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

..................................................5th. December 2004 - No. 941


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (3:1 - 12)

In due course John the Baptist appeared; he preached in the wilderness of Judea and this was his message: 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand'. This was the man the prophet Isaiah spoke of when he said:

A voice cries in the wilderness:

Prepare a way for the Lord,

make his paths straight.

This man John wore a garment made of camel-hair with a leather belt round his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. then Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole Jordan district made their way to them, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins.

But when he saw a number of Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism he said to them, 'Brood of vipers, who warned you to fly from the retribution that is coming? But if you are repentant, produce the appropriate fruit, and do not presume to tell yourselves, "We have Abraham for our father," because, I tell you, God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones. Even now the axe is laid to the roots of the trees, so that any tree that fails to produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown on the fire. I baptise you in water for repentance, but the one who follows me is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to carry his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fan is in his hand; he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but the chaff he will burn in a fire that will never go out.'

This is the Gospel of the Lord.



Second Sunday of Advent

The 'GIVING TREE'. Would you like to look after some family who are finding it hard to make ends meet?

On the tree is a profile of families. You are invited to take the card and buy what you feel they may need. You may return your gifts next Sunday. St. Vincent de Paul will distribute it to the family concerned.


Cork Annual Rosary Procession

In honour of The Immaculate Conception, Friday, 8th December at 8.30 pm

Procession starts from Grand Parade Hotel and proceeds via South Mall, Parnell Place, Merchants Quay to Patrick Street. It concludes with benediction in St. Peter and Paul's church

Bring a candle/torch and bring your friends. All are welcome


Were you born in the age of The Rubik's Cube, Dallas and Donkey Kong?

If you are 23 or over you could be a mature student. Come to the information evening for Prospective Mature Students in Devere Hall, Student Centre, UCC on Tuesday 7th. December at 7.30 pm.

For information contact DR. Carmel Quinlan at 00.353.21.4903670 or email her at c.quinlan@ucc.ie


The Coeliac Society of Ireland.

The Southern Branch of the Coeliac Society will hold a meeting in the SMA Centre, Wilton, on Tuesday, 7th.December at 8.00 pm Christmas Party Night.

"Bring a little, taste a lot!". Everyone is welcome


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

Only four 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.



Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week................'Armeria juniperefolia' .....(New Zealand Form)

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking !


Lower Road Residents Association Christmas Party

Will take place in the Country Club Hotel on 5th. December, lunch at 1.15 pm, Tea at 5.30 pm., Dancing until 5.30 pm.

Transport is available, lots of spot prizes and a raffle.

Tickets are 33 euro - all tickets to be paid for by 1st. December.

Anyone is welcome to this marvelous day. Enquiries to Noreen Meany 001.353.21.4508993


Parish Contact Numbers

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

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

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

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

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


Collection Last Week

Church and Renovation ......................................................2,112 euro.

Thanks to all who contributed


Italian Prilgrimage

To Rome, San Giavanni and Assisi, 10th. June 2005 - 7 nights. Direct from Cork, price 1,079 euro.

Names and deposits are being taken. For further information please contact Mary lane at 00.353.21.4503287.


Aware .........................................................................................1890.30.33.02

Samaritans ............................................................................... 1850.60.90.90


Super Draw

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

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


Congratulations

To Miriam Burns (Lower Road) and Martin Downing (Grenagh) who were married in St. Patrick's last Saturday


Mayfield Community School Gala Ball

Past Pupils Reunion, 25th. February 2005

For details contact Janette at 001.353.21.4506855, or,

email admin@mayfieldcommunityschool.ie



Newsletter and Website

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

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


Diosesan Website

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

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


Christmas Blessing

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

You can nominate somebody to be included in this blessing by either filling in a form available in the Church or by email to mail@stpatrickscork.com or by phone to the sacristy at 00.353.86.3107499 before 3 pm on 24th. December.

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

This is a nice (and free) way to remember someone this Christmas.


St. Benedict's Priory Cobh, Christmas Fayre.

Saturday 11th December 2pm to 5 pm.

Homemade cakes, jams.pickles,marmalade. Handcrafts, dried flowers arrangements, hand made cards, tombola, raffle.

Christmas floral demonstration at 3.30 pm. by Mary Coleman

Entrance fee 2.00 euro includes mulled wine and mince pies or tea and cakes.

 


Theology From Home

As part of the ongoing program 'Theology for Today' we are offering a 14 week module in the distance learning format, supported by a network of centres around the country. This module is entitled Introduction to Philosophy, and is being launched in early February. Registration closes on 31st. January.

For more information, please contact:

The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24.

Telephone 00.353.1.4048124 or 00.353.1.4048132, email: enquiries@prioryinstitute.com


Monthly Coffee Morning

Ballinlough Pastoral Centre, after 10 am Mass, Thursday 9th December.

Topic: Spirituality for Parents and Grandparents

Guest, Sr. Geraldine O'Mahony O.P.

All are welcome


L'Arche Christmas Craft Fair

L'Arche Community Centre, Togher this Sunday, Sunday (December 5th.) from 10 am to 5 am.

Choral Recital, Children's Entertainment & Lots of beatiful hand crafted gifts for all the family and even more

Admission is free - all are welcome



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

..................................................12th. December 2004 - No. 942


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (11:2 - 11)

John in his prison had heard what Christ was doing and he sent his disciples to ask him, 'Are you the one is to come, or have we got to wait for someone else?'

Jesus answered, 'Go back and tell John what you hear and see; the blind see again, and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised to life and the good News is proclaimed to the poor; and happy is the man who does not lose faith in me.'

As the messengers were leaving, Jesus began to talk to the people about John: 'What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A read swaying in the breeze? No? Then what did you go out to see? A man wearing fine clothes? Oh no, those who wear fine clothes are to be found in palaces. Then what did you go out for? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet: he is the one of whom scripture says: Look, I am going to send my messenger before you; he will prepare your way before you, I tell you solemnly, of all the children born of women, a greater than John the Baptist has never been seen; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.



Third Sunday of Advent

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


Reading from Isaiah

The ministry of healing was to be central to the work and preaching of Jesus. This reading shows the hope and yearning of people in Isaiah's time for such a blessing. There is a wealth of joy, hope, courage and gladness in these lines.

There is also challenge to 'strengthen all weary hands'. One way of doing this is to come to the aid of those who are unjustly treated where they work. Think about it.


Reading from James

James advises of the need for patience and trust while waiting for the Lord's coming. Meanwhile he also advises that we should not judge so as not to be brought to judgement ourselves.

This is sound advice, are we living up to it?.


Quotation from St. Patrick.

I was like a stone lying in the deep mud....Then he who is mighty came and in his mercy he not only pulled me out but lifted me up and placed me at the very top of the wall.


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

Only three 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.



Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

Plant of the Week................'Cotoneaster' .....(x suecicus Coral Beauty)

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking !


Christmas Cards

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

A packet of five unique cards costs 5 euro


Parish Contact Numbers

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

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

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

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

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


Collection Last Week

Church and Renovation ......................................................2,432 euro.

Thanks to all who contributed


Adult Education Short Term Courses in UCC

1. Rome - Cologne - Cork ........ Explores the enduring legacy of Roman Art and Architecture.

2. Introductory Astronomy .......... A study of the Planets, Galaxies and the Universe.

Commencing Monday 3rd. January 2005. For further information please contact Donal Counihan, phone 00.353.21.4904718/4902301, or email ace@ucc.ie


Aware .........................................................................................1890.30.33.02

Samaritans ............................................................................... 1850.60.90.90


Super Draw

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

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


Congratulations

To Miriam Burns (Lower Road) and Martin Downing (Grenagh) who were married in St. Patrick's last Saturday


Mayfield Community School Gala Ball

Past Pupils Reunion, 25th. February 2005

For details contact Janette at 001.353.21.4506855, or,

email admin@mayfieldcommunityschool.ie


Catholic Action Network

Evangelisation in the new millennium. Four Speakers followed by discussion:

Where are we?

Where are we going?

Implication of Prophetic messages for our time.

What should we be doing?

