31 December 2011

Parish Announcements for Sunday, January 1st 2012

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

This coming Friday, January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany, a holy day of obligation. The Vigil Mass will be on Thursday evening at 6.30pm and Masses on Friday itself will be at 10.00am, 11.30am and 6.30pm.

There will be no evening Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until this coming Thursday, January 5th 2012. Then, the period of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament will recommence from 8.00pm until 10.00pm seven evenings a week.

The 2012 parish calendar is available at the Church doors. We wish all parishioners, and readers of this blog a very happy new year!

You are asked to please return the envelopes for the Christmas offerings, which are used for the salaries of the priests, to the Church on the Sundays of January.

Please pray for the souls of those who died recently:

- Bridget Lee, Corrib Park, whose funeral took place here in the Church during the week,

- Martin O’Connor, Coogan Park, whose funeral also took place here in the Church during the week,

- Thomas Folan, Mervue, brother of Paddy Folan, Coogan Park, and of Noreena Doyle, Coogan Park,

- Teresa O’Kelly-Nowaczyk, sister of Aileen Giles, Inishannagh Park.

Giving thanks to God at the end of the year

The Te Deum  is a great hymn of praise of God. Traditionally, it is recited on New Year's Eve in thanksgiving to God for his blessings during the year which has passed.
Here is a video clip of a singing of the Te Deum during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Paris on 12th September 2008:

The Te Deum is recited often by priests, religious sisters and brothers, and others who have promised to recite the Divine Office. On special occasions, it is part of the Office of Readings. Here it is in English:

We praise you, O God: We acclaim you as Lord.
Everlasting Father,
All the world bows down before you.
All the angels sing your praise,
The hosts of heaven and all the angelic powers,
All the cherubim and seraphim
Call out to you in unending song:

Holy, Holy, Holy,
Is the Lord God of angel hosts!
The heavens and the earth are filled
With your majesty and glory.

The glorious band of apostles,
The noble company of prophets,
The white-robed army who shed their blood for Christ,
All sing your praise.

And to the ends of the earth
Your holy Church proclaims her faith in you:
Father, whose majesty is boundless,
Your true and only son, who is to be adored,
The Holy Spirit sent to be our Advocate.

You, Christ, are the king of glory,
Son of the eternal Father.
When you took our nature to save mankind
You did not shrink from birth in the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the power of death
Opening the Father’s kingdom to all who believe in you.

Enthroned at God’s right hand in the glory of the Father,
You will come in judgement according to your promise.
You redeemed your people by your precious blood.

Come, we implore you, to our aid.
Grant us with the saints
a place in eternal glory.

Lord, save your people
And bless your inheritance.
Rule them and uphold them
For ever and ever.

Day by day we praise you:
We acclaim you now and to all eternity.
In your goodness, Lord, keep us free from sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

May your mercy always be with us, Lord,
For we have hoped in you.
In you, Lord, we put our trust:
We shall not be put to shame.

The hymn 'Holy God we praise thy name' is based on the Te Deum. Here it is, sung by the RTE Philharmonic Chorus on the Late Late Show, 18th October 1996:

Thanks be to God for all his blessings and goodness to us.

30 December 2011

Message of Pope Benedict XVI for the World Day of Peace, 1st January 2012

Pope Benedict XVI meeting school children at Twickenham during his visit to Britain in September 2010

New Year's Day, as well as being the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, is World Day of Peace. For the day, the Pope publishes an annual message. This year's message is entitled, 'Educating Young People in Justice and Peace.' Here is paragraph 2, where Pope Benedict reflects on the various educators who contribute to the education of the young:

Education is the most interesting and difficult adventure in life. Educating – from the Latin educere – means leading young people to move beyond themselves and introducing them to reality, towards a fullness that leads to growth. This process is fostered by the encounter of two freedoms, that of adults and that of the young. It calls for responsibility on the part of the learners, who must be open to being led to the knowledge of reality, and on the part of educators, who must be ready to give of themselves. For this reason, today more than ever we need authentic witnesses, and not simply people who parcel out rules and facts; we need witnesses capable of seeing farther than others because their life is so much broader. A witness is someone who fi rst lives the life that he proposes to others.

Where does true education in peace and justice take place? First of all, in the family, since parents are the first educators. The family is the primary cell of society; “it is in the family that children learn the human and Christian values which enable them to have a constructive and peaceful coexistence. It is in the family that they learn solidarity between the generations, respect for rules, forgiveness and how to welcome others.” [BENEDICT XVI, Address to Administrators of Lazio Region and of the Municipality and Province of Rome (14 January 2011): L’Osservatore Romano, 15 January 2011, p. 7.] The family is the first school in which we are trained in justice and peace.

We are living in a world where families, and life itself, are constantly threatened and not infrequently fragmented. Working conditions which are often incompatible with family responsibilities, worries about the future, the frenetic pace of life, the need to move frequently to ensure an adequate livelihood, to say nothing of mere survival – all this makes it hard to ensure that children receive one of the most precious of treasures: the presence of their parents. This presence makes it possible to share more deeply in the journey of life and thus to pass on experiences and convictions gained with the passing of the years, experiences and convictions which can only be communicated by spending time together. I would urge parents not to grow disheartened! May they encourage children by the example of their lives to put their hope before all else in God, the one source of authentic justice and peace.

I would also like to address a word to those in charge of educational institutions: with a great sense of responsibility may they ensure that the dignity of each person is always respected and appreciated. Let them be concerned that every young person be able to discover his or her own vocation and helped to develop his or her God-given gifts. May they reassure families that their children can receive an education that does not conflict with their consciences and their religious principles.

