April 20th 2008 – 5th Sunday of Easter

Right Direction
Jesus said to his disciples 'Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God still, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father's house;if there were not, I should have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place,I shall return to take you with me; so that where I am you may be too.
  John 14:1-6
We all know how racing pigeons can find their way home. When left off they don't fly straight in the direction they're supposed to go. Instead they will circle many times as they find their bearings and then they set off. It's called the homing instinct. We too have that within us. It takes the form of an inner restlessness and discontent. It is to be seen as a blessing. Just as the homing instinct of a racing pigeon doesn't protect them in their struggle with wind and rain, so it is with us. Our faith doesn't shield us from the hard knocks of life but it does give us our bearings. Our own homing instinct will lead us to our eternal home which is promised to us in the lines quoted from John's gospel above. We may not fully understand what all this means but its very consoling to know in which direction we are going.  Fr. James McSweeney

We congratulate the young people of our local schools who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Buckley  last Monday. We were blessed with a lovely fine day and the participation of so many in the ceremony made it truly a memorable occasion. The Bishop thanked and acknowledge the great work of parents, teachers and schools in preparing the young people for this special day in their lives.

Year of Vocation 13th April 08 – 3rd May 09.
Last Sunday saw the launch of a special Year of Vocation in Ireland. This is a year of prayer not just to the priesthood and religious life but also to a greater understanding of the theology of vocation.  The theology of vocation suggests that every one’s vocation is expressed through the baptismal call to witness, serve and love.  All these areas are in need of catechesis and support.  To focus solely on religious vocations would have been a fragmented way of approaching the issue.  The year therefore is very important and all Catholics are urged to give witness to their faith.  we need also to reinvigorate a culture of prayer for vocations.  Hopefully, this year ahead will be a catalyst for this in nurturing vocations. Full details: www.vocations.ie

Prayer for Vocations.
Lord Jesus, as You once called the first disciples to make them fishers of men, let your sweet invitation continue to resound: Come, follow Me!
Give young men and women the grace of responding quickly to Your voice. Support your bishops, priests and consecrated people in their apostolic labour.
Grant perseverance to our seminarians and to all those who are carrying out the ideal of a life totally consecrated to Your service.
Awaken in our community a missionary eagerness. Lord, SEND WORKERS TO YOUR HARVEST and do not allow humanity to be lost for the lack of pastors, missionaries and people dedicated to the cause of the Gospel.
Mary, Mother of the Church, the model of every vocation, help us to say “Yes” to the Lord Who calls us to cooperate in the divine plan of salvation. Amen. (Pope John Paul II)

Tory Top Gramophone Circle will meet in the Tory Tob Library on Tues. 29th April at 3pm  John O’Leary will present the programme.  All welcome

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

Religious Life
Ursuline Service and Spirituality Experience – You Can Make a Difference!
Do you have an interest in exploring spirituality? Do you have an enthusiasm for working with young people? How about giving a week in June to exploring the Ursuline Way of Life through service, working with young people, and spirituality? Want to know more? For further information contact: Sr. Jean Browne, Ursuline Convent, Blackrock, Cork. Mobile: 087 9391669. Email: irishursulines@eircom.net Take the risk. Do something. dare to be different.

Offertory Collection
Last weekend offertory collection came to €2647   – Many thanks for your generosity

Parish Web-Site
Our Parish Website is updated on a weekly basis.   www.turnerscross.com

We extend our prayers to the families of Donal Lehane, Capwell Ave & Mary Wilson, Loreto  Pk, who died recently, may they rest in eternal peace.

Ministers of the Eucharist & The Word
New Rotas now available.

Visiting Choirs.
On Sunday 27th April.  The Church from St. Oliver's Church in Ballyvolane will sing at the 10.30am Mass.
On Sunday 4th May, we will have a visiting international choir with us here in Christ the King from Sweden The St. Johannes Chamber Choir at the 10.30 Mass. This Choir was founded in 2002 by its conductor and artistic directo Karin Oldgren. During its first five years the choir has established itself as one of Stockholm?s foremost ensembles. The choir comprises around 35 singers.
The choir has made several tours within Sweden and abroad. In 2006 the choir visited Romania and the Republic of Moldova, invited by the Swedish Embassy in Bucharest.