27th February 2011 – 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today's Gospel
In today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel  Jesus does not deny the reality of human needs  but forbids making them the object of anxious care and, in effect, becoming their slave. Those who truly know God as the heavenly Father revealed by Jesus cannot be concerned about human needs in the same way. While disciples have to take reasonable care of themselves and of those for whom they are responsible, such concerns take second place to dedication to the rule of God and the “righteousness”  for which it calls. Today’s Gospel indicates two major areas of concern for the human being: sustenance (food and drink) necessary for life, and clothing. Each of the areas is addressed — food , clothing  — in an argument that rests upon a New Testament logic. If God takes such care of the birds in the air, and ensures their feeding, and sees to it that the lilies of the field are magnificently adorned, how much more then will our heavenly Father take pains to see that the disciples shall not go wanting, since they are more precious in the divine sight than the birds of air and the flowers of the field? In using this analogy, Jesus is by no means making a moral statement, but rather an imaginative appeal.

The great Christian author and apologist C.S. Lewis was a devout Christian, but he admitted that throughout his life he was a great worrier! Commenting on today’s Gospel passage Lewis frequently wrote to his friends saying: “If God wanted us to live like the birds of the air, it would have been nice for him to have given us a constitution that was more like theirs!”

Jesus did not seem to be a person who worried a great deal; he lived his life on the principle of trusting his heavenly Father, and he tried to teach his followers to do the same.

Members of Turner's Cross second Parish Assembly: 2011-2013

Bernadette Hegarty Marie Long Fiacra Bracken
Frank McKevitt Lillian Lernihan Alan Casey
Br Aidan McHugh Chris Fitzgerald Margaret O'Reilly
Catherine Molloy Julette Jones Olive Kenny
Breda Dempsey Geraldine Sheehan Mary Rose Hickey
Clare Kelly Mary Sheehan Irene Dermody
Susan Corkery Beth O'Sullivan Mary O'Mahony
Tony Power John Healy Mary Cotter
Maurice Noonan Dave Buckley Fr. Charlie Kiely
Fr. Kerry Murphy-O'Connor

Prayer of Blessing for members of New Assembly
(We ask Congregation to join in Blessing  Prayer together)

We pray to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit to bless our Parish Assembly.
May God the Father deepen your Faith
May God the Son enthuse you with hope.
May God the Holy Spirit fill your hearts with love.

Parish Assembly Members
Minutes of the meeting now ready for collection in the sacristy.

We extend our sympathy and prayers to the families of Patricia (Pattie) Eady  St. Anne's Park and Michael (Mick) Archer, Connolly Road who died recently, May they rest in eternal peace.

First Friday: Next Friday in the First Friday – Fr Kerry & Fr Charlie will visit the sick and housebound at their usual time on Thursday and Friday. If you are not on their lists and would like a priest to call to you please make contact on any of the parish phone numbers.

Vocation Section

Vocations Information Day
The Presentation Brothers are holding an Information Day for men interested
in religious life on Sat. 12th March  at Mardyke House in Cork city,
11am-2.30pm. The event is free of charge and is without obligation. Contact
Br Ray Dwyer at 01-2300824 or email prescall@eircom.net Visit
www.PresentationBrothers.org <http://www.presentationbrothers.org/>

Monastic Weekend 25th-27th March
Called to share in our way of life at the Carmelite Monastery in Tallow for single women (22-38 years) Further details on 058-56205

Cork & Ross Information Day on Priesthood on Saturday March 26th at Ennismore. 11am to 4pm Details on 4301717 or 4313103
Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest!” (Mt 9:36-38). If anyone feels they have a vocation or calling to the priesthood or religious life and would like to talk about it feel free to contact Fr Kerry or Fr Charlie.

Invitation to Grow in Faith
Introducting the Gospel of Matthew, an evening to open up the Gspel of Matthew for everyone, 2 opportunities: The Crypt – Dennehy’s Cross on Thurs March 3rd and Ovens Parish Centre on Thurs March 10th 8pm-9.30pm with Fr Seán O’Sullivan – all welcome. Cost €5. Information and booking: Anne Francis 087-2282134 or abfrancis@eircom,net.

Living Euchatist Today

A series of 4 evenings exploring the Mass and our lives today. Blackrock Parish Centre on March 21st& 28th April 4th & 11th . With Fr Christy Fitzgerald and Dr Anne Francis. All welcome Cost €20 for the four nights. Information and booking: Anne Francis 087-2282134 or abfrancis@eircom,net.

Cork South Parish Historical Society
Monthly Meeting on Wed. 2nd March  at 7:45 p.m. in  St John’s College Sawmill Street. Guest Speaker Tim O’Brien will speak on “Cork Tram and Train Tracks in Bygone Days”. All Welcome  Non-members  €2