August 24th 2003 – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Going somewhere
Some left angrily, noisily: it may have been the hard sayings on divorce,chastity, fidelity, justice. In other cases people just went – no particularreason or grief. Was it the parish, some issue, personality clash with thepriest – or just tiredness?
While the one who is missing is missed -what about you who read this? Your faithfulness is noted. You did not leave because of hard sayings, or troubled times in and out of the church. In an age of straight talk, you are a rock in shifting sands and choices.
Loyalty and faithfulness are the core of the readings for this weekend. Joshua gathers the tribes and challenges their loyalty to God (first reading). Paul brings the relationship closer to home in how we relate toeach other. His words may sound a bit quaint and hard to accept at times, but his core message urging loyalty and love are eternal. The story is told of a king who hosted a feast for his kingdom.
Each family was to provide one bottle of the best wine for the banquet. When the King poured the first cup from the royal vat – he looked into clear pure water. It seems that everybody in the kingdom thought their little bottle of water would not matter in the vat of wine.
Your part matters! Your faithfulness counts.

Church Restoration Found
Lotto Draw August 18th
6, 16, 21, 22
No Winner
€35 Cash
C. McCarthy, N. Cotter, M. Carroll, M. O’Callaghan
This Week’s Jackpot €6,200
Last weeks net take € 2826. Last weeks second collection €1045
Sponsorship €400 for Church Seat
Old money still welcome for Restoration Fund, Box at the back of the Church

Ladies Evening Echo Mini-Maraton
Sunday 21st September in aid of the Church Restoration Fund Sponsorship cards available in the Sacristy after Mass today and in the Parish office during the week (Mon. – Fri. 9 am -1 pm)

We remember in our prayers Christy O’Mahony Congress Rd who died recently. We extend our sympathy to his family.

25 Years a Priest
Our congratulations and good wishes to Fr. Kieran O’Reilly, Superior General of the Society of the African Missions who celebrates the Silver Jubilee of his Priestly Ordination. Fr. Kieran parents Sean and Therese live in Fr. Matthew Rd. Our prayers and good wishes go to Fr. Kieran and his
family. Ad multos annos

The Historical Jesus
Fr. Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, OP, Internationally acclaimed Scripture scholar
based in Jerusalem will give six talks on the Historical Jesus on next Saturday and Sunday 30th and 31st August at St. Dominic’s Retreat & Conference Centre, Ennismore, Montenotte, Cork. Details on notice board at back of Church. Bookings; through the secretary at St. Dominic’s

Church Restoration Fund Golf Classic
took place in Cork Golf Club, Little Island last Monday 18th Aug. 41 teams participated. We thank our main sponsor The Musgrave Group and those who sponsored the teams, greens & tees. Our thanks to those who organised the event. A net profit of € 26,500 was raised for the Church Restoration Fund.
Outside the Parish Lotto this was the biggest fundraiser to date.

Theology from Home
Would you like to learn more about your faith? The Dominicans are offering a five-month course, "Introduction to Scripture", starting this September.
If you are interested, phone: The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24.
Tel: 01-4048124, or 01-4048132.

Help for the people of The Gambia in West Africa Collection of clean and dry men's, women's and children's clothing,
shoes & household textiles, bedlinen, curtains, towels for the people of The Gambia, West Africa will take place from the Parish Centre onThursday 28th August.
Clothes etc. to be packed in plastic bags (shoes tied and in separate bag no high heels or ladies boots) to be handed in to the Parish Centre on the evening of Wednesday 27th Aug. 4 pm.-8pm or the morning of Thursday 28th August 7.30am- 12 noon. Please note items cannot be accepted before or after these times.

Family Studies Courses 2003-2004
For Parents, workers in Caring professions and those involved in Community / Parish work. Commences; Tues. 7th Oct. Venue Family Ministry Paul St. Tel. 4275136 Full details on poster at back of Church. Early booking essential places are limited

Important Date for your diary
27th Sept.(Saturday) Concert with Liam Lawton and ‘Lorica’. Their Autumn tour begins here in Christ the King Church. Liam Lawton’s music has found its way into many hearts and homes in Ireland and far beyond. The proceeds from the Concert on Sat. 27th Sept. will go towards the Church Restoration Fund.
Details of tickets etc. next weekend.

Catholic Papers
are on sale at the back of the Church
– The Irish Catholic – The Universe –
The Catholic Times