13th May 2018 – Feast of the Ascension

Papal Mass in Phoenix Park on August 26th.
Turners Cross Parish has taken one hundred and six tickets for the Croke Park Papal Mass with Pope Francis, and we have fifty-three coach spaces for travel to Dublin on Sunday 26th August.  If you wish to avail of one of the places please give your name as soon as possible to the sacristy or to one of the priests. The estimated cost including meals is € 50.00 and a booking deposit of € 5.00 is required. More detailed information will be issued as soon as it becomes available.

Extract from Bishop Buckley’s Pastoral Letter on the Right to Life
The Supreme Court has stated that the unborn baby enjoys only one constitutional right, the right to life. We will be asked in the Referendum to remove the only remaining effective law to protect the unborn. We can choose to retain the 8th Amendment, under which doctors and hospitals will protect the lives of both baby and mother to a standard of care that is considered the highest in the world or we can repeal the 8th Amendment and leave babies with no protection whatsoever.
We will never again have a more important vote. There is no cause more noble than to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Never before in history have we had so much scientific proof that the unborn baby is, in fact, a living, breathing human being. The 8th Amendment is often not understood. It is up to all of us to explain its implications to people in our families, our work life and our friends. Have your answer ready but do it with courtesy and respect.
May the Virgin Mary, who gave birth to Jesus, protect all mothers, all unborn babies, all medical and nursing staff and all who make our laws.

  PRAYER FOR LIFE                                                                                   
Heavenly Father, we are all your children, sons and daughters of the        same loving Father, and for this we praise you.
We thank you for the gift of life.
Help us to appreciate the great dignity of every human being.
Open our hearts to welcome every child as a wonderful gift.
May the life of a mother and her baby in the womb be equally cherished and respected.
Help us to realise that every person is precious that every baby deserves love, that every baby deserves life.
Help those who make our laws to uphold the unique dignity of every human being from conception to natural death.
May Mary and St Joseph pray for us at this time.
We make all our prayers through Christ our Lord.

Annual collection for the Diocesan Pastoral Development Office will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.  Your generosity to this collection enables the office to continue to offer training and formation for pastoral groups and parish ministries, adult faith development opportunities, and the preparatory programme towards the World Meeting of Families.

Ministers of the Word: Copies of the new Rota are in the Sacristy for collection.

First Holy Communion:  The Girls and Boys from Bun Scoil Chriost Ri will receive their First Holy Communion next Saturday, 19th May at 10.30 am Mass.  We wish the young people and their families and teachers a very happy day. Note that there will be no Mass at 10.00 am on Saturday.                               

The Annual Ecumenical Service for Christian Unity: In St. Luke’s Church, Douglas, on Sunday May 20th (Pentecost Sunday) at 7.30 pm.  All welcome.  This service is organised annually by the Cork Ecumenical Standing Committee which comprises: Rev. Geraldine Gracie, Methodist Church; Rev. Daniel Nuzum, Church of Ireland; Ms Valerie Fletcher, Presbyterian Church and Fr.  Christy Fitzgerald, Roman Catholic Church. The sermon will be delivered by Fr. Christy Fitzgerald.

The SMA National Novena in honour of Our Lady of Knock: Begins on Friday 18th May at African Missions Church, Blackrock Road and ends on Saturday 26th May which concludes with our Annual Pilgrimage to Knock.  The Novena will be celebrated at 7.30pm (except on Saturdays when it will be at 7.00pm).  For further information please contact SMA Blackrock Road at 021-4292871 or SMA Wilton at 021-4541069

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays after 10.00 am Mass until 11.00 am to pray for life until the Referendum.

Colaiste Stiofain Naofa (CSN) Annual Plant Sale on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th of May. Opening times 9am to 5pm. All welcome.

  2018 National Famine Commemoration There will be a Famine Commemoration ceremony on in St. Joseph’s Cemetery on Sunday 13th May (at 12 noon) hosted by Lord Mayor Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald.  All welcome.
Our Students are remembered in our Shared Mass every Friday at 10am. Special Exam Cards are available in the Sacristy.

Traffic Disruption during Cork City Marathon, Sunday 3rd June, 2018.  Access to the Church from South Douglas Road/ Skabeg and Curragh Road will be affected. Signage will be in place to direct traffic from the South Douglas Road onto the Cross Douglas Road, travelling via Douglas Road to the church gates on Capwell Road. On leaving the carpark, the signs will direct traffic to return the way they came, there will be limited access from the southern end of Capwell Road left only onto the South Douglas Road.  Curragh Road will be closed to traffic.  The Church and church car park will be accessible from Evergreen Road.

Pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo, on the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Padre Pio (St Pio), 29 September to 5 October 2018. Group leader:  Mrs Eleanor Lynch, Spiritual Director: Fr Ben Hodnett. Details and itinerary from Marian Pilgrimages 01-8788159 or www.marian.ie <http://www.marian.ie>  or Mrs Eleanor Lynch 0872190410
Bring flowers of the rarest – our May hymn to Mary. We encourage you to pray the Rosary (even one decade), during May. The Rosary is prayed here before the 10.00 am weekday Mass.