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.

16th September 2018 – 24th Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

POPE FRANCIS ON TODAY’S GOSPEL
 Today’s Gospel presents us Jesus who, on his way towards Caesarea Philippi, asks the disciples: “Who do men say that I am?” The people appreciated Jesus, they considered him “God’s emissary”, but were unable to recognize him as the foretold Messiah, awaited by all. Jesus looks at the Apostles and asks again: “But who do you say that I am?” This is the most important question, which Jesus directly addresses to those who have followed him, to verify their faith. Peter, in the name of all, exclaims candidly: “You are the Christ.” Jesus is struck by Peter’s faith, and recognizes that it is the fruit of a special grace of God the Father.
Then he openly reveals to the disciples what awaits him in Jerusalem, which is that “the Son of man must suffer many things… be killed, and after three days rise again.”
 On hearing this, Peter, who had just professed his faith in Jesus as Messiah, is shocked. He takes the Master aside and rebukes him. And how does Jesus react? He in turn rebukes Peter, with very harsh words: “Get behind me, Satan!” — he calls him Satan! — “You think not as God does, but as men do.” Jesus sees in Peter, as in the other disciples — and in each one of us! — that temptation by the Evil One opposes the grace of the Father, that he wants to deter us from the will of God.
 Announcing that he must suffer, be put to death in order to then rise, Jesus wants his followers to understand that he is a humble Messiah, a servant. He is the Servant obedient to the will of the Father, even to the complete sacrifice of his own life. For this reason, turning toward the crowd, he declares that anyone who wishes to become his disciple must accept being a servant, as he has made himself a servant, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
 To undertake the discipleship of Jesus means to take up your cross — we all have one — to accompany him on his path, an uncomfortable path that is not of success or of fleeting glory, but one which takes us to true freedom, to that which frees us from selfishness and sin. It is necessary to clearly reject that worldly mentality which places one’s “I” and one’s own interests at the centre of existence. That is not what Jesus wants from us! Instead Jesus invites us to lose our life for him and for the Gospel, to receive it renewed, fulfilled and authentic. We are certain, thanks to Jesus, that this path leads us to the resurrection, to the full and definitive life with God. Choosing to follow our Master and Lord who made himself the Servant of all, we listen attentively to his Word — remember to read a passage from the Gospel every day — and encounter him in the Sacraments.
 May the Virgin Mary, who followed Jesus to Calvary, help us to always purify our faith of false images of God, in order to adhere fully to Christ and his Gospel.

TURNERS CROSS ACTIVE RETIREMENT are re-opening on Tuesday next 18th September in the Centre, Capwell Road at 7.30pm. New members welcome.
 
The Poor Clares in Galway are hosting a Cloister day on Saturday, September 22nd from 10am to 5pm. The day is designed to help young women between the ages of 21 and 40 to find out more about the Poor Clare way of life with a view to vocation discernment. To book a place contact:  Sr. Faustina at: poorclaresgalwayvocations@gmail.com

Cork Autism Conference 2018
Re-Thinking Autism – A Positive and Integrative Approach, Sunday September 30th, Rochestown Park Hotel, Douglas, Cork. Conference provides a unique forum for Parents, Families, Caregivers, Adults with ASD, Employers, Educators, Professionals, Agencies, Advocates and anyone with an interest in autism and Asperger’s syndrome. All are welcome. More info here: call 089 239 8900 or www.bookwhen.com/corkautism <http://www.bookwhen.com/corkautism>

Refund of Full Payments and/or Deposits paid by those who didn’t travel to Papal Mass in Dublin can be collected in the Sacristy.

 Trócaire supports some of the world’s most vulnerable people in the developing world, whilst also raising awareness of injustice and global poverty in Ireland.   We are a group of committed individuals who meet three times a year in Cork to organise initiatives in our communities for Trócaire.  Would you be interested in becoming involved?   If so, email volunteering@trocaire.org or visit trocaire.org/volunteer <http://trocaire.org/volunteer>  for more information.

