September 5th 2004 – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

There is no denying Jesus preached messages that no one wanted to hear: ‘Taking up your cross, counting the cost, renouncing all’, are words and concepts that we dislike because they mean effort, struggle and sacrifice.
Of course, Jesus doesn’t want us hating our family or friends, but he is saying that we must not allow anyone or anything to get in the way of our service to him. If we are putting someone or something before Jesus in our lives then there is something wrong with that relationship.
Commitment to Christ is something that should not be taken lightly. To grow as his disciples we need discipline and prayer — two areas in our lives that we neglect the most and yet they are the ones that need the most attention.
Often we are busy accumulating and hoarding everything that is unnecessary for following Christ. We need to learn that the important thing is giving up or giving away anything that holds us back from Christ.
To be Christ-like means to have an allegiance to his ways regardless of things, money, power, fame and even our ambitions. The choice is ultimately ours. It won’t always be easy, but it will always be worth it.

Weekday Morning Masses
The 8am Morning Mass will resume this Monday 6th Sept.   Morning Mass Times
8am & 10am

Our congratulations & good wishes
to those who married recently:
James McSweeney, Passage West & Bríd McDonnell, Evergreen Road.
Niall Moriarty, Dunvale Lawn & Arlene Gibbons, Derrynane Road.
Daniel Varian, Joe Murphy Road & Rachel Keohane, Greenhills Court.
Kenneth Lynch, Clonmel & Susan O’Reilly, Greenhihlls Court.
Mark Kane, Ballincollig & Ann Marie Henry, Greenlawn.
Bryan Glendon, Wellignton Road & Charlotte O’Mahony, Cross Douglas Road.
Colin McKeon, Halldene Way, Bishopstown & Susan Murphy, Loreto Park.

Douglas Community School
Adult & Community Education Night Classes
Office and postal enrolments for Adult & Community Education Night Classes at the School are taking place from Monday 30th August during office hours.
Night time enrolment Wedn. 15th September 7 — 8.30 pm.

Coffee  Morning
in aid of Marymount Hospice
in the Parish Centre Thursday September 16th 
after the 10 am Mass
Please support

Christ the King Church Restoration Fund
Autumn Concert

Thursday, 30th September, 2004,
in Christ the King Church
8 pm sharp

Anthony Kearns
(of the Irish Tenors)
Accompanist: Patrick Healy
Band of the 1st Southern Brigade
The Cork Airport Singers
Tickets €20 each, available from:
Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett St. 4271659
Veritas Bookshop, Carey’s Lane  4251255
Parish Office  4312465

Anthony Kearns

LOTTO DRAW Aug. 30th.
Numbers drawn:  2,  5,  11,  14.
€35 CASH
E. Fitzgerald,  H. Murphy,   H. Mullin,   V. Savage
Last week’s net “take”       €2,576
Last week’s second Collection       €1,120
Anonymous Donations    €100
The Old Money is still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at back of the Church.