Parish Newsletter 29th of June 2014

posted 30 Jun 2014, 13:40 by Lisa O'Neill   [ updated 30 Jun 2014, 13:40 ]

Sunday 29th June 2014

Saints Peter and Paul (25/14)


To-day is the feast of Saints Peter and Paul.  A special collection for Pope Francis and the Papal charities will take place at all Masses this weekend.  This collection replaces the SHARE collection.


To help prepare for the October Synod of Bishops on the family, a working paper written by the secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, will be released shortly.  It will be released as soon as the Italian version is translated into other languages.  The working paper, technically called the instrumentum laboris, is a distillation of the material sent to Rome from bishops, bishops' conferences, and others in response to the questionnaire sent out by the secretariat in October 2013.  It is supposed to stimulate further discussion of the synod topic rather than attempt to be the first draft of any conclusions coming out of the synod.  Thirty-four years ago this October, more than 200 bishops from some 90 countries met in Rome for the first synod on the family.  It was the first synod of the papacy of John Paul II and ultimately resulted in Familiaris Consortio, his 1981 apostolic exhortation on the family.

The 1980 synod on the family also had an instrumentum laboris and, not surprisingly, it focused on some of the same issues that are alive today.  It began with a review of the social, economic, political and cultural movements affecting family life at that time.  While it acknowledged the progress made in science, education, medicine and living standards, it also noted that many in the world suffer from a lack of food, housing, health care, education and employment.  Still true.  It applauded efforts to "improve the condition of women and to obtain the fullest possible affirmation of their own fundamental rights" while at the same time expressing concern "these movements toward the affirmation of woman's rights have occasionally lessened her role in married life itself and in domestic life and have thrown into the background those cultural traditions which in more societies than one have conferred a particular status on and have been of definite advantage to women."  Let's hope that language is improved.

The document goes on to list aspects of contemporary life that challenge Christian principles and the teaching of the church on marriage and family life.  These include extramarital unions, contraception, divorce and abortion.  It noted that in 1980, "almost 40 percent of the people of the world live in cities where abortion can be had on demand alone."  That number is certainly higher today.  The working paper includes a discussion of pastoral attitudes of new importance for the family.  These included:   The family as the "school of love," in which each member is fully and unconditionally loved.  Efforts to foster family spirituality as well as the role of the family in the pastoral mission of the church.  The family as the "domestic church," the place where Christian religion is learned, experienced, lived.  The 1980 instrumentum laboris is both timeless and dated.  The issues are still with us, but the language is often negative and judgmental.  The document, however, encouraged the bishops to issue a declaration that was not a "stark and hopeless recording of the state of affairs but an announcement culminating in joy."  That still sounds like good advice.  Stay tuned for this year's working paper.   -   Jesuit Fr. Thomas Reese is a senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land - Monday 8 - Tuesday 16 September (St Brigid's Parish, Killester)  This 9 day pilgrimage takes in all the major sites - Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana, Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea.  In addition to a local guide, Monsignor Stenson who is accompanying the pilgrimage will celebrate Mass each day at one of the sacred shrines.  Full details are available from the Parish Office in Killester - Cathy (01) 833 2974

Scripture Readings – 13th Week in Ordinary Time

Monday 30th June

Am 2:6-10,13-16. Ps 49:16-23, R/ v22. Mt 8:18-22

Tuesday 1st July

St Oliver Plunkett Memorial

Am 3:1-8,4:11-12. Ps 5:5-8, R/ v9. Mt 8:23-27

Wednesday 2nd July

Am 5:14-15, 21-24. Ps 49:7-13,16-17, R/ v23. Mt 8:28-34

Thursday 3rd July

St Thomas Feast

Eph 2:19-22. Ps 116,R/Mk 16:15. Jn 20:24-29

Friday 4th July

Am 8:4-6,9-12. Ps 118:2, 10,20,30,40,131, R/ Mt 4:4. Mt 9:9-13

Saturday 5th July

Am 9:11-15. Ps 84:11-14, R/ v9. Mt 9:14-17

Sunday 6th July

Zec 9:9-10. Ps 144:1-2,8-11,13-14, R/ v1. Rm8:9,11-13. Mt 11:25-30

HOWTH SUMMER PROJECT  -  30th June to 11th July 2014

The Summer Project begins tomorrow – Monday 30th June and will continue for two weeks.  We wish all those taking part in the Project every success

MASS INTENTIONS 29th June – 6th July

Sunday 29th June

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 28th June)  Denny Mulhall (2nd Anv.) and his Son, Brian Mulhall

8.30am A Special Intention

10.30am Vera & Benny Malone, Eileen & Jim Lantry

12 noon James and Kay Hannon

Sat. 5th July

10.00am Micheal McMorrow (4th Anv)

Sunday 6th July

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 5th July)  John Sugrue (14th Anv), and Jack & Catherine Sugrue

10.30am Sile McNally (First Anv)

12 noon Tom and Annie Harford

Mindfulness Meditation with Joe Clarke

Meditation continues tomorrow evening, Mon. 30th June, in St. Columbanus Hall at 7.30pm.

Mindfulness with Joe Clarke Tuesday 1st July in St. Columbanus Hall from 11.00am to 12 noon.  Please note – These will be the last sessions of Meditation until September.

Howth Community Drama Group


Due to the increase in the number of pupils attending Howth Primary School, Scoil Mhuire, and the subsequent need for extra classrooms etc., The Howth Community Drama Group have been asked to find a new home for their Costumes, Sound and Lighting Equipment.  Can you help?  If you have a secure lock-up or building or 'space' which may accommodate our needs, in part or in whole, please contact Barbara at the Parish Office (839 7398) or Joan Lyons 832 3572 (9am to 2pm)


This year’s Howth Parish Pilgrimage to Knock has now been arranged for SUNDAY 31st August.  Cost - €50 – which includes Coach, Lunch (Tea/Coffee/Soup/Sandwich) and Evening Dinner at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon.  Bookings may be made in the Parish Office weekday mornings.


Combined Parishes of Sutton, Howth and Baldoyle Sunday 7 – Friday 12 September 2014 Hotel Roissy 3 star.  Price: €669.00 per person sharing plus taxes and insurance.  How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form (available in the Sacristy) with deposit of €250.00 per person (payment by cheque, debit or credit card) should be sent directly to MAP Travel.  The balance will be due 8 weeks prior to departure – payment by cheque/cash or debit card (a 2% surcharge applies only to balances paid by credit card).


Morning Masses at 8.00 and 10.00.  The Masses on the first Friday of the month are offered for those whose names are on the Parish Altar List of the Dead.

Church Readers – Weekday Masses

The following are listed to read at 8.00am Masses 30th June – 4th July

Monday J. Morton

Tuesday S. McInerney

Wednesday K. Nolan

Thursday B. Milton

Friday J. Morton

The following are listed to read at 10.00am Masses 30th June – 5th July

Monday T. Boyle

Tuesday J. Comiskey

Wednesday J. Stewart

Thursday M. Connaughton

Friday J. Clarke

Saturday M. Kirwin


Saturday 7.00pm C. Finnerty

Sunday 8.30am D. O Cathasaigh & Patricia Loftus

Sunday 10.30am The McNally Family

Sunday 12noon Pam Van dePoll



Matt Talbot Sunday is the day on which we pray for all who suffer because of addiction of any kind.  This year’s Annual Matt Talbot Mass will take place on Sunday 6th July at 3pm in Christ the King Church Cabra, Dublin 7.  The Celebrant will be Bishop Eamonn Walsh.  All are welcome.


Sunday 22nd June – First Collection  €820 and the SHARE collection  - €540