Parish of Blackpool, The Glen and Ballyvolane
Very Rev. John O’Donovan P.P. Hatton’s Alley, Blackpool, Cork – Mobile: 087 9144927 | Rev. Damian O’Mahony C.C. 1 Kilmorna He
ights, Ballyvolane, Cork.
Parish Offices: Blackpool 4300518 | Ballyvolane 4221977 | e-mail: info@blackpoolparish.com website: http://www.blackpoolparish.wo
rdpress.com | Parish Mobile: 086 8527997.
Parish Newsletter
March 09 2014
First Sunday of Lent
FIRST READING
A reading from the book of Genesis.
The creation and sin of our first parents.
The Lord God fashioned man of dust from the soil. Then he breathed into his nostrils a breath of
life, and thus man became a living being.
The Lord God planted a garden in Eden which is in the east, and there he put the man he had
fashioned. The Lord God caused to spring up from the soil every kind of tree, enticing to look at
and good to eat, with the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the middle
of the garden.
The serpent was the most subtle of all the wild beasts that Yahweh God had made. It asked the
woman, ‘Did God really say you were not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?’ The woman
answered the serpent, ‘We may eat he fruit of the trees in the garden. But of the fruit of the tree in
the middle of the garden God said, “You must not eat it, nor touch it, under pain of death”.’ Then
the serpent said to the woman, ‘No! You will not die! God knows in fact that on the day you eat it
your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good and evil.’ The woman saw that
the tree was good to eat and pleasing to the eye, and that it was desirable for the knowledge that it
could give. So she took some of its fruit and ate it. She gave some also to her husband who was
with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realised that they were
naked. So they sewed fig-leaves together to make themselves loin-cloths.
This is the word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness. A pure heart create for me, O God,
In your compassion blot out my offence. put a steadfast spirit within me.
O wash me more and more from my guilt Do not cast me away from your presence,
and cleanse me from my sin.
[R]
nor deprive me of your holy spirit.
[R]
My offences truly I know them; Give me again the joy of your help;
my sin is always before me. with a spirit offervour sustain me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned: O Lord, open my lips
what is evil in your sight I have done.
[R]
and my mouth shall declare your praise.
[R]
 

SECOND READING
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Romans.
However great the number of sins committed, grace was even greater.
Sin entered the world through one man, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole
human race because everyone has sinned. Sin existed in the world long before the Law was given. There
was no law and so no one could be accused of the sin of ‘law-breaking’, yet death reigned over all from
Adam to Moses, even though their sin, unlike that of Adam, was not a matter of breaking a law.
Adam prefigured the One to come, but the gift itself considerably outweighed the fall. If it is certain that
through one man’s fall so many died, it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man,
Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free gift. The results of the gift also outweigh the results of
one man’s sin: for after one single fall came judgement with a verdict of condemnation, now after many
falls comes grace with its verdict of acquittal. If it is certain that death reigned over everyone as the
consequence of one man’s fall, it is even more certain that one man, Jesus Christ, will cause everyone to
reign in life who receives the free gift that he does not deserve, of being made righteous. Again, as one
man’s fall brought condemnation on everyone, so the good act of one man brings everyone life and makes
them justified. As by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many
will be made righteous.
This is the word of the Lord.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
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!
GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
Jesus fasts for forty days and is tempted.
Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and
forty nights, after which he was very hungry, and the tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of
God, tell these stones to turn into loaves’. But he replied, ‘Scripture says:
‘Man does not live on bread alone
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’.
The devil then took him to the holy city and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple. ‘If you are the
Son of God’ he said ‘throw yourself down; for scripture says:
‘He will put you in his angels’ charge,
and they will support you on their hands
in case you hurt your foot against a stone’.
Jesus said to him, ‘Scripture also says:
‘You must not put the Lord your God to the test’.
Next, taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their
splendour. ‘I will give you all these’ he said, ‘if you fall at my feet and worship me.’ Then Jesus replied, ‘Be
off, Satan! For scripture says:
‘You must worship the Lord your God,
and serve him alone.’
Then the devil left him, and angels appeared and looked after him.

