Reflection on Today's Gospel

In today's Gospel the basic principles of Christianity are presented to us by Jesus in a beautiful litany.

Our faith calls us to dream of a world of 'justice, peace and love', and not only to dream of it but to work for it in every way we can.  We are called to live a life that is radically different in its attitude to power and wealth, a life in which the world's values are devalued, and what the world despises is held in the highest regard.

'Getting and spending we lay waste our powers'.  The poet who wrote this line hit the point exactly- the point being  that over-concentration on wealth and power  can deprive us of a rich and nourishing spiritual life.

May we appreciate  Jesus' life-giving words of advice in today's Gospel and always strive to honour them.

Cecily Lynch

This week's Calendar

Thursday 21st: The memorial day of St. Peter Damian, bishop and doctor of the Church

Sunday 24th: The seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week's readings

A reading from the prophet Jeremiah

A blessing on the man who puts his trust in the Lord, with the Lord there is hope.

A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.

If our hope in Christ has been for this life only, we are the most unfortunate of all people.

Recent Anniversaries and Prayers Requested

Tony Canny

Mary Corcoran

Jack, Clare & Liam Horgan;

Anne & Jim Lehane, Belmont Terrace

Jean Nolan (2005), Cassidy's Avenue

Willie O' Connor

Finbarr Pope

Shirley Walsh (2004), Bellview Crescent.

Harry Byrnes

Noel Hayes

May they rest in peace. Amen.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

Mayfield Parish, in conjunction with the Cork and Ross Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, 10 th -15 th June 2019. 5 nights Full Board. Hotel Solitude - €779. Spiritual Director Fr. Michael Keohane P.P. Our Lady Crowned Church.

Tel. 021 4551276

Come join us!

Holy Family Church hosts a tea/coffee morning after 9:30am Mass each Wednesday.

All are welcome

Faith Course in Ballyphehane

The Pastoral Development Office is offering a three-session series:


Dates:  Tuesdays 12 th , 19 th , & 26 th  February 2019

Coffee: 10:30am

Session: 11:00am to 12:15pm

Location: Pastoral Development Office.

Please register for the sessions with Sister Karen Kent

Pastoral Development Office

Parochial House

Ballyphehane, Cork

Tel: 021 4537601

Mobile: 087 9161792

E mail:

Saints of the week

This week is a quiet week for official Saints in the Church calendar.

On Thursday we celebrate the Feast Day of St Peter Damian, 1007-72. He was an outstanding reformer of Church life and discipline. He is also credited for introducing a siesta time in the monasteries to give the poor monks a chance to catch up on sleep after being up in the night praying.

Friday is an unusual Feast Day when we celebrate The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle. It commemorates the teaching authority of the Pope, the Vicar of Christ. The Chair represents the Pope's mission as guide of the entire People of God. People may be familiar with the solemn words of the Pope speaking ‘ex cathedra' ex cathedra literally means the Pope is speaking from The Chair, i.e. with authority and when speaking regarding faith and morals, the Holy Father's teaching is infallible. This Feast Day has a huge character and significance in the Church's yearly calendar. The term cathedral comes from this Latin word because it is in the diocese's main church that the ‘seat' of the Bishop would be located.

Saturday, we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Polycarp, a Bishop of Smyrna (modern Turkey) who was martyred in 155 AD. He was a disciple of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist. St. Polycarp was burned at the stake and was pierced with a spear for refusing to light incense to the Roman Emperor.

His last words were:

' I bless You Father for judging me worthy of this hour, so that in the company of the martyrs I may share the cup of Christ. '

St. Polycarp occupies an important place in the history of the very early Christian Church. He is among the earliest Christians whose many writings still survive today.

Cork Alzheimers Café

Last Friday of every month.

Next meeting Friday 22nd Feb.

!.30 – 3.30 pm. St. Finbarr's Hospital,

Douglas Road. Light refreshment, free of charge. All welcome.

Yemen Crisis: Millions Face Famine.

Trocaire, the Irish Catholic Church charity, warns that millions face starvation in Yemen. The United Nations warn that this could be the worst famine in the world in 100 years. They predict that up to 12/13 million people could be affected. Civil War has plagued this small country and so food and other humanitarian resources have been either cut off or restricted severely.

Trocaire are working there now but it will take far more resources and finances to try and ease the suffering of the Yemeni people.

Lent is not far away now (Ash Wednesday is March 6 th ) and many Irish people contribute the money they save, from giving up sweets, cigarettes, alcohol, for Lent, to Trocaire through their Lenten Collection Boxes. This is a wonderful act of kindness. Perhaps we can even give a bit more this year as the crisis is staggering and a shame and scandal in this world of ours. Many of the western countries are giving arms and other related military equipment to further the three year old civil war (USA, UK and France support the Saudi government and Iran support the Yemeni Houthi rebels) there. Meanwhile innocent men, women and children, the old and vulnerable starve or worse still, are killed in the war conflict.

Please include them in your prayers to ease the pain and suffering in Yemen.

Linda Jones, a CAFOD volunteers wrote this prayer (CAFOD is the UK Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) to urge us all to prayer and take action.

We know the time is Now .

May Your urgent Spirit send us out, and demand our courage.

May we set forth the stories of truth in the face of the story of power.

May world leaders listen to us.

May Your comforting Spirit turn us towards the discomfort of knowing, seeing and understanding.

The hour has come to act.

May Your Holy Spirit burn through us and call us to tell even those who aren't ready to listen that the world can't wait. Amen

Lourdes Pilgrimage

Mayfield Parish, in conjunction with the Cork and Ross Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, 10 th -15 th June 2019. 5 nights Full Board. Hotel Solitude - €779. Spiritual Director Fr. Michael Keohane P.P. Our Lady Crowned Church.

Tel. 021 4551276

Exhibition at Mayfield Library

This exhibition comprises of images from the collection of a residing Dominican brother who is familiar with each and every one of its pathways.

His eye for detail and an obvious sense of calm bestowed by the environment that surrounds him make these photographs all the more captivating.

The fact that the Dominican in question prefers to maintain his anonymity simply adds to the wonder attached to the photographs. Not knowing who took the pictures puts you , the viewer, in his place there and then as the shutter closed and the image was captured.

Come to Mayfield library and judge for yourself. Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 – 1.00 ; 2.00 – 5.30 p.m

Make sure your voice is heard!

Cork City Council is encouraging people to check their details are included correctly on the voter register. You can do this at or by contacting City Hall.4924107/ 4924108/4924109 or e-mail

The Final Register comes into force on February 15 for the upcoming Local & European Elections, referendum and plebisite.

.Lourdes Pilgrimage

Mayfield Parish, in conjunction with the Cork and Ross Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, 10 th -15 th June 2019. 5 nights Full Board. Hotel Solitude - €779. Spiritual Director Fr. Michael Keohane P.P. Our Lady Crowned Church. Tel. 021 4551276

Trip to the Holyland May 28th-June 7 th  2019.  

Group Leader, Mícheál de Barra and Spiritual Director, Fr. John Newman (Bible Scholar) Premier Travel, Cork

Contact Mícheál at  0868337681


Pope's Intentions for December

Evangelisation : That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.


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............................'Streptocarpus'

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 FamilyDee 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