 The SMA National Novena in honour of St. Therese will begin on Sunday 23rd September at the African Missions Church, Blackrock Road and will end on 1st October.   The Novena will be celebrated each evening at 7.30pm (except on Saturday 29th September when it will be at 7.00pm).  For further information please contact SMA Blackrock at 021-4292871 or SMA Wilton at 021-4541069

Introduction to centering prayer:  Saturday 22nd September 2pm to 5pm (registration 1:30pm) in the Community Centre, Blackpool, facilitated by Sr Aine Ashe and Lesley O’Connor. Donation only. To book a place contact:  087 6719970 or 086 8920302. Tea and coffee provided. This workshop is for those who wish to create their own contemplative lifestyle in today’s busy world.

Down Syndrome Centre Forge Hill Cork are holding a fundraising event
“Buy My Dress” sees new and pre-loved designer and occasion dresses find a new home and will be on sale at the Clayton Hotel Cork City on the 29th September 2018 from 11am – 5pm.  All monies raised will help fund the centre which is an early intervention centre. The Centre caters for children from the Munster area.

Ministers of the Eucharist Rota is available for collection from the Sacristy.

 Best Wishes to Cork Ladies Footballers and their trainer Ephie Fitzgerald competing in the All Ireland Final in Croke Park on Sunday.  Best wishes also to Ephie and Tomas.

 Carers:  There is a family carers workshop of people with dementia in The Ambassador Hotel in on Tuesday the 18th September, from 10:00am – 13:00pm.  If you are interested in participating in these workshops or would like more information please contact Kevin Deegan on 0 85 852 9352 or email kevin@carealliance.ie

9th September 2018 – 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

PRIESTHOOD
During his visit Pope Francis asked us to pray for our priests as well as for new vocations. Serving priests need prayers, especially in these times of Church difficulty and shortage of priests. And as we pray also for the new parish structures which will be necessary to cater for the new situation of fewer priests we may reflect on the role of the priest, of which the Eucharist is the centre and summit. The Mass is the source of our strength and hope in times of difficulty, when God gives us the gift of himself.  When Our Lord at the last supper said do this in memory of me, he was not talking simply about the ritual with the bread and wine, to become his body and blood.  He referred his body which is to be given up and his blood which is to be shed.  When we participate in the memorial of the Lord’s Supper, we too offer our bodies, all we have, for the brothers and sisters for whom Christ died, and our blood, our lives, as spiritual sacrifices in union with Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross.  We pray that the gift of the Eucharist will continue to be available to God’s people

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

The Irish Cancer Society’s National Conference is being held in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, on Saturday, September 22nd from 10am – 4pm.    Topics include exercise, diet, mindfulness, employment and more.    For more information call Breda on 01-2310 533, email bcuddihy@irishcancer.ie or go to www.cancer.ie <http://www.cancer.ie>  to register. The conference is free of charge but registration is essential.

Turners Cross Retired Men’s Club  are set to resume on Monday 10th September at 7.30pm in the Daycare Centre on Capwell Road.  The group currently has a membership of 20 men.  Weekly meetings last approximately two hours to socialise and organise a wide variety of information evenings and events throughout the
year.   All new members and ideas are welcome. For more information contact Pat on 086-2233152

 The Poor Clares in Galway are hosting a Cloister day on Saturday, September 22nd from 10am to 5pm. The day is designed to help young women between the ages of 21 and 40 to find out more about the Poor Clare way of life with a view to vocation discernment. To book a place contact:  Sr. Faustina at: poorclaresgalwayvocations@gmail.com

 Cork Autism Conference 2018
Re-Thinking Autism – A Positive and Integrative Approach, Sunday September 30th, Rochestown Park Hotel, Douglas, Cork. Conference provides a unique forum for Parents, Families, Caregivers, Adults with ASD, Employers, Educators, Professionals, Agencies, Advocates and anyone with an interest in autism and Asperger’s syndrome. All are welcome. More info here: call 089 239 8900 or www.bookwhen.com/corkautism <http://www.bookwhen.com/corkautism>

