February 21st 2010 – 1st Sunday of Lent

Why Ashes: ?
Why did we put ashes on our foreheads last Wednesday? It’s not a good luck charm but an outward sign that we’re mortal, fragile and merely pilgrims passing through this world. The ashes were a reminder that we are willing to do something positive in our spiritual lives. Lent is not about doom, gloom or negativity. It’s a time to celebrate the gift of now and the gift of today. Ashes remind us that we don’t go on forever and the coming weeks of Lent are an opportunity to delight in the gifts of each and every day. It’s so easy to take everything and everyone for granted. Perhaps today the 1st Sunday of Lent and throughout Lent we can make sure we value what’s really important in our lives. As we journey through the coming weeks of Lent we invite God into our lives. We especially ask God to replace what's stale and stagnant with life, energy and freshness.  Let us make the most of this Lent.

It was great to see the big numbers at Mass on Ash Wednesday and since then.  Weekday Masses during Lent 10am & 6pm

Give yourself a gift of Peace this Lent
On the Wednesdays of Lent there will be Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament after the 10am Mass until 11am,  including our Mass we will have an hour with the Lord. Why not join us for an hour each week.  Silence and prayer are the key to peace. Why not give yourself this gift?

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes
are available at the back of the Church, and will also be distributed through the Schools. Last Lent through the Family Fast Boxes the great sum of €12,622 was raised for Trócaire from our Parish.

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.

Ministers of the Eucharist:
The Preparation Course for new ministers concludes on this Tuesday 23rd Feb. at 7.30pm in the Church. For this practical session in the Church on Tuesday it would be appreciated if all Ministers could attend.

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

Wanted Old Photographs of Turner’s Cross Area, they will be returned. Contact Tim O’Brien  087-2940661

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. A group of people do just that with the Gospel for the following Sunday. Join us in the Parish Centre on Mondays after the 10am Mass,  You will be most welcome.

Fun Quiz
in aid of Marymount Hospice in the Turners Cross Tavern on Friday Feb 26th at 8.30pm Table of 4.   €20 per table.   Great night assured, all welcome.

Turners Cross Gramophone Society:
Recital will be held on Tues. next 23rd Feb. in the Parish Centre at 7.30pm. Presenter: Matt Farrell  

The Over 60's Competition  in Turners Cross is on the 11th of March in the Christ King Girls Primary School Hall, enterants welcome.

A Thought:
When I’m passing by a Church I pause and make a visit, so when I’m carried in at last The Lord won’t ask “Who is it”.?

Answering the Lenten Challenge
In a special series for the Lenten period The Irish Catholic  (on sale at back of Church) talks to people from different walks of life to find out how they answer the Lenten challenge.

Journeying with Luke:
10am-4pm  Sat 13th March in St. Michael’s Parish Centre, Blackrock (behind Church) No previous experience of studying the bible necessary. For more information contact Fr. Sean O’Sullivan 021-7336053. or email: are@corkandross.org  Cost €10 including lunch.  Book before Wed. 3rd March. Let Fr. Kerry know as he hopes to travel, would you like to join him. See notice board.

'Voices for Kenya',
featuring – Note Perfect, The Dundanion Singers and Ursuline Students – fundraising event for the Ursuline Kenya Project.  Tues. 9th March. Wine reception: 7.30pm, Concert: 8.00pm. Venue: Ursuline Secondary School, Blackrock. Tickets may be purchased from the school office 021 4358012. See church notice board for further details.

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress
are holding a lunchtime concert featuring the Irish Sopranos, accompanied by Cork School Choirs and a photographic exhibition for International Womens' Day on Mon. March 8th The event is 12 noon to 3pm with the main event being from 1pm to 2pm in the Millennium Hall and Concert Hall, City Hall, Cork.  Finger food and refreshments will also be served.  The proceeds will be donated to charity including Haiti and other local charities.  Tickets are priced €20 and are now on sale from Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street.

Summer Scheme: The A.G.M. of the Turner’s Cross/South Parish Summer Scheme will take place this Mon. Feb. 22nd at 8.00 p.m. in the South Parish Community Centre, Sawmill Street. All welcome.

A special enriching weekend:
Give your husband or wife a special gift of an enriching weekend away with you on the 16-18 April 2010 in the Lake Hotel Killarney. A weekend with a difference, that will help deepen your commitment to one another, enrich the joys you share together, whether you are recently or many years married.
For details visit: www.marriageencounter.ie   or phone 021 4381511, 064 6644319.