Newsletter March 30 2014 Fourth Sunday of Lent

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: website: http://www.blackpoolparish.wo | Parish Mobile: 086 8527997.
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A reading from the book of Samuel.
David is anointed king of Israel
The lord said to Samuel, ‘Fill your horn with oil and go. I am sending you to Jesse of
Bethlehem, for I have chosen myself a king among his sons.’ When Samuel arrived, he
caught sight of Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed one stands there before him’,
but the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Take no notice of his appearance or his height for I have
rejected him; God does not see as man sees; man looks at appearances but the Lord looks
at the heart’. Jesse presented his seven sons to Samuel, but Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The Lord
has not chosen these’. He then asked Jesse, ‘Are these all the sons you have?’ He answered,
‘There is still one left, the youngest; he is out looking after the sheep’. Then Samuel said to
Jesse, ‘Send for him; we will not sit down to eat until he comes’. Jesse had him sent for, a
boy of fresh complexion, with fine eyes and pleasant bearing. The Lord said, ‘Come, anoint
him, for this is the one’. At this, Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him where he
stood with his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord seized on David and stayed with him from
that day on.
This is the word of the Lord.

[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. I my cup is overflowing.
Near restful waters he leads me,
to revive my drooping spirit.
He guides me along the right path; Surely goodness and kindness
he is true to his name. shall follow me 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.
You are there with your crook and your staff;
with these you give me comfort.

A reading from the second letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians.
Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.
You were darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord; be like children of light, for the effects
of the light are seen in complete goodness and right living and truth. Try to discover what the Lord
wants of you, having nothing to do with the futile works of darkness but exposing them by
contrast. The things which are done in secret are things that people are ashamed even to speak of;
but anything exposed by the light will be illuminated and anything illuminated turns into light.
That is why it is said:
Wake up from your sleep,
rise from the dead,
Christ will shine on you.
This is the word of the Lord.

Glory and praise to you, O Christ! I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
anyone who follows me will have eternal life. Glory and praise to you, O Christ!

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
He went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored
As Jesus said went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. He spat on the
ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man, and said to
him, ‘Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam (a name that means ‘sent’). So the blind man went
off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored.
His neighbours and people who earlier had seen him begging said, ‘Isn’t this the man who
used to sit and beg?’ Some said, ‘Yes, it is the same one’. Others said, ‘No, he only looks like
him’. The man himself said, ‘I am the man’.
They brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. It had been a sabbath day when
Jesus made the paste and opened the man’s eyes, so when the Pharisees asked him how he
had come to see, he said, ‘He put a paste on my eyes, and I washed, and I can see’. Then
some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man cannot be from God: he does not keep the sabbath’.
Others said, ‘How could a sinner produce signs like this?’ And there was disagreement
among them. blind man So they spoke to the blind man again, ‘What have you to say about
him yourself, now that he has opened your eyes?’ ‘He is a prophet’ replied the man.
‘Are you trying to teach us,’ they replied ‘and you a sinner through and through, since you
were born!’ And they drove him away.
Jesus heard they had driven him away, and when he found him he said to him, ‘Do you
believe in the Son of Man?’ ‘Sir,’ the man replied ‘tell me who he is so that I may believe in
him.’ Jesus said, ‘You are looking at him; he is speaking to you’. The man said, ‘Lord, I
believe’, and worshipped him.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

13th February 2011 /
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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
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

March 30 2014 MOTHERS DAY & EASTER NOVENA MASS CARDS are available in thethree churches.

SPRING DUES ENVELOPES areavailable in the three churches of the parish.

If some family would like to host the Spring Station Mass for the Killeens & Kilcully areas, would they please contact either Fr. John OʼDonovan or Fr Damian OʼMahony, as soon aspossible. Telephone numbers are listedon this newsletter.

MONTHLY MEETING FOR THE PARISH ASSEMBLY will take place on Monday 31st March at 8pm in Farranferris Education and Training Campus.

In the Crying Room St Oliver’s Church on Thursday Mornings after Mass 3rd and 10th April.
Led by Sr Peggy Cronin Cenacle. All are very welcome

will be held at St Dominics Retreat Centre,
Ennismore, Montenotte, Cork,
on Saturday, April 5th from 10.30am to 4pm.
Many contemplating the possibility of a
vocation to priesthood are nervous
about taking the first step. This day
allows prospective students to explore
the possibility of a vocation and make
enquiries in an informal setting.
Seminarians for the Diocese will also attend.
For further information please contact:
Fr. Tom Deenihan:
021 4301717
Canon Bertie OMahony:
021 4346940





Celebrant’s Introduction:
We turn to the Lord, the source of faith,
hope and love, to present our
needs, confident that he will hear
and answer.
1. We pray for the Church
throughout the world; may all
Christians be a sign of Christ’s
light, showing justice and
mercy and good faith.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for political leader
throughout the world; that
they may work to turn hatred
to love and conflict to peace.
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for all in need; may
we show concern and care –
and respond well to the
needs of others, including
those who suffer through war,
famine and natural disaster,
those worn out by disease,
those who hunger for justice.
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for all women and
mothers. May God keep
watch over them as they carry
the burden of the world’s
water crises on their heads
and shoulders. Where
women and children in the
poorest countries spend up
to eight hours a day collecting
water, denying them a chance
to earn a living, go to school,
or simply spend time with
their family.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray for those who have
gone before us marked with
the sign of faith; that the Lord
may turn death into eternal
Lord, hear us………
Heavenly Father,
source of light and hope, hear
the prayers we make today, in
the name of Jesus, your Son, our
Lord. Amen.

Rosaire O’Neill
Tony Shaw
Hannah Healy

Clodagh Mary Corcoran
Amber Rose Hurley
Logan Patrick Ryan

John Murray


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