21st February 2016 – 2nd Sunday Lent (C)

Transfiguration-raphaelTransfiguration    In St Luke’s account of the Transfiguration of the Lord we hear the voice of the Father and we see Jesus, bathed in the power of God, the dazzling brightness of the Holy Spirit.  We hear and see something of the Blessed Trinity, a mountain-top view of the Kingdom of God as we share the awe of Peter, James and John.  Jesus is joined by Moses and Elijah, signifying the Law and the Prophets, the Law that he has come to fulfill and the prophets who foretold him, his forerunners.  Jesus is affirmed by the Father, who tells us to listen to him.  Peter wants to hold on to the experience, to build three tents.  However, they must come down from the mountain and continue the journey to Jerusalem, a journey of faith which requires something of the gritty faith of Abraham.  As we continue our Lenten journey towards Holy Week and Easter, may we adore the Son of God, listen to his words as the Fathers tells us, and serve him in the beggar, the sick, the migrant, the imprisoned, in the least of his brothers and sisters, in this year of mercy.

With joy we welcome Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor to our Parish this weekend.  He will be celebrating the 12 noon Mass this Sunday and at 3pm this evening will give a talk in our  Church  Pope Francis and the Gospel of Mercy.  He always looks forward to his visits to Cork where his parents came from,  His grandparents are buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.   The Cardinal is a close friend of Pope Francis, they both received the Red Hat from Pope St. John Paul in 2001. His recently published book  “An English Spring, Memoirs”  gives us an insight to the mind of the Cardinal and his friendships with people of all walks of life. Before his retirement he had been a member of a number of  Roman Congregations as well as Archbishop of Westminister and Primate of England and Wales..

Jubilee Pilgrimage in our City:  at the gathering in our Church on Sunday next Bishop Buckley will launch our local pilgrimage for the Year of Mercy. We hope many of you with your families will make the Pilgrimage with us in April or May when the weather improves !!!  and the details of the route are given.  More news later.

imagesA ‘Pro Life Rally Cork : Saturday, 27th February.  Mass at 1:15pm in St. Peter & Pauls’, presided over by Bishop John Buckley, followed by Rally at Grand Parade at 2pm.

Lent:    Here in Turner’s Cross it is good to see the number attending daily Mass during Lent,  it is a most positive thing to do. Our Masses here are at 10am & 6pm each day.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Br. Clement McCarthy, Presentation Brothers, Maiville, Sheila O’Flynn, Capwell Avenue and Eileen (Eily) Daly, Mercier Park , also twins William and John Kelly,  London  and late of  Turners Cross  who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their community and families.

Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the Wednesdays of Lent after the 10am Mass until 11am, including our Mass we will have an hour with the Lord. Why not join us for an hour each week.  Silence and prayer are the key to peace. Give yourself this gift?

Morning & Evening Pray each Friday of Lent after the 10am & 6pm Masses

“Do this in Memory”: We welcome the children preparing for their First Confession and First Holy Communion to our Mass this Sunday.  First Confession will be on Tuesday 1st March at 7.30pm

Trocaire Family Fast Boxes are available at the back of the Church

Rediscovering Mercy:     four sessions to explore Mercy in a personal, local, global and prayerful context on Mondays 22nd, 29th February and Mondays 7th and 14th March. Coffee at 10:30am, sessions from 10:45am to 12:15pm at the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane, Cork, at Ballyphehane Church, access from Friars Walk, where parking is free.

Spring Dues:  We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes for their areas after Mass in the Sacristy. Many thanks.

Confessions:   Saturdays after the 10.00 am Mass & after 6.00 pm Vigil Mass, or ask one of the priests at any time.

Pioneer Lenten Challenge!   Many people abstain from alcohol and take the Short-Term Pledge for Lent.  Make your Lenten pledge at www.pioneerassociation.ie <http://www.pioneerassociation.ie>   or by contacting your local Pioneer centre representative. Take this opportunity to help someone you know/love with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your Lenten sacrifice as a prayer for their freedom and well-being.  Go for it and make a difference to someone’s life!