24th April 2016 – 5th Sunday of Easter (C)

imagesDiscipleship today :    How do we know if we are true followers of Jesus?   Is it a long time at prayer, obeying a lot of rules, fasting and alms giving?  Sometimes, but the real test is in the last few lines of today’s gospel, about loving one another. Love is the mark of a disciple; love that reaches out in compassion, care, listening, service. Love that influences how I treat the ºpeople I meet every day, One way of growing in love is to be grateful for love in our lives. A prayer each night can be to think back over the day and thank God for love we received in the day, in small and big ways. We can thank God also for love we have been able to offer ourselves to others.
The love within us is God’s gift to us. This is the glory of God living inside every man, woman and child of us. Good words from Pope Francis: ‘“The first criterion: to love with deeds, not words. Words are taken away by the wind! The second criterion of concreteness is: in love it is more important to give than to receive. The one who loves, gives to God and to others’

Congratulations: to the Girls and Boys of Bunscoil Chriost Ri who were confirmed on Tuesday  Our thanks to Bishop John who was with us. Our congratulations to Parents and Teachers for their great efforts in preparing the children for the Sacrament. We had a lovely ceremony a truly memorable occasion.

images-1Congratulations:   We send  our good wishes prayers and congratulations to three important ladies of our Parish. To Mary Barry, Friars Rd. who has just celebrated her 104th birthday  and to Kitty Walsh, St. Patrick’s Rd. and Joan O’Connor,  Capwell Rd., who both have celebrated their 100th birthdays in recent weeks.

Welcome: This Sunday we welcome to sing at our 12 Mass, the Choir of St. Patrick’s Lower Rd. Our own Parish Choir are singing in the Church of the Real Presence Curraheen this weekend. These visits are part of a series of Church Choir interchanges that have been arranged as part of the Cork International Choral Festival.     Next Sunday 1st of May, at the 12 Mass we will welcome the Totshhavnor  Karmaror  Choir  from the Faroe Islands.

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.

The Coeliac Society  Cork Support Group meeting on Tuesday10th May at SMA Centre Wilton 8pm. Topic: Summer party, Cooking demo and dietician in attendance.

Mission Awareness:  We welcome to our Parish this weekend  The Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles (known to us in Cork as the Ardfoyle Sisters) more than 750 Sisters work in nineteen countries across three continents. They serve where the Gospel has yet to be rooted and where human need is greatest.

Death:  We remember in our prayers Mossie Kickham,  Friars Rd. who died recently.   We extend our sympathy to his family.

Weekly Gospel Reflection: On Fridays after ten o’clock Mass we will read the gospel for the following Sunday in the Parish Centre, reflect on it and discuss it among friends. Join us for tea or coffee after Mass on Friday (no charge).  All welcome.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul: The Easter Church Gate collection amounted to €1,477.   Since that collection date the conference has expended that amount of money plus some more in the parish.  The Society thanks you for your generosity and looks forward to your support with the May Collection next weekend.

Cork and Ross Vocations Commission: We would like to thank all who supported and encouraged those who attended our Vocation’s Information Afternoon last Sunday. We ask you to continue to pray for vocations in our diocese.

Christ King Secondary School 50th Anniversary Celebration:  Past Pupils, Friends and Neighbours are invited to visit the school on Friday May 6th from 5.30 – 8.00 pm for an evening of music and memories

imagesThe Bible and The Mass    The Liturgy of the Word is a core part of our Mass as our minds and hearts are nourished by Sacred Scripture.  Pope John Paul II commented that the reason “the words of God…are like human language is so that they may be understood by all, they must not remain distant.”
Familiarity with Scripture helps us appreciate biblical references in the Mass prayers, to understand for example that in the New Covenant in Jesus’ blood we become God’s family, each becoming a beloved daughter or son.  All the promises of the Old Testament are fulfilled in the New Covenant of Jesus’ blood.  May our hearts be open to the Word of God when we hear it proclaimed at Mass so that we may be truly prepared to participate in our Sunday Eucharist.  And may the “word of God” referred to by Pope John Paul become more and more familiar to us as we begin or continue to read our own Bibles at home.

images The annual 1916 Mass of Remembrance in the Church of the Sacred Heart – the church of the Defence Forces – in Arbour Hill, Dublin at 10.00am this Sunday, 24 April, the centenary date of the 1916 Easter Rising.  RTÉ  live broadcast coverage from 9.45am       Archbishop Eamon Martin will be principal celebrant at the Mass.  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will preside and preach the homily.    The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, as well as members of the Government, will be in attendance at the Mass, joined by relatives of those executed following the Rising.

