March 13th 2005 – 5th Sunday of Lent

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.’
There will be Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the Church from 5pm until before the 6pm Vigil Mass on  Saturday 19th March. Please include the success of the day in your prayers.

Contact Fr. Aidan O’Driscoll at St. Finbarr’s College, Farranferris. Tel. 021-4303015.

Tsunami Appeal Concert
Our thanks to all who were part of and supported the Concert in aid of the Sri Lanka Boat Appeal last Tuesday. €8,000 was raised. It is hoped that three boats will be bought as a result of your generosity.

St. Patrick’s Day
Wednesday 16th March: Vigil Mass 6 pm.
Thursday 17th March: Masses 9 am, 10.30 am 12 noon.

We hope to decorate the altar with daffodils for St. Patrick’s Day. If you have daffodils please hand in by Tuesday evening (15th March).

Rosary Walk for Peace (Cork Fatima Prayer Group)
St. Patrick’s Day. Meet at Parnell Place at 11.30 am.

The McCartney Sisters
are in the news. They are grieving the death of their beloved brother; but in their bereavement they have publicly asked some very hard questions. Why was their brother killed? Who knows the murderers? Will those who have information bring it to the police? Will Sinn Féin condemn the IRA for this unlawful taking of human life? Will the IRA apologise for the killing?
The sisters attended the Sinn Féin conference, and put their concerns to the politicians. Subsequently the IRA said they were prepared to shoot those responsible for their brother’s death. “No thanks” they said. They want, not revenge, but justice. The IRA has one approach to human life – it can be taken whenever they decide. The McCartney Sisters speak differently – all human life is sacred. We are indebted to them, not only for their bravery, but also for their vision.

Palm Sunday
Palm will be blessed at the beginning of all Masses next weekend. Please bring your palm branch to Mass.

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

Easter Raffle in aid of the Restoration Fund
Two Prizes — Monster Easter Eggs.
Lines on sale in the Porch after Mass.

We remember in our prayers Sr. Catherine Condon of the Presentation Sisters, Turner's Cross and Barry McCarthy, Fr. Matthew Rd. who died recently, and we extend our sympathy to their families and Community

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
Monthly meeting in the Parish Centre on this Tuesday 15th March at 8 pm.

Passion Play
On the Monday of Holy Week 21st March 2005 at 8 pm. Pupils of Douglas Community School will present their Passion Play here in Christ the King Church.
What better way to begin Holy Week.
Tickets: Adults €5. Children €2.

Next Sunday, Palm Sunday, Holy Week begins. We will have an opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness.
Penitential Celebrations (Confessions) will take place after all the Masses next weekend 19th/20th March. On the Sunday before Christmas last year 18 priests were hearing confessions after the four weekend Masses. We will have the same opportunity this coming weekend.
Encourage members of the family to avail of the opportunity. As St. Paul says: “Now is the favourable time, this is the day of salvation.”

LOTTO DRAW March 7th
Numbers drawn:  2,  12,  13,  19.
€35 CASH
A. Ellard,   K. Moloney,   A. O’Shea,   P. Crowley
Last week’s net “take”       €2,502
Last week’s second Collection       €1,310
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.