ceased to be convinced by the old philosophy that the good are rewarded and the wicked punished. The mystery of God, he contends, is beyond this kind of demarcation and judgement.


Reading from St Paul

The image that is helpful to Paul is drawn from the cermony of Baptism itself: the candidate removes his/her clothes and is dressed in a new white garment on emerging from the water. A change has taken place, and this is the visible sign.

Long after the cermony, he preaches, one still needs to strip off the old practices and dress oneself in a 'new self' - evident now only by the colour of our garments but the quality of our life's behaviour. The disciple's homeland is in heaven - this is where Paul wishes the Colossians to focus their thoughts.

But even the new 'garment' at Baptism has to contend with life on earth: the journey to heaven and risen life with Christ starts here and only here: here begins the progress 'to true knowledge'.


Toys and Books Collection

Children's toys and picture books etc. in good condition, are needed for Primary Schools in Calcutta.

The Hope Foundation are sending over a crate at the end of August.

Donations can be left in the Sacristy in St.Patrick's Church.


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

Only eight months to go

Would you like to be in with a chance to win

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

Tickets cost 100 euro

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

See our article on the website.


Parish Pilgrimage 2005

To Rome, San Giovanni and Assisi, 10th June 2005 ex. Cork, Price 1,079 euro.

For further information please contact Mary lane 00 353 21 4503287

Names and deposits will be taken in St. Patrick's Credit Union across from St. Patrick's Church on Friday 6th. August from 11 am - 12 noon.


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week................'Fuchsia' .....(Insulinde)

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking?


This week's Feastdays

Monday 2nd. - St. Eusebius, He preached against Arian heresay. St Peter Julian Eymard. He is known for his devotion to the Eucharist and tis the founder of the Blessed Sacremant Fathers.

Wednesday 4th. - St John Mary Vianney (Cure d'Ars). He is the patron of priests

Thursday 5th. - Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome. this was the first church in the West to be built in honour of Mary, mother of Jesus

Friday 6th. - The Transfiguration of the Lord. This event recorded in the gospels revealed the divinity of Jesus and gave courage and strength to hjis apostles for the trials ahead

Saturday 7th. - St. Sixtus ,Pope and martyr, and his Companions. They suffered torture and death in the Roman Catacombs during the persecution of Valerian

(Intercom - July/Augest '04 )


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


Newsletter Contents

This is your newsletter and we would be delighted to include notice of meetings/events or short articles for publication. You can contact us through the Sacristan or by email at mail@stpatrickscork.com


Collection last week

Church and Renovation 1,690 euro,

Thanks to all who contributed.


Cork Ladies Mini Marathon (help give Family Carers a break)

The Carers Association need people to run or walk on our behalf.

Get your friends and family to join our caring team.

Get fit for a great cause.

Proceeds go directly to the Carer's Association Respite Service - giving carers the break they deserve.

T-shirts and sponsership packs will be provided to all participints in aid of the Carer's Association.

To register, contact us on 00.353.21.4806397 or email.....carerscork@eircom.net.

Overseas sponsership of local participants are particularly welcome.


Christening

Welcome into the Christian Community,

Emilie May Kelleher


Any Miracles?

A neighbour asked a pilgrim who had just returned from a trip to the Holy Land if they had experienced any miracles during the trip.

The Pilgrim replied: Yes, the discount flight took off and landed on time!

Intercom - July/August '04


 


19th. Sunday of Year C ...................................

.............................................................8th. August 2004 - No. 924


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke(12:32-48)

Jesus said to his disciples:

'See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit. Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks.

Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I tell you solemnly, he will put on an apron, sit them down at table and wait on them. It may be in the second watch he comes, or in the third, but happy those servants if he finds them ready.

You maybe quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what hour the burglar would come, he would not have anyone break through the wall of this house.

You too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect'.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Reading from the book of Wisdom

The text refers to the night of the Passover in Egypt.

The reading is unusual in that it is addressed to God. The wonders God did for the people are recounted to God, in prayerful thanksgiving.

By the same act with which God took revenge on the foes of his people He made them glorious by calling them to Him.

The Mass is a celebratory thanksgiving for what God later did in and through Jesus.


Reading from the letter to the Hebrews

It has been said that before there can be love, there has to be faith. One has to place one's trust in the other person, and then love can grow and mature.

