Pope Francis issues a Special Letter

joy of the gospelPope Francis has issued a special letter to the Church called an Apostolic Exhortation, the title of which is Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). In it he exhorts the Church to joyfully share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all humanity not only in the way we speak and present ourselves to the world, but also in the way we act with a special care for the poor and marginalised. He says “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.”

Closing the Year of Faith in Turner’s Cross

Songs of Faith – a celebration of teen talent and Christian faith

p009_0_05_03A warm welcome awaits all parishioners on Sunday 24th November at 5pm in Christ the King Church, Turner’s Cross as we mark the closing of the Year of Faith by joining with our young people as they sing their songs of faith.  They will be joined by Dan Twomey, tenor; Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and members of the Cork orchestra.  There is no charge – all are welcome!

Diocesan Child Safeguarding Policy Statement.

1341561049Diocesan Child Safeguarding Policy Statement.
The Diocese of Cork and Ross recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of all children and is committed to ensuring their safety and well-being.
The Diocese values and encourages the participation of children and young people in the life of the Church, namely in all parish liturgies and in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.
The Diocese recognises that while the safeguarding of children is everyone’s
responsibility, all involved in working with children and young people have a special duty of care towards them.

Ms. Cleo Yates is the Diocesan Director of Child Safeguarding and can be contacted on 021-4301717 or 087-3768599 or on email at cleo.yates@corkandross.org. She is assisted by Rev. Liam O’Driscoll. 

Child Safeguarding Policy. 

A revised Child Safeguarding policy for the Diocese of Cork and Ross was published in Nov 2011.  This document is the work of the Diocesan Child Safeguarding Committee which was established in 2006 and whose role is supportive and developmental and is not related in any way to the management of cases of suspected or alleged abuse.  This new document has brought Diocesan policies and procedures into line with national principles and standards. This Committee monitors the implementation of Diocesan Policy in safeguarding matters. 
Click here to read or download the document as a PDF file.
Click here to read the Cork and Ross Whistleblowing Policyhttp://www.corkandross.org/Whistleblowing Policy.doc

In addition to the publication of the Diocesan Policy document, 10,000 copies of a basic information brochurewere printed and distributed throughout the Diocese in late 2011.  This brochure contains contact details for essential services in the area of Child Safeguarding.

Diocesan Child Safeguarding Committee.
The Diocesan Child Safeguarding Committee ensures the organisation and delivery of training for all Church personnel in the Diocese.  Since late 2007, the Diocese has had two qualified trainers.  One has now retired and has been replaced by two new trainers.  The team plans to provide training  for new Parish Representatives and other Church personnel (both voluntary and staff), beginning in the Autumn of 2012.

Diocesan Advisory Panel.

The Diocesan Advisory Panel has existed in the Diocese since 1992.  It’s function is to advise the Bishop in the management of allegations of child abuse made against Church personnel.  The membership of this Panel has been updated.  It now includes a retired Garda Superintendent, a Canon Lawyer, a Civil Lawyer, a childcare professional, the Designated Officers, a counsellor, a parent representative and a medical doctor.The Diocese also takes advice from the National Case Management Group established by the National Board for Safeguarding Children. 

Inter Agency Forum.

In 2011, the Diocese established an Inter-Agency forum with the Garda Siochana and the HSE, designed to improve cooperation between them in the management of allegations of abuse of children.  Regular meetings are held with these agencies. 

Operational Management Committee.
The Operational Management Committee meets regularly to oversee the various aspects of the Safeguarding Service.
Parish Audits.

Parish Audits are carried out annually.  This is to ensure that the policies and procedures laid out in the Diocesan Policy document are being implemented in every parish.

Garda Vetting.

The Diocese is authorized to process Garda vetting applications from Church personnel who work with children.

The Diocese offer therapeutic assistance and support to people who allege abuse by Church personnel, without prejudice to the truth or otherwise of the allegation.  A number of support persons are available to both victims and perpetrators.

