Gospel Reflection


Throughout His ministry Jesus, on several occasions, told His apostles not to be afraid. In today's Gospel He tells them no less than three times.

We as Christians should heed His words and not be afraid to proclaim Him. In today's world there are may opportunities to acknowledge Him. In our daily lives we have the occasion to declare ourselves for Him.

He does not let our affirmation of Him go unrewarded. He tells us in today's Gospel “if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven”.

In the same Gospel He says “every hair on your head has been counted.” He has us in His devine care. He looks out for us as we are prescious to Him.

In some parts of the world today such as India, Christians are being persecuted. In solidarity with them we pray for the strenght to withstand the persecution. Those persecuted Christians are vibrantly living their faith and following the Lord's instruction not to be afraid.

Be not afraid. These are simple but powerful words. Let us adopt them and implement them in our Christian and daily lives in deference to the Father and in gratitude to the Son.

Angela Sheehan

This week's Calendar

Tuesday 26th: The memorial-day of St. Cyril of Alexandria.

Wednesday 28th: The memorial-day of St. Irenaeus.

Thursday 29th: The Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul, Apostles.

Friday 30th: The memorial-day of the First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church.

Saturday 1st: The memorial–day of St Oliver Plunkett..

Sunday 2nd July: The thirteenth Sunday of the Year.

This Week's Readings

The Prophet Jeremiah

Jeremiah had been mocked and persecuted. He does not despair as he knows ‘the Lord is at my side'.

The letter of St. Paul to the Romans

It is not adhering to a Law that pleases God. Instead it is grace and faith that win us favour with God.

Anniversaries & Prayers Requested

Margo Hogan, Windsor Cottages

Sylvester Hopkins, Bellevue Park (2012)

Breda Kenneally, Victoria Terrace

Tom O'Mahony, Bellevue Park (2012)

Hannah Carey, Bellview Crescent (2012)

Elizabeth Boland, Willis Arch (2013)

Jim West, Old Youghal Road (2004)

Donal Kelly, Alexandra Road (2011)

Elizabeth Corbett, Old Yl Road (2012)

Kathleen Dunne, Mahony's Avenue (2005)

Patrick O'Connell, Rathmore Lawn (2012)

Harry Burk3, Rathmore Lawn (2007)

Tom Geary, Bandon Crescent (2008)

Stasie Walsh, Egerton Villas (2014)

Teresa McKernan (2008)

Thomas Geary, Dillon's Cross (2007)

Tony McCarthy, Gardiner's Hill (2010)

Martin Morgan, Old Yl Road (2007)

Caroline O'Shaughnessy,

Noel & Margaret Sexton,

Jackie & Kitty Horgan,

Rose Sullivan,

Tommy Hurley,

John Howe,

Irene Kinmonth,

Donal Griffin.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.


Fr. Michael Keohane, P.P. of Our Lady Crowned parish, and co-ordinator of our pastoral area, celebrated the thirtieth anniversaary of his ordination recently.

Fr. Paul O'Donoghue, curate in the North Cathedral, often says Mass in St. Patrick's on Sunday evenings.

He celebrated the silver jubilee of his ordination at the start of June.

Well done to both and may God bless their continuing ministry.

A fond farewell

This Sunday we bid a fond farewell to Sean Dunne, who is leaving the Parish.

Sean has been organist in Holy Family Church for many years and has made valuable contribution to

the Parish through his work in Holy Family, the newsletter and the Parish Council.

We invite you to join us this Sunday for tea, coffee and light refreshments in Holy Family Church Hall, after the 10.30 Mass.

During this celebration we will be making a presentation to Sean in

thanks for all his work.

Chat about Martyrs and Giving Witness!

Thanks to all parishioners who attended last Sunday's Corpus Christi Procession. The Lord really shone down on well as the glorious sunshine! Bishop Crean in his homily called for Catholics to stand up for their faith and not allow themselves to be sidelined!

