Parish Newsletter

Parish Newsletter

11 October 2015

Twenty-Eight Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING

A reading from the book of Wisdom.

Compared with Wisdom, I held riches as nothing. I prayed, and understanding was given me; I entreated, and the spirit of Wisdom came to me. I esteemed her more than sceptres and thrones; compared with her, I held riches as nothing. I reckoned no priceless stone to be her peer, for compared with her, all gold is a pinch of sand, and beside her silver ranks as mud. I loved her more than health or beauty, preferred her to the light, since her radiance never sleeps. In her company all good things came to me, at her hands riches not to be numbered.

This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: Fill us with your love that we may rejoice. Make us know the shortness of our life Show forth your work to your servants; that we may gain wisdom of heart. let your glory shine on their children. Lord, relent! Is your anger for ever? Let the favour of the Lord be upon us: Show pity to your servants. [R] give success to the work of our hands. [R] In the morning, fill us with your love; we shall exult and rejoice all our days. Give us joy to balance our affliction for the years when we knew misfortune. [R]

SECOND READING

A reading from the letter to the Hebrews.

The word of God can judge the secret emotions and thoughts. The word of God is something alive and active: it cuts like any double-edged sword but more finely: it can slip through the place where the souJ is divided from the spirit, or joints from the marrow; it can judge the secret emotions and thoughts. No created thing can hide from him; everything is uncovered and open to the eyes of the one to whom we must give account of ourselves.

This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia!

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children.

Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.

Go and sell everything you own and follow me. Jesus was setting out on a journey when a man ran up, knelt before him and put this question to him, ‘Good master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You must not kill; You must not commit adultery; You must not steal; You must not bring false witness; You must not defraud; Honour your father and mother.’ And he said to him, ‘Master, I have kept all these from my earliest days.’ Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him, and he said, ‘There is one thing you lack. Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ But his face fell at these words and he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth. Jesus looked round and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!’ The disciples were astounded by these words, but Jesus insisted, ‘My children,’ he said to them, ‘how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were more astonished than ever. ‘In that case’ they said to one another ‘who can be saved?’ Jesus gazed at them. ‘For men’ he said ‘it is impossible, but not for God: because everything is possible for God.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:

Eva Grace Donohoe

Archie Christopher

O’Callaghan

Michael Jeremiah

Newman

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the

three churches of the parish came to €2,233. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Restoration Update

Plaque: €200

Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from the

three churches of the parish came to €2,000.

Sincere thanks for your generous support.

PRAYERS OF THE

Faithful Ministers of the Word Ministers of the Eucharist

BLACKPOOL

10th October

Joan Morrison

Eileen McSweeney

Rita Kiely

Bobby Field

Mary Leahy

11th October

Eileen Cotter

Maureen Lehane

Con Delea

Lena O’Brien

Patricia Harrington

Edward Howell

17th October

Joan Morrison

Eileen McSweeney

Rita Kiely

Bobby Field

Mary Leahy

18th October

Eileen Cotter

Maureen Lehane

Con Delea

Lena O’Brien

Patricia Harrington

Edward Howell

  1. BRENDAN

11th October

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

18th October

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

  1. OLIVER’S

10th October

Catherine Feehely

Breda Healy

Benny McGuckian

11th October

Judy Kenny

Helen Gosnell

Audrey Drinan

17th October

Kathleen Foley

Diarmuid O’Donovan

Linda Cullen

18th October

Antoinette Long

Mary O’Sullivan

Martina Nodwell

BLACKPOOL

10th October

Ger O’Brien

11th October

Eoin Lettice

17th October

Ger O’Brien

18th October

Eoin Lettice

  1. BRENDAN’S

11th October

Bill Corcoran

18th October

Bill Corcoran

  1. OLIVER’S

10th October

Elizabeth Barry

11th October

Ellen Falvey

17th October

Mary Martin

18th October

Ellen McCarthy

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BLESSING OF THE GRAVES Rathcooney Cemetery Sunday November 1st at 3pm

St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Kilcully Sunday November 8th at 3pm.

The NOVEMBER NOVENA OF MASSES

for the Holy Souls begins on ll Souls Day 2nd November to 10th November.

REMEMBRANCE MASSES BLACKPOOL:

Saturday 7th at 7.30pm.

There will still be a 6pm

Vigil Mass on that evening.

  1. OLIVER’S:

Saturday 7th at 6pm.

  1. BRENDAN’S:

Sunday 8th at 10am.

ST JOSEPHS YOUNG PRIEST SOCIETY

Monthly meeting next Thursday night at 8pm in Blackpool Community Centre. New members welcome.

TRIP TO MEDJUGORJE/DUBROVNIK SEPTEMBER 2016. Cost and Dates to be

confirmed. For more information contact Breda Barry 086-4083742.

KILLEENS STATION MASS will be held in the home of Michael and Catherine Casey on Friday 16th October 2015 at 8pm.

KILCULLY PIKE STATION MASS AREAS: If some family would like to host the

Autumn Station Mass for the Kilcully area, 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.

Best of Luck to the Glen in today’s County Final Venue: Pairc Ui Rinn Time: 3:15pm The parish congratulates the selectors and the panel of players on what they have achieved so far this year and wish them the very best today.

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Parish Newsletter

04 October 2015

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING

A reading from the book of Genesis.

They become one body.

The Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helpmate.’ So from the soil the Lord fashioned all the wild beasts and all the birds of heaven. These he brought to the man to see what he would call them; each one was to bear the name the man would give it. The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of heaven and all the wild beasts. But no helpmate suitable for man was found for him. So the Lord God made the man fall into a deep sleep. And while he slept, he took one of his ribs and enclosed it in flesh. The Lord God built the rib he had taken from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man. The man exclaimed: ‘This at last is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh! This is to be called woman, for this was taken from man.’ This is why a man leaves his father and mother and joins himself to his wife, and they become one body.

This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: May the Lord bless us all the days of our life. O blessed are those who fear the Lord Indeed thus shall be blessed and walk in his ways! the man who fears the Lord. by the labour of your hands you shall eat. May the Lord bless you from Zion You will be happy and prosper. [R] in a happy Jerusalem all the days of your life! Your wife will be like a fruitful vine May you see your children’s children. in the heart of your house; On Israel, peace! [R]

your children like shoots of the olive, around your table. [R]

SECOND READING

A reading from the letter to the Hebrews.

he one who sanctifies, and the ones who are sanctified, are of the same stock. We see in Jesus one who was for a short while made lower than the angels and is now crowned with glory and splendour because he submitted to death; by God’s grace he had to experience death for all mankind. As it was his purpose to bring a great many of his sons into glory, it was appropriate that God, for whom everything exists and through whom everything exists, should make perfect, through suffering, the leader who would take them to their salvation. For the one who sanctifies, and the ones who are sanctified, are of the same stock that is why he openly calls them brothers.

This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia!

Your word is truth, O Lord, consecrate us in the truth.

Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.

What God has united, man must not divide. Some Pharisees approached Jesus and asked, ‘Is it against the law for a man to divorce his wife?’ They were testing him. He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’ ‘Moses allowed us’ they said ‘to draw up a writ of dismissal and so to divorce.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘It was because you were so unteachable that he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. This is why a man must leave father and mother, and the two become one body. They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide.’ Back in the house the disciples questioned him again about this, and he said to them, ‘The man who divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another she is guilty of adultery too.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Kathleen, a much-loved grandmother, collapsed at home one Saturday morning and was rushed to hospital. Early signs pointed towards a stroke. The doctors talked about the next twenty-four hours being critical; it seemed like Kathleen might not even survive. The priest was called and Kathleen received the anointing of the sick. Doctors were talking about brain damage and whether interventions might be possible. Suddenly the family was faced with big questions. What would Kathleen have wanted and how could the Church help guide any decisions? How do we accept death when it comes and cherish life while we can? There have been remarkable medical and technological advances so that the chronically ill can receive lifesaving treatments. We can be truly thankful for such advances. And yet at some time or other we will all die. These same advances have led to more complex decision-making about appropriate treatment for those who are gravely ill. At the end of life, there are two thoughts that can help guide us all. The first is that we love life. Every person is loved by God and every life is a precious gift never to be destroyed or neglected. It is wrong to hasten or bring about death. God will call us in his own good time. The second is that we accept death. This means there is no obligation to pursue medical treatment when it no longer serves its purpose – that is when treatment is having no effector indeed harming the patient. We need to prepare to face life threatening crises. Ideally these difficult and important decisions need to be faced with others – our spouse, our siblings, our extended family members. The family, after all, should be the privileged place where mutual support and understanding occurs. Sometimes difficult decisions need to be made and the views of family and experts should be taken into account. In such situations these two basic questions can guide our decisions:

  • is this decision loving life?
  • is this decision accepting the

inevitability of death?

Depending on the situation we should seek ways to answer yes to both, as life itself is a gift from God, and death but the gateway to new life with him. DAY FOR LIFE PRAYER O blessed Joseph, who breathed your last in the arms of Jesus and Mary, obtain for me this grace: that I may breathe forth my soul in praise, saying in spirit, if I am unable to do so in words: “Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give Thee my heart and my soul.” Amen.

Congratulations to Kelly Higgins & Michael Murphy on the occasion of their Marriage in St Brendan’s Church, the Glen on Saturday 26th September 2015.

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

Restoration total for the month of September amount to €10,515. Remaining balance to be raised: €83,335

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

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €2,254. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Last weeks’ Education of Students to the Priesthood Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €2,048. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

ALPHA Presentation Brothers Youth Ministry Office are running a 10 week Alpha course starting October 8th from 7-9.15pm. It is being held in Presentation Brothers Youth Ministry Centre, Mardyke House, Cork. The course is free of charge and all are welcome to attend. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. For more information contact Silvia-Maria Crowley by phone: 085 8588338 or email: youth@presentationbrothers.org

THE NOVEMBER NOVENA ENVELOPES

for our faithful departed are available in the churches this weekend.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Glen Rovers on reaching this yearʼs Cork County Hurling Final.

CONGRATULATIONS to Cork Ladies on winning yet another football title.

ROTA FOR MINISTERS OF THE WORD & EUCHARIST

If you are unable to attend your allotted ministry please contact another minister to cover for you.

Faithful Ministers of the Word Ministers of the Eucharist

BLACKPOOL

3rd October

Joan Morrison

Eileen McSweeney

Rita Kiely

Bobby Field

Mary Leahy

4th October

Eileen Cotter

Maureen Lehane

Con Delea

Lena O’Brien

Patricia Harrington

Edward Howell

10th October

Joan Morrison

Eileen McSweeney

Rita Kiely

Bobby Field

Mary Leahy

11th October

Eileen Cotter

Maureen Lehane

Con Delea

Lena O’Brien

Patricia Harrington

Edward Howell

  1. BRENDAN

4th October

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

11th October

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

  1. OLIVER’S

3rd October

Linda Cullen

Sheila O’Donovan

Veronica Mulcahy

4th October

Antoinette Long

Mary O’Sullivan

Martina Nodwell

10th October

Catherine Feehely

Breda Healy

Benny McGuckian

11th October

Judy Kenny

Helen Gosnell

Audrey Drinan

BLACKPOOL

3rd October

Audrey Lettice

4th October

Eoin Lettice

10th October

Audrey Lettice

11th October

Eoin Lettice

  1. BRENDAN’S

4th October

Bill Corcoran

11th October

Bill Corcoran

  1. OLIVER’S

3rd October

Maureen Lehane

4th October

Veronica Byrne

10th October

Elizabeth Barry

11th October

Ellen Falvey

Day for Life 2015 pastoral message:

‘Cherishing Life, Accepting Death’

‘How great a lie… to make people think that lives affected by grave illness are not worth living!’ – Pope Francis

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

Finbarr Hennessy

Congratulations to Kelly Higgins & Michael Murphy on the occasion of their Marriage in St Brendan’s Church, the Glen on Saturday 26th September 2015.

CORK CHILDCARE CENTRE UP FOR

Prestigious Award N.C.E Ltd Little Hands Childcare and Early Education Centre have qualified as a Finalist in the Best Community Creche category under the Boots Infant and Maternity Awards 2015. These awards were established to provide parents with the opportunity to say “thanks” to the special people who’ve made parenting that little bit easier.

Little Hands Childcare and Education Centre are the only finalist from Cork in the

BEST COMMUNITY CRECHE SECTION FOR 2015. Voting for Little Hands Childcare Centre could not be easier. Simply visit: awards.maternityandinfant.ie and vote through your Facebook or Twitter account. For more information on Little Hands Childcare and Early Education Centre, contact Ursula Hegarty: 021 4228131. For more information on the Boots Infant and Maternity Awards visit awards.maternityandinfant.ie

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Parish Newsletter

27 September 2015

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING

A reading from the book of Numbers.

Are you jealous on my account? If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets. The Lord came down in the Cloud. He spoke with Moses, but took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on these seventy elders. When the spirit came on them they prophesied, but not again. Two men had stayed back in the camp; one was called Eldad and the other Medad. The spirit came down on them; though they had not gone to the Tent, their names were enrolled among the rest. These began to prophesy in the camp. The young man ran to tell this to Moses, ‘Look,’ he said ‘Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.’ Then said Joshua the son of Nun, who had served Moses from his youth, ‘My Lord Moses, stop them!’ Moses answered him, ‘Are you jealous on my account? If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets, and the Lord gave his Spirit to them all!’

This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: The precepts of the Lord gladden the heart. The law of the Lord is perfect, So in them your servant finds instruction; it revives the soul. great reward is in their keeping. The rule of the Lord is to be trusted, But who can detect all his errors? it gives wisdom to the simple. From hidden faults acquit me. The fear of the Lord is holy, From presumption restrain your servant abiding for ever. and let it not rule me. The decrees of the Lord are truth Then shall I be blameless,

and all of them just. clean from grave sin. [R]

SECOND READING

A reading from the letter of St James.

Your wealth is all rotting.

An answer for the rich. Start crying, weep for the miseries that are coming to you. Your wealth is all rotting, your clothes are all eaten up by moths. All your gold and your silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion will be your own sentence, and eat into your body. It was a burning fire that you stored up as your treasure for the last days. Labourers mowed your fields, and you cheated them – listen to the wages that you kept back, calling out; realise that the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. On earth you have had a life of comfort and luxury; in the time of slaughter you went on eating to your heart’s content. It was you who condemned the innocent and killed them; they offered you no resistance.

This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia!

Your word is truth, O Lord, consecrate us in the truth.

Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.

Anyone who is not against us is for us. If your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off. John said to Jesus, ‘Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your  name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him.’ But Jesus said, ‘You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me. Anyone  who is not against us is for us. ‘If anyone gives you a cup of water to drink just because you belong to Christ, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward. ‘But anyone who is an obstacle to bring down one of these little ones who have faith, would be better thrown into the sea with a great millstone round his neck. And if your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life crippled, than to have two hands and go to hell, into the fire that cannot be put out. And if your foot should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life lame, than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye should cause you to sin, tear it out; it is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell where their worm does not die nor their fire go out.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:

Joey McCormack

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

Margaret Kenny

Christina Manning

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE RECENTLY DECEASED:

Paul O’Sullivan

Mary O’Keeffe

Francis Fogarty

Mary Devereux

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €2,528. Sincere thanks for your generous support. The second collection this weekend is for the Education of Students to the Priesthood.

BLACKPOOL OVER 60’S CLUB

Next meeting Tuesday 29th September 2015 2-4.30pm.

Old and new members welcome.

DEVOTIONS IN HONOUR OF THE DIVINE MERCY

On Friday next October 2nd (first Friday). Devotions in honour of the Divine Mercy will take place at the North Cathedral commencing with recitation of the holy rosary at 7.30pm followed by celebration of Mass at 8pm. The devotions will also include Benediction and the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

BLACKPOOL HISTORICAL SOCIETY is hosting a talk on RMS Lusitania given by Ger Harvey at the Blackpool Community Centre on Tuesday 29th September at 7.30pm. Entry: €3. All welcome.

ST PATRICK’S COLLEGE OPEN NIGHT

Tuesday 29th September – 7pm – 9pm Venue: St Patrickʼs College, Gardinerʼs Hill,

Cork. Principal’s address at 7.15pm Prospective students and parents welcome.

Please see http://www.stpatrickscork.org for more info.

OPENING EVENING – ST VINCENT’S SECONDARY SCHOOL.

Date: Monday 28th September 2015 Time: 5pm – 7pm

Venue: St. Vincent’s Secondary School, St Mary’s Road (near North Cathedral), Cork.

The meeting for all MINISTERS OF THE WORD, MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST AND MINISTERS OF THE LITURGY in Blackpool Community Centre on Monday 28th September 2015 at 7pm has been CANCELLED. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

KILLEENS STATION MASS will be held in the home of Michael and Catherine Casey on Friday 16th October 2015 at 8pm.

KILCULLY & BALLINCROKIG/DUBLIN PIKE STATION MASS AREAS:

If some family would like to host the Autumn  Station Mass for the Kilcully & Ballincrokig/Dublin Pike areas, would they please contact either Fr. John OʼDonovan or Fr Damian OʼMahony, as soon as possible. Telephone numbers are listed on this newsletter.

Ministers  of the Word Ministers of the Eucharist


 BLACKPOOL

26th September

Breda St Leger

Bobby Field

Mary Ring

Lena O’Brien

Peggy Manning

27th September

John O’Connor

Shirley Whelehan

Eileen Harte

Jerry Manning

Donal Ring

3rd October

Joan Morrison

Eileen McSweeney

Rita Kiely

Bobby Field

Mary Leahy

4th October

Eileen Cotter

Maureen Lehane

Con Delea

Lena O’Brien

Patricia Harrington

Edward Howell

 

  1. BRENDAN

20th September

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

4th October

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

  1. OLIVER’S

26th September

Benny McGuckian

Kathleen Foley

Diarmuid O’Donovan

27th September

Judy Kenny

Helen Gosnell

Audrey Drinan

3rd October

Linda Cullen

Sheila O’Donovan

Veronica Mulcahy

4th October

Antoinette Long

Mary O’Sullivan

BLACKPOOL

26th September

Audrey Lettice

27th September

Eoin Lettice

3rd October

Audrey Lettice

4th October

Eoin Lettice

  1. BRENDAN’S

27th September

Bill Corcoran

4th October

Bill Corcoran

  1. OLIVER’S

26th September

Ann O’Donovan

27th September

Kevin O’Riordan

26th September

Maureen Lehane

4th October

Veronica Byrne

Martina Nodwell

GOLF CLASSIC 2015 Restoration Project

BLACKPOOL / THE GLEN / BALLYVOLANE in Cork Golf Club on FRIDAY 9TH OCTOBER €500 per team incl. meal Teams of 3 • Shot gun start Please contact Fr. John O’Donovan or Fr. Damian O’Mahony for further information.

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. Amen.

PENITENTIAL ACT

I 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 our God.

APOSTLES’ CREED

I 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. Amen.

Congratulations to Delanys on their win of the Junior A Football Championship at Ballinlough last Sunday.

Last week’s Restoration Fund Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €1,990. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Donation: €5,000

RIVALRY IN MINISTRY

In today’s gospel the disciples of Jesus refuse to recognise the authority of an exorcist who doesn’t belong to their company. John appeals to Jesus: “Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him.” The exorcist has successful in his ministry, and that success clearly worries the disciples. Earlier in the chapter Mark has told us of a man who appealed to Jesus’ disciples to free his son from a spirit of dumbness. This anxious father told Jesus: “I asked your disciples to cast it out and they were unable to.” The disciples, who have been noted as unsuccessful exorcists, now see an outsider successfully exorcising in Jesus’ name. They don’t want this man to function as an exorcist, so they hope Jesus will refuse to recognise him. If this happens the man’s whole identity will be suspect. The disciples are obviously threatened by the outsider’s success. Are they apprehensive about being displaced? Are they fearful of being supplanted? Do they see ministry in terms of rivalry? Seeing a man’s success, the disciples seem to feel diminished, reduced, lessened as disciples. It’s as if their own selfesteem will be reinforced if the outsider is rejected. But Jesus refuses to do this. Instead, he invites his fragile company to a larger vision of God’s goodness; he commands his followers to leave the outsider in peace: “Anyone who is not against us is for us.” Thus Jesus recognises and confirms the exorcist in his identity, and tells his followers that all who welcome them because they belong to Christ will not lose their reward

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Parish Newsletter

20 September 2015

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING

A reading from the book of Wisdom. Let us condemn him to a shameful death. The godless say to themselves, ‘Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man, since he annoys us and opposes our way of life, reproaches us for our breaches of the law and accuses us of laying false to our Upbringing. let us see if what he says is true, let us observe what kind of end he himself will have. If the virtuous man is God’s son, God will take his part and rescue him from the clutches of his enemies. Let us test him with cruelty and with torture, and thus explore this gentleness of his and put his endurance to the proof. Let us condemn him to a shameful death since he will be looked after – we have his word for it.’

This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: The Lord upholds my life.

O God, save me by your name; by your power, uphold my cause.

O God, hear my prayer;

listen to the words of my mouth. [R]

For proud men have risen against me, ruthless men seek my life.

They have no regard for God. [R]

But I have God for my help. The Lord upholds my life.

I will sacrifice to you with willing heart

and praise your name for it is good. [R]

Second Reading

from the letter of St James.

Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness. Wherever you find jealousy and ambition, you find disharmony, and wicked things of every kind being done; whereas the wisdom that comes down from above is essentially something pure; it also makes for peace, and is kindly and considerate; it is full of compassion and shows itself by doing good; nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it. Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness. Where do these wars and battles between yourselves first start? Isn’t it precisely in the desires fighting inside your own selves? You want something and you haven’t got it; so you are prepared to kill. You have an ambition that you cannot satisfy; so you fight to get your way by force. Why you don’t have what you want is because you don’t pray for it; when you do pray and don’t get it, it is because you have not prayed properly, you have prayed for something to indulge your own desires.

This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia!

I am the light of the world, says the Lord, anyone who follows me will have the light of life.

Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark. The Son of Man will be delivered. If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all. After leaving the mountain Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, ‘The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men; they will put him to death; and three days after he has been put to death he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him. They came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY THOSE RECENTLY

BAPTISED:

Jonah Barry Grela

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE RECENTLY DECEASED:

John Crowley

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €2,126. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

KILLEENS, KILCULLY & BALLINCROKIG/DUBLIN PIKE STATION MASS AREAS: If some family would like to host the Autumn Station Mass for the Killeens, Kilcully & Ballincrokig/Dublin Pike areas, would they please contact either Fr. John OʼDonovan or Fr Damian OʼMahony, as soon as possible. Telephone numbers are listed on this newsletter.

THE SMA NATIONAL NOVENA in honour of St Therese will begin on Wednesday 23rd September at the African Missions Church, Blackrock Rd Cork, and will end on the Feast of St Therese, the 1st October 2015. The Novena will be celebrated each evening at 7.30pm (except Sat 26th September @ 7pm). There will be a guest choir each evening of The Novena. For further information please contact: SMA Blackrock Rd at 021-4292871.

SMA Wilton at 021-4541069.

SONGS OF FAITH 2015: A PROJECT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE A music project of one band, two choirs, three workshops, and sixteen liturgical songs – culminating in one concert. An opportunity for teenagers (13-18) and young adults (18-35) who love to sing and play music – we are seeking singers and musicians to join us in singing our Songs of Faith 2015. An opportunity to work with professional composers, musicians and conductor. Workshops on Sunday 18th October, Sunday 8th November 2:30pm to 5:30pm followed by third workshop and concert on Sunday 22nd November – all at Our Lady Crowned Church in Mayfield. Enrolment forms for under 18ʼs from Sr Karen at the Pastoral Development Office, if you are 18-35 and want to get involved in singing (choir and/or soloist) or join the band contact Sr Karen to put in your name – telephone pastoral Development Office 021 4537601. The meeting for anyone interested in knowing more about the Songs of Faith 2015 project the meeting as advised at the Pastoral Development Office on Thursday 24th September will take place at 8:00pm.

AUTUMN CLASSES AT BLACKPOOL COMMUNITY CENTRE

Computers Classes starting on Friday 25th September 2015 10.30 – 12.30pm (8 weeks)

Yoga Classes Monday 5th October 2015 8.30 -9.30pm (8 weeks)

Mindfulness Thursday 1st October 2015 7.20 -9pm (5 weeks)

For more information please contact Blackpool Community Centre at 021- 4501787 or email blackpoolcc@gmail.com.

ROTA FOR MINISTERS OF THE WORD & EUCHARIST

If you are unable to attend your allotted ministry please contact another minister to cover for you.