In the past, it was the practice of the Diocese that persons making complaints of a child protection nature were met with by diocesan personnel to inform them of the need to report their allegation to the statutory authorities.  This was found to cause some delay in notifying the statutory authorities.  After a review in 2011, the Diocese now believes that this is not good practice.  Consequently, all complaints are notified to the Gardai and the H.S.E. without delay.  We will, of course, continue to work with and support the person making the complaint.  All victims are offered counselling and support.
Anonymous Complaints.
From time to time, anonymous complaints are also received.  For the avoidance of doubt, it is the policy of the Diocese that the statutory authorities are notified of such complaints.  However, the statutory authorities and the Diocese can be limited in the actions that are possible arising from anonymous complaints when the identity of the complainant and the alleged victim are not given.  However, all complaints are notified and investigated.
Allegation against a volunteer or leader in a Parish
If any information is brought to the attention of the Diocese of an allegation against a volunteer or leader in a Parish then in the interests of child safeguarding the person concern should be asked by the Parish Priest to temporary step down from any duties in the parish, until the allegation has been investigated by statutory authorities.
                                                                                                                              If you or anyone has a child protection concern or wishes to report an allegation directly to the statutory authorities, i.e. the local Health or Social Services (the Duty Social Worker) and the Garda Siochana, the contact details are:

 Health Services Executive
• North Lee Community Services, Social Work Servs, North Lee, Blackpool, Cork. Tel: 021-4927000.
• South Lee Community Services, St. Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Rd., Cork. Tel: 021-4923001.
• West Cork Community Services, Coolnagarrane, Skibbereen, Co. Cork. Tel: 028-40447/40456.

 An Garda Siochana
• Anglesea Street, Cork. Tel: 021-4522000.
• Clonakilty, Co. Cork. Tel: 023-8821570.
• Bantry, Co. Cork. Tel: 027-20860.

“Do this in Memory Programme” 2013-2014

DTIM3“Do This in Memory ”
On Tuesday 10th Sept. 2013 we met with the Parents of the Children preparing for First Holy Communion from Bun Scoil, Chriost Ri in the Church at 7.30pm to explain the “Do this in Memory” programme  and selected the class representatives who meet with the priests every month to plan the liturgies.

On Sunday 29th Sept 2013  during the 10am Mass the children from Bun Scoil, Chriost Ri were enrolled for their First Confession and First Holy Communion.

pope-francis-speaksWe have been encouraged, inspired and affirmed by the following quote from Pope Francis:      ‘In pastoral work it is always important to make Christian families part of the process of initiation. Receiving Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion are key moments not only for the individuals receiving them but also for the entire family, which should be supported in its educational role by the various elements of the church community. Here I would emphasise the importance of First Holy Communion … Parish pastoral programmes should make the most of this highly significant moment’.

‘Do this in Memory’ is a parish based sacramental preparation program for First Eucharist. ‘Do This in Memory’ has now gone through two full liturgical cycles and it seems an appropriate time to make some revisions to the programme. Most of the proposed revisions are based on our conversations with people we met as we travelled throughout the country and abroad over the past six years. The most significant and obvious change is the introduction of THUMB:  Thats His/Her Useful Mass Book. This book will replace the Parent Booklet and the Kids Stuff material and will contain a variety of ways in which parents and children can engage with the programme before, during and after Mass.   The content of THUMB will be as follows:
Introduction to the Do This in Memory programme including a guide for parents that suggests ways they might use the programme most effectively
What Happens at Mass? 
An introduction to the Mass in nine parts. Two new characters, Kath and Qumen, who are also preparing for their First Eucharist, help the children and their parents learn more about the Sunday celebration.
The Rite of Mass:
This will help parents and children to participate more fully each time they attend Mass
Nine activity sheets to be completed at home after each Sunday of the programme.
There will continue to be nine Grapevine Newsletters to be distributed after each Do This in Memory Mass. The Grapevine helps parents to engage more fully with the programme at home.

