May 23rd 2004 – Feast of the Ascension

Little Ascensions
Can there be a greater compliment than to be ‘left in charge’? While some go dizzy with power, most feel a sense of responsibility to their new duties.
We all experience little ‘ascensions’ in our lives. Parents and teachers work towards becoming redundant in the act of child-rearing and education. Mind you, some young adults are slow to leave the nest; the prospect of free laundry, no rent and full fridges prove all too tantalising.
Still, partings are well . . . ‘part’ of who we are. Even nature in all its summer splendour will in a few short months have autumnal trees saying: ‘unless we go away you cannot be renewed’. Sometimes we have to be left on our own to discover the uniqueness and strength that is ours. A widow discovers some previously unknown abilities, just like the family member far away from home.
It is as though in leaving, whether it be of Jesus, a friend, or a leaf, or death; something of them returns to convince us that we are not alone. We have not been abandoned. We have, perhaps, in that leaving been given the gift of ourselves in a new, deeper and more lasting way.

The Trócaire Family Lenten Appeal from our Parish came to €8,585.
Many thanks to all for your generous efforts.

First Holy Communion
Our congratulations to the Girls from Christ the King N.S. who received their First Holy Communion this Saturday. They were a credit to their Parents and Teachers.
The preparation of the children has focused on the following points, which may be helpful to us adults as well:
* Jesus is present in a special way when the Christian community gathers to celebrate the Eucharist – just as he shared meals with his friends when he was on earth.
* We are asked to listen to God’s word at Mass. Just as Jesus listened attentively to the people he met, so we are asked to listen attentively to his Word.
* Jesus showed great love for us by giving his life for us and by rising again so that we might have the hope of new life. The Mass re-enacts this great sacrifice.
* There is much in our lives that we have to be thankful to God for. The Mass is the great prayer of thanksgiving and praise to God.
* Jesus forgave all sorts of sinners. He even forgave the soldiers who put him on the Cross. We must forgive too and live at peace with others.
* The Bread of Life we receive in Holy Communion is the Risen Jesus. The story of the Last Supper is worth reading and reflecting on again and again.
Cork Corpus Christi Procession
The annual Corpus Christi Procession in Cork city takes place this year on the afternoon of Sunday June 6th.
Most Rev. Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly, and Patron of the GAA, will deliver the homily.
Bishop John Buckley will lead the main section of the Procession carrying the Blessed Sacrament from the Cathedral to the altar at Daunt Square.

We remember in our prayers Bridget Murphy, Connolly Road, who died recently, and we extend our sympathy to her family.

Parable Drama Group Present
‘For Such a Time’ : Esther – A Woman of Courage
a dramatic representation of the Biblical Story, in aid of Deerpark CBS and a Kenyan Orphanage.
Sat. 29th May at 8 pm in Deerpark CBS , St. Patrick’s Rd.
Music by Manuscript.
Tickets at the door: Adults €5. Children €3.

South Parish/Turners Cross Summer Recreation Scheme
Final Registration Monday 24th May, Community Centre, Sawmill Street. Time: 8 — 9 pm.

Turners Cross Gramophone Circle
Recital this Tuesday 25th May at 7.45 pm in the Parish Centre.
Presenter: Colette Buckley. All are welcome.

Alzheimer Society Of Ireland
Cork City Branch.
Support Meeting Mon. 14th June
Jury’s Hotel, Western Rd., 8 pm.
All are welcome.

Numbers drawn: 7, 8, 11, 22.
€35 CASH
E. O’Brien, Ellen, M. McMahon, H. O’Connor
Last week’s net “take” €2,963
Last week’s second Collection €1,350
Seat sponsorship: €400
Sponsored Walk: €50

The Old Money is still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at back of the Church. Old money recently changed at the Central Bank came to €2,069. Our thanks to all and to the kind lady who brought it to Dublin to be changed.