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Reflection on Today's Gospel

In today's Gospel  we see the Transformation of Jesus.

St. Luke describes how Jesus took Peter, James and John up a mountain to pray.  There He was clothed in a brilliant light, and a voice came from a cloud, saying 'This is my beloved Son'. The identity of Jesus is confirmed here to his disciples.  It was significant that it was during a prayer session that God spoke directly to the faithful.

During Lent we are given the opportunity to concentrate on prayer and good works.  We should make sure to do so, for it may bring about a transformation in the depth of our faith and lead to a more meaningful spiritual life  for us.  May Lent lead us to joy in the Lord.

I wish you all a very happy and holy St. Patrick's Day.

Go mbeirimid beo ag an am seo arís agus go bhfóire Iosa agus a mháthair bheannaithe orainn go léir amach anseo

Cecily Lynch

This week's Calendar

Monday 18th: The memorial day of St. Cyril of Jerusalem bishop and Doctor of the church.

Tuesday 19th: The Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Thursday 21st: The memorial day of St. Enda, abbot.

Friday 22 nd : The memorial day of St. Turibius of Mosgrovejo, bishop.

Sunday 24th : The Third Sunday of Lent.

This week's readings

A reading from the prophet Amos.

I am a shepherd, and looked after sycamores; but it was the Lord who took me from herding the flock, and the Lord who sid,”Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'

A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians.

It was God who decided that we were fit to be entrusted with the Good News.

Recent Anniversaries and Prayers Requested

Rose Forde (2018), Military Road;

Phil Mulcahy (2016), Suttons Buildings;

Thomas Dunphy (2016), Mallow;

John Currid (2012), Bellevue Crescent;

Patsy Kealy (2011), Dillons Cross

Hugh O'Kelly (2009) Montenotte;

Kathleen McCarthy (2007), Bellevue Park;

Wally McGrath (2005), Ferncliffe, Bellevue;

Nora Roche (anniversary)

Charles & Maureen Hurley

(anniversary)

Patrick Jeffery(anniversary)

Donal Creedon, Dillons Cross (anniversary);

Brien Thompkins(recently deceased)

Eileen & Cornelius Buckley

Tony Bickerstaffe

Elizabeth Horgan

Nell Fitzpatrick

O Connor Family, Mayfield

Martin Forde, Military Road;

John & Mai Bennett, Balmoral Terrace

May they rest in peace. Amen

 

Lourdes Pilgrimage

Our Lady Crowned Parish, in conjunction with the Cork and Ross Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, 10 th -15 th June 2019. 5 nights Full Board in Hotel Solitude - €779.

Spiritual Director Fr. Michael Keohane P.P. Our Lady Crowned Church. Tel. 021 455 1276

Lourdes 2019: shout out to Young Adult Helpers

The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites young adults 18-25 to join the pilgrimage to Lourdes as helpers from 10 th  to 15 th  June. As helpers you will assist with the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme – time for prayer, sharing in the story of Lourdes and making new friends. Limited number of places, for further details contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537474.

Welcome to St.Patrick's Church

We welcome all our visitors to our parish on this special weekend.

We welcome especially the Pritchard family and friends from The Rosary Catholic Church, Florida.

Beigh La sasta Naomh Padraigh againn.

Hail Glorious St Patrick

Dóchas linn Naomh Padraig Beannachtaí na Féile oraibh go léir.

Sunday is the Great Feast Day of the Principal Patron of Ireland, St Patrick.‘ There are many legends and stories of our great Apostle Patrick but we have also his own words in his two surviving writings; his Confession and his Letter to Coroticus. In these letters 3 key elements stand out.

1. His life lived in union with Jesus Christ who is not only his Saviour and Lord but his closest and often his only friend and companion.

2.Patrick considers that each and every person is of absolute value to Christ,

3. It is his ambition to transform every human mind and heart into the likeness of God. Patrick is a saint of the 5 th century. He was not the first Christian missionary to bring the faith to our shores but he was the most influential and is symbolic of the whole movement that led to the Christianization of the country.