BLACKPOOL

19th September

Breda St Leger

Bobby Field

Mary Ring

Lena O’Brien

Peggy Manning

20th September

John O’Connor

Shirley Whelehan

Eileen Harte

Jerry Manning

Donal Ring

26th September

Breda St Leger

Bobby Field

Mary Ring

Lena O’Brien

Peggy Manning

27th September

John O’Connor

Shirley Whelehan

Eileen Harte

Jerry Manning

Donal Ring

  1. BRENDAN

20th September

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

27th September

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

  1. OLIVER’S

19th September

Veronica Mulcahy

Catherine Feehely

Breda Healy

20th September

Antoinette Long

Mary O’Sullivan

Martina Nodwell

26th September

Benny McGuckian

Kathleen Foley

Diarmuid O’Donovan

27th September

Judy Kenny

Helen Gosnell

Audrey Drinan

BLACKPOOL

19th September

Audrey Lettice

20th September

Eoin Lettice

26th September

Audrey Lettice

27th September

Eoin Lettice

  1. BRENDAN’S

20th September

Bill Corcoran

27th September

Bill Corcoran

OLIVER’S

19th September

Mary Murphy

20th September

Ellen McCarthy

26th September

Ann O’Donovan

27th September

Kevin O’Riordan

GOLF CLASSIC 2015

Restoration Project BLACKPOOL / THE GLE N / BALLYVOLANE in Cork Golf Club on FRIDAY 9TH OCTOBER €500 per team incl. meal Teams of 3 • Shot gun start Please contact Fr. John O’Donovan or Fr. Damian O’Mahony for further information

Congratulations

To the Cork Camogie on their great achievement last weekend, bringing back the O’Duffy Cup to Cork, and especially to LEANNE O’SULLIVAN, LAUREN CALLANAN and JENNIFER HOSFORD, who are past pupils of Scoil Oilibhéir, Ballyvolane and Glen Rovers Players.

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Parish Newsletter

30 August 2015

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING

A reading from the book of Deuteronomy.

Add nothing to what 1 command you, keep the commandments of the Lord . Moses said to the people: ‘Now, Israel, take notice of the laws and customs that I teach you today, and observe them, that you may have life and may enter and take possession of the land that  the Lord the God of your fathers is giving you. You must add nothing to what 1 command you, and take nothing from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God just as nay them down for you. Keep them, observe them, and they will demonstrate to the peoples laws they will exclaim, “No other people is as wise and prudent as this great nation.” And indeed, what great nation is there that has its gods so near as the Lord our God is to us whenever we call to him? And what great nation is there that has laws and customs to match this whole Law that I put before you today?’

This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: The just will live in the presence of the Lord.

Lord, who shall dwell on your holy mountain?

He who walks without fault;

he who acts with justice

and speaks the truth from his heart. [R]

He who does no wrong to his brother,

who casts no slur on his-neighbour,

who holds the godless in disdain,

but honours those who fear the Lord. [R]

He who keeps his pledge, come what may;

who takes no interest on a loan

and accepts no bribes against the innocent.

Such a man will stand firm for ever. [R]

SECOND READING

A reading from the letter of St James.

You must do what the word tells you. It is all that is good, everything that is perfect, which is given us from above; it comes down from the Father of all light; with him there is no such thing as alteration, no shadow of a change. By his own choice he made us his children by the message of the truth so that we should be a sort of first fruits of all that he had  created. Accept and submit to the word which has been planted in you and can save your souls. But you must do what the word tells you, and not just listen to it and deceive yourselves. Pure unspoilt religion, in the eyes of God our Father is this: coming to the help of orphans and widows when they need it, and keeping oneself uncontaminated by the world.

This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia!

Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life: you have the message of eternal life.

Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.

You put aside the commandment of God to cling to human traditions. The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered round Jesus, and they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with unclean hands, that is, without washing them. For the Pharisees, and the Jews in general, follow the tradition of the elders and never eat    without washing their arms as far as the elbow; and on returning from the market place they never eat without first sprinkling themselves. There are also many other observances which nave been handed down to them concerning the washing of cups and pots and bronze dishes. So these Pharisees and scribes asked him, ‘Why do your disciples not respect the tradition of the elders but  eat their food with unclean hands?’ He answered, ‘It was of you hypocrites that Isaiah so rightly prophesied in this passage of scripture: This people honours me only with lip-service, while their hearts are far from me. The worship they offer me is worthless, the doctrines they teach are only human regulations. You put aside the commandment of God to cling to human traditions. He called the people to him again and said, ‘Listen to me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that goes into a man from outside can make him unclean; it is the things that come out of a man that make him unclean. For it is from within, from men’s hearts, that evil intentions emerge: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within and make a man unclean.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

THE LADY MAYORESS OF CORK ANGELA O’LEARY

invites you and a friend to attend a Coffee Morning Thursday 17th September 2015 from 10am to 12.30pm in the Millennium Hall City Hall. All proceeds are in aid of Marymount Hospice Cork.

SACRED HEART MESSENGER

On the weekend of 12th/13th September a representative from the Messenger, Elizabeth Foley will be in the parish to promote postal subscriptions to the Messenger. It is a very readable magazine, informative, inspiring and well worth getting. A special offer of €18 for a yearʼs postal subscription will be available together with a free copy for all attending Mass.

Be Still and know that I am God.

(psalm 46:10)

YOU ARE WARMLY WELCOMED TO AN INTRODUCTION TO CENTERING PRAYER.

Saturday 5th September 2015 Time: 2pm-5pm (registration 1.30pm) Venue Blackpool Community Centre. Presenter: Sr Rose Murphy/Sr Aine Ashe. Contact for more details 087-6719970.

BLACKPOOL OVER 60’S

Re-opening after our Summer break Tues 1st Sept 2-4.30pm at the Community Centre A big welcome for new and old members.

PARISH ASSEMBLY MEETING

recommences Mon 7th Sept 2015 at 8pm.

Venue: Farranferris College.

CAR BOOT SALE IN AID OF FR LIAM O’CALLAGHAN INDIA FUND

Circus Field , Riverstown, Glanmire. Sunday 6th September 2014. Time 7am to late.

DEVOTIONS IN HONOUR OF THE DIVINE MERCY

On Friday next September 4th (First Friday) Devotions in honour of the Divine Mercy will take place at the North Cathedral commencing with recitation of the Holy rosary at 7.30pm followed by celebration of Mass at 8pm. The devotions will also include Benediction and the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. These devotions will continue on the First Friday of each month.

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:

Lera Vasilevsksja

Isabella Falvey

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

Thomas Duane

Jim McElroy

Angela O’Brien

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE RECENTLY DECEASED:

Derry Hegarty

Anne Collins

Georgina Spillane

Congratulations

Congratulations to Mellissa Lynch & Stephen O’Leary on the occasion of their Marriage in St Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane on Friday 21st August 2015

Prayers if the Faithful

Celebrant’s Introduction: The Lord is full of love to all who call; let us present our needs to that same Lord with confidence.

Intercessions:

  1. We pray for the Church; that it may continue to lead people to life.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for those who make laws in the land; that they may legislate justly and not place unfair burdens on people.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray that we may become more and more a community that actively cares for and protects the most vulnerable members of our society.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for those who are sick, especially the terminally ill; that they may receive

consolation in their illness.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for those who have died; that they may be received into the heavenly

kingdom.

Lord, hear us………

Celebrant: Heavenly Father, Lord of life, you give us everything that is good. Grant us what we need today. We make these and all our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord

Amen.

No Respect for Tradition

Tradition

The following exchange was overheard on the London Underground. “That’s all very well, Bintock, but what you propose flies in the face of tradition.” There is a pause before the reply. “Tradition can hardly settle the argument. After all, what you are pleased to call tradition is something that others see as a large pair of handcuffs. Who’s to say which outlook is the right one?” When it comes to the subject of tradition, people’s attitudes can vary dramatically. Some  people have an affectionate loyalty to traditional ways of doing things. They feel secure when they adapt their own values and behaviour to received wisdom, reassured by the knowledge that they are following in the footsteps of many others. As G.K. Chesterton remarked: “Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.” Other people feel fettered by tradition; they call for fresh approaches to fresh situations. For  them, much of tradition is petrified opinion – a spent force that should be confined to the realm of once upon a time. They might consult tradition, but they do not feel obliged to stay within its confines. As W.S. Maughan observed: “Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.”

Jesus and Human Tradition

In today’s Gospel Jesus is accused of flouting sacred tradition. Religious officials from Jerusalem and local Pharisees want to know why Jesus permits his disciples to disregard the unwritten tradition of the elders. The problem is that the disciples do not wash their hands before they eat. The complaint is not that the disciples ignore good hygiene, but that they ignore the tradition of ceremonial washing. In doing this they are numbered among the unclean. According to the written Law, ceremonial washing was required only of priests before they entered the sanctuary. By the time of Jesus, however, the ritual of hand-washing, before every meal and between each course, had been extended to include all pious Jews. This unwritten tradition of legal interpretation – the oral law – was regarded by the Pharisees to be as Jesus and Human Tradition In today’s Gospel Jesus is accused of flouting sacred tradition. Religious officials from Jerusalem and local Pharisees want to know why Jesus permits his disciples to disregard the unwritten tradition of the elders. The problem is that the disciples do not wash their hands before they eat. The complaint is not that the disciples ignore good hygiene, but that they ignore the tradition of ceremonial washing. In doing this they are numbered among the unclean. According to the written Law, ceremonial washing was required only of priests before they entered the sanctuary. By the time of Jesus, however, the ritual of hand-washing, before every meal and between each course, had been extended to include all pious Jews. This unwritten tradition of legal interpretation – the oral law – was regarded by the Pharisees to be as binding as the written Law. And they expect Jesus to share their religious outlook. Jesus accuses his accusers of being hypocrites, quoting the prophet Isaiah to underline the point: This people honours me only with lip-service, while their hearts are far from me.    The worship they offer me is worthless, the doctrines they teach are only human regulations.    For many of his hearers, what Jesus said was bad news because it contradicted the tradition they honoured. We call it good news, Gospel, because it is a word that liberates us from a world of endless regulations. It also challenges us and invites us to live a religion of the heart. To have a heart for Jesus and his values: this will always be our real business as Christians.

GOLF CLASSIC 2015

Restoration Project

BLACKPOOL / THE GLEN / BALLYVOLANE in Cork Golf Club on  FRIDAY 9TH OCTOBER

€500 per team incl. meal Teams of 3 • Shot gun start Please contact Fr. John O’Donovan or Fr. Damian O’Mahony for further information.

THE PARISH OF BLACKPOOL, THE GLEN AND BALLYVOLANE RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE

Last week’s Restoration Fund Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €1,645. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish

came to €2,428 Sincere thanks for your generous support.

SACRISTY / OFFICE HOURS:

Blackpool: 021 4300518 Tues, Wed. & Thurs: 9am-11am

Friday: 8.45 – 9.45am | Sunday: 11.00am – 12.00pm

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

Before and after all masses.

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Parish Newsletter

23 August 2015

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING

A reading from the book of Joshua.

We will serve the Lord, for he is our God.

Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel together at Shechem; then he called the elders, leaders, judges and scribes of Israel, and they presented themselves before God. Then Joshua said to all the people: ‘If you will not serve the Lord, choose today whom you wish to serve, whether the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are now living. As for me and my House, we will serve the Lord.’ The people answered, ‘We have no intention of deserting the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors out of the land of Egypt, the house of slavery, who worked those great wonders before our eyes and preserved us all along the way we travelled and among all the peoples through whom we journeyed. We too will serve the Lord, for he is our God.’

This is the word of the Lord.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: Taste and see that the Lord is good.

I will bless the Lord at all times, Many are the trials of the just man his praise always on my lips; but from them all the Lord will rescue him. in the Lord my soul shall make its boast. He will keep guard over all his bones, The humble shall hear and be glad. [R]

not one of his bones shall be broken. [R]

The Lord turns his face against the wicked Evil brings death to the wicked; to destroy their remembrance from the earth. those who hate the good are doomed. The Lord turns his eyes to the just The Lord ransoms the souls of his servants. and his ears to their appeal. [R] Those who hide in him shall not be condemned. [R]

They call and the Lord hears and rescues them in all their distress. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted; those whose spirit is crushed he will save. [R]

 

SECOND READING

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

This mystery has many implications for Christ and the Church. Husbands should love their wives just as Christ loved the Church and sacrificed himself for her to make her holy. He made her clean by washing her in water with a form of words, so that when he took her to himself she would be glorious, with no speck or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and faultless. In the same way, husbands must love their wives as they love their own bodies; for a man to love his wife is for him to love himself. A man never hates his own body, but he feeds it and looks after it; and that is the way Christ treats the Church, because it is his body – and we are its living parts. For this reason, a man must leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one body. This mystery has many implications; but I am saying it applies to Christ and the Church.

This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia!

Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life: you have the message of etemal life.

Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John. Whom shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life. After hearing his doctrine many of the followers of Jesus said, ‘This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?’ Jesus was aware that his followers were complaining about it and said, ‘Does this upset you? What if you should see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before? ‘It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh has nothing to offer. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. ‘But there are some of you who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the outset those who did not believe, and who it was that would betray him. He went on, ‘this is why I told you that no one could come to me unless the Father allows him.’ After this, many of his disciples left him and stopped going with him. Then Jesus said to the Twelve, ‘What about you, do you want to go away too?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘Lord, who shall we go to?You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God.’

This is the Gospel of Word.

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY THOSE

RECENTLY BAPTISED:

William Hamill

Brooke Coughlan

Amelia Phelan

Noah Ayinde

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

Stephanie Ward

Michael Healy

Thomas Duane

 

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE RECENTLY DECEASED:

Norah May Coleman

Mary Jenkinson

 THE PARISH OF BLACKPOOL, THE GLEN AND BALLYVOLANE RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €1,925. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

 THE MASS DIARY

For the months of October, November and December 2015 will be available in the three Churches of the Parish on Sunday 30th August 2015. Blackpool: 10.30am to 12noon. Ballyvolane: 10.30am to 12noon Glen: 9.30am to 10.45am

 Blackpool Fatima Apostolate Pilgrimage To Holy Cross Abbey SUNDAY 30TH AUGUST 2015 Cost €40 (Including Dinner at Cahir House Hotel) Non-Refundable Deposit €10 Bus Leaves 11 o’clock sharp from Blackpool Church, Watercourse Rd Side Enquiries to: 021-4393852 or 021-4397073

 Blackpool The Glen Ballyvolane Restoration Project 2010-2016 We thank you for your ongoing generosity for the Restoration Project of the three churches since 2010.

Works ongoing and still to be completed in St. Oliver’s and which are part of the budget of €2.25 million are the following:

Fr John and Fr Damian on behalf of the Parish Finance Committee

1. Upgrade of lighting

2. Upgrade of sound system

3. Upgrade of carpet flooring

4. Re-upholstery of church kneelers

5. Service upgrade to windows and electrically operated window motors where necessary

6. Attic and wall insulate energy upgrade

7. Upgrade of painting where necessary.

Total funds raised up to 31st July,

2015 is €2,142,080 which leaves

€107,920 yet to be raised.

We anticipate with your continued support, conclusion of fundraising will be in August 2016.

The chart, pictured left, which is displayed in each church of the Parish, will be updated with the monthly fundraising figures up to August 2016.

And finally, thank you for your support and generosity towards the Restoration Project of the Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool; St. Brendan’s Church, the Glen; and St. Oliver’s

Church, Ballyvolane.

Fr John and Fr Damian on behalf of the Parish Finance Committee

 

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Parish Newsletter

9 August 2015

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING

A reading from the first book of Kings.

Strengthened by the food he walked until he reached the mountain of God. Strengthened by the food he walked until he reached the mountain of God. Elijah went into the wilderness, a day’s journey, and sitting under a furze bush wished he were dead. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘I have had enough. Take my life; 1 am no better than my ancestors.’ Then he lay down and went to sleep. But an angel touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat.’ He looked round, and there at his head was a scone baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. But the angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat, or the journey will be too long for you.’ So he got up and ate and drank, and strengthened by that food he walked for forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God

This is the word of the Lord.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: Taste and see that the Lord is good.

I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise always on my lips;

in the Lord my soul shall make its boast. The humble shall hear and be glad. [R]

Glorify the Lord with me. Together let us praise his name. I sought the Lord and he answered me; from all my terrors he set me free. [R]

Look towards him and be radiant; let your faces not be abashed. This poor man called; the Lord heard him and rescued him from all his distress. [R]

The angel of the Lord is encamped  around those who revere him, to rescue them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.  He is happy who seeks refuge in him. [R]

 

SECOND READING

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

Follow Christ by loving as he loved you.

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God who has marked you with his seal for you to be set free when the day comes. Never have grudges against others, or lose your temper, or raise your voice to anybody, or call each other names, or allow any sort of spitefulness. Be friends with one another, and kind, forgiving each other as readily as God forgave you in Christ. Try, then, to imitate God, as children of his that he loves, and follow Christ by loving as he loved you, giving himself up in our place as a fragrant offering and a sacrifice to God.

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 John.

I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. The Jews were complaining to each other about Jesus, because he had said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven.’ ‘Surely this is Jesus son of Joseph’ they said. ‘We know his father and mother. How can he now say, “I have come down from heaven” ?’ Jesus said in reply, ‘Stop complaining to each other. ‘No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets: They will all be taught by God, and to hear the teaching of the Father, and learn from it, is to come to me. Not that anybody has seen the Father, except the one who comes from God: he has seen the Father. I tell you most solemnly,I am the bread of life3 everybody who believes has eternal life. Your fathers ate the manna in the desert and they are dead; but this is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that a man may eat it and not die. I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to $2,139. Sincere thanks for your generous support. Restoration Fund Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €1,685. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

PRAYER OFTHE FAITHFUL

Celebrant’s Introduction: The psalmist says ‘I sought the Lord and he answered me,’ let us bring our petitions to the Lord, confident of being heard.

Intercessions:

We pray for the Church; that it may lead  others to find the way to life in Christ.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for all those who are suffering as a

result of conflict throughout the world;

that they may be comforted in their

affliction and that peace may come to

regions ravaged by war. We pray especially

for those who are persecuted for their faith.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray that as individuals and as a

community we will celebrate and cherish

the gift of life in all its stages.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for the needs of our parish.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for those who have died may be

brought to their promised inheritance with

the saints in heaven.

Lord, hear us………

Celebrant: Heavenly Father, forget not the

life of your poor ones. Grant us what we need

this day. We make these and all our prayers in

the name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen

Saturday 15th August is a Holy Day of obligation and Masses will be celebrated at following times:

BLACKPOOL: Vigil Mass at 6pm on Friday 14th August Mass at 12noon on Saturday 15th August Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday 15th August BALLYVOLANE: Vigil Mass at 6pm on Friday 14th August Mass at 11am on Saturday 15th August Vigil Mass at 6pm onSaturday 15th August THE GLEN: Mass at 10am on Saturday 15th August 

On Saturday, 15th August next – the Feast of the Assumption – the Annual Devotions will take place at the Lee Road Shrine. 64th Annual Devotions at Lee Road Shrine The general public will assemble near Our Lady’s Hospital Gate before 6.30p.m. and march in procession to the Shrine reciting the 14 Mysteries of the Rosary on the way. Succeeding groups will follow at short intervals. When all have arrived at the Shrine, the fifteenth Mystery will be recited by the entire congregation. For those unable to walk in procession to the Shrine, there will be accommodation available on the south bank of the Lee opposite the shrine. Seating accommodation at the Shrine will be available ONLY for those genuinely invalided. The Lee Road will be closed to vehicular traffic from the Wellington Bridge to the Shrine from 6.30p.m. However, it may be approached by car from the western side up to 7p.m. A service of buses will convey people back to the city after the Devotions. Gifts of plants and flowers for the decoration of the Altar and the Shrine will be gratefully received on Thursday morning at the Shrine. Mass will be celebrated at the Shrine at 7.30p.m. by Bishop John Buckley, Bishop of Cork & Ross. Fr. Billy O’Sullivan CC Turner’s Cross Cork will preach a special sermon at the Shrine.

 

Fatima Apostolate Pilgrimage To Holy Cross Abbey

SUNDAY 30TH AUGUST 2015

Cost €40 (Including Dinner at Cahir House Hotel) Non-Refundable Deposit €10 Bus Leaves 11 o’clock sharp from Blackpool Church, Watercourse Rd Side Enquiries to: 021-4393852 or 021-4397073

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Parish Newsletter

2 August 2015

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING

A reading from the book of Exodus.

I will rain down bread for you from the heavens.

The whole community of the sons of Israel began to complain against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness and said to them, ‘Why did we not die at the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, when we were able to sit down to pans of meat and could eat bread to our heart’s content! As it is, you have brought us to this wilderness to starve this whole company to death!.’ Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Now I will rain down bread for you from the heavens. Each day the people are to go out and gather the day’s portion; I propose to test them in this way to see whether they will follow my law or not.’ ‘I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel. Say this to them, “Between the two evenings you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have bread to your heart’s content. Then you will learn that I, the Lord, am your God.” And so it came about: quails flew up in the evening, and they covered the camp; in the morning there was a coating of dew all round the camp. When the coating of dew lifted, there on the surface of the desert was a thing delicate, powdery, as fine as hoarfrost on the ground. When they saw this, the sons of Israel said to one another, ‘What is that?’ not knowing what it was. ‘That’ said Moses to them ‘is the bread the Lord gives you to eat.’

This is the word of the Lord.

 RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

The things we have heard and understood, the things our fathers have told us, we will tell to the next generation: the glories of the Lord and his might. [R]

He commanded the clouds above and opened the gates of heaven. He rained down manna for their food, and gave them bread from heaven. [R]

Mere men ate the bread of angels. He sent them abundance of food. He brought them to his holy land, to the mountain which his right hand had won. [R] 

I want to urge you in the name of the Lord, not to go on living the aimless kind of life that pagans live. Now that is hardly the way you have learnt from Christ, unless you failed to hear him properly when you were taught what the truth is in Jesus. You must give up your old way of life; you must put aside your old self, which gets corrupted by following illusory desires. Your mind must be renewed by a spiritual revolution so that you can put on the new self that has been created in God’s way, in the goodness and holiness of the truth.

This is the word of the Lord.

 

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia! I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says the Lord; no one can come to the Father except through me. Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.

He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never thirst.

When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into boats and crossed to Capernaum to look for Jesus. When they found him on the other side, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ Jesus answered: ‘I tell you most solemnly, you are not looking for me because you have seen the signs but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat. Do not work for food that cannot last, but work for food that endures to eternal life, the kind of food the Son of Man is offering you, for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal’ Then they said to him, ‘What must we do if we are to do the works that God wants?’ Jesus gave them this answer, ‘This is working for God: you must believe in the one he has sent.’ So they said, ‘What sign will you give to show us that we should believe in you? What work will you do? Our fathers had manna to eat in the desert; as scripture says: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ Jesus answered: ‘I tell you most solemnly, it was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven, it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven,the true bread; for the bread of God is that which comes down from heavenand gives life to the world.’ ‘Sir,’ they said ‘give us that bread always.’ Jesus answered: ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never thirst.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

 On Saturday, 15th August next – the Feast of the Assumption – the Annual Devotions will take place at the Lee Road Shrine.

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

We remember those who’s first  Anniversary occur at this time

Danny Hanlon

Jovan Dukic

WE REMEMBER OUR RECENTLY DECEASED:

Elizabeth Mulcahy

In this gathering, this local Church, we are nourished by God’s word and the bread of life. The word spoken is opened up to us, the bread offered is broken for us to share. This is not something we come to look at, like a still-life painting in an art gallery; rather it is something we come here to do. The Eucharist is a word that flows into deed; it is an action. It is the act of sharing in the  bread of life, participating in the life of Jesus himself. We continue to return here because we are hungry for God, because the food that physically satisfies is not enough for us. There will be times when we will wish we were elsewhere, times when what happens here will leave us untouched, times when we will be distracted by a litany of worries that refuse to go away. No matter. Sometimes we have to be content with the act of faith that brings us here, a public admission of our need for  God and the people of God. In coming here we declare that we cannot fall back on our own resources; we need Jesus, the bread of life, to sustain us. Staying hungry for his bread means that we do indeed long for the  food that endures to eternal life. That is what Jesus asks.

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €2,345. Sincere thanks for your generoussupport.

 

THANK YOU

The Little Sisters of the Assumption Blackpool would like to offer a word of thanks to Fr. John and Fr. Damian, our Sacristan Patricia Harrington, The Alter Society, all our Parishioners including the Blackpool Community Centre who provided such hospitality to us on Thursday night last when we celebrated 150 years of the Foundation of our Congregation. Thanks also to Pat Sheehan who provided the music.

