SEASONAL BULLETINS 2008

Lent 2008

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Lent 2008


Lá Féile Bríd.

We celebrated the feast of St. Brigid on Friday. She is the second patron saint of Ireland after St. Patrick. St. Columba or Colmcille is the third. St. Brigid wished to consecrate herself to God’s service. Her father, however, resisted since he would have wanted her to marry. When he saw how determined Brigid was he consented. She received the veil and her early formation in Ardagh probably from St. Mel a follower of St. Patrick. Other young women soon followed her example and she gathered a small community of like minds around her. She soon established a Monastery in Kildare with the help of St. Conleth. Hospitality, almsgiving and the care of the sick were her main preoccupation. Although her monastery was small, in her lifetime, her reputation earned her the title of “Muire na nGeal”. She died in 524 and devotion to her is widespread not only in Ireland but in many parts of the continent of Europe.

Many of the stories we have of St. Brigid are mainly legend written many years even centuries after her death. However they do illustrate the devotion that grew up in her memory over a long time.


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.


Deaths:

Bob McCarthy, Village.
Willie Fitzgerald, Maulnaskimlehane.

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


First Penance

The children preparing to make their First Holy Communion this year will celebrate the Sacrament of Penance on Tuesday, 26th February at 8.00 p.m.


Spring Stations

Friday 8th February: John and Mary Coughlan, Clonbuig. 8.00 p.m.
Wednesday 27th February: Ann Harrington, Farnagark. 11.00 a.m.
Saturday 8th March: Sheila O’Connell, Barleyfield. 11.00 a.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 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.

Stations of the Cross
Sundays Evenings during Lent 8.00 p.m.

€ € € € €

Income and Expenditure 2007


Income
 €112,342.00
Expenditure €107,870,81
Credit Balance over the year €4,471.19

The income includes a transfer of €52,000 from reserve. The have €54324.60 credit in the Bank but very little on reserve at this stage.

Sunday Collection Sunday 27th January €1015.00

Special Education Needs And Parents
Are holding a special Public Information meeting
“Bridging the Gap”
HSE Services and School Resources.
in the
Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway,
Thursday 7th February at 8 pm. sharp
ALL ARE WELCOME
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Child Protection

“The Diocese of Cork and Ross recognises that, while child protection is everyone’s responsibility, all involved in working with children and young people have a special duty of care towards them” [Diocesan Guidelines].
Each parish will need to set up Child Protection Guidelines for the parish. As part of this a Parish Representative will be appointed to help in this task. We will be inviting people to apply for such a position in the near future. This is a voluntary position.


The Role of a Parish Representative.

The Role will be to;

Help the parish to develop an awareness of best practice principles and procedures.

Provide information on Statutory Provisions, Church Guidelines and Diocesan Policy.
Agree a policy statement for the parish vision for children.
Implement basic procedures that will show how the policy statement is followed.
People who are interested will be interviewed, given a role specification, undergo training and will be able to draw on help and support.

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“Although God demands a whole heart, He will accept a broken one if He gets all the pieces.”

Mary Irving



Holy Week 2008

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Holy Week 2008

Were You There?

There is a popular hymn which asks “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” Maybe there are time when we feel “If only I were there!” Yet even over time and distance the invitation is still issued to us. We are not there physically and at the precise time in the past, but we are invited into the event again each time we celebrate the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord in Holy Week. We do more than remember, we reach out to touch that event, to be with Jesus in his sufferings and his triumph, we let that event touch us at the depth of our spirit.

When we gather “around the cross” we must also reach out to those who suffer to day. We can reach out especially to those who accompany Jesus, the innocent who suffer because of the thoughtlessness or even the evil of others. Evil still prevails. There is still a need for people to reject evil even when it means sharing something of the fate of Jesus. Thoughtlessness today contributes to climate change and the disaster that this brings on others. These days of Holy Week are a challenge to us. We can accept something of that challenge by being present at the ceremonies and by putting into practice what we have learned and experienced there.


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

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. 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.

Deaths:

Helen Crowley, Garranreagh.
Lizzie Godfrey, Dublin.
Kathleen Brennan, Barleyfield.

