Invitation

The Little Sisters of the Assumption are celebrating 150 years of the Foundation of the Congregation. To mark the occasion Mass will be celebrated on Thursday 23rd July 2015 at 7.30pm in the Church of the Annunciation Blackpool. Light refreshments in the Community Centre. All welcome.

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Newsletter Sunday 19th July 2015

Parish Newsletter

19 July 2015

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING

A reading from the prophet Jeremiah.

The remnant of my flock I will gather and I will raise up shepherds to look after them.

Doom for the shepherds who allow the flock of my pasture to be destroyed and scattered – it is the Lord who speaks! This, therefore, is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the shepherds in charge of my people: You have let my flock be scattered and go wandering and have not taken care of them. Right, I will take care of you for your misdeeds – it is the Lord who speaks! But the remnant of my flock I myself will gather from all the countries where I have dispersed them, and will bring them back to their pastures: they shall be fruitful and increase in numbers. I will raise up shepherds to look after them and pasture them; no fear, no terror for them any more; not one shall be lost – it is the Lord who speaks!   See, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks when I will raise a virtuous Branch for David, who will reign as true king and be wise, practising honesty and integrity in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel dwell in confidence. And this is the name he will be called: The Lord-our-integrity.’

This is the word of the Lord.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: The Lord is my shepherd;

there is nothing I shall want.

The Lord is my shepherd; You have prepared a banquet for me there is nothing I shall want. in the sight of my foes. Fresh and green are the pastures My head you have anointed with oil; where he gives me repose. my cup is overflowing. [R]

Near restful waters he leads me, to revive my drooping spirit. [R]

He guides me along the right path; Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me he is true to his name. all the days of my life. If I should walk in the valley of darkness In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell no evil would I fear. for ever and ever. [R]

You are there with your crook and your staff; with these you give me comfort. [R]

 SECOND READING

A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Esphesians.

Christ Jesus is the peace between us, and has made the two into one. In Christ Jesus, you that used to be so far apart from us have been brought very close, by the blood of Christ. For he is the peace between us, and has made the two into one and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart, actually destroying in his own person the hostility caused by the rules and decrees of the Law. This was to create one single New Man in himself out of the two of them and by restoring peace through the cross, to unite them both in a single Body and reconcile them with God. In his own person he killed the hostility. Later he came to bring the good news of peace, peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near at hand. Through him, both of us have in the one Spirit our way to come to the Father.

This is the word of the Lord.

 

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia! The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice, says the Lord, I know them and they follow me. Alleluia!

 

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.

They were like sheep without a shepherd.

The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, ‘You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’; for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat. So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But people saw them going, and many could guess where; and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot and reached it before them. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

 

The Little Sisters of the Assumption first arrived in Cork on the 28th May 1899. A group of six, led by Mother Marie Marthe de Jesus. Three from England and two from Ireland. They set up residence in Grenville Place, as this proved to be unsuitable. On 26th April a permanent home was offered by Bishop O’ Callaghan to the Sisters and invited them to view the property at Watercourse Mill Rd, also known as Kellers Lane in Blackpool. Bishop O’ Callaghan had recently purchased the house named Farrancleary in the hope of bringing some benefit to the people of Blackpool. It also included an old stone Mill that was used as a glue factory. Hardly suited for a Convent, but it was. The sisters moved in on the 17th July 1906. The house having been repaired to living conditions by the kindness of a local builder, Mr Edmond O’ Flynn of no 53 Watercourse Rd, who restored the premises free of charge.

The Sisters remained in the Convent on Assumption Rd until 2004. In 2006 the Sisters found a new home in St Francis Gardens which is part of Respond Housing where six of them remain to this present day. Some of the work carried out by the Sisters included visiting the sick in their own homes specifically terminally ill Mothers. The Blackpool Community Centre in Blackpool was established in 1968 and the Sisters of the Assumption were a very large part of the founding of this Centre.

There will be Mass on Thursday 23rd July in the Church of the Annunciation to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Little Sisters of the Assumption and all are welcome to attend.

PENITENTIAL ACT A

I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, (bow) Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.

Amen.

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to 2,422. Sincere thanks for your generous support. Last week’s Diocesan Quarterly Collection from the three churches of the parish came to 1,760. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Mass in the three churches of the Parish will be celebrated in memory of Canon Hodnett

Canon Vincent Hodnett P. P. (1945 – 2015)

Ordained 17th June 1970, The Lough Church.

1970 – Temporary Appointment -Westminister.

1975 – C.C. Togher Parish, Cork.

1982 – C.C. Bantry, Co. Cork.

1988 – Chaplain to C.U.H.

1996 – C.C. Douglas, Cork.

1999 – P.P. Blackpool /

The Glen / Ballyvolane, Cork.

2005 – P.P. The Lough, Cork.

Invitation

The Little Sisters of the Assumption are celebrating 150 years of the Foundation of the Congregation. To mark the occasion Mass will be celebrated on Thursday 23rd July 2015 at 7.30pm in the Church of the Annunciation  Blackpool. Light refreshments in the Community Centre. All welcome.

The Masses in Blackpool Church this weekend on behalf of the Parish are being offered for the late Canon Vincent Hodnett who died on April 23rd 2015. May he rest in peace

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Parish Newsletter

Parish Newsletter

12 July 2015

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING

A reading from the prophet Amos.

Go, prophesy to my people.

Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, said to Amos, ‘Go away, seer; get back to the land of Judah; earn your bread there, do your prophesying there. We want no more prophesying in Bethel; this is the royal sanctuary, the national temple.’ ‘I was no prophet, neither did I belong to any of the brotherhoods of prophets,’ Amos replied to

Amaziah. ‘I was a shepherd, and looked after sycamores: but it was the Lord who took me from herding the flock, and the Lord who said, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”

This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: Let us see, O Lord, your mercy

and give us your saving help.

I will hear what the Lord God has to say,

a voice that speaks of peace,

peace for his people.

