Howth Parish Newsletter Sunday 17th of May 2015

posted 20 May 2015, 11:54 by Lisa O'Neill   [ updated 20 May 2015, 11:54 ]

Sunday 17th May 2015

The Ascension of the Lord (19/15)


The annual collection for Crosscare Youth Services will take place at all Masses next weekend, 23rd/24th May, and will replace the usual SHARE collection


The Howth Parish Youth Group initiated a Transition Year Student (TYS) Programme eight years ago which has evolved into an established feature embracing both the Howth and Sutton Parishes.  The Programme, sponsored by the Church of the Assumption, Howth, is centred on two principle concepts: (1) Youth Leadership in personal growth and responsibility, and (2) Youth Leadership in community project involvement.  The half day, once a month, group sessions focus on well tailored engagements around physical, dietary, spiritual and mental health issues, together with devoted sessions on creative thinking and career guidance.  On the community project front, the students proactively engage in the annual Christmas Party and Spring Bingo Night with the residents in the HSE managed Kilrock House, Howth, as well as being an active part of the carol singing at the annual lighting of the Howth Christmas Tree.

35 students drawn from five secondary schools participated in the Programme this year with the full and confident support of their school TYS coordinators.  The monthly group sessions took place in the school hall of Scoil Mhuire, Howth with the kind permission and cooperation of the Board of Management and the Principal, Mr. John Chambers.  Volunteers are most welcome to join the Howth Parish Youth Group to sustain and grow this Programme.  Contact Barbara in the Parish Office.  Tel. 839 7398.


The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered to the pupils of 6th Class, Howth Primary School - Scoil Mhuire, next Friday, 22nd May at 1.00 p.m. in the Church.  We remember them in our prayers.


Ecumenical Bible Week begins next week from Pentecost Sunday to Trinity Sunday 24th – 31st May.  The theme for 2015 is “What is the Spirit saying to the Churches?”  A series of presentations will be offered in a range of venues, aimed at the interested ordinary believer or enquirer.  The general area is the Bible but looked at from different perspectives—film, music, ethics, law and so forth, as well as more obvious approaches such as prayer (lectio divina) or how to organise a Bible Study group.  Further information on events and activities at


The Parish Pastoral Council will meet with Parish Based Groups with a view to increasing membership of the Council and to identify ways forward for the good of the Parish.  Invitations are being issued to the representatives of each Group.  The meeting will take place on Tuesday 26th May at 8.15pm in the Parish Hall (St. Columbanus).

HOWTH SUMMER PROJECT  1st to 10th July 2015

Enrolments and Bookings for this year’s Summer Project will take place on Sunday 14th June from 9.00 am to 1.00pm and on Monday 15th June from 10.00am to 11.00am in Saint Columbanus Hall, Main Street, Howth.  Bring last year’s badge and enrol for €4.00 - without badge enrol for €5.00   Lots of activities including Quasar, Swimming, Bowling, Arts & Crafts, Cookery, Hockey, Fun with Food, Fancy Dress Disco, Basketball, Bouncy Castle & Giant Slide, Soccer and Knock-Out.  All the Leaders are Garda Vetted for the safety of your children and as this is completely voluntary, it is the cheapest Summer activity around.

ENCHIRIADIS TREIS CHOIR, together with St George's Singers, Belfast, will perform Beethoven's Mass in C Major in St Anne's Church, Portmarnock on Saturday, 23rd May at 8.00pm  Tickets €15. For bookings contact: 085 8498442

THIRD DAY CHORALE 40th Anniversary Concert  on Wednesday 27th May at 8.00pm in the Church of the Resurrection, Bayside.  Tickets €15 available at - Tel. 087 901 6430.

