23rd February 2014 – 7th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

1 Jesus tells us to act out of love and says that acting out of love is better than acting out of revenge. What does your experience tell you?
2 Perhaps you have at times hit back in revenge when you have been hurt or offended. What effect did this have you, on others, and on your relationship with them? Contrast this with the times when you resisted the urge to retaliate. What outcome did this have on you, on others, and on your relationship with them … at the time, and in the long term
3 From  the Gospels it is clear that Jesus did not mean that we should ignore injustices, and never make a stand against others. What lessons have you learned in life on when and how to make a stand? What wisdom would you share with others from your experience?
Nelson Mandela’s words – No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite

Confessions (Forgiveness):   Saturdays: after the 10am Mass & after Saturday Vigil Mass

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 11th – 16th June booking forms available for the pilgrim section from Joe Walsh 117 Patrick St.  4277959   Enquiries for Special Sick/Assisted Section to  Canon Jim O’Donovan Ballinlough 4292296

Little Turners Community Pre-School, now registering for September, 2014. Tel. 4915934  or call to No. 25 Capwell Road, Turners Cross.

The Joy of the Gospel... What is it saying to us today?   Fr. Kevin O’Gorman SMA  will explore the contents of this latest document by Pope Francis and what it means for us today in our Parishes. Fr. Kevin will offer his insights from the document and offer an opportunity for discussion and questions.  Venue: Blackrock Parish Centre (behind Church)  Friday 7th March 7.30 to 9.30pm  all are welcome – no charge. To book places contact:  021 4537474

Set Dancing Classes in Gaelscoil an Teaghlaigh Naofa, Ballyphehane (behind Centra) every Monday night at 8pm. Contact Maurice on 0876460785

Safeguarding Children:
The Parish recognises and upholds the rights of all children and is committed to ensuring their safety and well-being at all times. A copy of the policy is on Parish Assembly notice board at back of Church or the Sacristy. The Safeguarding Children representative for  our Parish  are Deirdre Healy & Rode Fitzgerald    Contact: 087 2610276

Cork Alzheimer’s Cafe  –  A safe space for people with memory problems including Alzheimer’s and other dementias, their carers, family & friends along with social and health professionals to meet. Last Friday of each month, 1.30pm-3,30pm. (next meeting Fri.28th Feb.) Activity Centre, St Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Rd.  Light refreshments provided free of charge. All welcome.

Deaths:  We offer our prayers and  condolences to the families of Rita Whitty,  Maiville Tec., Valda Long, late of Palacanne Lawn, and Dan Joe Loughlin  recently deceased:   May their souls rest in peace.

Diocesan Directory 2014:  We ran our of copies of the Directory last weekend . We have acquires some 10 extra copies they are on sale after Mass this weekend €5.   A very useful book to have

logoCork Simon Community works in solidarity with men and women who are homeless, offering housing and support in their journey back to independent or supported living.  In 2013, over 1,000 people turned to Cork Simon Community for support.  Cork Simon relies on hundreds of volunteers to undertake its work and to help to fundraise over 2 million euro each year to maintain its services. Cork Simon is seeking volunteers for its Annual Bag Pack Fundraising Drive in Cork on April 4th, 5th and 6th. If you would like to get involved by giving up two hours to bag pack in your local Tesco or Dunnes please phone 021 4929410.  An opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to supporting the work of Cork Simon and supporting people in finding a pathway out of homelessness.

Members of New Parish Assembly

turners cross pa 2014 003Br Aidan McHugh      Sheila-Anne Galvin     Patrick O’Donovan   Paula Murphy
Lynn Barbas    Bernadette Hegarty    Annmarie Cotter    Sharon O’Sullivan
Betty Mullins     Olive Kenny    Breda Dempsey    Mary Rose Hickey
Clement Odigie      Ann Marie Barry    Geraldine Sheehan   Linda Espino
Irene C. Purificacion    Neil Murphy   Fr.Billy    Fr. Kerry                                             The above are members of the third Parish Assembly nominated by the parishioners who have recently completed their formation sessions with Sr Karen from the Pastoral Development Office. The members have organised themselves into two working groups to facilitate realising their vision for the parish for the next three years. The two groups are: Liturgy & Faith Enrichment and Outreach. They nominated Br Aidan McHugh as their Chairperson and Sheila-Anne Galvin as their secretary. We wish them well as they begin their ministry in the parish community and say a sincere thank you to the retiring Parish Assembly.