2nd July 2017 – 13th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

Death:  We remember in our prayers Michael Collins-Powell, Woodgrove, Cross Douglas Road, we extend our sympathy to his family.

Thanks & Farewell:  Our good wishes and thanks to Eleanor Condon and Ann Murphy on the occasion of their retirement from Bunscoil Chriost Ri after many years of service. We wish them health, happiness and fulfillment in their retirement. 

Catholic Papers: are on sale at the back of the Church every weekend.  The Irish Catholic, The Universe and The Catholic Times.

First Friday:  Fr. Billy will visit the sick and housebound during the coming week.

Prayer for the Canonization of Venerable Nano Nagle
Gracious and loving God, we place before you the Cause of the Canonization of Venerable Nano Nagle.  Bless the Presentation Family and the Church by declaring Nano Nagle’s Sainthood.   With her lantern light for our journey, may we be blessed with the vision, courage and fidelity that stirred Nano to passionate service to those made poor and abandoned.  We ask this in the name of Jesus, in whom she found light and strength.
Amen

25th June 2017 – 12th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Cork & Ross
As announced in April, David Lane of Upper Mayfield Parish and Frank McKevitt of Turner’s Cross Parish will be ordained as Permanent Deacons on Sunday, September 10th, 2017, in the Cathedral.  The diaconate is open to married and single men, and deacons combine parish work with family life and fulltime careers. Frank and David will be the first married deacons in our diocese. We are beginning to see vocations to the Permanent Diaconate in Ireland, fifty-one permanent deacons have been ordained in recent years and sixty-eight candidates are in training. Those interested in serving God in this way should contact their local priest, or the Diocesan Director of the Permanent Diaconate, Canon Bertie O’ Mahony, PP Ballineaspaig. Tel: 021- 434 6940.


DIACONATE JOURNEY
The longest journey must begin with the first step, and so it was for me. Attendance at a number of liturgies celebrating the call to service, supported by the pastoral development office, set in train a response from within me, a sort of nagging, or questioning? Perhaps the Lord was calling on me to reflect on a wider call to serve.
An opportunity arose and with the support of Rena I began my Diaconate journey this month four years ago. It was a journey into the unknown, but one to which I felt compelled to explore. After a year of discernment and again supported by my family I was accepted as a candidate for the Permanent Diaconate. Now 13 and representing four Munster dioceses’ we enrolled as students of Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth, and commenced our course of studies over three academic years which, with Bishop John’s blessing, will culminate in my Ordination on the 10th September in the Cathedral.
The journey has enriched my family, spiritual, and professional life. The subjects studied included Scripture, Theology, Liturgy, Law and Church History. I am sure you have all heard the saying that it takes a village to rear a child. In my case I can testify that it takes a parish community to foster a Diaconate vocation. I am humbled and will be forever grateful for your prayers and encouragement, the wisdom of many, including our Diocesan support group, and particularly Fr Billy & Fr Kerry.

The symbol of the Diaconate is the basin and the towel, a reminder to the Deacon that he is at the service of the worshiping community from which he came. With trust in the Lord and guided by the Spirit, supported by family and you, my hope is that I shall prove worthy.
–  Frank McKevitt

 

The Peter’s Pence Collection  will be taken up this weekend 24th /25th June. This Collection unites us in solidarity with Pope Francis and his works of charity toward those who are suffering around the world.  Let us always keep Pope Francis in our prayers.

Anointing of the Sick on Saturday next 1st July at the 10.00 am Mass.0

Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Blackrock  on Wednesday 28th June at 7 p.m.

Prayer for the Canonization of Venerable Nano Nagle
Gracious and loving God,
we place before you the Cause of the Canonization of Venerable Nano Nagle.  Bless the Presentation Family and the Church by declaring Nano Nagle’s Sainthood.   With her lantern light for our journey, may we be blessed with the vision, courage and fidelity that stirred Nano to passionate service to those made poor and abandoned.  We ask this in the name of Jesus, in whom she found light and strength.
AMEN

Cork Autism Conference – Understanding Autism, Empowering Potential. On Sunday, September 17th, 8.30am – 5.30 at Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cork. www.bookwhen.com/autismcork <http://www.bookwhen.com/autismcork>  or call 089 239 8900

Graduation Mass:  The 10am Mass on this Monday 26th June will be the Graduation Mass for Bunscoíl Chríost Rí Sixth Classes as they prepare to leave primary school. The Mass will be offered for the children, their parents and families. Our prayers and good wishes go with them. The school choir will sing at this Mass.

