Ash Wednesday – Lent begins – A thought

Ash Wednesday2016.PHOTO‘In a world that often expects us to be perfect, on Ash Wednesday we freely confess our imperfections. We can let down our pretenses and be truly honest with each other about who we are.’

The most obvious question on Ash Wednesday is why do we put dirty ashes on our foreheads today? It’s not a good luck charm but an outward sign that we’re mortal, fragile and merely pilgrims passing through this world. The ashes are a reminder that we are willing to do something positive in our spiritual lives. Today is not about doom, gloom or negativity. It’s a day to celebrate the gift of now and the gift of today. Ash Wednesday reminds us that we don’t go on forever and the coming weeks of Lent are an opportunity to delight in the gifts of each and every day. It’s so easy to take everything and everyone for granted. Perhaps today and throughout Lent we can make sure we value what’s really important in our lives.

Lenten Masses                                                                                                            Christ the King Church, Turners Cross.                                                                         Daily:  10am & 6pm                                                                                             Weekends:  Vigil Saturday  6pm                                                                               Sunday 10am & 12 noon

7th February 2016 – 5th Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

lent-banner2013-940x470-1Lent:  As a community let us begin our Lenten Journey to Easter with hope in our hearts.  On Ash Wednesday we bless the ashes. These ashes are made from the palms which were blessed on Palm Sunday last year. The sign of the cross is made as the ashes are put on our foreheads the priest says ‘turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel,’ or similar words. The signing with ashes reminds us of our dying to the old way of life and challenges us to live our lives in the light of faith. We encourage everyone to make an effort to get to Mass on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, if possible.

Lent
Lent is a time for polishing up basic Christian skills:
Prayer: on one’s own and with the family or a group, daily Mass.
Fasting: practicing simplicity of  lifestyle ;
Almsgiving: making with others a real contribution to making the world a better place for all God’s children. Our Trocaire Box could be a help.

 
Ash Wednesday 10th February  Masses 10am & 6pm. The 6pm Mass will continue each weekday during Lent.   Ashes will be blessed and distributed at the Masses.  At the 10am Mass on Ash Wednesday 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.

“Walk with Me” On sale this weekend the booklet a Lenten Journey of Prayer – an ideal companion during the season of Lent. The theme for this Lenten “Walk with Me” is  “A Pilgrimage of Mercy”   This is an excellent booklet. Cost €1.30, available at the back of the Church.

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Trocaire Family Fast Boxes are available at the back of the Church, and will also be distributed through the Primary & Secondary Schools. Last Lent through the Family Fast Boxes the great sum of €5,700 was raised from our Parish & Bun Scoil Chriost Ri.

World Day of Prayer for the Sick: 11th February the 10am & 6pm  Masses on that Day will be offered for the Sick.    Anointing of the sick will take place at both Masses.   Refreshments in the Parish Centre courtesy of the Parish Assembly after the 10.00 am Mass on Wednesday.  Consider offering a lift to a neighbour who may be housebound.

FullSizeRender[2]Date for your Diary:  To mark the “Jubilee Year of Mercy”  The Pastoral Development Office have invited Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor to speak  on “Pope Francis and the Gospel of Mercy”  here in Christ the King Church on Sunday  21st Feb. at 3pm. At this gathering Bishop Buckley will launch “The Year of Mercy Pilgrimage in Cork City”

 

The Matt Talbot Mass and Novena for all those who suffer because of living with addiction, will begin on Friday 12th Feb. at 7.30p.m. in the Way of the Cross Church, Togher. Fr. Michael O’Leary S.M.A., WIlton Parish will be the celebrant and preacher. There will be a blessing with the Relic of  Venerable Matt Talbot on this opening night.

lourdesDiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: takes place  11th -16th June  Booking form available for Pilgrimage from Joe Walsh Tours 117 Patrick St.  4277959.    Enquiries Sick/Assisted Section to The Pilgrimage Director Canon James O’Donovan 4292296.   Young Adult Helpers:  The pilgrimage organisers invite Young Adults 18-30 years old to come to Lourdes as helpers during the pilgrimage.  As helpers you will assist the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme as well as a time of prayer, for making new friends and share in the story of Lourdes. Details from Fr. Charlie Kiely  4537603.    Pastoral  Office, Parochial House Ballyphane

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Collection to be taken up at all Masses next weekend 13th/14th Feb  subsidises individuals whose health and/or means would otherwise prevent them from travelling to Lourdes.  It also subsidises the travel of essential care personnel.

Death:
  We remember in our prayers Ann Murphy, Heatherton who died recently and we extend our sympathy to her family.

The Parish Library is open at all Masses this weekend 6th/ 7th February, to get or return a book.

The Parish Assembly: will meet in the Parish Centre on this Monday 8th Nov. at 8pm

Parish Pilgrimage to Holy Land  16th – 24th Oct:  Will those who have given their names collect their booking forms and itinerary in the Sacristy.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society: will meet in the Parish Centre after the 10am Mass on Tuesday,  9th February

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

24th January 2016 – 4th Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

Catholic Schools Week 2016:  catholic schools week 2016takes place from: 31st Jan. to 6th Feb. The theme this year: “Challenged to Proclaim God’s Mercy.”  We celebrate our schools as places of faith where the mercy of God shines through each day.  The themes for each day are

 

Monday:       I am the face of God’s when I am kind and compassionate.
Tuesday:      I am the face of God’s mercy when I forgive and reconcile
Wednesday: Grandparents are the face of God’s mercy.
Thursday:    I am the face of God’s mercy when I’m fair and just.                            Friday:         I am the face of God’s mercy when I live like Jesus

St. Brigid: Monday 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 for the faith in Ireland, that we may face our many challenges with renewed confidence.

Candlemas Day: Candles will be blessed at 10.00 am Mass on Tuesday, 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.  It’s always good to have a blessed candle in our homes

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

3665394_origAnointing of the Sick: This month Anointing of the Sick will take place on Thursday 11th February, World Day of Prayer for the Sick,  after the 10.00 am & 6.00 pm Masses (note extra Mass).   Refreshments in the Parish Centre courtesy of the Parish Assembly after the 10.00 am Mass.  Consider offering a lift to a neighbour who may be housebound.
Note:  No Anointing of the sick at the 10.00 am Mass on Saturday 6th February.  The February monthly coffee morning in the Parish Centre on 11th February, to coincide with the World Day of Prayer for the sick.

 First Friday: Fr Kerry & Fr. Billy will visit the sick and housebound on Thursday & Friday of this week.   If you would like a visit please contact us.

The Parish Library is open at all Masses next weekend 7th and 8th February, to get or return books.

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

imagesThank You:  The Director of Trocaire has written to thank the Parishioners of Turner’s Cross for buying Trocaire Gifts at Christmas to the value of €1,002.50 and to thank those who helped to sell the gifts.  These gifts provide real hope and opportunity for many families and communities in the world’s poorest places.

The Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha Course began last Wednesday and continues on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Centre from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm for ten weeks until April.   This is an opportunity to explore faith and the meaning of life in a friendly environment.  There is no charge for the Alpha Course and everyone is welcome, feel free to join us even if you missed the opening session.

Sisters of Bon Secours Lenten Programme. All young adults invited on Tuesday 9th February, then each Tuesday in Lent to explore “What does Mercy Mean?”  From 7.00 – 8.00 pm in  Casa Maria/Cnoc Mhuire (Opposite Bon Secours Hospital, College Road).  Lenten Retreat Day Saturday 12th March 11.00 am-4.00 pm in the Sisters of Bon Secours Convent. Booking essential, lunch provided.

Lourdes 2016 – Young Adult Helpers   Our Diocese invites Young Adults 18-30 years old to come to Lourdes as helpers from 11th to 16th June. As helpers you will assist the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme as well as a time of prayer, for making new friends. and share in the story of Lourdes. Details from Fr. Charlie Kiely  4537603.    Pastoral  Office, Parochial House Ballyphane

Diocesan Bible Study Certificate Module 3 an introduction to the Gospels will be presented by Fr Ben Hegarty OP, Marian Mortell & Fr John Newman. Monday Feb 1st in SCALA (opposite Blackrock Castle) and will run for six nights.  Also a Saturday workshop on the Year of Mercy with Dr. Jessie Rogers on April 16th. There are a limited number of places available on the module.

