Parish Newletter Sunday 2nd December 2012

posted 4 Dec 2012, 03:36 by mary sutton
Posted by Dorothy Heydon


First Sunday of Advent

There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 3.00 to 4.00 p.m. to-day followed by Evening Prayer and Benediction.



Advent is our time to get ready for Jesus’ coming at Christmas.  We will place special emphasis on lighting the Advent Wreath each week.  During this season we will focus on the themes of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.  Each week we will have a Christmas tree decoration for the theme of the Mass.  The children can take these decorations home and colour them in for their own tree.  We have also prepared an Advent activity calendar for the children.



The programme of preparation for children receiving First Holy Communion in 2013 begins with an information meeting for parents on Monday 3rd December in Scoil Mhuire at 7pm.  All parents of children preparing to receive First Holy Communion in 2013 are invited to attend.  This programme of preparation works with the home and the school to help both your child and your family to have a wonderful and meaningful First Holy Communion day.  If a parent cannot attend please ensure a family member comes along to hear the details.



The Senior Citizens’ Christmas party will be held in the ABBEY TAVERN on Sunday, 16th December at 1.00 p.m.  Individual invitations are not being sent out but ALL SENIOR CITIZENS IN HOWTH PARISH ARE WELCOME.  It is asked that only Senior Citizens resident in Howth attend.  Those who require transport are asked to leave their names in the Sacristy   Tel. 839 7398


Holy Day – Saturday 8th December

Saturday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a Holy Day of Obligation.  Masses for the feast  -  Vigil Mass on Friday evening at 7 o’clock.  Masses on Saturday morning at 8.30 a.m.  10.30 a.m. and 12 noon.  Evening Mass at 7 o’clock.



As a practical way of participating in the Year of Faith you are welcome to join our Bible Study Group.  The next session will be on FRIDAY 7th December at 11am in Sutton Parish Centre.  In preparation, we will be reading JEREMIAH chapters 1, 4 and 5.  ALL ARE WELCOME.  For more information please contact James c/o Sutton Parish Office, Tel. 839 2001 or Sr. Anne c/o Baldoyle Parish Office, Tel. 832 4313.


“You shall be my Witnesses…” -Parish Preparation for Confirmation Programme

On SUNDAY 9th DECEMBER there will be a special ceremony of Enrolment for Confirmation at the 10.30 Mass.  We invite parishioners to join parents and family members to pray for and support the young people in their preparation for this important Sacrament.  For further information contact Valerie Darby, Co-ordinator at 086 313 7850 or Barbara, Parish Office, 839 7398


Brother Kevin Crowley, OFM cap., has thanked the local ladies who organised a fund-raising Bric-a-Brac and 
Cake Sale recently. The amount raised was €4,265   Thank you so much to all who supported this most
 deserving cause.


MASS INTENTIONS 2nd – 9th Dec. 2012

Sunday 2nd December

Vigil (7.00 p.m. Sat. 1st Dec.)                 Seán Ryan

 8.30 a.m.                                                                Padraig Doyle

10.30 a.m.                                               Irene O’Connor (8th Anv.)

12.00 noon                                              Tom Collins

 7.00 p.m.                                                Pierce O’Shea  (2nd Anv.)

Monday 3rd Dec.

 8.00 a.m.                                                                Patrick Thunder

10.00 a.m.                                               Tom Evans

Tuesday 4th Dec.

10.00 a.m.                                               Paul Morrisey

Wednesday 5th Dec.

 8.00 a.m.                                                                Elizabeth Maxwell (9th Anv)

Thursday 6th Dec.

10.00 a.m.                                               Robert “Bob” Power  (First Anv)

Friday 7th Dec.                                       Altar List of the Dead

Saturday 8th December

Vigil (7.00 p.m. Fri. 7th Dec.)                  Dr. A.B. Clery

 8.30 a.m.                                                                 Dan O’Shea (7th Anv)

10.30 a.m.                                                Paddy and Mabel O’Leary, James and Annie Cullen

12.00 noon                                               Eamon Milton (20th Anv)

 7.00 p.m.                                                 Dick Lattimore (Month’s Mind)

Sunday 9th December

10.30 a.m.                                                Brendan McLoughlin (36th Anv.)

12.00 noon                                               The Malone Family

 7.00 p.m.                                                 Christy and Lena Magee


                                                  Mindfulness Meditation

                                  continues tomorrow evening, Monday, 3rd December at 7.30 p.m. in St. Columbanus Hall

                                                                                facilitated by Joe Clarke.



The St. Francis Hospice Auction Committee would like to thank sincerely the local businesses and all those who contributed and supported their recent auction held in the Abbey Tavern.  The auction raised €13,768.60 for St. Francis Hospice, Raheny.

The generous contributions, donations, help and support on the day ensured once again another great success.  A special thank you to those who volunteered and stepped in to help the committee on the day.  Your help was invaluable and ensured the smooth running of the auction.  This showed a wonderful community spirit and a very enjoyable day was had by all.  Well done and thank you so much to everyone involved. 



The Parish Community warmly welcomes Ethan James O’Keeffe who was baptised recently in our Church.  Congratulations and every joy to his proud Parents, Grand parents, God parents and extended family.



Church of St. Laurence O’ Toole, Grange Road, Baldoyle  from 8pm to 9pm

Monday 3rd Dec. Exploring hope in the Church with Fr. Sean Duggan CSSR

Tuesday 4th Dec.  Exploring hope in the young with Linda Kiely

Wednesday 5th Dec. Exploring hope in each other with Sr. Una O’ Neill RSC


Scripture Readings for the First Week of Advent

Monday 3rd December

Is 2: 1-5. Ps 121:1-2,4-5,6-9. Mt 8:5-11

Tuesday 4th December

Is 11: 1-10. Ps 71:1-2,7-8,12-13,17. Lk 10:21-24

Wednesday 5th December

Is 25: 6-10. Ps 22. Mt 15:29-37

Thursday 6th December

Is 26: 1-6. Ps 117:1, 8-9, 19-21,25-27. Mt 7:21, 24-27

Friday 7th December

Saint Ambrose                Memorial

Is 29: 17-24. Ps 26:1,4,13-14. Mt 9:27-31

Saturday 8th December

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Gn 3:9-15,20. Ps 97:1-4. Eph1:3-6,11-12. Lk 1:26-38.

Sunday 9th December

Bar 5:1-9. Ps 125. Phil 1:3-6,8-11. Lk 3:1-6


Church Readers – Weekday Masses

The following are listed to read at

8.00 a.m. Masses 3rd – 7th Dec.

Monday                   John Morton

Tuesday                   Susan McInerney

Wednesday              Kay Burke

Thursday                 Kay Burke

Friday                      John Morton

The following are listed to read at

10.00 a.m. Masses 3rd –7th Dec.

Monday                   Treasa Boyle

Tuesday                   J. Comiskey/Una Kane

Wednesday              Joe Stewart

Thursday                 M. Connaughton

Friday                      Joe Clarke

Saturday 8th Dec.

Vigil 7.00pm (Fri. 7th Dec.) M. Rickard

8.30am D& A O’Cathasaigh

10.30am John Towers

12noon L & V Duffy

7.00pm Nessan Vaughan

WEEKEND MASSES Sat./Sun. 8th / 9th Dec.

Sunday 8.30 a.m.                    D. O’Cathasaigh

Sunday 10.30 a.m.                  Family Mass Reader

Sunday 12 noon                      The Malone Family

Sunday 7.00 p.m.                    M. Connaughton



Next Sunday (9th December) Santa will come to light up the Christmas tree opposite the gates of the Church.  We invite everyone to come along and join in singing carols for the perfect Christmas feeling.  For all singers and musicians, we will have a quick practise of carols at 3.30pm in Columbanus Hall (everyone welcome!!) and the community singing will begin at 4.30pm on the steps of the Church.  Gather round then from 4.30pm as we wait for Santa!


Ministers of the Word: Reminder

Effective communication of God's Word - a session for Ministers of the Word, facilitated by Brenda Morgan. Monday 10th December, 8.00-9.15 p.m. in the Church.



Sunday 25th November – First Collection  €785 and the SHARE collection  €730