Findings of the Apostolic Visitation in Ireland

The publication of the findings of the Apostolic Visitation in Ireland has aroused much public comment. I would like to make a few comments about the findings and, in the process, hopefully clear up some misinformation that surrounded the reaction to it.
It is most unusual for the Pope to send in a high powered delegation of cardinals to investigate a national church. It shows how seriously Pope Benedict takes the situation in the Irish Church. A visitation is a bit like a whole school evaluation: its intention is to find out what is happening on the ground and to see, in particular, how certain critical issues are being addressed. The visitors seemed to focus on three areas: safeguarding children, the formation of seminarians and, thirdly, the extent to which the Irish Church is adhering to Catholic teaching.
On the first count, the cardinals found – not surprisingly – that safeguarding issues are now being dealt with in a proper way. They acknowledge the failures of the past and they are confident that every diocese and religious order is following guidelines that are as good as is humanly possible at this time. The implementation of the guidelines is monitored on an ongoing basis by the National Board for Safeguarding Children (NBSC), under the leadership of Ian Elliott, a Presbyterian from Northern Ireland, a man who is hugely respected by all sectors of society.
The second area investigated by the visitors was seminary training. Surprisingly, this aspect of the findings got huge time on the airwaves. This is where misinformation was most evident. It was reported that seminarians would now be cut off from lay people in Maynooth. I know Maynooth very well and I am completely up to date with the changes that are being implemented. Students are sitting at lectures every day side by side with their lay counterparts. If they are taking a degree in the NUI they leave the seminary early in the morning and return in the evening. That is hardly the lifestyle of someone cut off from the world. After the degree they move into theology. There are seven times as many lay people studying theology in Maynooth as there are seminarians. Lectures are common to all. Then again, seminarians who play hurling, football, soccer or rugby do so with their counterparts in the secular university, the NUI. So it is a total myth to say that seminarians are cut off from the world.
What has taken place is that the seminarians’ residential quarters are out of bounds to the public, as they should be. Maynooth is a very open place and people can wander through the seminary corridors as they wish. It seems logical to me that the access should surely stop short of the living quarters of students. We don’t open our homes to the public or even to our neighbours. Everyone is entitled to and needs a modicum of privacy. The second change is that seminarians will have their own refectory. Up to now they ate in a huge hall which was open to everyone: I thought it was like a train station; this is a good move. Seminarians will still be there for coffee breaks and are totally free to have their meals in that area if they wish. So there: you can’t believe everything you hear on the airwaves.
The third area of the findings that received attention during the week was the question of the teaching of the Church. Big words, like magisterium and orthodoxy were dismissed by some commentators as if they were infectious diseases. Those who carried out the investigation of the Irish Church expressed the view that there was confusion about the teaching of the church and that some priests and lay people were deciding on their own teaching. It is obvious that this is a serious problem. The Church is obliged to follow the teaching of Christ and he commissioned the Church to do so:
‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’[1]
These words were spoken by Jesus to the fledging Church. We look to the Church to find out what is true teaching and what is false. The body that ensures right teaching is called the magisterium. Orthodoxy is simply right teaching. The Church has made mistakes in the past but not about right teaching. The magisterium is a great gift to the Church enabling all of us to find out the truth. It is easily accessed in the Cathechism of the Catholic Church, which was published in English in 1994. Courses are available in this diocese on the catechism and are advertised regularly in the parish.
This is an occasion to welcome the high priority that is being given to the Irish Church by Pope Benedict. Investigations and audits are a necessary part of every area of life and the Church should be no exception. But the findings should be honestly appraised and not used as fodder to knock the Church which we all hold dear.

