Reflection on Today's Gospel

In today's Gospel our Lord Jesus Christ talks about the end of the world.  He does not wish to frighten us, but to assure us  that He will come to the aid of the Righteous when that fatal day comes for us. He is warning us that as we live we die,  that we must  follow the commandments and live in peace and justice for no one knows when the end will come for us.  But when it does His love and concern will envelop us.

This is a very appropriate Gospel for this time of year when  the Holy Souls are on our mind. We pray for our loved ones who have departed this life, we think of those who have left the storms of life to live in eternal peace in the arms of  God, their Creator.

Jesus assures us that when the end of this life comes for us He will be our Help and our Defender and will lead us into must prepare throughout our lives in order to be worthy to see the Face of God:

'to savour the sweetness of the Lord,

to behold His temple.'

This week's Calendar

Wednesday 21st: The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Thursday 22nd: The memorial-day of St. Cecilia.

Friday 23rd: The memorial-day of St. Columban.

Saturday 24th: The memorial-day of Ss. Andrew Dung-Lac, priest and Companions, Martyrs.

Sunday 25th: The 34th Sunday of the year

This Week's Readings

A reading from the prophet Daniel

God protects his people in times of persecution or hopelessness.

The letter to the Hebrews

He has achieved the eternal perfection of all whom he is sanctifying.

Recent Bereavements

We offer sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Maragaret Corcoran who died this week. She was a tremedous support for the parish, in particular with the Altar Society in St. Patrick's. She will be sadly missed. Her requiem Mass took place on Thursday in St. Patrick's with funeral afterwards to St. Finbarr's Cemetry.

May she rest in peace.

Anniversaries and Prayers Requested.

Please pray for the following:

Leo & Breda Delaney, Rockvale Terrace;

Jack & Josephine Leahy;

Paddy Hayes;

Elaine Lucey;

Con O' Riordan;

Dan O' Brien;

Sean Linehan;

John Eileen;

Barry Horgan;

Flor Deane (2012), Old Youghal Road;

Charles O'Connor (2017), Old Youghal Road;

Jermiah & Mary Lucey, late of Mount Vernon Terrace;

Christy Lucey, Late of Mount Vernon Terrace;

Dan Lucey, Military Road;

Kathleen Currid,(2013), Bellevue Crescent;

Anne & Jim Lehane, Late of Belmount Terrace, Old Youghal Road.

May they rest in peace .

Special Mass at Holy Trinity Church

There will be a special Mass on the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lady on  Wednesday  21st. Nov. at 7.30pm during which Bishop John Buckley will bless an image of Pope St Paul V1 to celebrate a new shrine in Holy Trinity.

We will have the usual Padre Pio devotions on the night . All are welcome.

Holy Family Wednesday Tea

All welcome to Tea at Holy Family Church after 9.30 Mass every Wednesday. Why not bring a friend.

November - Holy Souls Reflection- ‘A Word of Consolation'

‘If a tiny baby could think, it would be afraid of birth. To leave the only world it has known would seem a kind of death. But immediately after birth the child would find itself in loving arms showered with affection and cared for at every moment.

Surely the baby would say,”I was foolish to doubt God's plan for me. This is a beautiful life!'

For the Christian, passing through death is really birth into a new and better world. Those who are left behind should not grieve as if there were no hope.

Life is changed, not taken away. Our dear ones live on, in a world beautiful beyond anything we can imagine. With Jesus and Mary they await the day when they will welcome us with joy.

‘Do not grieve too much', they say to us.'We are living and are still with you.' (Author Unknown)

Saints of the Week

Wednesday is the Feast Day of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary . It celebrates Mary in her grace-filled life, wholly given over to the Holy Spirit.

Thursday is the Feast Day of St Cecilia , martyr and the patron saint of music

Friday is the Feast Day of our own St Columban/Columbanus , regarded as one of the greatest Irish missionary monks. He died in 615.

Saturday is the Feast Days of Vietnamese saints, St Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions, 117 saints who were martyred for the Faith in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Saints and Martyrs Pray for Us-Inspire us. Amen.

South Pres PPU Annual Lunch

Venue: The Flying Enterprise, Sullivan's Quay. Saturday 24th Nov @ 12.30pm for 1pm sharp.

Cost: € 28

World Day of the Poor

This Sunday is The World Day of the Poor. Pope Francis in establishing this day 2 years ago, said that this day would serve as ‘the worthiest way to prepare for the celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, who identified with the little ones and the poor and who will judge us on our works of mercy.'

