September 30th 2007 – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Do This in Memory”
This Sunday the children from our Parish Schools will be enrolled for their First Confession and First Holy Communion. We congratulate the children and their parents.
This  programme "Do This in Memory" complements the schools-based work and takes place outside the classroom in the context of the parish Suday Mass. It is then continued in the home through the use of activities and resources for both the parents/guardians and children. This highlights the importance of the Sunday Mass as a celebration where we are nourished by the Word and the Braad of Life, and are sent to live the Gospel. It also acknowledges the home as the most important and significant place, where the faith of our children is nourished and sustained.
As the families of the children preparing for First Holy Communion leave Mass today they will each receive a candle and a copy of "The Grapevine".  This newsletter is  designed to be used at home with your child and indeed with all the family. It is a very attractive and useful publication.

We offer sincere and prayerful sympathy to the Family of: David Hallahan, Doyle Rd.  Lord grant him eternal peace and joy.

Parish Steering Group
Meeting in the Parish Centre Monday 1st October at 8pm.

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. All completed forms are to be returned by Sunday 14th October.

Day for Life
This year, the “Day for Life” is being celebrated on Sunday October 7th and the focus of the celebration is the sanctity of life from the moment of conception. The Irish Bishops’ Pastoral draws attention to the excellent work being done through CURA, an agency of the Irish Bishops’ Conference.
What is Day for Life?
The Church has a consistent and clear message on the sacredness of human life. Day for Lie is our annual celebration of this message. Its primary purpose is to foster in individual consciences, in families, in the Church and in civil society a recognition of the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. 

We thank you, Lord, for the gift of life.
Every human life is your gift to the world.
Each person is unique,
with a task you have entrusted to them alone.
Help us always to promote the basic rights of all,
and to recognise that we are all parts of one body,
dependent on one another,
and called to share a common life.

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.

Planning for the Future
Over the next few weeks the Steering Group will put in place the mechanisms through which the parishioners will nominate each other to establish a Parish Assembly in Turners Cross. This process will take place at the end of November. Over the next two months various speakers will outline in a comprehensive way the concept and experience of 'Parish Assembly'. These will include Sr. Karen Kent (Cork and Ross Pastoral development team) and members of other assemblies from other parishes that have already been through the formation process. We have organised a parish mission in November – Journeying together as a community of faith -to help us in our spiritual journey at this time.  It is our hope that this period will be a challenging and exciting time in our continued growth as a community.
You are invited to view the storyboard at the back of the Church and appreciate the goodness and energy that is apparent in the Parish

Gougane Barra
The annual pilgrimage to St. Finbarr's Oratory, Gougane Barra, on this 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.

Secondary Schools Open Evenings  for 2008-9
Christ King Girls Secondary School on Thursday 4th October 7pm – 9pm.  Principal’s Address at 8.15pm.  All parents and prospective students welcome. Details: 021-4961448.
Coláiste Chríost Rí on Wed. 10th Oct. at 7pm.  Application Forms and Prospectus available on the night. Details 021 4274904..

St. Dominics Retreat Centre – Ennismore
Saturday 6th Oct. 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Retreat for Ministers of The Word and  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 Cork Tel.  021 4502520

Cork South Parish Historical Society
Monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 3rd at 8pm in St John’s College, Sawmill St.  Guest Speaker Jim Fitzgerald will speak on Bro. James Dominic Burke 1833-1904 (The forgotten hero of the working class Cork) all welcome.  Non members €2.

Self Help Health
Learn techniques for coping with depression, fears,panics, phobias, anxiety at Recovery Meetings on Wednesdays at 7.30pm at The Capuchin Friary, Holy Trinity Church. All are welcome.

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

Ministers of The Word & The Eucharist.
New Rotas are now available from the sacristy.

First Friday.
Next Friday is First Friday. Fr Kerry & Fr Charlie will visit the sick and housebound at their usual times.  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after the 10am Mass until 1pm.

Volunteer to become a Big Brother or Big Sister.
A Programme open to both male and female adult volunteers who can share 1-2 hours a week with a young person.  Initial training and ongoing support is provided by volunteers.  Further details from Brenda 086-8513347.