11th November 2018 – 32nd Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

The Widow’s Mite
 In today’s gospel reading Jesus warns us about false religion, against showing off with long prayers, special clothes or attitudes.  This can still be seen in our day, in immature religious people; a mistaken zeal which focuses on the self and on a self-centred merit value system.  This can be sad, but harmless enough, unless it involves manipulation of other people.  We pray for a generous and other-centred religious spirit, based on love of God and love of one another, leaving no room for false religion.
Our Lord draws attention to the widow’s small offering.  We look at the externals, God sees the heart, and in his sight the poor widow gave more than all the others.  In the first reading and in the gospel, we see the generosity of two poor widows. Both shared what little they had, they had generous hearts.  We ask ourselves, when we share, do we do so grudgingly or freely?  When we share with the poor, we share with Christ.  Most of us have never known hunger through want of resources, though we live in a world where millions are hungry and in want.  Both widows trusted in God’s providence, and we may ask ourselves: in whom, or in what, do we trust?  We pray for trust in God and a generous heart.

Marriage SupportA second collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend 17th/18th November for Diocesan Marriage Support services.

Baptism Preparation Team. The Pastoral Development Office is offering two sessions of training for new members of Parish teams on Tuesdays 13th and 20th November from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are interested in participating, please give your name to the Sacristy or contact one of the priests.

Autumn Dues envelopes are ready for collection by the Area Collectors in the Sacristy. Many thanks.

Prayers & Blessing of Graves
11th Nov. St. Finbarr’s, Glasheen Rd. 2.30 pm
St Catherine’s, Kilcully. 3.00 pm

Don’t forget to pray at the Graves at the back of the Church.

Handel’s Messiah at Gurranabraher Church –
The East Cork Choral Society will perform Handel’s ‘Messiah’ at Ascension Church, Gurranabraher on Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 8pm. The soloists: Mary Hegarty – Soprano; Sarah-Ellen Murphy – Alto; Peter Stobart – Tenor; Timothy Emberson – Bass. East Cork Orchestra – Eithne Willis, Leader. The Conductor of East Cork Choral Society is Colin Nicholls. Admission – €20.
 All proceeds towards clearing our Church debt. Tickets are now available at Gurranabraher Parish Office, Pro Musica in Oliver Plunkett St. and from East Cork Choral Society members. Further Information at 021 430 3655.

Parish Assembly meeting this Monday 12th November in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.

PIETA HOUSE.  Bandon Garden Annual Christmas fundraising event in aid of Pieta House, on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Sunday 18th of November from 6-10 pm, also on Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd and Sunday 25th. Admission €5.00, mulled wine and mince pies, Christmas arrangements raffled on final night.

Day of Reflection in Nano Nagle Birthplace, Live Life with Compassion with Kieran O’Mahony OSA on Saturday 17th November. Explore the gift of compassion. 10am – 4pm; €65 incl. light lunch; Booking required, contact www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie <http://www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie> or 022 26411.

VIGIL FOR HOLY SOULS
A Vigil for the Holy Souls will take place in
St. Patrick’s Church, Rochestown Road, Co. Cork on Friday 16th November 2018. Commencing with the Angelus and Mass at 6.00pm, confession, rosaries, prayers and hymns for departed family and friends throughout the night. The Vigil concludes with Mass at 12 midnight. Everyone is welcome to attend all or part of the vigil.

Deceased Staff of An Garda Siochána, Cork City Division Annual Mass on Tuesday, 13th November, 2018 at Saint Joseph’s (SMA) Church, Wilton, Cork at 7.30pm.

Alpha  Course in Turner’s Cross
A Turner’s Cross Parish
Alpha course begins at the end of January. This is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in an informal, fun and friendly way. The course continues on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm for ten week

What is the point of life?
What happens when we die?
What relevance does Jesus have for our lives today?
How do we deal with guilt?

Alpha considers some basic aspects of the Christian faith, including – Who is Jesus? Why Did Jesus Die? How does God guide us? and What about the Church?
 We are putting together a team for this course and any parishioners who have completed an Alpha course with us in recent years and would like to help are asked to contact Fr Billy, or any member of the Parish Assembly.

