March 25th 2007 – 5th Sunday of Lent

Parish Confirmations
Wednesday 28th March 10.30 am
We extend a warm welcome to Bishop John Buckley who will confirm 120 young people on Wednesday.
Confirmation completes our journey of initiation, which was begun at Baptism. Confirmation enables us to become full members of the church.  Eleven or twelve years ago these 120 young people were baptised. Their parents asked for them to become members of the church and asked that  they receive the gift of faith and  promised to nourish and encourage this gift as they grow older.
Now they are old enough to say ‘yes’ to that gift for themselves and this is what they do at Confirmation.
At confirmation we believe that the gifts of this same Spirit are renewed and affirmed in us and these gifts will help us to be people of spirit, people who want to live as Jesus asks us to.
We wish all those to be confirmed and their families and teachers a lovely day on Wednesday.

There will be no 10am Mass on Wed 28th March because of Confirmations. 
There will be Mass at 9am and 6pm

Easter Triduum
A Triduum of Masses begins on Easter Sunday. Triduum Cards are available in the Parish Office during the week.

Pope John Paul II
To give thanks for the life of Pope John Paul II and to mark the 2nd Anniversary of his death there will be Mass  on Mon. 2nd April, 10am.

Turners Cross Gramophone Circle.
Recital Tues. 27th March at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.
Presenter: Matt Farrell

The Annunciation of The Lord 
Mon. 26 March – (transferred from Sunday 25th this year). We celebrate the great moment when Mary’s ‘Yes’ to the angel’s invitation brought about the Incarnation of the Son of God.

We welcome to our Christian Family: Dagmara Rzeznik & Clare Maree McCarthy. 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.

Mass times for Lent: 10am and 6pm each weekday

Palm Sunday
Palm will be blessed at all Masses next weekend. Please bring your palm branch to Mass.

Next Sunday, Palm Sunday, Holy Week begins. We will have an opportunity to receive God's forgiveness.
Penitential celebrations (Confessions) will take place after all the Masses next weekend 31st March/1st April. A number of priests will be available for confessions. Encourage members of the family to avail of the opportunity. As St. Paul says: 'Now is the favourable time, this is the day of salvation.' 

Parish Steering Group
Will meet in Fr. Kerry’s house this Mon. 26th at 8pm.

“Do this in Memory”
The Parents Representatives who organise the Monthly Mass will meet in Fr. Charlie’s house on this Mon. 26th March at 7.30pm. 

The 2007 Priesthood Information Day is on Next Sat. 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. People who hope to attend are asked to contact the diocesan office in advance. Email Tel 021-4301717. Or if you wish you can contact Fr. Kerry or Fr. Charlie for further information. There are five students at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, studying to be priests in Cork and Ross.

Spring Dues
Our sincere thanks to the Area Collectors who collected the envelopes for the Spring Dues   Thank you.

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

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land ??
7th -21st Oct. 2007
Now that conditions have improved in the Holy Land if there is sufficient interest we would be prepared to organise a group to travel on the above dates, (the only dates available from Cork this year) direct flight from Cork to Tel Aviv and returning from Eilat to Cork. The cost quoted by the Travel Agent  is  €1,310 (inc. of taxes). 14 days. 
If you are interested would you contact Siobhan in the Parish Office as soon as you can so that a decision can be made as to whether we will travel or not..

Retrouvaille (means re-discovery) is a program to support stressed marriages. If your marriage has become unloving and uncaring or if your relationship has grown cold and distant, if there is little meaningful communication we can help.
If you are separated / divorced or thinking about it but want to try again give Retrouvaille a chance. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain.
The next program in Munster is on 11-13th May. Please ring 01-4953536 or visit  for information

St. Aloysius' School- St. Maries of The Isle
Fundraising event "Nature's Beauty" Flower Festival on Saturday, 24th March from To 5.00pm. And Sunday, 25th March from 2pm. To 5pm.

The Lenten family fast boxes will be collected in the Schools on this Thursday & Friday — before the children get their Holidays on 30th March. They also can be handed in the Mass of the Last Supper on Thurs. 5th April.

We offer sincere and prayerful sympathy to the Families of Maura O'Callaghan, late of St. Anns Pk, Winnie Horgan, Mercier Park. & Timothy O’Donovan, Evergreen Rd.
Lord grant them eternal peace and joy, and to their families and friends strength and comfort.

ISLANDS – Service of Remembrance
To remember all babies who have died, a Service of Remembrance will take place in St. Joseph's SMA, Wilton on this Sunday, 25th March, at 3p.m. All welcome.

Ministry of the Word & Eucharist.
Before we finalise the above should anyone wish to be involved please contact Fr Kerry or Fr Charlie in the next few days.  Many thanks.

St Vincent de Paul
The special Easter collection in aid of The Society of St.Vincent de Paul will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 31st March/1st April, 2007.

Beginning Experience
There is a special heartache for those who find themselves single again.  Now  there is help. For information, contact Beginning Experience, Family Ministry, 34 Paul Street, at 021-4275136.
Weekend Date: 13th to 15th April, 2007.
Venue: St.Dominics Retreat Centre, Ennismore, Montenotte.

Cork Mairrage Counselling Centre
For marriage and individual counselling please phone 021-4275678.
Office hours Mon-Thurs.9.30.a.m. to 5.p.m. Friday. 9.30.a.m. to 4.00.p.m.
For Pre-Marriage Courses – Phone 021-4272277.
Office hours Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri. 10.a.m. to 4.p.m. Wednesday, 10.a.m. to 2.p.m. Courses should ideally be booked at least 18 months before the wedding to secure a suitable date. (Courses are currently fully booked until September, 2007).