February 10th 2008 – 1st Sunday of Lent

Lent 2008.
During Lent there’s no escaping from sin.  Lent is a time when we have to recognise and name the sin that is part of our life.  This means facing up to our failures, our deceits, our greed and our selfishness.  During Lent we have to accept that sin is part of the way we live.  There is no starting point for Lent.  When we begin to see and accept the face of sin in our lives then we begin to have the choice of turning away from it.  Lent can help us to recognise where sin comes from and then leading us on the pathway away from it.

Lenten Masses
The daily Mass Times for Lent  10am and 6pm.

A Lenten Invitation
Lent is an opportunity to grow in knowledge and love of Jesus. A  simple way to do this is to prayerfully read the Gospel in faith.
Each Monday after the 10am Mass –  a group of people do just that with the Gospel for the following Sunday. Join us in the Parish Centre – You will be most welcome.

World Day of Prayer for the Sick
Monday the 11th of Feb is the feast of Our Lady Of Lourdes .
It is world day of prayer for those who are sick.  We think of so many people who are sick and not well, particularly those in hospital at the moment.  The courage, bravery and mind set of so many of these people is inspirational.  We think and pray for each of them and all those who care and look after our sick.  We also ask God's healing in our lives too.  There are areas where we all need healing.  Monday is a good day to pray for such healing.
Lord, gently lay your hands on our sick and on me today.
Gently bring your blessings on us and especially your healing.
I also would like to pray and include ……………
(Mention their names here in your own quiet prayer)

This year on the Monday – 11th February marks the 150th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette at Lourdes.

Anointing of The Sick & Veneration of the Relic of St Bernadette.
The 10am Mass on Monday 11th Feb. will be offered for the Sick and Housebound and their Carers.  The Anointing of the Sick and the blessing with the Relic of St. Bernadette will take place after the 10am & 6pm Masses

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Collection
The special collection taken up at all masses this weekend in aid of the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
This collection subsidises individuals whose health and/or means would otherwise prevent them from travelling to Lourdes. It also subsidises the travel of essential care personnel.

Mass Cards and Cards for the Friday Shared Mass are available in the Sacristy after Mass. The Shared Mass every Friday at 10 am is offered for the sick, for those who have died and for your special intentions.

Cork & Ross 2008 Diocesan Directory.
The new 2008 directory will be available this weekend. The cost is €6.00 per directory.

Parish Visitation
Fr. Kerry will visit Church View, Curragh Rd. during the week

Lord, bless all carers –
they let people know that they are loved.
Bless those who listen – they lighten many a burden.
Bless those who, when nothing can be done or said, remain
to provide a comforting presence –
they help the sufferer to bear the unbearable.
And bless those who give without hope of return –
they give us an experience of your love.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society
Monthly Meeting after the 10am Mass on Tuesday 12th February in the Parish Centre. New Members Welcome.

Family Fast Boxes
Trócaire Family Fast Boxes are available at the back of the Church.

We extend our prayers and sympathies to the families of Mary Casey, Fr Matthew Rd, & Daniel (Dan) Linehan, Evergreen Rd. Who died during the past week, May they rest in eternal peace.

We welcome to the Christian Community: Niamh Elizabeth Walsh & Tara Louise Cronin who were baptised in the Church of Christ King recently.

Parents Council at Christ King Secondary School.
Are hosting a fundraising evening at the school.
The speaker is John Lonergan Governor of Mountjoy Prison
who will speak on "Parenting – The Challenges and Rewards "
on Wed 5th March 2008 at 7.15pm. Tickets €10 available from school reception.

Fancy A Chat at Turner’s Cross Community Centre?
You are invited for a cup of tea, a chat and a game of bingo in the Turners Cross community centre (next to Credit Union) on Wednesday 13th Feb at 10.30am. All are Welcome.

Catholic Papers
The Irish Catholic, The Universe & The Catholic Times are available at the back of the Church. New Irish Edition of the Universe now available. Families are informed that there is now an informative family section within The Irish Catholic.