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Ten steps to happiness 
 by  Pope Francis

  1. Live and let live.
  2. Give yourself to others.
  3. Go about your life calmly.
  4. Enjoy your free time.
  5. Spend Sundays with your family.
  6. Show mercy and forgiveness to others.
  7. Look after nature.
  8. Quickly forget negative things.
  9. Respect the ‘beliefs’ of others.
  10. Work for peace.

17th April 2016 – 4th Sunday of Easter – Vocation Sunday

good.shepherdLet us become good shepherds:            Everyone who is entrusted with the care of others is a shepherd.  Hence parents, teachers, priests, doctors, nurses, carers, government officials, etc. are all shepherds.  We become good shepherds by loving those entrusted to us, praying for them, spending our time and talents for their welfare, and guarding them from physical and spiritual dangers.  Parents must be especially careful of their duties by giving their children good example through the way they live their Christian lives. Let us pray for vocations to priestly and religious life so that we may have more good shepherds to lead, feed and protect the Catholic community.

xtimthumb.php,qsrc=wp-content,_uploads,_2016,_04,_Vocations-Sunday-2016.jpg,aw=653,ah=365,aa=c.pagespeed.ic.vHpy5QYp_tCome and See – Information Evening for Priesthood in our Diocese. Will be held this Sunday evening 17th April at The Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane  from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. The afternoon allows prospective students to explore the possibility of a vocation and make enquiries in an informal setting. Seminarians for the Diocese will attend. We currently have four studying for the priesthood in our Diocese one is due to be ordained to the priesthood on the 3rd June and another to the diaconate on 29th May.     Keep them in your prayers.    Further information from: Fr. Tom Deenihan  4301717, Fr Charlie Kiely  4537603 or Canon Bertie O’Mahony 4371684.

Prayer for Discernment                                                                                                   God our Father,
 You have a plan for each one of us,
 You hold out to us a future full of hope.
Give us the wisdom of your Spirit
so that we can see the shape of your plan
 in the gifts you have given us,
 and in the circumstances of our daily lives.
  Give us the freedom of your Spirit,
to seek you with all our hearts,
and to choose your will above all else.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.

220haeeddeca07068b4a0e617c43d43c65feConfirmations:  Bishop John will be with us for our  Parish Confirmation ceremony on next Tuesday April 19th.   Because of Confirmations there will be no 10.00am Mass on Tuesday          Mass at 9am & Confirmation Mass at 10.30am.  Our prayers and good wishes to the 63 young people to be confirmed, to their families and teachers.

Baptismal Preparation Team   Commissioning  and re-commissioning will take place at all  Masses this weekend, we welcome three new members who were trained recently to add to the existing team and we would like to acknowledge the great work of the members who visit the homes of families preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism.
We thank Sr. Karen of the Pastoral Development Office for her help in training members of the team.

Positive psychology – mindfulness  + relaxation classes commencing in Turners Cross community centre Curragh Road (next to credit union ) on Mon18th April from 7.30 pm to 9pm.  Contact Judy Phelan  085-7142944.

Mission Awareness: Once every year a different Missionary Order  are given permission by the Bishop to visit the  Parishes of our Diocese and tell us of their apostolate. Next week end  The Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles (some of their Sisters are in Ardfoyle, Cork ) will be with us.   http://www.olaireland.ie/

Child Safe Guarding update  There was a meeting of the Child Safeguarding officers Deirdre Healy & Rosarie Fitzgerald with Frs. Kerry & Billy on Mon. 11th March. It was confirmed that all guidelines for child safeguarding have been met.  The officers can be contacted with any Child Safeguarding issues/concerns that you may have through the Parish  Mobile 087 2610276

The Coeliac Society  Cork Support Group, Will hold a meeting Tues.10th May
SMA Centre Wilton 8pm  Topic: Summer party, Cooking demo and dietician in
attendance.  .

