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

Woman at Jacob’s Well

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

John Pridmore

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

                                                                                  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bag a Bargain in Brú Columbanus at our Pre-loved Dress and Handbag Sale on Saturday 25th March at Brú Columbanus, Cardinal Way, Wilton 10.00am to 3.00pm.  Brú Columbanus is a charity that provides accommodation to the relatives of seriously ill patients in Cork Hospitals and the hospice, in particular relatives of sick children. For details phone: 021-4345754

17th March 2017 – St. Patrick’s Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26th February 2017 – 8th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

Ash Wednesday: Lent begins on Wednesday next 1st March, Ash Wednesday. Masses 10.00 am & 6.00 pm.   Ashes will be blessed and distributed at the Masses.  At the 10am Mass pupils from the schools in the Parish will be commissioned to bring the blessed ashes to their school where a ceremony will take place and they will impose ashes on the staff and fellow pupils.  The 6.00 pm Mass will continue on weekdays of Lent except during the Mission.

Why not take a short term pledge and abstain from alcohol for the duration of Lent.   You can join online : www.pioneerassociation <http://www.pioneerassociation> or contact (01) 8749464 or here in Cork contact 0863642619

Our PARISH MISSION for Lent will run from Monday 20th to Friday 24th March and will be given by a team from St Patrick’s Community. Mission Evenings Monday to Friday at 7.30 pm including closing Mass of the Holy Spirit on Friday.  Mission Masses on Monday to Friday at 10.00 am, with an extra Mass at 7.30 am on Monday to Thursday. Team member John Pridmore, ex-gangster and international bestselling Author of the book ‘From Gangland to Promised Land,’ will be sharing his amazing story on Monday night.

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

Mission Leaflets for distribution will be available in the Sacristy with the Spring Dues envelopes on Saturday and Sunday this weekend and help from our Dues Collectors would be greatly appreciated.

Spring Dues: We would appreciate if the Area Collectors could collect envelopes for their areas this weekend 25/26th February.

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

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

First Friday:   Fr. Billy hopes to complete his overdue visits to the sick and housebound during the coming week, your patience is appreciated.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Sr. Anthony Moloney, South Presentation Convent, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to her Community and Family.

Anointing of the Sick on Saturday 4th March after 10.00 am Mass. Consider offering a lift to a housebound.

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

Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  The January Church Gate collection amounted to €1,827.  More than that amount has since been given in assistance in the parish.  Without your help the Society could not function and we thank you for your generosity and continued support.  We look forward to your help with the March collection next weekend.

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

 South Parish Historical Society Monthly Meeting on Wed. 1st March 2017 at 7:30 pm in St John’s College, Sawmill Street.   Philip Johnston will speak on Discovering UC42, The German U-Bot in Cork Harbour.  Non-members €2. All Welcome.

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

Coffee morning on Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday) after 10.00 am Mass in the Parish Centre. Rumours of pancakes, all Welcome.

19th February 2017 – 7th Sunday Ordinary Time A

 CALL TO HOLINESS
Jesus tells us to be perfect even as our Heavenly Father is perfect. He calls us to something higher than compliance with the law. Just as God the Father is kind to those who offend him, including us, we are called to be kind and gentle to those who offend us.  This is a call to love without limit, without counting the cost.  This is of course the nature of sincere love, as we see in people who are in love, in the love of a mother for her child, in the love of God our Father for his children. The way of the Christian involves loving one’s enemies and praying for those who persecute us, it’s not enough to be nice, or loving, to those who are nice to us.   St Paul reminds us that individually and together we form a temple where God dwells, a sacred place.  We pray that while we are young and active we will be active loving people, and that when we are older we will be peaceful, mellow, “let it be” people, full of love.  We pray for the grace to answer God’s call and we pray for the love of Christ in our hearts and for the peace of Christ which is beyond all human understanding.

A PARISH MISSION for Lent will run from Monday 20th to Friday 24th March at Christ the King Church and will be given by a team from St Patrick’s Community.  Mission Masses on Monday to Friday at 10.00 am with an extra Mass on Monday to Thursday at 7.30 am. Mission Evenings Monday to Friday at 7.30 pm including closing Mass of the Holy Spirit on Friday. Team member John Pridmore, ex-gangster and international bestselling Author of the book ‘From Gangland to Promised Land,’ will be sharing his amazing story on Monday night.  John has been interviewed on RTE, BBC, ITV, TV3, UTV, on American and Australian TV and numerous daily newspapers and radio shows. Millions have heard his incredible story. Mission Leaflets for distribution will be available in the Sacristy on Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th February and help from our Dues Collectors would be greatly appreciated.   

