17th January 2016 – 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

4537907070Water into Wine         In the honour/shame society of that time running out of wine at the wedding at Cana was a family calamity.  Jesus tells his mother that his hour has not yet come, yet she persists in her request, quietly confident.  Jesus restores life and joy by taking ordinary water and changing it into extraordinary wine. The Church is the bride of Christ, at times of darkness we may ask where is the wedding joy, can the Lord restore us, so that he may indeed rejoice over us.  Each of us may dare to hope that the Lord will take the muddy waters of our lives and change them into wine.  We  pray for reliance on the intercession of Mary, given to us as our mother by Jesus as he hung dying on the Cross.

imagesWorld Day of Migrants and Refugees 17th January 2016  Bishop Buckley comments that millions of people are displaced by war, hunger and oppression,  We are deeply saddened by loss of life around the Mediterranean as desperate migrants attempt to enter the E.U. in search of a better life. Those coming here hope that Ireland is a place where they will be safe and able to rebuild their lives. The local church should be at the forefront of efforts to welcome them, remembering Jesus’ words images-2‘I was a stranger and you took me in.’ Pope Francis said that the city, the town, the village that does not welcome the stranger has forgotten to care for itself.  We pray for those experiencing great suffering, remembering especially the persecuted Christians of the Middle East   and Africa.

“Do this in Memory” Mass next Sunday 24th January at 10.00 am,  Meeting of parent class representatives on this Monday 17th January at 7.30pm in Fr. Kerry’s house.

The Alpha Course explores the faith in a “non-Churchy” and adult way in a friendly environment.  Our third Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha begins on Wednesday January 27th in the Parish Centre and continues each Wednesday evening from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm for ten weeks.  A talk is followed by a tea/coffee break and then we divide into small discussion groups. Alpha is for everyone; no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. We don’t assume any background knowledge or belief and everyone is welcome.
(Team meeting in Parish Centre this Wednesday at 7.30 pm.)

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Irene Dermody, Green Lawn, Stephen Guerin, Cross Douglas Rd. and Breda Ó Riain,  Ashdale Pk.  who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

Turners Cross Active Retirement Group: reopens on Tuesday 19th January at 7.30 pm in the Capwell Rd Centre.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection at all Masses this weekend to support the diocesan office and diocesan initiatives.

What is God calling you to in Life ? Married Life, Religious Life, Single Life, or Priesthood?  Come to an informal discussion in “The Crypt,” Dennehy’s Cross Church Tuesday 26th January at 7.30 pm.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Jer 1,5.

images-3Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18th – 25th January. Service of Prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday 24th January at 7.00 pm. in the Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield. Preacher is  Bishop Paul Colton, Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork Cloyne & Ross.

Talk in defence of the 8th Amendment with David Quinn Iona Institute and Margaret Hickey Family & Life  Silver Springs Hotel, Cork on Tuesday January 19th at 7:30pm.

Bereavement Support Group beginning in the S.M.A Parish Centre Room 10, on Wednesday 27th January at 8.00 pm.  Open to all recently or long-term bereaved. Contact Kathleen: 4544262  or Margaret: 4544429.

Easter Rising: The UCC Chaplaincy will host a series of lectures on ‘The Catholic Church in Ireland and the revolutionary decade, 1912-1923.’ by Gabriel Doherty of the School of History, on Mondays 25th January and 1st and 8th February, at 6.00 pm in the Boole I lecture theatre. Lectures last about one hour, with discussion over tea and biscuits in the Chaplaincy afterwards.