10th April 2016 – 3rd Sunday of Easter (C)

imagesExperiencing The Risen Lord makes a difference
Nobody likes to fail.
The apostles had failed.
 But the Stranger on the shore got them to say: 
‘We caught nothing – we failed. ’
If we can say these words in the presence of someone we trust,
 then suddenly failure loses its power over us. 
It is sometimes easier to say them
 to a sympathetic stranger than to a friend.
Then the Stranger told them to let down the net once more.
 They did so and made a large catch of fish.
 This shows that even when Christ is only 
a shadowy figure on the margins of our lives,
 we are still okay if we do what he says.  But once Peter recognised the Stranger
 he wanted to encounter him,
 he wanted to be near him.  There is a world of difference 
between those who have encountered the risen Lord,
 and those who obey a stranger.
 The risen Lord nourishes those who encounter him,
 and he gives them a task to do.
 He says to them:
 ‘Feed my lambs, feed my sheep’.

pope-francis-speaks“The Joy of Love” – Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on Love In The Family
was published, Friday 8 April 2016.

“The Joy of Love” runs to 261 pages and is divided into nine chapters as follows:                  •    Chapter One – In The Light The Word
•    Chapter 2 – The Experiences And Challenges Of Families
•    Chapter 3 – Looking To Jesus: The Vocation Of The Family
•    Chapter 4 – Love In Marriage
•    Chapter 5 – Love Made Fruitful
•    Chapter 6 – Some Pastoral Perspectives
•    Chapter 7 – Towards A Better Education Of Children
•    Chapter 8 – Accompanying, Discerning And Integrating Weakness                                 Chapter 9 – The Spirituality Of Marriage And The Family

Pope Francis’ Prayer to the Holy Family (which he shares at the end of “The Joy of Love
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,
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

Diocesan Quarterly Collection: at all Masses this weekend. 9/10th April.  This collection supports the diocesan office and diocesan initiatives. The diocese is currently operating at an annual deficit of over €300,000

imageBankYouth 2000 will be hosting a Catholic youth retreat in St. Brendan’s College, Killarney 15th-17th April for ages 16-35. The weekend will consist of inspiring talks, music, prayer, workshops & time to chill out & meet new people. Please bring a sleeping bag if staying on site. Donation only event. For more info contact Marie 087 9361812 or check out www.youth2000.ie

 Ministers of the Word may collect their Rota from the Sacristy.

Vocations 2014Come 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 April 17th from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.  The afternoon allows prospective students to explore the possibility of a vocation and make enquiries in an informal setting. Seminarians for the Diocese will attend. We currently have four men studying for the priesthood in our Diocese one is due to be ordained to the priesthood on the 3rd June and another to the diaconate on 29th May.  Keep them in your prayers.    Further information from: Fr. Tom Deenihan  4301717, Fr Charlie Kiely  4537603 or Canon Bertie O’Mahony 4371684.

Annual Parkinson’s Mass: St. Patricks Church, Rochestown Road, on Thursday  14th April at 7.00 pm. All Welcome.  Sacrament of The Sick will be administered.

Parish Assembly:  Meet on this Monday 11th April at 8pm in the Parish Centre

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society:  meet on Tues. 12th April at 7.30pm in Parish Centre.

First Holy Communion:  As the special day draws near we welcome the girls and boys and their parents to our ““Do this in Memory Mass””  this morning.  May we all prepare well for this important day on the 14th May.

Important Dates:                                                                                                                 12th April: Confirmation Retreat in Nemo Complex  9am and Service of Light in the  Church with  Young People & Parents at 7.30pm                                                               17th April  Come and See Information Day for Priesthood in Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane 2.30pm                                                                                                          19th April: Parish Confirmations   10.30am    Diary-Dates                                   
14th May:  Parish First Holy Communions. 10.30am                                                                                            20th May:  Parish Pilgrimage of Mercy Walk in the City 
for our Parish  29th May : Eucharistic Procession in Cork

Safeguarding Children;  There will be a meeting with our Parish Child Protection Representatives in  Fr. Kerry’s  house on  Mon. 11th April at 7pm.

