seasonal bulletins 2003

New Year 2003

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

New Year 2003

We wish one another a “Happy New Year” at the start of each year. We hope that the year ahead will be a good one. Sometimes we hope that it will be a lot better than the one past especially if we have had a difficult year. Last year was not good for many people. As the “Celtic Tiger” recedes we find that the plenty is not there any more. Then there have been many who have not only not benefited from the boom years but have been put at a disadvantage because of them.

There is no doubt that the year ahead will not bring prosperity to us. We are going to have to cut back and live more moderately that in the recent past. Even then we will be among the worlds most prosperous nations. In the long run having to cut back may not be a bad thing. It is noticeable that often when we have plenty we are not as generous. There have been signs of that in recent years. The prosperity that attracted refugees to our shores did not make us welcoming towards them. So often it is the poor who are generous and good at sharing.

We reflected at the end of last year that “The message of Advent today is still for a people in captivity, a people who are prisoners of materialism, greed and selfishness.” If the need to cut back that we are facing helps us to see the blessings that we do have it would be a blessing in itself.

Mysteries of the Rosary
John Paul has proposed five new Mysteries of the Rosary. He has suggested that we could say them on Thursdays and transfer the Joyful Mysteries to Saturday, the day we devote to Our Lady. He has called them “Luminous Mysteries” to celebrate Christ the Light of the World.
These mysteries are:
(1) his Baptism in the Jordan,
(2) his self-manifestation at the wedding of Cana,
(3) his proclamation of the Kingdom of God, with his call to conversion,
(4) his Transfiguration,
(5) his institution of the Eucharist, as the sacramental expression of the Paschal Mystery.”

A Heartfelt Thanks.
As we look back on the year we must thank all those people who have taken and active part in Parish life and ministry. There are many who serve in Church regularly; Ministers of Word, Eucharist and Music as well as our Altar Servers, Collectors and paper sellers. There are those who keep the Church beautiful, Altar Society, Cleaners and those who rally round on the special occasions. Above all we thank Mary Bradley for all she does for us.

Income and Expenditure 2002
Income €78,382.42
Expenditure €28,406.35
Credit Balance over the year €49,977.07
A sum of €29,686.49 paid out, last year, for work done on Kilbrittain School was recouped from the Department of Education during the year. This will help in the repairs to be done to the leaning wall.

Lent 2003

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Lent 2003

The Question of the Cross
The gospel news is good news, and Easter is the feast of joy. We are called to joy and are saved in order that we may be happy. Christians are an Easter People. But there can be no Easter without Good Friday, no risen Lord without a crucified Jesus. The joy of Easter cannot be bought cheaply.
We must ask ourselves the question: is today’s Christianity still the Christianity of Jesus, the crucified and risen Lord? Is the joy we speak of still his joy? What is the significance of Easter joy that is dissociated from the sufferings of Calvary? Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Malines.

Probing questions for Lent! Challenging questions for our time!
The Stations of the Cross
Pilgrims in the Holy Land follow the Via Dolorosa, the street along which Jesus passed on the way to Calvary. It is a privilege to walk this way and to reflect on the Master who went before. Pilgrims to Lourdes love to do the “high stations”. Whether in pouring rain or scorching sun they climb up the high hill to follow the way of Calvary. Lent is a time when many people follow the way of the cross by going around the church from picture to picture recalling the sufferings of Jesus and entering into that journey by offering their own sufferings. Jesus invited us all, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23

Spring Stations:
Tuesday, 31st January: Barry and Kathleen O’Mahony, Barleyfield. 11.00 a.m.
Saturday 8th March: Phillip and Betty O’Connor, Burren. 11.00 a.m.,
Friday 21st March: Denis and Margaret Collins, Killeens. 8.00 p.m,
Thursay 27th March: Gerard and Mary Twomey, Clonbuig. 8.00 p.m.,
Friday 28th March: Bernie Lyons, Granreagh. 8.00 p.m.,
Monday 31st March: May Harrington, Granfeen. 8.00 p.m.,
Tuesday 1st April: Ann Marie Desmond, Ballycatten. 11.00 a.m,
Thursday 3rd April: Kevin and Marian Quinn, Cloundereen. 11.00 a.m,
Friday 4th April: Donal and Ann Lynch, Knoppogue. 8.00 p.m,
Saturday 5th April: Michael and Rose Hayes, Glendubh West. 11.00 a.m,
Wednesday 9th April: Donal and Mary Murphy, Maryboro. 11.00 a.m.,
Friday 25th April: Martin and Phil Quinlan, Farnagark. 11.00 a.m,
Friday 2nd May: Evelyn O’Mahoney, Garrandruig 8.00 p.m.
Monday 8th May: Jerry and Mary Coughlan, Ratharoon 11.00 a.m.
Wednesday 14th May: JohnJoe and Mary O’Mahony, Shanakiel 11.00 a.m

