6th May 2012 – 4th Sunday of Easter (B)

Parish Confirmations
Across Ireland, Confirmation ceremonies are taking place. It is an occasion of great joy and celebration for all the young people being confirmed. The human spirit is an essential part of each person. It is the mirror of our soul. Like any living thing, it needs nourishment and care. The Holy Spirit, in Confirmation, connects with our soul in a truly special way. This is impossible to describe fully or put it into words. It is known as a sacred moment and that’s why every Confirmation ceremony is indeed a sacred occasion. As we pray for the Girls and Boys of Bun Sciol Chriost Ri who are to be  confirmed on Thursday by Archbishop Coveney, we  ask the Holy Spirit to guide them on their journey of faith.
We wish all those to be confirmed, their families and teachers a lovely day on Thursday.

Wonderful Evening: We had a wonderful evening of prayer, reflection, music and song last Tuesday when the members of our Pastoral Area and beyond joined us to pray for Vocations. Fr. Colm O’Mahony OSA  recently ordained  spoke on his journey to the priesthood  and gave his blessing to all after the ceremony. Our thanks to Sr. Karen and the Parish Assembly who organised  what was truly a very special time.

Venerable Edel Quinn:  Mass to commemorate Venerable Edel will be held at St. Augustines Church on  Sat. 12th. May at 4p.m.  All welcome.

Alzheimer Society meeting of the Saturday Club, Sat. 12th May at Bessboro Day Care Centre.  From 2pm – 4pm.  Live Music with Finbarr – Light refreshments provided.  All Welcome  information 021 4972504    The Carers Support Meeting will take place on Wed. 9th May 3pm in Bessboro.

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

There will be no 10am Mass on Thursday 10th May because of Confirmations at 10.30am.   
There will be Mass at 9am

Congratulations: to Mary Barry. Friars Rd. who celebrated her 100th birthday last Saturday. Fr. Kerry said Mass for Mary and her family. Mary has been blessed with good health and enjoys her days in the Day Care Centre every week.  Ad multos annos.

St. Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society: will meet on Tue. 8th May at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre (note time)

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.

First Holy Communions: The Girls & Boys from Bun Scoil Chriost Rí will receive their First Holy Communion on next Sat. 12th May at 10.30am.  We wish the children, their families and teachers a lovely day.  There will  be no 10am  Mass on that day.

Second Collection for Parish Pastoral Services will take place at all Masses next weekend 12/13th  May.  This collection is used to part-fund the personnel and services of the Pastoral Development Office which supports participation and partnership in parish life.  Bishop Buckley said  “This work will continue to be essential in the future plans for the diocese and parishes as we work together to build up the faith community in a changing environment.”

Cork Branch of Diabetes Ireland, will hold a public Information Meeting on living with  Diabetes in the Montenotte Hotel on Sun. May 13th, at 2.30pm.                                                                   

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 

Death: We remember in our prayers Kathleen O’Sullivan, Evergreen Rd, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to her family  May she rest in peace.

Parish Assembly
: because of Bank Holiday this Monday the Parish Assembly will meet on Monday 14th May at 8pm

Bring flowers of the rarest –  this hymn to Mary will be sung during May. The crown of the image of Mary has a long history – depicting Mary wearing a crown is found in the early Church. We encourage you to pray the Rosary, (even one decade),  particularly during these weeks of May. The Rosary is prayed every morning here before the 10am Mass

Eucharistic Congress:  Times of Trains to Dublin on Sun. 17th June are on notice  board at back of Church. There is a red package with all the details of the Eucharistic Congress available at back of Church

Welcome: This Sunday we welcome the Cork based Quartet  Deja Vu – Suie May, Amy Mockler, Carolyn Corbett and Sharon Ryan. They will sing at the 10am Mass

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