January 24th 2010 – 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Who is He?
Jesus begins His mission today in the reading that we have from the Gospel of Luke. Just to begin to understand Jesus as He Himself speaks to us, we must understand the Prophet Isaiah. This small section of Isaiah that Jesus quotes in the todays Gospel is Jesus telling us: This is who I am.

Who is He? He is the Good News, He is the Word of the Father, He lives by the power of the Spirit, He is the anointed one, He proclaims freedom to all of us who are not free and promises sight to all of us who do not see.

Is Jesus that in your life? Let us pray today that our hearts will be open to Jesus. Let us invite the Him into our lives. Let us ask Jesus to let us see with eyes of faith. Let us ask Him for this wonderful inner gift of freedom! May Jesus Christ be good news in our lives today and may we proclaim His goodness to our Families and Community.

Magnificent response to Haiti Appeal:   Last weekend after the Masses €7750 was contributed to the Haiti Earthquake Appeal for which we sincerely thank you. As donations continue to pour in from a generous Irish public.  Trócaire and its partner Caritas Haiti have already managed to reach thousands of people in Haiti with emergency medical supplies, hygiene kits and water.  Trócaire partner Caritas Haiti run over 200 hospitals and medical centres in the area. Trócaire's speedy response was possible because as Trócaires Emergency Director Maurice McQuillan told us they have worked in Haiti with partner organisations for 20 years.  He said the generosity of the Irish people is incredible and Trócaire can channel 100 per cent of this money to the local groups in Haiti with whom we’ve worked  for years. He sincerely thanks you for your generosity.

“Do this in Memory” We welcome the children preparing for Holy Communion and their parents to our “Do this in Memory” Mass this morning.

Turners Cross Community Association are holding a community event on 11th February entitled "Turners Cross Talent Factor".  This event allows young people to participate and show their talent in a community setting. There is no entry fee for this event.   Any queries can be made to Harry Harvey on 086 1568649.

Year of Priest: Holy Hour every Sunday at 7pm in Holy Trinity Church.  Come and pray for priests

We remember in our prayers Liz Cronin, St Ann’s Park, Sheila Connolly, Loreto Pk. & Cyril Harrington, Capwell Rd who died during the week.  We extend our sympathy and prayers to their Families.

The Coláiste Chríost Rí Past Pupils union will be holding a dinner to celebrate the school’s 50th Anniversary on Fri. 12th of Feb. in Rochestown Park Hotel. Tickets (€50) are now on sale from the school office (021 4274904) or through the Past Pupils Union (email: ccrppu@gmail.com). All welcome.

Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane.
Tuesday 26th January at  11.00a.m. Book Club meeting. New members welcome.
Tuesday 26th January  at   3.00p.m. Gramophone Recital presented by Marie Murphy. Admission free & all are welcome.

Volunteers Wanted for Mentoring Programme.
Big Brother Big Sister needs male volunteers to become Big Brothers to young people aged 10 – 18.  Some Little Brothers have been waiting for over a year for a mentor.  We are also looking for women to volunteer as Big Sisters.  Volunteers are asked to spend 1-2 hours a week with their Little Brother/Sister for one year.  Together, you can decide on what activities you would like to do… from playing sport to going for lunch.  It is a great opportunity to develop a friendship with a young person, share common interests and try new things.  Check out our website www.bbbsireland.ie <http://www.bbbsireland.ie/>  and contact Brenda on 086 8513347 for more information on our Volunteer Information Nights on the 26th Jan. and 10th Feb.

Ennismore Retreat Centre – St Dominics Saturday 20th February 2010  10.00am – 5.00pm Does YOUR life have meaning – What meaning?  Directed by : Pat Murray SCA   Booking essential Tel. 021-4502520

The Carers
At the funerals of Liz, Cyril and Sheila during the week we spoke of the good people who cared for them – Nursers, Neighbors and Family – we salute them and thank them and all carers as we pray:

Lord, bless all carers – they let people
know that they are loved.
Bless those who listen – they lighten
many a burden.
Bless those who, when nothing can
be done or said, remain to provide a
comforting presence – they help the
sufferer to bear the unbearable.
And bless those who give without hope
of return – they give us an experience
of your love.  Amen