Our thanks to all those who hosted the Stations to date. Thank you also for your generous contributions to the Spring Dues.
Again we would remind people of the request to keep the Station hospitality simple.
There were fifteen stations held this Spring from Late January to early May. Our thanks to all those who hosted the stations and to those who came and took part. People constantly voice how lovely the custom is and how good it is to meet the neighbours.
Thank also for the generous contributions to the Station Dues and to the Easter Offerings which were taken up since.
Thanks is due too for the response to the request to keep the Station hospitality simple. I suppose we could still move down a little bit. I know people love to be generous but generous hospitality can be very simple.

Trocaire Boxes are available at the Church. It is a good idea to have the box in some prominent place in the house. What is saved by the Lenten Fast could be put into the box.
On Holy Thursday , the evening on which we celebrate the Last Supper, the Boxes will be brought to the Altar at the time of the Offerings. We can then associate our Lenten offerings with Christ’s offering of himself to us in the Eucharist and for us on the Cross.

The Sacrament of Penance
The faithful should be urged to take a greater and more fruitful share in the Lenten liturgy and penitential services. They should be advised particularly to approach the sacrament of penance during Lent, in accordance with the law and the traditions of the Church, so that they may enjoy the joys of Easter Sunday with purity of heart. It is very appropriate for the sacrament of reconciliation to be celebrated during Lent in a more solemn form, in accordance with the Rite of Penance.

There will be a Penitential Rite early in Holy Week
in Kilbrittain Church at 8.00 p.m

Holy Week 2003

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Holy Week 2003

The Lamb of God

It has been a glorious spring. These warm April days have been a blessing. We must be conscious of the life blooming and the wildlife active. We will also have noticed the sheep with their lambs. There is a lovely poem by Katherine Tynan. She muses, “The sheep with their little lambs passed me by on the road”. This set her thinking and she says; “All in the April evening I though of the Lamb of God.” She goes on to continue her reflection.
The lambs were weary and crying With a weak human cry.
I thought of the Lamb of God Going meekly to die.
But for the Lamb of God Up on a hilltop green,
Only a cross of shame Two stark crosses between.
All in the April evening April airs were abroad
I saw the sheep and their lambs And thought of the Lamb of God.
Easter always comes at the end of the lambing season. The paschal lamb was chosen to free the people of Israel from the land of Egypt, as we read at Holy Thursday’s Mass. On the evening of the Last Supper as Jesus and his friends gathered to celebrate that escape from Egypt Jesus changed the whole meaning of the Paschal Meal. He became the Paschal Lamb as he gave himself in the Eucharist as a memorial of giving himself on that hilltop between two crosses. We remember that hilltop on Good Friday as we reflect on the stations of the cross and as we listen to the Gospel Story of Jesus betrayal and death. Then on Holy Saturday and Easter we celebrate the Resurrection. The Lamb of God has won for us freedom from the slavery of sin and freedom to go into eternal life.

Trocaire Boxes must be well filled by this. It would be very helpful if people counted the coins in the box and replace them with notes before handing the box in.
On Holy Thursday , the evening on which we celebrate the Last Supper, there will be Baskets before the Altar. Then at the time of the Offerings people may bring up their Trocaire Boxes to the Altar. We can then associate our Lenten offerings with Christ’s offering of himself to us in the Eucharist and for us on the Cross.
This year we are conscious of the increasing demands on Trocaire with the appalling situation in Iraq.
Information about Trocaire work around the world can be found on the

Good Friday
Good Friday, the day on which we recall the Lords’ Passion, his sufferings, and his death on the cross is traditionally a day of Fast and Abstinence.
Fasting means we eat very moderately on that day, a main meal and just a snack otherwise. Abstinence means that we do not have meat at all on that day. Ash Wednesday is the other occasion in the year.

Good Friday Collection
There will be a collection in the church on Good Friday at the 3.00 p.m. ceremony for the Holy Places, in Jerusalem, Nazareth and around Israel. With tourism and pilgrimages all but suspended these places will need our support more that ever.

