September 16th 2007 – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Thought: All Ireland Football Final Sunday

Sport is certainly a gift from God. It unites communities, it encourages participation especially among young people and it fosters relationships and friendships. Like any team, no one player does it on his/her own. They work together for the greater good. Similarly with each of us, if we work together and for each other then many things are possible. Sport can unify, strengthen and bring out the best in everyone. Today we thank God for all the blessings brought through sport but especially the outpouring of blessings in Croke Park over the weekend.
We wish Billy Morgan, our captain and parishioner Derek Kavanagh and all the squad the very best on Sunday.
Lord, thank you for the gift of sport. It has so many advantages, especially a unique ability to unite and build communities when fostered in the right way. May sport continue to be a positive influence in our world every day.

Important Dates
30th Sept.  Enrolment of Children preparing for First Penance & First Holy Communion  at 10.30am Mass.
4th March  First Confessions Boys
6th March  First Confessions Girls
14th April  Parish Confirmations
10th May  First Holy Communion Girls
17th May  First Holy Communion Boys

Parish  Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 
11th – 16th June, 2008.
We plan to have a Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes next June, The 150th Anniversary of the Apparitions. Early booking is essential as very large  number of Pilgrims is anticipated.  To assist the Hotel bookings, intending pilgrims please give your name(s)  in the Sacristy. 
Further details in later Bulletins.

We offer sincere and prayerful sympathy to the Families of John Caulfield,
O'Connell Cres. John O'Connor, Bellair  and Bobby Graham, Turners Cross & Basildon, Essex. Lord grant them eternal peace and joy.

Coffee Morning in aid of Marymount Hospice
(All money collected will remain in Cork)
Parish Centre, Turners Cross,
Thurs. Sept. 20th after 10 am Mass.
Your support will be much appreciated.
All in aid of Marymount Hospice, Wellington Rd.

Fr. Tom Lane, CM, who was based at All Hallows College and is now based in Knock, has written a new book on the Apparition at Knock. He will give a short talk on What I believe about Knock at St Vincent's Parish Hall, Sunday's Well, Cork,  on Thursday September 27th after the 7.30pm Mass. All welcome. The book will also be available there.

Parish Steering Group
There will be a meeting of the Group on this Wed. 19th Sept. at 8pm in the Parish Centre.

Do this in Memory
Meeting of the Co-ordinating Parents Group on Tuesday September 18th at 8pm in Fr Charlie's House.

Dates for your Diary in September
17th Sept. 7.30pm Those travelling on the Parish Pilgrimage to The Holy Land 7th -21st  Oct. will meet in the Parish Centre with Fr. Jerome Murphy-O'Connor.
18th Sept.: 8.30pm Meeting with Team – planning Parish Mini Mission in Nov. in Parish Centre
19th Sept.: 8pm Meeting of Parish Steering Group in Parish Centre.
20th Sept.: Coffee Morning in the Parish Centre in aid of Marymount Hospice after the 10.30am Mass
22/23rd Sept.: Information display of Parish Profile in The Church
30th Sept.: Enrolment of First Holy Communion Children at 10.30am Mass

Gougane Barra
The annual pilgrimage to St. Finbarr's Oratory, Gougane Barra,  on Sun. 30th September.
The traditional pilgrimage honours St Finbarr, patron saint of Cork.
Rosary will be recited at 2.30 pm and Mass will be celebrated at 3 pm at the oratory. The principal celebrant is Bishop John Buckley and the homily will be preached by Canon Michael Riordan, PP Togher.

Adults Returning to Education.
Full details from Colaiste Stiofan Naofa on September 24th at 11am – Contact Mary on 4961020.

Invitation to Pray
Every Monday at 10.30am in The Parish Centre.

Ten week Course commencing on Monday 24th September.  Enquiries from Sandra on 087-9400510.