3rd June 2018 – Feast of Corpus Christi

This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, and give thanks for the tremendous gift of the Eucharist.  When we receive Holy Communion, we share the life of Christ.  He is among us in a way that we can see, touch, taste and eat. Jesus is also present in the Word of God, proclaimed at Mass, and he is present in the sisters and brothers around us, for whom he died. Pope Francis comments that the Christ who nourishes us in holy communion is the same Christ we meet in everyday life. He is in the poor person who holds out his hand, in the suffering person who asks for help, in the brother or sister who asks for our time and waits for our welcome. He is in the child who knows nothing about Jesus or salvation, who does not have faith. He is in every human being, even the smallest and the defenceless.  Those who are nourished by the Bread of Life cannot remain indifferent to those who do not have their daily bread.

We pray that the life of Christ may be seen in us as we receive God’s blessing at the end of Mass and are sent out to bring the light of Christ into our world.

Corpus Christi Procession: Our Annual Procession will take place in Cork city on this Sunday 3rd June, 2018, an hour later than usual because of the Cork City Marathon. We will gather at the Church here in Turners Cross at shortly before 4.00 pm and walk in procession to Daunt Square. Most Reverend Denis Brennan, Bishop of Ferns will preach.           Come and join us.
Our Corpus Christi procession brings Christ, and the love of Christ, into our streets; into all the suffering, isolation, loneliness, temptations and fears of our life; a blessing for our city and our parish.

Cork City Marathon, Sunday 3rd June, 2018. 
There is Traffic Disruption this Sunday morning during the Marathon, and access to the Church from South Douglas Road/ Skabeg and Curragh Road will be affected. Signs will 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, with 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.

 Our First Holy Communion Programme “Do This in Memory” concludes on Sunday next, 10th June at the 10am Mass.  After Mass there will be a short Eucharistic Procession in the Grounds of the Church with the First Holy Communion Children from Bunscoil Chríost Rí.

 Ice Cream Sunday: Sunday 10th June is also Ice Cream Sunday in support of Down Syndrome Ireland. Ice Cream will be available outside the church after the ten and twelve o’clock Masses.

Our Parish Novena to the Sacred Heart began last Thursday 31st May and continues to Friday 9th June, the Feast of the Sacred Heart.  Novena Prayers each morning at the 10.99am Mass or families may wish to pray the novena at home.   Novena Prayers – blue leaflet – are available at the back of the Church.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

Parish Assembly:  Meeting this Thursday 9th March in Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.

Papal Mass in Phoenix Park on August 26th. 
We have fifty-three coach spaces for travel to Dublin on Sunday 26th August.  If you wish to travel on the coach please give your name as soon as possible to the sacristy or to one of the priests, a booking deposit of € 5.00 is required. More detailed information will be issued shortly.
 Prayer for Families
God, our Father,
We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son, one family, in the Spirit of your love.  Bless us with the joy of love.
Make us patient and kind, gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.
Protect all families with your loving care,
Especially those for whom we now pray:
[remember family members and others by name].
Increase our faith, Strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love, Make us always grateful
for the gift of life that we share.
This we ask, through Christ our Lord, Amen

Exams:  The 10am Mass on Tuesday 5th June will be offered for all our young people beginning their exams on Wednesday.  We wish them every blessing and success.

All Our Students are remembered in our Shared Mass every Friday at 10am. Special Exam Cards are available in the Sacristy.

Death:We remember in our prayers Eileen Collins, Evergreen Road, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to her family.

Cemetery Masses
 Mass for the bereaved will be celebrated at St. James’s Cemetery, Chetwynd (Maher’s Lane, off the Bandon Road before the Viaduct) on Tuesday 12th June at 7.30 p.m.

Mass on Remembrance will be celebrated in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Blackrock on Wednesday 27th June at 7.00 pm.

Cork Autism Conference 2018. Re-Thinking Autism – A Positive and Integrative Approach, Sunday September 30th, Rochestown Park Hotel, Douglas Cork. Open to Parents, Families, Caregivers, Adults with ASD, Employers, Educators, Professionals, Agencies, Advocates and anyone with an interest in autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Call 089 239 8900. More information from <http://www.bookwhen.com/autismcork> .

Over 60’s Talent Competition:The final of the Over 60’s Talent Competition will take place at the City Hall on June 17th at 8.00 pm. This is the forty second year of the event. Tickets are on sale for €15 at Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street, Blackpool Shopping Centre or call Paddy O’Brien 086 8105585. All proceeds go to The Irish Heart Foundation. Special guest on the night will be the Marina Melodics Choir who will sing at the Pope’s Mass in The Phoenix Park in August.

Lourdes:  Fr. Kerry travels to Lourdes with the Diocesan Pilgrimage on Monday 11th June. with some parishioners from our Parish. Our good wishes and prayers go with them.   Petitions to be placed at the Grotto in Lourdes may be put in envelopes – no money –and placed in the box at the altar rail, not later than Sunday 10th June.