Fógraí / Newsletter 1st January 2012

Sollúntas Muire Beannaithe Máthair Dé 1/1/2012

Pray for P.J. Cuffe, Ballina, Co. Mayo; Sean Malone, Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny; Eamon O’Shea, Bellek, Co. Fermanagh. Solas síoraí dá n-anamacha.

Priest on Call for the Corca Dhuibhne Pastoral Area is: Fr. Tomás Ó Luanaigh: 066 – 9151208.



Sat. 31ú


Mary Rose Murphy, Main St., 1ú CB.

Sun/Domh 1ú


Mary, Joe, Seamus & Seán Cloherty, CB.



Mon/Luan 2ú


Maidhc agus Eibhlín Uí Mhóráin, Baile Riabhach, CB.

Tue/Máirt 3ú


Kathleen and Mary Treasa Bric, Carhunapuka, CB.


Margaret McCarthy, Ballinvounig, 1ú CB

Wed/Cead 4ú


Tom Walsh, Burnham, 1ú CB.

Thur/Déard 5ú


Mary Rose Murphy, Main St., R.I.P.


Peg Flahive, The Quay, CB.

Fri/Aoine 6ú


Michael and Kevin Horgan, Gurrane, CB.


Feast of the Epiphany – M.P.P.

Sat/Sath. 7ú


Fr. Noel Griffin, Main St., R.I.P.


Deceased members of the Quinn Family, CB.

Sun/Domh 8ú


Bridget Grandfield, late of Ballinaboula and Farran Flaherty and deceased members of the Grandfield and Griffin Families, CB.





Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Dingle Hospital Oratory: Monday 10.30am – 11.30am.

St Mary’s: Tues & Wed 10.30am – 10.00pm

Friday 10.30 – 11.30am.
Confessions: Sat. 10.30am – 11.00am & after Vigil Masses.



Sun/Domh. 1ú


Tommy and Nellie Evans, Minard E., CB.

Fri/Aoine 6ú


Thomas Keane, CB and the deceased members of the Keane Family.

Sun/Domh 8ú


Matthew ‘Bob’ and Bridie Ashe, Minard East, CB.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Déardaoin / Thursday 11 am – 12 noon


Domh. 1ú


Intinn Speisialta.

Aoine 6ú


Sollúntas Eipeafáine an Tiarna

Domh. 8ú



Adhradh na Naomh Shacraiminte

Déardaoin / Thursday 11 am – 12 noon


Offertory Collection

Weekly Envelopes: €2,350; Cash: €3,261;Total: €5,611.  Míle buíochas.

Diocesan Collection for the Needs of the Holy Land will be taken up next weekend the 7th and 8th of January as a second collection after Communion.


Fr. Bernard will make his First Friday calls in Ceann Trá, Déardaoin an 5ú, Lios Póil Fri. the 6th.

Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord Friday the 6th of January is a Holy Day of Obligation.

Feast of the Epiphany – Jan 5th/6th agus

An Deireadh Seachtaine seo chugainn:

(7ú/8ú Eanáir)

DINGLE: Euch. Ministers’ Team 1; Collectors’ Team 1; Church Cleaners’ Team 1.  Readers: Vigil: 6ú Tadhg Ó Coileáin; Dónal Ó Ciobháin. 9.00a.m. Bernie Budhlaeir; Cláir Uí Loingsigh; 11.30a.m.Margaret Sheehy; Margaret Graham.

LIOS PÓIL: Ministéirí Eoc.: Rose O’Sullivan agus Donnacha Ó Súilleabháin; Mairéad Uí Ghairbhí agus Máire Uí Chinnéide.  Léitheoir: Ristéard Mac Eoin; Máire Uí Ghrifín.

FIONN TRÁ: Ministéir Eoc.: Siobhán Uí Shé;

Marion Uí Lúing. Léitheoir: Dónal Ó Ciobháin; Micheál Ó Cinnéide.

Parish Envelope Scheme and Calendar 2012

We thank all those who delivered the Féilire Eaglasta 2012 and the box of envelopes and the envelope for your Christmas Dues contribution.

