Parish Newsletter October 26 2014

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
FIRST READING
A reading from the book of Exodus.
If you are harsh with the widow, the orphan, my anger will flare against you.The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell the sons of Israel this: “You must not molest the stranger or oppress him, for you lived as strangers in the land of Egypt. You must not be harsh withthe widow, or with the orphan; if you are harsh with them, they will surely cry out to me, and be sure I shall hear their cry; my anger will flare and I shall kill you with the sword; your own wives will be widows, your own children orphans.
“If you lend money to any of my people, to any poor man among you, you must not play the usurer with him; you must not demand interest from him.
“If you take another’s cloak as a pledge, you must give it back to him before sunset. It is all the covering he has; it is the cloak he wraps his body in, what else would he sleep in?
If he cries to me, I will listen, for I am full of Pity.” ‘
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: I love you, Lord, my strength.
I love you, Lord, my strength,
my rock, my fortress, my saviour.
My God is the rock where I take refuge;
my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold.
The Lord is worthy of all praise;
when I call I am saved from my foes.
[R]
Long life to the Lord, my rock!
Praised be the God who saves me.
He has given great victories to his king
and shown his love for his anointed.
[R

SECOND READING
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians.
You broke with idolatry and became servants of God: you are now waiting for his Son. You observed the sort of life we lived when we were with you, which was for your instruction, and you were led to become imitators of us, and of the Lord;
and it was with the joy of the Holy Spirit that you took to the gospel, in spite of the great opposition all round you. This has made you the great example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia since it was from you that the word of the Lord started to spread – and not only through Macedonia and Achaia, for the
news of your faith has spread everywhere. We do not need to tell other people about it; other people tell us how we started the work among you, how you broke with idolatry when you were converted to God and became servants of the real, living God, and how you are now waiting for Jesus, his Son, whom he raised from the dead, to come from heaven to save us from the retribution which
is coming.
This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, alleluia! If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him. Alleluia!

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
You must love the Lord your God and your neighbour as yourself.
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees they got together and, to disconcert him, one of them put a question. ‘Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?’ Jesus said, ‘You must love the Lord your
God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commendments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

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 Brendan’s and St Oliver’s: 021 422 1977
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

PRIEST ON DUTY:
Parish Mobile: 086 8527997

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
Celebrant’s Introduction:
The Lord hears
our cries when we call, for he is full of pity.
We present our needs before the Lord
with confidence.
Intercessions:
1. We pray for all who spread the
gospel; like Paul, may news of their
faith in God spread everywhere.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for our political leaders; may
they make decisions built on the
foundation of justice and for the
benefit of every member of society,
especially the most vulnerable.
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for all who come from
foreign lands to make their home
here; may they receive a warm
welcome and may their contribution
of society be recognised and
acknowledged.
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for the dying and those who
care for them. May they be
encouraged by these words of
scripture ‘Come you whom my father
and has blessed, inherit the kingdom
prepared for you’.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray for those who have died;
may they be welcomed into the
warm embrace of the angels and
saints in heaven.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
Father in heaven, you are the
friend of the stranger and the
oppressed. Hear the prayers we make
today in the name of Jesus, your Son,
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.
BLACKPOOL
25th October
Con Delea
Breda St Leger
Mary Leahy
Bobby Field
Peggy Manning
26th October
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Cotter
Maureen Lehane
P Harrington
Michael O’Sullivan
Lena O’Brien
1st November
Bobby Field
Joan Morrison
Rita Kiely
E McSweeney
Mary Ring
2nd November
Michael O’Sullivan
John O’Connor
Con Delea
P Harrington
Lena O’Brien
Eileen Cotter
ST. BRENDAN
26th October
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
2nd November
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran

ST. OLIVER’S
25th October
Catherine Feehely
Breda Healy
Benny Mc Guckian
Kathleen Foley
26th October
Judy Kenny
Helen Gosnell
Audrey Drinan
1st November
Diarmuid O’Donovan
Linda Cullen
Sheila O’Donovan
2nd November
Antoinette Long
Mary O’Sullivan
Martina Nodwell

BLACKPOOL
25th October
Ger O’Brien
Audrey Lettice
26th October
Siobhan Cotter
1st November
Ger O’Brien
2nd November
Eileen Jones

ST. BRENDAN’S
26th October
Bill Corcoran
2nd November
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
25th October
Mary Martin
26th October
Kevin O’Riordan
1st November
Joan Dowling
2nd November
Anne Forde

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €2,515.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Last weeks’ Mission Sunday Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €2,385.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

PARISH CHILD SAFEGUARDING REPRESENTATIVES
The role of Parish Child Safeguarding is to ensure that all information about child safeguarding procedures is available and that Diocesan procedures for safeguarding children are implemented in the parish, thus ensuring that each parish is committed to best practice in respect of children and young people. People who may be interested in becoming Parish Representatives for this Parish are invited to give their names to the parish office or to one of the priests of the parish by Sunday9th November 2014.
Parish Office: 021 4300518. Parish Mobile: 086 8527997
An updated training course will take place shortly for both existing and new representatives.

