20th March 2016 – Palm Sunday & Holy Week

palm-sunday-1images2      Palm Sunday & Holy Week

Palm Sunday Confession after all Masses this weekend.  Pope Francis said recently “I encourage you  to discover anew the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and to avail  yourself more frequently of the transforming power of its grace.”   We have an opportunity to receive this sacrament today. At all the Masses a number of Priests will be available for confession

Easter Triduum Masses: will be celebrated  on Easter Sunday, Monday & Tuesday. Cards available  from the office after Masses this  weekend and during the week weekend and during the week

Visitation of sick & housebound:  Fr. Kerry & Fr. Billy  will visit  this week on  Tuesday   22nd March

Easter Collection for Priests next weekend  at 6pm 10am & 12 noon Masses

Holy Week Ceremonies
  May the new light of Easter shine in our darkness and fill us with renewed hope. 
We hope that you can join us for the Holy Week and  Easter ceremonies as they are the most assuring and uplifting liturgical celebrations of the Church Year.
                                                                             

Trocaire Boxes:  Can be returned at the Mass on the Last Supper on Holy Thursday at 6pm  or during the  week                                                               Mon, Tues, Wed.  Mass  10am & 6pm   Confessions after Mass

Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday after 10am Mass until 11am

images-3Thursday 24th March    HOLY THURSDAY   no morning Mass
Chrism Mass:    10am   Bishop Buckley concelebrates Mass in the  Cathedral  on this Thursday with the Priests of  the Diocese and  blesses the Holy Oils to be used in the  Parish   All  parishioners are welcome to attend this  Chrism Mass

6pm      Concelebrated   Mass of the Lord’s Supper  
Procession to Altar of Repose Bring  your Trocaire Box to this  Mass
 Quiet Holy Hour:   8.30 pm – 9.30 pm

images-2Friday 25th March    GOOD FRIDAY   no  Mass today    Day of Fast and Abstinence


12 noon  Stations of the Cross  
Confessions  after the Stations and Ceremonies
                                                                                                               3 pm  Solemn celebration of the Passion  of Our Lord       
Reading of the Passion / Veneration of the Cross / Holy  Communion  
Collection for the Holy Places  in the Holy Land      
6pm Stations of the Cross     
 8pm  Candlelit Prayer around  the Cross

3womenemptytomb26th March  HOLY SATURDAY no morning Mass
                                               6pm  Solemn Easter Vigil and Mass of The Resurrection 
Bring candle & holder to Vigil    Confessions  11.30am – 12.30 pm  
                                  Collection for the Priests of the Parish  at Masses this weekend

27th March  EASTER SUNDAY   
Masses:   10 am & 12 noon                          
Easter Triduum of Masses:  Easter  Sun., Mon., Tues. at 10am  
Cards are available  in  Sacristy & Parish Office

13th March 2016 – 5th Sunday of Lent (C)

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Pope Francis hearing confessions

Palm Sunday Confessions will be available after all the Masses next Sunday, including the Vigil Mass on Saturday and a number of priests will be available. Last Sunday we met the Prodigal Son in the Gospel. The moment of conversion in his life was when he came to his senses. He saw clearly his predicament and true condition. “How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death.” His behavior had made him lose his moorings and lose sight of reality. His self examination brought him back to earth and in touch with reality. The Holy Spirit is always at work in our lives to show us the ways that have led us from the Father’s house.
This week and during this Year of Mercy when we examine our conscience we invite the Spirit to bring us back down to earth and back to reality, in touch  with our state before God.

Palm-Sunday-Pictures-imagesPalm for Palm Sunday. Please bring your branch of palm to Mass next weekend, palms will be blessed at each Mass.

 

Do this in Memory: the next Mass will be Palm Sunday 20th March at 10.00 am,  Meeting of parent class representatives  on this Monday 14th at 7.30 pm in Fr. Kerry’s  house.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers  Rhonda Phelan (nee Chandley) Mitchelstown late of Beauford Pk.    Fr. Sean McCarthy retired Parish Priest of Enniskeane who served in Turners Cross from 1980 – 1983, and Christine O’Brien, Greenhills Estate who died recently.   We extend our sympathy to their families and parishioners

 Lent: Weekday Masses 10.00 am & 6.00 pm.  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays after the 10.00 am Mass until 11.00 am.  Morning & Evening Prayer of the Church on Fridays during Lent after the 10.00 am &  6.00 pm Masses.

