29th November 2015 – 1st Sunday of Advent (C)

3785635_fd9c17d2The Advent Wreath   There are five candles on the wreath. They remind us of the four Sundays of Advent and –ˇChristmas Eve. Three are purple and one pink and one white.
                                                                                                                                The first a symbol of HOPE with the Prophet’s Candle Jesus is coming
                        The second – FAITH the Bethlehem Candle  Mary & Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem
  The third  JOY the Shepherd’s Candle. Joy at the coming birth of Jesus
                      The fourth – PEACE  the Angel’s Candle The Message of the Angels: “Peace on Earth, Good will towards Me

The Jesse Tree    Each symbol usually consists of a hand made symbol that represents one of the major stories of the Old Testament.                                                                 The first symbol is a dove, reminding us of the peace and harmony of creation as God intended.
The second symbol is an apple, representing original sin. Christ is called the “second” or “new” Adam because he ushered in a new creation, forgiving sin and restoring humanity to God’s grace.
The third symbol of the ark reminds us that although God was displeased with the wickedness of the men and women he had created, he also sees the best in us and renews his covenant with us through forgiveness and mercy.

Altar Servers:   there will be a meeting of all Servers and those who have applied to be Altar Servers and their Parents in the Church on Wed.  2nd Dec at 2.35pm.  Note change of date/                                                                                                                

Munster Senior Football Club  Final:  Sun. 29th Nov.  Nemo v Clonmel Commercials In Mallow @ 2.00 pm

Turner’s Cross Senior Citizens Christmas Party will be held on Sat.12th Dec. at 3pm in the Nemo Complex. Names must be in by Tuesday  8th Dec.

Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards  will be available in the Parish Office after Masses this weekend   The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23, 24, 25 Dec.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Brian Heaphy  Fr. Matthew Rd. & Theresa O’Reilly, Fr. Matthew Rd,  who died recently we extend our sympathy to Archbishop Kieran and to the O’Reilly  and Heaphy Families

Candle_Cross-1Console Christmas Celebration of Light  will take place in the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, on this Sun 29th Nov. at 4pm. The Celebration of Light commemorates 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 will be served after the ceremony.

Encountering Mercy:  The theme of Mercy in the Gospel of Luke. Three Mondays   30th Nov. 7th & 14th Dec. Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphane.  10.45am  -12 noon   Cuppa at 10.30am  Contact Sr Karen  4537601

Advent: Public Morning and Evening Prayer will be celebrated on Tuesdays in Advent.  Morning Prayer (Lauds) will be celebrated in the church after 10.00 am Mass, and Evening Prayer (Vespers) will be celebrated at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre, all are welcome.

Minister Word can collect their Rotas in the Sacristy for the coming weeks

Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament: on the Wednesdays of Advent after the 10am Mass until 11am

First Friday:  Fr. Kerry & Fr. Billy will visit the sick and the housebound next Thursday & Friday at the usual times.

Anointing of the Sick: will take place after the 10 am Mass next Sat. 5th Dec.

The Acclimation after the Consecration of the Mass for the coming months
       “When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death. O Lord, until you come again”

L’Arch Christmas Craft Fair will be held in the L’Arch Centre, Togher on Sunday 6th Dec. 10am to 4pm. Your support will be appreciated.

Youth 2000 Ireland will be hosting their annual Christmas Retreat in Newbridge College, from Fri. 18th to Sun. 20th Dec. Young people from across Ireland (aged 16-35) are expected at this donation only event, with all newcomers very welcome.   This is a great opportunity to find out what your faith is all about in a friendly, chilled out atmosphere.  Free buses available.  On line booking necessary, see www.youth2000.ie or see us on Facebook

FullSizeRenderChristmas 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 sent 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.

Concert at Colaiste Chriost Rí: “Christmas with Cara,” 4th December at 8.00 pm.  Cara O’Sullivan accompanied by Eleanor Malone, with Choir of Bunscoil Chriost Rí and Church of St James Choir, Ballinora. Admission € 20.

Alpha  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.

The Parish Library will be open next weekend 5th & 6th Dec.to get or return a