October 2nd 2005 – 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Day for Life 2005.
Cherishing the Evening of Life
Today our bishops ask us to celebrate a Day for Life. This year we focus on those in the ?evening of life?. The annual Day for Life was called for by Pope John Paul II. He wanted to encourage a greater awareness within the church of the crucial importance of the Church's teaching on the gift of life. Our theme this year celebrates that gift in the lives of older people, and the witness the Church gives by working to enable older people to age with grace. In the way he approached his own death earlier this year Pope John Paul II taught us all a wonderful lesson about the dignity of old age, and the way in which death can be faced with courage and dignity, even in the face of great suffering. So today is an opportunity for the parish to reflect on and to celebrate this particular aspect of the Gift of Life.
Human life is a precious gift to be loved and defended in each of its stages. The Commandment ?You shall not kill!? always requires respecting and promoting human life, from its beginning to its natural end. It is a command that applies even in the presence of illness and when physical weakness reduces the person?s ability to be self-reliant.   Pope John Paul II

Communion to the Sick
Fr. Kerry will be visiting the sick and housebound of Fr. John’s area on Thursday and Friday evening of this week. He will visit his own area at the usual times.

First Friday October 7th.
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament this First Friday after 10 am Mass until 12.30 pm.

Christ King Girls? Secondary School
Open Evening Thursday 6th Oct. 2005  7 pm – 9 pm.
Principal?s Address in the Hall at 8.15 pm.
All parents and prospective pupils are welcome.

We remember in our prayers Patricia Buckley, Slievemish Park, who died during the week and extend our sympathy to her family.

Turners Cross Seniors Social Club
Programme for month of October
4th Oct.    Marie with Exercise Class.
11th Oct.    Eddie Sixties Music.
19th Oct.    Speaker from St. John?s Ambulance.
25th Oct.    Marie with Exercise Class.
Tuesdays 7 pm – 9 pm.

Columban Fathers Concert 2005
City Hall, Mission Sunday 23rd October.
Majella Cullagh, Breffni Horgan, and a big supporting cast.
Details on Poster at the back of the Church.

Dublin City Marathon
Eddie Mullane will be running in the Dublin City Marathon at the end of the month to raise funds for the tarmac and repairs to be done to the Church grounds.
We will give details of how you can sponsor Eddie later.

Every Saturday after the 10 am Mass and the 6 pm Vigil Mass or any day after Mass by request.

Best of Luck
to Nemo Rangers Intermediate Hurlers who play in the County Final this Sat. in Pairc Ui Rinn at 6.30 pm,
and to Cork Ladies Senior Football Team who play in the All Ireland this Sunday.

Prayer for our Hospice
O Lord, you took upon yourself our flesh
and so bless every moment of life
from the earliest beginnings to the very last moments.
Bless our efforts to provide hospice care
for those who come to us.
As we build, may our foundations be made of love, care and compassion. Help us to cater for all the spiritual,
physical and emotional needs of those who are suffering.
Help us to remember that unless the Lord build the house
the builders labour in vain.  Amen.

A Thought
God has not called us to see through each other
but to see each other through. Author Unknown
Everyone needs a helping hand, No one should be too proud to think they do not need help. Like the car getting stuck, we all have our moments when we need a helping hand. A gentle helping hand can make all the difference.
Lord, so often we get stuck, sometimes by things we do and sometimes by events happening outside our control.
Lord, when I?m stuck, give me the strength to keep going.

A Prayer at Retirement
All praise and glory are yours,
almighty and eternal God.
You created this earth and all it contains
and placed creation within our care
so that by the work of human hands
we might share in your creative power
and build up human society.
Look with kindness upon those who have retired.
Allow them the time
to survey all that they have accomplished
and give them satisfaction and fulfilment
for all their labours, as you did on the seventh day,
when you rested and saw that all you made was good.
Give them peace and help them
in this period of adjustment.
Reassure them with your love
and open new ways for them
to share their gifts for the benefit of others.
We praise you, God of love,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.