Bulletin - Bandon Parish

Bandon Parish
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Tel: 023 884 1666
Sunday 22nd March 2015 No. 2313
Fifth Sunday of Lent
There is a very short parable in today’s Gospel describing a seed which
has fallen on the ground and eventually dies. It may remain a single seed
or it may yield a rich harvest. This concept of losing what one has to
give way to something new and life giving is frightening for some. We
get so attached and lifestyle changes are tough. In this passage Jesus
knows that his hour has come; this is his crisis moment. But Jesus’ time
of anguish moves from a cry of ‘save me’ to one of glorifying God ‘let it
be as You not I would have it’. We are at an ‘hour’ in terms of climate
justice. This is the time where big decisions and commitments must be
made and there is no other option but to opt for life; to listen to God’s
will, not ours. The priorities of wealthy nations must change, must turn
outward and take risks if we are all to experience peace and security.
We remember the horrendous storms which battered Ireland last
year and which will continue to do so as our climates change.
We are called to be stewards of the earth and this means making
different choices:
‘I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility
in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of
goodwill: Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s
plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the
I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly
sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed
to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I
ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and
sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Jr 31:31-34
A reading from the prophet Jeremiah.
I will make a new covenant and never call their sin to mind.
See, the days are coming - it is the Lord who speaks - when I will make a new
covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah, but not a covenant
like the one I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by the hand to
bring them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant of mine, so I
had to show them who was master. It is the Lord who speaks. No, this is the
covenant I will make with the House of Israel when those days arrive - it is the
Lord who speaks. Deep within them I will plant my Law, writing it on their
hearts. Then I will be their God and they shall be my people. There will be no
further need for neighbour to try to teach neighbour, or brother to say to
brother, ‘Learn to know the Lord!’ No, they will all know me, the least no less
than the greatest - it is the Lord who speaks - since I will forgive their iniquity
and never call their sin to mind.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Ps 50:3-4. 12-15
A pure heart create for me, O God.
Heb 5:7-9
A reading from the letter to the Hebrews.
He learnt to obey and became for all the source of eternal salvation.
During his life on earth, Christ offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in
silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he
submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. Although he was Son, he
learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for
all who obey him the source of eternal salvation.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!
If a man serves me, says the Lord, he must follow me;
wherever I am, my servant will be there too.
Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!
Jn 12:26
Jn 12:20-30
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it yields a rich harvest.
Among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. These
approached Philip, who came from Bethsaida in Galilee, and put this request
to him, ‘Sir, we should like to see Jesus’. Philip went to tell Andrew, and
Andrew and Philip together went to tell Jesus. Jesus replied to them: ‘Now the
hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you, most solemnly,
unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single
grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest. Anyone who loves his life loses it;
anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for the eternal life. If a man
serves me, he must follow me, wherever I am, my servant will be there too. If
anyone serves me, my Father will honour him. Now my soul is troubled. What
shall I say: Father, save me from this hour? But it was for this very reason that
I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name!’ A voice came from
heaven, I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again’. People standing by, who
heard this, said it was a clap of thunder; others said, ‘It was an angel speaking
to him’. Jesus answered, ‘It was not for my sake that this voice came, but for
yours’. ‘Now sentence is being passed on this world; now the prince of this
world is to be overthrown. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I shall
draw all men to myself.’ By these words he indicated the kind of death he
would die.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup we proclaim your Death,
O Lord, until you come again.
Sunday next is Palm Sunday. Palms will be blessed at each mass
and will be available at the doors as you leave.
The Annual Pentential Service for Easter will take place Palm Sunday evening 29th March
in the Parish Church at 7.30pm
The annual Lenten Collection for Trocaire will be taken up at all the masses this weekend.
RECENT BAPTISMS Fiadh Eilish Twomey, Derrycool, Szymon Bondyra,
Thornfields, Zach Kieran Hurley, Cloughmacsimon, Ellie May Molly Power,
Woodfield, Katelyn May Smithers, Templemartin, Matthew Dylan O’Mahony,
Whitethorn Grove and Adalynn Louise O’Neill, Castle Oaks.
Friday, April 3rd at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s Church
In recent years the Good Friday Passion Drama has been an integral part of the Holy Week
ceremonies in our parish. This year’s drama presents the story of the last day of Jesus’ life on
earth - his trial and crucifixion, his suffering and persecution. Some of the principal characters
of the Passion reflect on the impact that Jesus had on their lives.
It is produced by Sr Alphonsus and directed by Esther Sinnott and Pat Brennan. The cast is
made up of people from all walks of life and from different denominations. This powerful
drama is an opportunity to again call us back to the profound reality of the cross and to
experience the greatest story ever told. All are welcome.
COFFEE MORNING In aid of Daffodil Day in Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass on
Wednesday 25th March. All welcome.
ROTARY DAFFODIL DAY BREAKFAST In aid of the Irish Cancer Society will take place
this Friday morning 27th March at 8am in the Munster Arms Hotel. Your support would be
very much appreciated. Tickets €20 available from Rotary Club Members or can be purchased
at the Munster Arms Hotel. All proceeds go to the Irish Cancer Society.
from 9.30am. Please support.
on Friday 27th March from 10am-2pm. All are welcome.
GRAMOPHONE CIRCLE Monday March 23rd 8pm in Gateway Hall. Everyone welcome.
CONCERT A visiting US Choir, Lakeville South Chorale from Minnesota will perform,
supported by the Spiro Singers in St Peter’s Church on Tuesday 31st March at 8pm. Donations
accepted which will go towards the upkeep of St Peter’s Church.
THE OPINION April issue is out on Thursday next, 26th March.
THE CARERS ASSOCIATION Delivers QQI Fetac level 5 Healthcare Award training. The
training is delivered one module at a time each module being delivered one day a week for five
weeks. For further information please contact the Training Unit on 057 932 2920 or email
[email protected]
BANDON TOASTMASTERS Next meeting Wednesday 25th March at 8.15pm in The
Munster Arms Hotel. At Toastmasters we like to talk. If you want to be able to speak in public
or deliver a presentation we can help you overcome your fear of public speaking. Why not join
us and have a free coffee/tea and listen to speeches and topics.
GAGGIN COMMUNITY ALERT Will meet in the Community Hall Gaggin on Wednesday
March 25th regarding Text Alert.
Every Monday from 8-9pm at Presentation Convent.
‘And when I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw all men to myself’
When Jesus suffered and died on a cross, then he removed all barriers
to our understanding the reality of God’s love for us.
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