22nd January 2017 – 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

                  Irish Bishops meet Pope Francis

CONNECTEDNESS – Prayers for Christian Unity
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the theme of the week of prayer for Christian Unity is Crossing Barriers. As we pray for unity among the followers of Christ it is good to reflect on our connection to one another.  We may rejoice in our diversity and in the richness that the different traditions bring to the Church as a whole. We can and must take care that our attitudes and relationships are based on respect and a genuine desire for the unity for which Christ prayed.  We realise that the scandal of disunity between the churches is a rejection of God’s will and of the prayer of Jesus to the Father, that all may be one; and that as individuals we do not have to buy into it.
St Paul’s appeal to the Christians at Corinth is addressed to all of us; to be united in our belief and practice. We are called to a practical unity, not to be a matter of words only, it  is a question of real love and service, of responding as followers of Jesus to his prayer that “all may be one.”  Our unity is not real unless it depends on love, and through love we can each and all fulfil our individual roles in the Church, as we receive the necessary gifts from the Spirit.  We need a prayerful connection with God to receive and exercise these gifts, and when we neglect that connection the whole body of Christ, the Church, is held back.
We are concerned with unity among Christians, relationships between the different Christian churches and within those churches, unity within our own church, in our local community and in our parish.  We pray for unity within our immediate circle, in our family, our workplace, our neighbourhood, among our friends.  In the end the call to unity is very personal.

Vocations to Priesthood Weekend
An invitation is extended to men between 18 and 40 who are interested in the Diocesan priesthood as a way of life, to join with others for a weekend from Friday 17th 6pm to Saturday 18th 3pm February taking place in Thurles.  There is no charge to attend the weekend – please contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537603 or at  charliekiely@gmail.com for further details.

 

 

The Annual General Meeting of the Comhar Creidmheasa Chriost Ri Teoranta will be held in Bunscoil Chriost Ri (Convent Hall) on Monday 30th January 2017 at 8.00 pm.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Kathleen O’Mahony, Capwell Road and Cornelius (Curry) Healy, Capwell Road who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

Documentary Series on Barrack Street
Frameworks Films, a Cork based production company has teamed up with the Barrack Street Community Group to produce a six-part series on different aspects of Barrack Street for broadcast on Cork Community Television. The programmes will explore social history and military history, local industry and commerce, music, sport and literature. Anybody who would like to participate in the project or has any old photographs or footage of the street may contact Frameworks Films on 021-4211010 or info@frameworksfilms.com

FOR FAMILIES OF CHILDREN PREPARING FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:
Learning about the Mass with Kath and Qumen
PREPARING THE CHURCH FOR MASS
The sacristan is a very important person in church. He or she opens and closes the building, makes sure that it is warm and welcoming, prepares the altar, lights the candles, puts out the necessary books and things needed for the Mass and makes sure that there are enough candles, wine and altar breads for Mass.
In our parish there are people who look after the cleaning of the church. They also make sure that there are flowers to decorate the altar. They may put up the crib at Christmas and decorate the church building for special occasions.

 

15th January 2017 – 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

            BAPTISED   CHRISTIANS
Last Sunday we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord, we renewed our Baptism promises and we had a special blessing for children who were baptised in our parish during 2016.  Today’s gospel continues the theme of baptism as John the Baptist tells us that Jesus received the Holy Spirit at his baptism. Jesus is the one Isaiah speaks about who is to bring God’s salvation to the entire world, and by virtue of our own baptism we are called to share in that mission.
Our baptism is a family and a parish celebration, as we become part of the Christian community.  No one is saved by herself or himself, we are saved as part of God’s people, in community. Baptism makes us members of the mystical body of Christ, and of the people of God, a pilgrim people.   Our pilgrim journey is through our individual lives to the end, while as a people we journey through history. We are called to be disciples of the Lord and missionaries, bearers of his message of hope.  Our baptism must not be merely a memory, a ritual or an event in the past.  It is to be a lived reality as we become real followers of Christ, in a word Christians.
Pope Francis reminds us that “All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization…called to personal involvement (Joy of the Gospel n.120).”  In spite of our weakness, our failures and our sins we try to follow Jesus and to share his message, preaching by example, often without words.  We can only do this with God’s help and that help, that grace, is given to us by virtue of our baptism.

ˇWORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
Sunday, 15 January 2017 is the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees and we remember and pray for the tens of thousands of children who migrate alone, unaccompanied, to escape poverty and violence.  Pope Francis comments that children are the most vulnerable and hardest hit among the world’s migrants and require special protection.  The Pope made this comment in a message on the theme of ‘Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless’ for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees 2017. In his message, the Pope called for greater protection and integration of immigrants and refugees who are minors, especially those who are unaccompanied.
‘Minors are especially fragile, vulnerable and often invisible and voiceless – unable to claim or unaware of their rights and needs,’ he said.  In particular, they have ‘the right to a healthy and secure family environment, where a child can grow under the guidance and example of a father and a mother,’ the Pope said.  ‘Children, furthermore, have the right to recreation,’ he added. ‘In a word, they have the right to be children.’
We are asked to join with Pope Francis and the Council for Immigrants of the Irish Bishops’ Conference in drawing attention to the refugee crisis, in particular the plight of minor migrants.

Prayer for Children Immigrating Alone
Mary, you travelled alone
To reach the loving embrace
Of your beloved family member.
Elizabeth welcomed you with
Open arms and an open heart.

Be with those children
Who are travelling across borders
To seek solace with family.
Protect them from exploitation
And from traumatising experiences.

Teach us by
The example of the Visitation.
Grant us open arms
And open hearts
To receive your children
Trying to find the way
To a new, life-giving home.

Mary, Mother of the human family,
Help us end the misery
Of children separated from family
By man-made borders
But not by love.
May they arrive, as you did,
To joy and to the benediction
Of a loving embrace. Amen.

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

“Do this in Memory” Mass next Sunday 22nd January at 10.00 am, Meeting of parent class representatives on this Monday 9th January at 7.30pm in Fr. Billy’s house.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection at all Masses this weekend   14th /15th January to support the work of the dioceses.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18th – 25th January.  The theme this year, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, is Crossing Barriers. We pray for mutual understanding, friendship and respect between the Christian Churches, remembering always Jesus’ prayer to the Father, that all may be one.

Calling all ladies. Do you like to sing? Free singing course starts Wednesday January 18th in The Cork & County Cricket Club, 7.45 to 9.00 pm. Come and learn to sing in harmony with your local Barbershop Chorus, Champagne Cork. Contact Ursula for details at 0868580885 or umulvihill@eircom.net

8th January 2017 – The Baptism of the Lord

Baby baptised by Pope FrancisBlessing of Children:    This weekend at the 12.00 noon Mass  there will be a special Blessing for Children who were baptised in our parish in the past year.   We welcome parents and children, Godparents and Grandparents and family members. We thank the Baptismal Team for their help and commitment during the year in visiting the families and helping them prepare for Baptism. As we begin the new year we pray God’s blessing on all your families.

Training for Parish Catechists: A two year training course for the Maryvale Certificate will begin in Cork in January. Information/ registration forms from the Pastoral Development Office phone 021 4537601 and must be returned by 10th January. Also open to those wishing to enhance their understanding of the Catholic faith.

Death: We remember in our prayers Michael Connolly,  O’Connell Ave. who died recently. We extend our sympathy to his family.

MAKING IT SIMPLE – a course to assist musicians and vocalists to work well in the liturgy.  This graded course for cantors, Church musicians, choir directors and those who offer music for occasions of weddings, funerals etc. will be offered at Saint Mary’s Pope’s Quay (Dominican Church) over three weekends in February (Friday evening/Saturday morning) by Fr Fergus Ryan OP and others. Cost €95 or €45 for students/unwaged. For full details contact fergusryan@gmail.com or the Pastoral Development Office 021 4537601.

 Diocesan Quarterly Collection at all Masses next weekend 14th /15th January to support the work of the dioceses.

Parish Assembly: meet on this Monday 9th January in Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.    Collect agenda in Sacristy

1st January 2017 – Feast of Mary Mother of God.

christmas_wallpapers_christmas_bow-christmas-650x487-150x150Christmas:  Once again it has been a lovely Christmas, with great crowds and a great atmosphere during the Advent and Christmas Liturgies. The joyful preparation, anticipation, participation, celebration and sense of community were inspiring, we thank all who participated.  Fr. Kerry joins me in thanking you for your Christmas wishes and generous Christmas offerings.  We appreciate your encouraging words. As we begin the New Year we pray that 2017 will bring us many blessings.     Fr. Billy

cropped-world-meeting-of-families-2018 WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018
Pope Francis has chosen Ireland to host the next World Meeting of Families in August 2018.  The Pope proposes to visit Ireland to coincide with this event.  The Diocese will be offering programmes of preparation for all ages over the coming months leading up to this event.  Prayer cards are available at the front and side entrances of the church on this weekend.   These have a prayer by Pope Francis to the Holy Family for all our families.

