February 20th 2005 – 2nd Sunday of Lent

Lent — a Time for New Beginnings
How are you doing since Lent began? If you have already fallen get up, dust yourself down and begin again. It may be Daily Mass, the Visit to the Bl. Sacrament, the Stations of the Cross, or just time given to quiet prayer. Give time to someone. Give up something and give Trócaire the money spared so that they can feed the hungry for you. Prayer, Fasting and Alms Deeds are the guidelines Christ has given us.

Lenten Masses
7.30 am and 10 am.

Niall Quinn
Last week’s Irish Catholic featured the much-capped Niall Quinn, Tipperary’s gift to Irish and English soccer. In an interesting article he tells us how important and central to his life, and to his family, his Catholic faith is. The entire proceeds (one and a half million sterling) of his testimonial match with Sunderland Niall gave to two charities. He was admired not only for his prowess on the field but for the dignity with which he conducted himself on and off the park. Ireland’ tall centre forward is never taller than when on his knees before his Maker! Men like him are a model for aspiring young sportspeople.

World Youth Day
Cork & Ross Diocese is joining with Limerick and Killaloe to bring 90 young people to the World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany. The Pope is scheduled to meet them on August 21st, and join in the celebration with one million young people from all over the world. There are 30 places and will be allotted on a first come first served basis. To secure a place send €100 with your details to Fr. Kiaron O’Driscoll, 5 Elton Lawn, Bishopstown, Cork, by 28th February.

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. The group will be joined by Fr.Kerry as Spiritual Director.

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. Reserve your place by March 1st.

The Face on your Trócaire Box
Dansa (6) and Badada (16) are sisters and live in Ethiopia in an area that is mainly desert. They live in a small village, planting some crops and keeping cattle and goats. Their family used to have a lot of cattle and had enough to live on but a few years ago there was a terrible drought in Ethiopia and most of their cattle died. In the village, people know it is important to look out for each other and stand by people who don’t have enough. When Dansa and Badada’s family lost their cattle they were given a few cows so that they could start again.
In the desert village where they live water is very precious, and the wells need to be looked after. Trócaire is helping the village to care for their wells and dig new ones so that people can have water for themselves and for their cattle. This way, if there is another drought, there will hopefully be enough water for everyone.
The Trócaire Box this lent has the image of 6-year old Dansa on the front pictured in a school that was built and is run by Trócaire. Badada is her older sister and the photo is of Badada walking her younger sister to school.

Singing Days 5th/6th March
The Association of Irish Choirs and Cork 2005, European Capital of Culture, present a celebration of architecture and related choral music in our Church. The massed choirs under Conductor Dr. Geoffrey Spratt and our former Organist Angel Climent — who will return from Spain for the occasion. All the choirs will gather in the Church on Saturday 5th March from 10.30am to 5pm to practise and will sing at the 12 noon Mass on Sunday 6th March.

8th March 2005  at 8 pm
Featuring “The Women’s Chorale’ from the Ithaca College, New York, ‘Voices of Cork 2005’, ‘The Eudoxa Quartet’ and special guest appearance Cara O’Sullivan.
Money raised from this Concert will go towards one specific project: “Build a Boat”. The boats are divided into two categories: 1. A fibre-glass Catamaran at a cost of €3,000.
2. A wooden boat at a cost of €2,000. Each boat will provide a living for one fisherman and his family.
Tickets on sale €10 from the Parish Office after Mass today and during the week and from Veritas and Pro Musica.

We remember in our prayers Timothy (Sonny) Neville, late of Beauford Pk. and Anne (Nan) Stanton, Connolly Rd., and Mary Corkery, Sliabh Mish Pk. who died recently, and extend our sympathy to their families. May all who mourn be comforted.

Parish Visitation
Fr. Kerry will visit St. Patrick’s Rd., Mt. Pleasant Rd. and Murphy’s Gardens.

Turners Cross Gramophone Circle
Recital this Tuesday 22nd Febr. at 7.45 in Parish Centre.
Presenter: Paddy Murphy (Blarney).

Mothers Day, Sunday 6th March.
The 12 noon Mass on the day will be offered for all Mothers. Special Cards available in the Parish Office.

We would appreciate of the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes for the Spring Dues in the Sacristy next weekend 27/28th February. Thank you.

LOTTO DRAW Febr. 14th
Numbers drawn:  1,  8,  15,  26.
€35 CASH
P. O’Connell,   K. Burke,   K. Murphy,   B. Phelan
Last week’s net “take”       €2,462
Last week’s second Collection       €1,290
Anonymous Donations        €20
Many thanks for supporting the Parish Lotto.
Old Money welcome. Box at back of the Church.
Lotto results on the Parish Website every Monday night and all Parish news: www.turnerscross.com