'‘In another story, Patrick, in memory of a repentant landlady/pub owner, Patrick said that people should always have a shot of whiskey on his feast day, known as Pota Phádraig; In olden times this drink was flavoured with shamrock, hence the term ‘drowning the shamrock' or ‘wetting the shamrock'!(Adapted from an article by Fr J.J O' Ríordáin , CSsR. in Reality Mag)

Lenten Thoughts/Reflections .

‘Lent is a time for people to enter a reflective contemplative, prayerful space but also to consider the good we can do outside ourselves. Lent is calling us into this time of self-presence, Jesus Himself did it and saw the value of it and obviously then it matters to us, we want to learn from Him about how to live a good life and about the steps to take to do that.'( Dr Michael O Sullivan, Jesuit academic)

Saints of the Week Pray for Us-Inspire Us!

Apart from our celebration today of ‘our own' St Patrick, this week we have also the Great Feast Day of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We celebrate this feast day next Tues 19 th .

St. Joseph is a Great Saint and is often ‘passed over' and neglected.

‘Among the virtues of St Joseph the following stand out:

Faith, with which he fully accepted God's salvific plan; Prompt and silent obedience to the will of God; and Love for and fulfilment of the law, true piety, fortitude in time of trial; chaste love for the Blessed Virgin Mary, a dutiful exercise of his paternal authority, and fruitful reticence.( Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy)

Tuesday is also the 6 th anniversary of the beginning of Pope Francis' mission as Pope/Holy Father. We pray for the Pope's intentions today.

In between we celebrate the Feast Day of St Cyril of Jerusalem on Monday. St Cyril was the Bishop of Jerusalem in 315-86 and suffered much persecution for the Faith.

Thursday is the Feast Day of ‘our own' St Enda, who lived and ministered on the Aran Islands.

Saturday is the Feast Day of St Turibius of Mogrevejo, 1538-1606. A layman who became the Archbishop of Lima, Peru. He worked tirelessly to protect the indigenous peoples of Peru and built up the Church there.

St Patrick, bless our parish named after you; bless our country -Bless your people.

Trocaire Boxes

Trocaire boxes can be collected from both churches . The theme of this years campaign is ‘land'.

Matt Tolbot Novena

The Way of the Cross Church, Togher, Monday 18 th March.Mass and Novena prayers will begin at 7.30pm

Lourdes Pilgrimage

Our Lady Crowned Parish, in conjunction with the Cork and Ross Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, 10 th -15 th June 2019. 5 nights Full Board in Hotel Solitude - €779.

Spiritual Director Fr. Michael Keohane P.P. Our Lady Crowned Church. Tel. 021 455 1276

Lourdes 2019: shout out to Young Adult Helpers

The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites young adults 18-25 to join the pilgrimage to Lourdes as helpers from 10 th  to 15 th  June. As helpers you will assist with the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme – time for prayer, sharing in the story of Lourdes and making new friends. Limited number of places, for further details contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537474.

Prayer for Vocations

The next monthly Holy Hour to pray for vocations will be held on Wednesday, 27 th March, in the Mercy Hospital Chapel

3:00 to 4:00p.m. All are welcome.

Follow the footsteps of Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem 2019

Take a trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land May 28 th – June 7 th 2019.

Group leader, Fr. John Newman

(Bible Scholar). In association with Premier Travel, Cork. Contact Michael at 0868337681 or email

culturaltoursireland@gmail.com

Anniversary of Pope Francis' election

Wednesday, 13 th March is the 6 th Anniversary of the election of Pope Francis as Supreme Pontiff.

Please include him in your prayers

St Patrick's Festival: 15-18 March

For additional information on activities and events over the in Cork

Log on to www.corkcity.ie/en/cork-st-patrick-s-festival/

Lourdes Pilgrimage

Mayfield Parish, in conjunction with the Cork and Ross Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, 10 th -15 th June 2019. 5 nights Full Board. Hotel Solitude - €779.

Spiritual Director Fr. Michael Keohane P.P. Our Lady Crowned Church. Tel. 021 4551276

Lourdes 2019: Young Adult Helpers

The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites young adults 18-25 to join the pilgrimage to Lourdes as helpers from 10 th  to 15 th  June. 

