17th May 2015 – Feast of the Ascension

jesus_ascension--300x300Ascension Day   How do we make sense of Ascension Day?  In St. John’s gospel – Resurrection, Ascension and the Spirit at Pentecost – is seen and experienced as one reality.  “”I will be with you always”” was the promise of  Jesus to his disciples. The ascension of Christ therefore is a mandate to all of us. It is the empowerment and inducement to us to go out and be witnesses to Christ in  our community.  There are many opportunities to impart the touch of God’s love and care  to those we meet and those who are in need.. The words St.Teresa of Avila  give us a sense of how we can make Jesus  present to others as we live our lives.  The  challenge of Jesus is to make the difference..
“Christ has no body now on earth but  yours  No hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s  compassion looks out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good.  And yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now”.

family30The Referendum next Friday is a call to us all to rediscover the deep foundations of marriage based on the union of a man and a woman who are created to complement each other and where possible to bring new life into the world.
–  If the Constitution is changed we ask ourselves                         Will parents who hold that marriage is only between a man and woman be free to teach this to their children ?– Will every school, Catholic, Protestant or Muslim, etc., be free to teach according to its ethos?
Will people who work in adoption agencies and other jobs dealing with the public be free to act according to their conscience?– Will the terms ‘father’ and ‘mother’ have any real meaning in the future?
People should  consider very carefully the profound implications this constitutional amendment would have on the family environment and on our understanding of parenthood
We respect the views of people who think differently to us, trusting that our sincerely held views grounded in faith, will also be respected.  Is there anything more vital to the well being of society then marriage and family ?

Joyful Celebrations: We have had joyful celebrations recently here in the Parish, our congratulations to the  Girls and Boys from Bun Scoil Chriost Ri who received the Sacrament of Confirmation and those who received their  First Holy Communion this Saturday.  We had lovely ceremonies and say well done to the Children, their Teachers, Parents and The School Choir who sang so beautifully.

Viatores Christi Do you want to learn more about the possibility of overseas volunteering and/or training in Overseas Development & Mission? Viatores Christi (VC) will hold an Information & Recruitment Session on Saturday  23rd May 2015 at 12.00 at VC HQ, 8 New Cabra Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7 Tel. 01-868 9986 info@viatoreschristi.com www.viatoreschristi.com

Coffee Morning: There will be a Coffee Morning in the Parish Centre this Monday 18th May after the 10am  Mass all are very welcome.

PROCLAIM 15 proclaiming Christ in    2015.  The leaflets for the third week of the programme of short faith and scripture reflections will be available as you leave Mass today.  The material is suitable to help personal reflection and for use in families and small groups, If you missed the last two weeks give it a try this week.. There will be a public sessions in the parish centre at 8pm this coming Wednesday at 8pm.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers  George Jefferies, South Douglas Rd.,  Bertie Hurley, Curragh Rd.  Piara Bhatti and  Labhai Kashmira  who died recently in India.  We extend our sympathy to their families

Parish Pilgrimage to Mount Melleray AbbeyThe Pilgrimage takes place  on next  Sunday 24th May – Pentecost Sunday.  Cost € 10.00, names and payment may be given in to Sacristy. The Bus will leave at 12noon

Exam Time: The Students Candle is lit at every Mass.  They are remembered in our Shared Mass every Friday.  Special Cards are available. i

Peru Mission:  on Wed. May 20th a Mass of Thanksgiving will be concelebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, Rochestown, at 7pm  for all who have contributed in any way to the work of the mission – the missionaries, the Peruvian people and the people of Cork and Ross, Kerry, Cloyne and beyond, who generously supported the mission over 50 years.  Especially remembered and named at the Mass will be the missionaries who have died. All are welcome..  After the Mass, refreshments will be served at the Rochestown Park Hotel

Prayer of Pope Francis:  Holy Family of Nazareth, Guide us to make the kind of decisions that will support family life, protect marriage and respect the dignity of children.
Holy Family of Nazareth hear our prayer.

10th May 2015 – 6th Sunday of Easter (B)

Portrait of a extended happy family standing in the park.“Reflect before you change it” were the words of Bishop Buckley in his pastoral letter on Marriage & The Family. The following points are taken from the Bishop of Ireland Statement. 1 We respect the views of people who think differently to us, trusting that our sincerely held views grounded in faith, will also be respected. 2  Mothers and fathers bring different, yet complementary gifts and strengths into a child’s life.  3. We ask the people of Ireland to consider the profound implications which this constitutional amendment would have on the family environment and on our understanding of parenthood.  Copies available at back of Church.

