4th May 2014 – 3rd Sunday of Easter (A)

images-1  The Road to Emmaus
Today, Jesus joins the two disciples as they journey from Jerusalem to Emmaus.
The disciples are not in good spirits because they have heard about Jesus’ Resurrection and it is too unbelievable.  As they walk, Jesus joins them but they do not recognise.   He   teaches them all about Himself and why He endured all that He did. As they reach their destination, they invite Jesus to join them as they have something to eat.  As they sit Jesus takes the bread, changes it into His body, and breaks it.   It is at the breaking of the bread that the disciples recognise him.   Jesus disappears.
– Do we invite Jesus into our homes?
– Do we make time for him in prayer?
– Do we reflect on the Scriptures and share prayer with the family?

Perhaps this is one of the best lessons  of today’s scripture.
Take time to pray with your family. Be open to Christ. In so doing, you will bring Christ to others and allow the healing grace of Christ to touch your lives.  This was also the message of Fr. Adrian during our Parish Mission which was truly an inspiring and  memorable experience.

First Holy Communion:  The Girls and Boys from Bus Scoil Chriost Ri will receive their First Holy Communion next Sat. 10th May  at 10.30am Mass.  There will be no Mass at 10am

Visiting Choir:  on this Sunday 4th May at 12pm, we welcome Kfar-Yona Choir, Israel, as part of the Cork International Choral Festival’s Sacred Trail, who will be taking part in the Cork International Choral Festival.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers  Tom Neville, Capwell Ave., Eileen O’Brien Capwell Rd.   Michael O’Mahony, Ashdale Pk, Nora O’ Brien, Friar’s Rd. Margaret McCarthy, Fr. Matthew Rd. and  Pat Joy.   who died recently we extend our sympathy to their Families.

Cork and Ross Lourdes Pilgrimage There are some places available on the Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes from 11th to 16th June for people needing care/assistance to travel and stay in  the Acceuil (Hospital) for the 6 days. If you or someone you know is interested please contact tel: 021 4537474  before  8th May.  Also, availability for pilgrims or parish groups who would like to travel with the Diocese and stay in hotels – call  021 4537474

Pastoral Development Services Next weekend 10/11th May at all Masses we are invited to make our annual contribution to the Pastoral Development Services in the Diocese. This collection enables the diocese to make provision for training for Parish Assemblies/Pastoral Councils; training for ministries such as Funeral Teams, Baptism Preparation Teams, Parish Catechists; initiatives for young people such as Young Adults to Lourdes, T&YouCat, TeenSpirit; resources for parishes; conferences, courses and seminars for all parishioners to attend.

Monday 5th May Feast of Blessed Edmond Rice

Exams: If you would like those doing or preparing for Exams to be remembered in our Friday Shared Mass, cards are available in the Sacristy

“The Diocesan Safeguarding Service wishes to thank people for their support and understanding around the completion of Garda vetting forms. We understand that for some this has caused feelings of hurt and distress, especially those who have been involved with parish activities for many years.  We are sorry if this has been the reaction of some.
Being asked to apply for Garda Vetting should not be seen as a reflection on any individual.  Rather it is an important tool in our efforts to maintain the highest standard in the area of safeguarding in our Parishes.  The Diocese of Cork and Ross is committed to safeguarding and working with current legislation such as ‘Children First’, to ensure that our Church is a safe place for children.”

Fr-Timothy-Radcliffe-OP“Being the Body of Christ”:   A talk by             Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP for all parishioners of our diocese on Sunday 18th May at 3:00pm  in Christ the King Church, Turner’s Cross,            Fr Timothy will speak to us on this theme “Being the Body of Christ”: we will end with Evening Prayer.   Fr Timothy is an internationally renowned author and speaker. His books include: “Why go to Church”, “What is the point of being a Christian”, “Taking the Plunge.” Recently Pope Francis invited him to Rome to talk to him personally about the Church today !  We are privileged to have him visit our Parish of Christ the King and our Diocese.

Alzheimer Society: 10th May meeting of the Saturday Club.  As part of the Bealtaine Festival with the help of the Cork City Council at Bessboro  3pm – 5pm.  We welcome  from Yale University the musical talent of: SPIZZWINKS  Information 021 4972504.  The Carers Support Meeting on Wed. 8th May from 3pm.

The Irish Cancer Society is offering a free transport service to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments in Cork University Hospital & the Mercy University Hospital, For more information, patients can contact their treatment team in the hospital or call Gail on 01 2310 566.