Cork South Parish Historical Society  Monthly Meeting on Wed. 3rd Feb. at 7:30 p.m. in St John’s College Sawmill Street. Speaker  Shane Lehane  will speak on “The Folklore of the May Morning Hare”  All Welcome

24th January 2016 – 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

WPCU-2016-banner-v21Week of prayer for Christian Unity
The scandal of disunity between the churches is a rejection of God’s will, and a rejection of Jesus’ own prayer that we should all be one: ut unam sint.   Our attitudes to other denominations and Christian communities must be based on respect, and on a real desire for the unity for which Christ prayed.  St Paul reminds us that we are all baptised into the one Spirit. Through the Spirit we share in the life of Christ as members of his body, each of us dependent on the others just as the parts of a human body depend on the body as a whole.
On Wednesday, Pope Francis invited us to bear witness to our unity in Christ as God’s People: All the baptised, reborn to new life in Christ, are brothers and sisters, despite our divisions. Let us ask the Lord to help all Christians to grow in that unity which is greater than what divides us.  Together, may we respond to his call to share with others, especially with the poor and forgotten of our world, the gift of divine mercy which we ourselves have received.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18th – 25th January. Service of Prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday 24th January at 7.00 pm. in the Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield. Preacher is  Bishop Paul Colton, Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.

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Alpha Course
I attended my first Alpha Course in 1995, and with some reluctance I must admit.  I found to my surprise that it was friendly and enjoyable.  It explored the faith in a “non-Churchy” and adult way.  I have been involved in Alpha Courses ever since.  Our 2016 Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha Course begins on Wednesday next January 27th, and provides an opportunity to explore the faith in a friendly environment.   It continues in the Parish Centre each Wednesday evening from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm for ten weeks.  A talk is followed by a tea/coffee break and then we divide into small discussion groups. Alpha is for everyone; no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish, and everyone is welcome. You don’t have to commit to the whole course – just pop along for the first night and see what you think.      Fr. Billy

 Deaths: We remember in our prayers Albert Porter, Green Lawn and & Pat Dumphy  who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their  families.

Bereavement Support Group in the S.M.A. Parish Centre Wilton. Sessions begin Wed. 27th Jan. at 8 pm, Room 10.  Open to all people recently or long-term bereaved.  Contact Kathleen: 4544262  Margaret: 4544429

Year of Consecrated Life: The Cork Region Vocations Directors invite you to join with them for Mass to mark the Year of Consecrated Life on Saturday 30th January, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road at 6:30pm.

State-of-LifeWhat is God calling you to in Life ? Married Life, Religious Life, Single Life, Priesthood?  Come to an informal discussion in “The Crypt,” Dennehy’s Cross Church Tuesday 26th January at 7.30 pm.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Jer 1:5.

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

Our Church Choir is looking for new members, contact Paula Murphy if interested at 087-3879733   We thank our Choir for their commitment and for how they enrich our liturgies.

Easter Rising: The UCC Chaplaincy will host a series of lectures on ‘The Catholic Church in Ireland and the revolutionary decade, 1912-1923.’ by Gabriel Doherty of the School of History, on Mondays 25th January and 1st and 8th February, at 6.00 pm in the Boole I lecture theatre. Lectures last about one hour, with discussion over tea and biscuits in the Chaplaincy afterwards.

Positive Psychology /Mindfulness and Relaxation classes commencing in Turners Cross Community Centre on Mon. 25th Jan. from 7.30 to 9.00 for a 6 week course. Contact Judy Phelan R.G.N.Dip. Applied Positive Psychology. Phone- 0857142944

    A WORD FROM POPE FRANCIS

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“Let the CHURCH  
always be a place of 
MERCY and HOPE  
where everyone is WELCOME,  
LOVED and FORGIVEN”