Venue: Wilton SMA Hall, Friday, 17th December at 7.30 pm to 10 pm, all are welcome


Newsletter and Website

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

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


Diosesan Website

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

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


Christmas Blessing

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

You can nominate somebody to be included in this blessing by either filling in a form available in the Church or by email to mail@stpatrickscork.com or by phone to the sacristy at 00.353.86.3107499 before 3 pm on 24th. December.

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

This is a nice (and free) way to remember someone this Christmas.


Change of Address

Please note that our email and web addresses have change since the christmas cards were printed. The web address is stpatrickscork.com and we can be contacted by email at mail@stpatrickscork.com It might be helpful to replace the old addresses on the cards, particularly if cards are being sent overseas


Christenings

Welcome into the Christian Community

Henry Chukwuebuka Pius,........ Art Sean Marron,........... Megan Spillane


Please Pray for the Souls of

Lindy Cocker

John Barry

and please remember inyour prayers:

Margaret Maverley

who's first anniversary is at this time


ISPCC Holly Days Appeal

You can help the ISPCC to make this a happy Christmas for Children in Ireland.

We urgently need volunteers to sell Holly badges at local supermarkets, shopping centres, or town centre, or to place a box in shops, factories, or place of work.

For further information please contact John O'Mahony, 12 Mary Street, Cork, phone 00.353.21.4962949 or email johnispcc@eircom.net


 


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

..................................................19th. December 2004 - No. 943


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (1:18 - 24)

This is how Jesus came to be born.

His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her formally.

He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appearewd to him in a dream, and said 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.'

Now all this took place to fulfil the words spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son

and they will call him Emmanual,

a name which means 'God-is-with-us.'

When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.



Fourth Sunday of Advent

Saying Yes is difficult and yet Mary overcome her fear and anxiety.

It is hard to move from our comfort zone, it is safer to remain within the cocoon.

Many of us cannot take in the Good News because we have been hurt by experiences, loss, addiction, family squabbles.

Overcoming the things that cause us fear and worry is a challenge. Are we up to it.


Reflecting on God's word

There is a competitive streak in most of us. We want to suceed. Fair enough, but when people actually put hundreds and thousands of lights outside their house to 'beat the fellah next door', then we know how extreme Christmas has become.

So what is it all about? Todays scripture readings put everything in focus. We truely have something to celebrate. God, in the person of Jesus, entered our history through the generosity of Mary saying 'yes'. His story is connected to our story

The real light should be glowing within us!


Responding to God's Word.

We make everything ready, the tree is decorated, the table is set, the food is brought and the presents are wrapped. It is all about open and welcoming. It is easy when we know who is coming to visit.

Stretch the mind to those whom we don't know. This week in the land of full and plenty we may come across those who have no home or no reason to celebrate.

Maybe we could take the time to buy them a hot drink, a sandwich or better still take five minutes to chat with them.


Quotable quotes

'Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it' - Henry David Thoreau

'Well-timed silence has more eloquence than speech' - Martin Fraquhar Tuppehristmas Day

'Denial ain't just a river in Egypt' - Mark Twain


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

Only three 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.



Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

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

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking !


Christmas Cards

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

A packet of five unique cards costs 5 euro


Parish Contact Numbers

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

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

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

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

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


Collection Last Week

Church and Renovation ......................................................2,432 euro.

Thanks to all who contributed


Adult Education Short Term Courses in UCC

1. Rome - Cologne - Cork ........ Explores the enduring legacy of Roman Art and Architecture.

2. Introductory Astronomy .......... A study of the Planets, Galaxies and the Universe.

Commencing Monday 3rd. January 2005. For further information please contact Donal Counihan, phone 00.353.21.4904718/4902301, or email ace@ucc.ie


Aware .........................................................................................1890.30.33.02

Samaritans ............................................................................... 1850.60.90.90


Super Draw

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

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


Christmas Day

'Open it! What is it?' See what I got'. That is one of the wonders of Christmas - opening our gifts. Some say it belongs to children but I feel it belongs to the child in all of us. One thing that is so special about this day is that somewhere deep inside us we seek life and light.