Fr. Noel O’Sullivan

Safeguarding Children

Revised Policy for Safeguarding Children published by Bishop

On Monday November 14th, Bishop John Buckley launched a revised policy document entitled Safeguarding Children in the Diocese of Cork and Ross.
The previous Diocesan Guidelines were published in 2007. Since then, the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church published a Standards and Guidance document for the Catholic Church in Ireland in 2009.
The Cork and Ross new policy document is the work of a Diocesan Child Safeguarding Committee. It has brought Diocesan policies and procedures into line with the principles and standards laid down in the national document.
This is another step in the efforts of Cork & Ross to put in place effective measures for safeguarding children. Bishop Buckley, in the foreword, says “this new policy document is a statement of the ongoing commitment of this Diocese to ensuring that all children and young people who are involved in Church-related activities are safeguarded and respected”.
The revised policy document is being distributed to all the priests of the Diocese and to over 180 lay Parish Representatives from every Parish who have been trained in the past three years.
A brochure has also been produced by the Diocese which gives essential information, advice and contact details for the relevant personnel operating in this area. Copies of this will be distributed to all parishes throughout the Diocese shortly.
Child Protection
An Garda Siochaba: 4522000
H.S.E.: 4923001
Mary Ryder (Parish): 087 – 2610276

Parish Child Protection Policy displayed on Parish Assembly Notice Board in Church

Related Linkwww.corkandross.org/html/diocese/safeguarding/safeguarding.jsp

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 13th – 22nd Sept. 2011

Turner’s Cross Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 13th – 22nd Sept. 2011

Jerusalem Cross

50 Pilgrims under  the leadership and spiritual direction of Fr. Kerry Murphy-O’Connor, Fr. Liam O’Driscoll,
Fr. George Murphy & Fr. Martin O’Driscoll

Pilgrimage guide: Bassam Canavati from Bethlehem

Tuesday 13th Sept.
We depart from Cork Airport direct to Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv. We are met by our guide Bassam Canavati, who accompanies us for the duration of our stay.  We sing “Jerusalem” as we get our first glimpse of the Holy City.  Our Hotel ‘The Olive Tree’ is a short distance from the Old City in Jerusalem

Wednesday Sept. 14th   After breakfast. we depart for the summit of the Mount of Olives, to the little Chapel of the Ascension – the Christian and Muslim holy site that is believed to mark the place where Jesus ascended into heaven. To the Church of the Pater Noster (Our Father).  On the way down the Mount of Olives we stop for Mass at the Dominus Flevit Church (built in the shape of a tear drop to commemorate Jesus weeping over The City of Jerusalem).  Outside the Church a panoramic view of the Old City, the Temple Area and The Dome of the Rock comes into view.  On to the foot of the Mount of Olives where we visit the Tomb of the Virgin Mary.  After lunch to Ein Karem to the Visitation Shrine – the home of Zachariah and Elizabeth, the birthplace of John the Baptist . On our way back to Jerusalem we visit Emmaus where Jesus joined the two disciples on the evening of his Resurrection.

Star marking the spot where Jesus was born

Thurs. Sept. 15th. We travel to Bethlehem passing through the checkpoint as we enter Palestinian territory – It is sad to witness the high security wall built around the town. First we visit the lovely Milk Grotto, tradition tells us it’s from here the flight into Egypt took place. We have Mass in the Nativity Basilica above the cave where Jesus was born. We visit the cave after Mass.  After lunch in Bethlehem, we progress on to the Shepherds’ Field where the shepherds heard the news of the birth of  Jesus on that first Christmas night. It feels a little strange to be singing Christmas carols with the sun shining simultaneously!Back to Jerusalem. After dinner, we journey to Gethsemane where the agony in the garden took place. We have a quiet Holy Hour.  It is a prayerful moving experience.  We see the olive trees in the garden and the rock of the agony before the altar in The Church of All Nation


Mount of Olives, Church of  All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane

Friday  Sept 16th A very early morning wake up call! We travel the short distance to the Damascus Gate and enter the Old City. On to the Church of the  Holy Sepulchre, and are privileged to have our Mass inside the tomb where the body of Jesus was laid on Good Friday, Onwards, up the steps to Mount Calvary  – we touch the rock on which Jesus was crucified and see the slab where the body of Jesus lay before burial. After a coffee break, we  walk through the narrow  crowded streets to the Church of St. Anne where Mary lived with parents Joachim and Anne.   In the same grounds is the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus cured the crippled man who could not get into the pool when the waters were stirred. Then to the Church of Flagellation where Jesus was scourged. We cross the court yard to the Church of Condemnation where he was condemned to death. From here we commence the Stations of the Cross and take turns to carry the big wooden Cross along Via Dolorosa stopping at each station along the way until we arrive back at the Holy Sepulchre.  After lunch in the Old City we walk to Mount Zion to the  Cenacle – The Room where the Last Supper took place. on to the Dormition Abbey where Our Lady may have died. We go under the main Church to the crypt and say the mystery of the Rosary -‘The Assumption’.  Then back to our hotel for a rest,  tired but happy after a long day of walking.


