Parish Newsletter Sunday 29th of November 2015

posted 3 Dec 2015, 11:29 by Lisa O'Neill   [ updated 3 Dec 2015, 11:29 ]

Sunday 29th November 2015

First Sunday of Advent  (47/15)

First Sunday of Advent

There will be Eucharistic Adoration to-day from 3.00pm followed by Evening Prayer at 4.00pm


Today we begin Advent and open the first “door” on our special Advent calendar. Thanks to the boys and girls who coloured in pictures last week, we now have a part of the nativity scene behind each “door”.  (On Christmas Day we will gather all the pictures together to make our own colourful nativity scene.)  As this is a very special time of year we have extra activities for the younger members of the parish.  There are three different pages that can be brought home; a simple Advent calendar, an advent wreath picture and an advent wreath activity to help you make a wreath at home.  These pages are all in the Family Mass box at the foot of the Family Mass notice board – please take one or all home with you!  There is also Advent material on the parish website at   We would love to include as many families as possible to help with the special roles of the Mass during the four Sundays of Advent.  Please contact Ann Campbell 086-8183709, Lisa O’Neill 087-2359254 or Mary Clavin 086-6023313.


Morning Masses at 8.00 and 10.00.  The Masses on the first Friday of the month are offered for those whose names are on the Parish Altar List of the Dead.


In preparation for CHRISTMAS, we will have the usual  ‘Clean-up’ of our beautiful church.  Please join us on Saturday 5th December between 9.00 and 10.00am or 10.45am to 12.30pm.   Contact Barbara, Parish Office Tel. 01-839 7398.

A visit from Santa

Next Sunday, 6th December, Santa is coming to Howth to light our community Christmas tree!!!  We will have music from the Gospel Choir and a carol sing-a-long to welcome Santa. The Howth pipe band have been chatting to Santa and they will make sure he arrives safely on Sunday evening.  Be sure to come along and join the fun from 4.30pm on Sunday. (Singers and musicians to help lead the carols, please come along to St. Columbanus Hall at 4pm for hot chocolate and a quick rehearsal!)


The Parish Christmas Carol Service will take place in the church on Monday 21st December at 7.30pm.  This is a wonderful evening for all to come together and sing together in the true spirit of Christmas.


The Five First Saturdays Devotion, first revealed by Our Lady at Fatima on 13 July 1917, was requested on 10 December 1925, when the Blessed Virgin, appeared again to Sr. Lucia, together with the Child Jesus, who said: “Have compassion on the heart of your most Holy Mother”.  The prayers for this devotion, a rosary with meditations on the mysteries, are said after the 10.00am Mass and the next one will be on Saturday 5th December.  All are welcome

The Three Tenors Ireland – 11th December 2015

The Group known as The Three Tenors Ireland - Ray O’Hare, Dominic McGorian and Alan Kelly - will present a Concert in the Church of the Assumption, Howth on Friday evening, 11th December at 8.00pm.   Tickets - €25 available in The Parish Office Tel. 839 7398 or the Country Market Tel. 832 2033.  Special Guests – Howth Scoil Mhuire Primary School Choir.

Scripture Readings – First Week of Advent

Monday 30th Nov

St Andrew Feast

Rm 10:9-18. Ps 18:2-5, R/ v5. Mt 4:18-22

Tuesday 1st Dec

Is 11:1-10. Ps 71:1-2,7-8,12-13,17, R/ cf v7. Lk 10:21-24

Wednesday 2nd Dec

Is 25:6-10. Ps 22, R/ v6. Mt 15:29-37

Thursday 3rd Dec

St. Francis Xavier Memorial

Is 26:1-6. Ps 117:1,8-9,19-21,25-27 R/ v26. Mt 7:21,24-27

Friday 4th Dec

Is 29:17-24. Ps 26:1,4,13-14, R/ v1. Mt 9:27-31

Saturday 5th Dec

Is 30:19-21,23-26 Ps 146:1-6, R/ Is 30:18. Mt 9:35-10:1 6-8

Sunday 6th Dec

Bar 5:1-9. Ps 125, R/v3. Phil 1:3-6,8-11. Lk 3:1-6


The Parish Community warmly welcomes Maria Catherine McGinley, Luke Owen McGinley and Daniel Joshua Johnson who were baptised recently in our Church.  Congratulations and every joy to their proud parents, Grandparents, God Parents and extended family.