A Little Lifetime Foundation (ALLF)
Support Group for bereaved Parents & Families whose baby has died. LIGHT of LIFE Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Cork City, the Plaza, the Mall beside Cork city Hall on Sunday 11th November at 2.00 pm Featuring Christy Kenneally. Please come along and let’s light up Cork City to remember all the little ones missing from our lives at a very special time of year.  Everyone welcome.

                               The Holy Land The Fifth Gospel

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Our prayers and good wishes to Fr. Kerry and his fellow pilgrims who travel on Pilgrimage to the Holy Land on Sunday November 11th, returning on November 19th.

Fr. Kerry will be remembering you all when he offers Mass in the following places during the week

Monday 12th Nov.  Mount of Beatitudes

Tuesday 13th Nov. Nazareth Basilica of Annuncation

Wednesday 14th Nov. Mount Thabor

Thursday 15th Nov. Bethany

Friday 16th Nov. Bethlehem

Saturday 17th Nov. St. Peter in Gallicantu

Sunday 18th Nov. The Holy Sepulchre – Calvery

Friday 16th Nov. Holy Hour in the Garden Gethsemane. 8pm

 

4th November 2018 – Remembrance Weekend.

NOVEMBER
This is the month when we remember and pray for our dead in the context of our sure and certain hope of eternal life for them and for us. When we think of our own death we pray with the Psalmist: “I shall be filled when I awake with the sight of your glory, O Lord.”
In today’s gospel reading Jesus emphasises the primacy of love and we remember that we have a sure and certain hope for ourselves and for those we love.  Jesus tells us he has prepared a place for each of us and will return to take us to himself, so that, as he says, “where I am you, may be too.”  We live in that hope, in that promise, as we pray that our beloved dead “shall see the Lord face to face and his name will be written on their foreheads.  It will never be night again and they will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will be shining on them.  They will reign for ever and ever.”

REFLECTION                                                                                   In the rising of the sun and its going down . . . . .
We remember them
In the blowing of the wind and the chill of the winter . . . . . . . . . . . .
We remember them
In the opening of the buds and the warmth of summer . . . . . . . . . .
We remember them
In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of Autumn . . . . . . . . . .
We remember them
In the beginning of the year and when it ends . .
We remember them                                                                   When we are weary and in need of strength . .  .
We remember them
When we are lost and sick of heart . . . . . . . . . .
We remember them
When we have joy and yearn to share . . . . . . . .
We remember them
So long as we live, they too shall live
for they are part of us . . . . . .
We remember them
When we grow old and forgetful
we still know . . . . . . . . .
God remembers them

 Remembrance Weekend.  Those who died during the past year are remembered in a special way at our Masses this weekend. We give thanks for the wonderful gift of family, kind neighbours and friendship.  All of us are shaped and influenced by what has happened in the past.   Today and during November we pray for those who have died and acknowledge their influence in our own lives.
We remember Parishioners and family members who have died, especially those who died since November, 2017.

Josie Casey
Finbarr O’Connor
Barry Bevan
Jim McMullen
Michael O’Connell
Tom Hayes
Kevin Clancy
Denis Carey
Mary Kenneally
Bobby McGinty
Joan Burke
Mary Canavan
Eileen O’Donovan
Teresa Casey
Tony McGuirk
Denis O’Driscoll
Louise Leahy
Liam Jones
John Forde
Patrick (PJ) Murphy
Marie O’Byrne
Josephine (Josie) O’Connor
Bridget (BB) Healy
Tim Pierce
Ann Millard
Dan Donovan
Ann Connolly
Elizabeth Frost
Bridie Hallissey
Mary Loughlin
Catherine Mary O’Flynn
Br. Christy Minihan
Aaron Maye
Thomas O’Sullivan
Br. Justinian Collins
Carmel Long                                                                                               Richard Hurley
Richard Mullins
Alec McMullen
Mary O’Dwyer
Anthony Seymour
Dan Harris
Sylvia Roche
John King
Jim Cripps
Declan O’Callaghan
Eileen Collins
Patrick McMahon
John Bickerstaffe
James Coughlan
Lena (Bean Uí Shé) O’Shea
Deirdre Crowley
Joan Higgins
Breda Davis
Dan Long
Kevin O’Flynn
Evelyn Sheehan
Mary O’Shea
Michael Dorgan
Eddie O’Regan
Josephine O’Leary
Sr. Gabriel Fenton
Peggie Hallahan
Elizabeth (Elsa) Collins
Ted Watkins
Nora O’Keeffe
Con Connolly
Kathleen O’Mahony
Evelyn Maher
John Graham
Josie Maxwell                                                                                                  May they all be at peace with God