  DEVOTIONS IN HONOUR OF THE DIVINE MERCY on Friday next August 7th (First Friday) Devotions in honour of the Divine Mercy will take place at the North Cathedral commencing with recitation of the holy rosary at 7.30pm followed by celebration of Mass at 8pm. The devotions will also include Benediction and the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. These devotion will continue on the First Friday of each  onth. ALL VERY WELCOME.

FLY YOUR BALLOON FOR AUTISM AND TAKE PART IN THE 6KM BLUE BALLOON FUN RUN & WALK IN

BLACKROCK in aid of the Cork Association for Autism on Sunday August 30th. Blue balloons will be given to  all participants and light refreshments will be served after the event. All funds raised will go towards the  building of a new Day Service Centre in Mogeely which is costing €300,000 to build and will provide essential supports to adults on the autistic spectrum. Register online at http://www.corkautism.ie or request a sponsorshipcard by contacting Carol on 021 453 3642 or  yemailingfundraising@corkautism.ie.

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

Celebrant’s Introduction: The Lord heard the cries of the people in the wilderness and sent them manna from heaven. With confidence, we ffer our prayers to the same Lord.

Intercessions:

We pray for the Church; that it may be a beacon of hope which guides people to the fullness of life in Christ.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for Christians everywhere; that their  minds may be renewed by a spiritual  revolution which allows them to put on a  new self, created in God’s way.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for vocations; that the Lord will raise up priests and religious leaders to tell the next generation the glories of the Lord.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for all who suffer the anguish of  mental illness; that they may receive healing.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for those who have gone before us  marked with the sign of faith; that they may be raised to the fullness of life in heaven.

Lord, hear us………

Celebrant: Father in Heaven, you heard the cries of your people through the ages. Give us the food that endures to eternal life. We make these and all our prayers in the name of Jesus  Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Blackpool Fatima Apostolate Pilgrimage to  Holy Cross Abbey  29th August Cost €40 (Including Dinner at Cahir House Hotel) Non-Refundable Deposit €10 Bus Leaves 11 o’clock sharp from Blackpool Church, Watercourse Rd Side Enquiries to: 021-4393852 or 021-4397073

On the 11th of June, we embarked on our much anticipated pilgrimage to Lourdes. This year marked the 5th year the diocese invited a group of young people to participate in the pilgrimage. We were delighted to be chosen to travel as representatives of this parish and deeply grateful for the contributions and well wishes we received from its parishners. Lourdes is a small town in the south west of France. It was here in the year 1858; the Virgin Mary appeared to a young girl named Bernadette Soubirous. Since then, Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage for Catholics, welcoming up to five million pilgrims  annually. More than half of its visitor population is made up of the sick and elderly who came in search of comfort, strength and healing. We had the amazing opportunity to not only care for some of these pilgrims but to also form unique friendships with them. Our theme for this year was ‘ I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame’. With this in mind, we hoped to make the trip as memorable and comfortable for all. As youth helpers, our main focus was to assist those in the hospital. Our role included accompanying them to masses, services and processions daily. Some days the hospital work could be busy and demanding. However more often than not, a cup of tea and a chat was all that was needed to brighten the spirits of those in the hospital. There are many events that stand out as memorable on reflection of this pilgrimage. One of these events is the torchlight procession. Everyday pilgrims are invited to respond wholeheartedly to the message Bernadette received from Our Lady—tell the people to come in procession. The grounds of the Basilica are flooded in candle light as the pilgrims gather to pray in unison. It’s a sight to behold! We quickly made many friends within the large group of youth helpers, with plenty of fun and laughter shared by all. We would highly recommend young people to apply for this experience. The friendships we made and life experiences we gained made the entire trip one we will never forget. We know next year’s volunteers will gain as much as we did from this experience. Thank you again for your support and generosity.

Claire Coleman and Aisling Maguire

 

No Holy Hour next Tuesday 4th August 2015 returning on Tuesday 11th August 2015. All WELCOME.

64th Annual Devotions at Lee Road Shrine On Saturday, 15th August next – the Feast of the Assumption – the Annual Devotions will  take place at the Lee Road Shrine. The general public will assemble near Our Lady’s Hospital Gate before 6.30p.m. and march in procession to the Shrine reciting the 14 Mysteries of the Rosary on the way. Succeeding groups will follow at short intervals. When all have arrived at the Shrine, the fifteenth Mystery will be recited by the entire congregation. For those unable to walk in procession to the Shrine, there will be accommodation available on the south bank of the Lee opposite the shrine. Seating accommodation at the Shrine will be available ONLY for those genuinely invalided. The Lee Road will be closed to vehicular traffic from the Wellington Bridge to the Shrine from 6.30p.m. However, it may be approached by car from the western side up to 7p.m. A service of buses will convey people back to the city after the Devotions.Gifts of plants and flowers for the decoration of the Altar and the Shrine will be gratefully received on Thursday morning at the Shrine. Mass will be celebrated at the Shrine at 7.30p.m. by Bishop John Buckley, Bishop of Cork & Ross. Fr. Billy O’Sullivan CC Turner’s Cross Cork will preach a special sermon at the Shrine

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Parish Newsletter 

26 July 2015

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING

A reading from the second book of Kings.

They will eat and have some left over.

A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing Elisha, the man of God, bread from the first-fruits, twenty barley loaves and fresh grain in the ear. ‘Give it to the people to eat,’ Elisha said. But his servant replied, ‘How can I serve this to a hundred men?’ ‘Give it to the people to eat’ he insisted ‘for the Lord says this, “They will eat and have some left over.” He served them; they ate and had some over, as the Lord had said.

This is the word of the Lord.

 RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: You open wide your hand, O Lord, and grant our desires.

All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord, and your friends shall repeat their blessing. They shall speak of the glory of your reign and declare your might, O God. [R]

The eyes of all creatures look to you and you give them their food in due time. You open wide your hand, grant the desires of all who live. [R]

The Lord is just in all his ways and loving in all his deeds.

He is close to all who call him, who call on him from their hearts. [R]

 SECOND READING

A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Esphesians.

One Body, one Lord, one faith, one baptism. 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, through all and within all.

This is the word of the Lord.

 GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia!Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life: you have the message of etemal life. Alleluia!

 GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.

Jesus gave out as much as was wanted to all who were sitting ready.

Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee or of Tiberias and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by curing the sick. Jesus climbed the hillside, and sat down there with his disciples. It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover. Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?’ He only said this to test Philip; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do. Philip answered, ‘Two hundred denarii would only buy enough to give them a small piece each.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, ‘There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that between so many?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Make the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass there, and as many as five thousand men sat down. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave them out to all who were sitting ready; he then did the same with the fish, giving out as much as was wanted. When they had eaten enough he said to the disciples, ‘Pick up the pieces left over, so that nothing gets wasted.’ So they picked them up, and filled twelve hampers with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves. The people, seeing this sign that he had given, said, ‘This really is the prophet who is to come into the world.’ Jesus, who could see they were about to come and take him by force and make him king, escaped back to the hills by himself.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

 Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €1,965. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

th February 26 July 2015 info@blackpoolparish.com | http://www.blackpool p2a0r1is1h.com info@blackpoolparish.com | http://www.blackpoolparish.comSubmissions for Newsletter: To be in by 10am on Wednesdays.

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 psalmist says;

‘You open wide your hand O Lord, and grant our desires’. With confidence we present our needs, the needs of our parish and the needs of the world before the Lord.

Intercessions:

  1. We pray for the Church; may it continue to spread the gospel in the world giving people the food which leads to eternal life.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for all Christians; that we may find and follow our vocation and use the blessings that the father has given to us.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for all who suffer from loneliness; may the Lord comfort them.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for all who suffer as a result of addiction; that the Lord grant them strength and perseverance.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for all who have died; may they be raised to eternal life with the angels and saints in heaven.

Lord, hear us………

Celebrant: Heavenly Father, you are just in all your ways. Hear our prayers, which we make in the name of Jesus Christ,

your Son, our Lord. Amen.

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 July

Breda St Leger

Bobby Field

Mary Ring

Lena O’Brien

Peggy Manning

26th July

John O’Connor

Shirley Whelehan

Eileen Harte

Jerry Manning

Donal Ring

1st August

Joan Morrison

Eileen McSweeney

Rita Kiely

Bobby Field

Mary Leahy

2nd August

Eileen Cotter

Maureen Lehane

Con Delea

Lena O’Brien

Patricia Harrington

BRENDAN

26th July

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

2nd August

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

OLIVER’S

25th July

Diarmuid O’Donovan

Linda Cullen

Sheila O’Donovan

26th July

Judy Kenny

Helen Gosnell

Audrey Drinan

1st August

Veronica Mulcahy

Catherine Feehely

Breda Healy

2nd August

Antoinette Long

Mary O’Sullivan

Martina Nodwell

BLACKPOOL

25th July

Audrey Lettice

26th July

Siobhan Cotter

1st August

Ger O’Brien

2nd August

Eileen Jones

BRENDAN’S

26th July

Alysha Hoare

2nd August

Alysha Hoare

OLIVER’S

25th July

Linda Cullen

26th July

Ellen Falvey

1st August

Joan Dowling

2nd August

Ellen McCarthy

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:

Scarlett Grace Mahony

Amelia Forde

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE 1ST

ANNIVERSARY OCCURS:

Paddy O’Connor

Brendan O’Neill

 RECENTLY DECEASED:

Mary McGrath

Patrick Sheehan

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

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. Amen.

Jesus’ own perception of life differed sharply from so many people’s. He was constantly challenging people to see and see again in order to understand anew. To that purpose his stories turned much of popular wisdom on its head, and this was done in the hope that his listeners might catch something of another way of living in God’s world. In effect Jesus had what Solomon prayed for – a heart to discern the ways of the people and the ways of God. But more than this, Jesus had the determination to close the gap between the two ways.

We know that Jesus had to give up everything he valued – his family, his home, his security – to do his Father’s will and preach the kingdom of God. For Jesus there was no treasure greater than his Father’s will: when he uncovered what it was, he renounced everything to make it his own. His own family and neighbours thought his ways either puzzling or foolish; and when he gave up his own life, even his disciples could not understand this ultimate folly. But there was a purpose in it; even in death Jesus kept hold of his treasure. None of us can gain anything of value without renouncing something. Perhaps what we have to renounce first is our perception of what real treasure in this life really is. Few of us will chance on the crock of gold at the end of the rainbow, or win a lottery, or stumble on an oilfield in the backyard. But we have all stumbled on treasure. The real treasure of life is under our noses – in the people we share life with, in the opportunities we face every day to exercise the values of Jesus. None of this might appeal a glittering prize, but it is in the heart of the ordinary that we discover the presence of Jesus. He is the authentic article. He is hidden in the common-place, hoping that we’ll stumble on that truth before long.

PENITENTIAL ACT A

I 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 our God.

APOSTLES’ CREED

I 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 thebody, and life everlasting.

Amen.

THE PARISH OF BLACKPOOL, THE GLEN AND BALLYVOLANE RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €2,257. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

 

SUNDAY 30TH AUGUST 2015

Cost €40 (Including Dinner at Cahir House Hotel)

Non-Refundable Deposit €10 Bus Leaves 11 o’clock sharp from

Blackpool Church, Watercourse Rd Side Enquiries to: 021-4393852 or 021-4397073

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Parish Newsletter

19 July 2015

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING

A reading from the prophet Jeremiah.

The remnant of my flock I will gather and I will raise up shepherds to look after them. Doom for the shepherds who allow the flock of my pasture to be destroyed and scattered – it is the Lord who speaks! This, therefore, is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the shepherds in charge of my people: You have let my flock be scattered and go wandering and have not taken care of them. Right, I will take care of you for your misdeeds – it is the Lord who speaks! But the remnant of my flock I myself will gather from all the countries where I have dispersed them, and will bring them back to their pastures: they shall be fruitful and increase in numbers. I will raise up shepherds to look after them and pasture them; no fear, no terror for them any more; not one shall be lost – it is the Lord who speaks! See, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks when I will raise a virtuous Branch for David, who will reign as true king and be wise, practising honesty and integrity in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel dwell in confidence. And this is the name he will be called: The Lord-our-integrity.’

This is the word of the Lord.

 RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

The Lord is my shepherd; You have prepared a banquet for me there is nothing I shall want. in the sight of my foes. Fresh and green are the pastures My head you have anointed with oil; where he gives me repose. my cup is overflowing. [R]

Near restful waters he leads me, to revive my drooping spirit. [R]

He guides me along the right path; Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me he is true to his name. all the days of my life. If I should walk in the valley of darkness In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell no evil would I fear. for ever and ever. [R]

You are there with your crook and your staff; with these you give me comfort. [R]

 SECOND READING

A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Esphesians.

Christ Jesus is the peace between us, and has made the two into one. In Christ Jesus, you that used to be so far apart from us have been brought very close, by the blood of Christ. For he is the peace between us, and has made the two into one and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart, actually destroying in his own person the hostility caused by the rules and decrees of the Law. This was to create one single New Man in himself out of the two of them and by restoring peace through the cross, to unite them both in a single Body and reconcile them with God. In his own person he killed the hostility. Later he came to bring the good news of peace, peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near at hand. Through him, both of us have in the one Spirit our way to come to the Father.

This is the word of the Lord.

 GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia! The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice, says the Lord, I know them and they follow me. Alleluia!

  GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.

They were like sheep without a shepherd.

The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, ‘You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’; for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat. So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But people saw them going, and many could guess where; and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot and reached it before them. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length.

This is the Gospel of the Lord  

The Little Sisters of the Assumption first arrived in Cork on the 28th May 1899. A group of six, led by Mother Marie Marthe de Jesus. Three from England and two from Ireland. They set up residence in Grenville Place, as this proved to be unsuitable. On 26th April a permanent home was offered by Bishop O’ Callaghan to the Sisters and invited them to view the property at Watercourse Mill Rd, also known as Kellers Lane in Blackpool. Bishop O’ Callaghan had recently purchased the house named Farrancleary in the hope of bringing some benefit to the people of Blackpool. It also included an old stone Mill that was used as a glue factory. Hardly suited for a Convent, but it was. The sisters moved in on the 17th July 1906. The house having been repaired to living conditions by the kindness of a local builder, Mr Edmond O’ Flynn of no 53 Watercourse Rd, who restored the premises free of charge. The Sisters remained in the Convent on Assumption Rd until 2004. In 2006 the Sisters found a new home in St Francis Gardens which is part of Respond Housing where six of them remain to this present day. Some of the work carried out by the Sisters included visiting the sick in their own homes specifically terminally ill Mothers. The Blackpool Community Centre in Blackpool was established in 1968 and the Sisters of the Assumption were a very large part of the founding of this Centre.

There will be Mass on Thursday 23rd July in the Church of the Annunciation to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Little Sisters of the Assumption and all are welcome to attend.

PENITENTIAL ACT A

I 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 our God.

APOSTLES’ CREED

I 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.

Amen.

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to 2,422. Sincere thanks for your generous support. Last week’s Diocesan Quarterly Collection from the three churches of the parish came to 1,760. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Canon Vincent Hodnett P. P. (1945 – 2015)  Mass in the three church of the Parish  will be celebrated  in  his  memory May he Rest in Peace. 

Ordained 17th June 1970, The Lough Church.

1970 – Temporary Appointment -Westminister.

1975 – C.C. Togher Parish, Cork.

1982 – C.C. Bantry, Co. Cork.

1988 – Chaplain to C.U.H.

1996 – C.C. Douglas, Cork.

1999 – P.P. Blackpool /

The Glen / Ballyvolane, Cork.

2005 – P.P. The Lough, Cork.

Invitation

The Little Sisters of the Assumption are celebrating  150 years of the Foundation of the Congregation. To mark the occasion Mass will be celebrated on Thursday 23rd July 2015 at 7.30pm in the Church of the Annunciation Blackpool. Light refreshments in the Community Centre. All welcome.

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Parish Newsletter

12 July 2015

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING

A reading from the prophet Amos.

Go, prophesy to my people.

Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, said to Amos, ‘Go away, seer; get back to the land of Judah; earn your bread there, do your prophesying there. We want no more prophesying in Bethel; this is the royal sanctuary, the national temple.’ ‘I was no prophet, neither did I belong to any of the brotherhoods of prophets,’ Amos replied to

Amaziah. ‘I was a shepherd, and looked after sycamores: but it was the Lord who took me from herding the flock, and the Lord who said, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”

This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: Let us see, O Lord, your mercy

and give us your saving help.

I will hear what the Lord God has to say,

a voice that speaks of peace,

peace for his people.

His help is near for those who fear him

and his glory will dwell in our land. [R]

Mercy and faithfulness have met;

justice and peace have embraced.

Faithfulness shall spring from the earth

and justice look down from heaven. [R]

The Lord will make us prosper

and our earth shall yield its fruit.

Justice shall march before him

and peace shall follow his steps. [R]

SECOND READING

A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Esphesians.

Before the world was made, he chose us. Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ. Before the world was made, he chose us, chose us in Christ, to be holy and spotless, and to live through love in his presence, determining that we should become his adopted sons, through Jesus Christ for his own kind purposes, to make us praise the glory of his grace, his free gift to us in the Beloved in whom, through his blood, we gain our freedom, the forgiveness of our sins. Such is the richness of the grace which he has showered on us in all wisdom and insight. He has let us know the mystery of his purpose, the hidden plan he so kindly made in Christ from the beginning to act upon when the times had run their course to the end: that he would bring everything together under Christ, as head, everything in the heavens and everything on earth.

This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia! Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life: you have the message of etenal life. Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.

He began to send them out. Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses. They were to wear sandals but, he added, ‘Do not take a spare tunic.’ And he said to them, ‘If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set off to preach repentance; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Congratulations to Declan Carroll & Catherine Ware on the occasion of their Marriage in St Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane on  Friday 3rd July 2015.

Fund Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €1,960. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

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: Let us present our needs before the Lord who hears his people

when they call.

Intercessions:

  1. We pray for the Church; that it may

continue to play its missionary role to the

full and bring to all people the good news

that God has blessed us in Christ.

Lord, hear us………

  1. 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………

  1. The Lord’s voice speaks of peace for all

his people; we pray for peace in all lands

which suffer the affliction of violence.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for those who are sick at home

or in hospital; may they be comforted in

their illness and receive healing and

hope.

Lord, hear us………

  1. The words of the Lord are spirit and they

are life; we pray that those who have died

may be raised to eternal life.

Lord, hear us………

Celebrant: Father in heaven, you have

chosen us in Christ to be holy and spotless

and to become your adopted children

through Jesus Christ. Hear the prayers of

your children today, which we make, as

always, in the name of Jesus. 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

11th July

Breda St Leger

Bobby Field

Mary Ring

Lena O’Brien

Peggy Manning

12th July

John O’Connor

Shirley Whelehan

Eileen Harte

Jerry Manning

Donal Ring

18th July

Breda St Leger

Bobby Field

Mary Ring

Lena O’Brien

Peggy Manning

19th July

John O’Connor

Shirley Whelehan

Eileen Harte

Jerry Manning

Donal Ring

BRENDAN

12th July

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

19th July

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

St OLIVER’S

11th July

Sheila O’Donovan

Veronica Mulcahy

Catherine Feehely

12th July

Judy Kenny

Helen Gosnell

Audrey Drinan

18th July

Breda Healy

Benny McGuckian

Kathleen Foley

19th July

Antoinette Long

Mary O’Sullivan

Martina Nodwell

BLACKPOOL

11th July

Audrey Lettice

12th July

Siobhan Cotter

18th July

Audrey Lettice

19th July

Siobhan Cotter

ST BRENDAN’S

12th July

Alysha Hoare

19th July

Alysha Hoare

ST OLIVER’S

11th July

Elizabeth Barry

12th July

Kevin O’Riordan

18th July

Mary Martin

19th July

Veronica Byrne

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED: Baily Hannah Morrisey

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE 1ST  ANIVERSARY OCCURS: Dan Murphy

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE RECENTLY DECEASED:

Kathleen (Kitty) Fitzgerald

Roy McCarthy

Ena Cahill

David O’Sullivan

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the threechurches of the parish came to €2,248. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

The second collection this weekend is for the Diocesan Quarterly Collection.

Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €1,960. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Congratulations to REBBECCA O’DONNELL from Delaney Park & VICTORIA KINGSTON from Rathmore Park who are students of Curam de Cara Karate Club in Blarney. Both girls represented Ireland at the W.U.K.F European Karate Championships in Liege, Belgium in June.Together with TIRNA CONNORS from Waterford they won SILVER MEDALS FOR TEAM KUMITE (fighting) and we are very proud of them.

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Parish Newsletter

05 July 2015

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING

A reading from the propheit Ezekiel.

The sons are defiant and they shall know there is a prophet among them. The spirit came into me and made me stand up, and I heard the Lord speaking to me. He said, ‘Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to the rebels who have turned against me. Till now they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me. The sons

are defiant and obstinate; I am sending you to them, to say, “The Lord says this.” Whether they listen or not, this set of rebels shall know there is a prophet among them.’

This is the word of the Lord.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: Our eyes are on the Lord till he show us his mercy.

To you have I lifted up my eyes,

you who dwell in the heavens:

my eyes, like the eyes of slaves

on the hand of their lords. [R]

Like the eyes of a servant

on the hand of his mistress,

so our eyes are on the Lord

our God till he show us his mercy. [R]

Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

We are filled with contempt.

Indeed all too full is our soul

with the scorn of the rich,

with the proud man’s disdain. [R]

 

 

 

SECOND READING

A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.

So I shall be very happy to make my weaknesses my special boast so that the power of Christ may stay over me. In view of the extraordinary nature of these revelations, to stop me from getting too proud I was given a thorn in the flesh, an angel of Satan to beat me and stop me from getting too proud! About this thing, I have pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave me, but he has said, ‘My grace is enough for you: my power is at its best in weakness.’ So I shall be very happy to make my weaknesses my special boast so that the power of Christ may stay over me, and that is why I am quite content with my weaknesses, and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and the agonies I go through for Christ’s sake. For it is when I am weak that I am strong.

This is the word of the Lord.

 

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia! The Word was made flesh and lived among us;

to all who did accept him he gave power to become children of God.

Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.

A prophet is only despised in his own country.

Jesus went to his home town and his disciples accompanied him. With the coming of the sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said, ‘Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him? This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset and Jude and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here with us?’ And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised- in his own country among his own relations and in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, though he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

 Facing the Locals

When people from obscure backgrounds suddenly emerge as important public figures, journalists and television crews often seek out the family and neighbours of the new star to discover what they think of the local hero. Mixed impressions are usually given: delight is shown, congratulations are forthcoming, surprise is admitted, polite disbelief is registered, resentment is uncovered. Some neighbours, afraid of admitting their surprise, will declare confidently that they saw it all coming: if they didn’t spot it first, it isn’t worthknowing. Others are reluctant toacknowledge local greatness; they urge caution and hint that noting much will come of all the hoo-ha. In today’s Gospel Jesus returns to his home place Nazareth. This is not a social visit: like other towns in Galilee, Nazareth has to hear the Good News of the kingdom. When Jesus teaches in the local synagogue, many of the townspeople are astonished at the performance. They wonder at the origin of Jesus’ teaching and the nature of his wisdom, as well as the miracles that are done through him. From the unanswered questions about Jesus’ wisdom, the neighbours move to more familiar territory and focus on what they do know about Jesus. Whatever their wonder, they are not going to allow Jesus’ wisdom to interfere with their memories of him. So, the neighbours support each other in a chorus of distractions. Irrelevant issues are solemnly brought to the centre of attention: the job Jesus worked at, his mother, the presence of his sisters. Of course, the neighbours have a vested interest in focusingon who Jesus was rather than the Jesus that confronts them now: It’s easier having acarpenter around the shop than a prophet loose in the town. So, once a carpenter, always a carpenter. Memory proves to be a useful fiction: it keeps Jesus at the level where they can handle him safely.

Mark summaries the reaction of the Nazareth community to their fellow citizen: “And they would not accept him.” For them, the sheer ordinaries of Jesus cancels out his new wisdom and works. Nothing kills like frozen familiarity.  

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €2,336. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Last weeks’ Peter’s Pence Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €1,960. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

 

ADULT STUDIES OF THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 3RD ANNUAL GATHERING

A Seminar for priests, religious and laity on ʻThe Role of the Priest in Evangelisationʼ In the Iontas Centre, Maynooth on Monday 6th July 2015, 10.30am to 4.30pm (Registration 10.30am). Cost €20. Bus leaves Cork 7.30am (prior booking essential). Please bring a packed lunch.

Further details: Gillian Doherty 086-8233110 or Máirín Ní Shúilleabháin 087-7950325.