Wednesday 16th April at 8.00 p.m.
There will be a ceremony of reading and reflection and contrition. Visiting priests will again come to give absolution as part of the ceremony. A fitting preparation to prepare for the Celebration of the Paschal Mystery.

June 2003

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

June 2003

“Send forth your Spirit O Lord, and renew the face of the earth”.
This Feast of Pentecost is often seen as the Birthday of the Church. This was the occasion when the Apostles were transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and began the task that Jesus had given to them. They went out and proclaimed the Gospel fearlessly inspired and strengthened by the Holy Spirit within them.
The task begun on that day must continue through each age. Pope John XXIII when he called for the aggiornamento in the Church asked us to pray for “a new Pentecost”. Pope Paul VI said “the primary need of the Church is to live out Pentecost at all times”.
The celebration then of Pentecost is not just remembering as at a birthday, it is not just a celebration of a past event, it is a call to renewal through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is an encouragement to us to draw on the Holy Spirit living in us through baptism, through Confirmation and through the constant call to live by the Gospel and to witness to the Gospel.
Fulfill your promise, God of kindness, and send the Holy Spirit upon us to make us witnesses before the world of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, the Feast of the
Body and Blood of the Lord.
Sunday 22nd June.
The Annual Procession will
take place after the 11.30 Mass.

The Blessed Sacrament will be on the altar for adoration from after the Procession until the Evening Devotions at 8.00 p.m. Representatives of each townland will spend time in the Church with the Lord during the day. The list will be on the church notice boards.

Ordination to the Priesthood
Reverend Cian O’Sullivan is to be ordained Priest on Saturday 21st June by Bishop Buckley in St. Patrick’s Church , Bandon.
He is serving as a Deacon in Our Lady Crowned Parish in Mayfield.
Let us remember him in our prayers.

Kilbrittain Community Alert
There is a meeting of the Community Alert on Wednesday 11th June at 8.00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
This is a familiarisation meeting. We are all part of Community Alert.
Representatives from each area of the Parish are asked to come and to give a idea of their area. In this way a profile of the parish can be built up and people can be made aware of the needs around and can be alert in responding.
Officers and committee members have been elected so there will be no commitment arising from coming to the meeting.
Our local Garda, John McCarthy, and Pat O’Leary, the Community Development Officer from Bandon, will be at the meeting.

Food for Thought
More people die in the United States of too much food than of too little food. J. K. Galbraith

The Lord never spoke of success. He spoke only of faithfulness in love. That is the only success that really counts. Mother Teresa

August 2003

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

August 2003

Happy Days
The Summer of 2003 will be remembered with gratitude for a long time. Just like the long hot summers in ‘days of yore’, or at least as rosy memories have it. The warm sunny days of July and August gave us a great lift and help us to face into the shortening days approaching.
The highlight of the summer in Kilbrittain was the very successful Festival. It was very much a home event and gave local people a chance to mingle and have some real fun. The great buzz around the place and the comments indicate how welcome it all was. Back at the Parish Assembly weekend two years ago as people reflected on the parish and on what the Assembly could contribute the idea of reviving the Kilbrittain Festival came up. The project was taken on board by the Community Group. For two years they persevered in their efforts to get people behind the idea and eventually it bore fruit. A committee was formed and with a lot of hard work they provided us with the Festival. Our congratulations to the committee members and to the very many workers who contributed so much to make it such a happy event. Our gratitude to God who blessed us with such good weather.
As we face into the Autumn we wish well to all those making a new beginning, from those in the junior infants right through to third level and to all who are in new jobs or new situations in life.

Autumn Stations:

Saturday 6th September: John and Lucy Butler, Ballybeg. 11.00 a.m.
Friday 19th September: Gerard and Kathleen O’Neill, Maryboro. 11.00 a.m.
Friday 26th September: Sam and Susan O’Donovan, Glendubh 8.00 p.m.
Saturday 18th October: Pat and Helen Walsh Ratharoon 11.00 a.m.
Thanks is due for the response to the request to keep the Station hospitality simple. I suppose we could still be a little bit more moderate. I know people love to be generous but generous hospitality can be very simple.

Neilie Harrington, Rathclaren.
Danny Coughlan, Clonbuig.
Maura Whelton, Gurraneasig.

May they find eternal happiness with the Lord.

