Gospel Reflection

The Nativity of St John the Baptist

Today, let us try to duplicate the life St John the Baptist had pursued in response to God's call. It is only through a life of self-denial and self-giving that we will be able to set aside our shortcomings and be able to bring others to God and lift each other up to Him.

It is only by one's willingness to suffer and be persecuted, be discriminated and be set aside, all because of the truth, can we say that we have been the forerunner (just like St John, the Baptist) of Jesus who will come again on judgment day.

Let us ask the Holy Spirit to work within us and give us the power and the strength to endure the difficulties of life and be God's instrument in bringing His Word and calling all men to repentance, so that we may truly be the bearer of truth at all times.

This week's Calendar

Wednesday 27th: The memorial-day of St Cyril of Alexandria.

Thursday 28th: The memorial-day of St Irenaeus.

Friday 29th: The solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles.

Saturday 30th: The memorial-day of the First Martyrs of Rome.

Sunday 1st: The 13 th Sunday in Ordinary time

This Week's Readings

The Prophet Isaiah

Like other prophets, such as Jeremiah, Isaiah had a sense of failure and frustration, but that did not prevent him having a deep trust in God.

The Acts of the Apostles

As he preaches the resurrection, Paul acknowledges the place of John the Baptist in the process of making Jesus known.

Anniversaries and Prayers requested

Eilis Geary O'Driscoll,

Noel Sexton,

Margo Hogan,

Rose Sullivan,

Tommy Hurley,

Irene Kinmonth,

May they Rest in Peace

Ministers of the Word

Guidenotes for Ministers of the Word in St. Patrick's for July to September are available for collection in the Sacristy.

Papal Mass, Sunday 26 th August

The Lough Parish Assembly invites all who are unable to travel to the Papal Mass in Phoenix Park to join with them to watch the Mass at 3.00 pm on a large screen, live in their parish church.

•  Free parking

•  Bring a cushion

•  Children welcome

•  Refreshments in Parish Centre afterwards

Please note that Holy Communion will not be available.

The Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Next Friday we celebrate the Great Feast-Day of Saints Peter and Paul.

‘St Peter, originally called Simon, a fisherman who became leader of the Apostles and the rock on which the Church is built, died by crucifixion in Rome around the year 64.

St Paul, formerly Saul the Pharisee, who became the Apostle of the Gentiles was martyred by beheading around 67AD.

Both of these two great Saints proclaim with their lives that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God.'(Liturgical Calendar 2018)

 ‘We praise You for Saint Peter,

We praise You for Saint Paul;

They taught both Jew and Gentile that Christ is all in all.

To cross and sword they yielded and saw the Kingdom come:

O God, Your two apostles won life through martydom.'

(Hymn To Saints Peter & Paul)

World Meeting of Families-

Pope Francis to Visit Knock Shrine!

The Pope's Visit will be a Boost for Us All! Courage!

Pope Francis, God bless him and keep him, will now visit Our Lady's Knock Shrine as part of his two day ‘flying visit' to Ireland.

There is great disappointment that he will not be visiting the North but still it is remarkable that for a man of very ‘senior' age is still willing and able to pack in so much in his two day visit to Ireland!

In our next Parish Newsletter in September we will be no doubt looking back at the highlights of his visit and at the success of the World Meeting of Families.

The WMOF and Pope Francis' visit and words of encouragement will be a great ‘shot in the arm' for all people of Good Will especially for all who feel depleted after the results of the recent Referendum on Abortion.

Text Box: Happy Summer Holidays to All in the Parish from the Newsletter Team!  The Parish Newsletter Team will be taking  their summer break and wish all their fellow parishioners and readers a Happy Summer Holiday!    The team consists of Parish Secretary Aonghus O Broin, Kitty O Sullivan, Pat & Rachel O Shea, Angela Sheehan,   Mary Connole-Joyce,   Carol Dorgan, Sinead Mulcahy, Ann Bracken, John Keating, Seán Dunne and Cecily Lynch.     We wish Cecily a speedy recovery and God bless after her recent surgery!      We are always looking for volunteers to join this team so if you are interested, please leave your contact details in either Holy Family Church or St. Patrick's Church Sacristy. We will be re-commencing in September. God bless you all!  Bishop Leahy of Limerick said last week at an ecumenical gathering of clergy, quoting Pope Francis

“Today we are not living in an era of changes but rather in a change of era”

He also said “From a Church of Sacraments to the Church as sacrament,... we are seeing a decline of Church...but its not that the Church itself is dying. Rather, a certain social shape or configuration of Church is passing, giving way, in God's time, to a new shape of things.”

