Parish Newsletter Sunday 1st of March 2015

posted 9 Mar 2015, 13:42 by Lisa O'Neill   [ updated 9 Mar 2015, 13:42 ]

Sunday 1st March 2015

Second Sunday of Lent (09/15)


There will be Eucharistic Adoration at 4.00pm to-day, followed by Evening Prayer at 5.00pm.


The 2015 Synod on the Family will take place in Rome in October.  Pope Francis has called on the lay faithful to engage fully in the consultation process prior to this second Synod on the Family.  The ‘window of opportunity’ for discussion is quite short – the deadline for submissions to Archbishop’s House is the end of March.  The Parish Reform and Renewal Group will hold an ‘Open Forum’ on the Synod tomorrow evening, Monday 2nd March at 8.00pm in St. Columbanus Hall.  A number of speakers will make short presentations on some of the key issues and an ‘Open Forum’ discussion will follow.  The key themes emerging from the meeting will be summarised in a report which will be forwarded to the Archbishop.


The Annual Novena of Grace will take place in the Church, beginning on Wednesday 4th March.  Weds. 4th to Friday 6th March, Novena Mass at 8.00pm.  Saturday 7th March, Novena Mass at 7.00pm.  Sunday 8th March, Novena Mass at 12noon.  Mon, Tues, Weds and Thurs  9th to 12th March, Novena Mass at 8.00pm.  The Novena will be conducted by Piaras Jackson, SJ, Brendan Comerford, SJ and Laurence Murphy, SJ.


Pope Francis is eager to know you and your family.  He wants you to share the challenges of your family life with him and how effective the Church's pastoral care has been for you.  To meet this request, we have developed a Questionnaire for you, where your answers will be  our parish’s feedback to the Synod on the Family which he has set up and which will meet in Rome this October.  

It is hoped that participating in this survey gets your viewpoint to the Synod,  helping bishops better understand the beauty, the challenges, and the heartaches of contemporary family life. The results of our parish survey will be transmitted to Archbishop’s House for incorporation in the response from our diocese.  The Questionnaire is confidential, voluntary and does not require any name and all views are welcome.  Complete as many questions as you wish and return the completed form to the Sacristy, Howth Parish by 15th March 2015.  We thank you most sincerely in anticipation of your views, comments and criticisms.  Copies of the Questionnaire are available at the back of the church or from the Sacristy.  It may also be downloaded from the Parish website

Celebrating those Baptised in 2014

On Sunday 15th March during the 10:30 am Family Mass, all of the children baptised in Howth in 2014 will be especially celebrated. They, their siblings, parents, godparents, wider family and friends are warmly invited to attend.


This year is the 1400th anniversary of the death of St. Columban.  His tomb is in the crypt of the basilica dedicated to his name in the town of Bobbio situated in the foothills of the Apennines south of Milan.  The proposal is to stay in the hilltop town of Bergamo, take an excursion to Sotto il Monte the birthplace Pope St. John XXIII, sightsee and shop in Milan taking in the magnificent Cathedral, La Scala Opera House, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper and then go for a relaxing day and night in Bobbio.  If there is an expressed interest, a day-to-day programme will be prepared for September 2015.  Please indicate your interest to St. Fintan’s Parish Office, Sutton as soon as possible.  Tel.: 01 8392001, 9.30am to 12.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Scripture Readings for the Second Week of Lent

Monday 2nd March

Dn 9:4-10.  Ps 78:8-9,11,13, R/ Ps 102:10. Lk 6:36-38

Tuesday 3rd March

Is 1:10, 16-20. Ps 49:8-9, 16-17,21,23 R/v23. Mt 23: 1-12

Wednesday 4th March

Jer 18:18-20. Ps 30:5-6,14-16,R/v17. Mt 20:17-28

Thursday 5th March

Jer 17:5-10. Ps 1:1-4,6, R/Ps 39:5. Lk 16:19-31.

Friday 6th March

Gn 37:3-4,12-13,17-28. Ps 104:16-21, R/ v5. Mt 21:33-43, 45-46

Saturday 7th March

Mic 7:14-15, 18-20. Ps 102:1-4, 9-12, R/ v8. Lk 15:1-3,11-32

Sunday 8th March

Ex 20:1-17. Ps 18:8-11, R/ Jn 6:68. 1 Cor 1:22-25. Jn 2:13-25


Howth/Sutton Lions Club is holding a special Church Gate collection in aid of St Francis Hospice, Raheny.  The collection will take place after all Masses to-day (1st March).  Your support for this very worthy cause will be much appreciated by the Hospice and by the Lions.

