September 23rd 2007 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Called to Stewardship
All three readings of today‘s Mass pertain to the subject of faithful  stewardship. We should all try to see ourselves  as responsible for the parish as faithful stewards. The prophet Amos is condemning the crooked business practices of the Jewish merchants.  In this first reading, he reminds the Israelites to be faithful to their Covenant with God by practicing justice and mercy as God‘s faithful stewards; he warns us against making money by any means as the goal of our life. In the second reading St. Paul  instructs the first century Christians to become true stewards of the Gospel of Jesus the only mediator by preaching the‘good news’ to the pagans and including them in intercessory prayers. Today‘s gospel challenges us to use our blessings –  time, talents, health and wealth — wisely and shrewdly so that they will count for our good in eternity. We are on the right road only if we use our earthly wealth to attain our heavenly goal

Parish Steering Group
Members of the Parish Steering Group will address the congregations of our parish this weekend. As you will have seen from our Parish Newsletters – the Steering Group has been meeting on a regular basis since before last Christmas.   Along with the address The Group have put together a visual presentation located from this weekend at the back of our church.  This is a story board showing the essential elements of our parish  giving us an insight into the religious, educational, sporting, cultural and social aspects of Christ the King.  We invite you to take some time to visit this exhibition.

Altar Servers
If you are in third class or above and not in our Parish Schools and would like to be an altar server in Christ the King Church, you can collect your application form in the Sacristy.

Good wishes to the Cork Ladies Football Team

Three in a row !!
We wish the best of luck to  the Cork Ladies Football Team as they  play Mayo in the All Ireland Senior  Final on this Sunday 23rd Sept.

Coffee Morning in aid of Marymount Hospice
The organizers of the Coffee Morning held in the Parish Centre last Thursday would like to thank all for their support.  €1,350 was raised.

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.

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.

Monkstown Heritage Flower Festival
At Sacred Heart Church, Monkstown, Co. Cork, 28th – 30th September 2007, in aid of Monkstown Church Restoration Fund.  There will be public viewing on Saturday 29th from 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Tea and Coffee will be served in Scoil Barra Naofa Primary School throughout Sat and Sun. Donation: €10 (includes programme, tea/coffee).  Plant Stall and ‘Unwanted Gifts’ stall throughout the week-end. Raffle tickets for a Super Draw available which will take place before the Closing Ceremony on Sunday. – Festival Contact No : 087-2920689.

St. Dominic’s Retreat Centre, Ennismore
Saturday 6th October ~10.00 am  – 5.00 pm
Retreat for Ministers of Word & Eucharist
Deepening our Spirituality as Lay Ministers – for Ministers of the Word/Eucharist and those involved in Parish Ministry. Director:  Joe Kavanagh OP
Cost €20. (Lunch €12) ~ BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Bookings to: The Secretary,  St Dominic‘s Retreat Centre Cork Tel.   021  4502520

Turners Cross Gramaphone Circle.
Recital next Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.

Discernment Saturdays for those interested in Priesthood & Religious Life.
We invite you to join with others and take time out to reflect on what is important to you in life.  Venue: Cork City, Dates: 20th October & 17th November, Time: 10.45pm to 3pm.  Further information 087-9391669.

Collection to help training of young priests (This Weekend)
The annual collection at Masses in the diocese for the Education of Students for the Priesthood will be held on this weekend of September 22nd & 23rd The proceeds of the collection go to the Diocesan Education Fund which means the cost of seminarians‚ fees at St. Patrick‘s College, Maynooth, and also contributes to post-graduate studies of priests of the diocese.  One new seminarian has begun studying to be a priest in Cork & Ross.  There are currently 5 men studying for the priesthood, one of whom will be ordained in November. The average cost per student at a seminary, including fees, accommodation and board, is €15,000. A portion of the costs is also met by the generous support of the St. Joseph‘s Young Priests Society.

Important Dates
30th Sept
.  Enrolment of Children preparing for First Penance & First Holy Communion  at 10.30am Mass.
Monday, September 24th is the 25th Anniversary of the Death of Bishop Lucey. Mass will take place at 7.30pm in the North Cathedral. You are most welcome to attend.
Tuesday, September 25th is the Feast-day of St Finbarr, Patron of Cork   

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 Family of:  John Caulfield, O‘Connell Cresent,  Lord grant him eternal peace and joy.

We welcome into the Christian Community Baby Conor Joseph Clehane who was baptised recently.

We congratulate Treasa Buckley, Deerpark Mews & Barry Gilly, Cobh who were married recently at Christ the King Church, Turners Cross.

Rota for Ministers of the Word is now available in the Sacristy.