 

SEMINAR on POPE FRANCIS’ EARTH ENCYCLICAL

“LAUDATO SI (PRAISE BE): On Care for Our Common Home” with Fr. Donal Dorr CORK: Wednesday 16th September 2015 (10.00 am-4.00 pm) SMA Community Centre, Wilton, Cork KERRY: Monday 28th September 2015 (6.00pm-10.00 pm) John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Rock Rd., Killarney

Organised by the THE EARTH INITIATIVE

a collaboration of The Cork Social and Health Education Project & Páirc a’ Tobair Mercy Earth Community Pope Francis has now published his encyclical dealing with Climate Justice and the Earth. It is intended to be a major wake-up call to Christians and to people of other religions or no religion. But will it make any real difference to our world? Will it help to galvanize us as individuals, and the politicians we elect, to take effective action to meet the huge ecological problems which threaten our whole way of life, and which are already severely affecting the poorest people in poor countries? The impact of the encyclical will depend on how well we get to know it and how we respond to its call.

The seminar will offer an opportunity to reflect on the encyclical’s significance and message. It will be conducted by Donal Dorr DD, author of many books on aspects of justice andspirituality, in particular Option for the Poor and for the Earth: Catholic Social Teaching. The seminar will involve three talks by Fr. Dorr about the encyclical, each one followed by discussion and sharing in the group:

(1) In the first part there will be a talk outlining the ecological spirituality presented in the encyclical, reflecting on its strong points and noting aspects which could be developed further. There will be a chance for some discussion in the group after this talk, including some sharing of participants’ own experiences of ways in which the gifts of nature nourish the spirit.

(2) A second talk will focus on the ecological problems which the encyclical mentions.

During the discussion in the group after this talk there can also be some sharing of participants’ own knowledge and experience of these and other environmental problems.

(3) The third talk will look at the practical actions which the encyclical proposes as ways to

enrich our own ecological spirituality and to respond to the problems. During the discussion in the group after this talk there can again be some sharing of participants’ own experiences and suggestions for finding energy and commitment to develop a sustainable way of living.

Prior registration essential (Phone or e-mail or Post) Booking Cork Seminar:

The Social and Health Education Project, Village Chambers, Station Road, Ballincollig, Co. Cork.

Phone: 021-4666180 • e-mail: socialandhealth@eircom.net

 

Booking Kerry Seminar: JP II Pastoral Centre, Rock Rd., Killarney

Phone: 064-6632644 • e-mail: pastoralcentre@dioceseofkerry.ie

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Parish Newsletter

28 June 2015

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING

A reading from the book of Wisdom.

It was the devil’s envy that brought death into the world. Death was not God’s doing, he takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living. To be – for this he created all; the world’s created things have health in them, in them no fatal poison can be found, and Hades holds no power on earth; for virtue is undying. Yet God did make man imperishable, he made him in the image of his own nature; it was the devil’s envy that brought death into the world, as those who are his partners will discover.

This is the word of the Lord.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me. I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me and have not let my enemies rejoice over me. O Lord, you have raised my soul from the dead, restored me to life from those who sink into the grave. [R]

Sing psalms to the Lord, you who love him, give thanks to his holy name.His anger lasts but a moment; his favour through life.

At night there are tears, but joy comes with dawn. [R]

The Lord listened and had pity. The Lord came to my help. For me you have changed my mourning into dancing,

O Lord my God, I will thank you for ever. [R]

 Second Reading

second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.

To give relief to others balance what happens to be your surplus now against their present need. You always have the most of everything – of faith, of eloquence, of understanding, of keenness for any cause, and the biggest share of our affection – so we expect you to put the most into this work of mercy too. Remember how generous the Lord Jesus was: he was rich, but he became poor for your sake, to make you rich out of his poverty. This does not mean that to give relief to others you ought to make things difficult for yourselves: it is a question

of balancing what happens to be your surplus now against their present need, and one day they may have something to spare that will supply your own need. That is how we strike a balance: as scripture says: The man who gathered much had none too much, the man who gathered little did not go short.

This is the word of the Lord.

 

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia! Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life: you have the message of eternal life. Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark. Little girl, I tell you to get up. When Jesus had crossed in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.’ Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were\pressing all round him. While he was still speaking some people arrived from the house of the synagogue official to say, ‘Your daughter is dead: why put the Master to any further trouble?’ But Jesus had overheard this remark of theirs and he said to the official, ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith.’ And he allowed no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. So they came to the official’s house and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly. He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and crying? The child is not dead, but asleep.’ But they laughed at him. So he turned them all out and, taking with him the child’s father and mother and his own companions, he went into the place where the child lay. And taking the child by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha, kum!’ which means, ‘.’Little girl I tell you to get up.’ The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At this they were overcome with astonishment, and he ordered them strictly not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.

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.

Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €1,597. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €2,237. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

The second collection this weekend is the annual Peter’s Pence Collection. While the regular contribution goes to the local parish or diocese, Peter’s Pence goes directly to Rome. The money collected each year is used by the Pope for charitable purposes.  

CORK OPERA HOUSE

Fri 30 October 2015 at 8.00pm +353 21 427 0022 • info@corkoperahouse.ie Tickets ­€35/€38

Father Ray will be joined by a 15 piece orchestra and will be singing a selection of spiritual songs. Father Ray is PP of Moylagh/Oldcastle in County Meath. Father Ray has found himself with a global mission since videos of his singing at a wedding have been viewed 50 million times. Part of Father Ray’s vocational training took place in the old Kiltegan House on Rochestown Road and this is his first concert in Cork.

 

THE OVER 60’S CLUB next Meeting Tuesday 30th June 2-4.30pm at Blackpool Community Centre. Last meeting before our Summer break.

 FIRST FIVE SATURDAYS IN HONOUR OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

The First Five Saturdays will continue in St Mary’s Popes Quay on Saturday next 4th July.Devotions will commence with Holy Hour including Confessions from 7 am to 8am (please note time) followed by the recitation of the Rosary at 8am. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 8.15am, a light breakfast will be served after Mass. Please join us in praying for this vitally important intention.

 ADULT STUDIES OF THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 3RD ANNUAL GATHERING A Seminar for priests, religious and laity on ʻThe Role of the Priest in Evangelisationʼ In the Iontas Centre, Maynooth on Monday 6th July 2015, 10.30am to 4.30pm (Registration 10.30am). Cost €20. Introduction – Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio, Keynote address – Bishop Dominique Rey of Fréjios –Toulon, France Response – Archbishop Eamon Martin, Primate of All Ireland.Bus leaves Cork 7.30am (prior booking essential). Please bring a packed lunch. Further details: Gillian Doherty 086- 8233110 or Máirín Ní Shúilleabháin 087-7950325.

 THE GLANMIRE PARISH ASSEMBLY

would like to invite you to the annual Mass in Rathcooney Cemetery, which will take place on Tuesday 7th July at 7.30pm. CARRIGTWOHILL OPEN GARDENS will take place on Saturday July 4th from 10am-4pm in aid of the Cork Association for Autism (CAA). The CAA provides residential care, respite, day service, home support and an Asperger Syndrome Support Service to adults on the autistic spectrum. You are invited along to visit the sensory gardens at Greenville House, a service centre of the CAA. Noel OʼKeeffeʼs beautiful cottage garden will also be open to the public. Plants and pottery which have been produced at Greenville House will be on sale on the day. Event will be signposted from Carrigtwohill town. Tickets can be purchased at Greenville on the day for €8 which will include tea/coffee and light refreshments and entry to both gardens. For more information on the Open Gardens event call the CAA fundraising office on 021 453 3642, emailfundraising@corkautism.ie or log on to http://www.corkautism.ie

DEVOTIONS IN HONOUR OF THE DIVINE MERCY

On Friday next July 3rd (First Friday).

Devotions in honour of the Divine Mercy will take place at the North Cathedral commencing with recitation of the holy rosary at 7.30pm followed by celebration of Mass at 8pm. The devotions will also include Benediction and the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. These devotions will continue on the First Friday of each month.

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Parish Newsletter

31 May 2015

The Most Holy Trinity

FIRST READING

A reading from the book of Deuteronomy.

The Lord is God indeed, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other. Moses said to the people: ‘Put this question, then, to the ages that are past, that went before you, from the time God created man on earth: Was there ever a word so majestic, from one end of heaven to the other? Was anything ever heard? Did ever a people hear the voice of the living God speaking from the heart of the fire, as you heard it, and remain alive? Has any god ventured to take to himself one nation from the midst of another by ordeals, signs, wonders, war with mighty hand and outstretched arm, by fearsome terrors – all this that the Lord your God did for you before your eyes in Egypt? Understand this today, therefore, and take it to heart: the Lord is God indeed, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other. Keep his laws and commandments as I give them to you today, so that you and your children may prosper and live long

in the land that the Lord your God gives you for ever.’

This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own.

The word of the Lord is faithful The Lord looks on those who revere him, and all his works to be trusted. on those who hope in his love, The Lord loves justice and right to rescue their souls from death, and fills the earth with his love. [R] to keep them alive in famine. [R]

By his word the heavens were made, Our soul is waiting for the Lord.

by the breath of his mouth all the stars. The Lord is our help and our shield. He spoke; and they came to be. May your love be upon us, O Lord,

He commanded; they sprang into being. [R] as we place all our hope in you. [R]

SECOND READING

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

You received the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, ‘Abba, Father|’

Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’ The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory.

This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia! Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, The God who is, who was, and who is to come.

Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €2,285.

Sincere thanks for your generous support.

90th Eucharistic Procession Sunday 7 June 2015

Christ Have Mercy

Participants start assembling at North Cathedral 3.00 p.m. – Procession leaves North Cathedral 2.45 p.m. – Religious Ceremony begins in Daunt’s Sqaure

Guest Preacher: Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, SMA Archbishop of Cashel and Emly

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 pray for our needs, the needs of the Church and the

needs of the world.

Intercessions:

  1. We pray that the Church may be

guided by the Holy Spirit and glorify

God by being faithful to the gospel.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray that all peoples in the world

may live in peace, acknowledging and

respecting difference.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for all who are sick, especially

those who are terminally ill; may they

find healing and consolation.

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: Lord, our God, Creator of all

that is, Redeemer of the world, Sanctifier

of your people, hear our prayers and

grant what we need, through 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.

BLACKPOOL

30th May

Breda St Leger

Bobby Field

Lena O’Brien

Mary Ring

Peggy Manning

31st May

John O’Connor

Shirley Whelehan

Eileen Harte

Donal Ring

Jerry Manning

6th June

Breda St Leger

Bobby Field

Lena O’Brien

Mary Ring

Ger O’Brien

7th June

John O’Connor

Shirley Whelehan

Eileen Harte

Jerry Manning

Donal Ring

  1. BRENDAN

31st May

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

7th June

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

  1. OLIVER’S

30th May

Kathleen Foley

Diarmuid O’Donovan

Linda Cullen

31st May

Judy Kenny

Helen Gosnell

Audrey Drinan

6th June

Sheila O’Donovan

Veronica Mulcahy

Catherine Feehely

7th June

Antoinette Long

Mary O’Sullivan

Martina Nodwell

BLACKPOOL

30th May

Audrey Lettice

31st May

Eileen Jones

6th June

Audrey Lettice

7th June

Eoin Lettice

  1. BRENDAN’S

31st May

Bill Corcoran

7th June

Bill Corcoran

  1. OLIVER’S

30th May

Mary Martin

31st May

Ellen Falvey

6th June

Linda Cullen

7th June

Ellen McCarthy

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE RECENTLY DECEASED:

William Walsh

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OCCURRS:

Bernie Hackett

Congratulations to the Girls and Boys of Gaelscoil Pheig Sayers, who made their 1st Holy Communion on Saturday 23rd May in the Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool

Aaron O’Floinn

Adam Liatháin

Brooke Ní Dhonnabháin

Callum Breathnach

Conchúir O’Maonaigh

Criostóir O’Laocha

Ethan Ramkissoon

Kaelyn Ní Cheallacháin

Karen Ní Chonaill

Lauren Ní Ceannt

Leah Ní Longáin

Leah Ní Shé

Lucy Ní Chearúil

Rhys Mac Ambróis

Riain Mac Inéirí

Roibéard O’Laoire

Seaic Liatháin

OVER 60’S TALENT COMPETITION

The final of the Over 60’s Talent Competition will be held at the Cork City Hall on Sunday 7th June at 8pm. This is the 39th year of the event. Proceeds to the Irish Heart Foundation. Tickets: €15 on sale at Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street and Blackpool Shopping Centre.

DEVOTIONS IN HONOUR OF THE DEVINE MERCY

On Friday next 5th (First Friday) Devotions in honour of the Devine Mercy will take place

at the North Cathedral commencing with recitation of the holy rosary at 7.30pm

followed by celebration of Mass at 8pm. The devotions will also include Benediction

and the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. All very welcome.

FIRST FIVE SATURDAY IN HONOUR OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

The first Five Saturdays will continue in St Mary’s Popes Quay on Saturday next 6th June. Devotions will commence with Holy Hour including Confession from 7am – 8am (please note time) followed by the recitation of the Rosary at 8am. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 8.15am. A light breakfast will be served after Mass.

Next meeting of BLACKPOOL OVER 60’S CLUB Tuesday 2nd June 2-4.30pm at Blackpool Community Centre. All welcome new and old members welcome.

Parish Newsletter

24 May 2015

Pentecost Sunday

FIRST READING

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak.

When Pentecost day came round, they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech. Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. ‘Surely’ they said ‘all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; as well as visitors from Rome- Jews and proselytes alike-Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.’

This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[Response]: Send forth your Spirit, 0 Lord,

and renew the face of the earth.

Bless the Lord, my soul!

Lord God, how great you are,

How many are your works, O Lord!

The earth is full of your riches. [R]

You take back your spirit, they die,

returning to the dust from which they came.

You send forth your spirit, they are created;

and you renew the face of the earth. [R]

May the glory of the Lord last for ever!

May the Lord rejoice in his works!

May my thoughts be pleasing to him.

I find my joy in the Lord. [R]

SECOND READING

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

The fruit of the Spirit. If you are guided by the Spirit you will be in no danger of yielding to self-indulgence, since self-indulgence is the opposite of the Spirit, the Spirit is totally against such a thing, and it is precisely because the two are so opposed that you do not always carry out your good intentions. If you are led by the Spirit, no law can touch you. When self-indulgence is at work the results are obvious: fornication, gross indecency and sexual irresponsibility; idolatry and sorcery; feuds and wrangling, jealousy, bad temper and quarrels; disagreements, factions, envy; drunkenness, orgies and similar things. I warn you now, as I warned you before: those who behave like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. There can be no law against things like that, of course. You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires.

SEQUENCE

Holy Spirit, Lord of light,

From the clear celestial height

Thy pure beaming radiance give.

Come, thou Father of the poor,

Come with treasures which

endure;

Come, thou light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,

Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,

Dost refreshing peace bestow;

Thou in toil art comfort sweet;

Pleasant coolness in the heat;

Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, light divine,

Visit thou these hearts of thine,

And our inmost being fill:

If thou take thy grace away,

Nothing pure in man will stay;

All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength

renew;

On our dryness pour thy dew;

Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will;

Melt the frozen, warm the chill;

Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on us who evermore

Thee confess and thee adore,

With thy sevenfold gifts descend:

Give us comfort when we die;

Give us life with thee on high;

Give us joys that never end.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia! Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.

The Spirit of truth he will lead you to the complete truth.

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘When the Advocate comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father, he will be my witness. And you too will be witnesses, because you have been with me from the outset. I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now. But when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking as from himself but will say only what he has learnt; and he will tell you of the things to come. He will glorify me, since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine. Everything the Father has is mine; that is why I said: All he tells you will be taken from what is mine’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

24 May 2015 info@blackpoolparish.com | http://www.blackpool p2a0r1is1h.com info@blackpoolparish.com | http://www.blackpoolparish.comSubmissions for Newsletter: To be in by 10am on Wednesdays.

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 bring out

needs, the needs of our parish community

and the needs of the world before the Lord

in prayer.

Intercessions:

  1. We pray for the Church; may it be

filled with the Holy Spirit and bring

peace, joy and forgiveness to all

humankind.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for political leaders; may they

strive to build and harmony in a

fractured world.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for vocations; that those men

and women who hear the Lord’s call

to service may respond generously.

Lord, hear us………

  1. We pray for all who have gone before

us marked with the sign of faith; may

they be raised to eternal life in the

kingdom of heaven.

Lord, hear us………

Celebrant: Father in heaven, you sent

your Spirit to guide us and inspire us.

Hear our prayers today and grant us

what we need. We make these and all

our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ,

your Son, our Lord. Amen.

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY THOSE

RECENTLY BAPTISED:

Taylor Mc Sweeney

Joshua Thomas Meade

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE RECENTLY

DECEASED:

Chris Connolly

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE

WHOSE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OCCURRS:

Arthur Cooke

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.

NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART

will take place at the Sacred Heart Church, Western Rd from Thursday June 4th to Friday June 12th 2015. Devotions will take place daily at 10am and 8pm.

SHANDON AREA HISTORY GROUP

(www.shandonareahistorygroup.com) Invite you to “A Guided Walk along historical Patrick Street” by local historian Liam Oʼh-Uigín from http://www.corcaigh.net Wednesday 27th May @ 7.00 p.m.

Starting from Fr. Matthewʼs Statue. All are Welcome!

CORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY is offering eighteen courses under the Springboard+ Initiatives, with FREE places for two hundred and seventy-nine job seekers. Courses available include intensive conversion courses in Cloud Computing, Mobile Software  development and Data Science and Analytics as well as courses in Automation, Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma Methodologies, Environment and Energy Engineering and Plant and Piping Design. Details on available courses, eligibility and the application process are available at http://www.springboardcourses.ie

THE MONTHLY MEETING FOR THE PARISH ASSEMBLY will take place on Monday 25th May in Farranferris College at 8pm.BOOKING OF MASS DIARY

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.

Below is an article written by Lisa Madden who lives in Monard. Lisa regularly attends the weekend masses either in the Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool or St. Brendanʼs Church, The Glen. We would like to congratulate Lisa on representing Ireland in the Miss

Universe Pagent. We wish her all the best in all her future endeavours. My adventure began last October when I was lucky

enough to be crowned Miss Universe Ireland and this was the reason that I got the chance to travel to Miami in early January. It is such a privilege to represent ones country but to get the chance to share this experience with 87 other girls, many who had been preparing for 2 years, made it all the more exciting. Pageantry is a big business in many countries especially in the Far East and South America. Girls even attend training colleges to get ‘pageantry-ready’. I was away for over 3 weeks. The first two weeks were very busy attending events both commercial and charity. The final week was a daze of rehearsals and preparations for the massive pageant that would be the final of Miss Universe. Miss Columbia was the worthy winner on the night. I am now back to my Dentistry studies in UCC (completing 3rd year) with dreams of glittering events but a distant memory. But what an experience….. Miss Universe Ireland

Congratulations to the Girls and Boys of Gaelscoil Pheig Sayers, who made their 1st Holy Communion on Saturday 23rd May in the Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool

Aaron O’Floinn

Adam Liatháin

Brooke Ní Dhonnabháin

Callum Breathnach

Conchúir O’Maonaigh

Criostóir O’Laocha

Ethan Ramkissoon

Kaelyn Ní Cheallacháin

Karen Ní Chonaill

Lauren Ní Ceannt

Leah Ní Longáin

Leah Ní Shé

Lucy Ní Chearúil

Rhys Mac Ambróis

Riain Mac Inéirí

Roibéard O’Laoire

   Kaelyn Ní Cheallacháin

   Kaelyn Ní Cheallacháin

Canon Vincent Hodnett P.P

(1945 – 2015)

1970 – Temporary Appointment – Westminister.

1975 – C.C. Togher Parish, Cork.

1982 – C.C. Bantry, Co. Cork.

1988 – Chaplain to C.U.H.

1996 – C.C. Douglas, Cork.

1999 – P.P. Blackpool / The Glen / Ballyvolane, Cork.

2005 – P.P. The Lough, Cork.Ordained 17th June 1970, The Lough Church.

My first conversation with Fr. Vincent Hodnett took place when, shortly after his appointment as our Parish Priest, he contacted me to ask if I would be willing to be a member of a group of people preparing for the establishment of a new Parish Assembly. Being involved in this work gave me an opportunity to get to know him quite well. He was obviously delighted with his new role and he enthusiastically set about doing an excellent job. Not everybody receives the gift of knowing that they are where they want to be, doing work that satisfies their heart’s desire. The Fr. Vincent that I knew seemed to have this gift in abundance. He was endowed with many excellent qualities which greatly helped him in his ministry. He loved people and he took great pleasure in getting to know his parishioners and in making himself available to all who needed him. When we were compiling lists of people in the various areas of the parish, we were amazed at how well and how quickly he had acquired a knowledge of who people were and where they lived. He passionately wanted to bring the Mass and the sacraments to as many people as possible and he believed in doing so as efficiently as he could. So he gathered many helpers around him and delegated many tasks to them. His standards were very high; he wanted every job done properly. He was very open to the use of new ways to preach the gospel. He worked very hard at making Holy Week really meaningful. Much time and energy went into preparing for the pageant of the Passion at Mass on Holy Thursday; the Stations of the Cross were enacted on Great William O Brien St., and the young people of Blackpool Youth Club were involved in the liturgy. He had a great way with prayer and he used every opportunity to make it relevant to people’s needs. Fr. Vincent was very much a team player. He worked very well with his colleagues, Fr. Jerry and Fr. James, at doing the work of the parish and at ensuring that pastoral care was always available. He was a great man for dialogue, he always listened well, even when the views being expressed might not be convenient for him. He gave great encouragement to everybody who worked at making the world a little better, in parish groups and in life in general. He was a very compassionate man, who understood well that people are often in hard places. He had a great sense of humour, he knew that laughter makes life a great deal easier. He had great energy, which enabled him to get through many a hard day and to overcome many obstacles. He made no secret of the pain he felt on leaving the parish. He was very happy here and he would have loved to stay longer and do more good work. But in spite of his sorrow, he absolutely enjoyed the night that the parish said goodbye to him. Mass in the Church of the Annunciation was followed by refreshments and a dance in Blackpool Community Centre. Fr. Vincent was happy that night, he was among people that he loved and that loved him. His life was truly well lived and he greatly helped many fellow pilgrims on his journey. May he rest in peace.

MICHAEL CASEY I would like to thank Michael for writing his reflection on the late Canon Vincent Hodnett. (John O’Donovan)

Parish Newsletter 17 May 2015 The Ascension of the Lord

FIRST READING

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.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

[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]

SECOND READING

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

himself.

This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia!

Go, make disciples of all the nations;

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

GOSPEL

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.

info@blackpoolparish.com | 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

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 pray for our

needs, the needs of the Church and the

needs of the world.

Intercessions:

  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

consolation.

Lord, hear us………

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.

BLACKPOOL

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

  1. BRENDAN

17th May

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

24th May

Mary Hoare

Michael Foley

Bill Corcoran

OLIVER’S

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

BLACKPOOL

16th May

Audrey Lettice

17th May

Eileen Jones

23rd May

Audrey Lettice

24th May

Eileen Jones

BRENDAN’S

17th May

Bill Corcoran

24th May

Bill Corcoran

OLIVER’S

16th May

Maureen Lehane

17th May

Kevin O’Riordan

23rd May

Elizabeth Barry

24th May

Veronica Byrne

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE RECENTLY DECEASED:

Kathleen Dempsey

Sean O’Riordan

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OCCURRS:

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

Gealbháin

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.

 

SUPPORTING CANCER SERVICES IN CORK

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.

BLACKPOOL YOUTH CLUB: RADIOTHON COFFEE MORNING

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.

PASTORAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICE COLLECTION –

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.

BOOKING OF MASS DIARY

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 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.’

