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

               County Final

            Best of luck to Nemo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The key moments are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gather Monday Prayer for Young Adults: Join the Sisters of Bon Secours in prayer, quiet, reflection and chat. 7pm to 9pm each Monday evening in the Convent Chapel behind the Bon Secours Hospital, College Road. All young adults welcome. Contact: Anne-Marie Whelan 0872209994 “The Way, The Truth, The Life’ Sun 22nd Oct 10am to 5pm in the Sisters of Bon Secours Convent, College Road with Fr John Keane. Donation Only. BOOKING ESSENTIAL – Places limited. Contact: Anne-Marie Whelan 0872209994 eavopost@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

17th September 2017 – 24th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

FORGIVENESS
The Lord has given us a great gift in teaching us to forgive – or at least to try to forgive – and in this way to touch the Father’s mercy!  Jesus taught us in the Our Father to say: “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”  Today’s parable tells us exactly this: just as God has forgiven us, so we too should forgive those who do us harm. The trespasses are our sins in the sight of God, and those who trespass against us are those whom we, for our part, must forgive.
The problem comes whenever we have to deal with someone who has even slightly offended us. We demand justice, a reaction unworthy of Christ’s disciples. Jesus teaches us to forgive without limit: “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”
God’s forgiveness knows no limits; it is greater than anything we can imagine.  We come before the lord, confessing our guilt and asking forgiveness, and promise to amend our lives.  Is something missing, have we forgiven those who have harmed us?  From the Our Father we know that “the forgiveness that God will give you” requires “the forgiveness that you give to others”.  God always forgives, but he also requires that we forgive, and if we don’t, this is in a sense closing God’s door of forgiveness to us. This is a door that we need to keep open.  Let us allow God’s forgiveness to come to us as we forgive others.

Congratulations
Rev. Frank McKevitt became one of the first two Permanent Deacons in our Diocese of Cork and Ross when he was ordained by Bishop Buckley last Sunday.   We congratulate our new Deacon and pray God’s blessing on him, on his wife Rena and their sons Darragh, Brian and Conor.

Deaths:  We pray for Lindsey Doyle, Greenhills Court, Ann Crowley, Congress Road and Brendan Godsil late of South Douglas Road, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

The SMA National Novena in honour of St. Therese will begin on Saturday 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 Saturday 23 and 30th September at 7.00pm).  For further information please contact: SMA Blackrock Road at 021-4292871 or SMA Wilton at 021-4541069

Faith and Light Group that meets the 3rd Saturday of every month from 3.30pm to 5.30 pm in the Ardfoyle Convent Ballintemple.  Based on the spirituality of Jean Vanier Faith and Light welcomes everyone especially those with an intellectual disability their family and friends.   We welcome any one who would like to join us.  We celebrate mass have a cup of tea and a get together !  Lenora Duane 0860636413

Special Triduum in honour of Padre Pio will take place at the Holy Trinity Church, Fr. Mathew Quay on 20th, 21st  and 22nd September at 10.00am and 7.30pm

Encountering Family in the Gospel: three sessions exploring family in the Gospels as we prepare for the World Meeting of Families – Wednesdays 20th  & 27th  September and 4th  October from 10:45am to 12 noon  (after 10am Mass) in the Parish Centre at the The Lough, facilitated by Fr Charlie/Sr Karen from the Pastoral Development Office.  All are welcome.

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, September 24th to celebrate ‘Gougane Sunday’.  Rosary will be recited in the Oratory at 2.00pm and Mass will be celebrated in the Oratory at 2.30pm.  Bishop David G. O’Connell, Episcopal Vicar of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will preach the homily this year.

10th September 2017 – 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

ORDINATION TO THE PERMANENT DIACONATE

 This Sunday 10th September. 2017 is an historic day for the Diocese of Cork and Ross.      Frank McKevitt of Turner’s Cross Parish and David Lane of Mayfield (Upper) Parish will be ordained Permanent Deacons at 3.00 pm in the North Cathedral, the first ever Permanent Deacons in our Diocese. Up to this year, fifty-three Permanent Deacons have been ordained in Ireland and there are seventy in formation of whom twenty-two will be ordained this autumn. David and Frank are the first for Cork and Ross and we have John beginning his final year of formation this month. We hope to begin another group with the introductory year starting in September 2018.

