April 25th 2004 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

Today’s Gospel
The Gospel shows that a constant feature of the resurrection stories is that Jesus is not recognised at once; it takes some word or familiar gesture for him to be known. This is an effective way of making the point that the resurrection is to a return to earthly life — Jesus has risen to a new life beyond death. He is the same Jesus, yet transformed. He is not as he was; but he is still who he was.
The miraculous catch of fish symbolised the mission of the apostles to be ‘fishers of people’. The large catch shows how successful the disciples can be with Jesus’ help. The meal symbolised the eucharistic meal in which Jesus is present among them and feeds them. Peter, who three times denied his Master, is now given three chances to profess his love, and then is given a mandate to care for the Lord’s flock. In giving authority to the man who denied him, Jesus wanted to show that he was establishing his Church not on human strength, but on his own love and faithfulness.

Believing in People
It can happen that we lose interest in people,
and even become blind to their strengths,
when we discover their limitations.
During his passion Jesus discovered the limitations of Peter.
Yet he didn’t write him off.
He continued to believe in him,
and in time he came good.
Like Peer, we are weak human beings,
who are in constant in our beliefs.
We need someone who understands our weaknesses,
who realises that it may take time to overcome them,
and who doesn’t write us off because
we don’t produce the goods at once.

The Celtic Tenors in Concert
Thursday 13th May 2004 at 8 pm
Christ the King Church, Turners Cross
The Celtic Tenors, James Nelson, Niall Morris and Matthew Gilsenan, are to perforn this special Concert in aid of Christ the King Church Restoration Fund.
Tickets 20 Euro on sale from Pro Musica, Veritas and the Parsh Office after Masses today and during the week.
The internationally successful young tenors have just released a new album and will be singing some of the songs in Cork.

We remember in our prayers Ann McCarthy, Fr. Matthew Rd., and Denise Wong (née Clifford), late of Congress Rd., who died during the week, and we extend our sympathy to their families.

Collection for Bishops’ Commissions
The collection will be taken up this weekend. It funds a wide array of Church activities at home and abroad. For example, it funds the work of CURA, the work for emigrants and prisoners overseas, the Catholic Communicatons Office, the National Centre for Liturgy, etc.

Turners Cross Gramophone Circle
Recital this Tuesday, 27th April, in the Parish Centre at 7.45 pm. Presenter: Jim Aherne.

Parish Visitation
Fr. Kerry will visit St. Anne’s Park.

26th April – Anniversary of Death of Nano Nagle
(1718 – 1764) Woman of fidelity, determination, courage: ready to reach out, ready to risk, a big-hearted woman, who showed her love of life, of learning and of the beautiful.
Nano was born in Ballygriffin, near Mallow, Co. Cork. Being the eldest of seven, she learned from an early age how to care for and love others.
As a lay woman, she dedicated her life and talents to the education of children and their families. At 57 years of age she founded the Presentation Sisters, who today continue her work worldwide.

It costs you nothing
Our thanks to those who have returned their tax claim forms. Some may be uncertain about returning the forms. When you pay tax or are a PAYE person and you contribute €250 to the Church Restoration Fund (Lotto, Church collections, Donations, Sponsorship) the Fund can receive €63.50 when tax is paid at the standard rate of 20% and €181 when tax is paid at 42%. This money can only be claimed when people return their form. If tax is not claimed it remains in the State coffers. Collect forms at the Parish Office after Mass. If you have questions please ask. “It will cost you nothing”.

Legion of Mary
Members will be outside the Church this weekend. Their aim is to speak with those willing to get involved. They will also visit homes in the area during the week.

LOTTO DRAW April 19th
Numbers drawn: 6, 10, 17, 25.
€35 CASH
R. Shaughnessy, A. O’Driscoll, M. Minihan, B. Creedon
Last week’s net “take” €2,799
Last week’s second Collection €1,280
Anonymous Donation €30
Seat Sponsorship €400
The Old Money is still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at back of the Church.