Week of prayer for Christian Unity
The scandal of disunity between the churches is a rejection of God’s will, and a rejection of Jesus’ own prayer that we should all be one: ut unam sint. Our attitudes to other denominations and Christian communities must be based on respect, and on a real desire for the unity for which Christ prayed. St Paul reminds us that we are all baptised into the one Spirit. Through the Spirit we share in the life of Christ as members of his body, each of us dependent on the others just as the parts of a human body depend on the body as a whole.
On Wednesday, Pope Francis invited us to bear witness to our unity in Christ as God’s People: All the baptised, reborn to new life in Christ, are brothers and sisters, despite our divisions. Let us ask the Lord to help all Christians to grow in that unity which is greater than what divides us. Together, may we respond to his call to share with others, especially with the poor and forgotten of our world, the gift of divine mercy which we ourselves have received.
Week 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 and Ross.
I attended my first Alpha Course in 1995, and with some reluctance I must admit. I found to my surprise that it was friendly and enjoyable. It explored the faith in a “non-Churchy” and adult way. I have been involved in Alpha Courses ever since. Our 2016 Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha Course begins on Wednesday next January 27th, and provides an opportunity to explore the faith in a friendly environment. It continues in the Parish Centre 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, and everyone is welcome. You don’t have to commit to the whole course – just pop along for the first night and see what you think. Fr. Billy
Deaths: We remember in our prayers Albert Porter, Green Lawn and & Pat Dumphy who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.
Bereavement Support Group in the S.M.A. Parish Centre Wilton. Sessions begin Wed. 27th Jan. at 8 pm, Room 10. Open to all people recently or long-term bereaved. Contact Kathleen: 4544262 Margaret: 4544429
Year of Consecrated Life: The Cork Region Vocations Directors invite you to join with them for Mass to mark the Year of Consecrated Life on Saturday 30th January, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road at 6:30pm.
What is God calling you to in Life ? Married Life, Religious Life, Single Life, 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.
Confessions: Saturdays after the 10.00 am Mass & after 6.00 pm Vigil Mass, or ask one of the priests at any time.
Our Church Choir is looking for new members, contact Paula Murphy if interested at 087-3879733 We thank our Choir for their commitment and for how they enrich our liturgies.
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.
Positive Psychology /Mindfulness and Relaxation classes commencing in Turners Cross Community Centre on Mon. 25th Jan. from 7.30 to 9.00 for a 6 week course. Contact Judy Phelan R.G.N.Dip. Applied Positive Psychology. Phone- 0857142944
A WORD FROM POPE FRANCIS