Parish Newsletter Sunday 9th December 2012

posted 11 Dec 2012, 04:22 by mary sutton
Posted by Dorothy Heydon

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT                                                                           (49/12)

Second Sunday of Advent

There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 3.00 to 4.00 p.m. to-day followed by Evening Prayer and Benediction.


Copies of the Initial response by the Bishops to the Report of the Expert Group on Abortion are available on the tables around the Church.  Please take a copy.



The Annual Christmas Collection for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society will take place to-daySunday – (9th December).  This collection will replace the SHARE Collection.



To-day, Sunday - Santa will come to light up the Christmas tree opposite the gates of the Church.  We invite everyone to come along and join in singing carols for the perfect Christmas feeling.  For all singers and musicians, we will have a quick practice of carols at 4pm in Saint Columbanus Hall (everyone welcome!!) and the community singing will begin at 4.45pm on the steps of the Church.  Gather round from 4.30pm as we wait for Santa!



The Senior Citizens’ Christmas party will be held in the ABBEY TAVERN on Sunday, 16th December at 1.00 p.m.  Individual invitations are not being sent out but ALL SENIOR CITIZENS IN HOWTH PARISH ARE WELCOME.  It is asked that only Senior Citizens resident in Howth attend.  Those who require transport are asked to leave their names in the Sacristy   Tel. 839 7398



Saint Fintan’s Church, Sutton, will host a Christmas Carol Concert in the Church on Wednesday 12th December at 7.30 p.m.  Combined Junior and Senior Choirs with Soloist – Mary Callan Clarke and special guest Pat Coldrick, Classical Guitarist.  Compere: Ian Dempsey.  All are welcome.


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

Today at 10.30 Mass we welcome the young people of the parish who will make their Confirmation this year.  They come to the Church with their families and will promise to take part in the parish preparation Programme “You shall be my Witnesses…” which complements their school programme.  Let us as the parish community remember them in our prayers and give them any support we can.  We thank their parents and teachers and all who are supporting this programme



The first in this series will be given by Fr. Liam Tracey OSM   Vatican Two: The Liturgy; where we were to where we are now  on Wednesday 12th December in Killester Parish Resource Centre, Howth Road from 7.30pm - 9.00pm.  All are welcome.



In preparation for the coming of our Saviour, the Church Maintenance Group plans to hold a pre-Christmas 'Clean Up' of our Church on Saturday next, 15th December.  They are calling for "All Hands on Deck" between 9.00 and 10 a.m., 10.30 a.m to 11 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.  Even if you can give just 30 minutes it will make a difference.  So 'Come all Ye Faithful" and bring your rubber gloves, a brush, a duster or a vacuum and help us prepare our Church for this great and wonderful Feast.  



MASS INTENTIONS 9th – 16th Dec. 2012

Sunday 9th December

Vigil (7.00 p.m. Sat. 8th Dec.)         Dick Lattimore (Month’s Mind)

10.30 a.m.                                          Brendan McLoughlin (36th Anv.)

12.00 noon                                         The Malone Family

 7.00 p.m.                                            Christy and Lena Magee

Monday 10th Dec.

 8.00 a.m.                                             Mary McCullagh

10.00 a.m.                                           Tom Fitzpatrick (2nd Anv)

Tuesday 11th Dec.

10.00 a.m.                                            Dervla Brady-McAleese (1st Anv)

Wednesday 12th Dec.

 8.00 a.m.                                              Brendan Cantwell (10th Anv)

10.00 a.m.                                            Kathleen Coughlan

Thursday 13th Dec.

10.00 a.m.                                             Mary and Patrick Fallon

Friday 14th Dec.

10.00 a.m.                                             Bláthnaid Timothy

Sunday 16th December

Vigil (7.00 p.m. Sat. 15th Dec.)          Bridie and Noel Kent

 8.30 a.m.                                              Joseph Rourke

10.30 a.m.                                            May O’Keefe (Month’s Mind) also Frank O’Keeffe and Pauline Halley

12.00 noon                                           Norah Brennan

 7.00 p.m.                                             George Egar (30th Anv.)


