18th June 2017 – Feast of Corpus Christi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gather Monday Prayer for Young Adults: Join the Sisters of Bon Secours in prayer, quiet, reflection and chat. 7pm to 9pm each Monday evening in the Convent Chapel behind the Bon Secours Hospital, College Road. All young adults welcome. Contact: Anne-Marie Whelan 0872209994 eavopost@gmail.com

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

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

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

11th June 2017 – Trinity Sunday

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

4th June 2017 – Feast of Pentecost

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

28th May 2017 – Feast of the Ascension

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Society of St. Vincent de PaulThe May Church Gate collection amounted to €1,562.   Since that collection date the local conference has expended that amount of money and provided some extra assistance in the parish.  Without your help the Society could not function and we thank you most sincerely for your generosity and continued support.  We look forward to your help with the June collection next weekend.

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

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

21th May 2017 – 6th Sunday of Easter (A)

THE PROMISED GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
In our gospel reading for this Sunday Jesus promises his disciples, and us, the gift of the Holy Spirit, to be with us for ever. But who is the Holy Spirit? In the Creed, we profess with faith: “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life.” We acclaim the Holy Spirit as Lord, truly God. He is the great gift of the Risen Christ who opens our mind and our heart to faith, to friendship, to communion with God, and one another in Christ.
Pope Francis comments that the Holy Spirit is the inexhaustible source of God’s life in us. We are like travellers crossing the deserts of life, thirsting for living water: gushing and fresh, capable of quenching our deep desires for light, love, beauty and peace. Jesus gives us this living water, the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father and whom Jesus pours out into our hearts. “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10).

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Patrick (Pat) O’Donovan, Friars Road and Mary Coughlan, Doyle Road who died recently, we extend our sympathy to their families.

The SMA National Novena in honour of our Lady of Knock will bean on Friday 19th May 2017 at the African Missions Church, Blackrock Road, Cork, and will close with our Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on the 27th May, 2017.   The novena will be celebrated each evening at 7.30 (except Saturday 27th May at 7.00pm). For further information please contact: SMA Blackrock Road at 021-4292871 or SMA, Wilton at 021-4541069
 
Pope Francis seeks the views of young people.  Young people aged 16-29 are invited to complete the survey for Pope Francis with their views on church today, at www.corkandross.org <http://www.corkandross.org>

 Thank you from the Pastoral Development Office – Fr Charlie Kiely wishes to thank you most sincerely for the collection taken up last weekend to support the work and administration of the Pastoral Development Office in the Diocese.  We look forward to meeting many of you over the coming year at our events, courses and conferences.

All Ireland Rosary Rally, Knock Shrine, Saturday 3rd June (25 Anniversary of Fr Payton) Centenary Year of Fatima
Bus leaving Patricks Quay Cork at 7.00am for further information Contact Denise  086 0502727

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

Bring flowers of the rarest this hymn to Mary will be sung during May. We encourage you to pray the Rosary, (even one decade), particularly during these weeks of May. The Rosary is prayed every morning here before the 10.00 am 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.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society Day Pilgrimage to Knock Saturday June 24th 2017.  Contact Gretta Lynch 021 4291409 or 086 3524336.
 
Collection for the WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
A special collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend 27th – 28th May for the cost of hosting the World Meeting of Families in Ireland in August of next year. The five-day event will culminate in the proposed visit to Ireland by Pope Francis.

Cork Centering Prayer: a day of talks and prayerful reflection on Saturday 27th May from 10.30 a.m to 3.30pm led by Lesley Kavanagh at Blackpool Community Centre, opposite the Church.  All welcome – bring a packed lunch.  Tel 087 6719970/ 086 8920302 for more details.

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

Traffic Disruption during Cork City Marathon, Sunday 4th June, 2017 Access to the Church from South Douglas Road/ Skabeg and Curragh Road will be affected. Signage will be in place to direct traffic from the South Douglas Road onto the Cross Douglas Road via Douglas Road and onto Capwell Road. On leaving the carpark, the signs will direct traffic to return the way they came, there will be limited access from the southern end of Capwell Road left only onto the South Douglas Road.  Curragh Road will be closed to traffic.  Access to the Church and church car park from Evergreen Road will not be affected.  A map of the route is on the notice board at the back of the Church.

