January 26th 2003 – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Call
Today’s Gospel launches Jesus on his public ministry. He has come to bring people back from the wrong paths to the reign of God. Repent and believe the Good News.
The accompanying psalm is a prayer of dedication to God’s ways:
Lord, make me know your ways,
Lord, teach me your paths.
Jesus calls the fishermen to leave their boats and to follow him. To become a disciple demands more than subscribing to a set of doctrines or moral principles. To believe means, above all, to give one’s heart to the Lord in a personal relationship. It means to walk the road of life in the company of the Lord.
Lord, make me know your truth and teach me;
for you are God my saviour.
The psalmist calls on God to remember his mercy, love and goodness. People who are humble enough to know their spiritual poverty will always seek to know his ways and to walk in his presence.

Our time is growing short
It is interesting that while time always passes at the same pace, our perception of it changes depending on the activity on which we are engaged. Does time really fly when we are having fun? During the 1990s there were many who would have us believe that out time on this earth was drawing to a close with the advent of the new millennium. Yet three years on many of us are still here.All that being said, there were many who were with us to welcome the new millennium who have since died, many in the hope of eternal life.
St. Paul challenges us to live every moment of our lives in a Christian way. Good habits picked up in this life should safely see us through to the next.
Live every day as if it were your last and some day you’ll be right.

Candlemas Day
Sunday next February 2nd is Candlemas Day, Mass readings are of the Presentation of the Lord. Candles will be blessed at all Masses next weekend.
Please bring candle(s) to be blessed for your home. Wax candles are available at the back of the Church today and in the Parish Office during the week. Price €1.

Dioceses of Cork & Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes
11 — 16 June 2003:   5 nights, full board
Under the patronage of The Bishop of Cork & Ross
Full details from
Joe Walsh Tours, 117 Patrick Street. Tel. 4277959

Special Olympics
will be held in Nemo Rangers Club
on Thursday next 30th January at 9 pm.
All Proceeds go to the Cork Branch of the Special Olympics.
Please support.    Poster at the back of the Church

to join our Church Choir
Vacancies for male and female members.
(1)  after 10.30 am Mass on Sunday
(2)  at Practice on Wednesday nights
in the Church at 8.15 pm
(3)  Phone correction Catherine at 4362286
Céad míle fáilte assured!

CURA — Interested in becoming a volunteer?
CURA, the organisation which caters for people with crisis pregnancy is in the process of recruiting new volunteers for their service in Paul Street, Cork 4277544.Information meetings will be held in Paul Street on Mon. 3rd Febr. at 10 am and 8 pm. You come along without any commitment. No experience necessary as full training will be given.  

Sunday Afternoon Dancing
Adult Dancing on Sunday afternoon, 2nd February, from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm, at St. Finbarr’s Hurling & Football Club, Togher.
Music by Liam Clancy. Spot prizes. Admission is €6 and proceeds are for the Lough Church Restoration Fund.

Turners Cross Gramophone Circle
Recital Tuesday next 28 Jan. at 7.45 pm in Parish Centre.
Presenter:  Matt O’Farrell.

LOTTO DRAW Jan. 20th
Numbers drawn:  1,  13,  14,  21.
€35 CASH
M. O’Riordan,  K. Brady,  P. Ahern,  M. O’Sullivan
Last week’s net “take”       €3,210
Last week’s second Collection       €1,242

The Old Money is still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at back of the Church. Recent takings came to €1,095.26. Our thanks to all and to the good lady who brings the money to the Central Bank in Dublin to be changed.

Sponsored Swim
Our thanks to all who participated in the Christmas Sponsored Swim and to those who sponsored them. So far, €6,033 has been raised.