God says to Jeremiah and to us, brace yourself, I will make you strong; I have called you, and I am with you. Our Christian calling is not easy, but as we respond, God is with us. The people in Nazareth were impressed with Jesus’ gracious words, but were not going to let him get above himself, “sure this is Joseph’s son.” Jesus anticipated their rejection when he remarked that no one is a prophet at home, and then reminded them that that God’s help was given to a widow in Sidon and a Syrian leper when there were many widows and lepers in Israel. His message of openness to all was angrily rejected. The challenge for us is have an open and loving attitude to everybody, to those who are different, those of other religions, social backgrounds or race, those of whom we don’t approve because of lifestyle or political viewpoint. To be open to others requires a certain strength of character, and at times is not easy. So we brace ourselves, knowing that the God of love is with us.
Death: We pray for Kathleen (Kay) Cruise, Fr. Mathew Road, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to her family.
Anointing of Sick on Monday 11th February, “World Day of Prayer for the Sick,” and Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, after the 10.00 am & 6.00 pm Masses (note extra Mass). Refreshments in the Parish Centre on Monday 11th February, courtesy of the Parish Assembly after the 10.00 am Mass. Consider offering a lift to a housebound neighbour or friend.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Collection to be taken up at all Masses next weekend 9th/10th February subsidises individuals whose health and/or means would otherwise prevent them from travelling to Lourdes. It also subsidises the travel of essential care personnel.
Feast of St Blaise – The traditional blessing of throats will take place on Monday February 4th (transferred from Sunday) after the 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses, note the extra Mass at 6.00 pm.
The Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha Course began last Wednesday and continues on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Centre from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm for ten weeks until April. This is an opportunity to explore faith and the meaning of life in a friendly environment. There is no charge for the Alpha Course and everyone is welcome, feel free to join us even if you missed the opening session.
Ministers of the Word may collect their Rota from the Sacristy.
South Parish Historical Society – monthly meeting Wednesday 6th February at 7.30pm in St. John’s College, Sawmill Street. Sandra McAvoy will talk on “Cork Women and the Fight for the Vote”. All Welcome, Fee €3 non-members.
Vacancy for Receptionist/Secretary Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane – Must be eligible for CE scheme – 19.5 hours per week. Contact Nellie Crowley on 021-4345583 or Fr Charlie 021-4537474. Please send cv and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Anam Cara Cork Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 6th February at 7:20 pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. RSVP to email@example.com, before Tuesday 5th Feb or call 085 2888 888.
Faith Encounters in the Gospels on Tuesdays 12th, 19th and 26th February. Coffee at 10:30 am, session 11:00 am to 12:15pm at the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane – facilitated by Sr Karen. Book your place on 021 4537601.
BANTRY PARISH PILGRIMAGE ROME 22nd – 29th April 2019.
Including visits to Assisi & Monte Cassino, and Audience with Pope Francis. Spiritual Director: Canon Martin O’Driscoll. Contact Premier Travel at 021 – 4277700