September 20th 2009 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Called to serve.
At the screening of the film Mother Teresa during the fortieth anniversary of the United Nations in 1983, the Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar rose from his seat to introduce Mother Teresa to an elite gathering of the representatives of all member countries of the U.N. He needed only one sentence for his introduction: "I present to you the most powerful woman in the world!".   In 1976, conferring on Mother Teresa the highest honour of India  Mrs. Indira Gandhi, who was at that time Prime Minister of India, said: “I feel myself dwarfed when I stand before this holy and mighty woman who heroically showed the world how to practice Christian love in sacrificial and humble service.” For many years, the world watched, admired this weak and elderly nun, always dressed in a blue-bordered white sari, as the incarnation of humble and sacrificing Christian service. She was the living proof of Jesus' words in today’s Gospel that real greatness lies in serving others. She did this with love and compassion. From 1962 onwards, she received national and international awards in recognition of her greatness, attained through the humble service done to the “poorest of the poor.” On Sept. 5, 1997, the day of the death of this saint who lived with us, practicing what Jesus commanded His apostles in today’s gospel, Pope John Paul II said: “Mother Teresa marked the history of our century with courage. She served all human beings by promoting their dignity and respect, making them feel the tenderness of God.”   Yes, we are called to serve.

September  Diary
22nd Sept,: Mass for the beginning of School Year for the Girls & Boys Primary Schools  in the Church at 10.30am.    Parents are welcome to attend.
24th Sept. Mass with the First Year Students of Colaiste Chriost Ri and their Parents 7.30pm in the Church.
27th Sept.: Enrollment of First Holy Communion Children at 10.30am Mass.  The first of the “Do this in Memory” Masses for this year.
27th Sept. Priesthood Sunday
27th Sept.: The annual pilgrimage to Gougane Barra and the ancient monastic site associated with St. Finbarr. The concelebrated Mass is at 2.30 pm in the Oratory.

50 Years
Our congratulations and good wishes to    Ger & Rita Murphy,  John & Agnes O’Connell and Paul & Lil Bevan who recently celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversaries. Ad multos annos.

Congratulations : To Sheila Connolly, Loreto Park who celebrated her 103rd Birthday on Tuesday

St John Ambulance First Aid Course:  Starting Sat. 26th Sept. 7pm.  Cost: €30
Location: St John Ambulance Headquarters, 6 Victoria Rd.  Phone: 021-4315555  

Reconciliation (Confession)
Following  Saturday Masses  10am & 6pm or ask one of the priests at any time

Wedding: Our congratulations and good wishes to Michael Dorgan &  Sharon Cunnane on the occasion of their marriage recently.

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.

Altar Servers

If you are in third class or above and not in our Parish Schools and would like to be an altar server in Christ the King Church, you can collect your application form and the Child Protection Policy Document in the Sacristy. Current Altar Servers are invited to renew their commitment for the year ahead. All completed forms are to be returned by  Sun. 4th Oct.

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

St. Padre Pio Triduum:  at Holy Trinity Church 10am & 7.30pm .  Mon 21st Healing Mass.  Tues 22nd Reconciliation Mass.  Wed. 23rd Feast of St. Pio Concelebrated Mass. Preacher Fr. Sean Donohoe O.F.M.Cap

If you have just recently moved into the parish and would like your home blessed, just make contact with Fr. Kerry or Fr. Charlie
If a member of your family or a neighbor is  ill, whether in hospital or at home, and would like a visit from a priest, leave a message in the Sacristy or phone the Parish Mobile  087-2610276

"They're not dead.  They're gone home.  They're just around the corner waiting for us."  Pope John XXIII
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.
Contact the Sacristy or any member of the The Parish Assembly for more details.
Annual Collection for the Education of  our Seminarians
will take place at all Masses next weekend 26th/27th Sept.  There are five men in training for the priesthood for our Diocese one of whom will be ordained to the Priesthood on 8th Dec.  This year Maynooth has had it’s biggest intake for a number of years.  We thank the Lord for this blessing and we thank the men concerned for their generosity in responding to God’s call.   Let us pray  for vocations every day.    Next Sunday is priesthood Sunday.

Offertory Collection
Last weekend offertory collection came to €2,116 – Thank you for your generosity.

Parenting Course
The Parish Assembly  plan to organise another Parenting Course.  There will be a trained facilitator.   It will last 8 week. What is it about ?  Week 1. What is your child looking for. 2. Responsible Parenting. 3. Encouraging. 4 Listening
5. Communicating. 6. Disciplining children. 7 Talking things out together.
8. Bringing it all together.
Parents who have been part of the two previous courses in the parish have found them very helpful and informative.  Give your name to The Sacristy on members of the Parish Assembly or phone Parish Mobile:  087-2610276

All Irelands
We wish the best of luck to the Cork Senior Football Team who play Kerry in the All Ireland Final this Sunday.  Congratulations to The Ladies who did us proud last Sunday in winning the All Ireland Comogie  Final.

Lisbon Treaty
As we prepare to vote on the Lisbon Treaty on Oct. 2nd.  David Quinn offers a guide to the treaty for Catholic voters in this weeks issue of The Irish Catholic (on sale at the back of the Church), also a piece “What the treaty actually says about religion.”  The Catholic Bishops have said one can vote yes without reserve and in good conscience. The choice is ours.

Important Dates 2010
Parish Confirmations:  22nd April
First Holy Communion Boys  10.30am  8th May
First Holy Communion Girls 10.30am 15th May

Gala Concert in Ss. Peter & Paul’s  to mark it’s 150 Anniversary.
of the opening of the Church on Sat. 26th Sept. – Joe Corbett Baritone, Mary Hegarty Soprano, Breffnie Horgan Tenor, Cork Male Voice Choir & Kinsale Choral Group.  Tickets are available in our Sacristy €15.

Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane – Tuesday 29th September 2009
At 11.00a.m. John McKenna, Irish author visits the library.
At 3.00p.m. Gramophone Recital presented by John O’Gorman.
At 6.30p.m. Cúpla focal eile group.
Admission is free to all of the above and all are welcome.