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


Lent Reflection Evenings for young adults ‘Croí Nua’ each Thursday of Lent starting 2nd March in St Augustines, Washington St. Time 6.30pm with refreshments. Donation only. Contact Anne-Marie Whelan, Evangelisation & Vocations Officer, Sisters of Bon Secours at eavopost@gmail.com or 0872209994

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Eileen Cripps, Loretto Park and Nell Cremin, Greenhills Estate, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

Trocaire: Visit John McColgan’s powerful photography exhibition ‘This Is Palestine’ at Nash 19 in Princes Street in Cork on next Monday (February 20th).  We hope you can drop in and view John’s stunning collection of photographs depicting the lives of people in the West Bank and Gaza.  The exhibition is helping to raise funds for Trocaire’s work in Gaza.

Holy Land Pilgrimage: Sunday 8th October to Monday16th October, 2017, flight from Cork.
Spiritual Director Fr. Christy Fitzgerald, P.P. Ballinhassig, Cork and Ross Diocesan Director of Liturgy & Ecumenism. Highlights include: Jerusalem, Via Dolorosa, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Mount of Olives, Sea of Galilee, Cana and the Dead Sea. Return flights, 8 nights 4* hotels, dinner, bed & breakfast throughout, comprehensive daily programme. English speaking Christian guide. Contact MAP Travel, 36 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. Tel (01) 878 3111 or Jim Keogh Tel (021) 4885371 (087) 2678793.  Places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 1st March 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.
The Society of African Missions wishes to appoint Lay Outreach Workers (2).  The part-time posts (17.5hrs/pw) will be based at SMA houses in Dublin and Cork for one year with the possibility of extension.  Further details can be requested at low@sma.ie <mailto:low@sma.ie> .  Closing date for completed applications is 28th Feb. at 12 noon. Interview dates: Cork 10 March, Dublin 16 March

 

12th February 2017 – 6th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

LAW, OLD AND NEW
People say that Jesus replaced a religion of rules and regulations with one of freedom and love.  Yet in this Sunday’s gospel reading Jesus says he has not come to abolish the law of the Old Testament, but to fulfil it, that each little bit of that “Old Law” is important and its purpose will be fulfilled.  Properly understood the Ten Commandments and the whole of the Old Law did not amount to a set of restrictive rules but offered a key to living in a right relationship with God and one’s neighbour.  At their best the people Israel regarded the Law as a gift, and prayed “open my eyes that I may see the wonders of your law” (Psalm 119).  But the shallow virtue of the scribes and the Pharisees was legalistic. We too tend to legalism: keeping the law to be a good law abiding person, to save my own soul; or we tend to minimalism: “how far can I go?” or “what can I get away with?”  Apart from being a wholly inadequate response to God’s love, such approaches are focussed on the self rather than the other; they are essentially selfish rather than loving.  Jesus calls us to something better than those and similar slavish attitudes.  The law said “thou shalt not kill,” but Jesus tells us not even to insult others, not to harbour resentment or anger.  This is not a question of making the law stricter, but of going to the root purpose of the law.

Great golfers are familiar with the rules of golf and try to keep them, but one does not become a great golfer through detailed knowledge of those rules.  Compliance with the letter of banking regulations did not save the banks in Ireland when underlying principles of prudence and honesty were lost.  Laws and rules are not an end in themselves, but they do have their place.  Jesus’ new commandment is: “love one another as I have loved you.”  This is how we are to be recognised as his followers.  Self-righteous adherence to the letter of the law can be deadening, but joyful adherence to the spirit of the law gives life, and indeed leads to eternal life.

 Trocaire wish to thank all who helped to sell gifts over the Christmas period and to the Parishioners of Turners Cross for their kindness and generosity. A total of €850 was collected.

The Parish Assembly: meeting this Monday 13th February in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.

Lourdes 2017 – Young Adult Helpers. The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites Young Adults 18-30 year olds to come to Lourdes as helpers from 11th to 16th June.  As helpers you will assist with the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme as well as time for prayer, for making new friends and sharing in the story of Lourdes.  Limited number of places.  Closing date for applicants is 28th February 2017. Contact Fr. Charlie Kiely 021-4537603, or email: charliekiely@gmail.com

Lourdes Invalid Fund collection at all Masses this weekend 11th/12th February

 
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 a weekend from 6.00 pm on Friday 17th February to 3.00 pm on Saturday 18th 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.

