5th March 2017 – 1st Sunday of Lent (A)

LENT
Lent is a time for taking stock, for repentance and renewal. The Ash Wednesday blessing is in two principal forms: the sombre turn away from sin and believe in the gospel, or the grim remember that you are dust and to dust you will return;  something of a reality check, a reminder that we are on a journey through life, and the journey will come to an end.  We need to remember what is really important and to have healthy priorities such as family love and connectedness rather than individualism, generosity rather than self-centredness, living for others rather than for ourselves.  When our focus is just on ourselves, we may be “religious” but we have no real appreciation of the other-centred love implicit in God’s calling.  There is no real relationship with Jesus outside community, and solitary Christianity is a contradiction. This Lent we pray for a renewed spirit of community and that we will recognise those around us as brothers and sisters for whom Christ died.

Our PARISH MISSION for Lent will run from Monday 20th to Friday 24th March and will be given by a team from St Patrick’s Community. Team member John Pridmore, ex-gangster and international bestselling Author of the book ‘From Gangland to Promised Land,’ will be sharing his amazing story on Monday night.

Mission Prayer
Heavenly Father,
We pray that our Parish Mission may be a time of grace and renewal for all.
We ask you to bless all the families in our Parish especially those who are experiencing difficulties.
Bless the old, the young, the poor, the sick, the unemployed and those in sorrow or despair.
Help us dear Lord to grow in faith and love of you.
Amen.

 Mission Leaflets for distribution with the Spring Dues envelopes are in the Sacristy for distribution during the coming week, in good time before the Mission, help from our Dues Collectors would be greatly appreciated.

Lenten Masses:  in Turner’s Cross 10am & 6pm each day.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday mornings in Lent after the 10.00 am Mass until 11.00 am.

 
Morning and Evening Prayer of the Church (Lauds and Vespers) after 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses on Fridays in Lent.  Lasts about ten minutes, leaflets will be available for everybody.

Lent – Our Journey into God. Two evenings with Anne Francis & Fr. Christy Fitzgerald, exploring our Lenten journey through the Word of God. Monday 20th & 27th March, 8pm in Carrigaline Parish Centre (behind the Church).

The Parish Assembly:  meeting this Monday 6th March in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.

First Confessions: Girls & Boys from Bun Scoil Chriost Ri will be making their First Confessions on next Wednesday 8th March at 7.30pm   We pray for them, for their parents & teachers.

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes are available at the back of the Church, and are distributed through the Schools. Last Lent the parish and Bun Scoil Chriost Ri raised € 4,235 for Trócaire. “Everything that is shared is multiplied, only when we are able to share do we become truly rich.”  Pope Francis

Young Adult Helpers in Lourdes – June 11 to 16. Thank you to all who requested application forms to come as helpers on our Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes. Forms to be returned by Tuesday 14th March.  Enquiries to Fr Charlie Kiely  021 4537603

The Gospel of Life. A four session programme to look at the what the Gospel says to us about a consistent ethic of life and the dignity of each person before God. Include: the care of creation, welcoming refugees and migrants, the sacredness of human life from conception to its natural end, and dignity of work and a home for each person.  Programme will offered by Sr Karen at the Pastoral Development Office, Parochial House, Ballyphehane on Tuesdays 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March. Coffee at 10:30am, session 10:50am to 12:15pm.  Phone 021 4537601.  No cost.

 “Walk with Me,” a Lenten Journey of Prayer –an excellent booklet. Cost €1.30, available at the back of the Church.

Bishops Commissions Collection next weekend 11th/12th March, helps fund the work of the Irish Bishops Conference and its agencies and commissions.  These include Emigrants, Justice & Peace, Communications, CURA, Child Protection etc.

Table Quiz in aid of Pieta House on Friday, 10th March at 8.30 pm in The Market Tavern, Anglesea Street. €20 per table of 4.  Music and free finger food.  Fantastic Raffle on the night. ALL WELCOME

The Further Education Colleges (College of Commerce, CSN – Colaiste Stiofain Naofa, St. Johns Central College) will be holding an Open Day on Tuesday 7th March, 2017.  All Welcome.
 

26th February 2017 – 8th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

Ash Wednesday: Lent begins on Wednesday next 1st March, Ash Wednesday. Masses 10.00 am & 6.00 pm.   Ashes will be blessed and distributed at the Masses.  At the 10am Mass pupils from the schools in the Parish will be commissioned to bring the blessed ashes to their school where a ceremony will take place and they will impose ashes on the staff and fellow pupils.  The 6.00 pm Mass will continue on weekdays of Lent except during the Mission.

Why not take a short term pledge and abstain from alcohol for the duration of Lent.   You can join online : www.pioneerassociation <http://www.pioneerassociation> or contact (01) 8749464 or here in Cork contact 0863642619

Our PARISH MISSION for Lent will run from Monday 20th to Friday 24th March and will be given by a team from St Patrick’s Community. Mission Evenings Monday to Friday at 7.30 pm including closing Mass of the Holy Spirit on Friday.  Mission Masses on Monday to Friday at 10.00 am, with an extra Mass at 7.30 am on Monday to Thursday. Team member John Pridmore, ex-gangster and international bestselling Author of the book ‘From Gangland to Promised Land,’ will be sharing his amazing story on Monday night.

Mission Prayer
Heavenly Father,
We pray that our Parish Mission may be a time of grace and renewal for all.
We ask you to bless all the families in our Parish especially those who are experiencing difficulties.
Bless the old, the young, the poor, the sick, the unemployed and those in sorrow or despair.
Help us dear Lord to grow in faith and love of you.
Amen.

Mission Leaflets for distribution will be available in the Sacristy with the Spring Dues envelopes on Saturday and Sunday this weekend and help from our Dues Collectors would be greatly appreciated.

Spring Dues: We would appreciate if the Area Collectors could collect envelopes for their areas this weekend 25/26th February.

 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday mornings in Lent after the 10.00 am Mass until 11.00 am.

 Morning and Evening Prayer of the Church (Lauds and Vespers) after 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses on Fridays in Lent.  Lasts about ten minutes, leaflets will be available for everybody.

First Friday:   Fr. Billy hopes to complete his overdue visits to the sick and housebound during the coming week, your patience is appreciated.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Sr. Anthony Moloney, South Presentation Convent, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to her Community and Family.

Anointing of the Sick on Saturday 4th March after 10.00 am Mass. Consider offering a lift to a housebound.

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes are available at the back of the Church, and will also be distributed through the Schools. Last Lent through the Family Fast Boxes € 4,235 was raised for Trócaire from our Parish and from Bun Scoil Chriost Ri.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  The January Church Gate collection amounted to €1,827.  More than that amount has since been given in assistance in the parish.  Without your help the Society could not function and we thank you for your generosity and continued support.  We look forward to your help with the March collection next weekend.

The Gospel of Life. A four session programme to look at the what the Gospel says to us about a consistent ethic of life and the dignity of each person before God. Include: the care of creation, welcoming refugees and migrants, the sacredness of human life from conception to its natural end, and dignity of work and a home for each person.  Programme will offered by Sr Karen at the Pastoral Development Office, Parochial House, Ballyphehane on Tuesdays 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March. Coffee at 10:30am, session 10:50am to 12:15pm.  To reserve a place please telephone 021 4537601.  No cost to participate.

 South Parish Historical Society Monthly Meeting on Wed. 1st March 2017 at 7:30 pm in St John’s College, Sawmill Street.   Philip Johnston will speak on Discovering UC42, The German U-Bot in Cork Harbour.  Non-members €2. All Welcome.

TABLE QUIZ  In aid of Pieta House on Friday, 10th March at 8.30 pm in The Market Tavern, Anglesea Street. €20 per table of 4.  Music and free finger food.  Fantastic Raffle on the night. ALL WELCOME

Coffee morning on Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday) after 10.00 am Mass in the Parish Centre. Rumours of pancakes, all Welcome.

19th February 2017 – 7th Sunday Ordinary Time A

 CALL TO HOLINESS
Jesus tells us to be perfect even as our Heavenly Father is perfect. He calls us to something higher than compliance with the law. Just as God the Father is kind to those who offend him, including us, we are called to be kind and gentle to those who offend us.  This is a call to love without limit, without counting the cost.  This is of course the nature of sincere love, as we see in people who are in love, in the love of a mother for her child, in the love of God our Father for his children. The way of the Christian involves loving one’s enemies and praying for those who persecute us, it’s not enough to be nice, or loving, to those who are nice to us.   St Paul reminds us that individually and together we form a temple where God dwells, a sacred place.  We pray that while we are young and active we will be active loving people, and that when we are older we will be peaceful, mellow, “let it be” people, full of love.  We pray for the grace to answer God’s call and we pray for the love of Christ in our hearts and for the peace of Christ which is beyond all human understanding.

