Parish Newsletter Sunday 29th April 2012

posted 1 May 2012, 03:26 by mary sutton
Posted by Dorothy Heydon Tuesday 1st May 2012

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (Day of Prayer for Vocations)              (17/12)



To-day is Vocations Sunday: A Special Collection to support our students for the Priesthood replaces the usual Share Collection.  Your support is very much appreciated.  Please keep in your prayers our seven seminarians who are answering the call of God to give themselves generously in the service of the Lord.  The seminarians come from the parishes of Malahide, Cabinteely, Rathcoole, Rathgar, Dunmore Co Galway, Castledermot and Donaghmede.  May God give them strength and peace as they respond to His call.  Fr Eamonn Bourke, the director of Vocations would be delighted to hear from anyone who feels they have a vocation to priesthood.  He can be contacted in confidence and without obligation at: or 086-834 6071.  For more information please check out our website:


“You shall be my Witnesses…” Parish Preparation for Confirmation Programme

To-day, SUNDAY, 29th April at the 10.30 FAMILY MASS we welcome the young people of the parish who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in May.  The young people and their parents will take an active part in the Liturgy to-day.  Their baptismal candles will be lighting on the altar for the duration of Mass.  We invite parishioners to join parents and family members and godparents in praying for the young people as they prepare for this important Sacrament.  We thank all who are working with our young parishioners and pray that the Holy Spirit will be with them. 

The young people are now half way through their parish based Preparation for Confirmation Programme.  The third session takes place tomorrow evening, Monday 30th April in Scoil Mhuire at 7.30 p.m.  The topic this week is How can I be a Christian?  They look at how the Gifts of the Holy Spirit will help them in the challenging task.  How often are we aware of the Gifts of the Spirit as we go about the daily business of being as good as we can be?  Which of the gifts – Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgement, Courage, Knowledge, Reverence, Wonder and Awe in God’s Presence – do we unwrap every day or sometimes do we just leave them in their packages unopened?   Which gift can we unwrap this day?

For further information contact Valerie Darby, 086 313 7850 or Barbara, Parish Office, 839 7398



As Dublin prepares to host the 2012 Eucharistic Congress, veterans of the 1932 Eucharistic Congress in Dublin (among them Howth parishioner Pat Henry) gathered at the Brennan Green Isle Hotel on 24-Apr to share memories of that extraordinary event. With Broadcaster Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh acting as MC (too young himself to qualify), the veterans exchanged their memories, recalled their journeys to get there, the huge crowds at the open air Mass, the banners and bunting, the singing, the excitement and wonderful good humour.  Among attendees from the 1932 Congress at the Green Isle event was former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave whose father W. T. Cosgrave had been replaced by Éamon de Valera as President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State just three months before the Congress began.  Indeed the Congress itself was a unifying and healing event for a country emerging from the dark divisive shadows of the Civil War.  It took place also amid the international economic depression of the early 1930s.


The gathering on 24-Apr concluded with a con-celebrated Mass that included Cardinal Desmond Connell as one of the celebrants. This was followed by lunch.  Arrangements are being made for veterans to attend either the opening event of IEC 2012 on 10-Jun or the Statio Orbis in Croke Park on 17-Jun.


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

Mindfulness Course continues every Tuesday at 11 a.m. with Joe Clarke.


This gentle day will explore the hope, love, joy and promise of the Resurrection

With Sally Hyland, SJG   Wednesday 16th May from 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Cost €40 includes prayer, input, Eucharist, personal space and 3 course lunch and coffee breaks.

Contact Sally on 087-622 6620



Please note the Blessing of the Graves and Mass will take place in Saint Fintan’s Cemetery, Sutton on Sunday 27th May at 3.00pm.  The date has been changed this year, due to the International Eucharistic Congress.



