September 7th 2008 – 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today's Gospel is a challenge and hallmark to us all in the way  we live out God's love and forgiveness. And, although the Christian community should be the last group to exclude anyone, even we have to have our boundaries. Sometimes this involves holding others to account for what they say and do. The love and forgiveness of God does not mean that 'anything goes'. It is a love that calls for constant conversion. We can witness it only to the degree that we have experienced it, from God and from others, and in the way we love and forgive ourselves.
The thrust of the other readings this Sunday are stressing the need for speaking out against evil in our society (especially the first reading). This duty naturally falls most heavily on the leaders in the Christian community. But each of us, by virtue of our baptism, is called to be a prophet, that is, someone who speaks for God. Therefore we should not remain silent when silence can be taken to mean that we approve of what is happening. In that case we would be responsible for the evil

Turner's Cross Community Centre Opening
Minister John Gormley will perform the official opening of the community centre (next to credit union) on Friday 12th September at 4pm. Light refreshments & entertainment provided. All are Welcome.

St. Joseph's Young Priests Society
The monthly meeting will be held in the Parish Centre on this Tues. 9th Sept. at 8pm.

Prayer for Vocations
Lord, make me a better person,
more considerate towards others,
more honest with myself, more faithful to you.
Make me generous enough to want sincerely to do your will whatever it may be.
Help me find my true vocation in life, and grant that through it I may find happiness myself and bring
happiness to others.
Grant Lord, that those whom you call to enter the priesthood or the religious life may have the generosity to answer your call, so that those who need your help may always find it.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.     Amen.

We welcome to the Christian Community: James Barry O'Carroll who was baptised last weekend.

Offertory Collection
Last weekend offertory collection came to €2,451 – Thank you for your generosity.

Girls Under-age Gaelic Football Coaching
Venue: Nemo Rangers, Trabeg.
Every Sat. 9.50am to 11am.
Contact Nemo Rangers  021 4894041

Adult Morning Classes in Deerpark C.B.S.
Subjects: Computers,   Payroll,  Accounts.
No Fees  Fetac level 5 Qualification,   Mornings only
Contact: Michael  0864022900

Ladies Active Retired Group
After the holidays the Group will resume their meetings  in the Day Care Centre Capwell Rd. on next Tues. 9th Sept. at 7.30pm. New members are most welcome.

Men's Group at the Turners Cross Day Care Centre.
A group for men beginning on Monday Sept 8th (7.30-9pm) A variety of different events including Music, Table Quiz, Question Time, gardening, cooking etc.
All are welcome.

Dates for your Diary in September
8th Sept :  Our Lady's Birthday
8th Sept:  Meeting of Parish Assembly 7.30pm
15th Sept.: Meeting with Parents of Children preparing for First Holy Communion next May.  In the Church 7.30pm
18th Sept.: Coffee Morning in the Parish Centre in aid of Marymount Hospice.  After 10am Mass
19th Sept,: Mass for the beginning of School Year for the Girls & Boys Primary Schools
in the Church at 10.30am. Parents are welcome to attend.
22nd Sept.: Baptismal Team training begins in Parish Centre at 7.30pm
28th Sept.: Enrolment of First Holy Communion Children.  At 10.30am Mass

Alzheimer Society of Ireland
Carers support meeting Wed 10th sept.
3pm to 4.30pm. Bessboro Day Care Centre, Blackrock.  All are welcome.

New beginnings
By now our young people are settling back into school after the Summer holidays. For some children last Monday  was a very exciting day and their parents as they began school for the first time. For others they have made the transition to secondary school and began a whole new journey there. Traffic gets back to its normal crazy levels again particularly in the morning. For nearly everyone it is good to be back to a routine again. Routine allows us to be comfortable with what we have to do and what we like to do. Stress levels rise when the list of things we have to do becomes unmanageable. As we begin our journey through this month of September we ask God's blessings on all of us. We ask God to help us with our daily routine. We pray that we will get through all those necessary things we have to do and also to help us find the time for those things that we enjoy as well.