13th December 2015 – 3rd Sunday Advent (C)

The-Baptist-e1447689305499

“Prepare the way of the Lord”

PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS                                                                                    As we prepare for Christmas, John the Baptist reminds us to: “prepare the way of the Lord.”  God is coming to save us, to rescue us from sin, fear, unhappiness and death.  And the Baptist tells us: “be content;” an attitude of contentment may not be in tune with our consumerist society, but it does bring happiness and the freedom to enjoy what we have. Jesus tells us that life is more than food and clothes, more than material goods. Christmas is a time of giving, giving presents to those we love, giving gifts to those in need, a time of sharing, giving of our surplus to ensure others have food and clothes, have the basic necessities of life. Religious observance without generous giving is worthless, and of course it is more blessed to give than to receive.  We wish each other “Happy Christmas,” and St Paul says to us today that God wants us to be happy.  “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.”  As we pray for joy and peace this Christmas, we pray also that the peace of God will renew our attitudes and guard our hearts throughout this Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Pope Francis at Confession

Pope Francis at Confession

.Christmas Penitential Services    Next weekend 19th & 20th  December after 6pm vigil, 10am & 12 noon Masses. A number of priests will be available for Confessions.  We have an opportunity of preparing for the birthday of Jesus. We come together in faith as a community to celebrate God’s forgiveness. None of us is without sin. We are all in need of forgiveness. God knows that deep down in our hearts we want to turn back to him.  God offers us this most wonderful gift, that is the assurance that no matter how we have failed his forgiveness is there for us all.  Pope Francis said recently “Mercy is the Lords most powerful message

REPRO FREE 12.12.2015 Bishop John Buckley, Cork and Ross Diocese opening the Door of Mercy at St. Francis Church, Liberty St., Cork to mark the opening of the Jubilee of Mercy which was inaugurated by Pope Francis last week. Picture: Mike English.

Bishop Buckley open Jubilee Door

 The Jubilee Year of Mercy was proclaimed by Pope Francis  on Tuesday last, 8th December the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, when He opened the Holy Door in St. Peter’s in Rome.   Bishop Buckley opened the Holy Door in our Diocese on Saturday evening 13th December  in St. Francis Church, Liberty St.   The Jubilee Year of Mercy continues until the Feast of Christ the King –  20th November. 2016.

 

                                                       Christmas  Masses:  Christmas Eve: 6pm & 10pm.  Christmas Day: 9am, 10am  12noon (note extra Mass at 9am)

Deaths.  We remember in our prayers Fr. Eddie Keohan,  Mary O’Grady,  Ina Dwyer  & Jim Royal who died recently and we extend our sympathy to their families.

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

Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards are available after Masses   in the Parish Office.  The Triduum of Masses will be offered  on the 23/24/25 Dec

Altar Decoration for Christmas:  If you would like to give a Red Poinsettia plant to decorate the Altar for Christmas it would be much appreciated.

Kindness – Giving

Traditionally this 3rd Sunday of Advent  is  “Giving Sunday” – when Santa will help our local St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Our Santa’s Giving Tree is in place.  This year instead of toys, we request non-perishable foods to help struggling families.  Any of the following items – tea, coffee, sugar, Tayto, chocolates, selection boxes, biscuits, soup, may be placed at the Santa Tree in the Church (no toys). The members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will collect them after the Masses.

Our Parish 2016 Calendar is ready. It would be great if the area collectors would help to distribute them.  They are in the Sacristy.   Many thanks.

Trocaire

The gift of water

Christmas gifts with a difference: You can purchase a Trocaire gift  and get a card to send or give to a friend, available at the back of the Church from Parish Assembly members after Mass.  This Christmas change someone’s world for the better with a Trócaire Gift

Messiah: At the Church of Ss. Peter & Paul  on 19th Dec.  A performance of Handle’s Messiah by Cor Cois Abhann with full orchestra and soloists. For information notice at back of Church

Advent: Public Morning Prayer  (Lauds) on Tuesdays in Advent in the church after 10.00 am Mass. Evening Prayer (Vespers) in the Parish Centre at 7.30 pm.

Minister of Eucharist & Word can collect their Rota in the Sacristy and their Missal for 2016

Christ King Girls Secondary School, 50 Years in Education, 50th Anniversary Mass, at Christ the King Church. Congratulations to Christ King Girls Secondary School on celebrating 50 Years in Education. The 50th Anniversary Mass was celebrated at Christ the King Church on the 8th December 2015
 
 
 

6th December 2015 – 2nd Sunday of Advent (C)

HN1L-2The Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis begins on Tuesday next, 8th December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. We pray that this will be a time of reconciliation and grace for all of us.  “Mercy is the Lord’s most powerful message”  words of Pope  Francis                                                     

Opening of Holy Door – the Jubilee Year of Mercy
An invitation is extended to all parishioners to join with Bishop Buckley as he opens the Holy Door in our Diocese for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  This will take place on Saturday 12th December at 6:30pm Mass at Saint Francis Church, Liberty Street.