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

Spring Stations


Spring Stations
Friday 8th February: John and Mary Coughlan, Clonbuig. 8.00 p.m.
Wednesday 27th February: Ann Harrington, Farnagark. 11.00 a.m.
Saturday 8th March: Sheila O’Connell, Barleyfield. 11.00 a.m.
Friday 4th April: Joe and Mary Lynch, Glendubh West 8.00 p.m.
Monday 7th April: John and Nellie Madden, Glaunavaud 11.00 a.m.
Friday 18th April: John and Eileen Keohane Burren 8.00 p.m.
Saturday 5th April: Denis and Maeve O’Mahony, Maryboro 11.00 p.m.
Friday 11th April: Denis and Ann Ahern, Granfeen 8.00 p.m.
Thursday 17th April: Denis and Siobhan O’Mahony, Shanakiel 8.00 p.m.
Saturday 26th April: John and Luch Butler, Ballybeg 11.00 a.m.
Friday 23rd May: Cathal Dinneen, Kilshinihan 8.00 p.m.
Saturday 17th May: Niall and Noreen O’Brien Cloundereen 11.00a.m.

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

Saturday 19th April: Kielnamaul, Maulmane, Maulnaskimlehane and Cripple Hill. Garryndruig. Knockbrown and Baurleigh. Glenduff East and East Village.

Saturday 10th May: Coolmain and Gurraneasig. Currarane etc. Ratharoon. Castle View and Meadow View. Ratharoon

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

Parish Pastoral Assembly

Tony O’Connor, Chariman of the PPA and Fr. Riordan attended a meeting in Cork on proposed Pastoral Areas. A Pastoral Area is the grouping together a number of neighbouring parishes who will work collaboratively towards the building up of a vibrant faith community in each of the parishes. It does not mean the suppression or the amalgamation parishes. In a pastoral area each parish will retain its own particular identity.
The priest(s), chair and secretary of the PPA, the chair of the Finance Committee of each parish will form a Pastoral Area Coordinating Group. The bishop will appoint one of the priests as a Moderator to each group.
Our group will consist of five parishes, Bandon, Enniskeane, Innishannon, Kilbrittain and Newcestown.

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


Retreat at Myross Wood St. Joseph’s Young Priest Society
Tuesday 18th March
Bus leaving the Village at 6.45 p.m., Harrington’s Inn at 7.00 p.m.
Contacts to book: Teresa 46471 Gretta 49738



Autumn 2008

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Autumn 2008

New Beginnings.

It has been a disappointing summer. It seems as if it never stopped raining. The rainfall, in this area, for July was over twice the average and for August it is already approaching twice the average. Still the temperatures are very nearly average. In spite of this many people have expressed gratitude that we did not have the disastrous floods and land slides that were experienced in other places. We could be a lot worse off. We do not have hurricanes, drought, forest fires, tsunamis or any of the really dreadful disasters we seem on our TV screens
Then there is something about Autumn that brings us to new beginnings. For those going back to school it is a new year. Life is full of new beginings and there is a newness and a begining about the start of each school year. 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. For those going into exam years we hope you will do well. For the rest have a great year.
For many more it is a time to look at interests or leisure opportunities. There is a bewildering variety to suit body and spirit. There are numerous opportunities for spiritual development. There are some parish based ones and others at a broader level. Now is a time to make resolutions, to take opportunities.

Deaths:

Mary Ahern, Harbour View. Babs Hallissey, Cloundereen.

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

Autumn Stations


Saturday 5th July:
Margaret O’Leary Burren 11.00 a.m.

Friday 22nd August:
Michael and Rosie Hayes Glendubh West 8.00 p.m.

Thursday 4th September:
John and Marie O’Mahony, Maryboro. 11.00 a.m.

Friday 19th September:
Kevin and Frances Harrington Granfeen 8.00 p.m.

Saturday 20th September:
Kieran and Maureen Butler Ballymore 11.00 a.m.

Friday: 26th September
Gerard and Louise Hickey Ardacrow 8.00 p.m.

Friday: 3rd October
Joe and Joan Kingston Garryndruig 8.00 p.m.

Saturday 4th October:
Mary Brennan Barleyfield 11.00 a.m.

Saturday: 8th November
Denis and Margaret Collins Killeens. 8.00 p.m.

Friday: 13th November
Dermot and Ita Hayes Farnagark 8.00 p.m.

Friday: 14th November
Fintan and Eileen Crowley Gurranreagh 8.00 p.m.

