Parish Newsletter April 27 2014

Second Sunday of Easter
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
The faithful all lived together and owned everything in common
The whole community remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood,
to the breaking of bread and to the prayers. The many miracles and signs worked through
the apostles made a deep impression on everyone. The faithful all lived together and owned
everything in common; they sold their goods and possessions and shared out the proceeds
among themselves according to what each one needed.
They went as a body to the Temple every day but met in their houses for the breaking of
bread; they shared their food gladly and generously; they praised God and were looked up
to by everyone. Day by day the Lord added to their community those destined to be saved.
This is the word of the Lord.
[Response]: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Let the sons of Israel say: The stone which the builders rejected
‘His love has no end.’ has become the corner stone.
Let the sons of Aaron say: This is the workof the Lord,
‘His love has no end,’ a marvel in our eyes.
Let those who fear the Lord say: This day was made by the Lord;
‘His love has no end.’
we rejoice and are glad.
I was thrust, thrust down and falling
but the Lord was my helper.
The Lord is my strength and my song;
he was my saviour.
There are shouts of joy and victory
in the tents of the just.

A reading from the second letter of St. Peter.
In his great mercy God has given us a new birth as his sons, by raising Jesus Christ from the dead.
Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy has given us a new birth as his sons, by raising
Jesus Christ from the dead, so that we have a sure hope and the promise of an inheritance that can never be spoilt or soiled
and never fade away, because it is being kept for you in the heavens. Through your faith, God’s power will guard you until
the salvation which has been prepared is revealed at the end of time. This is a cause of great joy for you, even though you
may for a short time have to bear being plagued by all sorts of trials; so that, when Jesus Christ is revealed, your faith will
have been tested and proved like gold – only it is more precious than gold, which is corruptible even though it bears testing
by fire – and then you will have praise and glory and honour. You did not see him, yet you love him; and still without
seeing him, you are already filled with a joy so glorious that it cannot be described, because you believe; and you are sure
of the end to which your faith looks forward, that is, the salvation of your souls.
This is the word of the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia!
Jesus said to him: ‘You believe because you can see me.
Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ Alleluia!
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
Eight days later, Jesus came.
In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples
were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed
them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them
again, ‘Peace be with you.
‘As the Father sent me,
so am I sending you.’
After saying this he breathed on them and said:
‘Receive the Holy Spirit.
For those whose sins you forgive,
they are forgiven;
for those whose sins you retain,
they are retained.’
Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples
said, ‘We have seen the Lord’, he answered, ‘Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put
my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe’. Eight days
later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came
in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look,
here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My
Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him:
‘You believe because you can see me.
Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’
There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw, but they are not recorded in this book.
These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you
may have life through his name.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.


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Tel: 021 4501022
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1 Kilmorna Heights, Ballyvolane.
Tel: 021 4909912

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Plaque: €200

With the long summer evenings now back with us Camogie training is
now back in full swing again Girls aged from 5 years upwards born
2009 are invited to come along and learn the skills of camogie in Glen
Rovers. 2013 was a hugely successful year for all our teams with title
coming from senior down to under age and your daughter can be part
of that success.
So Sign up and try it out.
Training nights are as follows for girls born in 2009 up to and including 2002 Tuesday nights 6pm to 7pm and Sunday 12 noon to 1pm, Girls born from 1996 to 2001 Monday and Wednesday at 6pm.
Adults also catered for we are field teams at Senior and Junior level,
so former players may like to come along and rejoin and get back fit.
Come along even for just one of the nights and see what a difference
being involved in sport will make to you, make new friends and enjoy
the fun.
Contact us on face book at glenroverscamogie or email
or simply call down to Glen Rovers Field for a chat with our highly
qualified coaches at any of the times listed above.

Please return your Spring Dues Envelopes as soon as possible.
Please hand in your Trόcaire Boxes as soon as possible.
wishes to convey their sincere thanks to the parishioners for their financial support towards the Easter Altars.

ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE MASS FOR OUR DEPARTED FAITHFUL will be held at St Catherine’s Cemetery, Kilcully on
Wednesday 28th May 2014 at 7.30pm.

The Land that lost its heros: The Falklands War,
a talk by James O’Brien at Blackpool Community Centre on
Tuesday 29th April 2014 at 8pm.