First Holy Communion   Next Sat 16th May will be   a very important day in the  lives of 65 young people from Bun Scoil Chriost Ri.   On that day  they will receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion.  We wish the young people and their  families and teachers a very happy day.  The Mass will be at 10.30am.   Note no Mass at 10am

Little Nellie of Holy God:   a Talk on Little Nellie  by Jacqueline Quirke, Sheila McCarthy & Tom O Sullivan.   Venue: St. Columba’s Parish Pastoral Centre 14th May 8pm. All welcome
 
images-2 “Colaiste Stiofain Naofa (CSN) will hold it’s Annual Plant Sale on Tues.12th and Wed. 13th of May. This plant sale showcases the work of the Horticulture students at CSN. Plants available include annuals, perennials  herbs, vegetables, trees, and shrubs. Opening times 9am to 5pm. All welcome.”

Turners Cross Parish Assembly meeting Monday, 11th May in the Parish Centre at 8.00pm sharp.  Those without email may collect their agenda and minutes from the Sacristy.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society: Monthly meeting on Tues. 12th May at 7.30 pm in the Parish Center

Proclaim-LogoPROCLAIM 15 – proclaiming Christ in 2015.  The leaflets for the  second week of the programme of short faith and scripture reflections will be available as you leave Mass today. The reaction of individuals and families has been very positive. Two families said “it has helped them to reintroduce prayer with the family it gets the children involved”.    An elderly couple said “it got us thinking and praying.”   The material is suitable to help personal reflection and for use in families and small groups, If you missed last week give it a try this week.. There will be a public sessions in the parish centre at 8pm this coming Wednesday at 8pm.

Death:  We remember in our prayers Sheila Ahern, Evergreen Rd who died recently We extend our sympathy to her family

Parish Pilgrimage to Mount Melleray Abbey.  A Parish Pilgrimage to Mount Melleray is planned for Pentecost Sunday 24th May,  Cost € 10.00, names and payment may be given in to Sacristy.

Second Collection for the Pastoral Development office in the Diocese  is this weekend 9th and 10th May.  It funds the costs of training for parish assemblies and pastoral councils; ministry to young people and young adults; training for parish ministries such as baptism preparation teams, parish catechists, funeral teams; and resources for ongoing formation such as courses, talks and conferences for clergy and laity.

images-3Exam Time: It’s that time of year again when many young people are in the throes of preparation for exams. These can be tense and testing times not just for the young people themselves but for their families also.  This weekend a candle  will be lit with a prayer for all these young people that they may give of their best.  It will be lit at every Mass.  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.

Rosary at Ballyphane Grotto: members of the Legion of Mary will recite the rosary on Monday nights at 8.30pm during the month of May.  All are welcome.

Peru Mission on Wed. May 20th a Mass of Thanksgiving will be concelebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, Rochestown, at 7pm  for all who have contributed in any way to the work of the mission – the missionaries, the Peruvian people and the people of Cork and Ross, Kerry, Cloyne and beyond, who generously supported the mission over 50 years.  Especially remembered and named at the Mass will be the missionaries who have died. All are welcome..  After the Mass, refreshments will be served at the Rochestown Park Hotel.

Trocaire:  Please return your Trócaire boxes as soon as you can.

Parish Insurance the premium for the Parish is now due and is costing €7,000. This is a running cost that is paid from the contributions of parishioners to the weekly offertory collection. We acknowledge the support and generosity of parishioners which makes it possible to meet our commitments.0

3rd May 2015 – 5th Sunday of Easter (B)

vine2The Vine & the Branches: Today’s gospel offers us an image of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Disciple literally means one who is learning, a good attitude to carry through life. The way one learns from another is by observing what they do by trying to capture some of the spirit which animates them, in short by being with them. And this  is precisely what the image of the vine and the branches intends to convey, namely, that it is by keeping company with the Lord, who is forever present in the Church, that we grow as followers of his.  Our Proclaim’ 15 programme will help us to do just that.

