Christmas Wishes 2017
We celebrate the birth of our Saviour who showed us how to live with charity, faith and service. In its truest essence, Christmas is about our Saviour's birth and so we should honour Him in humble adoration at out Christmas Crib.
My Christmas wish and prayer for you all is that you may be blessed with the spirit of the season which is peace, the gladness of the season which is hope, and the heart of the season which is love.
May we all remember that, not only for Christmas but all the year long, the joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.
May you and your families experience the joy of this Season and a New Year filled with the hope that Christmas brings.
A joyous and Peaceful Christmas to you all
Canon Dan Crowley, P.P.
This week's Calendar
Tuesday 26th: The feast-day of St. Stephen.
Wednesday 27th: The feast-day of St. John, Apostle.
Thursday 28th: The feast-day of The Holy Innocents.
Friday 29th: The memorial-day of St Thomas Becket.
Sunday 31st: The feast-day of the Holy Family Of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
Around this time every year we ask for feedback about the newsletter. If you have a comment or suggestion or are willing to help please contact us by phone at 4518191, by email at stpatricksparish firstname.lastname@example.org or by note to either Sacristy.
We owe a special thanks to the members of the Holy Family team (particularly Sean Dunne) who do trojan work each week. Thank you all for participating in the rota and making your contribution so reliably.
Recent Anniversaries and Prayers Requested
Fr. John Cotter, former PP
Fr. Jim Davern,
Charlie Cogan, Alexandra Villas (2013)
Sean French, St. Luke's (2011)
Des Gunn Gardiner's Hill (1991)
Michael Walsh Alexandra Tce (2006)
Timothy Forrest, Bellview Crescent (2010)
Mary (Girlie) Burns Cahilville (2004)
Michael Meehan Charlemont Tce (2004)
Tom Moynihan Windsor Cottages (2016)
Andrew Duane and deceased members of his family,
John Noel Corcoran,
Margaret & Jack Wallace,
John & Frances Dwyer,
Maur & Billy O'Donovan,
Frank & Josephine Daly,
George & Maimie Dwyer,
Sr. Maura Killeeen,
Jack, Clare & Liam Horgan,
Andy& Mary Cotter,
All the people who died and were
buried from the parish churches during 2017.
May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
This is a great way to improve the finances of the Parish at no extra cost to parishioners.
If you are not already participating and are interested in knowing more please contact the Sacristan or a member of the finance committee.
Canon Dan Crowley and Canon Liam Leader gratefully acknowledge the support and collaboration of so many people in the work of the parish:-
Children's Liturgy and Do This
in Memory of Me group,
Legion of Mary,
Parish Pastoral Council,
Ministers of the Word,
Ministers of the Eucharist,
Organists, Choirs and Cantors,
Parish Newsletter team,
Sellers of Catholic Papers, Christmas cards, calendars, raffle tickets etc.
St. Vincent de Paul Society,
Parish Website Team.
We offer a 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.
We wish a happy and holy new year to the many people who visit our churches from other parishes both home and abroad.
Advent - Christmas
On the 4th Sunday of Advent the role of Mary our Holy Mother in the Incarnation, the birth of Jesus, is celebrated.
‘She is of the House of David which God promised would be built according to His plan. This plan is revealed in Jesus Christ and is now made known to all peoples.
The faithful who carry the spirit of Advent from the liturgy into their own lives, perceive the inexpressible love in the Virgin Mary's welcoming of her Son.
Thus the Advent liturgy leads them to keep Mary before their eyes as a model and to prepare the way for the coming Saviour, with wonder and praise.'
‘ Hail Mary, full of grace , the Lord is with you'
‘ Stepping Stones to Bethlehem'
An Advent-Christmas reflection extract from Fr Jack McArdle,SS CC
‘That is why I should not let this special time pass without renewing my Christian commitment, and accepting Jesus, yet again as my Messiah, as my personal Saviour.
I cannot live today on a Yes I said yesterday. We are familiar with an attitude expressed about ‘Oh no,not Christmas time again!' and all the negative reactions about Christmas becoming too commercial, and that we'll all be glad when it's over etc.
For the Christian, this particular Christmas has never happened before and the opportunity it provides me for deepening my Christian commitment is completely new, and totally refreshing.
There is no reason why I should get sucked into the honky-tonk jingle bells, even if all around me do so.
The Kingdom of Jesus will always have to compete with the kingdom of the world and that will remain so until the end of time.
If anything, the more the world attempts to hijack Christmas, the more determined it should make me in defining and clarifying where I stand.'
Holy Family Celebration
Sunday 31 st of December is the feast-day of the Holy Family.
Why not join us to celebrate the day and enjoy some refreshments in the porch after Mass. All are welcome.
Christmas Mass times
Vigil 6pm Sunday 24 th
Christmas Morning 10 and 12 noon
(No evening Mass)
Vigil 7pm Sunday 24 th
Christmas Morning 10.30am.
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.
The Irish Bishops Call for Referendum on Right to a Home
At the recent Winter 2017 Gathering of Irish Bishops at Maynooth, they addressed the chronic plight of so many who are homeless.
For the second time they called on the Government to enshrine in the Irish Constitution the right to a home!
They called for such a referendum previously back in Dec 2015.
The Peter McVerry Trust say that 8 people sleeping rough died in the past 12 weeks, including 2 people in Cork streets.
In Ireland 8,300 people are using emergency homeless accomodation, including over 3,000 children and more than 1,400 families.
In this Year of the Family and in this Season of Advent/Christmas, we pray for all our brothers and sisters in Christ who have to live and suffer in such dire circumstances.
World Meeting of Families Aug 21-26 2018
The organisers of the Great Event have just announced that over 1,500 Volunteers have signed up already to help run/organise this Great Gathering in Dublin next August!
Be there or be square!
Saints of the Week
Inspire Us this Advent
Two Irish Saints have feast-days this week:
Monday is the feast-day of St Flannan , a 7th century saint in Killaloe and known as a great preacher.
Wednesday is the feast-day of St Fachanan a 6th century saint in Kilfenora, Co Clare.
Thursday is the feast-day of St Canisius 1521-97 a Dutch Jesuit Saint. His greatest work after the Council of Trent was a catechismof 211 Questions & Answers.
Saturday is the feast- day of St John of Kanty 1390-1473, a Polish Saint and scholar. He is remembered for his living a life of austerity and generosity.
All ye Saints pray for us and inspire us Amen.
Lord there is much darkness in society and in our church. We
thank you for sending people to us as witnesses to speak for the light. They bear witness to the rest of us that somewhere in the dark a light shines that darkness cannot overcome.
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Medjugorje Pilgrimage ex Cork
To Split, 31 st May to 7th June, 2018. Spiritual Director Fr. Sean Corkery. Early booking discount available. Contact Sean O'Shaughnessy, 086 295 9380 .
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,
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.