Pope Francis further added: ‘The poor are the first to recognise God's presence and to testify to His closeness in their lives. God remains faithful to His promise: and even in the darkness of the night, He does not withold the warmth of His love and consolation.

However for the poor to overcome their oppressive situation, they need to sense the presence of brothers and sisters who are concerned for them and, by opening doors of their hearts and lives, make them feel like friends and family.

Far be it from Christ's disciples to nurture feelings of disdain or pity towards the poor. Instead, we are called to honour the poor and to give them precedence, out of the conviction that they are a true presence of Jesus in our midst.'As you did it to one of the least of these my brethern, you did it to Me. (Mt 25:40).

The poor evangelise us and help us each day to discover the beauty of the Gospel. Let us not squander this grace-filled opportunity.

On this day may all of us feel that we are in debt to the poor, because in hands outstretched to one another, a salvific encounter can take place to strengthen our faith, inspire our charity and enable our hope to advance securely on our path towards the Lord who is to come...'

Christmas Raffle

Tickets on sale. €2 per strip or €5 for 3 strips. Please support the church renovation fund.

Christmas Cards

A new selection of cards is now available and is on sale in the porch. €3 per pack, two packs for €5.

Holy Family Tea / Coffee Morning

The weekly tea and coffee morning held in Holy Family Church has moved to Wednesdays mornings, after 9.30 am Mass. Please join us for a hot drink and a chat.

Pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

“Purgatory then enables us to atone for our ingratitude because through our prayers, mortifications and sacrifices, it makes it possible to bring joy and consolation to the ones we love.

Love is stronger than death and hence there should be love for those who have gone before us. We are the offspring of their life, the gathered fruit of their labour, the solicitude of their hearts.”

(Venerable Archbishop Fulton J Sheehan)

Autumn Dues

Thank you to all who have returned their Autumn Dues envelopes . You can drop your envelope to either church sacristy or place it in the collection basket at Mass.

November - Month of Prayer for the Holy Souls - Loss of our Dear Departed

‘ ...the loss of our loved ones pricks our eyes like the smoke from the autumnal fires...We are told that our own prayer and penance aid the Holy Souls. Perhaps we need to deepen the sense of what this really means for those of us who remain.

No one suffers, no one is made ready for heaven in isolation. Our job is to bear this pain (of loss) as well we can, to offer it in union with the suffering and death of Christ. That is to say: with as much love and patience as well we can muster.

There is no depth of sadness that has not been plumbed by Christ as he descended into the most awe-full mystery of the human condition. And when He rises from death, so do we...'(extract from Magnificat Magazine Nov 2108).

‘Eternal rest grant to them O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen'

‘The Holy Souls are those who die in God's grace and friendship but who are still impefectly purified ... after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of Heaven' (Catechism of the Catholic Church CCC 1030).

The Church ‘commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead' (CCC1032)'.

‘We must empty purgatory with our prayers' (St Padre Pio).

‘It cannot be doubted that the prayers of the Church relieve the Holy Souls, and move God to treat them with more clemency that their sins deserve.' (St. Augustine)

Pope Francis rebukes the world for response to hunger!

As another terrible famine ravages war-torn Yemen, Pope Francis rebukes ther world for the response to hunger, not only in Yemen but across the world.

Speaking on World Food Day last Oct 16, Pope Francis said despite technological and scientific progress,'we ought to feel shame' for not having advanced in ‘humanity and solidarity' enough to feed the world's poor.

The theme for 2018 is' Our actions are our future: A zero hunger world by 2030 is possible.' The 2030 agenda seeks to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

According to the UN, world hunger is rising and over 820 million people are suffering chronic undernourishment.

Changes in the Parish Mass Schedule

Due to the much-lamented death of Canon Leader we must make immediate changes to our Mass Schedule.

From next week: Holy Family: there will be weekday Mass on Wednesdays and Fridays only St. Patrick's: there will be weekday Mass on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

Holy day Mass will be celebrated in whatever church is having Mass that day. For example: next Thursday – All Saints Day – the Mass will be in St. Patrick's. I would love to see parishioners at Mass at both churches.

Further changes concerning weekend Masses have to be considered and these will be announced before the end of November.

Canon Dan Crowley

Come and See

A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people – Pope Francis. A short retreat will take place on 23rd / 24th November for those who may be interested in becoming a priest. See notice Board for details.

Pope's Intentions for October

Evangelisation: The Mission of Religious.

“That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves and be present among the poor, the marginalised, and those who have no voice”.

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..............................'Armeria juniperefolia' .....(New Zealand Form)

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 FamilyDee 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.

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