Sunday Collection
Sunday 24th August €779.00
The weekly collection hovered between €800 and €900 for the summer weeks. We are grateful to those who responded so well to the suggestion that we raise the level of contribution.

Building Projects.
We have engaged Mr. Liam Kavanagh to draw up plans for the leaning wall and for the slating of the church. He visited Kilbrittain this month, assessed the needs and took measurements. We had already asked an engineer to draw up plans for the wall but since nothing had materialised in the last six months we asked Mr. Kavanagh to take on the task. We hope that plans for both projects will be ready to go to tender in the not too distant future.

More Catechism
These are some of the questions the children learn from 4th class upwards.

Q. What do we celebrate in the sacraments?
A. In the sacraments we celebrate God’s presence to us through the Lord Jesus in signs and symbols.

Q. What do we celebrate in the sacrament of Baptism?
A. In the sacrament of Baptism we celebrate our freedom from sin as children of God in the Christian community, through the action of the Risen Jesus.

Q. What do we celebrate in the sacrament of Holy Orders?
A. In the sacrament of Holy Orders we celebrate God’s call to people to serve others in the community of the Church as deacons, priests and bishops and his presence with them helping them to carry out their mission.

Q. What do we celebrate in the sacrament of Marriage?
A. In the sacrament of Marriage we celebrate God’s presence with a man and woman as they come together as husband and wife and promise to love each other until death and to bring up their children in God’s love.

October 2003

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

October 2003

“Naoib in domhain dálaigh, sóerait samain síanaig”. “The saints of the teeming world ennoble stormy Samhain”. The saying is found in a ninth century Irish martyrology, or list of the saints. Samhain goes back to pagan Ireland. It marks the night of the beginning of the darkest season of the year, when the winter days set in. The people believed that on this night the dead were permitted to come back to visit their old homes again. So they left the doors open, kept the fire blazing brightly and went to bed early to allow the ancestors to revisit undisturbed. Many of the traditions of Halloween have their origin in paganism.
The Christian missionaries were able to associate these traditions with our belief in the Resurrection of the dead and so encouraged people to use this time to pray for those who had gone before. It is still a very strong tradition not only in Ireland but throughout the whole Christian world. The Church Catechism puts it:
From the beginning the Church has honoured the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified they may attain the beatific vision of God. The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead.” Catechism of the Catholic Church; 1032.

Autumn Stations:

Monday 27th Octoober: Niall and Noreen O’Brien, Cloundereen. 8.00 p.m.
Thursday 30th October: Jim and Sharon Moore, Barley field 11.00 a.m.
Friday 21st November: Martin and Martina O’Mahony Shanakile 11.00 a.m.
Thank you to all who have hosted the Stations this Autumn. We are winding down now as we come close to winter. Our thanks is due to God for the wonderful weather we had for the stations. There has not been one wet station this time around.

Maureen O’Sullivan, Kilshinihan.

God’s grace and mercy are with those he has chosen. (wisdon 4:15)

Sunday Collection
Sunday 19th October €820.00
Mission Collection €800.00

Preparation for the Sacraments
Meetings were held recently with the Parents of the First Communion and Confirmation Candidates, the Teachers and Fr. Riordan to discuss the programme and the children’s preparation for the Sacraments.
The Enrolment Ceremonies will be held on Tuesday 11th November for Confirmations children and Tuesday 18th November for First Holy Communion children, at 8.00 p.m. in the Church.

Confirmation Tuesday 2nd March 2004
First Penance will be on Tuesday 9th March 2004
First Communion on Saturday 8th May 2004

November Novena
The envelopes for the Novena of Masses have been distributed. The Masses from the 2nd to the 10th of November are offered for those whom you wish to be remembered. The Mass for the Novena will be at 8.00 p m. each week day and at 11.00 a.m. on Saturday.

On Friday, 7th November, we will remember especially those who died in the last year. We will also remember especially those buried in the cemeteries of the parish on different evenings of the Novena:

Monday, Currarane;
Tuesday, Clashavanna;
Wednesday, Rathclaren;
Thursday, Shanakiel and on the following Monday
the priests buried in the church grounds and past priests of the parish.

First Sunday of Advent is on 31st of November

Building Projects.

Tenders have been submitted for the repair of the leaning wall and for the slating of the church. These are being examined and a decision will be made in the coming week. We hope that work on both projects will go ahead in the not too distant future.

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