Newsletter Sunday 17th May 2015

Parish Newsletter 17 May 2015 The Ascension of the Lord


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

He was lifted up while they looked on.

In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and I taught from the beginning until the day he gave his instructions to the apostles he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven. He had shown himself alive to them after his Passion by many demonstrations: for forty days he had continued to appear to them and tell them about the kingdom of God. When he had been at table with them, he had told them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for what the Father had promised. ‘It is’ he had said ‘what you have heard me speak about: John baptised with water but you, not many days from now, will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’

Now having met together, they asked him, ‘Lord, has the time come? Are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know times or dates that the Father has decided by his own authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to the ends of the earth.’ As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight. They were still staring into the sky when suddenly two men in white were standing near them and they said, ‘Why are you men from Galilee standing here looking into the sky? Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, this same Jesus will come back in the same way as you have seen him go there.’

This is the word of the Lord.


[Response]: God goes up with shouts of joy;

the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.

All peoples, clap your hands,

cry to God with shouts of joy!

For the Lord, the Most High, we must fear,

great king over all the earth. [R]

God goes up with shouts of joy;

the Lord goes up with trumpet blast. Sing praise for God, sing praise,

sing praise to our king, sing praise. [R]

God is king of all the earth.

Sing praise with all your skill.

God is king over the nations;

God reigns on his holy throne. [R]


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians.

Fully mature with the fullness of Christ.

I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one

another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve

the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as

you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called. There is one Lord, one faith,

one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, over all, through all and within all.

Each one of us, however, has been given his own share of grace, given as Christ allotted it. It was

said that he would: When he ascended to the height, he captured prisoners, he gave gifts to men.

When it says, ‘he ascended’, what can it mean if not that he descended right down to the lower

regions of the earth? The one who rose higher than all the heavens to fill all things is none other

than the one who descended. And to some, his gift was that they should be apostles; to some,

prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; so that the saints together make a

unity in the work of service, building up the body of Christ. In this way we are all to come to unity

in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God, until we become the perfect Man, fully mature

with the fullness of Christ


This is the word of the Lord.


Alleluia, alleluia!

Go, make disciples of all the nations;

I am with you always; yes, to the end of time. Alleluia!


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.

He was taken up into heaven: there at the right hand of God he took his place.

Jesus showed himself to the Eleven, and said to them, ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the

Good News to all creation. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; he who does not believe

will be condemned. These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will

cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and be

unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover.’

And so the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven: there at the right

hand of God he took his place, while they, going out, preached everywhere, the Lord working with

them and confirming the word by the signs that accompanied it.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €2,281.

Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Last weeks’ Pastoral Development Office collection from the three churches of the parish

came to €1,750.

Sincere thanks for your generous support. | http://www.blackpoolparish.comSubmissions for Newsletter: To be in by 10am on Wednesdays

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: 1st Communions:

Gaelscoil Pheig Sayers:

23rd May 2015


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

PRIEST ON DUTY: Parish Mobile: 086 8527997


Celebrant’s Introduction: We pray for our

needs, the needs of the Church and the

needs of the world.


  1. We pray for all who spread the gospel;

that they may witness to Christ to the

ends of the earth.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for the Pope, for our bishops

and all in a role of leadership in the

Church; may they be inspired by the

power of the Holy Spirit and bear

witness to God.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for all who are sick;

especially those who are terminally ill;

may they experience healing and


Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for our dead; may they be

raised to enjoy eternal life in the

kingdom of God.

Lord, hear us………

Celebrant: Heavenly Father, hear our

prayers, spoken and unspoken and grant

us what we need today. We make these

and all our prayers 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.


16th May

Breda St Leger

Bobby Field

Lena O’Brien

Mary Ring

Peggy Manning

17th May

John O’Connor

Shirley Whelan

Eileen Harte

Donal Ring

Jerry Manning

23rd May

Breda St Leger

Bobby Field

Lena O’Brien

Mary Ring

Peggy Manning

24th May

John O’Connor

Shirley Whelehan

Eileen Harte

Donal Ring

Jerry Manning


17th May

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

24th May

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran


16th May

Linda Cullen

Sheila O’Donovan

Veronica Mulcahy

17th May

Judy Kenny

Helen Gosnell

Audrey Drinan

23rd May

Catherine Feehely

Breda Healy

Benny McGuckian

24th May

Antoinette Long

Mary O’Sullivan

Martina Nodwell


16th May

Audrey Lettice

17th May

Eileen Jones

23rd May

Audrey Lettice

24th May

Eileen Jones


17th May

Bill Corcoran

24th May

Bill Corcoran


16th May

Maureen Lehane

17th May

Kevin O’Riordan

23rd May

Elizabeth Barry

24th May

Veronica Byrne



Kathleen Dempsey

Sean O’Riordan



Hannah Murphy

Hugh Hurley

Congratulations to the Girls and Boys of Scoil Oilibhéir school, who made their 1st Holy Communion on Saturday 16th May in St. Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane.