Proclaim-LogoPROCLAIM 15 – proclaiming Christ in 2015.  A three week programme of short faith and scripture reflections will be available in the parish for the first three weeks in May, leading up to Pentecost Sunday.  The sessions are faithful to the call of Pope Francis’ document “The Joy of the Gospel,” Members of the Parish Assembly will have copies for you (a single sheet) as you leave Mass.  The material is suitable to help personal reflection and for use in small groups, e.g. at home in a family setting, or a gathering of friends and can be completed in half an hour or less.  There will also be public sessions in the Parish Centre at 8pm on the three Wednesday evenings beginning 6th May, these may last a bit longer. Each session begins with a story of a modern faith experience that is mirrored in a passage of Scripture. A reflection and some questions are offered, followed by words of Pope Francis. The sessions conclude with prayer and ideas for action.  We invite Parishioners to try this out.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Sheila Ahern, Evergreen Rd,  Siobhan O’Connor, Upper Doyle Rd.  John O’Halloran, Capwell Rd & Nancy Kelly,  late of O’Connell Ave, who died recently We extend our sympathy to their families

MountMellorayParish Pilgrimage to Mount Melleray Abbey.  A Parish Pilgrimage to Mount Melleray is planned for Pentecost Sunday 24th May, when we will pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our Parish and on our Church.  Bus will depart from Evergreen Road at 12noon approximately, return for 7.00 pm, refreshments at the Abbey.  Cost € 10.00, names and payment may be given in to Sacristy.

Alzheimer Society Saturday Club, 9 th MAY at Bessboro 2pm With :CELTIC  CEOL .  All Welcome. information 4972504

Our Lady Crowned Parish  Mayfield presents Finbar Wright in concert on Sun. May 10th at 8pm.  He will be joined by Niamh O’Sullivan (soprano).  Proceeds go towards the cost of necessary remedial work on the church roof.  Tickets are available from Our Lady Crowned parish office (4551276) or Our Lady Crowned Credit Union.

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

Second Collection for the Pastoral Development office in the Diocese
The annual collection is to fund the work of the above will be taken up next weekend 9th/10th May.  This annual collection funds the costs of training for parish assemblies and pastoral councils; ministry to young people and young adults; training for parish ministries such as baptism preparation teams, parish catechists, funeral teams; and resources for ongoing formation such as courses, talks and conferences for clergy and laity.

Choral Festival: as part of the Cork Choral Festival we welcome The Bel-Canto Choir from Canada who will sing at our 12noon  Mass this weekend.

Rosary at Ballyphane Grotto: members of the Legion of Mary will recite the rosary on Monday nights at 8.30pm during the month of May excluding this Bank Holiday Monday. It will be said this Tuesday. All are welcome.

000000-00000000000Parish Child Safeguarding Representatives their role is to ensure that all information about child safeguarding procedures is available and that Diocesan procedures for safeguarding children are implemented in our Parish, thus ensuring that our Parish is committed to best practice in respect of children and young people.  Our Parish representatives  are Deirdre Healy and Rose Fitzgerald   087-2610276 and the Diocesan Contact: Ms. Cleo Yates   087-3768599   On a regular basis the parish representatives and the priests of the parish meet and attend  training courses when called.

MarriageFamilyArt_image“Bishop Buckley’s Pastoral  “Marriage & the Family” some missed getting a copy last weekend. We got extra copies they are available in the Sacristy. We encourage all to read and reflect on what He said before we vote on the 22nd May For full text of Pastoral see Notices on this website.

Peru Mission on Wed. May 20th next, a Mass will be concelebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, Rochestown, Cork at  7pm A Celebration of Thanksgiving for all who have contributed in any way to the work of the mission – the missionaries, the Peruvian people and the people of Cork and Ross, Kerry, Cloyne and beyond, who generously supported the mission over 50 years.  Especially remembered and named at the Mass will be the missionaries who have died.  While all are welcome to attend, particularly welcome will be relatives of those who served in Peru and who have since died.  After the Mass, refreshments will be served at the Rochestown Park Hotel.

26th April 2015 – 4th Sunday of Easter (B)

The-Good-Shepherd-wallpaper1 GOOD SHEPHERD
Jesus tells us that he is the good shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep, a shepherd who watches over the sheep while things are tranquil, guards them from harm and tends them when distressed. He tells us to turn to him in times of worry, trouble or loss, and promises rest for our souls.  When we hand ourselves over to his care we can experience his peace which guards our hearts and minds. We can paradoxically experience this peace of Christ even in our darkest moments, if we have learned to hand our lives over to him.

The passage from the Acts of the Apostles today shows us that we can accept or reject the message of Jesus, the word of life. If we accept his message, we accept him and the Father who sent him.  To those who accept him, he gives power to become children of God. As God’s sons and daughters, we have immediate access to the Father in prayer, we don’t have to book ahead or make appointments! St John tells us to think of the love that the Father has lavished on us by letting us be called God’s children.  And Jesus reminds us that the child’s place in the household of God is assured.  We are speaking here of a reality that worldly values do not recognise or understand; the reality of Christ’s values of unselfish and self sacrificing love.  Let’s consider renewing our commitment to Jesus during this Easter season, in preparation for the great moment of Pentecost.

