November 6th 2005 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary time

Holy Souls — A Time to Remember
November’s cold and dark evenings are upon us, and for some loneliness is even greater as people recall memories of an absent loved one.
This time of the year especially can be more difficult for those who have lost a loved one. We remember them and all our loved ones who have died in our November and, this weekend, we will take time to visit our cemeteries and pray at the graves of those who are special to us.
Maybe this November as well as praying for the faithful departed we could take time too to visit and spend time with those who have had a bereavement. It will be time well spent. As well as our prayers, we could gift them with our time, allow them to share their memories and help all who suffer the pain of loss to know that as a faith community we care, especially at this time.

Prayer for the Faithful Departed
Almighty God,
through the death of your Son on the cross
you destroyed our death;
through his rest in the tomb
you made holy the graves of all who believe in you;
and through his rising again
you restored us to eternal life.
God of the living and the dead,
accept our prayers for those who have died in Christ
and are buried with him in the hope of rising again.
Since they were true to your name on earth,
let them praise you for ever in the joy of heaven.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Plenary Indulgence for the Holy Souls
You can gain an indulgence for the Holy Souls from the 1st to the 8th November by visiting a cemetery and saying the Our Father, Hail Mary and  a prayer for the Pope’s intentions.

Novena of Masses
The Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls continues until this Thursday 10th November. Mass each day at 10 am and 6 pm.

We remember in our prayers Tom Doyle, Doyle Rd., who has died, and we extend our sympathy to his wife Phil and his family.

12th / 13th November
At all our Masses next weekend we as a community will have an opportunity to come together to remember all our loved ones, especially those who have died in the past year, and to support one another in our loss. Family members are invited to light a light in memory of their loved ones and place it on the altar rail before Mass. Lights will be available at the back of the Church at all the Masses.

Prayers and Blessing of Graves
will take place this Sunday 6th November in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Tory Top Road, at 2.30 pm. Bring a small container to take some of the water blessed at the ceremony to bless your family grave.
Prayer in St. MIchael’s Cemetery, Blackrock, Douglas Cemetery and St. Finbarr’s Cemetery at
3 pm.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The monthly meting will be held this Tuesday 8th Nov. after the 10 am Mass in the Parish Centre. (Please note the change of time of the meeting).

Annual Bazaar: O’Connell Court / Oakdene House.
Sun. 10th Nov. 2.30 — 6 pm at O’Connell Court, Windmill Road. Wheel of Fortune – Cake Stall – Bric-A-Brac – Book Stall – Plant Stall – Toys – Christmas Stall – Fun for all the Family – etc. etc. Something for everyone.
Admission €1. OAP’s and accompanied children free.

Barrack Street Band
The Annual Mass for Deceased Members of the Band will be held on Nov. 6th in Redmond’s GAA Club at 3 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Brú Columbanus
Brú Columbanus is a new charity at Cardinal Way Wilton
— a home from home accommodation provided free of charge to families of critically ill people who are patients of any of the Cork City Hospitals and most especially relatives of sick children.
On Nov. 11, 12 & 13 the house will be open to the public where they can enjoy a beautifully themed Christmas House. Admission €10, includes mulled wine & mince pies.
The house will be decorated by Nary O’Farrell from Bandon and will give lots of ideas on how to decorate their own homes for Christmas.
Brú Columbanus is an Independent Charity and relies totally on donations and fund-raising events.

The Messiah
(in aid of the Church Restoration Fund)
Nov. 26th ‘Capital of Culture Messiah’ in Christ the  King Church, performed by the East Cork Choral Society & The Seafield Singers from Dublin and The East Cork Orchestra. Tickets €15 available in the Parish Office this weekend, also at Veritas and Pro Musica.

We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes for the Autumn Dues in the Sacristy next weekend 12/13 November.

Parish Christmas Card
Parish Christmas Cards and Triduum Cards are available in the Parish Office during the week.

Church Restoration Fund
Anonymous Donations:    €50,  €100,  €10

Dublin City Marathon
Our thanks to all who sponsored Eddie Mullane who ran in the Dublin City Marathon last Monday in aid of the Fund to repair and tarmac the Church Grounds. So far, nearly €900 has been raised. Our sincere thanks to Eddie and to all who sponsored him.

Cúpla Focail
If you would like to get together and make use of or improve your Irish, why not come along to "Cúpla Focail", Meeting of Irish Beginners/Improvers on Friday 11th Nov. at 11 am in the Community Room, Tory Top Library.

Please contact Tory Top Library at 4924934 / 4924946 or email for further details.

A Thought
‘Death ends a life,  not a relationship.’     —  Robert Benchley
It is always to understand death or make sense of the loss of a loved one through death. Death is not an end, only a beginning. We trust, hope and pray that all those who have died are at peace and happy. Today and throughout this month of November we remember them in a special way.
Lord, we miss our loved ones who have died.
Sometimes words fail to express the sadness we feel,
particularly when our loss is recent. We trust and believe that they are now in a loving relationship with you.
May all our loved ones who have died rest in peace.