Every educational setting can be a place of openness to the transcendent and to others; a place of dialogue, cohesiveness and attentive listening, where young people feel appreciated for their personal abilities and inner riches, and can learn to esteem their brothers and sisters. May young people be taught to savour the joy which comes from the daily exercise of charity and compassion towards others and from taking an active part in the building of a more humane and fraternal society.

I ask political leaders to offer concrete assistance to families and educational institutions in the exercise of their right and duty to educate. Adequate support should never be lacking to parents in their task. Let them ensure that no one is ever denied access to education and that families are able freely to choose the educational structures they consider most suitable for their children. Let them be committed to reuniting families separated by the need to earn a living. Let them give young people a transparent image of politics as a genuine service to the good of all.

I cannot fail also to appeal to the world of the media to offer its own contribution to education. In today’s society the mass media have a particular role: they not only inform but also form the minds of their audiences, and so they can make a significant contribution to the education of young people. It is important never to forget that the connection between education and communication is extremely close: education takes place through communication, which influences, for better or worse, the formation of the person.

Young people too need to have the courage to live by the same high standards that they set for others. Theirs is a great responsibility: may they find the strength to make good and wise use of their freedom. They too are responsible for their education, including their education in justice and peace!

To read the whole message, click here.

Mass intentions for the week ahead 1st January 2012

Saturday 31st December
Vigil Mass  6.30 pm  Eileen Murphy (McDara Road) recently deceased.
Sunday 1st January New Years Day
9.30 am    Intention free
11am        Eddie Brennan
12.15 pm  1. Gerard Monaghan and 2. Patrick O'Reilly
6.30 pm     Maura Flanagan

Monday 2nd January       10 am    Intention free
Tuesday 3rd January        10 am   For all the Sick and Aeneas Coyle
Wednesday 4th January  10 am   For the Holy Souls
Thursday 5th January      10 am  Gerard McDonagh
Vigil Mass                       6.30 pm  Intention free
Friday 6th January  Feast of the Epiphany
10am        Deceased members of the Duignan family
11.30am   Jim, Madge and Frank Brearly
6.30 pm    Intention free

Saturday 7th January
Vigil Mass 6.30 pm.  1. Michael Comber and 2. Ruth Browne

Sunday  8th January
9.30 am     Deceased members of the Doherty and McKee families.
11am         Mabel and Paddy Walsh and 2. John and Billy Ward
12.15 pm  1. Frank Nally and 2. Pascal Lally and deceased members of Lally family.
6.30 pm     Teresa and Joseph Geoghegan

23 December 2011

Mass intentions for the week ahead 25th December 2011

Saturday 24th December
Vigil Mass  9.00 pm  Christmas Eve Mass and the Blessing of Crib
Sunday 25th December   Christmas Day
9.30 pm, 11.00 am and 12.15 pm.  No Evening Mass
Christmas Day Masses are offered for the People of the Sacred Heart Parish
and Worshipping Community.

Monday 26th December 10am  Roldan Raagas Senior
Tuesday 27th December 10am  For all the Sick and Stephen and Barbara McDonagh
Wednesday 28th December 10am  1. Deceased member of Corrib Rangers Club.
                                                      2. William and Eileen Keane
Thursday 29th December 10am Ellen and John Hynes and Mary and Joseph Crowley
Friday 30th December  10am  Tommie Hynes

Saturday 31st December
Vigil Mass   6.30 pm  Eileen Murphy (McDara Road) who died recently
Sunday 1st January New Years Day
9.30 am          Intention free
11am              Eddie Brennan
12.15 pm  1.  Gerard Monaghan and 2. Patrick O'Reilly
6.30 pm         Maura Flanagan

21 December 2011

Christmas Arrangements 2011 in Sacred Heart Church

St Francis making the first crib scene at Greccio, painted by Giotto (1266-1337)
Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December 2011: Christmas Eve Mass 9pm (with blessing of crib)
Christmas Day, Sunday 25th December 2011: Masses at 9.30am, 11.00am & 12.15pm.
N.B. No evening Mass on Christmas Day.

Weekdays: Monday 26th to Friday 30th December 2011: Mass at 10am.

Sunday, 1st January: Masses at usual Sunday times: Vigil Saturday evening, 6.30pm, Sunday Masses at 9.30am, 11.00am, 12.15pm & 6.30pm.

Christmas Confessions
Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December: 12 noon until 1.00pm and 3.00pm until 4.00pm

Letter from President Michael D. Higgins

After the election of Michael D. Higgins as President, the Parish Pastoral Council decided to send a letter of congratulations and good wishes to the new President. As Monsignor Malachy was on holidays at the time, the letter was signed on behalf of the parish council by Matt Hurley, chairman, and Fr Hugh.
The President has sent this letter in reply:

19 December 2011

Vocations Workshop for Diocesan Priesthood in March

Notices Received

Galway for Life
Galway for Life is seeking volunteers to help with their Church gate collection on New Years Eve / New Years Day. The funds gathered will help to keep the pro-life message in the public mind in the challenging times ahead. If you are willing to help, please contact Galway for Life at (091) 539501 or (086) 8546934 or email galwayforlife@eircom.net

Age Action West
Age Action is running beginner computer classes for over 55’s in various locations in Galway City. The classes are for older people who have little or no computer experience, including those terrified of computers! The aim of the Getting Started programme is to introduce people to the basics of computers, internet and email. Classes are taught by trained volunteer tutors on a one to one basis with small groups of learners in a relaxed, non-formal setting.
If you are interested in taking these classes or volunteering as a tutor with Age Action please contact Niamh Hennelly in Age Action on 091 527831 or 087 195 6047.

'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and love your neighbour as yourself' Luke 10:27. In this fourth week of Advent as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ we are asked to help our less fortunate neighbours in the developing world through Trocaire's Global Gifts. Make a difference to someone's life from as little as7 (£5). Gifts are available at www.trocaire.org/globalgift or by calling 1850 408 408 (0800 912 1200 in NI).  
David O'Hare, Trocaire press officer

17 December 2011

Parish Announcements for Sunday, December 18th 2011

4th Sunday of Advent

• Next Saturday, 24th December 2011, is Christmas Eve. The Christmas Night Mass will be at 9.00pm, with blessing of the crib.

Christmas Day, 25th December is on Sunday. Masses at 9.30am, 11.00am and 12.15pm.
N.B. No evening Mass on Christmas Day.

• Christmas Confessions on Christmas Eve from 12.00-1.00pm and 3.00-4.00pm.

• All the parish Christmas arrangements are listed on the parish Christmas card, which is available at the doors of the Church.

The Christmas offering envelopes are also available at the Church doors.

• The special collection to support the work of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul takes place at all Masses today. See blog post below.

• The Scoil Bhríde Christmas pageant involving the school children will take place here in the Church this Monday evening, December 19th at 7.30pm. All welcome.

• We pray for those who have died recently:

- Aeneas Coyle, Maunsells Park, whose funeral took place here during the week

- Niamh McNeela, Highfield Park, who died during the week.

16 December 2011

Saint Vincent de Paul collection at Offertory time this Sunday

The special collection for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society takes place at all Masses in Sacred Heart Church this Sunday, 18th December 2011. This had been announced as a Church door collection, but, as another worthy charity has been granted the permit for a Church gate collection, rather than have those attending Mass encounter two collections outside, the SVP collection will be taken up along with the Church offertory collection. The amount over the normal average weekly collection will be deemed to be what has been contributed to SVP. If you wish to put the envelopes from the SVP door collection into this collection too, we can pass them on to SVP also.

This is a chance to support the important work of the parish Saint Vincent de Paul Society conference. This group works selflessly and wisely during the year supporting those in need in our midst.

Mass intentions for the week ahead 18th December 2011

Saturday 17th December
Vigil Mass  6.30 pm  1.  Pat, Bridie, Bill and Catherine Buckley
                                 2.  Joe Kenny
Sunday 18th December
9.30 am    James, Mary, Bernard and James Lee
11am   1.  Teresa Hession and 2. Ludmila Natsackanyan
12.15 pm  1.  Kate Sweeney and deceased members of McDonagh family.
                 2.  Nora Naughton
6.30 pm    1. Marcello Alarcon
                 2.  Dolly Gavin and her sister Mary Moss who died recently.

Monday 19th December
10am  Kate and Bernard Ward
Tuesday 20th December
10am  For all the Sick and Bab and Joe Davis
Wednesday 21st December
10am 1.  Sean Kilraine and 2. Celia McDermott
Thursday 22nd December
10am  1.  Deceased members of Guinnane and Lawless families.
           2.  Deceased members of Faherty and Welby families.
Friday 23rd December  10am  Nora Naughton

Saturday 24th December
Vigil Mass 9.00 pm  Christmas Eve Mass and the Blessing of Crib
Sunday 25th December   Christmas Day
9.30 am
12.15 pm  Christmas Day Masses are offered for the
                 People of the Sacred Heart Parish and Worshipping Community.
                            NO EVENING MASS

14 December 2011

11am Mass this coming Sunday: First Communion children

All children of the First Holy Communion class, second class of Scoil Bhride, Shantalla, and their families come together at the same Sunday Mass at 11.00am this coming Sunday, 18th December 2011, following the Do this in memory programme. The children and their families are invited for tea and refreshments in the meeting room off the sacristy after the Mass.
Prepare a way for the Lord!

13 December 2011

Funeral of Aeneas Coyle, RIP, Maunsells Park

Reposing at his home on Tuesday, December 13th 2011 from 5pm to 7pm. Removal on Wednesday 14th to Sacred Heart Church for Funeral Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in Rahoon Cemetery.

Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas síoraí dó i measc na Naoimh.

11 December 2011

Parish Announcements for Sunday, December 11th 2011

• The parish Christmas card with the Christmas arrangements in the Church and the envelopes for the Christmas offerings which provide for the priests of the parish are available at the Church doors. They will also be distributed in the parish during the week.

• The Church door Christmas collection for the St Vincent de Paul Society will be taken up at all Masses next Sunday December 18th.

• The live crib at Galway Cathedral can be experienced next Thursday December 15th from 11.30am until 4.00pm.

• The Galway Gospel Choir will sing here in Sacred Heart Church next Friday December 16th at 7.30pm.

• We pray for those who have died recently:

- Mary Ellen Tierney, Killanin, Roscahill, mother of Mary Gleeson, Corrib Park

- Shauna Fitzpatrick, Inis Mór, Aran Islands, niece of Kathleen Conneely, Cnoc an Óir.

Westside Community Development Project Newsletter

Vol. 1, issue 1 of a new newsletter of the Westside Community Development Project and Westside Resource Centre has been issued. Copies can be had from the resource centre and Vernice Murray of the Community Development Project has made available some copies which may be taken from the Church porch.

10 December 2011

Finding God in Galway

Bro. Luuk Dominiek Jansen was a young engineer who came to Galway to do a Masters degree in engineering. But he also found God. Later, he entered the Dominican order and at this stage is a professed Brother. He tells his story in this video clip. A good reminder to all of us that we are missionaries to all those we encounter.

