28th April 2013 – 5th Sunday of Easter

Born at Ballygriffin, Co. Cork 1718
Founded The Presentation Sisters 1775
Died at South Presentation Convent 1784

To mark the Year of Faith, the Parish Assembly have organised a pilgrimage to Ballygriffin, Co. Cork, the birthplace of Nano Nagle, who founded our Sisters of the Presentation.
Nano (Honora) Nagle was born in Ballygriffin in 1718.  As a beautiful and wealthy young lady she was educated in France but at home in Ireland was distressed by the poverty and lack of education of the majority of the Irish in the 18th century.  She opened her first school in a two-room cabin in Cork in 1754 with an enrolment of thirty-five girls.  This began her great work of education as she taught the children by day and visited and nursed the sick by night.  She was known in Cork as the Lady with the Lantern, and today this is a symbol of the Sisters of the Presentation throughout the world.  Her spirit of holiness, love and service is seen in the variety of ministries of the Presentation Sisters throughout the world today, and of course the Presentation tradition as been an integral part of our Turner’s Cross community for over seventy-five years.
Our Pilgrimage is fully subscribed, and the bus leaves the Church at 1.45 sharp on this Sunday afternoon.

nano_nagle_tombNano’s  Tomb in the South Presentation Convent

Welcome: This Sunday we welcome to sing at our 10am Mass, the Choir of St. James’ Church in Ballinora. Our own parish choir has gone to sing in Ballinora. These visits are part of a series of Church Interchanges that have been arranged by the 59th Cork International Choral Festival, which commences on Wed. 1st May in Cork City Hall, St. Finbarre’s Cathedral, amongst other venues.  Next Sunday 5th of May, we will be welcoming the choir – Alter Echo from France, who will be taking part in the Choral Festival.

img_1204243399714_61Vocations: We had a wonderful evening of prayer, reflection, and music last Tuesday when the members of our Pastoral Area and beyond joined us to pray for vocations to the Priesthood and the Religious Life, and to celebrate the many vocations that have come from this area.  The homilist was Bishop Kieran O’Reilly of Killaloe, a native of Turner’s Cross.
Our thanks to Sr. Karen and the Parish Assembly who organised what was truly a very special time.

10004838-blessed-virgin-mary-with-baby-jesusBring flowers of the rarest –  this hymn to Mary will be sung during May. The crown of the image of Mary has a long history – depicting Mary wearing a crown is found in the early Church. We encourage you to pray the Rosary, (even one decade),  particularly during these weeks of May. The Rosary is prayed every morning here before the 10am Mass

Important Dates:
18th May:  Parish First Holy Communions.  10.30am
2nd June:  Eucharistic Procession in Cork
5th June;   Fr. Kerry’s Golden Jubilee Celebration

Our Students are remembered in our Shared Mass every Friday at 10am. Special Cards are available in the Sacristy for those doing and preparing for exams.

Ennismore Retreat Centre: Bealtaine – Day of Reflection, Poetry, Meditation etc.  Friday 3rd May 10.30a.m. – 4.30p.m. €50 including lunch.

Trócaire Boxes: can be returned to the Sacristy during the week

Irish Blood Transfusion Service: A special Sunday blood donation clinic will be held Sunday 28th April 2013 from 12 noon to 3.30pm at St. Finbarrs Hurling & Football Club, Togher.

First Friday: Fr. Kerry & Fr. Bill will visit the sick and the housebound on Thursday & Friday at the usual times

PIETA HOUSE Suicide Prevention Centre: “DARKNESS INTO LIGHT” 5K  4am Saturday morning 11th May, 2013. Join us for this symbolic event. 20 Venues Nationwide, Cork City Start at UCC.  The 5km Circuit has changed slightly so please make sure to turn up at UCC for the start. Contact Kieran at kieranobrien@pieta.ie or phone 061-484444. Sponsorship Cards are available on request.

 CHOOSE LIFE: WE CHERISH THEM BOTH. A Vigil of Prayer for the Right to Life of Mothers and their Unborn Babies, Saturday 4 May, Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock, Co Mayo. This important event, supported by the Irish Bishops’ Conference, will begin with a themed Rosary Procession at 1.00pm and conclude with Mass in the Basilica at 3.00pm.  All are warmly invited to attend.  Main celebrant, Cardinal Seán Brady, homilist Most Rev. Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick.  A blessing for expectant mothers who are present will be given during the Mass.  For further details see www.chooselife2013.ie