His help is near for those who fear him

and his glory will dwell in our land. [R]

Mercy and faithfulness have met;

justice and peace have embraced.

Faithfulness shall spring from the earth

and justice look down from heaven. [R]

The Lord will make us prosper

and our earth shall yield its fruit.

Justice shall march before him

and peace shall follow his steps. [R]

SECOND READING

A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Esphesians.

Before the world was made, he chose us. Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ. Before the world was made, he chose us, chose us in Christ, to be holy and spotless, and to live through love in his presence, determining that we should become his adopted sons, through Jesus Christ for his own kind purposes, to make us praise the glory of his grace, his free gift to us in the Beloved in whom, through his blood, we gain our freedom, the forgiveness of our sins. Such is the richness of the grace which he has showered on us in all wisdom and insight. He has let us know the mystery of his purpose, the hidden plan he so kindly made in Christ from the beginning to act upon when the times had run their course to the end: that he would bring everything together under Christ, as head, everything in the heavens and everything on earth.

This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia! Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life: you have the message of etenal life. Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.

He began to send them out. Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses. They were to wear sandals but, he added, ‘Do not take a spare tunic.’ And he said to them, ‘If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set off to preach repentance; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Congratulations to Declan Carroll & Catherine Ware on the occasion of their Marriage in St Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane on  Friday 3rd July 2015.

Fund Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €1,960. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

SACRISTY / OFFICE HOURS:

Blackpool: 021 4300518

Tues, Wed. & Thurs: 9am-10.30am

Friday: 8.45 – 9.45am | Sunday: 10.00am – 12.00pm

St Brendan’s and St Oliver’s: 021 422 1977

Before and after all masses.

PRIESTS OF THE PARISH:

V.Rev. John O’Donovan PP, Hatton’s Alley, Blackpool.

Tel: 021 4501022

Rev. Damian O’Mahony CC, 1 Kilmorna Heights, Ballyvolane.

Tel: 021 4909912

PRIEST ON DUTY: Parish Mobile: 086 8527997

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

Celebrant’s Introduction: Let us present our needs before the Lord who hears his people

when they call.

Intercessions:

  1. We pray for the Church; that it may

continue to play its missionary role to the

full and bring to all people the good news

that God has blessed us in Christ.

Lord, hear us………

  1. It is in the very nature of God to bless and

protect. We pray for a renewed

commitment on the part of all of us to

protect and nurture our children.

Lord, hear us………

  1. The Lord’s voice speaks of peace for all

his people; we pray for peace in all lands

which suffer the affliction of violence.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for those who are sick at home

or in hospital; may they be comforted in

their illness and receive healing and

hope.

Lord, hear us………

  1. The words of the Lord are spirit and they

are life; we pray that those who have died

may be raised to eternal life.

Lord, hear us………

Celebrant: Father in heaven, you have

chosen us in Christ to be holy and spotless

and to become your adopted children

through Jesus Christ. Hear the prayers of

your children today, which we make, as

always, in the name of Jesus. Amen

Rota for Ministers of the Word & Eucharist Ministers of the Word Ministers of the Eucharist If you are unable to attend your allotted ministry please contact another minister to cover for you.

BLACKPOOL

11th July

Breda St Leger

Bobby Field

Mary Ring

Lena O’Brien

Peggy Manning

12th July

John O’Connor

Shirley Whelehan

Eileen Harte

Jerry Manning

Donal Ring

18th July

Breda St Leger

Bobby Field

Mary Ring

Lena O’Brien

Peggy Manning

19th July

John O’Connor

Shirley Whelehan

Eileen Harte

Jerry Manning

Donal Ring

BRENDAN

12th July

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

19th July

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

St OLIVER’S

11th July

Sheila O’Donovan

Veronica Mulcahy

Catherine Feehely

12th July

Judy Kenny

Helen Gosnell

Audrey Drinan

18th July

Breda Healy

Benny McGuckian

Kathleen Foley

19th July

Antoinette Long

Mary O’Sullivan

Martina Nodwell

BLACKPOOL

11th July

Audrey Lettice

12th July

Siobhan Cotter

18th July

Audrey Lettice

19th July

Siobhan Cotter

ST BRENDAN’S

12th July

Alysha Hoare

19th July

Alysha Hoare

ST OLIVER’S

11th July

Elizabeth Barry

12th July

Kevin O’Riordan

18th July

Mary Martin

19th July

Veronica Byrne

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED: Baily Hannah Morrisey

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE 1ST  ANIVERSARY OCCURS: Dan Murphy

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE RECENTLY DECEASED:

Kathleen (Kitty) Fitzgerald

Roy McCarthy

Ena Cahill

David O’Sullivan

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the threechurches of the parish came to €2,248. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

The second collection this weekend is for the Diocesan Quarterly Collection.

Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €1,960. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Congratulations to REBBECCA O’DONNELL from Delaney Park & VICTORIA KINGSTON from Rathmore Park who are students of Curam de Cara Karate Club in Blarney. Both girls represented Ireland at the W.U.K.F European Karate Championships in Liege, Belgium in June.Together with TIRNA CONNORS from Waterford they won SILVER MEDALS FOR TEAM KUMITE (fighting) and we are very proud of them.

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Newsletter Sunday 17th May 2015

Parish Newsletter 17 May 2015 The Ascension of the Lord

FIRST READING

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

He was lifted up while they looked on.

In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and I taught from the beginning until the day he gave his instructions to the apostles he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven. He had shown himself alive to them after his Passion by many demonstrations: for forty days he had continued to appear to them and tell them about the kingdom of God. When he had been at table with them, he had told them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for what the Father had promised. ‘It is’ he had said ‘what you have heard me speak about: John baptised with water but you, not many days from now, will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’

Now having met together, they asked him, ‘Lord, has the time come? Are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know times or dates that the Father has decided by his own authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to the ends of the earth.’ As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight. They were still staring into the sky when suddenly two men in white were standing near them and they said, ‘Why are you men from Galilee standing here looking into the sky? Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, this same Jesus will come back in the same way as you have seen him go there.’

