St. Patrick’s Parish Bulletin and Newsletter
Twenty Ffifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
19th. September 2021
Holy Family Catholic Church, ......................................St. Patrick’s Catholic Church,
Military Hill, Cork ...........................................................Lower Glanmire Road, Cork
1895 - 2021 ................................................................ ....1836 – 2021
Celebrating 126 years of worship ............................... Celebrating 185 years of worship
Saints of the week
Monday 4th The memorial of St. Francis of Assisi.
Tuesday 5th The optional memorial of St. Faustina Kowalska.
Wednesday 6th The optional memorial of St. Bruno.
Thursday 7th The memorial of Our lady of the Rosary.
Saturday 9th The optional memorials of St. John Newman,
St. John Leonardi, priest
Ss. Denis, bishop, and companions, martyrs.
Sunday 10th The Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
GOSPEL REFLECTION Mk 10:2-16
In today's Gospel Jesus once again proves the Pharisees are no match for Him. Hoping to catch Him out they ask the question "Is it against the law for a man to divorce his wife?"
Jesus in His unique way draws the attention of the Pharisees away from the legal aspect of divorce and concentrates instead on what constitutes an ideal marriage. He then shifts the emphasis equating a man and woman when he says "If a man divorces his wife and marries another he is guilty of adultery against her. If a woman divorces her husband and marries another she is guilty of adultery too." In the tradition of the time only men were allowed to divorce but Jesus gives the same right to women. As always He has thought for the vulnerable and indicates not every marriage works out.
The Gospel tells of another vulnerable group - the little children whom the disciples believe should not bother Jesus. He indignantly tells them to let the children come to Him illustrating the importance of them by saying to such as these the kingdom of God belongs.
Jesus, the compassionate and ever loving One always emphasises the importance of the person above the law. As it says in Hosea 6:6
What I desire is steadfast love not sacrifice. Knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
Anniversaries & Prayers
Anthony Davis (recently
John J. Harrington
John Cyril Kelly
Kathleen O’ Connell
May their souls and the souls
of the faithful departed rest in
The Tuesday’s Ladies Club
The Tuesday’s Ladies Club
has recommenced on
Tuesday’s, immediately after
Pope Francis on
‘I will give you a little piece of
advice: after each
Confession, sit still for a few
moments in order to
remember the forgiveness
you received. Hold on to that
peace in your heat, that inner
freedom you are feeling; not
your sins, which no longer
exist, but the forgiveness that
God has granted you, the
caress of God the Father.
Just hold on to that; don’t let
it fade. The next time you go
to Confession, think,: I am
going to receive again the
embrace that did me so
(Pope Francis: Apostolic
Journey 12-15 Sept 2021)
Care for Creation - Prayer
Service in Holy Cross
Church, Mahon, Day for
Life - Oct 3 rd 2021
Day for Life is celebrated
annually by the Catholic
Church in Ireland, Scotland ,
England and Wales. It is a
day dedicated to raising
awareness of the meaning
and value of human life at
every stage and in every
condition. The theme this
year is: ‘The Good
Samaritan: A Model of
In the context if the recent
proposal to introduce
assisted suicide, both in
Ireland and the UK, this
year’s message invites
Catholics to consider a more
positive and compassionate
response to the care of
people who are in the final
stages of life. We are
reminded that Jesus Himself
gave us the image of the
Good Samaritan as the
model for our compassion
and our solidarity with those
who find themselves
vulnerable and who fear
being abandoned in their
final illness. The Good
Samaritan is one who
‘crosses over’, who ‘binds up
wounds’, and who most
important, ‘stays with’ the
person for as long as is
‘Compassion is often
presented as a justification
for assisted suicide but
having compassion means
‘suffering with’ someone.
Assisted suicide reflects a
failure of compassion on the
part of society. It is a failure
to respond to the challenge
of caring for people who are
terminally ill, or who have
disabilities or dementia, as
they approach the end of
(Day for Life 2021 Message
from the Irish Catholic
Mon. Oct 4 th . 7.30
As we come to an end now
of this month’s Care for
Creation awareness and
prayer time, there is an
opportunity to celebrate this
Creation Time with a Prayer
Service in Holy Cross
Church in Mahon on Monday
4 th October which is the
Feast Day of St. Francis,
who constantly praised and
thanked God for the wonders
Sacrament Dates for the Parish Schools class of 20/21 at
St. Patrick’s Church
We congratulate the Confirmation class of Scoil Mhuire College and St. Luke’s National School on receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday last at St. Patrick’s Church. May the Holy Spirit Guard and Guide them.
We congratulate the First Holy Communion Class of Christian Brothers College and Scoil Eanna on receiving First Holy Communion today. We pray for them and their families as the continue their faith journey.
First Holy Communion
Scoil Mhuire and St. Luke’s- Sunday 3rd October, 12 noon
Scoil Eanna: Tuesday 19th October
The Tuesday’s Ladies Club
The Tuesday’s Ladies Club has recommenced on Tuesday’s, immediately after 10.15 Mass.