Proclaim-LogoPROCLAIM 15 – proclaiming Christ in 2015.  A three week programme of short faith and scripture reflections will be available in the parish for the first three weeks in May, leading up to Pentecost Sunday.  The sessions are faithful to Pope Francis’ document “The Joy of the Gospel,” and copies of the material to be used (a single sheet) will be available in the church at weekend Masses.  The material is suitable personal reflection and for use in small groups, e.g. at home in a family setting, or a gathering of friends and can be completed in half an hour or less.  There will also be public sessions in the parish centre at 8.00 pm on the three Wednesday evenings, these will last a bit longer. Each session begins with a story of a modern faith experience that is mirrored in a passage of Scripture. A reflection and some questions are offered, followed by words of Pope Francis and further discussion. The sessions conclude with prayer and ideas for action.  We invite Parishioners to try this out. (Pray our Proclaim 15  Prayer below)

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Parish Pilgrimage to Mount Melleray Abbey.  This is planned for Pentecost Sunday 24th May, when we will pray for the grace of the Holy Spirit for our Parish and our Church.  Bus will depart from Evergreen Road at 12.00 noon approximately, earlier than indicated in last Sunday’s preliminary notice.  There will be refreshments at the Abbey and the bus will arrive back at Evergreen Road by 7.00 pm.  Cost € 10, names and payment may be given in to Sacristy.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Mary Sisk, Windmill Rd. & Canon Vincent Hodnett P.P. The Lough, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

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

Anointing of the Sick on Saturday 2nd May after 10.00 Mass. Consider offering a lift to a neighbour who may be housebound.

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

Congratulations: to the Girls and Boys of Bunscoil Chriost Ri who were confirmed on Wednesday  Our thanks to Bishop Buckley and congratulations to Parents and Teachers for their great efforts in preparing the children for the Sacrament.  It was a memorable occasion.

Anam Cara  monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 6th May  from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Silver Springs Hotel. All Anam Cara Services are available free of charge to bereaved parents.

All  night Vigil of  Reparation & Adoration on Friday 1st May in C.U.H. Hospital Chapel, Wilton.  Rosary at 9.00 pm, Mass of First Friday, and Mass of First Saturday (Alliance of  the Two Hearts).

Proclaim ’15: Prayer
Loving Father,
You so loved the world that you sent us your only Son,
that we might believe in him and have eternal life.
May we encounter Jesus Christ anew this day
and live the Good News with joy.
Through the power of your Holy Spirit,
help us to “go out to the whole world and proclaim”
our faith with confidence.
Give us the courage to witness to the Joy of the Gospel
by our words and actions.
Help our parish of Christ the King to become more welcoming and missionary,
so that you may be known and loved by all people.
We make this prayer through Our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever,
Amen.
Our Lady, Mother of the Church Pray for us.
Venerable Nano Nagle: Pray for us.
Blessed Edmond Rice:  Pray for us.

 

19th April 2015 – 3rd Sunday of Easter (B)

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The readings for this third Sunday of Easter speak of repentance, being redeemed by the suffering of Christ and turning to God for his forgiveness and acceptance.  In this they mirror the movement in our celebration of Mass, when we repent, listen to the Word of God, participate in the sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary and are nourished by his life-giving body and blood. We are children of God through the new and eternal covenant in Jesus’ blood and are enabled to live a life of peace, that peace of Christ which is beyond human understanding.  Jesus said to the disciples and says to us: “peace be with you.” The celebration of the memorial of Jesus’ Passion is not a matter of ritual, but of an interior reality, a movement of our hearts.  Our repentance involves a renewing of attitude, causing us to be gentle, kind and accepting of other people.  As we become familiar with God’s Word we learn to recognise his voice and be guided by him. We learn from his word how to live life to the full, how to live with an inner peace.

Death:  We remember in our prayers Timmy Hurley, Evergreen Rd who died recently We extend our sympathy to his family

Buckley-298x300Confirmations:  We welcome Bishop John in this the Golden Jubilee year of his priesthood to our Parish Confirmation ceremony on Wednesday next, April 22nd. at 10.30am

Because of Confirmations there will be no 10.00 am Mass on Wednesday.  Mass will be at 9.00 am with the Confirmation Mass at 10.30am

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

Parish Library: open this weekend 18/19th April. Return a book and take another.

Thank you to all who contributed to our Daffodil Day Collection on 27th March, a total of €380 euro was  collected for the Irish Cancer Society.

Parish Pilgrimage to Mount Melleray Abbey.  A Parish Pilgrimage to Mount Melleray is MountMellorayplanned for Pentecost Sunday 24th May, when we will pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our Parish and on our Church.  Bus will depart from Evergreen Road at 12.35 pm, approximately, return for 7.00 pm, refreshments at the Abbey.  Cost € 10.00, names and payment may be given in to Sacristy.