Fr. Mathew Commemoration. The 6th annual commemoration in honour of Fr. Mathew will be held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Tory Top Road on June 28th at 7.30 p.m. Prayers will be led by Fr Colm O’ Shea, S.M.A.  Refreshments in Togher Community Centre. Everyone welcome, organised by Cork Pioneers.

CantorSchool offers liturgy training for cantors, choir directors, organists in September. Corkman, Fr. Fergus Ryan, OP, teaching liturgy in Rome, is the director. For confident vocalists/musicians. Held in Cork city. Email fergus.ryan@dominicans.ie; CantorSchool.blogspot.com <http://CantorSchool.blogspot.com> ; Facebook.com/CantorSchool

10th June 2017 – Ordination to Priesthood of Rev Evin O’Brien

Fr. Evin with His Parents and Bishop Buckley

Today in The Church of the Holy Cross, Mahon, Bishop John Buckley ordained Evin O’Brien to the priesthood for our Diocese. Evin was joined on this joyous occasion by family, friends and many of the priests of the diocese.  We congratulate his parents and family on this proud day for them.

The homily was preached by Rev. Dr. Padraig Corkery,  who served as Chaplain to Nagle College in Mahon, in the early days before their was even a parish Church there.  He is now is on the staff at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth where Evin studied for the priesthood.
We offer our congratulations and prayerful support to Evin as he begins his journey as a priest in Cork and Ross.

18th June 2017 – Feast of Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI
This weekend we celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ and give thanks for the tremendous gift of the Eucharist.   When we receive Holy Communion, we share in the very life of God. United with Jesus and one another, we share the life of Christ and God who comes to live in us wants to spread out through us to the whole world. We pray that this may be seen in us as we receive God’s blessing at the end of Mass and are sent out to bring Christ into our world.
The end of Mass is the beginning of the mission of the Church as we are sent as “missionaries of the Eucharist.”  Renewed by the Eucharist and given strength by the Holy Spirit, we are sent back into our daily lives to transform the world of our time and place.  A parish can be a leaven that transforms society in a given area. We pray that people who have lost their faith, as well as people of other religions and ideologies living among us, will experience the Gospel through our Christian community.

Corpus Christi Procession: Our Annual Procession will take place in Cork city on this Sunday 18th June. 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.

Our First Holy Communion Programme “Do This in Memory” concludes this 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.

 Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Patricia Twohig, Doyle Road and Laurence O’Mahony, Maiville Terrace, who died recently, we extend our sympathy to their families.

Mass will be celebrated at St. James’s Cemetery, Chetwynd on Tuesday 20th June at 7.30 p.m.

We welcome the Catholic High School Choir from Benet Academy, Chicago are on tour in Ireland, to our twelve o’clock Mass on this Sunday June 17th.

Our Parish Novena to the Sacred Heart continues until 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.

Exams: Our thoughts and prayers are with all those doing exams at this time.  They are remembered in our shared Mass each Friday at 10.00 am.

Gather Monday Prayer for Young Adults: Join the Sisters of Bon Secours in prayer, quiet, reflection and chat. 7pm to 9pm each Monday evening in the Convent Chapel behind the Bon Secours Hospital, College Road. All young adults welcome. Contact: Anne-Marie Whelan 0872209994 eavopost@gmail.com

Prayer for the Canonization of Venerable Nano Nagle
Gracious and loving God,
we place before you the Cause of the Canonization of Venerable Nano Nagle.  Bless the Presentation Family and the Church by declaring Nano Nagle’s Sainthood.   With her lantern light for our journey, may we be blessed with the vision, courage and fidelity that stirred Nano to passionate service to those made poor and abandoned.  We ask this in the name of Jesus, in whom she found light and strength.
AMEN

Cork Autism Conference – Understanding Autism, Empowering Potential. On Sunday, September 17th, 8.30am – 5.30 at Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cork. www.bookwhen.com/autismcork <http://www.bookwhen.com/autismcork>  or call 089 239 8900

Holy Wells in Ireland today: A public discussion of the role of holy wells in Ireland, 7pm Wednesday 21st June, in the Geography Building, UCC, Dr Richard Scriven. Refreshments will be served from 6.30pm.

