January 31st 2010 – 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Catholic Schools – A Light for Every Generation

A Prayer for Parents   (Marian Wright Edelman)

  Creator God, thank you for the gift of our children,
 Their lives to share,
 Their minds to mould, 
And their spirits to enrich.
 May we always be deserving of their trust, 
Supportive of their hopes
 And encouraging of their dreams.
 Let your grace and love fall on these,
 Our most precious gifts. 

During the coming week we celebrate Catholic 
Schools Week. Catholic Education is an integral part 
of the mission of the church and therefore of the mission
 of Jesus. The theme for this year’s celebration is Catholic 
Schools – a Light for Every Generation. 
During the coming week, we have an opportunity to 
acknowledge and appreciate the tremendous work being
done by our teachers. Through their ministry in the 
schools, they are a light not only to the children they
teach, but to their parents and to the whole of the parish.
 They are a light because the main focus of their ministry is
Jesus. In every child, the committed teacher sees the face
of Jesus and serves Jesus in each one.
 We have been blessed in this country with catholic 
education for a long time. We recognise and
 remember those who had the vision to see that education 
was a number one need for the poor of our country, to 
raise themselves out of poverty, and for all of us
to live in freedom and to look after our own people.
 To teach and to learn has always been our pride. Many 
people in the past and in the present, have contributed 
and continue to do so, for the sake of this noble mission. 
So, as we celebrate this week, we commit ourselves 
to supporting our teachers and our schools and pray, 
that they will be a light to this present generation and 
pass the flame on to the next generation.

Blessing of Throats
This Wed 3rd Feb. we will have the Blessing of Throats after 10 am and 6 pm Masses.
Note the extra Mass at 6pm. on Wed.

The Blessing
Through the intercession of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, may God deliver you from all ailments of the throat and from every other evil. In the name of the Father + and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Candlemas Day
Tues. 2nd February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas Day. Candles will be blessed at the 10 am Mass.

First Friday.
Fr Kerry and Fr Charlie will visit the sick and housebound of the parish on this Thursday and Friday at their usual times.  If you would like a visit please contact either of the priests during the week.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Collection
The special collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend 6/7 Feb. in aid of the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
This collection subsidises individuals whose health and/or means would otherwise prevent them from travelling to Lourdes. It also subsidises the travel of essential care personnel.

Mass Cards and Cards for the Friday Shared Mass are available in the Sacristy after Mass. The Shared Mass every Friday at 10 am is offered for the sick, for those who have died and for your special intentions.

Magnificent response to Haiti Appeal:  €11,073 was contributed from our Parish. this is truly a magnificent response. Our sincere thanks to all for your generosity.

Cork South Parish Historical Society
Monthly Meeting on  Wed. 3rd Feb. at 7:45 p.m. in  St John’s College  Sawmill Street.   Guest Speaker  Liam ӒhUigín he will speak on  A Nostalgic Trip in the Barrack Street Area.  All Welcome

Ministers of the Eucharist:  
Preparation Course for new ministers begins on Wed.10th Feb. at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. Our thanks to those who have volunteered to serve in this ministry.

Altar Servers Rota
Rota for the Year Ahead now available in the Altar Servers Room for collection.

Ministers of the Word
New Rota now available and training will commence shortly for new members.
Year of the Priest: Holy Hour every Sunday at 7pm in Holy Trinity Church.  Come and pray for priests.

St. Brigid
It’s always good to reflect. We often though reflect only on our own misfortunes, our mistakes and all the regrets of the past. Sometimes we even crucify ourselves on all that’s gone wrong in our lives, blaming ourselves and others for what has happened. We do it so much that it often clouds all the good around us. Tomorrow the feast of St.Brigid is a day to reflect on all our present blessings and all the good around us. She had time for everyone including the poor but above all she inspired people to greater things. Using rushes she wove them all into a cross, to remind us that all the different strands of our lives are connected. They are connected not by chance but by the gentle presence of God in our lives. We ask her many blessings on us tomorrow

Turners Cross Community Association are holding a community event on 11th Feb. 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.

Parent Course:  Continues every Tuesday night in the Parish Centre, all the participants are enjoying it and benefiting from it under the guidance of Anne Murphy. It continues for the next three weeks.

Open Day: at Colaiste Stiofain Naofa, College of Further Education, Tramore Rd.
Fri. 5th Feb.   10am-3pm.  40 Full-time and Part-time courses. Talk to students, meet the tutors. Information meetings every hour. All welcome.

Cork County Federation Muintir na Tíre
Health Information Seminar & Social Evening For the Elderly – Tuesday 16th February in Ballyphehane Community Centre – 7.30 to 11 pm
To register please contact the Community Centre Office or telephone Muintir na Tire on (021) 4500688