‘As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be...'

The Lord is with us still! Courage!

The Nativity of St John the Baptist

This Sunday we celebrate the Birthday of Jesus' 1st cousin John known as the Baptist.

John preached the coming of the Lord and the need for repentance and conversion, baptising those who wanted to turn their lives around, in the River Jordan.

Many visitors to the Holy Land still get ‘baptised' in the same River Jordan, roughly in the location that it is believed St John the Baptist did the actual baptising.

Then of course on that Special Day Jesus came to that river spot and was baptised by His cousin John. Jesus had no need of course of baptism but showed us by His example of the healing, cleansing nature of the Sacrament of Baptism.

John was born on the 24th June, 6 months before his cousin Jesus, born on the 24th of December!

‘We rejoice at the coming of St John the Baptist, a man of self-denial, integrity of life and purpose, and an uncompromissing prophetic voice.

 ‘John' means ‘The Lord has shown favour'. This Feast relates to the summer solstice, when the days begin to grow shorter, recalling St John's words:

'He must increase, but I must decrease'.

(Liturgical Calendar for Ireland 2018)


Canon Liam Leader celebrated the 65th anniversary of his ordination this week. Well done Canon Liam.

Happy Summer Holidays to All in the Parish from the Newsletter Team!

The Parish Newsletter Team will be taking their summer break and wish all their fellow parishioners and readers a Happy Summer Holiday!

The team consists of Parish Secretary Aonghus O Broin, Kitty O Sullivan, Pat & Rachel O Shea, Angela Sheehan,

Mary Connole-Joyce, Carol Dorgan, Sinead Mulcahy, Ann Bracken, John Keating, Seán Dunne and Cecily Lynch.

We wish Cecily a speedy recovery and God bless after her recent surgery!

We are always looking for volunteers to join this team so if you are interested, please leave your contact details in either Holy Family Church or St. Patrick's Church Sacristy. We will be re-commencing in September. God bless you all!

St Patrick's/Holy Family – Parish Book

To celebrate the World Meeting of Families, our Parish is putting together a “memory book” .

If you have any short article and/or photos relating to parish events – past and present, local activities and groups, individual and family occasions that you wish to share, please submit to the Parish Council, care of the sacristy in either church

Tea, coffee and a chat

The tea/coffee mornings in Holy Family Church every Thursday after 9.30am Mass will continue up to the end of June and resume after their summer holidays in September. All are welcome.

Yoga in the Park

The Himalayan Yoga Valley Centre Yoga are running yoga sessions at 10.00am with every Saturday (weather permitting) in Fitzgerald Park, from 2 nd June to 8 th September. The meeting point is the bandstand.

These sessions are in aid of the Cork Simon Community and there is a requested donation of €5.00. All are welcome.

SMA Pilgrimage to Lourdes

17-22 September. Contact the director for details Fr Hugh Harkin 4292871 .

Pope Francis' Intentions for May !

Evangelisation: The Mission of the Laity

That the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the

challenges that face the world today.

Permanent Deacons 

Bishop Buckley invites applications from men interested in serving as Permanent Deacons.

Those interested should contact their local priest or the Diocesan Director of the Permanent Diaconate for Cork and Ross, Canon Bertie O'Mahony at  4346940 or Fr Billy O'Sullivan 4313103

Croke Park Festival of Families

On Saturday 25th August 6.30pm   

This is a celebration of our culture in music, song ,dance and poetry attended by St. Francis. Tickets limited to 70,000


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

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...............................'Geranium' .....(Johnson's Blue)

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