24th October 2010 – Mission Sunday

Mission Sunday
The theme for World Mission Sunday this year is Together in Mission. This togetherness found a deep resonance during Mission Month last year when we were praying for the safety and speedy release of Fr. Michael Sinnott, the Columban Missionary who had been kidnapped in the Philippines. His plight and the response to it was a fitting tribute to how we are truly together in mission – each of us involved according to our circumstances, contributing our gifts of prayer, the offering of our sufferings and whatever financial contribution we can make to bring about the Lord’s kingdom of justice and peace.   Fr. Sinnott, wrote “The out-pouring of prayers, Masses, vigils offered for me while I was in captivity are an example of what lay people can do to support the missionary work,” In his letter for Mission Sunday this year, Pope Benedict wrote, “Please support the Younger Churches by your prayers. In spite of present economic difficulties, please also give them material support which will go towards the support of priests, seminarians, religious and catechists in distant missionary lands.”        

The Missions Collection which takes place in all Churches this weekend provides financial assistance to Young Churches and missionaries allowing them to meet the spiritual and human needs of some of the worlds poorest people.  In 2009 the Irish people contributed over 2.5 million euro to the collection, helping greatly to sustain the work of the 1,900 Irish missionaries currently serving throughout the world.  

Confirmation: The Parish Preparation Programme for the Sacrament of Confirmation
begins today with the Enrollment Ceremony.  We welcome the young people, their parents and families as they make their commitment.  May the Holy Spirit be their helper and guide. (Confirmation Day is 6th April 2011)  

Novena for the Holy Souls
The Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls begins on Tues.  2nd Nov. Envelopes are available at the back of the Church. Please return them to box at the Altar Rails with the names of your deceased,  they will be placed on the Altar during the Novena.

Story Telling Event: “Stories of Ghosts and Goblins in Community Centre Curragh Rd. on Wed 3rd Nov. at 7.30pm. All welcome refreshments served.

Gramaphone Recital: will be held in the Parish Centre on Tues. 26th Oct. at 7.30pm
Presenter Tom Maher.

“Do this in Memory”:  Because of the mid-term break and Bank Holiday there will be no meeting with the parents representatives on this Mon. 25th Oct. The monthly Mass will be next Sun. 31st at 10.30am  First Holy Communion this coming year for both Boys & Girls will on Sat. 14th May 2011

Days to Remember: As life gets back to normal after a truly memorable few days. We thank God for all he has given us.  Our Parish Mission was truly a grace filled time, our thanks to the Missioners – the two men from Clare Frs.Tom and Brendan who endeared themselves to the people of Turner’s Cross. They gave of their best, it was great to see the big numbers at the Mission both morning and evening.
The opening of the Mission and the Welcoming Liturgy for Bishop Kieran last Sunday will go down in the annals of our Parish. It was truly a wonderful and memorable occasion. Those who came from outside the Parish all commented on the wonderful community spirit.  Our thanks to the Parish Assembly who helped organise the Liturgy and to all who participated.  To those who organised the reception for Bishop Kieran in Scoil Chriost Ri – getting the hall ready preparing the food handing in the cakes it was truly a great team effort.  Thanks also to all who contributed to the presentation to Bishop Kieran.    
Bishop Kieran's welcome and some photos

Pledge for Mission Sunday: Lord Jesus, you love all humankind. We want to show our love for you by doing all we can to help and support all  to come to know and love you.   We promise  on this Mission Sunday to share our prayers, love and good things with others who are not as fortunate as we are. Look kindly on Missionaries fill their hearts with perseverance and courage so that they may continue the work of the Apostles in our world  today.     Amen

South Presentation Convent Past Pupils Union:  45th Annual Dinner at Ambassador Hotel Friday 26th Nov at 7.30pm  Tickets €30

County Final:  The very best of luck to Nemo our Parish team who play  St. Finbarrs  in the County Senior Football Final on this Sunday in Páirc Uí Chaoimh at 4pm. Every good wish to Eddie Kirwan, captain Brian Morgan and the squad.

Blessing of Graves and Prayers in Cemeteries

November 2010
Sat. 6th Nov.
St. Olivers 2pm with Mass

Sun 7th Nov.    
St.Joseph’s Turner’s Cross 2.30pm
St. Finbarr’s  Glasheen Rd. 2.30pm
St. Michael’s Blackrock 3pm
Douglas  3pm
Rathcooney 3pm
Curraghkippane  3pm with Mass
St. James, Chetwynd  3pm

Sunday 14th Nov.

St. Catherine’s Kilcully  3pm


Diocese of Cork & Ross – Lourdes Pilgrimage 2011
An invitation to 18 – 35 year olds to
“Come and see and be a helping hand”
Each year the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from the 11th June to the 16th June inclusive. The group travel by air from Cork airport and transfers by coach to hotels near the sanctuary area in Lourdes. The five day pilgrimage will involve
Walking in the footsteps of St. Bernadette and sharing her story and the message of Lourdes together
Spending time in a spirit of faith with other like minded young adults from the diocese
Being of service to the sick pilgrims from Cork and Ross who travel on pilgrimage – some time will be spent pushing wheelchairs, assisting them at ceremonies, taking time with them
Gathering as a group to share the experience of Lourdes and what it means for us today as young adult Catholics
Participating in the prayer and liturgies of the diocesan pilgrimage and the group’s own gatherings
Creating an identity for young adults in the diocese and some free time to socialise together.
For more information or if you are interested in joining the young adult’s pilgrimage to Lourdes:
Contact: Sr. Karen at Pastoral Development Office @ 453 7601 or
Email: pdo@corkandross.org

Mission Sunday: Is a day set aside each year to celebrate so many good and positive faith stories all over the world. God's presence is to be found in so many countries, cultures and different walks of life. Mission is not just about celebrating God's story in one particular area of the world but that somehow every country and person is connected in some way. We might say what's the point in trying to connect and pray for other countries? Sure haven't we enough troubles of our own! But Mission makes sure that we don't lose our sense of who we are and that we are part of a bigger picture. Our faith and belief in God is deepened, enhanced and made more meaningful when we embrace diversity and other viewpoints. Mission Sunday is recognising that God often works quietly through each of us. When you begin to connect all our stories something really special is taking place. Mission Sunday is a celebration of that something special.