We are delight here in Blackpool Library to have been chosen as a
venue for THE CHORAL FESTIVAL this year.
On Thursday 1st May at 2.30pm The Kfar-Yona Choir from Israel will
give a performance. On Friday 2nd May at 2.30pm The Skedsmo
Kammerkor Choir from Norway will perform.
Admission is free to both the events and all are welcome.

Celebrant’s Introduction:
Let us
present our needs before the
Lord, who offers us the sure
hope through the resurrection of
1. We pray for the whole
Church; that it may inspire
the presence of Christ in
communities through the
word of God and
sacramental signs.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for our Christian
community; that we may
remain faithful to the
teaching of the apostles and
to the breaking of the bread
and prayers.
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for all who find
themselves without jobs at
this time; that they might
find a purpose for their
Lord, hear us………
4. Jesus’ words to the apostles
in the Gospel were ‘peace
be with you’; we pray for
peace – in our world, in our
homes and in our hearts.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray for those who have
died; that they may receive
the promise of an
inheritance kept for them in
the heavens and enjoy the
salvations prepared for them
at the end of time.
Lord, hear us………
Father in heaven, we
rejoice in this day which was
made by you and are filled with
joy as the disciples were on
seeing the Risen Lord. Hear
the prayers we make today in
the name of the same 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.
26 th April
Audrey Lettice
27th April
Siobhain Cotter
3rd May
Audrey Lettice
4th May
Siobhain Cotter

27th April
Bill Corcoran
4th May
Bill Corcoran

26th April
Mary Martin
27th April
Kevin O’Riordan
3rd May
Linda Cullen
4th May
Veronica Byrne

26th April
Con Delea
Breda St Leger
Mary Leahy
Bobby Field
Peggy Manning
27th April
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Cotter
Maureen Lehane
P Harrington
Michael O’Sullivan
Lena O’Brien
3rd May
Con Delea
Breda St Leger
Mary Leahy
Bobby Field
Peggy Manning
4th May
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Cotter
Maureen Lehane
P Harrington
Michael O’Sullivan
Lena O’Brien

27th April
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
4th May
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran

26th April
Benny McGuckian
Kathleen Foley
Diarmuid O’Donovan
27th April
Judy Kenny
Helen Gosnell
Audrey Drinan
3rd May
Linda Cullen
Sheila O’Donovan
Veronica Mulcahy

4th May
Antoinette Long
Mary O’Sullivan
Martina Nodwell

We know from experience that it isn’t easy to believe in
someone we cannot see for ourselves. But we also know that
many people who did see Jesus did not believe in him. Seeing
does not necessarily lead to believing. The apostles have a
unique place in the Church because they saw Jesus and believed
in him, and they were commissioned to share their faith with
others. Without the apostles’ seeing and believing there would
be no Christian faith.
We have no experience of the physical presence of Jesus, but our
understanding of him is linked through time – through all the
previous generations of Christians – back to the apostles
themselves. It is a great chain of faith which is linked to the
person of Jesus himself.
You may think that the chain gets weaker the more it is
distanced from the time of Jesus, but the Spirit which Jesus gives
is a present reality in the Church. The Spirit is the life of the
Church, the power which keeps the memory of Jesus alive, and
which enables each of us to have a living relationship with God.
So the sentiments expressed in the First Letter of Peter are
addressed to us: “You did not see him, yet you loved him”. The
fact that we are gathered here today is a sign of our belief and a
declaration of our love. Future generations depend on us to
hand on what we have received so that they too can have life
through the name of Jesus. If we all do that, there will never be
an end to the story of Jesus.

A sincere thank you from Fr. John & Fr Damian for your generosity in the
Easter Weekend collection.

Edward O’Callaghan

Juliet Obonugo
Leo Hubert Pawlak

MASS will be held in the home of Jim and Vickie
Lehane of Lucarne, Ballincrokig on Wednesday
7th May at 8pm.

will be held in the home of Gerry Maloney of Rustic Lodge, Kilcully on
Thursday 15th May at 8pm.

be held in Blackpool Church on Saturday 17th May at 10am.

Church Choir Interchange
Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool:
On Sunday 27th April we welcome the choir of
Church of theHoly Cross, Mahon to sing at the 12 noon mass.
The Blackpool Choir will visit the Christ the King Church, Turners Cross this weekend.
Church Visit
Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool:
OnSunday 4th May we look forward to the visit of the HYs and
WYS College Mixed Choir from Hong Kong who will sing at the 12noon mass.



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