January 30th 2005 – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year of the Eucharist
One of my earliest memories as a child is attending Church with my father mother, my brothers and sister. Even before I could understand much at all I was aware of two things: that Sunday was special and that it is the Mass that matters. I think of that today because the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, has asked the whole Catholic world to reflect upon the holy Eucharist during these coming months. He invited every parish, every Catholic, to think, pray and reflect on the great mystery that is at the heart of our faith. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is made present and focused for us in the celebration of the Mass. I wish to make some suggestions to you this week and next regarding ways in which all of us in our parish can deepen our love and understanding for the Eucharist, for the Mass. Firstly, as priests and people we should all take great care that the Mass is celebrated in a dignified manner, with great reverence and devotion. Of course, this particularly concerns us priests and those who minister with us at the altar. Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Choir and Musicians, we all have important roles to fulfil. But it concerns the whole People of God, for each one has a unique role in the celebration of the Eucharist, and each person must strive for a deeper reverence and devotion in its
celebration. As priests of the Parish we would like to echo the Holy Father’s words by asking you during these months ahead to read, reflect, pray and deepen your understanding and love for the Holy Eucharist.    —  More next week.

Next weekend linked with the Year of the Eucharist and the season of Lent
there will be a little book available (€1) ‘Walk with Me’ — a Lenten journey for the Year of the Eucharist. I would strongly recommend it.

Friday next First Friday: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 9 am — 12.30

We remember in our prayers Mary Jones, Palaceanne Lawn and William (Bud) Hurley, Connolly Road, who died during the week, and we extend our sympathy to their families.

Parish Visitation
Fr. Kerry will visit homes on Doyle Road. Fr John will visit Kilcolman Lawn

Updated Directory for Diocese
A completely revised directory for Cork & Ross is on sale this 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 a statement of diocesan accounts.
The 150 page Church Directory 2005 will sell for €5.

World Day of Prayer for the Sick
Friday 11th Febr., feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The 10 am Mass on the day
will be offered for the Sick. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will be given during the Mass. If anyone needs transport to come to this Mass, please phone Fr. Kerry or Fr. John. Numbers on Bulletin.

Tramore Athletic FC
Our U12 squad are currently holding trials for new players (born 1992) every
Sunday morning in Coláiste Chríost Rí at 10.30 am. All are welcome.

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.

Accomodation: Hotel Solitude
(short walk from Grotto)

Our Parish will be a group within the Cork & Ross Diocesan Pilgrimage. 

Cost: €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.

Wed. 2nd Febr. is the feast of the Presentation of the Lord.
Candles will be blessed at 8 am & 10 am Mass. Wax candles are available in
the Parish Office. Price €1.50.

Monthly Mass for Pioneers Feb. 4th 7.30 pm in the Way of the Cross Church,
Togher. Refreshments afterwards in the Parish House. Opportunity for new
Pioneer members to enrol.

Blessing of Throats
This Thursday 3rd February is the feast of St. Blaise.
The Blessing of Throats will take place after 8 am and 10 am Masses. Priests will be available at 6 pm in the Church for blessing of throats. No 6 pm Mass.
The Blessing:
Through the intercession of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, may God deliver you from all ailments of the throat and from every other evil. In the name of the Father + and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

LOTTO DRAW Jan. 24th.
Numbers drawn:  3,  15,  21,  26.
€35 CASH
H. Ellard,  M. O’Connor,  P. Looney,  I. O’Mahony
Next Week’s Jackpot Jan. 31:    €2,950
Last week’s net “take”      €2,697
Last week’s second Collection      €1,550
Old Money still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at the back of the
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.