Book Launch Sunday 3rd December 2017

BOOK LAUNCH                                                                                                             All are invited to  the Book Launch in St Columba’s Church Douglas  on Sunday 3rd December  at 4pm                                                                                                55 ways to connect with families in your Parish       by Sr Karen Kent

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19th November 2017 – 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

                 USING OUR GIFTS
The poem in praise of a perfect wife at the end of the Book of Proverbs is somewhat foreign to our culture and even seems condescending to women   It might seem a little less strange if we imagine it as being written by an ancient Irish mother, anxious to find a suitable wife for her precious son!  And in fact this end section of the Book of Proverbs is headed “the sayings of Lemuel king of Massa, taught him by his mother.”  The piece has been regarded as a poem in praise of wisdom, traditionally thought of as female.

The wise person is someone who is loving, who helps those in need, who gives to the poor and is business-like and hardworking, someone who “gets on with it,” and uses his or her talents in loving service. Some of us may feel that our talents don’t amount to much, that we are not as gifted, say, as the ten talent man in the parable, yet we all have some gifts, given by God for a purpose.  Spiritual gifts are given for the good of all; if they are not used, they will not be fruitful, but when ordinary people accept and use their giftedness great things are achieved in the kingdom of God.

PARISH CELEBRATION 25th November, 2017
A number of significant milestones in the life of our parish occurred over the past year or so.  We wish to mark Sacristan Jack Kiely’s long service to the church and parish community in Turner’s Cross and his 80th birthday this year.  We also want to belatedly acknowledge Fr Kerry’s retirement last year and his 80th birthday.  We celebrate Rev. Frank McKevitt’s diaconate ordination and bid farewell to Br Aidan McHugh, following his transfer to Mount St Joseph.   These events will be recalled in prayer at the 6.00 pm Mass on Saturday next 25th November, 2017.  After Mass we will gather for food, music, presentations and a little craic in the Nano Nagle Hall, Bunscoil Chriost Ri.  All are invited, so save the date.

 “Do this in Memory”   There will be a meeting of the Parent Representatives in the Parish Centre on this Monday 20th Nov. at  7.30pm.  Our next Mass will be on  Sunday 26th Nov. at 10.00 am

 

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

Deaths:  We pray for Jim (Max) McMullen, Deerpark, and Michael O’Connell, Evergreen Road, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

Diocese of Cork and Ross Vocation Discernment for men aged 18 to 40 who are thinking about priesthood. Monthly gatherings at the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane beginning on Wednesday 29th November from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Further information contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537603

Marriage Support: Second collection at all Masses this weekend 18th/19th November for Diocesan Marriage Support services.

Encountering Family in the Gospels and how Pope Francis links this into Amoris Laetitia.  Wednesdays 22nd, 29th November and 6th December from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at the Ursuline Convent, Blackrock – access from Convent Road.  All welcome, contact Sr Karen at 087 9161792.

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, Douglas Road. Light refreshments provided free of charge. All welcome. Our next meeting is Friday 24th November.

Cork Alzheimer Foundation, Togher: Vacancies for Care Support Staff (CE Scheme).  Applicants must supply character reference and be prepared to complete a Garda Vetting application form.  19.5 Hours per week.  Please forward CV to Sheila Scolley, Cork Alzheimer Foundation, Doughcloyne, Togher Cross, or email corkalzheimer@gmail.com

Christmas in the Cathedral: Liam Lawton in concert supported by the Cathedral Parish Choir Thursday 7th December at 8.00 pm.  Tickets € 20 from Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street, Nolan Butchers, Shandon Street, Cathedral Presbytery 021 4304325, Cathedral Sacristy 021 4210717, the Cathedral Visitor Centre.

Christian Meditation with Children:  An introductory meeting about meditating with children in the family will be held on 22nd November at 7.30pm in St. Columba’s Parish Centre, Douglas.  Led by Rita O’Connell and Mary O’Connor.

