Second Sunday of Easter. Divine Mercy Sunday

John 20: 19-31

‘My Lord and my God!'

In this Gospel, on this Special Sunday of the Divine Love and Mercy of Jesus, Doubting Thomas utters the most profound words of recognition and adoration saying ' My Lord and my God !'

Dear Jesus, let us come to see You and really know You, this Holy Easter and always. Forgive and excuse our doubts when we stumble and fall and when we doubt your fathomless love and mercy.

‘Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through His name.'

S. Dunne

This week's Calendar

Monday 9th: The Annunciation of the Lord.

Wednesday 11th: The memorial-day of St Stanislaus.

Friday 13th: The memorial-day of St Martin I.

Sunday 15th: The Third Sunday of Easter.

This Week's Readings

The Acts of the Apostles

This reading describes how the early Christians lived. They were united ‘heart and soul'.

The Letter of St. John

To love God is to keep his commandments.

Recent Bereavement

Sincere sympathy from the community is extended to Aonghus O'Broin and family on the recent death of his mother Kathleen O'Broin in Dublin .

May she rest in Peace .

Anniversaries and Prayers Requested

Please pray for the following:-

Sheila Farrell Crossan,  Montenotte (2009)

Patrice O'Keefe, Old Youghal Rd. (2016)

Ellen Hanley, Alexandra Villas (2010)

Sheila Barrett, Charleville Cottages  (2007) 

Gretta Keegan, Windsor Tce. (2012)

David Kennedy Bellevue Park (1969)

Ann and James Russell, Dublin

Bridget Sheehan, Victoria Tce. (1993) 

Tim O'Keeffe, Old Youghal Rd.  

John McCarthy Bellevue Pk. (2017)

James Doyle,

The Ryan Family,

Paddy Hayes,

Marcus O'Sullivan,

Pat Wallace,

Kathy Magnier,

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

Trócaire Lenten Campaign

Thank you to all who took a Trócaire box for Lent, please return them to the Sacristy as soon as possible.

There are still envelopes available if you wish to make a once off donation to the very worthy cause.

Special Collection

There will be a second collection at all Masses next week-end in aid of the finances of the Diocese. Please be generous with your support.

Parish Council Meeting

Holy Family Church on Tuesday 10th April  2018

Do This in Memory

Preparation for First Holy Communion

takes place on Sunday 15th April 2018 in Holy Family Church

Pope's Intentions for April

Universal: For those who have responsibility in Economic Matters.

That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.

Pope's message of Peace for Easter

‘We Christians believe and know that Christ's resurrection is the true hope of the world, the hope that does not disappoint. It is the power of the grain of wheat, the power of that love which humbles itself and gives itself to the very end, and thus truly renews the world'....

He called on the faithful...'to implore fruits of peace upon the entire world, beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria...'

He continued...'we also implore fruits of wisdom for those who have political responsibilities in our world, that they may always respect human dignity, devote themselves actively to the pursuit of the common good, and ensure the development and security of their own citizens.'

Alleluia, the 50 Day Easter Celebration Continues!

Christ is Risen...He is truly risen!

Easter Prayer:

Queen of Heaven rejoice alleluia

The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia, has risen, as he said, Alleluia!

Pray for us to God, alleluia; Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia, for the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray: O God who through the resurrection of Your Son Jesus Christ, gave rejoicing to the world, grant, we pray, that through His Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

God bless all who were Baptised, Confirmed and received their First Holy Communion at Easter! Alleluia!

Family Prayer

All powerful God, You are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of Your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of Your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with Your peace and that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. Amen

Love Both- Save the 8th Amendment- Protect the Unborn Babies!

Saturday's Rally for Life in Cork was hugely supported and a new energy for hope that the 8th Amendment will be saved and our unborn babies saved from the dread of abortion.

Please keep up your prayers for the success of this urgent campaign

Divine Mercy Sunday!

‘Jesus I trust in You!'

The second Sunday of Easter has been designated Divine Mercy Sunday by the late St Pope John Paul II.

The Lord Jesus said to St Faustina:

‘I desire that the Feast of Mercy be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. The soul that will go to Confession within 8 days and receive Holy Communion and spend some time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament on this day shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.' (St Faustina's Diary entry 699)

‘You expired Jesus but the source of life gushed forth for souls and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us'.

‘O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You!'

The Big Celebration of Divine Mercy

W ill take place in St Augustine's Church this Sunday at 2pm. Other churches may have similar celebrations and of course there is the magnificent Divine Mercy icon down in our own St Patricks Church for those who may wish to pray there.

Monday's Big Feast Day:

The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

‘Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!'

This year the birth of Jesus will be a little ‘premature' as the traditional 9 month period from Mar 25 to Dec 25th had to be delayed since this year Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week fell on the usual Feast Day of the Annunciation.

‘Giving her consent to God's word, Mary becomes the Mother of Jesus. Espousing the divine will for salvation wholeheartedly, without a single sin to restrain her, she gave herself entirely to the person and to the work of her Son; she did so in order th serve the mystery of redemption with Him and dependent on Him, by God's grace.'

(Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Alzheimer Saturday Club

On Saturday 14th April at Bessboro Day Care Centre. From 2pm until 4pm. Free Admission. All Welcome

For more information contact 4

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

Love Both- Save the 8th Amendment- Protect the Unborn!

Many people, including many good Catholic Christians, are not aware of just how ‘provable' are the scientific facts that babies are really babies, from the moment of conception to actual birth!

Many people, including some Catholics try and distance their thoughts from real babies in the womb by using ‘distant' terms such as ‘embryo' or ‘foetus'.

We know that at:

Week 3: The baby's heart can be detected;

Week 4: Facial features are beginning to form;

Week 6: Internal organs are developing in basic form;

Week 8: Nervous system is responsive;

Week 9: Baby can swallow, yawn and suck their thumb;

Week 11: Baby stretches and jumps in Mammy's womb;

Week 12 : If the 8th Amendment is abolished, then a Baby's constitutional human rights up to this stage of development are removed.

Sadly and tragically, the result of this change for the Baby could be fatal.

Our Lady, Mother Mary who bore Baby Jesus in your womb, pray for us, pray for the leaders and the people of Ireland during this time of great danger and crisis.

Saints of Ireland, come to our aid and guide us!

Marriage Encounter Weekend
Invest in your Marriage. Marriage Encounter is a Weekend getaway experience for all married couples who want to rediscover the joy of Marriage.

The next weekend will take place in the Cork International Hotel from 13th to 15th April. For further information call  086 8334382 or


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.

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 .”


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

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 March

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 .

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..............................'Laurus nobilis' .....(Sweet Bay)


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