17th January 2016 – 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

4537907070Water into Wine         In the honour/shame society of that time running out of wine at the wedding at Cana was a family calamity.  Jesus tells his mother that his hour has not yet come, yet she persists in her request, quietly confident.  Jesus restores life and joy by taking ordinary water and changing it into extraordinary wine. The Church is the bride of Christ, at times of darkness we may ask where is the wedding joy, can the Lord restore us, so that he may indeed rejoice over us.  Each of us may dare to hope that the Lord will take the muddy waters of our lives and change them into wine.  We  pray for reliance on the intercession of Mary, given to us as our mother by Jesus as he hung dying on the Cross.

imagesWorld Day of Migrants and Refugees 17th January 2016  Bishop Buckley comments that millions of people are displaced by war, hunger and oppression,  We are deeply saddened by loss of life around the Mediterranean as desperate migrants attempt to enter the E.U. in search of a better life. Those coming here hope that Ireland is a place where they will be safe and able to rebuild their lives. The local church should be at the forefront of efforts to welcome them, remembering Jesus’ words images-2‘I was a stranger and you took me in.’ Pope Francis said that the city, the town, the village that does not welcome the stranger has forgotten to care for itself.  We pray for those experiencing great suffering, remembering especially the persecuted Christians of the Middle East   and Africa.

“Do this in Memory” Mass next Sunday 24th January at 10.00 am,  Meeting of parent class representatives on this Monday 17th January at 7.30pm in Fr. Kerry’s house.

The Alpha Course explores the faith in a “non-Churchy” and adult way in a friendly environment.  Our third Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha begins on Wednesday January 27th in the Parish Centre and continues each Wednesday evening from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm for ten weeks.  A talk is followed by a tea/coffee break and then we divide into small discussion groups. Alpha is for everyone; no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. We don’t assume any background knowledge or belief and everyone is welcome.
(Team meeting in Parish Centre this Wednesday at 7.30 pm.)

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Irene Dermody, Green Lawn, Stephen Guerin, Cross Douglas Rd. and Breda Ó Riain,  Ashdale Pk.  who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

Turners Cross Active Retirement Group: reopens on Tuesday 19th January at 7.30 pm in the Capwell Rd Centre.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection at all Masses this weekend to support the diocesan office and diocesan initiatives.

What is God calling you to in Life ? Married Life, Religious Life, Single Life, or Priesthood?  Come to an informal discussion in “The Crypt,” Dennehy’s Cross Church Tuesday 26th January at 7.30 pm.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Jer 1,5.

images-3Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18th – 25th January. Service of Prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday 24th January at 7.00 pm. in the Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield. Preacher is  Bishop Paul Colton, Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork Cloyne & Ross.

Talk in defence of the 8th Amendment with David Quinn Iona Institute and Margaret Hickey Family & Life  Silver Springs Hotel, Cork on Tuesday January 19th at 7:30pm.

Bereavement Support Group beginning in the S.M.A Parish Centre Room 10, on Wednesday 27th January at 8.00 pm.  Open to all recently or long-term bereaved. Contact Kathleen: 4544262  or Margaret: 4544429.

Easter Rising: The UCC Chaplaincy will host a series of lectures on ‘The Catholic Church in Ireland and the revolutionary decade, 1912-1923.’ by Gabriel Doherty of the School of History, on Mondays 25th January and 1st and 8th February, at 6.00 pm in the Boole I lecture theatre. Lectures last about one hour, with discussion over tea and biscuits in the Chaplaincy afterwards.

10th January 2016 – Feast of The Baptism of the Lord

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Pope Francis baptizes infant in Sistine Chapel

Blessing of the recently baptised At our 12 noon Mass this weekend  there will be a special Blessing for all the Children who were baptised in our parish in the past year. Parents will renew their commitment.    A welcome to parents and infants, godparents, grandparents & family members. We thank our  Baptismal Team for their help and commitment during the year in visiting the families and helping them prepare for Baptism and the Parish Assembly who contacted the families.   A blessing for their first year of life.  As they begin to crawl, teeth and grow, we ask God’s Blessing on them and their families.