As helpers you will assist with the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme – time for

prayer, sharing in the story of Lourdes and making new friends. Limited number of places, for further details contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537474.

Catholic Marriage Encounter

Marriage Enrichment Weekend

Refresh, Renew, Rekindle your marriage relationship. 12th - 14 th  April 2019, www.marriageencounter.ie     

086-8334382, 087 -2162436

Lent at Ennismore

7 Wednesdays of Lent, The Seven Last Words, Lenten Reflections Starting 6th March, 7:30pm-9pm.
5 Saturdays of Lent, Service of Reconciliation Starting 16th March at 10am, Joe Kavanagh O.P.
Lenten Weekend Retreat, Friday  8th -  Sunday  10th March, Bishop Brendan Comiskey, Cost €175 Res/ €100 Non- Residential. Email  info@ennismore.ie , Phone 021-4502520

Living Lent – Creating a Climate for Change!

A new initiative by livinglent.org invites us to avail of the season of Lent as a way to become more aware of our urgent need to protect and promote God's wonderful Creation and to make this Lent a time to change your own lifestyle habits to protect our beautiful world and to urgently avert the damage evident in massive climate change.

The Earth is the Lord's. God created this beautiful planet and declared it ‘Good'. This Creation and everyone in it, is precious to God and this should be reflected in the was we treat it too. So this Lent, please consider offering up your Lenten Penances in forms that help with climate change.

Medjugorje Pilgrimage 

May 28th  -  June 4th  ex Cork. 15 places remaining. €725.00 half board.€200.00 deposit secures place. Staying in locally owned Hotel Leone, 3 mins from St. James church. Spiritual director Fr. Sean Corkery. Contact Sean O'Shaughnessy on  0862959380

Ennismore Homecoming

Awareness, Spirituality & Wellbeing Commencing May1st
Time 7:30pm-9:45pm
A 5 Week Programme
To help reduce stress while cultivating Joy,Resilience & Wholeness. Cost €150
All Welcome
Martina Lehane Sheehan & Patrick Sheehan
Email  info@ennismore.ie  or Phone 021-4502520

Lourdes Pilgrimage

Mayfield Parish, in conjunction with the Cork and Ross Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, 10 th -15 th June 2019. 5 nights Full Board. Hotel Solitude - €779. Spiritual Director Fr. Michael Keohane P.P. Our Lady Crowned Church.

Tel. 021 4551276

Trip to the Holyland May 28th-June 7th  2019.  

Group Leader, Mícheál de Barra and Spiritual Director, Fr. John Newman (Bible Scholar) Premier Travel, Cork

Contact Mícheál at  0868337681

Email; culturaltoursireland@gmail.com

Pope's Intentions for December

Evangelisation : That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.

 

Holy Family church welcomes Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help in running Holy Family church.

If you would like to help in any of the following:

the Altar Society,

the Newsletter team,

the Parish Council,

the Ministries of the Word and Eucharist,

the Choir, 

please leave your name in the Sacristy.

Mother Teresa Canonised a Saint on this day

When Saint Mother Teresa was in Calcutta for 20 years she received a ‘call within a call'. Jesus told her:

‘I am sending you into the dark holes of the poor. Come, be My light!'.

From that day St Mother Teresa and her dedicated Sisters in the Missionaries of Charity have done fantastic work with the poorest of the poor, founding orphanages, medical centres, house for the dying etc. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. St Mother Teresa said:

‘If I ever become a saint, I will surely be one of darkness. I will continue to be absent from heaven to light the light of those in darkness on earth.' Today let us pray :

Dear Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, come to us who continue to dwell in the dark. Come be our light! Pray for us. Amen.

Cork Deaf Enterprises

2A Sundrive Road Ballinlough Furniture repairs, re-upholstery, french polishing specialists. 

