7th November 2010 – Remembrance Weekend

Remembrance Weekend
All our Masses this weekend are offered for our dead. It is a time for reflection and prayer, when we remember our dead and the  times we spent with  them. It is an opportunity to recall the good days and the difficult days when we shared our hopes, dreams and our actions together. Watching a memorial service on TV for the victims of the Haiti Earthquake.  I realised that those who survived, those who lost their loved ones and the traumatised were also being remembered in a special way. The same will be the case at all our Masses this Remembrance Weekend. An opportunity to give thanks for the wonderful gift of family, kind neighbors and friendship.
All of us are shaped and influenced by what has happened in the past.  That is why during this month of November we pray for those who have died and acknowledge their influence in our own lives today.
Thank you for taking the time to come to share our Masses this weekend.

In the rising of the sun and its going down………………….
  We remember them
In the blowing of the wind and the chill of the winter…..  
  We remember them
In the opening of the buds and the warmth of summer…..
  We remember them
In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of Autumn..
  We remember them
In the beginning of the year and when it ends………………    
  We remember them
When we are weary and in need of strength………………..
  We remember them
When we are lost and sick of heart……………………………  
  We remember them
When we have joy and yearn to share ………………………..
  We remember them
So long as we live, they too shall live for they are part of us…….    
   We remember them
When we grow old and forgetful we still know …….  
 That God remembers them

The Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls continues until Wed. 10th Nov.
During the Novena daily Masses at 10am & 6pm

St Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society
Monthly meeting on Tues. 9th Nov. after the 10am Mass in the Parish Centre.
(note change of time)

The Alzheimer Society: Support Meeting for Carers on Wed. 10th Nov. 3pm to 4.30pm in our Day Care Centre in Bessboro, Blackrock.  All are welcome                          

Parish Child Safeguarding Representatives: The role of the parish child safeguarding representatives is to ensure that all information about child protection procedures is available, thus ensuring that each parish is committed to best practice in respect of children and young people. People who may be interested in becoming parish representatives are invited to give their names to one of the priests of the parish by     11th Nov.  087 2610276. An updated training course will take place shortly for both existing and new representatives.

Parish Assembly: There will be a meeting of the Parish Assembly on this Mon. 8th Nov. at 8pm in the Parish Centre.

Spooky Storytelling Night on Wed. Nov. 10th at Turners Cross Community Centre Curragh Rd  at 7.30pm with Pauline Jackson writer and Storyteller. A night of spooky fun for all ages. Admission free . Refreshments served.

Blessing of Graves and Prayers in Cemeteries:
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

A Thought
It is  difficult to understand death or make sense of the loss of a loved one.
Death is not an end, only a beginning.
We trust, hope and pray that all who have died are at peace and happy.
Today and throughout this month of November
we remember them in a special way.
Lord, we miss our loved ones words fail to express the
sadness we feel, particularly when our loss is recent.
We trust and believe that they are now in a loving relationship
with you.  May all our loved ones who have died rest in peace.

Cork Theology Forum Stem Cell Research and Theology: Opening up the Conversation Speakers: Dr. Agneta Sutton  (is Senior Lecturer in Moral Theology at the University of Chichester) Dr. Pádraig Corkery  (a priest of the diocese of Cork and Ross. He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Lecturer in Moral Theology in the Pontifical University in Maynooth)  Sat. 20th Nov. 9.30am to 1.15pm
Sacred Heart Hall, Western Road

Husbands and Wives:Before the Christmas rush starts in earnest, why not give your spouse a special gift of a marriage enrichment weekend away with you in the Lake Hotel Killarney from 26th (8pm) to 28th (4pm) November 2010. Presented by Marriage Encounter, this is a break with a difference that will help rekindle and enrich the love and joys that you share together. It is for both the recently married and for those married for many years.  For details and booking visit: www.marriageencounter.ie
or phone 064 6644319, 086 8334382 087 6670418