December 29th 2002 – Feast of the Holy Family

Family life is very important in the Jewish tradition. The greatest feast of the year, Passover, is celebrated in the home. Today’s Psalm recalls the blessing of God on Abraham, his son Isaac and grandson Jacob. Down through family lines, the promise of God was passed on.
Given the Jewish respect for the family, it is no surprise that  the long-awaited Messiah should grow to maturity in wisdom and grace in the family setting.
Two lines of the psalm challenge us:
Be proud of his name. It is in the environment of family that respect for God’s name and all it represents will be passed on. Nothing betrays the shallowness of faith today as commonly as the disrespect for God’s name.
Constantly seek his face. We look at a little baby to discern the family likeness to father or mother. If I belong to the family of Christ, can others see the face of Christ in my character and behaviour?

Thank You
Every parish is a kind of family — an extended family. Together united in faith, hope and love groups of followers of Jesus Christ gather in mutual support, to live a Christian life. Together they worship God, especially at Mass; together they share their faith with their children and with others. Such it is, or should be, in every parish.
It is right as the year ends, to thank God that in our parish of Turners Cross there are so many families and individuals who live the faith they profess. In our Parish there are many people whose special contribution to parish life is essential and immense. Through their often unnoticed work, the Parish runs smoothly and parish life is enriched. Today we offer our special thanks to these — Ministers of Word and Eucharist, the Choir, Altar Servers, Church Collectors, Sacristan, Altar Society, those who care for the Church and clean it every week, Parish Dues Collectors,
We thank those involved in the fund raising for the Church Restoration: those who have been and who are organising various fund raising events; the promoters and organisers of the Parish Lotto  and those who contributed. We thank those who put up the Crib and decorated the sanctuary so beautifully; those who gave poinsettia pot plants and flowers
Fr. John and I thank you for the welcome you give us when we visit your homes and for your support in the Parish Dues and the Christmas and Easter offerings. It is much appreciated.
We wish you a very happy and peaceful New Year.
— Fr. Kerry.

Weekday Mass
Morning Mass will be at 10 am, except on Wednesday 1st January, Mass at 11 am.
Epiphany: Monday 6th January.
Masses:  8 am,  10 am,  12 noon  &  6 pm.
PLEASE NOTE: No Vigil Mass on Sun. evening Jan 5th

Parish Calendar
If you haven’t received a copy of the Parish Calendar you can collect your copy (free) from the Parish Office or the Sacristy.

Our Thanks  to St. Micheal’s Brigini Co., Doyle Road, for €50, the proceeds of a raffle they organised for our Church Restoration Fund — and to those who sent in toys and gifts. The local St. Vincent de Paul Conference have distributed them to the needy.

LOTTO DRAWS Dec. 23rd & Dec. 30th.
Numbers Drawn:
Dec. 23rd:  6,  7,  12,  17.
Dec. 30th:  2,  12,  21,  25.
€35 CASH
(1) P. Quinn,  M. Brady,  K. Breen,  R. Dwane (Jnr.)
(2) C. Dorgan, R. O’Mahony, C. Sheehan, S. McCarthy
NEXT JACKPOT :    €1975
Net “take” 1st Draw    €3,061  
Net “take” 2nd Draw    €2,884    
Last week’s second Collection       €1,472
Anonymous Donation:    €20    
The next Lotto Draw will be on Tuesday 7th Jan. 2003.    

A New Beginning
As the New Year starts and the old year ends,
There’s no better time to make amends
for all the things we sincerely regret
and wish in our hearts
we could somehow forget.
We all make mistakes and it’s human to err,
but no one need ever give up in despair,
for God gives us all a brand new beginning,
a chance to start over and repent of our sinning.