Life Long Learning Festival events in Turners Cross Community Centre Curragh Road  ( next to Credit Union)                                                                                                       Mon. 11th April at 7:30pm The Women of 1916, enjoy a 50 minute presentation by Phil O’Regan
Tues. 12th April at 7:30pm. Enjoy an introductory workshop on Mindfulness & Positive Psychology, given by Judy Phelan;
Wed. 13th April at 7:30pm History Talk by Local Historian Liam O’hUigín on the life and death of Terence MacSwiney.  All Welcome.

South Parish & Turners Cross Summer Scheme AGM on Thurs 14th of April at 8pm in South Parish Community Centre Sawmill Street. All Welcome.

Death: we remember in our prayers Teresa Hourihan, Friars  Rd. who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family.

 

3rd April 2016 – 2nd Sunday of Easter

350px-Caravaggio_-_The_Incredulity_of_Saint_Thomas       Resurrection
Jesus’ first word to his disciples is “peace.”  The disciples’ joy is unbounded and we long for that joy in our lives. Our Lord says to the disciples and to us, “receive the Holy Spirit.”  He sends the disciples, and sends us, on the same mission on which he was sent by the Father, Like Jesus, on that mission we experience both acceptance and rejection. The Spirit gives us courage to acknowledge Christ and live the Gospel, to proclaim it by our lives.  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 say  “My Lord and my God”

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

“Do this in Memory”   meeting of the Parent Representatives in Fr. Kerry’s  house this Monday 4th April  at 7.30 pm.

Ministers of the Word may collect their Rota from the Sacristy.

The Parish Library is open at all Masses this weekend 2nd/3rd April, to get or return a book.

Coffee Morning Join us in the Parish Centre after ten o’clock Mass on Wednesday next 6th April for coffee/tea and chat.

Weekly Gospel Reflection: On Fridays after ten o’clock Mass we will read the gospel for the following Sunday in the Parish Centre, reflect on it and discuss it among friends. Join us for tea or coffee after Mass on Friday (no charge).  All welcome.

Vocations 2014Come 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 (Telephone 021-4537603) on Sunday April 17th from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. The afternoon allows prospective students to explore the possibility of a vocation and make enquiries in an informal setting. Seminarians for the Diocese will attend. Further information from: Fr. Tom Deenihan (021) 4301717, Fr Charlie Kiely (021) 4537603 or Canon Bertie O’Mahony (021) 4371684.

Annual Parkinson’s Mass: St. Patricks Church, Rochestown Road, on Thursday 14th April at 7.00 pm. All Welcome.

An evening with parents and students on Coping with stress at exam time hosted by Frankfield parish, presented by  Mr. Colum Layton, a former Guidance counsellor who has worked with the Department of Education as an Inspector of Guidance.   Wednesday 6th April at 8pm in the Parish Centre, which is behind the Church.  All welcome, admission is free.

ie145Centenary of the 1916 Rising: A special Mass for peace and reconciliation in Holy Trinity Church, Fr. Matthew Street, on this Sunday 3rd April  at 12.30pm This Commemoration will be a time for reflection not celebration.  We visit our history, not to find what divides us, but what unites us.  In this commemoration, we will pray for all who died violently in 1916, on whatever side or none.

