21st September 2014 – 25th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

Kerry + Francis Small GoodPope Francis sends his blessing to Turner’s Cross and asks us to pray for him.  Fr Kerry has spent a week of prayer and study in the Irish College in Rome and concelebrated Mass with Pope Francis in the chapel at Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican last Monday, and had a private audience with the Pope after Mass.  Pope Francis sends us his blessing and asks for our prayers.
As we pray for Pope Francis, we remember his prayer intentions for September: “That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life”; and “that Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering”.           We also remember the many other concerns of the Pope, including the extra meeting of the  Synod of Bishops next month which will consider the pastoral challenges of the family and will examine the responses to the synod survey carried out last December. The sixth meeting of the Council of Cardinals took place this week, focussing on the laity and the family and on themes linked to justice and peace, charity, migrants and refugees, health, and the protection of life and ecology. The next meeting of the Commission for the Protection of Minors is scheduled for early October.  With the Pope we pray for peace in the Middle East and for persecuted Christians and minorities and we accompany him in prayer on his papal visit to Albania on this Sunday, 21st September.

The annual collection for the Education of Students to Priesthood & Diaconate  takes place this weekend  21st/22nd. Sept. The Diocese has four seminarians in Maynooth and Rome and three men are commencing preparation for the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese.   The overall cost in the coming year will reach €120,000, and this collection is the principal source of funding. Your support is very much appreciated.   Fr. Ben Hodnett who was Ordained in June has been appointed to Frankfield/Grange Parish and Rev Marius O’Reilly will be ordained for our Diocese in November on the Feast of Christ the King. Please keep them in your prayers.

“Do this in Memory” First Holy Communion Class parents’ representatives will meet in Fr. Kerry’s house on this Mon. 22nd Sept at 7.30pm.

castle-hotel-macroom-surroundings-02-1500x500Turner’s Cross Parish Pilgrimage to Gougane Barra will be on  Sunday next  28th Sept. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop John Buckley at 2.30pm, and Bishop Donal Murray will preach the Homily.  Bus will leave Bunscoil Chriost Ri at 12.30pm sharp, returning at 6.30pm approx.  Fare: €10 per person (bring a snack).  Money, names and telephone numbers will be collected by Parish Assembly members at exit doors this weekend or  alternatively may be handed in to the Sacristy up to Monday 22nd Sept.

Altar Servers:  New Altar Servers are being recruited. If  you do not attend Bun Scoil Christ Ri and would like to be a server collect your application form in the Sacristy

Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults  You are invited to a talk by Elaine Mahon in Turner’s Cross Parish Centre on Tues.  23rd Sep.  7.30pm to 9.00pm.  This talk will be of interest to those who may wish to gather in study groups to read this new publication alongside its Study guide.

Secondary School Masses
Opening of School Year Mass for the Students of Christ King Girls Secondary on Tuesday 23rd Sept. in the Church at 11.30 am.  Open Evening for parents and prospective students on Thursday 2nd October in the School 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm. Mass for the 1st year Students of Colaiste Chriost Ri and their Parents  on Tuesday 23rd at 1.45pm

Gala Concert in memory of Fr Sean O’Driscoll on Friday October 3rd in Church of the Resurrection, Farranree at 8.00 pm.  Tickets € 20, all proceeds to Marymount Hospice and Farranree Parish Church.

The Jesus Youth Movement on their European Tour are visiting our Diocese on Friday 10th Oct.  their  band “Rex Ban” will  be in the Cork Opera House that evening at 7pm.  They are led by a group of lay Catholic missionaries and have participated with Pope Francis at the World Youth day in Brazil. Tickets:  contact Laveen Thomas 087 4194623 ,   www.jesusyouth.org

“Does your spouse have dementia?” For information about taking part in a study of health and wellbeing of those who live with someone who has dementia please contact Alan Galvin or Dr Maria Pertl at Trinity College on 01 896 8414”

Cork South Parish  Historical Society   Monthly Meeting  Wed. 1st Oct. at 7:30 p.m.in St John’s College Sawmill Street Guest Speaker John McSweeney  will speak on The Golden Age of  Cork Cinemas All Welcome