2nd April 2017 – 5th Sunday of Lent (A)

Lazarus, here! Come our!

As we approach Holy Week and Easter we begin to reflect on the mission Jesus accomplished for us, the work of our redemption through his passion, death and resurrection. In the Gospel for this fifth Sunday of Lent Jesus says: ‘I am the resurrection. If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.’ Jesus’ mission, message and teaching are validated by the Father in his Resurrection, and the promise of eternal life is made to us.

We must set this against the reality of bereavement, grief and death in our own lives.  We read that Jesus wept at the death of his fried Lazarus and at the grief of the sisters, Mary and Martha. Lazarus’ rising was real enough, they even had a dinner to celebrate it.  Lazarus was indeed raised from the dead, but his raising was not like the Resurrection of Jesus.  He will die again, and is bound by grave clothes, and by his mortality. The raising of Lazarus shows that Jesus is the Lord of life, it shows his concern for us in our grief and as we face death, and it promises us a glorious resurrection and eternal life.

Lent: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday mornings after the 10.00 am Mass until 11.00 am. Morning and evening Prayer of the Church after Masses on Fridays.

Ministers of the Word may collect their Rota from the Sacristy.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers John Maye, O’Connell Avenue, who died recently, and extend sympathy to his family.

The Parish Assembly:  meeting this Monday 3rd April in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.

Confessions:   Saturdays after the 10am Mass & after Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm, or ask one of the priests at any time.

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

Parents & Friends Association of Bunscoil Chriost Ri Annual Fundraising Night “Musical Bingo” at The Hawthorn Bar, The Lough on Friday 7th April 2017 at 8:00pm

“Do this in Memory”:   the next Mass will be Palm Sunday 9th April at 10.00 am.   Meeting of parent class representatives  on this Monday 3rd April  at 7.30 pm in Fr. Billy’s  house.

CMCC: Marriage Preparation Courses:
Book your pre-marriage course at CMCC, early booking is essential. Contact us on 021 4272277.  Over 90% of couples find our courses to be “A very worthwhile experience.”

Cork Marriage Counselling Centre
If you are struggling in your marriage or family relationships contact us at 021 4275678 to arrange a low-cost preliminary professional consultation. It might break the ice and get you talking about what matters – your relationship.

PALM SUNDAY CONFESSIONS:  True preparation for this Sacrament involves taking stock of the overall pattern of my behaviour, my attitudes, and trying to identify what’s holding me back from living a wholly integrated life with others and with God. Next Sunday, Palm Sunday, we will have an opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness. Confessions will be available after all the Masses, including the Vigil Mass on Saturday. A number of priests will be available for confessions.

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

Support Cancer Ward 2D, CUH: Coffee Morning and Cake Sale at Community Resource Centre, Lower Friars Walk, Ballyphehane on Wednesday 12th April 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.

South Parish Historical Society Monthly Meeting on Wed. 5th April 2017 at 7:30 pm in St John’s College, Sawmill Street. William Casey will speak on Cork and the Fenian Rising of 1867. Non-members €2. All Welcome.