January 28th – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Good News
Recently I discovered an excellent Web Site. You may find it helpful in preparing for Sunday Mass by making the readings part of your personal prayer and reflection. Coming to Mass with a better understanding of the Scriptures allows one to enter more deeply into the celebration of Mass. The web site is designed to prepare for Sunday Mass. The site, http://liturgy.slu.edu/ gives you easy access to the readings for Sunday, and then lets you enter them in a way that fits you.
This web site provides: 1. Links to Sunday reading;. 2. Prayers based on each reading for private prayer;.
3. Spiritual reflections and insights from the readings;
4. Information and interpretation of the readings.
Our Parish web site www.turnerscross.com has a list of favourite web sites that you may find helpful. 

Gospel Reflection for Young People
The event described in this Sunday’s Gospel took place in the synagogue in Jesus’ home town of Nazareth. Jesus has just finished reading the text from the Prophet Isaiah about the Lord’s anointed, and declared that he (Jesus) was the one referred to in the passage, that he was the fulfilment of the prophesy.
The people refused to believe that this could happen to the son of a humble carpenter and so they rejected him and even tried to kill him,

Candlemas Day
Friday next 2nd February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Candlemas Day. Candles will be blessed at the10 am Mass. Wax candles available in the Parish Office during the week. Price €1.

Parish Visitation
Fr. Kerry will continue his visitation of the homes in St. Ann’s Park.

Blessing of Throats
This Saturday 3rd February is the feast of St. Blaise.
The Blessing of Throats after 10am and 6pm Vigil Mass.
The Blessing
Through the intercession of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, may God deliver you from all ailments  of the throat and from every other evil. In the name of the Father + and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Recent Deaths
We extend our prayers and sympathy to the families of Margaret Keating, Friars Road. Finbarr O'Connor, Capwell Rd. and Kathleen Noonan (née Marrett) late of Friars Road who died recently in California.  May they rest in peace.

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

Owing to the refurbishment and upgrading works on the Church Grounds — No meetings will take place in the Parish Centre this week. We apologise for any inconvenience caused at this time.

Understanding the Mass
To improve our understanding and celebration of the Eucharist, we begin a series of short reflections on the different parts of the Mass over the next five Sundays.
The Introductory Rites — We Gather
These rites, which are also called the Gathering Rites, begin with the Entrance Procession of the Mass and conclude with the Collect or Opening Prayer.
We who gather for the Mass on a Saturday/Sunday come from many different backgrounds and have many different concerns and cares. Out of the rush of everyday life we make our way to this weekly gathering to celebrate a common belief and a common membership of the Church.
The introductory rites help us to become aware again of this common ground. These opening moments remind us of who we are. As a member of the assembly we find ourselves part of a larger identity, the Body of Christ.
Our liturgy is a common action, so we do things together. We stand, we sing, we pray, we listen, we kneel, we walk. The gathering rite sets us on this unified activity. To gather for Mass, then, is more than about showing up! It involves belonging, acceptance, hospitality, welcome, openness to one another, participation and recognition that, because we have gathered, Christ is present in our midst. If we celebrate the Introductory Rite well, we will better be able to gather or Collect our prayers into an act of shared worship. We will be ready as a community to listen to the word and to celebrate the sacrament of the Eucharist. 

First Friday 3rd February
Fr. Kerry and Fr. Charlie will visit the sick and the housebound of the Parish at their usual times next Thursday and Friday.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place after the 10 am Mass next Friday until 1 pm.

The Week Ahead
Thursday 1st February – Feast of St. Brigid
First Day of Spring.
Cork Person of The Year Award
Our congratulations to Dan Donovan  Curragh Road, Turner's Cross on winning the Cork Person of the Year Award. He was presented with the award by An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern on Friday.  Last year, Presentation College named their theatre in honour of Dan who thought English, Irish and Latin at the school. He is known and admired as an actor, producer and director in theatre.  Dan joins the list of previous winners, including Roy Keane, Soina O'Sullivan, Adi Roche and Fr. Sean Healy.

Mary Immaculate College, Dominican Bibical Centre and the Presentation Bros. Cork
Present – Introduction to the Bible

6.30 – 9.30pm in Mardyke House, Cork, for 9 Thursdays beginning 1st Feb. '07
Includes Lectio Divina Workshop by Fr. Brendan Clifford O.P.
on three Saturdays from 10am to 1pm(24th March-31st March-21st April).
This workshop may also be taken independently of the Thursday evening course.
Course can be taken for credit towards an Accredited College Certificate. 
Limited places available Contact Fr. Eamonn Fitzgibbon, Tel. 061 204379

Christ the King Secondary School
Class of 1982 are holding their Reunion on March 2nd at the Blackrock Inn at 8 pm.
Contact or text Mandy at 087/1343336.