September 26th 2004 – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lazarus and Dives
Each of us is tainted with selfishness. The terrible reality is that we don’t think so. That was the problem with Dives. Because he lived in his luxurious and well-secured world he was unaware of Lazarus and his world.
Selfishness causes us to slowly, but surely, go blind to the needs of those around us. Our vision becomes impaired and we see less and less of another’s pain. We become so wrapped up in our own little lives and world, so much so that another person’s difficulties become meaningless to us.
The tragedy of today’s culture is that because society is so wrapped up in itself we, who make up that society, can even be oblivious to our family members struggle to live and survive, let alone make ends meet.
Is it any wonder that the Almighty says in our first reading: ‘Woe to those ensconced so snugly’?
In life almost every day we get chances to be generous and if we don’t act at that moment in time we lose that chance forever. Dives had burned his bridges with God and there was no going back. His time for bridge building was over; ours isn’t.

Philippino Day
Today we welcome and salute all the people from the Philippines who live and work in our Parish and beyond. The 10.30 am Mass this Sunday will be offered for your intentions and your families at home in the Philippines.
One of the great saints of the Philippines is St. Lorenzo Ruis, born in Manila in 1600. He served as sacristan in the Dominican Church in Manila. He went to Japan with some Dominican missionaries.
Shortly after his arrival in Nagasaki there was a wide-scale persecution of Christians. When Lorenzo was investigated about his life as a Christian he answered, “I am a Christian and I will remain a Christian even to the point of death.” He stuck to his beliefs and never disowned his faith. In September 1637 he and his companions were put to death by hanging.

We remember in our prayers Liam Burke Capwell Rd. who died recently and extend our sympathy to his family

October First Friday
This Friday 1st October there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 9 am to 12.30 pm.

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

We continue our series of Concerts in aid of the Church Restoration Fund. On Thursday we welcome Anthony Kearns, a member of the renowned trio — The Irish Tenors who have performed all over the world. Anthony is rated as one of Ireland’s finest tenors.

The Cork Airport Singers, a choir of 68, will be part of the Concert with the Band of the 1st Southern Brigade. This is a concert not to be missed.

The Concert will begin at 8 pm sharp. The doors will open at 7.30. Only parking for invalids will be available in Church grounds. Parking available in the grounds of the Girls Primary School, Evergreen Road.

Tickets €20, from Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett St. 4271659
Veritas Bookshop, Carey’s Lane  4251255, & Parish Office.

Anthony Kearns

It is hoped the Shrine to the Divine Mercy will be in place by 5th Oct., the Feast of St. Faustine who was canonised by Pope John Paul in 2000. Jesus said to her, ‘Paint a picture according to the vision you see and with the inscription Jesus I Trust In You. I desire that this picture be venerated first in your chapel and then throughout the world.’
Our thanks to those who have given donations to the Shrine.

Our congratulations and good wishes to Donnacha Barry, Killeagh, and Sandra St Leger, Heatherton Park, on the occasion of their marriage.

Turners Cross Community Playgroup
25 Capwell Road. Tel.  4915934.
Limited afternoon places available at “Little Turners Playgroup”.

Tramore Athletic FC
Deceased Members: This weekend’s 6 pm Mass on Saturday is being offered for all the deceased members of Tramore Athletic. Their contribution to the Club will never be forgotten. May they rest in peace.

Mission Alive! – Festival of Mission
Bishopstown GAA Club Sunday 3rd – Wednesday 6th October 2004: 10 am to 9 pm each day.
You are invited to participate in this unique experience:
* to cross bridges and embrace people of different  culture, music and language
* show concern for the cry of the poor
* celebrate the contribution of Irish people to mission
Entrance Fee: €2. Family ticket: €5.
Contact Mission Alive Office (021) 4292871.

Turner’s Cross Gramophone Circle
Recitals resume on this Tues. 28th Sept.
in the Parish Centre at 7.45 pm.
Presenter: Billy Collins. All music lovers very welcome

LOTTO DRAW Sept. 20th
Numbers drawn:  6,  9,  15,  22.
€35 CASH
M. Quinlan,   C. O’Flynn,   C. Gleeson,   C. Chute
Last week’s net “take”       €2,695
Last week’s second Collection       €1,270
Anonymous Donations:    €100,  €20   
The Old Money is still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at back of the Church.