October 22nd 2006 – Mission Sunday

Mission Sunday
We use the word mission far more than we realise. We often talk about a woman or man ‘with a mission’, indicating someone who has a strong commitment to some worthwhile cause. We can certainly say it of Nemo  Rangers as a team ‘with a mission’ next weekend and recently St. Finbarr’s Comogie Team. Today groups and organisations have a mission statement which is their core belief around which everything else revolves.
We understand mission as sharing the Good News of Jesus with other people. Mission cannot be left to a group of ‘specialists’ but must involve the responsibility of all of us too. Mission often begins at home. As we celebrate Mission Sunday we pray for so many doing their best as missionaries across the world. We keep them very much in our prayers today. Our Gospel reminds us that we are all witnesses to so much good happening in our local community, parish and world. May we never take this for granted.

Mission Sunday Collection will be taken up at all Masses after Holy Communion this weekend.
The Collection has always been well supported in Cork & Ross. Over the past six years, the people of our Diocese contributed €690,110 to the Mission Sunday Collection and last year the sum was €150,797. We urge people to once again show generosity during this collection.

The Girls from 5th & 6th Class in Christ the King NS will lead us in a little ceremony for Mission Sunday. At the end of the ceremony we will pray this commitment together:
Lord Jesus, you love all children. We want to show our love for you by doing all we can to help all the children to come to know and love you. We promise to share our prayers, love and good things with others here and around the world.
Look kindly on Missionaries. Fill their hearts with perseverance and courage so that they may continue the work of the Apostles in our world today.

We remember in our prayers Eileen Donnellan (the younger). Mercier Park, Bhreed Deasy, Friars Rd., John O’Reilly, St. Ann’s Park, Kate Ahern, Capwell Rd., and Maria Horgan, Heatherton, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families. May they rest in peace.

Holy Souls
The Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls begins on Thurs.. 2nd November and continues until 10th November.
Envelopes for those who wish to have their dead remembered in the Novena are available at the back of the Church and may be returned to the box at the Altar Rails.

Bishop Buckley in Rome

On Friday 20th Oct. Bishop John Buckley was received in private audiance by Pope Benedict XV1. He is in Rome with his fellow Irish Bishops for two weeks to give a detailed report on the state of the diocese.
Each bishop is required to make a detailed report to the Vatican every five years and this is usually followed by a personal visit to Rome. The 2004 visits of Irish bishops did not take place due the health of the late Pope John Paul II.
The bishops also meet with the senior members of each Vatican congregation (or department) to discuss pastoral issues affecting the Church in the local dioceses.

Important Dates
Prayers and Blessing of Graves in St. Joseph’s Cemetery Sunday 5th Nov. at 2.30pm.
Remembrance Weekend 12/13 Nov. On that weekend all the Masses will be offered for our dead.

Confirmation Enrolment
During the week the Boys & Girls from Scoil Chríost Rí and Christ King Girls NS will have their enrolment and commitment ceremony.
Girls Wed, 25th Oct. at 7pm.  Boys Thurs. 26th Oct. at 7pm.

Catholic Papers
The Irish Catholic, The Universe & The Catholic Times are available at the back of the Church. Sadly, we have noticed at times the Papers are taken and not paid for.

Marymount Car Boot Sale
Penrose Wharf Car Park Sunday Nov. 12th 9am to 4pm.
All proceeds to the New Hospice Building Fund.
For information and registration contact 4501201 Ext.251
Another Fund Raiser for Marymount
Trinity Gospel Choir
at Everyman Palace Theatre Sun. 19th Nov. at 8pm.

Youth 2000 Retreat Ennismore
for young people aged 16—35 takes place at Ennismore Retreat Centre, Montenotte, Fri. 17th to Sun. 19th Nov. An opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic Faith and meet many new friends. Contact Dave 085-7167904 or Jim 087-2159883 for information and bookings. Donations only.
Website:  www.youth2000.ie

Parish Visitation
Fr. Kerry will visit Mercier Park.
Fr. Charlie will visit Capwell Road.

A Thought
You’re not wealthy until you have something money can’t buy.
We never had it easier with banking and getting access to our accounts and money. Cheque books, laser and credit cards, e-banking and credit unions have made it all so easy. Many judge wealth by what they own, by what they have materially and by the size of their bank account.
But from God’s point of view we’re not really wealthy until we have something money can’t buy. This could be many things: real friends, health, peace of mind, happy in what we’re doing, healing, love, an ability to forgive, and so much more. Money can buy a lot of things but it certainly can’t buy everything. When we have what it can’t buy then we are indeed truly wealthy.

Relationship Time-Out – A Weekend with a difference
The memories you will keep for the rest of your life. Avail of the experience of enrichment on a Marriage Encounter Weekend on 8th – 10th Nov. 2006 at the Lake Hotel, Killarney. For booking & Information: 064 44319 or 087 6670418.

Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy (1386 – 1456). Feast Day on Wednesday 25th Oct. Appointed Bishop of Ross, later Bishop of Cork and Cloyne. Because his appointment was disputed locally, he set out as a humble pilgrim to Rome, where his appointment as Bishop of Cork & Cloyne was confirmed. He died at Ivrea, Italy on the return journey to Ireland.