Pope Francis speaks to Parents
“While both parents are very special the Pope said
“Without mothers, not only would there be NO new believers, but the faith would lose a good part of its simple and profound warmness”
Motherhood is more then childbearing, the Pope said it is “a life choice” and a “giving of life”  entailing  three  elements:   sacrifice,  respect for life,  and passing on the human and religious values essential for a healthy society.
In the first prayers and religious gestures that children learn, even before they know the explanations, “mothers transmit the most profound sense of religious practice,” the Pope said.
Not only is the “seed of faith”  planted at Baptism and begins growing in the first, very precious moments, but mothers also, the Pope said, inscribe in children the value of faith.
To the mothers and fathers present and to all around the world, Pope Francis thanked them for all they do for their Families, the Church and the World.
Concluding his address, Pope Francis called for applause for all  mothers and fathers.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection: will be taken us at all Masses next weekend. 16th/17th January.  This collection financially supports the diocesan office and diocesan initiatives, The central fund of the diocese is currently operating at an annual deficit of over €300,000.

Death: We remember in our prayers Irene Dermody, Green Lawn who died recently we extend our sympathy to her family.

St Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society  Monthly meeting on this Tues. 12th Jan. after the 10am Mass in the Parish Centre.

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

Our Church Choir is looking for new members, contact Paula Murphy if interested at 087-3879733   We thank our Choir for their commitment and how they enrich our liturgies.

Parish Assembly: meet on Mon.11th in Parish Centre at 8 pm   Collect agenda in Sacristy

Pro Life Talk:    “David Quinn of Iona Institute and Margaret Hickey of Family & Life will speak at a Pro Life talk in defence of the 8th Amendment chaired by Paddy Manning at the Silver Springs Hotel, Cork on Tuesday January 19th at 7:30pm in the Regency suite 2. All welcome!”

Viatores Christi:  Do you want to learn more about the possibility of overseas volunteering and/or training in Overseas Development & Mission? Viatores Christi will hold an Information & Recruitment Session on next Sat. 16th Jan.12 noon at VC HQ, 8 New Cabra Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7  Tel. 01-8689986  info@viatoreschristi.com www.viatoreschristi.com

 Alpha Course begins on Wednesday 27th January in Parish Centre at 8.00 pm, and provides an opportunity to explore the Christian faith in an adult way, in a friendly environment.  Team meeting in Fr Billy’s House at 7.30 pm Wednesday next.

3rd January 2016 – 2nd Sunday of Christmas

wisemen-300x231Like the wise men we are searching for meaning and purpose to life. Perhaps a good New Year Resolution might be to take our faith more seriously, and to ask the Lord to deepen that faith.  We pray for strength and courage on our journey especially when the going is difficult. As Pope Francis said in his World Day of Peace Message, “may we refuse to fall into indifference or a monotonous routine which prevents us from discovering what is new, “let us ward off destructive cynicism!”

14942480-religious-christening-of-an-adorable-baby-girlBlessing of Children:    This year on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Sunday next 10th January at the 12.00 noon Mass  there will be a special Blessing for all the Children who were baptised in our parish in the past year.   A welcome to parents and infants, Godparents & Grandparents and family members. We thank the Parish Assembly who are contacting the families and our  Baptismal Team for their help and commitment during the year in visiting the families and helping them prepare for Baptism. As we begin the new year we pray God’s blessing on all your families.

Deaths.  We remember in our prayers Margaret Hayes, Mercier Park, who died recently and we extend our sympathy to her family.

Feast of the Epiphany    Wednesday 6th January, Holy Day of Obligation. Vigil Mass on Tuesday 6.00 pm.  Masses on Wednesday at 10.00 am and 6.00 pm.

Alpha  Our third Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha begins later this month, and provides an opportunity to explore the Christian faith in an adult way, in a friendly environment.  Team meeting in Fr Billy’s House at 7.30 pm Wednesday next 6th January

Catholic Newspapers: The Irish Catholic and  The Universe & Catholic Times  are on sale each weekend   We encourage you to keep up to date on faith issues by purchasing a copy each week.  If you have not received your Parish Calendar some copies are available at the back of the Church

Important Dates 2016                                                                                                           Blessing of Children: 10th January
Ash Wednesday:10th February                                                                                             World Day of Prayer for Sick 11th Feb                                                                               First  Confessions: 1st March                                                                                              Easter Sunday:  27th March                                                                                                Parish Confirmations: 19th April                                                                                              First Holy Communions:  14th May