May those of us who are gifted with life and light have generosity to share it with others.

That would be real Christianity


Mayfield Community School Gala Ball

Past Pupils Reunion, 25th. February 2005

For details contact Janette at 001.353.21.4506855, or,

email admin@mayfieldcommunityschool.ie


Quotation from St. Patrick

Whether I receive good or ill, I return thanks equally to God, who thaught me always to trust him unreservedly


Newsletter and Website

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

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


Diosesan Website

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

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


Christmas Blessing

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

You can nominate somebody to be included in this blessing by either filling in a form available in the Church or by email to mail@stpatrickscork.com or by phone to the sacristy at 00.353.86.3107499 before 3 pm on 24th. December.

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

This is a nice (and free) way to remember someone this Christmas.


Change of Address

Please note that our email and web addresses have change since the christmas cards were printed. The web address is stpatrickscork.com and we can be contacted by email at mail@stpatrickscork.com It might be helpful to replace the old addresses on the cards, particularly if cards are being sent overseas


Italian Pilgrimage

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

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

Names and deposits are being taken. For further information please contact Mary Lane at 00.353.21.4503287


ISPCC Holly Days Appeal

You can help the ISPCC to make this a happy Christmas for Children in Ireland.

We urgently need volunteers to sell Holly badges at local supermarkets, shopping centres, or town centre, or to place a box in shops, factories, or place of work.

For further information please contact John O'Mahony, 12 Mary Street, Cork, phone 00.353.21.4962949 or email johnispcc@eircom.net


Happy Christmas

The parish website and newsletter team wish all our readers a happy christmas and new year. Keep those photos, articles, adverts etc. comimg folks



Feast of the Holy Family - Year A................................................

..................................................26th. December 2004 - No. 944


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (2:13 - 15. 19 - 23)

After the wise men had left, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, 'Get up, take the child and his mother with you, and escape into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, because Herod intends to search for the child and do away with him.'

So Joseph got up and, taking the child and his mother with him, left that night for Egypt, where he stayed until Herod was dead. This was to fulfil what the Lord had spoken through the prophet:

I called my son out of Egypt.

After Herod's death, the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, 'Get up, take the child and his mother with you and go back to the land of Israel, for those who wanted to kill the child are dead'.

So Joseph got up and, taking the child and his mother with him, went back to the land of Israel. But when he learnt that Archelaus had suceeded his father Herod as ruler of Judea he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he left for the region of Galilee. There he settled in a town called Nazareth. In this way the words spoken through the prophets were to be fulfilled.

He will be called a Nazarene.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.



Christmas Message 2004 from the Bishops of Cork

Our city eagerly awaits the beginning of Cork's significant year as European Capital of Culture for 2005. The year of events and celebrations is frequently spoken of as the purpose of all the upgrades, decorations and renovations in recent times.

But before we launch into 2005, our hearts and minds, our festivities and our lives turn to Christmas - our celebration of the birth of Our Saviour. Here we commemorate the event which fulfils all our expectations.

The Christmas story with its memorable and engaging ingredients has shaped our culture for 2,000 years. The shepherds and angels, the census in Bethlehem, the jealous politicians, and anxious father and a young vulnerable mother, and an extraordinary baby born into poverty - have caught the imagination of humankind. Artists, writers, musicians, dancers, sculptors, poets, singers and people of all ages have turned to the Christmas story of the incarnation for inspiration.

That event where God set himself among us continues to touch the human heart and spirit. It's the most lasting message of love and hope. It gives meaning and light to all we do.

May the One born in a manger, the Light of the World, be with you and those you love this Christmas. May he give us all hope, joy and peace in 2005

Most Reverend John Buckley, Bishop of Cork and Ross.


Quotation from St. Patrick

I ask God for perseverance, to grant that I remain a faithful witness to him for his own sake until my passing from this life.


New Year's Resolutions?

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


Thank You

The Society of St Vincent de Paul would like to thank all those who contribute to the Christmas collection which amounted to 2,834.27 euro

We wish all the parishioners a peaceful Christmas


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

Only three 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.



Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

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

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking !


Quotable quotes

'The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them' - Mark Twain


Parish Contact Numbers

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

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

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

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

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


Collection Last Week

Church and Renovation ......................................................2,470 euro.

Thanks to all who contributed


Adult Education Short Term Courses in UCC

1. Rome - Cologne - Cork ........ Explores the enduring legacy of Roman Art and Architecture.

2. Introductory Astronomy .......... A study of the Planets, Galaxies and the Universe.

Commencing Monday 3rd. January 2005. For further information please contact Donal Counihan, phone 00.353.21.4904718/4902301, or email ace@ucc.ie


The Giving Tree

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul are very grateful for all the gifts that brightened up many people's lives this Christmas. Thank you all.


Super Draw

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

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


New lights show the way

The new lights at the front of the Church were favourably commented on in the Irish Times on 11th. December in an article on light polution. The author advised that 'the thing is to put that into the design right at the beginning'.

It went on to praise the lighting work done on St., Patricks recently and said it is a good example of how things should be done.

Well done to all concerned.


Mayfield Community School Gala Ball

Past Pupils Reunion, 25th. February 2005

For details contact Janette at 001.353.21.4506855, or,

email admin@mayfieldcommunityschool.ie


Websites Hits

The Parish Website was inaugurated in June 2003. Since then we have been 'hit' fro a wide range of places: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, France, Peru, Seychelles, Singapore, UK and USA. We now receive a hit about every five minutes

Don't forget to have a look at the website to see the priests of the parish extending a Christmas Blessing to parishioners and their family and friends, both hjme and abroad.


Newsletter and Website

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

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


Diosesan Website

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

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


Thank You

The priests of Saint Patrick's and Holy Family gratefully acknowledge the support and collaboration of so many people in the work of the parish:-

Alter Societies

Collectors

Fundraising Committee

Ministers of the Word and The Eucharist

Organists, Choirs and Cantors

Parish Bulletin and Website Team

Sacristans and Servers

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Saint Joseph's Yoing Priests' Society

Sick Poor Society

Sincere thanks to all who contributed to our support, to parish funds and to the church renovation fund.

We wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to your continued support.


Beech Hill Garden Centre, COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

The staff of the Centre wish all their supporters a happy New Year


Italian Pilgrimage

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

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

Names and deposits are being taken. For further information please contact Mary Lane at 00.353.21.4503287


Refuse Collection Changes

Usual Day...........................................Revised Day

Monday 3rd......................................... Tuesday 4th.

Tuesday 4th......................................... Wednesday 5th.

Wednesday5th..................................... Thursday 6th.

Thursday6th......................................... Friday 7th.

Friday7th..............................................Saturday 8th.


Happy Christmas

The parish website and newsletter team wish all our readers a happy christmas and new year. Keep those photos, articles, adverts etc. coming folks.



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

...........................2nd. January 2005 - No. 945


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (1 : 1 - 5, 9 - 14)

In the begining was the word;

the Word was with God

and the Word was God.

He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things came to be,

not one thing had its being but through him.

All that came to be had like in him

and that light was the light of men,

a light that shines in the dark,

a light that darkness could not overpower.

The Word was the true light

that enlighten all men;

and he was come into the world.

He was in the world

that had its being through him,

and the world did not know him.

He came to his own domain

and his own people did not accept him

he gave power to become children of God,

to all who believed in the name of him

who was born not out of human stock

or urge of the flesh or will of man

but of God himself.

The Word was made flesh,

he lived among us,

and we saw his glory,

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

full of grace and truth.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.



Reflecting on and Responding to the Word

The New Year sparks something inside us. We look back and no doubt some will be happy to see the end of 2004 for personal reasons.

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

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

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

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

Do others see Christ in and through me?


Quotation from St. Patrick

When I had come to Ireland I was tending herds every day and I used to pray many times during the day. More and more the love of God.


It is a New Year

Do something different this year.

Concentrate on the positive and take up a new voluntary activity.

This is a chance to make a difference and there are many individuals, groups and organisations just waiting for your help


Thank You

Fr. Christy would like to thank the boys and girls who participated in the Christmas Eve, children's Mass and Ms. Regina Gilley for leading the project

Thanks also to Sarah McGarry for the singing and all who made the Mass meaningful.


