March 23rd 2003 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

144 young people from our four parish schools will receive the sacrament on this Tuesday 25th March at 10.30. We extend a warm welcome to Bishop John Buckley who will lead us in our ceremony.
Before they are conformed by the Bishop, the young people are invited to renew their Baptismal Promises. Then, individually, they approach with their sponsor and kneel before the Bishop.
He lays his hand on each of the candidates. We learn in class that this tradition is an ancient symbol of the tradition of the giving of power and strength. When the Bishop places his hands over those to be confirmed, it reminds us that the Spirit will come to them in power and strength as he came on the apostles.
Then the Bishop anoints the young people with chrism. He traces the sign of the cross on the candidate's forehead and says: "Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit." When this ritual is complete, the Mass continues as normal.
As we leave the Church on this special day, we hope and pray that the candidates will be strengthened by the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and that these young people will set a positive example as members of our Christian communities. We wish all those to be confirmed and their families a lovely day on Tuesday.

Mass on Tuesday 25th March, Feast of the Annunciation, will be at 9.30 am, not 10 am. The Confirmation Mass will be at 10.30 am.
Otherwise, the weekday Masses for Lent continue at 7.30 and 10 am. It's great to see the big numbers at the Masses.

Parish Visitation
Fr. Kerry will visit homes on O'Connell Avenue.

Passion Play
in this Church on Monday & Tuesday of Holy Week
Tickets: Adults €5, Children €3 are available
in the Parish Office and after Mass today.

Spring Dues
We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the Dues envelopes and the Restoration Fund Annual Report in the Sacristy after Mass today.

We remember in our prayers:
  Pierce Barry, Curragh Road, who died during the week
and we extend our sympathy to his family.

Easter Triduum
A Triduum of Masses will be offered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week. Triduum Cards are available in the Parish Office and after Mass today.

New Ministers
We thank all those who have accepted the call to become Ministers of the Word and Eucharist. There will be a meeting in the Parish Centre on this Monday 24th March at 8.15 pm for the new ministers. Fr. Gearoid Dullea will talk on Ministry and the Mass.

Turners Cross Gramophone Circle
Recital on this Tuesday at 7.45 pm in the Parish Centre.
Presenter: Colette Buckley.

Beginning Experience
Are you Widowed, Separated or Divorced? Do you need support? The Beginning Experience offers you this support in a caring and confidential atmosphere during a Residential Weekend to be held in St. Dominic's Retreat Centre, Ennismore, Montenotte, from 25th to 27th April. For further particulars and application forms: Contact Family Ministry, 34 Paul Street.  Tel. 4275136.

Our heartiest congratulations
to Nemo Rangers on winning  the All Ireland Club Championship in Croke Park last Monday.
A truly class performance. You did your Families, Club and Parish proud. Well done to all concerned.

LOTTO DRAW March 18th
Numbers drawn:  3,  6,  13,  25.
€35 CASH
Daly Family,  O'Sullivan,  D. Fitzgibbon,  T. Bruton
Last week's net 'take'       €3,376
Last week's second Collection       €1,308
(Lotto net take 10th March     €3,300
wrong amount given last week)
Anonymous Donation    €20
Proceeds of Raffle in Beer Garden    €150
Old Money: was cashed in the Central Bank during the week €1,143.89. Many thanks to all and to the good lady who brings it to Dublin to be changed. The Old money is still welcome.    

Parish Sponsored Walk
will take place this Sunday 23rd March at 3 pm.
We gather at the Church at 3 pm and walk to the Lough. Sponsorship cards are still available.