Happy New Year 2016 Images HD Wallpapers3“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”
― William Arthur Ward

 

27th December 2015 – Feast of the Holy Family


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Christmas: Once again it has been a lovely Christmas, with great crowds and a great atmosphere during the Advent and Christmas Liturgies. The joyful preparation, anticipation, participation, celebration and sense of community were inspiring, we thank all who participated.  Thank you for your Christmas wishes and generous Christmas offerings.  We appreciate your encouraging words. As we begin the New Year we pray that 2016 will bring us many blessings.
The Parish Assembly, Fr. Kerry & Fr. Billy

St. Vincent de Paul  wish to thank all who contributed so generously to their annual Christmas Church Gate Collection and also those who brought gifts in abundance to the Santa Giving Tree in the church on Giving Sunday. Your continued support is appreciated during these difficult times.

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

Anointing of Sick:   Sat  2nd January after 10am Mass.


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 This week addressing employees at the Vatican and their families Pope Francis spoke about marriage and family life:
                                                                                                                                           “There is another thing I wish to say to you, possibly the most important: I encourage you to take care of your marriage and your children. Look after them, do not neglect them. Marriage is like a plant. It is not like a cupboard that you put in a room and perhaps dust every now and then. A plant is living and must be cared for every day. … Marriage is a living reality: the life of a couple must never be taken for granted, in any phase during the progress of a family. Let us remember that the most valuable gift for children … is their parents’ love. And I do not mean only the love of parents for their children, but also the love between parents themselves, that is, the conjugal bond. This is good for you and for your children.”
“Therefore, first and foremost cultivate the plant of marriage, as spouses, and at the same time take care of the relationship with your children; here too, focus on the human relationship rather than material things. Focus on mercy in your daily relations, between husband and wife, parents and children, brothers and sisters; and take care of grandparents. The Jubilee must be lived also in the domestic church, not only in major events! The Lord love those who practice mercy in ordinary situations. This is my wish for you: to experience the joy of mercy, starting with your family. Happy Christmas!”

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In our Parish of Christ the King, there are many families and individuals who live the faith they profess and whose contribution to parish life is essential and immense. Through their quiet and unnoticed work, the Parish runs smoothly and parish life is enriched.
 As 2015 dawns The Parish Assembly and the Priests of the Parish would like to thank you for you help and support.  Every parish is a kind of family, part of God’s family – we thank God that in our Parish of Christ the King, there are so many families and individuals who live the faith they profess.
 We offer our special thanks also to those who care for the Church and clean it every week, look after the flowers and altar linens, to the Choir, to Ministers of Word and Eucharist,  to Altar Servers and their parents.  We thank the Church Collectors, Sacristan, Caretaker, Parish Dues Collectors, those who care for the sick and elderly. Thanks are also due to St Vincent de Paul Society, St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society, the Legion of Mary, the Prayer Group, the Parish Baptismal Teams, our Child Protection Representatives. We thank those who put up the Crib, Easter and Remembrance Gardens and decorate the sanctuary so beautifully.    We thank you for your generosity in the offertory collection each week for the upkeep of the Church and payment of staff. Our thanks to the Parish Finance Committee and to Sr. Karen Kent and Fr. Charlie from the Pastoral Development Office who have been so helpful.
 We thank all who contributed so generously during 2015 to Trocaire Christmas Gift Cards, to the Trocaire Lenten Campaign, the Lourdes Fund,  and to our collections for the Episcopal Commission, the Holy Places, Pastoral Planning, the Pope’s Collection, the Education Fund, Marriage Care and  the Mission Sunday collection.
 

imagesWorld Day of Peace, 1st January 2016
Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Peace, 2016 asks us all to “Overcome Indifference and Win Peace.”  Indifference is not something new; there are always people who close their hearts to the needs of others and close their eyes to what is happening around them, who avoid meeting other people’s problems. He asks us to pray and work so that every Christian will have a humble and compassionate heart, capable of proclaiming and witnessing to mercy.  He hopes that all of us will learn to “forgive and give,” to become more open to those living on the fringes of society. May we refuse to fall into indifference or a monotonous routine which prevents us from discovering what is new! “Let us ward off destructive cynicism!”