Free estimates, collection and delivery. Quality work and service assured. Call 4294111 /4294100 or see www.deafenterprises.ie

Volunteers always welcome

Carers Association  

The Cork branch of The Carers' Association is seeking to recruit volunteers throughout the county for our home care respite team. Canditates must be eligible for CE scheme. Please send CV with letter to Peter Cox,The Carers Association,9 Tuckey St ,Cork or email pcox@carersireland.com

Hope Foundation

Experience Magical India, for more information please log on to www.hopefoundation.ie or contact Susan on Tel: 4292990

Past Parishioner

Have a look at the story of a past parishioner on the parish website www. stpatrickscork.com 'The Search for John Cotter' photo's and history of this man and his family who lived around the St. Luke's area over 140 years ago.

Static Collection Boxes,

As part of our Parish Fundraising, four collection boxes have been installed in Retail Outlets within St. Patrick's Parish area. All funds collected are used for the ongoing maintenance of our two Churches. If you notice one please drop a few coins into it...every little bit helps. Thank you.

Your Newsletter

Around this time every year we ask for feedback from you about your newsletter. There is no harm in asking, I suppose, but it would be nice to get some kind of response, any response at all, at all. If you have a comment or suggestion please contact us by phone at 4518191, by email at stpatricksparish office@eircom.net or by note to either Sacristy. We owe a special vote of thanks to the members of the Holy Family team who do trojan work each week. Thank you all for participating in the rota and doing your contribution so reliably.

COPE Foundation,
Bonnington, Montenotte Plants to grace all gardens

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

Mass Times

St. Patrick's

Vigil (Saturday) 6pm,
Sunday 12
Daily Mass, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.15am

Holy Family

Sunday 10:30am
Daily Mass: Wednesday and Friday 9:30am

 

 

Contact Numbers

 

Canon Dan Crowley PP No. 3 Presbytery
Canon Liam Leader AP, No. 4 Presbytery

 

tel: 021.450 2696
tel: 021.450 0282

 

Parish Office Aonghus O'Broin, Secretary tel: 021.451 8191 or Email stpatricksparishoffice@eircom.net

 

Sacristy

 

St. Patrick's David Dwyer

021.4518191

Holy FamilyDee Daly

021.4509311

Parish Website
www. stpatrickscork.com
Email mail@stpatrickscork.com
Emergency
Emergency Number for Priest on duty 087-8252284
Looking for old photos/stories.

Ken Forde has set up a new website www.thelowerroad.net for the Lower Road. He is gathering content for the site and invites people to loan him old photosand stories of The Lower Glanmire Road If you want to help Ken please forward your details by e-mail or phone 086-6011928 to arrange a suitable time / location.Check out Ken's website for a wonderful new selection of pictures of the Lower Road in days gone by.

Counselling Services

Counselling available in Newbury House Old Youghal Rd.  (Low cost) Enquiries to – 450799

‘ Persecuted and Forgotten'

Please pray for those fellow Christians who are being persecuted in over 30 countries . Please do not let them be forgotten anymore! A new report by the UK Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need has highlighted the plight of so many Christians throughout the world. The report stated that ...‘churches are being burnt, Christians under pressure to convert, mob violence against Christian homes, abduction and rape of Christian girls, anti-Christian propaganda in the media and from Government, discrimination in schools and the workplace...the list goes on'. The full report can be read online at the charity's website.

Secure savings and peace of mind

Come visit St. Patrick's (Cork) Credit Union, Lower Glanmire Road, across from St. Patrick's Church, and become a member. Membership benefit includes life assurance on savings and loans at no extra cost, bill paying service, foreign exchange and friendly helpful service. To become a member call in with current picture i.d. (drivers licence, passport), recent household bill (electricity, gas, telephone) or bank statement and proof of P.P.S. number.Children accounts also available. Opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 10:00 to3:00 Friday 10:00 to 3:00 and 5:00 to 7:00.

Campaign to Consecrate Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Please sign letters or sign online asking the Irish Bishops to Consecrate this nation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to bring Ireland back to the Catholic Faith.(SCNCI: Steering Committee for the National Consecration of Ireland to the Immacualte Heart of Mary) Contact www.scnci.org for more information or to sign up online.Contact SCNCI P.O Box 51, Claremorris. Co Mayo.