A PARISH MISSION for Lent will run from Monday 20th to Friday 24th March at Christ the King Church and will be given by a team from St Patrick’s Community.  Mission Masses on Monday to Friday at 10.00 am with an extra Mass on Monday to Thursday at 7.30 am. Mission Evenings Monday to Friday at 7.30 pm including closing Mass of the Holy Spirit on Friday. Team member John Pridmore, ex-gangster and international bestselling Author of the book ‘From Gangland to Promised Land,’ will be sharing his amazing story on Monday night.  John has been interviewed on RTE, BBC, ITV, TV3, UTV, on American and Australian TV and numerous daily newspapers and radio shows. Millions have heard his incredible story. Mission Leaflets for distribution will be available in the Sacristy on Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th February and help from our Dues Collectors would be greatly appreciated.   

                                                                                                  Mission Prayer
Heavenly Father,
We pray that our Parish Mission may be a time of grace and renewal for all.
We ask you to bless all the families in our Parish especially those who are experiencing difficulties.
Bless the old, the young, the poor, the sick, the unemployed and those in sorrow or despair.
Help us dear Lord to grow in faith and love of you.
Amen.


Lent Reflection Evenings for young adults ‘Croí Nua’ each Thursday of Lent starting 2nd March in St Augustines, Washington St. Time 6.30pm with refreshments. Donation only. Contact Anne-Marie Whelan, Evangelisation & Vocations Officer, Sisters of Bon Secours at eavopost@gmail.com or 0872209994

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Eileen Cripps, Loretto Park and Nell Cremin, Greenhills Estate, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

Trocaire: Visit John McColgan’s powerful photography exhibition ‘This Is Palestine’ at Nash 19 in Princes Street in Cork on next Monday (February 20th).  We hope you can drop in and view John’s stunning collection of photographs depicting the lives of people in the West Bank and Gaza.  The exhibition is helping to raise funds for Trocaire’s work in Gaza.

Holy Land Pilgrimage: Sunday 8th October to Monday16th October, 2017, flight from Cork.
Spiritual Director Fr. Christy Fitzgerald, P.P. Ballinhassig, Cork and Ross Diocesan Director of Liturgy & Ecumenism. Highlights include: Jerusalem, Via Dolorosa, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Mount of Olives, Sea of Galilee, Cana and the Dead Sea. Return flights, 8 nights 4* hotels, dinner, bed & breakfast throughout, comprehensive daily programme. English speaking Christian guide. Contact MAP Travel, 36 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. Tel (01) 878 3111 or Jim Keogh Tel (021) 4885371 (087) 2678793.  Places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 1st March 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.
The Society of African Missions wishes to appoint Lay Outreach Workers (2).  The part-time posts (17.5hrs/pw) will be based at SMA houses in Dublin and Cork for one year with the possibility of extension.  Further details can be requested at low@sma.ie <mailto:low@sma.ie> .  Closing date for completed applications is 28th Feb. at 12 noon. Interview dates: Cork 10 March, Dublin 16 March

 

12th February 2017 – 6th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

LAW, OLD AND NEW
People say that Jesus replaced a religion of rules and regulations with one of freedom and love.  Yet in this Sunday’s gospel reading Jesus says he has not come to abolish the law of the Old Testament, but to fulfil it, that each little bit of that “Old Law” is important and its purpose will be fulfilled.  Properly understood the Ten Commandments and the whole of the Old Law did not amount to a set of restrictive rules but offered a key to living in a right relationship with God and one’s neighbour.  At their best the people Israel regarded the Law as a gift, and prayed “open my eyes that I may see the wonders of your law” (Psalm 119).  But the shallow virtue of the scribes and the Pharisees was legalistic. We too tend to legalism: keeping the law to be a good law abiding person, to save my own soul; or we tend to minimalism: “how far can I go?” or “what can I get away with?”  Apart from being a wholly inadequate response to God’s love, such approaches are focussed on the self rather than the other; they are essentially selfish rather than loving.  Jesus calls us to something better than those and similar slavish attitudes.  The law said “thou shalt not kill,” but Jesus tells us not even to insult others, not to harbour resentment or anger.  This is not a question of making the law stricter, but of going to the root purpose of the law.

Great golfers are familiar with the rules of golf and try to keep them, but one does not become a great golfer through detailed knowledge of those rules.  Compliance with the letter of banking regulations did not save the banks in Ireland when underlying principles of prudence and honesty were lost.  Laws and rules are not an end in themselves, but they do have their place.  Jesus’ new commandment is: “love one another as I have loved you.”  This is how we are to be recognised as his followers.  Self-righteous adherence to the letter of the law can be deadening, but joyful adherence to the spirit of the law gives life, and indeed leads to eternal life.

