November 9th 2008 – Remembrance Sunday

Our Masses this weekend are times for reflection and prayer when we remember our dead and the  times we spent with  them. It is an opportunity to recall the good days and the difficult days when we shared our hopes, dreams and our actions together. Watching a memorial service recently  on TV for the victims of a horrific plane crash.  I realised that those who survived, those who lost their loved ones and the traumatised were also being remembered in a special way. The same will be the case in our Masses this Remembrance Weekend. It is also an opportunity to give thanks for the wonderful gift of family, kind neighbours and friendship.
All of us are shaped today by all that has happened in the past.  That is why during this month of November we pray for those who have died and acknowledge their influence in our own lives today.
Thank you for taking the time to come to share our Masses this weekend.

In the rising of the sun and its going down………………….
   We remember them
In the blowing of the wind and the chill of the winter….. 
   We remember them
In the opening of the buds and the warmth of summer…..
   We remember them
In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of Autumn..
   We remember them
In the beginning of the year and when it ends………………     
   We remember them
When we are weary and in need of strength………………..
   We remember them
When we are lost and sick of heart……………………………   
   We remember them
When we have joy and yearn to share ………………………..
   We remember them
So long as we live, they too shall live for they are part of us…….     
    We remember them
When we grow old and forgetful we still   know ……. 
   That God remembers them

The Parish Assembly will meet in the Parish Centre on this Mon. 10th Nov. at 8pm

Cork Institute of Technology Open Day
Saturday 22nd November 2008 10am-4pm Bishopstown Campus   All welcome.

Prayers and Blessing of Graves
Sunday 9th Nov.
St. Michael’s Blackrock 3pm
St. Catherine’s Kilcully  3pm
Sunday 16th Nov.
St. Finbarr’s Wilton 3pm

Offertory Collection
Last weekend offertory collection came to €2,536  Thank you for your generosity

Mass Cards
Mass Cards are available from the sacristy any morning after the 10am Mass, also if you wish to include an intention for the weekly 10am Shared Mass on Fridays this is also available.

Invitation to Pray
Every Monday after the 10am Mass in The Parish Centre.

Holy Souls Novena of Masses
The Novena of Masses for our Dead ends on this Monday 10th Nov.  with Mass  10am & 6pm.

Cake Sale
on this Sun. 9th Nov. in the Parish Centre after the 10,30am & 12 noon Masses in aid of the St. Finbarr's Scout Hall, Doyle Rd. Renovation Fund.  Followed by Mini Bazaar in the Scout Hall Doyle Rd. 2.30-5.30pm   Please support.

The Alzheimer Society
Next Carers Support Meeting Wed. 12th Nov. 3p.m. to 4.30 p.m.  at Bessboro Day Care Centre  Blackrock All are welcome.

Tramore Athletic FC. 60th Anniversary Dinner Dance
at Rochestown Pk. Hotel on Sat Nov.15th  at 8pm
Tickets €60 Contact Ken Cotter 086-8824161, Der. O’Callaghan 086-2447832 before Wed. 12th Nov.

Nemo Rangers
Munster Club Senior Football C'ship (Q/F) Nemo Rangers v Kerins O'Rahillys (Ciarrai) @ P. Uí Chaoimh @ 2pm this Sunday 9th Nov.

St. Joseph's Young Priests Society
The monthly meeting takes place this Tues. 11th Nov. after the 10am Mass in the Parish Centre.

Youth 2000 Retreat for Young Adults: Youth 2000 will host a retreat for young adults aged between 16-35 years (approx) in Ennismore Retreat Centre from Fri. Nov. 14th 7.30pm to Sun 16th. The retreat weekend will be filled with prayer, fun, laughter and craic. meals and board provided, donation only.  Newcomers especially welcome. Information on Contact Dave 085-7167904

A Thought
It is  difficult to understand death or make sense of the loss of a loved one. Death is not an end, only a beginning.
We trust, hope and pray that all who have died are at peace and happy. Today and throughout this month of November
we remember them in a special way.
Lord, we miss our loved ones who have died.
Sometimes words fail to express the sadness we feel,
particularly when our loss is recent.
We trust and believe that they are now in a loving relationship
with you.  May all our loved ones who have died rest in peace.