5th February 2012 – 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B)

World Day of Prayer for the Sick
Sat. 11th of Feb is the Feast of Our Lady Of Lourdes is World Day of Prayer for those who are sick.  We think of the many people who are sick and not well in our parish, particularly those in hospital at the moment.  The courage, bravery and mind set of so many of these people is inspirational.  We think and pray for each of them and all those who care and look after our sick.  We also ask God's healing in our lives too.  There are areas where we all need healing. 
Saturday is a good day to pray for such healing.
Lord, gently lay your hands on our sick and on me today.
Gently bring your blessings on us and especially your healing.
I also would like to pray and include ……………
(Mention their names here in your own quiet prayer)

Anointing of The Sick: The 10am Mass on Sat 11th Feb. will be offered for the Sick and Housebound and their Carers.  The Anointing of the Sick and the blessing with the Relic of St. Bernadette will take place after the 10am Mass. Refreshments in the Parish Centre courtesy of the Parish Assembly.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Collection
The special collection taken up at all Masses next weekend 11th/12th Feb. is in aid of the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. This collection subsidises individuals whose health and/or means would otherwise prevent them from traveling to Lourdes. It also subsidises the travel of essential care personnel.

Lourdes 2012 (Cork & Ross Pilgrimage)  11th -16th  June 2012. Diocesan Pilgrimage (Mons Kevin O’Callaghan – Tel: 4346463)  Young Adults 18-35 years (Sr Karen Kent – Tel: 4537601)

Ministers of the Word
A 1 Night Course for Minsters of the Word will take place on Monday 20th February at 8.00pm Douglas Parish Centre.  Details from Anne Francis (087) 2282134  ~ email: abfrancis@eircom.net or Fr Charlie – Booking Essential.

The Priory Institute: Studying theology is a great way to grow in faith and undergo  personal spiritual formation, but circumstances may prevent you from  studying on a traditional campus. That's why the Irish Dominicans  founded The Priory Institute, allowing you to be part of a large network  of people of all ages and backgrounds who are on this journey together. Here at The Priory Institute, we offer a variety of academic and non-academic programmes, allowing you to further your theological  education from the comfort of your own home. Our programmes are accredited by ITT Dublin and recognised both nationally and internationally. You may send us an email: enquiries@prioryinstitute.com <mailto:enquiries@prioryinstitute.com> , or phone us to discuss any queries that you may have: (01) 404 8124. ~ website:  www.prioryinstitute.com

Coláiste Chríost Rí Boys Under 19’s have made it to the Quarter Finals in Basketball which take place in the Coláiste Gym on Sunday, 5th February from 9:30 am until 5:50 pm. All are welcome to attend!  Free admission.  Coláiste game times are:  9:30 a.m., 1:45p.m. and 4:40 p.m.

YOUCAT: is short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, which was launched on World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid by Pope Benedict. Developed with the help of young Catholics and written for second level school age people and young adults, YOUCAT is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith. The appealing graphic format includes Questions-and-Answers, highly-readable commentary, summary definitions of key terms, Bible citations and inspiring and thought-provoking quotes from Saints and others in the margins. What's more, YOUCAT is keyed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, so people can go deeper. It explains:  ~ What Catholics believe and why (doctrine)~ How Catholics celebrate the mysteries of the faith (sacraments) ~ How Catholics are to live (moral life) ~ How they should pray (prayer and spirituality). The questions are direct and honest, even at times tough; the answers straightforward, relevant, and compelling. YOUCAT will likely become the "go-to" place for young people to learn the truth about the Catholic faith. Ideal for families who want to learn more about the Catholic faith.  YOUCAT is now available in Veritas, priced €11.75

“So I invite you: Study this Catechism! That is my heartfelt desire. This Catechism was not written to please you. It will not make life easy for you, because it demands of you a new life. It places before you the Gospel message as the 'pearl of great value' (Mt 13:46) for which you must give everything. So I beg you: Study this Catechism with passion and perseverance.” Benedict XVI

The Parenting Course will continue on this Thursday 9th Feb. in the Parish Centre.  The course is facilitated by Ann Murphy (who was with us for the two previous courses). For details contact Beth O’Sullivan at 085-2832707 or call in to the Sacristy

Youth Choir:  The Parish Assembly is organising a Youth Choir. All those interested please contact Beth O’Sullivan : 085-2832707 for further details.

Baptism Preaparation Team Our Parish Baptism Preparation Teams need new members to add to the current teams who visit families to prepare the family for the baptism of their child.  If interested please hand in your name to one of the priests – a three night course will begin on Tuesday 28th Feb. here in our Parish Centre.  Our thanks to those who have volunteered – please hand your names in Fr Kerry or Fr Charlie.

Deaths: We extend our sympathies to the families of Margaret O’Callaghan, Beaufort Park, and Sr Mary John Barry O.P. Johanesburg and late of O’Connell Ave, whose funerals took place during the past week, may rest in eternal peace.

Mass Cards and Cards for the Friday Shared Mass are available in the Sacristy after Mass. The Shared Mass every Friday at 10 am is offered for the sick, for those who have died and for your special intentions.