 Trocaire wish to thank all who helped to sell gifts over the Christmas period and to the Parishioners of Turners Cross for their kindness and generosity. A total of €850 was collected.

The Parish Assembly: meeting this Monday 13th February in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.

Lourdes 2017 – Young Adult Helpers. The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites Young Adults 18-30 year olds to come to Lourdes as helpers from 11th to 16th June.  As helpers you will assist with the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme as well as time for prayer, for making new friends and sharing in the story of Lourdes.  Limited number of places.  Closing date for applicants is 28th February 2017. Contact Fr. Charlie Kiely 021-4537603, or email: charliekiely@gmail.com

Lourdes Invalid Fund collection at all Masses this weekend 11th/12th February

 
Vocations to Priesthood Weekend
An invitation is extended to men between 18 and 40 who are interested in the Diocesan priesthood as a way of life, to a weekend from 6.00 pm on Friday 17th February to 3.00 pm on Saturday 18th in Thurles.  There is no charge to attend the weekend – please contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537603 or at  charliekiely@gmail.com for further details.

5th February 2017 -5th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

Salt of the Earth, Light of the World
Jesus wants his followers to make a difference to the world around them, to be salt of the earth, and to remain salty, to be the light of the world, and to remain shining.  Salt in the ancient world was used extensively as a preservative to keep meat and fish healthy, from going bad, as well for flavour.  As followers of Jesus we are asked to keep society healthy, to be concerned about social justice, freedom from discrimination and concerned about the casualties of society, those who are oppressed or are in want. We are called to have standards based on something higher than self-interest.

If we are really the salt of the earth our Christianity will not be confined within little religious salt cellars. Jesus refers to our good works as a light to the world: loving our neighbour as ourselves, showing kindness and patience and helping those on the margins of society.  In response to Jesus’ words from the Sermon on the Mount in the gospel for this Sunday, we pray that if our saltiness has become insipid, that the Lord will renew us, if our light is a bit dim that the Lord will brighten us.  May we be a source happiness and joy, a source of flavour and light for our anxious and sometimes tasteless and dull world.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Margaret Walker late of Westview, and Fr. John Cotter, Retired Parish Priest of St. Patrick’s Parish, who died recently. We extend our sympathy their families

From Apocalypse to the first Arabic invasion of Syria – a talk by Fr. Fergus Ryan, OP on the exotic origins of the sung Ordinary of the Mass. Saint Mary’s Church, Pope’s Quay on Saturday 18th February at 2.00pm and Monday 20th February at 12.00 noon. Talk and singing last one hour. Free admittance – donations accepted.

Lourdes 2017 – Young Adult Helpers. The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites Young Adults 18-30 year olds to come to Lourdes as helpers from 11th to 16th June.  As helpers you will assist with the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme as well as time for prayer, for making new friends and sharing in the story of Lourdes.  Limited number of places.  Closing date for applicants is 28th February 2017. For further details contact Fr. Charlie Kiely 021-4537603, Pastoral Development Office, Parochial House, Ballyphehane, Cork or email: charliekiely@gmail.com

Lourdes Invalid Fund Collection at all Masses next weekend 11th/12th February

 Vocations to Priesthood Weekend
An invitation is extended to men between 18 and 40 who are interested in the Diocesan priesthood as a way of life, to join with others for a weekend from 6.00 pm on Friday 17th February to 3.00 pm on Saturday 18th in Thurles.  There is no charge to attend the weekend – please contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537603 or at  charliekiely@gmail.com for further details.

World Day of Prayer for the Sick on Saturday next 11th February, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes reminds us to pray for all those sick at home or in hospital or other places of care.  Bishop Buckley in a letter for the Day of Prayer reminds us of the words of St John Paul: “We should never push the sick or the old to the margins of society but acknowledge with thanks the debt we owe them.  We imagine that we are giving to them, we end up realising that they have enriched us.”                         Anointing of the Sick: This month Anointing of the Sick will take place on Saturday 11th February, World Day of Prayer for the Sick, after the 10.00 am Mass. The Parish Assembly invite you to a cup of tea or coffee and a chat in the Parish Centre after the Anointing Ceremony.

Ennismore Retreat Centre are holding a 4-week Series “Lord Teach us to Pray” (Luke 11:1) on Tuesdays 7th,14th, 21st and 28th February, at 7.30pm – 9.30pm. call 021 450 2520 or e-mail: ennismore@eircom.net.

“Do this in Memory” Mass next Sunday 12th February at 10.00 am.  Meeting of parent class representatives on this Monday 6th February at 7.30pm in Fr. Billy’s house.

