February 1st 2009 – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Brigid
It’s always good to reflect. We often though reflect only on our own misfortunes, our mistakes and all the regrets of the past. Sometimes we even crucify ourselves on all that’s gone wrong in our lives, blaming ourselves and others for what has happened. We do it so much that it often clouds all the good around us. Today the feast of St.Brigid is a day to reflect on all our present blessings and all the good around us. She had time for everyone including the poor but above all she inspired people to greater things. Using rushes she wove them all into a cross, to remind us that all the different strands of our lives are connected. They are connected not by chance but by the gentle presence of God in our lives. We ask her many blessings on us today.

Prayer to St Brigid
Lord, you inspired in St Brigid such wholehearted dedication to your work that she is known as the Mary of the Gael; through her intercession bless our country, may we follow the example of her life and be united with her and Virgin Mary in your presence, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of Throats
This Tuesday 3rd February we will have the Blessing of Throats after 10 am and 6 pm Masses.
Note the extra Mass at 6pm.
The Blessing
Through the intercession of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, may God deliver you from all ailments of the throat and from every other evil. In the name of the Father + and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Important Dates:
3rd Feb. Feast of St. Blase – Blessing of Throats  after 10am & 6pm Masses
11th Feb. Our Lady of Lourdes – Blessing of the Sick after 10am & 6pm Masses
17th Feb. Stations of the Cross (newly composed) will be presented – along with the launch of Trócaire's Lent campaign – at Turner's Cross Church. All the relevant materials will also be available on the night. at 8pm
25th Feb. Ash Wednesday
4th March First Confessions  Girls
10th March Mass & Service of Light for Confirmation Children & their Parents.
25th March Parish Confirmations
4/5th April. Penitential Rites
12th April Easter Sunday
9th & 16th May  First Holy Communions.

Offertory Collection
Last weeks offertory collection €2,440 many thanks for your generosity.

Parenting Course.
Recently, the Parish Assembly organised a Parenting Course for the parents of young children, it was very successful and parents found it very helpful.  We now plan to organise a course (six weeks) for the parents of teenage children  If there is sufficient interest The course will begin in February in the Parish Centre.  Please contact any member of the Parish Assembly or one of the priests

Monthly Meeting
on Wednesday 4th February 2009 at 8 p.m.in St John's College, Sawmill Street, Roger  Herlihy will speak on The Historic South Parish. All Welcome  Non-members €2

Catholic Papers
on sale at the back of the Church. The series of articles on St. Paul continues in  THE IRISH CATHOLIC

Social Group for Older Men
For further information contact Grainne on 4319085.
Monday nights @ 7.30pm in Turners Cross Social Centre, Capwell Rd.

Ministers of  the Eucharist
New Rotas now available from the Sacristy.

Baptisms
We welcome to the Christian Community: Amelie Katherine Healy and Ciaran Thomas Canty who were recently baptised at Christ the King Church.

Candlemas Day
Monday 2nd February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas Day. Candles will be blessed at the  10 am Mass.

Mass Cards and Cards for the Friday Shared Mass  are available in the Sacristy after Mass. The Shared Mass every Friday at 10 am is offered for the sick, for those who have died and for your special intentions.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Collection
The special collection taken up at all Masses next weekend 7/8 Feb. in aid of the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
This collection subsidises individuals whose health and/or means would otherwise prevent them from travelling to Lourdes. It also subsidises the travel of essential care personnel.

OPEN DAY – Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa.
College of Further Education, Tramore Rd.  Friday 6th February 10am to 3pm
40 Full-time and Part-time  Courses – Talks to students and meet with tutors every hour.
Further details on 4961020

Anointing of The Sick & Veneration of the Relic of St Bernadette.
The 10am Mass on Wednesday 11th Feb. will be offered for the Sick and Housebound and their Carers.  The Anointing of the Sick and the blessing with the Relic of St. Bernadette will take place after the 10am & 6pm Masses.

First Friday
Fr. Kerry will visit the sick and the housebound of the Parish at his  usual times next Thursday and Friday.  Fr Charlie due to illness will not visit the homes this month.

The Catholic School:

* Offers a distinctive vision of life and corresponding philosophy of education based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ

* Strives to create a learning environment where every child is encouraged and enabled to develop to their full and unique potential as human beings, made in the image and likeness of God
* Seeks to form pupils who will unselfishly use their gifts for the common good and are committed to work for a more just and caring society

* Is a welcoming and inclusive community that is respectful and tolerant of all religious traditions and beliefs
* Works in partnership with parents and the parish community to keep the light of faith received at baptism burning brightly

* Provides opportunities for worship through prayer and the celebration of liturgy and the sacraments