11th March 2012 – 3rd Sunday of Lent (B)

As Lent moves on, the cross comes into clear focus. Today the story of the cleansing of the temple is recounted for us. What was at issue for the Jews was the authority by which Jesus could claim to do this. The answer is found in the phrase ‘and when Jesus rose from the dead’. John, the writer, interprets the death and resurrection of Jesus as the basis for his authority. This idea is paralleled in the first reading where the Ten Commandments are given their authority by being spoken by the mouth of God.

Aren’t the Ten Commandments outmoded?
NO, the Ten Commandments are by no means the product of a particular time. They express man’s fundamental obligations toward God and neighbour, which are always and everywhere valid. The Ten Commandments are commandments of reason just as they are also part of the binding Revelation of God. They are so fundamentally binding that no one can be dispensed from keeping these commandments.

Lenten Weekday Masses: 10am & 6pm.

Feast of St. Patrick:  Friday Vigil Mass at 6pm.  Saturday 17th March Masses at 10am & 12 noon.  Bring your Shamrock with you to be blessed during the Mass

4th Sunday of Lent  18th March  Saturday Vigil 6pm  Sunday: 10am & 12 noon.

Mothers Day: next Sunday 18th March  There will be a special Mass for all our Mothers living or deceased at 12 noon. Special cards are available in the Parish Office after Masses this weekend and in the Sacristy during the week.

Holy Hour – Lent   On the Wednesdays of Lent there will be Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament after the 10am Mass until 11am, including our Mass we will have an hour with the Lord.

Stations of the Cross:  Every Tuesday during Lent at 5.30pm before the evening Mass.

Parish Assembly:  Meeting Monday 12th March in the Parish Centre at 8pm.  Agenda can be collected in Sacristy

The Bishops Commissions:   This second collection to be taken this weekend 10/11th March, helps fund the work of the Irish Bishops Conference and its agencies and commissions.  These include Emigrants, Justice & Peace, Communications, CURA, etc.

The Response after the Consecration during March & April will be
Priest: The mystery of faith.    People: We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

St Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society Monthly meeting on this Tues. 13th March after the 10am Mass in the Parish Centre.

Spring Dues  We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes for the Spring Dues in the Sacristy after Masses this weekend 11th/12th  March.

Over 55.  Looking to meet new friends Come and join the Friendship Circle, with a view to getting together for social outings such as Cinema, Theatre, Sporting Events  Dining out and all other social Gatherings.  If you are interested please phone Clare at 0863192238

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes are available at the back of the Church.

Cork & Ross Diocesan Priesthood Information Day
Find out more about Priesthood in the Diocese of Cork & Ross  An information day about becoming a priest in Cork & Ross. on Saturday March 31st at Ennismore 10.30 am to 4pm Details on 4301717 or  4371648 or from Fr Kerry or Fr Charlie “Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest!”.    Email:  secretary@corkandross.org

South Parish /Turners Cross Summer Scheme A.G.M, Mon. March 12th.  Time: 8:15pm  Venue: Community Centre Sawmill Street, rear of Fiat garage. To ensure another successful year full attendance is essential.

Deaths: We express our deepest sympathies to the families of John Collins, Capwell Ave and John  Noonan, Fr Mathew Rd., may they rest in eternal peace

Ministers of the Eucharist
Rota Available for the coming weeks.

“Ring for Renewal”on St. Patrick’s Day. IEC 2012 is asking people all around Ireland to “Ring for Renewal” on St. Patrick’s Day; inviting people to pause on the journey of life, to withdraw from business for a moment, to reflect on how they can renew as people and as members of the Church as they prepare for the Eucharist Congress. The idea is for people to engage in the path of personal and Church renewal which is the agenda of the Congress and to join the journey in a personal way. All Cathedrals and Churches are asked to ring their Bells for two minutes at 12 noon and 6pm inviting people to renewal – both personal and communal. Parishes, churches and chapels are invited to leave a Bell at a suitable place in their churches/chapels/Cathedrals for people to ring it as they go out from Mass or if they are going in to pray at a different time of the day. The faithful at home are invited to pause and reflect as they ring a bell at any time of the day. Ringtones of the Eucharistic Congress Bell chiming will be made available to download on mobile phones from the Congress website for those who wish to.