This letter was addressed to converts from Judaism and calls on the great Jewish tradition of honouring Abraham and Sarah for the trust they placed in God. Theirs is a model of trust.

Trust can also be understood as a particular kind of attitude. It indicates a willingness to listen to the Lord in prayer. Christians often call Abraham 'our father in faith'


Toys and Books Collection

Children's toys and picture books etc. in good condition, are needed for Primary Schools in Calcutta.

The Hope Foundation are sending over a crate at the end of August.

Donations can be left in the Sacristy in St.Patrick's Church.


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

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

If you are not in, you can't win

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

Tickets cost 100 euro

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

See our article on the website.


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 August 9th. at 8.00 pm. Everyone is welcome


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week................'Erysimum' .....(Bowles Mauve)

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking?


This week's Feastdays

Monday 9th. - St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein). She was a Jewish philosopher of the 20th century, who converted to Catholicism and later became a Carmelite nun. She died in the gas chambers of Auschwitz in1942. She was canonised in 1998 and declared patron of Europe. Also St. Nathy of Achonry and St. Felim of Kilmore.

Tuesday 10th - St Lawrence, a deacon who was put to death under Valerian in the third century

Wednesday 11th. - St. Clare. Influenced by St. Francis of Assisi, she founded the Poor Clares

Thursday 12th. - St. Muredach, founded the church of Killala.

Friday 13th. - St. Fachtna was born in West Cork and founded a monastery at Rosscarbery. He is patron of the Diocese of Ross.

Saturday 14th. - St. Maxmilian Kolbe. A Franciscan friar who, as prisoner in Auschwitz, volunteered to take the place of another in the gas chambers.

(Intercom - July/Augest '04 )


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


Services for Young People Out of Home

We need people who are willing to provide support lodgings to accommodate young people aged 15 - 18 who are homeless or at risk of hjmelessness.

Training and support will be offered

For further information call Anne at Liberty Street House (Southern Health Board) at 00.353.21.4921728.


Collection last week

Church and Renovation 1,690 euro,

Thanks to all who contributed.


Cork Ladies Mini Marathon (help give Family Carers a break)

The Carers Association need people to run or walk on our behalf.

Get your friends and family to join our caring team.

Get fit for a great cause.

Proceeds go directly to the Carer's Association Respite Service - giving carers the break they deserve.

T-shirts and sponsership packs will be provided to all participints in aid of the Carer's Association.

To register, contact us on 00.353.21.4806397 or email.....carerscork@eircom.net.

Overseas sponsership of local participants are particularly welcome.


Annual Devotions at Holy Rosary Shrine, Lee Road, Sunday 15th. August.

Homilist: Fr. Kerry Murphy - O'Conner P.P.

Join in reciting the Rosary at 6.30 pm at Our Lady's Hospital gate and follow the fifteen Mysteries until Mass begins at the Shrine, Lee Road at 7.30 pm


Theology from Home

Would you like to learn more about your faith?

We are offering a 14 week course, Introduction to Theology, starting this September. If you are interested please contact:

The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24.

Telephone 00.353.1.4048124 or 00.353.1.4048132.

Email: enquiries@prioryinstitute.com

Website: www.prioryinstitute.com



The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Year C .............

.............................................................15th. August 2004 - No. 925


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke(1:39-56)

Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill county of Judah. She went into Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said,

'Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord?. From the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled'

And Mary said:

'My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord

and my spirit exults in God my saviour;

because he looked upon his lowly handmaid.

Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed,

for the Almighty has done great things for me.

Holy is his name,

and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.

He has shown the power of his arm,

he has routed the proud of heart.

He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.

The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.

He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy

-according to the promise he made to our ancestors-

of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.'

Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Reading from the book of Apocalypse

The book of the Apocalypse (Revelation) is full of symbols and dreamlike imagery. In this extract the people of Israel (symbolised by the women) brought forth the Messiah who would indeed 'rule all nations'.

The woman who is central in this passage is Mary, the Mother of the Messiah, and God 'had made a place of safety ready' for her.


Reading from the letter to the Corinthians

Paul outlines the Christian hope for everlasting life after death.

Christ is the 'first fruits', and those who believe in him will also be 'brought to life in Christ'.

