Parish Newsletter Sunday 22nd of March 2015

posted 24 Mar 2015, 12:44 by Lisa O'Neill   [ updated 24 Mar 2015, 12:44 ]

Sunday 22nd March 2015

Fifth Sunday of Lent (12/15)


There will be Eucharistic Adoration at 4.00pm to-day, followed by Evening Prayer at 5.00pm.  Eucharistic adoration continues every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Church.  See the noticeboard for times.

Palm Sunday and Holy Week for families

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, and at the 10:30am family Mass we will be celebrating the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, as happened on the first Palm Sunday.  Please note that palms will be blessed at this Mass but the full Passion will not be read.  Celebrations suitable for children during Holy Week include a “quiet” Mass on Holy Thursday at 5pm and the children’s Stations of the Cross at 12 noon on Good Friday.  On Easter Sunday, 5th April, we will have a special, colourful celebration of this great feast at the usual 10:30am family Mass.



This Prayer Service will take place on Monday 30th March at 8.00pm in the Church.  The Service will be conducted by Father Ray Staunton, SM.  There will be a number of visiting Confessors.


Once again we look forward to celebrating the Stations of the Cross in the Church on Good Friday in costume, mime and music.  Please consider taking part in this presentation, which is always a most rewarding experience.  If you are in any way interested in Drama or Mime or in giving a hand on the night, please come to rehearsal, which will take place on Tuesday 24th March and 31st March at 7.30pm in the Church.  

The Children’s Stations of the Cross will be presented here in the Church of the Assumption by the children of Howth Primary School at 12 noon on Good Friday, 3rd April.


Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society will hold their Spring Show on Saturday 28th March and we welcome visitors between 2.30 - 4.30 pm.  Come along and enjoy the exhibits, our fabulous plant sale where you may pick up some rare plants together with great plant information and advice from our experts, our book sale and then relax with a cup of tea/coffee at the delicious cake stall.  The show is held in St Nessan's Community School, Moyclare Road, off Warrenhouse Road, Baldoyle, Dublin 13.  We welcome new exhibitors and show brochures are available on or from the secretary (Ann Campbell 839 4578).


The Howth Chamber Music Committee is proud to bring you another instalment in a series of concerts.  Thanks to the success of the inaugural festival and your ongoing support, the committee are delighted to welcome to Howth, Amy Norrington, Pablo Benedi and Alasdair Beatson for a concert in our Church on Saturday 28th March at 8.30pm.  Tickets - €15 are available by calling Tel. 087-167 1993 or visit  


Please remember in your prayers LAURENCE REID who has died.  Funeral Mass on Monday 23rd March at 10.00am.  We offer our sympathy to his daughter Brigid and all the family.  We also pray for WILLIAM CLANCY who has died.  Funeral Mass on Tuesday 24th March at 10.00am.  We offer our sympathy to his family.  May they rest in peace.

Scripture Readings for the Fifth Week of Lent

Monday 23rd March

Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30,33-62. Ps 22: R/v4. Jn 8:1-11

Tuesday 24th March

Num 21:4-9. Ps 101:2-3,16-21, R/v2. Jn 8:21-30.

Wednesday 25th March

The Annunciation of the Lord

Is 7:10-14, 8:10. Ps 39:7-11, R/v8,9. Heb 10:4-10. Lk 1:26-38

Thursday 26th March

Gn 17:3-9. Ps 104:4-9,R/v8. Jn 8:51-59

Friday 27th March

Jer 20:10-13. Ps 17:2-7, R/ cf v7. Jn 10:31-42

Saturday 28th March

Ez 37:21-28. Ps Jer 31:10-13, R/ v10. Jn 11:45-56

Sunday 29th March

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Mk 11:1-10. Is 50:4-7. Ps 21:8-9,17-20, 23-24, R/ v2. Phil 2:6-11. Mk 14:1-15:47

Mindfulness Meditation with Joe Clarke

Meditation will not take place Monday evening 23rd March and no Meditation on Tuesday morning 24th March.  Meditation will resume on Monday evening 30th March at 7.30pm in St. Columbanus Hall.  Meditation will also take place on Tuesday morning 31st March at 11.00am.

Marie Louise Tea Rooms Harbour Rd Howth are holding a benefit week for Howth Lifeboat Monday March 23rd  to Friday March 27th  A donation will be made for every customer served!  Free RNLI raffle, prizes include vouchers for Afternoon Tea.

Enrich your marriage on a Marriage Encounter Weekend

Spend a weekend away discovering the full potential of your marriage.  Enjoy real quality time together free from external pressures and interruptions.  Develop a new way of sharing your thoughts and feelings with your husband or wife.  Irrespective of how long you are married, this is a unique weekend experience that every good marriage deserves.  The next Marriage Encounter Weekend will be from the 17th to 19th April 2015 (8:00 pm Friday to 4:30 pm Sunday) at the Cork International Hotel, Cork.  For info. and bookings visit:  or phone 01-832 4429 for a brochure.


Howth Parish Bible Study Group continues on Friday 27th March in St. Columbanus Hall at 10.45am.  All welcome.  

MASS INTENTIONS  22nd – 29th March

Sunday 22nd March

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 21st March) Ray Harford

10.30am Una, Christopher & Anthony Rickard

12 noon Brian & Lorna Fagan

Mon 23rd March

8.00am Thomas Thunder

10.00am Funeral – Laurence Reid

Tues 24th March

8.00am Paddy & Phyllis McGrane

10.00am Funeral – William Clancy

Thurs 26th March

10.00am Barry Dunne (9th Anv)

Sat 28th March

10.00am Fr. Connla Breen (9th Anv)

Sunday 29th March

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 28th March) Tommy Larkin

8.30am Thomas Recks (2nd Anv)

10.30am Jack Brennan

12 noon Terry Lawless (25th Anv)

Church Readers – Weekday Masses

The following are listed to read at 8.00am Masses

23rd – 27th March

Monday J. Morton

Tuesday B. Milton

Wednesday S. Lee

Thursday B. Milton

Friday K. Nolan

The following are listed to read at 10.00am Masses 23rd – 28th March

Monday Reid Family

Tuesday Clancy Family

Wednesday J. Stewart

Thursday M. Connaughton

Friday J. Clarke

Saturday M. Kirwin

WEEKEND MASSES Sat/Sun 28 & 29 March

Saturday 7.00pm N. Vaughan

Sunday 8.30am D. O Cathasaigh/V. Duffy

Sunday 10.30am Family Mass Reader

Sunday 12noon N. Cronin

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


There will be no Meditation on Monday morning 23rd March.  Meditation will resume again on Monday 30th March from 11.00am to 12 noon


Christian Meditation will take place in the Parish Hall -  St. Columbanus  - Thursday 26th March at 8.00pm.  All are welcome.  For more information contact Matt McDonagh Tel. 806 3406


The Parish Community warmly welcomes George Yeboah and Conal McEwen who were baptised recently in our Church.  Congratulations and every joy to their proud parents, Grandparents, God Parents and extended family.



On Tuesday 24th March at 8.00pm David Snook, Marine historian, will give a lecture in the Howth Angling Centre, West Pier, on “The sinking of the Lusitania: facts, theories and fictions”.  Admission to non-members of the Society is €5  All welcome.


The Sunshine Fund of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is holding its Annual Collection next weekend – (29th and 30th March) after all the Masses.  Please be as generous as you can – all funds raised will be used to provide much needed holidays for deserving children.  The Sunshine Fund is a special works conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society.


Sunday 15th March – First Collection  €995 and the SHARE collection   - €495

St Patrick’s Day 17th March – First Collection  €730 and the SHARE collection   - €520