Bree Parish Newsletter

Sat & Sun January 28th & 29th 2012 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Bree Church Notices

Entrance Antiphon

Save us , O Lord our God! And gather us from the nations,To give thanks to your holy name, And make it our glory to praise you.


I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters,to pray for me to the Lord our God.


Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

FIRST READING: Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Moses said to the people: 'Your God will raise up for you a prophet like myself, from among yourselves, from your own brothers; to him you must listen. This is what you yourselves asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the Assembly. "Do not let me hear again" you said "the voice of the Lord my God, nor look any longer on this great fire, or I shall die"; and the Lord said to me, "All they have spoken is well said. I will raise up a prophet like yourself for them from their own brothers; I will put my words into his mouth and he shall tell them all I command him. The man who does not listen to my words that he speaks in my name, shall be held answerable to me for it. But the prophet who presumes to say in my name a thing I have not commanded him to say, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.'"

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:                      Ps 94:1-2. 6-9.
Response O that today you would listen to his voice!   Harden not your hearts.

SECOND READING                 1 Corinthians 7:32-35

I would like to see you free from all worry. An unmarried man can devote himself to the Lord's affairs, all he need worry about is pleasing the Lord; but a married man has to bother about the world's affairs and devote himself to pleasing his wife: he is torn two ways. In the same way an unmarried woman, like a young girl, can devote herself to the Lord's affairs; all she need worry about is being holy in body and spirit. The married woman, on the other hand, has to worry about the world's affairs and devote herself to pleasing her husband. I say this only to help you, not to put a halter round your necks, but simply to make sure that everything is as it should be, and that you give your undivided attention to the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation               Mt 11: 25

Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children.

GOSPEL                                            Mark 1:21-28

Jesus and his followers went as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the Sabbath came Jesus went to the synagogue and began to teach. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.  In their synagogue just then there was a man possessed by an unclean spirit, and it shouted, 'What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.' But Jesus said sharply, 'Be quiet! Come out of him!' And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him. The people were so astonished that they started asking each other what. it all meant. 'Here is a teaching that is new' they said 'and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.' And his reputation rapidly spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.


I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvationhe came down from heaven,

(At the words that follow up to and including and became man, all bow)

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son,who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Preface

The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
Lift up your hearts.
R. We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
R. It is right and just.

At the end of the Preface all say:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

The mystery of faith.

Resp:    We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

R. Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

Mass Intentions

Jan 28th Mary Carr, Coolteigue
Jan 29th James (Jim) Kavanagh, Borrmount  (Month’s Mind)

Feb 4th
   James & Mary Carberry, Sparrowsland
Feb 5th   Michael Jordan, Knocknagross

Church Readers – Fifth Sunday of Ordinary time

Sat, Feb 4th 7 p.m.:                James Doyle
Sun, Feb 5th 10 a.m.:             Jim Wilkinson


The Rosary will be recited in Bree Church on Saturday evening next, February 4th before Mass.

Mass – Morning mass on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

Weekly Envelopes

Bree weekly Church Envelopes collection last weekend amounted to €661.50.  Thank you to all who contributed. 

Envelopes for 2012 are available for collection at the rear of the Church. Adult, wage-earning parishioners are invited to contribute to the support of our church and parish by registering at the parish office for a set of weekly envelopes or a direct debit mandate.

First Friday

Fr Murphy will attend to house Communion calls on Friday.  The sacrament of Penance will be available after morning mass and at 7:00 pm.

Sympathy – Sympathy is extended to Mrs. Mary Egan Byrne and the Byrne family of Corlican and Clonmore on the recent death of Paddy Byrne.

Eucharistic Congress 2012 Dublin             June 10-17

·        The 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 will take place in Dublin from June 10th to 17th 2012 with the theme “The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another”, and expects up to 20,000 pilgrims each day at the RDS, of whom about 50% will come from overseas.

·        The Congress is an international gathering of people, every four years somewhere in the world, which aims to promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church; to help improve our understanding and celebration of the liturgy and to draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist. These aims are achieved through a programme of pastoral preparation in the years leading up to the Congress and a programme of liturgical and cultural events, lectures and workshops over the course of one week.

·        The theme of the Congress is The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one Another. (Communion – like Solidarity – means a relationship of mutual love and self-giving)

The concluding event of the Congress will be a Mass in Croke Park, in which approximately 80,000 people will participate.

·        Previous Congresses took place in Quebec (2008) and Guadalajara (2004)

·        For more information:

   Registration for the Congress is now live on

·       Eucharistic Congress ‘Statio Orbis’

A limited number of tickets for the final mass of the Eucharistic Congress (‘Statio Orbis’) in Croke Park on June 17 have been allocated to the Diocese. Application forms are now available at the Cathedral Parish Office. A €10.00 contribution is requested towards the costs involved in putting on the event.  Tickets strictly on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  The Eucharistic Congress office will not be allocating spaces at the Statio Orbis, other than to those who have requested places as part of a Congress booking for three or seven days.

Bree Parish Choir

Bree Parish Choir is currently seeking new adult members to more effectively lead congregational singing at Mass and to expand and develop its repertoire of Church music, from simple melody to Choral pieces.  We are not looking for opera stars, just people who enjoy singing and for the variety of voice ranges: soprano, alto, tenor and bass.  Holy Week is only 9 weeks away, so there is already a sense of urgency!  Please come along to a practice in Bree Church on Thursday Feb 9th - 8-9pm.  "Bis orat qui bene cantat" ("Who sings well prays twice")


Garrynisk, Edermine cemetery on Feb 12 at 3:00 pm.

Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage

Application forms for a place on the ‘assisted pilgrimage’ (invalid section) are now available from Fr Murphy.  Application for this section need to be completed by the end of February.


              General Notices

Evening of Music in St David's Church, Oylegate

Following the great success of our Evening of Music last January, we are delighted to have an opportunity to again welcome back BRENDAN BOWYER to Oylegate Church on Sunday the 29th January for another wonderful night's entertainment. The concert will begin at 8.00 p.m. and admission is €10. Other guests on the night will include the WEXFORD SINGING PRIESTS (Fr's Jim Fegan, Aodhán Marken & William Howell), Carrickbyrne Pike Choir, Lorna Mahon, and a number of other top class artists. Tickets available from (053) 9138192 and from Oylegate-Glenbrien Parish Office. All proceeds in aid of Oylegate Parish funds and Oylegate Community Centre Fund.

Hope Cancer Support Centre

Have you been bereaved by cancer? Is it at least one year since your loss? Do you feel that you need some support to help you through your grieving process? The Hope Cancer Support Centre runs a five week bereavement programme that maybe of interest to you.
We provide a safe and nurturing space for you to come together with others, and by doing so help you to understand your own personal experience with grief, and so lessen the feelings of isolation for you.  We aim to commence our next programme in mid-February. For further info contact Bernie Kirwan, Support Nurse, at Hope Cancer Support Centre (053) 923-8555.

Camross Passion Play,              

The Camross Passion Play will be performed in Wexford Opera House on Saturday 10 March 2012.  Early booking advisable - phone 053-9122144 (Wexford Opera House).

Tidy Towns Meeting

Bree Tidy Towns will hold a meeting on Monday 6th February at 8.00 p.m. in the Community Centre.We would welcome a representative from each housing estate in the village and all interested in the tidy towns programme to come along and help plan for the 2012 competition.

Bree Macra News

Best of luck to the Bree Macra na Feirme Team in the All Ireland Capers Competition being held on Saturday next, 4th February. The final is taking place in Kavanagh Community Hall, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, where Bree will compete against 6 other teams from Cork, Wicklow and Meath in what is sure to be a thrilling competition. Tickets are available at the door  (15euro for adults and 5 euro for children) with the show kicking off at 7.30. All support on the night would be appreciated.

Under 12 Boys Gaelic Football

Could the parents/guardians of all the under 12 boys who wish to play football this year please text Charlie Parnell 086/8298568  with their name and date of birth in order to ascertain numbers for the GO Games competition. If there are sufficient numbers two teams will be entered. Any parents wishing to help with coaching please contact Charlie on the above number.

Table Quiz

Bree Davidstown Community Games will hold a fundraising Table Quiz in Ryans Lounge, Galbally on Friday February 10th.  All support greatly appreciated.

Bree Parish Journal

The 15th edition of the Bree Parish Journal is now available in all local shops at €8. This edition contains historical articles as well as reviews of local organisations within the parish for 2010 & 2011.  Journal Launch – please note the official launch of the Journal planned for Saturday night has been cancelled as a mark of respect to the Byrne family on the recent death of Paddy Byrne.

Community Alert Meeting

A Community Alert meeting will take place in Bree Community Centre on Monday January 30th at 8 pm. All interested people are invited to attend. Valuable crime prevention advice will be given on the night, and also information regarding grant aid for security devices for vulnerable older people.

Bree Youth Club News

Bree Youth Club is well and truly back in the swing of things for 2012 and as membership is well up on last year, Club nights mean a lot of people are coming and going. In the interest of everybody's safety, we would like to remind parents to drop and collect their children on time. The Club would also like parents to take note of the fact that children who are dropped off early cannot enter the Club, until 7pm in the case of the Juniors, and 8 pm in the caseof the Seniors. The Club is not responsible for the children before these times and if they are waiting in the car park of the community centre they are unsupervised. In the interest of the children, the Club, local residents and other users we would repeat our request that parents drop and collect promptly and discourage their children from waiting in the car park before their Club session  commences.

In celebratory terms we would like to congratulate the members of the U12's unihoc team who won gold . The winning team was: Anthony Butler,
Killian Power, Edward Byrne, Mark Delahunty, Ciara Parnell, Ava Dempsey, Nicole Roche and Eoin Murphy. Well done to all!

Bree Community Development Group Meeting

The next meeting of Bree Community Development Group will take place on Monday February 6th at 8.30 p.m. in Bree Hall.

Bree Hall Committee

The next meeting of Bree Hall Committee will take place on Monday February 13th at 8.30 p.m. in Bree Hall.

Ballyhogue GAA Club News

The winning numbers for the most recent draw were 17, 18,20 & 27.  There was no match 3 winners. One lucky dip winner Ita Connolly, Craan. The next draw will be held in Byrnes of Bree on 8th Feb 2012

Adult Training

Adult Training will resume on February 3rd in Bree. All old and new players are welcome.

GAA Grounds Closure.

Due to the ongoing works on the driveway into the GAA Grounds in Bree, the Grounds are closed until further notice.


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Galbally/ Ballyhogue Church Notices

Fr. Matt's contact number is 053-9247814