Deacons combine parish work with family life and fulltime careers.  At parish level, the service of the deacon will always be in conjunction with the local priest and bishop. The National Directory and Norms for Ireland for the Permanent Diaconate identifies three areas of service where the deacon will be involved, the Word of God, Eucharist and Works of Charity. At Mass, the deacon may assist the priest, reading the gospel, preaching the homily when requested, and leading intercessory prayer. Other ways in which a deacon can serve include supporting the bereaved, funeral ministry, baptisms, marriages, visiting the sick at home and in hospital and bringing Holy Communion to the housebound.

Deacons are not intended to replace lay ministers, but to help in the development and co-ordination of lay ministry. Receiving his mission from the Bishop, and assigned to work as a member of a team, a deacon is called to minister in close co-operation with priests and with those who are entrusted with various lay ministries.  The deacon is to be an effective and visible sign of Christ who came to serve rather than to be served. Although his ministry is exercised on a part-time basis, he is at all times an ordained deacon, and his life-style will reflect this.

Pope Saint John Paul II taught: “Taking an active part in society belongs to the baptismal mission of every Christian in accordance with his or her state in life, but the Permanent Deacon has a special witness to give. The sacramental grace of his ordination is meant to strengthen him and to make his efforts fruitful, even as his secular occupation gives him entry into the temporal sphere in a way that is normally not appropriate for other members of the clergy. At the same time, the fact that he is an ordained minister of the Church brings a special dimension to his efforts in the eyes of those with whom he lives and works.”

At the conclusion of a special event in Rome for the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis commented: “At the end of this celebration, I wish to extend a special greeting to you, dear deacons, who have come from Italy and other countries. Thanks for your presence here today, but most of all, your presence in the Church!”

The Diaconate is open to married and single men. The age limit for ordination is sixty-three years. Anybody interested should contact a Priest of their Parish or Fr. Bertie O’Mahony, Parochial House, Model Farm Road, Cork, Tel no: 021-4346940.

Death:  We pray for Louise O’Leary (nee Murphy), Modek Farm Road and late of Capwell Road, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family.

A Faith and Light Group meets on the third Saturday of every month from 3.30pm  to 5.30 pm in the Ardfoyle Convent, Ballintemple.  Based on the spirituality of Jean Vanier, Faith and Light welcomes everyone, especially those with an intellectual disability, their family and friends.   We welcome any one who would like to join us. We celebrate mass have a cup of tea and a get together !  Contact Lenora Duane 0860636413

Marymount Coffee Morning in the Parish Centre after 10 o’clock Mass, Thursday 14th September.   Donations of cakes would be very much appreciated.

Encountering Family in the Gospel: three sessions exploring family in the Gospels as we prepare for the World Meeting of Families – Wednesdays 20th & 27th September and 4th October from 10:45am to 12 noon  (after 10am Mass) in the Parish Centre at the The Lough facilitated by Fr Charlie/Sr Karen from the Pastoral Development Office.  All are welcome.

The Poor Clares in Galway are hosting a Cloister day on Saturday, Sept 16th 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

The Lady Mayoress, Georgina Fitzgerald is holding a Coffee Morning on Tuesday 12th September from 10.00am to 12.30pm in the Concert Hall, City Hall. (All proceeds in aid of Marymount Hospice, Cork).

 Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office – vacancy for Receptionist/Secretary.  Must be eligible for CE scheme – 19.5 hours per week.  Please send cv and cover letter to southsidetdl@eircom.net  by 15th September.

The SMA National Novena in honour of St. Therese will begin on Saturday 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 Saturday 23 and 30th September at 7.00pm).  For further information please contact: SMA Blackrock Road at 021-4292871 or SMA Wilton at 021-4541069

Special Triduum in honour of Padre Pio will take place at the Holy Trinity Church, Fr. Mathew Quay on 20th, 21st and 22nd September at 10.00am and 7.30pm

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

DISCIPLESHIP

Jesus has begun to teach something new to the disciples, who have only just realised that he is “the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” In the first prophesy of his passion, Jesus tells them that he must suffer and die. This prompts an immediate protest from Peter and, in turn, a strong rebuke from Our Lord, and we are shocked by the force of that rebuke to Peter; “get behind me, Satan!”  There is danger ahead, and Jesus and his followers are going to walk straight into it.  It’s as if he said: “come and be losers.”  This was hard for the disciples to take, hard for Peter and hard for us.  We, like the disciples, must follow Jesus on the road to Jerusalem, must take up our cross every day, and anything that gets in the way is not of God. To save our lives, we must lose them, and if we lose our lives for Jesus’ sake, only then will we really begin to live. Following Jesus is not a walk in the park, it is not a pleasant walk by the Sea of Galilee, but a walk into danger and possibly suffering.  It’s not easy, but it is the only way to go.

 Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor:  We pray for Cardinal Cormac who died on Friday as we remember his many visits to Turner’s Cross Parish.  Fr Kerry celebrated Mass with Cardinal Cormac in his hospital room on Wednesday last, and we offer our sympathy to him and to all the Cardinal’s family and friends in Ireland.

 

 Pope Francis’ Apostolic Visit to Colombia: We pray for Pope Francis as he prepares for his pastoral visit to Columbia, from the 6th to the 11th September.  He travels to bring the message of the Gospel and to encourage the peace process following the Government’s agreement with the FARC rebel group last November, ending 52 years of conflict which left 260,000 people dead, 60,000 unaccounted for, and over 7 million displaced. The peace process has been strongly supported by the Church and by the Pope himself.

 Deaths:  We pray for Thomas (Toss) O’Leary, Ashdale Park. who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to his family.

Parish Pastoral Assembly.  The Parish Assembly Steering Group will meet in the Parish Centre on Thursday next September 7th at 8.00 pm, as we prepare for the formation of the formation of the 2017 – 2020 Assembly.

Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office – vacancy for Receptionist/Secretary.  Must be eligible for CE scheme – 19.5 hours per week.  Please send cv and cover letter to southsidetdl@eircom.net  by 15th September.

Diaconate in the Diocese of Cork & Ross.

David Lane of Mayfield (Upper) Parish and Frank McKevitt, a Turner’s Cross parishioner will be ordained as Permanent Deacons on Sunday next, September 10th, 2017.  They will be the first ever Permanent Deacons of the Diocese of Cork and Ross.  The Ordination Mass in the Cathedral is at 3.00 pm, and parishioners are welcome.  We wish Frank well and pray for him and his family as he prepares to make a generous gift of his life to God and to God’s people in our Diocese.

 Turners Cross Active Retirement are re-opening on Tuesday next 5th September in the Centre, Capwell Road, at 7.30pm. New members welcome.

 Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 6th of September from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. 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.

2017 Novena to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, continues to Friday next, 8th September.  The Novena is preached by Fr. John Finn MSC, at 10.00am and 8.00pm daily.

 SMA Pilgrimage to Lourdes 17th – 22nd September, 2017. Five nights, full board in the Hotel Roissy. Director: Fr. Hugh B. Harkin SMA, African Missions, Blackrock Road Tel: 021-4292871

 

Prayers asked for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

Cardinal Nichols has asked for prayers for his predecessor
Former Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has been taken seriously ill in hospital.

“These loving prayers are a source of great strength and comfort as he calmly ponders on all that lies ahead, all in God’s good time,” Cardinal Nichols wrote. “May the Lord strengthen him in faith and trust and may the prayers of the Church, which he loves so much, comfort and uphold him.”

Cardinal Cormac was appointed the tenth Archbishop of Westminster in 2000 and created a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in the 2001 Consistory along with the  Archbishop of Buenos Aires  now Pope Francis.    Pope Francis and Cardinal Cormac are good friends

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor served as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton for nearly 23 years before being appointed Archbishop of Westminster
Bishop Moth of Arundel & Brighton added: “As we all know, Cardinal Cormac holds this Diocese in great affection and will, I know, value the prayers of us all at this time

The Cardinal loved coming to Cork where his parents were from.  Two of his brothers Frs. Pat & Brian were priests and served in the Diocese of Portsmouth He is a first cousin of the late Fr Jerome Murphy-O’Connor OP the Biblical Scholar of the Ecole Biblique, Jerusalem

 

2nd July 2017 – 13th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

Death:  We remember in our prayers Michael Collins-Powell, Woodgrove, Cross Douglas Road, we extend our sympathy to his family.

Thanks & Farewell:  Our good wishes and thanks to Eleanor Condon and Ann Murphy on the occasion of their retirement from Bunscoil Chriost Ri after many years of service. We wish them health, happiness and fulfillment in their retirement. 

Catholic Papers: are on sale at the back of the Church every weekend.  The Irish Catholic, The Universe and The Catholic Times.

First Friday:  Fr. Billy will visit the sick and housebound during the coming week.

Prayer for the Canonization of Venerable Nano Nagle
Gracious and loving God, we place before you the Cause of the Canonization of Venerable Nano Nagle.  Bless the Presentation Family and the Church by declaring Nano Nagle’s Sainthood.   With her lantern light for our journey, may we be blessed with the vision, courage and fidelity that stirred Nano to passionate service to those made poor and abandoned.  We ask this in the name of Jesus, in whom she found light and strength.
Amen

25th June 2017 – 12th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Cork & Ross
As announced in April, David Lane of Upper Mayfield Parish and Frank McKevitt of Turner’s Cross Parish will be ordained as Permanent Deacons on Sunday, September 10th, 2017, in the Cathedral.  The diaconate is open to married and single men, and deacons combine parish work with family life and fulltime careers. Frank and David will be the first married deacons in our diocese. We are beginning to see vocations to the Permanent Diaconate in Ireland, fifty-one permanent deacons have been ordained in recent years and sixty-eight candidates are in training. Those interested in serving God in this way should contact their local priest, or the Diocesan Director of the Permanent Diaconate, Canon Bertie O’ Mahony, PP Ballineaspaig. Tel: 021- 434 6940.


DIACONATE JOURNEY
The longest journey must begin with the first step, and so it was for me. Attendance at a number of liturgies celebrating the call to service, supported by the pastoral development office, set in train a response from within me, a sort of nagging, or questioning? Perhaps the Lord was calling on me to reflect on a wider call to serve.
An opportunity arose and with the support of Rena I began my Diaconate journey this month four years ago. It was a journey into the unknown, but one to which I felt compelled to explore. After a year of discernment and again supported by my family I was accepted as a candidate for the Permanent Diaconate. Now 13 and representing four Munster dioceses’ we enrolled as students of Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth, and commenced our course of studies over three academic years which, with Bishop John’s blessing, will culminate in my Ordination on the 10th September in the Cathedral.
The journey has enriched my family, spiritual, and professional life. The subjects studied included Scripture, Theology, Liturgy, Law and Church History. I am sure you have all heard the saying that it takes a village to rear a child. In my case I can testify that it takes a parish community to foster a Diaconate vocation. I am humbled and will be forever grateful for your prayers and encouragement, the wisdom of many, including our Diocesan support group, and particularly Fr Billy & Fr Kerry.

The symbol of the Diaconate is the basin and the towel, a reminder to the Deacon that he is at the service of the worshiping community from which he came. With trust in the Lord and guided by the Spirit, supported by family and you, my hope is that I shall prove worthy.
–  Frank McKevitt

 

The Peter’s Pence Collection  will be taken up this weekend 24th /25th June. This Collection unites us in solidarity with Pope Francis and his works of charity toward those who are suffering around the world.  Let us always keep Pope Francis in our prayers.

Anointing of the Sick on Saturday next 1st July at the 10.00 am Mass.0

Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Blackrock  on Wednesday 28th June at 7 p.m.

Prayer for the Canonization of Venerable Nano Nagle
Gracious and loving God,
we place before you the Cause of the Canonization of Venerable Nano Nagle.  Bless the Presentation Family and the Church by declaring Nano Nagle’s Sainthood.   With her lantern light for our journey, may we be blessed with the vision, courage and fidelity that stirred Nano to passionate service to those made poor and abandoned.  We ask this in the name of Jesus, in whom she found light and strength.
AMEN

Cork Autism Conference – Understanding Autism, Empowering Potential. On Sunday, September 17th, 8.30am – 5.30 at Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cork. www.bookwhen.com/autismcork <http://www.bookwhen.com/autismcork>  or call 089 239 8900

Graduation Mass:  The 10am Mass on this Monday 26th June will be the Graduation Mass for Bunscoíl Chríost Rí Sixth Classes as they prepare to leave primary school. The Mass will be offered for the children, their parents and families. Our prayers and good wishes go with them. The school choir will sing at this Mass.

Fr. Mathew Commemoration. The 6th annual commemoration in honour of Fr. Mathew will be held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Tory Top Road on June 28th at 7.30 p.m. Prayers will be led by Fr Colm O’ Shea, S.M.A.  Refreshments in Togher Community Centre. Everyone welcome, organised by Cork Pioneers.

CantorSchool offers liturgy training for cantors, choir directors, organists in September. Corkman, Fr. Fergus Ryan, OP, teaching liturgy in Rome, is the director. For confident vocalists/musicians. Held in Cork city. Email fergus.ryan@dominicans.ie; CantorSchool.blogspot.com <http://CantorSchool.blogspot.com> ; Facebook.com/CantorSchool