January 25th 2004 – 3nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isn’t it strange . . .
Isn’t it strange how a €20 seems like such a large amount when you donate it to church, but such a small amount when you go shopping?
Isn’t it strange how 2 hours seem so long when you’re in church, and how short they seem when you’re watching a good movie?
Isn’t it strange how you can’t find a word to say when you’re praying, but you have no trouble thinking what to talk about with a friend?
Isn’t it strange how difficult and boring it is to red one chapter in the Bible, but how easy it is to read 100 pages in a popular novel?
Isn’t it strange how someone wants front-row tickets to concerts or games, but do whatever is possible to sit at the last row in church?
Isn’t it strange how we need to know about an event in church 2—3 weeks before the day so we can include it in our agenda, but we can adjust it for other events at the last minute?
Isn’t it strange how difficult it is to learn a fact about God to share it with others, but how easy it is to learn, understand, extend and repeat gossip?
Isn’t it strange how we believe everything that magazines and newspapers say, but we question the words in the Bible?
Isn’t it strange how everyone wants a place in heaven, but they don’t want to believe, do or say anything to get there?
Isn’t it strange how we send jokes in e-mails and they get forwarded right away, but when we are going to send messages about God, we think about it twice before we share it with others?

Christ the King Church Restoration Fund
on Friday, 6th February, 2004
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
Pro-Musica, Oliver Plunkett St. 4271659
Veritas Book Shop, Carey’s Lane 4251255
Parish Office 4312465
after Mass today and during the week.
Main Sponsor — Henry Ford & Son Ltd.

Christ King Girls’ Secondary School
There was joy and celebration as the €4 million extension to the school was opened and blessed on Friday last.
A dream come true after 20 years of waiting.
Today the student population stands at almost 1,000 with 70 teachers.
The new extension including a full-size PE hall is state of the art.
Our congratulations to all who have made it possible.

Church Directory 2004
A very useful book to have: on sale at the back of the Church. Price €4.

Catholic Papers
The Irish Catholic, The Universe, The Catholic Times: all on sale at the back of the Church.

We remember in our prayers Derry O’Shea, Tory Top Rd. who died recently and extend our sympathy to his family.

Turners Cross I.C.A. Guild
Resuming on Thursday Jan. 29th at 8 pm in Parish Centre. New members welcome.

Turners Cross Gramophone Circle
Recital Tuesday 27th Jan. at 7.45 pm in Parish Centre.
Prresenter: Tom Maher

Cork’s South Parish Historical Society
Monthly Meeting Wednesday 4th February at 8 pm in the South Parish Community Centre, Sawmill St.. Guest Speaker, Roger Herlihy, will speak on “The Historic South Parish”. All are welcome.

Pause for Thought
A man who had lived a life of selfish luxury died and went up to heaven. An angel was sent to show him to his house. They passed many lovely mansions, and each time the rich man thought: 'This must be mine’.
But not so.
They passed through the main street and arrived at the outskirts where the houses were very small. Finally they came to a miserable hut.
'This is yours,’ said the angel.
'This is my house? There must be a mistake,’ the rich man exclaimed. 'No,’ the angel answered, 'there is no mistake. This was the best we could do with the materials you sent up.’

Life’s Little Instructions
* When you arrive at your work in the morning, let the first thing you say brighten everyone’s day.
* Don’t whine.
* Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in harbour is safe, but in time its bottom will rot.
* Own a good dictionary.

LOTTO DRAW Jan. 19th
Numbers drawn: 1, 5, 9, 27.
€35 CASH
D. Collins, E. Sheehan, M. Downey, M. O’Donovan
Last week’s net “take” €3,111
Last week’s second Collection €1,303
Old Money still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at the back of the Church.