Bulletin 4 February 2024

Reflection on the readings

It rarely happens that all three Sunday Readings touch on the same theme. Today, they come together in the experience of stress in the lives of Job, Paul and Jesus. It’s a different stress in each story. Poor Job has seen his world collapse around him. Time offers nothing more than drudgery. “Lying on my bed I wonder when will it be day. Risen, I think how slowly evening falls. Restlessly I fret till evening falls.” Can you relate to that sort of stress and fretting? The Second Reading is about a totally different stress in the life of Saint Paul. His stress is the pressure on the compulsive activist. He cannot find time to do all he feels he has a duty to do in preaching the word worldwide. We know from the Acts of the Apostles that some of his co-workers, Barnabas and Mark, had to withdraw from accompanying him. The stress on Jesus (Mark 1:29-39) is different to the other two. The word has gone around that Jesus has healed people. It is not surprising that the whole town came crowding around the door. Fr Silvester OFM. Cap

Ash Wednesday 14th February

Youth 2000 St. Valentine’s Ball

Our annual fundraising ball takes place in Cork on Saturday 10th February 2024. The event is open to anyone over 18. Tickets cost €68 and can be purchased on eventbrite. The evening will commence with the celebration of Holy Mass by the Bishop of Cork and Ross, Fintan Gavin at 4.00pm at St Patrick’s Church, Rochestown followed by the ball nearby in the Rochestown Park Hotel. See www.youth2000.ie for more information.

Cork event for young people – Faith, Friendship, Fun

CONNECT 4, a diocesan event for young people (18-35 years) is taking place in UCC on Sunday 18 February. The dynamic Catholic American presenter, Monsignor James Shea, will be the keynote speaker. There will be Mass, Adoration and the opportunity for confession. Lunch is part of the day. Fee €10. More information at corkandross.org Register on eventbrite.ie

Sycamore Series:

Course for young adults In response to a call from young adults to be better formed in their Catholic Faith, UCC Chaplaincy, the Presentation Brothers, and the Diocese of Cork and Ross have come together to host a Sycamore Series. Everyone is welcome. Start date Wednesday January 31st 2024, 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Presentation Brothers’ Mardyke House, Cork T12 W8RP. The course runs for 10 consecutive weeks with a break for Easter. The course is free, but places are limited. Please email chaplaincy@ucc.ie or ring 021 490 2459 or fill out this form to let us know you are interested. First Wednesday Marian devotions led by the parish Legion of Mary at 10.00 next Wednesday.


Second Collection next weekend for the diocesan Lourdes fund.