The Holy Souls Novena of Masses continues to Saturday, 10th November. Mass each day at 10.00 am and also at 6.00 pm except Sunday. Novena envelopes available at the exit doors can be placed in the box at the altar rails.

A Plenary Indulgence for the souls of the departed may be gained by visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead once per day from Nov 1st to 8th, by all who confess their sins during the week before or after All Souls’ Day, receive Holy Communion between the 1st and 8th November and pray for the Pope’s intentions.

Deaths:  We pray for Josie Maxwell, Friars Road, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family.

Baptism Preparation Team. The Pastoral Development Office is offering two sessions of training for new members of Parish teams on Tuesdays 13th and 20th November from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are interested in participating, please give your name to the Sacristy or contact one of the priests.

Music Workshop for parish choirs, cantors and musicians – led by Dom Richard Purcell (Abbot of Mount Melleray) on Saturday 10th November from 10am to 1:15pm in Blackrock Parish Centre. Contribution €10 per person to include music book. Places limited –contact the Pastoral Development Office  021 4537474.

PRAYERS & BLESSING OF GRAVES

3rd Nov.   St. Oliver’s Model Farm Rd.
Mass at 2.00 pm

4th Nov.    St. Joseph’s Tory Top Rd.  2.30pm
St James Chetwynd. 3.00 pm
Douglas. 3.00 pm
St. Michael’s, Blackrock. 3.00 pm
Rathcooney. 3.00 pm

10th Nov. St. Mary & St John Ballincollig.
Mass at 12.00 noon

11th Nov.   St. Finbarr’s, Glasheen Rd. 2.30 pm
St Catherine’s, Kilcully. 3.00 pm
Don’t forget to pray at the Graves at the back of the Church.

 South Parish Historical Society meeting at 7.30pm Wednesday 7th November, St. John’s College, Sawmill Street.  Ronnie Herlihy: The Imperial Hotel, 200 years of service to Cork.

November Holy Hour to pray for Vocations –  Thursday 8th November  5pm to 6pm at the Chapel, OLA Convent, Ardfoyle, Ballintemple – all welcome.  Refreshments served.

28th October 2018 – 30th Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

EYES OF FAITH
 Our Mass readings speak of salvation and of faith.  There have always been people of weak faith (most of us, perhaps), deep faith and no faith.  We no longer live in an age of faith. Nowadays we see open opposition to our faith and also in many good people a struggle between faith and scepticism. We pray for the grace given to Bartimaeus to recognise our salvation when Jesus of Nazareth is close by.  
Bartimaeus called out from the margins of poverty, helplessness and blindness.  He was “a nobody” and an embarrassment to those nearby.  But this blind man looked to Jesus with eyes of faith.  We too can cry to God from the spiritual margins, from our lack of faith or weak faith and ask for mercy, and we too will be heard.  Faith is not merely a question of intellectual assent; it is a relationship with the risen Jesus, with Jesus who said to Bartimaeus “your faith has saved you.”  
If our hearts are open to God, and God is love, then faith can change us for the better and give us joy, and give us hope in the most difficult times in our lives.  As we cry out to God, we are in turn called by God to share in the priesthood of his Christ and we are sent to the lost, to those who have lost their faith.  With Bartimaeus may we follow Jesus on the road to Jerusalem, seeing him and our brothers and sisters in Christ with eyes of faith, eyes of love.

