10th April 2011 – 5th Sunday of Lent

A time of Reflection during Lent
As we prepare for Holy Week there will a time of reflection and prayer in the Chapel of St. Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Rd.  Fr. Dermot Lynch OFM Cap. will guide us. It is for all who serve in our Parish of Christ the King and whose special contribution to parish life is essential and immense such as Minister's of the Eucharist & the Word, Baptismal Team Members, Altar Society, Church Collectors, Sacristan, Caretaker, Church Carers, Choir Members, Dues Collectors, Do this in Memory Co-ordinating Members, Parish Prayer Groups, St Joseph's Young Priests Society, Legion of Mary, St Vincent de Paul, Parish Assembly Members, Finance Committee, Our Child Protection Representatives, those who care for the sick and elderly, those who put up the Crib, Easter and Remembrance Gardens, Religious and all involved in any way in our parish and others who wish to join us on Wednesday are very welcome.
The Evening will begin at 7.30pm on Wed 13th April at St Finbarr's Hospital Chapel (plenty of parking)

Masses during Lent 10am & 6pm

Easter Triduum Mass Cards
Available from Sacristy during the week and from the Office at the weekend. Masses will be offered on Easter Sunday, Monday & Tuesday

This Sunday, 10th April is  Census Day we remind all people residing in Ireland on that Day to complete their Census forms. It is most important that we have an accurate account of the current demographic situation in our country. Enumerators will call to collect complete forms as soon as possible after Sunday.

Penitential Celebrations Next Sunday, Palm Sunday, Holy Week begins. We will have an opportunity to receive God's forgiveness. Confessions will take place after all the Masses next weekend 16th & 17th March. A number of priests will be available for confessions. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to Confession  and encourage members of the family to avail of the opportunity of Confession for Easter. As St. Paul says: 'Now is the favourable time, this is the day of salvation.'

Palm Sunday: Bring your Palm Branch for the blessing next weekend

The Trocaire  Lenten Boxes will be collected in the Schools on Thursday & Friday of this week before the break up for Easter Holidays.

‘Do this in Memory’
Meeting of the Coordinating Parents Group will take place in Fr. Kerry’s house on this Mon. evening 11th April at  7.30pm.  to prepare for our Palm Sunday Mass next Sunday  at 10.30am  

Parish Assembly
Monthly Meeting on this Monday 11th April at 8pm in the Parish Centre

Lourdes 2011 and Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament

Those who would like to come to Lourdes this summer, and spend some time each day in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament can contact Máire Smye on 023-8833273, choice of dates during June to August – Special Subsidised Fare of €450.

"A  nostalgic trip down Pana"
talk will be given  by Liam o Huigin in the community centre on the Curragh Road (next to credit union) on Wednesday April 13th at 8 o clock. Refreshments will be served. All welcome.

Visiting Choir:
Welcome to St. Francis Church Choir who will sing at our 10.30am Mass this weekend This is as a part of Cork International Choral Festival! Conductor is Dr. Eva McMullan


Monthly meeting on April 12th at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.

Seeking Common Ground

Responding to the declining number of priests in Cork and Ross.
Preparing to face this challenge?
In an attempt to prepare for this challenge, Bishop Buckley organised the diocese into seventeen pastoral areas a little over two years ago, each area comprising of a number of neighbouring parishes.  The goal of these pastoral areas is to foster greater co-operation between the parishes and to explore how they might work more closely together for the benefit of all their communities.    
Given the continuing fall in the number of priests in the diocese, each pastoral area now faces the very real prospect of  losing at least one priest within a couple of years.  Any decision in this regard will be both difficult and painful.  To help him in these difficult decisions, Bishop Buckley has invited the parishes in each pastoral area to come together and to make recommendations as to how they think this might be achieved in a way that is fair to all concerned.
Part of that conversation will involve looking at the number of Sunday Masses available in each area.  Each pastoral area is being asked to propose an agreed reduced schedule of Sunday Masses that could be implemented by January 2012.  Whilst the number of masses in each is very likely to be affected, it is hoped that parishioners will continue to enjoy as wide a choice as possible of mass times within their own pastoral area from which they will be free to choose.  Hopefully this new schedule will also allow for priests within a pastoral area to cover for one another when any one of them is unavailable due to illness, personal circumstances or vacation.   (More next week)
Fr. Seán O’ Sullivan

A Community Walk in the grounds of St. Finbarr's Hospital
, Douglas Rd., conducted by Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, as part of the Lifelong Learning Festival. Meeting at main gate at 10:45am on Saturday April 16th . All welcome.

Deaths: We extend our sympathies to the family of Elizabeth Boyle, Mercier Park, may she rest in eternal peace.

Music for Holy Week
On SPY Wednesday 20th April @8pm, there will be a performance of Faure’s Requiem and some other appropriate seasonal music in the Church of Christ the King. This performance will be led by two well known local choirs: Cor Cois Abhann and Bel Canto together with solo singers. Admission €7 (children free) tickets available from the sacristy and at the door on the night of the performance.