Parish Assembly
Please consider whether you would like to serve for a three-year term on our Parish Pastoral Assembly. The present Assembly has completed its term and you are invited to nominate yourself and/or others to participate in the new Assembly for the 2017/2020 session. Each Parishioner is invited to nominate up to three Parishioners aged 18 and over to become a member.  Nominators should be over 18.  If you would like to offer your time and talents to the Assembly, feel free to nominate yourself.
Members of the present Assembly will hand out nomination papers at Masses this weekend and next weekend. Completed Nomination Papers may be placed in the nomination boxes in the church before or after Mass.  Nominations may also be submitted by post to arrive not later than the closing date, 17th February. Those nominated will be invited to become members of our fourth Parish Assembly.  Sr. Karen Kent of the Pastoral Development Office will speak about the mission and functioning of our Parish Assembly at Masses this weekend.
The Assembly is about the pastoral, spiritual and faith life of the members of our parish.  It will address the identified needs of the parish and support all age groups in their faith journey.  Together the members seek to create a vibrant faith community in tune with the gospel message. It is not about finance, buildings, maintenance or fundraising as these issues are dealt with by the Parish Finance Committee.

29th January 2017 – 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

BLESSED
In today’s gospel reading we hear the eight beatitudes, which mark the beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in St Matthews Gospel.  They remind us that God’s ways are not our ways and that as Christians we are called to a value system very different to that of our prevailing culture, very different from that of any worldly culture.  They also reflect something of Jesus’ own life on earth.  He experienced poverty, he was meek and gentle, he knew grief and he longed for what is right, right living in accordance with the Father’s will.  He was merciful and was indeed persecuted in the cause of right, persecuted even to death, and he gives us his peace, a peace which the world cannot give.  As his followers, we are expected to share these experiences and as we do, he tells us that we are blessed, and that our reward will be great.
 

Parish Catechist Course
On Saturday of this weekend, 38 people began the Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis – the Pastoral Development Office together with Bishop John Buckley wish thank you the parishes who promoted the training, encouraged parishioners to participate and sponsored their studies.  We ask you to remember them in your prayers as they begin this two year course in preparation their role as Parish Catechists.

South Parish Historical Society Monthly Meeting on Wednesday 1st February 2017 at 7:30 pm in St John’s College, Sawmill Street.   Ronnie Herlihy will speak on A Glimpse of Cork in the 1950s & 60s.  Non-members €2. All Welcome.

There will no Anointing of the sick at the 10.00 am Mass on next Saturday 4th February.
Anointing of the Sick: This month Anointing of the Sick will take place on Thursday 11th February   Feast of our Lady of Lourdes “World Day of Prayer for the Sick”, after the 10.00 am & 6.00 pm Masses (note extra Mass).

Anam Cara, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 1st of February from 19:30 to 21:30 in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This is a free event open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for event, please RSVP to info@anamcara.ie before Tuesday 31st January or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.

St. Brigid: Wednesday 1st February, Secondary Patron of Ireland.  Lá le Bríd coincides with longer days and the beginning of spring.  We ask for her intercession for a new springtime of faith in Ireland.

Candlemas Day: Candles will be blessed at 10.00 am Mass on Thursday, February 2nd the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, commemorating the presentation of Jesus in the Temple. Beeswax candles (€2.00) are available at the back of the Church.

Feast of St Blaise – The traditional blessing of throats will take place on Friday Feb 3rd after the 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses (note the extra Mass at 6.00 pm).

Death: We remember in our prayers Rita Murphy, Kilcolman Lawn who died recently. We extend our sympathy her family.

The Poor Clares in Galway Monastic Experience Day on Saturday, the 4th of February from 10am to 5pm.  Designed to help young women between the ages of 21 and 40 to find out more about the Poor Clare way of life.  Contact: Sr. Colette at poorclaresgalwayvocations@gmail.com

 Society of St. Vincent de Paul The January Church Gate collection amounted to €1,157.   Since that collection date the local conference has expended that amount of money and provided some extra assistance in the parish.  Without your help the Society could not function and we thank you for your generosity and continued support.  We look forward to your help with the February collection next weekend.

From Apocalypse to the first Arabic invasion of Syria – a talk by Fr. Fergus Ryan, OP on the exotic origins of the sung Ordinary of the Mass. Saint Mary’s Church, Pope’s Quay on Saturday 18th February at 2.00pm and Monday 20th February at 12.00 noon. Talk and singing last one hour. Free admittance – donations accepted.

