In today's Gospel Our Lord criticises insincerity and hypocrisy. He has harsh words to say about those who are all for outward show, for self-seeking and self-aggrandisement in matters of faith and spirituality.

People who look for notice, praise and flattery in the practice of their religious duties are not truly sincere in their faith. They clothe themselves in the trappings of religion but their hearts are untouched by it.

True love of God shows in how well a person obeys His commandments during his life. It shows in how charitable, how merciful, how just he / she is, how loving and caring  towards others.

Humility and modesty are Christian virtues. There are no 'bigwigs' in the Kingdom of God.

Our Lord declared:  ‘All those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted.' And again, 'The First shall be last and the Last first.'

Cecily Lynch

This week's Calendar

Monday 6th: The feast-day of all the Saints of Ireland.

Tuesday 7th: The memorial-day of St Willibrord.

Thursday 9th: The dedication of the Lateran Basilica.

Friday 10th: The memorial-day of St Leo the Great.

Saturday11th: The memorial-day of St Martin of Tours.

Sunday 12th: The 32nd Sunday of the Year.

This Week's Readings

The Prophet Malachi

Reflecting Jesus' words in today's gospol Malachi has tough words for those who would use religious leadership for their own benefit.

The letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians

Paul is offering encouragement to the people and is trying to build up their confidence.

Recent Death and Obituary:

Please pray for the soul of our dear friend, neighbour and well known and loved parishioner, Mrs.Marian Hayes (nee Brennan), St Lukes, who died last Sunday after a long illness. May she rest in everlasting peace in Heaven with her late husband John and her loving parents.

Our sincere sympathies go to her dear brother Michael, one of our most loyal and stalwart parishioners, on the death of his dear sister, to her brothers Anthony and Paddy, and indeed to all of Marian's and Michael's family, friends and relations.

For Your faithful people O Lord, life is changed, not ended.' May her soul and all the souls of the Faithful Departed, rest in peace. Amen

Recent Anniversaries and Prayers Requested

Harry Langton, Mt. Vernon Tce. (2007)

Simon Buckley Military Rd. (2006)

Sheila Egan, Adelaide Tce. (2004)

M.E. Darrer, Bellevue Park (1989)

Norah Hannon, St. Lukes (2nd Anniversary)

Patrick and Ann Twomey, Marianville, St. Lukes

Liam McKeown, Mt. Vernon Tce. (2010)

Janet Cahill (7th Anniversary)

Billy McKeown and his mother Ann McKeown

Des Mullarkey,

Bertie Mulcahy,

Dick Perryman,

Vera O'Driscoll,

Jack & Josephine Leahy,

Josephine Casey, (died this week)

The deceased residents of the Lower Glanmire Road and area.

May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

Pope Francis' Intentions for November.

Christians in Asia: That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote peace and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.


Coeliac Meeting

Wednesday 8th November in the SMA Wilton at 8pm. €5 entry fee

All are welcome.

Pray for the Holy Souls, Our Saints of the Week to Inspire and Pray For Us!

5th November is the Feast Day of the very popular St Martin de Porres OP. It is not celebrated this year as it falls on a Sunday.

His statue is prominent in the chapel dedicated to him in St Mary's Pope's Quay. Martin was born of mixed race, his mother was an African freed slave and his father was Spanish. He was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579. His father abandoned his wife and family and Martin was brought up in great poverty.

He had to endure terrible racism because of his mixed race birth and even when he entered the Dominicans, he was still treated badly by some of the priests and brothers in the monastery.

Despite all this discrimination and hurt Martin showed great love and patience. When the others were sick and in need Martin took care of them; as he did to anyone who called upon him!

He was an extraordinary man, a holy Saint! It was believed he could fly, had the gift of bi-location, instant cures and could cure animals as well as men and women! He also founded orphanages for abandoned children and slaves! A Saint Hero!.

On Monday we have the Feast-Day of All the Saints of Ireland . In The Irish Liturgical Calendar over 70 Irish Saints and 30+ Martyrs are listed. We can add to that thousands of other holy men and wome.

We have a proud and rich Christian history and heritage that sadly is being attacked, denied and derided by sections of the media and society in Ireland today. This Feast honours them and gives us the opportunity to pray to them, asking for their intercession for ourselves and our country.

