22nd April 2012 – 3rd Sunday of Easter (B)

Eucharistic Congress Prayer.

Lord Jesus, You were sent by the Father to gather together those who are scattered. You came among us, doing good and bringing healing, announcing the Word of salvation and giving the Bread which lasts forever. Be our companion on life’s pilgrim way. May your Holy Spirit inflame our hearts, enliven our hope and open our minds, so that together with our sisters and brothers in faith we may recognise you in the Scriptures and in the breaking of bread. May your Holy Spirit transform us into one body and lead us to walk humbly on the earth, in justice and love, as witnesses of your resurrection. In communion with Mary, whom you gave to us as our Mother at the foot of the cross, through you may all praise, honour and blessing be to the Father in the Holy Spirit and in the Church, Now and forever. Amen 

Eucharistic Congress:  There is a red package with all the details of the Eucharistic Congress available at the back of the Church it also contains the Congress Prayer    Congress website:  http://www.iec2012.ie/

This years Eucharistic Procession in Cork City will take place on Sunday 3rd June

Praying together for Vocations: 
The Parishes and Order Communities of the our 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 Tuesday 1st May 7:30pm in Christ ther King Church.  A guided hour of prayer, reflection and song.  A cuppa will be served afterwards. in the Parish  Centre    Next Sunday is Vocations Sunday.

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

Holy Hour: In preparation for the Eucharistic Congress in June we will continue with Eucharistic Adoration after the 10am Mass on each Wednesdays until 11am  “Can you not watch one hour with me”    In the case of a funeral Exposition will take place the following day.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection:
will be taken us at all Masses this weekend. 21/22. April. This collection financially supports the diocesan office and diocesan initiatives, The central fund of the diocese is currently operating at an annual deficit of over €300,000.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Tom Burton, Green Lawn, Gretta Barry, Maiville Tec. Helen Hallahan, Doyle Rd. and Phil Twomey, Kilcolman Lawn who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.  May they rest in peace.

Church Gate Collections: In light of the concerns of many regarding Church Gate Collections – as was mentioned last weekend – there is an opportunity given today to decide if you are in favour or not in favour of such collections being taken up on Church Grounds. As you leave the Church you can place you ballot paper in the baskets at the exits.

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.

Lecture on ''The Eucharist and the call for a new evangelisation''– what we do on earth echoes for all eternity. by Fr. Bernard Barrett-  in Sacred Heart Church, Western Rd.,  Thurs. April 26th 7. 30 pm – 9 pm

Cake Sale: in aid of Coláiste Chríost Rí in the Parish Centre after the Masses on weekend 26/27th April. Your support would be greatly appreciated"

South Parish/Turners Cross Summer Scheme table quiz, Friday April 27th in the Evergreen Bar at 8:45pm    €20 per table great night assured 

Baptismal Preparation Team Meeting on Thurs. 26th April  in the Parish Centre after the 10am Mass

Beginning Experience is a specially designed programme which gives widowed, separated and divorced people help and support to deal with the grief process, and to discover for themselves that merely "existing" in life can be transformed into "living" a new life, though a different one. The next weekend is being held in Ennismore Retreat Centre, from 11th – 13th May. For Application Forms and any further information, please contact  087- 9886480  or Fr. Kerry

Organ Donor Awareness We invites people everywhere to consider becoming an organ donor and carrying an organ donor card. The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes organ donation as an act that  "is to be encouraged as an expression of generous solidarity".  Pope Benedict has lauded organ donation as "a unique testimony of charity." A leaflet is available at the back of the Church.

First Holy Communion:  As the special day draws near we welcome the girls and boys and their parents to our “Do this in Memory Mass”  this morning.  May we all prepare well for this important day on the 12th May.