The Friends of Balscadden Bay (FOBB) will hold their AGM on Wednesday 2nd Dec at 8.30pm in St Columbanus Hall.  All welcome to attend.


Christian Meditation will take place in the Parish Hall -  St. Columbanus  - on Thursday 3rd Dec. at 11.00am.  Cost:  None - and all are very welcome to attend.  For more information contact Matt McDonagh Tel. 806 3406

BIBLE STUDY GROUP   The Acts of the Apostles

Howth Parish Bible Study Group continues on Friday 4th Dec. in St. Columbanus Hall at 10.45am.  All are welcome.

Church Readers – Weekday Masses   The following are listed to read at 8.00am Masses 30th Nov – 4th Dec

Monday J. Morton

Tuesday K. Burke

Wednesday B. Milton

Thursday B. Milton

Friday K. Nolan

The following are listed to read at 10.00am Masses 30th Nov. – 5th Dec

Monday T. Boyle

Tuesday J. Comiskey

Wednesday J. Stewart

Thursday M. Connaughton

Friday J. Clarke

Saturday L & V Duffy

WEEKEND MASSES Sat/Sun 5 & 6 Dec

Saturday 7.00pm N. McCann

Sunday 8.30am D O Cathasaigh/ A Uí Cathasaigh

Sunday 10.30am Family Mass Reader

Sunday 12 noon D. Gilroy


The story of a Howth Cottage by Bernie Nestor

Copies are still available in the Sacristy from Barbara at Tel. 839 7398.  This is a nostalgic Memoir by Bernie Nestor of her life growing up in an isolated cottage overlooking Howth Golf Club on Howth Hill.

MASS INTENTIONS 29th Nov – 6th Dec

Sunday 29th Nov

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 28th Nov)   Seán Ryan

8.30am Johanna Roche

10.30am Tom Evans (4th Anv)

12 noon  Deceased members Malone Family

Tues 1st Dec

8.00am      Bobby Mockler (Recently Deceased)

10.00am     John O’Reilly (Recently Deceased)

Weds 2nd Dec

8.00am Patrick Thunder

Thurs 3rd Dec

8.00am Joseph Daly

Fri 4th Dec First Friday of the Month

Sat 5th Dec

10.00am Paul Morrisey (Anv) and Francis McGlynn (Recently Deceased)

Sunday 6th Dec

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 5th Dec)   Willie Sherry

8.30am Jimmy Coughlan

10.30am    Dan O’Shea (12th Anv) & May O’Shea

12 noon Brendan McLoughlin (39th Anv)

Mindfulness Meditation with Joe Clarke

Meditation continues in St. Columbanus Hall on Monday evening 30th November at 7.30pm.

Meditation will also take place on Tuesday morning 1st Dec. from 11.00am in St. Columbanus Hall.


Philip O’Connor will give an illustrated talk ‘Howth, Sutton, Baldoyle and the 1916 Rising: Prelude – Insurrection – Aftermath’ on Thursday, 3rd December at 8pm in the Marine Hotel, Sutton.  Admission is free.  All welcome.



The Annual Christmas Collection for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society will take place on the weekend of 12th/13th December.  This collection will replace the usual SHARE Collection.


Several parishioners have volunteered to be members of a Parish Funeral Team - a sensitive ministry which assists families at the time of a bereavement.  If you feel you might be suited to this and might like to join the team, you can contact Fr Gerry Tanham (Tel. 01-816 7599) or the Parish Office to learn more about it (Tel. 01-839 7398)


Sunday 22nd Nov. – First Collection  €760   SHARE collection   €720