28th September 2014 – 26th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)


Pope Francis and The Bishops gather for the Synod

Synod: Pope Francis has called for a Day of Prayer for the Synod on this Sunday 28 September: “I hope the people in all parishes this Sunday will pray to the two saints of this synod – Pope Saint John XXIII and Pope Saint John Paul II – and ask for their guidance on the work of the Church in this very important moment of its history.  The theme of the Synod is  “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”.  In our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family.   Pope Francis in his letter, asks  our  prayers for the success of the Synod  beginning this Friday.    “He said it will be a precious treasure which enriches the Church. I ask you to pray also for me, so that I may serve the People of God in truth and in love.  I willingly invoke on every family the blessing of the Lord.”

Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love;
to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer;
authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again experience violence, rejection and division:
May all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer.  Amen.

First Holy Communion: We welcome the Children and their Parents who ask to be enrolled  – as they prepare for their First Holy Communion at our Mass this weekend.   We pray Gods blessing on the Children their Families and Teachers.

AGE 50 + Together:   let us make Cork More Age Friendly.  Public consultations will take place throughout the city in September and October to help make this happen. Attendance is free and we would welcome your opinions and contributions. Please choose a location closest to you.     The Cork Age Friendly City programme will bring a focus on the needs of older people in the city.   The workshops will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12.30 pm     Teas and coffees will be served on arrival    Tues. 30th Sept   Millennium Hall, City Hall.    Wed. Oct. 1st      Mahon Community Centre.  Thurs. Oct. 2nd  Ballyphehane Community Centre.    Contact Chris Dorgan 4924076

Role of Parish Child Safeguarding Representatives is to ensure that all information about child safeguarding procedures is available and that Diocesan procedures for safeguarding children are implemented in the parish, thus ensuring that our parish is committed to best practice in respect of children and young people.  Our Parish representatives  are Deirdre Healy and Rose Fitzgerald   087-2610276 and the Diocesan Contact: Ms. Cleo Yates   087-3768599   An updated training course will take place shortly for both existing and new representatives.

First Friday: Fr. Kerry will visit the sick and housebound of his area this coming week on Thursday & Friday at the usual times

Ministers of the Word: can collect their Rota for the coming weeks in the Sacristy

Turner’s Cross Parish Pilgrimage to Gougane Barra is on  this Sunday  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).

Holy Land: Our prayers and good wishes to Fr. Billy and his fellow pilgrims who travel on Pilgrimage to the Holy Land on Wednesday

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

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

Set Dancing Scoil Teaghlaigh Naofa, Tory Top Road (Behind Centra) every Monday 8-9:30pm   Beginners Welcome!! For more info contact Maurice 0876460758

Some Tweets from Pope Francis this week  https://twitter.com/Pontifex
“I pray every day for all who are suffering in Iraq. Please join me.”
“Jesus understands our weaknesses and sins; and he forgives us if we allow ourselves to be forgiven.”
“When a society lacks God, even prosperity is joined by a terrible spiritual poverty.”
“Dear young people, listen within: Christ is knocking at the door of your heart.”
“If you hoard material possessions, they will rob you of your soul.”