20th January 2019 – 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

WATER into WINE   In the honour/shame society of Jesus’ time, running out of wine at the wedding at Cana was a family calamity. Jesus tells his mother that his hour has not yet come, yet she persists in her request, quietly confident. Jesus restores life and joy by taking ordinary water and changing it into extraordinary wine. The Church is the bride of Christ, at times of darkness we ask for wedding joy, that the Lord may restore us and indeed rejoice over us. Each of us may dare to hope that the Lord will take the muddy waters of our lives and change them into wine. We pray for reliance on the intercession of Mary, given to us as our mother by Jesus as he hung dying on the Cross.  may dare to hope that the Lord will take the muddy waters of our lives and change them into wine. We pray for reliance on the intercession of Mary, given to us as our mother by Jesus as he hung dying on the Cross.

Alpha Course

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Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha 2019 starts on
Wednesday 30th January. The course will be led by Br Andrew Hickey of the Presentation Brothers Community in Turner’s Cross.
Contact Br Andrew at 086 1522160
We invite you to try Alpha with us on
Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00 pm at the Parish Centre. This session caters especially for young adults (20’s – 30’s), but all are welcome regardless of age.

“I attended my first Alpha Course in 1995, with some reluctance, I must admit. I found to my surprise that it was friendly and enjoyable. It explored the faith in a “non-Churchy” and adult way. I have been involved in Alpha Courses ever since.
Alpha is for everyone; no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish, and everyone is welcome. You don’t have to commit to the whole course – just pop along for the first night and see what you think.
There will be a short Video presentation on the Alpha Course in the Parish Centre after each Mass this weekend. You are welcome to join us for this, and a cup of tea, if you have time.”
Fr. Billy

Death: We pray for Brother Matthias Comyns, Presentation Brothers, Maiville Terrace, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to his family and community.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection at all Masses this weekend, 19th /20th January to support the work of the dioceses.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18th – 25th January. Service of Prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday 19th January  at 7.00 pm. in St Columba’s Church, Douglas.

Parish Renewal
As we can look forward together to the coming year, we may reflect on the role of the Parish in our lives. Last year was a difficult year for the Church and for faith in Ireland and it is clear that there are problems ahead. If we ignore those problems and do nothing, then nothing will happen, and the slow decline will continue.
The Alpha Course is a first step in our programme of Parish Renewal for 2019. The Parish Assembly is committed to consultation with the various Parish Ministries and with the wider Parish in the period up to Easter of this year. We will consider in prayer what practical steps are open to us as a Parish to be faithful to the mission the Lord has given to each of us.

“Do this in Memory” Mass next Sunday 27th January at 10.00 am. Meeting of parent class representatives on this Monday 17th January with Catechist Bernadette Hegarty at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre.

Accord Bantry Marriage Preparation Courses 2019. For bookings, please contact Course Facilitator Mary McCarthy at 085 1215984.

Couples Marriage & Relationship Counselling
For information and appointments, please contact Accord Bantry at 027 50272 or email accordbantry@eircom.net

Cork Alzheimers Café is a safe place for people with Alzheimers and other dementias, their carers, family and friends along with social and health professionals to meet.
Last Friday of each month 1.30 – 3.30 pm in Activity Centre St Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Road. Light refreshments provided free of charge. Next meeting Friday 25th January 2019. All welcome.

South Central Community Safety Forum. Meeting on Thursday 24th January 2019 at 7.30 pm, at Turners Cross Community Centre, Curragh Road. An opportunity for residents to raise issues of concern with Gardai and representatives from Cork City Council