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.

13th November 2016 – 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

J6FjzuPwn7teQPye9zHUIvYHAQtTr1TZ_s7SXX2G5KbuzZcrm4c287oF_JtuR7TVi2fL0A=s128 The Jubilee Year of Mercy is drawing to a close.  Bishop Buckley closed the Diocesan Holy Door in St Francis’ Church on Saturday 12th November.  The Jubilee ends on Sunday next 20th November, the Solemnity of Christ the King, with the closing of the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica by Pope Francis.  We thank God for the grace of the Jubilee of Mercy and pray that the work of mercy will continue to be the lived reality of the Church’s mission in proclaiming the Gospel to the world.

Reality
Our standard of living in absolute terms is far better than anything that can be hoped for by the great mass of humanity living on the earth at this time. Yet many of the things we worry about, things covered by the incessant economic commentary,
are passing material things. Whilst many among us suffer real hardship and deprivation, some of us need to get real.
The disciples marvelled at the size and magnificence of the temple in Jerusalem, but Jesus tells them it will all be destroyed, pulled down, nothing left.  The temple was in fact destroyed about forty years later and the remaining lower part of its western wall, the Wailing Wall, is venerated to this day.  The world as we know it will not last forever either, and of course for each of us it ends at the moment of our own death, however long it may last without us.   We may ask ourselves what really matters, in the context of eternity, in the context of our own death.  Such things as family love and connectedness, friendship and generosity are of primary importance and value, and should be unaffected even by an economic recession.
So while we wait for an uncertain future, we pray for the grace to live a Christian life in our time, place and circumstances; to be loving, other-centred and generous, to reach out to those who suffer, to help and comfort.  And that means to live in happiness, with the peace of Christ, a peace that the world cannot give.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Michael (Micky) Daly, St. Anne’s Park, who died on Thursday, and Patrick Finbarr (Barry) Marrett, late of Friars Road, who died in London, Funeral 17th November to St Marylebon Crematorium, London. We extend our sympathy to their families.

PRAYERS & BLESSING OF GRAVES
13th Nov. St.Catherines Kikcully   3.00pm

Don’t forget to pray at the Graves at the back of the Church

Parish Assembly meeting will be held in the Parish Centre on Monday 14th November at 8.00pm

Garda Mass: The Annual Mass for Deceased Staff of An Garda Siochana in Cork City Division on Tuesday 22nd November 2016 at Saint Joseph’s (SMA) Church, Wilton, at 7.30pm.

Christmas Wellness and craft fair in Aid of Cork Penny Dinners at the GreshamMetropole Hotel McCurtain, Street Cork on Sunday the 20th of November from 12 till 6pm.  On the day you can pamper yourself with different kinds of treatments. Stalls:  jewellery, Natural Hand creams, Nail art, hair styling and Beauty Products, Music and much more.  Admission €5.
All proceeds on the day go to Cork Penny Dinners

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

Do this in Memory: meeting with the parent class representatives in Fr. Billy’s house on this Monday 14th November at 7.30pm. Our next Mass will be on Sunday 20th Nov. at 10.00 am, the Feast of Christ the King.

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

CHRISTMAS IN THE CATHEDRAL: Liam Lawton in concert in the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne on Thursday 8th December, 2016 at 8.00 pm.  Tickets € 20 available from Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street, James Nolan Butchers, Shandon Street, Cathedral Presbytery tel: 021 4304325, Cathedral Sacristy tel: 021 4210717.

 

Manchester United Player becomes A Dominican

mulryne-prostrate-300x200 From MU to OP – a Red Devil becomes a Black FriarA former Manchester United player, Philip Mulryne, who was capped 27 times for Northern Ireland, was ordained a deacon last week and is due to become a priest next year.       Mulryne, who was an accomplished striker, midfielder and right-winger, was part of the Manchester United squad between 1996 and 1999. Because of the dominance of established players such as David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, he made few first team appearances. He only played one league match for United, on the last day of the ’97–’98 season, in a match against Barnsley.

In a bid to get more first-team playing opportunities, Mulryne transferred to Norwich in March 1999. He missed most of the 1999–2000 season after he suffered a broken leg, but he was part of the squad that secured promotion into the Premier League for Norwich in 2004. Subsequently, he played for Cardiff City, Ipswich Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, Legia Warsaw, and Barnsley. In 2008, it was announced that he was training with Cliftonville.

A year later, in 2009, he began training for the priesthood and studied at the Irish Pontifical College in Rome. In September 2015, he made his profession to become a Dominican friar at St Saviour’s Priory in Dublin. It was there, last week, that Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin ordained him deacon. God willing, he will be ordained a priest next year.

As a professional footballer, it is reckoned that his career earnings were in the region of £500,000. As a Dominican, however, he is living according to a vow of poverty.

In a video interview posted by the Daily Mail, the 38-year-old deacon said: “To give oneself completely to God through the profession of the evangelical councils, to take him as our example and despite our weakness and our defects, trust in Him that he will transform us by his grace, and thus being transformed, communicate the joy in knowing him to everyone we meet – this for me is the ideal of Dominican life and one of the major reasons of what attracted me to the order.”

He is not the first clergyman to be associated with soccer. As a youth, Saint Pope John Paul II was devoted to ‘the beautiful game’ and played many times as a goalkeeper.

