Today’s Message: Jesus tells his disciples that He must suffer and die, a revelation which prompts immediate protest from Peter and, in turn, a strong rebuke from Christ. The spectre of the cross is a reality in all of our lives – and never a welcome one. The problem of human suffering remains a stumbling block to faith in a benevolent God. And yet C.S. Lewis (who lost his wife to cancer) reminds us that, while suffering is never good in itself, it can nevertheless prompt good actions in others, including the multiple acts of compassion of those who attend to the person who suffers. In the Second Reading St James encourages us to look at our attitudes and actions and how they can affect those around us: ‘I, by my works, shall show you my faith’. We have a responsibility to be a positive influence in the community.
Parents & Friends Assoc. of Bunscoil Chriost Ri invite everyone to their Coffee Morning in aid of Marymount Hospice on Tues. 15th Sept in School’s Edmund Rice Hall from 08.45-1.30pm. Please support.
Deaths: We remember in our prayers the following who died recently. Rita Lynch, Evergreen Rd. John Linehan, Capwell Avenue, Brother Paul O’Donovan OFM Cap, Rochestown Friary. Hugh Maguire, Green Lawn .We extend our sympathy to their families and community.
Gougane Barra: The Parish Pilgrimage will take place on Sunday 27th Sept. if there are sufficient numbers, cost €10. The bus leaves from outside Bun Scoil Chriost Ri at 12.30pm, Booking by Sunday 20th Sept is essential, booking list in the Sacristy, please give names and phone numbers.
Dates for your diary.
17th Sept. Coffee Morning in Parish Centre in aid of Marymount Hospice after 10am Mass. Your support and help will be much appreciated.
20th Sept. Mass for Grandparents at 12 o’clock, all grandparents and grandchildren welcome.
24th Sept. Mass for the beginning of School Year for Bun Scoil Chriost Ri in the Church at 11am. Parents are welcome to attend.
27th Sept. Enrollment of Children for First Penance & First Holy Communion at 10am Mass.
27th Sept. Gougane Barra Sunday: Mass will be celebrated at 2.30pm. by Bishop Buckley. Mgr. Aidan O’Driscoll, Parish Priest of Clonakilty, will preach the homily.
1st Oct: Mass in Colaiste Chriost Ri. for First year Students and their Parents at 1.45 pm
10th Oct. Mass of Thanksgiving: the 6pm Mass will be offered for the Presentation Sisters in Thanksgiving for their presence and involvement in Parish Life and Education over the years. A gathering in Nano Nagle Hall in the Primary School after Mass to meet Sisters and old friends and have a cuppa.
17th – 21st Oct. Parish Mini Mission with Fr. Michael Burgess OFM Cap.
Turner’s Cross Active Retirement are reopening on this Tues. 15th Sept. in the Centre. Capwell Rd. at 7.30pm. New members welcome
Christ King Girls Secondary School: Open Evening Oct 8th from 6.30 – 8.30.
Senior Football Championship: Nemo v St Nicks this Sun. 13th Sept. Pairc Ui Rinn @ 2.00 pm
Pope Francis Visit to Cuba & The United States: He leaves Rome for Cuba next Saturday, he will be there from the 19th – 22nd and in the U.S.A. from 22nd – 27th. For Pope Francis, one of the key issues for Catholics in the US and Cuba is the obligation to “go out”, proclaiming the Gospel and bring God’s mercy to the poorest and most disadvantaged people. His final Mass will be in Philadelphia on Sun 27th Sept for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pope Francis for the success of his Apostolic Visit. May He continue to be a source of great inspiration, a living testament of Jesus’ teachings in our troubled world. May God give him health and keep him safe.
Our Sunflowers are Blooming
The Sunflower seeds planted in the grounds of Turners Cross Church in early June after our Vocations Prayer Gathering in Blackrock are now blooming. This is a reminder that when we do the planting the Lord will make the seeds to grow and blossom. Just as when we have the courage to plant the seeds of vocation in the hearts and minds of our young parishioners so God will help the seed to grow! Let these flowers be a constant reminder to us of the need to pray for and encourage vocations in our parishes.