October 4th 2009 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Day for Life
Today is the day in the Church’s year dedicated to celebrating the dignity of life from conception to natural death – this years focus is on the theme of suicide. In the letter from the Bishop the main emphasis is on the pastoral dimensions of this difficult and sensitive subject of suicide. The letter highlights why the Church believes that every life is worth living and look at the reasons why people contemplate suicide, including acute mental illness and the possible spiritual factors involved. It also points towards the support that the professional services can bring and hopefully help to reduce the stigma too often associated with mental illness and depression.
Building upon last year’s focus on mental health; the bishops hope that this year’s day with its particular focus on suicide will help raise awareness of the vital role played by families and a supportive parish community in supporting and sustaining those who may be struggling to cope.

We pray
We remember those who have taken their own lives: May they come to know the tender compassion of the God who created them in love.
We lift up to the Lord those bereaved by the suicide of someone they love:
As they continue their journey may they meet Christ in the support of others.
We pray in hope for all:
May the Spirit of God open our ears to each other.

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  next Sun. 11th Oct.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayer  Gearoid Coakley and Brian Finn. both members of the Leaving Cert. Class  2009 in Colaiste Chriost Ri who died tragically in recent days.  We extend our sympathy to their parents, families, teachers, classmates and friends. May they be at peace with God

Last weekend Offertory Collection came to €2,302 –
collection for the Education of  our Seminarians  €2,203   Many thank for your generosity.

Parenting Course
The Parish Assembly  plan to organise another Parenting Course.  There will be a trained facilitator.   It will last 8 weeks. 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.

A Service of Remembrance will be held on Thurs. October 15th, 2009 at 7.30pm in St. Joseph's SMA Church, Wilton, for all those who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss. This service is being organised by the chaplaincy department of Cork University Maternity Hospital.

Samaritans need collectors for Flag Day
Have you an hour to give to a worthy cause? The Samaritans need volunteers to help with their flag day in Cork city and suburbs on Oct 12th. If you would like to help, please contact their centre at (021) 4278071.

Open Evening
at Christ King Girls’ Secondary School Thurs. 8th Oct.  7pm-9pm. Principals’ Address at 8pm.   All parents and prospective students welcome.  

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

Autumn Dues
We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes next weekend 3rd/4th Oct. Many thanks.

Bereavement Course
The Parish Assembly plans to organise another Bereavement Course.  There will be two trained facilitators.  It will last eight weeks.  What is it about?
Week 1.  Understanding of grief and loss.  2.  Shock, disbelief, denial.  3.  Anger, Loss, Yearning, Searching.  4.  Bargaining, Guilt, Real and Unreal Guilt.  5.  Depression, Loneliness,  Sadness.  6.  Letting go, Acceptance, New Life.  7.  Letting go and moving on.  8.  Closure with prayer service.
Those who took part in the previous course in the parish found it very helpful and supportive.  If you'd like to participate this time, contact Patricia 087 9482142 or Cecilia 087 9686326.

Community – Belonging:
The Ceremony of Enrolment of the 80 Children for First Holy Communion last Sunday was a lovely and meaningful ceremony.   Some parents expressed to us their feelings of remembering their own First Holy Communion and shared feelings of nostalgia which reminded them of what has been missing in their lives, it was good to be back. What they miss is not just the experience of having Jesus within them but also the sense of community which is lacking in those who don’t regularly worship together. I found out during the week how essential belonging to the Church Community is when two families contacted me to request prayers and support at the death of loved ones. It is at times of grief or need that the Church shows the love and concern of Jesus that we sometimes take for granted.

Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane
Tuesday 13th October at 11.00a.m. – Talk by well known Cork author Christy Kenneally. Admission free; all welcome.

Never despair
Lord, I come before You with a heavy heart. I feel so much and yet sometimes I feel nothing at all. I don't know where to turn, who to talk to, or how to deal with the things going on in my life. You see everything, Lord. You know everything, Lord. Yet when I seek you it is so hard to feel You here with me. Lord, help me through this. I don't see any other way to get out of this. There is no light at the end of my tunnel, yet everyone says You can show it to me. Lord, help me find that light. Let it be Your light. Give me someone to help. Let me feel You with me. Lord, let me see what You provide and see an alternative to taking my life. Let me feel Your blessings and comfort. Amen.