February 10th 2013 – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The past 12 months has seen many changes in our Community, we are now living in a time of uncertainty and worry. Families have felt the pain of, unemployment, cuts in wages, businesses closing down and many are worried about what the future holds. Many families are dealing with grief through death, separation, emigration and illness. As a community let us begin our Lenten Journey to Easter with hope in our hearts.
On Ash Wednesday we bless the ashes. These ashes are made from the palms which were blessed on Palm Sunday last year. The sign of the cross is made as the ashes are put on our foreheads. The priest or the minister says ‘turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel,’ or similar words. The signing with ashes reminds us of our dying to the old way of life and challenges us to live our lives in the light of faith. We encourage everyone to make an effort to get to Mass on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, if possible.

images-1Ash Wednesday 13th Feb. Masses10am & 6pm.  As well evening Mass pm on Wednesday, evening Mass at six o’clock will continue for the weekdays of Lent. Ashes will be blessed and distributed at the Ash Wednesday Masses.  At the 10am Mass on Ash Wednesday pupils from Bunscoil Chriost Ri will be commissioned to bring the blessed ashes to their school where a ceremony will take place and they will impose ashes on the staff and fellow pupils.  Let us begin our Lenten Journey with hope in our hearts.

“Walk with Me” On sale this weekend a Lenten Journey of Prayer — an ideal companion during the season of Lent. Daily meditations in simple and accessible style, a great way to prepare for Easter. This is an excellent booklet. Cost €1.30, available at the back of the Church.

World Day of Prayer for the Sick
Monday  11th of Feb is the Feast of Our Lady Of Lourdes is World Day of Prayer for those who are sick.  We think of the many people who are sick and unwell in our parish, particularly those in hospital.  We are inspired by the courage, bravery and mindset of so many of these people.  We pray for the sick and for those who care and look after our sick, and we ask for God’s healing in our lives too.  Monday is a good day to pray for such healing.

Anointing of The Sick: The 10am  & 6pm Mass on Mon 11th Feb. will be offered for the Sick and Housebound and their Carers.  The Anointing of the Sick and the blessing with the Relic of St. Bernadette will take place after the 10am & 6pm Masses. Refreshments in the Parish Centre courtesy of the Parish Assembly after the 10am Mass.

Parenting Course continues in the Parish Centre, Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9.30pm.  Contact:  085-2832707

The Alpha Course continues in the Parish Centre Wednesdays, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Contact Marie Long @ 085-1325970.

Retired Men: Turner’s Cross Gents’ Retirement Group meet in the Day Centre, Capwell Road at 7.30 pm on Monday February 11th.  All Welcome.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Collection to be taken up at all Masses this weekend 9th/10th Feb. subsidises individuals whose health and/or means would otherwise prevent them from travelling to Lourdes. It also subsidises the travel of essential care personnel.

Lourdes 2013 (Cork & Ross Pilgrimage)  11th -16th  June.   Booking form available for Pilgrimage from Joe Walsh Tours 117 Patrick St.  4277959.    Enquiries Sick/Assisted Section to The Pilgrimage Director Canon James O’Donovan  4292296  Young Adults 18-35 years (Sr Karen Kent – Tel: 4537601)   See notice board.

Trocaire BulletinTrócaire Family Fast Boxes are available at the back of the Church, and will also be distributed through the Primary & Secondary Schools. Last Lent through the Family Fast Boxes the great sum of €7,651 was raised for Trócaire from our Parish & Bun Scoil Chriost Ri.

Deaths: We extend our sympathies to the families of Martina Harrington, Kilcolman Lawn and Dave Buckley,  Deerpark Mews, who died recently.  May they rest in eternal peace.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society: Monthly meeting in the Parish Centre this Tues. 12th Feb.  after the 10am Mass.

Parish Assembly:    Meeting in Parish Centre this Monday 11th Feb. at 8pm (Agendas may be collected in the Sacristy).