January 23rd 2005 – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Mission of Jesus
As we see in today’s readings the mission of Jesus was to set up the kingdom of God. In the Sermon on the Mount next Sunday we will hear the ideals of this kingdom in more detail.
To implement his dream of the kingdom Jesus called a taskforce – Peter, Andrew, James and John – the beginning of the group eventually known as the Church.
Casting nets — in mission to those who do not belong to the kingdom.
Mending nets —  maintenance work, looking after those who belong to the kingdom.
The kingdom is the ideal and the Church is the means.
The Church is called to follow Christ in proclaiming the Good News and in ministering to the diseases and sickness of the people. Like Paul in Corinth.

Time moves on
Time as we know quickly moves on. It’s nearly four weeks since the Indian Ocean Disaster tragedy happened. It is edging out of the news as does any tragic story.
Lord, as we move on with our lives, so many people are trying to pick up theirs, trying to get back to a threadbare normality.
How can there be such imbalances and cruel luck in certain parts of the world we live in? You, Lord are not the cause of these imbalances but with all of us together you are a crucial part of the response.

Christ the King Church Restoration Fund
February 18th 2005

Cara O’Sullivan, Soprano
Anthony Mee, Tenor
Barrack St. Band
Christ the King Church Choir

Tickets on sale in the Parish Office this coming week €20.
Also on sale in Veritas, Carey’s Lane & Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett St.

Christ the King Parish
Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Sat. 11th June — Thurs. 16th June 2005.
Hotel Solitude (short walk from Grotto)
Our Parish will be a group within the Cork & Ross Diocesan Pilgrimage.  €619 per person. Booking forms can be obtained at the Parish Office or from the Turners Cross Credit Union. Two payments, the first to secure your place (€100) to be paid at the Credit Union by 1st March, the remainder by 29th April.

Praise for Gardaí and Clergy
During the last fortnight we saw the clergy and gardaí at their professional best in Midleton. At a time when they face challenges and criticisms on an unprecedented scale, their handling of this investigation is a timely reminder that our police force does its core job well. Beside the gardaí over the fortnight, playing a very different but equally significant role, were the priests of the Parish of Midleton. The spontaneous round of applause at the funeral Mass of Robert Houlihan for Fr. Billy O’Donovan registered the extent to which the community appreciated the skill and care with which he and his colleagues had performed their many priestly roles.
(Noel Whelan, Irish Examiner 20th January)

We remember in our prayers Bill Mackey, O’Connell Ave., who died recently and extend our sympathy to his family.

Thank you
The Parish branch of the St. Vincent de Paul Society would like to thank all those who gave son generously to their annual Christmas appeal. The amount collected was €2,989. They would also like to thank those who brought gifts and toys. All monies and gifts received were a great help in providing for the needy of our Parish and City.

Updated Directory for Diocese
A completely revised directory for Cork & Ross will go on sale next weekend Jan. 29th/30th. The Directory has been completely updated and incorporates all parish, church and personnel data.
In the absence of the Fold magazine, the Church Directory also now includes the statement of diocesan accounts.
The 150 page Church Directory 2005 will sell for €5.

Turners Cross Gramophone Circle
Recital this Tuesday 25th Jan 7.45 pm in Parish Centre.
Presenter: Matt O’Farrell.
New members welcome.

LOTTO DRAW Jan. 17th
Numbers drawn:  1,  3,  11,  17.
€35 CASH
P. Ahern,   M. Prendergast,   J. Regan,   P. Walsh
Next Week’s Jackpot Jan. 24:    €2,625
Last week’s net “take”       €2,517
Last week’s second Collection       €1,425
Anonymous Donation    €50
Old Money still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at the back of the Church.
Mnay thanks for supporting the Parish Lotto.
The Lotto Draw takes place in the Parish Centre every Monday at 7.30 pm.
Results on the Parish Website: www.turnerscross.com