January 21st 2007 – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Todays Gospel
‘He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives and to the blind new sight,
to set the downtrodden free,
to proclaim the Lord's year of favour

It is sometimes hard to change assumptions already made by other people.   What we do each day is important but it isn't the only factor in deciding who I am.  Much more important is who we are inside and what values are special and important to us. Jesus clearly set his agenda which at its very heart avoids assumptions made by other people.  Not everyone is willing to give the poor and the downtrodden their priority.  Jesus said it was his starting point.
Lord, you never judge by external factors. 
You always go deeper into each person and you see an inner beauty that few of us get in touch with.
Help me to appreciate my own inner values and particularly those ones that draw life and energy from you.      Fr. James McSweeney

Talk on St. Luke's Gospel for Parish Groups
A one night introduction to St. Luke's Gospel (from where the readings for most of the coming year are taken).
It is aimed principally at Ministers of the Word, but parish assembly members and pastoral council members are also welcome.
Fr. Sean O'Sullivan, Diocesan Coordinator of Adult Religious Education presents the night.
Venue: Sacred Heart Parish Centre, Western Rd. Cork: Wednesday 24th January at 8 pm.

Meetings for Parish Steering Groups
Our newly formed Parish Steering Group will join five other parishes for two meetings in the coming weeks.
These two evenings are designed to help parish steering groups clarify their role in the parish and to share experiences and expectations with neighbouring parishes.
Who is this for?
Members of parish steering groups (parishioners & clergy)
from a small number of parishes where groups have just begun their work. This invitation is only being offered to six parishes at the moment.
Overview of Two Sessions
1. Tuesday 23rd Jan. 2007: 'Church as People of God?'
2. Thursday 1st Feb. 2007: 'The role of lay people in parish'
Time: 8 pm to 9.30 pm.
Venue: The Parish Centre, Frankfield.
(Parish Steering Groups are established by parishes to help guide the parish's work in setting up a parish pastoral council or parish assembly.)

Introduction to the Bible
6.30 – 9.30 pm in Mardyke House, Cork.
for 9 Thursdays beginning 1st February 2007.

Parish Visitation
Fr. Kerry will visit St. Ann's Park during the week.

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
We welcome to the Christian community
Baby Ben Anthony O'Sullivan
who was baptised  recently.

We remember in our prayers Tony  Murphy,  St. Ann's Park and Margaret Keating, Friar's Rd. who died  recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18th to 25th 2007
Resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:  www.ctbi.org.uk

Church Grounds
Work on the Church Grounds is due to begin this week 22nd January. The estimated time it will take is three weeks. On weekdays there will be no through way from Evergreen Road to Capwell Road. No parking in Church Grounds. There will be parking on Sat. evening and Sunday morning in the grounds. We apologise for any inconvenience.
The Church will be open as usual.

Questions people ask
Q. How soon after the life of Jesus were the gospels written?
A. There were three stages in the formation of the gospels. First was the historical life of Jesus – what he did and taught. Then for more than fifty years the apostles, preachers and Christian communities passed on the story, clarified Christ's doctrine, highlighted his moral guidelines and celebrated his saving work in the liturgy of baptism and Eucharist. Finally, the four evangelists put this material on paper in 'an ordered account', as St. Luke describes in today's gospel reading.

Friends of St. Patrick's Hospital/Marymounr Hospice
Participants to take part in the Cork City Marathon on
Monday June 4th '07
in aid of Marymount Hospice new Building Fund
Contact Fundraising Office on 4501201  Ext. 251 or
email: thefriends@stpatricksmarymount.ieThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
for sponsorship cards and T shirts.
Its the first in more than 20 years that a full marathon will be run in Cork.

A Married Couples Gift to each other at the Ibis Hotel, Cork from 9th to 11th February, on a Marriage Enrichment weekend.
You will benefit if……
* You want to enrich a good marriage.
* You want to expand & deepen your communication.
* You want to learn to love more deeply.
For more information contact: 021 4381511/ 026 42579/ 064 44319/ 087 6670418