Be Proud to Practise your Faith

Bishop Buckley has urged us all to be proud of our Faith this Lent and has asked parents to realize the key role they play in handing on that Faith to their children. 'We should be proud of our faith. Faith is not to be limited to a corner of our life. Our faith should inform everything we do.' Bishop Buckley also suggested that families might light a Year of Faith Candle in their homes and have family prayer or join a parish pilgrimage. ‘We must also gently remind people, who are not close to the Church that the Lord is waiting for them, longing for them to come to Him.'

Welcome to the Holy Family Church! Céad Míle Fáilte!

You are most welcome to our church, named after the Holy Family of Nazareth; Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The church became part of the Catholic tradition in 1949. Over the altar there is a silhouette painting of the Holy Family with the child Jesus at the centre of the family. Over the years since 1949, and indeed before 1949 when the church was part of the Methodist tradition, many families have worshipped here, have been baptized here, received their 1 st Holy Communion and Confirmation here, were married here and when they died they had their funeral Mass here…the church echoes with families…some of which are still alive and present in today's congregations. In this Year of Faith let us pray that all our family members may continue to worship here and to grow in Faith. For those family members who have dropped off their journey of Faith, we pray that they may be inspired to return “home” …home to their faith, to their worship of God and that the Holy Family community may continue to grow and flourish in these difficult days. May faith be the heart of this parish, the heart of this community …under the loving protection of the Holy Family of Nazareth; Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Rosary in Holy Family.

Just a reminder that the Holy Rosary is recited in full each morning before Daily Mass (at approx 9.15am) in the Holy Family. Parishioners are welcome and encouraged to take a turn and recite a decade of the Rosary each morning. Prayers in honour of the Sacred Heart and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will continue after morning Mass on each First Friday.

Volunteers Required

We thank all those in the parish who contribute, prepare, edit and distribute our Weekly Newsletter. If anyone would like to join the Newsletter team, please leave your name in at the sacristy.

Fatima Prayer Group

The Fatima Prayer Group now meets in St Josephs Church at 7.30pm on the 13 th day of each month. All are welcome The group participates in the St. Patrick's Day Parade and invite all to join them at Union Quay at 12.30pm.

The Legion of Mary invites new members

The praesidium of the Holy Family invites new members to join them. The meeting takes place every Friday in Holy Family church kitchen at 2.30 pm. The aim of the Legion is the spiritual growth of its members and of the wider community.  Members say the Rosary and do a task each week.

Holy Family History

The ‘new' translation of the Roman Missal and the People's Responses were ‘launched' successfully last weekend. In the Holy Family sacristy there is the original Latin Missal that was used for the very first Mass there on 23 rd October, 1949. On the inside of the book it says that this Missal was donated by ‘Dora and May Byrne'. I wonder do any of the Holy Family parishioners know who these very generous sisters were or their family? Any info. to the

Choir and Cantors and General Singing!

The participation of the congregation in the singing of the hymns at Mass is going from strength to strength and this is wonderful for the celebration of the Mass! Remember: ‘When you sing, you pray twice!' Hopefully the new responses being sung by the cantors and choir and the new Eucharistic Congress song, are becoming more and more familiar and that the congregation will start to join in with these as well! New members are always welcome! Give yourselves a Big Bualadh Bas!

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross will be prayed and meditated on each Friday in the Holy Family after the 10am Mass. Volunteers are asked to lead the Stations and also to carry the Cross around the various Stations.

Call for Altar Servers

Young boys and girls, who have made their 1st Communion, are asked to serve as Altar Servers. Altar Servers will be trained and supervised. Parent's consent is essential. Please leave names into the Sacristy as soon as possible. It would be wonderful if we could have young Altar Servers trained for Easter ! Senior Help Line, dial 1850 440 444

This confidential listening service is for older people, by older people, for the price of a local call. It is supported by the HSE. Open every day of the year 10-4pm and 7-10pm.


If you had an hour to spare and would like to give a hand in the gathering of articles and the production of the newsletter please contact the Parish Office at 021.4518191.

Aonghus O'Broin, Parish Secretary











































 

 
 
 
 












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