SEASONAL BULLETINS 2007

Lent 2007

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Lent 2007

Solidarity – Justice

The three pillars of Lent are long-standing, Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. Each year as we begin our Lenten journey we set out on this threefold path. We open our hearts to God in prayer, especially the prayer of listening. We open our minds to the inhuman deprivation that people suffer in our world as we feel the deprivation of our own Lenten fast and offering. We open our hands to those in need and to those who are providing for them.
Lent can help to sharpen our awareness of the injustices in the world. In Ireland 7% of children go to bed hungry, 50% world-wide! Do I think of that if I waste food, overspend, live lavishly? Some consumer goods are produced by unethical means in sweat shops and in slave conditions. Am I aware when buying? Do I give preference to Irish produced food and fair trade products and goods that do not have high transport mileage?
Conscious that the world is a living organism and that we must take care of it for the future generations we must consider our use of energy, recycling and our own contribution to pollution.
Solidarity with the poor and deprived and a concern for justice for them is a fourth and very important pillar of Lent.


TROCAIRE
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 2nd March:
Michael and Joan Hurley, Burren, 8.00 p.m.

Friday 9th March:

Albert and Clare Harrington, Granfeen, 11.00 a.m.

Friday 23rd March:

Steve and Margaret Lawes, Barleyfield, 8.00 p.m.

Friday 30th March:
Brendan and Maeve Conlon, Ratharoon, 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.



Masses for Ash Wednesday
will be at 9.00 a.m. And 8.00 p.m.

Lent Adoration

The Blessed Sacrament will be placed on the Altar, in Kilbrittain Churchon the Wednesday evenings during Lentfrom 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 theSacrament of Penance on Tuesday, 6th March at 8.00 p.m.



Parish Pastoral AssemblyCommunity Care Group
The Community Involvement Care Group has 9 members with the task of listening to and identifying the needs in our parish; being concerned about and caring for people.
In our concern for the bereaved we held a Bereavement Mass in the Autumn and there will be another on the 9th March. We also held a meeting for the bereaved in the Parish Hall in June. People came and shared some of their sadness and found comfort, strength and friendship in each other.
Teen Quiz evenings were started in the Autumn. These are held about once a month with many 13 to 16 year olds enjoying fun, competition, prizes, refreshments and each others company.

We have tried to visit senior members of our village and parish. We realise we could do more so please alert us if we could bring help, encouragement or comfort to someone.
“Ar scáth a céile a mhaireann na daoine”



Prayer for Lent

A booklet “Walk with Me” prayers for each day of Lent, is on sale here at the church for €1.50. It is very suitable for individual or family prayer and for those who want to share a moment of prayer each day during Lent.

€ € € € €
Income and Expenditure 2007


Income €66,148.97
Expenditure €28,627.55
Credit Balance over the year €37,521.42

Since we have money in deposit account the total credit in the parish is €99,383.86.

Sunday Collection

Sunday 11th February: €737.00

The work on the floor of the church will begin after the Corpus Christi Procession. In the meantime the drive up to the Parochial House needs to be resurfaced.


Deaths:

Phil Quinlan, Farnagark.
Lizzie Brown, Shanakiel.
John O’Driscoll, Carrigcannon.

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



Holy Week 2007

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Holy Week 2007

Do this in memory.

Bowed and kneeling in the posture of a slave Jesus washes the feet of his disciples. This lowly act of service tells us something of the One who came to give himself to us. “For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you”. Then as he took his place at the table again he said He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; …for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God; … I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes”. Thus he clearly foretold that he was going to his death.
Then he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you”. And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood”. “Do this in remembrance of me.” Then he went to Calvary, to death and to resurrection.
When we “do this in memory” we do not just perform ritual actions in church. We imitate, we become involved, we are immersed in giving ourselves in memory of what Jesus did.
Lent a time of giving, giving of ourselves, giving to others and in doing so giving to God. Lent leads on to Holy Week, to those solemn days of remembering, of reenacting, of entering in; days that climax in the Holy Saturday night of celebrating Resurrection and our participation through our Baptism.