This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: God goes up with shouts of joy;

the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.

All peoples, clap your hands,

cry to God with shouts of joy!

For the Lord, the Most High, we must fear,

great king over all the earth. [R]

God goes up with shouts of joy;

the Lord goes up with trumpet blast. Sing praise for God, sing praise,

sing praise to our king, sing praise. [R]

God is king of all the earth.

Sing praise with all your skill.

God is king over the nations;

God reigns on his holy throne. [R]

SECOND READING

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians.

Fully mature with the fullness of Christ.

I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one

another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve

the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as

you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called. There is one Lord, one faith,

one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, over all, through all and within all.

Each one of us, however, has been given his own share of grace, given as Christ allotted it. It was

said that he would: When he ascended to the height, he captured prisoners, he gave gifts to men.

When it says, ‘he ascended’, what can it mean if not that he descended right down to the lower

regions of the earth? The one who rose higher than all the heavens to fill all things is none other

than the one who descended. And to some, his gift was that they should be apostles; to some,

prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; so that the saints together make a

unity in the work of service, building up the body of Christ. In this way we are all to come to unity

in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God, until we become the perfect Man, fully mature

with the fullness of Christ

himself.

This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia!

Go, make disciples of all the nations;

I am with you always; yes, to the end of time. Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.

He was taken up into heaven: there at the right hand of God he took his place.

Jesus showed himself to the Eleven, and said to them, ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the

Good News to all creation. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; he who does not believe

will be condemned. These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will

cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and be

unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover.’

And so the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven: there at the right

hand of God he took his place, while they, going out, preached everywhere, the Lord working with

them and confirming the word by the signs that accompanied it.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €2,281.

Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Last weeks’ Pastoral Development Office collection from the three churches of the parish

came to €1,750.

Sincere thanks for your generous support.

info@blackpoolparish.com | http://www.blackpoolparish.comSubmissions for Newsletter: To be in by 10am on Wednesdays

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: 1st Communions:

Gaelscoil Pheig Sayers:

23rd May 2015

SACRISTY / OFFICE HOURS:

Blackpool: 021 4300518

Tues, Wed. & Thurs: 9am-10.30am

Friday: 8.45 – 9.45am | Sunday: 10.00am – 12.00pm

St Brendan’s and St Oliver’s: 021 422 1977

Before and after all masses.

PRIESTS OF THE PARISH:

V.Rev. John O’Donovan PP, Hatton’s Alley, Blackpool.

Tel: 021 4501022

Rev. Damian O’Mahony CC, 1 Kilmorna Heights, Ballyvolane.

Tel: 021 4909912

PRIEST ON DUTY: Parish Mobile: 086 8527997

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

Celebrant’s Introduction: We pray for our

needs, the needs of the Church and the

needs of the world.

Intercessions:

  1. We pray for all who spread the gospel;

that they may witness to Christ to the

ends of the earth.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for the Pope, for our bishops

and all in a role of leadership in the

Church; may they be inspired by the

power of the Holy Spirit and bear

witness to God.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for all who are sick;

especially those who are terminally ill;

may they experience healing and

consolation.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for our dead; may they be

raised to enjoy eternal life in the

kingdom of God.

Lord, hear us………

Celebrant: Heavenly Father, hear our

prayers, spoken and unspoken and grant

us what we need today. We make these

and all our prayers in the name of Jesus,

your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Rota for Ministers of the Word & Eucharist Ministers of the Word Ministers of the Eucharist

If you are unable to attend your allotted ministry please contact another minister to cover for you.

BLACKPOOL

16th May

Breda St Leger

Bobby Field

Lena O’Brien

Mary Ring

Peggy Manning

17th May

John O’Connor

Shirley Whelan

Eileen Harte

Donal Ring

Jerry Manning

23rd May

Breda St Leger

Bobby Field

Lena O’Brien

Mary Ring

Peggy Manning

24th May

John O’Connor

Shirley Whelehan

Eileen Harte

Donal Ring

Jerry Manning

  1. BRENDAN

17th May

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

24th May

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

  1. OLIVER’S

16th May

Linda Cullen

Sheila O’Donovan

Veronica Mulcahy

17th May

Judy Kenny

Helen Gosnell

Audrey Drinan

23rd May

Catherine Feehely

Breda Healy

Benny McGuckian

24th May

Antoinette Long

Mary O’Sullivan

Martina Nodwell

BLACKPOOL

16th May

Audrey Lettice

17th May

Eileen Jones

23rd May

Audrey Lettice

24th May

Eileen Jones

  1. BRENDAN’S

17th May

Bill Corcoran

24th May

Bill Corcoran

  1. OLIVER’S

16th May

Maureen Lehane

17th May

Kevin O’Riordan

23rd May

Elizabeth Barry

24th May

Veronica Byrne

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE RECENTLY

DECEASED:

Kathleen Dempsey

Sean O’Riordan

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE

WHOSE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OCCURRS:

Hannah Murphy

Hugh Hurley

Congratulations to the Girls and Boys of Scoil Oilibhéir school, who made their 1st Holy Communion on Saturday 16th May in St. Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane.