                                                                  HOLY MARY MOTHER OF GOD
At the beginning of a new year the Church invites us to think about Mary, the Mother of God.  Mary believed the message of the angel and conceived her Son.  Through her “Yes” the work of our redemption was begun.
Blessed are you, Mary, for you gave the Son of God to our world, even more blessed for believing in him.   Full of faith, full of grace, you conceived Jesus in your heart and in your womb, and became the Mother of all believers.   Send us your blessing on this day dedicated to you, show us the face of Jesus your Son, who offers mercy and peace to the entire world.   (from a homily of Pope Francis)

thank-you1-300x199THANK YOU
In our Parish of Christ the King, there are many families and individuals who live the faith they profess and whose contribution to parish life is essential and immense. Through their quiet and unnoticed work, the Parish runs smoothly and parish life is enriched.
As 2017 dawns The Parish Assembly and the Priests of the Parish would like to thank you for your help and support.
We offer our special thanks also to those who care for the Church and clean it every week, look after the flowers and altar linens, to the Choir, to Ministers of Word and Eucharist, to Altar Servers and their parents.  We thank the Church Collectors, Sacristan, Parish Dues Collectors, those who care for the sick and elderly. Thanks are also due to St Vincent de Paul Society, St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society, the Legion of Mary, the Parish Baptismal Teams, our Child Protection Representatives. We thank those who put up the Crib, Easter and Remembrance Gardens and decorate the sanctuary so beautifully.
We thank you for your generosity in the offertory collection each week for the upkeep of the Church and payment of staff. Our thanks to the Parish Finance Committee and to Sr. Karen and Fr. Charlie from the Pastoral Development Office who have been so helpful.
We thank all who contributed so generously during 2016 to Trocaire Christmas Gift Cards, to the Trocaire Lenten Campaign, the Lourdes Fund, and to our collections for the Episcopal Commission, the Holy Places, Pastoral Planning, the Pope’s Collection, the Education Fund, Marriage Care and the Mission Sunday collection.

Parish Calendars: It would be great if the area collectors could  help to distribute these to the remaining areas. They are in the Sacristy.  Many thanks.

Congratulations to Fr. Kerry, our Pastor Emeritus, on his Eightieth Birthday.   We wish him well and thank the Lord for his more than fifty three years of Ministry and his sixteen years as Parish Priest at Turners Cross.  It is good to have him with us and we thank him for his generous help, even in retirement.

wisemen-300x231Feast of the Epiphany:  Friday 6th January, Holy Day of Obligation. Vigil Mass on Thursday 6.00 pm.  Masses on Friday at 10.00 am and 6.00 pm.

 

 Training for Parish Catechists: A two year training course for the Maryvale Certificate will begin in Cork in January. Information/ registration forms from the Pastoral Development Office phone 021 4537601 and must be returned by 10th January. Also open to those wishing to enhance their understanding of the Catholic faith.

14942480-religious-christening-of-an-adorable-baby-girlBlessing of Newly Baptised Children  
On Sunday next 8th January the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, at the 12.00 noon Mass there will be a special Blessing for all the Children who were baptised in our parish in the past year.
We welcome  parents and infants, Godparents and Grandparents and family members. We thank the Parish Assembly who are contacting the families and our Baptismal Team for their help and commitment during the year in visiting the families and helping them prepare for Baptism. As we begin the new year we pray God’s blessing on all your families.

kng-ikt9-150x150Pope Francis’ Prayer to the Holy Family
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendour of true love,
to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.
AMEN

25th December 2016 – Christmas Day

christmas-1010749_960_720                                                    Christmas Message  
We are a redeemed people, and the work of our redemption began with the birth of a baby in Bethlehem.  Simple beginnings, no one noticed Joseph and the young expectant mother who had travelled a long journey from Nazareth.  No one noticed them and there was no room for them.  At a salvation moment of universal importance the mother gave birth in a stable and laid her baby in a manger, a feeding trough.  They were alone and lonely in the town of David as the son of David was born, no barriers between this baby and the messy realities of the life of the poor.  Then, in the darkness of that holy night, the glory of God shone around a group of lowly, despised shepherds, men not allowed even to enter a synagogue, and God’s message was entrusted to them: today a saviour has been born for you, he is Christ the Lord.  For us too a light shines at Christmas, in the dark moments of our lives, and the people who walk in darkness have indeed seen a great light.  May we take notice of that light and learn to experience the joy of the message of the angels and the joy of the Gospel of Christ.  May we hear the angels sing: Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to those of good will. 
 
