November 17th 2002 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

O Blessed are those who fear the Lord
and walk in his ways!

The Old Testament is fond of repeating that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Of course, fear is exaggerated if it takes over from love. Then it paralyses action, like the servant who buried his talent because he was scared of the master.
A healthy fear of God underlies respect for God and obedience to his laws. The psalm pictures prosperous fields and contented families. Respect for God’s laws will make us care for the earth and work for stability in family life.
The psalmist prays for a happy Jerusalem. How sad is the news each night of ceaseless trouble in that holy city! How long must the conflict continue before people see the light? And this war, like many another, is carried on under the guise of religious zeal!
People must return to the fear of God, the Lord who loves the people of all nations.

The second collection next weekend is the Annual Diocesan Collection for St. Anne’s Family Services / Adoption Society.

Parish Visitation
Fr. John will visit homes in Greenhills Court.
Fr. Kerry will visit homes on Connolly Road.

We remember in our prayers
Eddie Kelleher,  St. Joseph’s, Derrynane Road, and
Sr. Bernadette O’Grady, who taught for many years in our School.
We extend our sympathy to their families and community.

Cork Institute of Technology
are hosting their annual Open Day on Friday 22 November from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.
Main features of the Open Day will be a Careers Exhibition, to be held in the West Atrium, and series of Information Sessions and Demonstrations that will take place in the various departments throughout the Bishopstown campus.
Students will have opportunities of meeting with lecturers and students and seeing the extensive facilities available in CIT, both for courses and extra-curricular activities.

Irish Heart Foundation — Mulcahy Lecture
Professor Richard Mulcahy will give a public lecture on:
“The Importance of Exercise in Relation to Coronary Heart Disease” at the Metropole Hotel, Cork, on Thursday November 28th at 8.00 pm. Admission is free of charge. All are welcome.

Annual Mass
for living and deceased members of St. Finbarr’s National Hurling & Football Club will be celebrated at the Club on Monday night 25th November at 8 pm. All are welcome.

LOTTO DRAW Nov. 11th
Numbers drawn:  8,  11,  26,  27.
€35 CASH
P. Byrne,    F. Crowley,    M. Ahern,    T. H.
Last week’s net “take”       €3,193
Last week’s second Collection       €1,440

Old Money is still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at the back of the Church.

Parish Christmas Card
on sale after Mass today and during the week in the Parish Office. If you would like your friends to share in a TRIDUUM of Masses to be offered in our Church on 25, 26, 27 of Dec. a card is available at €2.50.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
Bí linn Cois Tine
A night of Songs, Music, Dance and Story
Fear a’ Tí  – Seán Ó Sé
Bishopstown G.A.A. Club
Saturday November 23rd at 9 pm
Gach eolas ó Lena Ó Sé  (021)  4961410

There are many missionary groups in our Diocese. Each year a member of one of the missionary organisations comes to our Parish to speak at the Masses and inform us of their mission apostolate. This weekend we welcome Sr. Máiréad Hickey, a member of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Apostles from Ardfoyle, Ballintemple.

I asked for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got noting that I asked for,
But everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered,
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.