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Lent 2005

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Lent 2005

Until he comes again

Lent is a journey. For those coming into Christianity as adults Lent is the final journey to Baptism During this time they prepare for their baptism at the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord on Holy Saturday Night. For those of us who are well on the road it is a journey towards the renewal of our Baptismal Promises on that same night. Lent is also a reminder that we journey towards to the Lord.

During Lent we journey in solidarity with Jesus as he goes up to Jerusalem. There he gave himself to us at the Last Supper, he gave himself for us on Calvary and he invited us to join him in Resurrection as he gives us the Life of Baptism.

The Eucharist underpins our Lenten journey. At Mass we recall the reminder of St. Paul to the people of Corinth; “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” At the solemn point of that memorial we proclaim; ”Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again.” Meantime we journey on “until he comes again”.

Trocaire Boxes
 are available at the Church. It is a good idea to have the box in some prominent place in the house during Lent. 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.

Spring Stations
Friday 25th February:
Denis Healy, Granfeen. 8.00 p.m.

Enquiries have been made for other stations but dates not been firmed up yet. I would again encourage moderation in the hospitality.. Tom Riordan P.P.

Lent Adoration

The Blessed Sacrament will be placed on the Altar,
in Kilbrittain Church
on the Wednesday evenings
during Lent from 8.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

People are welcome to come for whatever time suits,
five minutes or for the hour.
Keep a space in your calendar of events.

First Penance
The children preparing to make
their First Holy Communion this year
will celebrate the Sacrament of Penance
on Tuesday, 8th March at 8.00 p.m.

Legion of Mary
The members of the Legion of Mary invite people to join them.
They meet on Monday evenings at 8.00 p.m. in the Sacristy.
Candidates interested in joining could approach
Fr. Tom Riordan, Spiritual Director, or any member of the Legion.

Income and Expenditure 2004
Expenditure €147,425.97
Debit Balance over the year €15,090.84

Whereas the overall balance for the year is in the red, the actual bank balance, in February 2005, is in credit to the sum of over €42,000.00. This is due to the very generous response to the Roof Fund.

The total cost of the roof was €188,021.00, including professional fees. €68,165.00 of that cost was paid out in January 2005 and so does not show in the 2004 accounts.

Trocaire Tsunami Collection
Trocaire have asked us to thank people for the most generous response to the appeal.
They have asked us to thank the people of Kilbrittain for their contribution of

Sunday Collection
Sunday 15th February €954.00
Immediate expenses are painting and heating.
The boiler in the church must be replaced.

Parish Pastoral Assembly
The Community Involvement group are preparing a “Welcome and Information Pack”
for newcomers to the parish and those who are not so new.

Any ideas as to what
people think should be included would be welcome.
Suggestions could be made to any
of the members of the Assembly or
email to

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Helena Madden, Glaunavaud.
God’s grace and mercy are with those he has chosen. (Wisdom 4:15)

Prayer for Lent
A booklet “Walk with Me” prayers for each day of Lent,
is on sale here at the church for €1.
It is very suitable for family prayer or for
those who want to share a moment of prayer each day during Lent.

Holy Week 2005

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Holy Week 2005

Stay with us Lord
“Stay with us Lord, for it is almost evening”. (Luke 24:29). The words of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus to the stranger they did not recognise as Jesus are the opening words of Pope John Paul II’s letter for the Year of the Eucharist. “And he agreed. Soon afterwards, Jesus face would disappear, yet the Master would ‘stay’ with them, hidden in the ‘breaking of the bread’ which had opened their eyes to recognise him”. The Pope continues: “The ‘breaking of the bread’ – as the Eucharist was called in earliest times – has always been at the centre of the church’s life. Through it Christ makes present within time the mystery of his death and resurrection. In it he is received in person as the ‘living bread that comes down from heaven’ (John 6:51), and with him we receive the pledge of eternal life and a foretaste of the eternal banquet”.
During Holy Week we recall the events in which Jesus gave himself to us and for us as we relive the last days of his life. The Bread of Life he gave us at the Last Supper only finds meaning in his giving himself up to death on the cross for us, a death that led to the glory of the resurrection. Without his dying and rising from the dead the bread and wine would be no more than that. Because he is risen, he is alive, he is present in the Eucharist we celebrate. The banquet of the Eucharist is then truly the foretaste of the eternal banquet and a pledge of eternal life.