Fr Kerry joins me in wishing you all a Happy Christmas.  We welcome those who are home for Christmas, may you enjoy these special days with your loved ones. We pray for those who can’t make it home and for their families.  We remember those who have been bereaved, your loved ones are remembered in our Masses. Thanks to everybody for all your support, we wish you peace, health and blessings throughout the year ahead.
 
Fr Billy

Christmas Masses: Christmas Eve: 6.00 & 10.00pm. Christmas Day: 9.00 am, 10.00 am &12 noon (note extra Mass at 9.00 am). St. Stephen’s Day (Monday) Mass at 10.00 am.
 
Fr Kerry’s Grace before Dinner on Christmas Day
Loving God, on this Christmas Day we give
thanks that Jesus, your Son, has come into
our world bringing us gifts of peace and joy.
Bless us as we sit together at this table for
our Christmas meal.
Bless the food we share and help us to
remember those who are hungry.
Be with our loved ones away from home (pause).
Bless and heal those who are sick, those
who are lonely.
We remember our departed loved ones (pause).
May the joy of this feast give us strength and

18th December 2016 – 4th Sunday of Advent.

Christmas  Penitential Services

imagesThis weekend after 6.00 pm vigil, 10.00 am & 12.00 noon Masses.
Visiting priests will be with us for Confessions. We have an opportunity of preparing for the birthday of Jesus as 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 a most wonderful gift, the assurance that no matter how we have failed his forgiveness is there for us all.  In the words of Pope Francis: “Mercy is the Lord’s most powerful message”

PENITENTIAL SERVICE
Most are familiar with the procedure for this Communal Reconciliation Service, all you need to say to the priest when you approach for Confession is:
“I am sorry for all my sins, especially for . . . .”
Then you tell your own sins simply, in the best way you can, asking for God’s Forgiveness. Be prepared to leave all your sins with the Lord and promise him that you will try to do better.

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

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

1.   My relationship with God:
Do I give time to God?
Do I pray each day?
Do I attend Mass regularly?
2.   My home life
Am I hard to live with?
Do I make my home happy?
Am I moody and selfish?
Do I cause serious problems at home – unfaithfulness,
drunkenness, taking drugs, violence, long cold silences?
Do I seek help?
Am I faithful to my commitments?
3.   My relationship with others:
Am I tolerant of and unselfish towards others?
Am I kind in word and deed?
Do I pray for my enemies and forgive them?
Do I respect others? Have I used others selfishly? or
irresponsibly?
 4.   My practice of justice:
Do I respect the needs, rights, and property of others?
Am I honest with my business dealings?
Do I pay my debts?
Do I cheat, or make false claims?
Do I pay my taxes?
Do I give to those in need?

Act of Contrition
O my God I thank you for loving me. I am sorry for all my sins, for not loving others and not loving you. Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again.   Amen.

Confessions: each morning this week after the 10am Mass and on Christmas Eve after the 10am & 6pm Masses.

jesse-treeThe Jesse Tree Symbols for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
The tenth symbol.  The three Wise men look for Jesus, guided by the light of a star, shining brightly above his birthplace.  The prostrate themselves before the manger and do not turn the child and his parents over to King Herod.  The white candle on today’s ornament symbolizes Christ; the flow recalls the halo of light signifying divinity and power/
The eleventh symbol.   Christ Jesus is born and laid in a lowly manger, depicted on our ornament today.  Shepherds are instructed by angels to witness the miracle of this child’s birth, to show homage and spread the good news.
The twelfth symbol.  Happy Christmas! The apostle John bears witness to the coming of the Light of the World, the only Son of God, briefly retelling some of the history we have learned through the Jesse Tree.   The Chi-Rho monogram is a combination of the first two letters for the Greek word for Christos, Christ.

Christmas Masses: Christmas Eve: 6.00 pm & 10.00pm. Christmas Day: 9.00 am, 10.00 am  &12.00 noon (note the extra Mass at 9.00 am).
St. Stephen’s Day (Monday):  Mass at 10.00 am.

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.

Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament: after 10.00 am Mass to 11.00 am on Wednesdays of Advent.

trocaire-150x150Christmas gifts with a difference. Trocaire Gifts are available at the back of the Church from members of the Parish Assembly.