14th May 2017 – 5th Sunday of Easter (A)

 A PRIESTLY PEOPLE
The Acts of the Apostles tells of the appointment of deacons and of the distribution of roles within the early Church. “There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit; there are many different ways of serving, but it is always the same Lord” (1 Corinthians 12: 4-5).  In our different roles and using the different spiritual gifts God has given us, we all share in the one Priesthood of Christ.
In his farewell discourse at the Last Supper in today’s gospel reading Jesus reveals something of his Father who: “did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for the sake of all of us” (Rom 8: 32).  We are to have faith and trust in God’s love for us, trust in the welcome he has for us. The very words Jesus speaks, he tells us, come from his Father, who lives in him.  In today’s reading from the first letter of St Peter we are told that we are “a royal priesthood, a people set apart.”  We come together at Mass as that priesthood to offer a holy and living sacrifice to God.  We ourselves too are called to be a “living sacrifice, pleasing to God. The Eucharist is not just the centre of the Church, it makes the Church. Christ died once for all, and at Mass the historical event is not just represented, it is made present again as priest and people together make the offering of the Body and Blood of Christ.

The SMA National Novena in honour of our Lady of Knock will begin on Friday 19th May 2017 aa the African Missions Church, Blackrock Road, Cork, and will close with our Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on the 27th May, 2017.   The novena will be celebrated each evening at 7.30 (except Saturday 27th May at 7.00pm). For further information please contact: SMA Blackrock Road at 021-4292871 or SMA, Wilton at 021-4541069

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

Annual collection for the Diocesan Pastoral Development Office this weekend. The annual collection to fund the work of the Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office will be taken up this weekend Saturday/Sunday 13th and 14th May.  This annual collection funds the costs of training for Parish Assemblies and Pastoral Councils; training and resourcing parish ministries such as Parish Catechists, RCIA teams, Visitation teams, Baptism Preparation Teams, Young Adult and Youth Ministry; and ongoing formation for all engaged parish ministry such as talks, conferences and courses for clergy, religious and laity.

Bring flowers of the rarest this hymn to Mary will be sung during May. We encourage you to pray the Rosary, (even one decade), particularly during these weeks of May. The Rosary is prayed every morning here before the 10.00 am 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.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society Day Pilgrimage to Knock Saturday June 24th 2017.  Contact Gretta Lynch 021 4291409 or 086 3524336.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES: On Thursday 4th May Bishop Buckley launched the preparation programme for the parishes of our Diocese which include a variety of faith activities over the months leading to August 2018.  The five day event will culminate in the proposed visit by Pope Francis for the closing of the gathering.

 

7th May 2017 – 4th Sunday of Easter (A)

  DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS                     We have become more and more conscious of the fall in the number of priests and the reduced number of vocations to the priesthood in the Ireland of our time.  There are of course different vocations, different ways of living out our Christian calling.  The vocation to a married or single lay life is the norm, and such vocations are the mainstay of the Church.  The men and women who are members of religious orders, congregations and societies spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through a variety of ways, and whatever you want to do in your life you can do as a religious Sister, Brother or Priest.  In spite of prevailing sceptical attitudes, in spite of the scandals and troubles in the Church, people still respond joyfully to their lay or religious vocations, enriching their own lives and the life of the Church community to which they belong.  All of us share in the mission of Christ, and whether our vocation is an overtly religious one or not, when we follow God’s call the result is joy and fulfilment. Jesus asks us to recognise his voice and follow him, and he promises us eternal life, and a peace in this life that the world cannot give.
We do of course have some priestly vocations and each year there are ordinations.  The ordained priest is to be a fellow disciple and a brother among sisters and brothers in the family of God and at the same time pastor and teacher. The first task of priesthood is to announce the Gospel of Christ.  Priests are available to all, encouraging those to whom they are pastors to live not only for themselves, but for others. We are beginning to see vocations to the Permanent Diaconate in our Diocese. Deacons combine parish work with family life and fulltime careers.  The diaconate is open to married and single men alike: married men must be at least 35 years on applying; celibate men can be accepted at 25.
All of us are called to give witness to joy and life in our individual vocations, to show the love of God for all his people and especially those who are weak, hurt or vulnerable.  Signs of a true vocation include deep friendship with Christ, the generous gift of oneself, joyful communion with brothers and sisters in Christ, a life which proclaims the love of Christ. We are called to love and to serve, vocations are about following Christ.  A generous response to a vocation is a source of happiness and joy, as we realise and experience that “it is in giving that we receive.”

