June 27th 2004 – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Psalm
O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup;
it is you yourself who are my prize.
Mention of cup and prize will be a distraction today for the dedicated fans of Munster hurling as they head for Thurles. But even distractions can be made holy. The determination and sacrifices of the sportsman in search of victory ought to inspire us in our pursuit of heaven.
For Jesus, the journey of return to heaven involved setting his face resolutely towards Jerusalem and all that this entailed. Elisha burned his plough as an expression of his utter commitment to following the hero-prophet Elijah.
The psalmist sets his heart on listening to the counsels of God, even in his dreams at night. He sets his eyes on the Lord, his daily support. The ultimate prize is life beyond death.
My body will rest in safety,
for you will not leave my soul among the dead,
nor let your beloved know decay.
These lines were quoted by the Apostles referring to the resurrection of Jesus, our ultimate prize, our portion and cup.

“Peter’s Pence” Special Collection
The Collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend after the Communion.

Lord Mayor
Our congratulations to our Parishioner Cllr. Seán Martin on his election as Lord Mayor and First Citizen of our City last Monday. It is a great honour for our Parish.
We wish Seán and his wife Ann a very successful and happy year as Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of our great City.

Hurling Final
Our good wishes and the best of luck to Donal O’Grady and the Cork Team as they set out for Thurles for the Munster Final. Safe travelling to all.

Pray for the Iraqis
As Iraq prepares for the handing over of sovereignty to an interim government on this Thursday, we ask you to pray that this step will be matched by a deliverance from violence that will allow renewed hope of a better future: that peace, justice and freedom including religious freedom are granted to a suffering people which so urgently needs them.

Prayer for our Leaders
God our Father,
you guide and govern everything with order and love.
Look upon our Leaders
and fill them with the spirit of your wisdom.
May they always act in accordance with your will
and their decisions be for the peace and well-being of all.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Weekday Mass:  10 am
Confessions Saturday after 10 am and 6 pm Masses.
Friday is the First Friday of July. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 9 am to 12.30 pm.

We remember in our prayers Christy O’Sullivan, late of Connolly Road, and Dermot O’Leary, Capwell Road, and we extend our sympathy to their families.

South Parish / Turners Cross Summer Recreation Scheme
Parents Meeting will take place this Monday 28th June at 8 pm in the South Parish Community Centre, Sawmill Street,  9 am  — 12.30 pm.

Turner’s Cross Gramophone Circle
Final Recital before the Summer break
Parish Centre this Tuesday  7.45 pm
Presenter — Jo Casey

Everything I need to know about life I learned
    from Noah’s Ark.
One:    Don’t miss the boat.
Two:    Remember that we are all in the same boat.
Three:    Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
Four:    Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
Five:    Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
Six:    Build your future on high ground.
Seven:    For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
Eight:    Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
Nine:    When you’re stressed, float a while.
Ten:    Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
Eleven:    No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.

LOTTO DRAW June 21st
Numbers drawn:  15,  18,  23,  25.
Congratulations to Bríd Cronin
on winning the Jackpot of €1,000
€35 CASH
S. Desmond, D. Kenneally, D. O’Callaghan, L. Casey
Last week’s net “take”      €2,680
Last week’s second Collection      €1,100
Anonymous Donation    €350
The Old Money is still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at back of the Church.