April 6th 2008 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

The Deep End
Death: Getting it right
Resurrection depends on dying – but of the right kind. For there are two kinds: one that brings on death, and one that brings on life. In his book, The Seed and the Sower, Laurens van der Post describes the former: ‘Death is not something that happens at the end of our life. It is imprisonment in one moment of time, confinement in one sharp uncompromising deed or aspect of ourselves. Death is exclusion from renewal of our present-day selves.’
Sound familiar? Something bad happens and we never free ourselves from its murky memory, or its corrosive touch. In a moment of madness something evil, or stupid, is done. That moment must not destroy a life.
The two travellers in today’s Gospel discover this. A ‘moment’ of collective madness had killed their Messiah and shattered their world. They could have slumped into despair and cowered in mediocrity. But no! They were dying to their disbelief by pondering news some women had brought that the Messiah was alive. They were dying to their confusion by opening to Jesus’ explanation of the scriptures. They were dying to despair in the friendship of breaking bread together. That dying led to their resurrection, their renewal.
And, renewed, they returned immediately to where they had left – no longer afraid of the dark.
Fr Tom Cahill SVD,

Fr Billy O’Sullivan.
Next weekend Fr. Billy O’Sullivan recently ordained will be with us for all Masses.

Priesthood in Cork & Ross
Information Day about becoming a priest here in Cork and Ross.  If you are thinking of becoming a priest and you would like more information, what to do next and any questions you may have at this time.  Date: Saturday April 12th, 2008. Venue: Ennismore Retreat Centre, Montenotte, Cork.  Time: from 11am to 5pm (lunch included) should you require further information please contact: Fr Tom Deenihan on 021-4303017, Fr Bertie O’Mahony on 021-4371684, or Fr Charlie Kiely, 021 4313103

St Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society.
Monthly meeting this Tuesday at 8pm in the Parish Centre.  Note change of time.

We offer sincere and prayerful sympathies to the Families of Margaret (Peggy) O’Mahony of Capwell Rd, Dan Kidney of Capwell Rd and Nan Healy of Doyle Rd. Lord grant them eternal peace and joy, and to their family & friends strength and comfort.

We welcome into the Christian Community those who were baptised recently especially Ailbhe Edward Walsh and Sean Joseph Henry McGrath.

Ministers of the Eucharist.
New Rotas now available.

Do this in Memory.
Meeting with the Co-Ordinating Parent’s Team on this Monday night at 7.30 in Fr Charlie’s House.  Next Do this is Memory Mass for 1st Holy Communion Children and their Parents is next Sunday: 13th April at 10.30.

Life in the Spirit Seminars
At Mount St Josephs – Blarney St.  Starting Wednesday April 9th for 6 consecutive Wednesday from 8pm to 9.30pm all are welcome.

There has been a very good response to the Trócaire Lenten Appeal. The total to date is €11,155. Should you still have Trócaire Boxes at home you can drop these off at the Sacristy.  Thank you all for your generosity.

“Walk With Me” An Easter Prayer Book for 2008 An excellent little book that will help you with prayer for each day. Available at the back of the Church cost €2.

Service of Light
The young people to be Confirmed in the coming days and their parents will gather in the Church in Tuesday 8th April at 7.30pm for Mass and a Service of Light.  Bishop Buckley will be with us for Confirmations on Mon. 14th April.

Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane
Friday 11th April at 11.00a.m. – Cúpla Focal Group Meeting. All welcome. Beidh cupán tae le fáil freisin.

Local History Talk
Kieran McCarthy will be giving a talk on the history of the Turners Cross area. This will take place in the community centre (next to credit union) on Thursday April 10 at 7.30pm. Bring along your old photos of the area on the night and be part of a photographic display. All are welcome.

Come to the community centre for a game of 45 on Tuesday at 2pm. All are welcome.

Over 60s Talent Competition
The Over 60s Talent Competition was held last Thursday in the hall of Christ King Girls Primary School, which was filled to capacity. Congratulations to Winner: Liam Higgins of Connolly Rd.   We wish him well on the next stage of the competition on April 20th in the Opera House. We  congratulate the organisers – it was a most enjoyable night.

Connections Course
An invitation to explore your faith.  This is a course, which runs over 4 Wednesday evenings beginning on April 16th (7.30-9pm) at St Finbarr’s College, Farranferris.  Cost €20.  This course is organised by All Hallows College, Dublin and The Cork & Ross Office of Adult R.E.  Further details and information from Fr Seán O’Sullivan on 021-435-77-65.

Annual Novena in Honour of Our Lady Mary Mother of Good Counsel. At St Augustine’s Church beginning Thursday April 17th – 3 Sessions Daily – 11am, 4pm, and 8pm.

Legion of Mary
Legion of Mary  “ACIES” will be held in St Michael’s Church, Blackrock at 3pm on this Sunday April 6th – all active and auxiliary members welcome.