Welcome to the Carrigaline Gospel Choir at our 6.00 pm Mass this Saturday, under their director Karen Cogan. We are delighted that they have joined us and congratulate them on their tenth anniversary.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection: at all Masses this weekend. 18th /19th April.  This collection supports the diocesan office and diocesan initiatives. The diocese is currently operating at an annual deficit of over €300,000

Come and see: Priesthood in the Diocese of Cork and Ross.  An open invitation is extended to men over 18 interested in knowing more about being  a priest in our Diocese to an afternoon information session on this Sunday 19th April from 2:30pm to 5:30pm  at Ennismore Retreat Centre, Montenotte.  Further details from Canon Bertie O’Mahony  021 4346940  or  Fr Tom Deenihan  021 43017171, email: secretary@corkandross.org <mailto:secretary@corkandross.org>

The Annual Mass and Blessing for People with Parkinson’s, their families and friends will take place at St. Patrick’s Church, Rochestown on Mon. 20th April at 7 p.m.  All Welcome.

ycl-logo-270x200-montageConsecrated Life  Celebrating and praying for Vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life
Pope Francis has designated this year – the Year for Consecrated Life – so we invite the priests, religious and people of the Diocese to join together to give thanks for the vocations of the past, to celebrate the vocations in our diocese today and to pray in hope for vocations of the future in our Diocesan liturgy on Friday 24th April  at 7:30pm at Saint Michael’s Church, Blackrock.  .All welcome.

 Tea Day for the Alzheimer Society Thursday 23rd April, Neptune Stadium 11.00am – 2.00 pm.   Parishioners are invited to join members of the society for tea and scones at Neptune on Thursday (the Lord Mayor will be attending this year).

The Battle of Rochestown.  John Borgonovo of the History Department, UCC will deliver a talk on the Battle of Rochestown which occurred during the war of Independence at 8.00 pm on Thursday 23rd of April in St. Columba’s Parish Pastoral Centre, Douglas. All Welcome.

12th April 2015 – 2nd Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday

Doubting-TomLORD AND MY GOD  In this Sunday’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we see the growth of the early church, as the Apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of Jesus.  They were highly regarded and everyone looked up to them, even though many were afraid to be seen publically with them.  From the beginning there was opposition, as we in our time find that some people are reluctant to be associated with believers, and we have to face hostility and indeed acknowledge the failures in our Church; and like Thomas, we experience doubt.

The disciples were filled with joy as they met the risen Christ, and we pray for that joy in our lives too. Jesus’ first word is “peace,” as he sends the disciples, and sends us, on the same mission which the Father gave him, “to make known to his people their salvation through forgiveness of all their sins, the loving kindness of the heart of our God who visits us like the dawn from on high.”  Like Jesus, on that mission we will experience both acceptance and rejection.  To give us hope and courage, 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,” and like Thomas, we say “my Lord and my God.”

KNG-IkT9Jubilee of Mercy:  Pope Francis has announced the celebration of an extraordinary Holy Year, a “Jubilee of Mercy” which will commence on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 8th December next, and will conclude on November 20th,  2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King. The papal Bull is made public on this Saturday evening, the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday, the choice of publication date of the Bull demonstrates the Holy Father’s particular attention to the theme of Mercy.

silent-prayerThe Annual Cork and Ross Vocations Information Day will be held at St. Dominic’s Retreat Centre, Ennismore, Montenotte, on next Sunday April 19th from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm.  Many contemplating the possibility of a vocation to priesthood are nervous about taking the first step. This afternoon allows prospective students to explore the possibility of a vocation and make enquiries in an informal setting. Seminarians for the Diocese will also attend. Further information from:   Fr. Tom Deenihan 021 4301717 Canon Bertie O’Mahony 021 4371684

Parish Assembly: meet this Monday 13th April in Parish Centre at 8.00 pm. Agendas may be collected from the Sacristy.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society will meet on Tuesday 14th April at 7.30 pm in Parish Centre.

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

“Do this in Memory”   There will be a meeting of the Parent Representatives in Fr. Kerry’s  house this Monday 13th April  at 7.30 pm.
 
Confirmation Retreat for Bunscoil Chriost Ri Confirmation candidates on Wednesday at Nemo Rangers, usual school hours.

Confirmation 2014:  Mass and Ceremony of Light for Bunscoil Chriost Ri Confirmation candidates and their parents at 7.30 pm Wednesday next April 15th in the Parish Church.