9 December 2011

Mass intentions for the week ahead 11th December 2011

Saturday 10th December
                  11.00 am  Joe Canavan  (Months Mind Mass)
Vigil Mass    6.30 pm  1. Matthew and Kenneth Frawley
                                   2.  Bridget and Michael Corcoran Snr.

Sunday 11th December  3rd Sunday of Advent
9.30 am  1. Vincent (Vinny) Byrne and 2. Timothy Kyne
11am          Martin Flaherty, Mary and Patrick Flaherty and deceased members of
                  Flaherty family.
12.15pm    1. John and Eileen O'Toole and 2. Joe Hoade
6.30 pm     1.  Deceased members of Ward, Lynskey and Fleming families.
                  2.   Nora Coyne (Anniversary Mass) 

Monday 12th December       10am  Cliona Tierney
Tuesday 13th December       10am  For all the Sick and 2.  Mary Ellen Tierney who died recently.
Wednesday 14th December 10am  Deceased members of Hughes and Gilroy families.
Thursday 15th December     10am   Bridie Whelan
Friday  16th December         10am  John Sweeney

Saturday 17th December 
Vigil Mass   6.30 pm  1. Pat, Bridie, Bill and Catherine Buckley
                                  2. Joe Kenny

Sunday 18th December 4th Sunday of Advent
9.30 am           James, Mary, Bernard and James Lee
11am         1.  Teresa Hession and 2. Mrs Melikyan
12.15 pm   1. Kate Sweeney and deceased members of McDonagh family.
                  2.  Nora Naughton
6.30 pm     1.  Marcello Alarcon
                 2. Dolly Gavin and her sister Mary Moss who died recently.

6 December 2011

8th December: Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Holy Day of Obligation

This Thursday, 8th December, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Masses in Sacred Heart Church will be as follows:
Wednesday Vigil Mass at 6.30pm
Thursday Masses at 10.00am, 11.30am & 6.30pm.

“From the first moment of her conception, the Blessed Virgin Mary was, by the singular grace and privilege of Almighty God, and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of all humankind, kept free from all stain of original sin.”
Pope Pius IX, Apostolic Constitution, Ineffabilis Deus, 8th December 1854

Pope Benedict praying at the statue of Mary, the Immaculate Conception at Piazza di Spagna in Rome
Each year on December 8th, the Pope visits Piazza di Spagna (famous for the Spanish Steps) in Rome to place a wreath of flowers at the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary there. When Pope Pius IX defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854, there was rejoicing throughout the Catholic world. It was somewhat akin to the canonisation of Padre Pio in more recent times – something that was believed in already by the whole Church. The time was right for a solemn definition. Pope Pius had sought the opinion of the world’s Bishops and been advised from all over the world to go ahead with the definition. The support from Spain for this was particularly strong, and so when the decision was being made a few years later where to raise a moment in Rome to the Immacolata, it was decided to place it opposite the Spanish Embassy at Piazza di Spagna. Pope Pius IX was present on December 8th in 1857 for the unveiling of the column with the bronze statue of Mary the Immaculate Conception on top, with her hands raised towards Heaven.

Galway Cathedral Live Crib

The Galway Cathedral Parish’s annual live crib will take place at Galway Cathedral on Thursday, 15th December 2011 from 11:30am to 4pm.

The Live Crib, which has been a great attraction for over 12 years, consists of a traditional nativity scene set among live animals in a specially constructed, life size crib. This wonderful Christmas tradition is performed by members of the Cathedral parish and families from the city and county who play Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus, with choirs from local schools singing Christmas carols throughout the day.

Parish priest, Canon Peter Rabbitte comments, “We welcome all ages, schools, communities and religions to come and visit our live crib which brings the story of Christmas to life”.

Located outside at the Salmon Weir entrance to the church, admission is free. For more information, log on to www.galwaycathedral.ie

Happy Feast Day in Galway: Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas
Happy Feast Day to all in Galway as we celebrate the solemnity of our Patron Saint today, 6th December.

Saint Nicholas lived in the fourth century AD and he was born in Myra, in what is now Turkey. Myra is a girls name that is more popular in Galway than elsewhere as parents sought to name their daughters after St Nicholas. Nicholas became the Bishop of Myra and he courageously witnessed to his faith. He was imprisoned during the persecution of Diocletian. He is said to have been present at the Council of Nicaea in 325. That Church Council had to discern how to teach the faith amidst the challenges coming from the Arian heresy. Arius held that the Son was less than the Father, and so the Council needed to find the right words to defend the doctrine of the Trinity. It described the Son as homoousios with the Father, which was translated into Latin as consubstantialis, and which we now translate into English as ‘consubstantial’. Saint Nicholas is said to have confronted the heretic Arius at the Council and hit him a slap [Do not try this at home!], such was his zeal for the true faith.

But Saint Nicholas is most remembered for his great charity. He was renowned for his many works of charity, but especially for giving three bags of gold, which he passed into a building to three girls in need so that they would have the dowry they needed to get them out of a situation of degradation.

He is the Patron Saint of sailors and many Churches around the world near the coast are dedicated to him. Devotion to him was brought into Galway by sailors because of this being a port town and he was made Patron of the Collegiate Church here when it was built in the fourteenth century. Later, when the new Catholic Cathedral was opened in 1965, he was named Patron alongside Our Lady Assumed into Heaven.

Saint Nicholas - a Saint who combined charity and clarity!

