22nd November 2015 – Feast of Christ the King

storrs_sculptureTHE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING:  84 years ago our Church was opened and blessed.  We give thanks to God for the blessings bestowed on our Parish over the years. We remember those who have contributed to its building and restoration and who have worshipped here.   This Sunday is the final one of the liturgical calendar. To understand more fully what this feast means we need to lay aside a lot of the cultural baggage about Kings and Kingdoms. Jesus’ kingship is very different to the kind we are familiar with. There are no trappings, no palaces, no pomp and ceremony.  “My kingdom is not of this kind.”  “So you are a king then?” said Pilate.  “It is you who say it,”  answered Jesus. “Yes, I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.”  If now we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten how to see God in one another. If we see God in our neighbour, do you think we would need the guns and bombs that we saw in Paris last weekend.

Songs of Faith Concert   Come and hear the young people of our Diocese sing and play their songs of faith – 16 pieces of contemporary sacred music – on this Sunday 22nd November at 7.00 pm at Our Lady Crowned Church, Mayfield, under the musical direction of  Ian Callanan and supported by professional musicians.  All welcome, no tickets – donation only to cover the costs of the project.

Encountering Mercy: The theme of Mercy in the Gospel of Luke.  Three Mondays 30th November, and 7th & 14th December at 10.45 am to 12.00 noon at the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane.  Cuppa at 10.30 am.  Contact Sr. Karen at  4537601.

Christmas gifts with a difference.  Last year there was a very good response to the Gift with a difference. Are you searching for a Christmas gift idea?    You can purchase one of the Trocaire gifts and get the card to send or give to a friend. They will be  available at the back of the Church from members of the Parish Assembly in the first week of December.   Taking a moment to think of others is what Christmas is all about and this is your chance to change someone’s world with a gift they truly need.

Altar Servers:  a meeting of all Servers and those who have applied to be Altar Servers and their Parents in the Church on Thursday next 26th November at 2.35pm.

Prayers of the Faithful for Advent: Secondary school students volunteers may give their names to one of the priests or contact Sharon (Parish Assembly) at 087 7940507

Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards  will be available in the Parish Office after Masses next weekend   The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23rd, 24th and 25th December.

AlphaLogo-Portrait-CMYKAlpha  Our third Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha begins on Wednesday 20th January, and provides an opportunity to explore the Christian faith in an adult way, in a friendly environment.  If you would like to be part of the team helping to run the course please give your name to one of the priests, team training starts in December.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Sean O’Shea, Capwell Avenue,  and Finbarr Downey,  South Douglas Road  who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families .

Carols for COPE in aid of St. Paul’s School, Montenotte at St. Patrick’s Church, Rochestown, on Sunday 6th December @ 7.00pm.  Church and  School Choirs, Youth Choir and orchestra.  Donations on the night.   Lighting of Christmas tree at 6.45pm.

Cork Samaritans.  There are 21 branches of Samaritans in Ireland.  Cork is second biggest and is one of the busiest.  It takes 15 volunteers per day to keep our centre open.  We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. We always need more volunteers.  Contact  recruitment @corksamaritans.ie <http://corksamaritans.ie>   or 7/8 Coach St. Cork

Candle_Cross-1Console Christmas Celebration of Light  in the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, on Sunday 29th November at 4.00 pm commemorating the lives of loved ones lost through suicide.  An evening of song, music, poetry and reflection, the lighting of a candle and a minute’s silence in the presence of others as a symbol of hope for the love that endures.  Light refreshments after the ceremony.

Pope Francis visits three African Countries  this coming week.         
Our prayers and good wishes go with Pope Francis  
Wednesday  25th Nov.  Kenya.
   Friday 27th Nov.  Uganda
   Sunday 29th Nov.  Central African Republic