Parish Newsletter May 04 2014

Third Sunday of Easter
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
It was impossible for him to be held in its power of Hades.
On the day of Pentacost Peter stood up with the Eleven and addressed them in a loud voice: ‘Men of Judaea, and all
you who live in Jerusalem, make no mistake about this, but listen carefully to what I say. ‘Men of Israel, listen to
what I am going to say: Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God by the miracles and portents and
signs that God worked through him when he was among you, as you all know. This man, who was put into your
power by the deliberate intention and foreknowledge of God, you took and had crucified by men outside the Law.
You killed him, but God raised him to life, freeing him from the pangs of Hades; for it was impossible for him to be
held in its power since, as David says of him:
I saw the Lord before me always,
for with him at my right hand nothing can shake me.
So my heart was glad
and my tongue cried out with joy;
my body, too, will rest in the hope
that you will not abandon my soul to Hades
nor allow your holy one to experience corruption.
You have made known the way of life to me,
you will fill me with gladness through your presence.
‘Brothers, no one can deny that the patriarch David himself is dead and buried: his tomb is still with us. But since he
was a prophet, and knew that God had sworn him an oath to make one of his descendants succeed him on the throne,
‘what he foresaw and spoke about was the resurrection of the Christ: he is the one who was not abandoned to Hades,
and whose body did not experience corruption. God raised this man Jesus to life, and all of us are witnesses to that.
Now raised to the heights by God’s right hand, he has received from the Father the Holy Spirit, who was promised,
and what you see and hear is the outpouring of that Spirit.
This is the word of the Lord.

[Response]: Show us, Lord, the path of life.
Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you. And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad;
I say to the Lord: ‘You are my God. even my body shall rest in safety.
a Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup; For you will not leave my soul among the dead,
it is you yourself who are my prize.’
nor let your beloved know decay.
I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel, You will show me the path of life,
who even at night directs my heart. the fullness of joy in your presence,
I keep the Lord ever in my sight: at your right hand happiness for ever.
since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm.

A reading from the first letter of St. Peter.
Your ransom was paid in the precious blood of a lamb without spot or stain, namely Christ.
If you are acknowledging as your Father one who has no favourites and judges everyone according to what he has done,
you must be scrupulously careful as long as you are living away from your home. Remember, the ransom that was paid
to free you from the useless way of life your ancestors handed down was not paid in anything corruptible, neither in silver
nor gold, but in the precious blood of a lamb without spot or stain, namely Christ; who, though known since before the
world was made, has been revealed only in our time, the end of the ages, for your sake. Through him you now have faith
in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory for that very reason – so that you would have faith and hope in
This is the word of the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia!
Lord Jesus, Explain the scriptures to us.
Make our hearts burn within us as you talk to us Alleluia!

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
They recognised him at the breaking of bread.
Two of the disciples of Jesus were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and
they were talking together about all that had happened. Now as they talked this over, Jesus himself came up and
walked by their side; but something prevented them from recognising him. He said to them, ‘What matters are
you discussing as you walk along?’ They stopped short, their faces downcast.
Then one of them, called Cleopas, answered him, ‘You must be the only is person staying in Jerusalem who
does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days’. ‘What things?’ he asked. ‘All about
Jesus of Nazareth’ they answered ‘who proved he was a great prophet by the things he said and did in the sight
of God and of the whole people; and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to
death, and had him crucified. Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free. And this is not
all: two whole days have gone by since it all happened; and some women from our group have astounded us:
they went to the tomb in the early morning, and when they did not find the body, they came back to tell us they
had seen a vision of angels who declared he was alive. Some of our friends went to the tomb and found
everything exactly as the women had reported, but of him they saw nothing.’
Then he said to them, ‘You foolish men! So slow to believe the full message of the prophets! Was it not ordained
that the Christ should suffer and so enter into his glory?’ Then, starting with Moses and going through all the
prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about himself.
When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on; but they pressed him to
stay with them. ‘It is nearly evening’ they said ‘and the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with the
Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to
them. And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the
scriptures to us?
They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their
companions, who said to them, ‘Yes, it is true. The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ Then they told
their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.
This is the Gospel of the Lord


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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.


