Second Sunday of Easter. Divine Mercy Sunday
John 20: 19-31
‘My Lord and my God!'
In this Gospel, on this Special Sunday of the Divine Love and Mercy of Jesus, Doubting Thomas utters the most profound words of recognition and adoration saying ' My Lord and my God !'
Dear Jesus, let us come to see You and really know You, this Holy Easter and always. Forgive and excuse our doubts when we stumble and fall and when we doubt your fathomless love and mercy.
‘Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through His name.'
This week's Calendar
Monday 9th: The Annunciation of the Lord.
Wednesday 11th: The memorial-day of St Stanislaus.
Friday 13th: The memorial-day of St Martin I.
Sunday 15th: The Third Sunday of Easter.
This Week's Readings
The Acts of the Apostles
This reading describes how the early Christians lived. They were united ‘heart and soul'.
The Letter of St. John
To love God is to keep his commandments.
Sincere sympathy from the community is extended to Aonghus O'Broin and family on the recent death of his mother Kathleen O'Broin in Dublin .
May she rest in Peace .
Anniversaries and Prayers Requested
Please pray for the following:-
Sheila Farrell Crossan, Montenotte (2009)
Patrice O'Keefe, Old Youghal Rd. (2016)
Ellen Hanley, Alexandra Villas (2010)
Sheila Barrett, Charleville Cottages (2007)
Gretta Keegan, Windsor Tce. (2012)
David Kennedy Bellevue Park (1969)
Ann and James Russell, Dublin
Bridget Sheehan, Victoria Tce. (1993)
Tim O'Keeffe, Old Youghal Rd.
John McCarthy Bellevue Pk. (2017)
The Ryan Family,
May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
Trócaire Lenten Campaign
Thank you to all who took a Trócaire box for Lent, please return them to the Sacristy as soon as possible.
There are still envelopes available if you wish to make a once off donation to the very worthy cause.
There will be a second collection at all Masses next week-end in aid of the finances of the Diocese. Please be generous with your support.
Parish Council Meeting
Holy Family Church on Tuesday 10th April 2018
Do This in Memory
Preparation for First Holy Communion
takes place on Sunday 15th April 2018 in Holy Family Church
Pope's Intentions for April
Universal: For those who have responsibility in Economic Matters.
That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.
Pope's message of Peace for Easter
‘We Christians believe and know that Christ's resurrection is the true hope of the world, the hope that does not disappoint. It is the power of the grain of wheat, the power of that love which humbles itself and gives itself to the very end, and thus truly renews the world'....
He called on the faithful...'to implore fruits of peace upon the entire world, beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria...'
He continued...'we also implore fruits of wisdom for those who have political responsibilities in our world, that they may always respect human dignity, devote themselves actively to the pursuit of the common good, and ensure the development and security of their own citizens.'
Alleluia, the 50 Day Easter Celebration Continues!
Christ is Risen...He is truly risen!
Queen of Heaven rejoice alleluia
The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia, has risen, as he said, Alleluia!
Pray for us to God, alleluia; Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia, for the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
Let us pray: O God who through the resurrection of Your Son Jesus Christ, gave rejoicing to the world, grant, we pray, that through His Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
God bless all who were Baptised, Confirmed and received their First Holy Communion at Easter! Alleluia!
All powerful God, You are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of Your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of Your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with Your peace and that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. Amen
Love Both- Save the 8th Amendment- Protect the Unborn Babies!
Saturday's Rally for Life in Cork was hugely supported and a new energy for hope that the 8th Amendment will be saved and our unborn babies saved from the dread of abortion.
Please keep up your prayers for the success of this urgent campaign
Divine Mercy Sunday!
‘Jesus I trust in You!'
The second Sunday of Easter has been designated Divine Mercy Sunday by the late St Pope John Paul II.
The Lord Jesus said to St Faustina:
‘I desire that the Feast of Mercy be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. The soul that will go to Confession within 8 days and receive Holy Communion and spend some time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament on this day shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.' (St Faustina's Diary entry 699)
‘You expired Jesus but the source of life gushed forth for souls and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us'.
