10th May 2015 – 6th Sunday of Easter (B)

Portrait of a extended happy family standing in the park.“Reflect before you change it” were the words of Bishop Buckley in his pastoral letter on Marriage & The Family. The following points are taken from the Bishop of Ireland Statement. 1 We respect the views of people who think differently to us, trusting that our sincerely held views grounded in faith, will also be respected. 2  Mothers and fathers bring different, yet complementary gifts and strengths into a child’s life.  3. We ask the people of Ireland to consider the profound implications which this constitutional amendment would have on the family environment and on our understanding of parenthood.  Copies available at back of Church.

First Holy Communion   Next Sat 16th May will be   a very important day in the  lives of 65 young people from Bun Scoil Chriost Ri.   On that day  they will receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion.  We wish the young people and their  families and teachers a very happy day.  The Mass will be at 10.30am.   Note no Mass at 10am

Little Nellie of Holy God:   a Talk on Little Nellie  by Jacqueline Quirke, Sheila McCarthy & Tom O Sullivan.   Venue: St. Columba’s Parish Pastoral Centre 14th May 8pm. All welcome
images-2 “Colaiste Stiofain Naofa (CSN) will hold it’s Annual Plant Sale on Tues.12th and Wed. 13th of May. This plant sale showcases the work of the Horticulture students at CSN. Plants available include annuals, perennials  herbs, vegetables, trees, and shrubs. Opening times 9am to 5pm. All welcome.”

Turners Cross Parish Assembly meeting Monday, 11th May in the Parish Centre at 8.00pm sharp.  Those without email may collect their agenda and minutes from the Sacristy.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society: Monthly meeting on Tues. 12th May at 7.30 pm in the Parish Center

Proclaim-LogoPROCLAIM 15 – proclaiming Christ in 2015.  The leaflets for the  second week of the programme of short faith and scripture reflections will be available as you leave Mass today. The reaction of individuals and families has been very positive. Two families said “it has helped them to reintroduce prayer with the family it gets the children involved”.    An elderly couple said “it got us thinking and praying.”   The material is suitable to help personal reflection and for use in families and small groups, If you missed last week give it a try this week.. There will be a public sessions in the parish centre at 8pm this coming Wednesday at 8pm.

Death:  We remember in our prayers Sheila Ahern, Evergreen Rd who died recently We extend our sympathy to her family

Parish Pilgrimage to Mount Melleray Abbey.  A Parish Pilgrimage to Mount Melleray is planned for Pentecost Sunday 24th May,  Cost € 10.00, names and payment may be given in to Sacristy.

Second Collection for the Pastoral Development office in the Diocese  is this weekend 9th and 10th May.  It funds the costs of training for parish assemblies and pastoral councils; ministry to young people and young adults; training for parish ministries such as baptism preparation teams, parish catechists, funeral teams; and resources for ongoing formation such as courses, talks and conferences for clergy and laity.

images-3Exam Time: It’s that time of year again when many young people are in the throes of preparation for exams. These can be tense and testing times not just for the young people themselves but for their families also.  This weekend a candle  will be lit with a prayer for all these young people that they may give of their best.  It will be lit at every 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.

Rosary at Ballyphane Grotto: members of the Legion of Mary will recite the rosary on Monday nights at 8.30pm during the month of May.  All are welcome.

Peru Mission on Wed. May 20th a Mass of Thanksgiving will be concelebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, Rochestown, at 7pm  for all who have contributed in any way to the work of the mission – the missionaries, the Peruvian people and the people of Cork and Ross, Kerry, Cloyne and beyond, who generously supported the mission over 50 years.  Especially remembered and named at the Mass will be the missionaries who have died. All are welcome..  After the Mass, refreshments will be served at the Rochestown Park Hotel.

Trocaire:  Please return your Trócaire boxes as soon as you can.

Parish Insurance the premium for the Parish is now due and is costing €7,000. This is a running cost that is paid from the contributions of parishioners to the weekly offertory collection. We acknowledge the support and generosity of parishioners which makes it possible to meet our commitments.0