 Easter Triduum Masses: will be celebrated  on Easter Sunday, Monday & Tuesday. Cards available  from the office after Masses this  weekend and during the week.

St. Patrick’s Day:  Vigil Mass on Wednesday at 6.00 pm.  Masses on Thursday 17th at 10.00am & 12.00  noon.   No evening Mass on Thursday.

page37pope_2511040aPope Francis: This Sunday is the third anniversary of the election of  Pope Francis. We pray for his ministry to the Universal Church and to all humanity.

Bishops Commissions Collection will be taken up this  weekend 12th/13th March, for the work of the Irish Bishops Conference and its agencies and commissions.  These include Emigrants, Justice & Peace, Communications, CURA, Child Protection etc.

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

 The Matt Talbot Mass and Novena will continue this Friday, 18th March. at 7.30 pm in Togher Church. The Celebrant and preacher will be the Bishop Wm. Crean, Bishop of Cloyne.  A cup of tea afterwards in the Parish Office

Bunscoil Chríost Rí:  On Tuesday next, March 15th all schools in the country will celebrate ‘Proclamation Day’ as part of the 1916 Centenary commemoration.  To start Bunscoil Chríost Rí’s special day of cultural activities, a Flag Raising and Proclamation Reading ceremony will take place on the front lawn of the school at 9:00 am on Tuesday morning.  All pupils, past pupils, parents and members of our local community are welcome to attend this unique celebration of our heritage.

 Society of St Vincent de Paul:  Our thanks to the members of the SVP Conference who spoke at Masses last weekend. If you would like to help with the monthly collections at our church, please contact one of the priests.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes:  11th – 16th June. Booking forms from Joe Walsh Tours 117 Patrick St.  See notice at back of Church

 Weekly Gospel Reflection:  From Friday next 18th March, each Friday after ten o’clock Mass we will read the gospel for the following Sunday in the Parish Centre, reflect on it and discuss it among friends.   All welcome.

Parish Catechists receive awards from Maryvale Institute

catechists awards 2016 for web                      Parish Catechists  receive awards from Maryvale Institute
On Saturday  27th February   25 students from the Diocese of Cork and Ross and            2 from the Diocese of Cloyne received the award Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis from the Maryvale Institute, Archdiocese of Birmingham, England. These student were sponsored by their parishes to undertake this two year course of study towards taking on the voluntary ministry of Parish Catechist in their parishes.
On Saturday they were joined by family, friends and their parish clergy as they received their awards and were then commissioned by the two Bishops during Mass.
  The course was overseen and supported by the Pastoral Development Office in Cork and Ross. On Saturday they were joined by Rev Edward Clare, Director of the Maryvale Institute and Marie Cooke, the Director of Further Education courses at Maryvale.            We congratulate Bernadette Hegarty from our Parish who was one of those commissioned.  We ask you to remember them in your prayers at this time as they take on this new ministary on our Diocese and in our parishes.

6th March 2106 – 4th Sunday Lent (C)

mothers-day-logoMother’s Day: We wish all mothers a happy Day. The twelve o’clock Mass this Sunday is being offered for all our mothers living and deceased. Special cards are available in the Parish Office after Masses.

A Mother’s Day Prayer
I thank you, Creator of us all, for my mother.            I thank you that she gave me life and nurtured me all those years. She gave me my faith, helping me to know you and to know Jesus and his ways. She taught me how to love and how to sacrifice for others. She taught me that it was okay to cry and that I should always tell the truth. Bless her with the graces she needs and which you want to give her today. Help her to feel precious in your eyes today and to know that I love her. Give her strength and courage, compassion and peace. Bless her this day and every day with your love. Amen.

