17th September 2017 – 23rd 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

18th June 2017 – Feast of Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI
This weekend we celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ and give thanks for the tremendous gift of the Eucharist.   When we receive Holy Communion, we share in the very life of God. United with Jesus and one another, we share the life of Christ and God who comes to live in us wants to spread out through us to the whole world. We pray that this may be seen in us as we receive God’s blessing at the end of Mass and are sent out to bring Christ into our world.
The end of Mass is the beginning of the mission of the Church as we are sent as “missionaries of the Eucharist.”  Renewed by the Eucharist and given strength by the Holy Spirit, we are sent back into our daily lives to transform the world of our time and place.  A parish can be a leaven that transforms society in a given area. We pray that people who have lost their faith, as well as people of other religions and ideologies living among us, will experience the Gospel through our Christian community.

Corpus Christi Procession: Our Annual Procession will take place in Cork city on this Sunday 18th June. We will gather at the Church here in Turners Cross at 2.50 pm and walk in procession to Daunt Square. Most Rev. Dr. William Crean D.D., Bishop of Cloyne will preach. Come and join us.
Our annual Corpus Christi procession brings Christ, and the love of Christ, into our streets; into all the suffering, isolation, loneliness, temptations and fears of our life; a blessing for our city and our parish.

Our First Holy Communion Programme “Do This in Memory” concludes this Sunday 18th June at the 10am Mass.  After Mass there will be a short Eucharistic Procession in the Grounds of the Church with the First Holy Communion Children from Bunscoil Chríost Rí. Congratulations to all the children and their families who have participated in the programme during the year and thanks to their teachers and SNA for being so helpful. Special thanks to the parents’ representatives who helped to organize the Mass each month.

 Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Patricia Twohig, Doyle Road and Laurence O’Mahony, Maiville Terrace, who died recently, we extend our sympathy to their families.

Mass will be celebrated at St. James’s Cemetery, Chetwynd on Tuesday 20th June at 7.30 p.m.

We welcome the Catholic High School Choir from Benet Academy, Chicago are on tour in Ireland, to our twelve o’clock Mass on this Sunday June 17th.

Our Parish Novena to the Sacred Heart continues until Friday 23rd June, the Feast of the Sacred Heart.  Novena Prayers each morning at the 10am Mass or families may wish to pray the novena at home.   Novena Prayers – green leaflet – are available at the back of the Church.   O Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in you

The Minister of the Word Rota for Summer 2017 is available for collection in the sacristy.

Exams: Our thoughts and prayers are with all those doing exams at this time.  They are remembered in our shared Mass each Friday at 10.00 am.

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 eavopost@gmail.com

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

Holy Wells in Ireland today: A public discussion of the role of holy wells in Ireland, 7pm Wednesday 21st June, in the Geography Building, UCC, Dr Richard Scriven. Refreshments will be served from 6.30pm.

11th June 2017 – Trinity Sunday

 

TRINITY SUNDAY
In our gospel reading for this Trinity Sunday, Jesus tells Nicodemus that God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that through him the world might be saved. Our redemption is the work and gift of the Blessed Trinity: the Son who offers himself, the Father to whom he offers himself and the Holy Spirit through whom he offers himself. This is the love we celebrate at every Mass.
God is love, the love of the Father who is the source of all life; the love of the son who lays down his life for his friends, and dies on the cross and rises again; the love of the Holy Spirit who makes us new and renews the face of the earth.   Knowing that God is love teaches us to love and to give ourselves to others, as Jesus gave himself to us. Unselfish other-centeredness is at the heart of Christianity and our practical experience the Other will always be a sister or brother for whom Christ died.
The fullness of Trinitarian life on earth, practised by the very first Christians (Acts 4:32-37), involves a spirituality of sharing, as commended by Pope John Paul and Pope Francis for our times. The new commandment “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34) amounts to an invitation to share in the life of the Blessed Trinity, the eternal Event of Love.

Ordination to Priesthood:
Our congratulations to Fr. Evin O’Brien of Mahon Parish, who was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Buckley on this Saturday, 10th June.  Our prayers and good wishes to Fr. Evin as he celebrates his First Mass and we pray God’s blessing on his ministry in the years ahead.

NEXT SUNDAY 18TH JUNE, CORPUS CHRISTI:
Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament   As we prepare for The Feast of Corpus Christi there will be Exposition next Saturday 17th June from 2.30 pm until the 6.00 pm Vigil Mass. It is hoped to have people in the Church throughout the afternoon ~ TIME SHEETS are available at the church entrances.

Our First Holy Communion Programme “Do This in Memory” concludes next Sunday 18th June at the 10am Mass.  After Mass there will be a short Eucharistic Procession in the Grounds of the Church with the First Holy Communion Children from Bunscoil Chríost Rí. Congratulations to all the children and their families who have participated in the programme during the year and thanks to their teachers and SNA for being so helpful. Special thanks to the parents’ representatives who helped to organize the Mass each month.  A final meeting of the Parents’ Representatives takes place on this Monday 12th June in Fr. Billy’s house at 7.30pm. There will be a short practice after the 10.00 am mass on Thursday morning.

Corpus Christi Procession: Our Annual Procession will take place in Cork city on Sunday 18th June, 2017. We will gather at the Church here in Turners Cross at 2.50 pm and walk in procession to Daunt Square. Most Rev. Dr. William Crean D.D., Bishop of Cloyne will preach. Come and join us.  Our annual Corpus Christi procession brings Christ, and the love of Christ, into our streets; into all the suffering, isolation, loneliness, temptations and fears of our life; a blessing for our city and our parish.

Mass will be celebrated at St. James’s Cemetery, Chetwynd on Tuesday 20th June at 7.30 p.m.

The Catholic High School Choir from Benet Academy, Chicago are on tour in Ireland and will sing at our 6.00 pm Mass on Saturday next, June 17th.

Blessing of lilies: Lilies will be blessed after the 10.00 am Mass on Tuesday next, 13th June, the feast day of St Anthony.

Our Parish Novena to the Sacred Heart starts on next Thursday 15th June and concludes on Friday 23rd June, the Feast of the Sacred Heart.  Novena Prayers each morning at the 10am Mass or families may wish to pray the novena at home.   Novena Prayers – green leaflet – are available at the back of the Church.
 O Sacred Heart of Jesus I place all my trust in you

The Minister of the Word Rota for Summer 2017 is available for collection in the sacristy.

Death:  We remember in our prayers Jane Healy, Capwell Road, who died recently, we extend our sympathy to her family.

Exams:  Our thoughts and prayers are with all those doing exams they will be remembered in our shared mass at 10am Mass each Friday.

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
“and now our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem”
Fr Billy is joining Canon Bertie O’Mahony, PP Dennehy’s Cross, for the 2017 Ballineaspaig Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  The pilgrimage will depart from Cork Airport to fly via London to Tel Aviv on Monday October 9th and will return to Cork Airport on Wednesday October 18th.  For the first four days, we will be based in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee and will arrive in Bethlehem on the evening of October 13th, where we will be based for the remainder of our stay.
The cost of the nine-day pilgrimage is € 1,695 per person sharing, including half -board accommodation and all taxes.  A valid passport is required for entry into Tel Aviv, passports have to be valid for at least six months from the date you depart the country.
There are some additional spaces available and anybody interested in joining the pilgrimage should contact Fr Billy as soon as possible, as completed booking forms and a deposit are required in June.  Further details are available from Ballineaspaig Parish Office 021 4344452 or from Premier Travel, 2, Grand Parade, Daunt’s Square, Cork, 021 4277700.

 

4th June 2017 – Feast of Pentecost

PENTECOST     Christ’s fearful disciples were keeping their heads down, not drawing attention to themselves.  A sudden change occurred on that Sunday morning, they began to speak openly and powerfully about Jesus, proclaiming that he is risen, that he is Lord.  These days Catholics in Ireland can feel a bit fearful, our heads down, we are shamed by what went wrong in our Church, fed up of the constant media attacks and upset by falling Mass attendances.  We know it should be better, we pray it will be better.  The Spirit gives us hope that it will be better, that he will make his Church new and vibrant as on that Pentecost dawn. The Holy Spirit is the Lord and giver of life, the one who renews the face of the earth. We pray for renewal, for ourselves and for the Church, that we may experience the new life, the enthusiasm and the love of the early Church.  Jesus tells us not to be afraid, he is with us through his Spirit to comfort and guide, to answer our cry.  Jesus’ message of life and love is not spread by powerful human systems or programmes, but by the Spirit of God: “not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord.” (Zechariah 4:6)

Lourdes:   Fr. Kerry travels to Lourdes with the Diocesan Pilgrimage on Sunday next 11th June. Our good wishes and prayers go with him.   Petitions to be placed at the Grotto may be put in envelopes – no money – and placed in the box at the altar rail before 12.00 noon on Saturday 10th June.

Minister of the Word Rota for Summer 2017 is available for collection in the sacristy

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
“and now our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem”
Fr Billy is joining Canon Bertie O’Mahony, PP Dennehy’s Cross, for the 2017 Ballineaspaig Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  The pilgrimage will depart from Cork Airport to fly via London to Tel Aviv on Monday October 9th and will return to Cork Airport on Wednesday October 18th.  For the first four days, we will be based in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee and will arrive in Bethlehem on the evening of October 13th, where we will be based for the remainder of our stay.
There are some additional spaces available and anybody interested in joining the pilgrimage should contact Fr Billy as soon as possible, as completed booking forms and a deposit are required in June.  Further details are available from Ballineaspaig Parish Office 021 4344452 or from Premier Travel, 2, Grand Parade, Daunt’s Square, Cork, 021 4277700.
The cost of the nine-day pilgrimage is € 1,695 per person sharing, including half -board accommodation and all taxes.  A valid passport is required for entry into Tel Aviv, passports have to be valid for at least six months from the date you depart the country.

Traffic Disruption during Cork City Marathon on this Sunday 4th June from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm. Traffic access to the Church from South Douglas Road/ Skabeg and Curragh Road will be affected. Traffic will be directed from the South Douglas Road onto the Cross Douglas Road via Douglas Road and onto Capwell Road. Traffic from the southern end of Capwell Road may turn left only onto the South Douglas Road.  Curragh Road will be closed to traffic.  Access to the church car park from Evergreen Road will not be affected.

Ordination to Priesthood:
On Saturday next, June 10th, Reverend Evin O’Brien of Mahon parish, a clerical student for our Diocese, will be Ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Buckley at the Church of the Holy Cross, Mahon at 12 noon.  Priests of the Diocese will concelebrate at the Ordination Mass and all are invited.

 

Exams:  Our prayers and good wishes to all beginning Exams on this Wednesday, when the 10am Mass will be offered for you all.  May your efforts and hard work be blessed with success.   Our Students are also remembered in our Shared Mass every Friday at 10am. Special Cards are available in the Sacristy.

 Prayer for Exam Students
Let us pray for all our young people doing exams:
Lord, pour out your Spirit of Wisdom on them:
help them to remain calm,
to attend carefully to the questions asked,
to think clearly, to remember accurately,
and to express themselves well.
Grant that they may reflect on the best of the
work they have done and the best of the teaching
they have received.
Accept their best efforts in these examinations
and in the great test of life on earth.
May your love be upon them, O Lord,
as they place all their trust in you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
AMEN

28th May 2017 – Feast of the Ascension

ASCENSION AND WITNESS
The Ascension of Jesus is remembered at our Sunday Mass this weekend.  His mission is over, his passion, death and resurrection have been accomplished and he is ascending “to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”  As followers of Christ we are sent to proclaim the Good News of salvation, to the ends of the earth, to be witnesses to the Gospel in the day-to-day details of our lives, by our standards of honesty, kindness and love for each other.  This is not easy when the Church has been humiliated by scandal and by failures at institutional level, and when open hostility to our faith is experienced. However, we go as Christ commanded us in the power he has given us through the Holy Spirit and we remember his promise to be with us to the end of time.  For our witness to be genuine it must be cheerful and joyful, and not involve triumphalism in any way.  We are called to be a humble Church, followers of the one who is “gentle and humble of heart.”

Collection for the WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
A special collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend 27th – 28th May for the cost of hosting the World Meeting of Families in Ireland in August of next year. The five-day event will culminate in the proposed visit to Ireland by Pope Francis.

Minister of the Word Rota for Summer 2017 is available for collection in the sacristy

Traffic Disruption during Cork City Marathon, Sunday 4th June, 2017 Access to the Church from South Douglas Road/ Skabeg and Curragh Road will be affected. Signage will be in place to direct traffic from the South Douglas Road onto the Cross Douglas Road via Douglas Road and onto Capwell Road. On leaving the carpark, the signs will direct traffic to return the way they came, there will be limited access from the southern end of Capwell Road left only onto the South Douglas Road.  Curragh Road will be closed to traffic.  Access to the Church and church car park from Evergreen Road will not be affected.  A map of the route is on the notice board at the back of the Church.
 
All Ireland Rosary Rally, Knock Shrine, Saturday 3rd June
(25 Anniversary of Fr Payton) Centenary Year of Fatima
Bus leaving Patricks Quay Cork at 7.00am for further information
Contact Denise  086 0502727

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

Pope Francis seeks the views of young people.
Young people aged 16-29 are invited to complete the survey for Pope Francis with their views on church today, at www.corkandross.org <http://www.corkandross.org>

Our Students are remembered in our Shared Mass every Friday at 10am. Special Cards are available in the Sacristy for those doing and preparing for exams.

Cork Parkinson’s Support Group Fundraising Coffee Morning, Monday 29th May, 2017 11.00am – 4.00pm.  Venue: Tom & Mary O’Sullivan’s, Rathdermot, Lios Cross, Ballygarvan.  Your support is appreciated.

L’Arche, Cork – Imagine the World Differently.  Join us for a screening of L’Arche’s film series “As I Am” and an open forum to talk about the place of disabilities in our current world at Boole 1, UCC, College Road on Thursday 1st June, 2017 at 7.00 pm  –  Free Entry

Society of St. Vincent de PaulThe May Church Gate collection amounted to €1,562.   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 most sincerely for your generosity and continued support.  We look forward to your help with the June collection next weekend.

Anam Cara: Remembrance Evening for bereaved parents on Wednesday 7th June at the Clayton Hotel, Tivoli, Cork from 19:30 to 21:00. To help us plan this event please let us know if you will be attending and you are welcome to bring a photograph of your child. We will need you to RSVP to info@anamcara.ie or 085 2888 888 before Friday 2nd June.

Death: We remember in our prayers Gerard and Rena Dunne, South Douglas Road, whose anniversaries occur around this time.