13th March 2016 – 5th Sunday of Lent (C)


Pope Francis hearing confessions

Palm Sunday Confessions will be available after all the Masses next Sunday, including the Vigil Mass on Saturday and a number of priests will be available. Last Sunday we met the Prodigal Son in the Gospel. The moment of conversion in his life was when he came to his senses. He saw clearly his predicament and true condition. “How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death.” His behavior had made him lose his moorings and lose sight of reality. His self examination brought him back to earth and in touch with reality. The Holy Spirit is always at work in our lives to show us the ways that have led us from the Father’s house.
This week and during this Year of Mercy when we examine our conscience we invite the Spirit to bring us back down to earth and back to reality, in touch  with our state before God.

Palm-Sunday-Pictures-imagesPalm for Palm Sunday. Please bring your branch of palm to Mass next weekend, palms will be blessed at each Mass.


Do this in Memory: the next Mass will be Palm Sunday 20th March at 10.00 am,  Meeting of parent class representatives  on this Monday 14th at 7.30 pm in Fr. Kerry’s  house.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers  Rhonda Phelan (nee Chandley) Mitchelstown late of Beauford Pk.    Fr. Sean McCarthy retired Parish Priest of Enniskeane who served in Turners Cross from 1980 – 1983, and Christine O’Brien, Greenhills Estate who died recently.   We extend our sympathy to their families and parishioners

 Lent: Weekday Masses 10.00 am & 6.00 pm.  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays after the 10.00 am Mass until 11.00 am.  Morning & Evening Prayer of the Church on Fridays during Lent after the 10.00 am &  6.00 pm Masses.

 Easter Triduum Masses: will be celebrated  on Easter Sunday, Monday & Tuesday. Cards available  from the office after Masses this  weekend and during the week.

St. Patrick’s Day:  Vigil Mass on Wednesday at 6.00 pm.  Masses on Thursday 17th at 10.00am & 12.00  noon.   No evening Mass on Thursday.

page37pope_2511040aPope Francis: This Sunday is the third anniversary of the election of  Pope Francis. We pray for his ministry to the Universal Church and to all humanity.

Bishops Commissions Collection will be taken up this  weekend 12th/13th March, for the work of the Irish Bishops Conference and its agencies and commissions.  These include Emigrants, Justice & Peace, Communications, CURA, Child Protection etc.

Ministers of the Eucharist:  can collect their Rota for the coming weeks in the Sacristy.

 The Matt Talbot Mass and Novena will continue this Friday, 18th March. at 7.30 pm in Togher Church. The Celebrant and preacher will be the Bishop Wm. Crean, Bishop of Cloyne.  A cup of tea afterwards in the Parish Office

Bunscoil Chríost Rí:  On Tuesday next, March 15th all schools in the country will celebrate ‘Proclamation Day’ as part of the 1916 Centenary commemoration.  To start Bunscoil Chríost Rí’s special day of cultural activities, a Flag Raising and Proclamation Reading ceremony will take place on the front lawn of the school at 9:00 am on Tuesday morning.  All pupils, past pupils, parents and members of our local community are welcome to attend this unique celebration of our heritage.

 Society of St Vincent de Paul:  Our thanks to the members of the SVP Conference who spoke at Masses last weekend. If you would like to help with the monthly collections at our church, please contact one of the priests.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes:  11th – 16th June. Booking forms from Joe Walsh Tours 117 Patrick St.  See notice at back of Church

 Weekly Gospel Reflection:  From Friday next 18th March, each Friday after ten o’clock Mass we will read the gospel for the following Sunday in the Parish Centre, reflect on it and discuss it among friends.   All welcome.