Ennismore Retreat Centre are holding a 4 week Series “Lord Teach us to Pray” (Luke 11:1) on Tuesday 7th February, 14th Feb, 21st Feb & 28th Feb at 7.30pm – 9.30pm. call 021 450 2520 or e-mail: ennismore@eircom.net.

Vocations to Priesthood Weekend
An invitation is extended to men between 18 and 40 who are interested in the Diocesan priesthood as a way of life, to join with others for a weekend from Friday 17th 6pm to Saturday 18th 3pm February taking place in Thurles.  There is no charge to attend the weekend – please contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537603 or at  charliekiely@gmail.com for further details.

Graded course for Cantors and Church Musicians with optional final exam and certificate. Taught in Cork in February 2017 by Fr Fergus Ryan, OP, a Cork Dominican living and teaching liturgy in Rome. Emphasis on understanding the liturgy, leading congregations to gently sing the liturgy with their priest. Open to confident vocalists and musicians. Ideal for parish cantors, choir directors, college students of music and school teachers. For further details from course blog and Facebook page: CantorCourse.blogspot.com <http://CantorCourse.blogspot.com>  & facebook.com/CantorCourse <http://facebook.com/CantorCourse>   or fergusryanop@gmail.com
A talk has been added for good measure and wider appeal:

 

22nd January 2017 – 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

                  Irish Bishops meet Pope Francis

CONNECTEDNESS – Prayers for Christian Unity
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the theme of the week of prayer for Christian Unity is Crossing Barriers. As we pray for unity among the followers of Christ it is good to reflect on our connection to one another.  We may rejoice in our diversity and in the richness that the different traditions bring to the Church as a whole. We can and must take care that our attitudes and relationships are based on respect and a genuine desire for the unity for which Christ prayed.  We realise that the scandal of disunity between the churches is a rejection of God’s will and of the prayer of Jesus to the Father, that all may be one; and that as individuals we do not have to buy into it.
St Paul’s appeal to the Christians at Corinth is addressed to all of us; to be united in our belief and practice. We are called to a practical unity, not to be a matter of words only, it  is a question of real love and service, of responding as followers of Jesus to his prayer that “all may be one.”  Our unity is not real unless it depends on love, and through love we can each and all fulfil our individual roles in the Church, as we receive the necessary gifts from the Spirit.  We need a prayerful connection with God to receive and exercise these gifts, and when we neglect that connection the whole body of Christ, the Church, is held back.
We are concerned with unity among Christians, relationships between the different Christian churches and within those churches, unity within our own church, in our local community and in our parish.  We pray for unity within our immediate circle, in our family, our workplace, our neighbourhood, among our friends.  In the end the call to unity is very personal.

Vocations to Priesthood Weekend
An invitation is extended to men between 18 and 40 who are interested in the Diocesan priesthood as a way of life, to join with others for a weekend from Friday 17th 6pm to Saturday 18th 3pm February taking place in Thurles.  There is no charge to attend the weekend – please contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537603 or at  charliekiely@gmail.com for further details.

 

 

The Annual General Meeting of the Comhar Creidmheasa Chriost Ri Teoranta will be held in Bunscoil Chriost Ri (Convent Hall) on Monday 30th January 2017 at 8.00 pm.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Kathleen O’Mahony, Capwell Road and Cornelius (Curry) Healy, Capwell Road who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

Documentary Series on Barrack Street
Frameworks Films, a Cork based production company has teamed up with the Barrack Street Community Group to produce a six-part series on different aspects of Barrack Street for broadcast on Cork Community Television. The programmes will explore social history and military history, local industry and commerce, music, sport and literature. Anybody who would like to participate in the project or has any old photographs or footage of the street may contact Frameworks Films on 021-4211010 or info@frameworksfilms.com

FOR FAMILIES OF CHILDREN PREPARING FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:
Learning about the Mass with Kath and Qumen
PREPARING THE CHURCH FOR MASS
The sacristan is a very important person in church. He or she opens and closes the building, makes sure that it is warm and welcoming, prepares the altar, lights the candles, puts out the necessary books and things needed for the Mass and makes sure that there are enough candles, wine and altar breads for Mass.
In our parish there are people who look after the cleaning of the church. They also make sure that there are flowers to decorate the altar. They may put up the crib at Christmas and decorate the church building for special occasions.

