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Lent 2009

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Lent 2009

Recession.
We seem to hear nothing but talk of recession these days. We have certainly had good times even if most of us only benefited moderately and quite a number did not benefit at all. However there had been a lot of criticism of excess and extravagant spending. Now we are hearing words such as greed to describe some of what went on. There is no doubt that in places Christian values were forgotten or ignored. Yet in the midst of the “Celtic Tiger” there was a lot of generosity and many charities and voluntary organisations did well.
Of necessity we have to be more sparing and more frugal in our spending in the present climate. Lent can be a help in putting a Christian dimension on what we need to do. Lent a time of self denial – not out of necessity – but because we want to make a voluntary response in gratitude for what we have and what we enjoy.
Prayer, fasting, almsgiving are the three pillars of Lent. These help us to look beyond ourselves, to be grateful for what we have and to be conscious of those who have very little. The word recession is meaningless to a majority of people in the world. Still a recession does effect them. Lent and particularly our Trocaire Lenten campaign helps us to be aware and to reach out.


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.

Notice Board

Baptisms:

Jack, son of Jeremiah and Teresa O’Neill, Maryboro.
Loughlin, son of Shane and Fionnuala O’Donnell, Gurraneasig.
David, son of Noel and Siobhan O’Connor, Clashavanna.
Rachel, dgt of Tadgh and Josie O’Mahony, Castle Park.
Rohan, son of Tim and Rosena Lyons, Brookfield.

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

Deaths:

Denny Murphy, Glaunavaud.
Ann Corcoran, Maulnaskimlehane.
Derry O’Mahony, Coundereen

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, 10th March at 8.00 p.m.



Spring Stations


Saturday 17th January:
Marian Moloney, Granfeen. 11.00 a.m.

Saturday 28th February:
Aidan and Annette Walsh, Knoppogue. 11.00 a.m.

Saturday 14th March:
Donal and Noelle McCarthy, Clashreagh. 11.00 a.m.

Thursday 19th March:
Liam and Helen Ryan, Burren. 8.00 p.m.

Friday 27th March:
Joe and Noreen Sweetnam, Ballycatten. 8.00 p.m.

Saturday 18th April:
Pakie and Mary O’Neill, Maryboro. 11.00 a.m.

Wednesday 22nd April:
Barry and Kathleen O’Mahony, Barleyfield. 11.00 a.m.

Friday 24th April:
Seamus and Ruth O’Mahony, Ardacrow. 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 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
Sunday evenings of Lent, 8.00 p.m.

Kilbrittain Parish Mission
25th April – 2nd May
Journeying together in Faith and Hope

Conducted by
Fr. John P. O’Riordan C.Ss.R.
Fr. Denis Luddy C.Ss.R.

€ € € € €
Income and Expenditure 2008


Income €58,260.15
Expenditure €25,357.94
Credit Balance over the year €32,902.21

Including the credit balance above we have an overall figure of about €64,000.00 credit in the Bank.

Sunday Collection
Sunday 22nd February. €921.00


Kilbrittain’s Traumatic Days

The news of Ann Corcoran’s disappearance shocked us. The response to the effort to find her was astounding. The way people came both from the community and from far and wide, to search or to look after those who went out to search, was remarked on by so many people. The news that she was found in a shallow grave compounded the shock and deepened the sadness. Yet an event like this can bring out the best in individuals and in communities. We can be grateful and we can be proud in Kilbrittain. The dignity with which the whole event was handled was truly worthy. The Faith we profess, the Christianity we have inherited does have a deep influence in our lives and does impact on our behaviour.

The sad memories which we carry can be softened by a deep sense of gratitude for the goodness we have experienced, for the Grace of God in our midst..


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

Mary Irving



Holy Week 2009

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Holy Week 2009

Death to Life
“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies …” The rich image of Jesus speaks to us at this time of year, in the sowing season. The grain of wheat does not really dies; it is transformed, to bring new growth, multiple stalks, abundance of new grains. The sowing time is a time of looking forward, a time of hope.
The image of Jesus parable of the grain of wheat is an image of hope. Hope assures that life will be fulfilled, that our existence is blessed, that we are held fast by God’s boundless love. Jesus teaching was so different from that of the Scribes and Pharisees. His way of showing us how we should live was not by rules and regulations – but by images, stories and example. Images and stories appeal to the imagination and to the heart more that to the mind and to the intellect. Our Faith blossoms into living truth through our imagination, through stories and images.
Jesus image of the grain of wheat is one of death to life – helping us to grasp the reality of Jesus resurrection. Our Lenten journey is a journey of hope, looking forward, not just to the celebration of Easter and Resurrection, but beyond to a life that we can never imagine.