Trocaire Boxes:  Can be returned at the Mass  during the week

Parish Library: will be open next weekend 18/19th April. Return book and take another.

Collection for Diocesan Needs next weekend 18/19th April

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Tim Hurley, Evergreen Rd., Jack Benson, Barry Daly and Breda O’Sullivan who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

Soul Food: Informal information evening for men interested in a religious vocation, 6.30 pm, Friday 17th April at Presentation Brothers, Mardyke House, Mardyke, Cork. Full details on www.PresentationBrothers.org <http://www.PresentationBrothers.org>  or contact Anthony at 086-0898120.

divine_mercy_image-demonicDivine Mercy Sunday Prayers in St Augustine’s Church, Washington Street on this Sunday 12th April starting at 2.00 pm.  Will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Confession, Chaplet, talks on Reconciliation and on St Faustina, Rosary and will conclude with Mass at 4.00 pm.

Summer Scheme: Registration for South Parish/Turners Cross Summer Scheme on Wednesday 15th April in the South Parish Community Centre, Sawmill Street at 8.00 pm. A fundraising table quiz on Friday 17th April at 8:30 pm in the Market Tavern Bar, Anglesea Street. All Welcome

Positive Psychology/Mindfulness and Relaxation Classes commencing in Turners Cross Community Centre on Tues. 14th April from 7:30-9:00  a 6 week course. Contact: Judy Phelan R.G.N  085 7142944

5th April 2015 – Easter Sunday

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“He has risen”

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RESURRECTION
This week is a week of joy as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, a true, profound joy, based on the certainty that Christ is risen. The Gospel of the resurrection of Jesus Christ begins with the journey of the women to the tomb at dawn on the day after the Sabbath. A mighty angel says to them: “Do not be afraid” and orders them to go and tell the disciples, who are to go to Galilee. The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised.  Come and see the place where he lay.”  The message which Christians bring to the world is that Jesus who is love made flesh, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death. That is why we tell everyone: Come and see!  Love is more powerful, love gives life and hope. With joy in our hearts, today we turn to the risen Lord!  May he help us to seek him and to find him.
Galilee is the place where the disciples were first called, where everything began! They left everything and followed him.  For each of us, too, there is a ‘Galilee’ at the origin of our journey with Jesus, and by God’s grace Galilee moments on our journey of life.  Pope Francis comments that to go to Galilee means something beautiful, it means rediscovering our baptism, drawing new energy from the sources of our faith and our Christian experience. To return to Galilee means return to a blazing light with which God’s grace touches us. From that flame we can light a fire for today and every day, and bring heat and light to our brothers and sisters. That flame ignites a humble joy a good, gentle joy. The Gospel is very clear: we need to go back to our Galilee, to see Jesus risen, and to become witnesses of his resurrection.

May each of us have a truly happy and holy Easter!

Death: We remember in our prayers Catherine Winning, Woodview, Derrynane Road, Marie O’Donovan, Tower Street and Rita Lenihan, Doyle Road, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

poster 2 FINALCome and see Information Day for priesthood in Cork & Ross. The Annual Cork and Ross Vocations Information Day will be held at St. Dominic’s Retreat Centre, Ennismore, Montenotte, Cork, on Sunday April 19th from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Many contemplating the possibility of a vocation to priesthood are nervous about taking the first step. This afternoon allows prospective students to explore the possibility of a vocation and make enquiries in an informal setting. Seminarians for the Diocese will also attend. Further information from:  Fr. Tom Deenihan 021 4301717 or Canon Bertie O’Mahony 021 4371684.

A Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is planned for the 21st October 2016 with a flight direct from Shannon to Tel Aviv  – a trip of a lifetime.  If you are interested give your name in the Sacristy as we would like to have numbers before we offer places to other parishes.

 Soul Food: An evening of information and reflection for men (18-40) interested in religious life. Begins with food at 6.30pm, Wednesday 25th March at Presentation Brothers, Mardyke House. Contact Anthony at 086-0898120 or vocation@PresentationBrothers.org to book a place.  Visit <http://www.PresentationBrothers.org>

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

pope-francis-speaksJubilee of Mercy.  Pope Francis has announced the celebration of an extraordinary Holy Year. A “Jubilee of Mercy” will commence on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 8th December next, and will conclude on November 20th,  2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King. The papal Bull will be made public on Saturday evening, the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday, the Feast day instituted by St. John Paul II and celebrated on the Sunday after Easter.  The choice of this occasion for the publication of the Bull demonstrates the Holy Father’s particular attention to the theme of Mercy.

happy-easterHappy 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 and were part 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. Kerry & Fr. Billy.

alleluia

22nd March 2015 – 5th Sunday of Lent (B)

 MARRIAGE
A special weekly newsletter on marriage issued by the Irish Bishops Conference asks that we think about marriage. Copies of the Newsletter are available in the Sacristy. It states that Marriage is important, and we should reflect deeply about it especially between now and May. The effects of the proposed amendment will be far-reaching for this and for future generations. We should consider these questions:

–  should the amendment be passed, will it become increasingly difficult to speak in public about marriage as being between a man and a woman?