South Parish Historical Society  Meeting Wed. 6th April  at 730 p.m. in  St John’s College Sawmill Street  Gerry White will speak on  Order, Counter-order and Disorder – Cork in 1916  All Welcome

Ireland Rising Commemorating 1916 through music, song, dance and drama Sunday 3rd April at 2pm and 7pm show, at the Garden Theatre ( behind Ballyphehane Church) Tickets €15 Contact Sharon 085848018

PAAAAAACBOKEHHDItDivine Mercy Sunday:  In 1925, Helen Kowalska entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our lady, taking the name Faustina. She served as a cook, gardener and doorkeeper. On February 22nd 1931
she experiences a life-changing vision of Christ. She saw him wearing a white robe and raising his right hand in blessing with his left resting on his heart from which flowed two rays of light. Jesus told her in a vision “Paint an image according to the pattern you see with the prayer.”  “Jesus I trust in you”.  The painting called The Divine Mercy was shown on 28th April 1935. Sister Faustina died of tuberculosis aged 33.  Pope St John Paul II canonized her on 30th April 2000 and declared the second Sunday of Easter Divine Mercy Sunday

27thg March 2016 – Easter Sunday

“He is not here, He has risen”

Jesus is risen, Jesus is Lord
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.

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.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Ann Ward, Mercier Park, John McSweeney, Evergreen Road, Pauline Lester, O’Connell Avenue, and Paul Fitzgerald, late of Kinsale Cottages, Evergreen Road, who died recently.   We extend our sympathy to their families

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

Weekly Gospel Reflection:  Each Friday after ten o’clock Mass we will read the gospel for the following Sunday in the Parish Centre, reflect on it and discuss it among friends. Join us for tea or coffee after Mass on Friday (no charge).   All welcome.

The Annual Parkinson’s Mass for People with Parkinson’s, their families and friends will take place at St. Patricks Church, Rochestown Road, Cork on Thursday 14th April at 7.00 pm.  All Welcome.

Centenary of the 1916 Rising: A special Mass for peace and reconciliation in Holy Trinity Church, Fr. Matthew Street, on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016. This Commemoration will be a time for reflection not celebration.  We visit our history, not to find what divides us, but what unites us.  In this commemoration, we will pray for all who died violently in 1916, on whatever side or none.  The 12.00 noon Mass on Easter Sunday in our church is offered for the same intention.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul The March Church Gate collection amounted to €1,427.   During this month the local conference expended that amount of money plus some more in the parish.  The Society thanks you for your generosity and looks forward to your support with the April Collection on next weekend. (Reminder: We need volunteer Church door collectors for the monthly SVP collections, please contact one of the priests,)

The Church of the Assumption, Ballyphehane. 12 noon Mass on Domhnach na Cásca, 27 Márta 2016 will commentate the opening of the church Easter Sunday in 1956 and the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Proclamation.

An evening with parents and students on Coping with stress at exam time hosted by Frankfield parish, presented by  Mr. Colum Layton, a former Guidance counsellor who has worked with the Department of Education as an Inspector of Guidance.   Wednesday 6th April at 8pm in the Parish Centre, which is behind the Church.  All welcome,  admission is free.

Daffodil Day Thanks.  A sincere thanks from the Parish Assembly to all who supported daffodil day on 11th March. A total of € 475.30 was raised for the Irish Cancer Society.

Easter Offering   Collection for support of Priests of the Parish. The only collection in the Church on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday is for the support of our priests Fr. Kerry & Fr. Billy.

20th March 2016 – Palm Sunday & Holy Week

palm-sunday-1images2      Palm Sunday & Holy Week

Palm Sunday Confession after all Masses this weekend.  Pope Francis said recently “I encourage you  to discover anew the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and to avail  yourself more frequently of the transforming power of its grace.”   We have an opportunity to receive this sacrament today. At all the Masses a number of Priests will be available for confession

Easter Triduum Masses: will be celebrated  on Easter Sunday, Monday & Tuesday. Cards available  from the office after Masses this  weekend and during the week weekend and during the week

Visitation of sick & housebound:  Fr. Kerry & Fr. Billy  will visit  this week on  Tuesday   22nd March

Easter Collection for Priests next weekend  at 6pm 10am & 12 noon Masses

Holy Week Ceremonies
  May the new light of Easter shine in our darkness and fill us with renewed hope. 
We hope that you can join us for the Holy Week and  Easter ceremonies as they are the most assuring and uplifting liturgical celebrations of the Church Year.
                                                                             

Trocaire Boxes:  Can be returned at the Mass on the Last Supper on Holy Thursday at 6pm  or during the  week                                                               Mon, Tues, Wed.  Mass  10am & 6pm   Confessions after Mass

