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.

Parish Newsletter

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 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,

Finbarr Crowley,

Nuala O'Shea,

Eddie Goggin,

Martha Mulcahy,

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,

Corcoran family,

Noreen O'Halloran,

Foley family,

O'Halloran family,

Ryan family,

Margaret & Jack Wallace,

John & Frances Dwyer,

Maur & Billy O'Donovan,

Adrian O'Donovan,

Frank & Josephine Daly,

George & Maimie Dwyer,

Pat Kelleher,

Twomey family,

Pat O'Shea,

Sr. Maura Killeeen,

Jack, Clare & Liam Horgan,

Finbarr Cotter,

Andy& Mary Cotter,

Maurice O'Sullivan,

Michael Hayes,

Noel Hayes,

Sheela Hayes,

Bill Walsh.

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

Weekly Envelopes

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.

Thank You

Canon Dan Crowley and Canon Liam Leader gratefully acknowledge the support and collaboration of so many people in the work of the parish:-

Altar Societies,

Children's Liturgy and Do This

in Memory of Me group,


Finance Committee,

Hospitality Groups,

Legion of Mary,

Management Committee,

Parish Pastoral Council,

Prayer Groups,

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

Good News!

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

St. Patrick's

Vigil 6pm Sunday 24 th

Christmas Morning 10 and 12 noon

(No evening Mass)


Holy Family

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.

A Prayer:

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. 

Extracted from Intercom

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,

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..............................'Christmas Joy'

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.

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