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

Plaque: €200
Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €1,925.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

There are some places available on the Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes from 11th to 16th June for people needing
care/assistance to travel and stay in the Acceuil (Hospital) for the 6 days.
If you or someone you know is interested please contact tel: 021 4537474 before 8th May.
Also, availability for pilgrims or parish groups who would like to travel with the Diocese and stay in hotels – call 021 4537474.

a talk by Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP will take place on
Sunday 18th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm in Christ the King Church, Turners Cross, Cork.
Fr Timothy is a former Master General of the Dominican Orderand is an internationally renowned speaker and author. His books include: Why go to Church, What is the point of being a Christian, Taking the plunge, I call you friends, among others. Most recently he is noted as being one whom Pope Francis invited to Rome to talk to him personally about the Church today!
The talk is open to all parishioners – there is no charge – a
donation is welcome to cover costs.

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.

in collaboration with We Made This is running a
programme of short(20hour) course between April
and June. Topics amongst others include, Introduction
to Personal Development, Men’s Health, Women’s
Health, Seasons for Growth – Living with Grief, Loss
and Change & Managing Stress in Our Daily Lives.
For information or to apply contact Liam or Geraldine at 0214666180
FAITHFUL will be held at St Catherine’s Cemetery, Kilcully
on Wednesday 28th May 2014 at 7.30pm.

Celebrant’s Introduction:
With confidence we present our petitions before the Lord, who shows us the path of life and gives us counsel in difficult times.
1. We pray for all who
spread the gospel; that,
like Jesus on the Road to
Emmaus, they may set
the hearts of people on
fire as they receive the
good news.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for our political
leaders; that they may act
with justice and equality
and keep the most
vulnerable members of
society to the fore of
their minds..
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for our parish
community; that we may
provide a place of
welcome for all and show
hospitality to our visitors.
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for those who are
sick; that they may be
comforted in their illness
and restored to fullness
of health.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray for all who have
died, especially those
who have nobody to pray
for them; that God may
raise them to new life
with the angels and
saints in heaven.
Lord, hear us………
Father in heaven, you sent your only Son to show us the path of life in his words and deeds. Listen to our prayers today, which we make through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €2,474.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Teresa Aherne Seán O’Sullivan and Stan Kiely

We also remember
Noelle O’Driscolle whose Month’s Mind occurs at this time

RECENTLY BAPTISED:Oliver Daniel Bowles

Richard (Dick) Newman

Heep Yunn School & Wah Yan Kowloon Senior Mixed Choir is made up from selected members of the Heep Yun School for girls and Wah Yan College, Kowloon for boys.
Under the respective batons of Ms Joyce Yu and Mr Lesley Chan, they stage choral works ranging from the Renaissance to the contemporary. Established in 2009, they
won their first championship at the 62nd Hong Kong School Music Festival only a year later.
In 2011 they won the First Prize and Gold Medal in their joint category at the Hong Kong International Youth & Children’s Choir Festival, while both schools also won their separate categories.
The choir actively promotes contemporary music and performs local composers’ works, at the invitation of the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild.
Their conductor for this Festival is the teacher,
conductor and composer, Lesley Chan.
Church Choir Interchange
On Sunday 4th May for the 12.00pm Mass
we welcome HYS & WYC Senior Mixed
Choir, HONG KONG to The Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool.


Confirmation: Scoil Oilibhéir:
Monday 12th May at 10.30am in St Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane.

First Communion: St. Mark’s & St Brendan’s:
Saturday 10th May in St Brendan’s Church, The Glen.

Scoil Oilibhéir: 24th May in St. Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane.

Gaelscoil Pheig Sayers: 24th May in the Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool.

Congratulations to the boys and girls of St. Mark’s and St Brendan’s who made their Confirmation on Thursday 10th April 2014 March in St Brendan’s Church, The Glen.
St Mark ’s
Adam Bourke
Nathan Harris
Patrick Kenny
Christ Koffi
Calvin Lee
Eoin Lonergan
Ciaran Murphy
Darren McCormick
Liam McCormick
Jonathan Murray O’Flynn
Evan O’Brien
James O’Brien
Cian O’Connor
Jamie Lee O’Sullivan
James Rodgers
Adam Sewell
St Brendan’s
Julie Crowe
Amy Daly
Katekyn Dunne
Courtney Heaney
Shauna Heaney
Natasha Hehir
Jodi Kenneally
Abbey Mullen
Chloe Mullen
Chloe Nelligan
Megan Nolan
Crystal McCarthy
Natasha McCarthy
Orinne McCarthy
Leah McPhee
Abbey McNamara
Bridget O’Driscoll
Nadine O’Mahony
Chelsea O’Riordan
Sophie Varian


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