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

images-3Thursday 24th March    HOLY THURSDAY   no morning Mass
Chrism Mass:    10am   Bishop Buckley concelebrates Mass in the  Cathedral  on this Thursday with the Priests of  the Diocese and  blesses the Holy Oils to be used in the  Parish   All  parishioners are welcome to attend this  Chrism Mass

6pm      Concelebrated   Mass of the Lord’s Supper  
Procession to Altar of Repose Bring  your Trocaire Box to this  Mass
 Quiet Holy Hour:   8.30 pm – 9.30 pm

images-2Friday 25th March    GOOD FRIDAY   no  Mass today    Day of Fast and Abstinence


12 noon  Stations of the Cross  
Confessions  after the Stations and Ceremonies
                                                                                                               3 pm  Solemn celebration of the Passion  of Our Lord       
Reading of the Passion / Veneration of the Cross / Holy  Communion  
Collection for the Holy Places  in the Holy Land      
6pm Stations of the Cross     
 8pm  Candlelit Prayer around  the Cross

3womenemptytomb26th March  HOLY SATURDAY no morning Mass
                                               6pm  Solemn Easter Vigil and Mass of The Resurrection 
Bring candle & holder to Vigil    Confessions  11.30am – 12.30 pm  
                                  Collection for the Priests of the Parish  at Masses this weekend

27th March  EASTER SUNDAY   
Masses:   10 am & 12 noon                          
Easter Triduum of Masses:  Easter  Sun., Mon., Tues. at 10am  
Cards are available  in  Sacristy & Parish Office

13th March 2016 – 5th Sunday of Lent (C)

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Pope Francis hearing confessions

Palm Sunday Confessions will be available after all the Masses next Sunday, including the Vigil Mass on Saturday and a number of priests will be available. Last Sunday we met the Prodigal Son in the Gospel. The moment of conversion in his life was when he came to his senses. He saw clearly his predicament and true condition. “How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death.” His behavior had made him lose his moorings and lose sight of reality. His self examination brought him back to earth and in touch with reality. The Holy Spirit is always at work in our lives to show us the ways that have led us from the Father’s house.
This week and during this Year of Mercy when we examine our conscience we invite the Spirit to bring us back down to earth and back to reality, in touch  with our state before God.

Palm-Sunday-Pictures-imagesPalm for Palm Sunday. Please bring your branch of palm to Mass next weekend, palms will be blessed at each Mass.

 

Do this in Memory: the next Mass will be Palm Sunday 20th March at 10.00 am,  Meeting of parent class representatives  on this Monday 14th at 7.30 pm in Fr. Kerry’s  house.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers  Rhonda Phelan (nee Chandley) Mitchelstown late of Beauford Pk.    Fr. Sean McCarthy retired Parish Priest of Enniskeane who served in Turners Cross from 1980 – 1983, and Christine O’Brien, Greenhills Estate who died recently.   We extend our sympathy to their families and parishioners

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

 Easter Triduum Masses: will be celebrated  on Easter Sunday, Monday & Tuesday. Cards available  from the office after Masses this  weekend and during the week.

St. Patrick’s Day:  Vigil Mass on Wednesday at 6.00 pm.  Masses on Thursday 17th at 10.00am & 12.00  noon.   No evening Mass on Thursday.

page37pope_2511040aPope Francis: This Sunday is the third anniversary of the election of  Pope Francis. We pray for his ministry to the Universal Church and to all humanity.

Bishops Commissions Collection will be taken up this  weekend 12th/13th March, for the work of the Irish Bishops Conference and its agencies and commissions.  These include Emigrants, Justice & Peace, Communications, CURA, Child Protection etc.

Ministers of the Eucharist:  can collect their Rota for the coming weeks in the Sacristy.

