Parish Newsletter Sunday 22nd December 2013

posted 3 Jan 2014, 02:36 by mary sutton
Posted By Dorothy Heydon

Fourth Sunday of Advent                                                        (51/13)

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, 22nd December at 1.00 p.m.  ALL SENIOR CITIZENS IN HOWTH PARISH ARE WELCOME. 



A sincere thanks to all who have donated to the DIOCESAN FOOD APPEAL.  The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin has expressed his appreciation to people all over the Archdiocese of Dublin for their generosity in responding to the Church appeal for disaster relief in the Philippines and Syria and for the Crosscare Food appeal.  The response to the food appeal was extraordinary.  Again, many, many thanks for your kindness.  Donations may be left into the Sacristy to-day (Sunday 22nd Dec.) for collection by Crosscare, tomorrow (Monday).



Pope Francis has broken with tradition and is inviting submissions to help prepare for next October’s Special Synod of Bishops.  The questionnaire in preparation for the Special Synod on the Family is still available on the tables in the Church.  We are inviting 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.  This is a survey on pastoral experiences and a chance for people to have their say.  All opinions are welcome.  All responses will be treated with total confidence.   Please leave your submissions/responses in to the Parish Office/Sacristy as soon as possible.



Tuesday 24th Dec. 10.30 am to 1.00 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.


THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2014 will be celebrated in the diocese at a special Mass in St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral, on Wednesday 1st January at 11.00am.  The theme chosen by the Holy Father is “Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace


The Priests of the Parish wish you Peace and Joy this Christmas and every Blessing in the New Year





Scripture Readings for the Fourth Week of Advent

Monday 23rd December

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

Tuesday 24th December

2 Sm7: 1-5,8-12,14,16. Ps 88:2-5, 27,29, R/cf v2. Lk 1:67-79

Wednesday 25th December

The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

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

Thursday 26th December

Saint Stephen                   Feast

Acts 6: 8-10, 7:54-59. Ps 30:3-4,6, 8,16-17, R/v6. Mt 10: 17-22

Friday 27th December

Saint John              Feast

1Jn1: 1-4. Ps 96: 1-2,5-6,11-12, R/v12. Jn 20:2-8

Saturday 28th December

The Holy Innocents           Feast

1Jn1: 5-2:2. Ps 123: 2-5,7-8 R/v7. Mt 2:13-18

Sunday 29th December

The Holy Family                Feast

Eccles (Sir) 3:2-6,12-14. Ps 127:1-5,R/cf v1. Col 3:12-21. Mt 2:13-15, 19-23


MONDAY and TUESDAY 23rd and 24th December – Masses as usual at 8.00am and 10.00am in the Church


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 Tuesday 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

Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th December  One Mass in the Church at 11.00 a.m.



On Monday, 23rd December in Belle Boutique, Unit No. 7 Sutton Cross from 11am  Tea/Coffee/Cakes and more.  All funds raised will go to the Laura Lynn Children's Hospice.  All welcome.



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 Saturday 28th December (10.30 a.m.) from Suttonians R.F.C around the Hill of Howth.  Registration from 9.00 a.m. at Suttonians Club House.


The Howth Community Drama Group will present 'ALADDIN’ a Pantomime by the late Terry O’Connor, from Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd January at 8.00 p.m. with a Matinee on Saturday 4th at 3.00p.m. in the School Hall, Howth Primary School.  Tickets €8 and €5 - from Lua (Tel. 839 1538).  Please come, enjoy a great show and support your local community!



MASS INTENTIONS 22nd – 29th Dec

Sunday 22nd Dec

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 21st Dec)    Christy, Brian, Lena and Christy Magee (Snr)

 8.30am                           Joseph Rourke

10.30am                          Tony Johnston

12noon                            Norah Brennan

Monday 23rd Dec

10.00 a.m.                       Pat Moore (6th Anv)

Tuesday 24th Dec

10.00 a.m.                       John Tracey (2nd Anv)

Wednesday 25th Dec

                                      The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

Thursday 26th Dec

11.00 a.m.                       Bridget and Cormac O’Kelly

Friday 27th Dec

11.00 a.m.                       Brigid McHugh

Saturday 28th Dec

11.00 am                         Richard Lappin (Month’s Mind)

Sunday 29th Dec

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 28th Dec)  Cora Lynch (11th Anv) Also Jack and Nellie Moore

 8.30am                           Ellen, Laurence and  Mathew Moore and the Collins Family

10.30am                          Stephen, Katie, Elish & Brigid Doyle

12noon                            Ray Harford



Church Readers – Weekday Masses

The following are listed to read at 8.00am Masses 23rd – 24th Dec

 Monday                 J. Morton

Tuesday                 S. McInerney

The following are listed to read at 10.00am Masses 23rd – 24th Dec

Monday                  T. Boyle

Tuesday                 U. Kane

Weds 25th Dec.

7.00pm (Tues 24th Dec) A. Ffrench & A Butler-Ffrench

12 Midnight            V. Duffy, B. Lynch, K. Burke

 8.30am                  D. O’Cathasaigh & Aine NiCathasaigh

10.30am                Family Mass Reader

12 noon                 N. Cronin & D. Gilroy

Thursday 26th       11.00am   M. Connaughton

Friday 27th 11.00am   J. Clarke

Saturday 28th       11.00am J. Morton

WEEKEND MASSES Sat 28th /Sun 29th Dec

Saturday 7.00pm              E. Stewart

Sunday 8.30am                 D. O’Cathasaigh/V. Duffy

Sunday 10.30am               Family Mass Reader

Sunday 12noon                A. O’Halloran



The 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be observed from 18th to the 25th January 2014.  An interdenominational Service will take place in St. Fintan’s Church, Sutton on Sunday 19th January at 8.00pm to mark the inauguration of the week of prayer.  Canon Desmond Sinnamon of the Church of Ireland has accepted the invitation of the Dublin Council of Churches to preach the homily.



Sunday 15th Dec. – First Collection  €955 and the SHARE collection    €635