11th June 2017 – Trinity Sunday

 

TRINITY SUNDAY
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.

 

4th June 2017 – Feast of Pentecost

PENTECOST     Christ’s fearful disciples were keeping their heads down, not drawing attention to themselves.  A sudden change occurred on that Sunday morning, they began to speak openly and powerfully about Jesus, proclaiming that he is risen, that he is Lord.  These days Catholics in Ireland can feel a bit fearful, our heads down, we are shamed by what went wrong in our Church, fed up of the constant media attacks and upset by falling Mass attendances.  We know it should be better, we pray it will be better.  The Spirit gives us hope that it will be better, that he will make his Church new and vibrant as on that Pentecost dawn. The Holy Spirit is the Lord and giver of life, the one who renews the face of the earth. We pray for renewal, for ourselves and for the Church, that we may experience the new life, the enthusiasm and the love of the early Church.  Jesus tells us not to be afraid, he is with us through his Spirit to comfort and guide, to answer our cry.  Jesus’ message of life and love is not spread by powerful human systems or programmes, but by the Spirit of God: “not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord.” (Zechariah 4:6)

Lourdes:   Fr. Kerry travels to Lourdes with the Diocesan Pilgrimage on Sunday next 11th June. Our good wishes and prayers go with him.   Petitions to be placed at the Grotto may be put in envelopes – no money – and placed in the box at the altar rail before 12.00 noon on Saturday 10th June.

Minister of the Word Rota for Summer 2017 is available for collection in the sacristy

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.
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.
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.

Traffic Disruption during Cork City Marathon on this Sunday 4th June from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm. Traffic access to the Church from South Douglas Road/ Skabeg and Curragh Road will be affected. Traffic will be directed from the South Douglas Road onto the Cross Douglas Road via Douglas Road and onto Capwell Road. Traffic from the southern end of Capwell Road may turn left only onto the South Douglas Road.  Curragh Road will be closed to traffic.  Access to the church car park from Evergreen Road will not be affected.

Ordination to Priesthood:
On Saturday next, June 10th, Reverend Evin O’Brien of Mahon parish, a clerical student for our Diocese, will be Ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Buckley at the Church of the Holy Cross, Mahon at 12 noon.  Priests of the Diocese will concelebrate at the Ordination Mass and all are invited.

 

Exams:  Our prayers and good wishes to all beginning Exams on this Wednesday, when the 10am Mass will be offered for you all.  May your efforts and hard work be blessed with success.   Our Students are also remembered in our Shared Mass every Friday at 10am. Special Cards are available in the Sacristy.

 Prayer for Exam Students
Let us pray for all our young people doing exams:
Lord, pour out your Spirit of Wisdom on them:
help them to remain calm,
to attend carefully to the questions asked,
to think clearly, to remember accurately,
and to express themselves well.
Grant that they may reflect on the best of the
work they have done and the best of the teaching
they have received.
Accept their best efforts in these examinations
and in the great test of life on earth.
May your love be upon them, O Lord,
as they place all their trust in you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
AMEN

Cork Eucharistic Procession – Sunday, June 18th, 2017

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Cork Eucharistic Procession – Sunday, June 18th, 2017

This year’s Eucharistic Procession will be held on Sunday, 18th June 2017.

As you will be aware, the Eucharistic Procession is a significant part of Cork’s religious heritage.  Cork’s Eucharistic Procession is now in its 92nd year.  It commenced in 1926 when a group of businessmen in the city approached the then Bishop, Daniel Coholan, with a view to having a Eucharistic Procession in the city to mark the Feast of Corpus Christi.  It was hoped that such an event might heal the division and bitterness in civil society at the time.  Remarkably, since then, the Procession has not just survived but has become a feature of Catholic life in Cork.

