6th March 2011 – 9th Sunday of Ordinary Time

The past 12 months has seen many changes in our Community, people are now living in a time of uncertainty and worry. Families have felt the pain of, unemployment, cuts in wages, businesses closing down and many are worried about what the future holds. Many families are dealing with grief through death, separation, emigration and illness. As a community let us begin our Lenten Journey to Easter with hope in our hearts.
On Ash Wednesday we bless the ashes. These ashes are made from the palms which were blessed on Palm Sunday last year. On Ash Wednesday and during Lent many make the the effort to get to Mass and receive the Ashes. Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance; penitents wore ‘sackcloth and ashes’ to show that they were in need of forgiveness. Ashes also remind us that our life on earth will come to an end and that our eternal life with God will then begin.  The sign of the cross is made as the ashes are put on our foreheads. The priest or the minister says ‘turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel,’ or similar words. The signing with ashes reminds us of our dying to the old way of life and challenges us to live our lives in the light of faith.
At the 10am Mass on Ash Wednesday 6 pupils from each of the four schools in the Parish will be commissioned to bring the blessed ashes to their schools where a ceremony will take place and they will impose ashes.  Let us begin our Lenten Journey with hope in our hearts.

Ash Wednesday
Next Wed. 9th March Ashes will be Blessed and imposed at the Masses.  The Mass Times on Ash Wednesday and on all the weekdays of Lent will be at 10am & 6pm.  

“Walk with Me” On sale this weekend a Lenten Journey of Prayer — an ideal companion during the season of Lent. Daily meditations in simple and accessible style, a great way to prepare for Easter. This is an excellent booklet. Cost €1.30  Available at the back of the Church.

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes
are available at the back of the Church, and will also be distributed through the Primary Schools. Last Lent through the Family Fast Boxes the great sum of €10,475 was raised for Trócaire from our Parish.

Stations of the Cross

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Norma Titley, Tory Top Rd. and  Catherine O’Regan, Greenhills Court  who died recently, we extend our sympathy to their families.

A Lenten Invitation
Lent is an opportunity to grow in knowledge and love of Jesus. A  simple way to do this is to prayerfully read the Gospel in faith. Prayer each Monday after the 10am Mass  a group of people do just that with the Gospel for the following Sunday. Join us in the Parish Centre  You will be most welcome.

Ministers of the Word:
Rotas now available from the Sacristy

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will meet in the Parish Centre on Tues. 8th March after the 10am Mass

Marriage Enrichment weekend
: – see notice at back of Church.

First Confessions:
Girls on Wed. 9th March and the Boys on Thurs.10th March here in the Church at 7.30pm

Beginning Experience is a specially designed Programme which gives separated, divorced and widowed people help and support to deal with the grief process, and to discover for themselves that merely ‘existing’ in life can be transformed into ‘living’ a new life, though a different one.  The next weekend is being held in Ennismore Centre 15/17th April  For Application forms and further information contact   Tel: 087.9886480  or Fr. Kerry    

Vocations Information Day

The Presentation Brothers an Information Day for men interested in religious life on Sat. 12th March Contact Br Ray Dwyer at 01-2300824 or Visit www.PresentationBrothers.org <http://www.PresentationBrothers.org>

Cork & Ross Information Day on Priesthood
on Saturday March 26th at Ennismore. 11am to 4pm Details on 4301717 or 4313103

Parish Assembly Members

Agendas for next meeting will be available from the Sacristy for for members of Parish Assembly who do not have email.

Turner’s Cross X FACTOR: Next Fri 11th March in the Girl’s Primary School Hall, entries being accepted at the Community Centre.

Cork Veteran Scout Group:
Annual Mass for deceased members St Mary’s Pope’s Quay at 8pm March 11th.

Catholic Papers: The Irish Catholic, The Universe & The Catholic Times are available every weekend at the back of the Church