Parish Newsletter Sunday 18th December 2011

posted 20 Dec 2011, 02:53 by mary sutton
Posted by Dorothy Heydon Tuesday 20th December 2011

Fourth Sunday of Advent                                                            (50/11)


Fourth 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.



The Senior Citizens’ Christmas party will be held in the ABBEY TAVERN TO-DAY - Sunday, at 1.00 p.m.  ALL SENIOR CITIZENS IN HOWTH PARISH ARE WELCOME. 



We thank you for your generous response to this collection which was held at all the Masses last Sunday.  The total collection to date is €11,145-00  The members of the Howth Conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society thank you for your generosity.  The local Conference are available at

Tel. 087-163 7060.  They can be contacted in confidence if anyone would like to talk or needs help.



The Parish Christmas Carol Service will take place in the Church tomorrow evening – Monday, 19th December at 7.30 p.m.  This is a wonderful night for all to come together and sing together in the true spirit of Christmas.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.

All singers and musicians who would like to take part in the choir are asked to gather at 6.30 p.m. in the Church for a rehearsal.



TUESDAY 20th December: Communal Penance Service in preparation for Christmas in Howth Church at 8.00 p.m.  There will be a number of visiting confessors and the Service will be conducted by Reverend Paddy Carberry, S.J.


WEDNESDAY 21st December: Penance Service in Saint Fintan’s Church, Sutton at 8.00 p.m.



Friday 23rd Dec. 10.30 to 11.00 a.m. and 7.30 to 9.00 p.m.

Saturday 24th Dec. 10.30 to 11.00 a.m., 11.30 a.m. to1.00 p.m. and 3.30 to 5.00 p.m.




Our Special Ministers of the Eucharist will be bringing Holy Communion to those who are ill on Christmas morning after the 10.30 Family Mass.  Anybody with a relative or friend staying with them for Christmas and if that person cannot get to the Church, please let us know by contacting the Church Sacristy/Parish Office.  (Tel. 839 7398)  A Minister of the Eucharist will be happy to bring Holy Communion to the sick person.





MASS INTENTIONS 18th December 2011 – 1st January 2012

Sunday 18th December

Vigil (7.00 p.m. Sat. 17th December)  Tony Johnston     (31st Anniv.)

 8.30 a.m.                                           Joseph Rourke

10.30 a.m.                                          Bill McCormick   (7th Anniv.)

12.00 noon                                        Patrick Collins

 7.00 p.m.                                           Brendan Cantwell  (10th Anniv.)

Thursday 22nd December

 8.00 a.m.                                           Dermot and Peggy Leahy  and Mary O’Connell

Saturday 24th December

10.00 a.m.                                          Willie and JohnJoe Kelly

11.00 a.m.                                          John Maxwell (22nd Anniv.)

Monday 26th December

11.00 a.m.                                          Pat Moore (4th Anniv.)

Tuesday 27th December

11.00 a.m.                                          Brigid McHugh

Thursday 29th December

11.00 a.m.                                         Elizabeth Connolly

Sunday 1st January 2012

Vigil (7.00 p.m. Sat. 31st December 2011)  Brigid and  Cormac O’Kelly

 8.30 a.m.                                          Jim West

10.30 a.m.                                         Cora Lynch and the  Moore and Lynch families

12.00 noon                                       Patrick and Beatrice Mahony

 7.00 p.m.                                          Una Farren


Nativity Pageant

The children of the Parish will present a Nativity Pageant on Christmas Eve in the Church.  The Pageant, under the direction of Pat Guinan and the Family Mass Group, will be presented during the 7.00 p.m. Mass on Saturday 24th December.



Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve with Children’s Nativity Pageant at 7.00 p.m.


Midnight Mass at 12 o’clock

Masses on Christmas morning at 8.30, 10.30 (Family Mass), and 12.00 noon

No evening Mass on Christmas Day

Monday 26th to Saturday 31st December  One Mass in the Church at 11.00 a.m.

The Annual walk in aid of Suttonians R.F.C and the I.R.F.U Charitable Trust for seriously injured 
players takes place on Wednesday 28th December (11.00 a.m.) from Suttonians R.F.C around 
the Hill of Howth.  

Scripture Readings for the Fourth Week of Advent

Monday 19th December

Jdg 13:2-7, 24-25. Ps 70:3-6,16-17, R/ cf. v8. Lk 1: 5-25

Tuesday 20th December

Is 7:10-14. Ps 23: 1-6, R/ v7, 10.  Lk 1: 26-38

Wednesday 21st December

Song 2:8-14. or Zeph 3: 14-18. Ps 32: 2-3, 11-12, 20-21, R/vv 1, 3. Lk 1: 39-45

Thursday 22nd December

1 Sam 1:24-28. Ps 1 Sam 2: 1, 4-8, R/ v1. Lk 1: 46-56

Friday 23rd December

Mal 3:1-4, 23-24. Ps 24: 4-5, 8-9, 10, 14, R/ Lk 21: 28. Lk 1: 57-66

Saturday 24th December

2 Sam 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16. Ps 88: 2-5, 27,29, R/ cf. v2.  Lk 1: 67-79

Sunday 25th December

Is 52:7-10. Ps 97: 1-6, R/ v3. Heb 1: 1-6. Jn 1: 1-18.

Stella Maris Retreat Centre, Baily Howth   Tel. 832 22 28


A Celebration of Light out of Darkness Wednesday 21st December at 8.00 p.m.

All are Welcome


A NEW YEAR’S EVE SERVICE of Remembrance and Thanksgiving will take place in the 
Church on New Year’s Eve (Saturday 31st December) at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.  
All welcome.

The Howth Community Drama Group presents 'The Wizard of Oz' from Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th January at 8.00 p.m. with a Matinee on Saturday 7th at 3.00 p.m. in the School Hall, Howth Primary School.  Tickets €8 adult, €5 senior citizens and children, from Lua Clarke Tel. 839 1538.  Please come, enjoy a great show and support your local community!



Sunday 11th December – First Collection  €1,070 and the special Collection for the Howth Conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society  €11,145