Parish Newsletter
03 May 2015
Fifth Sunday of Easter
FIRST READING
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
Barnabas explained how the Lord had appeared to Saul and spoken to him on his journey. When Saul got to Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him: they could not believe he was really a disciple. Barnabas, however, took charge of him, introduced him to the apostles, and explained how the Lord had appeared to Saul and spoken to him on his journey, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. Saul now started to go round with them in Jerusalem, preaching fearlessly in the name of the Lord. But after he had spoken to the Hellenists, and argued with them, they became determined to kill
him. When the brothers knew, they took him to Caesarea, and sent him off from there to Tarsus. The churches throughout Judaea, Galilee and Samaria were now left in peace, building themselves up, living in the fear of the Lord, and filled with the consolation of the Holy Spirit.
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: You, Lord, are my praise in the great assembly.
My vows I will pay before those who fear him.
The poor shall eat and shall have their fill.
They shall praise the Lord, those who seek him.
May their hearts live for ever and ever!
[R]
All the earth shall remember and return to the Lord,
all families of the nations worship before him.
They shall worship him, all the mighty of the earth;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust.
[R]
And my soul shall live for him, my children serve him.
They shall tell of the Lord to generations yet to come,
declare his faithfulness to peoples yet unborn:
‘These things the Lord has done.’
[R]

SECOND READING
A reading from the first letter of St John.
His commandments are these: that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and that we love one another.
My children, our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active; only by this can we be certain that we are the children of the truth and be able to quieten our conscience in his presence, whatever accusations it may raise against us, because God is greater than our conscience and he knows everything. My dear people, if we cannot be condemned by our own conscience, we need not be afraid in God’s presence, and whatever we ask him, we shall receive, because we keep his commandments and live the kind of life that he wants.
His commandments are these: that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and that we love one another as he told us to.
Whoever keeps his commandments lives in God and God lives in him. We know that he lives in us by the Spirit that he has given us.
This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, alleluia!
Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.
Whoever remains in me bears fruit in plenty.
Alleluia!
GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty.
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that bears no fruit he cuts away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes to make it bear even more. You are pruned already, by means of the word that I have spoken to you.
Make your home in me, as I make mine in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself, but must remain part of the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is like a branch that has been thrown away – he withers; these branches are collected and thrown on the fire, and they are burnt. in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you shall get it.
It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit, and then you will be my disciples.’
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.
Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from the
three churches of the parish came to €1,790.
Donation: €500
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three
churches of the parish came to €2,418.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.
info@blackpoolparish.com | http://www.blackpoolparish.com
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
1st Communions:
St. Brendan’s & St. Mark’s:
9th May 2015
Scoil Oilibhèir:
16th May 2015
Gaelscoil Pheig Sayers:
23rd May 2015

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

Parish Mobile: 086 8527997

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
Celebrant’s Introduction:
In the Second Reading
we read the words of John: ‘whatever we ask
him, we shall receive, because we keep his
commandments and live the kind of life he
wants’. With confidence we present our needs
before the Lord.
Intercessions:
1. We pray for the Church; that it may
continue to spread the gospel to the ends
of the earth and bring families of all
nations to worship the Lord.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for those who are hungry; that in
the words of the psalmist, ‘the poor shall
eat and have their fill’.
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for those who are ill at home or
in hospital; may the Lord provide them
with healing and consolation.
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for those who have died; may
they experience eternal life with the
angels and saints in heaven.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
Father in heaven, you sent you
only Son Jesus to show us the way to heaven.
Hear our prayers today, which we make, as
always, through the same Christ, our Lord.
Amen.
THE SMA NOVENA IN HONOUR OF OUR LADY OF KNOCK will begin on Friday 15th May to Friday 22nd May
at the African Missions Church Blackrock Rd, Cork and will finish with our pilgrimage to Knock on the 23rd May 2015.
The Novena will be celebrated each evening at 7.30pm
(exceptSat16th May@ 7pm)
For information please contact: SMA Blackrock
Road at 021-4292874 or SMA Wilton at 021- 4541069.

CALLING ALL WALKERS,
we are starting a new walking club in Blackpool
called the Blackpool Strollers Club. All ages and
everyone welcome. We are meeting outside the Blackpool Community Centre on Thursday 7th May at 7.30pm. Looking forward
to seeing you.

SECOND COLLECTION FOR THE PASTORAL
DEVELOPMENT OFFICE IN THE DIOCESE
The annual second collection to fund the work of the Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office will be taken up next
Weekend Saturday/Sunday 9th and 10th May.
This annual collection funds the costs of training for parish
assemblies and pastoral councils; ministry to young people and young adults; training for parish ministries such as baptism preparation teams, parish catechists, funeral teams; and resources for ongoing formation such as courses, talks and conferences for clergy and laity.

AN ART DISPLAY OF WORKS
by the Primary Schools from the Blackpool/North
Cathedral/Shandon Education Network will be on show in Blackpool Community Centre from Tuesday 5th May to Friday 8th May 2015.

Over 60’s Club Next meeting Tuesday 5th May at the
Community Centre 2-4.30pm.
All new and old members welcome.
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
2nd May
Breda St Leger
Bobby Field
Lena O’Brien
Mary Ring
Peggy Manning
3rd May
John O’Connor
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Harte
Donal Ring
Jerry Manning
9th May
Breda St Leger
Bobby Field
Lena O’Brien
Mary Ring
Peggy Manning
10th May
John O’Connor
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Harte
Donal Ring
Jerry Manning
ST. BRENDAN
3rd May
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
10th May
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran

ST. OLIVER’S
2nd May
Veronica Mulcahy
Catherine Feehily
Breda Healy
3rd May
Judy Kenny
Helen Gosnell
Audrey Drinan
9th May
Benny McGuckian
Kathleen Foley
Diarmuid O’Donovan
10th May
Antoinette Long
Mary O’Sullivan
Martina Nodwell
BLACKPOOL
2nd May
Audrey Lettice
3rd May
Eileen Jones
9th May
Audrey Lettice
3rd May
Eileen Jones

ST. BRENDAN’S
3rd May
Bill Corcoran
10th May
Bill Corcoran

ST. OLIVER’S
2nd May
Mary Murphy
3rd May
Eileen Falvey
9th May
Ann O’Donovan
10th May
Ellen McCarthy

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE
RECENTLY DECEASED:
Cannon Vincent Hoddnett

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:
Lilianna Patuka
Jakub Franciszek
Budzynski
Faye Catherine Nolan
Alex David O’Connor

Congratulations to the boys and girls of Scoil Oilibhéir who made their Confirmation on Thursday 30th April in St Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane.
Rang Cearúilín Uí Bhóid
Georgina Ní Chathmhaoil
Amy Ní Chúibreith
Robyn Ní Ghrifín
Jodie Ní hAodha
Erica Ní Chéilleachair
Laurie Ní Chárthaigh
Laoiseach Nic Chárthaigh
Ava Ní Mhaolchathaigh
Hayley Ní Mhurchú
Chloe Ní Dhonnabháin
Méabh Ní Mhathúna
Kayleigh Ní Shuilleabháin
Lusaí Ní Riabhaigh
Victoria Strykovska
Amy Ní Thuathaigh
Joshua de Barra
Lucas Ó Dunaigh
Dylan Ó Geibheannaigh
Tomás Ó hArgáin
Tómas Ó Ceallaigh
Dáithí Ó Ceallacháin
Cian Ó Conaill
Adam Ó Conchúir
Jason Ó Conchúir
Seán Ó Floinn
Ryan Ó Gormáin
Doiminic Ó Súilleabháin

Rang Eolain Ó Rinn
Aoife Ní Cholmáin
Ava Ní Dhoirinne
Megan Ní Chnoic
Clara Ní Ogáin
Sinéad Ní Liatháin
Cáit Nic Chárthaigh
Laoise Ní Ghiolla Chainnigh
Tara Ní Mhurchú
Labhaoise Ní Shuilleabháin
Kara Ní Scanláin
Shauna Simons
Roibéard Ó hAchairn
Arron Ó Callanáin
Maitiú Ó Cearúill
Seán Ó Corcoráin
Caoimhín Ó Donnabháin
Ian Foo
Cian Ó Ceilleachair
Alex Ó Cadhla
Dylan Labhaois
Seamus Ó Maoláin
Éimhín Ó Muirí
Seán Ó Domhaill
Séamus Ó Drisceoil
Séamus Ó Caoimh
Aaron Ó Mathúna
Ryan Ó Súilleabháin
Adam Polak

Rang Treasa Ní Bhuaigh
Ella Ní Choileáin
Martha Creber
Nicole Ní Dhaltúin
Mackenzie Ní Dhoirne- Tréinir
Siobhán Duncliffe Ní Mhathúna
Bronwen Ní Aoláin
Raiséal Ní Loinsigh
Sophie Nic Uladh
Aisha Nic Shéain Garzon
Caoimhe Rís Ní Bhriain
Clodagh Rís Ní Bhriain
Heather Ní Éagartaigh
Lily Tennent
Beiniamín Mac Aibhistín
Rokas Baltusis
Oleksiy Borshchevskyy
Séan Ó Brosnacháin
Seán Ó Ciosáin
Kyle Ó Cuilinn
Daithí Ó Cuileanáin
Adam Ó Foghlú
Eric Gógan
Conchúr Ó hAnragáin
Pádraig Ó Leathlobhair
Adam Ó Lordain
Séamus Ó Laoire
Seán Ó Riagáin
Josh Ó Riain

Church Visit Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool
On Sunday 3rd May we welcome the Chanterelles Choir (UK), who sing at the 12noon Mass.
The Chanterelles (UK) began singing together in 2009. Based in Leicestershire, but with singers from all over the UK, the Chanterelles derive much satisfaction from singing together at such a high standard with their professionalism and proficiency evident in their music. Directed by Dr Shirley Court, they boast a diverse repertoire which spans genres showcasing their rich sound. Their recent achievements include winning the women’s choirs section at the Isle of Man Festival of Choirs 2013, the North Wales Choral Festival in 2011, and the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in 2010. The choir was also named
‘most entertaining choir’ at the final of the Isle of Man Festival of Choirs.

Annual Mass for our departed faithful will take place on Wednesday 27th May 2015 at Kilcully Cemetery at 7.30pm

Parish Newsletter
12 April 2015
Second Sunday of Easter
Divine Mercy Sunday
FIRST READING
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
United, heart and soul.
The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed for his own use anything that he had, as everything they owned was held in common. The apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, and they
were all given great respect.
None of their members was ever in want, as all those who owned land or houses would sell them, and bring the money from them, to present it to the apostles; it was then distributed to any members who might be in need.
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
for his love has no end.
Let the sons of Israel say: The stone which the builders rejected
‘His love has no end.’ has become the corner stone.
Let the sons of Aaron say: This is the work of the Lord,
‘His love has no end.’ a marvel in our eyes.
Let those who fear the Lord say: This day was made by the Lord;
‘His love has no end.’
[R]
we rejoice and are glad.
[R]
The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;
his right hand raised me up.
I shall not die, I shall live
and recount his deeds.
I was punished, I was punished by the Lord,
but not doomed to die.
[R]

SECOND READING
A reading from the first letter of St John.
Anyone who has been begotten by God has already overcome the world. 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’s children if we love God himself and do what he has commanded us; 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 –overcoming 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.
This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, alleluia! Jesus said to him: ‘You believe because you can see me.
Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ Alleluia!

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
Eight days later, Jesus came.
In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you,’ and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.
‘As the Father sent me,
so am I sending you,’
After saying this he breathed on them and said:
‘Receive the Holy Spirit.
For those whose sins you forgive,
they are forgiven;
for those whose sins you retain,
they are retained.’
Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said, ‘We have seen the Lord,’ he answered, ‘Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’ Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you,’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him:
‘You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’
There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
.
SUNDAY• APRIL 12TH• 2015
St. Augustine’s Church,
Washington Street
Jesus explained the Feast of Mercy:
“The soul that will go to
confession and receive holy communion shall obtain
complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.”
Divine Mercy Sunday
Devotions begin at 2pm and conclude with
Mass at 4pm
All are welcome

Submissions for Newsletter: To be in by 10am on Wednesdays. You may email to
info@blackpoolparish.com | http://www.blackpoolparish.com
12 April 2015

TrÓcaire Boxes
Please hand in your Trócaire Boxes as soon as possible.

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:
Amber Lilly Jordan
Ana Lyubica Dolic

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE
RECENTLY DECEASED
IN OUR PARISH:
Helena O’Brien
Kevin O’Mahony
WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE 1ST
ANNIVERSARY OCCURS:
Sean Connolly
Noel Boyle

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
1st Communions:
St. Brendan’s & St. Mark’s:
9th May 2015

Scoil Oilibhèir:
16th May 2015

Gaelscoil Pheig Sayers:
23rd May 2015

Confirmations:
Scoil Oilibhèir:
Thursday 30th April 2015

Fr John & Fr Damian for your generosity in the
Easter Weekend collection.

A sincere
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
On behalf of the Priests of the Parish and the Parish
Assembly a hugh Thank You to everyone who helped
and took part in the Easter Ceremonies.
Annual Vocations Day
The Annual Cork and Ross Vocations Information Day will be held at St. Dominic’s Retreat Centre, Ennismore, Montenotte, Cork, on SUNDAY APRIL 19TH FROM 2.30PM TO 5.30PM.
Many contemplating the possibility of a
vocation to priesthood are nervous about
taking the first step. This afternoon allows
prospective students to explore the possibility
of a vocation and make enquiries in an
informal setting. Seminarians for the Diocese
will also attend. Further information from:
Fr. Tom Deenihan 021 4301717
Canon Bertie O’Mahony 021 4371684

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:
As a community of
believers in Jesus Christ, we present our needs
before the Lord with confidence
Intercessions:
1. We pray for the Church; may it continue to
bear witness to the risen Christ in the world
and inspire all people to live according to
gospel values.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray that we may become more and more a
community that actively cares for and protects
the most needy and vulnerable.
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for those who are ill at home and in
hospital; that the Lord will provide healing
and consolation.
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for those who have gone before us
marked with the sign of faith; may they enjoy
eternal life as won for us by Christ.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
Heavenly Father, you raised your Son
from the dead so that all may enjoy eternal life.
Hear the prayers we make today in the name of
Jesus, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

PARISH ASSEMBLY
Next meeting will take place on Monday 27th April
2015.

SPRING DUES ENVELOPES
Please return your Spring Dues Envelopes as soon as possible.

THE ALTAR SOCIETY
wishes to convey their sincere thanks to the
parishioners for their financial support towards the Easter Altars.
The BALLINCROKIG / DUBLIN PIKE STATION MASS
will be held in Blackpool Church on Saturday 25th April at 10am.

The KILLEENS STATION MASS
will be held in Blackpool Church on
Saturday 2nd May at 10am

Parish Newsletter
March 29 2015
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
FIRST READING
A reading from the prophet Isaiah.
I did not cover my face against insult – I know I shall not be shamed. The Lord has given me a disciple’s tongue. So that I may know how to reply to the wearied he provides me
with speech. Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple. The Lord has opened my ear. For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away. I offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who tore at my beard; I did not cover my face against insult and spittle. The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults. So, too, I set my face like flint; I know I shall not be shamed.
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
All who see me deride me. They divide my clothing among them.
They curl their lips, they toss their heads. They cast lots for my robe. ‘He trusted in the Lord, let him save him; O Lord, do not leave me alone, let him release him if this is his friend.’
R.
my strength, make haste to help me!
R.
Many dogs have surrounded me, I will tell of your name to my brethren
a band of the wicked beset me. and praise you where they are assembled.
They tear holes in my hands and my feet. ‘You who fear the Lord give him praise;
I can count everyone of my bones.
R.
all sons of Jacob, give him glory.
Revere him, Israel’s sons.’
R.

SECOND READING
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians
He humbled himself, but God raised him high.
His state was divine, yet Christ Jesus did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave, and became as men are, and being as all men are, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross.
But God raised him high and gave him the name which is above all other names so that all beings in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld, should bend the knee at the name of Jesus and that every tongue should acclaim Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!
Christ was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross.
But God raised him high and gave him the name whch is above all names.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE
WHOSE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OCCURS:
Noelle O’Driscoll
Peter O’Donovan
Tadhg Sheehan

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE
RECENTLY DECEASED:
Michael McCarthy
Paul O’Riordan

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:
Ella Maryann Quinlan
Lauren Marie Carroll

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three
churches of the parish came to € 2,715.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Easter Offerings The Collection at all Masses
next weekend is for the Priests of the Parish.

BLACKPOOL
Palm Sunday 6pm Vigil: Blessing of Palms
and Vigil Mass for Palm Sunday 12noon:
The Glen
Blessing of Palms and Palm Sunday Mass
10am: Blessing of Palms and Palm Sunday Mass
Ballyvolane
6pm Vigil: Blessing of Palms and Vigil Mass for Palm Sunday 11am: Blessing of Palms and Palm Sunday Mass
Blackpool
Mon. 30th March
Mass 10am
The Glen
10am:Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion
Ballyvolane
Mass 9am

Tues 31st March
Blackpool
Mass 10am
The Glen
10am: Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion

Ballyvolane
9am Mass
Blackpool
Wed 1st April
10am Mass
Ballyvolane
9am Mass

Chrism Mass (only morning Mass) in the Cathedral at 10am. Everybody welcome.

The Sacred Triduum Holy Thursday 2nd April
6pm:Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Watch and pray until 8pm
Ballyvolane
6pm: Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Watch and pray until 8pm

Good Friday 3rd April
A day of Fast and Abstinence
The Collection taken up today isfor the Holy Places
Blackpool
12noon:Stations of the Cross
6pm: Solemn Celebration of the Passion of Our Lord
Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion
3pm: Stations of the Cross and Solemn Celebration of the
Passion of Our Lord Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion

Ballyvolane
12noon: Stations of the Cross
3pm: Solemn Celebration of
the Passion of Our Lord Veneration of the Cross and
Holy Communion
7pm: Prayers around the Cross

Holy Saturday 4th April
Blackpool
6pm:Solemn Easter Vigil and
Mass of the Resurrection

Mass of the Resurrection
Easter Sunday 5th April
Blackpool
12noon:
The Glen
Easter Sunday Mass
10am:
Ballyvolane
6pm: Solemn Easter Vigil and

11am:Easter Sunday Mass

Easter  Mass Novena
BLACKPOOL

BALLYVOLANE
Holy Thursday: 6pm
Holy Saturday: 6pm
Easter Sunday: 12noon
Easter Tuesday: 10am

THE GLEN
Easter Sunday:10am

BALLYVOLANE
Holy Thursday: 6pm
Holy Saturday: 6pm
Easter Sunday: 11am
Easter Tuesday: 9am

PRAYERS OF THE
FAITHFUL
Celebrant’s Introduction:
Let us present our concerns
and prayers before our gracious God.
Intercessions:
1. We pray that all members of the Church will
play their role in spreading the gospel.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray that those who are persecuted for their
faith may find the strength to remain steadfast.
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray that Christians everywhere may be
strengthened in faith through the coming
celebration of Holy Week.
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for the young in our society who
struggle to make the right choices. We pray
especially for the support of our youth at
home and those overseas seeking work and
opportunity.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray that those who have gone before us
may enter the fullness of eternal life.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
God of our salvation, you sent your Son
to save us from sin. Hear our prayers that we may
enter the passion of Jesus and rise with him to
new life. We make these and all our prayers
through that same Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

CONFESSIONS
Confessions available after all Masses this
weekend.

BLACKPOOL ALTAR SOCIETY
Contributions towards the decoration of
the Church for Easter will be gratefully
received by any member of the Altar
Society.

THE COLLECTION ON GOOD FRIDAY
IS FOR THE HOLY PLACES (HOLY
LAND).
The collection taken up on Good
Friday is sent to the custodians of the
places in the Holy Land where Our Lord’s
Passion took place. These funds are
used to maintain the Holy Places.

ANNUAL PASSION PLAY
Young people are invited to take part in
the annual Passion play in
St Oliver’s Church on Good Friday
at 12 noon.
First practice will be held in the Church at
12 noon on Monday 30th March. Young
people must be accompanied by an adult.

BLACKPOOL YOUTH CLUB
Easter is almost upon us and with it the
“Passion of the Christ” on Good Friday.
This year the club will be celebrating the
Passion in Blackpool Church at 12.00
noon. This is a very important occasion
for us as it is one of the few times in the
year when we got to work closely with the
Parish Priest and this is a tradition we like
to keep up. It is also very heart warming for us to see
the large attendance in the church
celebrating with us this very special
occasion. We look forward to seeing you
there on Good Friday.

THE PARISH OF BLACKPOOL, THE GLEN AND BALLYVOLANE RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE:
Last weeks
Restoration Fund Collection
from the three churches of the parish
came to €1,685. Sincere thanks for your
generous support.