Rang Iníon Uí Dhiolúin

Ceiteach Ó Mairtín

Weronika Derdowska

Stiofán Mac Oitir

Maximus Costa Gunes

Aoibhe Ní Chinnaolaidh

Evan Ó Céilleachair

Hayley Ní Chadhla

Beircheart Ó Conaill

Pádraig Mac Cárthaigh

Ciara Ní Aonghusa

Robyn Ní Lordáin

Sorcha Ní Dhrisceoil

Amy Ní Arrachtáin

Jessica Ní Dhonnabháin

Jodie Ní Laoire

Lewis Ó Céilleachair

Eimile Ní Chonaill

Evan Ó Labhraí

Maria Campinho

Kelly Ní Dhonnabháin

Scott Ó Cinnaolaidh

Gobhnait Ní Chinnaolaidh

Eilís Nic Cárthaigh

Leah Ní Fháilbe

Rang Iníon Uí Iarlaithe

Tristin Breathnach

Jade Ní Nuanáin

Caoimhín Mac Oitir

Cáit Ní Mhúireagáin

Ciarán Ó Caoimh

Jodie Ní Dhubhshláine

Megan Creber

Tara Bevan

Sophie Nic Ghabhann

Dean Ó Dubhshláine

Seán Pól Ó Muirí

Leon Ó hEidhin-Ó Crualaíoch

Juliet Ní Argáin

Cathal Ó Bruadair

Lydia Ní Scanláin

Scott Mac Úistín

Teagan Ní Fhloinn

Andrea Bersabal

Parisa Assah

Máirín Ní Dhúgáin

Sophie Ní Airtnéada

Nadine Ní Shuilleabháin

Erin Ní Chonaill

Rang Iníon Uí Laighin

Jodie Ní Bhuachalla

Diarmuid Ó Leathlobhair

Lusaí Ní Cheallacháin

Aimee Ní Dhonnabháin

Hubert Sawicki

Daithí Ó Mathúna

Conchúir Ó’ Neill Dúnaigh

Sorcha Duncliffe Ní Mhathúna

Ava Ní Fháilbe

Ailís Nic Chártaigh

Pádraig Ó Dubhshlánaigh

Nicole Nic Chárthaigh

Aaron Ó Clúmháin

Eoin Ó Súilleabháin

Scott Ó Móra

Derec Ó Cófaigh

Caoimhe Ní Laoire

Ciarán Caomhánach Ó

Gealbháin

Eoghan Ó Maolcatha

Gráinne Ní Éigeartaigh

Seán Ó hÓráin

Sorcha Ní Shúilleabháin

Darragh Ó Bric

Kelsy Stóc Ní Chondúin

The Annual Remembrance Mass for our Departed Faithful will be held at St Catherine’s Cemetery, Kilcully on Wednesday 27th May 2015 at 7.30pm.

 

SUPPORTING CANCER SERVICES IN CORK

A Coffee / tea morning will be held on Saturday May 23rd 9.30am to 1.30pm in Glen Rovers

Club Lounge to help raise funds for Cancer Research in association with the 96/103fm Giving

for Living Radiothon.

Our Community and neighbours / parents / relatives / players, male and female, young and

old, are asked to come along and support the event and have a cuppa and a biscuit and give

a few euro for a very worthy cause which has touched a lot of people in our parish and

community. Please help us play our part and give a little.

BLACKPOOL YOUTH CLUB: RADIOTHON COFFEE MORNING

In memory of Ger Manning. Blackpool Youth Club will be teaming up with the Bridge

Inn on Sunday May 24th at 12pm to raise money for the 96fmʼs Giving for Living

Radiothon. This event in memory of Ger Manning, will be held in the Bridge Inn and

all proceeds go to Cancer Services in Cork City. All welcome, please support.

Further enquiries 085 740 7407.

PASTORAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICE COLLECTION –

THANK YOU Fr Charles Kiely wishes to sincerely thank you for

your generosity in contributing to the annual collection for the

Pastoral Development Office in our Diocese. Along with this word

of acknowledgement I would also like to thank sincerely those who

attended and took part in our recent Evening of Prayer for Vocations

in this Year of Consecrated Life where over 600 people gathered.

We look forward to meeting many of you over the coming year for

training and events.

BOOKING OF MASS DIARY

The Diary for the booking of Masses for the months of July, August

and September will be available in the three churches on

Sunday 31st May 2015.

The Deep End • And the Lord worked with them…

The fear experienced by the women and the disciples at the

end of the Gospel of Mark shows us that even when we have

profound spiritual experiences, fear can often force us into

silence. The account of the ascension in Mark which we

read today urges us not to be afraid but to go out. The

Gospel of Mark is a Gospel for hard times, for those who are

struggling. This ending aims to empower us and give us

courage even when the world around us tells us otherwise.

It urges us to ‘Go’ and tell.

The disciples ‘went out’; bringing ‘good news’ everywhere.

We too are called to be Easter People because we live with

an assurance that pain, death and grief will not have the last

word and we dare to shine the light of hope and wholeness

into the empty tomb. Where have you encountered Easter

People in your own life? This is the challenge of the Gospel

today. To bring Christ’s love and assurance to all we meet.

‘God has given us the power to create beauty, to make

another smile, to be a healing presence in someone’s sorrow,

to bring justice to the oppressed, to console those in

difficulty, to bring peace and joy to others, to help those in

need, to laugh and enjoy life, to do good and turn from evil,

to forgive those who have hurt us, and, most of all, to love.’

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Parish Newsletter February 22 2015

First Sunday of Lent
FIRST READING
A reading from the book of Genesis.
Here is the sign of the Covenant I make between myself and Noah. God spoke to Noah and his sons, ‘See, I establish my Covenant with you, and with your
descendants after you; also with every living creature to be found with you, birds, cattle and every wild beast with you: everything that came out of the ark, everything that lives on the earth. I establish my Covenant with you: no thing of flesh shall be swept away again by the waters of
the flood. There shall be no flood to destroy the earth again.’ God said, ‘Here is the sign of the Covenant I make between myself and you and every living
creature with you for all generations: I set my bow in the clouds and it shall be a sign of the Covenant between me and the earth. When I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the Covenant between myself and you and every living creature of
every kind. And so the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all things of flesh.’
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: Your ways, Lord, are faithfulness and love
for those who keep your covenant.
Lord, make me know your ways.
Lord, teach me your paths.
Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:
for you are God my saviour.
[R]
Remember your mercy, Lord,
and the love you have shown from of old.
In your love remember me,
because of your goodness, O Lord.
[R]
The Lord is good and upright.
He shows the path to those who stray,
he guides the humble in the right path;
he teaches his way to the poor.
[R]

SECOND READING
A reading from the first letter of St Peter.
That water is a type of the baptism which saves you now.
Christ himself, innocent though he was, died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to
life, and, in the spirit, he went to preach to the spirits in prison. Now it was long ago, when Noah was still building that ark which saved only a small group of
eight people ‘by water’, and when God was still waiting patiently, that these spirits refused to believe.
That water is a type of the baptism which saves you now, and which is not the washing off of physical dirt but a pledge made to God from a good conscience,
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has entered heaven and is at God’s right hand, now that he has made the angels of the Dominations and Powers his subjects.
This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!
Man does not live on bread alone
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!
Alleluia!