Thank you to all who have offered to host the station this year. I would again encourage moderation in the hospitality.

Tom Riordan P.P.



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


Child Protection

“The Diocese of Cork and Ross recognises that, while child protection is everyone’s responsibility, all involved in working with children and young people have a special duty of care towards them” [Diocesan Guidelines].
Kilbrittain Parish Representatives.
The Child Protection Representatives for this Parish are Teresa Ahern and Elmarie Sage. They have undergone a training course and have got Garda clearance. They have already agreed a Policy Statement for the parish which will be published sometime in September. They will then meet the people who are involved with young people at parish level.
The Role of the Representatives will be to; Agree a policy statement for the parish vision for children. (Already done) Help the parish to develop an awareness of best practice principles and procedures. Provide information on Statutory Provisions, Church Guidelines and Diocesan Policy. Implement basic procedures that will show how the policy statement is followed.

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Parish Pastoral Areas

Parish Pastoral Areas have now been set up by Bishop Buckley. The project is to enable neighbouring parishes to work collaboratively towards the building up of a vibrant faith community in each of the separate parishes. Kilbrittain Parish belongs to a group of five parishes, Bandon, Enniskeane, Innishannon, Kilbrittain and Newcestown. Fr John Kingston of Innishannon has been appointed Coordinator of this area. Bishop Buckley will be meeting the coordinators of all the areas in mid September. Following on that meetings of the areas will be arranged. Members of the PPA and the Finance Committees as well as the priests will attend these meetings.



November 2008

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

November 2008

Lord for those who believe in your love death is not the end

The death of a Christian is not the end of life, but rather a transformation in an onward journey towards eternal life with God. We believe that this call to eternal life begins for all Christians in the waters of baptism. Nevertheless for those family and friends who are bereaved there is sadness in parting, and death when it comes, even when it has been expected, such as after a long illness, always leaves a sense of loss and shock.

The Catholic Church has over many centuries developed a rich tradition in its liturgy for funerals. This liturgy seeks to balance the need to console those who are mourning with the hope in the person of Christ who is our “life and our resurrection”. The Catholic funeral rites commend the deceased to the mercy of God, and as we give thanks to God for the life of a Christian we pray that God may forgive whatever sins the deceased may have committed through human weakness.

In baptism they died with Christ

The prayers and symbols used at the reception of the body in the church recall the dignity of each Christian given to them by their baptism. The coffin is sprinkled with Holy Water as a remembrance that in the waters of baptism Christians receive the pledge of eternal life. The coffin is covered with a funeral pall to recall that on the day of their baptism a Christian is wrapped in a white robe as a child of God. The coffin is placed before the Paschal candle, symbolising Christ’s undying presence, and his victory over death by his resurrection. Other Christian symbols such as a Cross or the Book of the Gospels may also be placed on the coffin at this time.

Irish Episcopal Commission for Liturgy


Monday 27th October 
(Bank Holiday) Mass at 11.00 a.m.

Feast of All Saints Saturday 1st November 2008
Mass Times:
Vigil, (Friday) 8.00 p.m.
Morning
, 9.00 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.

Feast of All Souls Sunday 2nd November 2008
Vigil, (Saturday) 8.00 p.m.
Morning, 9.00 a.m. 11.30 p.m.

The Novena of Masses will be from the 2nd to the 10th of November
First Sunday of Advent is on the 30th of November 2008.

Notice Board

Deaths:

Tony Hunt, Flaxfort
Sean Fitzgerald, Clashreagh.
Babs Coughlan, Coolshinnagh.
Kathleen Lordan, Barleyfield.

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

Autumn Stations


Saturday: 8th November
Denis and Margaret Collins Killeens. 11.00 a.m.

Thursday: 13th November
Dermot and Ita Hayes Farnagark 8.00 p.m.

Friday: 14th November
Fintan and Eileen Crowley Gurranreagh 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 23rd November: Kielnamaul, Maulmane, Maulnaskimlehane and Cripple Hill. Knockbrown and Baurleigh. Kilshinihan and Ballycatten. Ratharoon. Bawnea and Clounbogue

Saturday 29th November: Coolmain and Gurraneasig. Glenduff East and East Village. Castle View and Meadow View. Shanakiel, Ballinakeen, Coolshinnagh and Clashavanna.

