Newsletter Sunday 30th November 2014

First Sunday of Advent
FIRST READING
A reading from the prophet Isaiah.
Oh that you would tear the heavens open and come down.
You, Lord, yourself are our Father, Our Redeemer is your ancient name. Why, Yahweh, leave us to stray from your ways and harden our hearts against fearing you? Return, for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your inheritance. Oh that you would tear the heavens open and some down – at your Presence,
such as no one has ever heard of before.
No ear has heard, no eye has seen any god but you act like this for those who trust him. You guide those who act with integrity and keep your ways in mind. You were angry when we were sinners; we had long been rebels against you. We were all like men unclean, all that integrity of ours like filthy clothing. We
have all withered like leaves and our sins blew us away like the wind. No one invoked your name or roused himself to catch hold of you. For you hid your face from us and gave us up to the power of our sins. And yet, Yahweh, you are our Father; we the clay, you the potter, we are all the work of your hand.
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: God of hosts, bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.
O shepherd of Israel, hear us,
shine forth from your cherubim throne.
O Lord, rouse up your might,
mountain top O Lord, come to our help.
[R]
God of hosts, turn again, we implore,
look down from heaven and see.
Visit this vine and protect it,
the vine your right hand has planted.
[R]
May your hand be on the man you have chosen,
the man you have given your strength.
And we shall never forsake you again:
give us life that we may call upon your name.
[R]
SECOND READING
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.
We are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send you grace and
peace. I never stop thanking God for all the graces you have received through Jesus Christ. I thank him that you have been enriched in so many ways, especially in your teachers and preachers; the witness to Christ has indeed been strong among you so that you will not be without any of the gifts of the Spirit while you are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed; and he will keep you steady and without blame until the last day, the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, because God by calling you
has joined you to his Son, Jesus Christ; and God is faithful.
This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, alleluia! Let us see, O Lord, your mercy, and give us
your saving help. Alleluia!
GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.
Stay awake, because you never know when the time will come.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come. It is like a man travelling abroad: he has gone from home, and left his servants in charge, each with his own task; and he has told the doorkeeper to stay awake. So stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow, dawn; if he comes unexpectedly, he must not find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!’
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:
We present our petitions to the Lord who looks on his children with kindness.
Intercessions:
1. We pray for all who spread the gospel; may
they prepare all people for the coming of
Christ.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for politicians and others leaders;
may they lead by example and fight to
protect the most vulnerable people in our
world.
Lord, hear us………
3. It is in the very nature of God to bless and
protect. We pray for a renewed
commitment on the part of all of us to
protect and nurture our children.
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for peace; peace in our world,
peace in our homes, peace in our hearts.
Lord, hear us………
5. That our eyes may be opened to see more
clearly the beauty and dignity of every
human life, whether healthy or sick,
convenient or inconvenient, born or
unborn.
Lord, hear us………
6. We pray for all who have died, especially in
this month of November we remember
those who have nobody to pray for them;
may they be raised to eternal life with the
angels and saints in heaven.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
Heavenly Father, you guard your
people in the palm of your hand. Grant us
what we need this day. We make our prayers
through Jesus Christ the 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
29th November
Bobby Field
Joan Morrison
Rita Kiely
E McSweeney
Mary Ring
30th November
Michael O’Sullivan
John O’Connor
Con Delea
P Harrington
Lena O’Brien
Eileen Cotter
6th December
Mary Ring
Bobby Field
Breda St Leger
Peggy Manning
Joan Morrison
7th December
Jerry Manning
John O’Connor
Con Delea
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Harte
Michael O’Sullivan
ST. BRENDAN
30th November
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
7th December
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
29th November
Catherine Feehley
Breda Healy
Benny Mc Guckian
30th November
Antoinette Long
Mary O’Sullivan
Martina Nodwell
6th December
Kathleen Foley
Diarmuid O’Donovan
Linda Cullen
7th December
Judy Kenny
Helen Gosnell
Audrey Drinan
BLACKPOOL
29th November
Ger O’Brien
30th November
Eileen Jones
29th November
Ger O’Brien
30th November
Eileen Jones
ST. BRENDAN’S
30th November
Bill Corcoran
7th December
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
29th November
Elizabeth Barry
30th November
Veronica Byrne
6th December
Mary Murphy
7th December
Anne Forde

THE KILCULLY STATION MASS
will be held in Blackpool
Church on Saturday 6th December at 10am
.
HEARING, HAPPENING, HOPING:
SCRIPTURE REFLECTION FOR ADVENT
Three sessions on Tuesday’s
2nd, 9th, 16th December at the
Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office beginning with
coffee at 10:30am and session from 10:45 to 11:30am.
The office is located in the Parochial House in Ballyphehane. All are welcome.

