“ 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.
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:-
Nancy & Eddie Blake
Catherine & John Dooley
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 coastalrosaryireland.ie.
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 www.marriageencounter.ie
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
www.coastalrosaryireland.ie 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
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.