April 13th 2008 – Good Shepherd Sunday

Fr Billy O’Sullivan

On this Vocations Weekend we welcome Fr Billy to our Parish.  Fr Billy was ordained to the priesthood last November on the Feast of Christ the King.

Prayer for Vocations
Lord – make me a better person, more considerate towards others, more honest with myself, more faithful to you.  Make me generous enough to want sincerely to do your will whatever it may be.  Help me to find my true vocation in life, and grant that through it I may find happiness and bring happiness to others. 
Grant Lord – that those whom you call to enter the priesthood or the religious life may have the generosity to answer your call, so that those who need your help may always find it.  We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

The members of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society and The Altar Servers will distribute a card with a prayer for Vocations after Mass today.

We offer sincere and prayerful sympathies to the Family of Donal Lehane, Capwell Ave. Lord grant him eternal peace and joy, and to his family & friends strength and comfort.

Priesthood in Cork & 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.  Should you require further information please contact: Fr Tom Deenihan on 021-4303017, Fr Bertie O’Mahony on 021-4371684, or Fr Charlie Kiely, Turner’s Cross on 021-4313103.

Parish Confirmations

We extend a warm welcome to Bishop John Buckley who will be with us on Monday 14th April 10.30 am to confirm 123 young people from our Parish Schools.
Across Ireland Confirmation ceremonies are taking place. It is an occasion of great joy and celebration for all the young people being confirmed. The human spirit is an essential part of each person. It is the mirror of our soul. Like anything living it needs nourishment and care. The Holy Spirit in Confirmation connects with it in a truly special way. This is impossible to describe or put it into words. It’s called a sacred moment and that’s why every Confirmation ceremony is indeed a sacred moment. As we pray for all who are to be  confirmed on Monday 14th April by Bishop Buckley we  ask the Holy Spirit to guide each of us as well and to continue nourishing our human spirit.
We wish all those to be confirmed, their families and teachers a lovely day on Monday.

There will be no 10am Mass on Monday 14th April because of Confirmations. 
There will be Mass at 9am

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.

Lourdes 2008.
CLM has still a number of vacancies on pilgrimages departing Cork and Dublin in June, July and August.  Also Adorers needed to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in Lourdes this summer.  If interested please contact Máire Smye of C.L.M. on 023-33273.

Parish Assembly
There will be a meeting of the Parish Assembly on this Monday 14th April at 8pm in the Parish Centre.

Offertory Collection
Last weekend offertory collection came to €2,598  – Many thanks for your generosity.

Bingo & Tea
Bingo & tea will take place on Wednesday at 10.30am in the community centre (next to credit union). Cost €2. All are welcome

Over 60s Semi-Final Tickets
A limited number of tickets are available for the semi-final of the Over 60s talent competition which will be held at the City Hall on Sunday 20th April, priced at €14 each. Contact 087-6973206 if you would like to purchase tickets.

Parish Web-Site
Our Parish Website is updated on a weekly basis. <A href="http://www.turnerscross.com">www.turnerscross.com</A>

We welcome into the Christian Community those who were baptised recently especially Leah Elizabeth O’Mahony.

Ministers of the Eucharist.
New Rotas now available.

Do this in Memory.
We welcome the children and their parents to the Do This In Memory Mass on this Sunday  We wish them, their parents and teachers every good wish as they now make their final preparations for their First Holy Communion Day.

Should you still have Trócaire Boxes at home you can drop these off at the Sacristy.  Thank you all for your generosity.

Pope Benedict’s visit to the United States
He begins his pastoral visit to the United States on Tuesday 15th April, his first as Pontiff, it will include two important anniversaries. April 16th is the Holy Father's 81st birthday. and April 19 marks the third anniversary of his election to succeed Pope John Paul II. We pray for the success of his visit.