20th May 2012- Ascension Day (B)

Ascension Day
How do we make sense of Ascension Day?  In St. John’s gospel – Resurrection,  Ascension and the Spirit at Pentecost – is seen and experienced as one reality.  “I will be with you always” was the promise of  Jesus to his disciples.  His challenge is to  make Him present and to continue His  mission of healing and reconnecting all of  creation. The well-known words of Teresa of Avila  give us a sense of how we can make Jesus  present to others as we live our lives.  The  challenge of Jesus is to make the difference..
“Christ has no body now on earth but  yours  No hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s  compassion looks out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good.  And yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now”.

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”   

Turner’s Cross Parish Assembly Planning Meetings 
Monday 21st May in the Parish Centre.

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.

Leaving Cert Graduation Masses.
The Leaving Cert Students Graduation Masses for Coláiste Chríost RÍ and Christ King Girls Secondary will take place next Thursday 25th May, we wish them well in their State Exams in June.

Baptismal Preparation Team
Commissioning  and re-commissioning will take place at the 6pm and 12 noon Masses, we welcome two new members who were trained recently to add to the existing teams and we would like to acknowledge the great work of the teams who visit the homes of families preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism in our parish.

Deaths:  Br. Eunan Page who served in Scoil Chríost Rí for a number of years and Nora Crowley, Capwell Rd & late of Boherbue who died during the past week, we extend our deepest sympathies to their communities and families, may they rest in eternal peace. 

Two weeks ago we gave you the result of the ballot we had in our parish re: Church Gate Collections.  Following a meeting of the priests from across the South Side of the City during the week it was revealed that the outcome of the ballot was split evenly between those who wanted a ban and those who wanted the status quo to remain in place.  As a result the status quo will remain.    We thank the people who participated in the vote.
However, it is hoped with the support of the authorities who issue the licenses and the different organisations collecting, that all involved can co-ordinate, so that collections do not clash and leave parishioners facing 3 collections as they come to Mass. It’s a matter of coordinating dates, so as not to burden people coming to Mass.  Please God, this can be organised before the end of the year.
Most of the collections taken outside the church are for very good causes and it is not the intention of our parish to disadvantage these organisations and their volunteers.
Most important, no parishioner should feel pressurised by any collection, inside or outside the church. What is central, is the worship of our God in the Eucharist and being together to support each other as a faith community.
Since we don’t have Church Gates here in Turner’s Cross, it has been suggested that we mark two areas in front of the Church where the collectors can stand. We hope this will satisfy the large group who voted not to have Church Gate Collections.

Pre Marriage Courses Full day on specific Saturdays Cost: €90 per couple – Contact: NAOMI, 119, Patrick Street Entrance on Drawbridge St  Tel: 021 4272213  Mon-Fri: 9.30 – 1.00 (Office Hours)

CLM Lourdes Pilgrimages
Availability in August and September – All inclusive subsided fare €450, helpers needed also. Full details from Máire Smye at CLM HQ 023-8833273