40 Things to Change during Lent

40 Things to Change during Lent

40 Day for Lent
Lent is a season when many of us think about something to “give up.” Unfortunately, these things often have little impact upon our life and walk with Christ.
With that said, let us “40 Things to Change during Lent.” But this list is different. It is not the typical things like “giving up” soda or chocolate. These are things truly worth changing as they fundamentally change ourselves. There is one for each day of the season. And these are things to change not just for Lent, but for the rest of your life.

1. Fear of Failure – You don’t succeed without experiencing failure. Just make sure you fail forward.

2. Your Comfort Zone – It’s outside our comfort zones where new discoveries are made.

3. Feelings of Unworthiness – You are fearfully and wonderfully made by your creator. (see Psalm 139:14)

4. Impatience – God’s timing is the perfect timing.

5. Retirement – As long as you are still breathing, you are here for a reason. You have a purpose to influence others for Christ. Our work is not always tied to a paycheck.

6. People Pleasing – I can’t please everyone anyways. There is only one I need to strive to please.

7. Comparison – I have my own unique contribution to make and there is no one else like me.

8. Blame – I am not going to pass the buck. I will take responsibility for my actions.

9. Guilt – I am loved by Jesus and he has forgiven my sins. Today is a new day and the past is behind.

10 Over commitment – Do less better and accomplish more.

11 Lack of Counsel – Wise decisions are rarely made in a vacuum.

12 Impurity – Live lives pure and without blemish.

13 Entitlement – The world does not owe me anything. God does not owe me anything. I live in humility and grace.

14 Apathy – Life is too short not to care.

15 Hatred – Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).

16 Negativity – I will put the best construction on everything when it comes to other people. I will also minimize my contact with people who are negative and toxic.

17 The Spirit of Poverty – Believe that with God there is always more than enough and never a lack.

18 Going Through the Motions – The more you invest yourself, the more you will get back.

19 Complaint – Instead of contributing to the problem, be the solution.

20 The Pursuit of Happiness – God wants something greater and more lasting than happiness. It is called joy.

21 Bitterness – The only person I am hurting by holding on to this is myself.

22 Distraction – Life is filled with distractions that will take our eyes off the prize.

23 Giving up – God never gives up on us.

24 Mediocrity – If you are going to do something, then give it all you got.

25 Destructive Speech – Encourage one another and all the more as you see the day approaching (see Hebrews 10:25).

26 Busyness – It is a badge of honor to be busy. But that does not always translate to abundance.

27 Loneliness – With Jesus I am never alone. He is with me wherever I go.

28 Disunity – If two of you agree on earth about anything, it will be done for them by the Heavenly Father (see Matthew 18:19)

29 The Quick Fix – Rarely does true transformation happen overnight.

30 Worry – God is in control and worrying will not help.

31 Idolizing – Don’t assign anyone a standard they cannot live up to.

32 Resistance to Change – Change is certain. It is not if we will change, but how we will change.

33 Pride – Blessed are the humble.

34 Small View of God – Don’t tell God how big your problem is, tell your problem how big your God is.

35 Envy – I am blessed. My value is not found in my possessions, but in my relationship with my Heavenly Father.

36 Ungratefulness – You have been blessed in a way greater than you realize.

37 Selfish Ambition – God has a mission for me that is bigger than me.

38 Self-Sufficiency – Jesus is my strength. I can do all things through him (see Philippians 4:13)

39 Sorrow – Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5b)

My Life – Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life (John 12:25). God has so much more in store for you. But so many of the list above hold us back from walking in the full destiny God has laid out for us. Today is a new day.
So there you have it – The 40 Things to Change during Lent! What else might you add to the list? What would you take away?

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land October 2018

Pilgrimage to The Holy Land  10th – 18th October 2018 
Visiting Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem and other sites in The Holy Land.   Eight night Pilgrimage
staying in Tiberius and Bethlehem. Full religious programme
Further details from: Fr. Kerry Murphy-O’Connor  087 2202022  email:  kerrymoc@eircom.net or Fr. Charlie Kiely  086 8672377 or give name in Sacristy, Christ King Church, Turner’s Cross.

Book Launch Sunday 3rd December 2017

BOOK LAUNCH                                                                                                             All are invited to  the Book Launch in St Columba’s Church Douglas  on Sunday 3rd December  at 4pm                                                                                                55 ways to connect with families in your Parish       by Sr Karen Kent

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Prayers asked for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

Cardinal Nichols has asked for prayers for his predecessor
Former Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has been taken seriously ill in hospital.

“These loving prayers are a source of great strength and comfort as he calmly ponders on all that lies ahead, all in God’s good time,” Cardinal Nichols wrote. “May the Lord strengthen him in faith and trust and may the prayers of the Church, which he loves so much, comfort and uphold him.”

Cardinal Cormac was appointed the tenth Archbishop of Westminster in 2000 and created a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in the 2001 Consistory along with the  Archbishop of Buenos Aires  now Pope Francis.    Pope Francis and Cardinal Cormac are good friends

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor served as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton for nearly 23 years before being appointed Archbishop of Westminster
Bishop Moth of Arundel & Brighton added: “As we all know, Cardinal Cormac holds this Diocese in great affection and will, I know, value the prayers of us all at this time

The Cardinal loved coming to Cork where his parents were from.  Two of his brothers Frs. Pat & Brian were priests and served in the Diocese of Portsmouth He is a first cousin of the late Fr Jerome Murphy-O’Connor OP the Biblical Scholar of the Ecole Biblique, Jerusalem


Cork Eucharistic Procession – Sunday, June 18th, 2017


Cork Eucharistic Procession – Sunday, June 18th, 2017

This year’s Eucharistic Procession will be held on Sunday, 18th June 2017.