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to Mark
before the whole assembly and put this
question to Jesus,
O Have you no answer to that? What is this
evidence these men are bringing against
you?
N.
But he was silent and made no answer at
all. The high priest put a second question
to him,
O Are you the Christ the Son of the Blessed
One?
N.
Jesus said,
† I am, and you will see the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of the Power and
coming with the clouds of heaven.
N.
The high priest tore his robes, and said,
O What need of witnesses have we now?
You heard the blasphemy. What is your
finding?
N.
And they all gave their verdict: he
deserved to die. Some of them started
spitting at him and, blindfolding him,
began hitting him with their fists and
shouting,
[C] Play the prophet!
N.
And the attendants rained blows on him.
While Peter was down below in the
courtyard, one of the high-priest’s
servant-girls came up. She saw Peter
warming himself there, stared at him and
said,
O ‘You too were with Jesus the man from
Nazareth.
N.
But he denied it, saying.
O ‘I do not know, I do not understand what
you are talking about’.
N.
And he went out into the forecourt. The
servant-girl saw him and again started
telling the bystanders,
O ‘This fellow is one of them.
N.
But he again denied it. A little later the
bystanders themselves said to Peter,
[C] ‘You are one of them for sure! Why, you
are a Galilean.
N.
But he started calling curses on himself
and swearing,
C I do not know the man you speak of.
N.
At that moment the cock crew for the
second time, and Peter recalled how Jesus
had said, ‘Before the cock crows twice,
you will have disowned me three times’.
And he burst into tears.
First thing in the morning, the chief priest
together with the elders and scribes, in
short the whole Sanhedrin, had their plan
ready. They had Jesus bound and took
him away and handed him over to Pilate.
Pilate questioned him,
O ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’
N.
He answered,
† ‘It is you who say it’.
N.
And the chief priests brought many
accusations against him. Pilate
questioned him again,
O Have you no reply at all? See how many
accusations they are bringing against
you?
N.
But to Pilate’s amazement, Jesus made no
further reply.
At festival time Pilate used to release a
prisoner for them, anyone they asked for.
Now a man called Barabbas was then in
prison with the rioters who had
committed murder during the uprising.
When the crowd went up and began to ask
Pilate the customary favour, Pilate
answered them,
O Do you want me to release for you the
king of the Jews?
N.
For he realised it was out of jealousy that
the chief priests had handed Jesus over.
The chief priests, however, had incited the
crowd to demand that he should release
Barabbas for them instead. Then Pilate
spoke again.
O But in that case, what am I to do with the
man you call king of the Jews?
N.
They shouted back,
[C] Crucify him!
N.
Pilate asked them,
O Why? What harm has he done?
N.
But they shouted all the louder,
[C] Crucify him!
N.
So Pilate, anxious to placate the crowd,
released Barabbas for them and, having
ordered Jesus to be scourged, handed him
over to be crucified.
The soldiers led him away to the inner
part of the palace, that is, the Praetorium,
and called the whole cohort together.
They dressed him up in purple, twisted
some thorns into a crown and put it on
him. And they began saluting him,
[C] ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’
N.
They struck his head with a reed and spat
on him; and they went down on their
knees to do him homage. And when they
had finished making fun of him, they took
off the purple and dressed him in his own
clothes.
They led him out to crucify him. They
enlisted a passerby, Simon of Cyrene,
father of Alexander and Rufus, who was
coming in from the country, to carry his
cross. They brought Jesus to the place
called Golgotha, which means the place
of the skull.
They offered him wine mixed with myrrh,
but he refused it. Then they crucified
him, and shared out his clothing, casting
lots to decide what each should get. It
was the third hour when they crucified
him. The inscription giving the charge
against him read: ‘The King of the Jews.’
And they crucified two robbers with him,
one on his right and one on his left.
The passers-by jeered at him; they shook
their heads and said,
[C] Aha! So you would destroy the Temple
and rebuild it in three days! Then save
yourself: come down from the cross!
N.
The chief priests and the scribes mocked
him among themselves in the same way.
They said,
[C] He saved others; he cannot save
himself. Let the Christ, the king of
Israel, come down from the cross now,
for us to see it and believe.
N.
Even those who were crucified with him
taunted him.
When the sixth hour came there was
darkness over the whole land until the
ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus
dried out in a loud voice,
† Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?
N.
This means,
† ‘My God, my God, why have you deserted
me?’
N.
When some of those who stood there
heard this, they said,
[C] Listen, he is calling on Elijah,
N.
Someone ran and soaked a sponge in
vinegar and, putting it on a reed, gave it
him to drink, saying,
O Wait and see if Elijah will come to him
down.
N.
But Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his
last. And the veil of the Temple was torn
in two from top to bottom. The centurion,
who was standing in front of him, had
seen how he had died, and he said,
C In truth this was a son of God
N.
There were some women watching from a
distance. Among them were Mary of
Magdala, Mary who was the mother of
James the younger, and Joset, and
Solome. These used to follow him and
look after him when he was in Galilee.
And there were many other women there
who had come up to Jerusalem with him.
It was now evening, and since it was
Preparation Day (that is, the vigil of the
Sabbath), there came Joseph of
Arimathaea, a prominent member of the
Council, who himself lived in the hope of
seeing the kingdom of God, and he boldly
went to Pilate and asked for the body of
Jesus. Pilate, astonished that he should
have died so soon, summoned the
centurion and enquired if he was already
dead. Having been assured of this by the
centurion, he granted the corpse to Joseph
who bought a shroud, took Jesus down
from the cross, wrapped him in the shroud
and laid him in a tomb which had been
hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a
stone against the entrance to the tomb.
Mary of Magdala and Mary the mother of
Joset were watching and took note of
where he was laid.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
GOSPEL
The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to Mark.
(14:1-15:47)
N.
It was two days before the Passover and
the feast of Unleavened Bread, and the
chief priests and the scribes were looking
for a way to arrest Jesus by some trick
and have him put to death. For they said,
[C] It must not be during the festivities, or
there will be a disturbance among the
people.
N.
Jesus was at Bethany in the house of
Simon the leper; he was at dinner when a
woman came in with an alabaster jar of
very costly ointment, pure nard. She
broke the jar and poured the ointment on
his head. Some who were there said to
one another indignantly,
[C] Why this waste of ointment? Ointment
like this could have been sold for over
three hundred denarii and the money
given to the poor;
N.
and they were angry with her. But Jesus
said,
† Leave her alone. Why are you upsetting
her? What she has done for me is one of
the good works. You have the poor with
you always, and you can be kind to them
whenever you wish, but you will not
always have me. She has done what was
in her power to do; she has anointed my
body beforehand for its burial. I tell you
solemnly, whatever throughout all the
world the Good News is proclaimed,
what she has done will be told also, in
remembrance of her.
N.
Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve,
approached the chief priests with an offer
to hand Jesus over to them. They were
delighted to hear it, and promised to give
him money; and he looked for a way of
betraying him when the opportunity
should occur,
On the first day of Unleavened Bread,
when the Passover lamb was sacrificed,
his disciples said to him,
[C] Where do you want us to go and make
the preparations for you to eat the
passover?
N.
So he sent two of his disciples, saying to
them,
† Go into the city and you will meet a man
carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him,
and say to the owner of the house which
he enters, ‘The Master says: Where is my
dining room in which I can eat the
Passover with my disciples?’ He will
show you a large upper room furnished
with couches, all prepared. Make the
preparations for us there.
N.
The disciples set out and went to the city
and found everything as he had told them,
and prepared the Passover.
When evening came he arrived with the
Twelve. And while they were at the table
eating, Jesus said,
† I tell you solemnly, one of you is about to
betray me, one of you eating with me.
N.
They were distressed and asked him, one
after another,
O ‘Not I, surely?’
N.
He said to them,
† It is one of the Twelve, one who is
dipping into the same dish with me. Yes,
the Son of Man is going to his fate, as the
scriptures say he will, but alas for that
man by whom the Son of Man is
betrayed! Better for that man if he had
never been born!
N.
And as they were eating he took some
bread, and when he had said the blessing
he broke it and gave it to them, saying,
† Take it; ‘this is my body.’
N.
Then he took a cup, and when he had
returned thanks he gave it to them, and all
drank from it, and he said to them,
† This is my blood, the blood of the
covenant, which is to be poured out for
many. I tell you solemnly, I shall not
drink any more wine until the day I drink
the new wine in the kingdom of God.
N.
After psalms had been sung they left for
the Mount of Olives. And Jesus said to
them,
† ‘You will all lose faith, for the scripture
says: I shall strike the shepherd and the
sheep will be scattered’. However after
my resurrection I shall go before you to
Galilee’.
N.
Peter said,
O Even if all lose faith, I will not.
N.
And Jesus said to him,
† ‘I tell you solemnly, this day, this very
night, before the cock crows, you will
have disowned me three times’.
N.
But he repeated still more earnestly,
O If I have to die with you, I will never
disown you’.
N.
And they all said the same.
They came to a small estate called
Gethsemane; and Jesus said to his
disciples,
† ‘Stay here while I pray’.
N.
Then he took Peter and James and John
with him. And a sudden fear came over
him, and great distress. And he said to
them,
† ‘My soul is sorrowful to the point of
death. Wait here, and keep awake.’
N.
And going on a little further he threw
himself on the ground and prayed that , if
it were possible, this hour might pass him
by. He said,
† Abba (Father)! Everything is possible for
you. Take this cup away from me. But let
it be as you, not I, would have it.’
N.
He came back and found them sleeping,
and he said to Peter,
† Simon, are you asleep? Had you not the
strength to keep awake one hour? You
should be awake, and praying not to be
put to the test. The spirit is willing, but the
flesh is weak.’
N.
Again he went away and prayed, saying
the same words. And once more he came
back and found them sleeping, their eyes
were so heavy; and they could find no
answer for him. He came back a third
time and said to them,
† You can sleep on now and take your rest.
It is all over. The hour has come. Now
the Son of Man is to be betrayed into the
hands of sinners. Get up! Let us go! My
betrayer is close at hand already.
N.
Even while he was still speaking, Judas,
one of the Twelve, came up with a
number of men armed with swords and
clubs, sent by the chief priests and the
scribes and the elders. Now the traitor
had arranged a single with them. He had
said,
O ‘The one I kiss, ‘he is the man. Take him
in charge, and see he is well guarded
when you lead him away.’
N.
So when the traitor came, he went
straight up to Jesus and said,
O Rabbi!
N.
and kissed him. The others seized him
and took him in charge. Then one of the
bystanders drew his sword and struck out
at the high priest’s servant, and cut off his
ear.
Then Jesus spoke,
† Am I a brigand that you had to set out to
capture me with swords and clubs? I was
among you teaching in the Temple day
after day and you never laid hands on me.
But this is to fulfil the scriptures.
N.
And they all deserted him and ran away.
A young man who followed him had
nothing on but a linen cloth. They caught
hold of him, but he left the cloth in their
hands and ran away naked.
They led Jesus off to the high priest; and
all the chief priests and the elders and the
scribes assembled there. Peter had
followed him at a distance, right into the
high priest’s palace, and was sitting with
the attendants warming himself at the
fire.
The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin
were looking for evidence against Jesus
on which they might pass the death-
sentence. But they could not find any.
Several, indeed, brought false evidence
against him, but their evidence was
conflicting. Some stood up and
submitted this false evidence against him.
[C] We heard him say, “I am going to
destroy this Temple made by human
hands, and in three days build another,
not made by human hands’.
N.
But even on this point their evidence was
conflicting. The high priest then stood up

Parish Newsletter
March 15 2015

Fourth Sunday of Lent
FIRST READING
A reading from the second book of Chronicles.
The wrath and mercy of God are revealed in the exile and release of his people. All the heads of the priesthood, and the people too, added infidelity to infidelity, copying all the shameful practices of the nations and defiling the Temple that the Lord had consecrated for himself in Jerusalem. The Lord, the God of their ancestors, tirelessly sent them messenger after messenger, since he wished to spare his people and his house. But they ridiculed the messengers of God, they despised his words, they laughed at his prophets, until at last the wrath of the Lord rose so high against his people
that there was no further remedy. Their enemies burned down the Temple of God, demolished the walls of Jerusalem, set fire to all its palaces, and destroyed everything of value in it. The survivors were deported by Nebuchadnezzar to Babylon; they were to serve him and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power. This is how the word of the Lord was fulfilled that he spoke through Jeremiah, ‘Until this land has enjoyed its sabbath rest, until seventy years have gone by, it will keep sabbath throughout the days of its desolation.’ And in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, to fulfil the word of the Lord that was spoken through Jeremiah, the Lord roused the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia to issue a proclamation and to have it publicly displayed throughout his kingdom: ‘Thus speaks Cyrus king of Persia, “The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth; he has ordered me to build him a Temple in Jerusalem, in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all his people, may his God be with him! Let him
go up.”
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: O let my tongue cleave to my mouth if I remember you not!
By the rivers of Babylon O how could we sing
there we sat and wept, the song of the Lord
remembering Zion; on alien soil?
on the poplars that grew there If I forget you Jerusalem,
we hung up our harps.
[R]
let my right hand wither!
[R]
For it was there that they asked us, O let my tongue
our captors, for songs, cleave to my mouth
our oppressors, for joy. if I remember you not,
‘Sing to us,’ they said, if I prize not Jerusalem
‘one of Zion’s songs.’
[R]
above all my joys!
[R]
SECOND READING
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians.
You who were dead through our sins, have been saved through grace. God loved us with so much love that he was generous with his mercy: when we were dead through our sins, he brought us to life with Christ – it is through grace that you have beensaved – and raised us up with him and gave us a place with him in heaven, in Christ Jesus. This was to show for all ages to come, through his goodness towards us in Christ Jesus, how infinitely rich he is in grace. Because it is by grace that you have been saved, through
faith; not by anything of your own, but by a gift from God; not by anything that you have done, so that nobody can claim the credit. We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it.
This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Glory and praise to you, O Christ !
God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son;
everyone who believes in him has eternal life.
Glory and praise to you, O Christ !
GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.
Jesus said to Nicodemus:
‘The Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that ’everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life. For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved. No one who believes in him will be condemned;
but whoever refuses to believe is condemned already, because he has refused to believe in the name of God’s only Son.
On these grounds is sentence pronounced: that though the light has come into the world men have shown they prefer darkness to the light because their deeds were evil. And indeed, everybody who does wrong hates the light and avoids it, for fear his actions should be exposed; but the man who lives by the truth comes out into
the light, so that it may be plainly seen that what he does is done in God.
This is the Gospel of the Lord
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
Parish Mobile: 086 8527997

PRAYERS OF
THE FAITHFUL
Celebrant’s Introduction:
We bask in the love of God who only wants the best for us.
In that spirit we present our intercessions this day
Intercessions:
We pray for those in positions of
leadership in our Church, that they
will guide their people with
compassion and offer them the best of
example
Lord, hear us………
We pray for those who have been
displaced by war or conflict and live
away from home, that our love and
support may give them comfort.
Lord, hear us………
We pray for those who feel unloved and
forgotten in our communities that we
will put ourselves out in making them
welcome.
Lord, hear us………
We pray for those who struggle with their
faith at this time, that they may come
to know Jesus Christ as their saviour
and friend.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
God of kindness and compassion listen to our prayers and
grant what we ask if it is for the good of our soul through 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.
BLACKPOOL
14th March
Mary Ring
Bobby Field
Breda St Leger
Lena O’Brien
Ger O’Brien
15th March
Jerry Manning
John O’Connor
Donal Ring
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Harte
21st March
Breda St Leger
Bobby Field
Lena O’Brien
Mary Ring
Ger O’Brien
22nd March
John O’Connor
Shirley Whelan
Eileen Harte
Jerry Manning
Donal Ring
ST. BRENDAN
21st March
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
22nd March
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
14th March
Kathleen Foley
Linda Cullen
Diarmuid O’Donovan
15th March
Antoinette Long
Mary O’Sullivan
Martina Nodwell
21st March
Breda Healy
Benny McGuckian
Kathleen Foley
22nd March
Antoinette Long
Martina Nodwell
Mary O’Sullivan
BLACKPOOL
14th March
Audrey Lettice
15th March
Eoin Lettice
21st March
Audrey Lettice
22nd March
Eoin Lettice
ST. BRENDAN’S
8th March
Bill Corcoran
22nd March
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
14th March
Joan Dowling
15th March
Ellen Falvey
21st March
Ann O’Donovan
22nd March
Kevin O’Riordan

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE
RECENTLY DECEASED:
Kathleen Cooke
Ger Manning

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:
Kayla Rose Elizabeth
Kiely-Chisholm
Ella Mary McCarthy
Grace Marie Lonergan
Emelia Marianne Barry

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE
WHOSE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OCCURS:
Paddy Peters
Tony Shaw
Rosarie O’Neill

TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND OCTOBER 2015
Due to lack of numbers, the above trip has been cancelled. If anyone is interested in travelling with the Cork and Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes in June 2015. Those travelling to
Lourdes will be staying in the Hotel Chapelle cost €736 including bed/breakfast and lunch, single room supplement not included in the above price for more details.
Please contact Breda Barry for more details on 086-4083742.

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €2,239.23.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

GLEN ROVERS / ST NICK’S GAA CLUB Glen Rovers / St Nick’s Club are doing a clothes collection on
March 20th & 21st in the club hall they will be accepting items such as Clothing, Belts, Shoes, Handbags and toys all of which will be accepted. NO PILLOWS, BLANKETS OR DUVETS, OR BOOKS. Spread the word around to all your friends to drop their stuff to Club on the Friday night March 20th 6pm to 9pm or the Saturday March 21st 9am to 4pm
or, if these times and days do not suit, drop your bags
any evening after 6pm into Club Bar where they will be accepted.
YOUR LOCAL CLUB, LOOKING AFTER LOCAL CHILDREN. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR VENTURE

Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from
the three churches of the parish came to €1,805.
Plaque: €50
Sincere thanks for your generous support.
THE PARISH OF

TROCAIRE BOXES AREAVAILABLE IN ALL CHURCHES.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
1st Communions:
St. Brendan’s & St. Mark’s:
9th May 2015
Scoil Oilibhèir:
16th May 2015
Gaelscoil Pheig Sayers:
23rd May 2015
Confirmations:
Scoil Oilibhèir:
Thursday 30th April 2015
KILLEENS / BALLINCROKIG / DUBLIN PIKE
STATION MASS
If any Family are interested in hosting the Spring
Station Mass in Killeens / Ballincrokig / Dublin Pike,
please contact either Fr John O’Donovan or Fr
Damien O’Mahony as soon as possible. Telephone
numbers are listed on this newsletter.

KILCULLY STATION MASS
will be held in the home of Niall and Ursula
Hedderman on Friday 10th April at 8.00pm.

SHANDON AREA HISTORY GROUP
http://www.shandonareahistorygroup.com
Invite you to a Talk on: “The case of Captain John
Colthurst: Murderer, Madman or Hero?”
Talk will be given by JOHN MULCAHY,
Wednesday 18th March at 7.30p.m
in COFFA House, Church St. (Near Shandon).
Everybody welcome! No charge but all
donations welcome.
WIDOWS SUPPORT GROUP Every Tuesday 1.30pm-3.30pm at Glenfields Centre, Ballyvolane. Telephone:
021-4308395 for more details.
SPRING DUE ENVELOPES
are available in the three churches of the parish
APOSTLES’ CREED
I 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.
Amen

Easter Novena Mass Cards Are available in the three churches of the parish

Parish Newsletter
March 08 2015
Third Sunday of Lent

FIRST READING
A reading from the book of Exodus.
The Law was given through Moses.
God spoke all these words. He said,
‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
‘You shall have no gods except me.
‘You shall not utter the name of the Lord your God to misuse it, for the Lord will not leave unpunished the man who utters his name to misuse it.
‘Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy.
‘Honour your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God has given to you.
‘You shall not kill.
‘You shall not commit adultery.
‘You shall not steal.
‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
‘You shall not covet your neighbour’s house. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his servant, man or woman, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is his.’
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: You, Lord, have the message of eternal life.
The law of the Lord is perfect, The fear of the Lord is holy,
it revives the soul. abiding for ever.
The rule of the Lord is to be trusted, The decrees of the Lord are truth it gives wisdom to the simple.
[R]
and all of them just.
[R]
The precepts of the Lord are right, They are more to be desired than gold, they gladden the heart. than the purest of gold
The command of the Lord is clear, and sweeter are they than honey, it gives light to the eyes.
[R]
than honey from the comb.
[R]

SECOND READING
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.
Here are we preaching a crucified Christ, an obstacle to men, the wisdom of God.
While the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks,
a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!
I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord,
whoever believes in me will never die.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!
GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.
Just before the Jewish Passover Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money changers sitting at their counters there. Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, cattle and sheep as well, scattered the money changers’ coins, knocked their tables over and said to the pigeon-sellers, ‘Take all this out of here and stop turning my Father’s house into a market.’ Then his disciples remembered the words of scripture: Zeal for your house will devour me. The Jews intervened and said, ‘What sign can you show us to justify what you have done?’ Jesus answered, ‘Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews replied, ‘It has taken forty- six years to build this sanctuary: are you going to raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the sanctuary that was his body, and when Jesus rose from the dead,
his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and the words he had said.
During his stay in Jerusalem for the Passover many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he gave, but Jesus knew them all and did not trust himself to them; he never needed evidence about any man; he could tell what a man had in him.
This is the Gospel of the Lord

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

Parish Mobile: 086 8527997
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
Celebrant’s Introduction:
We pray for our own needs,
the needs of our parish and the needs of the world.
Intercessions:
1. We pray for all who spread the Gospel;May
they teach the law of the Lord with love in
their hearts and inspire all who hear them to
follow the Lord,loving God and neighbour
with all their hearts.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray that we may learn how to care for the
earth. We face a tough challenge ahead in
fighting climate change for the sake of future
generations.
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for peace; peace in our world, peace in
our homes, peace in our hearts.
Lord, hear us………
4. We give thanks for the strength and sacrifice
shown by all parents and the worries and
anxieties which they face. We pray especially
for the parents of Malahet who regularly skip
meals in order to provide enough food for
their children to eat.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray for all who struggle to keep the
commandments and those who fail to keep
them; may they never by disheartened and
always be encouraged to return to the Father’s
loving embrace and to follow again the Way of
Christ.
Lord, hear us………
6. For those who have died. may they be raised to
new life with the angels and saints in heaven.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
Father in heaven, you gave your Law to
guide your people on the right path. 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.
BLACKPOOL
7th March
Mary Ring
Bobby Field
Breda St Leger
Lena O’Brien
Ger O’Brien
8th March
Jerry Manning
John O’Connor
Donal Ring
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Harte
14th March
Mary Ring
Bobby Field
Breda St Leger
Lena O’Brien
Ger O’Brien
15th March
Jerry Manning
John O’Connor
Donal Ring
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Harte
ST. BRENDAN
8th March
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
14th March
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
7th March
Catherine Feehely
Breda Healy
Benny McGuckian
8th March
Antoinette Long
Mary O’Sullivan
Martina Nodwell
14th March
Kathleen Foley
Antoinette Long
Diarmuid O’Donovan
15th March
Mary O’Sullivan
Martina Nodwell
Linda Cullen
BLACKPOOL
7th March
Audrey Lettice
8th March
Eoin Lettice
14th March
Audrey Lettice
15th March
Eoin Lettice
ST. BRENDAN’S
8th March
Bill Corcoran
8th March
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
7th March
Linda Cullen
8th March
Veronica Byrne
14th March
Joan Dowling
15th March
Ellen Falvey

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE
RECENTLY DECEASED:
Don Hurley
Pauline Knowles
Kathleen Rogers

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:
Zasmin Nanah

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE
WHOSE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OCCURS:
Sheila Creedon

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. Amen.

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three
churches of the parish came to €2,414.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

GLEN ROVERS / ST NICK’S GAA CLUB
Glen Rovers / St Nick’s Club are doing a clothes
collection on March 20th & 21st in the club hall they
will be accepting items such as Clothing, Belts, Shoes,
Handbags and toys all of which will be accepted. NO
PILLOWS, BLANKETS OR DUVETS, OR BOOKS.
Spread the word around to all your friends to drop their
stuff to Club on the Friday night March 20th 6pm to
9pm or the Saturday March 21st 9am to 4pm
or, if these times and days do not suit, drop your bags
any evening after 6pm into Club Bar where they will be
accepted.

YOUR LOCAL CLUB, LOOKING AFTER LOCAL
CHILDREN. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR VENTURE
Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from
the three churches of the parish came to €1,870.
Donations: €4,000
Sincere thanks for your generous support.
TROCAIRE BOXES ARE AVAILABLE IN ALL CHURCHES.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
1st Communions:
St. Brendan’s & St. Mark’s:
9th May 2015

Scoil Oilibhèir:
16th May 2015

Gaelscoil Pheig Sayers:
23rd May 2015
Confirmations:

Scoil Oilibhèir:
Thursday 30th April 2015

TRIP TO HOLY LAND OCTOBER
2016 Due to lack of numbers, the above trip has been cancelled. If anyone is interested in traveling instead with the Cork and Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes in June 2015
please contact Breda Barry on 086- 4083742 for more information.

CORK AND ROSS PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
2015.
11 -16-June – 5 night – Full Board Accommodation.
Booking from available for the Pilgrim Section from Joe Walsh Tours 117 Patrick St Cork. Tel: 0214277959. Enquiries for Special Sick/Assisted Section
to: The Pilgrimage Director V.Rev Canon James
O’Donovan Parochial House Ballinlough Cork. Te; 021-
4292296.
OVER 60’S CLUB Next
Tuesday 10th March 2015 at Blackpool Community
Centre 2pm – 4.30pm. All new and old members welcome.

CONGRATULATIONS
Dan Murphy, Bill Egan and Bill Lehane , the winners of the
raffles which where held in the three in aid of sending two
Youth Helpers with the Cork and Ross Pilgrimage to
Lourdes in June 2015.

MOTHER’S DAY AND EASTER NOVENA CARDS
are available in the three churches of the parish from
this weekend.
An Angry Jesus?
A Programme for Life
Today’s Gospel shows us a very different side to
Jesus: An Angry Jesus, so furious with the traders
in the temple that he takes a whip to them,
overturning the stalls and driving them out of the
temple grounds. How comfortable are we with
this image of Jesus, so different to that of the
listening, loving Jesus? Why does the trading in
the temple make him so angry? Perhaps it’s
because the buying and selling have distracted
people from considering what the temple is
meant to be a focus for. Rather than it reminding
people to love God and care for others,
especially the poor and outcast in the temple
precincts, it has become a place of commerce
and economics where profit has come before
people. What are the things in our lives that
distract us from loving God and caring for our
neighbour?
Fast from worry
– feast on God’s Word for those who trust Him.
Fast from complaining
– feast on appreciation.
Fast from negatives
– feast on affirmation.
Fast from unrelenting pressures
– feast on the power of prayer.
Fast from discontent
– feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger
– feast on forgiveness.
Fast from hostility
– feast on harmony.
Fast from bitterness
– feast on acceptance.
Fast from idle gossip
– feast on deep, purposeful silence.
Fast from judging others
– feast on the Christ within them.
Fast from self-concern
– feast on compassion for others.
Fast from words that pollute
– feast on phases that purify.
Fast from emphasis on differences
– feast on oneness in God.
Fast from thoughts of darkness
– feast on reality of light.
Fast from thoughts of illness
– feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from shadows of sorrow
– feast on the sunlight of serenity.
Fast from suspicion
– feast on the trustworthiness of people.
Fast from thoughts that weaken
– feast on words that inspire.
Fast from procrastination
– feast on enthusiastic action.
Fast from the inconsequential
– feast on the essential.
Fast from facts that depress
– feast on truths that uplift.
Fast from discouragement
– feast on hope.
Fast from problems that overwhelm
– feast on God-given opportunities.
Fast from feeling alone
– feast on God’s loving presence always.

Parish Newsletter
March 01 2015
Second Sunday of Lent
FIRST READING
A reading from the book of Genesis.
The sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith.
God put Abraham to the test. ‘Abraham, Abraham’ he called. ‘Here I am’ he replied. ‘Take your son,’ God said
‘your only child Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him as a burnt
offering, on a mountain I will point out to you.’
When they arrived at the place God had pointed out to him, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood.
Then he stretched out his hand and seized the knife to kill his son.
But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven. ‘Abraham, Abraham’ he said. ‘I am here’ he replied. ‘Do not raise your hand against the boy’ the angel said. ‘Do not harm him, for now I know you fear God. You have not refused me your son, your only son.’ Then looking up, Abraham saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush. Abraham took the ram and offered it as a burnt-offering in place of his son. The angel of the Lord called Abraham a second time from heaven. ‘I swear by my own self – it is the Lord who
speaks – because you have done this, because you have not refused me your son, your only son, I will shower blessings on you, I will make your descendants as many as the stars of heaven and the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants shall gain possession of the gates of their enemies. All the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your descendants, as a reward for your obedience.’
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: I will walk in the presence of the Lord
in the land of the living.
I trusted, even when I said:
‘I am sorely afllicted.’
O precious in the eyes of the Lord
is the death of his faithful.
[R]
Your servant, Lord, your servant am I;
you have loosened my bonds.
A thanksgiving sacrifice I make:
I will call on the Lord’s name.
[R]
My vows to the Lord I will fulfil
before all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
[R]

SECOND READING
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans.
God did not spare his own Son.
With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that he will not refuse anything he can give. Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen? When God acquits, could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No!
He not only died for us-he rose from the dead, and there at God’s right hand he stands and pleads for us.
This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Glory and praise to you, O Christ!
From the bright cloud the Father’s voice was heard
‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’
Glory and praise to you, O Christ!

