4th October 2015 – 27th Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

Jesus tells us that from the beginning God’s plan for humanity included an exclusive man/woman relationship, a faithful life-long union of love.  God’s creation was good, and the Incarnation affirms the essential goodness and wholesomeness of human nature in all its aspects, including human sexuality.  Nowadays the exclusive nature of the man/woman relationship is challenged on many fronts and we are faced with a widespread rejection of the sexual morality of the entire Christian tradition.  This has had disastrous social consequences and has led to loss of respect for and understanding of intrinsic human values. A crass and permissive culture offers freedom and pleasure to our young people.  The offer is a lie. Young people are hopelessly short-changed in the area of healthy sexuality and risk being cut off from the full realisation of their human potential.
Married love is a real and wonderful gift from God, but growth to maturity where the gift can be appreciated in all its richness is a slow process, joyful but at times painful.  We older Christians need to reach out to young people to present an ideal of Christian marriage that is wholesome and authentic. The ideal is not realised by married couples at all times, and Christians seeking holiness approach the Lord in our brokenness, relying on his love and mercy rather than on our own worthiness. The starting point for Christian thinking about marriage must be the aspect of mutual love and faithfulness, strengthened by the grace of the sacrament.

Mass of Thanksgiving for the Presentation Sisters here in Christ the King Church, Turners Cross on Saturday 10th October at 6.00 pm for the presence of the Presentation Sisters in our Parish since 1937. The Sisters have contributed enormously to the education and formation of young people in Turners Cross and beyond and were also very much involved in parish life. The decision to close the Convent this year was taken due to the decline in the number of Sisters living there.  With gratitude and fondness we remember the Sisters who were part of our lives down the years. After the Mass there will be a gathering in the Nano Nagle Hall in the Primary School to meet the Sisters and old friends and have a cuppa, all are very welcome.

Cake Appeal!  Cakes (dry cakes, no cream), biscuits, goodies etc. for the Thanksgiving Mass on Saturday 10th October may be handed into the Parish Centre on the Saturday of the Mass between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.

Parish Mission: Our Mission will run from Saturday 17th to Wednesday 21st October, 2015, with Fr. Michael Burgess, OFM Cap. of  Holy Trinity Friary, Cork.  Fr Mike has ministered for many years in New Zealand as well as in Dublin and Cork and we are delighted to welcome him to Turner’s Cross for our 2015 Mission, as we prepare for the Holy Year of Mercy decreed by Pope Francis. The theme of our Mission is: “The loving kindness of the heart of our God – preparing for the Year of Mercy.”

Autumn Dues:  We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes for the Autumn Dues and  our Parish Mission Leaflet in the Sacristy this weekend, 3rd – 4th October.  Time is a little critical because of the date of the Mission, many thanks.

Library open this week end  3rd – 4th October.

Ministers of the Word & Eucharist can collect their Rotas in the Sacristy

Co Senior Football Championship Semi Final  Nemo v Carbery Rangers
Sunday 4th October, Pairc Ui Rinn @ 2.00 pm

Cork South Parish Historical Society Monthly Meeting on Wed. 7th Oct  at 7:30 p.m. in St John’s College Sawmill Street.   James Murphy will speak on “From Passage to Everest and Beyond, the Story of Richard Hingston.”  Non-members €2, all welcome

Dates to Note:                                                                                                                  10th October: Mass of Thanksgiving at 6.00 pm for the presence of the Presentation Sisters in our Parish over the years.
13th October: “Bridge” Faith Session for parents of children preparing for First Holy Communion, Ten ways to help your family grow in faith, 7.30 pm in the parish centre.
15th October: Confirmation Enrolment Ceremony.
17th – 21st October:  Parish Mission with Fr. Mike Burgess, OFM Cap.
7th – 8th November:  Remembrance Weekend.
19th April, 2016:  Parish Confirmations.
14th  May, 2016:  First Holy Communions.