Tax can also be claimed back by the Parish for each PAYE taxpayer who contributes over €250 per year. We invite households who do not use their box of envelopes to consider doing so this year. Any parishioner who has not received a box and who would like to, can contact the Parish Office on 9151208 to register. A full account of both income and expenditure will be published later in the New Year.

Spare envelopes for Christmas Dues which help make up the clergy’s salaries are available at the back of the three Parish Churches as are spare 2012 calendars.          

Fr. Tomás and Fr. Bearnárd express buíochas ó chroí to you all and our New Year’s wish is Ath Bhliain fé mhaise dhíbh go léir.

Go mbeirimid beo ar an am seo arís.

Go méadaí Dia bhúr stór.

Mission Crib Collections

This year the Crib offerings from Naomh Muire, Naomh Caitlín agus Naomh Eoin Baiste will be given to Franciscan missionary Fr. Billy Lovett, who is ministering in Marble Ray, South Africa and Presentation Sr. Mary (Gregory) Lucey, formerly of Presentation Convent Dingle, in Zambia. Bígí fial.

NB: All fógraí to be considered for inclusion in the newsletter should be submitted in writing to Teach na Sagart by 5pm Thursday, dated, signed & including phone number of designated contact person. Fógraí can also be submitted via e-mail – tighnasagart@gmail.com

Posters should not be displayed in the church porches without first contacting Teach na Sagart.

Unauthorised posters will be removed.

Our Parish on the Internet

Our internet video stream Sruthlú Naomh Mhuire can be found at http://naomhmuire.wordpress.com/video

Parish website http://naomhmuire.wordpress.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DingleParish

What is the point of being a Christian?

The Diocese of Kerry will host a talk, with Fr. Timothy Radcliffe  on Wednesday January 11th at 8pm in the Conference Centre, The Malton Hotel, Killarney. Free admission. Fáilte roimh cách. (See Poster in Porch).

Prayer for the New Year 2012

Lord, grant us in all our tasks your help,

in all our doubts your guidance,

in all our weaknesses your strength,

in all our dangers your protection,

and in all our sorrows your consolation.

Give us the kind of faith

that will enable us to live out joyfully

the mystery of our fragile human condition,

which sees us suspended between earth and heaven,

between time and eternity,

between nothingness and infinity.     Amen.

Baptisms: We welcome into the Catholic Church the following children who were recently baptised:

Emily Molly Bowler, Kinard, Lios Póil;

Daithí Gallagher, Rathanain, Ceann Trá;

Lennon Paul Mason, Kill, Co. Kildare;

Erin Catherine Curran, Minard East;

Michael James King, Ceann Trá;

Mary Kate Keevers, South Circular Road, Dublin 8;

Lily Marie Diver, Garrynadur, Lios Póil;

Jack Michael Quinlan, Árd na Gréine, Dingle;

Saoirse Lily Horgan, Glanmire, Co. Cork;

Damian Svoboda, Baile an Lochaigh, Ballydavid;

Liam Tommy O’Shea, Caherbuilig, Fionn Trá;

Amy Maria O’Sullivan Diaconu, Goulane, Lios Póil;

Sinead Moriarty, Glens;

Nancy Fitzgerald Norman, Twickenham, England;

Luan David Walls, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.

Marriages: We congratulate the following who were married in our Parish recently:

Clare O’Sullivan, Graigue, Lios Póil and

Kevin Devane, Ardamore, Lios Póil;

Maria Granville, The Wood, Dingle and

Brendan Walsh, Tralee;

Deirdre Ashe, Glen Minard, Lios Póil and

Paul Fitzmaurice, Flemingstown, Dingle;

Julie Bermingham, Lisnagry, Co. Limerick and

Roger Gough, Rathgormack, Co. Waterford.

Diocesan Collections for 2012

Needs of the Holy Land …………… 7th & 8th January.

Lourdes Helpers …………………… 4th & 5th February.

Emigrant Services …………………10th & 11th March.

