14th October 2018 – 28th Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

Altar Servers
Parents of children who attend Mass in this church and are in third class or above and are not in our Parish School may collect an Altar Server Application Form and the Child Protection Policy Document in the Sacristy. Current Altar Servers are invited to renew their commitment for the year ahead.  Children attending Bus Scoil Chríost Rí will receive their application forms through the School.

HOLY HOUR to pray for Vocations – Sisters of Bon Secours Convent, College Road. Saturday 20th October 3pm-4pm with refreshments to follow. A Holy Hour will be held each month in one of the Religious Congregations in Cork to pray for Vocations. This is a prayer initiative of Vocations Ireland Munster region. All Welcome to join in prayer with us.

WHAT GOOD MUST I DO?      The reading from the Book of Wisdom tells us that the wisdom that comes from God is of more value than money or property. The Psalmist says “Lord make us know the shortness of our lives, give us wisdom of heart.” The man in the gospel passage asked “what good must I do?” According to Pope John Paul II this is an essential and unavoidable question for every thinking person. The wealthy man was more attached to his riches than he realised

Jesus says simply: “keep the commandments,” and summarises those which concern our dealings with other people. The love of neighbour implied in keeping the commandments listed by Jesus is an appropriate response to God’s goodness, and is of more importance than external religious ritual observance of the Law. The rich man had observed the commandments and he felt drawn to God. What should he do to honour God who is so good? The key was to freely give the generous gift of himself, all he had. The reward would be that wisdom which is more valuable than riches, and eternal life. Sadly, he found the price too high, and went away.

Can we truly follow Jesus, or are we too tied to possessions, position and ambitions. A “leave all” attitude of God’s priority, of service of others and of love, leads to a deep inner peace, and whatever we give up, we receive in return riches that will last. The road to salvation is beyond human strength, but “all things are possible to God.” In the end it is a matter of being generous rather than self-centred. We ask the Lord, “what good must I do?” and pray for the grace to respond generously.

 Ordination of a new Permanent Deacon   Congratulations to John Guirey of Ballinhassig Parish who will be ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Cork and Ross this Sunday 14th October in the Church of Mary, Mother of God, Ballygarvan at 3.00 pm.   We congratulate Deacon John and pray God’s blessing on him and his family.

Two New Saints   This Sunday Pope Francis will Canonize two new Saints, Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Romero. Pope Paul was elected in 1963 following the death of John XXIII and died in 1978. Oscar Romero was Archbishop of San Salvador. He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture. In 1980, Archbishop Romero was assassinated while offering Mass.

Ministers of the Eucharist: can collect their Rota for the coming weeks in the Sacristy.

 Diocesan Quarterly Collection at all Masses this weekend 13th /14th October to support the work of the dioceses.

 SAFEGUARDING    The Diocese recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of vulnerable adults and is committed to safeguarding all our members. Therefore, the Diocese has introduced Guidelines for Clergy, Staff and Volunteers for Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults which can be found at www.corkandross.org and click the safeguarding tab..

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Nora O’Keeffe, Quaker Road, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to her family.

Maurice Bric UCD: The World of Nano Nagle when the Penal Laws were enforced, ignored and abolished Sat 20th Oct., 10am – 4pm; €65 incl. light lunch; Booking 022 26411 www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie

 Anam Cara is committed to continue offering all our services at no charge to bereaved parents and families throughout Ireland. Anam Cara’s main fundraising event for 2018 is our national bag pack, once again in conjunction with the lovely people at Dunnes Stores. We are looking for some supportive volunteers who would consider helping us for a couple of hours on Saturday 17th November at Dunnes Stores, Bishopstown between 10am – 6pm. If who are interested in helping out, please email Pam at p.gaffney@anamcara.ie.

Holy Souls. Novena of Masses from Friday 2nd to Saturday November 10th. Novena envelopes and lists for the dead available next weekend.

‘The Samaritan Woman’ happening on the 17th October at Nano Nagle Place. Details at  https://nanonagleplace.ie/nanoevents/the-samaritan-woman/

 Alzheimers Society of Ireland needs volunteers for Memory Ribbon National Collection Day on Thursday 22nd November. See http://www.alzheimer.ie/Get-Involved/ Fundraising/Alzheimer-s-Memory-Ribbon.aspx