‘O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You!'
The Big Celebration of Divine Mercy
W ill take place in St Augustine's Church this Sunday at 2pm. Other churches may have similar celebrations and of course there is the magnificent Divine Mercy icon down in our own St Patricks Church for those who may wish to pray there.
Monday's Big Feast Day:
The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.
‘Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!'
This year the birth of Jesus will be a little ‘premature' as the traditional 9 month period from Mar 25 to Dec 25th had to be delayed since this year Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week fell on the usual Feast Day of the Annunciation.
‘Giving her consent to God's word, Mary becomes the Mother of Jesus. Espousing the divine will for salvation wholeheartedly, without a single sin to restrain her, she gave herself entirely to the person and to the work of her Son; she did so in order th serve the mystery of redemption with Him and dependent on Him, by God's grace.'
(Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Alzheimer Saturday Club
On Saturday 14th April at Bessboro Day Care Centre. From 2pm until 4pm. Free Admission. All Welcome
For more information contact 4
Croke Park Festival of Families
On Saturday 25th August 6.30pm
This is a celebration of our culture in music, song ,dance and poetry attended by St. Francis. Tickets limited to 70,000
Love Both- Save the 8th Amendment- Protect the Unborn!
Many people, including many good Catholic Christians, are not aware of just how ‘provable' are the scientific facts that babies are really babies, from the moment of conception to actual birth!
Many people, including some Catholics try and distance their thoughts from real babies in the womb by using ‘distant' terms such as ‘embryo' or ‘foetus'.
We know that at:
Week 3: The baby's heart can be detected;
Week 4: Facial features are beginning to form;
Week 6: Internal organs are developing in basic form;
Week 8: Nervous system is responsive;
Week 9: Baby can swallow, yawn and suck their thumb;
Week 11: Baby stretches and jumps in Mammy's womb;
Week 12 : If the 8th Amendment is abolished, then a Baby's constitutional human rights up to this stage of development are removed.
Sadly and tragically, the result of this change for the Baby could be fatal.
Our Lady, Mother Mary who bore Baby Jesus in your womb, pray for us, pray for the leaders and the people of Ireland during this time of great danger and crisis.
Saints of Ireland, come to our aid and guide us!
Marriage Encounter Weekend
Invest in your Marriage. Marriage Encounter is a Weekend getaway experience for all married couples who want to rediscover the joy of Marriage.
The next weekend will take place in the Cork International Hotel from 13th to 15th April. For further information call 086 8334382 or
Pope's Visit to Dublin – Sunday, 26th August 2018
Mass will be at 12 noon in Dublin. A coach will depart from Holy Family Church at 6:00am and arrive in Dublin at 10:30am.
Breakfast will be in Portlaoise on way up. Dinner will be in Portlaoise on way back. Early booking is necessary to ensure a place.
C osts: Bus - €60.00
Mass ticket - Free
Please give your name and money to Frank or Kitty in Holy Family.
Our Lady's New Feastday
A New Feast Day called “Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church” will be inaugurated and celebrated on Monday, 21st May 2018.
This is the day after the Great Feast of Pentecost, the day of the Descent of the Holy Spirit on Our Lady and the Apostles.
This is also the Feast Day of the Birthday of the Church.
A Vatican decree said “ Mary is at once Mother of Christ, the Son of God and mother of the members of His Mystical Body, which is the Church. These considerations derive from the divine motherhood of Mary and from her intimate union in the work of the Redeemer, which culminated at the hour of the Cross .”
Lourdres : Diocesan Pilgrimage from 11-16th June. Booking Joe Walsh Tours 427 7959. For details of the assisted section contact V. Rev Canon James O'Donovan, 429 2296
The Holy Land : 10th–18th October 2018. Visiting Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem and other sites.