–  what will we be expected to teach children in school about marriage?

–  will those who sincerely continue to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman be forced to act against their conscience?

–  can a way be found to protect the civil rights of people who are gay without undermining the fundamental meaning of marriage as commonly understood across cultures, faiths and down the ages?

The Catholic Bishops’ pastoral statement “The Meaning of Marriage” is available in English, Irish and Polish on www.catholicbishops.ie <http://www.catholicbishops.ie> .

PA-17185835-800x500Pope Francis hearing confessions

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

“Do this in Memory”:   the next Mass will be Palm Sunday 29th March at 10.00 am,  Meeting of parent class representatives  on this Monday 23rd March  at 7.30 pm in Fr. Kerry’s  house.

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

Death: We remember in our prayers Pauline O’Driscoll (nee Speight), Rowlands Place, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to her family.

Come and see Information Day for priesthood in Cork & Ross. The Annual Cork and Ross Vocations Information Day will be held at St. Dominic’s Retreat Centre, Ennismore, Montenotte, Cork, on Sunday April 19th from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Many contemplating the possibility of a vocation to priesthood are nervous about taking the first step. This afternoon allows prospective students to explore the possibility of a vocation and make enquiries in an informal setting. Seminarians for the Diocese will also attend. Further information from:
Fr. Tom Deenihan 021 4301717 or Canon Bertie O’Mahony 021 4371684.

A Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is planned for the 21st October 2016 with a flight direct from Shannon to Tel Aviv  – a trip of a lifetime.  If you are interested give your name in the Sacristy as we would like to have numbers before we offer places to other parishes.

Soul Food: An evening of information and reflection for men (18-40) interested in religious life. Begins with food at 6.30pm, Wednesday 25th March at Presentation Brothers, Mardyke House. Contact Anthony at 086-0898120 or vocation@PresentationBrothers.org to book a place.  Visit www.PresentationBrothers.org <http://www.PresentationBrothers.org>

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

Legion of Mary Acies in SMA Church, Blackrock Friday March 27th at 7.30 pm, all welcome.

 Turners Cross Community Association. Talk by Liam Higgins for Life Long Learning Week: Growing up in The Marsh in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.  Monday March 23rd at 7.30 pm in Turners Cross Community Centre.  All welcome.

Women – Finding Your Way Back to the Workplace. Free workshop Friday March 27th 11.00 am-1.00 pm  will focus on each of the building blocks that will support you to find that perfect job, Understanding your skills and abilities, Presenting skills in your CV, Interview Preparation, Finding inner confidence and belief in yourself. To book a place, contact Norma at Lantern Community Project, Georges Quay on 086-0236442.

15th March 2015 – 4th Sunday Of Lent (B)

 REDEMPTION
The fourth Sunday of Lent, “Laetare Sunday,” marks the half way point in our Lenten journey and we begin to look forward to Holy Week and Easter, to the mystery of our redemption.  Nicodemus came to see Jesus at night in case anybody would see him.   He came out of darkness, and we may think of the darkness of our own time, the dreadful persecution in the Middle East and all the other problems with the world, but Jesus says “I am the light of the world.” Jesus tells Nicodemus that the Son of Man must be lifted up for our salvation, lifted up on the cross.   God loves the world so much that he gave his only Son, gave him at the incarnation, and at the crucifixion, so that through him the world might be saved. When the Word became flesh, he made our flesh holy and he redeems us as we are called to be children of God.  This is a call to holiness and indeed a call to happiness, to inner peace, a call to live through love in his presence.

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

St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday 17th March, is a holy day of obligation.  Vigil Mass 6.00 pm Monday, Masses on Tuesday at 10.00 am and 12.00 noon.

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

Bishops Commissions Collection this weekend 14/15th 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.

Death: We remember in our prayers Bill Walsh, Fr. Matthew Road  who died recently. We extend our sympathy to his family.

A Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is planned for the 21st October 2016 with a flight direct from Shannon to Tel Aviv  – a trip of a lifetime.  If you are interested give your name in the Sacristy as we would like to have numbers before we offer places to other parishes.