5 December 2011

Christmas Carols and Coffee Morning

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Notices Received

From Trocaire:
"Those who oppress the poor show contempt for their Maker but whoever is kind to the needy honours God" Proverbs 14:31. As we mark International Human Rights Day (10th Dec) Trocaire asks us to help the thousands of poor people in Pakistan who are living under wealthy landowners as modern day slaves. The Global Gift of Freedom will help stop this terrible abuse. Log on to www.trocaire.org/global gift or call 1850 408 408 (0800 912 1200 in NI).

Mass for babies who died on or around the time of birth
Annual mass remembering all babies who have died on or around the time of birth (stillbirth, neonatal, miscarriage) will be held on the 18th December 2011 at 6 O Clock in the Chapel of St. Columbanus, NUI Galway (University Chapel).

Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, family and friends are all warmly invited to this special mass.
Contact Roisin 087 8065366
Noelle Rooney

Remembrance Trees in Galway Cemeteries
Christmas trees of Remembrance have been placed inside the gates of New Cemetery, Bohermore and Rahoon Cemetery.
All are welcome to bring red ribbons and tie them on the trees in memory of their loved ones.
Regina Power

Christmas Day GOAL mile
GOAL is asking people from all over Galway to take part in the GOAL Mile this Christmas Day in Dangan Athletic Track, NUIG, Newcastle, Galway.

From 10 am to 1 pm , people from are invited to take part in the event, by walking , running or even crawling a mile around the Dangan track with their families. Every 10 – 15 minutes, a mile will commence, so people can arrive and leave, at a time that suits them.
All donations on the day will go towards GOAL’s various humanitarian programmes across the developing world.
Please contact Maura Lennon GOAL at mlennon@goal.ie; or on 087 9146837 for further information.

New Year Vocations Discernment Retreat in Rome for Young Women

From the Missionaries of Divine Revelation:

Spend the New Year in Christian Rome! From Friday 30th December 2011 until Monday 2nd January 2012.
During this time we will celebrate Evening Vespers with the Holy Father in St Peter’s Basilica to celebrate the end of 2011, bring in the New Year with Eucharistic Adoration and go in search of the most beautiful Crib in Rome!

The weekend is for young women aged 18-35.

To book your place contact  Sr Emanuela by the 23 December 2011


Tel (0039)3668015308

4 December 2011

Parish Announcements for Sunday, December 4th 2011

• This coming Thursday, 8th December 2011 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Vigil Mass on Wednesday evening at 6.30pm. Masses on Thursday at 10am, 11.30am and 6.30pm.

Advent Reflection in Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Árus de Brún, Newtownsmith this Monday December 5th at 8pm with Fr Peter McVerry SJ.

• The Parish Christmas card with the arrangements for Christmas at Sacred Heart Church and the Christmas offering envelopes will be distributed over the next two weeks and will be available also at the Church doors.

Months Mind Masses in Sacred Heart Church this coming week:

Mary Murphy, Salthill, on the Feast Day, Thursday December 8th at 6.30pm.

Joe Canavan, Inishannagh Park, on Saturday, 10th December at 11am.

• We pray for Maureen Finan, Moyola Park, who has died. Funeral Mass at 11am in St Joseph’s Church on Monday, 5th December. Burial after in the New Cemetery, Bohermore.

2 December 2011

Mass intentions for the week ahead 4th December 2011

Saturday 3rd December 2011
11am  Martin Ryan   (Months Mind Mass)
Vigil Mass   6.30 pm  Colman and Bridget Hernon and Nora Hernon and deceased members
                                  of Hernon family.  2.  John and Mary Connell.

Sunday 4th December 2011  2nd Sunday of Advent
9.30 am    James Scally
11am        Shane Rabbitt and Robert Nolan
12.15 pm  Deceased members of  Folan family and 2. John, Nora and Johnny Brennan
6.30 pm    Michael Corcoran Snr.

Monday 5th December 2011
10am  Delia Hoade and Fr Anthony Hoade and 2. Gerard McDonagh.
Tuesday 6th December 2011
10am  For all the Sick and Ann and Patsy Small
Wednesday 7th December 2011
10am  Deceased members of Colohan family.
Vigil Mass  6.30 pm  Martin and Della Ryan and Frank Broderick
Thursday 8th December 2011  Feast of the Immaculate Conception
10am        Tony Gavin
11.30am   Tom and Kathleen Casserly and deceased members of Casserly and Murphy families.
6.30 pm    Mary Murphy (Months Mind Mass) and Rose Murphy.
Friday 9th December 2011  10am  Intention free

Saturday 10th December 2011
                   11.00 am  Joe Canavan  (Months Mind Mass)
Vigil Mass     6.30 pm  Mattie and Kenneth Frawley and 2. Bridget and Michael Corcoran Snr.

Sunday 11th December 2011  3rd Sunday of Advent
9.30 am    Vincent (Vinny ) Byrne and 2. Timothy Kyne
11am        Martin Flaherty, Mary and Patrick Flaherty and deceased members of Flaherty family.
12.15 pm  John and Eileen O'Toole and 2. Joe Hoade
6.30 pm    Deceased members of Ward, Lynskey and Fleming families.  2.  Nora Coyne

29 November 2011

Notices Received

Violence against women in Ireland
Westside Community Development Project, Galway Traveller Movement and Galway City Partnership are organising an event on Wednesday 30th November to highlight violence against women in Ireland.
The event will be held in the Galway Traveller Movement offices, level 1, The Plaza, Headford Road, Galway from 10am to 12.30pm.
At 12.00 midday, baloons will be released to symbolise the one in five women who experience violence in Ireland. The purpose of the morning is to bring people together in solidarity to highlight that violence against women is not acceptable.
For more information, contact Vernice Murray, Westside CDP coordinator, 087 9303468 or 091 528325.