The Advent Wreath
The Second Candle – FAITH the Bethlehem Candle  Mary & Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.

immaculate_conception

Feast of the Immaculate Conception:  Vigil Mass on Mon. at 6pm.    Tues. 8th Dec  Masses at 10am & 6pm.

Jesse Tree: 
The fourth symbol: God delivered the commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai, written on tablets of  stone.
The fifth symbol:  We hang a trumpet on the Jesse Tree.  The walls around Jericho crumbled at the trumpets of rams horns blown by holy men.
The sixth symbol.  David became a shepherd of God’s people. The shepherd’s crook reminds us of Jesus the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for others.

Messiah: At the Church of Ss. Peter & Paul  on 19th Dec.  a performance of Handle’s Messiah by Cor Cois Abhann, full orchestra and soloists. See notice at back of Church

Turner’s Cross Senior Citizens Christmas Party will be held on next Sat.12th Dec. at 3pm in the Nemo Complex. Names must be in by Tuesday  8th Dec.

Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards  are available in the Parish Office after Masses this weekend   The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23, 24, 25 Dec.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers  Jim Royal, O’Connell Ave and Brian Heaphy,  Fr.Matthew Rd,  who died recently. We extend our sympathy their Families.

ADVENT:     Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament: on the Wednesdays of Advent after the 10am Mass until 11am

024719120651lgAltar Decoration for Christmas: Red Poinsettia plants to decorate the Altar would be much appreciated.

Morning and Evening Prayer of the Church will be celebrated on Tuesdays in Advent.  Morning Prayer (Lauds) will be celebrated in the church after 10.00 am Mass, and Evening Prayer (Vespers) will be celebrated after the 6pm Mass on Tuesday 8th December.

Ministers of the Eucharist  can collect their Rotas in the Sacristy.

Ministers of the Word can collect their Rota & Missal for  2016 in the Sacristy.

The Acclimation after the Consecration of the Mass for the coming month     “When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death. O Lord, until you come again”

L’Arch Christmas Craft Fair in L’Arch Centre, Togher on Sunday 6th Dec. 10am to 4pm. Support appreciated.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society will meet on Tue. next 8th Dec. after the 10.00 am Mass in the Parish Centre.

Christmas gifts with a difference.  Last year there was a very good response to the Gift with a difference. You can purchase a Trocaire  gifts  and get the card to sent or give to a friend. Available at the back of the Church from members of the Parish Assembly after Masses this weekend.

The Parish Library is open this weekend 5th & 6th Dec. to get or return a book.

Santa Clause at Turner’s Cross Community Centre Curragh Rd, Sat. Dec.12th, 11.30 am.  Children & parents welcome, music, small gifts and refreshments, admission free. Craft fair, where Christmas gifts may be bought.

Meals on Wheels Drivers: Lough Meals on Wheels appeal for Volunteer drivers.  Julie Ann Ramsell   087 6265232

Do this in Memory: Meeting of Parent Representatives in Fr. Kerry’s House this Monday 7th Dec at  7.30pm. Next Mass on Sunday 13th Dec.@ 10.00 am, “Giving Sunday.”
º
Youth 2000 Ireland annual Christmas Retreat Newbridge College, from Fri. 18th to Sun. 20th Dec. Young people from across Ireland (aged 16-35) at this donation only event, newcomers very welcome.   A great opportunity to find out what your faith is all about in a friendly, chilled out atmosphere.  Free  buses, on line booking necessary,  <http://www.youth2000.ie>  or Facebook.

29th November 2015 – 1st Sunday of Advent (C)

3785635_fd9c17d2The Advent Wreath   There are five candles on the wreath. They remind us of the four Sundays of Advent and –ˇChristmas Eve. Three are purple and one pink and one white.
                                                                                                                                The first a symbol of HOPE with the Prophet’s Candle Jesus is coming
                        The second – FAITH the Bethlehem Candle  Mary & Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem
  The third  JOY the Shepherd’s Candle. Joy at the coming birth of Jesus
                      The fourth – PEACE  the Angel’s Candle The Message of the Angels: “Peace on Earth, Good will towards Me

The Jesse Tree    Each symbol usually consists of a hand made symbol that represents one of the major stories of the Old Testament.                                                                 The first symbol is a dove, reminding us of the peace and harmony of creation as God intended.
The second symbol is an apple, representing original sin. Christ is called the “second” or “new” Adam because he ushered in a new creation, forgiving sin and restoring humanity to God’s grace.
The third symbol of the ark reminds us that although God was displeased with the wickedness of the men and women he had created, he also sees the best in us and renews his covenant with us through forgiveness and mercy.