Christmas Decoration Demonstration in aid of Bru Columbanus with Mary O’Farrell, O’Farrell’s Bandon and Carole Horgan, Best of Buds at Bru Columbanus, Cardinal Way, Wilton on 22nd November at 7.30pm Tickets €15 (including refreshments) from O’Farrells Bandon and Bru Columbanus

12th November 2017 – 32nd Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

         Five Wise – Five Foolish

WISDOM
Our reading from the Book of Wisdom tells something about the nature of wisdom.  It is available to those who seek it and it is essentially of God.  We have seen many sad examples of cleverness and knowledge without wisdom in Irish economic and political life in recent years, and we have had to live with the consequences of that foolishness.  A wise person will have a lightness and brightness of heart, a loving heart is wise.  Wisdom is a gift from God, and we may pray with the Psalmist: “give me the Wisdom that sits by your throne.”
The parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids is about end times, the end of the world and the ending of our lives. We may wonder if we will be able to rekindle our faith in a time of crisis, will there be a spark left. Without faith we may not hear the words of life, we may be unable to accept the gift of God’s salvation.  We pray that we will be wise, and keep the light of faith burning in our hearts.
As Christians we are not afraid to think about death.   We have a sure and certain hope for ourselves and 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 continue to pray for our beloved dead in this month of November.

PRAYERS & BLESSING OF GRAVES
   12th Nov. St. Finbarr’s, Glasheen Rd   2.30pm

St. Michael’s, Blackrock. 3.00pm
St Catherine’s, Kilcully 3.00 pm
Don’t forget a prayer at the Graves at the back of the Church

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

Diocese of Cork and Ross Vocation Discernment for men aged 18 to 40 who are thinking about priesthood. Monthly gatherings at the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane beginning on Wednesday 29th November from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Further information contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537603.

Deaths:  We pray for Barry Bevan, Cork and Spain, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to his family.

Marriage Support:  A second collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend 18th/19th November for Diocesan Marriage Support services.

Pope Francis on Twitter:                      Press to open    

Encountering Family in the Gospels and how Pope Francis links this into Amoris Laetitia.  Wednesdays 22nd, 29th November and 6th December from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at the Ursuline Convent, Blackrock – access from Convent Road.  All welcome, contact Sr Karen at 087 9161792.

PARISH CELEBRATION                 25th November, 2017
A number of significant milestones in the life of our parish occurred over the past year or so.  We wish to mark Sacristan Jack Kiely’s long service to the church and parish community in Turner’s Cross and his 80th birthday this year.  We also want to belatedly acknowledge Fr Kerry’s retirement and his 80th birthday at the end of last year.  We celebrate Frank McKevitt’s diaconate ordination and bid farewell to Br Aidan McHugh, following his transfer to Mount St Joseph.   These events will be recalled in prayer at the 6.00 pm vigil Mass on Saturday 25th November, 2017.  After Mass we will gather for food, music, presentations and a little craic in the Nano Nagle Hall, Bunscoil Chriost Ri. All are invited, so save the date.

OFFICIAL FAMILY PRAYER FOR
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018
God, our Father,
We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
Make us patient and kind,
gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.
Protect all families with your loving care,
Especially those for whom we now pray:
[we pause and remember family members and others by name].
Increase our faith,
Strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love,
Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.
This we ask, through Christ our Lord,
Amen

 


5th November 2017 – Remembrence Sunday

Remembrance Weekend.  Those who died during the past year are remembered in a special way at all our Masses this weekend.  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.   Today and during November we pray for those who have died and acknowledge their influence in our own lives.
May they all be at peace with God

REFLECTION   (You answer “We remember them”)

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

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

PRAYERS & BLESSING OF GRAVES                                                                                   5th Nov. St. Joseph’s Tory Top Rd. 2.30pm
St James Chetwynd       3.00 pm
Rathcooney                    3.00 pm
Douglas                          3.00pm

11th Nov. St. Mary & St John Ballincollig Mass at 12. noon

12th Nov.   St. Finbarr’s, Glasheen Rd     2.30pm
St. Michael’s, Blackrock.       3.00pm
St Catherine’s, Kilcully          3.00 pm

Don’t forget a pray at the Graves of deceased Parish Priests at the back of our Church

Parish Assembly: meeting this Thursday 9th November in Parish Centre at 8pm.

