February 17th 2008 – 2nd Sunday of Lent

The Transfiguration
‘Jesus took with him Peter, James, and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light.’  Matthew
This piece from Matthew's gospel is often called 'the transfiguration'.  Right throughout the Gospel stories Jesus himself transfigured people, the broken, the wounded and those lost by the wayside.  He touched in on the deepest parts of people and transfigured them by the power of God's love. How can this story apply to us?  If we understand the story as all about some form of change then we are presented with opportunities each day for us to changed and touched by the power of God's love. God's love can penetrate the deepest of darkness.
No story is hopeless or lost especially ours.  The invitation today is to be open to the power of God's love in our lives.

Lent a time of reflection on our lives
Lent offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism.
In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we've done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in need. 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.

We welcome to our Christian Family Liam Micheal Barry, Aaron Patrick Cremin and Tara Louise Cronin who were baptised  recently. 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 these children's hearts.

Our congratulations and good wishes to Stephen Horgan and Sandra O’Callaghan who were married during the week.

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.

Mass times for Lent: –
10am and 6pm each weekday

The Parish Assembly
There will be a Day Session with all the members of the Assembly on Sat. 23rd Feb.   in Rochestown Park Hotel 10am- 4pm   

Mothers Day
Is on Sunday 2nd March. – The 12 noon Mass on that day will be for our Mothers living or dead. If you would like your mother to be remembered special cards are available in the Sacristy and in the Parish Office next weekend.
Easter Triduum Cards will also be available.

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 is available at the exit doors. The cost is €6.00 per directory. A very useful book.

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

Fr. Sean McDonagh: Theology of Ecology
How can Christians respond to the reality of Global warming? Fr. Sean will be presenting two talks and discussion on this issue on March 1st  9.30am – 1pm at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, Western Rd. Fr. Sean is a Columban Priest and author of “Climate Change: the challenge to all of us.” For booking 0214533865  Cost €15

Spring Dues
We would appreciate if the Area COllectors would collect the envelopes for the Spring Dues in the Sacristy fter Masses next weekend 23/24 February.

A Thought
As we move into the second weekend of Lent, Ash Wednesday is becoming a distant memory. The initial burst of enthusiasm at the beginning of Lent is hard to maintain. Sometimes it even fizzles out after a few days. At least it’s comforting to know that we’re not on our own and it’s normal and human. It would be a pity though to throw the towel in. Why not use today and this weekend to do something good and positive. It could be a great starter in getting my Lenten journey back on track again. It’s not about changing the world but much more about improving my own personal journey through these weeks of Lent.