Friday is the Feast-Day of Pope and Doctor of the Church, St. Leo the Great , who died in 461. He was a Great and Wise Pope who established the Doctrine of the Incarnation and the Primacy of the See of Peter. He also confronted the notorious Attila the Hun and other ‘barbarian hordes' at the gates of Rome and persuaded them to withdraw and thus spare the citizens and city of Rome.

On Saturday we then celebrate the Feast-Day of the soldier saint, St Martin of Tours, France, 316-97, founder of monasteries, one of the patron saints of France and also the patron saint of soldiers, beggars and innkeepers.

His ‘famous' saintly story is when asked for help by a poor and shivering beggar, he cut his cloak in two with his sword, and gave half to the beggar. That night Christ appeared to him in a vision dressed as that very same beggar!

All ye Saints of Ireland Pray for us and pray for our country!

All Saints of this week, pray for us. Inspire us to follow your good example! Amen

Faithful Departed

November in the Church calendar is dedicated to remembering and praying for the Holy Souls. We remember them especially in our Novena of Masses which continues up to, and includes Wednesday, 8th November.

Plenary Indulgences can be gained for the Holy Souls, under the Norms for Indulgences, i.e. Confession, Communion, pray for the Pope's intentions and pray Our Father and Apostle's Creed when visiting a cemetery, one Indulgence per day.

Blessings of Graves

Saturday 4th Nov:

St Oliver's Model Farm Rd, Mass at 2pm

Sunday 5th Nov:

St. Joseph's Tory Top Rd, 2.30pm

St James, Chetwynd, 3.00pm.

Rathcooney 3.00pm

Saturday 11th Nov:

St Mary & St John Ballincollig, Mass at 12.00noon

Sunday 12th Nov:

St Finbarr's Glasheen Rd 2.30pm

St Michael's Blackrock, 3pm

St Catherine's Kilcully 3.00pm

Alzheimer's Meeting

A Carer Support Meeting will take place on Wednesday 8th of Nov. in the Day Care Centre, in Bessboro, Blackrock from 3p.m to 4.30p.m.

Medjugorje Pilgrimage ex Cork

To Split, 31 st May to 7 th June, 2018. Spiritual Director Fr. Sean Corkery. Early booking discount available. Contact Sean O'Shaughnessy, 086 295 9380 .

November Novena of Masses

Envelopes are available in the porch.

Learn more about our faith

A CATECHESIS will be held in the Sacred Heart Church Parish Centre starting on Sunday the 1st October and continuing each Sunday and Wednesday night for 7 weeks.

This is an opportunity to more fully know God's personal care for each of us. The talks start at 8:00pm. All are most welcome.

Learn more about our faith

A CATECHESIS will be held in the Sacred Heart Church Parish Centre
starting on Sunday the 1st October and continuing each Sunday and
Wednesday night for 7 weeks.
This is an opportunity to more fully know God's personal care for each of us. The talks start at 8:00pm.

All are most welcome.

Cork Alzheimers Café

This is a safe space for people with memory problems including Alzheimers and other dementias, their carers, family and friends along with social and health professionals to meet.

We get together on the last Friday of each month 1.30- 3.30 pm in St. Finbarrs Hospital, Douglas Rd. Light refreshments are provided free of charge. All are welcome

Friday 29 th is our next meeting.

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

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

Hope Foundation

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

Past Parishioner

Have a look at the story of a past parishioner on the parish website www. '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 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..............................'Solanum' .....(laxum Album)

Mass Times

St. Patrick's
Vigil (Saturday) 6pm,
Sunday 12 and 6pm
Daily Mass 10.15am

Holy Family
Vigil (Saturday) 7pm,
Sunday 10:30am
Daily Mass 9:30am

(except Saturdays & Mondays)


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




St. Patrick's

David Dwyer


Holy Family

Dee Daly



Parish Website
Emergency Number for Priest on duty 087-8252284
Looking for old photos/stories.

Ken Forde has set up a new website 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.

Volunteers needed in Holy Family to Arrange Altar Flowers

Please consider volunteering to arrange flowers in Holy Family Church. This service is essential in  offering  and presenting the beauty of flowers on the altar and at the lectern the  positive signs of beauty, freshness, vibrancy of the Holy Presence of God and His Eternal Word. Please hand your name into the sacristy.

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 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