 

 

25th December 2015 – Christmas Day

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Christmas Message      Christmas celebrates simple beginnings of the history of our salvation: a young mother giving birth, the stable and the manger.  No room in the house, no lodgings for her, for her husband or for her child; a quiet, lonely salvation moment of universal importance  There is no security, no PR, no barrier between this baby and the messy reality of human life; not then, not now.  A message for the whole human race, a message of Christmas joy is announced to poor and despised shepherds, utterly unimportant people in the eyes of the world.  As the angels sing Glory to God in the highest and peace to people of good will, the baby Jesus lies on straw.  With Mary may we ponder on these things, and bring the Christmas message of hope, light, contentment, peace and joy to our world.    We welcome those who are home for Christmas, enjoy these special days with your loved ones. Those who can’t make it home are in our prayers.  The bereaved are in our thoughts and your loved ones are remembered in our Masses.   We thank you for your support and wish you a very happy and joy filled Christmas.  Peace, health and blessings to you all throughout  the year ahead.

Fr. Kerry & Fr Billy

Christmas Mass Times:    Christmas Eve:  6pm  & 10pm  Christmas Day:  9am, 10am & 12 noon.                                                                                                                                     St. Stephen’s Day: 10am                                                                                                  Feast of the Holy Family    Saturday 26th December: Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm                   Sunday 27th December: Mass at 10.00 am & 12.00 noon.

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

light, now and in the days ahead.

We thank you Lord for all your blessings.

Amen

20th December 2015 – 4th Sunday of Advent (C)

4-ADVENTLighting the 4th Candle of Advent Wreath
Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the 4th candle  of our Advent wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise  to bring us salvation. Advent is a time for reconciliation.  Jesus comes to us and gives us His peace and joy when we receive his forgiveness and mercy. We ask his help, guidance and forgiveness as we prepare for our Christmas  Confession.  Amen

JUBILEE of MERCY

JUBILEE of MERCY

Christmas Penitential Services this weekend after 6pm vigil, 10am & 12 noon Masses.     A number of priests will be with us for Confessions. We have an opportunity of preparing for the birthday of Jesus. 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 this most wonderful gift, that is the assurance that no matter how we have failed his forgiveness is there for us all.   Pope Francis said recently “Mercy is the Lord’s most powerful message”

 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 (Saturday)  Mass 10.00 am & 6.00 pm Vigil Mass. Sunday 27th Feast of the Holy Family 10.00 am & 12.00 noon.

Confession: each morning this week after the 10am Mass and on Christmas Eve after the 10am & 6pm Masses and from 11.30am to 12.30pm

 Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the Wednesdays of Advent after the 10.00 am Mass until 11.00 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

 The Vincent de Paul Society. Thank the Children and Adults for their generosity at the Santa Giving Tree last weekend, Your kindness is much appreciated.

 Our Parish Calendar is ready. It would be great is the area collectors would help to distribute them. They are in the Sacristy.  Many thanks.

 Visitation of Sick:  Fr. Kerry & Billy will visit sick & housebound this Monday & Tuesday 21st & 22nd December at the usual times

 Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards are available after Masses  in the Parish Office. The Triduum of Masses will be offered on the 23/24/25 Dec.

 Credit Union:  The Annual General Meeting of Comhar Creidmheasa Chriost Ri Teoranta  will be held in the Hall that was The Girls Primary School Hall on Mon. 21st Dec. at 8.00 pm

 Christmas gifts with a difference: You can purchase a Trocaire gift and get a card to send or give to a friend, available at the back of the Church from Parish Assembly members after Mass. This Christmas change someone’s world for the better with a Trócaire Gift.  The response so far has been very good.

 Public Morning Prayer will be celebrated on Tuesday, in the church after 10.00 am Mass (please note that evening prayer will not be celebrated on Tuesday).

Minister of Eucharist & Word can collect their Rota in the Sacristy and their Missal for 2016