SOUTH PRESS PAST PUPILS UNION
Annual Lunch on 29th November
12.30pm for 1pm Gresham Metropole Hotel,
Mac Curtain St. Cork. Tickets €25 021-4508014/021-4311354

BLACKPOOL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
presents an evening with the Butter Exchange Brass and Reed Band Tuesday 28th October2014
at Blackpool Community Centre.
Time 7.30pm

WELLNESS AND CRAFT FAIR
in Aid of Cork Penny Dinners at the Gresham Metropole Hotel McCurtain Street Cork City on Sunday the 2nd of Novemberfrom 12 till 6pm.
On the day you can pamper yourself with different kinds of treatments. Stalls: jewellery, Natural Hand creams, Beauty Products, Clothes and many more plus Kids Corner. Face painting.
Admission €2. All proceeds on the day go to Cork Penny Dinners.

THE NOVEMBER NOVENA ENVELOPES
for our faithful departed are available in the three churches.
KILLEENS, BALLINCROKIG/DUBLIN PIKE & KILCULLY
STATION MASS AREAS:
If some family would like to host the Autumn Station Mass for the Killeens, Ballincrokig/Dublin Pike & Kilcully areas, would they please contact either Fr. John O’Donovan or Fr Damian O’Mahony, as soon as possible. Telephone numbers are listed on this newsletter.

BLACKPOOL OVER 60’S CLUB
Next meeting Tuesday 28th October
2 – 4.30pm in the Community Centre. All new and old members welcome.

The NOVEMBER NOVENA OF
MASSES FOR THE HOLY SOULS
begins on All Souls Day 2nd November
to 10th November.

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE
WHOSE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OCCURS:
Eddie O’ Donovan

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN
FAMILY THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:
Ayden O’Neill Kumar

The Love That Conquers
In the Gospel Jesus speaks of the conquering power of love when he asks his followers, “You must love your neighbour as yourself.” As the Israelites were asked to love the stranger as themselves, so Christians are asked to love their neighbours. The ultimate offer of hospitality is the offer to love. Often the real stranger is not the person we don’t know but the person we don’t want
to know, the person we refuse to love. That person could be a neighbour or a member of our own family. We can all have strangers in our own house, still waiting to be welcomed and loved. We are often scared to take people in because we are afraid of being taken in ourselves. We don’t want to be duped, taken for a ride. Hospitality, like everything else, has a price. Jesus knew that when he opened up his heart to receive people: after a while the reception room begins to look like an emergency ward. People make demands on you; they bleed you. But remaining secure behind our locked doors has its own penalty: people die
from being unvisited, people die behind locked doors and locked hearts, from caring only for themselves. We all need strangers and neighbours to test the quality of our mercy. When we respond, we have the assurance that we minister to Christ: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Christ still comes to us not only in the forms of bread and wine but in the form of the stranger seeking welcome. That is Gospel

LOURDES YOUNG ADULTS PILGRIMAGE 2014
My name is Conor Foley and I was part of this year’s youth pilgrimage to Lourdes. I didn’t know what I had let myself in for, but I quickly realized it was going to be one of the best things I’d ever done.
Lourdes is a very special experience and I would encourage any young adult (or old) to take part in next year’s pilgrimage, you won’t regret it.
___________________________________________
My name is Ciara Harrington, I live in Ballyvolane. I am a second year student in Social Care in C.I.T.
On the 11th June, 42 youths from different parishes around Cork and Ross started on their pilgrimage to Lourdes. Our days began at eight each morning working in the Hospital providing care and assistance to the sick. Each day we attended Mass, blessings, processions and rosaries. I found the trip to be soul satisfying. The group started out as strangers and ended as best friends.
As this was not my first time in Lourdes, I travel yearly with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust during Easter but from this experience, I felt a very heart warming feeling and I got a more detailed insight to the story of Lourdes.
I would like to thank the Parishioners of the parish who supported us, the Parish Assembly, the Finance Committee and Fr. John and Fr Damian for giving me the opportunity to travel to Lourdes this year.

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