Text Box: Welcome  We extend a warm welcome to our new assistant priest, Fr. Rafal Zielonka who will celebrate Mass in St. Patrick's at 6pm next Saturday. He will also celebrate Mass in Holy Family on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday next week.    Today's Gospel calls on the followers of Christ to have courage at all times! In some countries around the world there is active and horrendous persecution and killing of Christians. Death and imprisonment are daily realities for so many Christians. Our faith and our Christian values are under attack.

Thank God, Jesus reminds us in the Gospel today to ‘Be not afraid'.

Text Box: Parish Newsletter   The Newsletter will not be published during July and August. We owe a big thank you to the newsletter team who ensure we have a newsletter for ten months of the year.     We also owe a special mention to Sean Dunne who has provided a substantial amount of the content each week for a number of years. Sean and his family have moved house to the southside and we wish them a happy relocation.    Thank you Sean.      Next Thursday we will celebrate the great Feast Day of Saints Peter & Paul, courageous Christians who ultimately were martyred for proclaiming the Faith.

On Friday we commemorate and honour the First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church who died under the persecution of Nero in 64AD.

While we associate martyrs like Stephen, Peter and Paul and the countless witnesses who suffered and died in places like the Colosseum in Rome etc with the Early Church, we can forget and be surprised to know that there are more Christians being martyred in our day than in the Early Church.

Please boost your own Christian courage and pray for those being

persecuted and injured / killed today.

On Saturday the 1st of July we pray and remember St Oliver Plunkett, who was tortured and horribly executed for his Faith on the 1st July 1681. He was the last Catholic to die for the Faith at Tyburn in London. He was the first of the Irish Martyrs to be beatified.

Next time you stroll down one of Cork's well-known streets, ‘Oliver Plunkett Street', think of and remember this courageous Archbishop who gave his witness and his life for the Faith. He is an Irish Catholic hero.

All Ye Martyrs and Saints, pray for us!

Rally for Life Gathering Dublin Next Saturday July 1st

The bus for the Rally leaves from outside St Mary's Church, Popes Quay at 9.30am returning at 5pm. Please try and attend and give your witness and support for the protection of preborn babies and

their mothers. Defend the 8th Amendment- that part of our Constitution that protects the equal right to life of mothers and preborn babies!

Say No to abortion! No to Euthanasia! Every life matters!

Please pray for the success of the Rally and for the protection of the 8th Amendment of our Constitution.

Powerful pro-abortion campaigners in Ireland, the UK. Eorope and the United Nations are attacking our Irish pro-life laws. Please pray and act to show our opposition to abortion and to Stay Strong for Life!

Protect the Unborn! All- Ireland Rally for Life, Dublin Sat July 1 st .

The next All Ireland Rally for Life, to protect the unborn, and to give support for the retention of the 8 th Amendment, will be held in Dublin on Sat 1 st July.

Please pray for its success and please consider attending with your family. It's a Great Day Outing, full of Joy and Celebration of Life and babies and mothers and fathers.

Let our leaders know that we want the legislation to remain in the Constitution that protects the lives of innocent babies and their mothers and that we affirm life:' from the womb to the tomb'!

You can travel by car, train or on the Special Rally Bus from Cork, please phone Gillian at 086-8233110 for details. The bus leaves at 9 am, from Pope's Quay, outside St Mary's Church and leaves Dublin again at 5pm. There is usually no fixed fee for a seat; its' “give as generously as you can afford'' but €20 would be grand!

Computer beginners classes

Age Action will run classes for over 55s during this Summer and Autumn

Classes are taught one on one by patient volunteers. We balance the number of volunteer tutors and learners, so registration is important. Classes run for 5 weeks 2 hours a week in a fun relaxed atmosphere. Call 2067399 or 087 1956026.

Gather   Monda y Prayer

For Young Adults :   J oin the Sisters of Bon Secours in prayer, quiet, reflection and chat. 7 to 9pm each Monday evening in the Convent Chapel behind the Bon Secours Hospital, College Road. All young adults welcome. Contact: Anne-Marie Whelan   0872209994

Cork Autism Conference

Understanding Autism, Empowering Potential on Sunday,   September 17th , 8.30am - 5.30 a t Clayton Hotel Silversprings. For more info visit  or call   089 239 8900

Volunteers needed

Barnardos National Collection Day, on Friday 15th September need volunteers to help with bag-packs or on-street collections in their local community.

