Lent is above all a time of prayer, for withdrawing a little from the hustle and bustle of daily life to be alone with God.
Why do we put ashes on our foreheads next Wednesday? Its not a good luck charm but an outward sign that were mortal, fragile and merely pilgrims passing through this world. We take them to remind ourselves that we are part of the creation of God and that were also equal in Gods eyes. They are also ashes of hope reminding others that were willing to do something positive in our spiritual lives. During these weeks we should give time to fasting or to some definite act of self denial. This will free our hearts from preoccupation about material goods and enable Gods spirit to find a true space within us.
During these weeks we shall open our hearts to those in need and offer help from the resources we have. Lent has the promise and potential to be a very worthwhile journey
Next Wed. 17th of Feb. Ashes will be Blessed and imposed at the Masses. The Mass Times on Ash Wednesday and on all the weekdays of Lent will be at 10am and 6pm.
Walk with Me
On sale this weekend, linked with the season of Lent, a little book Walk with Me, a Lenten Journey of Prayer an ideal companion during the season of Lent. Daily meditations in simple and accessible style, a great way to encourage people to prepare for Easter. This is an excellent booklet. Cost 1.30 Available at the back of the Church.
Trócaire Family Fast Boxes are available at the back of the Church, and will also be distributed through the Primary Schools. Last Lent through the Family Fast Boxes the great sum of 12,622 was raised for Trócaire from our Parish.
Deaths: We remember in our prayers Eleanor Moore (nee Speight) and Denis Kiely, Fr. Matthew Rd. who died recently, we extend our sympathy to their families.
Prayer of the Faithful
We would welcome teenagers to take part in the Prayers of the Faithful on Sat./Sun. Masses during the season of Lent. If interested please leave your name and number on the Parish Mobile 087-2610276 or hand in to the Sacristy.
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.
Vatican News: http://www.kandle.ie/category/news/vatican/
Ministers of the Eucharist: Preparation Course for new ministers continues on this Wed. 17th Feb. at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. Our thanks to those who have volunteered to serve in this ministry. If you are presently a minister and would like to join in the talks you will be very welcome.
Year of Priest: Holy Hour every Sunday at 7pm in Holy Trinity Church. Come and pray for priests.
"Do This in Memory."
We welcome the Children who are preparing for their First Confession and Holy Communion and their parents to our Mass this Sunday.
"Youth 2000: prayer meeting for 16-35 year olds, every Mondays at 7:30 pm at the Bons Secours Convent, College Road. For more details visit <A href="http://www.youth2000.ie">www.youth2000.ie</A>.
Wanted Old Photographs of Turners Cross Area, they will be returned. Contact Tim OBrien 087-2940661
Recycle your old Mobile Phone:
Christ King Girls' Primary school is collecting old mobile phones for the Jack and Jill Foundation. Every 500 phones collected provides nursing care for two months to help to nurse a seriously ill child at home. The school will receive an interactive white board for every 500 phones collected. Please drop your old phone into the school or to the Sacristy here in the Church of Christ the King
Alzheimer Society: meeting of the Saturday Club, from 2pm until 4pm on Sat. 20th Feb. at Bessboro Day Care Centre. A presentation on Advocacy by Clare McCutcheon.
Light refreshments provided. Free Admission. All Welcome. For further information contact 021 4972504
The AGM of the Turners Cross Community Association will be held on Wed. 17th Feb. at 7.45pm in the community centre (next to Credit Union). All Welcome
Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane.
Tues. 23rd Feb. at 11a.m. Visit by Irish author John MacKenna. Admission free & all are welcome. Tues. 23rd Feb. at 3p.m. Gramophone Recital presented by Marie Murphy. Admission free & all are welcome.
A Lenten Invitation
Lent is an opportunity to grow in knowledge and love of Jesus. A simple way to do this is to prayerfully read the Gospel in faith. Prayer each Monday after the 10am Mass a group of people do just that with the Gospel for the following Sunday. Join us in the Parish Centre You will be most welcome.
The Meeting of the Pastoral Area Coordinating Group (Turners Cross, Ballyphane, The Lough, Togher, South Parish & Ss Peter & Pauls Parishes) will take place in Turners Cross Parish Centre on this Mon 15th Feb at 8pm
On this Valentines Day: we salute married couples and those preparing for marriage. Despite difficulties that may occur along the way, it is that self belief and mutual trust that allows a couple to mature and grow in their relationship.
St. Valentine is known as the patron saint of people in love. His remains (relics) are kept in the Carmelite Church in Whitefriar St. Dublin
A Valentine Prayer
I said a Valentine prayer for you
and asked the Lord above
to fill your heart and bless your soul
With the precious gift of love.
I asked Him for sincere love
The kind that's meant to stay
Just like the generous love
You give to those you touch each day.
I prayed for love from family
And from every cherished friend
Then I asked the Lord to give you
His love that knows no end.