Reflection on Today's Gospel
Today, as in the last two Sundays, we have the reading from St. John's Gospel. In it Jesus speaks to his disciples and so to us today. He tells us if we love Him, we will keep His commandments and He will ask the Father to send another advocate to be with us forever.
In Jesus we have an Advocate but He in His love of us asks the Father to send us another, the Spirit of truth to be with us and in us. He not only assures us of that but He also promises not to leave us orphans. He will come back to us.
It is good to know we are much loved, cared for and looked after in this uncertain and ever changing world. It is assuring to realize that in life's trials and tribulations we have a real lifeforce looking out for us.
By aligning ourselves to Christ, receiving His commandments and keeping them, we love Him. He tells us “Anyone who loves Me will be loved by my Father and I shall love him and show Myself to him”. Added to that great gift is the Advocate, the Spirit of truth, whom He requested to be with us forever.
We are indeed blessed to have the Father, Son and Holy Spirit with us. Let us give thanks.
This week's Calendar
Monday 22nd: The memorial-day of St Rita of Cascia.
Thursday 25th: The memorial-day of St Bede the Venerable, St Gregory VII, pope and St Mary Magdalene
Friday 26th: The memorial-day of Saint Philip Neri
Saturday 27th: The memorial-day of St Augustine of Canterbury
Sunday 28th: The Ascension of the Lord.
This Week's Readings
The Acts of the Apostles
Philip brings the good news to Samaria where it is welcomed.
The first letter of St. Peter
Because they were targets for persecution, early Christians needed to be very clear on what they believed about Jesus, and why. Peter provides that clarity in this text.
It is with geat sadness that we heard of the sudden death on Wednesday last of Canon Liam Leader . May God welcome him to Heaven after his long life of active service to Him. He will be sadly missed. We offer sincere sympathy to his family and friends.
We offer sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Anne O'Connor , late of Lovers Walk, Montenotte. Her requiem Mass took place on Saturday 13th in St. Patrick's with funeral afterwards to St. Finbarr's Cemetery.
May they rest in peace.
Anniversaries and Prayers Requested .
Please pray for the following:
Billy Sheehan (1991), Victoria Terrace;
Tom Harrington (2006), Winsor Cottages;
Flor Deane (2012), Old Youghal Road;
Oliver O'Sullivan(2014), Mt Vernon Terrace;
Anne & Jim Lehane, Belmont Terrace;
Mary & Arthur White,
Donal T. McCarthy.
May they Rest in Peace
Come and See
A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people – Pope Francis. A short retreat will take place on 23rd / 24th November for those who may be interested in becoming a priest. See notice Board for details.
The Joy of Love in Marriage
A Marriage Enrichment Weekend offers married couples (of all age ranges) private time to rekindle the joy of their love. The next residential weekend will be from 16th -18th November 2018 at The Lake Hotel, Killarney.
For more information and to make a reservation, call 086-6095168 or 064-6644319, or visit www.marriage encounter.ie
Holy Souls Novena – November
Envelopes available in Church
This Sunday is Mission Sunday
The Theme of this year's Mission Sunday is: ‘ Christian Families are Missionary Families .'
We thank God for all missionaries, priests, religious and lay people, especially those who work in places like Africa, South America and the Far East among the most under-privileged peoples who may not have any awareness of Jesus or Christianity. Not only do these missionaries share the Word of God but they also do great work providing health, medical and other social care.
Many of our parishioners grew up when we thought that putting a few pence in the African Missions Collection Box was sufficient …and maybe for that time it was…but today, each one of us is invited and challenged to be a missionary. Maybe not serving in Africa but in our own parish, our own towns, our own family and friend circles.
We are called too, like the Apostles, to go forth and spread the Good News! We need not give big sermons but offer simple acts of Christian charity to neighbours, family and friends.
Consider displaying a holy picture
in your home or a statue or a holy water fount at your door. Consider blessing yourself when passing a church, serving as Minister in your church or helping out in the parish …simple things that give witness to your faith.
St Francis said ‘ Let us preach the Good News…and if necessary, let us use words!'
We are all missionaries! Let's get going on our mission! Start today.
