8th October 2016 – 26th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

The World Meeting of Families is held every three years in a different city and country. Pope Francis has chosen Dublin for the next meeting from 21st to 28th August next year. The theme of this meeting is: The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World. These major international events bring together families from across the world to celebrate, to pray and to reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family, in our lives, in society and in the Church.

The key moments are as follows:

A National Opening on 21st August will take place simultaneously in all the different dioceses of Ireland.

A three-day Congress will run from 22nd to 24th August with a programme of keynote speakers, workshops, talks, testimonies and discussions. There will also be an engaging and exciting programme for young people as well as fun activities for children. There will be daily celebration of the Eucharist, prayerful activities, exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances.

On Saturday 25th August there will be a Festival of Families, a concert style event with a prayerful and joyful atmosphere, in which personal stories of faith will be shared by families from all continents.

The World Meeting of Families will close on Sunday 26th August with a solemn Mass for thousands of people from Ireland and all over the world. It is hoped that Pope Francis will be the principal Celebrant.

We begin our preparation at Turner’s Cross Parish this weekend with the launch of our World Meeting of Families Preparation Calendar and solemn recitation of the Family Prayer at the conclusion of each Mass. Each Family is asked to take a copy of the Preparation Calendar (one per family).

Having Faith in Families: A talk by Professor Eamonn Conway of Mary Immaculate College on Sunday 15th October from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Christ the King Church, Turner’s Cross. This is part of our preparation for the World Meeting of Families. We look forward to welcoming you there – donation only.

First Holy Communion. The 10.00 am Mass on this Sunday October 8th is the Enrolment Mass for 2018 First Holy Communion and the first Do this in Memory Mass of this year’s preparation programme.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection at all Masses this weekend 7th and 8th October to support the work of the dioceses.

Pilgrimage: Fr Billy will be on pilgrimage to the Holy Land from Monday October 9th to Wednesday October 18th.

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

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society: Meet on Tues. 10th October at 7.30pm in Parish Centre.

Mission Month of October 2017 This year, Mission Sunday falls on 22nd October and this weekend marks the start of the Mission Month of October. World Missions Ireland is the Holy Father’s official charity for overseas mission and is responsible for coordinating Mission Sunday in Ireland. A calendar of events has been put in place by World Missions Ireland throughout the month of October, details of which can be found at http://www.wmi.ie

Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office – vacancy for Receptionist/Secretary. Must be eligible for CE scheme – 19.5 hours per week. Please send cv and cover letter to southsidetdl@eircom.net

Gather Monday Prayer for Young Adults: Join the Sisters of Bon Secours in prayer, quiet, reflection and chat. 7pm to 9pm each Monday evening in the Convent Chapel behind the Bon Secours Hospital, College Road. All young adults welcome. Contact: Anne-Marie Whelan 0872209994 “The Way, The Truth, The Life’ Sun 22nd Oct 10am to 5pm in the Sisters of Bon Secours Convent, College Road with Fr John Keane. Donation Only. BOOKING ESSENTIAL – Places limited. Contact: Anne-Marie Whelan 0872209994 eavopost@gmail.com

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