6th November 2016 – Remembrance Weekend

purgatoryRemembrance Weekend:   Those who lost loved ones during the past year are remembered in a special way at all our Masses this weekend.  Remembrance Weekend is an opportunity to give thanks for the  wonderful gift of family, kind neighbors and friendship.   All of us are shaped and  influenced by what has happened in the past.  That is why today and during November we  remember and pray for those who have died and acknowledge their influence in our lives.

The Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls continues until Thursday 10th Nov.  Masses each day at 10am & 6pm    We all love to be remembered but if we wish to be remembered one day we have a duty now to remember.

PRAYERS & BLESSING OF GRAVES
5th Nov.   St. Oliver’s Model Farm Rd. Mass at 2pm
6th Nov.   St. Joseph’s  Tory Top Rd.  2.30pm
St. Finbarrs Glasheen Rd. 2.20pm
St James Chetwynd
Douglas  3pm
Rathcooney   3pm
St.Michael’s Blackrock. 3pm

13th Nov.  St.Catherines Kikcully   3pm

Don’t forget to pray at the Graves at the back of our Church

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.

A time to remenber
The great consolation of our November  remembering is that our connections are never broken.  When we face the emptiness, pain and  sorrow that come with grief we can feel  useless but our Church reminds us that we  are not powerless in the face of the tragedy  of the loss of someone we love. There is still  something we can do. Our prayers and acts  of remembrance and charity can assist our  loved ones on their journey back to God. November is always a reminder to us of how important is that we live fully in the present moment. If we live to give as much love as we can then death will never be the end of our human story. To love is to live eternally because it means we will have left a mark on others that will be passed on and shared with generations yet unborn.  The Christian faith is about living, not dying. We need to understand that. It is about living confident, courageous lives here and now. Christian faith is about living. It is about loving God and loving people. It is about making sure that the entire world knows the reason for the hope we have in our hearts. Jesus Christ was victorious over   the grave. And because he lives we too shall live.

Reflection 
In the rising of the sun and its going down………………….  We remember them
In the blowing of the wind and the chill of the winter…..We remember them
In the opening of the buds and the warmth of summer…We remember them
In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of Autumn..We remember them
In the beginning of the year and when it ends…………….. .We remember them
When we are weary and in need of strength………………..We remember them
When we are lost and sick of heart…………………………….We remember them
When we have joy and yearn to share ………………………..We remember them
So long as we live, they too shall live for they are part of us…We remember them
When we grow old and forgetful we still know………..God remembers them

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30th October 2016 – 31st Sunday Ordinary Time

images-1Feast of all Saints Tuesday 1st November.  Masses:  Vigil Monday 6.00 pm.  Tuesday 10.00 am & 6.00 pm

 Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls from Wed  2nd  Nov. to Thurs. 10th Nov, Masses each day at 10.00 am & 6.00 pm. Novena envelopes available at the exit doors can be placed in the box at the altar rails.

 A Plenary Indulgence for the souls of the departed may be gained by visiting a church or oratory and there reciting one Our Father and the Apostles’ Creed between noon on November 1st and midnight on All Souls’ day (November 2nd), by all who confess their sins during the weeks before of after All Souls’ Day, receive Holy Communion  between the 1st and 8th November and pray for the Pope’s intentions.  The faithful who visit a cemetery and pray for the dead may gain also gain a plenary indulgence once per day from Nov 1st to 8th.  The conditions mentioned above apply also for this.

 Remembrance Weekend 5th & 6th  November. All Masses will be offered for our Dead remembering especially those who have died since November 2015.  Nightlights available at back of Church to light and place at the altar rail in their memory.   Remembrance Weekend is an opportunity to give thanks for the wonderful gift of family, kind neighbours and friendship.  All of us are shaped and influenced by what has happened in the past and during November we pray for those who have died and acknowledge their influence on our own lives.

imagesPRAYERS & BLESSING OF GRAVES
5th Nov.   St. Oliver’s Model Farm Rd. Mass at 2pm
6th Nov.   St. Joseph’s  Tory Top Rd.  2.30pm
St. Finbarrs Glasheen Rd. 2.20pm
St James Chetwynd
Douglas  3pm
Rathcooney   3pm
St.Michael’s Blackrock. 3pm

13th Nov.  St.Catherines Kikcully   3pm

Don’t forget to pray at the Graves at the back of our Church

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.

 South Parish Historical Society monthly meeting Wednesday 2nd November at 7.30pm in St. John’s College, Sawmill Street.  Guest Speaker Gerry White will speak on Ireland, Cork and the Battle of the Somme.  All welcome. Non-members €2

Anointing of the Sick on Saturday next 5th November at the ten o’clock Mass.

 Coffee Morning: This Wednesday 2nd Nov. after the 10.00 am Mass in the Parish Centre. All welcome.

 Prayer for Syria
Lord our God, father of all humanity; change the hearts of all peoples and their rulers, so that peace may be established among the nations on the foundation of justice, love and righteousness.
May the Spirit of Peace descend upon the people of Syria and upon our world until all conflicts cease and peace reigns on earth. AMEN

FOR FAMILIES OF CHILDREN PREPARING FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:
Learning about the Mass with Kath and Qumen

kath-and-qumen-aWhat do we do at Mass?There is a special name for all the people gathered together for Mass. They are called the Assembly or the Congregation. Everyone present helps to make the Mass a celebration of God’s love for us by:
• Joining in the prayers

• Standing, kneeling and sitting together at the right times

• Singing when there is music

• Listening carefully

• Offering our gifts to be shared

• Coming to the altar to receive holy communion or a blessing.

We are all part of the action!

In ‘full, active and conscious participation’.