23rd April 2017 – 2nd Sunday of Easter

RESURRECTION AND MERCY
The gospel story this weekend presents a contrast between the fear of the disciples, gathered behind closed doors, and the mission of Jesus, who sends them out into the world to proclaim the message of forgiveness. We also experience this contrast in a struggle between a closed heart and the call of love to go out of ourselves. Christ wants to enter into each one of us to break open the locked doors of our hearts and send us out. We see before us a humanity that is often wounded and fearful, a humanity that bears the scars of pain and uncertainty. Before the anguished cry for mercy and peace, we hear Jesus’ inspiring invitation: “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”
In God’s mercy, all of our infirmities find healing. His mercy seeks to meet all forms of poverty and to free this world of so many types of slavery. Mercy desires to reach the wounds of all, to heal them. Being apostles of mercy means touching and soothing the wounds that today afflict the bodies and souls of many of our brothers and sisters. Soothing these wounds, we make Jesus present and alive to others, so they can recognise him as their Lord and their God, as did the Apostle Thomas. This is the mission that is entrusted to us. So many people need to be listened to and to be understood. The Gospel of mercy requires generous and joyful servants, people who love freely without expecting anything in return. We encounter Jesus and the possibility of Easter joy every time we go to Mass, when we unite ourselves with him and he says “my peace I give you.”  With Thomas we answer, “my Lord and my God.”

Confirmations:  Bishop Patrick Harrington, SMA, will be with us for our  Parish Confirmation ceremony on next Tuesday April 25th.   Because of Confirmations there will be no 10.00am Mass on Tuesday, morning Mass is at 9.00 am with the Confirmation Mass at 10.30 am.  Our prayers and good wishes to the young people being confirmed, to their families and teachers. 

Easter Offerings: Fr. Billy & Fr. Kerry sincerely thank you for your Easter Offerings – much appreciated.

DeathsWe remember in our prayers Bernadette (Bernie) McCarthy, Douglas,  Andrew Spelman, Cork/Galway and Timothy Harrington, Summerhill South who died recently, and extend sympathy to their families.

 Medjugorje Pilgrimage May 31st – June 7th 2017 ex Cork. Early morning flight. Spiritual Director: Fr. Sean Corkery.  Cost is €719.00pps. Contact Sean O’Shaughnessy 0862959380. Joe Walsh Tours is the agent for this pilgrimage.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES All parishioners are invited to attend one of two gatherings with Fr Timothy Bartlett, the General Secretary for the World Meeting of Families in Ireland will tell us more about this international event to be hosted in Ireland next year at the request of Pope Francis.  At these sessions we will also launch our Diocesan programme of preparation towards the World Meeting.  The two sessions are on Thursday 4th May From 2:30pm to 4:00pm in Clonakilty Parish Centre and from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in Blackrock Parish Centre.  For more details contact 021 4537601.

.“Do this in Memory” meeting of the Parent Representatives in Fr. Billy’s house this Monday 24th April at 7.30 pm.

Come and See Information Day for Priesthood in the Diocese of Cork & Ross. The Annual Vocations Information Day will be held this year at The Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane 021-4537603 on Sunday May 7th from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. For more information, in confidence please contact Fr. Tom Deenihan (021) 4301717, Fr Charlie Kiely (021) 4537603 or Canon Bertie O’Mahony (021) 4371684.

 Marriage Encounter Weekend at The Cork International Airport Hotel, 5th-7th May 2017. For more information and or to book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie <http://www.marriageencounter.ie>  or call (086)-8334382, (087) 2162436 or 021- 4381511. Presented by Catholic Marriage Encounter in Ireland.

Choral Festival Sacred Trail: A warm welcome to the mixed chamber choir Cywair based in West Wales who will sing at the 12.00 noon Mass in Christ the King Church, Turner’s Cross on next Sunday 30th April.

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 3rd May from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.

