Parish Newsletter January 11 2015

Parish Newsletter
January 11 2015

The Baptism of the Lord
FIRST READING
A reading from the prophet Isaiah.
Come to the water. Listen and your soul will live.
Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty; though you have no money, come! Buy corn without money, and eat, and, at no cost, wine and milk. Why spend money on what is not bread, your wages on what fails to satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and you will have good things to eat and rich food to enjoy. Pay attention, come to me; listen, and your soul will live. With you I will make an everlasting covenant out of the favours promised to David. See, I have made of you a
witness to the peoples, a leader and a master of the nations. See, you will summon a nation you never knew, those
unknown will come hurrying to you, for the sake of the Lord your God, of the Holy One of Israel who will glorify you.
Seek the Lord while he is still to be found, call to him while he is still near. Let the wicked man abandon his way,
the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn back to the Lord who will take pity on him, to our God who is rich in forgiving; for my thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways not your ways — it is the Lord who speaks. Yes, the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts.
Yes, as the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth, making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do.
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
Truly, God is my salvation,
I trust, I shall not fear.
For the Lord is my strength, my song,
he became my saviour.
With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.
[R]
Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name!
Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples!
Declare the greatness of his name.
[R]
Sing a psalm to the Lord
for he has done glorious deeds,
make them known to all the earth!
People of Zion, sing and shout for joy
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
[R]

SECOND READING
A reading from the first letter of St John.
The Spirit and water and blood.
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ has been begotten by God; and whoever loves the Father that begot him loves the child whom he begets. We can be sure that we love God’schildren if we love God himself and do what he has commanded us;water and spirit this is what loving God is — keeping his commandments; and his commandments are not difficult, because anyone who
has been begotten by God has already overcome the world; this is the victory over the world — our faith.
Who can overcome the world? Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God Jesus Christ who came by water and blood, not with water only, but with water and blood; with the Spirit as another witness — since the Spirit is the truth — so that there are three witnesses, he Spirit, the water and the blood, and all
three of them agree. We accept the testimony of human witnesses, but God’s testimony is much greater, and this is God’s testimony, given as evidence for his Son.

This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, alleluia! John sawJesus coming towards him and said:
This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World. Alleluia!

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.
You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.
In the course of his preaching John the Baptist said, ‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’ It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. No sooner had he come up out of the water than he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.’
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 needs to the Lord, confident that
he will hear our cry.
Intercessions:
1. We pray for the Church; that it
will shine as a beacon of hope in
the world and encourage all
people to seek the Lord while he
may be found.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for peace; peace in our
world, peace in our homes,
peace in our hearts.
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for those who are
suffering hunger and thirst; may
their needs be satisfied.
Lord, hear us………
4. It is in the very nature of our
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………
5. We pray for all who have gone
before us marked with the sign
of faith; may they receive the
inheritance of the children of
God in eternal life.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
Heavenly Father, your
bounty knows no end. Hear our
petitions we make today in the
name of Jesus, your beloved Son.
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
10th January
Con Delea
Breda St Leger
Mary Leahy
Bobby Field
Peggy Manning
11th January
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Cotter
Maureen Lehane
P Harrington
Michael O’Sullivan
Lena O’Brien
17th January
Con Delea
Breda St Leger
Mary Leahy
Bobby Field
Peggy Manning
18th January
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Cotter
Maureen Lehane
P Harrington
Michael O’Sullivan
Lena O’Brien
ST. BRENDAN
11th January
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
18th January
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
10th January
Benny McGuckian
Kathleen Foley
Diarmuid O’Donovan
11th January
Antoinette Long
Mary O’Sullivan
Martina Nodwell
17th January
Linda Cullen
Sheila O’Donovan
Veronica Mulcahy
18th January
Judy Kenny
Helen Gosnell
Audrey Drinan
BLACKPOOL
10th January
Ger O’Brien
11th January
Siobhain Cotter
17th January
Ger O’Brien
18th January
Siobhain Cotter
ST. BRENDAN’S
11th January
Bill Corcoran
18th January
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
10th January
Maureen Lehane
11th January
Kevin O’Riordan
17th January
Elizabeth Barry
18th January
Veronica Byrne

OVER 60’S Re opens Tuesday 13th January 2015, 2- 4.30pm at Blackpool Community Centre.
Old and new members welcome.

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE RECENTLY
DECEASED:
Chrisse O’Connell
Noel Murphy
Geraldine Ryan

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE 1ST
ANNIVERSARY OCCURS:
Essie Quinlan
Ann Mc Carthy
Jimmy Moore

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY THOSE
RECENTLY BAPTISED:
Cael Connie O’ Driscoll
Mia Sheen Burke
Davyn Donal Walshe

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three
churches of the parish came to €2,521.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from
the three churches of the parish came to €2,040. Sincere thanks for your generous support.
Donation: €5,000.

The new beginnings that we make in our own lives may
not mark the fulfilment of anyone ’ s prophecy, but they
probably mark the fulfilment of someone ’s hope.
Sometimes we are so hesitant about making a new start
that we end up in no man’s land waiting for more
weather reports. Every new beginning is a risk, and we
undertake that risk sooner when we have people to
underwrite our change. Sometimes we change only
because we have someone who has lived out an ancient
hope that our secret self can indeed grow strong and
thrive. It’s not a coincidence that Jesus only begins his
big change when he is funded with the Father ’s love and
support through his encounter with John the Baptist.
People are reluctant to change when they see that
people are indifferent about whether they change or
not. John the Baptist gave Jesus support; we know
that because we know it was after his time with John
that Jesus changed from living as an artisan in a small
town to taking to the road in pursuit of his mission.
John is a very important figure for Jesus: he is the only
religious leader that leaves a deep impression on Jesus.
And the good news is that Jesus himself is the one who
underwrites our changes, who cares deeply that we do
change for the better. The cross stands as the eternal
proof of that.

Congratulation to Niamh Cronin and Paul Cronin
who were married in St Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane
on Wednesday 31st December 2014.
Also to Elisa Bullman and Séan McGinley who were married in St Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane on Friday 2nd January 2015

Gloria
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son. Lord God,
Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;
You take away the sins of the world receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus
Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Ame

PENITENTIAL ACT A
confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my
fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever- Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord

Apostle Creed
believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
(bow) Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from
there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.

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