The Wailing Wall

Saturday  Sept 17th  We travel the short distance to the famous Ecole Biblique (where Stephen the first martyr is buried) for our Mass.   We meet  Fr. Kerry’s  brother Fr. Jerome who has lived, studied and taught here for the past forty seven years. He talks to us after Mass and answers our questions.
From there  to St. Peter’s Gallicantu, the house of Caiaphas where Peter denied Jesus. We see the dungeon where Jesus spent the night before he died. Outside we see the steps that Jesus would have walked on going from the Upper Room to Gethsemane on the first Holy Thursday night. We look out over the Kedron Valley, see the Potters Field where Judas went after betraying Jesus in the garden.  After lunch to Zion Gate, we walk to The Wailing Wall, where we put on our kappels (little white skullcap) and place our petitions in the crevices of this famous wall.

Sunday  Sept 18th    We say good bye to  Jerusalem and travel to Bethany (where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead) for Mass. On to Jerico we see Zacchaus’s Sycamore tree and Mt of Temptations, We continue driving along the shores of the Dead Sea to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.  After lunch, many have a swim in the Dead Sea..  We travel north through the Judean Desert to our Royal Plaza Hotel overlooking the sea of Galilee  in Tiberias.

Monday Sept. 19th On our way to Nazareth we visit the ruins of the ancient Roman City of Sepphoris – a fascinating place. Joseph would have worked here and brought the boy Jesus with him on occasions.    On to Nazareth, where  the Holy Family lived, and Jesus grew up, preached, taught and worked. A visit to Mary’s Well, and the Church of Annunciation for Mass. We walk up the narrow street to the Synagogue  where Jesus, read from the scrolls of the Old Testament.   On to  Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding feast.  In the Franciscan Church we renew our commitment  (each of us had a part in this ceremony whether we were married, single, widowed or religious).


Renewal of Baptismal promises in the River Jordan

Tuesday  Sept 20th   After breakfast the short drive to the Sea of Galilee. It is in this area that Jesus spent most of his ministry. The boat trip on this beautiful lake is tranquil and  memorable.  When the engine of the boat is turned off, we reflect silently on what has been read (Matthew 8:23 / 14:22.).  It is a moment to remember.  The Irish Anthem is sung.  On to the Mount of Beatitudes, a visit to the Octagonal Church representing the eight Beatitudes over-looking the Lake. We have our Mass in the open air beside the church of the Primacy of St Peter where he was made Pope. Then to Tabgha, The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes – the feeding of the 5000, with the famous mosaic on the floor depicting basket of loaves and two fish. To Capernaum where Jesus called his apostles and worked many miracles. The Church here is built over the house of Peter where Jesus stayed during his ministry in Galilee.   We visit the ruins of the nearby Synagogue where Jesus taught.  After lunch we travel around the Lake to Yardenit Baptismal Site on the Jordan River where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist.  Many of us don the white robe and into the Jordan to renew our Baptismal promises. On our way back to our hotel we pass by Magdala , the birthplace of Mary Magdalene


Mount Tabor

Wednesday  Sept  21st  We travel to the top of Mount Tabor where the Transfiguration of Jesus took place before Peter James & John.  Our final Mass of the Pilgrimage in the   Church of the Transfiguration – this church like so many of the Holy Land Churches and sites are in the care of the Franciscans. We have a magnificent view across the plain of Jezreel.  Fr. Kerry thanks all who helped to make our time in the Holy Land such a memorable and enriching experience. Frank makes a presentation to our guide Bassam who was a truly wonderful guide and Thecla a presentation to our Driver. On our way back to Tiberias a short visit to the village of Naim, where Jesus brought the widow’s son back to life.  After lunch an opportunity to swim in the Lake or to do some shopping

Thursday Sept 22nd At the dawn we say goodbye to Galilee, onwards to Tel Aviv Airport and our flight to Cork.