16th April 2017 – Easter Sunday

JESUS IS RISEN, JESUS IS LORD
At Easter when the Alleluia resounds again, we celebrate the Risen Christ, the centre and fulfilment of the universe and history. The one who was mocked and killed is King of Kings, is Lord.  He is the first born from the dead, risen as he said, the source of our hope as we journey through this valley of tears.  We pray for grace to accept the mercy offered to us in this Year of Mercy and enter into his Easter joy.
Pope Francis says the Christian belief in the Resurrection of Christ and in our own resurrection at the end of time is more than just wishful thinking, but rather implies confidence in something certain. “This is the Christian hope. Christian hope is the expectation of something that has already been accomplished and that certainly will be realized for each of us.
We need to return to the root and foundation of our faith, so as to become aware of what God has done for us in Christ Jesus and what our death means.”

Happy Birthday:  Pope Francis visited the Pope Emeritus Benedict at his residence, Mater Ecclesiae monastery in the Vatican gardens on Wednesday afternoon to offer Easter greetings and best wishes for Benedict’s 90th birthday.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Timothy Harrington, Summerhill South who died recently.   We extend our sympathy to his family.

Vocations to Priesthood
The Diocese will host its annual come and see afternoon for those who are interested in knowing more about being a priest in the diocese and the formation and training involved on Sunday 7th May from 2:30pm to 5pm at the Pastoral Development Office in Ballyphehane.  Further details from Fr Charlie 021 4537603; Fr Tom Deenihan 021 4301717; Fr Bertie O’Mahony 021 4346940; Fr Aidan O’Driscoll 023 8833165. “Vocations aren’t the result of planning but an encounter with God that changes your life.” Pope Francis.

Cork and Ross Lourdes Pilgrimage
There is still availability on our annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes from 11th to 16th June.  To book contact Joe Walsh Tours in Cork 021 4277959. For booking for the sick/assisted section contact Canon James O’Donovan PP, Parochial House, Ballinlough, 021 4292296.

World Meeting of Families
Information leaflets are available this weekend in all our churches across the diocese – please take a copy home with you as you prepare to participate in this international event in Ireland in 2018.

Pope Francis’ questionnaire for young people aged from sixteen to twenty-nine is now available for completion on our Diocesan website www.corkandross.org <http://www.corkandross.org>  or the Cork and Ross Facebook page www.facebook.com/pastoraldevelopment <http://www.facebook.com/pastoraldevelopment>   This questionnaire from the Pope gives a voice to all young people as he prepares for the next synod on young people to take place in 2018/2019.

Divine Mercy Sunday special celebration on Sunday 23rd April 2017 at the Church of the Real Presence, Curraheen, at 2.00pm.

Happy Easter 
From the Parish Assembly and the Priests of the Parish – “A Happy Easter.” Our prayer for you is that the Joy and Peace of the Risen Christ be with you this Easter. 
Our sincere thanks to all who helped with the Holy Week Ceremonies, The Parish Choir, Ministers of the Word & Eucharist, our Sacristan, Collectors, Altar Servers and those who care for the Church and decorate the Altars and those who put in place the lovely Easter Garden.

Easter Offering
Collection for support of Priests of the Parish. The only collection in the Church on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday is for the support of our priests Fr. Billy & Fr. Kerry.

Holy Week 2017

                                                                  Holy Week 2017

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:
Mass 10.00 am & 6.00 pm. Confessions after Mass.

HOLY THURSDAY – 13th April
No morning Mass
10.00 am.  Chrism Mass at the Cathedral: Bishop Buckley celebrates Mass in the Cathedral on this Thursday with the Priests of the diocese and blesses the Holy Oils to be used in the Parishes.
All are welcome.

6.00 pm   Concelebrated Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Procession to Altar of Repose.
Quite Holy Hour 8.30 pm –  9.30pm

GOOD FRIDAY – 14th April
No Masses today
Day of Fast and Abstinence
12.00nnoon & 6.00 pm –  Stations of the Cross
Confessions after the Stations and Ceremonies.
3,00 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
8.00 pm.  Candlelit Prayer around the Cross.

HOLY SATURDAY  – 15th April
No morning Mass
Confessions 11.30 am  – 12.15 pm

6.00 pm
Solemn Easter Vigil and Mass of The Resurrection (Bring candle & holder to Vigil)
Collection for the Priests of the Parish at Masses this weekend

EASTER SUNDAY – 16th April
Masses at 10.00 am & 12 Noon
Easter Triduum Masses will be celebrated on Easter Sunday, Monday & Tuesday


9th April 2017 – Palm Sunday & Holy Week

–¸Palm Sunday Penitential Services
Confessions will be available after all the Masses this weekend, including the Vigil Mass on Saturday, and a number of priests will be available. Pope Francis has encouraged us “to discover anew the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and to avail ourselves more frequently of the transforming power of its grace.”   We have an opportunity to receive this Sacrament today.  This Palm Sunday weekend we examine our conscience and invite the Spirit to bring us back down to earth and back to reality, in touch with our state before God.

Examination of conscience
An examination of conscience concerns our daily lives and our maturity as human beings. It is not preparing a grocery list of sins, but looking at the things we do and at the person who does them, how we relate to God and to those for whom Christ died.

A good way of preparing for confession is to divide my life into a few general areas, and take a look at each.

1.      My relationship with God:
Do I give time to God?
Do I pray each day?
Do I attend Mass regularly?

2.     My home life
        Am I hard to live with?
Do I make my home happy?
Am I moody and selfish?
Do I cause serious problems at home –
unfaithfulness, drunkenness, taking drugs,
violence, long cold silences?
Do I seek help?
Am I faithful to my commitments?

3.    My relationship with others:
Am I tolerant of and unselfish towards others?
Am I kind in word and deed?
Do I pray for my enemies and forgive them?
Do I respect others? Have I used others
selfishly? or irresponsibly?

4.    My practice of justice:
       Do I respect the needs, rights, and property of
others?
Am I honest with my business dealings?
Do I pay my debts?
Do I cheat, or make false claims?
Do I pay my taxes?


St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society: Meeting in the Parish Centre, Tuesday 11th April at 7.30 pm.

Trocaire Boxes:  Please return boxes at the Mass of the Last Supper on Thursday 14th April at 6pm.

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

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers William Gleeson, Millstreet, who died recently, and extend our sympathy to his family.
HOLY WEEK 2017

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:
Mass 10.00 am & 6.00 pm. Confessions after Mass.

HOLY THURSDAY – 13th April
No morning Mass
10.00 am.  Chrism Mass at the Cathedral: Bishop Buckley celebrates Mass in the Cathedral on this Thursday with the Priests of the diocese and blesses the Holy Oils to be used in the Parishes.
All are welcome.

6.00 pm   Concelebrated Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Procession to Altar of Repose.
Quite Holy Hour 8.30 pm –  9.30pm

GOOD FRIDAY – 14th April
No Masses today
Day of Fast and Abstinence
12.00nnoon & 6.00 pm –  Stations of the Cross
Confessions after the Stations and Ceremonies.
3,00 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
8.00 pm.  Candlelit Prayer around the Cross.

HOLY SATURDAY  – 15th April
No morning Mass
Confessions 11.30 am  – 12.15 pm

6.00 pm
Solemn Easter Vigil and Mass of The Resurrection (Bring candle & holder to Vigil)
Collection for the Priests of the Parish at Masses this weekend

EASTER SUNDAY – 16th April
Masses at 10.00 am & 12 Noon
Easter Triduum Masses will be celebrated on Easter Sunday, Monday & Tuesday


2nd April 2017 – 5th Sunday of Lent (A)

Lazarus, here! Come our!

JESUS WEPT
As we approach Holy Week and Easter we begin to reflect on the mission Jesus accomplished for us, the work of our redemption through his passion, death and resurrection. In the Gospel for this fifth Sunday of Lent Jesus says: ‘I am the resurrection. If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.’ Jesus’ mission, message and teaching are validated by the Father in his Resurrection, and the promise of eternal life is made to us.

We must set this against the reality of bereavement, grief and death in our own lives.  We read that Jesus wept at the death of his fried Lazarus and at the grief of the sisters, Mary and Martha. Lazarus’ rising was real enough, they even had a dinner to celebrate it.  Lazarus was indeed raised from the dead, but his raising was not like the Resurrection of Jesus.  He will die again, and is bound by grave clothes, and by his mortality. The raising of Lazarus shows that Jesus is the Lord of life, it shows his concern for us in our grief and as we face death, and it promises us a glorious resurrection and eternal life.

Lent: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday mornings after the 10.00 am Mass until 11.00 am. Morning and evening Prayer of the Church after Masses on Fridays.

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

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

The Parish Assembly:  meeting this Monday 3rd April in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.

Confessions:   Saturdays after the 10am Mass & after Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm, or ask one of the priests at any time.

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

Parents & Friends Association of Bunscoil Chriost Ri Annual Fundraising Night “Musical Bingo” at The Hawthorn Bar, The Lough on Friday 7th April 2017 at 8:00pm

“Do this in Memory”:   the next Mass will be Palm Sunday 9th April at 10.00 am.   Meeting of parent class representatives  on this Monday 3rd April  at 7.30 pm in Fr. Billy’s  house.

CMCC: Marriage Preparation Courses:
Book your pre-marriage course at CMCC, early booking is essential. Contact us on 021 4272277.  Over 90% of couples find our courses to be “A very worthwhile experience.”

Cork Marriage Counselling Centre
If you are struggling in your marriage or family relationships contact us at 021 4275678 to arrange a low-cost preliminary professional consultation. It might break the ice and get you talking about what matters – your relationship.

PALM SUNDAY CONFESSIONS:  True preparation for this Sacrament involves taking stock of the overall pattern of my behaviour, my attitudes, and trying to identify what’s holding me back from living a wholly integrated life with others and with God. Next Sunday, Palm Sunday, we will have an opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness. Confessions will be available after all the Masses, including the Vigil Mass on Saturday. A number of priests will be available for confessions.

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

Support Cancer Ward 2D, CUH: Coffee Morning and Cake Sale at Community Resource Centre, Lower Friars Walk, Ballyphehane on Wednesday 12th April 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.

South Parish Historical Society Monthly Meeting on Wed. 5th April 2017 at 7:30 pm in St John’s College, Sawmill Street. William Casey will speak on Cork and the Fenian Rising of 1867. Non-members €2. All Welcome.










26th March 2017 – 4th Sunday Lent (A)

LENTEN MISSION
We give thanks to God for our mission, a wonderful prayerful week and a mission with a difference.   We are encouraged to grow in our relationship with the Lord through Our Lady, a growth and maturing in faith symbolised by the story of the blind man in this Sunday’s Gospel. Our thanks to the St. Patrick’s Community Team of John, Catherine and Niall.   Thanks also to the Parish Assembly Mission steering group, the Choir and the volunteers who helped throughout the mission.

Anointing of the Sick on Saturday 1st April after 10.00 am Mass. Consider offering a lift to a housebound.

Lent: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday mornings after the 10.00 am Mass until 11.00 am. Morning and evening Prayer of the Church after Masses on Fridays.

Ministers of the Word may collect their Rota from the Sacristy.
Confessions:   Saturdays after the 10am Mass & after Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm, or ask one of the priests at any time.

Pilgrimage of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima
At the beginning of this year Pope Francis blessed a statue of Our Lady of Fatima before launching it on its pilgrimage to dioceses across the continent of Europe.  The statue arrives in the Cathedral at 4:30 pm on this Sunday, when Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will take place.  Mass will be at 5:30pm, veneration until 7:30pm

Mothers Day: We wish all mothers a happy Day.  The 12 noon 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 Prayer   Lord, here I am immersed in my daily routine of mothering a family, feeding, caring for, consoling, listening to those entrusted to me. May your joy erupt within me to brighten the thousand daily actions woven by the thread of life.  Lord stay with me, and let the little deaths of each day lead me along the path to eternal life.

 Society of St. Vincent de Paul – The March Church Gate collection amounted to €1,352.   Since that collection date the local conference has expended that amount of money and provided some extra assistance in the parish.  Without your help the Society could not function and we thank you for your generosity and continued support.  We look forward to your help with the April collection next weekend.

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 5th April at 19:30pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.

 

19th March 2017 – 3rd Sunday of Lent (A)

Woman at Jacob’s Well

LIVING WATER
Jesus tells the woman at the well that he offers “living water, welling up to eternal life.”  He offers us the gift of the Holy Spirit, the gift of living water.  Every time we receive Holy  Communion we are united with Christ, who gives us life and causes us to experience the Holy Spirit within us as we are  invited to share the inner life of God the Blessed Trinity. God calls his people to union with him and with each other, union with Christ and union with the Body of Christ.

John Pridmore

PARISH MISSION                                                                  We welcome the St Patrick’s Community Mission Team to Cork and to our Parish of Turner’s Cross. Our Parish Mission runs from Monday 20th March to Friday 24th March

                                                                                  

                              The Mission Programme  is as follows,                                        Monday: God’s Love
The amazing story of John Pridmore
Tuesday: God’s Mercy
A chance to meet Jesus personally
Wednesday: God’s Healing
Healing service (miracles abound)
Thursday: God’s gift of Mary
The love of Mary for us
Friday: Mass of the Holy Spirit
The most powerful prayer of the Catholic Church

Mission Evenings Monday to Friday start at 7.30 pm
and Everyone is welcome!
Mission Masses are at 10.00 am Monday to Friday and there will be a talk at each of the Mission Masses. There will not be a Mass at 6.00 pm during the Mission week, there will be a morning Mass at 7.30 am from Monday to Thursday

The Mission offers a great opportunity to find or rediscover meaning in our lives as we reflect on the mystery of God’s love for us, and experience his care as we are renewed.             

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

LENT RETREAT DAY– with Fr Maurice Kelleher SMA, Sat 25th Mar. 10am – 4pm Sisters of Bon Secours Convent, College Road. Donation only. Lunch provided. BOOKINGS: Anne-Marie Whelan 0872209994 or email eavopost@gmail.com <mailto:eavopost@gmail.com>

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

‘Gig na Gaelainne’ 25th of March in Cork City Hall, a selection
of Irish language choirs performing along with special guests Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Ger Wolfe and Seán Ó Sé. John Spillane MC. Tickets €12 from ProMusica and eventbrite.ie <http://eventbrite.ie> .

PILGRIMAGE OF THE STATUE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA
At the beginning of this year Pope Francis blessed a statue of Our Lady of Fatima before launching it on its pilgrimage to dioceses across the continent of Europe.  We are privileged to be hosting the statue in the City on 26th March as follows:
The statue arrives in Cathedral of Ss Mary and Anne at 4:30 pm when Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will take place.  Mass at 5:30pm. Veneration until 7:30pm

Mother’s Day: Next Sunday 26th March.  The 12.00 noon Mass on that day will be offered for all our mothers living and deceased. Cards are available in the Parish Office this weekend and in the Sacristy during the week.  Cards are on display in the Parish Assembly notice board at back of Church.

Confessions:   Saturdays: after the 10am Mass & after Saturday Vigil Mass or ask one of the priests at any time.

South Parish/Turner’s Cross Summer Scheme A.G.M. Monday 20th March at 8.00 pm in South Parish Community Centre, Sawmill Street.

Bag a Bargain in Brú Columbanus at our Pre-loved Dress and Handbag Sale on Saturday 25th March at Brú Columbanus, Cardinal Way, Wilton 10.00am to 3.00pm.  Brú 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 details phone: 021-4345754

17th March 2017 – St. Patrick’s Day

SAINT PATRICK
On St. Patrick’s Day, we may reflect on the gift of faith that God gave to the people of Ireland over sixteen hundred years ago, through the ministry of a runaway slave who was obedient to the call of God.  The young Patrick having been captured by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland escaped and was  eventually restored to his family, but sensed a call to return to the Irish, as he describes in his “Confession:”                      
I saw in the night the vision of a man, whose name was Victoricus, coming as it were from Ireland, with countless letters. And he gave me one of them, and I read the opening words of the letter, which were, The voice of the Irish; and as I read the beginning of the letter I thought that at the same moment I heard their voice – and they cried out with one voice saying “we ask you, boy, come and walk among us once more.”  I was quite broken hearted, and could read no further, and so I woke up. Thanks be to God, after many years the Lord gave me to them in answer to that cry.”                                                                                           Having been ordained priest and bishop, Patrick returned to Ireland to minister here for the rest of his life and the faith that took root and grew in the fifth century has been handed down to us.  We pray that in spite of all the present difficulties the faith will continue to be passed on, and that future generations of our people will continue to know the good news of salvation, and that peace of Christ which is beyond all human understanding.

PARISH MISSION
Our Parish Mission for Lent will run from Monday 20th to Friday 24th March and will be given by a team from St Patrick’s Community. A Mission helps us to withdraw a little from our normal day-to-day worries and concerns, to reflect on the meaning and purpose of our lives and to take stock of where we are in life.

Mission Evenings Monday to Friday at 7.30 pm will include a closing Mass of the Holy Spirit on Friday.  Mission Masses at 10.00 am Monday to Friday, with an extra Mass at 7.30 am on Monday to Thursday. Team member John Pridmore, ex-gangster and international bestselling Author of ‘From Gangland to Promised Land,’ will be sharing his amazing story on Monday night.

We pray that our Mission will help us to reflect on the mystery of God’s love for us, and to experience his care for us as we are renewed by the redeeming love of Christ. We pray for an increase in our faithfulness to Our Lord’s gift of himself to us in the Mass and a deeper appreciation of our faith.

12th March 2017 – 2nd Sunday of Lent (A)

GOD’S CALL
In Lent and Holy Week we remember the mystery of our redemption by the crucified Jesus, through which we reach the joy of the resurrection and live as redeemed people, giving a witness of love to the world of our time. But we have lots to do, lots to worry about; we are tired and we don’t trouble too much about God.  Cut off from him, we drift into the pattern of the world around us, excessive individualism, and at times we drift into sin. God always calls us back to him, back to peace.

God’s promise to Abram in our Old Testament reading marks the beginning of the salvation of fallen humanity. Abram had faith in the promise and became Abraham, our father in faith. The promise to him leads to the Old Testament covenants and ultimately to the “new and eternal covenant in the blood of Jesus,” which is renewed at every Mass.  Today’s gospel account of the transfiguration reveals Jesus as the one through whom God’s plan for our salvation is brought to fulfilment, and we are told: “listen to him.”

We pray that our response will be to live as Christians rather than as uncommitted, ambivalent people of two minds and no peace.  Abram listened to God and set out on a journey into the unknown.  May we also listen to Jesus the Word of God, and continue in faith on our Lenten journey.

 PARISH MISSION
Our Parish Mission for Lent will run from Monday 20th to Friday 24th March and will be given by a team from St Patrick’s Community. A Mission helps us to withdraw a little from our normal day-to-day worries and concerns, to reflect on the meaning and purpose of our lives and to take stock of where we are in life.

Mission Evenings Monday to Friday at 7.30 pm will include a closing Mass of the Holy Spirit on Friday.  Mission Masses at 10.00 am Monday to Friday, with an extra Mass at 7.30 am on Monday to Thursday. Team member John Pridmore, ex-gangster and international bestselling Author of ‘From Gangland to Promised Land,’ will be sharing his amazing story on Monday night.

We pray that our 2017 Lenten Mission will help us to reflect on the mystery of God’s love for us, and to experience his care for us as we are renewed by the redeeming love of Christ. We pray for an increase in our faithfulness to Our Lord’s gift of himself to us in the Mass and a deeper appreciation of our faith.

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


Deaths: We pray for Maurice Carey, Capwell Road,  Pat O’Mahony, O’Connell Crescent,  and Elizabeth O’Farrell, Evergreen Road who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

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

Morning and Evening Prayer of the Church (Lauds and Vespers) after 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses on Fridays in Lent, but excluding St Patrick’s Day.

Mission Leaflets are being distributed in remaining areas, we are grateful to our Dues Collectors for their help.

St. Patrick’s Day: Vigil Mass on Thursday 16th March at 6.00 pm. Mass at 10.00 am and 12.00 noon on Friday 17th March. Note: no evening Mass on Friday.

“Do this in Memory” Meeting of Parents Representatives in Fr. Billy’s  House on Monday 13th March at 7.30pm

‘Gig na Gaelainne’ 25th of March in Cork City Hall, a selection of Irish language choirs performing along with special guests Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Ger Wolfe and Seán Ó Sé. John Spillane MC. Tickets  €12 from ProMusica and eventbrite.ie <http://eventbrite.ie> .

LENT – OUR JOURNEY INTO GOD
Two evenings with Anne Francis & Fr. Christy Fitzgerald, exploring our Lenten journey through the Word of God.  Monday 20th & 27th March at 8.00 pm in Carrigaline Parish Centre (behind the Church).

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

Young Adult Helpers in Lourdes – June 2017
Thank you to all who requested application forms to come as helpers on our Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes 11 to 16 June 2017. The closing date for return of completed application forms is extended to Tuesday 14th March.  Enquiries to Fr Charlie Kiely  021 4537603

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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