January 11th 2004 – The Baptism of the Lord

Acting Your Age
The call came from a newly married couple to the parish. Could they book baptism for their daughter? When the priest asked them what time and date they wished, there were some confused minutes before it emerged that:
A) They wanted their child baptised with people gathered — and other parents and babies if possible, and:
B) They felt this would help them in making friends in this new Christian community.
'Yes’ it happened and 'No’ the parents were not Irish.
Finishing the call, the priest wondered, where had his own vision gone? They were right, he was wrong.
It does seem that by Irish standards, whatever about personal faith, baptism is still an instinctive request by parents. All the better if it takes place alone as a family. Right? Wrong!
Through your growing years, you may have been told to 'act your age’. How’s the light of faith for you? Embers, flickering or aflame? Baptism is for grown-ups. Everyone prepares except baby.
After all, baptism is a day of generosity, hope, laughter and sharing. The child is drenched with Christ, not a trickle of water. Drenched! What could be more natural than to share the feeling’ as the Special Olympics put it.
The baptism of the Lord is the first Mystery of Light after all. The least we can do is reflect that light and pass it on.

Christ the King Church Restoration Fund
on Friday, 6th February, 2004
in Christ the King Church, Turners Cross
at 8 pm sharp
Cara O’Sullivan
Cork Symphony Orchestra
Cór Chois Abhann
Christ the King Church Choir
Tickets €15 each from Parish Office during the week
Main Sponsor — Henry Ford & Son Ltd.

We extend our sympathy to the family of Maura Collins, Friars Road, who died recently. May she rest in peace.

We welcome into the Christian Community:
Conor Liam O’Regan, recently baptised.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The monthly meeting will be held in the Parish Centre on Tuesday 13th January after the 10 am Mass.

LOTTO DRAW Jan. 5th.
Numbers drawn: 1, 14, 15, 17.
€35 CASH
M. Hurley, E. O’Driscoll, T. McGuirk, C. O’Leary
Last week’s net “take” €3,014
Last week’s second Collection €1,245
Anonymous Donation €30
Old Money still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at the back of the Church.

The Lotto Draw takes place in the Parish Centre every Monday at 7.30 pm. Results on the Parish Website www.turnerscross.com, at the back of the Church, and in local shops.