8th May 2011 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

Praying together for Vocations:  

The Parishes and Order Communities of the City Pastoral Area  (Turner’s Cross, South Parish, Ss Peter & Paul's and the three Order Communities of St. Francis. St. Augustine’s & Holy Trinity) invite everyone to join with them to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life on Friday 13th May 7:30pm to 8:30pm in South Parish Church, Dunbar Street.  A cuppa will be served afterwards. Parking will be available – just beyond the Church turn right at Grotto.

Next Sunday is Vocations Sunday

Prayer to Follow the Call of Christ
Lord, I thank You for the gifts You have given me, especially for life, love, family and friends.
Help me to know myself better and to know my talents, as I pray, study, work and decide on my life's work.
Help me to see and understand the path You open for me. Help me choose a life's work which will be in response to my potential and your love for me.
If I am being invited to follow You as a priest, brother, sister, give me a generous heart to respond to your challenging call and the strength to follow You wherever You lead me.

Second Collection for Parish Pastoral Services    will take place at all Masses this weekend 7th/8th May.  This collection is used to part-fund the personnel and services of the Pastoral Development Office which supports participation and partnership in parish life.   Bishop Buckley said  “This work will continue to be essential in the future plans for the diocese and parishes as we work together to build up the faith community in a changing environment.”

Mass to commemorate Venerable Edel Quinn, Envoy of the Legion to East Africa, will be held in St. Augustine's Church on Saturday 14th. May at 4 p.m.

 We remember in our prayers Patricia McSweeney, Connolly Rd and Mary Linehan, Capwell Ave  who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

Fr. Peter McVerry will speak on “A Church of Service” in Holy Cross Church, Mahon, on Sun. 15th May at 3 p.m. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.Fr. Peter has spent over 30 years working for and championing the cause of homeless young people in Dublin.

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

First Holy Communions: The Girls from Christ King Girls NS and Boys from Scoil Chríost Rí will receive their First Holy Communion on next Sat. 14th May at 10.30am.
We wish the children, their families and teachers a lovely day.   There will  be no 10am  Mass on that day
Parish Assembly: will meet this Monday 9th May at 8pm in the Parish Centre. Members can collect minuets of last meeting in the Sacristy.

Memorial Concert will be held on Tues.17th May at 8.15pm for Fr. Donal O’Mahony founder of Threshold in Holy Trinity Church, Fr. Matthew Quay. with Welsh Male Voice Choir, City of Newport.  Tickets €15 available from Threshold 021 4278848 or at door on night.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society
: will meet on this Tues. 10th May at 7.30pm in Parish Centre.

Alzheimer Society
meeting of the Saturday Club, Sat. 14th May at Bessboro Day Care Centre.  From 2pm until 4pm.  We are delighted this month to present an afternoon of musical entertainment provided by  The Dustbusters  Light refreshments provided.  Free Admission.  All Welcome  For further information contact 021 4972504

The Irish Catholic & The Universe:
We have extra copies of both papers this weekend to mark the Beatification of Pope John Paul II

Green Lawn Residents Association :AGM on Wed. 11th May in Parish Centre at.7.30pm

Seeking Common Ground
Responding to the declining number of priests in Cork and Ross.
Part three:  An invitation to work together
This invitation represents an attempt to face up to just some of the important challenges facing the diocese.  Other important issues include: How we can begin to invite women and men into ministry and leadership positions in our parishes to work with and alongside priests in the future?  What are the key aspects of parish life that we need to prioritise?  What sort of church do we want to be part of in the future?  How can we effectively encourage and promote vocations to the priesthood in today’s world?
The immediate future faces us with many challenges but these can best be faced by working together, choosing what is best not just for our own parish but for all parishes and communities in the diocese, seeking a way forward that genuinely is fair and respectful of everyone concerned.  Christ’s most fervent wish for his followers at the Last Supper was very simple: that they would ‘all be one’ (John 17:21).  That wish has neither changed nor altered. May that prayer continue to inspire us  and sustain us as we seek together that holy ground that is common ground!  
Fr. Seán O’ Sullivan

Our Students are remembered in our Shared Mass every Friday at 10am. Special Cards are available in the Sacristy for those doing and preparing for exams.