Mindfulness Meditation with Joe Clarke

There will be no Meditation tomorrow evening (Monday 2nd March) as there is a meeting in the Parish Hall.  Meditation will take place on Tuesday morning 3rd March from 11.00am in St. Columbanus Hall.  No booking required – all are welcome.

BIBLE STUDY GROUP   Saint John’s Gospel

Howth Parish Bible Study Group continues on Friday 6th March in St. Columbanus Hall at 10.45am.  All welcome.  

STELLA MARIS RETREAT CENTRE, Carrickbrack Road, Howth  Tel. 832 22 28


Continues - Monday 2nd March 11.00am to 12 noon.  Booking essential as places are limited.  


Presented by Una O'Neill RSC

Journey through Lent  on Saturday 7th March from 10.30am - 4.30 pm.  Cost: € 25  (Bring packed lunch, tea/coffee provided).

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA -  FUND RAISING AUCTION    in aid of the St. Francis Hospice, Raheny

The Annual Auction in aid of the St. Francis Hospice, Raheny, will take place on Sunday 8th March at 2.00pm. in the Abbey Tavern, Howth.  The organising Committee are asking for your generous and kind support once again for this deserving cause.  They are looking for unwanted gifts, pottery, glassware, small items of furniture, hampers, paintings and vouchers.  Everything must be good as new or in excellent condition.  Please come along on the day to bid and buy and make it a great day for everyone.  Contact Nicky at Tel. 816 7880, Maeve 832 2863, Jo 086-151 4332, Valerie 086-313 7850, Michael 839 1891 or Marie 086-602 8277

SAINT PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP Mass 7.30pm, preceded by Rosary 7.15pm, Monday 2nd March, Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Baldoyle.

MASS INTENTIONS  1st – 8th March

Sunday 1st March

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 28th Feb)     Joe Kidd (17th Anv)

8.30am James & Mary Brady

10.30am Tom & Mary Farren

12 noon Myles McDonagh (3rd Anv)

Tues 3rd March

10.00am Peggy Fitzsimons, Marie Fitzsimons

Weds 4th March

8.00pm Christopher Hanway

Fri 6th March

Altar List of the Dead

Sat 7th March

10.00am Una Rickard (Month’s Mind)

Sunday 8th March

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 7th March) Helen & Christopher McCarthy

8.30am MaryAnn, James &

          Matthew Doherty. Rosaleen & Peter Delaney

10.30am Christina Doyle & Alan Doyle

12 noon Patrick, Beatrice & John O’Mahony

Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society will host a lecture by Fiann O Nualáin:  Getting the Garden Ready for Spring on Wednesday 4th March at 8.00pm in Howth Yacht Club. Known as the holistic gardener, Fiann is a very knowledgeable and practical gardener and broadcaster.  Tea/Coffee provided.  Non-members €5  All welcome.

Church Readers – Weekday Masses

The following are listed to read at 8.00am Masses

2nd – 6th March

Monday J. Morton

Tuesday K. Burke

Wednesday S. Lee

Thursday B. Milton

Friday K. Nolan

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

Monday T. Boyle

Tuesday B. Reynolds

Wednesday J. Stewart

Thursday M. Connaughton

Friday J. Clarke

Saturday L & V Duffy

Weds 4th March  8.00pm    J. Towers

Thurs 5th March  8.00pm   V. Duffy

Fri 6th March  8.00pm        N. McCann

WEEKEND MASSES Sat/Sun 7th & 8th March

Saturday 7.00pm M. O’Laoi

Sunday 8.30am D. O Cathasaigh /V. Duffy

Sunday 10.30am Family Mass Reader

Sunday 12noon A. O’Halloran


Christian Meditation will take place in the Parish Hall -  St. Columbanus  - Thursday 5th March and every Thursday evening at 8.00pm.  All are welcome.  For more information contact Matt McDonagh Tel. 806 3406


Sunday 22nd Feb. – First Collection  €750 and the SHARE collection   - €480