12th December 2010 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Where are we going
Today Gaudete – Joyful Sunday, the opening words of the Mass  'Rejoice in the Lord always'. as we light the pink candle on the Advent Wreath we are invited to  rejoice and be glad for the goodness we experience in life.  Despite the gloom and doom after the Budget, we need to value the positive aspects of living.  Particularly, as we approach the feast of Christmas, we could well reflect on the giftedness of family, friends, neighbours and voluntary workers.   For many, this Christmas could well be a time of sadness or setback in their living situation.  However, being Christ-like enables us to be enriched by our caring for one another.   The question posed to John in today’s Gospel “what can we do” is very relevant for each of us. The Advent road – the less travelled road – is making time to prioritise what is essential and important in my life.  It could be the road to confession next weekend, or going out of my way to help those less fortunate than I am.
“ the one thing that the greed of the world cannot conquer is the generous heart”.

Lighting the 3rd Candle of Wreath
Prayer:  (Pink Candle the Shepherd Candle) 
O Lord We beseech you to listen to our prayers,  and by the grace of your coming enlighten our darkened minds: You who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.                                                                                                                        
The Advent Wreath
The Third Candle Symbolizes JOY the Shepherd's Candle  Joy at the coming birth of Jesus
The Fourth Candle Symbolizes PEACE  the Angel's Candle The Message of the Angels:
"Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men"
The White candle is the Christ Candle

Carol Concert – “Prepare a way for the Lord”
The Parish Choir, Choirs from Scoil Chríost Rí, Christ King Girls NS and pupils from the Secondary and Primary Schools of the Parish will be part of a Carol Concert in Christ the King Church on this Tues. 14th Dec. at 7.30pm.   The Call of John The Baptist to prepare, The Annunciation, The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, The Birth of Jesus, and the coming of the Kings  will be dramatised.

Christmas Penitential Services
Next weekend 18/19th Dec. after 6pm vigil, 9am, 10.30am & 12 noon Masses. A number of priests will be available for Confessions.  We have an ideal opportunity of preparing for the birthday of Jesus. We come together in faith as a community to celebrate God's forgiveness. None of us is without sin. We are all in need of forgiveness. God knows that deep down in our hearts we want to turn back to him. There is no sin beyond the power of God's forgiveness. God offers us this most wonderful gift, that is, the assurance that no matter how we have failed his forgiveness is there for us all.

Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards
The Parish Christmas Card and Christmas Triduum Mass Card – available in the Parish Office after Mass today and during the week after the 10am Mass.  The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23, 24, 25 Dec

‘Do this in Memory’
We welcome the children preparing for their First Holy Communion and their parents to our “Do this in Memory”  Mass  today.

The Vincent de Paul  Christmas Church Door Collection is being taken up this weekend,
We ask for your continued support, their needs of those depending on the Society are greater than ever.  

Christmas gifts with a difference.
Last year there was a very good response to the Gift with a difference. Are you searching for a Christmas gift idea?    You can purchase one of the Trocaire gifts  and get the card to sent or give to a friend. They are available at the back of the Church from members of the Parish Assembly.  This Christmas change someone's world for the better with a Trócaire Gift.

Parish Assembly:  There will be a meeting of the Parish Assembly in the Parish Centre this Mon. 13th Dec.at 8pm.  Our thanks to all who returned their nomination forms.

Like other years would you like to donate a Red Poinsettia Pot Plant  to decorate the altar for Christmas

Santa is coming to Turners Cross Community Centre on Curragh Road on Saturday 18th December at 11am. Children and their parents are welcome. Free admission  music, small gifts, and refreshments, Great festive fun for all.

St Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society
Monthly meeting on Tues.14th Dec. after the 10am Mass in the Parish Centre.

Death: Our Prayers & Sympathy go to  the family of Sr Mary de Monfort (Sheila) Saunders (Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, Mullingar and late of Turners Cross,  who died recently.   May she be at peace with God.

Mass times:  Christmas Eve 6pm & 10pm. Christmas Day: 9am 10.30am & 12 noon

Good Luck to Nemo who play Dr.Crokes in the Munster Club Final in Limerick this Sunday

Important December Dates:
Mon. 13th Meeting of Parish Assembly 8pm
Tues. 14th  Dec. Parish Carol Service,
Sat.18th & Sun.19th Dec. Penitential Rites.