8th February 2015 – 5th Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

PPL053CHRISTIAN SERVICE   We are called to follow Christ who came not to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.  In a healthy Christian community various needs of people are met by the giftedness, by the talents and abilities of others within that community.  Christian service is often worked out in a home or family context, as well as in the wider community and in meeting the needs of others our own lives are enriched. St Paul tells us that he made himself the slave of all.  In a healthy Christian community needs of people are met by the giftedness, by the talents and abilities of those within the community.  In Turner’s Cross we have groups of generous people who combine to provide service to the Christian community or to individuals, including for example family carers, members of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, many who help or minister in our church and the many involved in community, social, cultural and sporting activities in a voluntary capacity.  It is in prayer that we will find the strength to persevere in our Christian service, and to keep it fresh and generous.

Anointing of the Sick: This month Anointing of the Sick will take place on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, this Wednesday 11th February, “World Day of Prayer for the Sick,”  after the 10.00 am & 6.00 pm Masses (note extra Mass).   The 10 o’clock Mass on Wednesday will be offered for all our sick and their carers. Refreshments in the Parish Centre courtesy of the Parish Assembly after the 10.00 am Mass.  Consider offering a lift to a neighbour who may be housebound.

A Prayer for Healing
Lord, You invite all who are burdened to come
to you. Allow Your healing Hand to heal me.
Touch my soul with Your compassion for others;
touch my heart with Your courage and infinite
Love for all; touch my mind with Your Wisdom,
and may my mouth always proclaim Your praise
and speak well of others. Teach me to reach out
to You in all my needs, and help me to lead
others to You by my example. Most loving Heart
of Jesus, bring me health in body and spirit that
I may serve You with all my strength. Touch
gently this life which you have created, now and
forever. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. Amen.

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly
Fr Kerry will convey our warmest congratulations to Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly when he attends his Mass of Installation as Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, on this Sunday, 8th February in Thurles. Archbishop O’Reilly is a native of Turner’s Cross and was educated at Scoil Chríost Rí and Coláiste Chríost Rí.  He entered the Society of African Missions in Wilton, Cork in 1970 and was ordained priest in 1978.  After distinguished service in Africa and Rome for the Society he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Bishop of Killaloe in May, 2010.  In May of last year Pope Francis appointed him as a member of the Vatican’s Congregation for Religious and Societies of Apostolic Life and in November appointed him as Archbishop of Cashel and Emly.

“Do this in Memory” Mass on Sunday 15th February at 10am.   Meeting of parent class representatives this Monday 9th February at 7.30pm in Fr. Kerry’s house.

Parish Assembly:  meeting this Monday 9th February in Parish Centre at 8pm. Agendas in Sacristy.  Agenda can be collected in Sacristy.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society: meeting next Tuesday 10th February in Parish Centre after 10am Mass.

Meeting and Greeting:  The Parish Assembly is developing a team to welcome people, regulars or newcomers, to Mass on Sunday.  It is good to foster the communal aspect of our Sunday Mass.  Team members will be asked to attend a Mass of their choice from time to time and hand out Mass leaflets as they offer a smile or word of welcome.  Please consider volunteering to help the development of this parish service.

Weekly Gospel Reflection: Do you know what you are missing?  Each Monday after ten o’clock Mass we read the gospel for the following Sunday in the Parish Centre, reflect on it and discuss it among friends.   All welcome.

Parish Choir:  New members of our Parish Choir are always welcome, contact Paula 087-3879733 or any member of the Choir.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Collection   A special collection at all Masses this weekend 7th/8th February to help those whose health and/or means would otherwise prevent them from travelling to Lourdes. It also subsidises the travel of essential care personnel.   This year’s Pilgrimage is from 11th to 16th June.

Wanted Old / Broken Mobile Phones:   Bun Scoil Chriost Ri are collecting old mobile phones, batteries and chargers for Irish Autism Action Scheme  “IPads for Phones”.  Old phones can be placed in the box at the back of the Church.

Ministers of Word & Eucharist:  Rotas for coming weeks in the Sacristy.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Sr. Rosario Allen, South Presentation Convent, We extend our sympathy to her Community and Family.

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