September 12th 2004 – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Mercy of God
There is a close link between all the readings in today’s Mass. That link is the mercy of God. A very humble Paul is filled with gratitude because God has shown him mercy at a time when he deemed himself to be a great sinner. The Gospel, on the other hand, emphasises the intensity of joy in the heart of God when the lost one is found. The key utterance in the second reading is ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.’
There is not the same awareness of sin in our society today as in the past and so we are not so conscious of the need for a Saviour, yet while echoing the joy of the Gospel, we can hold Paul up as an example of a repentant sinner who became a witness to the saving mercy of God.

Mass of Celebration & Thanksgiving
To mark our Diocesan Mission to South America Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral on Thursday 23rd Sept. 2004 at 7.30 pm. A letter from Bishop Buckley on this subject will be read at all Masses this weekend.

A shrine to the Divine Mercy is being planned for our Church.
If you would like to sponsor
The Picture of the Divine Mercy
A Votive Light Stand
Velvet Curtaining
Spot Lights
Please contact one of the Priests.

In the aftermath of the terrible slaughter of innocents in Beslan we are desperately trying to understand what drives our fellow human beings to callously murder children in such a brutal and ruthless fashion. They went to school to learn the values of mutual respect, solidarity, justice and peace, but instead experienced outrage, hate, death.
It seems that with each passing decade the methods and outrages of terrorists become even more extreme and inhuman, and for what – a piece of land, the colours of a flag, a vague ideology or a warped sense of religious fervour. Few of the children being buried this week would have any sense of the reason why their young lives were so needlessly cut short nor would they have cared very much about territorial disputes or regional independence.
If anything good is to come out of the slaughter of Beslan it ought be that WAR is never a solution. Pope John Paul has pleaded this point passionately for decades, but few have been listening. Let us pray that the faces of the children of Beslan may soften a few wicked hearts.

Coffee Morning — in aid of Marymount Hospice
(All money collected will remain in Cork)
Parish Centre, Turners Cross, Thurs. Sept 16 after 10 am Mass.
The Lady Moyoress of Cork Ann Martin, hosts a coffee morning in the Millennium Hall, City Hall, Thurs. Sept. 16 10 am – 1 pm.
Also a coffee morning in Friars Walk Tavern 11.30 am – 2.30 pm
All in aid of Marymount Hospice.

Autumn Concert
Anthony Kearns
of the Irish Tenors
Band of 1st Southern Brigade
The Cork Airport Singers
Thursday, 30th Sept. 2004
Christ the King Church, 8 pm
In aid of the Church Restoration Fund.
Tickets €20, from Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett St. 4271659
Veritas Bookshop, Carey’s Lane  4251255, & Parish Office. 

Anthony Kearns

Come on Cork !
We wish the Cork Team the best of luck
in the All Ireland Final on Sunday.

Weekday Masses — 8 am & 10 am.

We remember in our prayers
Harry Redmond, Woodlawn View, High Street, who died recently and we extend our sympathy to his sister Betty and relations.

Turners Cross I.C.A.
Guild Meetings will be resuming on Thursday September 16th at 7.45 pm in the Parish Centre.
New members are very welcome.

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

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The monthly meeting will be held in the Parish Centre on this Tuesday 14th Sept. at 8 pm.

60 Years
Our congratulations to Bill & Maura Gemmel, Beaufort Park, who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary during the week.

LOTTO DRAW  Sept. 6th
Numbers drawn:  3,  4,  10,  19.
€35 CASH
M. O’Connor, B. O’Neill, Mrs Coughlan, M. Noonon
Promoters Prize    B. Moriarty
Last week’s net “take”      €2,719
Last week’s Collection      €1,190
The Old Money is still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at back of the Church.