“BE NOT AFRAID”
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.
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)
Noel & Margaret Sexton,
Jackie & Kitty Horgan,
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 us...as 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!
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'.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cork Autism Conference
Understanding Autism, Empowering Potential on Sunday, September 17th , 8.30am - 5.30 a t Clayton Hotel Silversprings. For more info visit www.bookwhen.com/autismcork or call 089 239 8900
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 email@example.com
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,
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.