Spring Dues:  We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes for their areas this weekend 14/15th March from the Sacristy   Many thanks

Parents & Friends Association, Bunscoil Chriost Ri  would like to invite you all to a great night of fun at our Musical Bingo fundraiser on Friday 20th March at 8pm in The Hawthorn Bar, The Lough. Fab spot prizes: vouchers, hampers, 3 course dinner & B&B for 2 in The Blue Haven, Kinsale! Everyone welcome, please support us.

Soul Food: An evening of information and reflection for men (18-40) interested in religious life. Begins with food at 6.30pm, Wednesday 25th March at Presentation Brothers, Mardyke House. Contact Anthony at 086-0898120 to book a place. E-mail vocation@PresentationBrothers.org or visit www.PresentationBrothers.org <http://www.PresentationBrothers.org>

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

Position available for General Operative at the Ursuline Convent, Blackrock. A community employment position, eligibility applies. Duties include gardening, light painting, grounds maintenance, light repairs. Garda vetting applies. CV to cstack@ bessborough.ie <http://bessborough.ie> .

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

8th March 2015 – 3rd Sunday of Lent (B)

christ.money changers temple.el greco-300x244God’s House
In today’s Gospel we find the gentle Jesus very cross, a whip in his hand. Why is he so angry?  He is angry because of what is going on in his Father’s house, the sacred temple. The picture we get of the temple resembles more a modern day shopping centre than a place of prayer, a reminder of the presence of God among his people. ‘You are turning my Father’s house into a market place.”  As I reflect on this Gospel scene, I wonder what Jesus would feel about the way we behave sometimes when we gather in His House. I wonder if he came into some special occasion like First Holy Communion, Confirmation, Marriage etc. Sometimes on these occasions I feel it’s like an interval in the theater or a match or in the super market,  rather than in a place of prayer.
I have no doubt Jesus would want us to greet one another when we gather in Church. He was always making people feel welcome, but he would also want the atmosphere in His House conducive to prayer. He would want us to remember we are in God’s presence and we should show respect.

Bishops Commissions Collection at Masses next weekend 14/15th 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.

10-God-ManAre the Ten Commandments outmoded?
NO, the Commandments in our first reading are by no means the product of a particular time. They express humankinds’  fundamental obligations toward God and neighbor, which are always and everywhere valid. The Ten Commandments are commandments of reason just as they are also part of the binding Revelation of God. They are so fundamentally binding that no one can be dispensed from keeping these commandments.

Mothers Day is next Sunday 15th March. The 12 noon Mass on the day will be offered for all Mothers living and deceased.   Special Cards will be available in the sacristy and the office during the week and this weekend.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers  Sean Moynihan, Curragh Rd,  Paddy Horgan, Slieve Mish Pk. and Tony Kelly, formerly Derrynane Rd   who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families

Marriage Encounter: Keep your Marriage Healthy.  Busy life–Not enough quality time for the two of you?    If your answer is – “YES”. a Marriage Encounter Weekend! could be for you.  It will help rekindle and enrich the love and joys you share together. Next weekend takes place in the Cork International Hotel from 17-19th April.   www.marriageencounter.ie phone 086 8334382

Pro-Life: There will be a pro-life event outside the Dáil on Wed. 11th  March   7-8pm, challenging media bias on the abortion issue. In one fortnight recently, 33 articles appeared in national newspapers pushing for more abortion, with just 1 pro-life article during the same period. Please attend this event. For more information or to get bus information, call: 087 266 8702

page37pope_2511040aPope Francis: We remember in our prayers Pope Francis as he celebrates the 2nd anniversary of his election as Pope this coming Friday 13th March

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

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land:  A  Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land  is in the planning for the 21st October 2016 with a flight direct from Shannon to Tel Aviv  – a trip of a lifetime.   If you are interested give your name in the Sacristy as we would like to have numbers  before we offer places to other parishes.

Position available for General Operative at Ursuline Convent, Blackrock Community employment eligibility applies. duties to include: gardening, light paint work, ground maintenance,  light repairs  Garda vetting applies  Please forward cv to   cstack@bessborough.ie

Parish Assembly: will meet on Monday 9th March in the Parish Center at 8pm. Agenda can be collected in the Sacristy.

Spring Dues:  We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes for their areas next weekend 14/15th March. in the Sacristy.

Lent:  Weekday Masses 10am & 6pm.  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays after the 10.00 am Mass until 11.00 am.  Morning & Evening Prayer of the Church on Fridays during Lent after the 10am &  6pm Masses

St Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society Monthly meeting on this Tues. 10th March after the 10am Mass in the Parish Centre.