7th October 2012 – 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B)

The Kingdom
The standards of the kingdom of God are not those of the world.  As Jesus puts his arms around the little children in today’s gospel reading, he tells his disciples that it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs, those with no pretensions, those happy to have a loving, dependent relationship with God. His teaching on divorce disturbs his hearers, and does not sit well with the prevailing attitudes of our society. A marriage breakdown involves disappointment, hurt and suffering and we have sympathy for all concerned.  When we oppose divorce in principle, we are not saying, for example, that people should “stay together for the sake of the children,” but that every effort should be made to restore the marriage to a good state, for the sake of everybody concerned.

Day for Life 2012
Today is the Day for Life 2012, dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage. The theme for this year is Choose Life.  Bishops’ Pastoral and Prayer card available at back of Church

The Year of Faith begins on October 11th, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and ends on November 24th 2013, the Solemnity of Christ the King.    We hope that the year will encourage us to profess our faith with confidence. The Pope suggests that we must not forget very many good people who do not have the gift of faith, who are sincerely searching for meaning and truth in their lives and in creation. The parish assembly is developing events and programmes for the year and suggestions from parishioners will be most welcome.  We will mark the start of the Year of Faith at our Masses next weekend.
A booklet DOORWAY TO FAITH- unlocking the Mystery of faith will be available at the Masses next weekend.  €2.  A journey of Prayer through the Catechism of the Catholic Church for the Year of Faith 2012-2013.

St. Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society:  Mass and A.G.M. on this Tues. 9th Oct. at 7.30pm in the Parish Center, all are welcome.

Parish Assembly: Meeting in the Parish Center this Mon. 8th Oct. at 8pm.

Pro-life Meeting.
Be informed on what is the current threat to unborn human life in Ireland. Saturday, 13th October, Cork City, Clarion Hotel (underground parking, €2.20 per hr), Lapps Quay @ 2 pm.

Parish Child Safeguarding Representatives
People who may be interested in becoming parish representatives are invited to give their names to Fr. Kerry or Fr. Billy on the Parish Mobile 087-2610276  by 8th Oct.  An updating training course will take place shortly for existing and new representatives. Our Parish endorses the Diocesan Child Safeguarding Policy Statement. It is on display on our Parish Assembly notice board.

Life in the Spirit Seminars continue Wed. 10th Oct. at 8pm in Parish Centre, all welcome. 

Altar Servers: Completed Altar Server forms are now due, they may be handed in to the Sacristy or given to one of the priests.

Ministers of the Word: can collect their Rota for the coming weeks in the Sacristy.

Pieta House Suicide / Self-Harm Crisis Centre: Public meeting on Thursday October 18th , at 8.00pm in the Imperial Hotel, Cork to discuss the proposed opening of the Pieta House Service in Bishopstown, Cork. See  http://www.pieta.ie  or call 01 6282111 or 061 484444.

St Dominic's Retreat Centre, Ennismore: Applications invited for our two year Spiritual Accompaniment Training course, run over 14 weekends.  At the end of this course participants will be expected to minister compassionately and effectively as Spiritual Accompaniers, under supervision.  For application form contact us at 021 4502520 or email:  ennismore@eircom.net.

Painting Classes: Places available for Wednesday afternoon class – oils, acrylics, etc. 2.30 to 4.30pm in Parish Centre.  Ph. 086 3452026

Fr. Charlie: The Parish Assembly are organising a social evening and presentation for Fr Charlie Kiely in the School Hall, Bun Scoil Chriost Ri on Sat 20th Oct. after the 6pm Mass. If you would like to contribute to a presentation to Fr. Charlie you may leave it in one of the boxes in the Church this weekend 6th/7th Oct. or contributions can be passed into the priests’ houses.  We thank you for your support.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Michael O'Mahony, St. Anns Park and Michael Greene, Derrynane Rd. who died recently and we extend our sympathy to their families.

Autumn Dues
We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes in the Sacristy after Mass this weekend.  Many thanks.