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 weeks before and after All Souls’ Day, receive Holy Communion between the 1st and 8th November and pray for the Pope’s intentions.

Ministries: We are appealing for volunteers for Ministries in the Parish, as Ministers of the Word (readers), Ministers of the Eucharist, members of the Funeral Ministry Team, members of the Baptismal Team, Church Carers Team or of the Church Choir. You can nominate a person or volunteer your own service. Collect a form in Sacristy or have a word with one of the priests.

 

29th October 2017 – 30th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

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) Thursday 2nd November, Masses at 10.00 am and 6.00 pm
 
Holy Souls.  Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls from Thurs
2nd Nov. to Fri. 10th Nov. Evening Mass 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 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 weeks 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 2016.  Nightlights available at back of Church to light and place at the altar rail 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.

 Read Pope Francis on Twitter  https://twitter.com/pontifex

 

Deaths:  We pray for Josie Casey, Friars Road who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family.
 
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 4th Nov. at 10.00 am Mass. 

Thanks from World Missions Ireland for last week’s Mission Sunday collection. To continue supporting mission throughout the year, please go to www.wmi.ie <http://www.wmi.ie> <http://www.wmi.ie> or call 01 4972035 for further information.

South Parish Historical Society meeting on Wednesday November 1st at 7.30 p.m. in St John’s College, Sawmill Street, on the topic of ‘Unfree Labour in 19th Century Cork’. The guest speaker is Barra O’Donnabhain. Non-members €3. All welcome.
 
 
PRAYERS & BLESSING OF GRAVES

The month of November is dedicated to praying for the Holy Souls. The Church has always taught us to pray for those who have gone before us.

The following is a list of the prayers and blessing scheduled in the local cemeteries during the month of November:

SATURDAY 4TH NOVEMBER
Saint Oliver’s Cemetery, Model Farm Road         2:00 pm with Mass

SUNDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

St Joseph’s Cemetery, Tory Top Road               2.30pm
Kilquane Cemetery Knockraha                               after 10.00 am Mass
Little Island Cemetery                                              after 11.00am Mass
Templeisque Cemetery                                            2:00 pm                       Douglas Cemetery                                                   3.00pm
Rathcooney Cemetery                                              3:00 pm
St James Cemetery, Chetwynd, Togher                 3:00 pm

SATURDAY 11TH NOVEMBER
St Mary & St John, Ballincollig                                 Mass at 12.00 noon

SUNDAY 12TH NOVEMBER
Ballyverry Cemetery,  Glanmire,                              after 11am Mass
Ballyvinny Cemetery, Knockraha,                           1:00 pm
Ballyluchra Cemetery,  Glanmire,                           1:45 pm
St Finbarr’s Cemetery, Glasheen Road,                 2:30 pm
St Michael’s Cemetery, Blackrock                           3:00 pm
St Catherine’s Cemetery, Kilcully                            3:00 pm

May the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul: The October Church Gate collection amounted to €1,547. This amount with additional funding from the Society, has been expended in this parish.  The Society thanks you most sincerely for your generosity and continued support and looks forward to your assistance with the November collection on next weekend – 5th November. 

 

Family Prayer for World Meeting of Families 2018
God, our Father,
We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
Make us patient and kind,
gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.
Protect all families with your loving care,
Especially those for whom we now pray:
[we pause and remember family members
and others by name].
Increase our faith,
Strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love,
Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.
This we ask, through Christ our Lord,
Amen.

22nd October 2017- Mission Sunday

Parish CELEBRATION 25th November, 2017
 
A number of significant milestones in the life of our parish occurred over the past year or so.   These will be recalled in prayer at the 6.00pm vigil Mass on Saturday 25th November, 2017.  After Mass we will gather for food, music, presentations and a little craic in the Nano Nagle Hall, Bunscoil Chriost Ri.  All are invited, so save the date.  More details near the time.
 
 
Deaths:  We pray for Mary O’Keeffe , South Douglas Road , who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family.
 