Morning Prayer on Fridays of Advent:  Morning Prayer of the Church (Lauds) after 10.00 am Mass on each Friday of Advent.

Death.  We remember in our prayers James O’Brien, Friar’s Rd who died recently and we extend our sympathy to his family.

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

Training for Parish Catechists: A two year training course for the Maryvale Certificate will begin in Cork in January. Information/ registration forms from the Pastoral Development Office phone 021 4537601 and forms must be returned by 10th January. Also open to those wishing to enhance their understanding of the Catholic faith.

cropped-world-meeting-of-families-2018WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018
Pope Francis has chosen Ireland to host the next World Meeting of Families in August 2018.  The Pope proposes to visit Ireland to coincide with this event.  The Diocese will be offering programmes of preparation for all ages over the coming months leading up to this event.  The parish will distribute prayer cards over the Christmas period encouraging families to pray a special prayer which will also feature in Manger prayer card in the crib.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul: The Christ the King Conference of the Society of St. Vincent DePaul would like to convey our deep gratitude to the Clergy, Church Collectors and Parishioners of Christ the King Parish for the extremely generous response to this year’s Christmas appeal.  We would also like to express our sincere appreciation for the ongoing support from the community and in particular for the monthly church-door collections.  These funds will go directly to needy families in this Parish.    We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy 2017.

Our Parish Calendars are in the Sacristy. It would be great if the Area Collectors would help to distribute them. Many thanks.

11th December 2016 – 3rd Sunday of Acvent

images-1Gaudete Sunday: We light the pink candle of the Advent Wreath on the third Sunday of Advent.  This Sunday is called Gaudete, the Latin for “Rejoice,” the first word of the Entrance Antiphon today: “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.”

 The Jesse Tree Symbols for the Third Sunday of Advent
The seventh symbol.  The prophet Nehemiah urges the chosen people to change their ways and return to God.  On the ornament for today, we see a wall reminding us of the wall that was rebuilt around Jerusalem.
The eighth symbol.   John the Baptist proclaims the coming of a new saviour and renewed life for all through the repentance of sins. The ornament today features a scallop shell, a traditional symbol of baptism.
The ninth symbol.  The angel Gabriel tells Mary she will be the mother of our saviour, Jesus. The white lily on today’s ornament symbolizes new life and resurrection – hope for the future.

stock-photo-very-large-christmas-nativity-crib-jesus-in-the-manger-368142995 Infant Jesus Sunday: Families are invited to bring their crib figure of the Infant Jesus to Mass this weekend for blessing.   After the blessing you are asked to take your figure home and gift wrap it so that on Christmas morning it is the first gift the family open for Christmas, and is then placed in your family crib.

 Giving Sunday: Traditionally this third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) is 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.

svp-logo Society of St Vincent de Paul: This weekend the second collection at all Masses is the Christmas Collection for the Society of St Vincent de Paul, giving us all an opportunity to contribute financially to the support of those in need in our locality this Christmas. The Society thanks you for your continuing generosity and wishes a happy and holy Christmas to all.

 Christmas gifts with a difference. Trocaire Gifts are available at the back of the Church from members of the Parish Assembly during the Sundays of December.

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

imagesChristmas Penitential Services: Next weekend 17th and 18th December after 6pm vigil, 10am & 12 noon Masses. A number of priests will be available for Confessions as we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas.  God knows that deep down in our hearts we want to turn more fully to him and offers us this most wonderful gift, the assurance that no matter how we have failed his forgiveness is there for us all.

Christmas Masses:  Christmas Eve: 6.00 pm & 10.00 pm.  Christmas Day: 9.00 am, 10.00 am  and 12.00 noon (note extra Masses at 10.00 pm and  9.00 am)

 The Parish Assembly: meeting this Monday 12th December in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.

 Christmas Coffee Morning: Tuesday 12th December after the 10.00 am Mass the Parish Assembly invites us to tea or coffee with Christmas mince pies in the Parish Centre. All welcome.

 Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament: after 10.00 am Mass to 11.00 am on Wednesdays of Advent.

Morning Prayer on Fridays of Advent:  Morning Prayer of the Church (Lauds) after 10.00 am Mass on each Friday of Advent.

 Deaths.  We remember in our prayers Thomas (Tommy) Marrett, late of Friar’s Road and Eileen Hayes, Capwell Road, who died recently and we extend our sympathy to their families.