Stations of the Cross

Sunday evenings of Lent, 8.00 p.m.



Parish Pastoral Assembly


Faith Development Group

Our task is to deepen an understanding of being the Body of Christ and to promote an Adult Faith. We organised the Parish Missions as well as a number of special church gatherings; Ecumenical Carol Service, Eucharistic Adoration, Mass for those who died during the year and Mass for exam students. We initiated the “Do this in Memory” programme for those preparing for First Holy Communion. This is run by the parents of the children. The Kilbrittain – Hasanabdal Fund was initiated after the Pakistan earthquake and is now an ongoing project. We have begun the process of introducing “Ministers of Baptism”, people to visit families arranging baptism to welcome the new parishioner and to help prepare for the ceremony.

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”


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 11th April:
Noreen Murphy, Knockenroe, 8.00 p.m.

Friday 13th April:
Vincent and Marie Hickey, Glendubh West, 8.00 p.m.

F riday 27th April:
John and Geraldine Dinneen, Kilshinihan, 8.00 p.m.

To be arranged
Pat McCarthy, Ballymore, 8.00 p.m.

There have only been ten Stations booked in this Spring. We will hold the remaining Stations, in the Parish Church, on two Saturday mornings at 11.00 a.m.

Saturday 5th May:

Kielnamaul, Maulmane, Maulnaskimlehane and Cripple Hill. Ardacrow and Cloundereen. Farnagark. Maryboro. Garryndruig.


Saturday 26th May:

Shanakiel, Ballinakeen, Coolshinnagh and Clashavanna. Gurranreagh and Glaunavaud. Coolmain and Gurraneasig. Glenduff East and East Village. Castle View and Meadow View.

Our thanks to all those who hosted the Stations to date. Thank you also for your generous contributions to the Spring Dues.

TROCAIRE

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.


Holy Week

Palm Sunday:
Blessing of Palms at the beginning of Masses

Wednesday: 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



Summer 2007

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Summer 2007

Elections!

No doubt about it! Nervously smiling faces looking out at us from poles and posts and trees. A blight on the landscape. Promises of feeding our dreams and our greed. Do we really vote for self interest or do we vote for a better country for a caring and sharing society? If we want effective and efficient services then we must pay for them. It is a privilege to be able to vote. A large majority of the population of the world do not have that privilege. Privileges carry responsibilities. Go out and vote conscientiously.
Meanwhile we have our own parish elections. Our Parish Pastoral Assembly has enhanced the life of the parish at both pastoral and community level.
People, who accepted the confidence that was put in them at election, have made plans and carried them out for the good of the parish. The achievements have been recognised and commended by many.
During these coming days ballot papers will be distributed to each home in the parish. Do take and interest; do vote and if asked to take part in an new assembly do seriously consider it.



Trocaire

Thanks to all those who handed in Trocaire Boxes or separate donations. The amount contributed this year comes to €2,215.00. The figure is up considerably on last year.

Notice Board

Baptisms:
Bill Cornelius, son Brian Harrington and Anna Cronin, Castlepark.

For in the one Spirit we are all baptised into the one body. (1 Cor. 12:13)

Deaths:
Pat McCarthy, Blackrock Cork and Roundtree.

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

€ € € € €

Sunday Collections
Sunday 15th April €993.00
Sunday 22nd April €974.00
Sunday 29th April €933.00

Spring Stations

Thursday 31st May:
Jim and Gretta Hurley Farnagark. 8.00 p.m.

Friday 1st June:
Pat McCarthy, (Parkana) Ballymore. 8.00 p.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
Keep a space in your calendar of events.



First Holy Communion

on Saturday, 12th May at 11.00 a.m.



Parish Pastoral Assembly

Vision Group

Elections for the Parish Pastoral Assembly were held in late Summer of 2004. There was a good response to the voting. Of those who were proposed thirty people agreed to go on the new Assembly. This number includes seven people who were elected to serve for another three years. This was a help to provide some continuity from one Assembly to the next.