Our faith is not something that we celebrate behind closed doors, it is something that is meant to affect our daily lives.  Four years ago, while speaking at the Procession, Archbishop Brown said that we worship Jesus in our churches for fifty one Sundays of the year.  On the Feast of Corpus Christi, we worship Him publicly in the streets. We should seek opportunities to celebrate our faith in public and give witness to the faith that has been given to us.  The Eucharistic Procession is an ideal way of doing that.

This year, I am delighted to announce that Most Rev. Dr. William Crean D.D., Bishop of Cloyne, has agreed to preach the Homily.  An invitation has been offered to the various Catholic groups to walk in the Procession.  These include the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Sick Poor Societies, SHARE, the Legion of Mary, the Pioneers and others.  It is appropriate that the Procession gives honour to the Blessed Sacrament and includes all Catholic groups and parishes.

+John Buckley,
Bishop of Cork and Ross.

Once again this year – it is planned to broadcast the entire Daunt’s Square Ceremony live on the Cork Community Television Channel 803-Virgin Media and on the Internet on www.corkcity.ie /tv from 2.45pm approx. By kind permission of the Chief Executive, Cork City Council and the Board of Management of Cork Community Television.

We hope this live stream will facilitate the housebound, patients in hospitals and nursing homes and, also, Cork people across the world.

Participants in The Eucharistic Procession start assembling in the grounds of the North Cathedral at 2.30pm. The Procession leaves the North Cathedral at 3.00pm and proceeds down Roman Street, Upper John Street, along Camden Quay, St. Patrick’s Bridge and St. Patrick’s Street en-route to Daunt’s Square.

Meanwhile, the religious ceremony begins in Daunt’s Square at 2.45pm approx. The Rosary will be recited – Hymns and sacred music will be performed by the Choir of the Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield, under the direction of Mr. Seán O’Neill. This year, Ms. Jessica O’Connell and Mr. Ramelo Gregorio will be our Guest Soloists. As already mentioned, Most Rev. Dr. William Crean D.D., Bishop of Cloyne, will be our Guest Preacher.

Once again, this year, a special area will be reserved for the sick and disabled near the Altar in Daunt’s Square. On arrival in Daunt’s Square, Bishop John Buckley will first bless the disabled, sick and infirm before ascending the Altar.

Please note change of location / time.

  • To facilitate a smooth and organised joining of participants into the Procession from the Eastern Parishes, e.g. St. Patrick’s and Military Hill, St. Joseph’s and Our Lady Crowned, Mayfield, Glanmire and Glounthaune: We recommend each Parish group to assemble at Mangan’s Clock, Patrick’s Street (edge of pavement to the front of Laura Ashley’s shop), at 2.45pm sharp. Mr. Seán Dunne, Senior Procession Steward, will then take overall control of the different Parish groups.
  • As is traditional, the St. Finbarr’s South Parish will leave St. Finbarr’s South Church at 3.00pm approx. and proceed into the Grand Parade behind The Barrack Street Band.
  • We respectfully encourage each parish group to bring their own parish banner and, if possible, some spiritual Church banners.

Tony Duggan
Chief Marshal
087-7455273                                             

28th May 2017 – Feast of the Ascension

ASCENSION AND WITNESS
The Ascension of Jesus is remembered at our Sunday Mass this weekend.  His mission is over, his passion, death and resurrection have been accomplished and he is ascending “to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”  As followers of Christ we are sent to proclaim the Good News of salvation, to the ends of the earth, to be witnesses to the Gospel in the day-to-day details of our lives, by our standards of honesty, kindness and love for each other.  This is not easy when the Church has been humiliated by scandal and by failures at institutional level, and when open hostility to our faith is experienced. However, we go as Christ commanded us in the power he has given us through the Holy Spirit and we remember his promise to be with us to the end of time.  For our witness to be genuine it must be cheerful and joyful, and not involve triumphalism in any way.  We are called to be a humble Church, followers of the one who is “gentle and humble of heart.”

Collection for the WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
A special collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend 27th – 28th May for the cost of hosting the World Meeting of Families in Ireland in August of next year. The five-day event will culminate in the proposed visit to Ireland by Pope Francis.

