Bulletin 11 February 2024

Sacrament of the Sick will be offered at Mass on Monday, 12th

Our Lady of Lourdes is not celebrated this year because the 11th February falls on a Sunday.

Ash Wednesday 14th February.

Mass and distribution of ashes at 10.00 am.

The cornerstone of Lent is the call to conversion which commences on Ash Wednesday. Sometimes the impression is given that such conversion is change for change sake or, worse still, for the sake of control by those in authority. The core of conversion in the church is …on change in two dimensions, goodness and holiness, morally and spiritually. Lent is not the issuing of a list of do’s and don’ts but an invitation to look at our lives in the light of the Gospel which ‘instead involves looking at the mindset and listening to the heart that guides our lifestyle, to consider and choose what brings us blamelessness and blessedness or bitterness and banishment’. As Pope Francis’ proclaims, ‘the Church must be a place where everyone can feel encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel’. Conversion has a communal dimension and demand also, calling for committed participation in the Church…This may be the greatest challenge facing Catholics – participation – particularly in the Western world. In the wake of the Covid pandemic this will involve the recovery of the sacramental dimension of church life. Participation by people – the people of God – is critical if the two other legs of synodality – mission and communion – are to continue standing and serving the work with others for a better world amid witness to the values of the Gospel. Fr Kevin O’Gorman SMA.

Parish Assembly Monday, 12th February, at 8.00 pm.

Morning Coffee This Tuesday (13th) after the 10.00 am Mass. All welcome.

Second Collection this weekend for the diocesan Lourdes fund. Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund Annual Collection 2024 The annual collection for the Diocesan Sick/Assisted Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund will be taken up at all Masses on 10th/11th February 2024. The Cork and Ross Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Friday 20th September to Wednesday 25th September this year. People are encouraged to join the pilgrimage as helpers, nurses and doctors to assist pilgrims in Lourdes. Further information is available from the Diocesan Website lourdes@corkandross.org or by telephoning 085-2525040 There has always been great support for the Diocesan Pilgrimage Fund and your support and generosity on 10th/11th February is very much appreciated.

Cork event for young people – Next Sunday: 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