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

“Jubilee of Mercy” talk by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

       Jubilee of Mercy  

                                                             A talk by

        H.E. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor



Sunday 21st February 2016
3pm – 5pm

Christ the King church,
Turner’s Cross

All are welcome

Year of Mercy Pilgrimage in Cork City will be launched by Bishop Buckley at this gathering

An initiative of the Diocese of Cork & Ross Pastoral Development Office Tel: 021 4537601

Prayers & Blessing of Graves November 2015

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The month of November is dedicated to praying for the Holy Souls. The Church has always taught us to pray for those who have died.

Sunday 1st Nov. St. Finbarrs, Glasheen Rd   2.30pm
Rathcooney   3pm

Saturday 7th Nov.  St. Oliver’s Model Farm Rd. Mass at 2pm

Sunday 8th Nov.  St. Joseph’s  Tory Top Rd.  2.30pm
St James Chetwynd 3pm
Douglas  3pm
St.Catherines Kikcully   3pm
St.Michael’s Blackrock. 3pm

Don’t forget a pray at the Graves at the back of Christ the King Church

Nemo Rangers win County

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Our congratulations to Nemo on their great win  on Sunday against Castlehaven.   In the  Clubhouse on the South Douglas road last night, many of the men who created the Nemo Rangers legend of football dominance in Cork were agreed on one thing.     Yesterday’s 19th County Football title  will surely rank as one of the sweetest the club has achieved.  Our congrats to the lads to Conor Horgan the man of the match and to Stephen O’Brien and his selectors on a job well done.  You did us proud.

Parish Mission – 17th – 21th October 2015

Mike Burgess 001               Parish Mission in Turner’s Cross
To prepare for the Holy Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis  beginning on the 8th December.  There will be a Parish Mission    in Christ the King Church, Turner’s Cross beginning Sun. 17th Oct.  with Fr. Michael Burgess, OFM Cap. of  Holy Trinity Friary, Cork.  Fr.  Mike has ministered for many years in New Zealand as well as in Dublin and Cork.     The theme of the Mission is:
   “The loving kindness of the heart of our God –  preparing for the Year of Mercy.”

17th/18th Oct.  Fr. Mike will preach the homily at all weekend Masses
Vigil 6pm. 10am & 12 noon  and at the 10am  Mass on Mon. Tues. & Wed.

18th Oct.  Sunday: 7.30pm Jesus, the Face of God’s (or the Father’s) Mercy
       19th Oct. Monday: 7.30pm  Mary, the Mother of Mercy
                                             20th Oct  Tuesday: 7.30pm  Celebrating Mercy – Second rite of Reconciliation
     21st Oct.  Wednesday: 7.30pm Mass.  The Church – Being a Community of Mercy.


“Let the CHURCH
always be a place of
where everyone is WELCOME,

“Do this in Memory” Programme 2015-2016

DTIM3“Do this in Memory Programme 2015 – 2016
There will be a meeting  with the parents of children in 2nd class in Bun Scoil Chriost Ri on Wednesday 9th September 2015 in Christ the King Church at 7.30pm. We will begin with prayer and the preparation programme will be explained.    If Parents wish their child to receive their First Holy Communion in May 2016 (Saturday 14th May)   they are asked to return the application form they have received when they come to the meeting on Wednesday  The Enrollment Ceremony will take place at the 10am Mass on Sunday 27th September in the Church at 10am

Dates for  “DO THIS IN MEMORY”    2015 – 2016
All Sunday Masses at 10am

Wednesday 9th  September 2015
 Meeting with Parents in Church 7.30pm
Sunday 27th September Enrollment 2015
Sunday, 25th  October 2015
Sunday, 22nd  November 2015 
Feast of Christ the King
Sunday 13th  December 2015  Giving Sunday

Sunday, 24th January 2016
Sunday, 21th  February 2016
Tuesday 1st  March  2016  
First Confessions  in Church 7.30 pm
Sunday, 20th  March 2016   Palm Sunday
Sunday, 10th  April 2016
Saturday 14th  May 2016
 First Holy Communions   Mass 10. 30 am
Sunday, 29th May 2016   Feast of Corpus Christi 
Procession in Church Grounds with First Holy Communion Children

Jubilee Year – A Holy Year of Mercy Dec. 8th 2015 – 20th Nov. 2016

1430832550293Pope Francis Speaks  –                             THE YEAR OF MERCY
Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought of how the Church may render more clear her mission to be a witness to mercy; and we have to make this journey. It is a journey which begins with spiritual conversion. Therefore, I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the Mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy!
This Holy Year will commence on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 8th December 2015  and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father’s mercy. I entrust the organization of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, in order that it may come to life as a new step on the Church’s journey in her mission to bring the Gospel of mercy to each person.
I am confident that the whole Church, which is in such need of mercy for we are sinners, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time. Do not forget that God forgives all, and God forgives always. Let us never tire of asking forgiveness. Let us henceforth entrust this Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey: our penitential journey, our year-long journey with an open heart, to receive the indulgence of God, to receive the mercy of God.

Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Year of Mercy
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;    the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,   of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
Let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,   proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, 
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.    Amen

Highlights of Pope Francis recent Encyclical “Laudato Si”,

FullSizeRender                       Highlights of Pope Francis  recent Encyclical   “Laudato Si”

In his recent Encyclical  Laudato si   (Praise be to you) –
Pope Francis inspires us to make the world “our common home”. a better place  “The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us”
Full text.

On waste
The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.
On the extinction of species
Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us. We have no such right.
On God’s love
The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God.
On climate change
A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system. In recent decades this warming has been accompanied by a constant rise in the sea level and, it would appear, by an increase of extreme weather events, even if a scientifically determinable cause cannot be assigned to each particular phenomenon. Humanity is called to recognise the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.
On the need for action
Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain. We may well be leaving to coming generations debris, desolation and filth. The pace of consumption, waste and environmental change has so stretched the planet’s capacity that our contemporary lifestyle, unsustainable as it is, can only precipitate catastrophes, such as those which even now periodically occur in different areas of the world. The effects of the present imbalance can only be reduced by our decisive action, here and now.
On consumerism
Less is more.” A constant flood of new consumer goods can baffle the heart and prevent us from cherishing each thing and each moment.
Obsession with a consumerist lifestyle, above all when few people are capable of maintaining it, can only lead to violence and mutual destruction.
On abortion
Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? “If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of the new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away”.
On embryo experimentation
It is troubling that, when some ecological movements defend the integrity of the environment, rightly demanding that certain limits be imposed on scientific research, they sometimes fail to apply those same
principles to human life. There is a tendency to justify transgressing all boundaries when experimentation is carried out on living human embryos. We forget that the inalienable worth of a human being transcends his or her degree of development.
On gender ideology
Also, valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognise myself in an encounter with someone who is different. In this way we can joyfully accept the specific gifts of another man or woman, the work of God the Creator, and find mutual enrichment. It is not a healthy attitude which would seek “to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it”.
On progress
There is also the fact that people no longer seem to believe in a happy future; they no longer have blind trust in a better tomorrow based on the present state of the world and our technical abilities. There is a growing awareness that scientific and technological progress cannot be equated with the progress of humanity and history, a growing sense that the way to a better future lies elsewhere.
This is not to reject the possibilities which technology continues to offer us. But humanity has changed profoundly, and the accumulation of constant novelties exalts a superficiality which pulls us in one direction. It becomes difficult to pause and recover depth in life. If architecture reflects the spirit of an age, our megastructures and drab apartment blocks express the spirit of globalised technology, where a constant flood of new products coexists with a tedious monotony.
Let us refuse to resign ourselves to this, and continue to wonder about the purpose and meaning of everything. Otherwise we would simply legitimate the present situation and need new forms of escapism to help us endure the emptiness.
All of this shows the urgent need for us to move forward in a bold cultural revolution. Science and technology are not neutral; from the beginning to the end of a process, various intentions and possibilities are in play and can take on distinct shapes. Nobody is suggesting a return to the Stone Age, but we do need to slow down and look at reality in a different way, to appropriate the positive and sustainable progress which has been made, but also to recover the values and the great goals swept away by our unrestrained delusions of grandeur.               The Catholic Herald   20/6/2015

Full text.

14th June 2015 – 11th Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

images Dear Readers
There will  only be the short Parish Bulletin until the end of August.
We wish you all a happy, enjoyable and safe  Summer.
Every good wish and blessing,
From – The Bulletin Team.


  • The Presentation Brothers are organising a pilgrimage from Cork to Lough Derg (Friday, 26th – Sunday, 28th June) for young adults (18-40). Full details at Contact Andrew at 01-2300824 or
  • Thank You: The Parish Assembly thank all who supported the Ice cream day for Down Syndrome Ireland  last weekend €644 was raised,
  • We welcome Sister Maureen Grant of the Columban Sisters who is with us this weekend to tell us of the missionary work of the Columban Sisters.
  • Trocaire:  Our thanks to all who supported The Trocaire Box Lenten Campaign
    The Parishioners and the Pupils of Bun Scoil Chriost Ri  contributed  €5,817. Sincere thanks
  •   Rev. Pat Nugent, was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Cork & Ross with nine of his classmates in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Pat will, with God’s help, be ordained a priest of the diocese next year.
    Pat is a native of Co Clare but has spent most of his life in Cork where he taught at post-primary and third-level before going on to study for the priesthood.
    We congratulate Pat and his family on this happy occasion.