Minister of the Word Rota for Summer 2017 is available for collection in the sacristy

Traffic Disruption during Cork City Marathon, Sunday 4th June, 2017 Access to the Church from South Douglas Road/ Skabeg and Curragh Road will be affected. Signage will be in place to direct traffic from the South Douglas Road onto the Cross Douglas Road via Douglas Road and onto Capwell Road. On leaving the carpark, the signs will direct traffic to return the way they came, there will be limited access from the southern end of Capwell Road left only onto the South Douglas Road.  Curragh Road will be closed to traffic.  Access to the Church and church car park from Evergreen Road will not be affected.  A map of the route is on the notice board at the back of the Church.
 
All Ireland Rosary Rally, Knock Shrine, Saturday 3rd June
(25 Anniversary of Fr Payton) Centenary Year of Fatima
Bus leaving Patricks Quay Cork at 7.00am for further information
Contact Denise  086 0502727

SMA Pilgrimage to Lourdes 17th – 22nd September, 2017. Five nights, full board in the Hotel Roissy. Director: Fr. Hugh B. Harkin SMA, African Missions, Blackrock Road Tel: 021-4292871

Pope Francis seeks the views of young people.
Young people aged 16-29 are invited to complete the survey for Pope Francis with their views on church today, at www.corkandross.org <http://www.corkandross.org>

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.

Cork Parkinson’s Support Group Fundraising Coffee Morning, Monday 29th May, 2017 11.00am – 4.00pm.  Venue: Tom & Mary O’Sullivan’s, Rathdermot, Lios Cross, Ballygarvan.  Your support is appreciated.

L’Arche, Cork – Imagine the World Differently.  Join us for a screening of L’Arche’s film series “As I Am” and an open forum to talk about the place of disabilities in our current world at Boole 1, UCC, College Road on Thursday 1st June, 2017 at 7.00 pm  –  Free Entry

Society of St. Vincent de PaulThe May Church Gate collection amounted to €1,562.   Since that collection date the local conference has expended that amount of money and provided some extra assistance in the parish.  Without your help the Society could not function and we thank you most sincerely for your generosity and continued support.  We look forward to your help with the June collection next weekend.

Anam Cara: Remembrance Evening for bereaved parents on Wednesday 7th June at the Clayton Hotel, Tivoli, Cork from 19:30 to 21:00. To help us plan this event please let us know if you will be attending and you are welcome to bring a photograph of your child. We will need you to RSVP to info@anamcara.ie or 085 2888 888 before Friday 2nd June.

Death: We remember in our prayers Gerard and Rena Dunne, South Douglas Road, whose anniversaries occur around this time.

21th May 2017 – 6th Sunday of Easter (A)

THE PROMISED GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
In our gospel reading for this Sunday Jesus promises his disciples, and us, the gift of the Holy Spirit, to be with us for ever. But who is the Holy Spirit? In the Creed, we profess with faith: “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life.” We acclaim the Holy Spirit as Lord, truly God. He is the great gift of the Risen Christ who opens our mind and our heart to faith, to friendship, to communion with God, and one another in Christ.
Pope Francis comments that the Holy Spirit is the inexhaustible source of God’s life in us. We are like travellers crossing the deserts of life, thirsting for living water: gushing and fresh, capable of quenching our deep desires for light, love, beauty and peace. Jesus gives us this living water, the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father and whom Jesus pours out into our hearts. “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10).

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Patrick (Pat) O’Donovan, Friars Road and Mary Coughlan, Doyle Road who died recently, we extend our sympathy to their families.

The SMA National Novena in honour of our Lady of Knock will bean on Friday 19th May 2017 at the African Missions Church, Blackrock Road, Cork, and will close with our Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on the 27th May, 2017.   The novena will be celebrated each evening at 7.30 (except Saturday 27th May at 7.00pm). For further information please contact: SMA Blackrock Road at 021-4292871 or SMA, Wilton at 021-4541069
 
Pope Francis seeks the views of young people.  Young people aged 16-29 are invited to complete the survey for Pope Francis with their views on church today, at www.corkandross.org <http://www.corkandross.org>

 Thank you from the Pastoral Development Office – Fr Charlie Kiely wishes to thank you most sincerely for the collection taken up last weekend to support the work and administration of the Pastoral Development Office in the Diocese.  We look forward to meeting many of you over the coming year at our events, courses and conferences.