Death:  We remember in our prayers Pearl O’Halloran (nee Lawlor) Airport Road and late of Turners Cross), who died recently, we extend our sympathy to her family.

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.

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

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

Annual collection for the Diocesan Pastoral Development Office next weekend. The annual collection to fund the work of the Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office will be taken up next weekend Saturday/Sunday 13th and 14th May.  This annual collection funds the costs of training for Parish Assemblies and Pastoral Councils; training and resourcing parish ministries such as Parish Catechists, RCIA teams, Visitation teams, Baptism Preparation Teams, Young Adult and Youth Ministry; and ongoing formation for all engaged parish ministry such as talks, conferences and courses for clergy, religious and laity.

Anointing of the Sick on Saturday 13th May after 10.00 am Mass. Transferred because of First Holy Communions on 6th May

 

Bring flowers of the rarest this hymn to Mary will be sung during May. We encourage you to pray the Rosary, (even one decade), particularly during these weeks of May. The Rosary is prayed every morning here before the 10.00 am Mass.

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.”

30th April 2017 – 3rd Sunday of Easter (A)

Our thanks to Bishop Patrick Harrington who presided at our Confirmation Ceremony on Tuesday last, 25th April. Our congratulations, prayers and good wishes to the forty-seven young people from Bunscoil Chríost Rí who were confirmed, to their families and teachers.

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, this Sunday.

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 who 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

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Pat O’Sullivan, Church View, who died recently, we extend our sympathy to his family.

Diocesan Priesthood:  Come and See afternoon Sunday 7th May from 2:30pm to 5:00pm for men who are interested in knowing more about the formation, training and life of a Diocesan priest are invited to the Pastoral Development Office in Ballyphehane to meet priests and students to discuss this vocation and way of life.  Contact in confidence:  Fr Charlie Kiely 021-4537603; Mgr Aidan O’Driscoll  023-8833165;  Fr Tom Deenihan secretary@corkandross.org

First Holy Communion:  The Girls and Boys from Bun Scoil Chriost Ri will receive their First Holy Communion next Saturday, 6th May at 10.30 am Mass.  We wish the young people and their families and teachers a very happy day. Note that there will be no Mass at 10.00 am.

Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Cork & Ross
Two candidates will be ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on Sunday, September 10th, 2017, in the Cathedral, including a Turner’s Cross parishioner, Frank McKevitt.  Deacons combine parish work with family life and fulltime careers.  St. Stephen, the first martyr, was a deacon, St. Patrick’s father was a deacon, as was St Francis of Assisi. The diaconate is open to married and single men alike: married men must be at least 35 years on applying; celibate men can be accepted at 25. The preparation takes four years. Those interested should contact their local priest or the Diocesan Director of the Permanent Diaconate, Canon Bertie O’ Mahony, PP Ballineaspaig. Tel: 021- 434 6940.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul:  The April Church Gate collection amounted to €1,217.   We thank you most sincerely for your generosity and continued support and look forward to your help with the May collection.

Cake & Book Sale in the Parish Centre this Sunday after 10.00 am and 12.00 pm Masses to help Leah Barry a UCC student in connection with her volunteering in a school in Hanoi, Viet Nam, for four weeks commencing 14th May, 2017.

Anointing of the Sick on Saturday 13th May after 10.00 am Mass. Transferred because of First Holy Communions on 6th May

A second collection at all Masses this weekend in support of Diocesan expenditure.

Friday  5th May Feast of Blessed Edmond Rice

Exams: If you would like those doing or preparing for Exams to be remembered in our Friday Shared Mass, cards are available in the Sacristy

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.