March 1st 2009 – 1st Sunday of Lent

Lent translates as ‘springtime'. Everyone welcomes spring, warmer days, the arrival of flowers and new life bursting forth in nature. Lent can also be a time for spiritual growth and renewal. It is always great to be able to open windows on a fine fresh day. You can feel the breeze rushing in to sweep out the stale air. Lent is all about removing what is stale in our lives and allowing life and growth to replace it. Lent is a journey, not just a day or two put together in isolation. As we journey through the coming weeks of Lent we invite God into our lives. We especially ask God to replace what's stale and stagnant with life, energy and freshness.  Let us make the most of this Lent.
It was great to see the big numbers at Mass on Ash Wednesday and since then.  Weekday Masses during Lent 10am & 6pm

Give yourself a gift of Peace this Lent
On the Wednesdays of Lent there will be Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament after the 10am Mass until 11am,  including our Mass we will have an hour with the Lord. Why not join us for an hour each week.  Silence and prayer are the key to peace. Why not give yourself this gift?

Family Fast Boxes
Trócaire Family Fast Boxes are available at the back of the Church, and have been distributed through the Primary Schools. Last Lent the great sum of €12,508 was raised for Trócaire from our Parish.
This year, Trócaire is seeking to raise awareness of the plight of people who have been forced to leave their homes through war, violence and hunger as well as natural disasters. The Trócaire box features a young boy Khalid (7) who has been so displaced in Somalia. War ruined his home, his family, his life. – we can help to rebuild his world.

First Friday visits
Fr Kerry & Fr Charlie will visit the sick and housebound of our parish on Thursday & Friday of the coming week.  If you would like a priest to call please contact either of the priests.

How are you coping with your Grief?
Nothing can prepare us for loss be it the loss of a loved one through death, separation, illness e.g. stroke, loss of a limb, loss of a job etc.  There are so many feelings, and at the same time, so much to deal with.  The Word of God and the Prayer of the Church can be healing in times of grief.
How are you coping with your grief?  Do you know that help is at hand?  Participation in the Parish Bereavement Support Group could be the answer. Such a group is commencing in our Parish of Christ the King  in March and will continue until the end of April. Contact the sacristy / members of the Parish Assembly for further details.  087-2610276

Offertory Collection
Last week’s Offertory Collection €2,551.  Many thanks for your generosity.
Next weekend there will be a Second Collection for the Bishops Commissions.

We welcome to the Christian Community: Christopher James Patrick McSweeney who was baptised recently in Christ the King Church.

First Confessions.
The Girls and Boys from the local Primary Schools will be making their First Confession this coming week the Girls on Wed. 4th and the Boys on Thurs. 5th March. We welcome the Parents and the children to our “Do this in Memory Mass this Sunday.

Parish Assembly
We would welcome teenagers to take part in the Prayers of the Faithful on Sat./Sun. Masses during the season of Lent.
If interested please leave your name and number on the Parish Mobile 087-2610276 or in the Sacristy.

Over 60's Talent Competition
Contestants are being sought for the Turners Cross heat of the over 60's which will be held on 26th March. If you would like to take part, please contact 087-6973206

Nemo Rangers Street Leagues 2009
Registration nights on Tues. 3rd and Thur. 5th of March  6-8  pm in Nemo Rangers, Trabeg Sports Centre, South Douglas Road. Boys (5-10 years) and girls (5-11 years) very welcome.  For more information see

Deepen Your Faith this Lent.
A number of short programmes are available in our City during Lent this year.
On the Monday nights of Lent Victor Tabone will look at “Prayer in St. Paul” in St. Dominic’s Retreat Centre, Ennismore.
On Tuesdays nights, Fr. Charles Conroy MSC will address “Jeremiah: Prophetic Suffering and the New Covenant” in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, Western Rd.,
The NOSTRA programme is offering a series of lectures “Step out in Faith this Lent” by leading theologians in Mardyke House.  Full details on notice board.

A Lenten Invitation
Lent is an opportunity to grow in knowledge and love of Jesus. A  simple way to do this is to prayerfully read the Gospel in faith. Each Monday after the 10am Mass  a group of people do just that with the Gospel for the following Sunday. Join us in the Parish Centre  You will be most welcome.

Catholic Papers on sale at the back of the Church. The excellent series of articles on St. Paul continues in The Irish Catholic.

Cork South Parish Historical Society
Monthly Meeting on Wed. 4th March at 8 St. John’s College Sawmill Street, Guest Speaker Cíara Brett will speak on The Burial Grounds of Cork City.

Trip to Taize
This July, Scala – Redemptorist Youth Ministry will go to Taize for five days and five days trekking in the Alps. All inclusive price is €650. This experience is open to young people aged 16-21 in the Cork city area.   Contact 4358800  or

Frankfield/Grange Parish Mission.
8th-14th March, conducted by The Redemptorist Team, full details on Our Parish Noticeboard.

Priesthood in Cork & Ross.
Have you ever thought about PRIESTHOOD? The annual information day will take place on Saturday, March 28th in Ennismore, further details by contacting Fr Charlie on 021-4313103.