10th June 2012 – Feast of Corpus Christi

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ  
As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord ( Feast of Corpus Christi) on this special year, we realize two things: this feast is a daily one. Yet we set aside one day in the year to celebrate a feast of those feasts which we celebrate every day. Not only do we celebrate the bread and wine which become the body and blood of the Lord, we celebrate the new identity given to those who share among them Jesus’ body and blood and then become what they eat and drink. The Eucharist has something that distinguishes it from every other kind of memorial. It is memorial and presence together, even if hidden under the signs of bread and wine.
As we begin this week it is import to reflect on an extraordinary Eucharistic Event that deeply marked the Church here in Ireland in 1932 and touched many parts of the world as well. During this the week of 50th International Eucharistic Congress which takes place in Dublin – let us  rediscovered what the Eucharist isall about.
Ireland’s  Eucharistic Congress is a privileged opportunity for all Catholics to re-actualize the historic and cultural patrimony of holiness and social engagement of the Church that draws its roots from the Eucharistic mystery. In his 2003 encyclical letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia Blessed Pope John Paul II wrote: “The Eucharist builds the Church and the Church makes the Eucharist.” We pray that The 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin will do just that.

Holy Hour: for the Eucharistic Congress ~ we will continue with Eucharistic Adoration after the 10am Mass on each Wednesdays until 11am   “Can you not watch one hour with me”    
Exam Masses & Prayers
Each morning we will remember the students sitting exams at this time– they are in our thoughts and prayers and in our shared Mass every Friday at 10am, Special Cards are available in the Sacristy for those doing and preparing for Exams.
A Students Prayer:  Lord Jesus, As I now prepare for my exams, I ask you to grant me strength of mind and constant hope. Banish from my mind all fear, anxiety, regret and nervous distraction. May your gift of the Holy Spirit guide and enlighten my mind. At this difficult time, give me the gift of self-confidence and an assurance that you will hear my prayer, answer my need and continue to guide me as I pursue life’s journey.  I ask this through Christ Our Lord.    Amen
Second Collection: This Weekend: To raise funds for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress a collection will be held in all parishes in the Cork and Ross Diocese THIS  WEEKEND  June 9th/10th
Sacred Heart Novena 2012
Continues until Friday 15th (Feast of the Sacred Heart) Novena Prayers each morning during the 10am Mass. Novena Prayers on the Yellow Leaflet at the back of the church.
Eucharistic Congress Tickets
Eucharist Congress tickets for the Mass in Croke Park are now available in the sacristy for those who have already booked them. Those travelling with the group are asked to be in the Railway Station on Sunday June 17th at 8.40am to gather as a group – the train departs at 9.20am sharp, it is very importnat to be there in plenty of time.
50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012

R.T.E will broadcast the opening and closing ceremonies on Sunday the 10th and 17th June at 2pm.
Eucharistic Congress Display
At the back of the church, some interesting pictures and articles. The 4 Eucharistic Icons on the Altar are copies of the icons that accompanied The Eucharistic Bell to our parish last December.
Parish Assembly Meeting
Monday June 11th at 8pm in the Parish Centre.
St Joseph’s Young Priests Society
Will meet in the Parish Centre on this Tuesday June 12th at 7.30pm
Blessing of Lilies (Feast of Anthony)
On Wednesday the Feast St Anthony , the traditional blessing of lilies will take place at the 10am Mass.
Do this in Memory Mass
Do this in Memory Programme 2011-12 – concludes on this Sunday 10th June at the 10am Mass.  After Mass there will be a short Eucharistic Procession in the Grounds of the Church with the First Holy Communion Children from Bunscoil Chríost Rí. Congratulations to all the children and their families who have participated in the programme during the year and to their teachers for being so helpful. Our thanks to the parents representatives who helped to organise the Mass each month. 
Ministers of the Word and Eucharist
Ministers of the Word and Eucharist can collect their new rotas for the coming weeks.
Cake & Book Sale this weekend:  
The Youth Ministry Group in our Parish Assembly are hosting a CAKE & BOOK SALE on this weekend of June 9th and 10th 2012 before and after all Masses in the Parish Centre. Baking, Book and financial donations will be greatly accepted. This project is in aid of Parish Youth Ministry Projects to support those travelling on pilgrimage as helpers from the parish on this year’s Cork and Ross Diocesan Young Adult Pilgrimage.
It is hoped that in the future we as a parish will have a Parish Bursary Fund to support and help all young adults from our parish who wish to volunteer in similar projects in the coming years.
Further details from either of the priests in our parish,
or from Beth on 085-2832707 or Mary on 085-7479373
Turner’s Cross Community Games
Athletics being held in Br Colm’s Field on Monday 11th June at 6pm. All are welcome ~ entrance via Douglas Road.
Deaths: We extend our prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of: Janasc KasJanowicz of South Douglas Rd who died during the past week, may he rest in eternal peace.
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 for ever. Be our companion in 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 is 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 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.