February 1st 2004 – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

On parish visitation of homes I see candles in many homes. They are back in fashion, even if they are probably used for aesthetic rather than spiritual purposes now. Here is a potent religious symbol already positioned in the home, waiting to be offered to God. This Candlemas, why not alert your families to see the candle as a reminder of Christ, the light of our world?
Candles can help us better integrate our daily living into our faith life, as household ornaments become aids to prayer — windows into the light, loving warmth of God. They can remind us that what we do in life matters to God. When we live well, we give our best to the Lord. This links in with our celebration of the Eucharist on Sunday, when we present to God the same offering as Mary and Jeseph. They presented Jesus to the Lord, and now
we offer to you, God of glory and majesty,
this holy and perfect sacrifice,
the bread of life and the cup of eternal salvation.
Eucharistic Prayer I
Monday 2nd February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Candles will be blessed at 8 am & 10 am Mass. Wax candles available at back of Church. Price €1.50.

Christ the King Church Restoration Fund
This Friday, 6th February, 2004
Christ the King Church, 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.

Blessing of Throats
This Tuesday 3rd February is the feast of St. Blaise.
The Blessing of Throats after Masses. Priests will be available at 6 pm for blessing of throats. No 6 pm Mass.
The Blessing:
Through the intercession of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, may God deliver you from all ailments of the throat and from every other evil. In the name of the Father + and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lourdes Pilgrimage Invalid Fund
The Special Second Collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend 7/8 February. This Collection goes towards helping invalids and carers to go to Lourdes.
The Cork & Ross Diocesan Pilgrimage takes place from 11th to 16th June 2004. It will be led by Mgr. Kevin O’Callaghan, PP, VG. All details of the Pilgrimage can be obtained from Joe Walsh Tours, 117 Patrick Street, Tel. (021) 4277959.
Enquiries for Special Invalid section to Mgr Kevin O’Callaghan. Tel. 0504 – 20528.

World Day of Prayer for the Sick
Wednesday 11th February, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, is World Day of Prayer for the Sick.
We will have a special Mass for all our sick on Wednesday 11th February at 10 am. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will be given during the Mass.

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

We offer our sympathy to the families of Dinny McCarthy, Westview, South Douglas Rd., Anne Collins, St. Anne’s Park, Declan O’Callaghan, St. Anne’s Park and Catherine Curtin, also St. Anne’s Park, who died recently.

We welcome into the Christian Family Sofia Erin Rea and Conor Timothy O’Donovan, recently baptised.

Energy Awareness
Christ the King Parish Services/NCE Safe Ltd/ESB
Did you know that the cost of lighting your home can be reduced by 80% when you have Low Energy Bulbs fitted and significant savings are also made in providing hot water by adequately insulating your hot water tank?
Christ the King Parish Services in liaison with NCE Safe Ltd. and the ESB will provide a limited amount of Low Energy bulbs and lagging jackets free of charge to those who are eligible.
For further details, contact the Parish Office, Opening Times 9—1 Monday to Friday.

LOTTO DRAW Jan. 26th
Numbers drawn: 1, 6, 16, 25.
€35 CASH
A. Peard, B. Quirk, E. Glennin, F. O’Connell
Last week’s net “take” €2,922
Last week’s second Collection €1,354
Old Money still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at the back of the Church.