PEACE Jesus offers us the gift of his peace: “Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.” He assures us that we will not be alone, the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in his name, will be with us. The Holy Spirit who dwells in us gave us Jesus through the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Incarnation, and through his work of redemption Jesus gave the Holy Spirit to us. The Holy Spirit again gives us Jesus when at Mass we pray that “by the power of the Holy Spirit the bread and wine may become the body and blood of Jesus.” As we are nourished by the Eucharist the presence of God within us is renewed. Jesus, present for each of us through his Spirit, in our hearts, promises us that we can be as close to him as he is to the Father, he invites us to share his life and to live in the presence of God.
Choral Festival: as part of the Cork Choral Festival we welcome The Tórshavnor Kamarkór Choir from The Faroe Islands who will sing at our 12 noon Mass this Sunday.
Annual collection for the Diocesan Pastoral Development Office next weekend Saturday & Sunday 7th and 8th May. The collection funds training for Parish Assemblies and Pastoral Councils; training and resourcing parish ministries such as Parish Catechists, RCIA teams, Visitation teams, Baptism Preparation Teams, Young Adult and Youth Ministry; and ongoing formation for all engaged in parish ministry, talks, conferences and courses for clergy, religious and laity.
First Friday: Fr. Billy will visit the sick and housebound in his area on Thursday & Friday of this week. Due to the Cork & Ross Diocesan Retreat Fr Kerry will visit on Friday. If you would like a visit please contact us.
Anointing of the Sick on Saturday next 7th May at the 10.00 am Mass.
Fr John Sullivan SJ: Pope Francis has approved the beatification of Venerable John Sullivan, He was born in Dublin on 8 May, 1861. His father, the future Lord Chancellor of Ireland, Sir Edward Sullivan, was a protestant. His mother, Lady Bessie Josephine Sullivan from Passage West in Co. Cork was a Catholic. He was received into the Catholic Church in 1896 when he was 35. He entered the Jesuits in 1900 and was ordained in 1907. In his lifetime he was renowned for his devotion to the sick and poor. He died in 1933.
Peace Concert in Knock Basilica hosted by Mayo International Choral Festival with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, on Saturday, May 14th to commemorate the 1916 Rising and World War One. The RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by David Brophy, with a 120 member choir; soloists Anne Marie Gibbons and Owen Gilhooly. For information and tickets: <http://www.mayochoral.com> .
Coffee Morning: This Wed.4th May after the 10am Mass in the Parish Centre. All welcome.
Bring flowers of the rarest – this hymn to Mary will be sung during May. We encourage you to pray the Rosary, (even one decade), particularly during these weeks of May. The Rosary is prayed every morning here before the 10am Mass.
Our Students are remembered in our Shared Mass every Friday at 10am. Special Cards are available in the Sacristy for those doing and preparing for exams.
Expenditure: At a time increasing parish expenditure including necessary maintenance of buildings, it is to be noted that our weekly offertory collection has dropped by about 40% over the last four years.
Poor Clare Monastery College Road, Cork. Vocations Afternoon Saturday 7th May 2 – 4.30 pm for women discerning a religious vocation. See http://www.poorclarescork.ie ; or email: vocationspoorclarescork @gmail.com <http://gmail.com> . Is Jesus Calling You?!
Summer Play Scheme: Registration for the South Parish/ Turners Cross Play Scheme 2016 takes place on Wed. the 4th of May in South Parish Community Centre, Sawmill Street at 8pm.
Parish Assembly Cake Sale after all Masses in two weeks time 14/15th May. The Parish Centre will be open from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon on Saturday 14th May to accept donations of cakes. All proceeds to Cork Penny Dinners who serve over 1,000 meals every week. They provide a warm, dry place to sit and eat, with a welcoming atmosphere, no questions asked, no judgements made. Regardless of ability to pay, all are welcomed with courtesy. Your support will be appreciated for our Cake Sale.