Feast of all Saints Wednesday 1st November.  Masses:  Vigil Tuesday 6.00 pm.  Wednesday 10.00 am & 6.00 pm

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day) Friday 2nd November, Masses at 10.00 am and 6.00 pm

Holy Souls.  Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls Friday 2nd November to Saturday 10th November. Evening Mass at 6.00 pm except Sunday.  Novena envelopes are available at the exit doors can be placed in the box at the altar rails.

A Plenary Indulgence for the souls of the departed may be gained by visiting a church or oratory and there reciting one Our Father and the Apostles’ Creed between noon on November 1st and midnight on All Souls’ Day (November 2nd), by all who confess their sins during the week before or after All Souls’ Day, receive Holy Communion between the 1st and 8th November and pray for the Pope’s intentions.  The faithful who visit a cemetery and pray for the dead may gain also gain a plenary indulgence once per day from Nov 1st to 8th, subject to the same conditions.

Remembrance Weekend 4th & 5th November. All Masses will be offered for our Dead remembering especially those who have died since November 2017.  Nightlights available at back of Church to light and place at the altar rails in their memory.   Remembrance Weekend is an opportunity to give thanks for the wonderful gift of family, kind neighbours and friendship.  All of us are shaped and influenced by what has happened in the past and during November we pray for those who have died and acknowledge their influence on our own lives.                                                                                                               PRAYERS & BLESSING OF GRAVES

3rd Nov. St. Oliver’s Ballincollig
Mass at 2pm

4th Nov. St. Joseph’s Tory Top Rd.
2.30 pm
St. James Chetwynd  3pm
Douglas  3pm
St. Michael’s Blackrock  3pm
Rathcooney  3pm

10th Nov:  St Mary’s & St John’s
Ballincollig Mass 12 noon

11th Nov. St. Finbarr’s Glasheen Rd
2.30pm
St. Catherine’s Kilcully 3pm                                                                                                                           Don’t forget to pray at the Graves at the back of the Church

First Friday: We will visit the sick and housebound this week. If you would like a visit please contact us.

Anointing of the Sick: Saturday 3rd Nov. at 10.00 am Mass.

Deaths:We pray for Con Connolly, Railway Place, Douglas Road and John Graham, Togher and late of Fr Matthew Road, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

Gramophone Recital Tuesday November 6th at 11.00 am at Tory Top Library. Presented by John O’Connell. Admission Free. All welcome.

St Martin Triduum. Three nights of intercession for healing and peace. Starts Saturday 3rd November with Mass 6.00 pm.
St Mary’s, Pope’s Quay.

Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Wednesday 7th of November at 7:20 pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. For more information see anamcara.ie <http://anamcara.ie>  or call our Information Line on 085 2888 888.

The Annual Rosary Procession around the Lough takes place on Sunday October 28th starting with Rosary in the Lough Church at 2.30pm.   All Welcome.

Workshop for parish choirs, cantors and musicians – led by Dom Richard Purcell (Abbot of Mount Melleray) on Saturday 10th November from 10am to 1:15pm in Blackrock Parish Centre. Contribution €10 per person to include copy of music book. Places limited – to reserve a place contact the Pastoral Development Office  021 4537474

Climate Change. Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si’, says that climate change is real and mainly a ‘result of human activity‘.  A talk entitled ‘Waking up to Climate Change’ by Lorna Gold will take place on Friday, 16 November at 7.30 pm in the Visitor Centre, North Cathedral, Cork.  Admission is free but places are limited.  To book a place, email shepearthaware@gmail.com <mailto:shepearthaware@gmail.com> .

Marriage Enrichment Weekend offers married couples (of all ages) private time to rekindle the joy of their love. Residential Weekend from 16th to 18th November 2018 at the beautifully situated Lake Hotel, Killarney. For information or booking visit www.marriageencounter.ie <http://www.marriageencounter.ie>   or call 086-609 5168 or 064-664 4319

 

Prayers & Blessing of Graves 2018

    PRAYERS & BLESSING of GRAVES 2018

3rd Nov. St. Oliver’s Ballincollig
Mass at 2pm

4th Nov. St. Joseph’s Tory Top Rd.
2.30 pm
St. James Chetwynd  3pm
Douglas  3pm
St. Michael’s Blackrock  3pm
Rathcooney  3pm

10th Nov:  St Mary’s & St John’s
Ballincollig Mass 12 noon

11th Nov. St. Finbarr’s Glasheen Rd
2.30pm
St. Catherine’s Kilcully 3pm

21st October 2018 – Mission Sunday 29th Sun. Ordinary Time (B)

MISSION
This is World Mission Sunday and on this day, collections will be taken up throughout the world and used to help support missionaries who bring faith, hope and love to those who are suffering, helping to build churches, hospitals, and schools.

