February 17th 2002 – 1st Sunday of Lent

The Vision Thing
Many people have too much willpower. It’s ‘won’t-power’ we lack. This sentiment of not giving in to one’s desires seems to go against what society tends to support: the idea that we should not be deprived of everything we crave.
So you want that fry, even though the doctor said your cholesterol was too high? Go and get it at the local fast food restaurant. Getting tired of your spouse — bored? Go out and have a fling. Feeling down in the dumps? Let’s get stoned! After all, ‘everybody’s doing it’.
Instinctively we know that not every urge, craving or desire is a worthy one: a truth best illustrated by the case of the son of Louis XVI of France. His father dethroned, the prince was taken by his father’s enemies. If they could destroy him morally, he would never realise the great destiny that life had bestowed on him. Over six months, he was exposed to everything that could drag down the human soul. Not once did he buckle. The boy said: ‘I cannot do what you ask for I was born to be a king.’
As we begin another Lent, what vision have you of life, of yourself? God has great dreams for you. Live well!

Back to the Church
All going well, we will be back in the Church next weekend 23/24 February. The weekday Masses will continue in Sullivans Funeral Home 8 am & 10 am. It’s great to see the big numbers at the morning Masses.
The date for the completion of the works on the Church is mid-April.

Parish Visitation
Fr. John will visit Railway Place and Main Douglas Road.
Fr. Kerry will visit Fr. Matthew Road and Erin Terrace.

We remember in our prayers:
Vincent O’Keeffe,  Fr. Matthew Road,
John Considine,  Cross Douglas Road,
Sarah Madden,  Mercier Park,
who died during the week. We extend our sympathy to their families. May they rest in peace.

Diocesan Directory 2002 (Cork & Ross)
on sale after Mass. Also The Irish Catholic & The Universe.

South Parish & Local Areas Summer Scheme A.G.M.
Date:    Monday 18th February, at 8.15 pm
Venue:    South Parish Community Centre, Sawmill Street.
Rear of Fiat Garage.
Support of parents and friends is vital for scheme’s success.

Child Labour — 5 Shameful Facts
* About 250 million children between 5 and 14 work. Of these, some 80 million are estimated to work in the worst forms of child labour.
* More than 300,000 children are serving as child soldiers around the world.
* UNICEF estimates that 200,000 children from Western and Central Africa are sold into slavery each year.
* Basic education is the key to eliminating the worst forms of child labour. In 2000, 325 m. children were denied primary and secondary schooling.. 183 million of these were girls.
* Up to 2 million women and girls world-wide are victims of a growing trade in forced labour within the sex industry.

Have you got your Trócaire family fast box?

Numbers drawn: 8,  10,  19,  26,
€35 CASH
B. Gould, O’Dea Family, C. Kavanagh, C. O’Connor
Last week’s net “take”       €3,600
Anonymous Donations:        €100, €30, €1,500    

The Change is still welcome!
There is still time to donate your coins to the Church Restoration Fund. Collection Box at the rear of the Hall. Last week €211 came in. Many thanks for all your Contributions.