NEW BISHOP OF MEATH
 Canon Tom Deenihan, a priest of the Diocese of Cork and Ross and Diocesan secretary for twelve years, was ordained Bishop of Meath on Sunday last, 2nd September.  Bishop Deenihan was born in Cork in 1967. He attended the North Monastery Christian Brothers School in the city. After completing post-primary education, he studied at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and was ordained for the Diocese of Cork and Ross by the late Bishop Michael Murphy in 1991.

After his ordination, Fr Deenihan worked in Glanmire Parish (1991-1994) and taught in St Goban’s College Bantry (1994-2003) during which time he also worked in the parishes of Schull, Kealkil and Bantry. In 2003 he was appointed as diocesan adviser for post-primary catechetics and, in 2006, as diocesan secretary and diocesan education secretary.  He served on the board of the Cork Education and Training Board and a member of the Catholics Schools Partnership.
 Nationally, he has served as the general secretary of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association from 2013 to 2016, and as acting-executive secretary to the Council for Education and to the Commission for Catholic Education and Formation of the Irish Episcopal Conference.
 The Chief Ordaining Bishop was Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, assisted by Bishop Michael Smith, retired Bishop of Meath and Bishop John Buckley of Cork and Ross.
 We pray God’s blessing on Bishop Deenihan as he begins his new ministry.
The address of Bishop Tom at the conclusion of the ordination ceremony included the following comments:
As I begin my new Ministry as Bishop of Meath, pray with me and for me that I and all who minister in this diocese will treasure and foster that sense of Joy that transcends our own worries, failings and shortcomings and enables us to reach out to others.
I am particularly conscious of my role in supporting, as best I can, that spirit of joy in the priests of the Diocese.  They are the men who minister in so many different places, in so many different contexts and in often difficult circumstances reaching out to those whom they minister to.  It is not always easy being a priest today, like the parable, the priests of Ireland have worked in the noonday sun. They deserve support from their Bishop and Parishioners.
I am reminded by a line in the address by Pope Francis to the Irish Bishops at the end
of the World Meeting of Families last Sunday, “Whenever you and your people feel that you are a ‘little flock’ exposed to the apparently irresistible onslaught of a culture so often alien to our deepest beliefs and values, do not grow discouraged. As Saint John of the Cross teaches us, ‘it is in the darkest night that the light of faith shines purest in our hearts.’”
Can I conclude by quoting a sentence from Saint Augustine of Canterbury that was mentioned to me recently by a colleague, let us ‘take care of each other in love on the journey.’

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Peggy Hallahan, Mercier Park, and Elizabeth (Elsa) Collins, Summerhill South, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

2nd September 2018 – 22nd Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

Some of Pope Francis’s Words
Dublin – Aug 2018

The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (Jn 6:63).: These words, with their promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit, are teeming with life for us who accept them in faith.  They point to the ultimate source of all the good that we have experienced and celebrated here in these past few days: the Spirit of God, who constantly breathes new life into our world, into our hearts, into our families, into our homes and parishes.  Each …new generation, brings the promise of a new Pentecost… a fresh outpouring of the Spirit, the Paraclete, whom Jesus sends as our Advocate, our Consoler and indeed our Encourager. (Phoenix Park, Dublin Celebration of Eucharist 26-8-18)

