May 9th 2010 – 6th Sunday of Easter

Love, or charity, has often been described as the primary  Christian virtue.  If there is any doubt as to why it should be so, today's gospel would dispel it.  The Father’s relationship with Jesus is seen in terms of love.  So too is Jesus’ relationship with his disciples. And it is love which Jesus commands his disciples to have for one another. Saint John puts this demand of Jesus in the context of his last supper conversation with his disciples, thus giving it added emphasis.  Jesus’ laying down his life for his friends is presented as the highest expression of love that any human being can have for other.

Cork City, National Memorial Day for the Famine – An Gorta Mor,
Will be held on Sunday 16th May 2010 at the Famine Plot St. Joseph's Graveyard. Tory Top Road, at 3.30pm. The Ceremony will include the Lord Mayor Cllr. Dara Murphy laying a wreath on behalf of the City Council, to be followed by prayers, a talk on the Famine by Ronnie O'Herlihy, music and a minute of silent reflection.

Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane
Friday 14th May at 11.00a.m. – Cúpla Focal Meeting. Beidh cupán tae le fáil freisin. Admission free & all are welcome.

Parish Pastoral Services  
Second Collection:  will take place at all Masses this weekend 8th/9th May in aid of Parish Pastoral Services, This collection is used to part-fund the personnel and services of the Pastoral Development Office which supports participation and partnership in parish life. The 2009 accounts are on notice board.   Bishop Buckley said “This work will continue to be essential in the future plans for the diocese and parishes as we work together to build up the faith community in a changing environment.”

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society: will meet on this Tues. 11th May at 7.30pm in Parish Centre.

Trocaire: Our thanks to all who contributed so generously to the Lenten Trocaire  Box Appeal   Total €10,475   (including €1,800 Girls N.S, €250 Boys N.S)

The Parish Assembly: will meet on this Mon. 10th May at 8pm in the Parish Centre.

First Holy Communions

Our congratulations to the Boys of Scoil Chríost Rí who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday May 8th and to their Parents and Teachers.  The Girls from Christ King Girls NS will receive their First Holy Communion next Saturday, 15th May at 10.30am – There will be no Mass at 10am

Congratulations: To the Choir of Christ King Girls NS and their conductor Anne Murphy who came first in the National Competition for Schools at Cork International Choral Festival  – well done.

Our Students
As we enter the month of May, College, Leaving and Junior Cert. students everywhere really begin to focus on the examination dates fast approaching.  We wish you well with your revision and with your exams.  The following prayer will, we hope, help to calm any nerves:
O Holy Spirit, give us your gifts of wisdom, understanding and knowledge.  Enlighten my mind and inspire me to work hard that I may be successful in my examinations.  Guide and direct me in all my undertakings and help me especially to discover my true vocation in life.  Alay my fears and teach me always to live in your light, your love and your truth.  I make this prayer through Christ, Our Lord.  Amen

Our Students are remembered in our Shared Mass every Friday at 10am. Special Cards are available in the Sacristy for those doing and preparing for exams.

Choral Recital; The University of Southern Indiana, will perform a Choral Recital at St. Patrick's Church, Lr. Glanmire Road on Wed. 12th. May at 8 pm. The recital is free however a basket will be passed around at the interval to aid restoration funds of this 1832 church. The choir performed in St. Patrick's in 2004 and were very enjoyable with a mixture of liturgical, secular and traditional choral music using tin-whistle, recorder, bodhran and harp. The City Car Park (right hand side approaching St. Patrick's) have agreed to remain open to facilitate recital goers'

Johnny Carroll Live at the Vienna Woods Hotel – May 28th at 9pm – Fundraising Concert Tickets €30 available from the Sacristy.

Gala Concert to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Ballyphehane & District Pipe Band in Ballyphehane Church on May 15th at 8pm – Tickets €10 available from the Community Resource Centre.

CLM Knock Pilgrimage
Saturday 22nd May – Leaving Cork at 7am – Tickets €16.
Bookings and further details from Máire Smye 023-8833273.

Volunteers and helpers needed for the Summer Season at Arus CLM in Lourdes – if you are a person who has time on their hands and would like to spend a week or even a few weeks in our house in Lourdes please contact Máire Smye on 023-8833273