25th August 2013 – 21st Sunday Ordinary Time

Back to School
Thursday is back to school for many after a summer of good weather for which we thank God.  For some children it will be a very exciting day and their parents as they begin school for the first time.  For others they will make the transition to secondary school and begin a new journey. For nearly everyone it is good to be back to a routine again. Routine allows us to be comfortable with what we have to do and what we like to do.  There is a great sense of anticipation and looking forward.    As we begin our journey through these coming months we ask God’s blessings. to help us with our daily routine. We pray  that back to school will go smoothly for everyone especially for those who are beginning school for the first time and for their teachers.   A suggestion:  As you pass the Church every day with your children on the way to or from school why not make a short visit to the Church asking God blessing on you and your family.
Nothing is what it seems to be.
Wealth and riches do not mean security. Power on earth does not ensure eternal life in heaven. That is why staying in touch with our faith is so important. As we heard in our recent Sunday readings, the life of a Christian is not an easy one. Our human nature constantly yearns for security, for ease of living, for creature comforts. The message of the gospels is exactly the opposite. We need to be in touch with our faith on a frequent basis or we will fall back into our “natural” habits of acting.

The Annual Famine Commemoration Service takes place on  this Sunday  25th Aug. at 3pm in the Famine Plot at St. Joseph’s Cemetery (inside Main Gate up on the left)

Dates for Your Diary for September:
8th Sept.  National Grandparents Pilgrimage to Knock
9th Sept. Meeting of Parish Assembly in Parish Centre ay 8pm
10th Sept, St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society meeting in Parish Centre 7.30pm
10th Sept. Meeting in Christ the King Church at 7.30pm of the Parents of 2nd class pupils of Bunscoil Chriost Ri who wish their children to receive their First Holy Communion in May 2014
19th Sept, Coffee Morning in aid of Marymount Hospice in the Parish Centre after the 10am Mass
29th Sept.  Enrollment  of  Children from Bunscoil Chriost Ri for their First Communion  at  10.am Mass
29th Sept. Year of Faith Pilgrimage to St Finbarr’s Oratory, Gougane Barra

Death:  We remember in our prayers Nancy McCarthy,  Ashdale Pk.  who died recently. We extend our sympathy to her family

Mass in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Blackrock:  on  this Wed. 28th Aug. at 7.00 pm   Extra Parking in St. Michael’s GAA grounds. In the event of bad weather  Mass will be celebrated in Holy Cross Church, Mahon.

Catechism of the Catholic Church:  Adult Studies – Sept. to Dec. in St Francis Church, Liberty St. beginning Wed. 4th Sept 7.30pm – 9.30pm  These studies are open to all adults who wish to have a deeper understanding of the Catholic Faith.  More details on notice board at back of Church.  Contact: 087-7950325

National Grandparents Pilgrimage to Knock: Sun. 8th Sept  2pm.  Chief Celebrant: Fr. Fintan Monahan,  Speaker:  Sr, Briege McKenna, Singer:  Dana. Children’s Prayer Appeal. An invitation to all children to write a prayer for their Grandparents. All prayers will be blessed at the pilgrimage.

Dynamic Yoga Class  South Parish Community Centre  Sep. 2nd 5.45pm and 7.15pm To book a place please contact:  Martina Cunningham  086 8885823 .  See notice board.

Year of Faith Gougane Sunday
To Commemorate the Year of Faith the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to St Finbarr’s Oratory, Gougane Barra will take place on Sunday Sep. 29th  Mass at 2.30pm. The Preacher Archbishop Dermot Clifford of Cashel and Emly.

South Parish Historical Society
12th Annual Exhibition  The Exhibition will be open from Tuesday, August 27th to Friday, August 30th in the South Parish Community Centre Sawmill Street  Cork City
Viewing times for the many exhibits on show 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm & 6 pm to 8 pm Daily
At 8 pm each evening the following events will take place.
See notice board for details of Lectures on the 27th, 28th 29th  August.   Concert on  Friday 30th August.

Ministers of Word & Eucharist:  We would like to increase the number of ministers. We ask you to consider serving in one of these ministries  or to nominate someone.

Viatores Christi: For those interested in overseas volunteering, Viatores Christi lay missionary association is currently recruiting and will hold an information and recruitment session on next Sat. 31st August at 2.30pm in the SMA Parish Centre, Wilton. Tel. 01-868 9986 info@viatoreschristi.com< or www.viatoreschristi.com