Parish Newsletter Sunday 21st July 2013

posted 24 Jul 2013, 02:43 by mary sutton
Posted by Dorothy Heydon 24th July 2013

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time                                                           (29/13)



There is an urgent need, then, to see once again that faith is a light, for once the flame of faith dies out, all other lights begin to dim.  The light of faith is unique, since it is capable of illuminating every aspect of human existence.  A light this powerful cannot come from ourselves but from a more primordial source: in a word, it must come from God.  Faith is born of an encounter with the living God who calls us and reveals his love, a love which precedes us and upon which we can lean for security and for building our lives.  Transformed by this love, we gain fresh vision, new eyes to see; we realize that it contains a great promise of fulfilment, and that a vision of the future opens up before us.  Faith, received from God as a supernatural gift, becomes a light for our way, guiding our journey through time. [4] Lumen Fidei –The Light of Faith – Pope Francis’ first encyclical “Lumen fidei”, was published on Friday 5th July.  The encyclical is available for download at 


The local Conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society will hold their monthly collection to-day after all the Masses. 

Birmingham Festival Choral Society

We are delighted to announce that on Sunday next, July 28th, we welcome to Howth the very talented Birmingham Festival Choral Society Choir, when they will perform a wide range of popular, classical and sacred works.  This is a big choir, with 86 performers, so we are expecting a wonderful evening of enjoyable music from both choir and soloists.

The Concert will be held in the Church of the Assumption, starting at 8.00pm.

Admission is free but the facility for a voluntary collection will be available to show appreciation and contribute towards costs.

At the end of the concert, the audience will be invited to join the Choir for refreshments.  Sandwiches, Cakes, Tarts, or any other edibles which would add to the enjoyment of the evening would be much appreciated.

For more information, contact Barbara at the Parish Office . Tel. 839 7398 

SOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT de PAUL - Annual Clothing Appeal

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is seeking your help in its Annual Clothing Appeal.  The appeal is for clean, good-quality clothes, bed-clothes, curtains and shoes.  Bags will be distributed on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 2013.  The collection of the bags will take place on Sunday 4th August DURING THE MORNING MASSES ONLY.  The Society is conscious of the tremendous support given by the Parishioners of this Parish over the years and thank you most sincerely on behalf of those you have helped. 


Please remember in your prayers FIACHRA DALY who died during the week.  We offer our sympathy to his family.  May he rest in peace.



Scripture Readings for the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Monday 22nd July

Saint Mary Magdalene                 Memorial

Song 3: 1-4 or Cor 5: 14-17. Ps 62:2-6, 8-9. Jn 20: 1-2, 11-18

Tuesday 23rd July

Saint Bridget of Sweden, Religious, Patron of Europe Feast

Gal 2: 19-20. Ps 33:2-11. Jn 15: 1-8

Wednesday 24th July

Ex 16: 1-5, 9-15. Ps 77:18-19,23-28. Mt 13: 1-9

Thursday 25th July

Saint James, Apostle                   Feast

2 Cor 4: 7-15. Ps 125  Mt 20: 20-28

Friday 26th July

Ss Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary         Memorial

Ex 20: 1-17. Ps 18:8-11. Mt 13: 18-23

Saturday 27th July

Ex 24: 3-8. Ps 49:1-2,5-6,14-15. Mt 13: 24-30

Sunday 28th July

Gn 18:20-32. Ps 137:1-3,6-8. Col 2:12-14. Lk 11:1-13



This year’s Howth Parish Pilgrimage to Knock has now been arranged for SUNDAY 1st  SEPTEMBER.   Cost - €50 - which includes Coach, Lunch (Tea/Coffee/Sandwiches) and Evening Dinner at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon.  Bookings may be made in the Parish Office/Sacristy weekday mornings. 

Mindfulness Meditation continues tomorrow evening, Monday, 22nd July at 7.30 p.m. in St. Columbanus Hall. 

Mindfulness Meditation with Joe Clarke

Mindfulness Meditation continues in The Parish Hall (Saint Columbanus Hall), Main Street, Howth.  Tuesday mornings, 11.00 am to 12 noon.  All welcome. 

There are a limited number or places available for Junior Infants and other classes for the School year 2013/2014.  Contact Scoil Mhuire Tel 832 3572 Monday to Friday throughout July and August or the Parish Office at Tel. 839 7398 or email    


The Parish Community warmly welcomes Alexander Duignan, Eliana Marie Loughnane and Alex Kate Caulfield who were baptised recently in our Church.  Congratulations and every joy to their proud Parents, Grand parents, God parents and extended family.


MASS INTENTIONS 21st – 28th July

Sunday 21st July

Vigil (7.00 p.m. Sat. 20th July)                William, Catherine and Liam Moore

10.30 a.m.                                           Tony McLoughlin (13th Anv)

12.00 noon                                          Niall O’Brien(11th Anv)

 7.00 p.m.                                            Maria Luykx

Wednesday 24th July

 8.00 a.m.                                            Dervla McAleese (Birthday Remembrance)

                                                          Seamus Brady

Thursday 25th July

10.00 a.m.                                           Mona Menton

Friday 26th July

10.00 a.m.                                           John Henry (Birthday Remembrance)

Saturday 27th July

11.00 a.m.                                           Olive Flynn (First Anv)

Sunday 28th July

Vigil (7.00 p.m. Sat. 27th July)                Brendan Reid

10.30 a.m.                                            Jack Butler and Anne French

12.00 noon                                            Marie Doyle, Kathleen and Cyril Doyle

 7.00 p.m.                                             Brigid and Henry Howard


Church Readers – Weekday Masses

The following are listed to read at

8.00 a.m. Masses 22nd – 26th July

Monday                                               J. Morton

Tuesday                                               S. McInerney

Wednesday                                          Kay Burke

Thursday                                              Kay Burke

Friday                                                  J. Morton

The following are listed to read at

10.00 a.m. Masses 22nd – 27th July

Monday                                               T. Boyle

Tuesday                                               J. Comisky

Wednesday                                         Joe Stewart

Thursday                                             M. Connaughton

Friday                                                  Joe Clarke

Saturday                                              J. Towers

Saturday 11.00am                                V&L Duffy

WEEKEND MASSES Sat/Sun 27th /28th July

Saturday 7.00 p.m.                              C. Finnerty

Sunday 8.30 a.m.                                V. Duffy

Sunday 10.30 a.m.                              S. NiMhaoldomhnaigh

Sunday 12 noon                                  N. Cronin
7.00 p.m.                                             M. O’Laoi


The local Conference of the Saint Vincent De Paul Society are available for people in need here in the Parish of Howth.  They can be contacted in confidence on Tel. 01-855 0022 if anyone would like to talk or needs help. 


Sunday 14th July – First Collection  €800 and the Share collection    €750