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“I will go to my Father”

The Prodigal Son
The parable of the prodigal son is thought-provoking each time we read or hear it, and reminds us of God’s loving response to our repentance, taking us back, again and again, and not holding our faults against us. We need to guard against the hard piety of the elder son, who resented his father’s acceptance of the erring younger son.  A hard-hearted false piety doest not reflect the heart of our Father, who loves all his children.  God’s heart is for his little ones, and for the lost.
True repentance involves more than sorrow and regret, it means a change of heart, a new attitude.  It means admitting we were wrong and swallowing our pride.  Our repentance and renewal is God’s work, not ours.  God does not force anybody, as he offers a peace that the world cannot give.  We pray for confidence in God, and a spirit of kindness to others so that we may represent the goodness of God to a sceptical world.

Mike Burgess 001 Preparing for Easter: There will be an evening of Prayer & Reflection in the Chapel of St. Finbarr’s Hospital on Thursday 10th March at 7.30pm for all who serve and help in our Parish.  Fr. Mike Burges OFM Cap who was with us for our Mini Mission in October will guide us through the evening.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Olivia Mullane, St. Ann’s Pk., Sr. Bernadette O’Brien O.P., late of Curragh Rd who died in South Africa, Dan Kelly, Evergreen Road, and  Mona O’Kelly, Old Blackrock Road.  We extend our sympathy to their families and community.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society:  Meeting  on Tues. 8th March in Parish Centre after 10.00 am Mass

The Parish Assembly: meeting this Monday 7th March in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm, note date.

Lent: Masses at 10.00 am & 6.00 pm each weekday.

Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament after 10.00 am Mass until 11.00 am, on Wednesdays of Lent.

Morning & Evening Prayer each Friday of Lent after the 10.00 am & 6.00 pm Masses

Confessions: Saturdays after the 10.00 am Mass and after the 6.00 pm Vigil Mass, or ask one of the priests at any time.

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

1bPQ45OPytC8dEqb4-UsvgAwFMFVyq8gYOU3T2IdAG68DyjWwHMOra2OEQq5XFEvKlPZ93Y=s85Daffodil Day Friday 11th March: The Parish Assembly has arranged for the sale of Daffodil Day pins after the 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses on Daffodil Day as across Ireland we  raise much needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society

 

Society of St. Vincent de Paul: The February Church Gate collection amounted to €1,361, somewhat less than the help given this month to the needy in our parish. The Society thanks you for your generosity and looks forward to your support with the Easter Collection on this weekend.

The Matt Talbot Mass and Novena will continue this Friday, 11th March. at 7.30 pm in Togher Church. The Celebrant and preacher will be Fr Tomas Walsh, C.C from the North Cathedral Parish. A cup of tea afterwards in the Parish Office

Christ King Girls Secondary School fundraising Table Quiz for the refurbishment of the PE Hall. South County Bar, Douglas, Thursday, 10th March at 8.00pm. Spot prizes and finger food.  €40 per table of 4 people. Grand prize €100.

Bishops Commissions Collection next  weekend 12th/13th March, for the work of the Irish Bishops Conference and its agencies and commissions.  These include Emigrants, Justice & Peace, Communications, CURA, Child Protection etc.

Bru Columbanus
Pre loved dress & handbag sale  on Sat. 12th March  between 10am and 4pm in Bru Columbanus, Cardinal Way,  Wilton.   Bru Columbanus is a charity that provides accommodation to the relatives of seriously ill patients in Cork  hospitals and the hospice, in particular relatives of sick children. For further details phone 021 4345754

Confessions: 24 hours with the Lord. – 4th/5th March 2016

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” I will return to my Father “

PA-17185835-800x500During the Jubilee Year of Mercy  Pope Francis has asked that we would make available continuous confession in a church in every diocese throughout the world  on 4th / 5th March  2016

The Church designated for our Diocese Cork & Ross is St Francis Church, Liberty Street, Cork City
From 10am on Friday 4th March to 10am Saturday 5th March 
Priests will be available for Confession during these  24 hours                                 The Franciscans will take over on Saturday

