11th January 2015 – Feast of the Baptism of the Lord


Jesus is baptised by John

Baptism:  Today’s  Feast  “The Baptism of the Lord” marks the beginning of the public life and ministry of Jesus and  is an invitation to reflect on our own baptism. We too have been baptised with the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit that empowered Jesus to proclaim the kingdom and to endure the sufferings that lay before him. In our baptism the Spirit proclaims to each of us that we are God’s beloved and challenges us to be true to ourselves and to our God as we try to live according to the values of the kingdom that Jesus preached.

images Blessing of the recently baptised :  At our 12 noon Mass this weekend   11th January there will be a special Blessing for all the Children who were baptised in our parish in the past year. Parents will renew their commitment.    A welcome to parents and infants, Godparents & Grandparents. We thank our  Baptismal Team for their help and commitment during the year in visiting the families and helping them prepare for Baptism and the Parish Assembly who contacted the families.   A blessing for their first year of life.  As they begin to crawl, teeth and grow, we ask God’s Blessing on them and their families.

Important Dates                                                                                                                                                                                                                    World Day of Prayer for Sick 11th Feb                                                                                
Ash Wednesday: 18th February                                                                                         
First Confessions: 3rd March
                                                                                          Easter Sunday:  5th April
                                                                                                Parish Confirmations: 22nd  April                                                                                    First Holy Communions:  16th May

“Do this in Memory” Meeting with Parents Reps. in Fr. Kerry’s house on Mon.12th Jan. at 7.30 pm

Parish Assembly: meet on Mon.12th in Parish Centre at 8 pm   Collect agenda in Sacristy

choirOur Church Choir is looking for new members, contact Paula  Murphy if interested at 087-3879733   We thank our Choir for their commitment and how they enrich our liturgies.

                                                                       Diocesan Quarterly Collection: will be taken us at all Masses next weekend. 17th/18th January.  This collection financially supports the diocesan office and diocesan initiatives, The central fund of the diocese is currently operating at an annual deficit of over €300,000.

St Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society  Monthly meeting on this Tues. 13th Jan. after the 10am Mass in the Parish Centre.

Confessions:   Saturdays: after the 10am Mass & after Saturday Vigil Mass or ask one of the priests at any time.

Our Parish Bulletin is on the World wide web every weekend www.turnerscross.com    Family members abroad may like to log in

Viatores Christi:  For those interested in overseas volunteering and/or joining the Training Course on Overseas Development & Mission, Viatores Christi  will hold an Information & Recruitment Session on Sat, 17th Jan. at 12.00 at VC HQ, 8 New Cabra Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7   Tel. 01-868 9986 info@viatoreschristi.com   <http://www.viatoreschristi.com/>

page37pope_2511040aWe pray for  Pope Francis as he  embarks on his second Asian pilgrimage this coming week, visiting Sri Lanka and the Philippines exactly 20 years after St. John Paul II’s record-making visit to two countries with wildly disparate Catholic populations. Francis will make headlines of his own, drawing millions of faithful in the Philippines and treading uncharted political waters following Sri Lanka’s remarkable electoral upset this past week.
Francis will be bringing a message of reconciliation between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil minority and interfaith harmony after Sri Lanka’s quarter-century civil war ended in 2009 with the army’s violent crushing of the Tamil Tiger rebels.