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

Trocaire

Trocaire Boxes must be well filling up 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.


Retreat at Myross Wood
St. Joseph’s Young Priest Society
Monday 6th April
Bus leaving the Village at 6.45 p.m., Harrington’s Inn at 7.00 p.m.
Contacts to book: Teresa 46472 Gretta 49738


Parish Pastoral Assembly
Announce
A Parish Mission
25th April to 2nd May 2009
Journeying together in Faith and Hope
Conducted by the Redemptorist Team
Fr. John P. O’Riordan C.Ss.R.
Fr. Denis Luddy C.Ss.R.


Baptisms:

Clodagh, daughter of Gerard and Chris Ahern, Granfeen.
Kate, daughter of Paul and Imelda Westcott, Barleyfield.
Breffini, daughter of Simon and Pamela Skinner, Glendubh.

May they grow and blossom in the Grace of God

Marriages:

Claire Twomey, Ratharoon and Paul McAleese, Monkstown.

May they be blessed with happiness in life

Spring Stations

Friday 27th March:
Joe and Noreen Sweetnam, Ballycatten. 8.00 p.m.

Saturday 18th April:
Pakie and Mary O’Neill, Maryboro. 11.00 a.m.

Wednesday 22nd April:
Barry and Kathleen O’Mahony, Barleyfield. 11.00 a.m.

Friday 24th April:
Gerard and Mary Twomey Clonbogue. 8.00 p.m.

Friday 8th May:
Sam and Susan O’Donovan, Glendubh. 8.00 p.m.

Friday 15th May:
Seamus and Ruth O’Mahony, Ardacrow. 8.00 p.m.

Saturday 16th May:
Anthony and Margaret Madden Clashavanna. 11.00 p.m.

Friday 29th May:
Tim and Majella McCarthy, Farnagark. 8.00 p.m.

Eleven 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 25th April: Kielnamaul, Maulmane, Maulnaskimlehane and Cripple Hill.
Garryndruig. Knockbrown and Baurleigh. Glenduff East and East Village.

Saturday 9th May: Coolmain and Gurraneasig. Castle View and Meadow View. Gurranreagh. Ratharoon.

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



Autumn 2009

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Autumn 2009


Changing Times.
This time last year this item began “It has been a disappointing summer”! It is a pity that we have seen the same again even if it was warmer this year. This year we have the added burden of a deep recession. Most people are finding their livelihood reduced considerably. We are bemused by the commentaries of the “experts” and the wide variety of solutions being put forward. We pray that the Government will make considered and wise decisions in the interest of the whole community and especially the most vulnerable.
One commentator mentioned that during the boom years we seemed to have got rid of the begrugery that was so common in Ireland. He also wondered if it were coming back again. I hope not. A recession like so many difficult situations or even disasters can bring out the best in people. We can hope that having shared the good times, even if rather unevenly, we can be generous in our sharing in the changed times.
During the boom years many people felt that we had become in some sense, very materialistic, that we had almost lost our soul. Certainly there seems to have been a decline in spiritual values. During that time there has been a marked drop in church attendance. Still in the midst of all that when we met a very difficult situation here in Kilbrittain huge numbers rallied around to help and a great crowd came to pray for Ann when we laid her to rest. This was repeated all over the country when other communities had their own misfortune. It is particularly heartening to see so many young people gathering to pray in such difficult situations.


School Changes

We offer our congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Pat Deasy and Mrs Teresa O’Driscoll on their retirement from Kilbrittain National School. Both of them have spent all their teaching life in schools in Kilbrittain Parish. Both of them have left a very positive mark on generations of children. We thank them for their dedicated service to the Parish and to its children.

We also welcome the new Principal to Kilbrittain School, Ms Karen O’Donovan. We wish her well in her new position. Ms O’Donovan is a native of Innishannon and has been teaching in Innishannon in her most recent post.


Trocaire

The response to the Trocaire Lenten Campaign this year yielded €1,680.00. A grateful “thank you” to all who contributed. The figure was down about €300.00 on last years figure. The contribution has been falling slightly each year for the past four years. However the contribution has been very generous over these years.
It is sad to see in the Irish Catholic that Trocaire are pulling out of four countries this year. This is due to a cut of 20% in government funding and a shortfall of 10% in donations from the public. The report says “This is the worst crisis the funding agency has ever experienced”. They anticipate an earlier that planned withdrawal from five other countries in the coming years.



