2nd December 2018 – 1st Sunday Advent

The First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of our spiritual preparation for Christma. The commercial preparation has of course been underway for some time.  As Christians we remember that there is a reason for the season, and that it involves more than glitz and parties.

Christmas is a time of giving, presents to those we love, gifts to those in need.  It is a time for sharing, to ensure others have the basic necessities of life.  We wish each other “Happy Christmas,” and the promise of Jesus is: “my peace I leave you, my own peace I give you.” When we find our joy in the Lord, we experience a peace beyond human understanding, the peace of God.  As we rejoice in his peace at Christmas, it is good to remember that God rejoices in us.
May we enjoy time with family and friends and give generously to those in need as we prepare our hearts to welcome the Christ Child this Christmas.

 Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament:after 10.00 am Mass to 11.00 am on the Wednesdays of Advent.

Morning Prayer on Fridays of Advent:  Morning Prayer of the Church (Lauds) after 10.00 am Mass on each Friday of Advent.

Memorial Acclamation (response to “The Mystery of Faith”). For the coming year the response will be: My Lord and my God.

Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards will be available in the Parish Office after Masses.   The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23, 24, 25 December.

Advent Mini Retreat: Evening of Prayer & Reflection in St. Finbarr’s Hospital Chapel on Tuesday 11th December from 7.30 – 9.30 pm for all parishioners and especially for those all who serve and help in our Parish. Mass and homily by Fr Michael Burgess OFM Cap, refreshments.

Christmas gifts with a difference. Trocaire Gifts and Gift Cards will be available at the back of the Church from members of the Parish Assembly during the Sundays of Advent.

First Friday: We will visit the sick and housebound this week. If you would like a visit please contact us.

Parish Assembly meeting this Monday December 3rd in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception:  Vigil Mass on Mon. at 6pm  Tues. 8th Dec  Masses at 10am & 6pm.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception:  Vigil Mass on Mon. at 6pm  Tues. 8th Dec  Masses at 10am & 6pm.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Saturday 8th December:  Masses at 6.00 pm Friday (Vigil) and 10.00 am Saturday.

Parish Assembly Coffee Morning in the Parish Centre after 10.00 am Mass on Tuesday 4th December, all welcome, no charge.

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

Autumn Dues: A few remaining envelopes are ready for collection by the Area Collectors in the Sacristy. Many thanks.

Congregational Singing. From now until Christmas we are using Entrance and Recessional hymns suitable for congregational singing, and would encourage (with the emphasis on courage!) everybody to join in.

Turners Cross Senior Citizens Party in Nemo Rangers Club on Sunday December 9th at three o’clock.  Names to be handed into the Sacristy by this weekend, 1st – 2nd December.

Turners Cross Community Association Santa Claus is visiting on Saturday December 8th, starting 11.30am. Free event, all welcome.  Refreshments served.

Frankfield Gospel Choir presents “JOY” an evening of festive favourites for all the family, Sunday 16th December at 5.00pm, Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield (donations at the door in aid of St. Vincent De Paul).

Liam Lawton Concert. Join Liam Lawton, supported by the Wilcollane Singers, for “Christmas by Candlelight”, a fundraising concert, in St. Finbarr’s South Church on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets, €20.00 each, from:  Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork; The Flying Enterprise, South Gate Bridge, Cork & South Parish Office and Sacristy or by telephoning 085-147 1147.

Sat 8th Dec: ‘’What’s all the Fuss about Anyway?’’: Advent afternoon of prayer and reflection at Ballygriffin in an atmosphere of silence as we prepare to welcome the Christ Child. A mixture of guided prayer and time for your own reflection. 2pm— 5pm €20 incl. tea/coffee. Nano Nagle Birthplace 022 26411 www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie <http://www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie> . Booking required.

Save the Date!  Faith conference in the Town Hall Mitchelstown on Saturday December 8th, from 9.30am to 3.30pm. The theme is: how Our Lady has preserved and helped the faith to flourish in Ireland in challenging times, and how she can do this once again.  Speakers include Fr Eamonn McCarthy (Radio Maria), Canon Michael Fitzgerald, Dr Gill Doherty, Fr John Mockler, Fr John Walsh OP.  Mass and confessions also included. Donation only.  Time for lunch in Mitchelstown.

Tory Top Library Christmas Event
Tuesday December 4th @ 11: Pre Christmas Healthy Eating Talk: Anne Parle a nutrition consultant will present a Health Ireland Eating Talk. As the Christmas season approaches, healthy eating can often take a hit. Anne will be sharing the healthy eating habits we can bring through the festive period (and into the New Year) and help us to enjoy a happy and healthy Christmas this year.

Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Wednesday 5th of December at 7:20pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.
Walk With Me:
Copies of an excellent booklet: Walk with Me will be available from this week after Masses at the back of the Church (Cost €1.30). A journey of prayer for Advent & Christmastide 2018.

Family Mass: The 12 o’clock Mass on this Sunday is the first of a monthly series of “Family Masses,” in which we acknowledge the importance of families in the life of our parish and of the Church.  At these Masses we ask members of a particular family to participate in the Mass as a family unit, as a reminder that the family is the “domestic Church” and a reflection of God’s love which brings joy to the world.

Society of St Vincent de Paul: next weekend on Saturday and Sunday, 8th and 9th December the second collection at all Masses will be the Christmas Collection for the Society of St Vincent de Paul, giving us all an opportunity to contribute financially to the support of those in need in our parish this Christmas. The Society thanks you for your continuing generosity and wishes a happy and holy Christmas to all.