All Ireland Rosary Rally, Knock Shrine, Saturday 3rd June (25 Anniversary of Fr Payton) Centenary Year of Fatima
Bus leaving Patricks Quay Cork at 7.00am for further information Contact Denise  086 0502727

SMA Pilgrimage to Lourdes 17th – 22nd September, 2017. Five nights, full board in the Hotel Roissy. Director: Fr. Hugh B. Harkin SMA, African Missions, Blackrock Road Tel: 021-4292871

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 10.00 am 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.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society Day Pilgrimage to Knock Saturday June 24th 2017.  Contact Gretta Lynch 021 4291409 or 086 3524336.
 
Collection for the WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
A special collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend 27th – 28th May for the cost of hosting the World Meeting of Families in Ireland in August of next year. The five-day event will culminate in the proposed visit to Ireland by Pope Francis.

Cork Centering Prayer: a day of talks and prayerful reflection on Saturday 27th May from 10.30 a.m to 3.30pm led by Lesley Kavanagh at Blackpool Community Centre, opposite the Church.  All welcome – bring a packed lunch.  Tel 087 6719970/ 086 8920302 for more details.

Cork Parkinson’s Support Group Fundraising Coffee Morning, Monday 29th May, 2017 11.00am – 4.00pm.  Venue: Tom & Mary O’Sullivan’s, Rathdermot, Lios Cross, Ballygarvan.  Your support is appreciated.

Traffic Disruption during Cork City Marathon, Sunday 4th June, 2017 Access to the Church from South Douglas Road/ Skabeg and Curragh Road will be affected. Signage will be in place to direct traffic from the South Douglas Road onto the Cross Douglas Road via Douglas Road and onto Capwell Road. On leaving the carpark, the signs will direct traffic to return the way they came, there will be limited access from the southern end of Capwell Road left only onto the South Douglas Road.  Curragh Road will be closed to traffic.  Access to the Church and church car park from Evergreen Road will not be affected.  A map of the route is on the notice board at the back of the Church.

14th May 2017 – 5th Sunday of Easter (A)

 A PRIESTLY PEOPLE
The Acts of the Apostles tells of the appointment of deacons and of the distribution of roles within the early Church. “There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit; there are many different ways of serving, but it is always the same Lord” (1 Corinthians 12: 4-5).  In our different roles and using the different spiritual gifts God has given us, we all share in the one Priesthood of Christ.
In his farewell discourse at the Last Supper in today’s gospel reading Jesus reveals something of his Father who: “did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for the sake of all of us” (Rom 8: 32).  We are to have faith and trust in God’s love for us, trust in the welcome he has for us. The very words Jesus speaks, he tells us, come from his Father, who lives in him.  In today’s reading from the first letter of St Peter we are told that we are “a royal priesthood, a people set apart.”  We come together at Mass as that priesthood to offer a holy and living sacrifice to God.  We ourselves too are called to be a “living sacrifice, pleasing to God. The Eucharist is not just the centre of the Church, it makes the Church. Christ died once for all, and at Mass the historical event is not just represented, it is made present again as priest and people together make the offering of the Body and Blood of Christ.

The SMA National Novena in honour of our Lady of Knock will begin on Friday 19th May 2017 aa the African Missions Church, Blackrock Road, Cork, and will close with our Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on the 27th May, 2017.   The novena will be celebrated each evening at 7.30 (except Saturday 27th May at 7.00pm). For further information please contact: SMA Blackrock Road at 021-4292871 or SMA, Wilton at 021-4541069

Pope Francis seeks the views of young people.  Young people aged 16-29 are invited to complete the survey for Pope Francis with their views on church today, at http://www.corkandross.org

Annual collection for the Diocesan Pastoral Development Office this weekend. The annual collection to fund the work of the Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office will be taken up this weekend Saturday/Sunday 13th and 14th May.  This annual collection funds the costs of 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 parish ministry such as talks, conferences and courses for clergy, religious and laity.

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 10.00 am 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.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society Day Pilgrimage to Knock Saturday June 24th 2017.  Contact Gretta Lynch 021 4291409 or 086 3524336.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES: On Thursday 4th May Bishop Buckley launched the preparation programme for the parishes of our Diocese which include a variety of faith activities over the months leading to August 2018.  The five day event will culminate in the proposed visit by Pope Francis for the closing of the gathering.