Youghal Catholic Parish

Weekly Notices


Week Beginning Sunday December 3rd

First Week of Advent



Priest on Call:             Emergency Number (087-9779906)




Parish Office   024-91717: 3Emmett Place, Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9- 1pm:  

 Tuesday 10am -1pm Thursday, 2pm - 6pm


Priests of the Parish

V. Rev. Canon David Herlihy P.P.       2 Emmet Place  85012  / 0872784633

Rev. Pat Corkery C.C.                         1 Emmet Place  92336 / 0879601558

Rev. Patrick Winkle C.C.                     Upper Strand    92270

Rev. Brendan Mallon                                Magners Hill

V. Rev Canon Tom Browne P.E.         Priest in residence


Vigil Mass:                           SUNDAY MASSES

6.30p.m. Our Lady of Lourdes Church, The Strand,   

7.30p.m. Holy Family Church,  Magners Hill  Broadcast on local Radio104fm


Sunday Morning

9.00a.m.                St. Mary’s Church, Ashe St.

9.30a.m.                St. Ita’s, Gortroe

10.a.m. Our Lady of Lourdes Church, The Strand

11.a.m. Holy Family Church, Magners Hill

12 noon                 St. Mary’s Church, Ashe St.


Weekday Masses:   

Monday to Friday:   8.a.m.- St. Mary’s Church:

                                    10am Our Lady of Lourdes Church

Wednesdays             7.30pm Holy Family Church: (Sept to May only)

Saturday                   10am St. Mary’s Church



Saturday: After 10am Mass After the Vigil Masses

Thursday before the First Friday after 10am Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes


Baptism  Contact the Parish Secretary for a booking form and dates.   


Marriage: Three months’ notice required by both Church and State. Contact one of  the priests for pre-marriage preparations.


Funerals    Funeral Masses  12 Noon.  


Adoration Chapel: Emmet Place. Open at the following times:


                          Monday to Friday 6am to 11pm

                          Saturday 6am to 5pm

                          Sunday 1pm to 11pm


Sick    If a person is sick at home or house bound and would like a visit from a priest    

            contact one of the priests or the Parish Secretary.


Please pray for those who have died.  May they rest in peace

For Michael Connolly who died recently:  

For Pat Steedman nee McCarthy whose first anniversary occurs at this time.


St. Vincent de Paul Youghal:. Anybody  looking for help phone: 087 127 3448


Coeliac and Holy Communion: A separate Chalice for those who cannot receive a Host will be available at the Sanctuary once Holy Communion with the Host has been finished.


Welcome/ Fáilte  Bem-vindo:  Bienvenido: Willkommen: Benvenuto


Readers /Lectors:  At Masses this Sunday Lectors /Readers are invited to renew their commitment to this ministry in the Church. A St. Paul’s Missal for 2018 will be presented to all Lectors/readers at Sunday Masses.  We thank them for their commitment and to those who have put their names forward to become readers, training will be given soon.

Advent is a time for us to listen attentively to the Word of God like Mary, John the Baptist, the Prophet Isaiah and many other characters we meet in the Scripture during this Advent season. How can we live without the Word of God?

Advent prepares us for the Word becoming  flesh.  Let us take time this Advent to read the Scripture stories of the birth of Christ from the Gospels as a way of preparing.

Family Prayer Booklets: Available at the doors of the Churches. Please take one home for your family as encouragement to pray during Advent.

Penitential Service for Christmas: Tuesday 19th December at 7.30pm in the Holy Family Church. Prepare for Christmas by celebrating God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Confession. Jesus waits for you in the Sacrament with compassion and mercy.


Preparation for Reception of Holy Communion for the First Time 2018

Grow in the Love of the Lord.

Meeting for Parents /guardians on the following evenings:

Clonpriest School – Monday 4th December at 7.30pm in Gortroe Hall

Gaelscoil Choráin – Wednesday 6th December at 7.30pm in the Holy Family Hall

Bunscoil Mhuire –  Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm in the Holy Family Hall

South Abbey:        - Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm in the Holy Family Hall


If parents/guardians cannot attend the one their school is listed for then they can attend another night. It is important that parents /guardians attend these evenings of preparation. Children are not asked to attend these evenings as they are preparing in School.

Eucharistic Adoration:    Need a person to spend an hour with in the Adoration Chapel on:

Tuesday’s 3 – 4 pm:       If anyone can commit to one of the hours it would be greatly appreciated, contact Una @ 087 996 1004.

Parish Box of Envelopes: Anyone who would like to receive a box of envelopes  please contact Ann in the parish office.  We encourage people who have not used the Envelopes before to consider it.


Parish Pastoral Council:  Meeting on Wednesday 13th December.  Anyone who wishes to share any comments about the Parish can speak with a member of the PPC or email to the Parish Office.


Saint Vincent DePaul Society: Christmas Collection will take place next weekend on the 9th & 10th of December after all Masses.  Every little helps.


December All-Night Vigil, Knock Shrine:    7th - Friday 8th December

The 45th Eucharistic All-Night Vigil December 7th at 10pm – 12midninght - confessions -  Chapel of Reconciliation. 12midnight in the Basilica with Rosary, Candlelight Procession, Holy Hour and Stations of the Cross. Mass at 4am on December 8th with Fr Freddy Warner and  Fr Brendan Walsh. St John’s Rest & Care Centre open all night to facilitate pilgrims who are attending the vigil. For more information please contact Knock Shrine (094) 93 88100.


Friday Next –  8th December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Holy Day of Obligation - Mass Times:  8.00a.m.  St. Mary’s Church,:9.30a.m. St. Ita’s: 10.a.m. Our Lady of Lourdes Church: 12 noon  St. Mary’s Church: 7.30pm Holy Family Church.

In teaching that Mary was conceived immaculate, the Catholic Church teaches that from the very moment of her conception, the Blessed Virgin Mary was free from all stain of original sin. This simply means that from the beginning, she was in a state of grace, sharing in God's own life, and that she was free from the sinful inclinations which have beset human nature after the fall.


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.


The Eucharist is a wondrous event in which Jesus Christ, our life, makes himself present. Participating in the Mass “is truly living again the redemptive passion and death of Our Lord. It is a visible manifestation: the Lord makes himself present on the altar to be offered to the Father for the salvation of the world” (Homily at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, 10 February 2014). The Lord is there with us, present. So often do we go there, look at things, talk amongst ourselves while the priest is celebrating the Eucharist ... and we do not celebrate close to Him. But it is the Lord! If today the President of the Republic were to come, or some very important world personage, it is certain that we would all be close to him, that we would want to greet him. But think: when you go to Mass, the Lord is there! And you get distracted. It is the Lord! We have to think about this. “Father, it’s that the Masses are dull” — “But what are you saying, that the Lord is dull?” — “No, no. Not the Mass, the priests” — “Ah, may the priests convert, but it is the Lord who is there!” Do you understand? Do not forget it. “Participating in Mass is living again the redemptive passion and death of Our Lord”. Pope Francis


Wednesday Feast of St. Nicholas 6th December:  The legendary figure of St. Nicholas is derived from Nicholas of Myra who officiated as a bishop in 4th century Greece. During his lifetime he developed a reputation for gift-giving by putting coins into other people's shoes, which accounts for many of today's Christmas traditions that involve leaving gifts in shoes or boots or socks