5th February 2017 -5th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

Salt of the Earth, Light of the World
Jesus wants his followers to make a difference to the world around them, to be salt of the earth, and to remain salty, to be the light of the world, and to remain shining.  Salt in the ancient world was used extensively as a preservative to keep meat and fish healthy, from going bad, as well for flavour.  As followers of Jesus we are asked to keep society healthy, to be concerned about social justice, freedom from discrimination and concerned about the casualties of society, those who are oppressed or are in want. We are called to have standards based on something higher than self-interest.

If we are really the salt of the earth our Christianity will not be confined within little religious salt cellars. Jesus refers to our good works as a light to the world: loving our neighbour as ourselves, showing kindness and patience and helping those on the margins of society.  In response to Jesus’ words from the Sermon on the Mount in the gospel for this Sunday, we pray that if our saltiness has become insipid, that the Lord will renew us, if our light is a bit dim that the Lord will brighten us.  May we be a source happiness and joy, a source of flavour and light for our anxious and sometimes tasteless and dull world.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Margaret Walker late of Westview, and Fr. John Cotter, Retired Parish Priest of St. Patrick’s Parish, who died recently. We extend our sympathy their families

From Apocalypse to the first Arabic invasion of Syria – a talk by Fr. Fergus Ryan, OP on the exotic origins of the sung Ordinary of the Mass. Saint Mary’s Church, Pope’s Quay on Saturday 18th February at 2.00pm and Monday 20th February at 12.00 noon. Talk and singing last one hour. Free admittance – donations accepted.

Lourdes 2017 – Young Adult Helpers. The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites Young Adults 18-30 year olds to come to Lourdes as helpers from 11th to 16th June.  As helpers you will assist with the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme as well as time for prayer, for making new friends and sharing in the story of Lourdes.  Limited number of places.  Closing date for applicants is 28th February 2017. For further details contact Fr. Charlie Kiely 021-4537603, Pastoral Development Office, Parochial House, Ballyphehane, Cork or email: charliekiely@gmail.com

Lourdes Invalid Fund Collection at all Masses next weekend 11th/12th February

 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 6.00 pm on Friday 17th February to 3.00 pm on Saturday 18th 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.

World Day of Prayer for the Sick on Saturday next 11th February, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes reminds us to pray for all those sick at home or in hospital or other places of care.  Bishop Buckley in a letter for the Day of Prayer reminds us of the words of St John Paul: “We should never push the sick or the old to the margins of society but acknowledge with thanks the debt we owe them.  We imagine that we are giving to them, we end up realising that they have enriched us.”                         Anointing of the Sick: This month Anointing of the Sick will take place on Saturday 11th February, World Day of Prayer for the Sick, after the 10.00 am Mass. The Parish Assembly invite you to a cup of tea or coffee and a chat in the Parish Centre after the Anointing Ceremony.

Ennismore Retreat Centre are holding a 4-week Series “Lord Teach us to Pray” (Luke 11:1) on Tuesdays 7th,14th, 21st and 28th February, at 7.30pm – 9.30pm. call 021 450 2520 or e-mail: ennismore@eircom.net.

“Do this in Memory” Mass next Sunday 12th February at 10.00 am.  Meeting of parent class representatives on this Monday 6th February at 7.30pm in Fr. Billy’s house.

Parish Assembly
Please consider whether you would like to serve for a three-year term on our Parish Pastoral Assembly. The present Assembly has completed its term and you are invited to nominate yourself and/or others to participate in the new Assembly for the 2017/2020 session. Each Parishioner is invited to nominate up to three Parishioners aged 18 and over to become a member.  Nominators should be over 18.  If you would like to offer your time and talents to the Assembly, feel free to nominate yourself.
Members of the present Assembly will hand out nomination papers at Masses this weekend and next weekend. Completed Nomination Papers may be placed in the nomination boxes in the church before or after Mass.  Nominations may also be submitted by post to arrive not later than the closing date, 17th February. Those nominated will be invited to become members of our fourth Parish Assembly.  Sr. Karen Kent of the Pastoral Development Office will speak about the mission and functioning of our Parish Assembly at Masses this weekend.
The Assembly is about the pastoral, spiritual and faith life of the members of our parish.  It will address the identified needs of the parish and support all age groups in their faith journey.  Together the members seek to create a vibrant faith community in tune with the gospel message. It is not about finance, buildings, maintenance or fundraising as these issues are dealt with by the Parish Finance Committee.