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.
Jesus was tempted by Satan and the angels looked after him. The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels
looked after him. After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God isclose at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord

Facing Lent
Few of us associate the time of Lenten
discipline with Good News, particularly if
that means facing the adversary within and
around us. At the beginning of Lent the
Church always takes us into the wilderness
with Jesus, to face the power that is opposed
to the Gospel. The Good News is that we do
this with Jesus and in the company of his
followers.
None of us should have to face the
wilderness alone; none of us should be
thrown back on our resources. We are all
tempted; we all fail; we all sin. Sometimes
we might wonder if there is an exit from the
wilderness. All of us need to hear like Jesus
the voice of the Father that recognizes us as
his beloved children. When we hear that
voice the call to repent is the call to stay in
the company of the one who loves us. The
Gospel challenges us to change our minds
about the way we think, change our hearts
about the Gospel we ignore, and change our
ways about habits of sin.
This is a lifetime’s task. Jesus did not
overcome Satan in the wilderness, he
achieved that only in his death. Lent
reminds us of our need to begin again
facing the enemy within us. And the Good
News is that when we do that we take the
road that leads us to the kingdom of God.

Submissions for Newsletter: To be in by 10am on Wednesdays. You may email to Info@blackpoolparish.com by same deadline.

SACRISTY / OFFICE HOURS:
Blackpool: 021 4300518
Tues, Wed. & Thurs: 9am-10.30am
Friday: 8.45 – 9.45am | Sunday: 10.00am – 12.00pm
St Brendan’s and St Oliver’s: 021 422 1977
Before and after all masses.
PRIESTS OF THE PARISH:
V.Rev. John O’Donovan PP,
Hatton’s Alley, Blackpool
Tel: 021 4501022
Rev. Damian O’Mahony CC,
1 Kilmorna Heights, Ballyvolane.
Tel: 021 4909912

Parish Mobile: 086 8527997

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
Celebrant’s Introduction:
When we call to the Lord, he will answer. With confidencewe present our petitions before the Lord.
Intercessions:
1. We pray for the Church; may it lead all
people to God.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for all who are taking part in
RCIA programmes at this time; may
they grow in love of God and of
neighbor.
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for every child and especially
those who live in their mother’s
womb, that they will continue to grow
in the image and likeness of the God
who made them.
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for those who are sick; may
they receive comfort and healing.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray for those who have gone
before us, marked with the sign of
faith; may they be raised to new life in
the spirit.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
Father in heaven, you sent
Christ, your Son to lead us on the road to
repentance. Grant our needs this day,
which we make through the same Jesus
Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Rota for Ministers of the Word & Eucharist
Ministers of the Word Ministers of the Eucharist
If you are unable to attend your allotted ministry
please contact another minister to cover for you.
BLACKPOOL
21st February
Bobby Field
Joan Morrison
Rita Kiely
E McSweeney
Mary Ring
22nd February
Michael O’Sullivan
John O’Connor
Con Delea
P Harrington
Lena O’Brien
Eileen Cotter
28th February
Mary Ring
Bobby Field
Breda St Leger
Peggy Manning
Joan Morrison
1st March
Jerry Manning
John O’Connor
Con Delea
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Harte
Michael O’Sullivan
ST. BRENDAN
22nd February
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
1st March
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
21st February
Benny McGuckian
Kathleen Foley
Diarmuid O’Donavan
22nd February
Judy Kenny
Helen Gosnell
Audrey Drinan
28th February
Linda Cullen
Sheila O’Donovan
Veronica Mulcahy
1st March
Antoinette Long
Mary O’Sullivan
Martina Nodwell
BLACKPOOL
21st February
Ger O’Brien
22nd February
Eileen Jones
28th February
Audrey Lettice
1st March
Eoin Lettice
ST. BRENDAN’S
22nd February
Bill Corcoran
1st March
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
21st February
Elizabeth Barry
22nd February
Ellen McCarthy
28th February
Mary Martin
1st March
Kevin O’Riordan

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE
RECENTLY DECEASED:
Joe O’Mahony
Eugene O’Neill
Rita Walsh

WE WELCOME INTOTHE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:
Emily Marguerite Halpin-Hurley
Annabella Mc Carthy
Mia Marie Fitzgerald-Crowley
David Gabriel William O’Flynn

Blackpool / The Glen / Ballyvolane Parish
Cork and Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes
June 11th – 16th 2015 A raffle will take place in each of the three churches of the parish on Sunday 22nd February. Tickets will be sold this weekend
21st /22nd February in the three churches after all masses. Hampers are on display in each church. Tickets cost €2 per strip or €5 for 3 strips.
Proceeds go to the funding of sending two Youth Helpers as part of the Youth Section on the Cork and Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three
churches of the parish came to €2,243.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

THE BLACKPOOL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
will present a talk givenby Mark Cronin Author of
Blackpool to the Front. The talk will be on Cork and the Navel War of World War One.
Venue:Blackpool Community Centre at 7.30pm.
All welcome.

KILLEENS, KILCULLY & BALLINCROKIG/DUBLIN PIKE STATION MASS AREAS:
If some family would like to host the Spring
Station Mass for the Killeens, Kilcully &
Ballincrokig/Dublin Pike areas, would they
please contact either Fr. John O’Donovan or Fr
Damian O’Mahony, as soon as possible.
Telephone numbers are listed on this newsletter.