'The Gift' Christmas Charity Concerts

The Gift Christmas Concerts will take place on 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd Dec, in the Jesuit Church Sea Rd.
Tickets €10
On sale now  from The Jesuit community office 091 523707, Keara Sheeran 0879007003 or members of the choir .

Fashion show in aid of Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at UHG
A general knowledge table quiz hosted by parents of premature babies in support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UHG, is on Tuesday 6th of December at 8pm in The Ardilaun. Also, a 'meet & greet' session for parents of children born early is on Sunday 11th December in The Ardilaun at 2pm. This is organised by the Irish Premature Babies charity. All welcome.
Arlene O'Brien

Message from Trocaire

Proverbs 21:26'...the righteous gives and does not hold back.'  During this Advent season our thoughts are with those people in the world's poorest countries who cannot feed their children, don't have enough water, can't get an education, have no healthcare when they are sick and whose human rights are abused. Trocaire's Global Gifts are a perfect way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and help the poor. Log on to www.trocaire.org/globalgift or call 1850 408 408 (0800 912 1200 in NI)   

Westside Community Christmas Bazaar

The bazaar will be held at the Westside Resource Centre, beside the library, on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th December 2011 from 10am to 1pm and on Sunday 18th December from 11am to 2pm.

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26 November 2011

Parish Announcements for Sunday, November 27th 2011

• Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every evening in the side chapel of the Church from 8.00pm until 10.00pm. It is wonderful to experience the prayerful atmosphere there in the evenings and a source of blessing to the parish to have people praying at the heart of the parish before the Blessed Sacrament.

• This coming Friday, 2nd December, is the First Friday of the month. Mons. Malachy and Fr Hugh will visit those who are housebound due to illness or old age to bring them Holy Communion. Please let the priests know if there is somebody who should be added to our list.

• The Months Mind Mass for Martin Ryan, Corrib Park, will take place here in Sacred Heart Church next Saturday, 3rd December at 11.00am.

• We pray for those who have died:

- Seán Conneely, Rosán Glas, whose funeral is taking place in Inis Mór, Aran Islands

- Angela Louch, who has died in Coventry, niece of Paddy Daly, Gaelcarraig Park

- Brian Ryan, who has died in Sweden, brother of Stella Higgins, Corrib Park.

New translation of the Mass in English in full use from this Sunday's Masses

The new Altar Missal which will be used for the first time at Masses for the First Sunday of Advent
The priest's greetings and people's responses of the new translation of the Mass in English have been in use in Church for the last few weeks. On this First Sunday of Advent, we begin the full use of the new translation. The richness of the prayers and, often, the origins of their sentiments in the Scriptures, will be more obvious. Our unity with those celebrating Mass in other languages will be more clear too.

The Altar Missal for Sacred Heart Church has been donated in memory of Sinéad Ní Dhorchaidhe by her family.
Here is a homily given by Fr Hugh on the 9th October last, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, when the Gospel was the Parable of the Wedding Banquet in Matthew 22:1-14.

People can have different attitudes to getting an invitation to some celebration. I was talking to a parishioner here a few weeks ago who was very excited about getting an invitation to a wedding. He and his wife gladly accepted the invitation and went to the wedding. Sometimes, though, I meet people who aren’t enthusiastic about getting an invitation. They say, ‘Oh, no, another wedding to go to. I might think of an excuse to get out of it.’
Jesus talks about these two attitudes in today’s Gospel parable of the wedding feast. Of course this wedding feast in the parable stands for the Kingdom of God, and the Kingdom is like a great banquet. Jesus is echoing the description of the banquet in today’s first reading from the Prophet Isaiah. Now, the Kingdom of God is the fulfilment of the banquet God prepares for all peoples.
In the parable, the people invited by the king to the wedding wouldn’t come. The King tried again, and the next group didn’t accept the invitation either. They obviously didn’t appreciate the generosity of the king. He had to send his servants out to the crossroads to invite the good and the bad alike, and finally got some guests to come to the wedding. Even then, somebody came without a wedding garment. This represents the calling of sinners. We should be delighted to be invited even though we are sinners, but we are expected to repent and change our ways to come to the feast, and this person didn’t.
And so Jesus ends the parable concluding that ‘many are called but few are chosen.’ God invites us into the feast in his Kingdom, but he leaves us the freedom to respond with love. If he just forced us, it wouldn’t be love, and it’s when we love that we are being true to our being made in the image of God, who is love.
That brings me to an aspect of the new translation of the Mass in English. We have the new translations of the priest’s greetings, the people’s responses and the Gloria and the Creed, up and running successfully here now. What will come next for the first Sunday of Advent at the end of November will be the prayers said by the priest at Mass. What will probably get commented on most when this comes round, will be the new translation of the words of Jesus at the consecration of the precious blood. The new translation will say, ‘Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.’
Of course, what stands out is that the old English translation said that Christ’s blood ‘will be shed for you and for all.’ No doubt when Advent comes around, we’ll hear people giving out saying, ‘But Christ died for all.’ Why is the Church restricting this to ‘many’ now? Yes, of course, Jesus died for the salvation of all. But he respects our human freedom. It is possible for us to refuse his invitation, to reject salvation. And that’s why it’s better here to say, ‘for many’ rather than, ‘for all’. Jesus died for all, but people are free not to accept the fruit of what he has done. Anyway, that’s what’s in the Latin typical edition of the text, that the English is meant to be a translation of. The Latin says, ‘qui pro vobis et pro multis effundetur’ and pro multis means ‘for many.’ Matthew and Mark wrote their Gospels in Greek, and both of them say ‘for many’ when they tell us what Jesus said over the cup at the Last Supper. The Greek term is tò peri pollôn. It means ‘many’ or ‘much’ or ‘most’, but it doesn’t mean ‘all’.
As I was saying before, this doesn’t mean Mass was any less valid in the old translation. Human language will always be imperfect. The English translators the first time round were impressed by the work of a German Lutheran Scripture scholar called Joachim Jeremias. He reckoned that the words probably used by Jesus in Hebrew and Aramaic would have more or less meant ‘for all’. But, saying, ‘for many’ can still get across that sense of God’s generosity, of multitudes beyond our imagining entering God’s Kingdom. Anyway, we can’t really say that some Scripture scholar knows better than Matthew and Mark, who wrote their Gospels under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. And down through the centuries, the Church had always used the expression ‘for many’ at that time in the Mass. So, it wasn’t ideal for the English language to be going its own way on this.
So, the old translation can obscure the clarity of doctrine a bit. Using the correct translation of the ‘for many’ will remind us of the point of today’s Gospel, that ‘many are called but few are chosen.’ It will remind us that we are invited to the feast of God’s Kingdom. Jesus has won our entry. He has won our salvation. Now, it’s up to us to freely choose to accept the invitation and enjoy the fruits of this. This is an invitation given in love, calling for a response in love.

