In our gospel reading for this Trinity Sunday, Jesus tells Nicodemus that God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that through him the world might be saved. Our redemption is the work and gift of the Blessed Trinity: the Son who offers himself, the Father to whom he offers himself and the Holy Spirit through whom he offers himself. This is the love we celebrate at every Mass.
God is love, the love of the Father who is the source of all life; the love of the son who lays down his life for his friends, and dies on the cross and rises again; the love of the Holy Spirit who makes us new and renews the face of the earth. Knowing that God is love teaches us to love and to give ourselves to others, as Jesus gave himself to us. Unselfish other-centeredness is at the heart of Christianity and our practical experience the Other will always be a sister or brother for whom Christ died.
The fullness of Trinitarian life on earth, practised by the very first Christians (Acts 4:32-37), involves a spirituality of sharing, as commended by Pope John Paul and Pope Francis for our times. The new commandment “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34) amounts to an invitation to share in the life of the Blessed Trinity, the eternal Event of Love.
Ordination to Priesthood:
Our congratulations to Fr. Evin O’Brien of Mahon Parish, who was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Buckley on this Saturday, 10th June. Our prayers and good wishes to Fr. Evin as he celebrates his First Mass and we pray God’s blessing on his ministry in the years ahead.
NEXT SUNDAY 18TH JUNE, CORPUS CHRISTI:
Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament As we prepare for The Feast of Corpus Christi there will be Exposition next Saturday 17th June from 2.30 pm until the 6.00 pm Vigil Mass. It is hoped to have people in the Church throughout the afternoon ~ TIME SHEETS are available at the church entrances.
Our First Holy Communion Programme “Do This in Memory” concludes next Sunday 18th June at the 10am Mass. After Mass there will be a short Eucharistic Procession in the Grounds of the Church with the First Holy Communion Children from Bunscoil Chríost Rí. Congratulations to all the children and their families who have participated in the programme during the year and thanks to their teachers and SNA for being so helpful. Special thanks to the parents’ representatives who helped to organize the Mass each month. A final meeting of the Parents’ Representatives takes place on this Monday 12th June in Fr. Billy’s house at 7.30pm. There will be a short practice after the 10.00 am mass on Thursday morning.
Corpus Christi Procession: Our Annual Procession will take place in Cork city on Sunday 18th June, 2017. We will gather at the Church here in Turners Cross at 2.50 pm and walk in procession to Daunt Square. Most Rev. Dr. William Crean D.D., Bishop of Cloyne will preach. Come and join us. Our annual Corpus Christi procession brings Christ, and the love of Christ, into our streets; into all the suffering, isolation, loneliness, temptations and fears of our life; a blessing for our city and our parish.
Mass will be celebrated at St. James’s Cemetery, Chetwynd on Tuesday 20th June at 7.30 p.m.
The Catholic High School Choir from Benet Academy, Chicago are on tour in Ireland and will sing at our 6.00 pm Mass on Saturday next, June 17th.
Blessing of lilies: Lilies will be blessed after the 10.00 am Mass on Tuesday next, 13th June, the feast day of St Anthony.
Our Parish Novena to the Sacred Heart starts on next Thursday 15th June and concludes on Friday 23rd June, the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Novena Prayers each morning at the 10am Mass or families may wish to pray the novena at home. Novena Prayers – green leaflet – are available at the back of the Church.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in you
The Minister of the Word Rota for Summer 2017 is available for collection in the sacristy.
Death: We remember in our prayers Jane Healy, Capwell Road, who died recently, we extend our sympathy to her family.
Exams: Our thoughts and prayers are with all those doing exams they will be remembered in our shared mass at 10am Mass each Friday.
PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
“and now our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem”
Fr Billy is joining Canon Bertie O’Mahony, PP Dennehy’s Cross, for the 2017 Ballineaspaig Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The pilgrimage will depart from Cork Airport to fly via London to Tel Aviv on Monday October 9th and will return to Cork Airport on Wednesday October 18th. For the first four days, we will be based in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee and will arrive in Bethlehem on the evening of October 13th, where we will be based for the remainder of our stay.
The cost of the nine-day pilgrimage is € 1,695 per person sharing, including half -board accommodation and all taxes. A valid passport is required for entry into Tel Aviv, passports have to be valid for at least six months from the date you depart the country.
There are some additional spaces available and anybody interested in joining the pilgrimage should contact Fr Billy as soon as possible, as completed booking forms and a deposit are required in June. Further details are available from Ballineaspaig Parish Office 021 4344452 or from Premier Travel, 2, Grand Parade, Daunt’s Square, Cork, 021 4277700.