23rd March 2014 – 3rd Sunday of Lent (A)

Woman-at-wellLIVING WATER
Jesus tells the woman at the well that he offers “living water, welling up to eternal life.”  He offers us the gift of the Holy Spirit, the gift of living water.  Every time we receive Holy Communion we are united with Christ, who gives us life and causes us to experience the Holy Spirit within us as we are invited to share the inner life of God the Blessed Trinity. God calls his people tounion with him and with each other, union with Christ and union with the Body of Christ.

Weekday Masses 10am & 6pm. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday mornings after the 10.00 am Mass until 11.00 am.  Morning Prayer of the Church (office of Lauds) after 10.00 am Mass on Friday mornings. Ten minutes, leaflets available for everybody. Evening Prayer of the Church (office of Vespers) after 6.00 pm Mass on Friday evenings.  Again, ten minutes, leaflets for everybody.                           Trócaire Family Fast Boxes available at the back of the Church.

The Holy Father has asked that a church in each Diocese throughout the world be designated for Continuous Confessions from Friday evening to Saturday evening, March 28th and 29th, the eve of Laetare Sunday. In our  Diocese St Francis Church in Liberty Street has been designated and priests from many religious orders and the Diocese will be available throughout the day and night to hear confessions there. Bishop Buckley comments that confession of our sins and a return to the Gospel has always been an important part of the Church’s Lenten observance.  He supports the initiative wholeheartedly and will hear confessions himself in St. Francis’ at that time.  He appreciates the assistance of the Franciscan Community.

 images-1VOCATIONS: The Annual Cork and Ross Vocations Information Day will be held at St. Dominic’s Retreat Centre, Ennismore, Montenotte, on Saturday, 5th April, from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm.  This day allows prospective students to explore the possibility of a vocation, and make enquiries in an informal setting.  It will also give those interested a chance to meet with some of the seminarians currently studying for the Diocese.  Contact Fr Tom Deenihan, 021-4301717, or Canon Bertie O’Mahony, 021-4346940.

images-1Mother’s Day: Next  Sunday 30th March.  The 12.00 noon Mass on that day will be offered for all our mothers living and deceased. Cards are available in the in the Parish Office this weekend  and in the Sacristy during the week.    Cards are on display in the Parish Assembly notice board at back of Church.

Confirmation 2014:  Mass and Ceremony of Light for Bunscoil Chriost Ri Confirmation candidates and their parents at 7.30 pm Thursday next 27th March.

 sunny_daffodils-normalDaffodil Day Friday March 28th The Parish Assembly has arranged for the sale of Daffodil Day pins after the 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses on Daffodil Day as people across Ireland come together to raise much needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

Legion of Mary Acies in the Presentation Convent Chapel, Turner’s Cross at 7.30 pm Friday March 28th. All welcome.

pope-john-paul-IIJohn Paul II: Talk and discussion on the life and works of  Pope John Paul II, soon to be canonised,  St Mary’s Church, Pope’s Quay, Cork. Thursday, 27th March, @7:30pm. All welcome. Admission free.’