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

 Training for Parish Catechists   The two year training for the Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis, will begin in Cork in January 2017.  Information and registration forms are available from the Pastoral Development Office tel: 021 4537601 and must be returned by 10th January. Also open to those wishing to enhance their understanding of the Catholic faith.

kath-and-qumen-aFOR FAMILIES OF CHILDREN PREPARING FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:
Learning about the Mass with Kath and Qumen
WHO DOES WHAT AT MASS (2)?
At every Mass you will notice that some members of the assembly have different jobs. We call these jobs ‘ministries’. Let’s look at some of them:
The Collectors:
The people who collect our gift of money during Mass.
The Minister of the Eucharist:
The person who helps to give out communion at Mass.  They sometimes bring communion to those who are unable to come to Mass because they are sick.
Music:
Many parishes have choirs – groups of people who sing at Mass. Their singing helps the whole assembly to pray and we are all encouraged to join with the choir. Some parishes may have people who lead the assembly in singing. These are called cantors.

4th December 2016 – 2nd Sunday Advent

The Jesse Tree Symbols for the Second Sunday of Advent
The fourth symbol is an ornament depicting the tablets on which the ten commandments were written.
The fifth symbol is a trumpet, reminding us of the rams’ horn trumpets blown before the walls of Jericho when Joshua led the children of Israel to victory.
The sixth symbol is a shepherd’s crook reminding us of avid, the Shepherd King, and of Jesus, the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for his sheep.

images-1Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday next 8th  December is a Holy Day of obligation.  Vigil Mass on Wednesday at 6.00 pm, Masses on Thursday at 10.00 am and 6.00 pm.

Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament: after 10.00 am Mass to 11.00 am on Wednesdays of Advent.

Morning Prayer on Fridays of Advent:  Morning Prayer of the Church (Lauds) after 10.00 am Mass on each Friday of Advent.

Trocaire-Final2Christmas gifts with a difference. Trocaire Gifts will be available at the back of the Church from members of the Parish Assembly during the Sundays of December.   You can buy a gift and get the card to send or give to a friend.

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

Christ King Girls Secondary School is presenting A Christmas Celebration in aid of Marymount Hospice, Monday 5th December in the School Main Hall, at 7.30 p.m.. Tickets €10 Available daily at School Reception

Christmas In The Cathedral: Liam Lawton in concert Thursday 8th December at 8.00 pm.  Tickets €20 from Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street, Nolan Butchers, Shandon Street, Cathedral Presbytery 021 4304325, Cathedral Sacristy 021 4210717.

Giving Sunday: Next  Sunday 11th December 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 Tree in the Church (no toys).

Society of St. Vincent de Paul: The November Church Gate collection amounted to €1,510.  The Christmas collection will take place on the weekend of 10th & 11th December to coincide with the Society’s National Christmas appeal.  Your support will make a huge difference in helping local families in need this Christmas.  The Christmas Collection will allow the Society to assist local families in need with necessities such as food, fuel, clothing and toys.  Please be generous in supporting those who need a helping hand this Christmas. Thank you again for your generosity.  Best wishes for a very happy and healthy Christmas

Do this in Memory: meeting with the parent class representatives in Fr. Billy’s house on this Monday 5th Dec at 7.30pm. Next mass on Sunday 11th December, at 10.00 am.

Christmas Market in Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane on Sunday 4th December from 2pm to 6pm.  €2 per adult and no charge for children. Local crafts, confectionery, Santa, a lucky dip and much more.  All welcome,

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 7th  December 19:30 to 21:00 in Brú Columbanus, Cardinal Way, Wilton, 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.

A NET Ministry Team will speak at our Masses this weekend. They are a group of 5 young adults volunteering for 9 months in Cork City with NET (National Evangelisation Teams), working to “encourage young people to embrace the life of the Church and love Jesus.”  They are working with the help of the Dominicans and the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Cork, in primary and secondary schools, helping run retreats and religion classes, and also run youth groups and have young adult hangouts, prayer and fellowship!  They will be organising “Nightfever” on December 10th at St Augustine’s with mass starting at 8.00 pm when they go out to the streets and invite people into the church to light a candle, and pray. Their Youth Group will be starting again on January 5th at St Columba’s Pastoral Centre, Douglas, on Thursday nights from 7:00-8:30pm (ages 11-15). Anyone interested in Youth Events or Young Adult Groups can contact them at: corknetteam@gmail.com or on Facebook pages: Cork City NET Team (young adults) and Access Hub Cork (youth).