Cork Lions Club
Today, Cork Lions Club are holding a Covid compliant Drive In Bingo at 3pm, Sunday 26th Sept at Curraheen Greyhound Stadium, Gates open at 2pm www.corklionsclub.ie
World Day of Migrants and Refugees
The theme this year, designated by Pope Francis, is ‘Towards an ever wider ‘we’.
This last Sunday of September is the annual day of prayer and awareness of ‘World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which surprisingly, goes back to 1914 at the start of the terrible World War I. We are encouraged to think about and pray/act for those different vulnerable people on the move; to pray for them as they face many challenges; and to increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers.
Pope Francis links the taking care of our common family with the care and protection of our common home, God’s Creation and challenges us all to be more welcoming.
Pope Francis “I decided to title my message for the 107 th World Migrant and Refugee Day’ Towards an ever wide ‘we’, wishing in this way to indicate a clear horizon for our common journey in this world…. we are all in the same boat and we are called to commit ourselves so that there are no more walls that separate us, so that there are no more ‘others’ but only one ‘us’, an ‘us’ as big as the whole of humanity…for all the men and women of the world, my call to walk together towards an ever wider ‘us’ begins with a heartfelt invitation to recompose the human family, to build together our future of justice and peace, ensuring that no one is left out… all peoples are united in peace and harmony, celebrating the beauty of life and the wonders of Creation. But to achieve this ideal we must all strive to break down the walls that separate us and build bridges that foster a culture of encounter, aware of the intimate interconnectedness of our lives.
In this light, contemporary migrations offer us t he opportunity to overcome our fears and let ourselves be enriched by diversity. Then, if we want to, we can transform borders into privileged places of encounter, where the miracle of an ever-wider ‘us’ take place…”
Happy Baptism Day Dear Child of God!!
Sorry but I don’t know exactly when that day was… I reckon it was soon after my birth day!!...
As Pope Francis said: “If I were to ask you today, ‘which of you knows the exact date of your baptism?’ I do not think there would be too many hands raised…. Yet, it is the day on which we were saved, it is the day on which we became children of God… Faith in Jesus Christ has allowed us to truly become children of God and also His heirs. We Christians often take for granted this reality of being God’s children. Instead, it is good to remember with gratitude the moment in which we became such, the moment of our baptism, so as to live the great gift we received with greater awareness…”( General Audience with Pope Francis, 17 th Sept 2021)
Time to dig out the Baptism Cert and then let’s Celebrate!!
Spiritual Opportunities for Fall & Early Winter 2021 at Nano Nagle Place
Prayer/Ritual at the tomb of Nano Nagle: On the fourth Thursday of each month, beginning September 23rd at 11am, a 20-30 minute prayer gathering will be held at Nano Nagles Tomb, weather permitting.
Lectio Divina Sessions: These will be offered on Friday morning 11am. Beginning 17th Sept. in the Nano Nagle Prayer Room. This is a method of reading and listening to Scripture, the Word of God, that builds friendship, trust, and love with Christ. All welcome
Sign the Catholic Petition-Healthy People Healthy Planet ( www.the
Plant a native Irish tree.
Read/study Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’
Form a ‘Care for Creation ‘ group in your church community, in school, at college.
Welcome Fr Jilson Kokkandathil
Last weekend we welcomed Fr Eoin Whooley to St Patricks and to Holy Family communities…this weekend we welcome Fr Jilson Kokkandathil. Fr Jilson comes from the region of Kerala in India. Kerala is located down at the very western tip of India. Kerala is known for its beautiful white beaches, lush tropical forests, and very popular destination for tourists. At one time it was known as Malabar. Our own Jimmy Crowley sings a great version of a song called ‘The Coast of Malabar’.
The Christian community in Kerala traces its roots way back to the 1st century AD when it is believed the Apostle St ‘Doubting’ Thomas reached this area of India and converted many to the Christian faith.
Later the region was colonised by the Portuguese and so many more were drawn to the Christian Catholic faith.
Today over 18% of the Kerala people are Christian, the majority being Hindu and Muslim. Kerala is in fact the region with the highest number of Christians in India and in Kerala there is very little sectarianism .
The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is the second largest Oriental Catholic Church. (‘Syro’ has a connection with the ancient roots of the Apostle Thomas coming from a general area that we know today as ‘Syria’). The Chaldean Catholic Church is the largest mainly in Iran, Iraq, Turkey but now scattered around the world, in Canada, USA and Australia, having suffered much persecution.
ICA- St. Luke’s
A meeting of the ICA will take place in Holy Family Hall on Thursday 23rd September at 8pm. New members very welcome.