Peter’s Pence ………………………… 7th & 8th April.

Kerry Mission Outreach ………… 5th & 6th May.

Education of Priests ……………… 9th & 10th June.

Sick & Retired Priests ………… 7th & 8th July. (Blue Envelope included in your Box of Envelopes).

Pastoral & Retreat Centres … ……18th & 19th August.

Diocesan Needs …………………… 1st & 2nd September.

Propagation of the Faith ………… 20th & 21st October.

Irish Church Commissions and Agencies – 3rd & 4th of November.

Diocesan Youth Service … ………… 1st & 2nd December.

Churchgate Collections

Dingle Parish Pastoral Council reminds all holders of Garda permits for Churchgate Collections to please carefully observe the law involved and note that there are 21 conditions attached to all Garda permits. While the community spirit and selfless generosity of all volunteers is to be lauded, it is advised that they retain a copy or photocopy of the actual permit. On no account should such collections be taken up within church buildings. Therefore, as all Churchgate collections must enjoy Garda clearance, it is essential that State law be respected and observed at all times.

Mother of God January 1st.

There has been opposition to Mary in every age. The heresies in her regard that were corrected through Councils or Dogmas were in fact errors concerning our redemption in Christ more than heresies against Mary. If we don’t have Mary’s place in the plan of Redemption right, then our concept of who Christ is and what he did is inadequate or false. Irish traditional devotion to Mary has suffered neither from excess nor defect. This is greatly due to the solid teaching of St. Patrick who came among us the year after the great Council of Ephesus, 431AD when the divine Motherhood of Mary was proclaimed. That Council proclaimed (against the Nestorian heresy) that Mary was the Mother of God. Therefore for Christ to be  called her Son was to proclaim that he was both human and Divine. It is of interest to note that the title ‘Mac Mhuire’ or Mary’s Son, was the title given to him even more than ‘Chríost’ in Irish literature. And since that motherhood was extended to all humanity at the foot of the cross they regarded her as their spiritual Mother and kinswoman. They often used the ploy, in appealing to Christ for mercy or pardon, to claim relationship with him ‘on the mother’s side’. She was powerful, not on her own but by reason of her Son’s position. To deny her the rightful place eventually leads to the denial of the true identity of her Son.

“Mairg nach molann Máthair Dé” – To be pitied is the one who does not praise the Mother of God”

(A Time for Sowing)

Epiphany of the Lord – 6th Jan. Learning from the Magi

The great thing about the Magi was their faith. Even though they were outsiders (Gentiles), they recognised Christ as the Saviour of the world.

The picture many people have of how the Magi came to Bethlehem goes somewhat like this. They saw a bright star in the eastern sky and began to follow it. The star guided them unerringly, first to Jerusalem, where it temporarily disappeared, and then to Bethlehem where they found the Child Jesus.

Their journey was neither simple nor easy. They encountered difficulties, doubts and dangers. Yet, in spite of these they persevered in their quest, and were rewarded when they finally found Christ. This is why their story has such relevance for us. Like them we too are on a journey. When we start out on some road, we too are attracted by something bright – an ideal or vision or hope. And we must expect to encounter difficulties and doubts. Some people think they are losing their faith when they experience doubt. We must not be surprised when this happens. We must imitate the Magi. We must not be too proud to ask for guidance. We must believe that the darkness will pass, and once again we will see the initial star beckoning to us.

The Magi can serve as models for us on our faith journey. They were single-minded. They refused to be put off by difficulties and hardships. When they found Christ they offered him gold, frankincense and myrrh. This shows what happens to those who find Christ. Their hearts are awakened and burst into life. When we find Christ and offer our love to him, he will help us to open up the treasures of goodness that lie buried inside us, so that we can offer ‘gifts’ to our brothers and sisters, especially those who are poor as Christ was. Having worshipped Christ, the Magi, ‘returned to their own country by another route’. This suggests not just a new geographical route, but a new mentality. Having met Christ and heard the Gospel, we too will travel through life by a different route.                                     (Flor McCarthy S.D.B., Kilgarvan)

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