Gospel Reflection Matthew 20:1-16

In today's first reading we read “My thoughts are not your thoughts. My ways are not your ways.” These words are particularly relevant to today's Gospel which is about the landowner and the men he hired from the first to the eleventh hour to work in his vineyard.

At the end of the day he had the workers called to pay them their wages. The last to start work we brought forward first and received one denarius. When it was time to pay those who had worked from daybreak, they too received one denarius.

They were disgruntled and voiced their grievance saying they had been paid the same as those who had worked for only one hour. The landowner reminded them that they had agreed to do a day's work for one denarius and he had been fair and just in giving them the amount seettled on. He added he could do what he liked with his own and why should they be envious of his generosity.

We can associate with the agrieved workers and think as they did but the Lord's ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. It does not matter when we come to the Lord, early or late. He deals with us all with the same generosity, love and compassion.

Angela Sheehan

This week's Calendar

Monday 25th: The feast-day of St Finbarr.

Tuesday 26th: The memorial-day of Ss Cosmos and Damian.

Wednesday 27th: The memorial-day of St Vincent de Paul.

Thursday 28th: The memorial-day of St. Wenceslaus.

Friday 29th: The feast-day of SS Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels.

Saturday 30th: The memorial-day of St Jerome.

Sunday 1st October: The 26th Sunday of the Year.

This Week's Readings

The Prophet Isaiah

The Lord says ‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways are not your ways'. God is rich in forgiving.

The letter of St. Paul to the Phillipians

Paul advises to avoid anything unworthy of the gospel of Christ.

Recent Bereavements

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Bernie Murphy whose funeral took place on Friday last in Holy Family church

May she rest in peace.

Recent Anniversaries and Prayers Requested

Finbarr Cotter,

Margaret Hayes,

Nancy Gilley,

Rosaleen McMahon,

Mamie Dwyer,

Benny Dunne,

Agnes Moon,  Miliitary Rd.  (2005)

Karen Colgan. Rock Tce.   (2012)

Christopher McBride,  Landsdowne Court (2016)

Patrick Lynch Mt. Vernon View  (1989)

Ellen Newman, Old Youghal Rd.  (2011)

Angela Barry  Sidney Park  (2008)

Billy Scoutts, Military Rd.  (2005)

John J. Harrington  (2015)

Maureen McCarthy Belleview Park  (2016)

Kathleen O'Connell, Hardwicke St.  (2007)

Kathleen Ralph

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

Days of Recollection

At St. Benedict's Priory, Cobh.  Last Saturday of every Month. 9am - 3.30pm.  Reflect on different themes guided by the spirituality of Servant of God Marie Adele Garnier.  For more information contact Mother Prioress on  4811 354   Next one is 30th September - All 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.

Annual Memorial

The Cork Famine Group annual memorial will take place at the famine grave yard site in St. Joseph's Cemetry, Tory Top Road this Sunday at 3pm. All are welcome

World Meeting of Families 2108 Update

At a recent meeting in Cork, attended by members of our Parish Council, news was given of the new icon, new Family Prayer and new Hymn / Song for the Gathering.

The choirs will be learning this shortly and will be hoping that the congregations will join in, especially for the Refrain:

'The joy of Love, a joy for all God's family, the joy of love, transcending time and space; Our love for each other mirrors God the Father's love; The joy of Love , ‘a joy for all the earth.' (The title of the song!)

The icon is a beautiful representation of the Holy Family and this will be carried around to every diocese in Ireland, starting soon.

Please keep the success of this historic Family Gathering in your prayers and in your plans for August 2018 and hopefully we will be honoured by a visit to Ireland by Pope Francis!

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.

Anam Cara meeting

Anam Cara supports bereaved parents and will be holding a bereavement Information evening on Wednesday 4th October at 7:30pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork . 

Congratulations & God Bless the new Deacons

We offer our congratulations and every God Bless to the two new Deacons ordained recently.

Rev David Lane from Our Lady Crowned and Rev Frank McKevitt from Christ the King Turners Cross. God bless them and their ministry!

Congratulations to all our Exam Students.

Well done to all our exam students on their recent results and may God bless and direct you now in your further careers and school / college studies!

Harvest Mass to Be Celebrated in Holy Family Church next Sunday Oct 1st
All are welcome to join in this Special Mass and prayers in thanksgiving to our Most Bountiful and Giving Father for all the richness and bounty of this year's Harvest!

Thank You Father.

There will be a celebratory tea / coffee / cake after Mass in the Upper Room in Holy Family. All are welcome.

Next Week's Saints Inspire Us!

Next week we celebrate another ‘gathering' of great and holy Saints to inspire us!

“Our own' St Finbarr on Monday, Cosmas & Damian on Tuesday, patron saints of physicians

(these saints are known as ‘Anargyri' as they never took money for their medical services)

St Vincent de Paul on Wednesday, the patron saint of all charitable works;

Good King (Saint) Wenceslaus from a popular Christmas Carol, on Thursday, patron saint of brewers; also St Lawrence Ruiz & Companions, martyred in Japan.

Friday is the Feast Day of the Archangels, Michael, Raphael and Gabriel.

Saturday is the feast day of St Jerome, Doctor of the Church, who was the first scholar to translate the the Hebrew Bible into Latin. He is also the patron saint of librarians.

Saturday also, in the Jewish faith calendar, is the feast day of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement

St Therese of Lisieux is on Sunday

But is not officially celebrated this year because it falls on a Sunday.

All ye angels and saints, pray for us! Amen.

Pope's Intentions for September

That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.


Ennismore Retreat Centre

Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October

Beginning Experience - A support programme for men and women who have suffered loss of a spouse by death, separation or divorce. Phone 067-9886480- See notice board for further details.

Pioneer Association

The Munster Pioneer Gathering and Spirituality Day will take place in The Woodland's House Hotel in Adare on October 1st 2017.

For further information call 0872852155 or 0863642619.

Computer beginners classes

Age Action will run classes for over 55s during this Autumn

Classes are taught one on one by patient volunteers. We balance the number of volunteer tutors and learners, so registration is important. Classes run for 5 weeks 2 hours a week in a fun relaxed atmosphere. Call 2067399 or 087 1956026.

Pilgrimage Season 2017

Full details for Lough Derg Pilgrimage are on the Notice Board.

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............................'Azalea' .....(Red)

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