11th May 2014 – 4th Sunday of Easter (A)

Bernhard_Plockhorst_-_Good_ShephardGood Shepherd Sunday, the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. When we follow God’s call, the result is joy and fulfilment, whether our vocation is an overtly religious one or not. Today in spite of sceptical attitudes, a decline in priestly and religious vocations, in spite troubles in the Church, people still follow faithfully and joyfully their lay or religious vocations.

There are different ways of living out our Christian calling.  The vocation to married or single lay life is the norm, and such vocations are the mainstay of the Church.  The ordained priest is to be a fellow disciple and a brother among brothers and sisters in the family of God and at the same time pastor and teacher, announcing the Gospel of Christ.  Members of religious orders, congregations and societies spread the Gospel through a variety of ways and whatever you want to do in your life you can do as a religious Sister, Brother or Priest.  The Lord has a plan for each of us, he calls us by name, and a generous response to our vocation is a source of happiness and joy, as we realise and experience that “it is in giving that we receive.”

Fr-Timothy-Radcliffe-OPBeing the Body of Christ   A talk by Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP for all in our diocese on next Sunday 18th May at 3:00pm  in Christ the King Church, ending  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”and “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.

Joyful Celebrations: In the past weeks we have had joyful celebrations here in the Parish, our congratulations to the  Girls and Boys from Bun Scoil Chriost Ri who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in April and those who received their  First Holy Communion this Saturday.  We had lovely ceremonies and say well done to the Children, their Teachers, Parents and School Choir who sang so beautifully.  Our thanks to Fr.Adrian Crowley  who was with us for our Parish Mission which was a memorable and prayerful  experience.  We pray for Fr. Adrian and wish him well as he returns to his Mission in Liberia on this Monday.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Eileen O’Brien, Capwell Road, Tom Neville, Capwell Avenue, Joan Meaney, late of Evergreen Street, and Eileen Carroll, Cross Douglas Road, who have died. We extend our sympathy to their families.

Pastoral Development Services collection this weekend at all Masses. This collection funds  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.

Turners Cross Parish Assembly meeting Monday, 12th May in the Parish Centre at 8.00pm sharp.  Those without email may collect their agenda and minutes from the sacristy at weekend Masses.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society: Monthly meeting on Tuesday 13th May at 7.30 pm in the Parish Center

Coffee Morning in the Parish Centre after 10.00 am Mass on this Monday; chat and a cuppa.

Bring flowers of the rarest: We encourage you to pray the Rosary (even one decade),  particularly during these weeks of May. The Rosary is prayed every morning in our church before the 10.00 am Mass.

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.

Set dancing classes in Gaelscoil an Teaghlaigh Naofa, Ballyphehane (behind Centra) starting next Monday night May 12th at 8pm. Contact Maurice on 0876460785.

South Parish/Turners Cross Summer Scheme: Registration on Monday May 12th at 8pm in South Parish Community Centre, Sawmill Street (behind Fiat Garage).  Scheme caters for Children between 4 and 15 years of age. Early registration advised as places are limited.

Pilgrimage to Knock 3rd to 5th June, departing Togher and Ballyphehane Churches. All in price € 220, accommodation at St Mary’s Convent, Knock.  Deposit € 60 to Sr. Annunciata, Presentation Convent, Ballyphehane before 20th May. Contact Maura at 086 8255288.

Colaiste Stiofain Naofa (CSN) Annual Plant Sale Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th May 9am to 5pm. Showcases the work of CSN horticulture students. Plants include annuals, herbs, vegetables, trees, and shrubs. All welcome.