All money raised will help change the lives of vulnerable children and their families.

For more information call Mary Johnston on 01 7080418 or email

Is this for you?

Two candidates will be ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in our diocese on Sunday, 17th September. A new Formation course for deacons will being in September.

If you would like to know more please contact our PP Canon Dan Crowley 4502696, or Canon Bertie O'Mahony 4346940.


The Cork Association for Autism (CAA) Golf Classic will take place on Thursday, 22nd June at Mahon Golf Course. If you would like to enter a team or sponsor a tee box call Carol at 453 3642 .

Pope Francis' Intentions for the Month of June

National Leaders: That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimises so many innocent people.

SMA Pilgrimage to Lourdes

17th-22nd September 2107. Five nights, full board in Hotel Roissy. Contact Pilgrimage Director: Fr Hugh B Harkin SMA

African Missions, Blackrock Road

Call 4292871 for details

ISPCC seeks Volunteers

The ISPCC seeks Cork-based volunteers for its Childline and/or Mentoring services. The volunteers will provide one to one support through a mentoring relationship to children and/or parents who experience a wide range of issues.

They are also looking for volunteers to provide a non-judgemental, confidential listening service via Childline. If you have good communications skills, and are a good listener; then volunteering with the ISPCC could be for you!

Volunteers give 2-4 hours of their time a week, for a minimum of two years. The ISPCC will provide comprehensive training, support and supervision.To book a place on the information evening on 1st June please call 4509588 .

World Meeting of Families 22-26 August 2018. Start to Get Ready!

Hopefully you will have picked up the first leaflet issued on the great and wonderful forthcoming World Meeting of Families to be held in Dublin on August 22-26 in 2018.

The leaflets are available in the church porch. Take some and pass them on to family and friends, The leaflets, with a smiling Pope Francis on the cover, (hopefully he will be able to come for this great event) outline the main purpose and programme.

They encourage us all, especially families, to begin to talk about it more, pray about it and then begin to plan ahead, hopefully that you might be able to attend one of the days in Dublin.

While it seems a long way off now, time will pass quickly and before you know it the Great Days of the World Meeting of Families, will be on us. It is a great honour and blessing to host it in Ireland.

Won't it be wonderful to join in, to celebrate and acclaim the Christian family with other families from around the world.

Pilgrimage Season 2017

Full details for Lough Derg Pilgrimage are on the Notice Board.

Holy Family church welcomes Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help in running Holy Family church.

If you would like to help in any of the following:

the Altar Society,

the Newsletter team,

the Parish Council,

the Ministries of the Word and Eucharist,

the Choir, 

please leave your name in the Sacristy.

Mother Teresa Canonised a Saint on this day

When Saint Mother Teresa was in Calcutta for 20 years she received a ‘call within a call'. Jesus told her:

‘I am sending you into the dark holes of the poor. Come, be My light!'.

From that day St Mother Teresa and her dedicated Sisters in the Missionaries of Charity have done fantastic work with the poorest of the poor, founding orphanages, medical centres, house for the dying etc. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. St Mother Teresa said:

‘If I ever become a saint, I will surely be one of darkness. I will continue to be absent from heaven to light the light of those in darkness on earth.' Today let us pray :

Dear Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, come to us who continue to dwell in the dark. Come be our light! Pray for us. Amen.

Cork Deaf Enterprises

2A Sundrive Road Ballinlough Furniture repairs, re-upholstery, french polishing specialists. 

Free estimates, collection and delivery. Quality work and service assured. Call 4294111 /4294100 or see

Volunteers always welcome

Carers Association  

The Cork branch of The Carers' Association is seeking to recruit volunteers throughout the county for our home care respite team. Canditates must be eligible for CE scheme. Please send CV with letter to Peter Cox,The Carers Association,9 Tuckey St ,Cork or email

Hope Foundation

Experience Magical India, for more information please log on to or contact Susan on Tel: 4292990

Past Parishioner

Have a look at the story of a past parishioner on the parish website www. 'The Search for John Cotter' photo's and history of this man and his family who lived around the St. Luke's area over 140 years ago.