As you will be aware, the Eucharistic Procession is a significant part of Cork’s religious heritage.  Cork’s Eucharistic Procession is now in its 92nd year.  It commenced in 1926 when a group of businessmen in the city approached the then Bishop, Daniel Coholan, with a view to having a Eucharistic Procession in the city to mark the Feast of Corpus Christi.  It was hoped that such an event might heal the division and bitterness in civil society at the time.  Remarkably, since then, the Procession has not just survived but has become a feature of Catholic life in Cork.

Our faith is not something that we celebrate behind closed doors, it is something that is meant to affect our daily lives.  Four years ago, while speaking at the Procession, Archbishop Brown said that we worship Jesus in our churches for fifty one Sundays of the year.  On the Feast of Corpus Christi, we worship Him publicly in the streets. We should seek opportunities to celebrate our faith in public and give witness to the faith that has been given to us.  The Eucharistic Procession is an ideal way of doing that.

This year, I am delighted to announce that Most Rev. Dr. William Crean D.D., Bishop of Cloyne, has agreed to preach the Homily.  An invitation has been offered to the various Catholic groups to walk in the Procession.  These include the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Sick Poor Societies, SHARE, the Legion of Mary, the Pioneers and others.  It is appropriate that the Procession gives honour to the Blessed Sacrament and includes all Catholic groups and parishes.

+John Buckley,
Bishop of Cork and Ross.

Once again this year – it is planned to broadcast the entire Daunt’s Square Ceremony live on the Cork Community Television Channel 803-Virgin Media and on the Internet on www.corkcity.ie /tv from 2.45pm approx. By kind permission of the Chief Executive, Cork City Council and the Board of Management of Cork Community Television.

We hope this live stream will facilitate the housebound, patients in hospitals and nursing homes and, also, Cork people across the world.

Participants in The Eucharistic Procession start assembling in the grounds of the North Cathedral at 2.30pm. The Procession leaves the North Cathedral at 3.00pm and proceeds down Roman Street, Upper John Street, along Camden Quay, St. Patrick’s Bridge and St. Patrick’s Street en-route to Daunt’s Square.

Meanwhile, the religious ceremony begins in Daunt’s Square at 2.45pm approx. The Rosary will be recited – Hymns and sacred music will be performed by the Choir of the Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield, under the direction of Mr. Seán O’Neill. This year, Ms. Jessica O’Connell and Mr. Ramelo Gregorio will be our Guest Soloists. As already mentioned, Most Rev. Dr. William Crean D.D., Bishop of Cloyne, will be our Guest Preacher.

Once again, this year, a special area will be reserved for the sick and disabled near the Altar in Daunt’s Square. On arrival in Daunt’s Square, Bishop John Buckley will first bless the disabled, sick and infirm before ascending the Altar.

Please note change of location / time.

  • To facilitate a smooth and organised joining of participants into the Procession from the Eastern Parishes, e.g. St. Patrick’s and Military Hill, St. Joseph’s and Our Lady Crowned, Mayfield, Glanmire and Glounthaune: We recommend each Parish group to assemble at Mangan’s Clock, Patrick’s Street (edge of pavement to the front of Laura Ashley’s shop), at 2.45pm sharp. Mr. Seán Dunne, Senior Procession Steward, will then take overall control of the different Parish groups.
  • As is traditional, the St. Finbarr’s South Parish will leave St. Finbarr’s South Church at 3.00pm approx. and proceed into the Grand Parade behind The Barrack Street Band.
  • We respectfully encourage each parish group to bring their own parish banner and, if possible, some spiritual Church banners.

Tony Duggan
Chief Marshal

Holy Week 2017

                                                                  Holy Week 2017

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:
Mass 10.00 am & 6.00 pm. Confessions after Mass.

HOLY THURSDAY – 13th April
No morning Mass
10.00 am.  Chrism Mass at the Cathedral: Bishop Buckley celebrates Mass in the Cathedral on this Thursday with the Priests of the diocese and blesses the Holy Oils to be used in the Parishes.
All are welcome.

6.00 pm   Concelebrated Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Procession to Altar of Repose.
Quite Holy Hour 8.30 pm –  9.30pm

GOOD FRIDAY – 14th April
No Masses today
Day of Fast and Abstinence
12.00nnoon & 6.00 pm –  Stations of the Cross
Confessions after the Stations and Ceremonies.
3,00 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
8.00 pm.  Candlelit Prayer around the Cross.

HOLY SATURDAY  – 15th April
No morning Mass
Confessions 11.30 am  – 12.15 pm

6.00 pm
Solemn Easter Vigil and Mass of The Resurrection (Bring candle & holder to Vigil)
Collection for the Priests of the Parish at Masses this weekend

EASTER SUNDAY – 16th April
Masses at 10.00 am & 12 Noon
Easter Triduum Masses will be celebrated on Easter Sunday, Monday & Tuesday

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


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.