28th February 2016 – 3rd Sunday of Lent (C)

3rd-Sunday-of-Lent-261x145-1Parish Catechists:  This Saturday saw our first group of Parish Catechists received their award for their two year course of study from the Maryvale Institute and were commissioned by Bishop Buckley for service in their parishes.  We congratulate Bernadette Hegarty from our Parish who was one of the twenty seven commissioned.  We ask you to remember them in your prayers at this time as they take on this new ministary on our Diocese and in our parishes.
We welcome Fr. Eddie Clare director of the Maryvale  Institute who is celebrating our 6pm Mass this Saturday

imagesThank You:  Fr. Charlie & Sr .Karen of the Parish Development Office want to thank all from our Parish – members of the Parish Assembly and others who helped in any way to make Cardinal Cormac’s visit our Diocese  and  Parish such a happy and memorable event.

images-1Mothering Sunday:   The 12 noon Mass on  next Sunday 6th March  (Mothers Day) will be offered for all Mothers living and deceased. Special Cards will be available in the Parish Office this weekend and during the week.

Jubilee Pilgrimage in our City:  at the gathering in our Church last Sunday Bishop Buckley launched our local pilgrimage for the Year of Mercy. We hope many of you with your families will make the Pilgrimage with us in April or May when the weather improves !!!.  All received the Booklet on the Pilgrimage at the talk last Sunday. More news later.

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

Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the Wednesdays of Lent after the 10am Mass until 11am,

Morning & Evening Pray each Friday of Lent after the 10am & 6pm Masses

First Confession The Children of 2nd Class in Bunscoil Chriost Ri will be making their First Confession on Tues. 1st March at 7.30pm  here in the Church.   We pray for the Children, their Parents and Teachers.

Trocaire Family Fast Boxes are available at the back of the Church

year-of-mercy-logoRediscovering Mercy:     To explore Mercy in a personal, local, global and prayerful context this Mondays 29th February and Mondays 7th and 14th March. Coffee at 10:30am, sessions from 10:45am to 12:15pm at the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane, beside Ballyphehane Church.

Spring Dues:  We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes for their areas after Mass in the Sacristy. Many thanks

Confessions:   Saturdays after the 10.00 am Mass & after 6.00 pm Vigil Mass, or ask one of the priests at any time.

Beginning Experience is a specially designed 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 is being held in the Ennismore Retreat Centre, from Fri.  8th April to Sun. 10th April. Application Forms and further details please contact 087 9886480 or email  beginningexpeirence@gmail.com

The Matt Talbot Mass and Novena continues this Friday, 4th March. at 7.30p.m. in Togher Church. The Celebrant and preacher will be Fr Charlie Davy, S.J.,All welcome as we pray for those carrying the cross of suffering at this time. There will be a cup of tea afterwards in the Parish Office.

Mike Burgess 001Preparing for Easter: There will be an evening of Prayer & Reflection in the Chapel of  St.Finbarr’s Hospital on Thurs. 10th March at 7.30pm for all who serve and help in our Parish.  Fr. Michael Burges OFM Cap who was with us for our Mini Mission in October will guide us through the evening.

Cork South Parish  Historical Society  Monthly Meeting on  Wed 2nd March at 7:30 p.m.  in  St John’s College  Sawmill Street, Speaker   Ronnie Herlihy   will speak on  Crime and Punishment in Victorian Cork  All Welcome

 

21st February 2016 – 2nd Sunday Lent (C)

Transfiguration-raphaelTransfiguration    In St Luke’s account of the Transfiguration of the Lord we hear the voice of the Father and we see Jesus, bathed in the power of God, the dazzling brightness of the Holy Spirit.  We hear and see something of the Blessed Trinity, a mountain-top view of the Kingdom of God as we share the awe of Peter, James and John.  Jesus is joined by Moses and Elijah, signifying the Law and the Prophets, the Law that he has come to fulfill and the prophets who foretold him, his forerunners.  Jesus is affirmed by the Father, who tells us to listen to him.  Peter wants to hold on to the experience, to build three tents.  However, they must come down from the mountain and continue the journey to Jerusalem, a journey of faith which requires something of the gritty faith of Abraham.  As we continue our Lenten journey towards Holy Week and Easter, may we adore the Son of God, listen to his words as the Fathers tells us, and serve him in the beggar, the sick, the migrant, the imprisoned, in the least of his brothers and sisters, in this year of mercy.

