Parish Newsletter Sunday 1st December 2013

posted 3 Dec 2013, 04:10 by mary sutton
Posted by Dorothy Heydon

First Sunday of Advent                                                                     (48/13)


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.



In preparation for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family to be held 5th – 19th October, 2014, the Vatican has introduced a historic initiative to consult the People of God and seek their opinions on a number of Church teachings including contraception, same-sex marriage and divorce. 

Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops, asked the bishops’ conferences to commence a survey “immediately as widely as possible to deaneries and parishes so that input from local sources can be received.”

Information sheets and the Questionnaire are available in the Church for your attention.  We are inviting our parishioners to fill in this questionnaire, or as many sections as they wish, from their awareness and experience of the topics included, so that we can accurately respond to the Vatican. Parishioners can fill it in either as individuals, families or as groups.  The important thing is that it represents the lived experience of as many people, single, couples, families, in our Church.

This is a survey on pastoral experiences and a chance for people to have their say.  Pope Francis has made it clear that the voice of every Catholic matters in the Church, “no matter how often they practice the faith, there’s a home for them here and we want to re-invite them”. Please note that inserting your name on the questionnaire is totally optional. All opinions are welcome.  All responses will be treated with total confidence.  Questionnaires should be returned in a sealed envelope to the Parish Office by 15th December, 2013.



In preparation for the coming of our Saviour, the Church Maintenance Group plans to hold a pre-Christmas 'Clean Up' of our Church on Saturday next, 7th December.  Please join us between 9.00 and 10 a.m., or 10.30 a.m to 1pm  Even if you can give just 30 minutes it will make a difference. 



The Annual Christmas Collection for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society will take place next Sunday – (8th December).  This collection will replace the SHARE Collection.



The Parish PENANCE SERVICE in preparation for Christmas will take place on TUESDAY 17th December at 8.00pm.   The Service will be conducted by Father Gerry O’Hanlon, SJ.  There will be a number of visiting Confessors and there is the opportunity for individual Confession during the evening.



The Senior Citizens’ Christmas party will be held in the ABBEY TAVERN on Sunday, 22nd 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



Please remember in your prayers FRANK MATTHEWS who died during the week.  We offer our sympathy to his wife, AnneMarie and all the family.  We also remember RICHARD LAPPIN who has died.  We offer our sympathy to his wife, Frankie, his daughters Elizabeth, Victoria and Laura and to all the family.  May they rest in peace.

Scripture Readings for the First Week of Advent

Monday 2nd December

Is 4: 2-6 (or 2:1-5). Ps 121:1-2,4-5,6-9. R/cfv1. Mt 8:5-11

Tuesday 3rd December

St. Francis Xavier    Memorial

Is 11: 1-10. Ps 71:1-2,7-8,12-13,17 R/cfv7. Lk 10:21-24

Wednesday 4th December

Is 25: 6-10. Ps 22 R/v6. Mt 15:29-37

Thursday 5th December

Is 26: 1-6. Ps 117:1, 8-9, 19-21,25-27 R/v26. Mt 7:21, 24-27

Friday 6th December

Saint Nicholas         Feast

Is 29: 17-24. Ps 26:1,4,13-14 R/v1. Mt 9:27-31

Saturday 7th December

Is 30: 19-21,23-26. Ps 146:1-6, R/Is 30:18. Mt 9:35-10:1,6-8

Sunday 8th December

Is 11: 1-10. Ps 71:1-2,7-8,12-13,17, R/cf v7. Rm15:4-9.  Mt3:1-12


THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY will be celebrated on Monday 9th December.  It is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year.


Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation continues in St. Columbanus Hall Monday 2nd Dec. at 7.30 p.m. with Joe Clarke.  All are welcome. 

Dublin Orchestral Players present ‘Raise the Roof’ a Fund-Raising Concert at St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, Deerpark, Howth.  All proceeds go towards the Church Roof Fund.  Saturday 7th December at 8.00pm. Tickets €12 from Brenda 087-220 9086 


‘The Vatican Survey on the Family’

The next meeting will take place on Monday 9th December at 8.00 pm in St. Columbanus Hall.  This is an opportunity to discuss and consider the issues before completing the questionnaire.  ALL WELCOME



Sunday 1st Dec

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 30th Nov) Seán Ryan

 8.30am                                   Padraig Doyle

10.30am                                  Brendan McLoughlin (37th )

12noon                                    Tom Evans (2nd Anv)

Monday 2nd Dec

 8.00 am                                  Patrick Thunder

Tuesday 3rd Dec

 8.00 am                                  A Special Intention

10.00 a.m.                               Robert Power (2nd Anv)

Wednesday 4th Dec

 8.00 am                                  Jimmy Coughlan (6th Anv)

10.00 a.m.                               Paul Morrissey

Thursday 5th Dec

10.00 am                                  Maeve O’Grady

Friday 6th Dec            First Friday

Saturday 7th Dec

10.00 am                                 Tom Fitzpatrick (3rd Anv)

Sunday 8th Dec

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 7th Dec)         Pierce O’Shea (3rd Anv)

 8.30am                                    Gregory Meehan (Month’s Mind)

10.30am                                   Matthew Madigan , Snr. and Matthew Madigan Jnr.

12noon                                     The Malone Family 


Sunday 24th Nov. – First Collection  €910 and the SHARE collection  €670

 Church Readers – Weekday Masses

The following are listed to read at 8.00am Masses 2nd – 6th Dec

Monday                        J. Morton

Tuesday                       S. McInerney

Wednesday                  Kay Burke

Thursday                      Kay Burke

Friday                           J. Morton

The following are listed to read at 10.00am Masses 2nd – 7th Dec

Monday                       T. Boyle

Tuesday                       J. Comiskey

Wednesday                 J. Stewart

Thursday                     M. Connaughton

Friday                          J. Clarke

Saturday                      L & V Duffy

WEEKEND MASSES Sat 7th /Sun 8th Dec

Saturday 7.00pm         P. Loftus

Sunday 8.30am           D. O’Cathasaigh/A. Burke

Sunday 10.30am         Family Mass Reader

Sunday 12noon           F. Walshe


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

Wednesday 18th December 2013

10.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Presenter:  Sally Hyland S.J.G.

The day includes prayer, input, personal space, 3 course lunch and tea breaks.

Cost €45.  Contact 087-6226620 to reserve your place.


The St. Francis Hospice Auction Committee in Howth would like to thank sincerely the local businesses and community who contributed and supported their recent auction held on 17th November in the Abbey Tavern.  The auction raised €17,052 for St. Francis Hospice, in Raheny.  Your generous contributions, donations, help and support on the day ensured once again another great success.  A special thank you also to the volunteers who helped on the day.  This showed a wonderful community spirit and a very enjoyable day was had by all.  Well done and thank you again to everyone involved. 


Hundreds of people in our communities are in urgent need of help.  For the past number of months, the Crosscare Food Bank has not been able to keep up with demand for food from people in need in Dublin.  In response to this growing need, Crosscare is asking you to bring non-perishable food items to your Parish Church every Sunday of Advent.  A receptacle will be in the Sacristy for the next four weeks.  All donations will be collected by Crosscare.  Types of food urgently needed include pasta/rice, fruit juice, tea/coffee, soup, sugar, powdered milk, tinned meat/fish, tinned veg/fruit, packaged dessert, biscuits and hygiene products.  Please do what you can to support those most in need in our communities at this difficult time for so many.


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

Mindfulness continues with Joe Clarke on Tuesday 3rd December at 11.00 am.  All are welcome.