September 19th 2004 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Who Do We Follow
Twenty-five years ago when Pope John Paul II honoured us with his presence, many I’m sure remember where they went to see him, Dublin, Galway, Limerick.
I remember well standing in Patrick St. at one in the morning waiting for the buses to return from Dublin to take us to Galway. Travelling through the night we eventually made Galway at 6.30 am.
And then it happened: the helicopter appeared in the sky and he was here. The excitement was incredible. By some stroke of luck I got lost and was standing behind railings, when suddenly the pope-mobile arrived and there, no more than eight feet away, Pope John Paul got out. The sight of him was incredible. I can still see him twenty-five years on.
We have all changed in the last twenty-five years and so has our world. But the stewardship of the Pope has not. He still tells us to ‘Listen’ to the opening word from our first reading, ‘Listen to Christ’. He still  points out to us the urgency of which god we choose to follow, money or the one true God. One cannot choose both.

A shrine to the Divine Mercy is being planned for our Church.
If you would like to sponsor
A Votive Light Stand
Velvet Curtaining
Spot Lights
Please contact one of the Priests. Our thanks to those who to date have contributed towards the Shrine.

Church Restoration 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

Philippino Day
There are big numbers of Philippinos living and working  in our parish and city. Many are part of our worshipping community here in Christ the King. One of their patron saints is St. Lorenzo Ruiz whose feast is celebrated at the end of September. Next Sunday 26th Sept. we invite all Philippinos to our 10.30 am Mass which will be offered for their intentions and their families at home in the Philippines.

Special Mass to mark Cork & Ross Mission to South America
The Diocese of Cork & Ross will celebrate its unique missionary links with South America with a special Mass on this Thurs. Sept. 23rd at 7.30 pm in the Cathedral, Cork.
The Diocese has recently ended its clerical presence in South America – which began in 1965 with the founding of the Mission to Peru. A sister Mission in Ecuador was opened in 1992 for 10 years.
The Mass will be attended by civic and religious dignitaries and will focus heavily on the contribution of the people of the Diocese who sustained the Mission over the years. All are invited to attend.

Coffee Morning
Thanks to all who supported our Coffee Morning in aid of Marymount Hospice last Thursday. Sincere thanks to those who organised the morning and did all the baking. €900 was raised for the Hospice.

Our congratulations and good wishes to Cormac Long, Green Lawn, and Annett Dobrat, Dresden, Germany, who married recently.

Important Dates 2005
Parish Confirmations: Tuesday 19th April.
First Holy Communion Boys: Saturday 7th May.
First Holy Communion Girls: Saturday 21st May.
Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 11th—16th June.
        More details later.

Church Restoration Fund Golf Classic
took place in Cork Golf Club on Aug. 20th. 43 teams participated. We thank our main Sponsor The Musgrave Group and those who sponsored teams, greens and tees. Our thanks to those who organised the event. A net profit of €24,000 was raised for the Restoration Fund.

Youth 2000 Retreat
Our 7th. annual retreat will take place from 24th. to 26th September.
At Knockadoon Dominican Retreat Centre.
Who is Jesus Christ? What does the world offer me? What are the values I seek?
Do these values bring me a true and lasting peace? How do I pray?
How can I affect other young people? How can I build a civilisation of peace and love? How do I follow Jesus Christ?
'You did not choose me, no, I chose you'
To book, please contact Dave at 087.6492875 or Chris at 021.4503564
Youth 2000 is organised by young people for young people. Donation only

Come on Cork !
We wish the Cork Comogie Teams Junior & Senior the best of luck in the All Ireland Finals this Sunday.
Our congratulations to our Senior Hurlers who did us proud in Croke Park last Sunday and brought the Liam McCarthy Cup back to Cork.

LOTTO DRAW Sept. 13th
Numbers drawn:  2,  10,  15,  20.
€35 CASH
K.O’Sullivan, N.O’Riordan, L&B Murphy, V. McCarthy
Last week’s net “take”       €2,742
Last week’s second Collection       €1,270
The Old Money is still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at back of the Church.