24th February 2013 – 2nd Sunday of Lent

images                                              Thank You Pope Benedict

We join the universal Church in offering prayerful gratitude for the Holy Father’s faith, courage and his leadership as the successor of Peter.  During  the past eight years Pope Benedict embraced the papacy with the heart of a kind and caring shepherd, always holding the spiritual and pastoral care of the people of God to be his highest priority.
At this moment we Catholics are focusing on what is essential: praying for Pope Benedict, praying that the Holy Spirit might enlighten the College of Cardinals, and praying for the future Pope, confident that the future of the barque of Peter is in God’s hands.
Pope Benedict will cease to be Pope at 7pm (Irish time) on  this Thursday 28th Feb.   Our Masses on that day 10am & 6pm will be offered for Pope Benedict and for the Cardinals who will choose his successor.       

Papal-conclave-300x192“O God, eternal shepherd who govern your flock with unfailing care,  grant in your fatherly love a Pope for your Church  who will please you by his holiness and to us show watchful care. We ask this through Christ our Lord  Amen”  

Transfiguration:   Lent is a time of taking stock, of repentance and renewal.  We all need forgiveness and it is given to us, as a gift.  Jesus is the yes to all the promises of God who has promised to forgive and restore his people.  Our Gospel reading for this week-end tells of the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain in Galilee.  Jesus had begun his journey to Jerusalem, to the Cross and to his death.  The Transfiguration was a sign of hope and meaning for the disciples to sustain them in the difficulties ahead, and it is also a sign of hope and meaning for us as we face our own darkness and eventual death. In Lent and Holy Week we remember the mystery of our redemption by the crucified Jesus through which we reach the joy of the resurrection and live as redeemed people, giving a witness of love to the world of our time.

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?

First Confessions: The Girls & Boys from Bun Scoil Chriost Ri will be making their First Confessions on next Tuesday  26th Feb. at 7.30pm   We pray for them their parents & teachers.

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

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes are available at the back of the Church,

Beginning Experience is a specially designed programme which gives widowed, separated and divorced people help and support to deal with the grief process, and to discover for themselves that merely “existing” in life can be transformed into “living” a new life, though a different one.  The next weekend is being held in Ennismore Retreat Centre, from Friday April 12th to Sunday April 14th,  Application Forms and information contact : 087-9886480

Death: We remember in our prayers  Mary O’Mahony, Green Lawn  who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family May she rest in peace.

TeenSpirit   A project for young people aged 14-17 embracing faith and music is coming to our diocese.Anyone (over 18)  interested in helping to make it happen is invited to come to a meeting in Turner’s Cross Parish Centre on Thursday 28th Feb. at 8:00pm   More information contact Sr Karen 021 4537601

Little Turners Community Playgroup, 25 Capwell Rd. 4915934 now registering for September, 2013.

The Irish Catholic: Next week a  souvenir issue with features on all aspects of the Pope Benedict’s life, teaching and writings, along with comment and analysis of his pontificate.

New Diocesan Directory 2013    Contains Parish Information, Mass Times throughout the Diocese, Priests, Religious, Schools. A most useful book to have.  €5

Spring Dues:  We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes for the Spring Dues next weekend 2/3rd March

First Friday:  On Thursday & Friday of this week Fr. Kerry & Fr. Bill will visit the sick & the housebound at the usual times.