Just as Jesus experienced opposition and suffering in his mission, so the missionary church at home and abroad experiences opposition and suffering. Our first reading for this Sunday is from the fourth song of the servant in Isaiah, the suffering servant who gives his and takes the faults of many on himself. This is echoed in the Gospel reading as Jesus says the Son of Man came to serve and give his life as a ransom for many. He is the Servant King and we share that kingship by virtue of our baptism, and we too are called to serve others.
We share in his mission as we allow our faith to be deepened and spread the light of Christ by the witness of a Christian life. The kingdom of God is built up as ordinary things and actions are made holy by ordinary people. We also share in Christ’s mission as we help our missionaries by encouragement, by prayer and by material support. As we thank God for the life-giving gift of our faith, may we be anxious to share that gift with a world that needs it so badly, both at home and abroad.
Second Collection: The annual collection for the Propagation of the Faith will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.

Holy Souls. Novena of Masses from Friday 2nd to Saturday November 10th. Novena envelopes and lists for the dead now available.

The Annual Rosary Procession around the Lough takes place on Sunday October 28th starting with Rosary in the Lough Church at 2.30pm. All Welcome.

Cork Alzheimers Café a safe place for people with Alzheimers and other dementias, their carers, family and friends along with social and health professionals to meet. Last Friday of each month 1.30-3.30 pm in St Finbarr’s Hospital. Light refreshments, all welcome, no charge. Next meeting Friday 26th October.

Anam Cara is committed to continue offering all our services at no charge to bereaved parents and families throughout Ireland. We are looking for some supportive volunteers who would consider helping us for a couple of hours on Saturday 17th November at Dunnes Stores, Bishopstown between 10am – 6pm. If you are interested in helping out, please email Pam at p.gaffney@anamcara.ie.

Young Adults gather each Tuesday in Mount Finbarr, Glasheen Road, T12 P2R8 at 7pm. Explore aspects of faith and prayer, and chat over refreshments. Further details email eavopost@gmail.com or call 087 2209994

Bunscoil Chríost Rí, Turners Cross. Your Local Co-Educational Primary School
Open Night Tuesday, 23rd October 7:30pm – 8:30pm. All Welcome
Now taking enrolments for 2019-2020

Ennismore Retreat Centre Presents Healing our Grief & Transforming our Loss.
Patrick Sheehan MIAHIP Saturday 3rd November Time:10.30 am – 4.30pm
Cost: €60 (Including lunch) Booking and Details from Ennismore
Tel: 021-4502520 E-mail: info@ennismore.ie

YOUTH MINISTRY
Our NET Ministries Team arrived in Cork on 1st October. They range in age from 18 to 26, three women, three men and they come from Australia, U.S.A., Brazil and Co. Meath! They will work in the three parishes of Douglas, Turner’s Cross and the South Parish. The Team live together in the South Parish and a house there has had a make-over to accommodate the six young adults.
They will visit secondary schools and youth groups as well as Confirmation classes, giving young people an opportunity to hear the message of the Gospel in their own language from people close to their own age. In this way students are comfortable with the team’s encouragement to live a life of faith. They work principally through retreats (called Encounter Days) in which the sharing of their personal experience of the positive influence and importance of Jesus and religion on their own lives is a central element.

Our NET Ministries Team.  The team leaders will be Anne-Marie Williams, age 21, from Australia and Bruno Proenca, age 26,from Brazil. They, along with four others arrived in Cork on Monday 1st October.  Monica Schaefer, 19, from Texas, USA and Niall Foley, 18, from Co. Meath. John Luke de Losa, 18, from Australia and Leanne Rodriguez, 24, from Texas, USA. They will be involved in retreat work in schools (Confirmation, First Years, Transition Year and Leaving Certs) here Turner’s Cross,  in Douglas and South Parish.    As well as retreat days (Encounter Days in schools and youth groups they will also be involved in outreach to 3rd Level Students.

