Parish Newsletter Sunday 8th of February 2015

posted 11 Feb 2015, 12:19 by Lisa O'Neill   [ updated 11 Feb 2015, 12:19 ]

Sunday 8th February 2015

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (06/15)


The annual collection for ACCORD, the Diocesan Agency for Marriage and the Family, will be made at all the Masses next weekend, 14th/15th February.  This will replace the usual Share Collection.  Accord is a well known, respected and experienced agency that has in excess of 50 years experience working with couples and individuals supporting them in their Marriages and Relationships.


World Day of the Sick is celebrated on Wednesday 11th February, the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes.  Archbishop Martin will celebrate Mass with Anointing of the Sick in St. Canice’s church in Finglas at 3pm on Sunday 8th February to mark this occasion.  The diocese has asked each parish to mark this special day in their own way.  Here in Howth, we have prepared a book into which we invite you to write the names of those who are sick and of those who care for the sick.  All these names will be remembered especially during Masses on the weekend of 7th/8th February and on Wednesday 11th February.  This book will be open in the church from 4th February and throughout the week leading up to World Day of the Sick.  Pope Francis has issued a special address for this occasion and copies will be available in the church.  The prayer of Pope Francis for the Sick will also be available on small cards to take home and to give to those who are sick or caring for the sick.


This year is the 1400th anniversary of the death of St. Columban.  His tomb is in the crypt of the basilica dedicated to his name in the town of Bobbio situated in the foothills of the Apennines south of Milan.  The proposal is to stay in the hilltop town of Bergamo, take an excursion to Sotto il Monte the birthplace Pope St. John XXIII, sightsee and shop in Milan taking in the magnificent Cathedral, La Scala Opera House, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper and then go for a relaxing day and night in Bobbio.  If there is an expressed interest, a day-to-day programme will be prepared for perhaps June or August/September 2015.  Please indicate your interest to St. Fintan’s Parish Office, Sutton as soon as possible.  Tel.: 01 8392001, 9.30am to 12.30pm, Monday to Friday.


The Peninsula Society are holding a Cake Sale, Bric-A-Brac and Raffle in aid of PIETA HOUSE in St Fintan’s Parish Centre, Sutton TO-DAY  -  Sunday 8th February from 10.00am to 1.00pm.  Lots of bargains, Cakes, Jams, preserves, Tea & Coffee served.

Howth Folk Choir singing one Saturday evening Mass every month starting on the first Sat evening Vigil Mass in Lent (21st Feb.)  The Folk choir are looking for singers and musicians to join them and first practice is on Tuesday 17th February in the sacristy at 7.45pm.  Please join us – you will be most welcome.

ASH WEDNESDAY – 18th February is a day of fast and abstinence.  Ashes will be distributed after the 8.00am and 10.00am Mass on Wednesday 18th Feb.


Please remember in your prayers PHYLLIS CAMPBELL who died during the week.  We offer our sympathy to her family.  We also pray for UNA RICKARD who died recently.  We offer our sympathy to her daughter Deirdre and her son Thomas and all the family. May they rest in peace.

Scripture Readings for the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Monday 9th Feb

Gn 1:1-19. Ps 103:1-2,5-6,10,12,24,35,R/ v31. Mk 6:53-56

Tuesday 10th Feb

Saint Scholastica

Gn 1:20-2:4. Ps 8:4-9,R/ v2. Mk 7:1-13

Wednesday 11th Feb

Our Lady of Lourdes

Gn 2:4-9,15-17. Ps 103:1-2, 27-30,R/ v1. Mk 7:14-23

Thursday 12th Feb

Gn 2:18-25. Ps 127:1-5,R/ v1. Mk 7:24-30

Friday 13th Feb

Gn 3:1-8. Ps 31:1-2,5-7,R/ v1. Mk 7:31-37

Saturday 14th Feb

Ss Cyril & Methodius

Acts 13:46-49. Ps 116, R/ vMk 16:15. Lk 10:1-9

Sunday 15th Feb

Lev 13:1-2,44-46. Ps 31:1-2,5,11, R/ v7. 1 Cor 10:31-11:1. Mk 1:40-45

Mindfulness Meditation with Joe Clarke

Meditation continues in St. Columbanus Hall on Monday evening 9th February at 7.30pm.

