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. 

 

ADVENT

Advent comes from the Latin word meaning "coming." Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season. The purple color associated with Advent is also the color of penance. The faithful should fast during the first two weeks in particular and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

 

On the branches of the Advent wreath are four candles: three purple candles and one pink candle. A more modern tradition is to place a white candle in the center of the wreath. As a whole, these candles represent the coming of the light of Christ into the world. Each week of Advent on Sunday, a particular Advent candle is lit. Catholic tradition states that the four candles, represent the four weeks of Advent.

 

On the first Sunday of Advent, the first purple candle is lit. This candle is typically called the "Prophecy Candle" in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ: This first candle represents hope or expectation in anticipation of the coming Messiah.

On the second Sunday of Advent, the second purple candle is lit. This candle typically represents love. Some traditions call this the "Bethlehem Candle," symbolizing Christ's manger.

On the third Sunday of Advent the pink, or rose-colored candle is lit. This pink candle is customarily called the "Shepherds Candle," and it represents joy.

 

The fourth and last purple candle, often called the "Angels Candle," represents peace and is lit on the fourth Sunday of Advent.

 

On Christmas Eve, the white center candle is lit. This candle is called the "Christ Candle" and represents the life of Christ that has come into the world. The color white represents purity. Christ is the sinless, spotless, pure Savior.

 

3rd Sunday of AdventBambinelli Sunday:  Children are asked to bring an image of baby Jesus to Church for a blessing.  They are then asked to bring them home and wrap them up. This can be a figure from the family crib or a figure made up by the child or family for the crib.  At the Masses the Priest will bless the figures and the children are asked to bring them home and place them in the family crib. On Christmas Morning the children are asked to unwrap the figure of the baby Jesus to highlight that Christmas Day is remembering the day Jesus was born. It would be an opportunity for the Family to say a little prayer at the crib asking God to Bless their family.   This is to highlight the importance of family life and how God chose to be born into a human family. Christmas reminds us to appreciate our families, to forgive one another and to support one another.