Diary-DatesProgramme Dates

All Masses will be in the Church at 10am                                                                                       2013
Enrollment Sunday  29th Sept.
Sunday, 27 October
Sunday, 24 November Feast of Christ the King
Sunday, 15 December  (Giving Sunday)
Sunday, 26 January
Sunday,  16 February
Tuesday 4 March 7.30pm First Confession 
Sunday  23 March
Sunday, 13 April  Palm Sunday
Saturday 10th May    10.30am First Holy Communion
Sunday, 22 June  Feast of Corpus Christi   Procession in  Church Grounds with
First Communion Children after Mass

Diocesian Confirmation Schedule 2014

March 2014
Monday 3rd Muintir Bhaire
Tuesday, 4th Enniskeane
Thurs., 6th Newcestown
Friday, 7th Caheragh
Mon., 10th Ovens
Tues., 11th Shanbally & Ringaskiddy NSs
Gaelscoil Pheig Sayers
Wed., 12th St. Patrick’s
Ballinlough: Scoil Bhride
Thur., 13th Schull
Friday, 14th Aughadown
Wednesday, 19th Bandon
SMA Blackrock Road
Thurs., 20th Skibbereen
Friday, 21st Bantry (Town Schools)
Gaelscoil Ui Riada, Wilton
Mon., 24th Gurranabraher
Sacred Heart
Tuesday, 25th Dunmanway
Passage West
Wednesday, 26th Gaelscoil Bandon & Clonakilty
Carraig na bhFear
Bantry (Country schools)
Thursday, 27th Curraheen Road
Friday, 28th Kinsale
Glanmire: St. Michael’s
St. Paul’s School
Monday, 31st Togher
Gaelscoil Ghort Alainn, Mayfield
Glounthaune: Brooklodge NS & Knockraha NS
April 2014
Tuesday, 1st Douglas: St. Columba’s BNS
St. Kevin’s Y.E.P.
Wednesday, 2nd Kilmurry: Kilmurry NS & Canovee NS
Thursday, 3rd Blackrock
Douglas: St. Columba’s GNS
Gaelscoil Ui Riordain, Ballincollig
Friday, 4th Ballinora
Ballincollig: Scoil Mhuire
Saturday, 5th Glounthaune: Glounthaune NS & Little Island NS
Monday, 7th Knocknaheeny
Ballinlough: St. Anthony’s BNS
Tuesday, 8th The Lough
Upper Mayfield
Wednesday, 9th Ballinhassig: Goggin’s Hill
Gaelscoil Ui Dhrisceoil & Scoil na nOg
Thurs., 10th Glanmire: New Inn
The Glen
Friday, 11th Turner’s Cross   Bun Scoil Chriost Ri
St. Gabriel’s School
St. Joseph’s, Mayfield
Tuesday, 29th Uibh Laoire
Ballinhassig: Ballyheada
Wednesday, 30th Cathedral
Sunday’s Well & Cork School Project
May 2014
Thursday, 1st Rath/Sherkin Island/Cape Clear
Friday, 2nd Ballincollig: Scoil Eoin
Ballinlough: Our Lady of Lourdes
Gaelscoil Charraig Ui Leighin
Tuesday, 6th Gaelscoileanna: Mahon/Douglas/Ballyphehane
Wednesday, 7th Frankfield
Thurs., 8th Clogheen/Kerry Pike
Kilmurry: Kilbonane NS & Cloughdubh NS
Friday, 9th Kilmacabea
Glanmire: Riverstown NS
Monday, 12th Blackpool: St. Oliver’s School
Ballincollig: Scoil Barra
Tuesday, 13th Castlehaven

The Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Cork & Ross

The Permanent Diaconate
April 24, 2013
Bishop John Buckley has issued a statement to the effect that he has decided to introduce the permanent diaconate in our diocese. Following the information sessions that were held throughout the diocese in 2010 Bishop Buckley has reflected on the observations made and believes that this is the opportune time to introduce thisancient order into  the local church. In this, Bishop Buckley is following the  practice of many countries that have done so  over the past 50 years and, more recently, many Irish dioceses who have  introducted the Diaconate. This development will be in tandem with the main pastoral thrust of the diocese which has seen the growing involvement of lay people in the leadership and life of our parishes. One of the deacon’s main functions will be to ensure that this development is consolidated.

The permanent deacon shares with the bishop and priest in the sacrament of orders. He can perform many of the functions currently associated with the priest: baptisms, weddings, funeral preaching. But, he brings the grace of his ordination to all aspects of his life and is expected to have a particular care for the poor. The diaconate isopen to married and single men alike: married ment must be at least 35 on applying: celibate men can be accepted at 25. The upper age limit is 63 at ordination. The preparation takes four years. It consists of an introductory year aimed at helping a candidate to discern if he  has a vocation and a three year study programme which is approved by the Pontifical University at Maynooth. The introductory year will begin in September next  and those interested should contact their local priest or the Diocesan Director of the Permanent Diaconate: Canon Bertie O’Mahony.

Evening of Prayer for Vovations

                                 Evening of Prayer for Vocations
77_BKOR_2Our pastoral area once again invite you to join together to pray for Vocations to the priesthood and religious life on Tuesday 23rd April at 7:30pm here in Christ the King, Turner’s Cross. The homily will be given by Bishop Kieran O’Reilly (Killaloe) who is from our parish. This year our theme “Celebrating Vocations” we have invited all priests and religious who are from the Pastoral Area or went to school in our Parish of Christ the King

24th March 2013 – Palm Sunday & Holy Week

imagesChrist The King Church, Turner’s Cross  
Palm Sunday : 24th March  – Masses 6 p.m. (Vigil)   10am,  12 noon

Penitential Rites   (Confessions) at all three Masses
A number of Priests will be available for Confessions

Mon, Tues, Wed.  Mass 10am & 6pm   Confessions after Mass


Thursday 28th 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  Parishes.
All are welcome to attend this  Mass in the Cathedral.at 10am

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


Friday 29th March     GOOD FRIDAY   no  Masses today   Day of Fast and Abstinence
12 noon  &  6pm   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 upkeep of the Holy Places  in the Holy Land

images-4Saturday  30th March    HOLY SATURDAY                  no morning Mass  Confessions  11.30-12.30pm
6pm    Solemn Easter Vigil and Mass of The Resurrection       Baptism and Confirmation.
Bring candle & holder to Vigil
Collection for the Priests of the Parish  at Masses this weekend
Masses:   10 am & 12 noon
Easter Triduum of Masses:  Easter  Sun., Mon., Tues.  Cards are available  in  Sacristy & Parish Office

Contact Numbers, Addresses and Emails


Church of Christ the King, Turner's Cross, Cork

Church of Christ the King,   Evergreen Rd.   Turner’s Cross,   Cork

Welcome to Turners Cross Parish

Céad míle fáilte to Turner’s Cross Parish  website!. We want to make our parish website an interesting and worthwhile location for both parishioners and visitors to keep up to date with what’s happening in our parish. We hope that all parish and community groups will see it as a useful resource for getting information out to people. We welcome your feedback!

Fr. Billy O'Sullivan at the Ordination to Priesthood of Fr. Sean Crowley.Very Rev. Billy O’Sullivan  PP
2. The Presbytery, Christ King Church, Evergreen Rd.    Turner’s Cross , Cork City, T12D9YO, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)21-4313103
Mob: +353-(0)86-8235291
E-mail: frbillyosullivan@gmail.com

In residence

Fr.Kerry-1 Archdeacon Kerry Murphy-O’Connor PE
The Bungalow, Christ  King Church, Evergreen Rd.
Turner’s Cross, Cork City, T12H9P8 Ireland
Mob: +353-(0)87-2202022
E-mail: kerrymoc@eircom.net

Sacristy / Enquiries / Certificates.

Phone: 021-4312465
Parish Mobile: 087-2610276
E-mail:   frbillyosullivan@gmail.com

Monday – Thurdsay: 9,30 am – 10.45am
Saturday: 5.15pm – 6.45pm
Sunday: 9.30am – 12.45pm
Sacrastan: Jack Kiely

Accessible to the disabled


Saturday at 4.30pm collect application form from Sacristy or The Priest. A member of Baptismal Team will call to your home.

