August 10th 2008 – 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Olympic Games
Pope Benedict has sent his best wishes to China, the International Olympic Committee and all the athletes who are participating in the Olympic Games.
“I am happy to send to all – especially the athletes – my cordial greeting with the hope that each one can give the best his or herself in the genuine Olympic Spirit”.
The Holy father said he would be closely following the Olympic Games.

Feast of the Assumption
There is only one path to Heaven. On Earth, we call it Love.'
On Friday next (Aug 15th ) we celebrate the feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven. It is always a turning point in late summer, not just for those who will get the Leaving Cert results on Wed. but also a reminder that the school holidays will soon be winding down as we head for September.
At the heart of this feast day is a sense of hope. Mary was taken up into heaven to show the other side of death. Death is always so final but as believers we believe in eternal life. It's the hinge on which we rest everything. The Assumption of Mary is a reminder that we are merely pilgrims as we journey through this world. What happened to Mary is God's plan for all of us too. Sometimes we need a boost and a reminder that there is a meaningful purpose to life. The Feast of the Assumption is certainly one of those days.

Feast of The Assumption of Our Lady 15th August.
A Holy Day of obligation.   Mass Times:  Vigil Mass Thursday at 6pm
Friday Masses at 10am, 12noon & 6pm

The 57th Annual Devotions at Lee Road Shrine 
will take place on this Friday, 15th August .  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.

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.

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.

Praying the year of St Paul
Heavenly Father,
open our minds and hearts to the working of your Holy Spirit.
Enlightened by Truth and emboldened through Grace,
may Faith overcome doubt, Love conquer hatred,
Hope shine through suffering,
and zeal mark our proclamation of the Good News
that St. Paul preached to the peoples of all nations.
We ask this through this through Christ Our Lord.

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 Turner's Cross Parish Centre 22nd Sept. and 6th Oct. We are currently inviting parishioners who would like to be involved in this course to contact members of the Parish Assembly, Fr. Kerry or Fr. Charlie.

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.