May 22nd 2005 – Trinity Sunday

The Holy Trinity
It is difficult to explain the Holy Trinity. Probably the simplest explanation and most helpful is that of the image of water. It can take on three forms: ice, water as liquid and steam. All three are quite different and yet all are essentially  the same. It is much the same with the Holy Trinity. God is revealed through three distinct persons, yet all are one. Understanding the Trinity fully is beyond us because no one can fully understand God. This though should not stop us experiencing God in each of our lives. Paul in the second reading today reminds us that we experience God in the ups and downs of life. Paul wishes God’s many blessings on us and especially God’s peace. The core of the reading is to remind us how God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is central in each of our lives.
At the start and end of every Mass or prayer service we use the sign of the cross. We take it for granted and do it automatically. But every time we make the sign of the cross we are recognising and being open to God’s many blessings in our lives. While we may not fully understand what the Trinity is all about we welcome and are open to God’s blessings in our lives.

Corpus Christi Procession
The annual Corpus Christi Procession takes place on the afternoon of Sunday next 29th May. Our parish group will assemble at the Church and move off at 3pm. Try to make it a family event.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, will be with us in Turners Cross next weekend. He will celebrate the 10.30 am Mass in Christ the King on Sunday next 29th May and will walk in the Eucharistic Procession from the Cathedral to Daunt Square, where he will preach the Homily.

Novena to the Sacred Heart
begins on Thursday 26th May and ends on Friday 3rd June, The Feast of the Sacred Heart. Leaflets (pink) with the novena prayers are available at the back of the Church. We encourage families to make the Novena. It will take only about 3 minutes each day. We all have our own intentions — the sick, exams, etc. . . .

Mid-Summer Concert
By popular demand International Soprano Majella Cullagh returns to Turners Cross for a Mid-Summer Concert on 23rd June.

She will be joined by Scottish Tenor Iain Paton, The Eudoxa Quartet and the Voices of Cork 2005 Choir.

The Concert is in aid of the Church Restoration Fund. The debt now stands at €110,000. It is hoped the debt will be cleared before the end of the year. Tickets for the Concert €20 available from Parish Office, Veritas & Pro Musica.

Pilgrimage to Knock
Christ the King Parish Branch of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society  —  Saturday June 25th.
Enquiries/Bookings: Phone Irene at 4963326.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those doing and preparing for exams. The 6pm Mass on Sat. 4th June and the 10am Mass on Wed. 8th June (the day the Leaving and Junior Cert. exams begin) will be offered for all those doing exams. Special cards are available in the Parish Office.
The Graduation Masses for the two Secondary Schools in our Parish take place on Thursday 26th May in the church, the Girls at 1.30pm and the Boys at 7.30pm.

Sri Lanka Boats
On Tuesday next 24th May in the Parish Centre at 10.30am the proceeds of the Sri Lanka Boats Concert will be handed over to Paul Weir of the Irish Sri Lanka Trust Fund. All are welcome to attend.

Turners Cross Community Games Athletics
Fun for all on Tuesday next 24th May at 7pm on Brother Colm’s Pitch. Boys and Girls 8 to 16 years.
Contact Denise.

Important Dates 2005
May 29th:    Eucharistic Procession
June 11th — 16th:    Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes
June 23rd:    ‘Mid-Summer Concert’
August 19th:    Golf Classic, Cork Golf Club
October 8th:    ‘Autumn Concert’ – The Irish Sopranos
and the Garda Band
November 26th:    ‘Capital of Culture 2005 Messiah’ in Christ the King Church, performed by
The East Cork Choral Society and The Seafield Singers, Dublin, and The East Cork Orchestra.

Numbers drawn:  12,  15,  19,  27.
€35 CASH
Mrs. Martin,  N. Kearney,  B. Canty,  M. Nurphy
Last week’s net “take”      €2,561
Last week’s second Collection      €1,355
Anonymous Donation    €50
Many thanks for supporting the Parish Lotto in aid of the Church Restoration Fund.
Old Money still welcome. Box at back of Church. 

Lord, if only we could focus on what we really need.
Help me to prioritize what I really need in life.
Help me to prioritize what I really need today,
not what others think I should need.