1st December 2019 – 1st Sunday of Advent

 Two-week Parish Mission
Advent is a season of preparation, as we prepare ourselves to welcome the Christ Child at Christmas.  This year we also prepare in prayer for a major Parish Event in the coming spring, a two-week Parish Mission. The mission will be given by the Ceili Community, a community of priests, religious and laity who provide a variety of mission programmes aimed at evangelising different age groups.
 Call to Renewal
In our three-day Parish Mission held last April 29th and 30th and May 1st, with Fr Alan Neville, we reflected on the role of the Parish in our lives, and changes suggested by parishioners are being gradually introduced.  The call to follow Jesus is made to each of us and to our parish as a whole, and we continue our process of Renewal with our 2020 Parish Mission from 22nd February to 8th March.
 The First Week
The first week from February 22nd to 28th will be primarily a week of visitation, visiting every home in the parish area, and two of the schools, Bunscoil Chríost Ri and Christ King Girls Secondary School. The second week from February 29th to March 8th will primarily be the week of the Preached Mission, with a visit to the remaining school, Coláiste Chríost Rí.
 The Retreat Team
The Retreat Team will include visitation teams, primary and secondary school teams and the preached mission team, some twenty-five members in all. We are asked to provide accommodation and meals, and parishioners living fairly close to the church will be invited to take a team member into their home for one or for two weeks.  Simple midday and evening meals will be served in the Parish Centre, pairs of parish families will provide one evening meal.
Clearly a lot of Prayer, preparation, organisation and work will be needed and Bernadette Hegarty, former Parish Assembly Chair and former Parish Catechist has agreed to undertake the role of Mission Coordinator. Bernadette has held an initial Coordination meeting and whilst preliminary work has started, the main work of preparation for our Mission will begin in January.
We begin our prayers for our Parish Mission on this first Sunday of Advent, asking God’s blessing on us, on the Ceili Community Mission Team, on our parish coordination team and on all those who will help in various ways.  We entrust our mission to Mary the Mother of God as we set out with hope and joy on a new phase of our journey of faith.

Memorial Acclamation. For the coming year the response to “The Mystery of Faith” will be:
We proclaim your death, O Lord,
and profess your Resurrection
until you come again.

Parish Advent Mini Retreat in St.Finbarr’s Hospital Chapel Wednesday next 4th December at 7.30pm for all those all who serve and help in our Parish.  Principal Celebrant Fr. Alan Neville will preach. All welcome, refreshments served.

Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament: after 10.00 am Mass to 11.00 am on the Wednesdays of Advent.

Morning Prayer on Fridays of Advent:  Morning Prayer of the Church (Lauds) after 10.00 am Mass on each Friday of Advent.

 Death:  We pray for Kathleen (Kitty) Kelleher, Eldred Terrace who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family.

Anointing of Sick: next Saturday 7th December after 10.00 am Mass.

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

 Christmas & Triduum Cards are available in the Parish Office after Masses from this weekend   The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23, 24, 25 December.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception: As the Second Sunday of Advent is on December 8th,  the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is on Dec. 9th and will not be a Day of Obligation.

Trocaire Christmas Gifts will be available at the back of the Church from members of the Parish Assembly during Sundays of Advent.

Society of St Vincent de Paul: next weekend the second collection at all Masses will be the Christmas Collection for the Society of St Vincent de Paul, giving us all an opportunity to contribute financially to the support of those in need in our parish this Christmas. The Society thanks you for your continuing generosity and wishes a happy and holy Christmas to all.

Turners Cross Senior Citizen’s Party Nemo Rangers, 3.00pm, Sunday Dec. 8th.  Names to Christ the King Church by Sunday Dec 1st.

Nemo Rangers We wish Nemo success in the Munster club senior football final in Dungarvan on this Sunday (throw-in at 2.00 pm).

Cork Simon: Sale of original paintings, Sunday Dec. 1st 11.00 am to 4.00 pm Rochestown Park Hotel. Paintings only €50 each.

Sunday Coffee Morning, after 10.00am Mass this Sunday 1st December in the Parish Centre. A cup of tea or coffee, biscuits and a chat.

Congratulations to Rose Santry, O’Connell Cresent who is celebrating her 100th birthday.

Santa Claus in Turner’s Cross Community Centre Saturday December 7th, all welcome at 11.00 am for his arrival at 11.30.  Admission free, refreshments served.

L’Arche Christmas Festive Coffee Morning Sunday 8th December 10.00 am – 3.00 pm in L’Arche Day Service, Togher Road (between the School and the Church).

Walk With Me: An excellent booklet available at
the back of the Church (Cost €1.30). A journey of prayer for Advent & Christmastide 2019