Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
A reading from the first book of Kings.
Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.
When Elijah reached Horeb, the mountain of God, he went into the cave and spent the night in it. Then the word of the Lord came to him saying, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ Then he was told, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord. Then the Lord himself went by. There came a mighty wind, so strong it tore the mountains and shattered the rocks before the Lord. But Yahweh was not in the wind. After the wind came
an earthquake. But the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire.
But the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there came the sound of a gentle breeze.
And when Elijah heard this, he covered his face with his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
This is the word of the Lord.
[Response]: Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help.
I will hear what the Lord God has to say, The Lord will make us prosper
a voice that speaks of peace. and our earth shall yield its fruit.
His help is near for those who fear him Justice shall march before him
and his glory will dwell in our land.
and peace shall follow his steps.
Mercy and faithfulness have met; Let the peoples praise you, O God;
justice and peace have embraced. let all the peoples praise you.
Faithfulness shall spring from the earth O God, be gracious and bless us
and justice look down from heaven.
and let your face shed its light upon us.
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans.
I would willingly be condemned and be cut off from Christ if it could help my brothers.
What I want to say now is no pretence; I say it in union with Christ – it is the truth – my conscience in union with the Holy Spirit assures me of it too. What I want to say is this: my sorrow is so great, my mental anguish so endless, I would willingly be condemned and be cut off from Christ if it could help my brothers of Israel, my own flesh and blood. They were adopted as sons, they were given the glory and the covenants; the Law and the ritual were drawn up for them, and the promises were made to them. They are descended from the patriarchs and from their flesh and blood
came Christ who is above all, God for ever blessed! Amen.
This is the word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia! Blessings on the King who comes, in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens! Alleluia!
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
Tell me to come to you across the water Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now
far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a head-wind. In the fourth watch of the night he went towards them, walking on the lake, and when the disciples saw him walking on the lake they were terrified. ‘It is a ghost’ they said, and cried out in fear. But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, ‘Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.’ lt was Peter who answered. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.’ ‘Come’ said Jesus. Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but as soon as he felt the force of the wind,
he took fright and began to sink. ‘Lord! Save me!’ he cried. Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. ‘Man of little faith,’ he said ‘why did you doubt?’ And as they got into the boat the wind dropped. The men in the boat bowed down before him and said, ‘Truly, you are the Son of God’.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
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Friday: 8.45 – 9.45am | Sunday: 11.00am – 12.00pm
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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
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PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
We present our needs to the Lord, whose Spirit
made us his children and gives us the confidence to
call him Father.
1. We pray for all who spread the gospel; that
they may proclaim Christ fearlessly in a hostile
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for the most vulnerable members of
society, the homeless, those who do not have
enough to eat; that they may receive what
they need to survive and flourish.
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for peace; that the Lord’s voice which
speaks for peace may be heard across the
world, especially those areas divided by
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for those who are sick; may they be
comforted by the presence of Christ and
restored to full health.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray for those who have gone before us
marked with the sign of faith; may they be
brought to their promised inheritance in
Lord, hear us………
Father in heaven you control the winds
and the sea. Care for us, your children, in our
time of need and grant the prayers we make in
the name of Jesus, your Son, our Lord. Amen.
Rota for Ministers of the Word & Eucharist
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If you are unable to attend your allotted ministry
please contact another minister to cover for you.
Ann O’ Donovan
THE PARISH OF BLACKPOOL,
THE GLEN AND BALLYVOLANE
Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from
the three churches of the parish came to
Sincere thanks for your generous support.
The doubts that Matthew’s church is experiencing are expressed movingly in
today’s Gospel. Jesus is praying to his Father. His followers separated from
him. It is night. They are in a boat which is battling against a heavy sea and strong winds. All seems lost. The boat clearly represents the church, while the night storm represents the opposition the church is facing. Jesus calls to them and tells them not to be afraid, and then he comes to them over the water. When Peter tries to do the same as Jesus, even he is seen to begin to doubt Jesus’ power and to panic. But Jesus supports him, then asks him, “Man of little faith, why did you doubt?” The storm ceases. Now all the disciples can acknowledge that Jesus is the Son if God.
