March 18th 2007 – 4th Sunday of Lent

Mass times for Lent:
10am and 6pm each weekday
Please note: No 6pm evening Mass on Bank Holiday Monday 18th March.

Spring Dues
We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes for the Spring Dues in the Sacristy after Mass today.  Thank you.

Mothers Day
On this Sunday 18th March,  the 12 noon Mass will be offered for our Mothers living or deceased. If you would like your mother to be remembered special cards are available at the Parish Office.

“No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you – life”
Lots of cards and gifts will be given to many mothers today. But no gift or card can ever sum up the uniqueness of a  mother. Nothing can ever sum up the impact of our mothers in our lives.
Today Mother’s day is a day to celebrate and a day to thank God for our mothers. It is also a day to remember mothers who are deceased and their memory will never be forgotten.
Lord you know better than anyone the impact of a mother.
Your own Mother Mary journeyed with you from the stable to the foot of the cross.
We ask you to shower many blessings on all our mothers today
Thank you,  Lord, for our mothers
Who were brave enough to give birth
Who loved through many growing-up years
Who taught about God and love and being good
Who often got no thanks
Whose ears could hear the slightest cry
Whose eyes didn't miss much either
Whose hands held and bathed and picked up
Whose heart was often broken
Who always forgave and forgot
Who encouraged when things went bad
Who always had time to listen
Who worked so hard to make things go
Who make the world so much better
Who deserve our love on Mother's Day
And every day. Even for eternity. Amen.

Easter Raffle
In aid of the Church Grounds Fund  –  Monster Easter Egg and Easter Cake on sale in the Porch after Mass.  One line €2 or 3 lines €5.

The 2007 Priesthood Information Day
is on Saturday March 31st at Ennismore Retreat Centre,  Montenotte.
It's a relaxed gathering of people who want more information about what's involved in being a priest in Cork and Ross.  It starts at 10.30am and ends around 4 pm, with lunch included. There is no charge. The format for the gathering is informal and allows for discussion about the application process, the formation programmes in seminary and any other information people may require.
People who hope to attend are asked to contact the diocesan office in advance.
Email Tel 021-4301717.
There are five students at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, studying to be priests in Cork and Ross.

Knights of Columbanus Faith Development Talks
Thurs. 22nd March Fr. Michael O’Regan O.S.A.  The Eucharist – a living challenge  Talk will take place at 8pm in Bru Columbanus, Cardinal Way, Wilton (to the right of the African Missions Church.) Admission free.

We welcome to our Christian Family: Aoife Holly Keenan & Megan Jodie Deasy. Congratulations to the Parents and Godparents. May they be the best of teachers in the ways of faith and may the flame of faith always be alive in these children's hearts.

Fundraising Gala Concert
St. Finbarr’s South Church on Friday 30th March @ 8pm. 
Tickets :€15 available from Church Sacristy after all Masses or on the night.

Dates for your Diary
28th March: Parish Confirmations
1st April:  Palm Sunday Penitential Services (Confessions) at all Mass this weekend a number of Priests will be available for Confessions.