22nd May 2011 – 5th Sunday of Easter

Right Direction
Jesus said to his disciples "Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God still, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father's house;if there were not, I should have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place,I shall return to take you with me; so that where I am you may be too."  
John 14:1-6
We all know how racing pigeons can find their way home. When left off they don't fly straight in the direction they're supposed to go. Instead they will circle many times as they find their bearings and then they set off. It's called the homing instinct. We too have that within us. It takes the form of an inner restlessness and discontent. It is to be seen as a blessing. Just as the homing instinct of a racing pigeon doesn't protect them in their struggle with wind and rain, so it is with us. Our faith doesn't shield us from the hard knocks of life but it does give us our bearings. Our own homing instinct will lead us to our eternal home which is promised to us in the lines quoted from John's gospel above. We may not fully understand what all this means but its very consoling to know in which direction we are going.

Death: We remember in our prayers Eileen Manning,  Sleve Mish who died recently. We extend our sympathy to her family.

Trócaire Boxes:  can be returned to the Sacristy during the week or to basket at Altar Rails

Our Students: are remembered in our thoughts and prayers and in our Shared Mass every Friday at 10am. Special Cards are available in the Sacristy for those doing and preparing for exams.
A Students Prayer: Lord Jesus,  As I now prepare for my exams, I ask you to grant me strength of mind and constant hope. Banish from my mind all fear, anxiety, regret and nervous distraction. May your gift of the Holy Spirit guide and enlighten my mind. At this difficult time, give me the gift of self-confidence and an assurance that you will hear my prayer, answer my need and continue to guide me as I pursue life’s journey.  I ask this through Christ Our Lord.    Amen

Cork Lions Club are running a Recycle for Sight campaign – people are asked to gather old glasses (including reading glasses and sunglasses) that are no longer required and deposit them in the specially marked Lions Recycle for Sight collection box located at the back of our Church between May 22nd and 29th. These glasses will be cleaned and passed to Lions Club International for distribution in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible. – your generosity will be much appreciated.

“The Servant at The Supper” a play written by and performed by Eleanor Glenn
Venue: Blackrock Parish Centre Wed. 25th May at 8pm in Blackrock Parish Centre Suggested minimum contribution  €5 per person.
This is a 40 minute creative, innovative experience of evangelization, Catholic, scripture-based, one woman performance. Using over 20 direct Bible quotations and inspired by the Holy Spirit, Eleanor Glenn takes her audience into the very heart of the Upper Room to experience first-hand the final days of Christ and our call in this 21st century to be His modern day messengers. Booking is essential as places are limited. Contact our parish representative for the Congress Irene Dermody or Maurice Noonan or Fr. Christy Fitzgerald at liturgy@corkandross.org or phone 021-4537600 and leave a message.

Pioneer Pledge:  Many of those recently Confirmed will take the Pledge to abstain from alcoholic drink until they are 18 years and from drugs for life at a special Mass on this Tuesday 24th May in Christ the King Church at 7.30pm.   Sergeant Terry Kelly who has done so much for young people will speak at the Mass

Graduation Mass:  For the 6th Year Students of Colaiste Chriost Ri will be celebrated in Christ the King Church next Thursday 28th May at 7.30pm.    We wish them well in their coming exams.

Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane
Tuesday 31st May at 3.00p.m. – Gramophone Recital with Jim Aherne.  Admission free & all are welcome.

Preparing for New Roman Missal
Introducing the New Missal – Questions and Answers.  
Is the Mass changing?
The structure of the Mass is not changing. The order and the actions of the Mass remain unchanged. The readings at Mass are not changed. However, with the introduction of the new edition of the Roman Missal throughout the English-speaking world, we will all notice a change in how the Mass sounds. The translations of a number of our prayer texts from the original Latin have changed – sometimes by a particular word or in the word order. Prayers that we have become used to reciting by memory now have to be relearned. Prayers that we are used to hearing the priest say will sound different to us. The style of language we will hear and pray may seem more formal to us and perhaps, in parts, more complex. But over time, with the praying of these texts, the sound of the Mass will again become familiar to us.  The new edition of the Missal will come into full use over a period of time between September and 27 November 2011, the First Sunday of Advent.    More Questions and answers next week
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