March 14th 2004 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

The Way Forward
For many years nearly everything that happened, any new idea, function or ministry in a parish was initiated, developed and maintained by the priest. The priest was involved in everything and did everything himself. Of course there were plenty of priests around then. That is not the case now. We face a serious shortage of priests and can no longer maintain that type of work.
Since the Second Vatican Council in the mid 1960s a new understanding emerged. Priest and people together, forging a new partnership and a new style of ministry, it was to be the new way forward. Ideas like partnership and co-operation became the new thinking. As a baptised people, we together had a role, a function, a purpose and a shared ministry in the life of the Church.
Now, in many parishes like our own lay people have taken on responsibility to read (Ministers of the Word), distribute the Eucharist (Ministers of the Eucharist), prepare people for the baptism of their child (Baptism Team); prepare couples for marriage, fund raising and planning for the restoration of our Church. Now we realise that to sustain the life and work of the Church we need to go further and beyond these ministries. We need to reflect again, share ideas and discover more ways in which the shared responsibility for our Church, our Diocese, our Parish, can help us all to find that new way forward.
There is a rich reservoir of faith and talent in all parishes. We need together to discover and harness that great reservoir. We the priests of the parish, invite you to join with us in searching together so that as a diocese and as a parish we can plan the way forward.
Join us on Tuesday 23rd March at 8 pm in the Hall of the Girls Primary School, Evergreen Road. A Summary of the Draft Document will be delivered to each home during the coming week. The Two Questions for discussion at the meeting appear in the Draft Document So let your voice be heard and together we will discover the way forward. — Fr. Kerry & Fr. John

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people
of Spain at this time.
We remember those who lost their lives, the injured and their families.We are asked to join the 3 Minutes Silence at 11a.m. on this Monday15th March. Our Church flag will fly at half-mast

St. Patrick’s Day
Mass Times
Tuesday Vigil Mass 6 pm
Wednesday Masses 9, 10.30 am, 12 noon
Weekly Lenten Masses continue at 7.30 & 10 am
We would like to decorate the altar with daffodils for St. Patrick’s Day and Confirmation Day (23rd March).
Please hand in by Monday evening (15th March).

Sponsored Parish Walk
Why not be part of the Sponsored Walk in aid of the Church Restoration Fund — Sunday 28th March. Turners Cross to the Lough. We meet at the Church at 3 pm
Sponsorship Cards available from the Parish Office today and during the week.

Easter Triduum
Easter Triduum Cards are available in the Parish Office.
The Triduum of Masses will begin on Easter Sunday.

Mothers Day — Sunday next 21st March
The 12 noon Mass will be offered for all our mothers, living or dead. A Special Card is available in the Parish Office after Mass this weekend and during the week.

Never too late to learn
Cork College of Commerce will hold an Adult Information Morning on Wed. 31 March 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. Information on a wide variety of courses available on the day. Come along and have a chat with our students and staff. Refreshments will be served. Adm free. All welcome.

Greenlawn Residents Association A.G.M.
will be held on Mon. 15 March at 8.30 pm sharp. A large attendance would be appreciated.

Spring Dues
We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes after Mass this weekend. With the envelopes will be delivered a Summary of the Draft Pastoral Strategy document for the Diocese, in preparation for the Parish Meeting on Tues. 23rd March, also a letter regarding a Covenant Scheme where your tax can help in the finances of the Church which has charitable status. It will cost you nothing but it could help significantly in the financial administration of the Parish.

Stress Release One Day Retreat
Sunday 21st March 10 am — 5 pm: St. Dominic’s Retreat Centre, Ennismore, Cork. A special `time out’ for yourself to learn relaxation and guidance on prevention and healing the root causes of stress. The day will differ from other workshops in that it looks at stress release from the spiritual perspective in the lovely surroundings of St. Dominic’s. Tel. 4502520.

“Let your voice be heard”
An Open Parish Meeting
to discuss issues raised in the Draft Document
produced by the Diocesan Pastoral Strategy Group
to be delivered to all your houses.
All members of Turners Cross Parish are invited to
Girls Primary School Hall, Evergreen Road Tuesday 23rd March at 8 pm.

LOTTO DRAW March 8th
Numbers drawn: 1, 10, 15, 19.
€35 CASH
L. Collins, A. Lynch, D. Ronan, C&B Healy
Last week’s net “take” €2,869
Last week’s second Collection €1,270
Anonymous Donations: €500, €85
Sponsorship for Seat €400
Old Money still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at the back of the Church.