Youghal Catholic Parish

Youghal Catholic Parish

 

Our Lady of GracesOur Lady of Youghal

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Parish of Youghal. 

 

We hope that you will like what you find in this website and that it will be of some help to you. Our vision of the website is that it would help people to stay in contact with the parish and keep parishioners up to date with the various events in the parish. 

Youghal is a beautiful town with deep historical roots. What makes Youghal special are the people. With a long tradition of welcoming visitors, Youghal is a place of hospitality. 

May God bless you today and grant you His Peace. 

Thank you for visiting. 

 

LENT BEGINS                    MARCH 1ST

 

Lent is the traditional season of renewal and penance in the Church.  
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are to be observed as days of fast and abstinence.

 

Ash Wednesday:  March 1st a Day of Fast and Abstinence.

Ashes will be blessed and given during the 8.am. 10.am.

10.30am – St. Raphaels Chapel, and 7.30p.m Masses.

 

The external practices of religion have their meaning and are acceptable in the sight of God only if they proceed from the heart and mind. Taking Ashes on our forehead is a mark or sign that we shall ‘turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel’. If that conviction is lacking the action is worthless.

 

Fasting means that the amount of food we eat is considerably reduced.

Abstinence means that we give up a particular kind of food or drink

or form of amusement.

 

Lent is What You Do ——————-What can we do?

 

It is the forty days of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s saving death and resurrection at Easter. It is a time of purification when Christians renew and fulfil their baptismal promises, by dying to selfishness and living for Christ. We do this by being committed to Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving during Lent.

A Lenten Commitment may mean you taking on one of the following:

Making a personal pledge to pray each day. Create a space in your home for prayer: spend time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament

 

To Fast on Ash Wednesday and the six Fridays of lent from 9.a.m. to 6p.m.

(liquids only) in so far as age, health and circumstances permit.

 

Making an act of Mercy on Fridays of Lent

 

Availing of the opportunity to celebrate daily Mass more frequently

 

Supporting the Trocáire Campaign

 

Praying the  Stations of the Cross

 

On the Friday’s of Lent, there will be the opportunity to receive Holy Communion under both kinds, i.e. the Sacred Host and the Precious Blood

 

Taking the Temperance Pledge for Lent:  See notice Church Notice Boards

 

Visiting the sick: helping someone in need

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2017

"The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift"

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by that patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive (cf. Homily, 8 January 2016).

 

Lent is a favourable season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered us by the Church: fasting, prayer and almsgiving. At the basis of everything is the word of God, which during this season we are invited to hear and ponder more deeply. I would now like to consider the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (cf. Lk 16:19-31). Let us find inspiration in this meaningful story, for it provides a key to understanding what we need to do in order to attain true happiness and eternal life. It exhorts us to sincere conversion.

 

1. The other person is a gift

The parable begins by presenting its two main characters. The poor man is described in greater detail: he is wretched and lacks the strength even to stand. Lying before the door of the rich man, he fed on the crumbs falling from his table. His body is full of sores and dogs come to lick his wounds (cf. vv. 20-21). The picture is one of great misery; it portrays a man disgraced and pitiful. The scene is even more dramatic if we consider that the poor man is called Lazarus: a name full of promise, which literally means God helps. This character is not anonymous. His features are clearly delineated and he appears as an individual with his own story. While practically invisible to the rich man, we see and know him as someone familiar. He becomes a face, and as such, a gift, a priceless treasure, a human being whom God loves and cares for, despite his concrete condition as an outcast (cf. Homily, 8 January 2016).

 

Lazarus teaches us that other persons are a gift. A right relationship with people consists in gratefully recognizing their value. Even the poor person at the door of the rich is not a nuisance, but a summons to conversion and to change. The parable first invites us to open the doors of our heart to others because each person is a gift, whether it be our neighbour or an anonymous pauper. Lent is a favourable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ. Each of us meets people like this every day. Each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect and love. The word of God helps us to open our eyes to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable. But in order to do this, we have to take seriously what the Gospel tells us about the rich man.