Altar Servers:   there will be a meeting of all Servers and those who have applied to be Altar Servers and their Parents in the Church on Wed.  2nd Dec at 2.35pm.  Note change of date/                                                                                                                

Munster Senior Football Club  Final:  Sun. 29th Nov.  Nemo v Clonmel Commercials In Mallow @ 2.00 pm

Turner’s Cross Senior Citizens Christmas Party will be held on Sat.12th Dec. at 3pm in the Nemo Complex. Names must be in by Tuesday  8th Dec.

Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards  will be available in the Parish Office after Masses this weekend   The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23, 24, 25 Dec.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Brian Heaphy  Fr. Matthew Rd. & Theresa O’Reilly, Fr. Matthew Rd,  who died recently we extend our sympathy to Archbishop Kieran and to the O’Reilly  and Heaphy Families

Candle_Cross-1Console Christmas Celebration of Light  will take place in the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, on this Sun 29th Nov. at 4pm. The Celebration of Light commemorates the lives of loved ones lost through suicide. An evening of song, music, poetry and reflection, the lighting of a candle and a minute’s silence in the presence of others as a symbol of hope for the love that endures.  Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

Encountering Mercy:  The theme of Mercy in the Gospel of Luke. Three Mondays   30th Nov. 7th & 14th Dec. Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphane.  10.45am  -12 noon   Cuppa at 10.30am  Contact Sr Karen  4537601

Advent: Public Morning and Evening Prayer will be celebrated on Tuesdays in Advent.  Morning Prayer (Lauds) will be celebrated in the church after 10.00 am Mass, and Evening Prayer (Vespers) will be celebrated at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre, all are welcome.

Minister Word can collect their Rotas in the Sacristy for the coming weeks

Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament: on the Wednesdays of Advent after the 10am Mass until 11am

First Friday:  Fr. Kerry & Fr. Billy will visit the sick and the housebound next Thursday & Friday at the usual times.

Anointing of the Sick: will take place after the 10 am Mass next Sat. 5th Dec.

The Acclimation after the Consecration of the Mass for the coming months
       “When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death. O Lord, until you come again”

L’Arch Christmas Craft Fair will be held in the L’Arch Centre, Togher on Sunday 6th Dec. 10am to 4pm. Your support will be appreciated.

Youth 2000 Ireland will be hosting their annual Christmas Retreat in Newbridge College, from Fri. 18th to Sun. 20th Dec. Young people from across Ireland (aged 16-35) are expected at this donation only event, with all newcomers very welcome.   This is a great opportunity to find out what your faith is all about in a friendly, chilled out atmosphere.  Free buses available.  On line booking necessary, see www.youth2000.ie or see us on Facebook

FullSizeRenderChristmas gifts with a difference.  Last year there was a very good response to the Gift with a difference. Are you searching for a Christmas gift idea?    You can purchase one of the Trocaire gifts  and get the card to sent or give to a friend. They will be  available at the back of the Church from members of the Parish Assembly in the first week of December.

Concert at Colaiste Chriost Rí: “Christmas with Cara,” 4th December at 8.00 pm.  Cara O’Sullivan accompanied by Eleanor Malone, with Choir of Bunscoil Chriost Rí and Church of St James Choir, Ballinora. Admission € 20.

Alpha  Our third Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha begins on Wednesday 20th January, and provides an opportunity to explore the Christian faith in an adult way, in a friendly environment.  If you would like to be part of the team helping to run the course please give your name to one of the priests, team training starts in December.

The Parish Library will be open next weekend 5th & 6th Dec.to get or return a 
book

22nd November 2015 – Feast of Christ the King

storrs_sculptureTHE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING:  84 years ago our Church was opened and blessed.  We give thanks to God for the blessings bestowed on our Parish over the years. We remember those who have contributed to its building and restoration and who have worshipped here.   This Sunday is the final one of the liturgical calendar. To understand more fully what this feast means we need to lay aside a lot of the cultural baggage about Kings and Kingdoms. Jesus’ kingship is very different to the kind we are familiar with. There are no trappings, no palaces, no pomp and ceremony.  “My kingdom is not of this kind.”  “So you are a king then?” said Pilate.  “It is you who say it,”  answered Jesus. “Yes, I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.”  If now we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten how to see God in one another. If we see God in our neighbour, do you think we would need the guns and bombs that we saw in Paris last weekend.



