The background to our gospel today is the Last Supper. During this meal Jesus gave us the example of love in the washing of the feet. The gospel is part of that final sermon on love. Jesus knows his departure is imminent and near. He knows those closest and dearest to him are going to miss him. He assures each of them and us too that the Holy Spirit is with us and near us to help us.
He gives us confidence in all we do, is there to guide and direct us. The Holy Spirit has been described as someone who is there to comfort us in times of sorrow, enlighten us in times of darkness and make us brave and strong in times of weakness.
One of the best known prayers to the Holy Spirit is as follows:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth.
O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolations. We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord. Amen
Next Friday is the First Friday. Fr Charlie will visit the sick and housebound of the parish at his usual times on next Thursday and Friday. Due to the Cork & Ross Diocesan Retreat Fr Kerry will visit on Friday.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place after the 10am Mass next Friday until 1pm.
Letter from the Director of Trocaire.
On behalf of the many communities all over the world which benefit from your generosity, I would like to thank the people of Turners Cross Parish for their valuable Lenten donation of 12,508.00 to Trocaire. I would like to assure you that your contribution will make a real and lasting difference to the lives of some of the worlds poorest people.
Trocaire is committed to working for a just world for all. We can only have this vision because of your goodwill and solidarity. All of this work is possible because of the valued support of Turners Cross Parish.
Thank you all, once again, for your most generous contribution.
Justin Killcullen (Director)
First Holy Communions
Girls: 10th May 2008.
Boys: 17th May 2008.
Feast of Corpus Christi
Sunday: 25th May 2008.
Year of Vocation – 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 OMahony on 021-4371684, or Fr Charlie Kiely Turners Cross on 021-4313103
Our Parish Website is updated on a weekly basis. www.turnerscross.com
We offer sincere and prayerful sympathies to the Families of Jim Pfounds-Gannon, Greenlawn, Anna Tobin Fr. Matthew Rd, and Betty Stanton Connolly Rd. Lord grant them eternal peace and joy, and to their family & friends strength and comfort.
Masses for Exams
All those preparing for or doing exams will be included in our Shared Mass offered each Friday Morning at 10am. Special Exam Mass Cards are now available from the Sacristy
Last weekend offertory collection came to 2,236 – Many thanks for your generosity
Turners Cross Gramaphone Circle
Recital Tuesday next at 7.30 in the Parish Centre
Presenter: Jim Ahern. All Welcome.
Tory Top Gramophone Circle
will meet in the Tory Tob Library on Tues. 29th April at 3pm John OLeary will present the programme. All welcome
St. Michaels Church Blackrock in association with Cork International Choral festival present Collegium Musicum, The Netherlands in a Concert of Choral & Orchestral Music in St. Michaels Church in aid of the Church Restoration Project on Fri. 2nd May at 8pm Tickets 20
Ministers of the Eucharist & The Word
New Rotas now available.
On this Sunday 27th April. We welcome the choir from St. Oliver's Church in Ballyvolane who will sing at the 10.30am Mass.
On next Sunday 4th May, we will have a visiting international choir! It will be the St. Johannes Chamber Choir, Sweden.