Meditation will also take place on Tuesday morning 10th Feb. from 11.00am in St. Columbanus Hall.  No booking required – all are welcome.

The Parish Community warmly welcomes Jamie Samuel Fitzgerald, Jack Pierce O’Shea and Jacob Sloan who were baptised recently in our Church.  Congratulations and every joy to their proud parents, Grandparents, God Parents and extended family.


Christian Meditation will take place in the Parish Hall -  St. Columbanus  - Thursday 12th February and every Thursday evening at 8.00pm.  All are welcome.  For more information contact Matt McDonagh Tel. 806 3406

BIBLE STUDY GROUP   Saint John’s Gospel

Howth Parish Bible Study Group continues on Friday 13th February in St. Columbanus Hall at 10.45am.  All welcome.  


Exhibition of Rose Paintings in Watercolour by Michael Connaughton in the Baldoyle Library From Sat. 14th to Sat. 21st February from 2.30pm.  Also included will be the launch of a Poetry book called “12”, new and selected poems.  All are welcome.

Howth Singing Circle presents – THE VOICE SQUAD   on Thursday 19th February at 8.30pm in the Abbey Tavern.  Tickets €20


Sunday 1st Feb. – First Collection  €875 and the SHARE collection  - €575

MASS INTENTIONS   8th – 15th Feb

Sunday 8th Feb

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 7th Feb) Annie & Mary Forman and Theresa Farrell

8.30am A Special Intention

10.30am Jim Kelleher

12 noon Stephen Costelloe (12th Anv)

Mon 9th Feb

8.00am Danny Gibbons (Recently Deceased)

10.00am Phyllis Campbell (Recently Deceased)

Weds 11th Feb

8.00am Syl Venelon (Recently Deceased)

10.00am Kitty West

Thurs 12th Feb

8.00am James & Elizabeth O’Connor and their son Jim O’Connor

10.00am Tony Kelly (8th Anv) & Elizabeth & Denis Brennan

Fri 13th Feb

8.00am Patrick & Catherine Freeney

Sat 14th Feb

10.00am Patrick O’Shea

Sunday 15th Feb

Vigil (7.00pm Sat. 14th Feb ) Maura Coonan

8.30am William & Mary Rourke

10.30am Raymond Ring

12 noon Bill Behan

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


Continues - Monday 9th February 11.00am to 12 noon.  Booking essential as places are limited.  Contact Stella Maris 832 2228 or e-mail  

Cost: by donation


which is based on Ignatian Spirituality

With Srs. Eilis Coe RSC and Lucy O’Sullivan RSC

Date: Tuesday 17th February 10.40am – 12.15pm

The aim of this retreat is to help us to experience the ‘Joy of the Gospel’ (Pope Francis) and pray the Scriptures in our own homes.  It involves one meeting a week for 8 weeks.

Church Readers – Weekday Masses

The following are listed to read at 8.00am Masses

9th – 13th Feb

Monday J. Morton

Tuesday K. Burke

Wednesday S. Lee

Thursday B. Milton

Friday K. Nolan

The following are listed to read at 10.00am Masses 9th – 14th Feb

Monday T. Boyle

Tuesday J. Comiskey

Wednesday J. Stewart

Thursday M. Connaughton

Friday J. Clarke

Saturday M. Kirwin

WEEKEND MASSES Sat/Sun 14/15 Feb

Saturday 7.00pm B. Lynch

Sunday 8.30am D. O Cathasaigh /A. Burke

Sunday 10.30am Family Mass Reader

Sunday 12noon D. Gilroy