June 2nd 2002 – Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi: The Body and Blood of Christ.
Today’s readings are all about food and life. From the earliest times God has taken care of his people.  He showed them, and us, that as well as food for our body we need spiritual food to nourish our soul.  God tells us that we cannot live on bread alone, but on everything that comes from the mouth of the Lord in the scriptures. Today we celebrate Jesus giving himself completely to us in his teaching, preaching, forgiving, healing, dying on the cross, and especially in the Eucharist under the signs of bread and wine.  
Prayer: Jesus, when I receive Holy Communion I know that I am receiving you. Help me to stay in communion with you all my life. Amen.

A Weekend to Remember
The Re-dedication of our Church last weekend was truly a memorable celebration. The presence of Cardinal Cormac and Bishop John added so much to the occasion. Our Church and School choirs led us in beautiful singing.  Our thanks to those who organised and participated in the ceremony, to Ballyphehane Pipe Band who played in the Church grounds after the ceremony. In a lovely gesture afterwards Lord Mayor Cllr. Tom O’ Driscoll welcomed Cardinal Cormac to the City and presented him with a Cork crystal bowl.  

to Ciss O’Connell, O’Connell Ave., presently in the dedicated care of the staff of St. Finbarr’s Hospital, who celebrated her 100 birthday last Saturday. The visit of Cardinal Cormac and Minister Micheál Martin enhanced the birthday celebration.

We remember in our prayers:

* Joe Madden, Friars Road
* Fr. Seán Buckley PE, Ballinhassig.
Fr. Seán served in Turners Cross 1962 – 1964. May they rest in peace.

We extend our sympathy to their families.

Exams – Good Wishes
The 8 am Mass on Wednesday next 5th June and the 10 am Mass on Thursday will be offered for those doing exams. Our good wishes and prayers to all of them.

Prayer for those doing exams:
Lord, pour out your spirit of Wisdom on those students doing exams. Help them to remain calm, to attend carefully to the questions asked, to think clearly, to remember accurately and to express themselves well. Grant that they may reflect the best of the work they have done and the best of teaching they have received. Accept their best efforts in these examinations and in the great test of life of earth. May your love be upon them, O Lord, as they place all their trust in you.

Catholic Papers
The Irish Catholic is on sale at the back of the Church €0.75. There is a box there for Catholic Papers money. This month’s issue of the free Catholic Paper, Alive! is available at the back of the Church. Please take a copy with you on your way home, and perhaps one for a friend or neighbour.

Cork Eucharistic Procession
Our parish group will assemble outside the Church gates on this Sunday at 3.00 p.m.

Because of the Bank Holiday, there will be no 8 am Mass on this Monday.

Cork Simon Community
are in urgent need of Blankets. Blankets can be dropped in to the Cork Simon Shelter, Anderson’s Quay, or to the Fund-raising Office, 69 Shandon Street (Phone 4301472) during office hours.

LOTTO DRAW: 27th May
Numbers drawn: 8, 19, 24, 26.
€35 CASH :
C. Sheehan, J. Hegarty, D. Hinchion, J. Whelan
Last week’s net ‘take’: €3,926
Christ King Girls Secondary School Cake Sale: €100
Anonymous Donation: €500

Our thanks to all who have sponsored Church furnishings. Still available:

* a seat with memorial plate: €400. To date, 68 seats have been sponsored.
* a slab for front of Church paving: €25
* new polisher/buffer for Church: €1,200

Back to Parish Centre
After nine months in exile we will be back in the Parish Centre for the Lotto Draw on Tuesday June 4 at 7.30 pm sharp. The biggest jackpot to date €9,055. Our thanks to the School authorities for allowing us to use the School premises over the past months.

Race Night
A great night at the races was held in Nemo Pavilion last Saturday. Our thanks to the organising committee, to Nemo, our sponsors, those who bought horses and advertised in our race programme, and those who came on the night to support us. The grand sum of €15,990 was raised for the Church Restoration Fund.

Sponsored Walk
The sponsored Family Walk held earlier in the month raised €3,237 for the Restoration Fund. Thanks to all the participants who braved the elements that Sunday evening and those who sponsored them.

Volunteers Wanted
Have you an hour to spare every week to help clean the Church and polish the brass? Contact one of the priests after Mass today or during the week.