January 14th 2007 – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thought for Sunday
'There were six stone water jars, each could hold 20 or 30 gallons.  Jesus said to the servant "Fill them to the brim",
"draw some out now and take it to the steward"
They did this, the steward tasted the water and it had turned into wine.

Sundays Gospel – the story of the wedding feast of Cana

There are many angles to this story, but one is that Jesus is talking about the shortages in each of our own lives.
Has love dried up in our relationships?
Are we bored with life and settling for humdrum routine?
Have we tossed aside our hopes, dreams and plans?
Are we run down and tired of life and living?
Jesus is calling us to change and new beginnings. It doesn't just happen on Jan 1st, it happens today and throughout the coming week. It is never too late to start. Jesus changed the water to wine. If we want to change we also must turn to Jesus, because wherever Jesus is found, life is always changed for the better.

Thank You
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank all those who contributed so generously to our collections throughout the year. A special thank you to all who provided such a variety of gifts after Santa’s letter before Christmas. Such a diversity of gifts were more than welcome and were distributed to those in need throughout the Parish and City. We thank you for your continued support.

Sea Tragedies – United in Prayer with Kinsale & Dunmore East
With the people of Kinsale and Dunmore East  this weekend we are united in prayer we are deeply saddened and shocked that seven fishermen could perish at sea in such a cruel way last Wednesday night. For many of us we simply have no idea just how dangerous it can be out at sea. Today  our prayers and thoughts go out to the families who have lost a loved one in these awful sea tragedies. Their loss is incalculable. First and foremost we pray that all the bodies will be recovered from the sea. We pray quietly for all fishermen whose love of the sea stretches back for generations and whose work can be most rewarding. But it also demands bravery, sometimes it involves taking risks and sometimes the ultimate sacrifice. We are all united in praying for those who have lost their lives at sea. May they rest in peace. We ask God to comfort the grieving Families and Communities

Dates for your Diary 2007
Febr. 21st    Ash Wednesday
March 28th    Parish Confirmations
April 8th    Easter Sunday
May 12th    First Holy Communion Boys
May 19th    First Holy Communion Girls

Over 60’s Talent Competition
(South Parish Community Association)
Friday 19th January
in South Parish Community Centre
Entrance fee: €5.               Details 4317780

Grief support programme for 12 to 18 year  olds
bereaved through death, parents separating
or any significant loss
7 week programme commencing in February
Details from Family Ministry Office. Telephone 4275136
Email: familyministry@eircom.net

Recent Baptisms
Baby David James Purcell
The above baptism took place recently in Christ the King Church
Recent Deaths
We remember in our prayers
Ann Still, O’Connell Crescent and Seamus Galvin, Deerpark Mews
We extend our sympathy to their families

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18th to 25th 2007

Meeting of the co-ordinating parents of the Do This in Memory First Holy Communion
programme this Monday January 15th at 8 pm
in Fr. Kerry’s house.

Next Sunday
The monthly Do This in Memory Mass
for all First Holy Communion Children at 10.30am

Signpost to Luke
A one night course on St. Luke’s Gospel
(from the readings for most Sundays of the coming year)
It is aimed principally at Ministers of the Word, but all are welcome
Wednesday January 24th 8 — 9.30 pm, Sacred Heart Centre, Western Road

Today’s Gospel describes the first public miracle worked by Jesus. It saved a young couple from embarrassment. It also helped the disciples of Jesus to believe in him. Notice the key role Mary played in the lovely event. This weekend we pray for all married couples, especially all the marriages which have taken place here in this Church over the past 75 years.