 The Matt Talbot Mass and Novena will continue this Friday, 18th March. at 7.30 pm in Togher Church. The Celebrant and preacher will be the Bishop Wm. Crean, Bishop of Cloyne.  A cup of tea afterwards in the Parish Office

Bunscoil Chríost Rí:  On Tuesday next, March 15th all schools in the country will celebrate ‘Proclamation Day’ as part of the 1916 Centenary commemoration.  To start Bunscoil Chríost Rí’s special day of cultural activities, a Flag Raising and Proclamation Reading ceremony will take place on the front lawn of the school at 9:00 am on Tuesday morning.  All pupils, past pupils, parents and members of our local community are welcome to attend this unique celebration of our heritage.

 Society of St Vincent de Paul:  Our thanks to the members of the SVP Conference who spoke at Masses last weekend. If you would like to help with the monthly collections at our church, please contact one of the priests.

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

 Weekly Gospel Reflection:  From Friday next 18th March, each Friday after ten o’clock Mass we will read the gospel for the following Sunday in the Parish Centre, reflect on it and discuss it among friends.   All welcome.

6th March 2106 – 4th Sunday Lent (C)

mothers-day-logoMother’s Day: We wish all mothers a happy Day. The twelve o’clock Mass this Sunday is being offered for all our mothers living and deceased. Special cards are available in the Parish Office after Masses.

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

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“I will go to my Father”

The Prodigal Son
The parable of the prodigal son is thought-provoking each time we read or hear it, and reminds us of God’s loving response to our repentance, taking us back, again and again, and not holding our faults against us. We need to guard against the hard piety of the elder son, who resented his father’s acceptance of the erring younger son.  A hard-hearted false piety doest not reflect the heart of our Father, who loves all his children.  God’s heart is for his little ones, and for the lost.
True repentance involves more than sorrow and regret, it means a change of heart, a new attitude.  It means admitting we were wrong and swallowing our pride.  Our repentance and renewal is God’s work, not ours.  God does not force anybody, as he offers a peace that the world cannot give.  We pray for confidence in God, and a spirit of kindness to others so that we may represent the goodness of God to a sceptical world.

Mike Burgess 001 Preparing for Easter: There will be an evening of Prayer & Reflection in the Chapel of St. Finbarr’s Hospital on Thursday 10th March at 7.30pm for all who serve and help in our Parish.  Fr. Mike Burges OFM Cap who was with us for our Mini Mission in October will guide us through the evening.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Olivia Mullane, St. Ann’s Pk., Sr. Bernadette O’Brien O.P., late of Curragh Rd who died in South Africa, Dan Kelly, Evergreen Road, and  Mona O’Kelly, Old Blackrock Road.  We extend our sympathy to their families and community.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society:  Meeting  on Tues. 8th March in Parish Centre after 10.00 am Mass

The Parish Assembly: meeting this Monday 7th March in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm, note date.

Lent: Masses at 10.00 am & 6.00 pm each weekday.

Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament after 10.00 am Mass until 11.00 am, on Wednesdays of Lent.

Morning & Evening Prayer each Friday of Lent after the 10.00 am & 6.00 pm Masses

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

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

1bPQ45OPytC8dEqb4-UsvgAwFMFVyq8gYOU3T2IdAG68DyjWwHMOra2OEQq5XFEvKlPZ93Y=s85Daffodil Day Friday 11th March: The Parish Assembly has arranged for the sale of Daffodil Day pins after the 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses on Daffodil Day as across Ireland we  raise much needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society

 

Society of St. Vincent de Paul: The February Church Gate collection amounted to €1,361, somewhat less than the help given this month to the needy in our parish. The Society thanks you for your generosity and looks forward to your support with the Easter Collection on this weekend.

The Matt Talbot Mass and Novena will continue this Friday, 11th March. at 7.30 pm in Togher Church. The Celebrant and preacher will be Fr Tomas Walsh, C.C from the North Cathedral Parish. A cup of tea afterwards in the Parish Office

Christ King Girls Secondary School fundraising Table Quiz for the refurbishment of the PE Hall. South County Bar, Douglas, Thursday, 10th March at 8.00pm. Spot prizes and finger food.  €40 per table of 4 people. Grand prize €100.

Bishops Commissions Collection next  weekend 12th/13th March, for the work of the Irish Bishops Conference and its agencies and commissions.  These include Emigrants, Justice & Peace, Communications, CURA, Child Protection etc.

