1st May 2011 – 2nd Sunday of Easter

Pope Benedict speaks of his friend Blessed John Paul II

On a personal note, I would like to thank God for the gift of having worked for many years with Blessed Pope John Paul II. I had known him earlier and had esteemed him, but for twenty-three years, beginning in 1982 after he called me to Rome to be Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, I was at his side and came to revere him all the more. My own service was sustained by his spiritual depth and by the richness of his insights. His example of prayer continually impressed and edified me: he remained deeply united to God even amid the many demands of his ministry. Then too, there was his witness in suffering: the Lord gradually stripped him of everything, yet he remained ever a 'rock', as Christ desired. His profound humility, grounded in close union with Christ, enabled him to continue to lead the Church and to give to the world a message which became all the more eloquent as his physical strength declined. In this way he lived out in an extraordinary way the vocation of every priest and bishop to become completely one with Jesus, whom he daily receives and offers in the Eucharist.
Blessed are you, beloved Pope John Paul II, because you believed! Continue, we implore you, to sustain from heaven the faith of God's people. How many time you blessed us from this very square. Holy Father, bless us again from that window. Amen

A Parish  Prayer Card for Blessed John Paul is available for each Family today

Visiting Choir:
As part of the Cork International Choral Festival, Canticum Novum, a choir from the Czech Republic will be singing at the 10.30am Mass. We extend them a very warm welcome, and wish them the very best of luck in the festival.

Praying together for Vocations : Organised by the three Parishes of our Cluster, Turner’s Cross, South Parish, Ss Peter & Paul's and the three Order Communities of St. Francis. St. Augustine’s & Holy Trinity will take place in the South Chapel, Dunbar St. on Friday 13th May at 7.30pm.   All are very welcome.

"Do This in Memory."
The Parent Representatives of the First Holy Communion Classes will meet in Fr. Charlie's House on this Tuesday 3rd May at at 7.30pm.  The next Do this in Memory Mass will be on the next Sun. 8th May. at 10.30am

Easter Garden

Big numbers have been coming to visit the Easter Garden. Our thanks to those who put it together.  It gives us all food for thought – 'The Lord is truly risen, Alleluia!'

Easter Thanks
As it would be impossible to mention by name so many of our  parishioners who helped in various ways towards making our Easter celebrations here in Christ the King experiences of community and blessing.  We offer sincere thanks to all involved in all the ceremonies. We pray that we will each know the joy of the Resurrection in our own hearts during this season of new life, thanksgiving and hope.

Summer Bedding Plants/Perennnials for Sale. Tues.3rd May – Fri. 6th May 9am to 4.45pm.  Colaiste Stiofain Naofa, Tramore Rd

Trócaire Boxes:  can be returned to the Sacristy during the week

Exams: Those preparing for and doing exams are remembered in our Friday Shared   Mass.  Special Cards available in Sacristy

Marriage Health Check:
 A workshop for couples who have been married three years or more and would like to learn what extensive research suggests is good for the well-being of marriage. Sat 21st May 10am-1pm. Fee €20.  CMCC, 34 Paul St. contact 021-4272277

Apologies for any inconvenience  to parishioners during the week with the closing of gates to Church grounds due to repair works on the roof of Church.