In today's Gospel Our Lord criticises insincerity and hypocrisy. He has harsh words to say about those who are all for outward show, for self-seeking and self-aggrandisement in matters of faith and spirituality.
People who look for notice, praise and flattery in the practice of their religious duties are not truly sincere in their faith. They clothe themselves in the trappings of religion but their hearts are untouched by it.
True love of God shows in how well a person obeys His commandments during his life. It shows in how charitable, how merciful, how just he / she is, how loving and caring towards others.
Humility and modesty are Christian virtues. There are no 'bigwigs' in the Kingdom of God.
Our Lord declared: ‘All those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted.' And again, 'The First shall be last and the Last first.'
This week's Calendar
Monday 6th: The feast-day of all the Saints of Ireland.
Tuesday 7th: The memorial-day of St Willibrord.
Thursday 9th: The dedication of the Lateran Basilica.
Friday 10th: The memorial-day of St Leo the Great.
Saturday11th: The memorial-day of St Martin of Tours.
Sunday 12th: The 32nd Sunday of the Year.
This Week's Readings
The Prophet Malachi
Reflecting Jesus' words in today's gospol Malachi has tough words for those who would use religious leadership for their own benefit.
The letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians
Paul is offering encouragement to the people and is trying to build up their confidence.
Recent Death and Obituary:
Please pray for the soul of our dear friend, neighbour and well known and loved parishioner, Mrs.Marian Hayes (nee Brennan), St Lukes, who died last Sunday after a long illness. May she rest in everlasting peace in Heaven with her late husband John and her loving parents.
Our sincere sympathies go to her dear brother Michael, one of our most loyal and stalwart parishioners, on the death of his dear sister, to her brothers Anthony and Paddy, and indeed to all of Marian's and Michael's family, friends and relations.
For Your faithful people O Lord, life is changed, not ended.' May her soul and all the souls of the Faithful Departed, rest in peace. Amen
Recent Anniversaries and Prayers Requested
Harry Langton, Mt. Vernon Tce. (2007)
Simon Buckley Military Rd. (2006)
Sheila Egan, Adelaide Tce. (2004)
M.E. Darrer, Bellevue Park (1989)
Norah Hannon, St. Lukes (2nd Anniversary)
Patrick and Ann Twomey, Marianville, St. Lukes
Liam McKeown, Mt. Vernon Tce. (2010)
Janet Cahill (7th Anniversary)
Billy McKeown and his mother Ann McKeown
Jack & Josephine Leahy,
Josephine Casey, (died this week)
The deceased residents of the Lower Glanmire Road and area.
May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
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.
Wednesday 8th November in the SMA Wilton at 8pm. €5 entry fee
All are welcome.
Pray for the Holy Souls, Our Saints of the Week to Inspire and Pray For Us!
5th November is the Feast Day of the very popular St Martin de Porres OP. It is not celebrated this year as it falls on a Sunday.
His statue is prominent in the chapel dedicated to him in St Mary's Pope's Quay. Martin was born of mixed race, his mother was an African freed slave and his father was Spanish. He was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579. His father abandoned his wife and family and Martin was brought up in great poverty.
He had to endure terrible racism because of his mixed race birth and even when he entered the Dominicans, he was still treated badly by some of the priests and brothers in the monastery.
Despite all this discrimination and hurt Martin showed great love and patience. When the others were sick and in need Martin took care of them; as he did to anyone who called upon him!
He was an extraordinary man, a holy Saint! It was believed he could fly, had the gift of bi-location, instant cures and could cure animals as well as men and women! He also founded orphanages for abandoned children and slaves! A Saint Hero!.
On Monday we have the Feast-Day of All the Saints of Ireland . In The Irish Liturgical Calendar over 70 Irish Saints and 30+ Martyrs are listed. We can add to that thousands of other holy men and wome.
We have a proud and rich Christian history and heritage that sadly is being attacked, denied and derided by sections of the media and society in Ireland today. This Feast honours them and gives us the opportunity to pray to them, asking for their intercession for ourselves and our country.
Friday is the Feast-Day of Pope and Doctor of the Church, St. Leo the Great , who died in 461. He was a Great and Wise Pope who established the Doctrine of the Incarnation and the Primacy of the See of Peter. He also confronted the notorious Attila the Hun and other ‘barbarian hordes' at the gates of Rome and persuaded them to withdraw and thus spare the citizens and city of Rome.
On Saturday we then celebrate the Feast-Day of the soldier saint, St Martin of Tours, France, 316-97, founder of monasteries, one of the patron saints of France and also the patron saint of soldiers, beggars and innkeepers.
His ‘famous' saintly story is when asked for help by a poor and shivering beggar, he cut his cloak in two with his sword, and gave half to the beggar. That night Christ appeared to him in a vision dressed as that very same beggar!
All ye Saints of Ireland Pray for us and pray for our country!
All Saints of this week, pray for us. Inspire us to follow your good example! Amen
November in the Church calendar is dedicated to remembering and praying for the Holy Souls. We remember them especially in our Novena of Masses which continues up to, and includes Wednesday, 8th November.
Plenary Indulgences can be gained for the Holy Souls, under the Norms for Indulgences, i.e. Confession, Communion, pray for the Pope's intentions and pray Our Father and Apostle's Creed when visiting a cemetery, one Indulgence per day.
Blessings of Graves
Saturday 4th Nov:
St Oliver's Model Farm Rd, Mass at 2pm
Sunday 5th Nov:
St. Joseph's Tory Top Rd, 2.30pm
St James, Chetwynd, 3.00pm.
Saturday 11th Nov:
St Mary & St John Ballincollig, Mass at 12.00noon
Sunday 12th Nov:
St Finbarr's Glasheen Rd 2.30pm
St Michael's Blackrock, 3pm
St Catherine's Kilcully 3.00pm
A Carer Support Meeting will take place on Wednesday 8th of Nov. in the Day Care Centre, in Bessboro, Blackrock from 3p.m to 4.30p.m.
Medjugorje Pilgrimage ex Cork
To Split, 31 st May to 7 th June, 2018. Spiritual Director Fr. Sean Corkery. Early booking discount available. Contact Sean O'Shaughnessy, 086 295 9380 .
November Novena of Masses
Envelopes are available in the porch.
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.
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.
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.