December 7th 2008 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8th
Holy Day of Obligation.
Mass Times: Monday 10 am, 12 noon & 6 pm
Traditionally this was the first day of the official countdown to Christmas. Each year Christmas seems to be starting earlier which means, Dec 8th has lost some of its appeal. But it is an important feast day as we remember Mary. As the Mother of God she is often put up on a pedestal, given fancy names and yet she is a woman of the people. She has left a deep imprint in our Gospel accounts. She was a woman of character, courage, bravery, patience and always hopeful. Her feast day is a day of celebration and a celebration of good news that's often hidden and obscure. We ask her blessings on all of us.

The voice of John the Baptist was a lonely voice
which many of his contemporaries ignored.
There are many lonely voices in our world.
Somewhere at this moment a child is crying,
crying for love or maybe for some bread.
Somewhere a young person is crying,
crying for a listening ear or an understanding heart.
Somewhere an old person is crying,
crying for a visit or a word from their children.
There are a thousand unheard cries in our world,
coming from the victims of injustice and neglect.
Lord, help us to listen to these voices.
Above all, help us to listen to your voice,
whispering to us in the wilderness of our hearts,
telling us that we are loved by you,
and that we are to love one another.
  (Flor. McCarthy)

Thank You
Fr. Kerry & Fr. Charlie sincerely thank you for your Autumn Dues and to the Area Collectors. We appreciate your generosity and help.

Important Date
20th/21st  Dec.  Penitential Rites after all the Masses. in preparation for Christmas.

Santa to help St. Vincent de Paul Society
Santa, whose real name is St. Nicholas, is probably the best loved saint of children. His feast day is this Saturday Dec. 6th. This weekend he he has left us  letters. In his letter he will tells us to prepare well for the Birthday of Jesus and asks us to bring a specific item to the Mass next weekend 13th/14th Dec. and place it in  his basket. Our “Do this in Memory Mass”  will be at 10.30am the same weekend. Santa will deliver your gifts to members of St. Vincent de Paul who are always helping those in need. Collect you letter after Mass.   

Thank You
The members of Christ the King conference of St Vincent de Paul would like to thank sincerely all those who contribute so generously to their church gate collections during the past year. The amount collected at Christ the King Church & St Finbarr’s Hospital Chapel this past year was €16,086 This money is used for family relief in the parish including food vouchers, fuel and help with bill payments.  The Vincent de Paul  Christmas Church Gate Collection will be next weekend 13th/14th Dec.  We ask for your continued support.

Christmas Raffle
Thanks to the generosity of many, a Lovely Hamper has been put together in aid of the New Church Organ. Tickets are on sale after Mass today.  One line €2 Three lines €5

We remember in our Prayers – Peggy O’Connor, Ashdale Pk.. and Joan Reilly, Friars Rd. who died recently. We extend our sympathy and prayers to their families.

Christmas gifts with a difference.
There was a great response to the Gift with a difference last weekend. If you are still searching for the perfect Christmas gift idea? Well, you just found it!
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Today after Mass you can purchase one of the gifts listed below and get the card to sent to a friend instead of a gift.  Christmas Gift Range :School Lunch (for a year) €10, Olive Tree €20, Seeds & Tools €35, Goats €45 Mother & Child €60, Grandparent Support €80,  Food €100, Water €150, Land  €200

Turners Cross Community Association AGM
The AGM of the Community Association will be held on Wed.  10th Dec. at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. Refreshments will be provided. All welcome

Youth Club Craft Fair/Bake Sale
A craft fair & bake sale will be held this Sun. 7th Dec. from 12 – 2pm in the Community Centre. The event is organised by members of the local youth club. All are welcome please support. 

We welcome to the Christian Community: Cian Steffen Long. Ryan James Cotter, Toby Maxwell Odeniyi,  Kiera Alexandra Murphy and Diarmuid Martin Murphy.

Turners Cross Credit Union
The annual General Meeting of Comhar Creidmheasa Chríost Rí Teoranta will be held in Scoil Chríost Rí (Boys Primary School, Evergreen Rd.) on this Mon. 8th Dec. at 8pm. Member are requested to attend.   The election of 5 Directors, 1 Supervisor and an Auditor will take place. Please bring your passbook for identification.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society
Monthly meeting in the Parish centre on Tues.9th Dec.  after the 10am Mass.

Would you like to donate a Red Poinsettia Pot Plant  (after next weekend) to decorate the altar for Christmas (Not too tall, bushier plants last longer).

“Do this in Memory”
There will be a meeting of the Class Representatives in Fr. Kerry’s house on this Monday 8th Dec. at 7.30pm

Give yourself a gift of Peace this Advent
It was good to see the number making their Advent Holy Hour on Wed. It will continue this coming Wed.10th Dec. after the 10am Mass. Silence and prayer are the key to peace. Why not give yourself this gift?    “Could you not watch one hour with me.”

Walk With Me
There are a few copies left of the excellent little book: “Walk with Me”. It is available (Cost €2) at the back of the Church. A journey of prayer for Advent & Christmastide 2008.

Parish Assembly
There will be a meeting of the Parish Assembly on this Mon. 8th Dec. in the Parish Centre at 8pm.

Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards
The Parish Christmas Card and Christmas Triduum Mass Card are available in the Parish Office after Mass today and during the week after the 10am Mass.  The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23, 24, 25 Dec.

Turners Cross Senior Citizens Christmas Party
We wish an enjoyable evening to all  attending the Senior Citizens Christmas Party this Sun evening in Nemo Rangers Complex, Trabeg, Our congratulations and thanks to the Nemo Ladies for making it all happen.  Well done.

Offertory Collection
Last weekend offertory collection came to €2,441.   Thank you. for your generosity