April 30th 2006 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

A Hungry God
An age-old tactic in the screening of a series is to end with a cliff-hanger and ‘to be continued’ appears across our screen. However, most onlookers at Calvary that first Easter saw it more as an ending than a beginning. There would be no ‘to be continued’ on this scene and the weary procession to the tomb for hasty burial. Few would have Jesus appear again.
It’s ironic and yet understandable, that when the disciples see the one they long for, they are startled and surprised thinking it is a ghost. However, while there are many in our occult-fascinated world who claim to have seen ghosts, none have ever had breakfast with them. This was real. He had risen. Why else record such detail? He brings them to reality by ordinary things such as seeing and touching, and eating. What does he hunger for today? Our faith most of all.
He hungers also for those famished hearts, those who have never known love or affection. He starves and strives to reach those whose lives  are malnourished and blighted by drugs, alcohol or gambling, for those who seek to satisfy their hungers and wander through life without meaning, purpose or direction. May we glimpse him in the breaking of bread today.   
—  Fr. Tom Cox

There has been a very good response to the Trócaire Lenten Appeal. €11,231 has come in. Many thanks for your generosity. Justin Kilcullen, the Director of Trócaire, has written: “We greatly appreciate your ongoing support for the Lenten Campaign and the magnificent support from the Parish and the Schools of Turners Cross  and the work that you and others in your parish have put into it each year.”

Morning Mass
In the coming weeks there will be one morning Mass at 10 am.

We remember in our prayers Theresa Graham, Mount Pleasant Ave. who died during the week and extend our sympathy to her family. May all who mourn be comforted.

St Joseph
This Monday 1st May is the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. The 10 am Mass will be offered for all the members of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society and those who support the Society.

First Friday
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday next 5th May after the 10am Mass until 1pm.
Fr. Kerry will visit the sick and housebound on Thursday & Friday at the usual times.

First Holy Communion
On Saturday next 6th May the Boys from Scoil Chríost Rí will receive their First Holy Communion at 10.30 am. There will be no Mass at 10am. We wish the Boys, their Families and Teachers a lovely day.

Jubilee Celebration
Ballyphehane Pastoral Council invites members of the public, in particular former parishioners, to their Golden Jubilee Eucharistic Celebration. The Celebration takes place at the Church of the Assumption, Ballyphehane, Cork, on Sunday April 30th at 3 pm.

Marriage Improvement Seminar
A Professionally presented seminar for individuals and couples who would like to learn what psychological research suggests is good for the emotional and spiritual well-being of marriage.
Sat. 6th May 9a. — 1pm – Professional Staff at the Cork Marriage Counselling Centre 34 Paul St. Contact 4275678.

Youth 2000 Retreat
“Live in Me as I live in you”  —  John 15:4
Newmarket  12th — 14th May
For more info contact Seán 086-1651219, Máiréad 087-2413699 or Dave 085-716790
Or look at our website: www.youth2000.ie

The Holy Father’s general intention for May is:
“That the abundance of the gifts the Holy Spirit bestows on the Church may contribute to the growth of peace and justice in the world.”
His mission intention is: “That in the mission countries those responsible for the public institutions may, with suitable laws, promote and defend human life from its conception to its natural termination.”

Next Sunday is Vocation Sunday

Prayer for Vocations.
Heavenly Father, we praise you
and we thank you for all that
you have done for us.
We thank you especially for sending
your Son, Jesus Christ, to visit
and save us.
We ask you to bless our families and
especially those who are suffering
in any way.
Give courage to those in our Parish
whom you invite to become priests
and religious, and grant them the
generosity of mind and heart to
follow your call. May they bring
good news to our world today.
We ask this through Jesus Christ
our Lord.   Amen

Cork Theology Forum
Sat. 27th May Silver Springs Hotel 9.45am — 3pm
Faith and Justice Speakers Fr. Seán Healy SMA, Director of CORI Justice Commission, and Fr. Peter McVerry SJ who runs hostels for homeless people, a detox centre and drug-free aftercare houses.
Bookings: Cork Theology Forum, 10 Wallaces Avenue, Ballinlough 087 2282134. See poster at back of Church.

Resting Spaces
Meditation, reflection using scripture and guided input 6 Wednesdays 7.30—9.00 pm, starting May 3rd.
(Martina Lehane Sheehan) – St. Dominic’s Retreat Centre, Ennismore. Donation €5. Bookings – 4502520.
Stress Release – Healing the patterns of stress
Sat. May 13th:  10.30 am — 4 pm.
St. Dominic’s Retreat Centre, Ennismore, Cork. (Martina Lehane Sheehan)
Donation €15. Bookings: 4502520.

Grief at Work
Supporting employees who are bereaved — a half-day workshop run by the Irish Hospice Foundation for managers, human resource personnel and team leaders on how to provide effective support for employees who are grieving.
Mon. May 22nd  * Venue: Ambassador Hotel, Military Hill, St. Luke’s Cork  * 9.30am—1pm. *Cost: €100 (light lunch included)  * Bookings Ph Iris 01 6793188
* Email:  iris@hospicefoundation.ie