May 29th 2005 – Feast of Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi
All our readings for today’s feast are interconnected and related. This is fitting and appropriate when talking about the Eucharist. Jesus often talked about life and having it to the full. Every Eucharist or Mass is our story – yours, mine, our family, our community and parish and our world. They are all interconnected, generating life for us and for each other.
The Eucharist brings all of them together, not to solve the problems of the world but to give us the energy and strength to face what lies ahead of us each day.
The following little poem by St. Teresa of Avila sums up our Gospel and the feast of Corpus Christi best:

“Christ has no body now but yours,
no hands but yours, no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion
must look out on the world.
Yours are the feet with which
he is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless us now.”

The annual Corpus Christi Procession takes place this afternoon. Our parish group will gather at the Church and move off at 3pm. Try to make it a family event and express together our faith in Christ who is present in the Eucharist. The Cardinal will walk from the Cathedral to Daunt Square and will preach the sermon.

We extend a céad míle fáilte to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and his secretary Fr. Mark O’Toole who are with us this weekend, and hope their stay will be a happy and enjoyable one.

Feast of the Sacred Heart
Friday 3rd June. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 9am till 12.30pm. Frs. John and Kerry will visit the sick and housebound at the usual times during the week.

We remember in our prayers Mary Evans, formerly of Capwell Rd. who died in England, Eileen Healy, Glencurrig, and the five girls Claire, Deirdre, Sinéad, Lisa and Aimee, who lost their lives in the school bus crash near Navan. Our sympathy and prayers are with the families and friends of all who have died.

The 6pm Mass on next Saturday 4th June and the 10am Mass on Wednesday 8th June (the day of the Leaving and Junior Cert exams begin) will be offered for all those doing exams. Special cards are available at the Parish Office. These Masses will provide an opportunity for the community, teachers, families and students themselves to pray for all involved in examinations at this time of year and to ask God’s guidance for the young people as they make their choices for the future.

to Fr. John O’Donovan who on Friday was one of the recipients of the Lord Mayor’s Civic awards in a ceremony at the City Hall. Fr. John was one of six who received awards for their service to the community.

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.

Sri Lanka Boats
The proceeds of Sri Lanka Boats Concert were handed over to Paul Weir of the Irish Sri Lanka Trust Fund on Tuesday last. The names given to the boats paid for by our Parish:
1. Christus Rex (Christ the King). 2. John Paul II.
3. Murali (one of Sri Lanka’s greatest cricketers).
Paul conveyed the thanks of the Sri Lanka people to the people of Turners Cross for their generosity.

Turners Cross / South Parish Summer Scheme
Enrolment night this Monday 30th May — South Parish Community Centre, Sawmill Street (back of Fiat Garage) — 8pm — 9pm.

Pilgrimage to Knock
Christ the King Parish Branch of St, Joseph’s Young Priests Society – Saturday June 25th. Bus from Girls Primary School, Evergreen Rd. 7am sharp. Enquiries/Bookings Irene 4963326.

Turners Cross Gramophone Circle
Recital this Tues. 31st May at 7.45pm in the Parish Centre.
Presenter: Billy Collins.

Diocesan Pastoral Strategy
The Diocesan Pastoral Strategy document will be launched on Friday June 10th 2005 at 8pm at the Great Southern Hotel, Cork Airport. Fr. Harry Bowen, Diocese of Killoloe, will be the keynote speaker. The elected representatives from the parishes who attended the area meetings and all the clergy of the Diocese are invited to the event. The report marks three years of work and consultation by the group established by Bishop Buckley in 2002.
Copies of the Report will be available and plans are in place to distribute summaries of the Report within parishes. It will be posted on our Parish website

Numbers drawn:  8,  12,  19,  21.
€35 CASH
B. O’Connor,  P. Walsh,  F. Charles,  S. O’Halloran
Last week’s net “take”       €2,560
Last week’s second Collection       €1,250
Anonymous Donations    €100,  €50   
Many thanks for supporting the Parish Lotto in aid of the Church Restoration Fund.