Our Guide, Bassam Canavati

My sincere thank to  Bassam, Frs. Liam, George & Martin our cantor Mary and all who helped to make our Pilgrimage a truly memorable experience.
Fr. Kerry. 

Thank You to people of Turner’s Cross

Thank you 
Trocaire – Appeal for Famine Relief in East Africa.
Our sincere thanks to all who contributed so generously to the appeal last weekend  €8,438 came in and was sent to Trocaire on Wednesday. The Director of Trocaire Justin Kilcullen has assured us that your contributions are being used immediately through  their food distribution centers in  Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. Recently he returned to Somalia to visit the Trócaire health centers , that are providing health care and food to thousands of people affected by the current food crisis. Over 2.8 million people – one-third of the entire population of the country – is in need of emergency aid.


Thank you for helping us

Experience of Lourdes


Experience of Lourdes – Darragh McKevitt:

Not knowing what to expect from the trip, I made the decision to go somewhat hesitantly. We were a random group of young people and most of us didn’t know anyone else. We did have some preparation sessions, but I feel that it was the experiences we had when actually in Lourdes that bonded us together.

All I can say about the experience was that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Having worked with and assisted people, most of whom were severely limited physically or intellectually, you gain a much greater appreciation of your own fortune in life and find yourself giving thanks for what you have. In comparison to these people, our problems were very small indeed.

Speaking for the young people that made the pilgrimage, most of us were not there for religious reasons, although that is of course the essence of Lourdes, but more for the altruistic aspect of it. That said, it was nice to be in the company of like-minded young people who shared similar values and beliefs. We wanted to give of our time to help those less fortunate and less able-bodied than ourselves. This common motivation was the key to us developing friendships that will last a long time.

I could not recommend this more if you are the kind of person who is not afraid to roll up their sleeves and give of themselves to better someone else’s life. It certainly helps to be outgoing and friendly, as the patients really appreciate someone who is willing to have a chat with them!

New Parish Assembly

Members of Turner’s Cross second Parish Assembly: 2011-2013
Following a successful nomination process  all who were nominated were invited to consider the invitation to join the parish assembly. The photograph shows those who responded to the call from their fellow parishioners. The group followed the Diocesan formation programme and have established four working groups liturgy; faith enrichment; young people & children; building community and have nominated Bernadette Hegarty as the chairperson and Marie Long as the secretary.

Bernadette Hegarty Marie Long Fiacra Bracken
Frank McKevitt Lillian Lernihan Alan Casey
Br Aidan McHugh Chris Fitzgerald Margaret O’Reilly
Catherine Molloy Julette Jones Olive Kenny
Breda Dempsey Geraldine Sheehan Mary Rose Hickey
Clare Kelly Mary Sheehan Irene Dermody
Susan Corkery Beth O’Sullivan Mary O’Mahony
Tony Power John Healy Mary Cotter
Maurice Noonan Dave Buckley Fr. Charlie Kiely
Fr. Kerry Murphy-O’Connor

Useful Links

The Pope’s Message for Lent 2011
http://www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/EN2/articolo.asp?c=464324

Stations of the Cross
http://www.kandle.ie/2011/03/03/stations-cross-times-2011/

Next Sundays Readings:
http://www.corkandross.org/feeds.jsp?feedtype=reading&nextsun=yes

Pray as You go
http://www.pray-as-you-go.org/

English Cardinal represents Pope in India
http://www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/EN2/Articolo.asp?c=461291

Saint of the Day
Catholic saints are holy people and human people who lived extraordinary lives. Each saint the Church honors responded to God’s invitation to use his or her unique gifts. God calls each one of us to be a saint. Click here to read about the Saint of the Day
http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/SaintOfDay/default.aspx

A Young Man on a Mission – RTE ‘Documentary on One’
http://www.kandle.ie/2010/12/09/young-man-mission-rte-documentary-one/

Message of Cardinal Levada on ordination of former Anglicans
http://www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/EN2/Articolo.asp?c=454535