Infant Jesus Sunday: families are invited to bring their crib figure of the Infant Jesus to Mass next Sunday (Gaudete Sunday) for blessing.   After the  blessing you are asked to take your figure home and gift wrap it so that on 25th December it is the first gift the family open for Christmas, then place it in your family crib.

Cork Youth Orchestra Magical Christmas Matinees
(Presenting “The Snowman,” Seo Linn performing) at the City Hall, Saturday 10th December.  Matinees at 12 noon & 2pm. Tickets from €10.

Santa Claus arriving at Turners Cross Community Centre, Curragh Road (next to the Credit Union Office) on Saturday the 10th of December 2016.  Doors open at 11:30 am, all welcome. Refreshments, and fun assured.

 

27th November 2016 – 1st Sunday Advent

3785635_fd9c17d2Advent:  This weekend marks the beginning of the Church’s year and the beginning of the season of Advent as we prepare to welcome the Christ Child at Christmas.  We look forward to the celebration of God made man, of Emmanuel, God-with-us.
In this parish we begin with our “Advent Mini Retreat” on Wednesday evening in St Finbarr’s Hospital Chapel at 7.30 pm..  We pray that this evening of prayer and reflection will be a source of grace for all in the parish and indeed in the wider community.
Jesus tells us in today’s gospel to be alert, to be ready for his coming at a time we do not expect.  St Paul tells us that the Day of the Lord is near at hand, and we live as it were in the dawn of that day.  We are children of the day, of the light and not of darkness, and are called to live accordingly.  This is an opportune time for new beginnings as we prepare for Christmas and renew our commitment to a life of Christian service to others, a time to enter into the joy of the Lord.

Advent Mini Retreat: There will be an evening of Prayer & Reflection in the Chapel of St.Finbarr’s Hospital on Wednesday next 30th November at 7.30pm for Parishioners and all those all who serve and help in our Parish.  Fr. Mike Carroll, retired Pastor of St Theresa of Avila Parish, Auburn, California, and now living in Turner’s Cross, will guide us through the evening.

The Advent Wreath
There are five candles on the wreath, reminding us of the four Sundays of Advent and Christmas. Three are purple, one is pink and one white. The first is  a symbol of HOPE, the second of FAITH, the third candle is pink and is lit on “Gaudete Sunday” and is a symbol of JOY, the fourth candle is  a symbol of  PEACE and the fifth (white) candle symbolises CHRIST and is lit at Christmas as we welcome the Christ Child.

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The Jesse Tree Symbols for the First Sunday of Advent
The first symbol is a dove, recalling the peace and harmony of creation as God intended.
The second symbol is an apple, representing original sin. Christ is called the new Adam who 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.

Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament: after 10.00 am Mass to 11.00 am on Wednesdays of Advent.

Morning Prayer on Fridays of Advent:  Morning Prayer of the Church (Lauds) after 10.00 am Mass on each Friday of Advent.

Anointing of the Sick on Saturday next 3rd December after the ten o’clock Mass.

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Christmas gifts with a difference. Trocaire Gifts will be available at the back of the Church from members of the Parish Assembly during the Sundays of December.   You can buy a gift and get the card to send or give to a friend.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Kitty Spillane, Ard na Gaoithe, South Douglas Road who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family.

Turners Cross Senior Citizen’s Party will be held in Nemo Rangers H&F Club on Sunday, December 4th at 3.00pm.  Please hand in names before Tuesday, November 29th

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

Ministers of the Word may collect their copy of the 2017 St Paul Sunday Missal from the sacristy. Many thanks.

Christ King Secondary School present A Christmas Celebration in the School Hall, Monday 5th December at 7.30 p.m. in aid of Marymount Hospice. Special guests, Sopranos Fiona O’Reilly, Eimear Collins, Sinead Ni Mhurchu and The Barrack Street Youth Band. Conductor: Shauna McCullough. Master of Ceremonies: Evelyn Grant.  Tickets €10 Available daily at School Reception

East Cork Choral Society, Handel’s Messiah in aid of Marymount Hospice at the Church Of The Real Presence, Curraheen, Sunday November 27th @ 8pm. Tickets from Pro Musica, Marymount Shop and at the door on the night.

Christmas In The Cathedral: Liam Lawton in concert Thursday 8th December at 8.00 pm.  Tickets €20 from Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street, Nolan Butchers, Shandon Street, Cathedral Presbytery 021 4304325, Cathedral Sacristy 021 4210717.

