November 19th 2006 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The End”
The first reading and the Gospel today show us clearly that we are coming to the end of the Church year and beginning to reflect once again on the end of the world as we know it. It is of interest that when we speak of the “end of the world” that phrase can have two meanings. It can mean “the end” like “the end” of a movie or it cam mean “the end” meaning the purpose for which the world was made. In some strange way, today in the readings we can understand both of these meanings.
At a very practical level, today’s readings invite us to reflect on the end of the world and on our own death. This is not supposed to make us sad or frightened or upset, but as a means of reminding us that everything in this world comes to an end. We will die; every human dies. So we must learn to look death in the eye, to think about death and what it means.
So these last Sundays of Ordinary Time and the first Sundays of Advent are a time for us to think deeply, to feel the presence of God, to reflect on how we are living and ask God to give us the strength to live faithfully with him no matter what happens. It is truly a matter of believing in Jesus as the Saviour and putting all our trust in him.

Feast of Christ the King
To mark the Feast of Christ the King, 26th Nov., there will be Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament after the 10am Mass on Saturday next until before the 6pm Vigil Mass.
It would be appropriate to have people in the Church all day during the Exposition 10.30am to 5.30pm. There is a book at the back of the Church in which you can enter your name and time.

Home Visitation
Fr. Kerry will visit Hollyville & Beauford Park during the week.

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tuesday 21st Nov. We wish the Presentation Brothers and Sisters a very happy Feast Day.

Nemo Rangers
The 6pm Mass on Sat. next 25th Nov. will be offered for living and deceased members of Nemo Rangers Hurling & Football Club.

Marriage Care Collection Today
The Diocesan Annual Collection for marriage care services will be taken up at all Masses this weekend Nov. 18/19. The Cork Marriage Counselling Centre, Paul St., worked with 864 couples in 2005 in the area of marriage preparation and 1000 couples or individuals have been seen for counselling.
Your support in this collection will be appreciated to enable the organisation to continue the excellent service they provide to married couples and those preparing for marriage.

Our Church 75 Years Old
Comissioned in 1927 by Most Rev. Daniel Cohalan D.D., Bishop of Cork
Designed by Chicago Architect Francis Barry Byrne.
Built through 1929–1931 by John Buckley.
Opened on the Feast of Christ the King 1931.  Cost £30,000.
The first and remains one of a few Irish churches to be designed by a foreign architect.
The first Irish church to be built from concrete instead of brick.
One of the largest suspended-ceiling churches in Europe.
Seating capacity of 1,200.
Our Parish has one of the finest websites in the Country.  Log in and find a treasure!!

Parish Christmas Card
Parish Christmas Cards and Triduum Cards will be available  in the Parish Office on this Monday.

Senior Citizens Christmas Party
In the Nemo Rangers Pavilion on Friday 8th Dec. at 7.30pm.
Please hand in names at the Parish Office or to members of the Committee.

This Week’s Calendar
Tuesday 21 – The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast originated in the Eastern Churches. It honours Mary, presented in the Temple by her parents Joachim and Anne.
Wednesday 22 – St. Cecilia, virgin martyr, patron of musicians.
Thursday 23 – St. Columban, abbot and missionary. He
was born about 543 and became a monk in Bangor, Co. Down. He set out with 12 companions on a missionary journey to mainland Europe, where he preached and founded many monasteries. He died at Bobbio in Italy in 615.
Friday 24 – St. Andrew Dung-Lac, priest, and companions martyrs. Vietnamese martyrs of the 17th, 18th & 19th centuries.
Saturday 25 – St. Colman of Cloyne. Born around 530 in West Cork. Colman was a bard by profession. Greatly influenced by St. Brendan he became a priest and missionary. He founded a monastery at Cloyne in East Cork. Patron of the Diocese of Cloyne.

St. Vincent’s Church, Sunday’s Well, Gala Fundraising Concert
Majella Cullagh, The Airport Singers / St. Vincent’s Choir.
M.C. Pat Cox.
November 19th at 7.30pm.
Proceeds to fundraising project.
Tickets €20 Parish Office a.m. Sunday’s Well 4304070.
Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett St. 4271659.

CIT  Open Day 25th Nov. 2006, 10am – 4pm
Main features of the Open Day will be a Careers Exhibition to be held in the Student Centre and a series of Information Sessions and Demonstrations that will take place in the various departments throughout the Bishopstown Campus. Students will have opportunities of meeting with lecturers and students and seeing the facilities available in CIT for courses and extra-curricular activities.