Teachings of Jesus Hard: Need the strength of His Holy Spirit:
But let us also humbly acknowledge that, if we are honest with ourselves, we too can find the teachings of Jesus hard.  How difficult it is always to forgive those who hurt us; how challenging always to welcome the migrant and the stranger; how painful joyfully to bear disappointment, rejection, betrayal; how inconvenient to protect the rights of the most vulnerable, the unborn or the elderly, who seem to impinge upon our own sense of freedom. Yet it is precisely at those times that the Lord asks us: “What about you, do you want to go away too?” (Jn 6:67).  With the strength of the Spirit to “encourage” us and with the Lord always at our side, we can answer: “We believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God” (v.69).
With the people of Israel, we can repeat: “We
too will serve the Lord, for he is our God” (Jos 24:18). (Phoenix Park, Dublin Celebration of Eucharist 26-8-18)

The Love we have come to know in Christ Jesus:
Living in love, even as Christ loved us (cf. Eph 5:2), entails… dying to ourselves in order to be reborn to a greater and more enduring love.  The love that alone can save our world from its bondage to sin, selfishness, greed and indifference to the needs of the less fortunate.  That is the love we have come to know in Christ Jesus.  …The task of bearing witness to this Good News is not easy.  Yet the challenges that Christians face today are, in their own way, no less difficult than those faced by the earliest Irish missionaries.  I think of Saint Columbanus, who with his small band of companions brought the light of the Gospel to the lands of Europe in an age of darkness and cultural dissolution.  Their extraordinary missionary success was not based on tactical methods or strategic plans, no, but on a humble and liberating docility to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.  It was their daily witness of fidelity to Christ and to each other that won hearts yearning for a word of grace and helped give birth to the culture of Europe.  That witness remains a perennial source of spiritual and missionary renewal for God’s holy and faithful people. (Phoenix Park, Dublin Celebration of Eucharist 26-8-18)
Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Josephine O’Leary, Doyle Road, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to her family.

Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday, 5th Sept. at 7:30pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli

Turners Cross Active Retirement are re-opening on Tuesday next 4th September in the Centre, Capwell Road, at 7.30pm. All welcome.

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

First Friday: Fr. Billy and Fr Kerry will visit the sick and housebound this week.   If you would like a visit please contact us
Hope Foundation.  Aoife McTaggart of Christ King Girls Secondary School is selling Butlers Hope Chocolate Bars after Masses this weekend as part of her fundraising for her volunteer visit to India to work with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.

“After the Abortion Referendum:  The Way Forward for Ireland’s Pro-Life Movement” on Thursday, September 6th, 2018 in Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, Tivoli, at 7:30pm in the Harbour 5 Suite. All welcome to attend.

Spirituality Courses at Nano Nagle Place September-December 2018 Registration is required. For more information please contact Sister Emma Rooney on 021-419-3580 or email: Info@ nanonagleplace.ie

HealthCare Professional Carers Training Programme In conjunction with South West Gno Skillnet. Comprehensive & Accredited Professional Training FREE OF CHARGE
Applicants must be in receipt of Job Seekers / Social Welfare payment to qualify for entry. Places will be allocated through an interview process which will take place on Thursday 13th September. Register required in advance of interview. Contact Claire to register on 021-4536551 or claire.coakley@stlukeshome.ie

The Irish Cancer Society’s National Conference is being held in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, on Saturday, September 22nd from 10am – 4pm.    Topics include exercise, diet, mindfulness, employment and more.    For more information call Breda on 01-2310 533, email bcuddihy@irishcancer.ie or go to www.cancer.ie to register. The conference is free of charge but registration is essential.

PAPAL VISIT
Arman and Eileen Beron with their sons Michael and Alex and daughter Kirsten represented Turner’s Cross Parish at the Festival of Families in Croke Park with Pope Francis on 25th August.  Our congratulations and thanks to each of them.

Congratulations also to those who travelled to the Phoenix Park Mass in the Turner’s Cross Parish Coach  – a long day, but well worthwhile, we are told.   Some parishioners travelled independently to one or more events, well done to all.