Rang Iníon Uí Dhiolúin

Ceiteach Ó Mairtín

Weronika Derdowska

Stiofán Mac Oitir

Maximus Costa Gunes

Aoibhe Ní Chinnaolaidh

Evan Ó Céilleachair

Hayley Ní Chadhla

Beircheart Ó Conaill

Pádraig Mac Cárthaigh

Ciara Ní Aonghusa

Robyn Ní Lordáin

Sorcha Ní Dhrisceoil

Amy Ní Arrachtáin

Jessica Ní Dhonnabháin

Jodie Ní Laoire

Lewis Ó Céilleachair

Eimile Ní Chonaill

Evan Ó Labhraí

Maria Campinho

Kelly Ní Dhonnabháin

Scott Ó Cinnaolaidh

Gobhnait Ní Chinnaolaidh

Eilís Nic Cárthaigh

Leah Ní Fháilbe

Rang Iníon Uí Iarlaithe

Tristin Breathnach

Jade Ní Nuanáin

Caoimhín Mac Oitir

Cáit Ní Mhúireagáin

Ciarán Ó Caoimh

Jodie Ní Dhubhshláine

Megan Creber

Tara Bevan

Sophie Nic Ghabhann

Dean Ó Dubhshláine

Seán Pól Ó Muirí

Leon Ó hEidhin-Ó Crualaíoch

Juliet Ní Argáin

Cathal Ó Bruadair

Lydia Ní Scanláin

Scott Mac Úistín

Teagan Ní Fhloinn

Andrea Bersabal

Parisa Assah

Máirín Ní Dhúgáin

Sophie Ní Airtnéada

Nadine Ní Shuilleabháin

Erin Ní Chonaill

Rang Iníon Uí Laighin

Jodie Ní Bhuachalla

Diarmuid Ó Leathlobhair

Lusaí Ní Cheallacháin

Aimee Ní Dhonnabháin

Hubert Sawicki

Daithí Ó Mathúna

Conchúir Ó’ Neill Dúnaigh

Sorcha Duncliffe Ní Mhathúna

Ava Ní Fháilbe

Ailís Nic Chártaigh

Pádraig Ó Dubhshlánaigh

Nicole Nic Chárthaigh

Aaron Ó Clúmháin

Eoin Ó Súilleabháin

Scott Ó Móra

Derec Ó Cófaigh

Caoimhe Ní Laoire

Ciarán Caomhánach Ó


Eoghan Ó Maolcatha

Gráinne Ní Éigeartaigh

Seán Ó hÓráin

Sorcha Ní Shúilleabháin

Darragh Ó Bric

Kelsy Stóc Ní Chondúin

The Annual Remembrance Mass for our Departed Faithful will be held at St Catherine’s Cemetery, Kilcully on Wednesday 27th May 2015 at 7.30pm.



A Coffee / tea morning will be held on Saturday May 23rd 9.30am to 1.30pm in Glen Rovers

Club Lounge to help raise funds for Cancer Research in association with the 96/103fm Giving

for Living Radiothon.

Our Community and neighbours / parents / relatives / players, male and female, young and

old, are asked to come along and support the event and have a cuppa and a biscuit and give

a few euro for a very worthy cause which has touched a lot of people in our parish and

community. Please help us play our part and give a little.


In memory of Ger Manning. Blackpool Youth Club will be teaming up with the Bridge

Inn on Sunday May 24th at 12pm to raise money for the 96fmʼs Giving for Living

Radiothon. This event in memory of Ger Manning, will be held in the Bridge Inn and

all proceeds go to Cancer Services in Cork City. All welcome, please support.

Further enquiries 085 740 7407.


THANK YOU Fr Charles Kiely wishes to sincerely thank you for

your generosity in contributing to the annual collection for the

Pastoral Development Office in our Diocese. Along with this word

of acknowledgement I would also like to thank sincerely those who

attended and took part in our recent Evening of Prayer for Vocations

in this Year of Consecrated Life where over 600 people gathered.

We look forward to meeting many of you over the coming year for

training and events.


The Diary for the booking of Masses for the months of July, August

and September will be available in the three churches on

Sunday 31st May 2015.

The Deep End • And the Lord worked with them…

The fear experienced by the women and the disciples at the

end of the Gospel of Mark shows us that even when we have

profound spiritual experiences, fear can often force us into

silence. The account of the ascension in Mark which we

read today urges us not to be afraid but to go out. The

Gospel of Mark is a Gospel for hard times, for those who are

struggling. This ending aims to empower us and give us

courage even when the world around us tells us otherwise.

It urges us to ‘Go’ and tell.

The disciples ‘went out’; bringing ‘good news’ everywhere.

We too are called to be Easter People because we live with

an assurance that pain, death and grief will not have the last

word and we dare to shine the light of hope and wholeness

into the empty tomb. Where have you encountered Easter

People in your own life? This is the challenge of the Gospel

today. To bring Christ’s love and assurance to all we meet.

‘God has given us the power to create beauty, to make

another smile, to be a healing presence in someone’s sorrow,

to bring justice to the oppressed, to console those in

difficulty, to bring peace and joy to others, to help those in

need, to laugh and enjoy life, to do good and turn from evil,

to forgive those who have hurt us, and, most of all, to love.’

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