Parish Newsletter Sunday 18th of May 2014

posted 16 Jun 2014, 14:34 by Lisa O'Neill   [ updated 16 Jun 2014, 14:34 ]

Sunday 18th May 2014

Fifth Sunday of Easter (20/14)


The Report of the Audit of Child Safeguarding in the Archdiocese of Dublin carried out by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland was released during this week.

The Report warmly commended the diocese and our parishes for the “rational, comprehensive and integrated child safeguarding system it has developed”.  Special mention was made to the training programmes for parishes.

I would like to take this occasion to express my sincere thanks to all those in our parishes and communities – priests and lay people alike - who have dedicated their time and energies over these years to making the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Dublin the safe place for children that it has become.

I ask your prayers for victims and survivors and I ask God’s continued blessing on our work in the area of the protection of children.


The Annual Mass and Anointing of the Sick will take place on Sunday, 15th June at 3.30pm in the Church


The Howth Chamber Music Committee is proud to bring you the third instalment in a series of concerts.  Thanks to the success of the inaugural festival and your ongoing support, the committee are delighted to welcome back to Howth, Mia Cooper, Amy Norrington, Philippe Graffin and Alasdair Beatson for a concert in our Church on Saturday 24th May at 8.30pm. The Chamber Group will also be joined by Lilli Maijala on Viola.  Tickets - €15 are available by calling Tel. 087-167 1993 or visit  The programme will include Elgar – Sonata in E minor op.82, Faure – piano quartet and Dvorak – piano quintet.

The violin project continues in Howth Primary School, Scoil Mhuire, where more than 120 violins have been purchased which allows the whole school to learn violin on a weekly basis.  Attending the concerts is the best way to ensure funding of this program and thank you so much for your continuous support.

THIRD DAY CHORALE “SINGS THE CLASSICS”  on Wednesday 21st May at 8.00pm in the Church of the Resurrection, Bayside.  Tickets €15 available at the door or contact Tel. 087 9016430. (Ticket price includes a donation to Pieta House).


St. Columbanus Hall, Howth, 8.00pm Thursday 22nd May. – FR. WILLIAM STUART

In response to the call by Pope Francis to the lay people of God to assert themselves and play their rightful role in the life of the Church, Fr. William will explore the theme of call in the Gospels and seek to give meaning to the call of the Christian in our world today and in our personal faith journey.  He will seek to uncover how call is but one side of the gospel coin and how our response is the other.

The local Conference of the SAINT VINCENT de PAUL Society will hold their monthly collection to-day – after all the Masses.


The annual collection for Crosscare Youth Services will take place at all Masses next weekend, 24th /25th May,

and will replace the usual SHARE collection.

Scripture Readings - Fifth Week of Easter

Monday 19th May

Acts 14:5-18. Ps 113B:1-4,15-16, R/ v1. Jn 14:21-26

Tuesday 20th May

St Bernardine of Siena

Acts 14:19-28. Ps 144:10-13,21, R/ cf v12. Jn 14:27-31

Wednesday 21st May

Acts 15:1-6. Ps 121:1-5, R/ cf v1. Jn 15:1-8

Thursday 22nd May

Acts 15:7-21. Ps 95:1-3, 10, R/cf v3. Jn 15:9-11

Friday 23rd May

Acts 15:22-31. Ps 56:8-12,R/v10. Jn 15:12-17

Saturday 24th May

Acts 16:1-10. Ps 99:1-3, 5,R/v1. Jn 15:18-21

Sunday 25th May

Acts 8:5-8,14-17. Ps 65:1-7,16,20, R/v1. 1Pt 3:15-18. Jn 14:15-21


After the huge success of “Tom Crean, Antarctic Explorer”, the next Howth Theatre Evening in Howth Golf Club will be the highly acclaimed production of “The Man in the Woman’s Shoes” with award winning actor Mikel Murfi on Wednesday next, 21st May at 8pm.  This is a play which has wowed all the critics.  This one-man show is funny and sad, tragic and hilarious, honest and full of intrigue.  To quote Gay Byrne on Lyric FM “I appeal to you to watch out for it… an enchanting show… hilarious…One of the most delightful theatrical experiences I’ve had in a long time”.  Tickets are available at Howth Golf Club bar at €15.


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

ST. MARY’S PARISH HOWTH, ANNUAL FETE takes place next Saturday, 24th May, 12.00 noon to 4.00pm.  Enjoy an afternoon of music with St. George’s Brass Band.  All are welcome.


Departing Sunday Sept. 28th, Dublin – Naples and onwards to Maiori on the Amalfi coastline.  Return date, Saturday Oct 4th.  Options for day trips include a selection from Amalfi, Pompeii, Mt.Vesuvius, Isle of Capri, Naples, Monte Cassino and San Giovanni Rotondo (Shrine of Padre Pio).  Bookings immediately through St. Fintan’s Parish Office, Tel 01 839 2001.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation will not take place this Monday 19th May.  Next session Mon. 26th May in St. Columbanus Hall at 7.30 p.m. with Joe Clarke.  All are welcome.


Thank you for your support of the Trócaire Lenten Campaign.  Your donations totalling €1,775 have been forwarded to Trócaire.  Thank you for your kindness.


Sunday 11th May – First Collection  €820 and the special collection for the formation of students for the priesthood  - €1,220  Thank you for your continuous support.

MASS INTENTIONS 18th – 25th May

Sunday 18th May

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 17th May)  Bernice Farren (2nd Anv)

8.30am Eddie & Josie Connolly

10.30am James McCrea & Family

12 noon Arthur Dixon (8th Anv)

Mon 19th May

8.00am Jack Cranley

Sunday 25th May

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 24th May)  Margaret Purcell (1st Anv) and Annette Dalton (7th Anv)

8.30am Katie Doyle

10.30am Laurence Hudson (5th Anv)

12 noon Edgar and Bernard McLoughlin

Stella Maris Retreat Centre, Baily, Howth

Mindfulness Meditation with Joe Clarke will re-commence at Stella Maris Retreat Centre in Sept 2014

Mindfulness with Joe Clarke will be available every Tuesday from 27th May in St. Columbanus Hall from 11.00am to 12 noon.  (Please note – no meditation on Tues. 20th May)

Church Readers – Weekday Masses

The following are listed to read at 8.00am Masses 19th – 23rd May

Monday J. Morton

Tuesday S. McInerney

Wednesday K. Burke

Thursday B. Milton

Friday K. Burke

The following are listed to read at 10.00am Masses 19th – 24th May

Monday T. Boyle

Tuesday J. Comiskey

Wednesday J. Stewart

Thursday M. Connaughton

Friday J. Clarke

Saturday J. Towers

WEEKEND MASSES Sat/Sun 24th & 25th May

Saturday 7.00pm N. McCann

Sunday 8.30am D. O Cathasaigh, A. Ni Cathasaigh

Sunday 10.30am Family Mass Reader

Sunday 12noon P. Van dePol


The World Association of Flower Arrangers is holding the 11th World Show in the RDS Dublin from 18th to 22nd June.  This is the first time Ireland has been invited to host the show.  Pre-booked tickets are available from Ticketmaster or at the RDS on the day.  Visit for further details.


The Blessing of the Graves and Mass will take place in Saint Fintan’s Cemetery, Sutton, on Sunday 8th June at 3.00 p.m.

Exhibition of Watercolours by Michael Connaughton in Baldoyle Library Saturday 24th May (2.30pm).  Paddy Glavin (poet) will also launch his poetry book ‘The Golden Oriole’ on the same day.  All are welcome.