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With joy we welcome Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor to our Parish this weekend.  He will be celebrating the 12 noon Mass this Sunday and at 3pm this evening will give a talk in our  Church  Pope Francis and the Gospel of Mercy.  He always looks forward to his visits to Cork where his parents came from,  His grandparents are buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.   The Cardinal is a close friend of Pope Francis, they both received the Red Hat from Pope St. John Paul in 2001. His recently published book  “An English Spring, Memoirs”  gives us an insight to the mind of the Cardinal and his friendships with people of all walks of life. Before his retirement he had been a member of a number of  Roman Congregations as well as Archbishop of Westminister and Primate of England and Wales..

Jubilee Pilgrimage in our City:  at the gathering in our Church on Sunday next Bishop Buckley will launch our local pilgrimage for the Year of Mercy. We hope many of you with your families will make the Pilgrimage with us in April or May when the weather improves !!!  and the details of the route are given.  More news later.

imagesA ‘Pro Life Rally Cork : Saturday, 27th February.  Mass at 1:15pm in St. Peter & Pauls’, presided over by Bishop John Buckley, followed by Rally at Grand Parade at 2pm.

Lent:    Here in Turner’s Cross it is good to see the number attending daily Mass during Lent,  it is a most positive thing to do. Our Masses here are at 10am & 6pm each day.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Br. Clement McCarthy, Presentation Brothers, Maiville, Sheila O’Flynn, Capwell Avenue and Eileen (Eily) Daly, Mercier Park , also twins William and John Kelly,  London  and late of  Turners Cross  who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their community and families.

Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the Wednesdays of Lent after the 10am Mass until 11am, including our Mass we will have an hour with the Lord. Why not join us for an hour each week.  Silence and prayer are the key to peace. Give yourself this gift?

Morning & Evening Pray each Friday of Lent after the 10am & 6pm Masses

“Do this in Memory”: We welcome the children preparing for their First Confession and First Holy Communion to our Mass this Sunday.  First Confession will be on Tuesday 1st March at 7.30pm

Trocaire Family Fast Boxes are available at the back of the Church

Rediscovering Mercy:     four sessions to explore Mercy in a personal, local, global and prayerful context on Mondays 22nd, 29th February and Mondays 7th and 14th March. Coffee at 10:30am, sessions from 10:45am to 12:15pm at the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane, Cork, at Ballyphehane Church, access from Friars Walk, where parking is free.

Spring Dues:  We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes for their areas after Mass in the Sacristy. Many thanks.

Confessions:   Saturdays after the 10.00 am Mass & after 6.00 pm Vigil Mass, or ask one of the priests at any time.

Pioneer Lenten Challenge!   Many people abstain from alcohol and take the Short-Term Pledge for Lent.  Make your Lenten pledge at www.pioneerassociation.ie <http://www.pioneerassociation.ie>   or by contacting your local Pioneer centre representative. Take this opportunity to help someone you know/love with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your Lenten sacrifice as a prayer for their freedom and well-being.  Go for it and make a difference to someone’s life!

 

14th February 2016 – 1st Sunday of Lent (C)

What-is-Lent-1Lent calls us to repentance.
But if our repentance doesn’t involve
a change of heart,
it will not lead to a change of life.
It will be like decapitating weeds
while leaving their roots intact.
But if  we change our hearts,
then our lives will also change.
Lord, grant that enlightened by the word of God,
and nourished by the food of the Eucharist,
we may turn our hearts away from evil,
and set them firmly on pleasing you.
[Fr. Flor McCarthy SDB]

Lenten Masses:   Here in Turner’s Cross it is good to see the number attending daily Mass for Lent,  it is a most positive thing to do. Our Masses here are at 10am & 6pm each day.  Masses are available in city centre churches.   St Augustine’s: 11am & 4pm. Holy Trinity:12.45pm & 7.30pm Ss.Peter & Paul’s 12.30pm  St. Francis: 12 noon St. Mary’s Popes Quay: 5.45pm

MonstranceExposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the Wednesdays of Lent after the 10am Mass until 11am, including our Mass we will have an hour with the Lord. Why not join us for an hour each week.  Silence and prayer are the key to peace. Give yourself this gift?

