August 3rd 2008 – 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Feeding the hungry
“Jesus shows his compassion for the people by healing their sick, and giving them food to eat” (Matthew 14:13-21)
The multiplication of the loaves happens in our fields every year between sowing and harvest time. Like the miracle of Jesus, this miracle too is brought about by the power of God. And just as Jesus needed the hands of the apostles to distribute the bread to the people, so God now needs human hands to make this abundance available to the hungry.  In some countries today the problem is over-eating.  In other countries the problem is getting anything to eat at all.  Today we don't need anyone to multiply the loaves for us.  The food is there. What is not always there is the will to share it.
I remember after the big earthquake in Peru  May 1970. Many homes in the shanty town where we lived and worked in Trujillo lost everything. We got help from Caritas to distribute. One evening I went to a family who lost everything. I brought  a bag of rice and some cooking oil. The woman of the house gratefully received it. What she did next surprised me. Without hesitation she went to the table and divided the rice and oil in half and took half to the woman next door. I said to her you will hardly have enough for your own large family, She said 'but they haven't eaten for days either.’
Generosity such as this makes us humble.

Baptismal Team Training.
The Parish Assembly are organising in conjunction with the Cork & Ross Pastoral Planning Development a training course for Baptismal Teams in the Turners Cross Parish Centre in September.  We are currently inviting parishioners who would like to be involved in this course to contact members of the Parish Assembly or Fr. Kerry

Ministers of the Eucharist / Altar Servers
Now that we are in the holiday season, there may be a shortage of Ministers of the Eucharist and Altar Servers for daily and weekend Masses. All Ministers and Servers are requested to come prepared to help out if they are required.

Offertory Collection
Last weekend offertory collection came to €2,285 – Thank you for your generosity.

We extend our prayers and sympathies to the families of Kitty Hayes, Marianne Dalton and Veronica Canny  – Lord grant them eternal peace and joy – and to their families and friends strength and hope.

The 57th Annual Devotions at Lee Road Shrine 
will take place on Friday, 15th August  the Feast of the Assumption.  Join in reciting the Rosary at 6.30pm at Our Lady’s Hospital Gate and follow the fifteen Mysteries walking to the Shrine. Mass will  be celebrated at the Shrine at 7.30p.m. by Bishop John Buckley,  Fr. John Newman will preach the homily.

St. Michael’s Cemetery Blackrock
Mass will be celebrating  for all the deceased who are buried in St. Michael's Cemetery on Wednesday 27th August at 7.p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Date for your Diary
To mark the “Year of St Paul”  Fr. Jerome Murphy-O’Connor O.P. Jerusalem, will give a talk “How Paul changed the World” in Christ the King Church on Wed. 3rd Sept at 8pm.

This Year’s National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage
will take place at Our Lady of Knock Shrine, Mayo on Sunday 14th September. 2.00 p.m. – anointing of the sick, 3.00 p.m. Pilgrimage Mass followed by Rosary procession. Chief Celebrant is Bishop John Fleming, Killala and guest singer is Fr. Liam Lawton.

Catholic Papers:
On sale at the back of The Church. The Universe, Irish Catholic, Catholic Times.

Turners Cross Clean Up
Volunteers are requested to help with a clean up of the local area (clearing rubbish, planting flowers/shrubs etc.)
This is taking place for 1-2 hours on Saturday 9th August. Meeting at Community Centre at 10.30am. Equipment will be provided. Help would be much appreciated

From Cork to Kenya
Illustrated talk on Ven Edel Quinn  In Parish Centre behind St. Michael's Church Blackrock on Thurs 7th August at 7.30pm.  All are welcome.

Take time to laugh
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think
It is the source of power.
Take time to play
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray
It s the greatest power on earth.