This homily is indebted for some of its ideas to a series of articles on the blog by Fr John Zuhlsdorf, What does the Prayer Really Say?
You can read the 4-part series of articles here for a more in-depth justification of the new translation in the words of consecration over the chalice:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Chatting with the President

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins meets Bernie and Susan Wallace
after he attended 12.15pm Mass at Sacred Heart Church last Sunday

Pope appoints new Nuncio in Ireland

Monsignor Charles Brown, appointed Apostolic Nuncio in Ireland
Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Monsignor Charles Brown to be the new Apostolic Nuncio in Ireland. He will be ordained Bishop in the near future. Monsignor Brown is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, currently working at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome.
As well as higher degrees in history and theology, Mons. Brown holds a doctorate in sacramental theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant'Anselmo in Rome.
He was ordained a priest in 1989 and was a Curate in the Parish of Saint Brendan, the Bronx, New York until 1991. He has worked at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith since 1994. He became Chaplain to His Holiness and Monsignor in 2000. He has also been Adjunct Secretary to the International Theological Commission since 2009.
We pray that the Holy Spirit may guide the new Nuncio with wisdom as he sets out on his task of representing the Pope in Ireland.

25 November 2011

Mass intentions for the week ahead 27th November 2011

Saturday 26th November
Vigil Mass  6.30 pm  Timmie Mannion and Eileen Spelman
Sunday 27th November  1st Sunday of Advent
9.30 am   Mary Flood and Thomas Madden
11am       Maureen Devlin
12.15 pm Teresa Kelly and Billy and Grace Joyce
6.30 pm   Edward Fitzgerald and deceased members of the Fitzgerald and Hosty families.
Monday 28th November
10am  Thanksgiving Mass and for the Holy Souls
Tuesday 29th November
10am  For all the Sick and deceased members of Galway Flower Club
Wednesday 30th November
10am  Tony Moran
Thursday 1st December
10am  Intention free
Friday 2nd December
10am  Intention free

Saturday 3rd December 
                   11.00 am  Martin Ryan (Months Mind Mass)
Vigil Mass   6.30pm   Colman and Bridget Hernon and Nora Hernon and deceased
                                  members of Hernon family.          2.  John and Mary Connell

Sunday 4th December  2nd Sunday of Advent

9.30 am       James Scally
11 am          Shane Rabbitt
12.15pm      Deceased members of Folan family and John and Nora and Johnny Brennan
6.30 pm       Michael Corcoran Snr.

23 November 2011

More photographs with President Michael D. Higgins after Mass last Sunday

Thanks to Assumpta Francis for some more photographs from when the newly elected President of Ireland met and greeted parishioners after he had attended the 12.15pm Mass last Sunday.

Two members of Folk Group with Mrs Sabina and President Michael D. Higgins

Margaret Jackson and President Michael D. Higgins

Carol Hurley and President Michael D. Higgins

21 November 2011

St Michael's GAA Club Fundraising Race Night

Saint Michael’s GAA club will be running their “Race Night” in Kelehans Bushypark on Saturday night 3rd December. The white flag for the first race will be raised at 9pm. This should be a great night out for all, with excellent horse races, great prizes for winning owners, trainers and jockeys. There will also be an auction race, raffles and loads of spot prizes. The funds raised will be used to pay for the new club house in Westside and the running of the juvenile, ladies and men’s club in 2012, so please come along and support your local club.
Vincent Kelly

20 November 2011

President Higgins at Mass in Sacred Heart Church for first time since Inauguration

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina attended the 12.15pm Mass in Sacred Heart Church today, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King. Parishioners gave a warm welcome to the newly elected President. The Head of State briefly addressed the congregation at the end of Mass, thanking all for their good wishes and stressing how at home he feels here. He spoke of his great respect for Sacred Heart Parish Priest, Fr Malachy Hallinan.

President Michael D. Higgins with Fr Hugh Clifford, celebrant and Fr Martin Whelan, Diocesan Secretary, who acted as chaplain to the President for the Mass

Thanks to some members of the Parish Pastoral Council, who had been looking after the tea for the First Communion children and families of Scoil Bhride for the 11am Mass, and who kindly, at very short notice, provided tea and refreshments again after the 12.15pm Mass, giving parishioners a chance to meet and greet the President after the Mass.

