10th March 2019 – 1st Sunday Lent (C)

Lent – a reflection
Lent calls us to repentance.
But if our repentance doesn’t involve
a change of heart,
it will not lead to a change of life.
It will be like decapitating weeds
while leaving their roots intact.
But if we change our hearts,
then our lives will also change.
Lord, grant that enlightened by the word of God,
and nourished by the food of the Eucharist,
we may turn our hearts away from evil,
and set them firmly on pleasing you.                                                            [Fr. Flor McCarthy SDB]

Evening Mass at 6.00 pm on weekdays of Lent.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday mornings in Lent after 10.00 am Mass to 11.00 am.

Morning and Evening Prayer of the Church (Lauds and Vespers) on Fridays in Lent after 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses.

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes for Lent are available at the back of the Church, and will be distributed through the Schools.

Morning Alpha Course     Explore: life,  faith,   meaning,                         Our morning Alpha course began after 10.00 am Mass last Thursday and continues on Thursday mornings for ten weeks.  Each session will start at 10.35 am with tea/coffee and finish at 12.00 noon. This is perhaps an opportunity to do something positive for Lent and Easter. If you are interested, please contact Br. Andrew at 086-1522160.                   “Friendships are made at Alpha”

Deaths:  We pray for Matthew O’Farrell, Evergreen Road, who died on Friday.  We extend our sympathy to his family.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society. Meeting on 12th March at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre.

Do this in Memory First Holy Communion preparation Mass this Sunday 10th March at 10.00 am.

Ministers of the Eucharist can collect their rota from the sacristy

Parish Assembly Meeting this Monday 11th March in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.

A Second Collection at all Masses next weekend in support of Diocesan needs.

Pope Francis We will pray for Pope Francis on Wednesday next 13th March, the anniversary of his election.

Cork & Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2019 10th – 15th June – 5 nights Full board.  Booking forms for pilgrims available from: Joe Walsh Tours, 117 Patrick Street, Cork, telephone: (021) 4277959.  Enquiries for Special Sick/Assisted Section should be directed to the Pilgrimage Director, V. Rev Canon James O’Donovan, PP, Parochial House, Ballinlough, Cork, telephone (021) 4292296.  If you would like to participate in this pilgrimage as part of a Turners Cross Parish Group, please give your name to one of the Priests.

The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites young adults 18-25 to join the pilgrimage to Lourdes as helpers from 10th to 15th June.  As helpers you will assist with the sick and be involved in the pilgrimage programme, with time for making new friends. Limited number of places –contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537474.

NET Ministries Junior Youth Group (fifth and sixth classes) will meet in the Parish Centre on Tuesday 12th March from 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm.

Prayer for Vocations:  Monthly Holy Hours to pray for vocations –
Wednesday 27th March 3:00pm to 4:00pm at Mercy Hospital Chapel, Cork.
Thursday 11th April 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm at   Presentation Brothers, Maiville Terrace, Turner’s Cross.
Prayer followed by tea/coffee.

Pilgrimages to the Holy Land:28th May – 7th June 2019.  Group Leader, Mícheál de Barra and Spiritual Director, Fr. John Newman (Bible Scholar), in association with Premier Travel, Cork..Contact Mícheál at 086-8337681 or email culturaltoursireland@gmail.com. Follow the footsteps of Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem

9th – 18th September 2019. Fly from Cork Airport via London Heathrow to Tel Aviv. 5 nights Bethlehem and 4 nights Tiberias. Fully Escorted Tour, Spiritual Director:
Fr. Bill Bermingham PP, Carrigtwohill. Contact Premier Travel Tel. 021-4277700, Email: premier@premiertravel.ie

Youth 2000 Munster Retreat:  15th to 17th March – CBS Midleton, Cork. Donation only, bring pillow and sleeping bag.  Register at www.youth2000.ie