BI-CENTENARY TALK SERIES IN THE PARISH OF
DOUGLAS & ROCHESTOWN
Does God have a sense of Humour?
To be given by McHale(Author of the Kerryman book of Jokes) on Thursday 4th December 8pm,St. Columba’s Church, Douglas.

MONTHLY MEETING FOR THE PARISH ASSEMBLY
will be held on Monday1st December at 8pm in Farranferris College.

CIRCLE OF HOPE
We as a community in Dublin Hill/Ballyvolane have organised the planting of a Remembrance Tree in the area, in memory of all those lost through suicide and in support of all their families and those in surrounding areas.
Venue: St. Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane.
Date: Sunday 30th November 2014.
Time: After 11am Mass.
Everyone welcome.

ADVENT – REFLECTIONS ON SUNDAY READINGS
In the crying room, St. Oliver’s Church on Thursday
mornings, after mass Dec 4th, 11th & 18th,
led by Sr.Peggy Cronin, Cenacle. All are very welcome.

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE
1ST ANNIVERSARY OCCURS:
Chrissie Buckley

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:
Ryan Shane Casey
Denis Martin O’Sullivan
Zack Anthony Cotter

THE PARISH OF BLACKPOOL, THE GLEN AND
BALLYVOLANE RESTORATION PROJECT
UPDATE
Plaques: €200 & €200
Dedicated Plaques available in respect of the three Parish
Churches at €200 each. Any parishioner who is interested in
making a dedication for Seat Plaques, please contact the
Sacristans or Priests of the Parish.
Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from the three
churches came to €1,890. Sincere thanks for your generous
support.

Christmas Novena Mass Cards
available in all three Churches of the Parish from this
weekend. Also available in Blackpool Post Office.
Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to € 2,373.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

THE SEASON OF ADVENT
Do not be afraid. Look! Your God is coming.
He is coming to save you (Isaiah 35:4)
For 4 weeks before Christmas the Liturgy of the Church recalls the coming of Jesus our Saviour and asks us to prepare for his coming with prayer and penance. During Advent we share the longing of the Israelites, God’s chosen people, for the coming of the Saviour. Advent reminds us of three different ‘comings’ of Jesus. The first is in the past. It happened long ago at the 1st Christmas, Jesus, God’s Son, who made our world, came to live in it as a baby, then as a boy and a man who gave his life to bring us closer to God. The 2nd ‘coming’ belongs in the present because Jesus is waiting to come now to every person who invites him into their heart and life. The 3rd ‘coming’ of Jesus is still in the future. One day Jesus will come back to our world,
not as a little helpless baby, but as King and Judge of all.
So Advent is the season of getting ready – ready to understand the true meaning of Christmas, ready to ask Jesus into our lives and ready for the day when he will come again. The advent wreath is a symbolic reminder of the themes of Advent.
The CIRCLE
is a symbol of the Infinity of God. We pray that we will remember that our God is always with us.
The EVERGREENS
are a symbol of Hope. We pray that our faith will always be a
source of Hope even at the most difficult times in our lives.
The PURPLE
candles are a symbol of Prayer and Penance. We pray that we will prepare for the coming of our Saviour and happiness for all who celebrate it.
The RED
candle is a symbol of Joy. We pray that the joyful remembrance of the birth of Jesus will be a source of peace and happiness for all who celebrate it.
The WHITE
candle reminds us that when Jesus came he brought the Light of God’s love, truth and forgiveness into our dark world. We pray that we may continue to bring the light of Jesus into the lives of people and that Jesus will bring his peace into
all hearts.
Advent Wreath
Today as we begin to celebrate, with hope-filled joy, the coming of the Lord at Christmas, we ask God’s blessing on this wreath of evergreens. The Word was the real light that gives light to everyone; he was coming into the
world. For of his fullness we all received, and grace for grace. (John 1:9:16)

Pray for lighting of the Candle on the First Sunday of Advent
d our Father, you called the prophets to make known your ways to your chosen people. They spoke a message of peace and mercy, and put forth the promises of salvation. As we await the feast of Christ’s birth, may we listen to
your word. And may we speak words of kindness and forgiveness to one another. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen

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