March 9th 2003 – 1st Sunday of Lent

Food for Thought
At the soup-run in the city centre, people gather and share food and companionship, some live and sleep in the doorways and on park benches, oblivious to the weather. Some are hungry; some have eaten well. Many are ill. All are lonely. All want contact with other human beings. The food itself is not so important; it is the excuse for approaching one another; it is the meeting point between people and, in the sharing of a sandwich, they celebrate; they give thanks for each other.
It never ceases to amaze passers-by,  how the homeless share what they have — a sandwich, a drink, a cigarette, a blanket, a cardboard box. If only the rest of us did the same.
“If you give your bread to the hungry, you will rise in the darkness.”
Action: Listen to someone’s story without telling your own.
Prayer: Help me, Lord, even just once in my life, to be able to give my love to someone in the greatest need of it.
Read: what is on the side of your Trócaire Family Fast Box.

The Second Collection
this weekend is for
St Anne’s Family Services & Adoption Society.

Passion Play
(Monday & Tuesday of Holy Week)
Rehearsals continue this Wednesday at 7.45 pm.
(Please note the time as the Girls’ First Confessions
will be in the Church at 7 pm.)
If you would like to be part of the Passion Play,
come and join us.

Morning Mass
The Lenten morning Masses continue at 7.30 & 10.
It is great and encouraging to see the big numbers of people at the Masses.

St Patrick’s Day
As St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday, there will be a Vigil Mass in our Church on Sun. 16th March at 6 pm, and at 9, 10.30 and 12 noon on Mon. 17th.
The 6 pm Mass on Sunday will facilitate those who will be travelling to Dublin to see the All Ireland Club Final.

Trócaire Lenten Family Fast boxes
are available at the back of the Church and in the Parish Office.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society
Monthly meeting in the Parish Centre on this Tuesday 11th March at 8 pm.

Parish Visitation
Fr. John will visit South Douglas Road.
Fr. Kerry will visit O’Connell Crescent.

A series of lunch time Talks from the Margins at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross, on this Wednedsday 12th March, 1.10 — 1.30 pm.
Speaker: Fr, Seán Healy, Director of Justice, C.O.R.I.
Light snack included.

Invitation from Irish Friends of the Suicide Bereaved
to call to our newly established DROP IN CENTRE in the Planning Office, St. Finbarr’s Hospital. Tel. 4316722.
If you are in need of support, do drop in for a chat and a cup of tea Wednesday nights 8 — 10 pm.

A.G.M.  South Parish & Surrounding areas Summer Scheme
A.G.M. takes place on  Mon. 10th March at 8.15 pm in the Community Centre, Sawmill St. To secure another fantastic year, your attendance is essential.

Irish Night at Ardfallen Centre, Douglas Road, Thurs. 20th March 9 pm — 12.  €7 including aupper. Donal Ring Céilí Bnad. Proceeds to the Third World.

Fr. Aidan Troy C.P. will be the special preacher at the Peace Mass on this Sunday at 3.30 pm in St. Augustine’s Church.
Rev. David Armstrong (C of I) will preach at an Ecumenical Peace Service on Sun. 16th March in the Church of the Way of the Cross, Togher at 4 pm.  All are welcome.

LOTTO DRAW 3rd March
Numbers drawn:  1,  25,  22,  26.
€35 CASH
M. Brady,   M. Harrinton,   Gould,   Joe Cotter
Last week’s net “take”       €3,237
Last week’s Collection       €1,211
Anonymous Donations:        €20,  €40    
The Old Money is still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at back of the Church.

Sponsored Walk
in aid of the Church Restoration Fund: Sunday 23rd March at 3 pm — Turners Cross to the Lough. Sponsorship Cards available after Mass today.