 

26th August 2018 – 21st Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

WELCOME  POPE FRANCIS
With great joy we welcome Pope Francis to Ireland this weekend, and wish him céad míle fáilte and we join him in praying for families in Ireland and all over the world.
We welcome him as Vicar of Christ on earth and visible head of the Church.  He comes to confirm us in our faith as successor to St Peter, who was told by the Lord that he must strengthen the brothers and sisters (Luke 22:32).  We need strengthening in these difficult times as we experience hostility to our faith from outside the Church and continuing scandal within. We remember again the passage from the letter of St Jude: Some godless men have slipped in unnoticed among us, who pervert the message of the grace of God to their immoral ends.

Our painful reaction to the abuse scandals is as nothing compared to the suffering of innocent boys and girls, whose damage and suffering continued into their adult years; long and broken years. We pray for healing and comfort for those who have suffered, and that the Church may be healed, the Church of God which is the gathering of God’s people, women and men of good will who had nothing to do with the evil and who have been hurt and harmed by it.

As the Church is wounded by scandal, much of her teaching on family and the sanctity of life has been rejected by contemporary Ireland, and many have walked away from the faith.  We seem to hear the Lord saying to us, to each of us, will you go away too?  Please God the encouragement of Pope Francis’ visit will help us to say, in the words of St Peter in today’s gospel reading: Lord, who shall we go to, you have the message of eternal life.

We pray that in spite of the difficulties we will rejoice at the presence of the Pope among us, that we will listen to his words, and the reflection on the various aspects of family life emerging from the World Meeting of Families Pastoral Congress.  May we show the diminished Ireland of our time that there is an alternative to the death voices of a culture which promises pleasure but cannot give joy or inner peace.  May we experience God’s blessing as Pope Francis encourages us to be more and more aware of the joy of family love, which leads to life and true freedom.

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].
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
Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.

St. Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.
Saint Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
St. Louis and Zelie Martin, pray for us

LIVE TRANSMISSION IN THE PARISH CHURCH
The Television Broadcast of the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park will be shown on a very large screen in the Church of Christ the King on this Sunday afternoon.  This is an opportunity for those not travelling to Dublin to participate as a Parish group.  The transmission will be shown from 2.15 pm, in good time to include the Papal Mass at 3 o’clock.  Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament afterwards.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Mary O’Shea, Doyle Road, Michael Dorgan, Kilcolman Lawn and Eddie O’Regan, Maiville Tec., who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

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 Finbarrs Hospital, Douglas Road. Light refreshments provided free of charge. Next meeting Friday 31st August.  All welcome.

Deerpark CBS Annual Open Night on Tuesday 11th Sept. 7.00pm – 9.30pm, 4th, 5th  and 6th class students welcome. For more information visit our Facebook page or www.deerparkcbs.ie <http://www.deerparkcbs.ie>
 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Novena
Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, 31st August – 8th September, daily at 10.00am and 8.00pm.

 Cork Autism Conference 2018 –  Re-Thinking Autism – A Positive and Integrative Approach, Sunday September 30th, Rochestown Park Hotel, Douglas Cork. Conference provides a unique forum for Parents, Families, Caregivers, Adults with ASD, Employers, Educators, Professionals, Agencies, Advocates and anyone with an interest in autism and aspergers syndrome. call 089 239 8900 or see
www.bookwhen.com/corkautism <http://www.bookwhen.com/corkautism> .

Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday, 5th September  at 7:30pm
in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli

Emotional Wellbeing for Everyone: An 8 week course on “Realise your Potential” beginning 24th September 7.00pm – 8.30pm at Turners Cross Community Centre, Cost €80. Information and sign up evening 3rd September 7.00pm – 8.00pm.  For more information contact Jackie Furlong on 085-8744555 or email jakifurlong@gmail.com
 

 

Welcome Pope Francis

         Céad míle fáilte

Prayer:   Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to  Pope Francis, as he visits our Land a spirit of courage and right judgement, a spirit of knowledge and love.  Keep his safe.

By governing with fidelity those entrusted to His care may He, as successor to the apostle Peter and vicar of Christ, build Your church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.