Parish Newsletter Sunday 6th April 2014

posted 10 Apr 2014, 02:34 by mary sutton
Posted by Madeline Doyle

Fifth Sunday of Lent          (14/14)



There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament this afternoon, (Sunday) from 4.00 to 5.00 p.m.   Sung Evening Prayer and Benediction will follow at 5 o’clock.  All welcome.



Tomorrow, Monday 7th April,  Colette Furlong, currently Catechist in Sligo Diocese will facilitate a session with the above title for the Ministers of the Word and interested parishioners in this and the cluster parishes.  As Holy Week and the Easter season is almost here it is a good opportunity to explore the many and sometimes complex readings which we read and hear around that time in the company of an expert.  The session will be interactive with plenty of opportunity for questions and a break for a “cuppa”.  So please join us tomorrow evening, Monday 7th April from 7.30pm to 9.00 p.m. in the Church of the Assumption.



Rehearsals continue for the presentation of the Stations of the Cross in the Church on Good Friday in costume, mime and music.  Please consider taking part in this event, 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 the church on Wednesday 9th April at 7.30pm.


Howth Parish Reform and Renewal Group

The Diaconate  -  A Way Forward for the Church in Ireland?

An Insight into the Married Diaconate by Dr. Joe Ferrari, (who spoke recently to a packed Woodlock Hall in All Hallows College) Thursday 10th April at 7.30 pm St. Columbanus Hall.  Joseph (Joe) R. Ferrari, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at DePaul University, Chicago, IL, since 1994.  He was awarded the ‘Excellence in Research’ award in 2001, and in 2009 the ‘Excellence in Public Service’ award for his work on global community action work.  Dr. Ferrari, who was ordained a deacon in August 2013, is married with a family and combines his academic work with service as a deacon in his local parish.  He will provide a unique insight into the possibilities for the diaconate in the Irish Church in the future.   ALL WELCOME


Family Mass, Palm Sunday and Holy Week

The Family Mass, 10.30am, on Palm Sunday (next Sunday) will celebrate the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem.  Palms will be blessed at the beginning of Mass.  The Passion will not be read at this Mass as it is very long for children.  The commemoration of the events of Holy Week is split into:

Celebration of the Last Supper at 5pm (quiet) Mass on Holy Thursday

Re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross by the pupils of Scoil Mhuire on Good Friday at 12 noon

Celebration of the Resurrection at 10.30am Mass on Easter Sunday



The Light over the confessional is still on for you.”

Pope Francis has been consistently encouraging people to return to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the initiative “The Light is still on for you” is one response.  The aim of the initiative is to reach out to people who would not normally come to Church and to offer an opportunity for people to take ample time in confession to reflect on their lives.  As Lent comes to a conclusion, a number of Centre City Churches will provide Confessions on Saturday 12th April and Saturday 19th April from 9.30am to 6.00pm.  There will be a number of confessors available throughout the day.  The centre city churches are: 1.Saint Mary’s, Pro-Cathedral, 2.Saint Saviour's, Dominick Street, 3.Saint Andrew’s, Westland Row, 4.Saint Francis Xavier, Gardiner Street, 5.Saint Teresa’s, Clarendon Street, 6.Our Lady Queen of Peace, Merrion Rd., 7.Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Bachelors Walk, 8.Saint Joseph’s, Berkely Road, 9.Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Whitefriar St.,10. Our Lady Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines, 11.Saint John’s Priory, John's Lane and 12.Saint Mary’s Haddington Road.  You are asked to make the most of this special occasion of Grace.



Scripture Readings for the Fifth Week of Lent

Monday 7th April

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

Tuesday 8th April

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

Wednesday 9th April

Dn 3: 14-20, 24-25,28. Ps Dn 3:52-56,R/v52. Jn 8:31-42

Thursday 10th April

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

Friday 11th April

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

Saturday 12th April

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

Sunday 13th April

Mt 21:1-11. Is 50:4-7. Ps 21:8-9,17-20,23-24, R/ v2. Phil 2:6-11. Mt 26:14-27:66



The Childrens’ 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, 18th April.


Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation continues in St. Columbanus Hall Monday 7th April at 7.30 p.m. with Joe Clarke.  All are welcome.


Mindfulness Meditation with Joe Clarke will take place in the Parish Hall (St. Columbanus) on Tuesdays 8th  15th and 29th April from 11.00am to 12 noon.  Please note that Meditation will not take place in Stella Maris Retreat Centre on these dates.


A MUSICAL MARATHON in aid of the Saint Francis Hospice, Raheny will be held in the Sutton Methodist Church on Saturday 12th April, 11.00am to 8pm.  Admission €10. Tea/coffee will be available free of charge for 15 minutes between each performance. Your support would be welcome.


Howth parishioners, Ben McKiernan and Conor Howard recently carried out a Church Gate Collection on behalf of Belvedere Youth Club.  The amount collected on the day was €1,070.84.  Ben and Conor would like to thank the parishioners of Howth for their very generous support for this deserving cause.



Sunday 30th March – First Collection  €820 and the SHARE Collection  €610


MASS INTENTIONS –6th – 13th April

Sunday 6th April

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 5th April) Tommy Larkin

 8.30am                                  Paddy and Nancy McDonald

10.30am                                Maureen Galligan (8th Anv)

12noon                                  Leslie O’Laoi (5th Anv)

Sat 12th Apr

10.00am                                Eileen McDonagh (4th Anv)

Sunday 13th April

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 12th April) Brigid and Harry Howard

 8.30am                                  MaryAnn, James, and Mathew

Doherty.                                 Rosaleen and Peter Delaney

10.30am                                Breda O’Connor (1st Anv)

12noon                                  Frank O’Mahony



The Sunshine Fund of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is holding its Annual Collection next weekend – (12th and 13th April) 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.




This Prayer Service will take place on Tuesday 15th April at 8.00pm in the Church.  The Service will be conducted by Father Piaras Jackson, SJ.  There will be a number of visiting Confessors.


Church Readers

The following are listed to read at 8.00am Masses 7th – 11th Apr.

Monday                       J. Morton

Tuesday                       S. McInerney

Wednesday                 K.Burke/S. Lee

Thursday                     K.Burke/B. Milton

Friday                          J. Morton

The following are listed to read at 10.00am Masses 7th – 12th Apr.

Monday                       T. Boyle

Tuesday                       U. Kane

Wednesday                 J. Stewart

Thursday                     M. Connaughton

Friday                          J. Clarke

Saturday                      L & V Duffy

WEEKEND MASSES Sat 12th /Sun 13th April

Saturday 7.00pm         E. Stewart

Sunday 8.30am           P. Loftus

Sunday 10.30am         Family Mass Reader

Sunday 12noon           A. O’Halloran


ESB Networks will interrupt supply of electricity next Thursday 10th April, from 9.00am to 4.00pm.  The areas affected are Asgard Park and Thormanby Road.