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

Only three 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.



Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

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

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking !


Having a special event

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

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


Parish Contact Numbers

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

Fr.BernardCotter.............................00.353.21.4502696

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

Emergency(Priest onDuty)...............00.363.87.8252284

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


Collection Last Week

Church and Renovation .............................2,460 euro.

Thanks to all who contributed


Bible Study 2005

Be at home with your Bible.

A weekly bible course at a level to enable people confidently and fruitfully familiarise themselves with their bible

At St. Dominic's Ennismore, Tuesdays 10.30 - 12 noon and Wednesdays 8.30 - 10 pm.

Matthew' Gospel, starting January 11th. and 12th.

Phone 00.353.21.4502520 or email jbor@eircom.net for details.


New Years Resolution

Join the Mayfield Brass Band and learn to read music, play a brass instrument or the drums.

No musical experience is necessary. Former members would be very welcome.


Super Draw

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

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


Newsletter Contents

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

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


Mayfield Community School Gala Ball

Past Pupils Reunion, 25th. February 2005

For details contact Janette at 001.353.21.4506855, or,

email admin@mayfieldcommunityschool.ie


Websites of the Week

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


Newsletter and Website

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

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


Diosesan Website

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

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


Quotable quotes

'Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance' - Will Durant

'Obsticles are those frightful things you see when you take you eyes of your goal' - Henry Ford.


Beech Hill Garden Centre, COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

The staff of the Centre wish all their supporters a happy New Year. The Centre will be open again on Monday 10th. January following stocktaking.


Italian Pilgrimage

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

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

Names and deposits are being taken. For further information please contact Mary Lane at 00.353.21.4503287


Refuse Collection Changes

UsualDay.........................................Revised Day

Monday3rd....................................... Tuesday 4th.

Tuesday4th........................................Wednesday 5th.

Wednesday5th...................................Thursday 6th.

Thursday 6th...................................... Friday 7th.

Friday 7th...........................................Saturday 8th.



Baptism of the Lord - Year A....................

............................9th. January 2005 - No. 946


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (3 : 13 - 17)

Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John. John tried to dissuade him.' It is I who need baptism from you' he said, 'and yet you come to me!' But Jesus replied 'Leave it like this for the time being; it is fitting that we should, in this way, do all that righteousness demands.' At this John gave in to him.

As soon as Jesus was baptised he came up from the water, and suddeenly the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. And a voice spoke from heaven, 'This is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him.'

This is the Gospel of the Lord.



Reflecting on the Word

Jesus identified himself with sinful men and women when he responded to John the Baptist's call to all people to repent i.e. to do a re-think and change their life style.

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 sin as a prelude to the new sacramental baptism in which we got the benefit of the death and resurrection of Christ.


Responding to the Word

I am baptised. While the sacrament 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 a white pall, the reminder that at our baptism we are wrapped in the white Christening robe and the priest said: 'You have become a new 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?


Quotation from St. Patrick

I ask God for perseverance, to grant that I remain a faithful witness to him, for his own sake until my passing from this life.


Please Pray for the Souls of

Jack Coughlan

Eddie Flanagan

Denis Tobin

and please remember in your prayers:

Timothy Burns

Joe McCarthy

Nora Sheehan

Who's first anniversary is at this time.


Why not give it a try?

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

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


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

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

If you are not in, you can't win

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

Tickets cost 100 euro

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

See our article on the website.



Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

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

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking !


Having a special event

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

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


Parish Contact Numbers

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

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

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

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

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


Collection Last Week

Church and Renovation ......................................................2,266 euro.

Thanks to all who contributed


Bible Study 2005

Be at home with your Bible.

A weekly bible course at a level to enable people confidently and fruitfully familiarise themselves with their bible

At St. Dominic's Ennismore, Tuesdays 10.30 - 12 noon and Wednesdays 8.30 - 10 pm.

Matthew' Gospel, starting January 11th. and 12th.

Phone 00.353.21.4502520 or email jbor@eircom.net for details.