The MASS DIARY or the Months of April, May
and June will be available in the three Churches
on Sunday8th March 2015.

SPRING DUES ENVELOPES
are available in the three churches of the parish and will be distributed throughout the parish in the coming weeks.

THE CHRISTIAN VOCATION
A TALK BY THE PAPAL NUNCIO
His Excellency, The Most Rev Charles J. Brown, Papal Nuncio to Ireland, will be in Cork to deliver a Talk on The Christian Vocation as part of the St. Columba’s Church Bi-centenary Talk Series.
Venue, Date & Time: St. Columba’s Church,
Douglas, Thursday 26th February 8pm.
All Welcome

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Parish Newsletter January 11 2015

Parish Newsletter
January 11 2015

The Baptism of the Lord
FIRST READING
A reading from the prophet Isaiah.
Come to the water. Listen and your soul will live.
Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty; though you have no money, come! Buy corn without money, and eat, and, at no cost, wine and milk. Why spend money on what is not bread, your wages on what fails to satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and you will have good things to eat and rich food to enjoy. Pay attention, come to me; listen, and your soul will live. With you I will make an everlasting covenant out of the favours promised to David. See, I have made of you a
witness to the peoples, a leader and a master of the nations. See, you will summon a nation you never knew, those
unknown will come hurrying to you, for the sake of the Lord your God, of the Holy One of Israel who will glorify you.
Seek the Lord while he is still to be found, call to him while he is still near. Let the wicked man abandon his way,
the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn back to the Lord who will take pity on him, to our God who is rich in forgiving; for my thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways not your ways — it is the Lord who speaks. Yes, the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts.
Yes, as the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth, making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do.
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
Truly, God is my salvation,
I trust, I shall not fear.
For the Lord is my strength, my song,
he became my saviour.
With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.
[R]
Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name!
Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples!
Declare the greatness of his name.
[R]
Sing a psalm to the Lord
for he has done glorious deeds,
make them known to all the earth!
People of Zion, sing and shout for joy
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
[R]

SECOND READING
A reading from the first letter of St John.
The Spirit and water and blood.
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ has been begotten by God; and whoever loves the Father that begot him loves the child whom he begets. We can be sure that we love God’schildren if we love God himself and do what he has commanded us;water and spirit this is what loving God is — keeping his commandments; and his commandments are not difficult, because anyone who
has been begotten by God has already overcome the world; this is the victory over the world — our faith.
Who can overcome the world? Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God Jesus Christ who came by water and blood, not with water only, but with water and blood; with the Spirit as another witness — since the Spirit is the truth — so that there are three witnesses, he Spirit, the water and the blood, and all
three of them agree. We accept the testimony of human witnesses, but God’s testimony is much greater, and this is God’s testimony, given as evidence for his Son.

This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, alleluia! John sawJesus coming towards him and said:
This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World. Alleluia!

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.
You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.
In the course of his preaching John the Baptist said, ‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’ It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. No sooner had he come up out of the water than he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord

Submissions for Newsletter: To be in by 10am on Wednesdays. You may email to info@blackpoolparish.com by same deadline.

SACRISTY / OFFICE HOURS:
Blackpool: 021 4300518
Tues, Wed. & Thurs: 9am-10.30am
Friday: 8.45 – 9.45am | Sunday: 10.00am – 12.00pm
St Brendan’s and St Oliver’s: 021 422 1977
Before and after all masses.

PRIESTS OF THE PARISH:
V.Rev. John O’Donovan PP,
Hatton’s Alley, Blackpool.
Tel: 021 4501022
Rev. Damian O’Mahony CC,
1 Kilmorna Heights, Ballyvolane.
Tel: 021 4909912
PRIEST ON DUTY:
Parish Mobile: 086 8527997

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
Celebrant’s Introduction:
We present our needs to the Lord, confident that
he will hear our cry.
Intercessions:
1. We pray for the Church; that it
will shine as a beacon of hope in
the world and encourage all
people to seek the Lord while he
may be found.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for peace; peace in our
world, peace in our homes,
peace in our hearts.
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for those who are
suffering hunger and thirst; may
their needs be satisfied.
Lord, hear us………
4. It is in the very nature of our
God to bless and protect; we
pray for a renewed commitment
on the part of all of us to protect
and nurture our children.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray for all who have gone
before us marked with the sign
of faith; may they receive the
inheritance of the children of
God in eternal life.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
Heavenly Father, your
bounty knows no end. Hear our
petitions we make today in the
name of Jesus, your beloved Son.
Amen.

Rota for Ministers of the Word & Eucharist
Ministers of the Word Ministers of the Eucharist
If you are unable to attend your allotted ministry
please contact another minister to cover for you.
BLACKPOOL
10th January
Con Delea
Breda St Leger
Mary Leahy
Bobby Field
Peggy Manning
11th January
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Cotter
Maureen Lehane
P Harrington
Michael O’Sullivan
Lena O’Brien
17th January
Con Delea
Breda St Leger
Mary Leahy
Bobby Field
Peggy Manning
18th January
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Cotter
Maureen Lehane
P Harrington
Michael O’Sullivan
Lena O’Brien
ST. BRENDAN
11th January
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
18th January
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
10th January
Benny McGuckian
Kathleen Foley
Diarmuid O’Donovan
11th January
Antoinette Long
Mary O’Sullivan
Martina Nodwell
17th January
Linda Cullen
Sheila O’Donovan
Veronica Mulcahy
18th January
Judy Kenny
Helen Gosnell
Audrey Drinan
BLACKPOOL
10th January
Ger O’Brien
11th January
Siobhain Cotter
17th January
Ger O’Brien
18th January
Siobhain Cotter
ST. BRENDAN’S
11th January
Bill Corcoran
18th January
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
10th January
Maureen Lehane
11th January
Kevin O’Riordan
17th January
Elizabeth Barry
18th January
Veronica Byrne

OVER 60’S Re opens Tuesday 13th January 2015, 2- 4.30pm at Blackpool Community Centre.
Old and new members welcome.

