17th February 2013 – 1st Sunday of Lent

Pope & Cormac

Pope Benedict with Cardinal Cormac

Pope Benedict   brought the tender heart of a pastor, the incisive mind of a scholar and the confidence of a soul united with His God in all he did. His resignation is but another sign of his great care for the Church. We are sad that he will be resigning but grateful for his eight years of selfless leadership as successor of St. Peter.    We pray for him and for his health. Our hope impels us to pray that the College of Cardinals under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit choose a worthy successor to fulfill the Office of Peter. to meet the challenges of today’s world.

“O God, eternal shepherd who govern your flock with unfailing care,  grant in your fatherly love a pastor for your Church  who will please you by his holiness and to us show watchful care. We ask this through Christ our Lord  Amen”

Lent:    Here in Turner’s Cross the increase in people attending daily Mass for Lent is  inspiring. Not everyone can come, for those who can, it is a most positive thing to do. Our Masses here are at 10am & 6pm each day.  Masses are available in city centre churches at all times of the day, especially at lunch time and in the afternoon. Lent wouldn’t be Lent without some outreach to others; the sick in hospitals and nursing homes; people living alone; voluntary groups who are always seeking volunteers; and so many more. May Lent be a time of renewal for all of us. May we hear these words of Christ in a new and profound way: ‘Repent, and believe in the Gospel.’

Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the Wednesdays of Lent after the 10am Mass until 11am, including our Mass we will have an hour with the Lord. Why not join us for an hour each week.  Silence and prayer are the key to peace. Give yourself this gift?

“Do this in Memory”:   the next Mass will be next Sunday 24th Feb. at 10am,  Meeting of parent class representatives  on this Mon.18th Feb.  at 7.30pm in Fr. Kerry’s  house.    First Confession will be on Tues. 26th Feb. at 7.30pm

Stations of the Cross: every Friday during Lent at 5.30pm  before the 6pm Mass

Walk with Me” Lenten Journey of Prayer – This is an excellent booklet. Cost €1.30  A few copies are available at the back of the Church.

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes are available at the back of the Church, Our thanks to the pupils of  Bun Scoil Chriost Ri. who were part of our liturgy on Ash Wednesday

Deaths: We extend our sympathy and prayers to the families of Anne Lynch, Doyle Rd and Seamus Coughlan who died recently.  May they rest in peace.

Volunteers needed to lead the Rosary each morning at 9.40am before the 10am Mass to form a new rota.   Contact Ann 086 3262320

TeenSpirit :  To continue our planning towards TeenSpirit in our diocese we are seeking volunteers (over 18) willing to give some time to this project combining teen talent and our Catholic Faith.    Come to a meeting to find out more: Thurs. 28th Feb. at 8:00pm at Turner’s Cross Parish Centre

Four Talks on St. Luke’s Gospel by Fr. Charles Conroy.  Dates: Four Tuesdays – Feb 26th, March 5th, 12th and 19th     Time:   7.30 – 9.00pm (input and time for discussion)     Venue: Sacred Heart Centre, Western Road, Cork

Youth Choir:   to sing at Saturday evening vigil Masses for Lent

Lead Us Not Into Temptation  Today, the first Sunday of Lent, we have the Gospel from Luke which tells us of Jesus’ temptations by the Devil.    Jesus is led by the Spirit, who came upon Him at  His Baptism, to go into the desert for prayer.   Jesus listens to that Spirit.  Through this same  Spirit, He is given the strength to resist the devil and the temptations placed before Him.
Spend time with today’s Gospel.    Be with Jesus in the desert.   Ask Him for the grace to listen to Him and spend time with Him in prayer during Lent.   Ask for the grace you need most.