Eight night Pilgrimage staying in Tiberius and Bethlehem. Full religious programme. Further details from Fr. Kerry Murphy-O'Connor, 087-220 2022 or Fr. Charlie Kiely, 086-867 2377
Pope's Visit to Dublin - Sunday 26th August 2018
Mass at 12 noon in the Phoenix Park Dublin. A coach will depart from Holy Family church at 6 am and arrive in Dublin at 10.30 am. Breakfast in Portlaoise on way up. Dinner in Portlaoise on way back. Cost €60 euro. Name and money to Frank or Kitty.
Early Booking Necessary
Pope Francis' Intentions for March
Universal : Say ‘NO' to Corruption!
That those who have material, political or spiritual power, may resist any lure of
What it means to be ‘fully' Pro-Life!
Fr Thomas Roscia,CEO of the Salt & Light Catholic media and former Press Adviser to the Holy See Press Office in a recent article in the Irish Catholic said :
‘What does it mean to be authentically Pro-Life? As Christians, being pro-life is one of the deepest expressions of our Baptism - we stand up as sons and daughters of the light, filled with conviction, speaking the truth with firmness and determination and never losing joy and hope.
Being pro-life is not an activity for a political party or a particular side of the spectrum. It is an obligation for everyone, left, right and centre.
If we are pro-life, we must engage the culture around us and not curse it. We must see others as Jesus does, and we must love them to life, even those who are opposed to us.
What efforts, great and small, do
we embrace to consistently and systematically oppose any type of murder, genocide, abortion, euthanasia or wilfull self- destruction,violations of human dignity and coercions of the will?
How do we advocate for those who endure sub-human living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution, human trafficking and wrongful and unjust immigration policies?
All of these things and more, poison human society. We must strive for a strong consistent ethic for life.'
Fr Denis McBride, the renowed Scottish Redemptorist priest and writer prayed at Christmas:
‘The birth of every child is a gift of life. God's original blessing is the the gift of life; in a baby we can see the blessing of God.
A child who did not request life, receives the gift of beginning, grows to crave for life, fight for life, struggle to preserve life.
To be born is gifted by a God who is Life itself and that is why reverence for human life is reverence for the God of life.'
Cork & Ross Pilgrimage
The 2018 Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from the 11th to 16th June. Booking through Joe Walsh Tours, 4277959.
Enquiries for Sick / Assisted to the Very Rev Canon Janes O'Donovan, Ballinlough, (021) 4292296
Protect the Lives of the Unborn! No Repeal of the 8th Amendment !
Pope Francis condemns abortion:
'(The) First of all fundamental rights is the right of every person to life.' The right to life is the first among human rights. To abort a child is to kill someone who can not defend himself.' ‘It is not ‘progressive' to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life!'
Some of our prominent elected representatives have come out in favour of repealing the 8th Amendment, an Amendment that protects the lives of the unborn children and their mothers.
USA President Trump, for all his many faults, has come out strongly in favour of protecting unborn/ preborn babies.
He sent a video link message to the huge Pro-Life March held in Washington DC last week during which he said:
“The March for Life is a movement born out of love: you love your families; you love your neighbours; you love our nation, and you love every child born and unborn, because you believe that every life is sacred, that every child is a precious gift from God.'
Tens of thousands attended the March and USA Vice President Mike Pence was one of the keynote speakers; along with His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.
The All Ireland Rally for Life will take place in Dublin on Saturday 10th March. Buses will leave from outside St Mary's Church Pope's Quay on the morning. There is no charge for a bus ticket but donations to cover costs are acceptable. Further details will be announced coming closer to the date. Courage!
World Meeting of Families - August 2018
Preparations continue and excitement grows as the arrival of His Holiness Pope Francis is more frequently discussed in the Church and in the media.
The latest ‘ hot gossip' is that Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth may share a church gathering possibly in Belfast. The Queen, Head of the Protestant Church in the UK.
She has never shirked from or shied away from saying that she is a person of faith and frequently refers to her belief in God and how He has sustained her in good / bad times, in her many speeches.
People Get Ready!
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 .
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.