When Peter “felt the force if the wind, he took fright and began to sink”.
Matthew tells his struggling community that even if their faith falters and
they panic when they look at the surrounding danger, Jesus – even though he
is with the Father – will come and save them. This is Gospel. This is good
news indeed. Often when we feel that we are battling against the odds, we wonder why Jesus always seems to be off somewhere else. And even though we know that we won’t be asked to walk on water, we get that sinking feeling all the same. In that plight we are not thrown back on our resources. In this community gathered in faith, we have the word of God and the bread of life and the support of each other. That has to be enough to keep us afloat.
WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:
Fionn Sirikhun Long
Sean Timothy Keenan- McMahon
Xander Thomas Evans
WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OCCURS:
WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE
Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the
parish came to €2,131. Sincere thanks for your generous support.
63RD ANNUAL DEVOTIONS AT LEE ROAD SHRINE
On Friday, 15th August next, the Feast of the Assumption,
the Annual Devotions will take place at the Lee Road Shrine.
The general public will assemble near Our Lady’s Hospital Gate before 6.30p.m. and march in procession to the Shrine reciting the 14
Mysteries of the Rosary on the way. Succeeding groups will follow at
When all have arrived at the Shrine, the fifteenth Mystery will
be recited by the entire congregation. For those unable to walk in procession to the Shrine, there will be accommodation available on the south bank of the Lee opposite the shrine.
The Lee Road will be closed to vehicular traffic from
the Wellington Bridge to the Shrine from 6.30p.m. However, it may be
approached by car from the western side up to 7p.m. A service of buses will convey people back to the city after the Devotions.
Gifts of plants and flowers for the decoration of the Altar and the Shrine will be gratefully received on Thursday morning at the Shrine.
Mass will be celebrated at the Shrine at 7.30p.m. by Bishop John
Buckley, Bishop of Cork & Ross.
Fr. Aidan Vaughan OFM Cap. will preach
a special sermon at the Shrine.
Seating accommodation at the Shrine will be available ONLY for those genuinely invalided.
Weekend Mass Times for the Three Churches of the Parish
Blackpool Vigil Saturday 6pm 12 noon on Sunday
The Glen 10 am Sunday
Ballyvolane Vigil Saturday 6pm and 11am Sunday
Friday 15th August is a Holy Day of obligation
and Masses will be celebrated at following times:
• BLACKPOOL •Vigil, Thursday: 6.00 pm
• Friday: 12.00 noon
• BALLYVOLANE •
Vigil, Thursday: 6.00 pm
• Friday: 11.00am
• THE GLEN •
Friday : 10.00am
WHY SHOULD THE KIDS HAVE ALL THE FUN?
Age Action are planning a few 4 day adult Beginners’ Computer “summer camps” (unfortunately without the bouncy castle!) some areas of Cork this August, including Mayfield and Blackpool. If you or you and your friends would like to secure a place on one, please contact us. We teach iPad, laptop, smart phone and computer, whichever you’re looking to learn about (you can bring your own device or use one at the centre).
If you can’t do four days, why not sign up for our 4 week courses (2 hours a week).
Classes run at your own pace in a fun relaxed atmosphere, with one on one tuition wherever possible. Now’s the time to do that catching up. It’s more fun than you think!
Call our Getting Started Team on 021 4536556 to tell them exactly what you’re looking for, or text “Computer” 087 1956026 TODAY!
Blackpool Fatima Apostolate
Pilgrimmage to Holy Cross Abbey
SUNDAY 31ST AUGUST 2014
Cost €40 (incl. dinner at Aherlow House Hotel)
Non-Refundable deposit €10
Enquires to: 021 – 4393852 or 021 – 439707