Static Collection Boxes,

As part of our Parish Fundraising, four collection boxes have been installed in Retail Outlets within St. Patrick's Parish area. All funds collected are used for the ongoing maintenance of our two Churches. If you notice one please drop a few coins into it...every little bit helps. Thank you.

Your Newsletter

Around this time every year we ask for feedback from you about your newsletter. There is no harm in asking, I suppose, but it would be nice to get some kind of response, any response at all, at all.

If you have a comment or suggestion please contact us by phone at 4518191, by email at stpatricksparish or by note to either Sacristy. We owe a special vote of thanks to the members of the Holy Family team who do trojan work each week. Thank you all for participating in the rota and doing your contribution so reliably.

COPE Foundation,
Bonnington, Montenotte Plants to grace all gardens

Plant of the Week...........................'Lilium' .....(Lemon Pixie)

Mass Times

St. Patrick's
Vigil (Saturday) 6pm,
Sunday 12 and 6pm
Daily Mass 10.15am

Holy Family
Vigil (Saturday) 7pm,
Sunday 10:30am
Daily Mass 9:30am

(except Saturdays & Mondays)


Contact Numbers


Canon Dan Crowley PP No. 3 Presbytery
Canon Liam Leader AP, No. 4 Presbytery


tel: 021.450 2696
tel: 021.450 0282


Parish Office Aonghus O'Broin, Secretary tel: 021.451 8191 or Email




St. Patrick's

David Dwyer


Holy Family

Dee Daly



Parish Website
Emergency Number for Priest on duty 087-8252284
Looking for old photos/stories.

Ken Forde has set up a new website for the Lower Road. He is gathering content for the site and invites people to loan him old photosand stories of The Lower Glanmire Road If you want to help Ken please forward your details by e-mail or phone 086-6011928 to arrange a suitable time / location.

Check out Ken's website for a wonderful new selection of pictures of the Lower Road in days gone by.

Counselling Services

Counselling available in Newbury House Old Youghal Rd.  (Low cost)

Enquiries to – 450799

‘ Persecuted and Forgotten'

Please pray for those fellow Christians who are being persecuted in over 30 countries . Please do not let them be forgotten anymore!

A new report by the UK Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need has highlighted the plight of so many Christians throughout the world.

The report stated that ...‘churches are being burnt, Christians under pressure to convert, mob violence against Christian homes, abduction and rape of Christian girls, anti-Christian propaganda in the media and from Government, discrimination in schools and the workplace...the list goes on'.

The full report can be read online at the charity's website.

Volunteers needed in Holy Family to Arrange Altar Flowers

Please consider volunteering to arrange flowers in Holy Family Church. This service is essential in  offering  and presenting the beauty of flowers on the altar and at the lectern the  positive signs of beauty, freshness, vibrancy of the Holy Presence of God and His Eternal Word. Please hand your name into the sacristy.

Secure savings and peace of mind

Come visit St. Patrick's (Cork) Credit Union, Lower Glanmire Road, across from St. Patrick's Church, and become a member. Membership benefit includes life assurance on savings and loans at no extra cost, bill paying service, foreign exchange and friendly helpful service.

To become a member call in with current picture i.d. (drivers licence, passport), recent household bill (electricity, gas, telephone) or bank statement and proof of P.P.S. number.Children accounts also available.

Opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 10:00 to3:00 Friday 10:00 to 3:00 and 5:00 to 7:00.

Campaign to Consecrate Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Please sign letters or sign online asking the Irish Bishops to Consecrate this nation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to bring Ireland back to the Catholic Faith.(SCNCI: Steering Committee for the National Consecration of Ireland to the Immacualte Heart of Mary) Contact for more information or to sign up online.Contact SCNCI P.O Box 51, Claremorris. Co Mayo.

