May 30th 2004 – Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost saw the birth of a new community, the Church. This is the day the apostles left the upper room, where they had been hiding for fear of the Jews, and went out fearlessly to preach the Gospel to the world. They could not have done this if they had not received ‘power from on high’, that is, the Holy Spirit. We too need the Holy Spirit to live as Christians, and speak a new language.
On Pentecost day the apostles spoke a new language.
What was this new language?
It was the language of peace rather than of war;
the language of cooperation rather than of competition;
the language of forgiveness rather than of vengeance;
the language of hope rather than of despair;
the language of friendship rather than of hostility;
the language of unity rather than of division;
the language of love rather than of hate.
Through the gift of the Spirit,
people of different languages learned to profess one faith,
to the praise and glory of God.
That is the real miracle of Pentecost,
and it is a miracle which, thankfully, still happens.

Diocesan Area Meetings
Our three representatives, selected at the recent Parish Meeting, Frank McKevitt, Siobhán Martin (representing Ann Mangan), Fiacra Bracken, together with Fr. Kerry & Fr. John, attended two Area Meetings recently. These meetings involved representatives from all the parishes across the South side of the City. At the first meeting, parish representatives had the opportunity to report – in group discussion – on the ideas that emerged from their parish meeting held last April. Later, we were all invited to dream of how we would like to see the Church in Cork & Ross in ten years’ time.
The second meeting addressed practical questions relating to Adult Religious Education, training in ministry for laity and clergy; improvement in the celebration of our liturgies; the proposal that pastoral areas consisting of units of three parishes be established, and the implications of this; the possibility of full-time lay pastoral workers in parishes; the question of funding and finance in parishes and in the Diocese. At the end of the meeting, four people were selected to represent this area at a Diocesan Meeting on June 19th. The six other areas meetings will also be represented there and will bring to the Diocesan Strategy Group the findings of the various area meetings around the Diocese.

Cork Corpus Christi Procession
The annual Corpus Christi Procession in Cork City will take place next Sunday 6th June. Our parish group gather at the Church at 3 pm.
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.

Pilgrimage to Knock
Christ the King Parish Branch
of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
Saturday June 26
Bus from Girls School, Evergreen Road 7 am sharp
Fare (including Refreshments at West County Hotel,
Co. Clare: Morning Tea, Toast, Scone,
Evening 3 course meal) €41
Enquiries/Bookings: Phone Irene 4963326 after 6 pm

Turners Cross Community Games
Saturday 29th May
Br. Colm’s Field, Nemo Rangers Pitch
For Events Details see Church Noticeboard
Winners will represent Turners Cross at County level on 21st June.
Training will be provided
Queries: Tel. Louise Murphy 4966250 / 087 7838490.

South Parish Historical Society
Monthly Meeting Wed. 2nd June, 8 pm
South Parish Community Centre, Sawmill St.
Guest Speaker: John McSweeney
will speak on
The Golden Age of Cork Cinemas
All are welcome!

We remember in our prayers Maureen Meade, Congress Road who died during the week, and we extend our sympathy to her husband Paddy and the family.

Numbers drawn: 9, 15, 21, 25.
€35 CASH
D&E O’Brien, J O’Callaghan, H&M Walsh, T O’Regan
Last week’s net “take” €2,828
Last week’s second Collection €1,350
Anonymous Donations: €500, €200, €40
The Old Money is still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at back of the Church.