Feast of Christ the King – 25th November 2007

There was great joy and celebration in St. Mary’s & St. John’s Church, Carrigaline this morning  Sat. 24th Nov.  when Billy O'Sullivan, a 65 year old widower, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Cork and Ross.
A native of Cork City, he lived for most of his thirty-three years of married life in  Ballincollig Parish. A Fire Engineering Consultant, he became an insurance Fire Surveyor in 1966 and was involved in fire safety  until his retirement. He has a grown-up family of two daughters and two sons. He has had three grandsons, and two more grandchildren are expected in the earlier part of 2008. Billy's wife Mary died in May, 2002.

As a young man he had no sense of vocation to the priesthood, but some time after Mary's death experienced an overwhelming desire to become a priest. Following discussion with Bishop Buckley, he formally applied for admission as a seminarian and commenced his studies and priestly formation in August 2003. He anticipated that studies in Maynooth would be something to be endured, but in fact enjoyed his time there immensely.
Following a relatively short period of four years in Maynooth, he was ordained Deacon in May of this year. He feels very privileged in being called to the priesthood and looks forward to serving in the Diocese of Cork and Ross.
His Ordination Mass was presided over by Bishop Buckley and concelebrated by priests of the diocese.  Fr. Billy will celebrate his First Mass on this Sunday 25th Nov. in Ballincollig Parish Church at 3 pm.  Our congratulations, prayers and good wishes go to Fr. Billy for many happy and fruitful years in the Lords service.

Parish Assembly Nomination Forms:
At all Masses this weekend completed Nomination forms  can be placed in the box at the altar rails on put in the baskets at the second collection. If you have forgotten your form, they are available from the Steering Group at all the Masses

Turner’s Cross Senior Citizens Christmas Party
in the new Nemo Rangers Complex, Trabeg, on Friday 7th Dec. at 7.30pm. Please hand in names to Parish Office, Sacristy or to Members of the Committee. Phone 4964902

Invitation to an Afternoon of Prayer for Young Women during Advent
Have you thought about looking for space and time to think and reflect? Would you like the support of others as you pray? Are you searching for meaning and direction in life? You are invited to come and join other young women in an Afternoon of Prayer on Sunday 9th December, from 3pm to 6.00pm. Venue: Ursuline Convent, Blackrock, Cork. For information, please contact Jean on 087 9391669 or email irishursulines@eircom.net

Walk With Me
Next Sunday we begin our Advent Journey. An excellent little book: “Walk with Me” is available after Mass this weekend (Cost €1). A journey of prayer for Advent & Christmastide 2007.

Knights of St. Columbanus
Faith  Development  Programme  The Second talk will be given by 
Fr. Stephen Cummins on Wednesday, 28th November. Topic: “Feed My Lambs” – bringing the Christian Message to our Youth. The talk will take place in Bru Columbanus, Wilton at 8pm

Twilight Retreat – Candles and Cushions! Would you like to spend time in preparation for Christmas? You are welcome to join with other young
adults in the Honan Chapel, UCC, on Wed. 28th Nov. from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. All are welcome. For further information contact: Chaplaincy UCC 021 4490270

Parish Steering Group
will meet in the Parish centre on this Monday 26th Nov. at 8pm

Munster Club Senior Football S/Final this Sun. Nov. 25th  Nemo  v Ballylanders at Kilmallock  at 2pm. We wish them the best of luck.
The 6pm Mass on this Sat. 24th Nov. will be offered for all the living and deceased members of Nemo Rangers Hurling & Football Club

Parish Christmas Cards & Triduum Cards
Will be available in the Parish Office  after the  Masses this weekend and during the coming weeks. The office will be open after 10am Mass until 12noon

We welcome to our Christian Family  Isabel Ronan-Condon 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 this child’s heart. 

We remember in our prayers Mae Murphy, Mt. Pleasant Rd. who died recently and extend our sympathy to his family.

Arthritis Seminar
Do you have arthritis? Want to make life a little easier for yourself? If so, Arthritis Ireland invites you to attend our ‘managing your arthritis seminar’, offering practical advice and tips you can use in your daily life ranging from what food you should eat, how to better manage your pain, to what household gadgets would speed up the housework.
Those attending will have an opportunity to hear four expert speakers offer  simple and easy to follow advice with a break also scheduled to enable people to approach the experts for individual advice. Clarion Hotel, Cork, 1st Dec. 2-4.30pm Admission is free all welcome

Turner’s Cross Gramophone Circle
Recital this Tues. 27th Nov. at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.  Presenter: Tom Maher

Cork Youth Orchestra – Christmas Concert
In aid of Marymount Hospice
City Hall Thurs. 8th Dec. at 8pm
with Mary Hegarty & Breffini Horgan
Tickets: Promusica  €25, €15  (Students & OAP €10)