 
Mission Sunday.  Today is Mission Sunday and the Holy Father invites Catholics all over the world to contribute to a special collection. A second collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend as we support missionary activity abroad through our prayer, sacrifice and financial contributions. The funds collected help Churches who need financial support and are directed towards communities in need, both spiritually and materially.  Last year Irish Catholics contributed more than €1.6 million on Mission Sunday, and this collection was distributed to more than 1,000 young Churches in need. Contributions are used to build simple mission churches, to educate seminarians and female religious novices, and for the formation of catechists and lay leaders. Our Mission Sunday collection will also be used for building health facilities and for emergency aid. We remember the work of missionaries throughout the world including more than 1,300 Irish missionaries.
 
 
Parish Assembly 2017 – 2020
Our fourth Parish Assembly has completed its period of training and will hold its first regular monthly meeting on Thursday 9th November.   The new assembly membership is as follows:
 
Chairperson:    Rose Fitzgerald
Secretary:        Patricia Harrington
Deputy Chairperson Br James O’Donovan
 
Anne Bermingham            
Arman Beron                                 
Eileen Beron                                 
Alan Casey                                                
Bernadette Hegarty                       
MaryRose Hickey 
Sashi James                       
Eddie Mullins                    
Irene Purificacion              
Evelyn Sheehan                 
Ronan Sheehan (First Year Only)
Fr. Billy O’Sullivan           
 
Formal Commissioning will take place at a weekend Mass following the meeting of 9th November.   Sincere thanks to those nominated for this commitment to the parish community and we ask God’s blessing for them and their families for the next three years. Thanks also to the members of the previous assembly (2014-2017) who completed their work at Easter and to the Steering Group which met during the “interregnum”
 
 
Cork Alzheimers Café  a safe space for people with Alzheimers and other dementias, their carers, family and friends. Last Friday of each month 1.30- 3.30 pm in St. Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Rd.  Light refreshments provided free of charge. All welcome  – next meeting Friday  27th October.
 
 
Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 1st of November from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.
 
 
Bunscoil Chríost Rí, Turners Cross your Local Co-Educational Primary School Open Night Tuesday, 24th October 7:30pm-8:30pm. All Welcome.  Now taking enrolments for 2018-2019
 
 

Official Family Prayer for World Meeting of Families 2018

God, our Father,
We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
Make us patient and kind,
gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.
Protect all families with your loving care,
Especially those for whom we now pray:
[we pause and remember family members
and others by name].
Increase our faith,
Strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love,
Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.
This we ask, through Christ our Lord,
Amen.

 
South Parish Historical Society is holding its next meeting on Wednesday 1st November at 7.30 p.m. in St John’s College, Sawmill Street, on the topic of ‘Unfree Labour in 19th Century Cork’. The guest speaker is Barra O’Donnabhain. Non-members €3. All welcome.
 
 

 

15th October 2017 – 28th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

               County Final

            Best of luck to Nemo

Two Banquets
Isaiah uses the image of a rich banquet on God’s holy mountain to describe the fulfilment of God’s promise of a salvation of joy and everlasting happiness where every tear will be wiped away and death will be no more. This intensely human image of fulfilment and joy has come down to us from about 500 BC. Today’s Gospel reading also speaks of a banquet, a wedding feast representing the kingdom of God. This is the third parable of rejection in St. Matthew’s Gospel, those invited refused to come. Some were busy, preoccupied with farm and business, others were hostile. The messengers were then sent to the crossroads to invite whoever they met to come to the wedding feast, an open invitation to all. We sometimes refuse God’s invitation. We may be too busy, or having value systems or lifestyles at variance with the Christian ideal we may not want to hear the message. The guest who did not wear a wedding garment represents those who pay lip service to the Christian life but are not in practice prepared to take it seriously.

The banquet is at the end of time, but the invitation is now and the response is now. We pray that we will say yes to God’s invitation, and yes to God’s promise, that we will say yes to God’s love. May we bring that invitation to others, even at the risk of rejection, as we try to give witness to our faith by our lifestyle and by our joy in the Lord.