Today's solemn feast marks Catholic belief that Mary has indeed been 'brought to life' in Christ and shares already in the risen life.


Toys and Books Collection

Children's toys and picture books etc. in good condition, are needed for Primary Schools in Calcutta.

The Hope Foundation are sending over a crate at the end of August.

Donations can be left in the Sacristy in St.Patrick's Church.


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

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

If you are not in, you can't win

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

Tickets cost 100 euro

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

See our article on the website.


John 3.7 .............Did you know?

With all the matches on TV at present, did you ever wonder what the often seen banner John 3.7 stands for?

It refers to a line in St. John's gospel which can be translated as 'you must be born from above (or born again)'. The context is Jesus telling Nicodemus, a Jewish teacher, that his physical birth as a Jew is not enough for salvation. He also needs the life of faith.

Some people have experienced a dramatic moment of accepting Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and they call it being born again. Those of us lucky enough to be cradle Christians grew up in the faith and therefore cannot remember a time when they did not believe in Jesus.

Intercom - July/August '04


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week................'Lavandula stoechas' .....(Helmsdale)

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking?


This week's Feastdays

Monday 16th. - St. Stephan (975 - 1038) was the first King of Hungry and is its patron saint. He worked for the conversion of his people to Christianity

Thursday 19th. - St. John Eudes (1601 - 1680) was from Normandy in France. He spent a fruitful 20 years with the French Oratory, then left to found a congregation to improve the standards of the clergy through seminaries. He was among the first to promote devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Sarah, wife of Abraham is honoured today in the Jewish calender.

Friday 20th. - St. Bernard (1090 - 1153) became a Cisterian monk at Citeaux and was chosen abbot of Clairvaux. His writings reveal a solid grasp of biblical studies, spiritual theology, and philosophy. He is the patron of Gibraltar and beekeepers

Saturday 21st. - St. Pius X, Pope from 1903 to 1911. He promoted Eucharistic devotion and liturgical renewal. During his papacy he allowed children to receive Holy Communion.

(Intercom - July/Augest '04 )


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


Services for Young People Out of Home

We need people who are willing to provide support lodgings to accommodate young people aged 15 - 18 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Training and support will be offered

For further information call Anne at Liberty Street House (Southern Health Board) at 00.353.21.4921728.


Collection last week

Church and Renovation 1,818 euro,

Thanks to all who contributed.


Cork Ladies Mini Marathon (help give Family Carers a break)

The Carers Association need people to run or walk on our behalf.

Get your friends and family to join our caring team.

Get fit for a great cause.

Proceeds go directly to the Carer's Association Respite Service - giving carers the break they deserve.

T-shirts and sponsership packs will be provided to all participints in aid of the Carer's Association.

To register, contact us on 00.353.21.4806397 or email.....carerscork@eircom.net.

Overseas sponsership of local participants are particularly welcome.


No Name Club

The No Name Club organisation was founded to provide an alternative to pub culture for the young people of Ireland.

It seeks to demonstrate a lifestyle in which the use of alcohol or drugs is seen to be unnecessary to the enjoyment of a good, happy and cheerful social life for young people.

There is some interest in setting up a No Name Club in the St. Luke's area.

We need a committee of committed adults and young people in their late teens to act as hjsts and hostesses.

If you are interested in taking part, please leave your name and contact details in the sacristy and we will pass them on to the local organiser.


 


21st. Sunday of Year C .............

.............................................................22nd. August 2004 - No. 926


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke(13:22-30)

Through towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, 'Sir, will there be only a few saved?'

He said to them,

'Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed. Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying,

'Lord, open to us' but he will answer,

'I do not know where you come from'

Then you will find yourself saying,

'We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets.' but he will reply,

'I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men!'

Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves turned outside. And men from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places in the kingdom of God.

Yes there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Reflecting on and Responding to the Word

In the Ireland and in the Church I grew up in, we Catholics were the saved ones, everyone else hadn't a chance really. Thankfully, we've moved on to a more enlightened theology based on scripture.

In today's Word both Isaiah and Jesus are convinced that the love of God literally knows no limits. They invited the people who listen them to rethink their own understanding of what God wants of us.

Are we selective and 'clannish' ?. Is the Word saying anything to you?


National Centre For The Visually Impaired

St. Joseph's school and centre for the Visually Impaired (based in Drumcondra, Dublin 9) offers a wide range of educational, medical and social services to children aged between 0 and 20 years.