Prayer to St. Padre Pio
Padre Pio, you sanctified earthly pain through your suffering and you gave us an example of faith and obiedience to the will of the Lord, our God. You always showed mercy and compassion to those who were ill, and through you, the Lord performed miracles and works of healing. Padre Pio, we place our loved ones who are ill in your hands. We place in your care all those who are terminally ill, who have no earthy hope, and we humbly ask you to perform a miraculous work of healing for them. Amen
Gospel Reflection Mk 9:30-37
Today’s Gospel is made up of mainly two parts; firstly the Apostles haven’t a clue about what Jesus means when he tell them that He will be put to death and that after three days that He will rise again… just like us….we sometimes haven’t a clue when faced with our own issues, worries, etc and the ways of the world and how it all relates to our faith.
The second part relates then to the Apostles squabbling among themselves as to who was the greatest… and Jesus has to chide them for their arguing and boasting , putting a child before them and reminding them that they too should be like the innocent un-assuming child, reminding them that they should make themselves the least and the servant of all.
What a challenge for us too when at times when we throw a few shapes and want to be ‘in charge’ and boss others around!
Lord forgive our silly ways!
Holy Spirit , help us to understand our faith better and send us loads of ‘cop-on’. Amen
This week’s readings
A reading from the book of wisdom
Let us condemn him to a shameful death
The Lord upholds my Life
A reading from the second letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians
Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness.
Saints of the week.
Monday 20th The memorial of Ss. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, priest,
Paul Chong Ha-sang, and companions
Tuesday 21st The Feast of St. Mathew, Apostle and Evanglist
Thursday 23rd The memorial of St. Pius of Pietrelcina(Padre Pio)
Saturday 25th The Feast of St. Finbarr, bishop
Sunday 26th Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Anniversaries and Prayers requested
Vincent & Maureen Buckley
Fr. Donal O’ Brien
Tony O’ Neill
May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
Céad Míle Fáilte to our New Pastors in St Patrick’s and Holy Family
Welcome Fr. Eoin Whooley and Welcome Fr Jilson Kokkandathil.
God bless and keep you in your new ministry
Christen Brother College
We congratulate the students for Christian Brothers College, Class of 20/21 who receivedthe Holy Spirit at their confirmation in St. Patrick’s Church on Friday last.
May theHoly Spirit guard and guide them.
Sacrament Dates for the Parish Schools class of 20/21 at St. Patrick’s Church
Confirmation for Scoil Mhuire College and St. Lukes – Friday 24th September, 10.30am
First Holy Communion Christian Brothers College and Scoil Eanna- Sunday 26th September 12 noon
First Holy Communion Scoil Mhuire and St. Luke’s- Sunday 3rd October, 12 noon
The Tuesday’s Ladies Club has recommenced on Tuesday’s, immediately after 10.15 Mass.
A Daily prayer
Season of Creation – Month of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
The Season of Creation runs all this month until Oct 4 th ( the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi).
The theme for this year is ‘Restoring Our Common Home’.During this season we are asked to ‘join together to celebrate Creation and protect our common home through prayer, reflection and action.’
The website of the Irish Catholic Bishops has a fantastic selection of resources for the Season of Creation - from prayers to podcasts. The Bishops are also encouraging as many people as possible to sign the ‘Healthy Planet,Healthy People’ petition @thecatholicpetition.org in advance of the two forthcoming UN conferences on Biodiversity and Climate Change. Pope Francis said in ‘Laudato Si’, “Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change.”
To adhere to HSE Covid-19 Guidelines, if you are not taking the Newsletter home, or if you have finished reading it, please place it in the Basket marked ‘used leaflets’.
Holy family Church
Anyone willing to help with Altar flowers would be most welcome. Contact the sarcristy.
Guidelines can be found on the diocesan website. corkandross.org
Pope Francis' Intention for September
Pope Francis Appeal re Afghanistan
“Dear brothers and sisters,with great concern I am following the situation in Afghanistan, and I take part in the suffering of those who are grieving for the
persons who lost their lives in the suicide attacks…,and of those who are seeking help and protection. In historic moments like this one we cannot remain indifferent; the history of the Church teaches us this. As Christians this situation obligates us. For this reason I address an appeal, to everyone, to intensify your prayer and practice fasting. Prayer and fasting, prayer and penance. This is the moment to do so. I am speaking seriously: intensify your prayer and practice fasting, asking the Lord for mercy and forgiveness..
(Pope Francis 2/9/21)
Updated guidance from the Department of An Taoiseach
From the 6th Sept Religious services and ceremonies(e.g. Baptisms, First Holy
Communions, Confirmations, Weddings and Funerals can proceed with 50% of venue capacity, regardless of immunity status of attendees.(Subject to appropriate protective measure including social distancing as much as possible, hand sanitising, face masks etc)
From 22nd October- Religious/Civil Ceremonies. Based on the criteria of at or close to 90% of people 16 or over being fully vaccinated in the coming weeks, and having regard to the incidence and behaviour of the disease at the time, the Government will remove further statutory restrictions from 22nd October.
Mother Teresa Canonised a Saint
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 thepoor, 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.