Advent is not just a four-week season that happens annually before Christmas, with all the attention being on Christmas. Advent really means “coming”; and God is always coming, and always present.

However, perhaps one of the most momentous ways God is coming this year is in the call to take urgent action on climate change. The authorities say we have less than twelve years before unstoppable, multi death-dealing change really gets a grip. Already it is happening. We have had extreme weather here, massive storms and a very extensive heat wave last summer, with perhaps worse to come next summer.

The earth is not our possession, but a God given trust. That is why it concerns us Christians most deeply. Read Laudato Si. Everyone can do something, whether it is re-cycling our waste and our used goods, turning off unwanted light and heat. Using public transport more, and sharing the car. And at Christmas being especially careful of what we will be throwing away

Christmas is not about having more but loving more. “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” . Fill the valleys not with rubbish but let them flourish for our children and grandchildren. No one can say “not my responsibility”, or “not my brother's keeper”.

Carol Dorgan

This week's Calendar

Tuesday 11th: The memorial-day of St. Damasus.

Wednesday 12th: The Memorial-day of St. Finnian, bishop.

Thursday 13th: The Memorial-day of St. Lucy, virgin and martyr.

Friday 14th: The Memorial-day of St. John of the Cross, priest and Doctor of the Church.

Sunday 16th: The 3rd Sunday Advent.

This Week's Readings

A reading from the prophet Baruch

Peace through integrity, and honour through devotedness.

A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians.

‘My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more.

Anniversaries and Prayers Requested.

Please pray for the following:

Margaret Corcoran (month's mind)

John Corcoran (anniversary)

Paddy O' Leary

Alfie and Sarah Sparks(remembrance)

Michael Keyes

Frances Dwyer

Kieran Mulcahy

Meave O'Leary, St Luke's Post Office (2007)

Aidan Murphy, Wesley Terrace

Jeremiah Meany

Marie Hyde(recently deceased)

Breda Spillane(recently deceased)

Peter Dooley(recently deceased)

May they rest in peace .


Financial appeal

Due to the changes in our Mass schedule we anticipate a major reduction in the collections.

We are required to run the parish on a break even basis, i.e. we cant run into the red as we have no way of servicing an overdraft or loan.

We have implemented changes in our cost structure. This means that the maintenance budget for all our buildings has been practically eliminated.

We are now operating on a needs must basis, a hole in the roof would be an example of a must do job.

We ask for your help in three ways

- Please be generous as you can in your contribution to parish collections

-Please join the weekly envelope system and help us maximise the benefit we gain from it. Boxes are available at the back of the church.

-Please consider sponsoring some essential maintenance work. We have a number of projects that range in cost from €1k to €14k. Please contact the sacristan if you want to help.

Christmas Cards

A new selection of cards is now available and is on sale in the porch. €3 per pack, two packs for €5.

More on the Holy Season of Advent .

In recent years it has become very noticeable that the fever of Christmas is gathering momentum earlier and earlier. Many shops are ‘ready to go' just as soon as Halloween is finished. This is reflected in how many Christians are now just as eager to plunge straight into the Christmas rush, neglecting to wait out in prayer, and indeed in penance, the Holy Season of Advent.


Text Box: Changes in the Parish   Mass Schedule    Following consultation with Bishop Buckley, it has been decided that  from 1st January 2019 there will not be a  6:00 p.m. Mass on Sundays in St. Patrick's.    Mass around th at time on Sunday is available in other churches as follows:    5.30 p.m. - Church of Christ Our Light, Ballincollig    5.30 p.m. - Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne    6.30 p.m. - The Way of the Cross, Togher    7.00 p.m. – Sts. Peter and Paul     I wish to thank all those who have attended our 6:00 p.m. Sunday Mass over the last number of years.  We would love to see you continuing to attend Mass here in our parish.     Our vigil Mass every Saturday in St Patrick's Church is at 6:00 p.m. Our Sunday morning Masses are at 10:30 in Holy Family and 12:00 in St. Patrick's    Canon Dan Crowley P.P.    In our enthusiasm and excitement we could forget that 23 rd December this year is still only the 4th Sunday of Advent ie: one day before Christmas Eve and only two days before Christmas Day itself! It seems that the coming of Santa is more important than the coming of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

Advent is a time of waiting, conversion and hope.

Waiting : Firstly, waiting to remember the first coming of Jesus at Bethlehem and then, waiting in supplication for His second coming at the end of time.

Conversion: Advent is a season for taking quiet time to review where we are in our relationship with God and our neighbour. “Repent” (as John the Baptist cried out) “ for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! ” (Mt3:2).

Joyful Hope: We hope and trust that the salvation already accomplished by Christ, and the reality of grace in the world will mature and reach their fullness. We are full of Joy because of Jesus! We are full of Hope because the Word became Flesh!

We cry out ‘ O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Marana tha! '

Waiting can be hard for many of us, we simply don't like to wait; we want things NOW.

Advent, however, offers us a fantastic opportunity to take some time out and allow Advent prayers and readings to grow our faith, our hope and our love, realizing that none of them are perfect yet.

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.


Ministers of the Word

Rota sheets for ministers of the Word for St. Patrick's Church are available from the sacristy .

Season of Advent

Today we welcome the first Sunday of Advent, lighting the first candle on our Advent Wreath, asking that Our Lord may light our way as we prepare for His ‘coming' this Christmas. ‘Advent' means ‘the coming', as we remember Jesus' first coming in a stable in Bethlehem and we anticipate His second coming at the end of time. Advent is a period of devout and expectant delight, a time of waiting, conversion and of hope.

We honour our Blessed Lady and Mother in this season as we ‘await' her Feast Day of her Immaculate Conception and of course her role at Christmas time. Our Advent Prayer reminds us also to set quality time aside to pause and pray and reflect on the true meaning of Advent and Christmas.

Come Lord Jesus, Come.

Advent Prayer

Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send Your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.

We, who have so much to do, seek quiet spaces to hear Your voice each day;

We, who are anxious over so many things, look forward to Your coming among us;

We, who are blessed in so many ways, long for the complete joy of Your Kingdom We, whose hearts are heavy, seek the joy of Your presence;

We are Your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.

To You we say: ‘Come, Lord Jesus, Come!' Amen.

(Fr Henri J.M. Noumen)

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.

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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.............................Holly

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 FamilyDee 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.

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