1st September 2019 – 22nd Sunday (C)

This is “Alpha Sunday” in Turners Cross as we launch our next Alpha Course, flyers giving details of the course are available for everybody. Twenty-five people did our last Alpha course from January to April and were universally positive about it. At each Mass this weekend we hear from a parishioner who completed that course.
The Alpha course is designed to give us an opportunity to talk about life and its meaning, to relax in the company of other people who have questions to ask or a story to share. Participants meet weekly and after chatting together over a light meal, watch a video presentation. The participants then break into small groups to discuss the presentation and questions arising from it. 
Alpha is for everyone; no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. We don’t assume any background knowledge of or belief in Christianity and everyone is welcome. Come along for the first night and see what you think.  No pressure. No follow up. No charge.

The next evening Alpha will commence on Wednesday evening September 11th in the Parish Centre from 7.30 to 9.00 pm. 
Call or text Andrew on 086-1522160 if you want more information or wish to do the course, or just turn up on the night.

Alpha accomplishes an incredible task, in making people interested in faith and in making faith relevant to modern people 
Father Raniero Cantalamessa OFM Cap, preacher to the Papal Household.

After Mass feel free to join us for a short video introduction to the Alpha Course and a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits in the Parish Centre.

Anointing of Sick: next Saturday 7th September after 10.00 am Mass.  Consider offering a lift to a housebound neighbour.

Deaths:  We pray for Eileen Collins, Mount Pleasant Avenue, John Good, Friars Road and John Joseph Morris, Turners Cross and Togher, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

First Friday: Fr. Billy will visit the sick and housebound during the week.

CONVENT CAMINO:  an invitation to join us on a journey visiting four different convents in one day, Saturday 14th September beginning at 10:00am at the OLA Sisters, Ardfoyle, Ballintemple then moving on to the Ursuline Convent, Blackrock, Poor Clare Monastery and Bon Secours Convent on College Road.  An opportunity for the curious or interested to share prayer, Eucharist, meals, silence and chat with the sisters in each community. For more details or to reserve a place contact Sr Karen  087 7910785 or Anne Marie at eavopost@gmail.com.

Marymount Annual Flag Day on the 12th September 2019. We are looking for help in the City Centre (between 3pm -5pm), Togher (all day long), Wilton Shopping Centre (2pm – 5pm), and Ballincollig and Douglas Court Shopping Centres.  If you can spare two hours to help Marymount we would be delighted to hear from you. Phone 021 4501 201 “Fundraising,” or Email fundraising@marymount.ie. This year we have to raise €3.5 million just to provide our current level of service.  Thank you for your very kind support.

Cork Autism Conference 2019
Autism: No Limits, Just Possibilities, Sunday September 22nd, Clayton Silversprings Hotel. A unique forum for Parents, Families, Caregivers, Autistic Adults, Employers, Educators, Professionals, Agencies, Advocates and anyone with an interest in autism. More info at www.autismcork.ie <http://www.autismcork.ie>  or call 089 239 8900

“Come and See” Vocations Afternoon
Poor Clare Monastery
, College Road, Saturday Sept. 21st   2 – 4 pm 2019 For young women considering a vocation
Mail: vocationspoorclarescork@gmail.com
or see www.poorclarescork.ie <http://www.poorclarescork.ie> .

1st September, 2019 – World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Creation has a broader meaning than nature, for it has to do with God’s loving plan in which every creature has its own value and significance. Nature is usually seen as a system which can be studied, understood and controlled, whereas creation can only be understood as a gift from the outstretched hand of the Father of all, and as a reality illuminated by the love which calls us together into universal communion . . . If we acknowledge the value and the fragility of nature we can finally leave behind the modern myth of unlimited material progress. A fragile world, entrusted by God to human care, challenges us.    cf. Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 76,78

Pope’s prayer intention for September
That politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.