Concert020
Songs of Faith Concert   Come and hear the young people of our Diocese sing and play their songs of faith – 16 pieces of contemporary sacred music – on this Sunday 22nd November at 7.00 pm at Our Lady Crowned Church, Mayfield, under the musical direction of  Ian Callanan and supported by professional musicians.  All welcome, no tickets – donation only to cover the costs of the project.

Encountering Mercy: The theme of Mercy in the Gospel of Luke.  Three Mondays 30th November, and 7th & 14th December at 10.45 am to 12.00 noon at the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane.  Cuppa at 10.30 am.  Contact Sr. Karen at  4537601.

Christmas gifts with a difference.  Last year there was a very good response to the Gift with a difference. Are you searching for a Christmas gift idea?    You can purchase one of the Trocaire gifts and get the card to send or give to a friend. They will be  available at the back of the Church from members of the Parish Assembly in the first week of December.   Taking a moment to think of others is what Christmas is all about and this is your chance to change someone’s world with a gift they truly need.

Altar Servers:  a meeting of all Servers and those who have applied to be Altar Servers and their Parents in the Church on Thursday next 26th November at 2.35pm.

Prayers of the Faithful for Advent: Secondary school students volunteers may give their names to one of the priests or contact Sharon (Parish Assembly) at 087 7940507

Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards  will be available in the Parish Office after Masses next weekend   The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23rd, 24th and 25th December.

AlphaLogo-Portrait-CMYKAlpha  Our third Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha begins on Wednesday 20th January, and provides an opportunity to explore the Christian faith in an adult way, in a friendly environment.  If you would like to be part of the team helping to run the course please give your name to one of the priests, team training starts in December.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Sean O’Shea, Capwell Avenue,  and Finbarr Downey,  South Douglas Road  who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families .

Carols for COPE in aid of St. Paul’s School, Montenotte at St. Patrick’s Church, Rochestown, on Sunday 6th December @ 7.00pm.  Church and  School Choirs, Youth Choir and orchestra.  Donations on the night.   Lighting of Christmas tree at 6.45pm.

1418807703
Cork Samaritans.  There are 21 branches of Samaritans in Ireland.  Cork is second biggest and is one of the busiest.  It takes 15 volunteers per day to keep our centre open.  We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. We always need more volunteers.  Contact  recruitment @corksamaritans.ie <http://corksamaritans.ie>   or 7/8 Coach St. Cork

Candle_Cross-1Console Christmas Celebration of Light  in the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, on Sunday 29th November at 4.00 pm commemorating the lives of loved ones lost through suicide.  An evening of song, music, poetry and reflection, the lighting of a candle and a minute’s silence in the presence of others as a symbol of hope for the love that endures.  Light refreshments after the ceremony.

Pope Francis visits three African Countries  this coming week.         
Our prayers and good wishes go with Pope Francis  
Wednesday  25th Nov.  Kenya.
   Friday 27th Nov.  Uganda
   Sunday 29th Nov.  Central African Republic

15th November 2015 – 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

scale Be ready.  Today’s Gospel invites us to let go of all foolish attempts at predicting the time or date of the Second Coming of Jesus. He says that not even he as a human being knows, only the Father alone knows. A bit like the recent speculation in Ireland about the date of the next election. Only the Taoiseach  knows that!  These pictorial words today of Jesus’ Second Coming give us neither a map of eternity or a timetable for the future. But the one thing we must retain is that Jesus did foretell that he would come again. As we wait for Jesus to come again, may we work to build not so much stone temples but communities of love, of service, of sharing, of forgiveness. Then it won’t really matter when Jesus comes again. He will find us ready since we are doing his work. May the Lord give us the Holy Spirit to help us to focus on priorities and build a better world for our children and grandchildren, not forgetting the environment.

Deaths : We remember in our prayers Eithne  Crowley, Willow Court, Tom Healy, St Anne’s Park  and     Br. Paddy Cripps who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

“Do this in Memory”   There will be a meeting of the Parent Representatives in Fr. Kerry’s House  on this Monday 16th Nov at  7.30pm   Our next Mass will be Sunday 22nd Nov.@ 10.00 am, the Feast of Christ the King.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection: will be taken us at all Masses this weekend. 14th/15th November.   This collection supports the diocesan office and diocesan initiatives. The central fund of the diocese is currently operating at an annual deficit of approximately         € 300,000.

What is God Calling me to in Life? Married life, single life, or religious? What is your path? “Come & See.” You are invited to an Informal Discussion on God’s call for women and men, Thursday 19th November 2015 at 7.30pm in the Crypt, Dennehy’s Cross Church, Cork. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” Jer 1:5a

The VO BE BRAVEWhat is God Calling me to in Life? Married life, single life, or religious? What is your path? “Come & See.” You are invited to an Informal Discussion on God’s call for women and men, Thursday 19th November 2015 at 7.30pm in the Crypt, Dennehy’s Cross Church, Cork. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” Jer 1:5a

1418807703Cork Samaritans.  There are 21 branches of Samaritans in Ireland. Cork being the second biggest, is one of the busiest.  It takes 15 volunteers per day to keep our centre open.  We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. We always need more volunteers.  Contact recruitment@corksamaritans.ie or 7/8 Coach St. Cork.  To ensure we can continue we need more volunteers.

AlphaLogo-Portrait-CMYKAlpha   The Alpha Course explores the Christian faith in a “non-Churchy” and adult way.  Our third Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha begins on Wednesday 20th January, and will provide an opportunity to explore the faith in a friendly environment.  If you would like to be part of the team helping to run the course please give your name to one of the priests, team training starts in December.

Concert020Songs of Faith Concert 2015:  Come and hear our young people from across the diocese sing their songs of faith on Sunday 22nd Nov. at 7.00 pm at Our Lady Crowned Church, Mayfield accompanied by musicians from the Diocese and from the Dublin Gospel Choir under the musical direction of Ian Callanan.  No tickets – all are welcome – donation only.   Come and support our young people who have committed and worked hard in this project – it promises to be an inspiring and uplifting concert of liturgical music.

Concert at Colaiste Chriost Rí: “Christmas with Cara,” 4th December at 8.00 pm.  Cara O’Sullivan accompanied by Eleanor Malone, with Choir of Bunscoil Chriost Rí and Church of St James Choir, Ballinora. Admission € 20.

Cork Institute of Technology
are hosting their annual Open Day on Friday 20th Nov. from 10am – 4pm on the Bishopstown Campus.

Munster Club Football Semi Final:   Nemo v Legion  this  Sunday 15th November at  Pairc Ui Rinn @ 2.00 pm.

 

8th November 2015 – Remembrance Weekend

purgatoryRemembrance Weekend:   Those who lost loved ones during the past year are remembered in a special way at all our Masses this weekend.  Remembrance Weekend is an opportunity to give thanks for the  wonderful gift of family, kind neighbors and friendship.   All of us are shaped and  influenced by what has happened in the past.  That is why today and during November we  remember and pray for those who have died and acknowledge their influence in our lives.

The Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls continues until Tuesday 10th Nov.  Masses each day at 10am & 6pm    We all love to be remembered but if we wish to be remembered one day we have a duty now to remember.

Prayers & Blessing of Graves
8th Nov.  St. Joseph’s  Tory Top Rd. 2.30pm                                                                                                                                 St James Chetwynd   3pm                                                                                                                             Douglas  3pm                                                                                                                 St.Catherines Kikcully   3pm                                                                                                                       St.Michael’s Blackrock. 3pm
Don’t forget a pray at the Graves at the back of the Church

Death: We remember in our prayers Mary Hourihan, Evergreen Rd. We extend our sympathy to her family

A time to remenber
The great consolation of our November  remembering is that our connections are never broken.  When we face the emptiness, pain and  sorrow that come with grief we can feel  useless but our Church reminds us that we  are not powerless in the face of the tragedy  of the loss of someone we love. There is still  something we can do. Our prayers and acts  of remembrance and charity can assist our  loved ones on their journey back to God. November is always a reminder to us of how important is that we live fully in the present moment. If we live to give as much love as we can then death will never be the end of our human story. To love is to live eternally because it means we will have left a mark on others that will be passed on and shared with generations yet unborn.  The Christian faith is about living, not dying. We need to understand that. It is about living confident, courageous lives here and now. Christian faith is about living. It is about loving God and loving people. It is about making sure that the entire world knows the reason for the hope we have in our hearts. Jesus Christ was victorious over   the grave. And because he lives we too shall live.

Reflection 
In the rising of the sun and its going down………………….  We remember them
In the blowing of the wind and the chill of the winter…..We remember them
In the opening of the buds and the warmth of summer…We remember them
In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of Autumn..We remember them
In the beginning of the year and when it ends…………….. .We remember them
When we are weary and in need of strength………………..We remember them
When we are lost and sick of heart…………………………….We remember them
When we have joy and yearn to share ………………………..We remember them
So long as we live, they too shall live for they are part of us…We remember them
When we grow old and forgetful we still know………..God remembers them

Marriage Encounter Weekend, in the Lake Hotel Killarney from the 13th to 15th Nov.  Contact  Frank  & Fiona Hickey:027  61003

Death: We remember in our prayers Mary Hourihan Evergreen Rd, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to her family.

Parish Assembly meeting Monday 9th November in Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.  Agendas in Sacristy for members who do not use email.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society will meet on Tuesday Next 10th November after the 10.00 am Mass in the parish Centre.

Concert at Colaiste Chriost Rí: “Christmas with Cara,” 4th December at 8.00 pm.  Cara O’Sullivan accompanied by Eleanor Malone, with Choir of Bunscoil Chriost Rí and Church of St James Choir, Ballinora. Admission € 20.

Barrack Street Forum: Meeting at the Courtyard on Sober Lane, Sullivans Quay at 7.30 pm Tuesday 10th November, 2015, an opportunity to raise community safety issues. Residents of surrounding areas welcome.

 

1st Nov. 2015 – Feast of all Saints

all-saints-dayWHAT IS A SAINT?  Far too often we think of saints as those people who are really good and we are not among them.  We forget that we are all called to be saints and to live our lives completely for God.  Today’s readings remind us how to live in our daily lives in a way which keeps us focused on serving God.

Holy Souls. Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls from Mon 2nd Nov. to Tues. 10th Nov, Masses each day at 10.00 am & 6.00 pm. Novena envelopes available at the exit doors can be placed in the box at the altar rails.

First Friday;   Fr. Kerry and Fr, Billy will visit the Sick and the housebound on this coming Thursday & Friday at the usual times.

The Sacrament of Anointing:  will be administered on Sat. 7th  Nov at the 10am Mass

purgatoryRemembrance Weekend  7th & 8th  November. All Masses 6pm vigil, 10am & 12noon will be offered for our Dead remembering especially those who have died since November 2014.  Lights available at back of Church to light and place at the altar rail in their memory.    Those who lost loved ones during  the past year will be remembered in a special way at all our Masses.  Remembrance Weekend is an opportunity to give thanks for the wonderful gift of family, kind neighbours and friendship.   All of us are shaped and influenced by what has happened in the past and during November we pray for those who have died and acknowledge their influence in our own lives.

A Plenary Indulgence for the souls of the departed may be gained by visiting a church or oratory and there reciting one Our Father and the Apostles’ Creed between noon on November 1st and midnight on All Souls’ day (November 2nd), by all who confess their sins during the weeks before of after All Souls’ Day, receive Holy Communion  between the 1st and 8th November and pray for the Pope’s intentions.  The faithful who visit a cemetery and pray for the dead may gain also gain a plenary indulgence once per day from Nov 1st to 8th.  The conditions mentioned above apply also for this.

000000-00000000000Safeguarding Children Policy: The Parish recognises and upholds the rights of all children and is committed to ensuring their safety and well being at all times. A copy of the policy is posted on the Parish Assembly notice board.  Our Parish  Safeguarding Children Officers are Deirdre Healy  and Rose Fitzgerald they can be contacted about any Child Safeguarding issues/ concerns on the parish mobile 087 2610276.

Coffee Morning:  This Wed. 4th Nov. after the 10am Mass in the Parish Centre. All welcome

County Senior Football Champions: Congratulations to Nemo on the great win last Sunday.  Well done to the team, to Stephen O’Brien and his selectors and Conor Horgan,  our man of the match.

South Parish  Historical Society   Monthly Meeting on Wed. 4th Nov.  7:30pm in  St John’s College Sawmill Street, Speaker  John Mulcahy  The Siege of Cork  Non-members €2  All Welcome

Marriage Encounter Weekend, in the Lake Hotel Killarney from the 13th to 15th Nov.  Contact  Frank  & Fiona Hickey   027  61003

PRAYERS & BLESSING OF GRAVES

1st Nov. St. Finbarrs, Glasheen Rd   2.30pm
Rathcooney   3pm

7th Nov. St. Oliver’s Model Farm Rd. Mass at 2pm

8th Nov.   St. Joseph’s  Tory Top Rd.  2.30pm
St James Chetwynd 3pm
Douglas  3pm
St.Catherines Kikcully   3pm
St.Michael’s Blackrock. 3pm

Don’t forget to pray at the Graves at the back of the Church

25th October 2015 – 30th Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

jesu10EYES OF FAITH
The Mass readings for this thirtieth Sunday of ordinary time speak of salvation, of comfort, restoration and life, and they speak of faith.  There have always been examples of weak faith (most of us, perhaps), deep faith and no faith, but nowadays we see open opposition to faith and a manifest and honest struggle between faith and scepticism in many people.  We no longer live in an age of faith.  We pray for the grace given to Bartimaeus to recognise our salvation when Jesus of Nazareth is close by.
Bartimaeus called out from the margins of poverty, helplessness and blindness, a nobody and an embarrassment to those nearby.  The blind man looked to Jesus with eyes of faith.  We too cry to God from the spiritual margins, from our lack of faith or weak faith and ask for mercy, and we too will be heard.  Faith is not merely a question of intellectual assent; it is a relationship with the risen Jesus, with Jesus who said to Bartimaeus “your faith has saved you.”
Faith can be transforming, it can change us for the better and give us joy, as well as give us hope in the most difficult times in our lives.  As we call out to God, we are in turn called by God to share in the priesthood of his Christ and we are sent to the lost, to those who have lost their faith.  With Bartimaeus may we follow Jesus on the road to Jerusalem, seeing him and our brothers and sisters in Christ with eyes of faith, eyes of love.

Our thanks to Fr. Mike Burgess  OFM Cap  and all who were part of our Parish Mission. It was a special time of grace and prayer in our Parish.  Fr. Mike sends his thanks and appreciation to you all.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Donna Daly Blyth, Green Lawn, Geraldine Ross, Connolly Rd and John Myles, Mayo and New York, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

FullSizeRender
County Senior Football Final Replay:   Nemo v Castlehaven this Sun. 25th October. Pairc Ui Rinn @ 3.30 pm   Best of luck to Nemo.

 

 

Positive Psychology /Mindfulness and Relaxation classes commencing in Turners Cross Community Centre on Monday 2nd November 2015 from 7.30 to 9.00.  €70 euro for 6 week course. Contact Judy Phelan R.G.N. Dip. Applied Positive Psychology.

Next Sunday is the Feast of All Saints

Holy Souls Novena of Masses: Monday 2nd  to Tuesday 10th November with an extra Mass at 6.00 pm on weekdays.   Envelopes for those who wish to have their dead remembered at the Novena are available at the Exit doors and may be placed in the box at the altar rails.

Remembrance Weekend 7th & 8th November: All Masses that weekend will be offered for our Dead.  

Blessing of  Graves in St. Joseph’s Cemetery Tory Top Rd.  Sunday 8th November at 2.30 pm.

Ministries: Our thanks to those who have volunteered for Ministries  in the Parish. There is still time.  Ministries: Baptismal Team, Church Carers, Ministers of Word & Eucharist, Church Choir. You can nominate a person or volunteer your service. Collect a form in Sacristy or have a word with one of the priests.

Winter Time:   Clocks go back one hour

18th October 2015 – Mission Sunday

logoextended                                                       Mission Sunday                                                                                                                                         On Mission Sunday we are asked to give spiritual and material support to churches in mission countries. The annual collection for the Missions will be taken up at all Masses this weekend and your support will be appreciated. In its preferential option for the poor the Church works among the poorest people and often in dangerous circumstances.  The Irish missionary tradition continues today over 1,500 Irish missionaries helping young churches in many parts of the third world. They continue to spread the Gospel through their work, their deep commitment to the people they serve and their Faith.  They helped to change, for the better, millions of lives all over the globe. Pope Francis reminds us that “every baptised person is called to bear witness to the Lord Jesus by proclaiming the faith received as a gift.”  We thank God for the life-giving gift of our faith and seek to share that gift with a world that needs it so badly, both at home and abroad.

Mike Burgess 001Parish Mission:
Our Parish Mission runs from this Saturday 17th to Wednesday 21st October with Fr. Mike Burgess, OFM Cap, of  Holy Trinity Friary, Cork.
Fr. Mike will preach at weekend Masses, 6.00 pm Saturday and 10.00 am & 12.00 noon Sunday. He will also preach at the 10.00 am  Mass on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The evening sessions will be at 7.30 pm from Sunday to Wednesday and each will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament: Themes are:

Sunday:       Jesus, the Face of God’s (or the Father’s) Mercy
Monday:      Mary, the Mother of Mercy
                                                           Tuesday:      Celebrating Mercy – Second rite of Reconciliation (Penitential Service)
Wednesday: Being a Community of Mercy.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Lil Collins, Capwell Avenue, Jerry O’Leary, Capwell Avenue and Breda O’Reilly, Greenhills Estate, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

Remembrance Weekend 7th & 8th  November: All Masses that weekend will be offered for our Dead.   Prayers and blessing of the Graves in St. Joseph’s Cemetery Tory Top Rd. on  Sunday 8th November at 2.30 pm.

Holy Souls Novena of Masses: Monday 2nd  to Tuesday 10th November with an extra Mass at 6.00 pm on weekdays.   Envelopes for those who wish to have their dead remembered at the Novena are available at the Exit doors and may be placed in the box at the altar rails.

Mass of Thanksgiving for the Presentation Sisters.  Sincere thanks to all who helped to prepare the liturgy, to those who participated in the Mass and to the volunteers who worked so hard in preparing the hall, serving the food and in cleaning up the hall on Sunday morning.  Many thanks also to those who handed in so many Cakes, biscuits, goodies etc. into the Parish Centre.  A wonderful event, thanks to our generous helpers.