 

15th January 2017 – 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

            BAPTISED   CHRISTIANS
Last Sunday we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord, we renewed our Baptism promises and we had a special blessing for children who were baptised in our parish during 2016.  Today’s gospel continues the theme of baptism as John the Baptist tells us that Jesus received the Holy Spirit at his baptism. Jesus is the one Isaiah speaks about who is to bring God’s salvation to the entire world, and by virtue of our own baptism we are called to share in that mission.
Our baptism is a family and a parish celebration, as we become part of the Christian community.  No one is saved by herself or himself, we are saved as part of God’s people, in community. Baptism makes us members of the mystical body of Christ, and of the people of God, a pilgrim people.   Our pilgrim journey is through our individual lives to the end, while as a people we journey through history. We are called to be disciples of the Lord and missionaries, bearers of his message of hope.  Our baptism must not be merely a memory, a ritual or an event in the past.  It is to be a lived reality as we become real followers of Christ, in a word Christians.
Pope Francis reminds us that “All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization…called to personal involvement (Joy of the Gospel n.120).”  In spite of our weakness, our failures and our sins we try to follow Jesus and to share his message, preaching by example, often without words.  We can only do this with God’s help and that help, that grace, is given to us by virtue of our baptism.

ˇWORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
Sunday, 15 January 2017 is the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees and we remember and pray for the tens of thousands of children who migrate alone, unaccompanied, to escape poverty and violence.  Pope Francis comments that children are the most vulnerable and hardest hit among the world’s migrants and require special protection.  The Pope made this comment in a message on the theme of ‘Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless’ for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees 2017. In his message, the Pope called for greater protection and integration of immigrants and refugees who are minors, especially those who are unaccompanied.
‘Minors are especially fragile, vulnerable and often invisible and voiceless – unable to claim or unaware of their rights and needs,’ he said.  In particular, they have ‘the right to a healthy and secure family environment, where a child can grow under the guidance and example of a father and a mother,’ the Pope said.  ‘Children, furthermore, have the right to recreation,’ he added. ‘In a word, they have the right to be children.’
We are asked to join with Pope Francis and the Council for Immigrants of the Irish Bishops’ Conference in drawing attention to the refugee crisis, in particular the plight of minor migrants.

Prayer for Children Immigrating Alone
Mary, you travelled alone
To reach the loving embrace
Of your beloved family member.
Elizabeth welcomed you with
Open arms and an open heart.

Be with those children
Who are travelling across borders
To seek solace with family.
Protect them from exploitation
And from traumatising experiences.

Teach us by
The example of the Visitation.
Grant us open arms
And open hearts
To receive your children
Trying to find the way
To a new, life-giving home.

Mary, Mother of the human family,
Help us end the misery
Of children separated from family
By man-made borders
But not by love.
May they arrive, as you did,
To joy and to the benediction
Of a loving embrace. Amen.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Michael Connolly, O’Connell Avenue who died recently. We extend our sympathy to his family.

“Do this in Memory” Mass next Sunday 22nd January at 10.00 am, Meeting of parent class representatives on this Monday 9th January at 7.30pm in Fr. Billy’s house.

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

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18th – 25th January.  The theme this year, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, is Crossing Barriers. We pray for mutual understanding, friendship and respect between the Christian Churches, remembering always Jesus’ prayer to the Father, that all may be one.

Calling all ladies. Do you like to sing? Free singing course starts Wednesday January 18th in The Cork & County Cricket Club, 7.45 to 9.00 pm. Come and learn to sing in harmony with your local Barbershop Chorus, Champagne Cork. Contact Ursula for details at 0868580885 or umulvihill@eircom.net

8th January 2017 – The Baptism of the Lord

Baby baptised by Pope FrancisBlessing of Children:    This weekend at the 12.00 noon Mass  there will be a special Blessing for Children who were baptised in our parish in the past year.   We welcome parents and children, Godparents and Grandparents and family members. We thank the Baptismal Team for their help and commitment during the year in visiting the families and helping them prepare for Baptism. As we begin the new year we pray God’s blessing on all your families.

Training for Parish Catechists: A two year training course for the Maryvale Certificate will begin in Cork in January. Information/ registration forms from the Pastoral Development Office phone 021 4537601 and must be returned by 10th January. Also open to those wishing to enhance their understanding of the Catholic faith.

Death: We remember in our prayers Michael Connolly,  O’Connell Ave. who died recently. We extend our sympathy to his family.

MAKING IT SIMPLE – a course to assist musicians and vocalists to work well in the liturgy.  This graded course for cantors, Church musicians, choir directors and those who offer music for occasions of weddings, funerals etc. will be offered at Saint Mary’s Pope’s Quay (Dominican Church) over three weekends in February (Friday evening/Saturday morning) by Fr Fergus Ryan OP and others. Cost €95 or €45 for students/unwaged. For full details contact fergusryan@gmail.com or the Pastoral Development Office 021 4537601.