Mindfulness Meditation 

continues tomorrow evening, Monday, 10th December at 7.30 p.m. in 

St. Columbanus Hall facilitated by Joe Clarke.


Pobalscoil Neasáin in Baldoyle will host a Christmas Carol service on Wednesday 12th December at 7.30 p.m.  All are welcome.  Refreshments afterwards.   Come along to an enjoyable, reflective, and prayerful service by the students.



The Parish Community warmly welcomes David John Mullarkey and Ruben John Monroe who were baptised recently in our Church.  Congratulations and every joy to their proud Parents, Grand parents, God parents and extended family.


The Howth Community Drama Group presents 'ANNIE – The Musical' from Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th January at 8.00 p.m. with a Matinee on Saturday 5th at 3.00p.m. in the School Hall, Howth Primary School.  Tickets €8 adult, €5 senior citizens and children, Family Ticket €25 - from Lua (Tel. 839 1538).  Please come, enjoy a great show and support your local community!


Howth Parish Reform and Renewal Group

The final meeting of the year will take place on Monday 17th December in St. Columbanus Hall at 8.00 pm.  The meeting will conclude with some ‘festive refreshments’.  ALL WELCOME.



Sunday 2nd December – First Collection  €890 and the SHARE collection  €710

Scripture Readings for the Second Week of Advent

Monday 10th December

Is 35: 1-10. Ps 84:9-14. Lk 5:17-26

Tuesday 11th December

Is 40: 1-11. Ps 95:1-3,10-13. Mt 18:12-14

Wednesday 12th December

Is 40: 25-31. Ps 102:1-4,8,10. Mt 11:28-30

Thursday 13th December

Saint Lucy                     Memorial

Is 41: 13-20. Ps 144:1, 9-13. Mt 11:11-15

Friday 14th December

Saint John of the Cross   Memorial

Is 48: 17-19. Ps 1:1-4,6. Mt 11:16-19

Saturday 15th December

Eccles (Sir) 48:1-4,9-11. Ps 79:2-3,15-16,18-19. Mt 17:10-13

Sunday 16th December

Zeph 3:14-18. Ps Is 12:2-6. Phil 4:4-7. Lk 3:10-18


Church Readers – Weekday Masses

The following are listed to read at

8.00 a.m. Masses 10th – 14th Dec.

Monday                                John Morton

Tuesday                                Susan McInerney

Wednesday                           Kay Burke

Thursday                               Kay Burke

Friday                                    John Morton

The following are listed to read at

10.00 a.m. Masses 10th – 15th Dec.

Monday                                 Treasa Boyle

Tuesday                                J. Comiskey/Una Kane

Wednesday                           Joe Stewart

Thursday                               M. Connaughton

Friday                                    Joe Clarke

Saturday                               V&L Duffy.

WEEKEND MASSES Sat./Sun. 15th/16th Dec.

Saturday 7.00 p.m.                 E.Stewart

Sunday 8.30 a.m.                   D. O’Cathasaigh

Sunday 10.30 a.m.                  Family Mass Reader

Sunday 12 noon                      B. Morgan

Sunday 7.00 p.m.                    E. Cantwell


Ministers of the Word: Reminder

Effective communication of God's Word - a session for Ministers of the Word, facilitated by Brenda Morgan. Monday 10th December, 8.00-9.15 p.m. in the Church.



All young people in the parish who were Confirmed in 2010, 2011 or 2012 are invited to the December (Christmas) meeting of this group in Scoil Mhuire on Monday 10th December from 7.30 - 8.30 pm.  We look forward to seeing many of our recently Confirmed parishioners there.  Young people will pack shoe boxes with presents for a charitable organisation.  They should bring a small present value under €5  Information: Kay Burke 087-974 9005 or Barbara, Parish Office 839 7398