December 19th 2004 – 4th Sunday of Advent

Christmas Penitential Services and Confession Times:
After 6 pm, 9 am, 10.30 am and 12 noon Masses.
A number of priests will be available for Confessions.
Wed. Thurs. Fri. after 10 am Masses.
Fri. 24th (Christmas Eve) 12 noon — 1 pm.
      5 pm — 6 pm and after 6 pm Mass.

Mass Times
Fri. 24th Dec. (Christmas Eve)  No 8 am Mass.
Mass 6 pm (The O’Connor Family will lead us in the
      singing of carols).
10 pm.  First Mass of Christmas & Blessing of Crib.
Sat.. 25th (Christmas Day) 9 am.
        10.30 am (Children’s Mass).  12 noon.
Sun 26th  Feast of the Holy Family
        Masses 9 am, 10.30 am,  12 noon. 
Mon. 28th  Mass at 11 am. No Mass at 10 am.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
We come together in faith as a community to celebrate God’s forgiveness. None of us is without sin. We are all in need of forgiveness. God knows that deep down in our hearts we want to turn back to him.
There is no sin beyond the power of God’s forgiveness. God offers us this most wonderful gift, that is, the assurance that no matter how big our sins are, no matter how far we have strayed away from his way, his forgiveness is there for us all.
Have you noticed the famous Rembrant painting in the sanctuary: the Father welcoming home the Prodigal Son? That is how God will welcome us.
Examination of Conscience
Have I kept in touch with God,
    by praying regularly and going to Mass?
Have I fallen out with anyone, have I kept up resentment, hatred, for them? Am I bitter and unforgiving towards anyone? Did I try to make it up?
Am I jealous and envious of others?
Do I gossip and injure others’ good name?
Am I sensitive to the needs of every member of my family? Am I concerned for others in need? Would I put myself out for them?
Am I faithful to my commitments?
Am I sexually disciplined? Responsible? or Selfish?
Do I respect others? Have I used others selfishly? or Irresponsibly?
Is justice important to me?
Am I honest? Truthful?
Have I squandered money badly needed at home on drink or gambling or drugs? Or wasted it in other ways?
Have I been slothful or lazy?
A few practical words about the actual Confession:
Most of you are probably familiar with the procedure for this Communal Reconciliation Service —
1) All you need to say to the priest when you approach for Confession is:
I am sorry for all my sins, especially for . . . .
2) Then you tell your own story simply, in the best way you can.
If it’s hard to put words on your sins simply say:
I am sorry for all my sins
and I ask for God’s Forgiveness.
Be prepared to leave all your sins with the Lord and promise him that you will turn over a new leaf.

Christmas Raffle in aid of Restoration Fund
1st Prize:  Christmas Hamper
2nd Prize: Travel Voucher Swansea Cork Ferries (€100)
3rd Prize:  Travel Voucher Swansea Cork Ferries (€100)
Draw takes place in Parish Centre this 20th Dec. at 8 pm.
Hamper on display at back of the Church.
Tickets on sale after Mass — 1 line €2.  3 lines €5.

Parish Christmas Cards & Triduum Mass Cards
are available in the Parish Office.
Triduum Mass Times: Thurs. 23rd 10 am. Fri. 24th  10 am.
                                    Sat. 25th.  9 am.

Christmas Day Swim (in aid of the Restoration Fund)
Myrtleville Beach at 12 noon.
If you would like to support Fr. John and his fellow swimmers, Sponsorship Cards can be had in the Parish Office after Mass.

We remember in our prayers
Thomas Bernardi, late of Derrynane Road, who died recently, and we extend our sympathy to his family.

Ministers of the Word
Please collect your Missal (readings for 2005) in the Sacristy.
Ministers of the Eucharist: new rotas also in the Sacristy.

The collection taken up on Christmas Eve and Christms Day is for the priests of the Parish.
There will be only one collection. This collection, with the Spring and Autumn Dues, are the primary source of income for the priests of the Parish.

School Christmas Concert
Girls of Christ the King Primary School will present their Christmas Concert in Christ the King Church on Mon. 20th Dec. at 7.30 pm. Junior Classes in “The Shiniest Star” (Nativity Play). Senior Classes in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”. In aid of Church Restoration & School Development Fund.
Adults €5 Children €2. Music by Carol & Stephen O’Connor

LOTTO DRAW Dec. 13th
Numbers drawn:  7,  11,  15,  20.
Winner of €1,000 Jackpot: T. Higgins
€35 CASH
K. Mullins,  N. Leahy,  O’Regan,  T. McGuirk
Turkey Vouchers:    M. Doran and Desmond
Last week’s net “take”      €2,562
Last week’s second Collection      €1,320
Anonymous Donation:        €50
Sponsorship of Church seat:    €400
This Monday there will be two Draws as there will be no draw on Monday 27th Dec.