November 30th 2003 – First Sunday of Advent

December awaits, jingle bells and all that jazz. Razzle-dazzle. Christmas meets us in the guise of Santa Claus round every corner. Then there’s the office party, presents to be bought and Christmas cards to be sent. Will we make it in one piece to Christmas Eve?
There’s a significant secular and pagan element in our celebrations at this time of year. But let’s not be too prissy. With respect, there’s more than a hint of the secular and pagan in most of us. We need a party in this part of the world and at this time of year.
Advent sounds the wake-up alarm for Christians. We can have a party but for a very special reason: `Now we watch for the day . . .’ It’s one thing to survive the winter solstice and face a new year with a growing sun and a lengthening day. Something altogether different is involved in the story of our salvation.
So what will we do this Advent? First of all, we’ll thank God for the birth of Jesus. Then we’ll commit ourselves once more to representing the Christian agenda in our own lives: to enflesh the Word of God, to make room in the inn of our hearts. And finally, a touch of seasonal eschatology: we look forward in hope to the coming of Christ in glory, the ultimate adventus at the end of time.

This Saturday night we welcome to Christ the King the Choir of 100 voices, the Soloists, the Orchestra and the Conductor, Colin Nicholls.
We thank all who made it possible — in aid of the Church Restoration Fund.

Santa to help St. Vincent de Paul Society
Santa, whose real name is St. Nicholas, is probably the best loved saint of children. His feast day is December 6th. Next weekend he will be here with a basket of envelopes. In his letter he will tell us to prepare well for the Birthday of Jesus and will ask us to bring a specific item the following weekend 13/14 December and place it in his basket. Santa will deliver it to the members of St. Vincent de Paul Society who are always helping those in need.
Don’t forget to collect your envelope next weekend.

Parish Visitation
Fr. John will visit Maiville Terrace.
Fr. Kerry will visit Friars Road and Congress Road.

Hearing Loop
The whole Church is served by a hearing loop. Users should turn their hearing aid to the setting parked T.

We remember in our prayers Noreen Lougheed, Maiville Terrace, and Canon Donal O’Callaghan P.P. Bantry, who died during the week, and extend our sympathy to their families.

We welcome into the Christian Community:
Penny Cassells and Joel Charles, recently baptised.

Turners Cross I.C.A.
Due to bad weather on November 13th, the talk due to be given by Mr. Richard Henchion (author of `The Land of the First Drop’) on the history of the Townland of Ballyphehane was postponed. This talk will now be given on Thursday Dec. 4th at 8.25 pm in the Parish Centre. Visitors welcome.

Senior Citizens Party
Turners Cross Senior Citizens Party will be held in Nemo Rangers Club on Saturday Dec. 6th at
7.30 pm. Names to be given in to the Parish Office or Nemo during the week.

Barrack St. Neighbourhood Watch A.G.M.
at Greenmount National School on Mon. 1st Dec. at 8 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Christmas Day Swim
in aid of the Church Restoration Fund
If there are people who would like to take part in the Swim, please contact Fr. Kerry or Fr. John.
Sponsorship Cards available in the Parish Office after Mass and during the week.

Parish Christmas Card
There has been a big demand for the Parish Christmas Card and Christmas Triduum Mass Cards. Available in the Parish Office after Mass today and during the week.
The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23, 24, 25 Dec.

LOTTO DRAW Nov. 24th
Numbers drawn: 10, 12, 20, 23.
€35 CASH
M. Tobin, G. Manning, N. O’Callaghan, Murphys
Last week’s net “take” €2,683
Grant from Cork Corporation €500
Anonymous Donation €100
Old Money still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at the back of the Church.

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