April 3rd 2005 – 2nd Sunday of Easter

Mass for Pope John Paul II
There will be a special Mass for Pope John Paul II on Thursday 7th April at 7pm the eve of his funeral.
A Book of Condolences has been opened in the Church.

The death of Pope John Paul II
We have lost a great leader of our modern world. John Paul II was an extraordinary man, one of the greatest popes in the Church’s 2,000-year history. We will remember him for his tireless witness to hope, to freedom, and to the dignity of human life. We will remember him for his courage in reaching across the boundaries of race, religion and ideology; we will remember him for his energy, as well as for his courageous endurance of physical suffering right until the end. John Paul II was always conscious of the drama of human salvation; he reminded us, tirelessly, of our eternal destiny. He showed, in his own life, how human beings are at their greatest and most free when they are most obedient to God’s will. His was a light that burned most strongly wherever the darkness was deepest. The Church will miss him. The world will miss him. We in Turner's Cross will miss him.
May he rest in the peace of the Lord whom he served so well.

O God, from whom the just receive an unfailing reward, grant that your servant John Paul, our Pope, whom you made Vicar of Peter and shepherd of your Church, may rejoice forever in the vision of your glory, for he was a faithful steward here on earth of the mysteries of your forgiveness and grace. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

Divine Mercy Sunday
Pope John Paul ll  throughout his pontificate placed a strong  and significant focus on the Divine Mercy message and devotion.  Repeatedly he wrote and spoken about the need for us to turn to the mercy of God as the answer to the specific problems of our times.
Divine Mercy is the heart of the Gospel. If we really look at how God has revealed himself in Scripture and in Church Tradition, we discover afresh how mercy is essential to understanding his message of love and salvation. Mercy even reveals his very identity. With this understanding of God and his revelation to us, we can ask for his Mercy, be merciful to others, and strive to completely trust in his Son, who is Divine Mercy Incarnate.

Four Strengths
The four strengths of the early Church were:
— Fidelity to the teaching of the Apostles;
— a sense of community, sharing and responsibility for one another;
— personal daily prayers.
A good strategy for helping anybody interested in joining the Church, or seeking to be a better member, is to work at one or other of these four angles. Any one of them properly pursued will eventually embrace the others.

Morning Masses
From this Monday:  8 am and 10 am.

Easter Garden
Big numbers have been coming to visit the Easter Garden. Our thanks to those who put it together — It gives us all food for thought — ‘The Lord is truly risen, Alleluia!’

We remember in our prayers Pope John Paul II, Eileen Herley, Kilcolman Lawn, and James Kenneally, late of Fr. Matthew Road, who died recently, and extend our sympathy to their families.
May all who mourn be comforted.

Pioneer Annual Mass
will be held this year in Christ the King Convent Chapel on Wed. 13th April at 8 pm. All welcome. Refreshments afterwards in the School Hall.

Thank You
Fr. John and Fr. Kerry say a sincere thanks for your Easter Offerings and Spring Dues — to the area collectors and to all who helped in any way with the Holy Week Ceremonies. Great to see the big crowds at the ceremonies.

There has been a very good response to the Trócaire Lenten Appeal. We will have the total next weekend — Don’t forget to hand in your Trócaire Box.

St. Finbarr’s Hurling & Football Club Street Leagues
Saturday Morning Coaching commencing 9th Apr 11–12
in the Club Grounds
Boys aged 6 — 12 years.
There will be a Raffle for a number of Jerseys autographed by St. Finbarr’s and Cork star, Ronan Curran.
Tea & Coffee in the Club Pavilion for Parents.

Cork South Parish Historical Society
Monthly Meeting on Wed. 6th April at 8 pm
in The South Parish Community Centre, Sawmill Street, Cork
Guest Speaker: Richard Henchion, will speak on
The Old Market Gardens of the Southside
All are welcome. Non.members €2

Patrician Meeting
The Legion of Mary will be holding a Patrician Meeting in the Parish Centre on Wednesday 6th April at 7.30 pm.
Everyone welcome.

Monday 4th April
The Annunciation of the Lord
This feast, normally celebrated on March 25, is transferred this year because of the timing of Easter. The angel’s visit to Mary, and her response, ‘Let it be done unto me according to your word’ changed the course of history and began the Christian era. Each time we recite the Angelus or the First Joyful Mystery of the Rosary we commemorate the Incarnation of the Son of God among us.

LOTTO DRAW March 29th
Numbers drawn:  8,  12,  15,  25.
€35 CASH
S. O’Donnell, E. O’Mahony, C. Delaney, E. O’Dwyer
Last week’s net “take”       €2,320
Anonymous Donation    €20
Many thanks for supporting the Parish Lotto in aid of the Church Restoration Fund.
Old Money still welcome. Box at back of Church.