5th June 2011 – Feast of The Ascension

A Day of Joy
The Easter Season is celebrated over 50 days.  During this time, we reflect on Christ’s presence among us and our call to follow as disciples. Ascension Day brings the Easter Season to an end.(the Easter Garden will be taken down during the week)  In one sense, this marks the end of Jesus ministry but in another it is only the beginning. The Feast of the  Ascension confirms for us that Jesus came from God and now returns to God.   He came to give us a clearer and more accurate picture of God as the source of our human lives.  He came that we might have confidence that we do not journey alone.  He came to deepen our awareness that God is near.    You would expect the disciples to be saddened on his departure.   Yet the Gospel story tells, they returned to Jerusalem with great joy and they could be found in the temple praising God.  The disciples were filled with joy because they knew much of the Lord remained with them.  What remained were the words he preached, the forgiveness and love he embodied, his presence that touched and healed so many lives, and the memorial of his body and blood, the Eucharist.

Congratulations to Fr. Anthony Buckley who was ordained to the priesthood for our Diocese by Bishop Buckley in St. Finbarr’s Church, Toames, this Sat. June 4th. He is the eldest son of Francis and Virginia Buckley and is a native of Toames in the parish of Kilmichael. Anthony received his primary education in Kilmurry N.S. and subsequently attended Coachford Community College. Having worked for a number of years, He entered St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth and was ordained a deacon last year.  We congratulate Anthony and his family on this special occasion and we wish him much happiness and many blessings throughout his priestly ministry.

Deaths We remember in out prayers Timmy Hayes-Murphy, Church View, Curragh Rd. Anna St Ledger, Heatherton and Brian Williamson  Douglas Rd.  who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

Our Students: are remembered in our thoughts and prayers and in our Shared Mass every Friday at 10am. Special Cards are available in the Sacristy for those doing and preparing for exams.  The 10am on Wed. 8th June – the day the exams begin – will be offered for our students.
A Students Prayer:  Lord Jesus,  As I now prepare for my exams, I ask you to grant me strength of mind and constant hope. Banish from my mind all fear, anxiety, regret and nervous distraction. May your gift of the Holy Spirit guide and enlighten my mind. At this difficult time, give me the gift of self-confidence and an assurance that you will hear my prayer, answer my need and continue to guide me as I pursue life’s journey.  I ask this through Christ Our Lord.    Amen

Cork Lions Club thank all who handed in glasses for their Recycle for Sight Campaign

St. Finbarr’s Hospital Annual Garden Fate: Sat. 11th June 1.30pm-4.30pm Will be opened by The Lord Mayor in the Hospital Grounds.  Sponsored by Musgrave/Supervalue. Musical entrainment all afternoon , Irish Dancing,  Stalls – Garden Produce, Baking, Books, Toys and much more. The Hospital Residents who sometimes join us for Mass here in Turner’s Cross always look forward to these special events.  Please support.

What is the Clonmacnois Youth Festival? This is a lively 4 day festival with workshops, concert, inspiring talks, great music and prayer. Plenty of time for relaxing,  chilling out and meeting new people! During the festival, you can get some spiritual R&R, meet other young Catholics in the same boat and give your faith a boost. It takes place in Clonmacnois, Co Offaly from  4th – 7th  August. The festival is for all young people aged between 16-35 years   The theme for the festival is: “Lord, it is wonderful for us to be here” Website:  www.youth2000.ie

Novena Prayer to Saint Anthony  4th – 13th June.  O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and charity for His creatures made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore of you to obtain for me (mention your request). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle, even so, you are the Saint of Miracles. O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, present my petition to Jesus. One word from you and my prayer will be granted. O speak that word and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen. Our Father, … Hail Mary, … Glory be …
Do this in Memory 2010 – concludes on Sunday 19th June at the 10.30am Mass the date for the final Mass and Procession has been changed from the 12th June to the 19th June. The Parents class representatives  meet in Fr. Kerry’s house on  Mon 13th June at 7.30pm

Pastoral Area:
There will be a meeting of the representatives  of the Pastoral Area (South Parish, Ss Peter & Paul’s,  St. Francis, Holy Trinity, St. Augustine’s and Turner’s Cross)  in the Parish Centre Turner’s Cross on this Wed . 8th June at 8pm.

New Missal & Eucharistic Congress:
 A special leaflet is available as you leave Mass today – explaining  – Why the new Missal? and the Call to prepare for the Eucharistic Congress in June 2012

Alzheimer Society  meeting of the Saturday Club, 11th June at Bessboro Day Care Centre.  From 2pm-4pm.  Musical entertainment by  Paul Ralph Light  refreshments provided.  Free Admission.  All Welcome  Contact 4972504