Christmas Market in Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane on Sunday 4th December from 2pm to 6pm.  A great family day out and all welcome. €2 per adult and no charge for children. Local crafts, confectionery, Santa, a lucky dip and much more.

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 7th of December from 19:30 to 21:00 in Brú Columbanus, Cardinal Way, Wilton, 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.

Advent Retreat: Saturday 3rd Dec 10am to 4pm Sisters of Bon Secours Convent, College Road, Cork, with Fr Damian Polly OP. Donation only. Booking essential. Contact Anne-Marie Whelan at eavopost@gmail.com or 0872209994

Blarney GAA Christmas Craft Fair at the Blarney GAA Pavillion. On Saturday December 10th from 12.00 noon  to 6.00 pm. Entrance is free and all are welcome.

 

20th November 2016 – Feast of Christ The King

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   Feast of Christ The  KIng

Advent Mini Retreat: There will be an Evening of Prayer & Reflection in the Chapel of st. Finbarr’s Hospital on Wed.30th Nov. at 7.30pm. for Parishioners and all who serve and help in our Parish. Fr. Mick Carroll retired Pastor of St Theresa of Avila Parish, Auburm, California and now living in Turner’s Cross, will guide us through the evening.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Ann Walsh, St. Anns Pk.  Aoife Kiely, Greenhills Court and  Jeremiah (Sonny) Leonard, Loreto Park who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

East Cork Choral Society, Handel’s Messiah  in aid of Marymount Hospice at the Church Of The Real Presence, Curraheen,  on Sunday November 27th@8pm. Tickets from Pro Musica, Marymount Shop and at the door on the night.

Garda Mass: The Annual Mass for Deceased Staff Tuesday 22nd November 2016 at SMA Church, Wilton, at 7.30pm.

Christmas Wellness and Craft Fair in Aid of Cork Penny Dinners: Gresham Metropole Hotel on Sunday the 20th of November 12 till 6pm. Different kinds of treatments, stalls with Jewellery, Natural Hand creams, Nail art, hair styling and Beauty Products, Music and much more.  Admission €5.

Advent Prayers of the Faithful: Would secondary school students who would like to help with the prayers of the faithful at Sunday Masses in Advent please give their names to Fr Billy or call Sharon on 087 7940507. Many thanks.

Ministries: We are appealing for volunteers for Ministries in the Parish, as Ministers of the Word (readers), Ministers of the Eucharis, members of the Baptismal Team, Church Carers Team or of the Church Choir. You can nominate a person or volunteer your own service. Collect a form in Sacristy or have a word with one of the priests.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection: will be taken us at all Masses this weekend. 19th/20th November.   This collection supports the diocesan office and diocesan initiatives. The central fund is currently operating at a deficit of approximately € 300,000.

Christmas In The Cathedral: Liam Lawton in concert Thursday 8th December at 8.00 pm.  Tickets € 20 from Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street, Nolan Butchers, Shandon Street, Cathedral Presbytery 021 4304325, Cathedral Sacristy 021 4210717.

Christmas Market in Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane on Sunday 4th December from 2pm to 6pm.  A great family day out and all welcome. € 2 per adult and no charge for children. Local crafts, confectionery, Santa, a lucky dip and much more.

Turners Cross Senior Citizen’s Party will be held in Nemo Rangers H&F Club on Sunday, December 4th at 3.00pm.
Please hand in names before Tuesday, November 29th

 Christmas gifts with a difference. Trocaire Gifts will be available at the back of the Church from members of the Parish Assembly during the Sundays of December.   You can buy a gift and get the card to send or give to a friend.

FOR FAMILIES OF CHILDREN PREPARING FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:

kath-and-qumen-aLearning about the Mass with Kath and Qumen

WHO DOES WHAT AT MASS (1)?

At every Mass you will notice that some people have different jobs. We call these jobs ‘ministries’. Let’s look at some of them:

THE PRIEST: At Mass the priest leads us and encourages us to play our part in the celebration. How does he do this? He:

•          Leads us in prayer

•          Invites us to listen to God’s word

•          Helps us to understand the Word of God in our daily lives through his homily

•          Takes our gifts, the bread and wine, offers them to God and prays that by the power of the Holy Spirit they will become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

THE SERVERS: Servers are normally boys and girls who have received their First Communion. Their job is to help the priest.

 MINISTER OF THE WORD: We sometimes call this person the reader, the proper name is ‘Minister of the Word’. The readings come from the Bible. They are the Word of God and we hear God speaking to us through the voice of the Minister of the Word.