We would like to see Jesus”

Our Lenten journey is nearly over, and today we hear a deeply moving Good News story. “Greeks” were non-Jews who spoke Greek so they go first to Philip from Bethsaida, which had many Greek speakers.

When Jesus hears who it is who wants to speak to him he immediately grasps the significance: God is becoming known to the wider world. Jesus' work is now complete. But it will be at a terrible cost for himself.

We get a glimpse of this inner struggle when Jesus says: “Now my soul is troubled…” Should he ask his Father to “save” him from what is to come? This is John's version of the Agony in the Garden. No. He fully accepts the manner of his death.

Suffering is never from God. It's a consequence of life, and God gives us what we need to deal with it, at the moment we need it. He prays, “Father, Glorify your name!” This will happen at the moment of his death, for it will also be the moment of his resurrection.

The seed goes into the ground, dies and is broken up by the soil, but that releases the new life of the budding flower. Death and Resurrection are one moment. God is glorified and we are set on our path to glory too.

Carol Dorgan

This week's Calendar

Monday 19th: The Solemnity of St Joseph, Husband of The Blessed Virgin Mary.

Wednesday 21st: The memorial-day of St Enda.

Friday 23rd: The memorial-day of St Turibius.

Saturday 24th: The memorial-day of St Macartan

Sunday 25th: Palm Sunday.

This Week's Readings

The Prophet Jeremiah

The new covenant is a pact between the individual and God. The practice of religion involves internal attitudes of love and obedience.

The Book of Hebrews

Jesus suffered pain which he expressed ‘aloud and in silent tears'. He is the source of eternal salvation.

Recent Anniversaries and Prayers Requested

Please pray for the following:-

Toni Cosgrave,

Nancy & Eddie Blake

John O'Dwyer

Sheila Shortland

Nell Fitzpatrick

Margaret Daly

Catherine & John Dooley

Doris Stanton

Wally McGrath, Bellevue Park (2005)

Phil Mulcahy, Sutton's Buildings (2016)

Kathleen McCarthy, Bellevue Park (2007)

Hugh O'Kelly, Montenotte (2009)

Thomas Dunphy, Mallow (2016)

Patsy Kealy, Dillons Cross (2011)

Biddy O'Neill, Old Youghal Road (2004)

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

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.

Holy Week is getting nearer !!

“ Lent reminds us that God loved us so much that He was generous with His mercy. If we have faith in that mercy we will not be lost.

But we have to bring that message to all. The Christian has to preach to the world the saving work of Jesus Christ.”

( Liturgical Calendar for Ireland 2018 )

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 .”

Coastal Rosary for Life and Faith

This Sunday 18th March at 2.30pm thousands will gather around the country to pray the Rosary for Life and Faith.

If you would like to join this Rosary Prayer and also explore a historic Mass Rock, look up further detals ón

You could go for your ‘Sunday Spin' to one of the chosen locations, such as Glenville Mass Rock, Kilcrea Abbey or St. Benedicts Priory, Cobh etc.

The Rosary will also be prayed in St Peter & Pauls' Church in the city at 2.30pm.

This week's Saints

Saturday is the feast-day of our great Patron Saint, St.Patrick. Monday's great Saint is St. Joseph. We ask them to intercede for our country in matters of faith and other needs, especially to protect the unborn.

Marriage Encounter Weekend
The Cork International Hotel 13th to 15th April. Marriage Encounter is a Weekend getaway experience for all married couples who want to rediscover the joy of Marriage.

For further information call  086 8334382 or 086  6095168 or visit

There is no better investment in your marriage than to spend quality time like this together.

Two Lives, One Love”

Over 100,000 people gathered and marched in Dublin last Saturday week. They gave their witness and endorsement that the 8th Amendment should be ‘saved' and that the right to life of the innocent preborn baby remain protected within our Irish Constitution.

The Irish Bishops issued a Pastoral Message, called ‘Two Lives, One Love' to add their contribution to the ‘conversation' on this crucial forthcoming referendum.

Their message says “We believe that human life is sacred from conception until natural death and that Article 40.3.3 reflects the appropriate balance of rights.

We ask God's blessings and guidance on each member of our society in responding to the significant responsibility that we have to defend this right for the present generation and for generations to come.”

The Pastoral statement quoted Pope Francis “I wish to state as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life. In the same way however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father.”

Newly ordained Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell said at his recent ordination “May the Lord open our eyes to see the image of God in every child, at every stage of their lives.” Archbishop Eamon Martin said “Brothers and Sisters, I encourage you to be missionaries for the cause of life. Remember those words of Pope Francis: ' To serve human life is to serve God! '

Speak to your families, your children and grandchildren, friends and colleagues about cherishing the precious gift of life at all times from conception to natural death. Speak the truth about life, and speak it with love.”

(Extract: Pastoral Message 2018).


Trócaire lenten appeal boxes are still available in the porch. Please take one. Trócaire needs all the help we can give.

Encountering Family in the Gospel  

Three sessions will be held exploring family life in the Gospels and in the light of Amoris Laetitia, the document by Pope Francis on the joy of love in the family. 

Dates: Wednesdays 14th, 21st, 28th March in Turner's Cross Parish Centre 7:30 to 9pm. These will be facilitated by Sr Karen of the Pastoral Development Office

All are welcome.

Pray for Pope Francis!

Tuesday next is the anniversary of his election in 2103. Please pray for him and also that he will be able to attend the World Meeting of Families with us in Dublin next August.

Pray the Rosary for Life and Faith in Ireland.

Last November over 30,000 people gathered around the the coast of
Ireland to pray the Rosary for Life and Faith in Ireland.

We will pray the Rosary on Sunday  March 18th at 2.30pm at Mass Rocks and other Holy Sites, to ask Our Lady, and our deceased brethren, to intercede for Ireland.
Some locations in Cork include: Beach Head Mass Rock, Glenville Mass Rock, Kilcrea Abbey (Ovens), St Peter and St Paul's Church.

For more information see   or ring 087 2786552 after 3pm."

Young Adult Helpers

The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites Young Adults 18-25 year olds to come to Lourdes as helpers from 11th to 16th June. 

As helpers you will assist with the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme as well as time for prayer, for making new friends and sharing in the story of Lourdes.

Places are limited. The closing date for applicants is 28th February. For further details contact Fr. Charlie Kiely 4537603, Pastoral Development Office, Parochial House, Ballyphehane, Cork or email:


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

Suggestions for Friday Penance!

If you can't manage to give up / offer up your favourite ‘pleasures' during the week, the Church encourages us all to try hard on each Friday of Lent!

Here are some suggestions:

- Abstain from meat, other favourite food, alcohol, mineral or smoking

- Abstain from TV, radio, technology, socal media, etc.

- Make a special effort to get involved in family prayer

- Attend and participate at Mass, Eucharist on Fridays; visit the Blessed Sacrament; make the Stations of the Cross; pray the Rosary

- Give generously of your money to charitable causes

- Visit the sick, the lonely, the elderly; etc!

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 February

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 .

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 29th 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..............................Shamrock


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