Parish Pastoral Assembly

We thank the PPA and commend them for the work in planning the Parish Retreat in April. We are grateful to Fr. John P. O’Riordan C.Ss.R. and Fr. Michael Dempsey C.Ss.R. for their vibrant contribution to Parish Spirituality during the mission.
The PPA will be resuming activity shortly, planning for the next year and preparing for elections to a new assembly in 2010.


Baptisms:


Sarah and Tara, dgts of Con Hegarty and Susan Jackson, Kilshinihan,
Orlaith, dgt of Michael and Jean O’Mahony, Kilbrittain.
Libby, dgt of David Foley and Michelle Fallon, Kilbrittain.
Sheana, dgt of Noel and Valerie Griffin, Knockenroe.
Jessica, dgt of Noel and Brenda Ryan, Gort na hEorna.
Tom, son of Patrick and Bridget Hogan, Ballinakeen.
Sarah, dgt of Brendan and Maeve Conlon, Ratharoon.
Eoin, son of John and Una McCarthy, Maryboro.
Ava, dgt of Brian and Caroline Deane, Templemartin.
Cáit, dgt of Aidan and Annette Walsh, Knoppogue.
Thomas, son of Conor McCloskey and Michelle Doyle, Ratharoon.

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


Marriages:

Bernadette Twomey, Clonbogue to Aidan Hayes, Old Head.
Charlene Collins, Shanakiel to Colum Hurley, Bandon

My beloved is mine and I am his. (Song of songs 2:16)


Deaths:

Kitty Healy, Village.
Paddy Burke, Barleyfield.
Mary Desmond, Ballycatten.
Danny Hickey, Village
Ned McSweeney, Garryndruig.

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


Autumn Stations

Saturday 22nd August:
Margaret Hurley Ballymore 11.00 a.m.

Friday 28th August:
John and Helen O’Neill Glendubh West 8.00 p.m.

Saturday 19th September:
Ger and Chris Ahern Granfeen 11.00 a.m.

Saturday 3rd October:
Philip and Mary Fullam Maulnaskimlehane 11.00 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.



November 2009

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

November 2009

Saints

St. Paul in his letters often sends greetings to the “saints” referring to the members of the Christian Community. They are saints because they have been sanctified, made holy, in the water of baptism and in the sacraments they receive as members of the Christian Community. In English there are two words saint and holy. In Many other European languages there is just one word; in Latin Sanctus with a variation of that in the romance languages; in Greek hagios, in German heilig; in Irish naomh (naofa).

During this season, Samhan, we celebrates the saints. We celebrate from Peter and Paul to the most recently canonised saint, all officially listed in the calendar of saints in the church. We also celebrate the unknown saints who have lived their lives faithfully in the presence of God and the service of others.

We also remember our relatives and friends who have died. We believe that the death of a Christian is not the end of life, but rather a transformation in an onward journey towards eternal life with God, in to the supreme holiness. It is appropriate then that we celebrate the two days of All Saints and the Holy Souls one after the other. We believe that this call to eternal life begins for all Christians in the water of baptism.



Blessing of Graves

On Sunday, 8th of November there will be a ceremony in the cemetery at Shanakiel at 3.00 p.m.This will consist of a short prayer service and blessing of the graves.


Feast of All Saints Sunday 1st November 2009


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

Feast of All Souls Monday 2nd November 2009
Morning, 9.00 a.m. 11.30 p.m.

The Novena of Masses will be from the 2nd to the 10th of November
Saturday 7th 11.00 a.m.

First Sunday of Advent is on the 29th of November 2009.

Baptisms:

Alanna, dgt of Liam and Shauna O’Connell, Dublin.
Maeve, dgbt of John and Michelle Dollard, Glendubh.
Ronan, son of Edward and Denise Sheehy, Ratharoon.
Laoise, dgt of Liam O’Driscoll and Caroline O’Leary, Ardacrow

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

Marriages:


Patsy Hayes, Harbour View to Brian O’Driscoll, Courtmacsherry.

My beloved is mine and I am his. (Song of songs 2:16)

Deaths:

Aidan Madden, Glaunavaud.

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


Autumn Stations


Friday 23rd November:
Gerard and Sharon McSweeney Garryndruig. 8.00 p.m.

Saturday 28th November:
Gerard and Kathleen O’Neill Maryboro. 11.00 a.m.

Fourteen Stations have been booked this Autumn. We will hold the remaining Stations, in the Parish Church, on just one Saturday morning 14th November at 11.00 a.m.

Saturday 14th November: Knockbrown and Baurleigh. Glenduff East and East Village. Coolmain and Gurraneasig. Castle View and Meadow View. Gurranreagh and Glaunavaud. Ratharoon.

Our thanks to all those who are hosting the Stations Autumn. Thank you also to you the Parishioners for your generous contributions to the Autumn Dues.