MASS INTENTIONS 29th April – 6th May 2012

Sunday 29th April

Vigil (7.00 p.m. Sat. 28th April)  Patrick, Edward and  Seamus Byrne

 8.30 a.m.                                Matthew Moore and Nancy Collins. Laurence, Ellen and Mary Moore

10.30 a.m.                               Bartle Redmond (21st Anv.)

 7.00 p.m.                                Henry McKenna

Tuesday 1st May

10.00 a.m.                               Standish White

Wednesday 2nd May

 8.00 a.m.                                A Special Intention

10.00 a.m.                               Mary Mulhall (2nd Anv.)

Thursday 3rd May

 8.00 a.m.                                Esther O’Connor

10.00 a.m.                               Michael Wright (First Anv.)

Friday 4th May                      Altar List of the Dead

Saturday 5th May

11.00 a.m.                               Christopher O’Connor

Sunday 6th May

Vigil (7.00 p.m. Sat. 5th May)    Una McElroy

 8.30 a.m.                                Nancy and Paddy McDonald

10.30 a.m.                               Matt Farrell (4th Anv.)

12.00 noon                             Mary Mulhall (2nd Anv.)

 7.00 p.m.                                Mary and Michael Scollard



Morning Masses at 8.00 and 10.00.  Evening Mass at 8 o’clock.  All the Masses on the first Friday of the month are offered for those whose names are on the Parish Altar List of the Dead.

There are a limited number or places for the School year 2012/2013 available.  
Contact Scoil Mhuire Tel 832 3572 or the Parish Office at Tel. 839 7398 or


The Catholic Marriage Care Service

Marriage Preparation Courses

It is a precious time and a time for preparation.  For further information telephone: 01 478 4400 Booking on line:  or see

Howth/Sutton Lions Club are holding a Charity Bridge Morning at Howth Golf Club on 
Friday 4th May from 10.00 a.m.  Tickets €10 available from Carmel 832 4653 or
 Briege 832 4301

Scripture Readings for the Fourth Week of Easter

Monday 30th April

Acts 11: 1-18. Ps 41: 2-3, 42:3-4, R/ cf. Ps 41:3. Jn 10: 1-10

Tuesday 1st May

Saint Joseph the Worker

Acts 11: 19-26. Ps 86: 1-7, R/ Ps 116:1. Jn 10: 22-30

Wednesday 2nd May

Saint Athanasius            Memorial

Acts 12: 24-13:5. Ps 66: 2-3, 5-6, 8, R/ v 46. Jn 12: 44-50

Thursday 3rd May

Saints Philip and James               Feast

1 Cor 15:1-8. Ps 18: 2-5, R/ v5. Jn 14: 6-14

Friday 4th May

Acts 13: 1-20. Ps 2: 6-11, R v7. Jn 14: 1-6

Saturday 5th May

Blessed Edmund Rice                  Memorial

Acts 13: 44-52. Ps 97: 1-4, R/ v3. Jn 14: 7-14

Sunday 6th May

Acts 9: 26-31. Ps 21:26-28, 30-32, R/v26.  1Jn 3: 18-24. Jn 15: 1-8.


NATIONAL COLLECTION for the International Eucharistic Congress to take place on 5th and 6th MAY

The fourth National Collection towards the funding of IEC 2012 will take place in all Churches on May 5th/6th. The entire cost of the Congress is being borne by the Irish Church and the fees of participants.  Despite the large influx of visitors expected from overseas, it was decided in the light of demands on public funds, not to apply for tourism grants that are often made available for such international events.  Describing the IEC 2012 theme of 'Union with Christ and with One Another' as the fundamental basis for renewal and reform in our Church at this time, Archbishop Martin sees the Congress as a call to mission and also a call to reflect the love and care of Jesus Christ to one another in the Church and together to the society in which we live. Contributing to the National Collection is one way in which Catholics can actively support this work of renewal and reform.



Sunday 15th April – First Collection  €995 and the SHARE collection    €735

Sunday 22nd April – First Collection  €850 and the SHARE collection    €670