10th October 2010 – 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Your Word Is Truth”
Parish Mission

16th -20th Oct. 2010
Fr.Tom Ryan
Fr. Brendan Quinlivan

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God: In today’s Gospel, Jesus is praising the leper who returned to express his gratitude for being healed.
What is the message in the story for us?  Most likely, Jesus is asking us to develop an attitude of gratefulness He has given us the example of living gratefully. He constantly acknowledged the gifts of the Father. Gratefulness is a way of life that can be developed. One single gift acknowledged in gratitude has the power to begin a change in us. Because when we give thanks, we give something greater than the gift we received.  We give ourselves. As Jesus felt the need for the other nine to say thanks, we also have need of others and by saying thanks to another, is really saying we belong. Grateful living is prayerful living.
Eucharist means thanksgiving. We come to Eucharist as a community, to celebrate life together and to give thanks to God who has graced our lives, during the past week. At the end of the celebration, we are sent forth to love and serve the Lord in one another. Jesus, present in the bread and wine we have shared, challenges us to share life with others and to shine forth the light of Christ in our hearts. Gratitude is an essential quality of faith.

Parish Mission & Welcome for Bishop Kieran:  
The Parish Assembly and Parish of the Parish invite all parishoners to welcome the new Bishop and participate in the Parish Mission on Sun. 17th Oct. at 6.30pm in the Church. Bishop Kieran’s journey of faith began in this community and it is fitting that we rejoice with him as he returns to the roots of his faith. The Parish Mission that he will open is an opportunity for all of us to renew our relationship with Jesus Christ. Fr. Tom & Fr. Brendan who will be with us for the Mission are from the Bishop’s new Diocese Killaloe.
After the celebration on Sunday night All are invited to a reception in the hall of Scoil Chriost Ri, Evergreen Road. We would appreciate if the parishioners could partake in a little friendly rivalry, by participating in the ‘baker of the parish’ competition! All the cakes you make will be tried and tested by the new Bishop and fellow parishioners at the reception! So please bring your cakes so we have plenty to feast on at the celebration, and drop them into the Parish Centre after the Masses next weekend. We look forward to sampling all of your culinary delights! The sandwiches will already be provided by the organisers, but we need you to cater for those of us with a sweeter tooth! Happy baking!

Cork Mended Hearts: 26th Anniversary Mass on Wed. 13th Oct. Cork University Hospital at 7.30pm. Homily Fr James Good and The Southern Gospel Choir.

We remember in out prayers Elsie Phelan, Heatherton, Maura Cuthbert, Capwell Rd. and Pat Barrett who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

Wednesday 13th Oct. Meeting with Parents of those who wish to be Confirmed will be held in the Church  at 7.30pm (Parents only)        (Confirmation Day is 6th April 2011)  

First Holy Communion: This coming year the Boys & Girls will receive their First Holy Communion together on Sat. 14th May 2011

The Alzheimer Society  The Carers Support Meeting will take place on Wed. the 13th Oct. from 3pm to 4:30pm in our Day Care Centre in Bessboro Blackrock.
Saturday Club, from 2pm until 4pm on Sat. 16th Oct at Bessboro Day Care Centre.  A representative from Holland’s Pharmacy will give a short talk on the “Role of Medication in the Management of Dementia”.  All Welcome contact 4972504

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society: will hold their AGM in the Parish Centre on Tues. 12th Oct. at 7.30pm. It will open with Mass in the Centre.

United in Prayer:
The Parish Assembly have written to the contemplative orders, around Ireland asking their prayers for the success of our Parish Mission. We have had some beautiful and heartfelt replies from the 22 Communities. They will remember all of you in their prayers in a special way in the lead up to and the week of our Mission. Our parish is linked in prayer across the country……in return let us pray for them.

Mission Prayer          
God our loving Father You made us your children in baptism
pour out on us afresh the gifts of your Holy Spirit.
“Your Word is Truth”
Open our ears to hear your Word.  Open our hearts to hear
you in prayer, that we may  receive with ever deeper  faith the Bread of Life.
Strengthened through these gifts make us signs of your presence
in our homes, places of work and our schools.
Father hear our prayer as we  prepare for our Parish Mission.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.
Our Lady, Mother of the Church.  Pray for us.

A Parish Presentation
will be made to Bishop Kieran O’Reilly at the end of the Ceremony of Welcome next Sunday. If you would like to be part of this presentation – boxes are at the exit doors this weekend or you can hand it into the Sacristy.

Thank you: our sincere thanks to the Area Collectors who delivered the Mission Leaflet and Dues envelopes this past week.

Month of the Rosary
It’s probably fair to say, that for many younger Catholics, saying the rosary is something associated with an older generation. But at this time every year we are encouraged to see the rosary not as something of a bygone era, but as a real prayer tool. We are encouraged to use the rosary prayers to reflect on different aspects of the life of Jesus. It is a Bible based prayer and invites the person saying it to think about the principle parts of Christ's life and the way in which he or she is called to follow him. Pope Benedict XVI invites all families to pray the rosary for the intentions of the Pope, the mission of the Church and peace. "It is as if every year Our Lady invited us to rediscover the beauty of this prayer, so simple and profound.”