This is the Gospe of the Lord

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SACRISTY / OFFICE HOURS:
Blackpool: 021 4300518
Tues, Wed. & Thurs: 9am-10.30am
Friday: 8.45 – 9.45am | Sunday: 10.00am – 12.00pm
St. Oliver’s: 021 422 1977
Tues, Thurs & Fri: 8.45am – 9.45am
Wedesday: 8.45am -10.15am
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
March 09 2014
Last weeks’ RestorationFund Collection from the three churches of  the parish came to €2,082.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.
THE PARISH OF
BLACKPOOL, THE GLEN AND BALLYVOLANERESTORATION PROJECTUPDATE
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s. You may email to
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. Oliver’s: 021 422 1977
Tues, Thurs & Fri: 8.45am – 9.45am
Wedesday: 8.45am -10.15am
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
March 09 2014
Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €2,082.
Sincere thanks for your generous support
 
BALLYVOLANE/DUBLIN HILL COMMUNITY SUICIDE AWARENESS GROUP ‘Soaps’ Quiz Night,(do you knowcharacters, plots,actors?)
Thursday 13th March 2014, 9pm Glen Rovers Hurling Club. Raffle on the night. Contact; 086-3516123
Email; bdhillcommunity@gmail.com
 
REFLECTION ON THE SUNDAY READINGS In the Crying Room St Oliver’s Church on Thursday Mornings afterMass 13th 20th and
27th March 3rd and 10th April Led by Sr Peggy Cronin Cenacle
All are very welcome
 
SPRING DUES ENVELOPES 
will be distributed throughout the parish in the coming weeks.
 
KILCULLY & BALLINCROKIG/DUBLIN PIKE STATION MASS AREAS:
If some family would like to host the Spring Station Mass for the Killeens, Kilcully & Ballincrokig/Dublin Pikeareas, would they please contact
either Fr. John ODonovan or Fr Damian OMahony, as soon as possible. Telephone numbers arelisted on this newsletter.
 
MOTHERS DAY & EASTER NOVENA MASS CARDS are available in the three churches of the parish.
 
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
Celebrant’s Introduction:
Let us present our
needs before the Lord who gives bread to
the hungry and sets prisoners free.
Intercessions:
1. We pray for the Church; may it lead
people to worship the Lord our God
and serve him alone.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for all who keep this season of
Lent: May their prayer and reflection,
their fasting and almsgiving bring
them to renewal, reconciliation and
Easter joy.
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for all in need; may we, as
God’s people, show care by
responding to the needs of those who
are less fortunate.
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for all who are preparing for
baptism this Easter; may Lent be a
time of enlightenment and purification
for them, and for those who journey
with them.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray for all who are sick: May the
Lord continue to bless them and may
they be comforted by the care and
kindness of those who surround
them.
Lord, hear us………
6. We pray for those who have died; that
they may be made righteous and be
raised to eternal life.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
Father in heaven, you set
humankind on the earth, created in your
own image and likeness. Hear our
prayers today and grant us what we need.
We make these and all our prayers in the
name of Jesus, your Son, our Lord.
Amen.
CELEBRATION OF CONFIRMATION
 
On Tuesday 11th March, the Parish of Blackpool/The Glen/Ballyvolane will welcome with great joy
the young girls and boys from Gaelscoil Pheig Sayers who come forward for confirmation.
 
These young people have made careful preparation for this day. At  school through the study of their religious programme, they have come to an awareness of God’s personal choice of each one of them to be witnesses to Jesus. They are also aware that this call will be communicated to them in a visible way on their Confirmation Day through the signs and symbols of the sacrament. They have learned too, that the Holy Spirit will always be with them as a Helper and Friend. During the ceremony Monsignor Kevin O’Callaghan will pray: “All powerful God… Send your Spirit upon them to be their helper and guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence.”
These gifts, like all God’s gifts, are given lovingly and freely to help us to “love and serve the Lord” in our daily lives. Sometimes that
can be difficult so we need the help of the Holy Spirit and the support of each other in the Christian Community. In that sense,
we are all Sponsors. At the Confirmation ceremony, the support sponsor places his/her hand on the shoulder of the candidate. This
gesture symbolises the support of the individual sponsor but also the support of the rest of the community for the newly confirmed.
How can we show our support? By being models of Christian living for these young people. In his letter to the Galatians, St Paul
tells us that the signs of the Holy Spirit are: love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control.
These are the fruits of the Holy Spirit and the signs of God’s presence in us. When we live as people of love, joy, peace, patience,
etc., we too are people of God’s spirit.
For the boys and girls who will be confirmed on the 11th March2014,
and for ourselves, we pray.
Come Holy Spirit, Spirit come,
Come Holy Spirit, come and live in us today.
Come Holy Spirit, Spirit come,
Live on our hearts and guide us on our way.
We welcome Monsignor Kevin O’Callaghan who will officiate at
the Confirmation ceremony in The Church of the Annunciation,
Blackpool on Tuesday 11th March at 10.30a.m.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Confirmations in The Church of the
Annunciation, Blackpool on Tuesday 11th March, Mass in
Blackpool Church will be at 9.00 a.m. on that day.
 
 
 
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