 

 

14th October 2018 – 28th Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

Altar Servers
Parents of children who attend Mass in this church and are in third class or above and are not in our Parish School may collect an Altar Server Application Form and the Child Protection Policy Document in the Sacristy. Current Altar Servers are invited to renew their commitment for the year ahead.  Children attending Bus Scoil Chríost Rí will receive their application forms through the School.

HOLY HOUR to pray for Vocations – Sisters of Bon Secours Convent, College Road. Saturday 20th October 3pm-4pm with refreshments to follow. A Holy Hour will be held each month in one of the Religious Congregations in Cork to pray for Vocations. This is a prayer initiative of Vocations Ireland Munster region. All Welcome to join in prayer with us.

WHAT GOOD MUST I DO?      The reading from the Book of Wisdom tells us that the wisdom that comes from God is of more value than money or property. The Psalmist says “Lord make us know the shortness of our lives, give us wisdom of heart.” The man in the gospel passage asked “what good must I do?” According to Pope John Paul II this is an essential and unavoidable question for every thinking person. The wealthy man was more attached to his riches than he realised

Jesus says simply: “keep the commandments,” and summarises those which concern our dealings with other people. The love of neighbour implied in keeping the commandments listed by Jesus is an appropriate response to God’s goodness, and is of more importance than external religious ritual observance of the Law. The rich man had observed the commandments and he felt drawn to God. What should he do to honour God who is so good? The key was to freely give the generous gift of himself, all he had. The reward would be that wisdom which is more valuable than riches, and eternal life. Sadly, he found the price too high, and went away.

Can we truly follow Jesus, or are we too tied to possessions, position and ambitions. A “leave all” attitude of God’s priority, of service of others and of love, leads to a deep inner peace, and whatever we give up, we receive in return riches that will last. The road to salvation is beyond human strength, but “all things are possible to God.” In the end it is a matter of being generous rather than self-centred. We ask the Lord, “what good must I do?” and pray for the grace to respond generously.

 Ordination of a new Permanent Deacon   Congratulations to John Guirey of Ballinhassig Parish who will be ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Cork and Ross this Sunday 14th October in the Church of Mary, Mother of God, Ballygarvan at 3.00 pm.   We congratulate Deacon John and pray God’s blessing on him and his family.

Two New Saints   This Sunday Pope Francis will Canonize two new Saints, Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Romero. Pope Paul was elected in 1963 following the death of John XXIII and died in 1978. Oscar Romero was Archbishop of San Salvador. He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture. In 1980, Archbishop Romero was assassinated while offering Mass.

Ministers of the Eucharist: can collect their Rota for the coming weeks in the Sacristy.

 Diocesan Quarterly Collection at all Masses this weekend 13th /14th October to support the work of the dioceses.

 SAFEGUARDING    The Diocese recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of vulnerable adults and is committed to safeguarding all our members. Therefore, the Diocese has introduced Guidelines for Clergy, Staff and Volunteers for Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults which can be found at www.corkandross.org and click the safeguarding tab..

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Nora O’Keeffe, Quaker Road, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to her family.

Maurice Bric UCD: The World of Nano Nagle when the Penal Laws were enforced, ignored and abolished Sat 20th Oct., 10am – 4pm; €65 incl. light lunch; Booking 022 26411 www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie

 Anam Cara is committed to continue offering all our services at no charge to bereaved parents and families throughout Ireland. Anam Cara’s main fundraising event for 2018 is our national bag pack, once again in conjunction with the lovely people at Dunnes Stores. We are looking for some supportive volunteers who would consider helping us for a couple of hours on Saturday 17th November at Dunnes Stores, Bishopstown between 10am – 6pm. If who are interested in helping out, please email Pam at p.gaffney@anamcara.ie.

Holy Souls. Novena of Masses from Friday 2nd to Saturday November 10th. Novena envelopes and lists for the dead available next weekend.