Who is it?

One of the early Irish women saints whose memory is honoured in many place names. A native of County Waterford, she founded a monastery in Co. Limerick in the 6th. century. She is regarded as the foster mother to St. Brendan the Navigator (who it is believed reached the shores of America in his travels). She died in the year 570 A.D.


Super Draw

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

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


Newsletter Contents

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

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


Mayfield Community School Gala Ball

Past Pupils Reunion, 25th. February 2005

For details contact Janette at 001.353.21.4506855, or,

email admin@mayfieldcommunityschool.ie


Websites of the Week

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


Newsletter and Website

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

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


Diosesan Website

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

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


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

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

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/Cocaireach.

For further information/Tuilleadh Eolas .............FON ....00.353.21.4821955

Co - Ordinator - Nuala Ni Loinsigh

The availability of classes is subject to the numbers enrolling.


Beech Hill Garden Centre, COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

The staff of the Centre wish all their supporters a happy New Year. The Centre will be open again on Monday 10th. January following stocktaking.


Italian Pilgrimage

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

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

Names and deposits are being taken. For further information please contact Mary Lane at 00.353.21.4503287


Music and Song Night

Saturday 15th January at 9.30 pm

Members Bar, Garda Club, Admission Free.


Who is it?

Saint Ita (or Ide), her monastery in Limerick is in Killeady


 

 


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

......................................16th. January 2005 - No. 947


The good news this week is from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (1 : 29 - 34)

Seeing Jesus coming towards him, John said, 'Look, there is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. This is the one I spoke of when I said: A man is coming after me who ranks before me because he existed before me. I did not know him myself, and yet it was to reveal him to Israel that I came baptising with water'.

John also declared, 'I saw the Spirit coming down on him from heaven like a dove and resting on him. I did not know him myself, but he who sent me to baptise with water had said to him, "The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is going to baptise with the Holy Spirit." Yes I have seen and I am the witness that he is the Chosen One of God.'

This is the Gospel of the Lord.



Reflecting on the Word

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

Everyday of the 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?


Responding to the Word

New year and new beginnings, todau'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 abandoned.


Quotation from St. PatrickBecause of his promises I leave myself in the hands of Almighty God who rules everywhere.I


Colaiste Stiofain Naofa

Access to Education (short term)

Have you a few hours to spare, a few days a week?

Would you like to do something for yourself?

Would you like to try subjects like Computers, Business, Art, Heritage, Drama and Psychology?

Why not attend a public meeting on Friday 21st. January at 11.00 am in the college or ring 001.353.21.4961020 for further information


Why not give it a try?

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

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


Friends of St. Patrick's Church - Super Draw

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

If you are not in, you can't win

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

Tickets cost 100 euro

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

See our article on the website.



Beech Hill Garden Centre

COPE Foundation, Bonnington, Montenotte.

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

Why not visit the coffee shop and enjoy home baking !


Having a special event

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

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


Parish Contact Numbers

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

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

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

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

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


Collection Last Week

Tsunami Relief Fund ....................23,000 euro.

Thanks to all who contributed


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

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

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

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

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

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

Do come and be part of this Celebration.


Super Draw

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

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


Newsletter Contents

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

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


Mayfield Community School Gala Ball

Past Pupils Reunion, 25th. February 2005

For details contact Janette at 001.353.21.4506855, or,

email admin@mayfieldcommunityschool.ie


Websites of the Week

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


Newsletter and Website

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

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


Diosesan Website

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

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


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

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

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/Cocaireach.

For further information/Tuilleadh Eolas .............FON ....00.353.21.4821955

Co - Ordinator - Nuala Ni Loinsigh

The availability of classes is subject to the numbers enrolling.


The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

We are currently reviewing the support groups and subsequently our monthly meetings have been suspended until further notice. If anyone requires information or assistance please contact the office at 001.353.21.4391690


Italian Pilgrimage

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

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

Names and deposits are being taken. For further information please contact Mary Lane at 00.353.21.4503287


Music and Song Night

Saturday 15th January at 9.30 pm

Members Bar, Garda Club, Admission Free.