29th January 2017 – 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

BLESSED
In today’s gospel reading we hear the eight beatitudes, which mark the beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in St Matthews Gospel.  They remind us that God’s ways are not our ways and that as Christians we are called to a value system very different to that of our prevailing culture, very different from that of any worldly culture.  They also reflect something of Jesus’ own life on earth.  He experienced poverty, he was meek and gentle, he knew grief and he longed for what is right, right living in accordance with the Father’s will.  He was merciful and was indeed persecuted in the cause of right, persecuted even to death, and he gives us his peace, a peace which the world cannot give.  As his followers, we are expected to share these experiences and as we do, he tells us that we are blessed, and that our reward will be great.
 

Parish Catechist Course
On Saturday of this weekend, 38 people began the Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis – the Pastoral Development Office together with Bishop John Buckley wish thank you the parishes who promoted the training, encouraged parishioners to participate and sponsored their studies.  We ask you to remember them in your prayers as they begin this two year course in preparation their role as Parish Catechists.

South Parish Historical Society Monthly Meeting on Wednesday 1st February 2017 at 7:30 pm in St John’s College, Sawmill Street.   Ronnie Herlihy will speak on A Glimpse of Cork in the 1950s & 60s.  Non-members €2. All Welcome.

There will no Anointing of the sick at the 10.00 am Mass on next Saturday 4th February.
Anointing of the Sick: This month Anointing of the Sick will take place on Thursday 11th February   Feast of our Lady of Lourdes “World Day of Prayer for the Sick”, after the 10.00 am & 6.00 pm Masses (note extra Mass).

Anam Cara, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 1st of February from 19:30 to 21:30 in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This is a free event open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for event, please RSVP to info@anamcara.ie before Tuesday 31st January or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.

St. Brigid: Wednesday 1st February, Secondary Patron of Ireland.  Lá le Bríd coincides with longer days and the beginning of spring.  We ask for her intercession for a new springtime of faith in Ireland.

Candlemas Day: Candles will be blessed at 10.00 am Mass on Thursday, February 2nd the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, commemorating the presentation of Jesus in the Temple. Beeswax candles (€2.00) are available at the back of the Church.

Feast of St Blaise – The traditional blessing of throats will take place on Friday Feb 3rd after the 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses (note the extra Mass at 6.00 pm).

Death: We remember in our prayers Rita Murphy, Kilcolman Lawn who died recently. We extend our sympathy her family.

The Poor Clares in Galway Monastic Experience Day on Saturday, the 4th of February from 10am to 5pm.  Designed to help young women between the ages of 21 and 40 to find out more about the Poor Clare way of life.  Contact: Sr. Colette at poorclaresgalwayvocations@gmail.com

 Society of St. Vincent de Paul The January Church Gate collection amounted to €1,157.   Since that collection date the local conference has expended that amount of money and provided some extra assistance in the parish.  Without your help the Society could not function and we thank you for your generosity and continued support.  We look forward to your help with the February collection next weekend.

From Apocalypse to the first Arabic invasion of Syria – a talk by Fr. Fergus Ryan, OP on the exotic origins of the sung Ordinary of the Mass. Saint Mary’s Church, Pope’s Quay on Saturday 18th February at 2.00pm and Monday 20th February at 12.00 noon. Talk and singing last one hour. Free admittance – donations accepted.

Ennismore Retreat Centre are holding a 4 week Series “Lord Teach us to Pray” (Luke 11:1) on Tuesday 7th February, 14th Feb, 21st Feb & 28th Feb at 7.30pm – 9.30pm. call 021 450 2520 or e-mail: ennismore@eircom.net.

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.

Graded course for Cantors and Church Musicians with optional final exam and certificate. Taught in Cork in February 2017 by Fr Fergus Ryan, OP, a Cork Dominican living and teaching liturgy in Rome. Emphasis on understanding the liturgy, leading congregations to gently sing the liturgy with their priest. Open to confident vocalists and musicians. Ideal for parish cantors, choir directors, college students of music and school teachers. For further details from course blog and Facebook page: CantorCourse.blogspot.com <http://CantorCourse.blogspot.com>  & facebook.com/CantorCourse <http://facebook.com/CantorCourse>   or fergusryanop@gmail.com
A talk has been added for good measure and wider appeal:

 

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.