If you are a parent or a professional working with a visually impaired child perhaps we can help you?

For further information contact Ann Marie Costello or Fr. William Stuart on 001.353.1.8373635


Toys and Books Collection

Children's toys and picture books etc. in good condition, are needed for Primary Schools in Calcutta.

The Hope Foundation are sending over a crate at the end of August.

Donations can be left in the Sacristy in St.Patrick's Church.


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

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

If you are not in, you can't win

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

Tickets cost 100 euro

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

See our article on the website.


I wish I said that

'Blessed in the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.'

George Eliot (1819-1880)

'Not everything that can be counted, counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.'

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week................'Prostanthera' .....(Cuneata)

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking?


This week's Feastdays

Monday 23rd. - St. Eugene (Eoghan) of Ardstraw Co. Tyrone. He is patron saint of Derry.

Also St. Rose of Lima.

Tuesday 24th. - St. Bartholomew, Apostle. He was born in Galilee and tradition tells us that he preached the Gospel in India and was martyred there.

Wednesday 25th. - St. Louis, King of France, who died during the 2nd Crusade in 1270.

Also, St. Joseph Calasanz, a Spanish Saint, patron of students.

Friday 27th - St. Monica, mother of St Augustine.

Saturday 28st. - St. Augustine. He was born in North Africa in 354. After a wild and unsettled youth, he converted to Christianity. He later became bishop of Hippo, and a famous preacher and writer. Western Christianity hjas been hugely influenced by his teaching. He is best known for the classic Confessions.

(Intercom - July/Augest '04 )


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


Special Trocaire Collection For work in The Sudan

A special collection will take place at all Masses this weekend.

Please support this worthy cause


Collection last week

Church and Renovation 1,519 euro,

Thanks to all who contributed.


Cork Ladies Mini Marathon (help give Family Carers a break)

The Carers Association need people to run or walk on our behalf.

Get your friends and family to join our caring team.

Get fit for a great cause.

Proceeds go directly to the Carer's Association Respite Service - giving carers the break they deserve.

T-shirts and sponsership packs will be provided to all participints in aid of the Carer's Association.

To register, contact us on 00.353.21.4806397 or email.....carerscork@eircom.net.

Overseas sponsership of local participants are particularly welcome.


More Than Skin Deep

The newly published book of Pat Hallinan's experience of disability was sold out in a very short period after it was launched in the Linanhall Arts Centre.

The book tells of Pat's struggle, determination and desire to become as independent as possible. the book is an amazing read being both heartbreaking and joyous.

The book is available from Trafford Publishing Crewe, UK, phone 00.44.1270251396, at a cost of 15 euro with 2 euro post and packaging.


 


22nd. Sunday of Year C .............

.............................................................29th. August 2004 - No. 927


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke(14:1.7-14))

On a sabbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely. He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour.

He said this, 'when someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. A more distinguished person who invited you both may come and say, 'Give up your place to this man' and then, to your embarrassment, you would have to go and take the lowest place. No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, 'My friend, move up higher'. In that way, everyone with you at the table will see you honoured. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted'.

Then he said to his host, 'When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not ask your friends, brothers, relations or rich neighbours, for fear they repay your courtesy by inviting you in return. No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; that they cannot pay you back means that you are fortunate, because repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Reflecting on and Responding to the Word

It is said that one can be known by the company you keep.

Scripture scholars who study the culture of Jesus' day point out that his was a society in which shame and honour carried enormous weight.

It's that image thing again and it is still there in our time - to be seen with the 'right people' is 'it'.

The teaching of Jesus upset the status quo because he maintained that the so-called 'outcasts' should also be part of the family of humankind.

In God's world a person's value doesn't depend on wealth or social standing, a person's worth comes from the fact that God loves them.

Maybe the words of John 23rd. are still relevant; 'The Gospel of Jesus Christ has yet to be discovered'.


Growing and Understanding

If a Sunday Gospel sometimes seems strange to the ear, you are not alone in this. It can help if you discover more about it and then it can really come alive.

One way of doing this is 'Lectio Divinia'. This is an ancient but again popular way of reading the Gospel together with some study of the Gospel text and aided by some background to the Gospels.

It is a way