“Do this in Memory” First Holy Communion Class parents’ representatives will meet in Fr. Kerry’s house on this Monday 19th October at 7.00 pm. Note change in time of meeting because of Mission.  

Autumn Dues. Sincere thanks to the Area Collectors who have collected the envelopes for the Autumn Dues.

Ministers of the Word & Eucharist can collect their Rotas in the Sacristy.

County Senior Football Final:   Sunday 18th October  Nemo v Castlehaven in  Pairc Ui Rinn @ 5.00 pm  The best of luck  to NEMO.

The the parents of St. Therese de Lisieux, (The Little Flower), Louis and Zelie Martin will be canonised by Pope Francis this Sunday Morning
 
SONGS OF FAITH CONCERT 2015: Our first workshop is on Sunday 18th October from 2:30 to 5:30pm at Our Lady Crowned Church, Mayfield.  If you would like to join one of our choirs or our band for this event contact Sr Karen 087 9161792. Choir for teens 13-17,  choir for young adults 18-35 and band for 13-35 who love to play music. Further workshops 8th & 22nd November followed by concert.

Focus Ireland needs volunteers for the annual bucket collection on Saturday 7th November in Cork City. There are over 5,000 people homeless in Ireland today and more than a quarter of these are children. In 2014 alone Focus Ireland supported over 11,000 people in 2014 and it  provides warm meals, practical support and education along with secure housing in over 70 projects across Ireland. Contact Margaret on 086 6042854 or colemanm@focusireland.ie.

11th October 2015 – 28th Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

Venerable Nano Nagle

Presentation Sisters
The Presentation Congregation was founded by Nano Nagle on Christmas Eve, 1775 in a house in Douglas Street which became known as the South Presentation Convent.  Sisters from the South Presentation Convent formed the first Presentation community in Turners Cross early in 1938 to service the  girls’ school which was opened in 1937.  Sadly, the convent was closed this year due to the decline in the number of Sisters living there. Our Vigil Mass for this 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time is offered in thanksgiving for the presence of the Sisters in our Parish over all the years. The Sisters have contributed enormously to the education and formation of young people in Turners Cross and beyond and were also very much involved in parish life. With gratitude and fondness we remember the Sisters who were part of our lives for so many years.   Nano said “By degrees and with the help of God we can do a great deal”

Parish Mission: Our Mission will run from Saturday 17th to Wednesday 21st October, with Fr. Michael Burgess, OFM Cap. of  Holy Trinity Friary, Cork.  Fr
Mike has ministered for many years in New Zealand as well Mike Burgess 001as in Dublin and Cork and we are delighted to welcome him to Turner’s Cross for our 2015 Mission, as we prepare for the Holy Year of Mercy decreed by Pope Francis. The theme of our Mission is: “The loving kindness of the heart of our God – preparing for the Year of Mercy.”
Pope Francis prays: “Let the Church always be a place of Mercy and Hope where everyone is WELCOME, LOVED and FORGIVEN.”

Autumn Dues:  We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect remaining envelopes for the Autumn Dues and  our Parish Mission Leaflets in the Sacristy this weekend, 10th – 11th October.  Time is a little critical because of the date of the Mission, many thanks.

images-1Mission Sunday  is next Sunday  18th Oct. The annual collection for the Missions will be taken up at all Masses. There are approximately 1,500 Irish born missionaries working in more than 80 countries.  They continue to spread the Gospel through their work, their deep commitment to the people they serve and their Faith.  In essence, they lead by example and have helped to change, for the better, millions of lives all over the globe.  It is fitting then that the theme for this years’ Mission Month of October is ‘that they may have life’..life in all its richness and dignity.  The richness of knowing the Gospel and Jesus Christ and the dignity of having food to eat, a roof to sleep under and work to go to.  Through their work, our missionaries strive to make all this a reality for the people they serve

Parish Assembly Meeting:  Mon. 12th October in Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.

Ministers of the Word & Eucharist can collect their Rotas in the Sacristy.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society: meeting in Parish Centre 7.30 pm Tuesday 13th October.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Elizabeth (Lil) Collins, Capwell Ave. & Margaret O’Neill,  Sunview Tec. We extend our sympathy to her family.

Important Dates

13th October:  “Bridge” Faith Session for parents of children preparing for First Holy Communion, Ten ways to help your family grow in faith, 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre.
15th October: Confirmation Enrolment Ceremony and Mass at 7.30 pm.
17th – 21st October:  Parish Mission with Fr. Mike Burgess, OFM Cap.
7th – 8th November:  Remembrance Weekend.
19th April, 2016:  Parish Confirmations.
14th  May, 2016:  First Holy Communions.