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.
This is my Son, the Beloved.
Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Rabbi’, he said it is wonderful
for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’ Then suddenly, when they looked round,
they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus.
As they came down the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what ‘rising from the dead’ could mean.’
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
March 01 2015
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
Celebrant’s Introduction:
We bring our needs, the
needs of our parish and the needs of the world
before the Lord in prayer.
Intercessions:
We pray for the Church; may it direct all who seek
the face of the Lord towards God.
Lord, hear us………
2. For the earth, we pray that the barren
wilderness that the Lenten community are
forced to farm will have its thirst quenched
and soils re-fertilised. That a rich harvest may
be reaped and hunger will be alleviated.
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for vocations; may those whom the
Lord calls respond generously.
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for the community of Sebeya, with
whom we shall journey in prayer and solidarity
this Lenten season. May our Lenten
observance and donations to the Trócaire box
serve to alleviate the poverty and injustices
faced by this community and similar ones
across the world.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray for our parish community; may we
grow closer as a community of God’s people,
listening to the words of the Lord and growing
in understanding of our faith.
Lord, hear us………
6. We pray for those who have died; may they be
raised to eternal life with the Father in heaven.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
Heavenly Father, help us to be more
aware of the needs of our brothers and sisters in
the developing world. May we experience a conversion where we will rebuke profit, greed and consumerism and replace these luxury items instead with love, solidarity and care towards those in need.
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
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
7th March
Mary Ring
Bobby Field
Breda St Leger
Peggy Manning
Joan Morrison
8th March
Jerry Manning
John O’Connor
Con Delea
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Harte
Michael O’Sullivan
ST. BRENDAN
1st March
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
8th March
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
21st February
Benny McGuckian
Kathleen Foley
Diarmuid O’Donovan
22nd February
Judy Kenny
Helen Gosnell
Audrey Drinan
28th February
Catherine Feehely
Breda Healy
Benny McGuckian
1st March
Antoinette Long
Mary O’Sullivan
Martina Nodwell
BLACKPOOL
28th February
Audrey Lettice
1st March
Eoin Lettice
7th March
Audrey Lettice
8th March
Eoin Lettice
ST. BRENDAN’S
1st March
Bill Corcoran
8th March
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
28th February
Mary Martin
1st March
Kevin O’Riordan
7th March
Linda Cullen
8th March
Veronica Byrne

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE RECENTLY DECEASED:
Maureen Barnes
Catherine O’Connor

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:
Lilyanna McCarthy
Stephen Joseph
McCarthy
Jayden Joseph Scanlan
Sweeney

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE
WHOSE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OCCURS:
Mary Cronin

Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €2,510.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

LENT – REFLECTIONS ON THE SUNDAY
READINGS in the crying room, St Oliver ‘s Church on
Thursday mornings, after mass March 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th
Led by Sr Peggy Cronin, Cenacle. All are very welcome.

KILLEENS, KILCULLY & BALLINCROKIG/DUBLIN PIKE STATION MASS AREAS:
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.
DEVOTIONS IN HONOUR OF THE DIVINE MERCY On
Friday next 6th March (First Friday)
Devotions in honour of the Divine Mercy will take
place at the North Cathedral commencing with the
recitation of the holy rosary at 7.30pm
followed by celebration of Mass at 8pm.
The Devotions will also include Benediction and
recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
These devotions will continue on the First Friday
of each month.

ALL VERY WELCOME SPRING DUES ENVELOPES
are available in the three churches of the parish and will be distributed throughout the parish in the coming weeks.
THE PARISH OF BLACKPOOL, THE GLEN AND BALLYVOLANE RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE
Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from
the three churches of the parish came to €1,846.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.
The people of Sebeya in Ethiopia once lived
in a region where mountain tops were green
and covered in vegetation. Today, the
people of Sebeya are confused as to why
their rains have stopped; why a land once
full of vegetation is now dry. Having lived a
simple life and played no part in causing
their weather systems to change, these
people are now experiencing the effects of
climate change, the causes of which lie with
the lifestyles of rich nations thousands of
miles away. This is a great injustice.
When we read today’s Gospel we can see
Peter who is desperate to stay on the
mountain in that blissful moment with
Jesus. But Jesus’ way is different to what
Peter may have had in mind at the time.
Jesus’ way involves coming down from the
mountain and walking a very different path.
We hear the call to act on climate justice
everywhere but now we need to really listen
and to take urgent action. This involves
making changes to our lifestyles and
campaigning governments who are slow to
act. We start with ourselves, with small
acts in the hope that the Kings and
Presidents of the world will follow.
Creation is not a property, which we can
rule over at will; or, even less, is the
property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it
is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so
that we care for it and we use it for the
benefit of all!
The Deep End • ‘Coming down the Mountain’
TROCAIRE BOXES ARE AVAILABLE IN ALL
CHURCHES.
Mother’s Day & Easter Novena Mass Cards
Are available in the three churches of the parish next weekend.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
1st Confessions:
Gaelscoil Pheig Sayers:
Wednesday 4th March 2015
St. Mark’s & St. Brendan’s Schools:
Thursday 5th March 2015
1st Communions:
St. Brendan’s & St. Mark’s:
9th May 2015
Scoil Oilibhèir:
16th May 2015
Gaelscoil Pheig Sayers:
23rd May 2015
Confirmations:
Scoil Oilibhèir:
Thursday 30th April 2015

Aisling and I would sincerely like to thank the people of Blackpool parish for their generous and kind hearted support
in fundraising for the Lourdes pilgrimage. We are privileged to have been given this unique opportunity to help the pilgrims
of our diocese enjoy a memorable time in Lourdes. We both completed our leaving certificate in St Angleas college last year
and are now in our first year of college. Aisling is studying radiography in UCD and I am studying general nursing in UCC.
For the past few years Blackpool parish has sent two youth
volunteers to Lourdes to assist its parishioners on a five day
pilgrimage. We are looking forward to this experience and the many learning opportunities it will present. We hope to gain a deeper understanding of Lourdes and our faith on this trip as well as creating new friendships and memories with the other youth helpers and pilgrims alike. Thank you again for your continued support, Claire Coleman and Aisling Maguire.

RAFFLE in aid of sending two Youth Helpers as part of
the Youth Section of the Cork and Ross Pilgrimage to
Lourdes raised €1,625. Sincere thank you to all who
supported the raffle.

Parish Newsletter
February 22 2015
First Sunday of Lent
FIRST READING
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.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[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.
[R]
Remember your mercy, Lord,
and the love you have shown from of old.
In your love remember me,
because of your goodness, O Lord.
[R]
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.
[R]

SECOND READING
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.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
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!
Alleluia!

GOSPEL
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
followers.
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 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

Parish Mobile: 086 8527997

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
Celebrant’s Introduction:
When we call to the Lord, he will answer. With confidence we present our petitions before the Lord.
Intercessions:
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
neighbor.
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………
Celebrant:
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.
BLACKPOOL
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
ST. BRENDAN
22nd February
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
1st March
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
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
BLACKPOOL
21st February
Ger O’Brien
22nd February
Eileen Jones
28th February
Audrey Lettice
1st March
Eoin Lettice
ST. BRENDAN’S
22nd February
Bill Corcoran
1st March
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
21st February
Elizabeth Barry
22nd February
Ellen McCarthy
28th February
Mary Martin
1st March
Kevin O’Riordan

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE
RECENTLY DECEASED:
Joe O’Mahony
Eugene O’Neill
Rita Walsh

WE WELCOME IN TO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:
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.

THE BLACKPOOL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
will present a talk given by 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.

KILLEENS, KILCULLY & BALLINCROKIG/DUBLIN PIKE STATION MASS AREAS:
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.

SPRING DUES ENVELOPES
are available in the three churches of the parish and will be distributed throughout the parish in the coming weeks.
THE CHRISTIAN VOCATION
A TALK BY THE PAPAL NUNCIO
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

Parish Newsletter
February 08 2015

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
FIRST READING
A reading from the book of Job.
Restlessly I fret till twilight falls.
Job began to speak: ‘Is not man’s life on earth nothing more than pressed service, his time no better than hired drudgery? Like the slave, sighing for the shade, or the workman with no thought but his wages, months of delusion I have assigned to me, nothing for my own but nights of grief. Lying in bed I wonder, “When will it be day?”‘ Risen I think, ‘How slowly evening comes!’
Restlessly I fret till twilight falls. Swifter than a weaver’s shuttle my days have passed, and vanished, leaving no hope behind. Remember that my life is but a breath, and that my eyes
will never again see joy.
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: Praise the Lord who heals the broken-hearted.
Praise the Lord for he is good;
sing to our God for he is loving:
to him our praise is due.
[R]
The Lord builds up Jerusalem
and brings back Israel’s exiles,
he heals the broken-hearted,
he binds up all their wounds.
He fixes the number of the stars;
he calls each one by its name.
[R]
Our Lord is great and almighty;
his wisdom can never be measured.
The Lord raises the lowly;
he humbles the wicked to the dust.
[R]

SECOND READING
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.
I should be punished if I did not preach it!
I do not boast of preaching the gospel, since it is a duty which has been laid on me; I should be punished if I did not preach it! If I had chosen this work myself, I might have been paid for it, but as I have not, it is a responsibility which has been put into
my hands. Do you know what my reward is? It is this: in my preaching, to be able to offer the Good News free, and not insist on the rights which the gospel gives me. So though I am not a slave of any man I have made myself the slave of everyone so
as to win as many as I could. For the weak I made myself weak. I made myself all things to all men in order to save some at any cost; and I still do this, for the sake of the gospel, to have a share in its blessing.
This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, alleluia! I am the light of the world, says the Lord,
anyone who follows me will have the light of life. Alleluia!
GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.
He cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another. That evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were possessed by devils. The whole town came crowding round the door, and he cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another; he also cast out many devils, but he would not allow them to speak, because they knew who he was. In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there. Simon and his companions set out in search of him,
and when they found him they said, ‘Everybody is looking for you.’ He answered, ‘Let us go elsewhere, to the neighbouring country towns, so that I can preach there too, because that is why I came.’ And he went all through Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out devils.
This is the Gospel of the Lord

The Blackpool Church Choir will be participating in the
FEIS MAITIU CHORAL on Sunday 8th February
2015 @ 2pm in the Holy Trinity Church on Fr. Mathew Quay, free admission.

BLACKPOOL OVER 60’S CLUB
Next meeting Tuesday 17th February 2- 4.30pm
at Blackpool Community Centre, all old and new members welcome.

OVER 60’S TALENT COMPETITION
The first heat of the above competition will
take place on Sun 8th February at 8.30pm
at the Glen Rovers Club. Admission free, All
more than welcome and a good night assure.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Ballyvolane Community Association Ltd., 1A
Glenfields, Glenheights Road, Ballyvolane,
Cork. Tel; 086-3516123 Email; bdhillcommunity@gmail.com
The AGM will take place on Thursday 12th
February 2015 @ 8pm Venue;
Community Room, Glenfields Creche,
Glenfields, Glenheights Road, Ballyvolane,
Cork. We are looking for new members and
volunteers for projects which are in the
planning stage for the Ballyvolane/Dublin Hill area. All are welcome to attend!

TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND
Plans are once again been made to organise
a trip to the Holy Land in October 2015.
Cost of this trip is €1,380. For more details
please contact Breda Barry at 086-4083742.
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
Parish Mobile: 086 8527997

February 08 2015
PRAYERS OF
THE FAITHFUL
Celebrant’s Introduction:
We present our petitions
before the Lord who is kind and full of
compassion.
Intercessions:
1. We pray for all who spread the gospel; that
they may continue to spread the good news
to all corners of tour world.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for those who suffer persecution for
the sake of the gospel; may they be
rewarded for their work.
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for families; that they may be places
where love reigns.
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for vocations to the priesthood and
religious life; may those whom the Lord
calls respond generously.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray for all who are bereaved of suffering
because of loss at this time; may the Lord
wipe away their tears.
Lord, hear us………
6. We pray for those who have gone before us
marked with the sign of faith; may they
receive their eternal reward in the kingdom
of heaven.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
Father in heaven, you offer us bread
and wine to nourish us on earth and become
the sacrament of eternal life. Hear the prayers
we make today in the name of Jesus, your Son,
our Lord. Amen.
WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE RECENTLY
DECEASED:
Linda Corrigan
Henry Wyse

THE PARISH OF BLACKPOOL, THE GLEN
AND BALLYVOLANE RESTORATION PROJECT
UPDATE
Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from the three
churches of the parish came to €2,015. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

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 on weekends 7th/8th, 14th/15th & 21st /22nd February in the three churches after all
masses. Hampers are on display in each church from next weekend. 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.
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
FOR THE 23rd WORLD DAY OF THE SICK 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On this, the twenty-third World Day of the Sick,
begun by Saint John Paul II, I turn to all of you
who are burdened by illness and are united in
various ways to the flesh of the suffering Christ,
as well as to you, professionals and volunteers in
the field of health care. This year’s theme invites us to reflect on a phrase from the Book of Job: “I was eyes to the blind,
and feet to the lame” (Job29:15). I would like to
consider this phrase from the perspective of
“sapientia cordis” – the wisdom of the heart.
1. This “wisdom” is no theoretical, abstract
knowledge, the product of reasoning. Rather, it
is, as Saint James describes it in his Letter, “pure,
then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of
mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or
insincerity” (3:17). It is a way of seeing things
infused by the Holy Spirit in the minds and the
hearts of those who are sensitive to the sufferings
of their brothers and sisters and who can see in
them the image of God. So let us take up the
prayer of the Psalmist: “Teach us to number our
days that we may gain a heart of wisdom”
(Ps 90:12). This “sapientia cordis”, which is a gift
of God, is a compendium of the fruits of the
World Day of the Sick.
2. Wisdom of the heart means serving our
brothers and sisters. Job’s words: “I was eyes to
the blind, and feet to the lame”, point to the
service which this just man, who enjoyed a
certain authority and a position of importance
amongst the elders of his city, offered to those in
need. His moral grandeur found expression in
the help he gave to the poor who sought his help
and in his care for orphans and widows
(Job 29:12-13).
Today too, how many Christians show, not by
their words but by lives rooted in a genuine faith,
that they are “eyes to the blind” and “feet to the
lame”! They are close to the sick in need of
constant care and help in washing, dressing and
eating. This service, especially when it is
protracted, can become tiring and burdensome.
It is relatively easy to help someone for a few
days but it is difficult to look after a person for
months or even years, in some cases when he or
she is no longer capable of expressing gratitude.
And yet, what a great path of sanctification this
is! In those difficult moments we can rely in a
special way on the closeness of the Lord, and we
become a special means of support for the
Church’s mission.
3. Wisdom of the heart means being with our
brothers and sisters. Time spent with the sick is
holy time. It is a way of praising God who
conforms us to the image of his Son, who “came
not to be served but to serve, and to give his life
as a ransom for many” (Mt 20:28). Jesus himself
said: “I am among you as one who serves”
(Lk 22:27).
With lively faith let us ask the Holy Spirit to
grant us the grace to appreciate the value of our
often unspoken willingness to spend time with
these sisters and brothers who, thanks to our
closeness and affection, feel more loved and
comforted. How great a lie, on the other hand,
lurks behind certain phrases which so insist on
the importance of “quality of life” that they
make people think that lives affected by grave
illness are not worth living!
4. Wisdom of the heart means going forth from
ourselves towards our brothers and sisters.
Occasionally our world forgets the special value
of time spent at the bedside of the sick, since we
are in such a rush; caught up as we are in a frenzy
of doing, of producing, we forget about giving
ourselves freely, taking care of others, being
responsible for others. Behind this attitude there
is often a lukewarm faith which has forgotten the
Lord’s words: “You did it unto me’ (Mt 25:40).
For this reason, I would like once again to stress
“the absolute priority of ‘going forth from
ourselves toward our brothers and sisters’ as one
of the two great commandments which ground
every moral norm and as the clearest sign for
discerning spiritual growth in response to God’s
completely free gift” (Evangelii Gaudium, 179).
The missionary nature of the Church is the
wellspring of an “effective charity and a
compassion which understands, assists and
promotes” (ibid).
5. Wisdom of the heart means showing
solidarity with our brothers and sisters while not
judging them. Charity takes time. Time to care
for the sick and time to visit them. Time to be at
their side like Job’s friends: “And they sat with
him on the ground seven days and seven nights,
and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw
that his suffering was very great” (Job 2:13). Yet
Job’s friends harboured a judgement against
him: they thought that Job’s misfortune was a
punishment from God for his sins. True charity
is a sharing which does not judge, which does
not demand the conversion of others; it is free of
that false humility which, deep down, seeks
praise and is self-satisfied about whatever good
it does.
Job’s experience of suffering finds its genuine
response only in the cross of Jesus, the supreme
act of God’s solidarity with us, completely free
and abounding in mercy. This response of love
to the drama of human pain, especially innocent
suffering, remains for ever impressed on the
body of the risen Christ; his glorious wounds are
a scandal for faith but also the proof of faith
(cf. Homily for the Canonization of John XXIII
and John Paul II, 27 April 2014).
Even when illness, loneliness and inability make
it hard for us to reach out to others, the
experience of suffering can become a privileged
means of transmitting grace and a source for
gaining and growing in sapientia cordis. We
come to understand how Job, at the end of his
experience, could say to God: “I had heard of
you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye
sees you” (42:5). People immersed in the mystery
of suffering and pain, when they accept these in
faith, can themselves become living witnesses of
a faith capable of embracing suffering, even
without being able to understand its full
meaning.
6. I entrust this World Day of the Sick to the
maternal protection of Mary, who conceived and
gave birth to Wisdom incarnate: Jesus Christ,
our Lord.
O Mary, Seat of Wisdom, intercede as our
Mother for all the sick and for those who care for
them! Grant that, through our service of our
suffering neighbours, and through the
experience of suffering itself, we may receive and
cultivate true wisdom of heart!
With this prayer for all of you, I impart my
Apostolic Blessing.
From the Vatican, 3 December 2014
Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier
FRANCIS
© Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana
Wednesday 11th February 2015 is the World Day of Prayer for the Sick
There will be a special Mass and Blessing of the Sick
in St. Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane at 9am and the
Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool at 10am.
Mass will be offered for all the sick.
Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three
churches of the parish came to €2,592.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.
The second collection this weekend 7th/8thFebruary is for the Lourdes Invalid Pilgrimage Fund.
The proceeds for this collection help the finance the invalids and their helpers including Doctors, Nurses, Brancardiers
who go on the Cork and Ross pilgrimage each year.
Last year over 100 invalids were on the pilgrimage and it is
noteworthy that the helpers are giving of their holiday time to this most worthy cause. We are grateful to all who
travel each year for their kindness and generosity
to the sick on the Pilgrimage. We thank you in anticipation for your support for this special collection.

Parish Newsletter
February 01 2015
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING
A reading from the book of Deuteronomy.
I will raise up a prophet and I will put my words into his mouth.
Moses said to the people: ‘Your God will raise up for you a prophet like myself, from among yourselves, from your own brothers; to him you must listen. This is what you yourselves asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the Assembly. “Do not let me hear again” you said,
“the voice of the Lord my God, nor look any longer on this great fire, or I shall die”; and the Lord said to me, “All they have spoken is well said. I will raise up a prophet like yourself for them from their own brothers; I will put my words into his mouth and he shall tell them all I command him. The man who does not listen to my words that he speaks in my name shall be
held answerable to me for it. But the prophet who presumes to say in my name a thing I have not commanded him to say, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: O that today you would listen to his voice!
Harden not your hearts.
Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord.
[R]
Come in; let us kneel and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand.
[R]
O that today you would listen to his voice!
‘Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work.’
[R]
SECOND READING
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.
An unmarried woman can devote herself to the Lord’s affairs; all she need worry about is being holy in body and spirit.
I would like to see you free from all worry. An unmarried man can devote himself to the Lord’s affairs, all he need worry about is pleasing the Lord; but a married man has to bother about the world’s affairs and devote himself to pleasing his wife: he is torn two ways. In the same way an unmarried woman, like a young girl, can devote herself to the Lord’s affairs; all she need worry about is being holy in body and spirit. The married woman, on the other hand, has to worry about the world’s affairs and devote
herself to pleasing her husband. I say this only to help you, not to put a halter round your necks, but simply to make sure that everything is as it should be, and that you give your undivided attention to the Lord.
This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, alleluia! Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for
revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children. Alleluia!
GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.
He taught them with authority.
In their synagogue just then there was a man possessed by an unclean spirit, and it shouted, ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus said sharply, ‘Be quiet!
Come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him. The people were so astonished that they started asking each other what it all meant. ‘Here is a teaching that is new’ they said ‘and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.’ And his reputation rapidly spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.
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

Parish Mobile: 086 8527997

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
Celebrant’s Introduction:
We are a people formed
in the image of Jesus. Let us present our needs to
our heavenly Father with confidence.
Intercessions:
1. We pray for the Church; that it may speak
the words of the Lord.
Lord, hear us………
2. As Catholic Schools Week draws to a close
we pray for all involved in our Catholic
schools.
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for vocations; that the Lord may
raise up priests from among the people and
other to speak in his name.
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for those who suffer the torment of
mental illness; that they may experience the
Lord’s healing touch.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray for families; that husbands and wives
may be devoted to each other and to their
children.
Lord, hear us………
6. We pray for the dead; that they may be
blessed with the gift of the kingdom.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
Lord, you inspired St Brigid with
such dedication for your work that she is
known as the Mary of the Irish. Through her
intercession and help, bless all of us and our
families as we live our lives. May we always
follow the example of her life and be united
one day with her and Mary our mother, in your
eternal presence. We ask this through 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.

BLACKPOOL
31st January
Bobby Field
Joan Morrison
Rita Kiely
E McSweeney
Mary Ring
1st February
Michael O’Sullivan
John O’Connor
Con Delea
P Harrington
Lena O’Brien
Eileen Cotter
7th February
Bobby Field
Joan Morrison
Rita Kiely
E McSweeney
Mary Ring
8th February
Michael O’Sullivan
John O’Connor
Con Delea
P Harrington
Lena O’Brien
Eileen Cotter

ST. BRENDAN
1st February
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
8th February
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran

ST. OLIVER’S
31st January
Breda Healy
Benny McGuckian
Kathleen Foley
1st February
Antoinette Long
Mary O’Sullivan
Martina Nodwell
7th February
Diarmuid O’Donovan
Linda Cullen
Sheila O’Donovan
8th February
Judy Kenny
Helen Gosnell
Audrey Drinan
BLACKPOOL
31st January
Ger O’Brien
1st February
Eileen Jones
7th February
Ger O’Brien
8th February
Eileen Jones

ST. BRENDAN’S
1st February
Bill Corcoran
8th February
Bill Corcoran

ST. OLIVER’S
31st January
Mary Murphy
1st February
Kevin O’Riordan
7th February
Anne O’Donovan
8th February
Veronica Byrne

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE
RECENTLY DECEASED:
Breda Kenny
Paddy Morris

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:
Blessing Momo
Osajie Momo

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE
WHOSE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OCCURS:
John Stout

THE PARISH OF BLACKPOOL, THE GLEN AND
BALLYVOLANE RESTORATIONPROJECT UPDATE
Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection from
the three churches of the parish came to €2,054.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

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 on weekends
7th/8th, 14th/15th & 21st /22nd February in the three churches
after all masses. Hampers are on display in each church from next
weekend. 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.

This weekend we are delighted to welcome FR MARIUS O’ REILLY
who is making a return visit to the parish to celebrate the
12 NOON MASS IN THE CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION, BLACKPOOL Fr Marius was ordained in November and is now chaplain in UCC. We congratulate him on his recent ordination and wish him every good wish nd God’s Blessing in his ministry.

OVER 60’S TALENT COMPETITION
A heat of the Over 60’s Talent Competition will take place at
The Glen Rover G.A.A Club on Sunday
February 8th at 8pm. If you are over 60 years, can sing, dance, play an instrument or tell funny story you are welcome to participate
on the night. For more details please contact Paddy O’Brien at
0868105585.

