November 27th 2005 – 1st Sunday of Advent

As a circle begins and ends at the same point the liturgical year begins and ends at the final judgement. God is at the beginning and the end, Alpha and Omega. All time belongs to him and all the ages. The Advent Wreath represents the circle of life’s journey from God as creator to God as final destiny. Evergreen leaves express the hope based on God’s everlasting love.
Three times we hear that the Son of Man is coming. Advent will focus on three stages of his coming. We look back to his historical coming at the first Christmas. We look forward to his final coming at the end of our earthly journey. We are called to be vigilant in prayer to the many ways that God communicates with us each day. Prayer is not so much talking to God as learning how to listen to God before talking. Be vigilant, on the watch, attentive to God.

This Saturday night we welcome to Christ the King the Choir of 100 voices, the Soloists, the Orchestra and the Conductor, Colin Nicholls. We thank all who made it possible – in aid of the Church Restoration Fund.  What a great way to begin the Season of Advent.

Walk With Me
This Sunday we begin our Advent Journey – We are
attentive to the “Coming of the Lord”.
A lovely little book: “Walk With Me” is available at the back of the Church (Cost 50c).

Turners Cross Senior Citizens Christmas Party
in the new Nemo Rangers Complex Trabeg on next Sat. 3rd Dec. at 7.30 pm. Please hand in names to Parish Office.

Rekindle the Wonder
Saturday 17th Dec.: 10 am — 4 pm. A one day Retreat to help us relax, unwind and enter the true spirit of Christmas.
Cost: €20 (€30 incl. dinner). St. Dominic’s Retreat House, Ennismore, Montenotte.
Phone 021 4502520.

First Friday December 2nd
Fr. Kerry will visit the sick of the Parish on Thursday and Friday am & pm. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday after the 10 am Mass until 1 pm.

Hearing Loop
The whole Church is served by a hearing loop. Users should turn their hearing aid to the setting marked T.

We remember in our prayers James McGee, “Carrig”, Sth. Douglas Road, Vincent Godsil, “Achill”, Sth. Douglas Road, and Anthony Whelan Windmill Rd.who died during the week, and extend our sympathy to their families.

Céile Chois Locha — Pakistan Relief Fund
Céile this Sunday 27th Nov.SMA Hall Wilton, 8 pm.
All proceeds to Pakistan Relief.

L’Arch Christmas Craft Fair
Sun. 4th Dec. 10am–5pm L’Arch Community Centre Togher (next to Parish Church). All welcome: adm. free. Lots of beautiful hand-crafted gifts for all the family.

To Cork City FC on winning the Eircom League –  a great game and wonderful  team spirit. We wish them the best of luck for the Cup Final next month.

Active Retired Club, Care Centre, Capwell Road
Forthcoming Events
Dec. 6th    Drama from Bishopstown I.C.A. Guild
Dec. 8th    Christmas Lunch –Rochestown Park Hotel
Dec. 13th    Icing Christmas Cake – Kitty
Dec. 20th    Music with Ted – a Sing-A-Long
Closed 20th Dec. until 3rd Jan. 2006.

Parish Christmas Card
There has been a big demand for the Parish Christmas Card and Christmas Triduum Mass Card – available in the Parish Office after Mass today and during the week.
The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23, 24, 25 Dec.

Santa to help St. Vincent de Paul Society
Santa, whose real name is St. Nicholas, is probably the best loved saint of children. His feast day is Dec. 6th. Next weekend he will be here with a basket of letters. In his letter he will tell us to prepare well for the Birthday of Jesus and will ask us to bring a specific item the following weekend 10/11 Dec. and place it in  his basket. Santa will deliver your gifts to members of St. Vincent de Paul who are always helping those in need. Don’t forget to collect your letter next weekend.

Munster Club Football Semi Final
Nemo Rangers v Stradbally (Waterford Champions) Páirc Uí Chaoimh 2.30pm this Sun. Best of luck to the team.

Turners Cross Gramophone Circle
Recital this Tues. 29th Nov. at 7.45 in the Parish Centre.
Presenter: Dave Hallihan.

The Gospel of Mark for Year B
A talk and discussion with Fr. John Quinlan SMA (a scripture scholar) Wed. Nov. 30th, Wilton Parish Centre. 7.30 pm followed by refreshments. All Ministers of the Word, Priests, Catechists and Teachers — as well as the People of God WELCOME!

Confirmation Enrolment
The Mass of enrolment and commitment for the Boys of Scoil Chríost Rí will take place next Wed. 30th Nov. at 7.30 pm.

Christ King Girls Secondary School
Annual Mass for deceased Staff and Students will be celebrated in the School Library on Tues. 29th Nov. at 7.30pm
Refreshments in the school afterwards. All welcome.

An Advent Reflection
It is truly a humbling experience to read back through the Old Testament and see how frail and imperfect all the “heroes” actually are. Abraham, the coward who cannot believe the promise; Jacob, the cheat who struggles with everybody; Joseph, the immature and arrogant teen; Moses, the impatient murderer who cannot wait for God; Gideon, the cowardly Baal-worshipper; Samson, the womanising drunk; David, the power abusing adulterer; Soloman, the unwise wise man; and finally, a very young Jewish girl from a small village in a remote corner of a great empire.
It never ceases to amaze me why God could not have chosen “better” people to do his work in the world. Yet if God can use them, and reveal himself through them in such marvellous ways, it means that he might be able to use me, inadequate and unwise, and too often lacking in faith as I am. And it means that I need to be careful that I do not in my own self-righteousness put limits on what God can do with the most unlikely of people in the most unlikely of circumstances. I think that is part of the wonder of the Advent Season.