seasonal bulletins 2006

Spring 2006

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Spring 2006

Pádraigh Aspal Éireann

St. Patrick’s Day brings out the patriotism in the Irish. Sometimes one would wonder if that patriotism goes any more than skin deep. Patrick himself was a man of much greater substance than our recognition of him allows.
During his exile as a herdsman in Ireland Patrick came to a faith that deepened and grew. His consciousness of God working through him was acute; “I give thanks to my God tirelessly who kept me faithful in the day of trial, so that today I offer sacrifice to him confidently, the living sacrifice of my life to Christ my Lord”. “I am very much in debt to God, who gave me so much grace that through me many people were born again in God and afterwards confirmed, and that clergy were ordained for them everywhere.”
Patrick a man of substance, a man for our times.It was this faith that enabled him to hear the call to return with the Gospel, to the people who had captured him. He describes his dream; “The voice of the Irish; … They shouted with one voice: ‘We ask you boy, come and walk once more among us.’ Thank God after many years the Lord answered their cry”.

St Patrick’s Day.

Friday, 17th March
Holiday Mass Times:
 8.00 p.m.
Friday: 9.00 a.m. And 11.30 a.m.

Parish Mission.

There is a Mission planned for the week 7th to 13th May 2006This will be led by two Redemptorist Fathers. Fr. Pat Reynolds and Fr. Brendan Kane. Further details will be posted nearer the time.

Confirmation in Kilbrittain 2006
Wednesday, 29th March.

Spring Stations

Friday 10th March: 
Jerry Moloney, Clonbuig, 8.00 p.m.
Saturday 18th March: Kevin and Marian Quinn, Cloundereen, 11.00 a.m.
Saturday 25th March: Margaret Hurley, Ballymore, 11.00 a.m.
Friday 21st April: Finbarr and Stephanie O’Sullivan, Ballycatten, 8.00 p.m.
Saturday 22nd April: Denis and Louise O’Mahony, Gurranreagh, 11.00 a.m.
Saturday 29th April: Edmond and Patricia Moloney, Barleyfield, 11.00 a.m.
Friday 5th May: Raymond and Teresa McCarthy, Burren, 8.00 p.m.
Friday 19th May: Sean and Teresa Beecher, Brookfield, 8.00 p.m.

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Annie Manning, Farnagark.
Ann O’Sullivan, Gurraneasig.
Donal Roche, Carrigaline and late Kilbrittain Village.
Betty Sheehy, Ratharoon.
May Collins, Knockbrown.

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


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. This years contribution goes to help the children in Nicuragura.

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.

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Income and Expenditure 2005

Income €71,164.52
Expenditure €119,013.07
Debit Balance over the year €-47,848.55

Whereas the overall balance for the year is in the red, the actual bank balance, on 1st January 2006, is in credit to the sum of over €53,000.00. This is due to the very generous response to the Roof Fund last year, from which we were able to carry over. The next major repair will be to the floor.

Parents You, your children and their Catholic Faith

A fun and flexible resource to help in the day to daychallenge of parenthood.
Video presentation, discussion and cup of tea.

Beginning on Tuesday, 14th March
The Prefab, Kilbrittain N. S. 8.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Please apply to: Brenda, Claire, Jean, Louise, Majella, or Margaret.

Autumn 2006

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Autumn 2006

Blessed Days
The Summer will be spoken about for a long time. It will go down in the reports as one of the warmest and sunniest ever. We are truly grateful for God’s Blessings.
The leaves have not begun to fall yet, but maybe the first signs of autumn are the sounds of children’s voices in the school yard. The glorious summer is behind us. Refreshed by warmth, fresh air, carefree days and a rest from work we settle back to routine. Yet it is in that routine that we daily live in God’s presence. The changing seasons are a reminder of God’s ever caring presence.
As we face into a new term we wish well to all those making a new beginning. We wish all you scholars well. Those starting off we hope you love it. Those going into a new school we hope you find it interesting and exciting. Those going into exam years we hope you will do well. Those going to third level we hope you find it stimulating and challenging. To all who are in new jobs or new situations in life we wish you blessings. For the rest have a great year.