Mission Sunday. A second collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend as we support missionary activity abroad through our prayer, sacrifice and financial contributions. The funds collected help Churches who need financial support and are directed towards communities in need, both spiritually and materially. Last year Irish Catholics contributed more than €1.6 million on Mission Sunday, and this collection was distributed to more than 1,000 young Churches in need. Contributions are used to build simple mission churches, to educate seminarians and female religious novices, and for the formation of catechists and lay leaders. Our Mission Sunday will also be used for building health facilities and for emergency aid. We remember the work of missionaries throughout the world including more than 1,300 Irish missionaries.

Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office – vacancy for Receptionist/Secretary. Must be eligible for CE scheme – 19.5 hours per week. Please send cv and cover letter to southsidetdl@eircom.net

Cork Marriage Counselling Centre: Marriage, family and individual counselling. Marriage Preparation – Call 021-4275678 for help and guidance. (Supported by the Diocese of Cork & Ross, The Dept. for Children and the HSE

Ministers of the Word may collect their Rota from the Sacristy.
Deaths: We pray for Donal Hurley of Kilcolman Lawn who died recently. We extend our sympathy to his family.

Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane presents the musical, CATS from 19th / 22nd October starting at 730pm sharp with matinee on Sun. 22nd October at 2.30pm. Tickets available at the school office 021-4961765

Having Faith in Families: A talk by Professor Eamonn Conway of Mary Immaculate College this Sunday 15th Oct. from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Christ the King Church, Turner’s Cross. This is part of our preparation for the World Meeting of Families. We look forward to welcoming you there – donation only.

Official Family Prayer for World Meeting of Families 2018
God, our Father,
We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
Make us patient and kind,
gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.
Protect all families with your loving care,
Especially those for whom we now pray:
[we pause and remember family members
and others by name].
Increase our faith,
Strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love,
Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.
This we ask, through Christ our Lord,
Amen.

8th October 2016 – 26th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
The World Meeting of Families is held every three years in a different city and country. Pope Francis has chosen Dublin for the next meeting from 21st to 28th August next year. The theme of this meeting is: The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World. These major international events bring together families from across the world to celebrate, to pray and to reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family, in our lives, in society and in the Church.

The key moments are as follows:

A National Opening on 21st August will take place simultaneously in all the different dioceses of Ireland.

A three-day Congress will run from 22nd to 24th August with a programme of keynote speakers, workshops, talks, testimonies and discussions. There will also be an engaging and exciting programme for young people as well as fun activities for children. There will be daily celebration of the Eucharist, prayerful activities, exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances.

On Saturday 25th August there will be a Festival of Families, a concert style event with a prayerful and joyful atmosphere, in which personal stories of faith will be shared by families from all continents.

The World Meeting of Families will close on Sunday 26th August with a solemn Mass for thousands of people from Ireland and all over the world. It is hoped that Pope Francis will be the principal Celebrant.

We begin our preparation at Turner’s Cross Parish this weekend with the launch of our World Meeting of Families Preparation Calendar and solemn recitation of the Family Prayer at the conclusion of each Mass. Each Family is asked to take a copy of the Preparation Calendar (one per family).

Having Faith in Families: A talk by Professor Eamonn Conway of Mary Immaculate College on Sunday 15th October from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Christ the King Church, Turner’s Cross. This is part of our preparation for the World Meeting of Families. We look forward to welcoming you there – donation only.

First Holy Communion. The 10.00 am Mass on this Sunday October 8th is the Enrolment Mass for 2018 First Holy Communion and the first Do this in Memory Mass of this year’s preparation programme.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection at all Masses this weekend 7th and 8th October to support the work of the dioceses.

Pilgrimage: Fr Billy will be on pilgrimage to the Holy Land from Monday October 9th to Wednesday October 18th.

Ministers of the Word may collect their Rota from the Sacristy.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society: Meet on Tues. 10th October at 7.30pm in Parish Centre.

