May 10th 2009 – 5th Sunday of Easter

The Vine and the Branches
1 In a relationship connectedness is important. Relationships cannot be taken for granted and need time and care to be life-giving. What does your experience tell you of the truth of this in your relationship:
• with God
• with your friends
• with your family
• with communities or groups to which you belong?
2 ‘Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.’
In what ways do you see that you have been ‘pruned’ by the experiences of life, or by the word of God, to be a more fruitful person? Perhaps you have also experienced the need for ‘pruning’ in significant relationships in your life.
3. The parable also reminds us that we are not the source of our own life. It is a gift from God, from our parents and from all who have nourished us. Give thanks for those who have been a source of life for you.
4 God is glorified by our being fruitful. When has human fruitfulness reminded you of God at work in our world?          Fr.John Byrne

Parish Pastoral Services   Second Collection: 9th/10th May 
This weekend a second collection will take place at all Masses in aid of Parish Pastoral Services, The collection is used to part-fund the personnel and services of the Pastoral Development Office which supports participation and partnership in parish life.
Bishop Buckley said “Last year’s collection came to €96,903 “This is a mark of the generous support by parishioners and clergy for the essential work which is being funded by this collection,”  “This work will continue to be essential in the future plans for the diocese and parishes as we work together to build up the faith community in a changing environment.”

Trocaire: Our sincere thanks to all who contributed so generously to the Trocaire Lenten Appeal The total came to €12,722  including €1,942 from Christ King Girls Primary School and €446 from Day Care Centre.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society Monthly Meeting on this Tues. 12th May in the Parish Centre at 7.30pm

The Parish Assembly will meet in the Parish Centre in this Mon. 11th May at 8pm

First Holy Communion
The Girls from Christ King Primary School will receive their First Holy Communion next Sat. 16th May at 10.30am. There will be no Mass at 10am.   We wish the Girls their Parents, Families and Teachers a lovely Day

Masses for Exams
All those preparing for or doing exams will be included in our Shared Mass offered each Friday Morning at 10am.  Special Exam Mass Cards are now available from the Sacristy

Marie Keating Foundation Mobile Cancer Information Unit will visit 
St. Finbarr’s Hospital  Thursday – 14th May 10.30am – 4.00 pm
Free service for Men & Women – Please come along

The Catholic Papers – The Irish Catholic, The Catholic Times and The Universe are available at the back of the Church – support the Catholic Press.

God, you desire the happiness and salvation of all.
Stir up the grace of a holy vocation
in the hearts of many within our parish.
Grant them the willingness and generosity
to give of themselves,
their time and talents
to the service of Jesus Christ,
our Lord, and to His Church.

Garden of Resurrection
The Garden of Resurrection in our Church is a symbolic representation of the tomb from which the Risen Lord came forth to declare that the life of faith triumphs over death itself. Let us join with family and friends in visiting this place of prayer and hope and especially remember those who have gone before us marked with the sign of hope in the Resurrection.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Fr. Gerard Collins P.E. Passage West who served in Turners Cross Parish in the 1980’s and Sr. M. Philip Collins who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families. My God reward them for their years of faithful service.

Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane.
Thursday 14th May at 7p.m. – “Songs of Cork” by Jimmy Crowley. Admission is free & all are welcome.

Alzheimer Society:  meeting of the Saturday Club, from 2pm until 4pm on Sat. 16th May at Bessboro Day Care Centre.  Guest Speaker: Dr. Kieran Doran, Senior Healthcare Ethics Lecturer, School of Medicine, UCC
Topic: Informed Consent Light refreshments provided.  Free Admission.  Information contact 021 4972504

😀 A Smile, for God’s Sake ;D
“A little boy was saying his prayers one night. They went like this:
“God bless Mammy. God bless Daddy. God bless me – and please, God, look after yourself. If anything happens to you we are sunk. !!

Holy Land
Our prayers and good wishes to Pope Benedict as he continues his pilgrimage and pastoral visit to the Holy Land. Before he left the Vatican on Friday he said 
“My primary intention is to visit the places made holy by the life of Jesus, and, to pray at them for the gift of peace and unity. The Holy Father said “I ask you to join me in praying that the visit will bear much fruit for the spiritual and civic life of all who dwell in the Holy Land. May we all praise God for His goodness. May we all be people of hope. May we all be steadfast in our desire and efforts for peace".

Turner's Cross / South Parish Summer Scheme
The registration night for the summer scheme will take place on Thursday 14th May at 8pm in the South Parish Community Centre, Sawmill St. (behind Fiat garage)

National Famine Commemoration Day:  Next Sunday 17th May is National Famine Commemoration Day there will  be a special Ceremony in St Joseph's Cemetery, Tory Top Rd. at the Famine Graves at 3.30pm 
1. Introduction by the Lord Mayor  2. Ecumenical service.  3. Laying of wreath  4. Friendship singers with a selection of hymns  5. Keynote speech by Dr Gillian Doherty, Department of History, UCC.  6. Salute by the 'Pards' historical re-enactment group  7. Blessing and Last Post  8. Final hymn and National Anthem