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE RECENTLY
DECEASED:
Chrisse O’Connell
Noel Murphy
Geraldine Ryan

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE 1ST
ANNIVERSARY OCCURS:
Essie Quinlan
Ann Mc Carthy
Jimmy Moore

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY THOSE
RECENTLY BAPTISED:
Cael Connie O’ Driscoll
Mia Sheen Burke
Davyn Donal Walshe

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three
churches of the parish came to €2,521.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from
the three churches of the parish came to €2,040. Sincere thanks for your generous support.
Donation: €5,000.

The new beginnings that we make in our own lives may
not mark the fulfilment of anyone ’ s prophecy, but they
probably mark the fulfilment of someone ’s hope.
Sometimes we are so hesitant about making a new start
that we end up in no man’s land waiting for more
weather reports. Every new beginning is a risk, and we
undertake that risk sooner when we have people to
underwrite our change. Sometimes we change only
because we have someone who has lived out an ancient
hope that our secret self can indeed grow strong and
thrive. It’s not a coincidence that Jesus only begins his
big change when he is funded with the Father ’s love and
support through his encounter with John the Baptist.
People are reluctant to change when they see that
people are indifferent about whether they change or
not. John the Baptist gave Jesus support; we know
that because we know it was after his time with John
that Jesus changed from living as an artisan in a small
town to taking to the road in pursuit of his mission.
John is a very important figure for Jesus: he is the only
religious leader that leaves a deep impression on Jesus.
And the good news is that Jesus himself is the one who
underwrites our changes, who cares deeply that we do
change for the better. The cross stands as the eternal
proof of that.

Congratulation to Niamh Cronin and Paul Cronin
who were married in St Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane
on Wednesday 31st December 2014.
Also to Elisa Bullman and Séan McGinley who were married in St Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane on Friday 2nd January 2015

Gloria
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son. Lord God,
Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;
You take away the sins of the world receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus
Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Ame

PENITENTIAL ACT A
confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my
fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever- Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord

Apostle Creed
believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
(bow) Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from
there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.

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Newsletter Sunday 30th November 2014

First Sunday of Advent
FIRST READING
A reading from the prophet Isaiah.
Oh that you would tear the heavens open and come down.
You, Lord, yourself are our Father, Our Redeemer is your ancient name. Why, Yahweh, leave us to stray from your ways and harden our hearts against fearing you? Return, for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your inheritance. Oh that you would tear the heavens open and some down – at your Presence,
such as no one has ever heard of before.
No ear has heard, no eye has seen any god but you act like this for those who trust him. You guide those who act with integrity and keep your ways in mind. You were angry when we were sinners; we had long been rebels against you. We were all like men unclean, all that integrity of ours like filthy clothing. We
have all withered like leaves and our sins blew us away like the wind. No one invoked your name or roused himself to catch hold of you. For you hid your face from us and gave us up to the power of our sins. And yet, Yahweh, you are our Father; we the clay, you the potter, we are all the work of your hand.
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: God of hosts, bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.
O shepherd of Israel, hear us,
shine forth from your cherubim throne.
O Lord, rouse up your might,
mountain top O Lord, come to our help.
[R]
God of hosts, turn again, we implore,
look down from heaven and see.
Visit this vine and protect it,
the vine your right hand has planted.
[R]
May your hand be on the man you have chosen,
the man you have given your strength.
And we shall never forsake you again:
give us life that we may call upon your name.
[R]
SECOND READING
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.
We are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send you grace and
peace. I never stop thanking God for all the graces you have received through Jesus Christ. I thank him that you have been enriched in so many ways, especially in your teachers and preachers; the witness to Christ has indeed been strong among you so that you will not be without any of the gifts of the Spirit while you are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed; and he will keep you steady and without blame until the last day, the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, because God by calling you
has joined you to his Son, Jesus Christ; and God is faithful.
This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, alleluia! Let us see, O Lord, your mercy, and give us
your saving help. Alleluia!
GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.
Stay awake, because you never know when the time will come.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come. It is like a man travelling abroad: he has gone from home, and left his servants in charge, each with his own task; and he has told the doorkeeper to stay awake. So stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow, dawn; if he comes unexpectedly, he must not find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!’
This is the Gospel of the Lord

Submissions for Newsletter: To be in by 10am on Wednesdays. You may email to info@blackpoolparish.com by same deadline.

SACRISTY / OFFICE HOURS:
Blackpool: 021 4300518
Tues, Wed. & Thurs: 9am-10.30am
Friday: 8.45 – 9.45am | Sunday: 10.00am – 12.00pm
St Brendan’s and St Oliver’s: 021 422 1977
Before and after all masses.
PRIESTS OF THE PARISH:
V.Rev. John O’Donovan PP,
Hatton’s Alley, Blackpool.
Tel: 021 4501022
Rev. Damian O’Mahony CC,
1 Kilmorna Heights, Ballyvolane.
Tel: 021 4909912

