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.

Angela Sheehan

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

de Pazzi.

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.

Recent Bereavements

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,

Joan Kinsella,

Kitty Hegarty,

Maimie Daly,

Séimí O'Conaill,

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

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

Cosmic Walk

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)

Autumn Dues

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,

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.

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