23rd April 2017 – 2nd Sunday of Easter

The gospel story this weekend presents a contrast between the fear of the disciples, gathered behind closed doors, and the mission of Jesus, who sends them out into the world to proclaim the message of forgiveness. We also experience this contrast in a struggle between a closed heart and the call of love to go out of ourselves. Christ wants to enter into each one of us to break open the locked doors of our hearts and send us out. We see before us a humanity that is often wounded and fearful, a humanity that bears the scars of pain and uncertainty. Before the anguished cry for mercy and peace, we hear Jesus’ inspiring invitation: “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”
In God’s mercy, all of our infirmities find healing. His mercy seeks to meet all forms of poverty and to free this world of so many types of slavery. Mercy desires to reach the wounds of all, to heal them. Being apostles of mercy means touching and soothing the wounds that today afflict the bodies and souls of many of our brothers and sisters. Soothing these wounds, we make Jesus present and alive to others, so they can recognise him as their Lord and their God, as did the Apostle Thomas. This is the mission that is entrusted to us. So many people need to be listened to and to be understood. The Gospel of mercy requires generous and joyful servants, people who love freely without expecting anything in return. We encounter Jesus and the possibility of Easter joy every time we go to Mass, when we unite ourselves with him and he says “my peace I give you.”  With Thomas we answer, “my Lord and my God.”

Confirmations:  Bishop Patrick Harrington, SMA, will be with us for our  Parish Confirmation ceremony on next Tuesday April 25th.   Because of Confirmations there will be no 10.00am Mass on Tuesday, morning Mass is at 9.00 am with the Confirmation Mass at 10.30 am.  Our prayers and good wishes to the young people being confirmed, to their families and teachers. 

Easter Offerings: Fr. Billy & Fr. Kerry sincerely thank you for your Easter Offerings – much appreciated.

DeathsWe remember in our prayers Bernadette (Bernie) McCarthy, Douglas,  Andrew Spelman, Cork/Galway and Timothy Harrington, Summerhill South who died recently, and extend sympathy to their families.

 Medjugorje Pilgrimage May 31st – June 7th 2017 ex Cork. Early morning flight. Spiritual Director: Fr. Sean Corkery.  Cost is €719.00pps. Contact Sean O’Shaughnessy 0862959380. Joe Walsh Tours is the agent for this pilgrimage.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES All parishioners are invited to attend one of two gatherings with Fr Timothy Bartlett, the General Secretary for the World Meeting of Families in Ireland will tell us more about this international event to be hosted in Ireland next year at the request of Pope Francis.  At these sessions we will also launch our Diocesan programme of preparation towards the World Meeting.  The two sessions are on Thursday 4th May From 2:30pm to 4:00pm in Clonakilty Parish Centre and from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in Blackrock Parish Centre.  For more details contact 021 4537601.

.“Do this in Memory” meeting of the Parent Representatives in Fr. Billy’s house this Monday 24th April at 7.30 pm.

Come and See Information Day for Priesthood in the Diocese of Cork & Ross. The Annual Vocations Information Day will be held this year at The Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane 021-4537603 on Sunday May 7th from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. For more information, in confidence please contact Fr. Tom Deenihan (021) 4301717, Fr Charlie Kiely (021) 4537603 or Canon Bertie O’Mahony (021) 4371684.

 Marriage Encounter Weekend at The Cork International Airport Hotel, 5th-7th May 2017. For more information and or to book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie <http://www.marriageencounter.ie>  or call (086)-8334382, (087) 2162436 or 021- 4381511. Presented by Catholic Marriage Encounter in Ireland.

Choral Festival Sacred Trail: A warm welcome to the mixed chamber choir Cywair based in West Wales who will sing at the 12.00 noon Mass in Christ the King Church, Turner’s Cross on next Sunday 30th April.

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 3rd May from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.