Holy Week
Palm Sunday:
Blessing of Palms at the beginning of Masses
Wednesday: 23rd March:Penitential Service 8.00 p.m.
Holy Thursday:Mass of the Lord’s Supper 8.00 p.m.
Good Friday:Stations of the Cross 12.00 noon Celebration of the Passion 3.00 p.m.
Holy Saturday:Easter Vigil 9.00 p.m.
Easter Sunday:Masses: 9.00 a.m.; 11.30 a.m.

Lent Penitential Service
Kilbrittain Church

Wednesday 23rd March 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.

Stations of the Cross
Sunday evenings of Lent, 8.00 p.m.

Deirdre Kearney, Garryndruig.
May Harrington, Granfeen.
Mary Bradley, Ballinakeen.
Donal O’Mahony, New Terrace.
God’s grace and mercy are with those he has chosen. (Wisdom 4:15)

Spring Stations:
Friday 1st April:
 Billie and Tessie Kearney, Garryndruig. 8.00 p.m.
Friday 8th April: Seanie and Teresa Barry, Kilshinihan. 8.00 p.m.
Friday 22nd April: John and Helen Hurley, Ratharoon. 8.00 p.m.

Stations in the Church
Monday 4th April:
 for Granreagh and Glaunavaud
Tuesday 5th April: for Glendubh East
Wednesday 6th April: for Castle View, Meadow View, New Terrace etc.
Thursday 7th April: for Kielnamaul, Maulnaskimlehane, Maulmane and Cripple Hill.

These Stations will be at 8.00 p.m. each evening.
Our thanks to all those who hosted the Stations to date. Thank you also for your generous contributions to the Spring Dues.


Trocaire Boxes must be well filled by this. You may have noticed an envelope with the box. This invites people to count the coins in their box and replace them with notes and hand up the contribution in that envelope.
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 Envelopes 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.

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. Abstinencemeans 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.

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Retreat at Myross Wood
St. Joseph’s Young Priest Society
Tuesday 22nd March
Bus leaving the Village at 6.45 p.m.,
Harrington’s Inn at 7.00 p.m.

Cost of the bus journey €8.00

Autumn 2005

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Autumn 2005

Happy Days

It has been a great Summer. Long sunny days in plenty. No shortage of rain and thankfully mostly by night. No excessive heat. We are blessed with our moderate climate. As we watch the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and remember again the Tsunami in Asia, we must realised how blessed we are and be grateful to God. Meanwhile Kilbrittain teams are still on the field and making their way towards finals.
Autumn brings new beginnings, almost like a new year. The clubs and committees of the parish will be taking up where they left off before the Summer. The vitality of a community is seen in the involvement of the members in the various projects undertaken. There is always an urgent need for active members in any organisation. There is a complaint from so many voluntary groups to day that they are finding it increasingly harder to get volunteers to help in the work involved. Many want the services provided but these cannot be provided unless volunteers come forward. We are fortunate in Kilbrittain. We are ever grateful to those who keep on giving their time and energy to their local community or indeed to a broader sector of society.
As we face into the Autumn we wish well to all those making a new beginning, from those just beginning in the junior infants right through to third level and to all who are in new jobs or new situations in life.

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Gerard Desmond, Granreagh.
Hannah Hurley, Ratharoon.
Donal Whelton, Maryboro.
Kathleen O’Regan, Ballymore.
Micheal Holland, Granreagh.
Jimmy Walsh, Ratharoon.

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

First Friday Adoration

The Blessed Sacrament is on the Altar,
in Kilbrittain Churcheach First Friday
from 8.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
People are welcome to come for whatever time suits,
five minutes or for the hour


Autumn Stations
Thursday 15th September:
 Edward and Geraldine Jarvis, Ratharoon 8.00 p.m.
Saturday 17th September: John and Helen O’Neill, Glendubh 11.00 a.m.
Friday 23rd September: Con and Kathleen McCarthy Knoppogue 8.00 p.m.
Saturday 1st October: Anthony and Margaret Madden, Clashavanna 11.00 a.m.
Tuesday 18th October: Nollaig Hayes, Clashreagh 8.00 p.m.

Two Stations have already been held for this Autumn and enquiries have been made for other but dates not firmed up yet. I would again encourage moderation in the hospitality. Tom Riordan P.P.

The Feast of St. Finbarr,
Patron Saint of the Diocese of Cork

is on Sunday 25th September.