Some members of the Parish Pastoral Council who organised refreshments after Mass:
Myra Byrnes, Eleanor Costello, Moria Byrne, Maureen Trill, Matt Hurley

President Michael D and Mrs Sabina Higgins met baby Allie Reidy Callaghan, who was about to be baptised.

President Higgins greets baby Allie Reidy Callaghan and her family just before her Baptism

Parish Sister, Sr Catherine O'Regan is a Daughter of Charity. Mrs Sabina Higgins' sister is a member of that order.

Sr Catherine with President Michael D. Higgins and his wife, Sabina Coyne

This visit was a pleasant surprise for all of us at Sacred Heart. President Higgins and Sabina had already sent a bouquet of flowers to the parish immediately after his election.

Marian Coleman, Sr Catherine, Eleanor Costello, President Michael D. Higgins, Moira Byrne,
Bernie Scally (parish secretary), Tess Donohue

The President stood for a photograph with those who organised the refreshments.

Matt Hurley (chairman, Parish Pastoral Council), Carmel Crawford, Marian Coleman, Sr Catherine, Eleanor Costello, President Michael D. Higgins, Moira Byrne, Maureen Trill, Bernie Scally, Sabina Coyne

19 November 2011

Parish Announcements for Sunday, November 20th 2011

• The parish office is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am to 1.00pm, for baptismal certificates and other certificates, booking of anniversary Masses, arranging dates for Baptisms and other occasions, and other queries.

• The rehearsals for the Children’s Choir for Christmas take place on Wednesday evenings at 7.00pm in the meeting room off the sacristy. Children over 6 years of age are welcome to take part.

• This Monday, November 21st is the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We wish the Presentation Sisters in the parish a very happy feast day. Some of the classes of Scoil Bhríde, Shantalla will be attending the Monday morning Mass here in the Church to celebrate the feast.

• Our prayers and sympathy to Robert Gavin, Coogan Park, on the death of his sister Mary Moss, Hammersmith, England, during the week.
Also to Mick Grealish, Corrib Park, on the death of his sister Bridie Grealish, Water Lane recently.

18 November 2011

NUIG Lecture on the Feast of St Columbanus

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Mass intentions for the week ahead 20th November 2011

Saturday 19th November
Vigil Mass  6.30 pm  Willie Noone and Nancy Murphy
Sunday 20th November
9.30 am    Pat and Agens Burke and Jack Murphy
11am        Willie Creane and Patricia Murphy
12.15 pm  Daniel and May Carr and their son Danny and Sean Tedders
6.30 pm    Mary Hughes and Bernie and Kathleen Cooke and Timmie Mannion.

Monday 21st November
10am  John and Ellen Delargy and deceased members of Delargy family.
Tuesday 22nd November
10am  For all the Sick
Wednesday 23rd November
10am  Mary Boyle
Thursday 24th November
10am  Maureen Qualter and deceased members of  Noone and Qualter families.
Friday 25th November
10am  Sarah Walsh

Saturday 26th November
Vigil Mass   6.30 pm  Timmie Mannion and Eileen Spelman

Sunday 27th November  1st Sunday of Advent
9.30 am    Mary Flood
11am        Maureen Devlin
12.15 pm  Teresa Kelly and Billy and Grace Joyce
6.30 pm    Edward Fitzgerald and deceased members of the Fitzgerald and Hosty families.

17 November 2011

Pope Benedict to visit Benin

Pope Benedict's last visit to Africa was to Cameroon and Angola in March 2009
Pope Benedict XVI will make an Apostolic Journey to Benin in the west of Africa from tomorrow, Friday 18th November 2011 until Sunday. His visit marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Christian missionaries in Benin. A special assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops was held in October 2009 and the Pope is now ready to publish his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation arising from that Synod. Therefore, he will sign and publish this significant document during this visit. He will also visit the grave of the late Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, who was Dean of the College of Cardinals and was much loved in Benin.
You can follow the Pope's homilies and speeches during the trip here.

15 November 2011

First Communion children at 11am Mass this Sunday, 20th November 2011

The First Holy Communion class of Scoil Bhride, Shantalla and their families come together for Mass at 11am this coming Sunday, 20th November 2011. We pray with and for the children preparing to receive the gift of Christ's body in the Eucharist for the first time as they follow the 'Do this in memory' programme, with parish, home and school cooperating in helping the children along this journey of faith.

The children and their families are invited to stay on after Mass to meet each other and have a cup of tea and refreshments.

Preparing for the Eucharistic Congress

The International Eucharistic Congress will take place in Ireland in June 2012. To learn of the plans and progress so far, see the Congress website here.
To listen to or download the anthem for the Congress, click here.

Eucharistic Congress Bell in Sacred Heart Church, July 2011
Sacred Heart Parish has been involved in a special way in the preparations for the Congress, having been a port of call in July for the bell calling the people of Ireland to prayer.

Child Protection in Galway Diocese

Mr. Kevin Duffy has been appointed Child Protection Officer for the diocese, providing professional support to the diocese and to its parishes, in implementing best practice in Child Protection.

Notices Received


Monster Christmas Cookery Demonstration in the Kingsvalley Hotel, Dublin Rd. Thurs. 1st Dec. 7.30-9.30pm. Free finger food and mulled wine. Tickets €10 available from the hotel and COPE Galway offices, Tuam Rd. Call Pamela on 778750 for more.

"The Gift" Christmas Gospel Concert 2011

Tickets now on sale
Dec 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd
€10 (Children 15 and under go free)
Contact the Jesuit Church Office @ 091523707 and Keara Sheeran 0879007003
Fundraising for Ability West and Galway Projects