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

Parish Assembly: meet on this Monday 9th January in Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.    Collect agenda in Sacristy

1st January 2017 – Feast of Mary Mother of God.

christmas_wallpapers_christmas_bow-christmas-650x487-150x150Christmas:  Once again it has been a lovely Christmas, with great crowds and a great atmosphere during the Advent and Christmas Liturgies. The joyful preparation, anticipation, participation, celebration and sense of community were inspiring, we thank all who participated.  Fr. Kerry joins me in thanking you for your Christmas wishes and generous Christmas offerings.  We appreciate your encouraging words. As we begin the New Year we pray that 2017 will bring us many blessings.     Fr. Billy

cropped-world-meeting-of-families-2018 WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018
Pope Francis has chosen Ireland to host the next World Meeting of Families in August 2018.  The Pope proposes to visit Ireland to coincide with this event.  The Diocese will be offering programmes of preparation for all ages over the coming months leading up to this event.  Prayer cards are available at the front and side entrances of the church on this weekend.   These have a prayer by Pope Francis to the Holy Family for all our families.

                                                                  HOLY MARY MOTHER OF GOD
At the beginning of a new year the Church invites us to think about Mary, the Mother of God.  Mary believed the message of the angel and conceived her Son.  Through her “Yes” the work of our redemption was begun.
Blessed are you, Mary, for you gave the Son of God to our world, even more blessed for believing in him.   Full of faith, full of grace, you conceived Jesus in your heart and in your womb, and became the Mother of all believers.   Send us your blessing on this day dedicated to you, show us the face of Jesus your Son, who offers mercy and peace to the entire world.   (from a homily of Pope Francis)

thank-you1-300x199THANK YOU
In our Parish of Christ the King, there are many families and individuals who live the faith they profess and whose contribution to parish life is essential and immense. Through their quiet and unnoticed work, the Parish runs smoothly and parish life is enriched.
As 2017 dawns The Parish Assembly and the Priests of the Parish would like to thank you for your help and support.
We offer our special thanks also to those who care for the Church and clean it every week, look after the flowers and altar linens, to the Choir, to Ministers of Word and Eucharist, to Altar Servers and their parents.  We thank the Church Collectors, Sacristan, Parish Dues Collectors, those who care for the sick and elderly. Thanks are also due to St Vincent de Paul Society, St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society, the Legion of Mary, the Parish Baptismal Teams, our Child Protection Representatives. We thank those who put up the Crib, Easter and Remembrance Gardens and decorate the sanctuary so beautifully.
We thank you for your generosity in the offertory collection each week for the upkeep of the Church and payment of staff. Our thanks to the Parish Finance Committee and to Sr. Karen and Fr. Charlie from the Pastoral Development Office who have been so helpful.
We thank all who contributed so generously during 2016 to Trocaire Christmas Gift Cards, to the Trocaire Lenten Campaign, the Lourdes Fund, and to our collections for the Episcopal Commission, the Holy Places, Pastoral Planning, the Pope’s Collection, the Education Fund, Marriage Care and the Mission Sunday collection.

Parish Calendars: It would be great if the area collectors could  help to distribute these to the remaining areas. They are in the Sacristy.  Many thanks.

Congratulations to Fr. Kerry, our Pastor Emeritus, on his Eightieth Birthday.   We wish him well and thank the Lord for his more than fifty three years of Ministry and his sixteen years as Parish Priest at Turners Cross.  It is good to have him with us and we thank him for his generous help, even in retirement.

wisemen-300x231Feast of the Epiphany:  Friday 6th January, Holy Day of Obligation. Vigil Mass on Thursday 6.00 pm.  Masses on Friday at 10.00 am and 6.00 pm.

 

 Training for Parish Catechists: A two year training course for the Maryvale Certificate will begin in Cork in January. Information/ registration forms from the Pastoral Development Office phone 021 4537601 and must be returned by 10th January. Also open to those wishing to enhance their understanding of the Catholic faith.

14942480-religious-christening-of-an-adorable-baby-girlBlessing of Newly Baptised Children  
On Sunday next 8th January the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, at the 12.00 noon Mass there will be a special Blessing for all the Children who were baptised in our parish in the past year.
We welcome  parents and infants, Godparents and Grandparents and family members. We thank the Parish Assembly who are contacting the families and our Baptismal Team for their help and commitment during the year in visiting the families and helping them prepare for Baptism. As we begin the new year we pray God’s blessing on all your families.

kng-ikt9-150x150Pope Francis’ Prayer to the Holy Family
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendour of true love,
to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.
AMEN