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

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 the usual Sunday Masses this year and for the Novena Mass will be at 8.00 pm. each week day except Saturday at 9.00 am.

We will also remember especially those buried in the cemeteries of the parish on different evenings of the Novena: Monday 3rd, Clashavanna, Tuesday, Rathclaren; Wednesday, Shanakiel; Saturday 8th, Currarane; and on Thursday the priests buried in the church grounds and past priests of the parish. On Friday, 7th November, we will remember especially those who died in the last year.


Kilbrittain Parish


Child Protection Policy Statement

The Parish of Kilbrittain values and encourages the participation of children and young people in parish liturgies and in activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development. The Parish recognises the dignity and rights of all children and young people and is committed to their protection and support.

All relevant procedures will be put in place to create a safe environment for children and young people and to enable their full participation in the life of the Church. Details of these procedures are available from your Parish Representatives.

The Parish Representatives will oversee the implementation of these procedures with group leaders who work with children and young people in Church-related activities.

The Parish Representatives for this Parish are:
Teresa Ahern 023 49670
Elmarie Sage 023 49899



Advent 2008

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Advent 2008

Advent

Advent a time of new beginning, a time of expectations a time of hope as we look into a new church year and prepare for Christmas. Somehow this year people may not be looking forward with great expectations or with enthusiasm because they fear that the recession is only beginning. This poses a challenge. We will need to adjust, to curb spending, to watch the pennies, as the saying goes. Coming up to Christmas we need serious thought, careful planning. Christmas presents have their importance. We like to show appreciation, gratitude, friendship and it is good to show love. This can be done without going over the top, within quite moderate limits. “It is the thought that counts”.

We are bombarded with suggestions for Christmas presents by the advertising world, with all sorts of ideas, some more outlandish than others. One suggestion has become popular in recent years, one that is made by charities and helping agents of various sorts. Trócaire has been doing this for years. We can send a set figure, in the name of the person to whom we wish to give a present. This figure goes to give a “gift” that is life enhancing to a person or a family in a developing country. At the same time a card, stating what the money goes for, is given to the one to whom we want to wish a Happy Christmas. Both benefit. A Christmas present does not have to be “socks or a tie”. Most people are adult enough that they would be delighted to get a gift that helps those who struggle to exist. Maybe this Christmas we might think again as we spend.

What is the catch phrase; “Live simply so that others may simply live”?


Deaths:

Patricia Hunt, Flaxfort.
Eithne Collins, Shanakiel.

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

Arrangements for Advent 2008

Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8th December,
Mass Times:
Morning, 9.00 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.

Ecumenical Carol Service
Sunday, 14th December, 8.00 p.m.
Readings, Carol Singing, Prayer,

Penitential Rite
Tuesday 23rd December 8.00 p.m.
Visiting priests from the neighbouring parishes will attend to give absolution.
The neighbouring parishes also have Penitential Rites


Innishannon: Tuesday, 16th 7.30
Newcestown: Wednesday, 17th 8.00
Enniskeane: Thursday, 18th 7.30
Bandon: Monday, 22nd 7.30


Times of Confessions:
Saturday 14th & 21st 12.00 noon


Retreat at Myross Wood
Tuesday 16th 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


Child Protection Policy

The Child Protection Officers of Kilbrittain Parish met the leaders of the various youth groups in the parish on Wednesday 19th November. They explained the proceedures that should be followed. These were basically being done but some adjustments will have to be implemented. Representatives of four groups were present, the altar servers, the children’s choir the folk choir and the Friday evening youth group that meets in the hall. This was followed by a meeting with parents of the children to explain procedures to them.

The Child Protection Representatives for this Parish are:
Teresa Ahern 023 49670
Elmarie Sage 023 49899

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


Arrangements for Christmas Season 2008

Fourth Sunday of Advent
Mass Times:
Vigil, (Sat) 8.00 p.m.
Morning, 9.00 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.


Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Day:
“Midnight Mass” (Wednesday) 10.00 p.m.
Morning Masses 9.00 a.m. 11.30 a.m.

St. Stephen’s Day:
Friday 26 December

Saturday 27th December
Mass: 11.00 a.m.

Feast of the Holy Family
Sunday 28th 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 is on Tuesday, 6th January 2009
Masses:
Vigil, (Mon.) 8.00 p.m.
Morning, 9.00 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.


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