Parish Assembly

Chairperson:    Rose Fitzgerald
Secretary:        Patricia Harrington
Deputy Chairperson Br James O’Donovan

Child Protection                                                                                                                 An Garda Siochana: Tel: +353 (0)21-4522000
H.S.E.: Tel: +353 (0)21-4923001
Diocesan Contact:   Ms. Cleo Yates   Tel: +353 087-3768599
Parish Reps.: Deirdre Healy & Rose Fitzgerald Parish Mobile: 087 – 2610276
Parish Child Protection Policy displayed on Parish Assembly Notice Board in Church and Sacristy.

Presentation Brothers

Maiville, Turner’s Cross, Cork
Tel: +353 (0)21-4272649
E-mail: presbrosmaiville@eircom.net


Bunscoil Chriost Ri Turners Cross:  (Co-Educational Primary School)

Tel: +353 (0)21-4963629
E-mail: info@scoilchriostri.ie
Web: www.criostri.ie

Christ King Girls Secondary School

Tel: +353 (0)21-4961448
E-mail: admin@christkingschool.com
Web: www.christkingschool.com

Colaiste Chriost Ri (Boys Secondary School)

Tel: +353 (0)21-4274904
E-mail: info@ccrcork.com
Web: www.http://ccrcork.com

Little Turners Play Group,  Capwell Rd.

Tel: 021-4915934

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society

Meet on second Tuesday of month in Parish Centre at 8 p.m.
(Winter months after 10am Mass)

Meals on Wheels

Tel: 021-4965339

Parish Day Care Centre

Capwell Rd. 021-4323435

Legion of Mary

Parish Centre every Mon. 7.30 p.m.

St. Vincent de Paul

Tel: 021-4270444 Helpline: 087-2579908

Marriage Counselling Centre

Booking Pre-marriage courses
34 Paul St.
Tel: 021-4275678

Cura: Crisis pregnancy

34 Paul St.
Tel: 021-4277544

Alcoholics Anonymous

Tel: 021- 4500481

Suicide, Depression & Mental Health

Suicide Aware:    087 9454202
Pieta House Cork:  021 4341400
Samaritans: 1850 609 090  /  021 4271323

Sullivan /Forde Funeral Services

Curragh Rd. Turner’s Cross Cork 021-4316316

Turner’s Cross Community Centre

Curragh Road
Tel: 086-2591362

Year of Faith 2012-2013

Year of Faith 2012-2013
Bishop John Buckley will launch the ‘Year of Faith’ at a special Mass in the North Cathedral on Saturday 13th October at 6pm. An open invitation is exended to parishioners all across the Diocese to attend.
The Year of Faith will be inaugurated by Pope Benedict on Thursday October 11th in Rome. In his letter “Porta Fidei” (Door of Faith) the Holy Father asks the Church across the world to observe this special year dedicated to the gift of faith in Christ as we experience it for ourselves and as we are sent to share it with others. It offers us a wonderful opportunity to deepen our knowledge of our faith so that we can be more confident about witnessing to it and inviting others to share it with us.
A booklet DOORWAY TO FAITH– unlocking the Mystery of faith will be available at the Masses at the weekend.  €2.  A journey of Prayer through the Catechism of the Catholic Church for the Year of Faith 2012-2013.

Apostolic Letter from Pope Benedict XVI for the Year of Faith

“The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism (cf. Rom 6:4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory (cf. John 17:22). To profess faith in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is to believe in one God who is Love (cf. 1 John 4) the Father, who in the fullness of time sent his Son for our salvation; Jesus Christ, who in the mystery of his death and resurrection redeemed the world; the Holy Spirit, who leads the Church across the centuries as we await the Lord’s glorious return.” – Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter from Pope Benedict XVI for the Year of Faith

Click on the following link to read the full text of the Holy Father’s Apostolic Letter which was issued on 11 October 2011.
Resources for the Year of Faith are available from the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane, Cork.
Tel: 021-4537603.
Email: charles.kiely@corkandross.org