There were again a series of four weekly familiarisation meetings during the month of September. After this members of the Kilbrittain Parish Assembly met in Myross Wood Retreat House on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th October.

At this meeting the whole group discussed the good things about the parish and out of that looked at what they would like to see as the ideal parish. From this they produced a “vision” at which to aim. The Vision Group was then elected at this weekend. It is the co-ordinating body of the Parish Assembly and the group which upholds the vision of the entire assembly. It is also a liaison between the other groups formed at that weekend, namely: Faith Development, Community Care, and Community Involvement. These groups met regularly with the vision group to maintain their focus.

Each group then developed various projects throughout the three years such as, Parish mission , Mass for the Bereaved, Youth Initiatives , Information Evenings etc. within the Parish.


Corpus Christi
The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ will be on Sunday the 10th of June this year. The Procession of the Blessed Sacrament will take part after the last Mass on that day. After the procession the Blessed Sacrament will be on the altar of the church for the rest of the afternoon. The usual rota of townlands for adoration will be posted on the Notice Boards.

During the following week the church will be vacated to allow the work on the floor to begin. We would hope that that will be completed in about six weeks.

The “3 Rs” of Ongoing Education

REDUCE<> REUSE<> RECYCLE



Autumn 2007

Parish Bulletin

Autumn 2007

Autumn
That time of year again! Isn’t it strange how, when the leaves are falling, growth is slowing down and the harvests are gathered in, most of us come to a time of new beginnings. The new school year begins, new classes for the pupils new programs in clubs for the winter nights. We find ourselves getting back into the routine of life, the humdrum you could say. Yet that is where life is lived, progress is made, possibilities opened up.
Life can become so busy, so crowded, so full of hurry and stress that we can fail to notice what surrounds us; to notice beauty or the funny or the joyful. We do need to focus on the ‘now’, on what is happening around us at each moment. We need to take time to be quiet, to reflect to allow life to be lived. How often do we hear someone say that they are sorry that they did not spend more time enjoying the children as they were growing up and now they have gone.
The routine, the humdrum is also where we stand before God. Every moment is lived in God’s presence. Every moment is gift and can be celebrated no matter how routine or how humdrum. St. Paul in his hymn at the opening of his letter to the people of Ephesus says; Before the world was made , he (God) chose us, to be holy and spotless , and to live through love in his presence”. Truly Gift!

Deaths:

Timmy Crowley, Shanakiel.
Mary McCarthy, Coolmain
Jerry Corcoran, Maulnaskimlehane
God’s grace and mercy are with those he has chosen. (Wisdom 4:15)

Dates for Confirmation will be published shortly on the Diocesan Website.
www.corkandross.org

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
Keep a space in your calendar of events.

First Holy Communion

Meeting for parents of all First Holy Communion children
Tuesday 25th September
Kilbrittain School
8.00 p.m.

First Communion Day;
on Saturday, 3rd May at 11.00 a.m.


Parish Pastoral Assembly

Elections 2007
The third election to the Parish Assembly was held in May of this year. The over all result of the ballot was that 22 people will form the next Assembly. Of these 5 are continuing from the last Assembly. The new group is:

Teresa Beecher, Yvonne Desmond, Helena Fleming, Colette Harrington, Michelle Hayes, Anne Kelly, Johnny Keohane, Stephen Lawes, Pat McCarthy, Therese Moloney, Jim Moore, Mary Murphy, Denis O’Brien, John Murray, Tony O’Connor, Sammy O’Donovan, Margaret O’Driscoll, Sarah O’Mahony, Kathleen O’Neill, Emma O’Sullivan, Kitty O’Sullivan, Celia Sheehy.

These will do some preparatory work in September October and the new programme for the Assembly should be up and running in October.

