March 6th 2005 – 4th Sunday of Lent

The Man born Blind
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been born blind.' – John 9:1
Don't we take the gift of our sight so much for granted. Blindness takes many forms. One can be physically blind. Some people are colour blind and find it hard to distinguish between colours. Some are not simply observant and could be sitting opposite someone without noticing what they are wearing. There is also spiritual blindness. This means not being able to recognise God in our lives. For us believers being able to see has nothing to do with how well our eyes work or how observant we are. It has everything to do with recognising Jesus as the light of our world but especially of our lives. The invitation today is to gently invite Jesus into our lives and into those darker corners of our lives. God's light knows no bounds and always penetrates the deepest of darkness.

Mothers Day
On this Laetare Sunday – ‘Joyful Sunday’ – we wish all Mothers a happy day. The 12 noon Mass will be offered for all mothers, living and dead. Cards are available in the Parish Office.

Easter Triduum
A Triduum of Masses begins on Easter Sunday. Triduum Cards are available in Parish Office during the week.

On Saturday March 19th at Ennismore Retreat Centre, Montenotte, Cork, from 11 am to 5 pm. – an opportunity for anyone who is considering being a priest to meet priests and students to discuss their questions. ‘Pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.’
Please include the success of the day in your prayers.
Contact Fr. Aidan O’Driscoll at St. Finbarr’s College, Farranferris. Tel. 021-4303015.

We remember in or prayers Paddy O’Leary, Kent Rd, who died during the week and extend our sympathy to his family.

The Association of Irish Choirs and Cork 2005, European Capital of Culture,
This weekend we welcome Choirs from Cork and around the country who are singing at the 12 noon Mass.
Carrigaline Singers, Milltown Singers (Wicklow), Fleischmann Choir, Bray Choral Society, Pfizer Choir, Cóir Chois Farraige, Dublin Airport Singers and individuals from Cork and Tipperary. A very special welcome to our former organist Angel Climent who has returned from Spain to be with us and to play the organ. The music sung today has been composed by Angel. Dr. Geoffrey Spratt will conduct the Choirs.
We are honoured that our Church has been chosen for this special occasion.

in Turners Cross this Tuesday 8th March 8 pm (sharp).
(No parking in Church grounds except for invalids. Parking available in grounds of Girls & Boys Primary Schools).
Over the past years we have had a number of Concerts in aid of our Church Restoration Fund, but next Tuesday’s Concert is special – a cause that is close to all our hearts ‘The Tsunami Disaster Appeal’. Long after the TV and news teams have returned home the nations and communities most affected have to rebuild their lives, physically and emotionally. We know from our own experience of bereavement that the hardest time is when the funeral is over and friends and relatives have gone back to take up their daily lives. That is why each of us needs to reflect on what we can do to sustain those affected by this terrible tragedy. Yours presence on Tuesday next will demonstrate your concern. All the artists are giving of their talents free – all the way from New York ‘The Women’s Chorale’ from the Ithaca College, ‘Voices of Cork 2005’, ‘The Eudoxa Quartet’ and special guest appearance of our own Cara O’Sullivan.
As a result of the Concert we hope to rebuild the lives of a number of seafaring families in Sri Lanka. We will keep you informed when the boats are presented to the fishermen.
Tickets on sale €10 from the Parish Office after Mass today and during the week.

Parish Website
The Parish Website is updated every day. New sections have been added – Daily and Sunday Mass readings, Reflection and Thought for the Day, Church News from around the world. The Website is linked with websites of Church interest. Well worth a log in.

Parish Visitation
Fr. John will visit Woodgrove.
Fr. Kerry will visit Listowel Avenue & Evergreen Rd.

Lenten Concert, St. Patrick’s Church, Rochestown,
Saturday. 12th March at 8.15 pm.
Cór Chois Abhann (Conductor Ian Sexton).
Cantairí Mhúscraí (Conductor Mark Slade).
J.S. Bach, Meine Freude; Elgar, The Spirit of the Lord;
Monteverde, Bruckner, Rutter.
Tickets €10 (Students & OAPs €8) at the door and from Choir Members.

Nemo Rangers Hurling & Football Club
Ladies Football
Girls under 10, 12 and 14 football teams train every Saturday morning, 10 — 11.15 am at Nemo Pitch, South Douglas Road. New members are always welcome.

LOTTO DRAW February 28th
Numbers drawn:  2,  3,  13,  14.
€35 CASH
T. Moynihane, P.J. O’Callaghan, B. Molloy, S. Ahern
Last week’s net “take”       €2,428
Last week’s second Collection       €1,375
Anonymous Donation    €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.