October 31st 2004 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Time to Remember
This is a time for remembering. The loved ones we remember today are saints in waiting, waiting on the threshold of heaven, awaiting a little push from our prayers and sacrifices.
If our loved ones are in heaven they are saints already, interceding for us and the Holy Souls. If they are in purgatory, we can help them by our prayers and sacrifices. That is what the Communion of Saints is all about.
How often do we hear someone say, ‘I’ll be lucky if I get to purgatory’. This is a tacit admission that when we die many of us will not be quite ready for the state of perfection that is heaven and may have to spend some time in purgatory before getting there.
We pray, confident that we are heard, to Jesus, Mary and the saints. Why should we not communicate with equal confidence with our deceased parents, spouse or child? Be in touch with those you love. Death is no barrier to communication, a continuance rather than a cessation. To God all are alive.

Monday 1st November — Feast of All Saints
Monday Masses: 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon and 6 pm.

Tuesday 2nd November — Feast of All Souls
Mass Times: 8am, 10am & 6pm.

Holy Souls Novena
The Novena begins this Tuesday 2nd November and continues until Wednesday 10th November. Please return the list of your Dead which will be placed on the altar, and at the Remembrance Garden.
Envelopes are available at the back of the Church.
The Mass times during the Novena: 8 am, 10 am, 6 pm (Monday to Friday).

Novena Prayer for the Holy Souls
Lord, hear our prayer for our loved ones whom you have called from this life. In reparation for their sins, we humbly ask you to offer now to God our loving Father the infinite atonement you made on Calvary,, and which you continue to make daily in the Mass. Through your merits, let the Holy Souls find full remission of the punishment due to their faults while on earth.
Deepen our faith, Lord Jesus, in the value of offering our Mass in union with the Masses throughout the world today for the Holy Souls. Comfort us in our loneliness and help us to accept your will always. Bring our departed loved ones into your home of everlasting happiness and grant that one day we ourselves may join them there, to rejoice with you for ever. AMEN.

Prayers & Blessing of Graves
will take place next Sunday 7th November in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Tory Top Road, at 2.30 pm. Bring a small container to take some of the water blessed at the ceremony to bless your family grave. Prayers in St, Michael’s Cemetery, Blackrock, at 3 pm.

First Friday
Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament next Friday, 5th Nov. from 9 am until 12.30 pm.

Remembrance Weekend 13/14 November.
As a community we will have an opportunity to come together on Sunday 14th November at 10.30 am to remember all our loved ones, especially those who have died in the past year, and to support one another in our loss. Family members are invited to light a light and place it on the Alter Rail in memory of their loved ones.

Parish Christmas Card
Parish Christmas Cards and Triduum Cards are available in the Parish Office.

Mission Sunday
Our thanks to all who contributed so generously to the Mission Collection last weekend —  €2,760 — and to the children who were part of the Mission Sunday Ceremony.

Parish Website
is updated every weekend. Lotto Results are posted on the night of the Lotto Draw.

Barrack St. Band
Annual Mass for deceased members will be celebrated in the Redmonds GAA Club on Sunday next Nov. 7th at 3 pm.
All are welcome to attend.

Cork Methodist Church — Ardfallen Fair
Sat. 13th Nov. 10.30 am — 2 pm. in Ardfallen House, Douglas Rd. (near to the Briar Rose). Car parking facilities at the Swimming Pool entrance. A day for all the family.

— Pre-Marriage Courses
— Natural Family Planning
— Achieving a Pregnancy
— Menopause Counselling & Menopausal Support Group
NAOMI 36 Washington St. 4272213 Tues – Fri Office Hrs.

We remember in our prayers
Michael Harrington, Capwell Rd., and Donie Forde, who died recently and extend our sympathy to their families.

The friends of Marymount Hospice have written to thank the people of our Parish who organised and supported the Coffee Morning held recently in aid of the Hospice.
€907.33 was raised.

Coláiste Chríost Rí — Information Evening
for the Parents of pupils intending to enrol for the school year 2005/2006. Wednesday Nov. 10th at 7 pm.
Application Forms & Prospectus available on the night.
See also www.ccrcork.com.
Tel. 4274904 or e-mail info@ccrcork.com.

Christ  King Girls Primary School Parents Association
AGM in School Hall on this Tues. 2nd Nov.
Guest Speaker: Consultant Dietician & Clinical Nutritionist, Niamh O’Connor. She will talk on the Principles of Healthy Eating & Childhood Obesity — the silent epidemic.

Ministers of Word & Eucharist
can collect their Rotas for the coming weeks in the Sacristy.

LOTTO DRAW Oct. 26th
Numbers drawn:  4,  13,  18,  24.
€35 CASH
J O’Callaghan, N Ahern, A O’Neill, A O’Callaghan
Last week’s net “take”       €2,789
Anonymous Donation    €600
The Old Money is still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at back of the Church.