Be Proud to Practise your Faith

Bishop Buckley has urged us all to be proud of our Faith this Lent and has asked parents to realize the key role they play in handing on that Faith to their children.

'We should be proud of our faith. Faith is not to be limited to a corner of our life. Our faith should inform everything we do.'

Bishop Buckley also suggested that families might light a Year of Faith Candle in their homes and have family prayer or join a parish pilgrimage.

‘We must also gently remind people, who are not close to the Church that the Lord is waiting for them, longing for them to come to Him.'

Welcome to the Holy Family Church! Céad Míle Fáilte!

You are most welcome to our church, named after the Holy Family of Nazareth; Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

The church became part of the Catholic tradition in 1949. Over the altar there is a silhouette painting of the Holy Family with the child Jesus at the centre of the family. Over the years since 1949, and indeed before 1949 when the church was part of the Methodist tradition, many families have worshipped here, have been baptized here, received their 1 st Holy Communion and Confirmation here, were married here and when they died they had their funeral Mass here…the church echoes with families…some of which are still alive and present in today's congregations.

In this Year of Faith let us pray that all our family members may continue to worship here and to grow in Faith. For those family members who have dropped off their journey of Faith, we pray that they may be inspired to return “home” …home to their faith, to their worship of God and that the Holy Family community may continue to grow and flourish in these difficult days.

May faith be the heart of this parish, the heart of this community …under the loving protection of the Holy Family of Nazareth; Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Rosary in Holy Family.

Just a reminder that the Holy Rosary is recited in full each morning before Daily Mass (at approx 9.15am) in the Holy Family. Parishioners are welcome and encouraged to take a turn and recite a decade of the Rosary each morning.

Prayers in honour of the Sacred Heart and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will continue after morning Mass on each First Friday.

Volunteers Required

We thank all those in the parish who contribute, prepare, edit and distribute our Weekly Newsletter. If anyone would like to join the Newsletter team, please leave your name in at the sacristy.

Fatima Prayer Group

The Fatima Prayer Group now meets in St Josephs Church at 7.30pm on the 13 th day of each month. All are welcome

The group participates in the St. Patrick's Day Parade and invite all to join them at Union Quay at 12.30pm.

The Legion of Mary invites new members

The praesidium of the Holy Family invites new members to join them. The meeting takes place every Friday in Holy Family church kitchen at 2.30 pm. The aim of the Legion is the spiritual growth of its members and of the wider community. 

Members say the Rosary and do a task each week.


Holy Family History

The ‘new' translation of the Roman Missal and the People's Responses were ‘launched' successfully last weekend. In the Holy Family sacristy there is the original Latin Missal that was used for the very first Mass there on 23 rd October, 1949. On the inside of the book it says that this Missal was donated by ‘Dora and May Byrne'. I wonder do any of the Holy Family parishioners know who these very generous sisters were or their family? Any info. to the

Choir and Cantors and General Singing!

The participation of the congregation in the singing of the hymns at Mass is going from strength to strength and this is wonderful for the celebration of the Mass! Remember: ‘When you sing, you pray twice!' Hopefully the new responses being sung by the cantors and choir and the new Eucharistic Congress song, are becoming more and more familiar and that the congregation will start to join in with these as well! New members are always welcome! Give yourselves a Big Bualadh Bas!

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross will be prayed and meditated on each Friday in the Holy Family after the 10am Mass. Volunteers are asked to lead the Stations and also to carry the Cross around the various Stations.

Call for Altar Servers

Young boys and girls, who have made their 1st Communion, are asked to serve as Altar Servers. Altar Servers will be trained and supervised. Parent's consent is essential. Please leave names into the Sacristy as soon as possible. It would be wonderful if we could have young Altar Servers trained for Easter !

Senior Help Line, dial 1850 440 444

This confidential listening service is for older people, by older people, for the price of a local call. It is supported by the HSE. Open every day of the year 10-4pm and 7-10pm.

If you had an hour to spare and would like to give a hand in the gathering of articles and the production of the newsletter please contact the Parish Office at 021.4518191.

Aonghus O'Broin, Parish Secretary