Saints of the Week Inspire Us, Pray for Us!
Last Sunday Pope Francis canonized 7 new Saints in the Church, among them St. Oscar Romero and the late Saint Pope Paul VI. What a wonderful example these saints are in our lives.
These were extraordinary men and women, Christians who lived holy and heroic lives, serving the poor, the sick, the downtrodden!
This week we have more wonderful Saints to inspire us and to pray for us, to work their inspiration and example in our lives and in those whom we pray for.
On Monday, we celebrate a Pope Saint; St John Paul II whom we all remember and love and admire and who came to Ireland in 1979. He was a Polish Pope and he was Pope for over 26 years. He died in 2005. He had a great devotion to Our Lady of Fatima and his Papal Motto was ‘Totus Tuus' , where he dedicated his life and service to the Lord through Our Lady.
Thursday is a special Feast Day in the Cork and Cloyne Dioceses, it's Feast Day of Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy , a bishop.
Thaddeus was born in 1455 & died in Ivrea, Italy after a trip to Rome to the Pope. Devotion to this holy man grew in Ivrea and when his body was exhumed in 1742, 300 years after his death, it was found to be completely preserved. Pope Leo XIII beatified him in 1896. Pray to him and for him. Ask the Lord that he may be the next Irish Saint to be canonized.
All Ye Saints Pray for Us - Inspire Us.
A Prayer for Missions
God of truth and love, Father Son and Holy Spirit, hear our prayer for those who do not know You.
We ask that they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth and that Your Name may be praised among all the peoples of the world.
Sustain, inspire and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Bring fresh vigour to wavering faith; sustain our faith when it is still fragile.
Continually renew missionary zeal in ourselves and in the Church; raise up new missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the world.
Make us witnesses to Your goodness; full of love, strength and faith, for Your glory and the salvation of the entire world. Amen
A lecture in South Presentation Heritage Centre, Mary Street, Cork on Tuesday, 30 th October from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Contact 4193580.
“Do This in Memory”
Next Sunday, 28th October the congregation of Holy Family Church will welcome the children of the local primary schools, and their families.
The children will be starting their “Do This in Memory of Me” programme in preparation to receive their First Holy Communion.
Propagation of the Faith.
There will be a second collection at all Masses next weekend in aid of the Missions. Please be generous with your support.
Prayer to Christ the Healer
In the comfort of Your love
I pour out to You my Saviour, the memories that haunt me, the anxieties that perplex me, the fears that stifle me, the sickness that prevails upon me, and the frustration of all the pain that weaves about within me.
Lord, help me to see Your peace in my turmoil, Your compassion in my sorrow, Your forgiveness in my weakness, and Your love in my need.
Touch me O Lord with Your healing power and strength. Amen
(Written for the Congregation of Alexian Brothers by Dr Jerry Loch.USA 1980)
Please return the Autumn Dues envelopes to either St Patrick's or Holy Family churches. Thank you.
Bishops Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocation Discernment Oct 3rd -28th in Rome .
Please pray for the success of this great gathering in Rome this month. The future of the Church is with the youth and what we do now to increase the role and participation of young people in a real sense within the Church is vital.
Helping and discovering ways to help young people to discover their calling especially the call to the priesthood and religious life is part of the Synod's brief.
The Synod can hopefully offer the Church here in Ireland a useful blueprint with which to try and engage more and more young people with the exhilarating and challenging life that is discipleship.
A Parent's Prayer
Help me to give my children the best.
Not trappings or toys, but of myself;
Cherishing them on good days and bad, theirs and mine.
Teach me to accept them for who they are, not for what they do, To listen to what they say, if only so they will listen to me;
To encourage their goals, not mine;
And please, let me laugh with them and be silly
Let me give them a home where respect is the cornerstone, integrity the foundation and there is enough happiness to raise the roof.
May I give them the courage to be true to themselves;
The independence to take care of themselves and the faith to believe in a Power much greater than their own.
I ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen . (from last Sunday's Irish Catholic)
Pope's Intentions for October
Evangelisation: The Mission of Religious.
“That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves and be present among the poor, the marginalised, and those who have no voice”.
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.