Bru Columbanus
Pre loved dress & handbag sale  on Sat. 12th March  between 10am and 4pm in Bru Columbanus, Cardinal Way,  Wilton.   Bru 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 further details phone 021 4345754

Confessions: 24 hours with the Lord. – 4th/5th March 2016

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” I will return to my Father “

PA-17185835-800x500During the Jubilee Year of Mercy  Pope Francis has asked that we would make available continuous confession in a church in every diocese throughout the world  on 4th / 5th March  2016

The Church designated for our Diocese Cork & Ross is St Francis Church, Liberty Street, Cork City
From 10am on Friday 4th March to 10am Saturday 5th March 
Priests will be available for Confession during these  24 hours                                 The Franciscans will take over on Saturday

28th February 2016 – 3rd Sunday of Lent (C)

3rd-Sunday-of-Lent-261x145-1Parish Catechists:  This Saturday saw our first group of Parish Catechists received their award for their two year course of study from the Maryvale Institute and were commissioned by Bishop Buckley for service in their parishes.  We congratulate Bernadette Hegarty from our Parish who was one of the twenty seven commissioned.  We ask you to remember them in your prayers at this time as they take on this new ministary on our Diocese and in our parishes.
We welcome Fr. Eddie Clare director of the Maryvale  Institute who is celebrating our 6pm Mass this Saturday

imagesThank You:  Fr. Charlie & Sr .Karen of the Parish Development Office want to thank all from our Parish – members of the Parish Assembly and others who helped in any way to make Cardinal Cormac’s visit our Diocese  and  Parish such a happy and memorable event.

images-1Mothering Sunday:   The 12 noon Mass on  next Sunday 6th March  (Mothers Day) will be offered for all Mothers living and deceased. Special Cards will be available in the Parish Office this weekend and during the week.

Jubilee Pilgrimage in our City:  at the gathering in our Church last Sunday Bishop Buckley launched our local pilgrimage for the Year of Mercy. We hope many of you with your families will make the Pilgrimage with us in April or May when the weather improves !!!.  All received the Booklet on the Pilgrimage at the talk last Sunday. More news later.

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

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

Morning & Evening Pray each Friday of Lent after the 10am & 6pm Masses

First Confession The Children of 2nd Class in Bunscoil Chriost Ri will be making their First Confession on Tues. 1st March at 7.30pm  here in the Church.   We pray for the Children, their Parents and Teachers.

Trocaire Family Fast Boxes are available at the back of the Church

year-of-mercy-logoRediscovering Mercy:     To explore Mercy in a personal, local, global and prayerful context this Mondays 29th February and Mondays 7th and 14th March. Coffee at 10:30am, sessions from 10:45am to 12:15pm at the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane, beside Ballyphehane Church.

Spring Dues:  We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes for their areas after Mass in the Sacristy. Many thanks

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

Beginning Experience is a specially designed Support Programme for men and women who have suffered the loss of a spouse by death, separation or divorce to work through the grief process in a safe and confidential environment.   The next weekend is being held in the Ennismore Retreat Centre, from Fri.  8th April to Sun. 10th April. Application Forms and further details please contact 087 9886480 or email  beginningexpeirence@gmail.com

The Matt Talbot Mass and Novena continues this Friday, 4th March. at 7.30p.m. in Togher Church. The Celebrant and preacher will be Fr Charlie Davy, S.J.,All welcome as we pray for those carrying the cross of suffering at this time. There will be a cup of tea afterwards in the Parish Office.

Mike Burgess 001Preparing for Easter: There will be an evening of Prayer & Reflection in the Chapel of  St.Finbarr’s Hospital on Thurs. 10th March at 7.30pm for all who serve and help in our Parish.  Fr. Michael Burges OFM Cap who was with us for our Mini Mission in October will guide us through the evening.

Cork South Parish  Historical Society  Monthly Meeting on  Wed 2nd March at 7:30 p.m.  in  St John’s College  Sawmill Street, Speaker   Ronnie Herlihy   will speak on  Crime and Punishment in Victorian Cork  All Welcome