December 7th 2003 – Second Sunday of Advent

John the Baptist began preaching. He wanted people to turn from their sins. He must have made a big impact; we are told that all Judaea and all Jerusalem came out to him to be baptised.
We wonder why he made such a big impact. Maybe it had to do with the fact that he was doing penance himself. He wore a camel skin and ate very little.
John lived out his life when he preached. That made a difference. He was in touch with reality. He admitted that he was much less than the one who was to come after him.
I like to think that young people were attracted to him. They always know who is genuine.
The danger with penance is that it can become a sham. Then it is not penance at all. Real penance involves a change of heart and lifestyle. We will have an opportunity to change — when we have our Penitential Rites (with confessions) with a number of priests here in our Church in two weeks’ time. Penance involves admitting that Jesus is more important than I am. Easy to say and hard to do. But necessary all the same. May we learn from John the Baptist to live what we preach and preach Jesus and not ourselves.

Parish Visitation
Fr. John will visit Main Douglas Rd.
Fr. Kerry will visit Congress Rd & Middle Fr. Matthew Rd.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Monday 8th Dec. (Holy Day of Obligation)
Mass Times: 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon & 6 pm

Santa is installed in our Church this weekend. He has a basket full of letters, one for each family. This year Santa wants to help the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He gives us some ideas of how we too can help, in his letter.

The Fold
The final issue of the Fold magazine goes on sale this weekend: €2. The magazine’s 36 pages of articles and photographs reflect the breadth and the depth of the contemporary believing community in Cork & Ross. Our Parishioner Nellie O’Leary, Capwell Ave., has a letter in this the final issue of the Fold — It says it all.

Credit Union A.G.M.
The Annual General Meeting of Comhar Creidmheasa Chríost Rí Teo. will be held on Monday 8th Dec. in Scoil Chríost Rí at 8 pm. Each member is urged to attend.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
Monthly meeting in the Parish Centre on Tuesday 9th Dec. after 10 am Mass. Please note the time.

Tramore Athletic F.C.
Soccertots: Training takes place every Sunday morning in Coláiste Chríost Rí for Young Players U-6 — U-10 at 10.30 am. New players are welcome.
Charity Match: The U-13s are playing a Charity Match next Wednesday 10th Dec. V St. Francis T.C. in Garryduff at 2.30 pm to raise money for Marymount Hospice.
Contact Der O’Callaghan Zicos Pizzas.

Christmas Day Swim (in aid of Restoration Fund)
To take part in the Swim contact Fr. Kerry or Fr. John.
Sponsorship Cards available in the Parish Office after Mass and during the week.

Parish Christmas Card
Parish Christmas Card and Christmas Triduum Mass Cards available in the Parish Office after Mass today and during the week.
The Triduum Masses will be offered on 23, 24, 25 Dec.

Christ the King Conference
covering Turners Cross & Ballyphehane Parishes
The Christ the King Conference wishes to thank people of the Parish for their sustained moral and financial support over the years, particularly at Christmas. This support enabled the Conference to help many people in need in our community. The Christmas Collection will take place on SATURDAY & SUNDAY 13th/14th DECEMBER. All monies donated will be used in the Parish for Christmas Hampers, Toys and Coal.

The following is the Income & Expenditure to 30 Nov. 03:

Ballyphehane €12,514.00
Turners Cross €15,407.20
Donations €7,621.00
Grant from Central Fund €31,309.00

Christmas Vouchers €12,000.00
Coal €5,800.00
Home Management €552.00
Furniture €1,210.00
Education €2,070.00
TV Rentals €444.00
Repairs to Home €1,252.00
Shoe Vouchers €128.00
Hairdressing €376.00
Food €917.20
Family Relief €41,270.00
Rent €427.00
Holidays €405.00

Numbers drawn: 4, 11, 16, 18.
€35 CASH
P. Hara, B. Coleman, C. O’Brien, M. Buckley
Turkey Winners: 24 Nov: J & R Good, O. Dermody
1 Dec: N. Tanner, G. O’Sullivan
Last week’s net “take” €2,955
Last week’s second Collection €1,168
Anonymous Donation €50
Lotto Draw as usual on Mon. 8th Dec. at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre.