May 4th 2008 – Feast of The Ascension of The Lord

The Ascension
In the Church's liturgical year the Ascension falls forty days after the Resurrection and ten days before Pentecost. The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven is the completion of the Paschal Mystery. Jesus shows us that where he has gone, we are to follow. Before his departure Jesus had some final messages for his apostles."I will go and prepare a place for you. I am with you always.The Holy Spirit will come.Go teach all nations"These final messages of Jesus, before his Ascension were both comforting and challenging for his apostles, and are the same now for all who choose to follow Him.
Congratulations and God's blessing on our First Communion children and their families as they prepare for their First Holy Communion. May they frequently come to the Table of the Lord to be nourished and strengthened by Jesus the Bread of Life.

Pastoral Services Collection May 10th/11th
Bishop Buckley invites people of the diocese to continue to help fund the programmes promoting lay involvement in the parishes. The special collection for Parish Pastoral Services will be taken up in all churches in the diocese on the weekend of May 10th/11th, 2008.
The annual collection will help meet the costs of developing and supporting lay involvement in parishes. It helps fund the work of the Pastoral Development Office by meeting some of the running costs as well as salaries for personnel.
The services provided to parishes include establishing, training, and supporting parish councils, parish assemblies and their working groups. Ongoing formation and resources are also provided for these groups. The office is also supporting the planning work involved in establishing pastoral areas in the diocese.
Fr. Tom Hayes, Director of Pastoral Planning, said that last year’s collection came to €86,000.
“That is a mark of the generous support by parishioners and clergy for the essential work which is being funded by this collection,” he said. “This work will continue to be essential in the future plans for the diocese and parishes as we work together to build up the faith community in a changing environment.”

We offer sincere and prayerful sympathies to the Families of Lill O'Connell, O'Connell Ave.Bridget O’Mahony  St. Anne’s Park  and Jim Gannon,  Green Lawn.  Lord grant them eternal peace and joy, and to their family & friends strength and comfort.

We welcome to the Christian Community Baby Shannon Sarah Connolly who was baptised recently.

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

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

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

Recommended Website
The website of the Commission for Pastoral Renewal and Adult Faith Development.

Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes 11th – 16th June
The final payment can be paid in the coming days at the Parish Credit Union. Ask for Mary Sheehan.

Pentecost Sunday
Next weekend is Pentecost Sunday. The Members of the Parish Assembly will be commissioned at the 6pm Vigil  and the 12noon Masses.

First Holy Communion
The Girls from Christ King Girls N.S.  will  receive their First Holy Communion next Saturday 10th May at 10.30am Mass.
There will be no Mass at 10am. We wish the Girls, their Parents, Families and Teacher a lovely day.

Offertory Collection
Last weekend offertory collection came to €2,606 – Many thanks for your generosity.  There will be just one collection each weekend – except on the eight occasions during the year when there are special Diocesan Collections.
There will be one such collection next weekend 10th/11th May for the Pastoral Services  (see above)

Special Church Collections 2008
May 11th   Pastoral Services    
June 29th   Pope’s Collection
Sept. 21st   Education Fund
Oct. 19th   Mission Sunday
Nov. 24th  Marriage Support 

Visiting Choir
This weekend we welcome to Christ the King a choir 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.

Helpline: 1800 742 745. Farm & Rural Stress: 1800 742 645
Suicide Bereavement:
Support Service: 087-7986944
Loinnir Support Group: 023-33297

Summer Bedding Plants & Perennials
for sale Tuesday 6th May to Friday 9th May – 9am to 4.45pm at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, Tramore Rd.