Mission Month of October 2017 This year, Mission Sunday falls on 22nd October and this weekend marks the start of the Mission Month of October. World Missions Ireland is the Holy Father’s official charity for overseas mission and is responsible for coordinating Mission Sunday in Ireland. A calendar of events has been put in place by World Missions Ireland throughout the month of October, details of which can be found at http://www.wmi.ie

Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office – vacancy for Receptionist/Secretary. Must be eligible for CE scheme – 19.5 hours per week. Please send cv and cover letter to southsidetdl@eircom.net

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 “The Way, The Truth, The Life’ Sun 22nd Oct 10am to 5pm in the Sisters of Bon Secours Convent, College Road with Fr John Keane. Donation Only. BOOKING ESSENTIAL – Places limited. Contact: Anne-Marie Whelan 0872209994 eavopost@gmail.com

Volunteer with Trocaire in Ireland. Our network of school volunteers helps us to educate and inspire young people across the county by delivering talks, presentations and workshops on our global justice work. Are you passionate about global justice issues and do you think you could inspire young people to feel the same? If you are interested in helping us in this work, get in touch on volunteering@trocaire.org. Full training and support.

1st October 2017 – 26th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES: This international event is to be hosted in Ireland next August at the request of Pope Francis. It is expected that the five-day event will culminate in a proposed visit by Pope Francis for the closing of the gathering.
On Thursday 4th May Bishop Buckley launched the preparation programme for the parishes of the Diocese and our Parish preparation programme begins next weekend 7th – 8th October and will include a variety of faith activities over the months leading to August 2018.

Having Faith in Families:  A talk by Professor Eamonn Conway of Mary Immaculate College on Sunday 15th October from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Christ the King Church, Turner’s Cross.  This is part of our preparation for the World Meeting of Families.  We look forward to welcoming you there – donation only.

The Parish Assembly:  Our new Parish Assembly concludes a three-week training phase with its first regular meeting on next Thursday 5th October in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm. Our thanks to those parishioners who have generously committed their time and energy to this service of God and his people.  Thanks also to the Steering Group which met during the period between the previous Assembly and the new one.

Mission Month of October 2017 This year, Mission Sunday falls on 22nd October and this weekend marks the start of the Mission Month of October. World Missions Ireland is the Holy Father’s official charity for overseas mission and is responsible for coordinating Mission Sunday in Ireland. A calendar of events has been put in place by World Missions Ireland throughout the month of October, details of which can be found at http://www.wmi.ie

First Holy Communion. The 10.00 am Mass on Sunday next October 8th October will be the Enrolment Mass for 2018 First Holy Communion and the first Do this in Memory Mass of this year’s preparation programme.

Deaths:  We pray for Maureen Jones, Capwell Road who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family.

  Anointing of the Sick on Saturday next 7th October at the 10.00 am Mass.  Consider offering a lift to a housebound neighbour.

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

Ministers of the Word may collect their Rota from the Sacristy.

Christ King Girls’ Secondary School is holding an Open Evening on Thursday 5th of October, 2017 from 6.30pm- 8.30pm.  All parents and prospective students are welcome.

Anam Cara. Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 4th October at 7:30pm in the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, Tivoli. This is a free event open to all bereaved parents. Please RSVP to info@anamcara.ie before Tuesday 3rd October so that numbers of teas, coffees etc. can be confirmed, or call 085 2888 888.

8 Week “Ageing Well Group” run by HSE Occupational Therapists starts 3rd October at 11.00am – 12.30pm at Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane.  If you are over 60 and want to find out more about physical and mental health, sleep habits, ways to overcome loneliness and safety in the home and community, contact Triona on 086-7871009 to book a place.  Places are free.

County Senior Football Semi Final: Nemo v Duhallow, Sunday 1st October in Pairc Ui Rinn at 2.15 pm

Volunteer with Trocaire in Ireland.  Our network of school volunteers helps us to educate and inspire young people across the county by delivering talks, presentations and workshops on our global justice work. Are you passionate about global justice issues and do you think you could inspire young people to feel the same?   If you are interested in helping us in this work, get in touch on volunteering@trocaire.org.  Full training and support.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection at all Masses next weekend 7th and 8th October to support the work of the dioceses.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor   1932 – 2017 The Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm this weekend is offered for the repose of the soul of Cardinal Cormac.   Bishop John is the Principal Celebrant at this Month’s Mind Mass as we celebrate the late Cardinal’s legacy of faith and remember his affection for Cork and his family members here, and his kindness to the Diocese and to our parish of Turner’s Cross.