  • Bulletin:  During the holidays we will have the short bulletin.


An English Spring – Memoirs – Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

Cardinal Cormac
In Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor’s memoir we hear the authentic sound of faith
In spite of the season of the year, at first I didn’t get the significance of the title. Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor takes it from a sermon by Blessed John Henry Newman to the first synod of the restored hierarchy of England and Wales, at Oscott in 1852. Newman speaks of his hopes for a “second spring” for the Church in this country, but reminds the congregation that they can hardly be surprised if it turns out to be an English spring: unpredictable weather, “cold showers and sudden storms”.
Indeed, and it’s good to be reminded from the outset of these memoirs what a progressively uncertain world it must have seemed to the young Cormac. In his early years matters stood differently. He explains in his introduction that “the Church I was brought up in was, in a way, a kind of fortress”. Not that any sort of fretfulness about the state of the world or anxiety for its future should be inferred – not all. The good humour lasted throughout the turbulences and sadnesses that were to come.
A significant aspect of the charm of these memoirs lies in the serenity and good will of their author. This is a book which does the reader good: it leaves him or her feeling in a better mood and a bit saner about the human condition than might otherwise reasonably be the case.
If you are as old as the cardinal, then you have witnessed world war followed by a Cold War, the emergence of a new Europe, the Second Vatican Council and its impact, ecumenism as a major concern of the Church, the dissolution of social and political orders, and the new globalisation. You remember eight popes. This wider background illuminates Cormac’s own experience as a priest and confidant of the major figures in the Church in this country at the time: Cardinal Heenan, Archbishop Worlock and Cardinal Hume.
He knew Rome (though he was 67 years old before he came to live in London) from being a student at the English College and later as the college’s rector in 1971-77. This gave him a useful assurance in his dealings with the Vatican, not least when he had his own diocese in Arundel and Brighton in 1977-2000. Contacts and friendships with members of the royal family, archbishops of Canterbury, politicians and some of the larger personalities of his era are observed with kindliness and acuity. But the palm has to go to the Queen Mother. After lunch, Cormac and the Queen Mother were singing wartime songs to each other. She sang one.
“I thought I knew all the songs of the Second World War, but I have never heard of that one,” he said.
“You wouldn’t,” she said. “It was a hit tune in 1910.”
Why did I find this easy to read and comforting book so compelling? It provoked deep reflection on the times through which its author has lived. The story’s starting point in every sense was the power of the model of the family, the first formatting of personality for Cormac. His experience of family life was happy – simply that. Irish roots and strong culture, and the example of their parents, made it quite natural for three of the five Murphy-O’Connor boys to become priests. This was “the domestic church” of the family at its best.
Secondly, and probably in consequence, in these memoirs we are listening to a man who is comfortable in his own skin. He is untroubled by any angst of insecurity about identity, not fussed by the restlessness of the self-conscious intellectual, not burdened by ambition or great plans; instead, we hear the authentic sound of faith. It is plain and spoken with a benevolence which addresses the latent holiness in others.
It’s true we do not get a detailed record or commentary. There is a noticeable economy in the assessments of others and, of course, no indiscretions, never mind gossip. So some may cavil because their own special interests, such as debates about the liturgy or the role of women, have not been adequately covered for them. But by taking his stand on the level centre ground of orthodoxy, Cormac draws us in towards those truths he has served. We get a view from the inside outwards and not introspection, a view of the world which is extroverted and ecstatic, not self-referential.
The note of serenity is clear in Cormac’s use of the image of Jesus asleep in the boat while the storm builds up on the lake. Quietly, Cormac is reminding us that the promises of Christ are the ultimate security of the Christian, beyond the horizons of earthly troubles and earthly consciousness. He writes movingly of unhappy marriages and death, but nonetheless, as a cavalry officer might be forgiven for saying, he remains “good in traffic”.
For different readers there will be different delights in this book: photographs of Cormac the golfer, Cormac carrying an ashtray for Bishop Worlock, the brilliance of Sister Clement at lunch for the Queen at Archbishop’s House, Cormac and Bob Geldof at Westminster Cathedral – but for many there will be a renewed sense of gratitude for the gift of this cardinal and of priests altogether.                              Cardinal Cormac as well as having two brothers priests  Fr. Pat & Fr. Brian. He had three uncles Fr. Arthur, Fr. Joseph, Fr. Donal  and three first cousins Fr. Laurence OFM,  Fr. Jerome O.P. and Fr. Kerry

This article first appeared in the Catholic Herald magazine (15/5/15).