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.

Parish shocked by ‘barbarous’ killing of Fr Jacques Hamel

FullSizeRenderParish shocked by ‘barbarous’ killing of Fr Jacques Hamel
The Parish of Christ the King, Turner’s Cross  expresses horror, shock and sadness over the killing of Fr Jacques Hamel and the wounding of another during Mass in the Church of Saint Etienne du Rouvray in Normandy.                                               Prayers were offered  at the daily Mass at Christ the King.  The Priest said  “We  offer our condolences and  express the prayerful solidarity of our Parish Community  following this horrific incident.
“Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the murder victim and with all of those affected by this horrific incident.”

Eight Dominicans ordained to the priesthood

Eight Dominicans ordained to the priesthood

Pic courtesy: Dominicans Ireland

In the year that the Dominican Order worldwide is marking the 800th anniversary of its foundation, the Irish province rejoiced this weekend as eight friars were ordained to the priesthood this Saturday 9th July              Archbishop Robert Rivas, a Dominican who serves in the Diocese of Castries in the Caribbean, presided at the ceremony in St Saviour’s Church in Dublin’s Dominick Street.  Archbishop Rivas is part of the Irish Dominican province.  One of the newly ordained Fr. Pat Desmond  OP is from Cork. He grew up in the shadows of St. Mary’s

Those ordained to the priesthood are David McGovern OP,  Damian Polly OP, Ronan Connolly OP,  Pat Desmond OP,  Daragh McNally OP,  Connor McDonagh OP,  Eoin Casey OP and  Kevin O’Reilly OP.

2016 is a special year for the entire Dominican Family as it celebrates the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Order of Friars Preachers.

According to Constantine of Orvieto while St Dominic was praying at the Basilica of St Peter in Rome, he saw the Apostles Peter and Paul approaching him. St Peter handed him a stick, and St Paul a book and said to him, “Go and preach, because you have been chosen by God for this ministry.”

In the opening ceremony for the Dominicans jubilee, these elements of Dominican iconography – the stick, the book and the apostolic mandate – were incorporated in the overall theme for the celebrations: “Sent to preach the Gospel.”

Turner’s Cross – Jubilee of Mercy Pilgrimage

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Turner’s Cross Parish Pilgrimage of Mercy in the City
We are holding our parish Pilgrimage of Mercy on  Friday evening 20th May.  Those who wish may leave their cars in the South Parish Church car park from where we will leave at 6.00 pm to walk to St Francis, others may join us at St Francis, Liberty St.  at 6.30 pm for the start of the pilgrimage. We will follow the Diocesan programme, walking to the five Pilgrimage Stations representing Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.  These are:

1. The Jubilee of Mercy Holy Door at St Francis Church,
2. The Cork Penny Dinners, Little Hanover Street,
3. The Shrine of the Holy Souls in Ss Peter and Paul Church,
4. The Trocaire Office in Cook Street
5. St Finbarr’s South Parish Church, Dunbar Street (including the shrines to Venerable Nano Nagle and Mary Aikenhead).

The pilgrimage provides an opportunity of responding to Pope Francis’ invitation to us all to participate in the Jubilee of Mercy and of availing of the plenary indulgence associated with the Holy Door, extended by the Pope to every diocese in the world.  We will conclude with Confessions and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the South Parish Church, finishing around 9.00 pm.

 

Pope Francis “The Joy of Love”

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

 

Come and See Information Day for Priesthood

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 Come and See Information Day for Priesthood . Further information from: Fr. Tom Deenihan 4301717, Fr Charlie Kiely 4537603 or Canon Bertie O’Mahony

 

 

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

Parish Catechists receive awards from Maryvale Institute

catechists awards 2016 for web                      Parish Catechists  receive awards from Maryvale Institute
On Saturday  27th February   25 students from the Diocese of Cork and Ross and            2 from the Diocese of Cloyne received the award Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis from the Maryvale Institute, Archdiocese of Birmingham, England. These student were sponsored by their parishes to undertake this two year course of study towards taking on the voluntary ministry of Parish Catechist in their parishes.
On Saturday they were joined by family, friends and their parish clergy as they received their awards and were then commissioned by the two Bishops during Mass.
  The course was overseen and supported by the Pastoral Development Office in Cork and Ross. On Saturday they were joined by Rev Edward Clare, Director of the Maryvale Institute and Marie Cooke, the Director of Further Education courses at Maryvale.            We congratulate Bernadette Hegarty from our Parish who was one of those 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.

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

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