SPRING COURSES AT BLACKPOOL COMMUNITY CENTRE
Starting early February: Yoga, Introduction to Computers, Introduction to local History,Mindfulness, Digital Photography.
For more information please contact Reception at
0214501787
Feast of St. Blaise: February 3rd Patron of Throat Illnesses
Many Catholics might remember Saint
Blaise’s feast day because of the Blessing of the Throats that took place
on this day. Two candles are blessed,held slightly open, and pressed against
the throat as the blessing is said. SaintBlaise’s protection of those with throat
troubles apparently comes from alegend that a boy was brought to him
who had a fishbone stuck in his throat. The boy was about to die when Saint
Blaise healed him.
Very few facts are known about Saint Blaise. We believe he was a bishop of Sebastea inArmenia who was martyred under the reign of Licinius
in the early fourth century.
The legend of his life that sprang up in the eighth century tell us that he was born in to a rich and noble family who raised him as a Christian.
After becoming a bishop, a new persecution of Christians began. He
received a message from God to go into the hills to escape persecution. Men
hunting in the mountains discovered a cave surrounded by wild animals who
were sick. Among them Blaise walked unafraid, curing them of their illnesses. Recognizing Blaise as a bishop, they captured him to take him back for trial.On the way back, he talked a wolf into releasing a pig that belonged to a poor woman. When Blaise was sentenced to be
starved to death, the woman, in gratitude, sneaked into the prison with food and candles. Finally Blaise was killed by the governor.
Blaise is the patron saint of wild animals because of hiscare for them and of those with throat maladies.

Blessing of throats after the 9am and 10am masses on Tuesday 3rd February
and after all masses next weekend in the three churches of the parish.
Candles will be blessed at all masses on Saturday. Please bring candle or candles to be blessed for your home.

Candlesmas Day
Monday 2nd February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
(Candlemas Day) Any child will know that you should not light a
candle to put it under a cover. You put it on a stand and so it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, our light must shine before people
so that they will see our good works and give glory to our Father who is in heaven. That is the Gospel truth. And that is the message from today’s feast.
So, if you are taking a blessed candle home from Mass on February 2nd, you may like to use it at family religious events, at celebrations of birthdays and milestones and, of course, in the event of power failures!
But you might use it occasionally at times of family prayer to remind us that the light of Christ has indeed come into the world and that it is up to us, like Simeon and Anna, to reflect that light in our lives.

The Feast of St Brigid 1st Feburary.
Brigid and her mother were slaves in Ireland.
As a young girl, one of Brigid’s responsibilities
was to care for the dairy farm on the property.
After Brigid milked the cows, she gave the
milk away to the poor. She gave the needy the
eggs she collected from the hens and churned
cream into butter to share with the hungry.
When her master protested that she was
giving away all his profits, Brigid reportedly
replied, “Christ lives in every creature.” She
was telling her master that God wants us to
share our blessings with others.
After many years, Brigid and her mother were
given their freedom. Now Brigid had the time
to devote herself entirely to serving God. Brigid established the
first convent in Ireland. The convent educated women and
trained them to recognize and respond to the needs of the poor.
She taught her nuns this saying: “What is mine is theirs” to help
them know that God calls us to share our blessings with others.
Bigid also founded the first double monastery in Ireland. It was a
place of training and prayer for both monks and nuns. Because of
her great charity and her work for the education of priests and
nuns, the Church in Ireland experienced great growth.
We honor Brigid as the patron saint of scholars, people who
devote themselves to studying a specific topic. Brigid’s example
encourages us to learn all we can about God and to deepen our love for the Lord through prayer.

Parish Newsletter
January 25 2015
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
FIRST READING
A reading from the prophet Jonah.
And the people of Nineveh renounce their evil behaviour.
The word of the Lord was addressed to Jonah: ‘Up!’ he said ‘Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to them as I told you to.’
Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare: it took three days to cross it. Jonah went on into the city, making a day’s journey.
He preached in these words, ‘Only forty days more and Nineveh is going to be destroyed.’ And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from
the greatest to the least.
God saw their efforts to renounce their evil behaviour. And God relented: he did not inflict on them the disaster which he had threatened.
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: Lord, make me know your ways.
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.
[R]
Remember your mercy, Lord,
and the love you have shown from of old.
In your love remember me,
because of your goodness, O Lord.
[R]
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.
[R]

SECOND READING
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.
The world as we know it is passing away.
Those who have wives should live as though they had none, and those who mourn should live as though they had nothing to mourn for; those who are enjoying life should live as though there were nothing to laugh about; those whose life is buying things should live as though they had nothing of their own; and those who have to deal with the world should not become engrossed in it. I say this because the world as we know it is passing away.
This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, alleluia! The kingdom of God is close at hand;
believe the good news. Alleluia!

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.
Repent, and believe the Good News.
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 is close at hand. Repent, and believe the
Good News.’
As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake – for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men.’ And at once they left their nets and followed him.
Going on a little further, he saw James son of Zebedee and his bother John; they too were in their boat, mending their nets. He called them at once and, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the men he employed, they went after him.
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 bring our needs in
prayer to the Lord, who is kind and rich in mercy
Intercessions:
1. We pray for the Church and its leaders; may
they lead us in renewal and repentance in
preparation for the coming of the kingdom.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for our political and civil leaders;
may they strive to build a united society
which actively cares for its most vulnerable
members.
Lord, hear us………
3. As Catholic Schools Week 2015 begins; we
pray for teachers, pupils, parents, and all
who work in the field of education; may
they embrace the future with hope and
serve the communities in which they reside.
Lord, hear us………
4. As we begin the Week of Prayer for Christian
Unity, we pray that we may recognise the
richness and value that are present in the
other, and for the gift of unity.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray that the Church, the People of Life,
may bear joyful witness that each human life
comes from God, belongs to God, and is
meant to return to God.
Lord, hear us………
6. We pray for those who have died; that they
may be received into the heavenly kingdom.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
Lord, you are good and upright and
guide us along the right path. Hear the prayers
we make today in the name of Jesus Christ,
your Son, our Lord. Amen.

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE RECENTLY
DECEASED:
Chrisse O’Connell
Kathleen (Kitty) Kelleher

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY THOSE
RECENTLY BAPTISED:
Cael Connie O’ Driscoll
Sophie Falvey
Eoghan O’ Sullivan
Last weeks’ Offertory Collection from the three
churches of the parishcame to €2,645.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Last weeks’ Diocesan Needs Collection from
the three churches of the parish came to€1,985.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Catholic Schools Week – 25 January to 1 February 2015
Catholic Schools Week has been celebrated in Ireland
for the last five years. This annual event calls on Catholic
schools to give expression in a special way to a
particular aspect of Catholic education. This theme of
Catholic Schools Week 2015 is ‘Catholic Schools: Called
to Serve’.
This call to serve comes from Christ himself. Jesus is
called ‘teacher’ on forty-six occasions in the Gospels. It
is the title most commonly associated with him by his first
followers. So what did Jesus teach? In the villages, hills
and valleys of Galilee he taught the people that the reign
of God was dawning in their midst. He spoke of the reign
of God as healing for the sick, hearing for the deaf, new
sight for the blind, freedom for prisoners and good news
for the poor.
All Christians are called to serve their brothers and
sisters. This means helping them to stand up and walk
on their own, exorcising their fear of the unknown and
expanding their minds through education. It entails
feeding them when they are too weak to feed
themselves, opening their eyes to the reality of life,
challenging them to let go of hurts and prejudice, and
liberating those who are unjustly oppressed. It involves
introducing them to ever-greater horizons of
transcendence and beauty. This is how we continue the
healing ministry of Jesus so that ‘the blind see again, the
lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the
dead are raised to life, the good news is proclaimed to
the poor’ (Lk 7:22).
Catholic schools are called to serve also. This year’s
theme ‘Catholic Schools: Called to Serve’ lends itself to
examine what we understand by service and who it is
our schools serve. To this end, Catholic education is
called to self-reflect and refresh its mission.
Serve, as a word, is a call to action. As a concept, to
serve is an integral element of Jesus’ mission in the
Gospels. Education is a platform from which all are
called to serve – parents, teachers, students, community
and the wider world. In particular, Catholic schools place
at the centre of their ethos an identity with the mission of
Jesus Christ, who continually calls all who hear his voice
to serve.

COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT VACANCY
Secretary /Receptionist vacancy at Diocese
of Cork and Ross Pastoral Development
Office, Ballyphehane.
Duties to include telephone, typing, filing,
computers and accounts. As this is a
Community Employment position, eligibility
applies. CVs to Southside Training &
Development Ltd. SMA Centre, Wilton,
Cork. Tel. 021 4345583.
Email southsidetdl@eircom.net
Closing date: Friday 30th January

REMEMBERING WITH LOVE
A multidenominational Service of Remembrance for
families who have experienced the death of a child will be
held on Wednesday 28th January, 2015 at 6.30pm in the
Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork.
All parents, children and families welcome. Refreshments
and children‘s entertainment will be provided afterwards.
For further information please contact:
Tyrone Horne CUH/MUH (086) 412 4373
Marie Watson CUH (086) 787 2404
Daniel Nuzum CUH (086) 787 2270
Katy Twomey CUH (087) 236 1082

On Sunday next February 1st FR MARIUS O’REILLY WILL MAKE A RETURN VISIT TO THE PARISH
to celebrate the 12noon Mass in the Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool. Fr Marius was ordained in
November and is now chaplain in UCC. A
special presentation will be made to him on
behalf of the Faith Community of
Blackpool/The Glen/Ballyvolane.

THE BLACKPOOL OVER 60’S CLUB
Next Tuesday 27th Jan 2015.
2-4.30pm at Blackpool Community Centre.
New and Old members Welcome.
BLACKPOOL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Will present ‘Huguenot of Cork’ by Alisicia St
Leger. Next Tuesday 27th January 2015 at
7.30pm.
Blackpool Community Centre.
All Welcome.

ENROLMENT PROCEDURES
FOR 2015/2016
Parents who wish their children to be
considered for enrolment for Junior Infants in
Scoil Oilibhéir for the 2014/2015 school year
should complete and return an enrolment
application form immediately.These are
available from the school office or online
@ http://www.scoiloilibheir.ie
The closing date for receipt of application for
enrolments is Friday February 20th 2015,
however we must have your application as
early as possible to enable us to plan
teaching and other resources for the coming
school year.

AN OPEN NIGHT
will take place in the school on Thursday
night January 29th from 7.00pm to 8.00pm

THE MONTHLY MEETING FOR THE PARISH
ASSEMBLY will take place in Farranferris College on
Monday 26th January at 8pm.

ST OLIVER’S CHURCH FOLK GROUP 20TH ANNIVERSARY MASS will be take place
On Sunday 1st of February in St Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane at 11.00 o’clock.
The Call
Today’s Gospel launches Jesus on his public
ministry. He has come to bring people back from
the wrong paths to the reign of God. Repent and
believe the Good News.
The accompanying psalm is a prayer of dedication
to God’s ways: Lord, make me know your ways,
Lord, teach me your paths. Jesus calls the fishermen to leave their boats and to follow him. To become a disciple demands more
than subscribing to a set of doctrines or moral
principles. To believe means, above all, to give one’s
heart to the Lord in a personal relationship. It
means to walk the road of life in the company of the
Lord.
Lord, make me know your truth and teach me;
For you are God my saviour.
The psalmist calls on God to remember his mercy,
love and goodness. People who are humble enough
to know their spiritual poverty will always seek to
know his ways and to walk in his presence.

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. Amen.

Parish Newsletter
January 11 2015

Parish Newsletter
December 14 2014
Third Sunday of Advent
FIRST READING
A reading from the prophet Ezekiel.
I exult for joy in the Lord.
The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to bind up hearts that are broken; to proclaim liberty to captives, freedom to those in prison; to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord, ‘I exult for joy in the Lord, my soul rejoices in my God, for he has clothed me in the garments of salvation, he has wrapped me in the cloak of integrity, like a bridegroom wearing his wreath, like a bride adorned in her jewels.
‘For as the earth makes fresh things grow, as a garden makes seeds spring up, so will the Lord the Lord make both integrity and praise spring up in the sight of the nations.’
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: My soul rejoices in my God.
My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her nothingness;
henceforth all ages will call me blessed.
[R]
The Almighty works marvels for me.
Holy his name!
His mercy is from age to age,
on those who fear him.
[R]
He fills the starving with good things,
sends the rich away empty.
He protects Israel, his servant,
remembering his mercy.
[R]
SECOND READING
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians.
May you all be kept safe and blameless, spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord.
Be happy at all times; pray constantly; and for all things give thanks to God, because this is what God expects you to do in Christ Jesus. Never try to suppress the Spirit or treat the gift of prophecy with contempt; think before you do anything – hold on to
what is good and avoid every form of evil. May the God of peace make you perfect and holy; and may you all be kept safe and
blameless, spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. God has called you and he will not fail you.
This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, alleluia! The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor. Alleluia!

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
There stands among you – unknown to you – the one who is coming after me. A man came, sent by God. His name was John. He came as a witness, as a witness to speak for the light, so that everyone might believe through him. He was not the light,
only a witness to speak for the light. This is how John appeared as a witness. When the Jews sent priests and Levites from
Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ he not only declared, but he declared quite openly, ‘I am not the Christ’. ‘Well then,’ they asked ‘are you Elijah?’ ‘I am not’ he said. ‘Are you the Prophet?’ He answered, ‘No’. So they said to him, ‘Who are you?
We must take back an answer to those who sent us. What have you to say about yourself?’ So John said, ‘I am, as Isaiah prophesied:
a voice that cries in the wilderness:
Make a straight way for the Lord’.
Now these men had been sent by the Pharisees, and they put this further question to him, ‘Why are you baptising if you are not the Christ, and not Elijah, and not the prophet?’ John replied, ‘I baptise with water; but there stands among you – unknown
to you – the one who is coming after me; and I am not fit to undo his sandal-strap’.This happened at Bethany, on the far side of the Jordan, where John was baptising.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
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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:
Saint Paul tells us
that God has called and will not fail us. With
confidence we present our needs before the
Lord.
Intercessions:
1. We pray for the Church; may it bring all
people to experience the joy of
salvation.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for peace; especially in those
parts of the world ravaged by war.
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray for vocations; that the Lord will
send witnesses to speak for the light.
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for all those who have suffered
abuse of any kind; that the Lord of all
tenderness and compassion will restore
them and give them peace.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray for those who have gone before
us marked with the sign of faith; may
they receive their eternal reward in the
kingdom of heaven.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
Father in heaven, you sent your
messenger to bring good news to the poor.
Hear our prayers today and grant us what
we need. We make these and all our
prayers in the name of Jesus Christ, 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
13th December
Mary Ring
Bobby Field
Breda St Leger
Peggy Manning
Joan Morrison
14th December
Jerry Manning
John O’Connor
Con Delea
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Harte
Michael O’Sullivan
20th December
Mary Ring
Bobby Field
Breda St Leger
Peggy Manning
Joan Morrison
21st December
Jerry Manning
John O’Connor
Con Delea
Shirley Whelehan
Eileen Harte
Michael O’Sullivan

ST. BRENDAN
14th December
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
21st December
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran

ST. OLIVER’S
13th December
Sheila O’Donovan
Veronica Mulcahy
Catherine Feehely
14th December
Antoinette Long
Mary O’Sullivan
Martina Nodwell
20th December
Benny Mc Guckian
Diarmuid O’Donovan
Kathleen Foley
21st December
Judy Kenny
Helen Gosnell
Audrey Drinan

BLACKPOOL
13th December
Audrey Lettice
14th December
Eoin Lettice
20th December
Audrey Lettice
21st December
Eoin Lettice

ST. BRENDAN’S
14th December
Bill Corcoran
21st December
Bill Corcoran

ST. OLIVER’S
13th December
Linda Cullen
14th December
Ellen Falvey
20th December
Joan Dowling
21st December
Ellen McCarthy

BLACKPOOL ALTAR SOCIETY Christmas
Donations for flowers gratefully received.

THE MEANING OF MARRIAGE
The Irish Catholic Bishops have issued a pastoral statement on Marriage called the Meaning of Marriage. Copies of the
pastoral statement are available in the three Churches of the parish this weekend.

TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND
Plans are once again been made to organise a trip to the Holy Land in October 2015. Cost of this trip is €1,380.
For more details please contact Breda Barry at 086-4083742.

AUTUMN DUES ENVELOPES
Are available in the three churches of the parish
and will be delivered to your homes in the
coming weeks.

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

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE RECENTLY
DECEASED:
Maura Owens
Ann Morgan
Michael Goggin

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE 1ST
ANNIVERSARY OCCURS:
Teresa Mc Carthy

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY THOSE
RECENTLY BAPTISED:
Peter Cathal Doherty
Elisha Eileen Mc Grath
Culain Martin O’Connor
Aidan Daniel Curtin

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 € 2,474.
Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Prayer for the lighting of the Third Advent
Candle God our Father, you chose the Virgin Mary
to be the Mother of your Son. On Calvary,
Jesus gave Mary to us to be our eternal
Mother. As the feast of his birthday draws
near, help us to learn from Mary how to
put all our trust in you. We ask this through
Christ Our Lord. AMEN.

The Giving Tree THIS WEEKEND WE
HAVE ‘THE GIVING TREE’ AT THE
CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION,
BLACKPOOL, ST. BRENDAN’S
CHURCH, THE GLEN & ST
OLIVER’S CHURCH, BALLYVOLANE.
You can place your gift in front of the Christmas Tree in the
churches. Your kindness will make someone very happy.
These gifts will be distributed by St
Vincent De Paul to those in need this Christmas.
Thank you for your generosity.

Last weeks’ Restoration Fund Collection
from the three churches of the parish
came to €1,905. Sincere thanks for your
generous support.
Plaques: €200 & €200

The Christmas Day Swim
will take place at Myrtlyville at 12noon. If anyone is
willing to take part in this Fundraising event for the Parish Restoration Project please contact Fr. John or Fr. Damian. Sponsorship cards are available in the three Churches of the Parish.
CHRISTMAS MASS BLACKPOOL ST. BRENDAN’S ST. OLIVER’S

Confessions After Masses on the weekend 20th/21st Dec
Christmas Eve Night: Blackpool 6.00pm & 9.00pm
Christmas Day 9.00am & 12.00 noon

Confessions After Mass on the weekend 21st Dec
Christmas Eve Night: St Brendans The Glen 7.00pm
Christmas Day 10.00am

Confessions After Masses on the weekend 20th/21st Dec
Christmas Eve Night: St Olivers 7.30pm & 9.30pm
Christmas Day: 11am

Newsletter
November 23 2014

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

FIRST READING
A reading from the prophet Ezekiel.
As for you, my sheep, the Lord says this: I will judge between sheep and sheep The Lord says this: I am going to look after my flock myself and keep all of it in view. As a shepherd keeps all his flock in view when he stands up in the middle of his scattered sheep, so shall I keep my sheep in view. I shall rescue them from wherever they have been scattered during the mist and darkness.
I myself will pasture my sheep, I myself will show them where to rest – it is the Lord who speaks. I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall watch over the fat and healthy. I shall be a true shepherd to them.
As for you, my sheep, the Lord says this: I will judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and he-goats.
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
[Response]: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
The Lord is my shepherd; You have prepared a banquet for me there is nothing I shall want. in the sight of my foes.
Fresh and green are the pastures My head you have anointed with oil;
where he gives me repose.
[R]
my cup is overflowing.
[R]
Near restful waters he leads me, Surely goodness and
to revive my drooping spirit. kindness shall follow me
He guides me along the right path; all the days of my life.
he is true to his name.
[R]
In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell
for ever and ever.
[R]

SECOND READING
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.
He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, so that God may be all in all.
Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one man. Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order: Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him. After
that will come the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, having done away with every sovereignty, authority and power. For he must be king until he has put all his enemies underhis feet and the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death. And when everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subject in his turn to the One who subjected all things to him, so that God may be all in all.
This is the word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, alleluia! Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessings on the coming kingdom of our father David! Alleluia!

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
He will take his seat on his throne of glory, and he will separate men one from another Jesus said to his disciples: ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate men one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will placethe sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food; 1 was thirsty and you gave me drink; 1 was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.” Then the virtuous will say to him in reply, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and go to see you?”
And the King will answer, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.”
Next he will say to those on his left hand, “Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For 1 was hungry and you never gave me food; 1 was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink; I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, naked and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me.” Then it will be their turn to ask, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or naked, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?” Then he will answer, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.” And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the virtuous to eternal life.’
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 bring our prayers
and those of our parish before the Lord,
confident that he will hear our cry.
Intercessions:
1. We pray for the Church and its leaders;
that it will guide all people along the
right path and bring them to the Lord
who will revive their drooping spirit.
Lord, hear us………
2. We pray for all politicians and
governments; may they strive to bring
an end to inequality and injustice.
Lord, hear us………
3. We pray that we may become more and
more a community that cares for and
protects the most vulnerable members
of our society.
Lord, hear us………
4. We pray for those who devote their lives
to caring for the poor, the hungry, the
sick and those exiled from their
homeland; may their work be rewarded
in this life and the next.
Lord, hear us………
5. We pray for those who have died; may
they be brought to life in Christ and
dwell in the Lord’s house forever.
Lord, hear us………
Celebrant:
Heavenly Father, you are the
shepherd who guides us on the right path.
Grant us the grace we need to follow on
that path. We make 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.
BLACKPOOL
22nd November
Bobby Field
Joan Morrison
Rita Kiely
E McSweeney
Mary Ring
23rd November
Michael O’Sullivan
John O’Connor
Con Delea
P Harrington
Lena O’Brien
Eileen Cotter
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

ST. BRENDAN
23rd November
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran
30th November
Mary Hoare
Michael Foley
Bill Corcoran

ST. OLIVER’S
22nd November
Linda Cullen
Sheila O’Donovan
Veronica Mulcahy
23rd November
Judy Kenny
Helen Gosnell
Audrey Drinan
29th November
Catherine Feehley
Breda Healy
Benny McGuckian
30th November
Antoinette Long
Mary O’Sullivan
Martina Nodwell

BLACKPOOL
22th November
Ger O’Brien
23rd November
Eileen Jones
29th November
Ger O’Brien
30th November
Eileen Jones
ST. BRENDAN’S
23rd November
Bill Corcoran
30th November
Bill Corcoran
ST. OLIVER’S
22nd November
Maureen Lehane
23rd November
Kevin O’Riordan
29th November
Elizabeth Barry
30th November
Veronica Byrne

THE BALLINCROKIG/DUBLIN PIKE STATION
MASS will be held in the home of Con and Theresa
O’Keeffe on Friday 28th November at 8pm.

ORDINATION TO PRIESTHOOD
This Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King, Rev Marius O’Reilly will be ordained a Priest for service in the Diocese of Cork and Ross. The Ordination ceremony will take place in the Church of the Real Presence, Curraheen Rd. As you all know Marius spent
a part of his formation in this parish in Aug/Sept 2013, and has fond memories of this time here. Last Easter Marius was ordained a Deacon in Rome and has since been appointed Chaplain in UCC.
We, the faith community of Blackpool, the Glen, Ballvolane keep him in our prayers at this important time in his life. We also wish him God’s abundant blessings for a successful and fruitful ministry in the this Diocese.
The ceremony will begin at 2.30pm and is open to all. No doubt Marius would be delighted to see people from this parish join him and his family for this very special occasion. Marius will celebrate his first Mass on Monday 24th November at 7pm in the Church of the Real Presence, Curraheen Road.
At a date to be decided Marius will celebrate Mass in this parish where a special presentation will be made on behalf of the parish and faithcommunity.

AUTUMN DUES ENVELOPES
are available in the threechurches of the parish and will be delivered to your homes in the coming weeks.

BLACKPOOL OVER 60’S CLUB
Next meeting Tuesday 25th November will start with Mass at 2pm followed by refreshments, music and dance. Please be there for 1.45pm. All welcome.

BLACKPOOL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
A talk will take place on Tues
25th Nov at 7:30pm
at the Blackpool Community Centre.
The published author, Barry Keane, will talk on
‘The Rise and Fall of the Glen Distillery’
in Kilnap.

THE BLESSING OF THE GRAVES
Sunday 23rd November
St. Finbarr’s, Glasheen Road 2.30pm

WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE RECENTLY DECEASED:
Liam Hawkins
WE REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHOSE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OCCURS:
Eamonn Harty

WE WELCOME INTO THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY THOSE RECENTLY BAPTISED:
Amelia Nora Mc Carthy
Bobby Alan Horgan-Nolan
Ollie McCarthy-Roche
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.

Parish Golf Classic 2014
The Net Profit from the Golf Classic in
October came to €8,615.
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 theparish came to €2,408. Sincere thanks for your generous support.
Last weeks’ Marriage Support Collection from the three churches of the parish came to €1,765. Sincere thanks for your generous support.

Congratulation to Rhonda Dillane and Denis Sheehan who were married in St. Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane on Friday 14th November 2014.

Christmas Carol ConcertSunday 30th November 2014 at 4pm. Church of the Annunciation Blackpool.
Featuring Linda Kenny, Paud O’ Donoghue, Blackpool Church Choir, Carrigaline Singers, Scoil Oilibheir School Choir and the Butter Exchange Brass and Reed Band.
MC Gerry Manning

Tickets €10. Doors open at 3.30pm.

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