24th Sept 2017 – 25th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

A PARABLE OF MERCY
Jesus’ parable of the workers in the vineyard tells us of God’s goodness to those who do not deserve it.  At times, we may have something of the attitude of the workers who worked a full day, the attitude of the elder brother of the prodigal son. God’s goodness to others, to repentant sinners who in our estimation certainly do not deserve the same treatments as us, will only be a source of envy if we don’t really know God. We are called to have the Father’s attitude of love. We don’t earn our salvation, we just accept it as God gives without limit.   The master of the vineyard gives us an example of God’s ways, which are not our ways.  In the first reading of today’s Mass we read: “for my thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways not your ways – it is the Lord who speaks.   Yes, the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts.”

The parable of the vineyard is a parable of God’s goodness, of his grace. The Kingdom of Heaven is the kingdom of the new commandment of love.  If we try to live in accordance with that commandment and to seek to know the Lord when he is still to be found, we will indeed find him, and know that peace of Christ which is beyond all human understanding.
 
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.  The Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm next Saturday 30th September will be offered for the repose of the soul of Cardinal Cormac. Bishop John will be the Principal Celebrant at this Month’s Mind Mass as we celebrate the late Cardinal’s legacy of faith and remember his affection for Cork and his family members here, and his kindness to the Diocese and to our parish.
 
The Annual Collection for the Education of Students preparing for Priesthood & Diaconate takes place at all Masses this weekend. This collection is the principal source of funding.

Visiting Seminarian: We welcome Ronan Sheehan from Newcestown, a student for the priesthood for the Diocese of Cork & Ross, who will be on placement in our parish until next May.  Ronan has completed his fourth year of studies in Maynooth. 

 
Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The September Church Gate Collection amounted to €1,080.  The Society depends on our contributions and thanks us for our continued support. 
 
Anam Cara. Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday  4th October at 7:30pm in the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, Tivoli. This is a free event open to all bereaved parents. Please RSVP to info@anamcara.ie before Tuesday 3rd October so that numbers of teas, coffees etc. can be confirmed, or call 085 2888 888.
 
Christ King Girls’ Secondary School is holding an Open Evening on Thursday 5th of October, 2017 from 6.30pm- 8.30pm.  All parents and prospective students are welcome.
 
The Marymount Coffee Morning raised €950. Sincere thanks from the Chris Fitzgerald and the Turner’s Cross Marymount Team, to those who donated cakes and all who supported them on the day, your support is greatly appreciated.
 
Beginning Experience is a Support Programme for men and women who have suffered the loss of a spouse by death, separation or divorce to work through the grief process in a safe and confidential environment.   The next weekend in Ennismore Retreat Centre, from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October, 2017.  Application Forms and details contact 087 9886480 or email beginningexpeirence@gmail.com

Cork Alzheimers Café where people with memory problems including Alzheimers and other dementias, their carers, family and friends may meet, together with social and health professionals.  Last Friday of each month 1.30 – 3.30 pm in St. Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Rd.  Light refreshments free of charge. All welcome.   Next meeting Friday 29th September

 
8 Week “Ageing Well Group” run by HSE Occupational Therapists starts 3rd October at 11.00am – 12.30pm at Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane.  If you are over 60 and want to find out more about physical and mental health, sleep habits, ways to overcome loneliness and safety in the home and community, contact Triona on 086-7871009 to book a place.  Places are free.


Inter-Church Alpha Courses starting Tuesday 3rd October weekly 8.00pm – 10.00 pm (10 week course) at Rathpeacon National School and “The Glade,” St. Senan’s Church, Inniscarra. Contact Theresa Cronin on 087-2212551, email theresa@alphaireland.org

Access to Church Grounds.  Because of essential Church maintenance there will be no access to the Church grounds from Monday 25th September from 11.00am to 6.00pm, until works are completed. It will be possible to enter the Church through the main doors facing Evergreen Road.