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. Masses on Monday, 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 7th; 11.00 a.m..

We will also remember especially those buried in the cemeteries of the parish on different evenings of the Novena: Tuesday , Clashavanna, Wednesday, Rathclaren, Thursday, Shanakiel; Saturday 7th, Currarane; and on Monday the priests buried in the church grounds and past priests of the parish. On Friday, 6th November, we will remember especially those who died in the last year.


Pastoral Area

The Priests and members of the Parish Pastoral Assemblies and Finance Committees of the Parishes of Pastoral Area no 7; that is the Bandon, Enniskeane, Innishannon, Kilbrittain, and Newcestown Parishes met on Thursday 22nd October and planned to select people from their areas to become the new Pastoral Area Co-ordinating Group. This will be done during the month of November. The first meeting of this new Pastoral Area Co-ordinating Group is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 3rd December 2009.



Parish Pastoral Assembly

The Cork and Ross Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be on 11th to 16th June 2010
The Parish Assembly is considering organising a group from the Parish to join the Pilgrimage as a Parish Group.

Anyone who is interested could contact Mary Murphy 021 4778313 or Anne Kelly 023 8849823



Advent 2009

Kilbrittain Parish Bulletin

Advent 2009

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 we are very much in need of hope. There have been so many difficult situations during this year. It seems as if the words of Jesus in the Gospel for this week end are coming to pass: “and on earth distress among nations”. There is certainly distress resulting from the deep recession and during the last weeks the weather and flooding. Somehow crises like we are seeing can bring out the best in people but unfortunately the worst in some. The present situation calls for solidarity and for a willingness to share the burden and to reach out to those most in need. The help agencies such as the St. Vincent de Paul Society are telling us of unprecedented demands on their help. The IFA and sister organisations are even finding themselves involved in “aid” and by accounts the response is very generous.

Maybe all this helps us to focus on Christmas and the real meaning of what we celebrate. The coming of the Christ Child brought a message of Love. The full meaning of that love was not just spoken of in the teaching of Jesus but was lived out in every moment of his life. The story of his birth which we celebrate in the Bethlehem event is symbolic of the One who “emptied himself .. being born in human likeness” and who “humbled himself and became obedient”. His whole life was sacrifice. Christmas a time of presents and celebration can also be a time of “sacrifice” if we choose gifts thoughtfully. Trocaire and similar agencies give us great suggestions for gifts.

Baptisms:


Ronán, son of Patrick and Gobnait O’Connell, Currarane.
Cillian, son of Bernard and Noelle Madden, Barleyfield.
Isabel, dgt of Andrew and Katie Codd, Ballymore.

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

Marriage:
Oliver Ahern, Granfeen to Susan Wallace, Tipperary.

My beloved is mine and I am his. (Song of songs 2:16)

Deaths:

Tim Cahill-O’Brien, Kilbrittain Castle.

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


Arrangements for Advent 2009

Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8th December,
Mass Times:
Vigil, (Sat) 8.00 p.m.
Morning, 9.00 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.

Ecumenical Carol Service
Sunday, 13th December, 8.00 p.m.
Readings, Carol Singing, Prayer,

Penitential Rite
Thursday 17th December 8.00 p.m.
Visiting priests from the neighbouring parishes will attend to give absolution.

The neighbouring parishes also have Penitential Rites


Newcestown: Wednesday, 16th 8.00
Enniskeane: Friday, 18th 7.30
Innishannon:Monday, 21st 7.30
Bandon: Tuesday, 22nd 7.30

Times of Confessions:
Saturday 12th & 19th 12.00 noon

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

Christmas Day 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: Saturday
 26 December
Mass: 11.00 a.m.

Feast of the Holy Family Sunday 27th December:

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

New Year’s Day : Friday 1st January 2010
Mass: 11.00 a.m.

Saturday 2nd January
Mass: 11.00 a.m.

The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord
is on Wednesday, 6th January 2010
Masses:
Vigil,
 (Mon.) 8.00 p.m.
Morning, 9.00 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.

Sunday; The Baptism of the Lord, 10th January
Masses:
Vigil, (Sat.) 8.00 p.m.
Morning, 9.00 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.



Retreat at Myross Wood

Tuesday 15th December 8.00 p.m. A Bus will be leaving the Village at 6.45 p.m. Contact any members of St. Joseph Young Priests Society Maureen 021 4778218 or Gretta 023 8849738

You shall be my witness

Is the title of a new programme for children preparing for Confirmation. It will be run in four Monday evenings in Lent and will be lead by parent volunteers.
The Enrolment Ceremony for the Confirmation children is on Monday 30th November.


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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