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St. Patrick's Church
parishioners of St. Patrick say a heartful thanks to the University of Southern
Indiana Chamber Choir who performed in Concert at St. Patrick's Church on 12th.
Tree Irish Traditional Band
"Peace be with you "
Fr. Tom Riordan and Canon Liam light the Easter Candle ouside St. Patricks Church on Easter Saturday 15th. April 2017
Visitors from the UK on 25th. February
Group from the UK who travvelled to St. Patricks to view the marriage records of Thomas Patrick O Brien and his wife, Helena Hartnett, on 26th. November 1912. The group includes Katherine Roche, Steve Watson, Derek Watson, and Helena Watson, with David Dwyer, Sacristan.
First Baptism Photo of the Year
From left to right: Senan, Tara (mother), Aidan, Sean with Cormac in arms and Fr. Dan PP
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Group after Noon Mass at St. Patrick's Church, 2016
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Death of Fr. John Cotter, former PP of St. Patricks Church, on Thursday 2nd. February 2017. Below is the Parish's tribute to him on his 70th. birthday on 19th. May 2008. Buriel will be at Knockanvilla, Co. Cork on Monday 6th. February 2017.
May God have mercy on his Soul
Happy birthday, Fr John!
The parish congratulates Fr John Cotter on his 70th birthday, which he celebrated on Monday last, 19 May. A surprise party was held after Mass in Holy Family Church that morning, at which parishioners warmly greeted their overjoyed pastor. Fr John commented that having reached the age of ‘three score and ten', at least it would never be said of him that he died young!
Fr John has been our parish priest for almost three years, his fourth such appointment. He became pastor of Goleen, Ireland's southernmost parish, in 1991, remaining there for four years, before transferring to Uibh Laoire, Bishop Buckley's native parish, which includes Inchageelagh and Ballingeary. Fr John moved to the harbour parish of Monkstown in 1998, before coming here in 2005.
Fr John has had many forms of ministry in his 45 years of priesthood: he was ordained in the then new church of Our Lady Crowned, Mayfield, on 8 June, 1963. After ordination, his first two years were spent in Savannah, Georgia. On his return to Cork, he became chaplain to the Sisters of Mercy, Schull, before moving to Caheragh as curate. From there he went to Passage West, before becoming Chaplain to St Finbarr's Hospital in 1981, as well as the Director of CMAC (Cork Marriage Advisory Councll). He then spent five years in Kinsale before Goleen called.
Fr John is a native of Rossmore parish, but his family moved to Innishannon when he was young. We rejoice in this significant birthday, and in his calm and prayerful presence among us.
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'In the brilliant 'Light of our Saviour' we are equal, we are both invisible,
and only through our love for God and each other, do we begin to glow'
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, "Peace be with you."
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
"Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained."
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the Lord."
But he said to them,
"Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."
Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe."
Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."
Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that through this belief you may have life in his name.
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