Morning & Evening Pray each Friday of Lent after the 10am & 6pm Masses

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend 13th/14th Feb  subsidises individuals whose health and/or means would otherwise prevent them from traveling to Lourdes. It also subsidises the travel of essential care personnel.

imagesSt Valentine’s Day this Sunday tells us about the God of  Love. God says to me: “You are precious and honored and I love you” God’s love for me enables me to say the same to others. Today I can remember in prayer all those with whom I especially share my love. I ask God to bless all those whose love has enabled me to be the  person I am.

“Do this in Memory”:   the next Mass will be next Sunday 21th Feb. at 10am,  Meeting of parent class representatives  on this Mon.15th Feb.  at 7.30pm in Fr. Kerry’s  house.    First Confession will be on Tues. 1st March. at 7.30pm

Trocaire Family Fast Boxes are available at the back of the Church

FullSizeRenderCardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor                                       To mark the “Jubilee Year of Mercy”  A talk by Cardinal Cormac  entitled “Pope Francis and the Gospel of Mercy”   here in Christ the King Church  on next Sunday 21st February at 3pm  The Cardinal is a good friend of Pope Francis,  He will share his thoughts with us for this Jubilee Year  and what it means to be a member of the Church.

Jubilee Pilgrimage in our City:  at the gathering in our Church on Sunday next Bishop Buckley will launch our local pilgrimage for the Year of Mercy. We hope many of you with your families will make the Pilgrimage with us in April or May when the weather improves !!!  and the details of the route are given.  More news later.

rediscovering mercyRediscovering Mercy:     four sessions to explore Mercy in a personal, local, global and prayerful context on Mondays 22nd, 29th February and Mondays 7th and 14th March beginning with coffee 10:30am and session from 10:45am to 12:15pm at the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane, Cork – located in the grounds of Ballyphehane Church, access from Friars Walk where free parking is available.

Spring Dues:  We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes for their areas next weekend 20th/21st February in the Sacristy.

Confessions:   Saturdays after the 10.00 am Mass & after 6.00 pm Vigil Mass, or ask one of the priests at any time.

Pioneer Lenten Challenge!   Many people abstain from alcohol and take the Short-Term Pledge for the duration of Lent.  Make your Lenten pledge by visiting www.pioneerassociation.ie   and joining online or by contacting your local Pioneer centre representative. Take this opportunity to help someone you know/love with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your Lenten sacrifice as a prayer for their freedom and well-being.  Go for it and make a difference to someone’s life!

Ash Wednesday – Lent begins – A thought

Ash Wednesday2016.PHOTO‘In a world that often expects us to be perfect, on Ash Wednesday we freely confess our imperfections. We can let down our pretenses and be truly honest with each other about who we are.’

The most obvious question on Ash Wednesday is why do we put dirty ashes on our foreheads today? It’s not a good luck charm but an outward sign that we’re mortal, fragile and merely pilgrims passing through this world. The ashes are a reminder that we are willing to do something positive in our spiritual lives. Today is not about doom, gloom or negativity. It’s a day to celebrate the gift of now and the gift of today. Ash Wednesday reminds us that we don’t go on forever and the coming weeks of Lent are an opportunity to delight in the gifts of each and every day. It’s so easy to take everything and everyone for granted. Perhaps today and throughout Lent we can make sure we value what’s really important in our lives.

Lenten Masses                                                                                                            Christ the King Church, Turners Cross.                                                                         Daily:  10am & 6pm                                                                                             Weekends:  Vigil Saturday  6pm                                                                               Sunday 10am & 12 noon

7th February 2016 – 5th Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

lent-banner2013-940x470-1Lent:  As a community let us begin our Lenten Journey to Easter with hope in our hearts.  On Ash Wednesday we bless the ashes. These ashes are made from the palms which were blessed on Palm Sunday last year. The sign of the cross is made as the ashes are put on our foreheads the priest says ‘turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel,’ or similar words. The signing with ashes reminds us of our dying to the old way of life and challenges us to live our lives in the light of faith. We encourage everyone to make an effort to get to Mass on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, if possible.

Lent
Lent is a time for polishing up basic Christian skills:
Prayer: on one’s own and with the family or a group, daily Mass.
Fasting: practicing simplicity of  lifestyle ;
Almsgiving: making with others a real contribution to making the world a better place for all God’s children. Our Trocaire Box could be a help.

 
Ash Wednesday 10th February  Masses 10am & 6pm. The 6pm Mass will continue each weekday during Lent.   Ashes will be blessed and distributed at the Masses.  At the 10am Mass on Ash Wednesday 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.

“Walk with Me” On sale this weekend the booklet a Lenten Journey of Prayer – an ideal companion during the season of Lent. The theme for this Lenten “Walk with Me” is  “A Pilgrimage of Mercy”   This is an excellent booklet. Cost €1.30, available at the back of the Church.

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Trocaire Family Fast Boxes are available at the back of the Church, and will also be distributed through the Primary & Secondary Schools. Last Lent through the Family Fast Boxes the great sum of €5,700 was raised from our Parish & Bun Scoil Chriost Ri.

World Day of Prayer for the Sick: 11th February the 10am & 6pm  Masses on that Day will be offered for the Sick.    Anointing of the sick will take place at both Masses.   Refreshments in the Parish Centre courtesy of the Parish Assembly after the 10.00 am Mass on Wednesday.  Consider offering a lift to a neighbour who may be housebound.

FullSizeRender[2]Date for your Diary:  To mark the “Jubilee Year of Mercy”  The Pastoral Development Office have invited Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor to speak  on “Pope Francis and the Gospel of Mercy”  here in Christ the King Church on Sunday  21st Feb. at 3pm. At this gathering Bishop Buckley will launch “The Year of Mercy Pilgrimage in Cork City”

 

The Matt Talbot Mass and Novena for all those who suffer because of living with addiction, will begin on Friday 12th Feb. at 7.30p.m. in the Way of the Cross Church, Togher. Fr. Michael O’Leary S.M.A., WIlton Parish will be the celebrant and preacher. There will be a blessing with the Relic of  Venerable Matt Talbot on this opening night.

lourdesDiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: takes place  11th -16th June  Booking form available for Pilgrimage from Joe Walsh Tours 117 Patrick St.  4277959.    Enquiries Sick/Assisted Section to The Pilgrimage Director Canon James O’Donovan 4292296.   Young Adult Helpers:  The pilgrimage organisers invite Young Adults 18-30 years old to come to Lourdes as helpers during the pilgrimage.  As helpers you will assist the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme as well as a time of prayer, for making new friends and share in the story of Lourdes. Details from Fr. Charlie Kiely  4537603.    Pastoral  Office, Parochial House Ballyphane

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Collection to be taken up at all Masses next weekend 13th/14th Feb  subsidises individuals whose health and/or means would otherwise prevent them from travelling to Lourdes.  It also subsidises the travel of essential care personnel.

Death:
  We remember in our prayers Ann Murphy, Heatherton who died recently and we extend our sympathy to her family.

The Parish Library is open at all Masses this weekend 6th/ 7th February, to get or return a book.

The Parish Assembly: will meet in the Parish Centre on this Monday 8th Nov. at 8pm

Parish Pilgrimage to Holy Land  16th – 24th Oct:  Will those who have given their names collect their booking forms and itinerary in the Sacristy.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society: will meet in the Parish Centre after the 10am Mass on Tuesday,  9th February

Confessions:   Saturdays after the 10.00 am Mass & after 6.00 pm Vigil Mass, or ask one of the priests at any time.