‘The Samaritan Woman’ happening on the 17th October at Nano Nagle Place. Details at  https://nanonagleplace.ie/nanoevents/the-samaritan-woman/

 Alzheimers Society of Ireland needs volunteers for Memory Ribbon National Collection Day on Thursday 22nd November. See http://www.alzheimer.ie/Get-Involved/ Fundraising/Alzheimer-s-Memory-Ribbon.aspx

 

7th October 2018 – 27th Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

MARRIED LOVE

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.

Altar Servers
Parents of children who attend Mass in this church and are in third class or above and are not in our Parish School may collect an Altar Server Application Form and the Child Protection Policy Document in the Sacristy. Current Altar Servers are invited to renew their commitment for the year ahead. Children attending Bus Scoil Chríost Rí will receive their application forms through the School.

Coláiste Íde in Dingle are holding open days on the 13th & 14th of October from 12-4. More information from 066 9151211 or info@colaisteide.com.

SAFEGUARDING
The Diocese continues to ensure and maintain compliance with the safeguarding children
policy and standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016. For more information on the
policy please visit www.corkandross.org and click the safeguarding tab.

Ministers of the Eucharist: can collect their Rota for the coming weeks in the Sacristy.

Tory Top Library Event
Intercultural Studies Course: Tory Top Library. Oct 5th, 12th & 19th 11.00 -12.30. Booking Essential. (Tel: 4924934)

Maurice Bric UCD: The World of Nano Nagle when the Penal Laws were enforced, ignored and abolished Sat 20th Oct., 10am – 4pm; €65 incl. light lunch; Booking required Nano Nagle Birthplace 022 26411 ww.nanonaglebirthplace.ie

Anam Cara is committed to continue offering all our services at no charge to bereaved parents and families throughout Ireland. Anam Cara’s main fundraising event for 2018 is our national bag pack, once again in conjunction with the lovely people at Dunnes Stores. We are looking for some supportive volunteers who would consider helping us for a couple of hours on Saturday 17th November at Dunnes Stores, Bishopstown between 10am – 6pm. If who are interested in helping out, please email Pam at p.gaffney@anamcara.ie.

You can watch “The Rosary of Our Lady” on EWTN Catholic TV on Sunday 7th October (4pm); Thurs 11th October (9am); Fri 12th October (3pm) and Saturday 13th October (9pm). EWTN Catholic TV is available on: Sky 588, Virgin Media 815, Eircom eFibre 589 or Watch Online at www.ewtn.ie

Finbar Wright Concert
Our Lady Crowned Church Mayfield
Sunday 14th October 2018 at 7.30pm
Tickets €25.00 available from the Parish Office, Credit Union, Scoil Mhuire agus Eoin, and 20 Courtlands, Mayfield. Proceeds will go to set up cost of new classroom in Scoil Mhuire agus Eoin Mayfield for children with Autism.

Parish Assembly meeting this Monday 8th October in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.

NET Ministries
The NET Ministries Team arrived in Cork on Monday last and were welcomed by Fr. Kerry, Turners Cross, Canon Teddy O’Sullivan, Douglas and Fr. Eoin Whooley, South Parish.

Our NET Ministries team will work with young people and youth groups in our three parishes. The six members of our team are aged from 18 to 25 and are from the US, Australia, Brazil and Co. Meath and they will live in a house in the South Parish.

The Team are equipped to set up and run youth groups, youth Masses, after-school programmes, lunch-time school programmes, coffee houses, faith discussions, rosary groups, men and women’s groups, assist and help with religion classes and much more.

Young people are the future of our Faith and what better way to proclaim the Good News of Christ to them than through other young people? The NET Ministries team represents a huge opportunity for evangelisation and a very exciting adventure for our parish communities. The team will come to masses soon to tell us of their plans, but meanwhile please keep John-Luke, Leanne, Niall, Monica, Bruno and Annie in your prayers and may the Holy Spirit bless their work

Diocesan Quarterly Collection at all Masses next weekend 14th /15th October to support the work of the dioceses.