PRIEST ON DUTY:
Parish Mobile: 086 8527997

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
Celebrant’s Introduction:
We present our petitions to the Lord who looks on his children with kindness.
Intercessions:
1. We pray for all who spread the gospel; may
they prepare all people for the coming of
Christ.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for politicians and others leaders;
may they lead by example and fight to
protect the most vulnerable people in our
world.
Lord, hear us………
3. It is in the very nature of God to bless and
protect. We pray for a renewed
commitment on the part of all of us to
protect and nurture our children.
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for peace; peace in our world,
peace in our homes, peace in our hearts.
Lord, hear us………
5. That our eyes may be opened to see more
clearly the beauty and dignity of every
human life, whether healthy or sick,
convenient or inconvenient, born or
unborn.
Lord, hear us………
6. We pray for all who have died, especially in
this month of November we remember
those who have nobody to pray for them;
may they be raised to eternal life with the
angels and saints in heaven.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
Heavenly Father, you guard your
people in the palm of your hand. Grant us
what we need this day. We make our prayers
through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Rota for Ministers of the Word & Eucharist
Ministers of the Word Ministers of the Eucharist
If you are unable to attend your allotted ministry
please contact another minister to cover for you.
BLACKPOOL
29th November
Bobby Field
Joan Morrison
Rita Kiely
E McSweeney
Mary Ring
30th November
Michael O’Sullivan
John O’Connor
Con Delea
P Harrington
Lena O’Brien
Eileen Cotter
6th December
Mary Ring
Bobby Field
Breda St Leger
Peggy Manning
Joan Morrison
7th December
Jerry Manning
John O’Connor
Con Delea
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Harte
Michael O’Sullivan
ST. BRENDAN
30th November
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
7th December
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
29th November
Catherine Feehley
Breda Healy
Benny Mc Guckian
30th November
Antoinette Long
Mary O’Sullivan
Martina Nodwell
6th December
Kathleen Foley
Diarmuid O’Donovan
Linda Cullen
7th December
Judy Kenny
Helen Gosnell
Audrey Drinan
BLACKPOOL
29th November
Ger O’Brien
30th November
Eileen Jones
29th November
Ger O’Brien
30th November
Eileen Jones
ST. BRENDAN’S
30th November
Bill Corcoran
7th December
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
29th November
Elizabeth Barry
30th November
Veronica Byrne
6th December
Mary Murphy
7th December
Anne Forde

THE KILCULLY STATION MASS
will be held in Blackpool
Church on Saturday 6th December at 10am
.
HEARING, HAPPENING, HOPING:
SCRIPTURE REFLECTION FOR ADVENT
Three sessions on Tuesday’s
2nd, 9th, 16th December at the
Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office beginning with
coffee at 10:30am and session from 10:45 to 11:30am.
The office is located in the Parochial House in Ballyphehane. All are welcome.

BI-CENTENARY TALK SERIES IN THE PARISH OF
DOUGLAS & ROCHESTOWN
Does God have a sense of Humour?
To be given by McHale(Author of the Kerryman book of Jokes) on Thursday 4th December 8pm,St. Columba’s Church, Douglas.

MONTHLY MEETING FOR THE PARISH ASSEMBLY
will be held on Monday1st December at 8pm in Farranferris College.

CIRCLE OF HOPE
We as a community in Dublin Hill/Ballyvolane have organised the planting of a Remembrance Tree in the area, in memory of all those lost through suicide and in support of all their families and those in surrounding areas.
Venue: St. Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane.
Date: Sunday 30th November 2014.
Time: After 11am Mass.
Everyone welcome.

ADVENT – REFLECTIONS ON SUNDAY READINGS
In the crying room, St. Oliver’s Church on Thursday
mornings, after mass Dec 4th, 11th & 18th,
led by Sr.Peggy Cronin, Cenacle. All are very welcome.

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE
1ST ANNIVERSARY OCCURS:
Chrissie Buckley

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:
Ryan Shane Casey
Denis Martin O’Sullivan
Zack Anthony Cotter

THE PARISH OF BLACKPOOL, THE GLEN AND
BALLYVOLANE RESTORATION PROJECT
UPDATE
Plaques: €200 & €200
Dedicated Plaques available in respect of the three Parish
Churches at €200 each. Any parishioner who is interested in
making a dedication for Seat Plaques, please contact the
Sacristans or Priests of the Parish.
Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from the three
churches came to €1,890. Sincere thanks for your generous
support.

Christmas Novena Mass Cards
available in all three Churches of the Parish from this
weekend. Also available in Blackpool Post Office.
Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to € 2,373.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

THE SEASON OF ADVENT
Do not be afraid. Look! Your God is coming.
He is coming to save you (Isaiah 35:4)
For 4 weeks before Christmas the Liturgy of the Church recalls the coming of Jesus our Saviour and asks us to prepare for his coming with prayer and penance. During Advent we share the longing of the Israelites, God’s chosen people, for the coming of the Saviour. Advent reminds us of three different ‘comings’ of Jesus. The first is in the past. It happened long ago at the 1st Christmas, Jesus, God’s Son, who made our world, came to live in it as a baby, then as a boy and a man who gave his life to bring us closer to God. The 2nd ‘coming’ belongs in the present because Jesus is waiting to come now to every person who invites him into their heart and life. The 3rd ‘coming’ of Jesus is still in the future. One day Jesus will come back to our world,
not as a little helpless baby, but as King and Judge of all.
So Advent is the season of getting ready – ready to understand the true meaning of Christmas, ready to ask Jesus into our lives and ready for the day when he will come again. The advent wreath is a symbolic reminder of the themes of Advent.
The CIRCLE
is a symbol of the Infinity of God. We pray that we will remember that our God is always with us.
The EVERGREENS
are a symbol of Hope. We pray that our faith will always be a
source of Hope even at the most difficult times in our lives.
The PURPLE
candles are a symbol of Prayer and Penance. We pray that we will prepare for the coming of our Saviour and happiness for all who celebrate it.
The RED
candle is a symbol of Joy. We pray that the joyful remembrance of the birth of Jesus will be a source of peace and happiness for all who celebrate it.
The WHITE
candle reminds us that when Jesus came he brought the Light of God’s love, truth and forgiveness into our dark world. We pray that we may continue to bring the light of Jesus into the lives of people and that Jesus will bring his peace into
all hearts.
Advent Wreath
Today as we begin to celebrate, with hope-filled joy, the coming of the Lord at Christmas, we ask God’s blessing on this wreath of evergreens. The Word was the real light that gives light to everyone; he was coming into the
world. For of his fullness we all received, and grace for grace. (John 1:9:16)

Pray for lighting of the Candle on the First Sunday of Advent
d our Father, you called the prophets to make known your ways to your chosen people. They spoke a message of peace and mercy, and put forth the promises of salvation. As we await the feast of Christ’s birth, may we listen to
your word. And may we speak words of kindness and forgiveness to one another. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen

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