October 9th 2005 – 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

An Invitation
For the most part, people enjoy going to weddings, for the simple reason that it is an occasion of joy. That joy can run very deep during a moment of the Church ceremony or later when the groom strikes the right note in expressing his love for his bride.
The gospel picks up on different responses to an invitation. It is symbolic of God’s invitation to us to have a relationship with him. There are no strings attached, no money has to be paid and you don’t have to be living in a certain area. The gospel makes it clear how the invitation is treated. Some reject it, some delay it and some even attack the messenger.
The message seems to be quite clear. Jesus invites but never forces. We live busy lives with so many pulling on our time. We sometimes forget that life moves along so quickly. One day all our plans, all our interests and all our distractions will come to an end when God gently calls us home. It would be a shame if we had turned down the invitation.

A Message of Thanks
A sincere thank you to all who came to Nemo Rnagers Pavilion on 5th September and to all who contributed to my presentation. I appreciate very much that so many people turned up on the night and those who helped in any way with the presentation.
After seven years of Ministry in the Parish of Christ the King, the greatest gift was the journey we shared together.
Again, many thanks,    —  John O’Donovan.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The Society was founded in 1895. Notwithstanding the title, it is a lay society which promotes vocations to the priesthood by prayer, and helps financially those in need who respond to the call of Christ At home and overseas. Last year the members of the Society in our Parish collected €7,456.80.
The responsibility for vocations does not lies primarily on the shoulders of a few, but on the whole Christian community. The vocation apostolate is central to the whole life of the Church. Recently a young man began his studies for the priesthood in our Diocese.
With the reduction in recent years in the numbers attending Irish seminaries, the Society has supported more seminarians in other countries where the need is greatest. In the year 2003/4, 717 students were assisted (105 Irish, 612 overseas). 100 seminarians were ordained (14 Irish and 86 overseas).
We are blessed to have in our Parish a branch of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society. They will hold their AGM in the Parish Centre on Tuesday next 11th October. Before the meeting there will be Mass in the Parish Centre at 7.30 pm.
New members are always welcome at our meetings which are held on the second Tuesday of each month in the Parish Centre at 8 pm.

Prayer for Vocations
O Jesus, send labourers in to your fields,
which are awaiting holy apostles,
saintly priests, heroic missionaries.
Enkindle in the hearts of men and women
the spark of a vocation.
Grant that Christian families
may desire to give your Church
helpers in the work of tomorrow.

Cork Mended Hearts
(Surgical Heart Patients Association)
21st Annual Thanksgiving
and Remembrance Mass
Wednesday 12th Oct. 2005
Cork University Hospital at 7.30 pm
Celebrant: Fr. Bob Brophy.  Homily: Fr. James Good.  Soloist: Stephen O’Connor.

Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
There will be a Cake Sale in aid of the Hospital on Sat. 15/Sun. Oct. in the Parish Centre after Masses. If you could bring a cake and buy a cake, all the better. Please support generously. “No brightness shines like the light of hope in the wide clear eyes of a child.”

Dublin City Marathon
will take place on Monday 31st Oct. Our caretaker Eddie Mullane will be running in the Marathon to raise funds for the tarmac and repairs to be done to the Church Grounds.
Sponsoring cards are available in the Sacristy after Mass today, also in the Parish Office during the week and from Eddie himself in the Parish Centre.

Best of Luck
to Nemo Rangers Intermediate Hurlers who play in the County Final (replay) this Sunday 9th Oct. in Páirc Uí Rinn at 4pm.
Our congratulations to the Cork Ladies Senior Football Team on their great win last Sunday.

Big Day
Friday next 14th October will be a big day in the life of our Parish Hurling & Football Club, Nemo Rangers — when the new magnificent Complex in Trabeg will be blessed and then opened by An tUachtarán C.L.C.G. Seán Ó Cleallaigh. We congratulate Nemo on this great achievement.

We remember in our prayers Con O’Connell, Congress Rd. who has died and extend our sympathy to his family. We also remember in our prayers our late Bishop Michael Murphy whose anniversary was 7th October.

A Thought
‘Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something,  perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.’   
—  Charles Kettering
It is easy to sit down and throw the towel in. Sometimes when things are not going our way it’s hard to see a way forward. We hope and pray that we’ll stumble on some piece of good news or some little break that can help us move forward. Thankfully we do, but usually it takes us by surprise.
Lord, help me to be open to your presence in my life.
Help me to realise that your presence in my life is usually gentle and often when I least expect it.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann & The Loft
Salute to Cork’s Heroes
Tom Barry, Michael Collins, Daniel Corkeery, Seán Ó Riada, Tomás MacCurtáin, Jack Lynch,
Séamus Murphy, Fr.O’Flynn, Frank O’Connor, Christy Ring, Terence McSweeney
Cork City Hall, Sat. 22nd Oct. 7.45pm. Doors open 7.15pm
Pageantry – Music – Song – Dance
Tickets €20 on sale from Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett St.