November 21st 2004 – Feast of Christ the King

Feast of Christ the King
Today the feast of Christ our King brings us to the end of the liturgical year. We have travelled a long road since the First Sunday of Advent. Christ has been on that road with us as the invisible Companion of our journey. Let us hope that during it we have grown to know him better, trust him better and love him better, so that today we can rejoice in calling him our King.
It was on this feast of Christ the King 73 years ago that Bishop Daniel Cohalan blessed and opened our Church.

Who rules you?
Even in these democratic times, there is something about a Monarch that even a child can understand. Talks of assemblies, parliaments, representative bodies, councils – somehow make the eyes glaze over. Yes, everyone understands a king. There is something ‘warm’, personal and protective about it, which touches a chord in most people. It’s linked with family feeling.
When you think about it, the one quality asked of a subject in a monarchy is – loyalty. No matter how the governing of our country is composed we all know that life is made up of loyalty: to your friends, loved ones and family; to things beautiful and good; to the country in which you live. Holding all these loyalties together is loyalty to God.
What does it mean in today’s world to talk about the reign of Christ, when so many other things seem to reign, I mean, who rules in your life? Certainly there have been times when weapons appeared to rule. Once we had war between nations, now lately terrorism arising from within nations appears to rule. Power seems to rule for many who hunger for it. For some, economics rule with its twin sisters advertising and marketing.
It’s a tension in life between conflicting loyalties at times. But on days like the feast of Christ the King we need to answer: who is my master?

We wish the Presentation Sisters & Brothers of our Parish a Happy Day, as today (21 Nov.) is the Feast of the Presentation of Our Blessed Lady.

Parish Christmas Card
There has been a big demand for the Parish Christmas Card and Christmas Triduum Mass Card  —  available in the Parish Office after Mass today and during the week.

Christmas Day Swim
in aid of the Restoration Fund
If there are people who would like to be part of the Swim — contact Fr. John or Fr. Kerry.
Sponsorship Cards will be available next weekend.

Walk with Me
Next Sunday we begin our Advent Journey — We are attentive to the “Coming of the Lord”.
A lovely little book: “Walk with Me” will be available after Mass next weekend (Cost €1). It has a prayer and a reflection for each day of Advent.

Christmas Concert Wednesday 15th December 2004

Majella Cullagh, Soprano

Breffni Horgan, Tenor

also featuring..
The Garda Choir
The Wilcollane Singers
& The Cork School of Music Sinfonietta Orchestra

Tickets €20 on sale in Parish Office after Mass today and during the week.

We remember in our prayers:
Marie O’ Connell, Frankfield Villas and Eileen Walsh, Doyle Road who died during the week, and we extend our sympathy to their families.

Parish Visitation
Fr. Kerry will visit Tory Top Road.

Tramore Athletic FC
A big thank you to all who contributed to our recent fund raising drive for the Cork Simon Community. The support of Ziccos Pizzas for this event was much appreciated.

Don’t let your parents down – they brought you up.
Be humble enough to obey: you may give orders some day.
Choose companions with care: you become what they are.
Guard your thoughts, what you think you are.
Be master of your habits, or they will master you.
Don’t drink or speed when you drive,
drive with safety and arrive.
Don’t let you peers pressure you.
Stand for something or you will fall for anything.

LOTTO DRAW Nov. 15th
Numbers drawn:  15,  16,  25,  26.
€35 CASH
T. Curtin,    M. Foley,    A. O’Leary,    P. Foley
Last week’s net “take”      €2,680
Last week’s second Collection      €1,475
Anonymous Donations:        €53,  €50   
For the next four weeks we will have extra prizes of two turkey vouchers valued €30 each week during the Lotto Draw.
The Old Money is still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at back of the Church.