The “3 Rs” of Ongoing Education

REDUCE<> REUSE<> RECYCLE



November 2007

Parish Bulletin

November 2007

Our Dead
We cherish the memories we have of our dead. We remember them fondly. Our pagan ancestors had a great devotion to their dead. At Samhain they believed that the dead would come back to their home to visit. They welcomed them by leaving the door open, keeping a fire in the hearth and putting out food. Hospitality to their dead.
Jesus coming among us gave us a whole new understanding of death. No longer do we see death as the end cutting us off. Jesus dying and rising again showed us that death is a stage in our journey. St Paul put it: “Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)
The “Welcome Home” of our ancestors at Samhain takes on a whole new meaning for us. The “Welcome Home” that we wish is not so much our welcome as our prayer that God may welcome them to their new home and their “True Home”. During November our “hospitality” to our dead is to reach out to them in love and to reach out to God in prayer for them.


Sunday Collections

Sunday 21st October. €850.00
Mission Sunday Collection €1080.00


Notice Board


Autumn Stations

Tuesday 30th October: Micheal and Phyllis O’Mahony, Maryboro. 8.00 p.m.
Saturday 3rd November: Micheal and Catherine Whelton Granfeen 11.00 a.m.
Friday 16th November: John and Eileen Flynn Garryndruig 8.00 p.m.

There have only been eleven Stations booked in this Autumn. We will hold the remaining Stations, in the Parish Church, on two Saturday mornings at 11.00 a.m.

Saturday 17th November:
Kielnamaul, Maulmane, Maulnaskimlehane and Cripple Hill. Knockbrown and Baurleigh. Ratharoon. Shanakiel, Ballinakeen, Coolshinnagh and Clashavanna.

Saturday 1st December:
Gurranreagh and Glaunavaud. Currarane etc. Coolmain and Gurraneasig. Glenduff East and East Village. Castle View and Meadow View.

Our thanks to all those who hosted the Stations to date. Thank you also for your generous contributions to the Autumn Dues.

Date for Confirmation in Kilbrittain
Monday 3rd March at 10.30 a.m.

Full list of Confirmations is available
on the Diocesan Website.
www.corkandross.org


Holiday Mass Times
Monday 29th October (Bank Holiday) Mass at 11.00 a.m.

Feast of All Saints
Thursday 1st November 2007

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

Feast of All Souls
Friday 2nd November 2007

Masses 9.00 a.m. 8.00 p.m.

The Novena of Masses will be from the 2nd to the 10th of November

First Sunday of Advent is on 2nd of December

November Novena

The envelopes for the Novena of Masses are being distributed. The Masses from the 2nd to the 10th of November are offered for those whom you wish to be remembered. Masses on All Souls Day will be at 9.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. and for the Novena will be at 8.00 p m. each week day except Saturday.

We will also remember especially those buried in the cemeteries of the parish on different evenings of the Novena:

Saturday 3rd, Currarane;
Monday, Clashavanna,
Tuesday, Rathclaren;
Wednesday, Shanakiel;
and on Thursday the priests buried in the church grounds and past priests of the parish.
On Friday, 9th November, we will remember especially those who died in the last year.


PARISH PASTORAL ASSEMBLY 2007

The new group forming the Parish Assembly for 2007 is as follows:

Theresa Beecher, Helena Fleming, Anne Kelly, Stephen Lawes, Pat McCarthy, Jim Moore, Mary Murphy, John Murray,Tony O’Connor, Sam O’Donovan, Margaret O’Driscoll, Kathleen’O Neill, Emma O’Sullivan, Kitty O Sullivan, Celia Sheehy.

This group met for the day at the Munster Arms Hotel on Saturday 20th October, to plan for the next three years. They appointed a Chairman, Deputy Chairman and a Secretary.

Chairman, Tony O’Connor;
Deputy Chairman, John Murray
and Secretary, Theresa Beecher.

On Wednesday 24 October the long list of our Ideas discussed on the planning day was narrowed down.

Three areas were selected and project leaders were appointed

Parish Liturgy: Mary Murphy (021) 4778313
Young People: Sam O’Donovan (023) 49713
Children’s Liturgy: Emma O’Sullivan (023) 46181


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