Scripture Readings - Seventh Week of Easter

Monday 18th May

Acts 19:1-8. Ps 67:2-7, R/ v33. Jn 16:29-33

Tuesday 19th May

St Kevin Memorial

Acts 20:17-27. Ps 67:10-11,20-21, R/ v33. Jn 17:1-11

Wednesday 20th May

Acts 20:28-38. Ps 67:29-30, 33-36,R/v33. Jn 17:11-19

Thursday 21st May

Acts 22:30, 23:6-11. Ps 15:1-2,5,7-11, R/ v1. Jn 17:20-26

Friday 22nd May

Acts 25:13-21. Ps 102:1-2,11-12,19-20,R/v19. Jn 21:15-19

Saturday 23rd May

Acts 28:16-20,30-31.Ps 10:4-5,7,R/cf v7. Jn 21:20-25

Sunday 24th May

Pentecost Sunday

Acts 2:1-11. Ps 103:1,24,29-31,34, R/cf v30. Gal 5:16-25. Jn 15:26-27,16:12-15


The local Conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society will hold their monthly collection to-day – after all the Masses.

Mindfulness Meditation with Joe Clarke

Meditation continues in St. Columbanus Hall on Monday evening 18th May at 7.30pm.

Meditation will also take place on Tuesday morning 19th May from 11.00am in St. Columbanus Hall.  No booking required – all are welcome.

PENINSULA SOCIETY CHARITY LUNCH takes place on Friday 22nd May at 12.30pm in Howth Yacht Club.  Tickets €35 available from Kay Owens Tel. 087-125 3186.  All proceeds in aid of Pieta House Suicide Awareness.

ST. MARY’S PARISH HOWTH, ANNUAL FETE takes place on Saturday, 23rd May, 12.00 noon to 4.00pm.  All are welcome.

Singers and Musicians are needed at the Family Mass at 10.30am on Sundays.  All are welcome particularly parents and young people.  Tel. Barbara in the Parish Office 839 7398 for more information.


Howth Parish Bible Study Group continues on Friday 22nd May in St. Columbanus Hall at 10.45am.  All welcome.  


The Blessing of the Graves and Mass will take place in Saint Fintan’s Cemetery, Sutton, on Sunday 14th June at 3.00 p.m.

MASS INTENTIONS 17th – 24th May

Sunday 17th May

(Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 16th May)  Bernice Farren

8.30am Robert Foreman, Flo & Peter Foreman, Louis & Jean Foreman

10.30am Deirdre Moore

12 noon Owen Hoare and Kitty Hoare

Mon 18th May

8.00am Birthday Remembrance Jack Cranley

10.00am Nicolette Hayes & Maeve O’Connor

Tues 19th May

10.00am A Special Intention

Sat 23rd May

10.00am Conor Pollock (First Anv)

Sunday 24th May

(Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 23rd May)  Fr. Tom Butler

10.30am Una McElroy

12 noon Edgar & Bernard McLoughlin


Eucharistic adoration is held on three days a week throughout the year in our Church.  For information and times see brochure and/or notice board at the back of the Church.
"Jesus gives himself to us in the Eucharist, shares our journey and, in fact, makes himself the food that sustains our lives, even when the road gets rough and obstacles slow our steps."

Pope Francis


Christian Meditation will take place in the Parish Hall -  St. Columbanus  - Thursday 21st May at 8.00pm.  All are welcome.  For more information contact Matt McDonagh Tel. 806 3406

Church Readers – Weekday Masses

The following are listed to read at 8.00am Masses

18th – 22nd May

Monday J. Morton

Tuesday K. Nolan

Wednesday K. Burke

Thursday B. Milton

Friday K. Nolan

The following are listed to read at 10.00am Masses 18th – 23rd May

Monday T. Boyle

Tuesday J. Comiskey

Wednesday J. Stewart

Thursday M. Connaughton

Friday J. Clarke

Saturday J. Towers

WEEKEND MASSES Sat/Sun 23 & 24 May

Saturday 7.00pm B. Lynch

Sunday 8.30am D. O Cathasaigh/U. Kane

Sunday 10.30am Family Mass Reader

Sunday 12noon S. Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh


Sunday 10th May – First Collection  €830  and the SHARE collection  - €575