25th March 2012 – 5th Sunday of Lent (B)

Penitential Celebrations next Sunday, Palm Sunday, Holy Week begins. We will have an opportunity to receive God's forgiveness. Confessions will take place after all the Masses next weekend 31st March/1st April. A number of priests will be available for confessions. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to Confession  and encourage members of the family to avail of the opportunity of Confession for Easter. As St. Paul says: 'Now is the favorable time, this is the day of salvation.'

Reflection: Gazing upon the face of Jesus
On this Fifth Sunday of Lent  we are invited us to fix our gaze upon Jesus, the model priest of suffering, compassion and human solidarity. First, let us consider John’s Gospel story from Chapter 12 – a fitting climax to Jesus’ public ministry. It is the last official act before the events of his passion next Sunday. There are Gentiles, non-Jews, who seek Jesus out for the first time. They do not come simply to catch a glimpse of him, to have some general audience with him, but rather to “see” him. In John’s Gospel, “seeing” Jesus is believing in him. How simple yet how stunning a request: “Sir, we wish to see Jesus”! Throughout the entire Scriptures, men and women have longed to see God, to gaze upon God’s countenance, beauty and glory. How many times in the Psalms do we ask to see the face of God? “Make your face shine upon your servant” Not only do we beg to see God’s face, but we are told to look for it. “Seek my face,” the Lord urges in our hearts.

Palm Sunday: Bring your Palm Branch for the blessing next weekend.

Cork & Ross Diocesan Priesthood Information Day – Saturday 31st March
Find out more about Priesthood in the Diocese of Cork & Ross  ~ An information day about becoming a priest in Cork & Ross. on Saturday next 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

Turner’s Cross Community Association:
As part of life-long learning festival a talk will be held in the Turner’s Cross Community Centre – Curragh Road (next to Credit Union) on this Wed. March 28th at 7.30 pm given by Liam Ó hUigín, a history and photographic memories of old Turner’s Cross.
On Sat. March 31st a nostalgic walk and talk on the historical route of the Macroom Railway Line as it passed through Turners Cross will be held, beginning at Turners Cross Community Centre at 11 am sharp.

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

Lenten weekday Masses: 10am & 6pm. 

Holy Hour for 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.

Easter Triduum Mass Cards  are on order and will be available early in the week. We will let you know when they arrive.  Apologies for delay

The Trocaire Lenten Boxes will be collected in the Schools on Thursday & Friday of this week before the break up for Easter Holidays.

‘Do this in Memory’ Meeting of the Coordinating Parents Group will take place in Fr. Kerry’s house on this Mon. evening 26th March at  7.30pm.  to prepare for our Palm Sunday Mass next Sunday  at 10am

Summer Time begins: clocks go forward one hour this Saturday night.

Spring Dues 2012. Our sincere thanks to the area collectors for distributing and collecting the Parish Dues Envelopes.

CLM Annual Knock Pilgrimage Sunday: 15th April (Divine Mercy Sunday)
Departing Cork City at 6am  Bus fare €25. Bookings: CLM HQ 023-8833273

Young Adults (18-35) Gathering:Prayer around the Cross in preparation for Holy Week 7-8.30pm March 28th in Parish Centre

Ministers of Word & Eucharist:
  Rotas available in Sacristy for the coming weeks.

Bunscoil Chríost RÍ
The parents and friends of Bunscoil Chríost Rí are holding a Fun Fundraising Musical Bingo Night on March 30th in the Evergreen Bar @ 9pm. ~ your support will be appreciated.