Parish Newsletter February 22 2015

First Sunday of Lent
A reading from the book of Genesis.
Here is the sign of the Covenant I make between myself and Noah. God spoke to Noah and his sons, ‘See, I establish my Covenant with you, and with your
descendants after you; also with every living creature to be found with you, birds, cattle and every wild beast with you: everything that came out of the ark, everything that lives on the earth. I establish my Covenant with you: no thing of flesh shall be swept away again by the waters of
the flood. There shall be no flood to destroy the earth again.’ God said, ‘Here is the sign of the Covenant I make between myself and you and every living
creature with you for all generations: I set my bow in the clouds and it shall be a sign of the Covenant between me and the earth. When I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the Covenant between myself and you and every living creature of
every kind. And so the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all things of flesh.’
This is the word of the Lord.

[Response]: Your ways, Lord, are faithfulness and love
for those who keep your covenant.
Lord, make me know your ways.
Lord, teach me your paths.
Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:
for you are God my saviour.
Remember your mercy, Lord,
and the love you have shown from of old.
In your love remember me,
because of your goodness, O Lord.
The Lord is good and upright.
He shows the path to those who stray,
he guides the humble in the right path;
he teaches his way to the poor.

A reading from the first letter of St Peter.
That water is a type of the baptism which saves you now.
Christ himself, innocent though he was, died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to
life, and, in the spirit, he went to preach to the spirits in prison. Now it was long ago, when Noah was still building that ark which saved only a small group of
eight people ‘by water’, and when God was still waiting patiently, that these spirits refused to believe.
That water is a type of the baptism which saves you now, and which is not the washing off of physical dirt but a pledge made to God from a good conscience,
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has entered heaven and is at God’s right hand, now that he has made the angels of the Dominations and Powers his subjects.
This is the word of the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!
Man does not live on bread alone
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.
Jesus was tempted by Satan and the angels looked after him. The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels
looked after him. After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God isclose at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord

Facing Lent
Few of us associate the time of Lenten
discipline with Good News, particularly if
that means facing the adversary within and
around us. At the beginning of Lent the
Church always takes us into the wilderness
with Jesus, to face the power that is opposed
to the Gospel. The Good News is that we do
this with Jesus and in the company of his
None of us should have to face the
wilderness alone; none of us should be
thrown back on our resources. We are all
tempted; we all fail; we all sin. Sometimes
we might wonder if there is an exit from the
wilderness. All of us need to hear like Jesus
the voice of the Father that recognizes us as
his beloved children. When we hear that
voice the call to repent is the call to stay in
the company of the one who loves us. The
Gospel challenges us to change our minds
about the way we think, change our hearts
about the Gospel we ignore, and change our
ways about habits of sin.
This is a lifetime’s task. Jesus did not
overcome Satan in the wilderness, he
achieved that only in his death. Lent
reminds us of our need to begin again
facing the enemy within us. And the Good
News is that when we do that we take the
road that leads us to the kingdom of God.

Submissions for Newsletter: To be in by 10am on Wednesdays. You may email to by same deadline.

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

Celebrant’s Introduction:
When we call to the Lord, he will answer. With confidencewe present our petitions before the Lord.
1. We pray for the Church; may it lead all
people to God.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for all who are taking part in
RCIA programmes at this time; may
they grow in love of God and of
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for every child and especially
those who live in their mother’s
womb, that they will continue to grow
in the image and likeness of the God
who made them.
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for those who are sick; may
they receive comfort and healing.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray for those who have gone
before us, marked with the sign of
faith; may they be raised to new life in
the spirit.
Lord, hear us………
Father in heaven, you sent
Christ, your Son to lead us on the road to
repentance. Grant our needs this day,
which we make through the same Jesus
Christ, 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.
21st February
Bobby Field
Joan Morrison
Rita Kiely
E McSweeney
Mary Ring
22nd February
Michael O’Sullivan
John O’Connor
Con Delea
P Harrington
Lena O’Brien
Eileen Cotter
28th February
Mary Ring
Bobby Field
Breda St Leger
Peggy Manning
Joan Morrison
1st March
Jerry Manning
John O’Connor
Con Delea
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Harte
Michael O’Sullivan
22nd February
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
1st March
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
21st February
Benny McGuckian
Kathleen Foley
Diarmuid O’Donavan
22nd February
Judy Kenny
Helen Gosnell
Audrey Drinan
28th February
Linda Cullen
Sheila O’Donovan
Veronica Mulcahy
1st March
Antoinette Long
Mary O’Sullivan
Martina Nodwell
21st February
Ger O’Brien
22nd February
Eileen Jones
28th February
Audrey Lettice
1st March
Eoin Lettice
22nd February
Bill Corcoran
1st March
Bill Corcoran
21st February
Elizabeth Barry
22nd February
Ellen McCarthy
28th February
Mary Martin
1st March
Kevin O’Riordan

Joe O’Mahony
Eugene O’Neill
Rita Walsh

Emily Marguerite Halpin-Hurley
Annabella Mc Carthy
Mia Marie Fitzgerald-Crowley
David Gabriel William O’Flynn

Blackpool / The Glen / Ballyvolane Parish
Cork and Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes
June 11th – 16th 2015 A raffle will take place in each of the three churches of the parish on Sunday 22nd February. Tickets will be sold this weekend
21st /22nd February in the three churches after all masses. Hampers are on display in each church. Tickets cost €2 per strip or €5 for 3 strips.
Proceeds go to the funding of sending two Youth Helpers as part of the Youth Section on the Cork and Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three
churches of the parish came to €2,243.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

will present a talk givenby Mark Cronin Author of
Blackpool to the Front. The talk will be on Cork and the Navel War of World War One.
Venue:Blackpool Community Centre at 7.30pm.
All welcome.

If some family would like to host the Spring
Station Mass for the Killeens, Kilcully &
Ballincrokig/Dublin Pike 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.

The MASS DIARY or the Months of April, May
and June will be available in the three Churches
on Sunday8th March 2015.

are available in the three churches of the parish and will be distributed throughout the parish in the coming weeks.

His Excellency, The Most Rev Charles J. Brown, Papal Nuncio to Ireland, will be in Cork to deliver a Talk on The Christian Vocation as part of the St. Columba’s Church Bi-centenary Talk Series.
Venue, Date & Time: St. Columba’s Church,
Douglas, Thursday 26th February 8pm.
All Welcome

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