The Collection for the Education of students to the priesthood
and subvention to Maynooth College
will be taken in the Church on the weekend
Satruday 24th, Sunday 25th September at all the Masses.

St. Patrick’s Church Kilbrittain

Fr. Tom Riordan P. P.
Phone 023 49637
Mobile 086 814 1134

Sunday Mass Times:

Vigil,(Sat) 8.00 p.m.
Morning, 9.00 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.

Confession: Saturday, 12.00 noon 7.30 p.m.

Baptisms: Sunday, 12.15 p.m. or by arrangement.

Bereavement Mass

The members of the Community Caring Group of the Parish Pastoral Assembly are planning to have Mass for those who those who have been bereaved over the last few years. There will be someone who is involved in bereavement support to speak at the Mass. They are also considering if people would be interested in a bereavement support group in the parish.
The Mass will be celebrated in Kilbrittain Church on Friday, 16th September 2005at 8.00 p.m.
There will be a cup of tea in the Hall after Mass. This will give people the opportunity to meet one another and to consider the idea of a support group. The members of the Committee would welcome views. Anybody is welcome to come along to the Mass and the Hall.

Community care group (You are welcome to contact members):

Stephen Lawes 49455.
Sheila Wall, 49512.
Mary Fullam, 49706.
Martin Lehane, 46387.
Pat McCarthy, 49379.
John Murray, 49570.
Noreen O’Brien, 49609.
Barry O’Mahony, 49748.

Advent 2005

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Advent 2005

Stay Awake!

Good advice at any time! We need to stay awake when driving, or even walking on the road. We need to stay awake if we are buying or selling. It is good advice for any aspect of life but most of all it applies to good living. Many of the stories of Jesus in the gospel are about staying awake while waiting for the Master’s return.
Advent is a time when that advice is given anew. Advent is a time of waiting and expectancy. We listen to readings from the prophets calling on people to prepare a way for the Lord. The prophets looked forward to a new time, when a leader would come among them who would not compromise and so would lead them on the right way. We look forward to celebrating again the coming of “the one who is to come”. His coming brings peace; peace to those who welcome him into their hearts and their lives.
Advent is also a time when we are conscious that the Lord comes for each one of us at the end of our lives. To stay awake for that coming is the task of a life time. Each day, each moment of the day is a preparation for that coming.
Advent, is a time of preparing for Christmas. There is a danger that we can get distracted and caught up in the hype and commercialism of the season. The message stay awake is timely – to stay awake to what we are about and to that for which we are preparing.

Arrangements for Advent and Christmas 2005

Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8th December,
Mass Times:

Vigil,(Wednesday) 8.00 p.m.
Morning, 9.00 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.

Ecumenical Carol Service Sunday, 18th December, 8.00 p.m.
Readings, Carol Singing, Prayer

Penitential Rite Wednesday, 21st December, 8.00 p.m.
Visiting priests from the neighbouring parishes will attend to give absolution.

Times of Confessions: Saturday 17th & 24th 12.00 noon

Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Day:
“Midnight Mass”: 10.00 p.m.
Morning Mass: 9.00 a.m.

St. Stephen’s Day (Monday 26th December):
Mass: 11.00 a.m.

Tuesday 27th December:

Mass: 11.00 a.m.

Feast of Mary, Mother of God. (Sunday 1st January):
Vigil,(Sat) 8.00 p.m.
Morning, 9.00 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.

The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord
is on Friday, 6th January 2005, and is a Church Holiday

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Kitty McCarthy, Shanakiel.
Rita Hayes, Burren.
Paddy O’Neill, Burren.

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

First Friday Adoration

The Blessed Sacrament is on the Altar,
in Kilbrittain Churcheach First Friday
from 8.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
People are welcome to come for whatever time suits,
five minutes or for the hour

Do This in Memory
A new programme developed for parents and families of children preparing for First Holy Communion has been taken on by the Parish Assembly and parents of the parish. On one Sunday each month the families come together at Mass. This Mass focuses on the children and their preparation. They bring their candle and put it in the “Sacred Space”. This candle is lit at home also at prayer time.

The “Grape Vine” is handed out at Mass with news and projects for the coming month. On the last Sunday the children brought a name card and left it by the Good Shepherd in the “Sacred Space”. After Mass parishioners were invited to take a card and pray for the person named on it for the week. Over the next weeks people will have an opportunity to take a card and pray for the girl or bay named on it.

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