August 7th 2005 – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Get out of the boat
Fishermen are usually known for reading water, not treading water like Peter did. But for all of us when things turn to water or indeed ashes, his experience has a few things to teach us.
Water walkers will face Storms
No avoiding it, we have and will all face the storms of trials and difficulty. Even reading this, you may be going through a storm. Maybe it’s money problems, or problems in a relationship. You might be having family problems, or problems at your job or school.
Water walkers recognise God’s presence
Jesus wanted to be alone to pray, so they were sent ahead without him. His orders, but no big deal to experienced, but not this time with a violent storm. Being boatless didn’t seem to slow Jesus down at all. The disciples were convinced he was a ghost, so they were terrified. Sometimes it takes eyes of faith to recognise when Jesus is around.
Water walkers discern between faith and foolishness
Peter doesn’t just plunge into the water. He asks to be asked. He distinguishes between an authentic call from God and what might simply be a foolish impulse.
Water walkers get out of the boat and face their fears
So where are you this morning?
Huddled in the boat with a life jacket and your seat belt on?
One leg in, one leg out?
Out of the boat – but the wind looks pretty bad?
Fr. Tom Cox

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The monthly meeting will held in the Parish Centre on Tues. next 9th Aug. at 8pm in the Parish Centre

We remember in our prayers CATHERINE (PANSY) O'DRISCOLL, Cross Douglas Road and EILEEN WHELAN, Frankfield Villas who died recently and extend our sympathy to their families

Annual Devotions at Lee Road Shrine
On Monday the 15th of August – The Feast of the Assumption – the Annual Devotions will take place at the Lee Road Shrine, Cork.
The general public will assemble near Our Lady's Hospital Gate before 6.30 p.m. and march in procession to the Shrine reciting the 14 Mysteries of the Rosary on the way. Succeeding groups will follow at short intervals. When all have arrived at the Shrine, the fifteenth Mystery will be recited by the entire congregation. At 7.30pm Bishop Buckley will be the Chief Concelebrant of the Mass and Fr. Kieran Twomey will preach the homily
For those unable to walk in procession to the Shrine, there will be accommodation available on the south bank of the Lee opposite the Shrine.
The Lee Road will be closed to vehicular traffic from the Wellington Bridge to the Shrine from 6.30 p.m. However, it may be approached by car from the western side up to 7.00 p.m. A service of buses will convey people back to the city after the Devotions.
Gifts of plants and flowers for the decoration of the Altar and the Shrine will be gratefully received on Monday morning at the Shrine.
Seating accommodation at the Shrine will be available ONLY for those genuinely in need of a seat.

Lotto Results for 2nd August 2005
Numbers drawn: 10, 11, 12, 22.
No Winner of Jackpot 
€35 CASH
O'Loughlin. C. Murphy, S. O'Driscoll, Elizabeth.
Last week’s net “take”       €2,134
Last week's second collection  €1,148
Anonymous Donation    €74
Many thanks for supporting the Parish Lotto in aid of the Church Restoration Fund.  The final Lotto Draw will be on Mon. 5th Sept.  2005   

Dates for your Diary

* August 31st
Fr. Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, a Dominican priest born in Cork, a renowned authority on the New Testament and St. Paul and a frequent contributor to radio and televesion. He will speak in Christ the King Church on Wed. 31st August at 8 p.m. All are welcome.
His topic is: "Why God does not answer prayers".
* August 19th
Golf Classic in aid of Restoration Fund, Cork Golf Club.
* September 5th
Farewell Presentation to Fr. John O'Donovan in Nemo Rangers Pavilion.  The Final Lotto Draw will take plave in the Pavilion on the same evening
* October 31st
Eddie Mullane will run in The Dublin City Marathon in aid of the Restoration Fund.
* November 26th
Capital of Culture 2005 Messiah in Christ the King Church, performed by The East Cork Choral Society & The Seafield Singers from Dublin and the East Cork Orchestra.