Friday Penance – new resource
http://www.kandle.ie/2010/12/02/friday-penance-resource/

Catholic News
http://www.cinews.ie/

Vatican News
http://www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/en1/index.asp

Pope Benedict on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/user/vatican

Eucharist Congress 2012
http://www.iec2012.ie/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVmpfYfMLqE&feature=player_embedded

Joyful Celebrations Greet New Bishop in Native Parish

On Sunday evening Bishop Kieran O’Reilly S.M.A. received a wonderful welcome on his first official visit to his native parish, since his ordination as Bishop of Killaloe at the end of August. The Church of Christ the King  in Turner’s Cross was packed to capacity as family, neighbours and old friends turned out to greet and congratulate the new Bishop. The Liturgy of welcome highlighted the new Bishop¹s story of faith and paid tribute to family, teachers, religious and priests who had helped to shape Bishop Kieran’s vocation. It also acknowledged the wonderful service that the new bishop has given to the Church as a missionary pastor, as a teacher and as a leader.

In welcoming the new Bishop home, Fr. Kerry expressed a warm welcome to Bishop Kieran and his family saying “it’s great to have you home to this Church, this place that has meant so much to you, the rock from which you were hewn, the community  where you have so many memories. Returning to the roots of your faith.”

He then presented Bishop O’Reilly with a case containing a vestment and Sacred Oil Stock for use in administering the Sacrament of Confirmation.

In accepting the gift from the people of the Turner’s Cross Parish Bishop Kieran recalled his school days in the parish and the great moments of First Communion and Confirmation in the Church of Christ the King. He thanked all who contributed to making his homecoming so special and memorable.

Following the liturgy, the congregation led by Mayfield Brass Band and Colour Party of scouts marched  up Evergreen Rd to the Scoil Chriost Ri Hall where a reception was held and memories were shared.

Parish of Christ the King, Turner’s Cross, Cork City, Ireland

Archdeacon Kerry Murphy-O’Connor 
The Presbytery,  Turner’s Cross, Cork City, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)21-4312466
E-mail: kerrymoc@eircom.net

Fr. Billy O’Sullivan 
The Presbytery,  Turner’s Cross, Cork City, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)21-4313103
E-mail: frbillyosullivan@gmail.com

Parish Mobile:  +353 (0)87-2610276

Sacristy / Enquiries:
Phone: 021-4312465  Parish Mobile: 087-2610276
Monday – Thurdsay:  9,30 am – 10.45am   Saturday:  5.15pm- 6.45pm  Sunday: 9.30am – 12.45pm
Sacrastin: Jack Kiely
E-mail: kerrymoc@eircom.net  /  frbillyosullivan@gmail.com

Parish Assembly
Chairperson
Bernadette Hegarty
Secretary
Marie Long
Names of Members of Parish Assembly on notice board at back of Church
Meet on second Monday of month in Parish Center at 8pm

Child Protection
An Garda Siochaba: 4522000
H.S.E.: 4923001
Mary Ryder (Parish): 087 – 2610276
Parish Child Protection Policy displayed on Parish Assembly Notice Board in Church

Presentation Sisters
Christ King Convent, Evergreen Rd. Cork
Tel: +353 (0)21-4966552
E-Mail: presturners@eircom.net

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

Schools

Bunscoil Chriost Ri Turners Cross: (Co-Educational Primary School)
Tel: +353 (0)21-4963629
E-mail: info@scoilchriostri.ie   Web Page:   www.criostri.ie

Christ King Girls Secondary School
Tel: +353 (0)21-4961448
E-mail: admin@christkingschool.com   Web Page: www.christkingschool.com

Coláiste Chríost Rí   (Boys Secondary School)
Tel: +353 (0)21-4274904
E-mail: info@ccrcork.com    Web Page:  www.http://ccrcork.com

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

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
34 Paul St.
Tel: 021-4275678

Cura: Crisis pregnancy
34 Paul St.
Tel: 021-4277544

Alcoholics Anonymous
Tel: 021- 4500481

Sullivan /Forde Funeral Services:
021-4316316

Turner’s Cross Community Centre, Curragh Road 
: 087-7855241