First Friday Adoration

The Blessed Sacrament is on the Altar,
in Kilbrittain Church each 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.

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May they be blessed with happiness in life


Kitty McCarthy, Farnagark.
Jamsie O’Sullivan, Maryboro.
Tom Moloney, Gurranreagh.
Ned Curran, Castle View.

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

Autumn Stations

Thursday 7th September: 
Donal and Ann O’Donovan, Currarane, 8.00 p.m.
Saturday 9th September: Finbarr and Imelda O’Mahony, Ballymore, 11.00 a.m.

One Station has already been held for this Autumn and inquiries have been made for others but dates not firmed up yet. I would again encourage moderation in the hospitality.

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

is on Monday 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 Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th September at all the Masses

St. Brogan’s College, Bandon

Free Computer course for beginners.
FETAC & ECDL 9.15a.m. – 1.15p.m.
Beginning mid-September.

Information; application forms from the school, 023-41120
or P.L.C. course Co-ordinator, Irene Houlihan, 023-41688

Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock

Sunday 24th September 2006
Bus leaving Bandon at 6.00 a.m.

Do This in Memory
The new programme developed for parents and families of children preparing for First Holy Communion was very well received during the last school year. We hope that it will be taken on again by the Parish Assembly and parents of the parish. There will be a meeting of the parent of the children due to make their First Communion this year in mid September, in which the programme will be offered.
On one Sunday each month the families involved come together at Mass. This Mass focuses on the children and their preparation. These bring their candle to put 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. The programme is to highlight that parents as well as teachers and the wider community are all part of the children’s preparation.

Advent 2006

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Advent 2006


We spend a lot of our time preparing; preparing for milking, preparing for dinner; preparing for ploughing, preparing to go out. Preparation is a constant part of life. The Church gives a whole season to the idea of preparing; the Season of Advent. During Advent we prepare for Christmas, to celebrate the coming of the Saviour.
Advent is much more. It is a reminder of the need to always be prepared. Being prepared for the coming of the Lord at Christmas yes; but also being prepared for the Day of the Lord when he comes for us at the end. That however is a constant preparedness a preparation each day for we never know. We do know however that the Lord comes into each day that we are given and the Lord calls us to live each day as gift from God.

Arrangements for Advent and Christmas 2006

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

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

Ecumenical Carol Service
Sunday, 17th December, 8.00 p.m.

Readings, Carol Singing, Prayer

Penitential Rite Wednesday,
20th December, 8.00 p.m.

Visiting priests from the neighbouring parishes will attend to give absolution.

Times of Confessions:
Saturday 16th & 23rd 12.00 noon

Christmas Mass Times

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

St. Stephen’s Day
(Tuesday 26th December):

Mass: 11.00 a.m.

Wednesday 27th December:
Mass: 11.00 a.m.

Feast of the Holy Family.
(Sunday 31st December):

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

The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord.
(Saturday 6th January 2007):

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

The Baptism of the Lord.
(Sunday 7th January 2007):

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

First Friday Adoration

The Blessed Sacrament is on the Altar,
in Kilbrittain Church each 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

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Advent Carol Service
The Service is held in
Rathclaren Church on Sunday 3rd December at 7.30 p.m.

As a gesture of Good Will and Ecumenism
members of the Catholic Community
join in that Service at Rathclaren.
Members of the Church of Ireland
come to the Kilbrittain Carol Service.

Retreat at Myross Wood
Tuesday 19th December 8.00 p.m.

A Bus will be leaving the Village at 6.45 p.m.
Contact any members of
St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society or

Maureen 021 4778218
Gretta 023 49738

St. Brogan’s College, Bandon.

Thursday 7th December
7.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Principal’s Address at 8.30 p.m.

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