30th September 2018 – 26th Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

Gougane Barra Sunday 30th September, 2018
Rosary at 2.30 pm followed by Mas at 3.00 pm.  Bishop John will be the principal celebrant and the homily will be preached by Bishop Ray Browne, Bishop of Kerry.  All welcome.

First Friday: We will visit the sick and housebound this week.   If you would like a visit please contact us.

Anointing of the Sick on Saturday next 6th October at the 10.00 am Mass.

Altar Servers
Parents of children who attend Mass in this church and are in third class or above and are not in our Parish School may collect an Altar Server Application Form and the Child Protection Policy Document in the Sacristy. Current Altar Servers are invited to renew their commitment for the year ahead.  Children attending Bus Scoil Chríost Rí will receive their application forms through the School.    
                                                                          

Ministers of the Eucharist: can collect their Rota for the coming weeks in the Sacristy

The Annual Collection for the Education of Students preparing for Priesthood & Diaconate takes place at all Masses this weekend.

Christ King Girls’ Secondary School Annual Open Evening will take place on Thursday, October 4, 2018, 6.30-8.30pm. Parents and prospective students welcome.

South City Forum:  Gardai and Local Councillors will attend the first meeting of South City Forum at Turner’s Cross Community Centre, Curragh Road on Thursday evening October 4th at 7.30 pm. For residents of Douglas Street, Pouladuff, Ballyphehane, Turner’s Cross and adjoining areas.

Tory Top Library Events
Intercultural Studies Course: Tory Top Library. Oct 5th, 12th & 19th 11.00 -12.30. Booking Essential. (Tel: 4924934)

Saturday 6th Oct @ 11a.m.: Signed story time for the under 7’s with sign language interpreter Ray Greene. Booking Essential. (Tel: 4924934)

South Parish Historical Society Monthly meeting on Wednesday 3rd October at 7.30pm in Nano Nagle Place, Abbey Street.  Danielle O’Donovan will be out host on a tour of the Heritage Centre and a talk on Nano Nagle.

NET MINISTRIES
Our NET Ministries team arrives this week and will work in the parishes of Turner’s Cross, Douglas and St Finbarr’s South.  Sincere thanks to all who contributed to the preparation of their house in the South Parish.                                                       

The Family of Faithliving faith – sharing faith
An exploration together of faith development opportunities for all ages in our parishes and diocese  following on from the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis

Tuesday 23rd October  8:00pm to 9:30pm  Blackrock Parish Centre

Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Tom Deenihan

The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Tom Deenihan took place in the Cathedral of Christ the King Mullingar on Sunday September 2nd.  The Chief Ordaining Prelate was Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, who was be assisted by Most Reverend Michael Smith, Bishop Emeritus of Meath and Most Reverend John Buckley, Bishop of Cork and Ross.  The homily was preached by Father Denis McNelis, Parish Priest of Laytown and Mornington. Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh presided at the Mass.                                    Other concelebrants for the Mass included His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddaeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio; Archbishop Patrick Coveney and Bishop Padraig O’Donoghue. Bishop Fintan Monahan, who was ordained to the diaconate together with Bishop Deenihan in 1990 by Bishop Michael Smith also concelebrated the Mass.                                                                                                Concelebrants at the Mass also included priests and religious clergy from the Diocese of Meath and  the Diocese of Cork & Ross.Representatives of Christian denominations in attendance included Bishop Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.      Bishop Deenihan’s mother, sisters, brother, their families along with many people from different parishes in Cork and Ross Diocese where Bishop Deenihan previously served in Glanmire, Bantry, Kealkil and Coomhola also attended.

We pray God’s blessing on Bishop Deenihan as he begins his new ministry.

30th September- Gougane Sunday

Gougane Sunday – Annual Pilgrimage to Honour St. Finbarr
The feast day of St. Finbarr, Patron Saint of the Diocese of Cork, is celebrated on the 25th of September.
This year pilgrims will gather on Sunday, Sept. 30th  to celebrate ‘Gougane Sunday’.
Rosary will be recited in the Oratory at 2.30 pm and Mass will be celebrated there at 3.00 pm.
Most Rev. Ray Browne, Bishop of Kerry will preach the homily this year.