17th November 2019 – 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

Our standard of living in absolute terms is far better than anything that can be hoped for by the great mass of humanity living on the earth at this time. Yet many of the things we worry about, things covered by the incessant economic commentary, are passing material things. Whilst many among us suffer real hardship and deprivation, some of us need to get real.
The disciples marvelled at the size and magnificence of the temple in Jerusalem, but Jesus tells them it will all be destroyed, pulled down, nothing left. The temple was in fact destroyed about forty years later and the remaining lower part of its western wall, the Wailing Wall, is venerated to this day. The world as we know it will not last forever either, and of course for each of us it ends at the moment of our own death, however long it may last without us. We may ask ourselves what really matters, in the context of eternity, in the context of our own death. Such things as family love and connectedness, friendship and generosity are of primary importance and value, and should be unaffected even by an economic recession.
So while we wait for an uncertain future, we pray for the grace to live a Christian life in our time, place and circumstances; to be loving, other-centred and generous, to reach out to those who suffer, to help and comfort. And that means to live in happiness, with the peace of Christ, a peace that the world cannot give.

St Cecilia Youth Music Group:
Young people from Transition Year are invited to St Cecilia Youth Music Group meeting on Wednesdays 2.45-3.45pm in Nano Nagle Hall, Bunscoil Chriost Ri. Desirable requirements are ability to sing or play a musical instrument. Musicians please bring your instruments with you. Contacts: Mrs Beth O’Sullivan 085-2832707 or Brother Matthew 087-2634484.

Autumn Dues envelopes for the Area Collectors are in the Sacristy. Many thanks

                                       Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Bishop Fintan .

Bishop Fintan will lead the Annual Cork & Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes from Friday 12th to Wednesday 17th June, 2020. The Bishop encourages parishes – gathered as communities of faith – to join him on this pilgrimage and in response to his invitation we are organising a Turners Cross Parish pilgrimage group.

It is his vision that we come together as a diocesan family to celebrate our faith at the shrine of Lourdes following Our Lady’s request to Saint Bernadette – “I want people to come here in procession.” He especially extends a warm welcome to young adults who he hopes will accept the invitation to come and be a helping hand to those who are sick or have special needs and require assistance.
To be in Lourdes and to share in this time of prayer and community is to be a witness to the Gospel message and bring to Our Lady our own intentions and those of our diocese.

A Little Lifetime Foundation: ‘Light of Life’ Tree Lighting Ceremony beside City Hall at the Plaza, The Mall, Cork, on Sunday 17th November at 2.00 pm featuring Christy Kenneally, all welcome. A Little Lifetime Foundation supports parents whose babies passed away at or around the time of birth.

Holy Hour to Pray for Vocations – Tues 26th November 3pm – 4pm in Sisters of Bon Secours Convent Chapel, College Road with refreshments after. All welcome. Call 0872209994 or email eavopost@gmail.com.

Parish Alpha Course  Concludes on 20th November
Alpha has been running in our Parish Centre every Wednesday evening (7.30 – 9pm) since 11th September. The last session of this Alpha will be on next Wednesday 20th November @ 7.30pm. Anyone interested in experiencing
Alpha is welcome to come along next Wednesday evening.
Alpha creates a space for people to bring friends for a conversation about faith, life, and God. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.

The Transition Year students in Christ King Girls’ Secondary School and Coláiste Chríost Rí are currently doing Alpha during school time.

Hail Holy Queen Conference: Saturday 23rd November, 9.30am in the Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown, with Bishop Phonsie Cullinan, James Mahon, Fr. Colm Mannion OP, Fr. Marius O Reilly, Kathy Sinnott, Méabh Carlin. Confessions and Mass, donation only. Buses from Cork City, contact Kay at 087 1165669.

Anam Cara West Cork Parent Evening on Tuesday 19th November at 7:20pm in the Munster Arms Hotel, Bandon. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents.