Sunday 29th November 2020, First Sunday of Advent

RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC MASSES

PUBLIC MASSES

We welcome the resumption of Masses from Tuesday 1st December at the normal times, subject to compliance with Covid-10 Public Health Safety Requirements. Subject to further guidance, arrangements are as follows.

Weekday Mass

 Weekday Masses will be at 10.00 am, Monday to Saturday.  For weekday Mass the church will constitute a single space, permitted to contain up to fifty people, observing a 2-metre social distance requirement and wearing face masks, as in shops and on public transport.

Weekend Masses

Weekend Masses will be at 6.00 pm Saturday (Vigil Mass) and at 10.00 am and 12.00 midday on Sunday.  We must continue to observe the Covid-19 Public Health safety rules. 

For weekend Mass the church is separated into two sections, each having its own entrance and exit routes based on a one-way system, with a minimum of 4 metres between the sections.  Each section is permitted to contain up to 50 people, subject to a 2-metre social distance requirement and wearing of face masks, subject to the same conditions as for shops and public transport. There can be no movement of people between the separate sections of the church before, during or after Mass. Stewards will guide people to their places, and special arrangements will be in place for Holy Communion, with separate distributions points in each section.

Duty to go to Mass

Catholics continue to be dispensed from attending Sunday and Holy Day Masses until further notice. Those over 70 years and those with underlying health conditions should of course take appropriate precautions and follow health advice.  Anyone who feels uncomfortable or nervous about returning to Mass has a legitimate reason to remain at home, or to come to a weekday Mass instead of Sunday.  Anyone who has symptoms of any sickness (even mild symptoms) should not attend the public celebration of Mass.

 

ADVENT

Advent prepares us for Christmas, to open our hearts to welcome Jesus.  As well as anticipating the Christ Child, we also look forward to the return of Christ at the end of time, and at the end of our time in this life.  We watch and pray as we wait for Christmas, for the return of Christ in glory, and for the day the Lord will call each of us.

For these four weeks we move beyond the routine of life as we nourish hope, and nourish dreams of a new future. Jesus tells us “watch at all times, praying.” This will help us to avoid an inner listlessness comes from always focussing on ourselves, on our own life, with its problems, its joys and suffering, but obsessed with ourselves.  This is wearying and dull, and closes us to hope. It is the root of a laziness that the Gospel speaks about.  Advent invites us to wake up, look beyond the self, beyond ourselves, to expand our mind and heart, as we open ourselves to the needs of our brothers and sisters, and to a desire for a new world.  A new world is desired, is needed, by so many people afflicted by hunger, injustice, war, a new world is desired and needed by the poor, the weak and the abandoned.  This is a time to open our hearts and to ask ourselves how and for whom we spend our lives.  This is a time to pray!

May the Virgin Mary, a woman of expectation and prayer, help us to strengthen our hope in the promises of her Son Jesus, even as we experience all the difficulties and griefs of life in this difficult year.  May she will help us to find our joy in the Lord as we prepare for the Christmas of 2020.

 

The Advent Wreath

There are five candles on the wreath, reminding us of the four Sundays of Advent and Christmas. Three are purple, one is pink and one white. The first is a symbol of HOPE, the second of FAITH, the third candle is pink and is lit on “Gaudete Sunday” and is a symbol of JOY, the fourth candle is a symbol of PEACE and the fifth (white) candle symbolises CHRIST and is lit at Christmas as we welcome the Christ Child.

 

The Jesse Tree

The Jesse Tree Symbols for the First Sunday of Advent are a Dove, an Apple and a picture of the Ark of Noah.

The Dove recalls the peace and harmony of creation as God intended.

The Apple reminds us of original sin. Christ is the new Adam bringing a new creation, forgiving sin and restoring us to God’s grace.

The Ark reminds us that while God is displeased with wickedness, he also sees the best in us and renews his covenant through forgiveness and mercy.

 

Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament

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

 

Morning Prayer on Fridays of Advent

Morning Prayer of the Church (Lauds) will be recited after 10.00 am Mass on the Fridays of Advent.

 

Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards

Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards will be available in the Church after Masses from next weekend   The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23rd, 24th and 25th December.

 

“Walk With Me,” a journey of prayer for Advent & Christmastide 2020.

This excellent booklet is available at the back of the Church (Cost €1.30).

 

PRAYER AND REMEMBRANCE IN NOVEMBER

We continue to pray for our beloved dead as November comes to an end, and perhaps visit the burial places of our dead once more to pray there alone or with others from our household, remembering that Pope Francis for this year has extended the time during which November Plenary Indulgences for the dead may be gained. 

 

PARISH DUES

Renewed and sincere thanks for the very generous response to the Autumn Dues appeal.

 

WEBCAM

 We apologise for the loss of transmission of our morning Mass last Thursday.  We have experienced difficulties with our live-streamed Mass transmissions recently, our broadband connection has now been upgraded and we hope that issues have been resolved.

 

REFLECTION

 from Fr Donal Neary SJ

 The Invitation

I like these words of the late Cardinal Hume: “There are times when I can visualize Our Lord at the break of day standing by my bed and saying: “Get up, follow me.” Whether I am conscious of it or not, in effect that invitation, that loving but insistent command, is given to me every day.  Each new morning is the opportunity to start again.  Yesterday there may have been inadequacies and failures but today Christ renews his call: “Follow me. I have chosen you. I need you.”  Who can fail to respond to the thought that God needs our willing collaboration.”

We are carers for creation and of his people. Take this seriously, it is our world which God has shared with us. .  God has made himself so vulnerable and this gospel reading is just before the passion.  An area or parish improves if enough people do something.  We look at areas in a locality which are now clean  of drugs, more prosperous and just. This has been the work of people,  co-creating the world with God. Making it a better place. Doing the world a world of good.

The Gospel today says – Don’t give up. In good times and bad, crisis and pandemic times, God is always near!  Live in hope and preparation. Stay awake to the season – the ways we can deepen and grow in our faith — maybe do a a retreat, do something good for others with your time or finance, notice God in the events of the next few weeks, pray a bit every day, make time to be awakened to  the centre of our world who is God, and to his central action in creating the world each day, sending Jesus Christ his Son.

A question for the first week of Advent: How can I help someone today?

Lord, send me, use me, create me for your work in the world.

Donal Neary SJ

Gospel Reflections for Sundays of Year B (2017).
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Sunday 22nd November 2020, Feast of Christ the King

THE KINGDOM OF THE SHEPHERD KING

 

As we celebrate the feast of Christ the King and conclude our Sunday readings from St Matthew’s Gospel, we remember that Jesus came as the shepherd king, to establish the kingdom of God, a kingdom of love and service of others.  The signs of the kingdom of God are acts of compassion to the vulnerable and hurting, love for one another and a realisation that the king identifies himself completely with the least in his kingdom. Christ’s call for universal compassion can be uncomfortable for those of us who are comfortable. In our natural self-centred state, we are not ready for his kingdom, so we are called to repent, to renew our attitudes. 

 

Jesus says he is the Good Shepherd, the one described by Isaiah, who would rescue, heal, feed and give rest to his sheep, and who would judge them.  Time will come to an end for each of us and for all, and there will be judgement.  Our judgement will be based on whether we were good, kind, welcoming and giving to other people, whether we had time for those in distress, time for God’s little ones.

 

May the Virgin Mary help us to encounter Our Lord and receive him in his Word and in the Eucharist, and at the same time in brothers and sisters who suffer from hunger, disease, oppression or injustice.  May we have a heart for all who suffer, especially those accounted as unimportant in the eyes of the world. May we help them from our material posessions and may give our time, as loving and generous followers of Christ.  We pray that at the resurrection, by God’s mercy, we will be called to life

 

 

PRAYER AND REMEMBRANCE IN NOVEMBER

We continue to pray for our beloved dead in this month of November, and perhaps visit the burial places of our loved ones to pray there alone or with others from our household. 

Pope Francis for this year has extended the time during which November Plenary Indulgences for the dead may be gained.  A plenary indulgence may be gained by visiting and praying in a church or oratory on any day in November, and a plenary indulgences to be gained once per day for visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead on any eight days in November, which need not be consecutive. We should also pray for the Pope’s intentions.

Those who are elderly, sick or otherwise vulnerable and unable to leave home due to Covid-19 restrictions, may gain these indulgences by praying for the dead before an image of Jesus or of the Blessed Virgin Mary, appropriate prayers include the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet or prayers from the Office of the Dead.

The usual conditions (Sacramental Confession and reception of Holy Communion) should be completed when this becomes possible again.

 

PARISH DUES

Sincere thanks for the very generous response to the Autumn Dues appeal.

 

 

WEBCAM

 We have experienced difficulties with our live-streamed Mass transmissions from time to time, in particular occasional time lags of up to several minutes, we hope to have these issues resolved soon.

 

 

Covid-19

 

Existing arrangements to comply with COVID-19 restrictions continue as follows as follows.

 

 Church Open for Private Prayer

11.00 am – 6.00 pm Monday-Saturday

Live Streamed Masses:

10.00 am Monday-Saturday

6.00 pm Saturday (vigil)

10.00 am and 12.00 noon on Sunday

 

Funeral Masses

Permitted, subject to a limit of twenty-five people in the church, including the priest.

Weddings

Permitted, subject to a limit of twenty-five people in the church, including the bride, groom, witnesses and the priest.

Baptisms

No baptisms for the time being.

 

REFLECTION from Fr Donal Neary SJ

On the Solemnity of Christ the King

Words connected with king may be power, authority, distance, homage and many more.  The king presented in Jesus is very different, as in our readings this week.

The king is more a shepherd and often called a shepherd-king. The one who looks after all the sheep, looks for the lost and is loved by the sheep.

In the gospel Jesus presents us with a representative list of those who need the most looking after in the world then and now: like the hungry and thirsty, who will die if help is not given. He highlights people who are often neglected as not worth our time – the stranger, the prisoner and the sick. He looks out for the least ones.

A challenge today in trying to care for the millions who starve and lack good water; the people confined in nursing homes and those in mourning because of the dangerous virus; the prisoner, locked and hidden away. They are ones Jesus remembers every day himself. Can we do the same, and put our remembrance into action?

Let me notice this week, O Lord, the needy ones on my doorstep.

Donal Neary SJ
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15th November 2020, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

USING OUR GIFTS

Today we are presented with the parable of the Talents. Some of us may feel that our talents don’t amount to much, that we are not as gifted, say, as the ten-talent man in the parable, yet we all have some gifts, given by God for a purpose.  Spiritual gifts are given for the good of all; if they are not used, they will not be fruitful, but when ordinary people accept and use their giftedness great things are achieved in the kingdom of God.

The first reading in today’s Mass is unusual, a poem in praise of a perfect wife from the end of the Book of Proverbs.  It is certainly somewhat foreign to our culture and even seems condescending to women   It might seem a little less strange if we imagine it as being written by an ancient Irish mother, anxious to find a suitable wife for her precious son!  And in fact, this end section of the Book of Proverbs is headed “the sayings of Lemuel king of Massa, taught him by his mother.”  The piece has been regarded as a poem in praise of wisdom, traditionally thought of as female. The wise person is someone who is loving, who helps those in need, who gives to the poor and is business-like and hardworking, someone who “gets on with it,” and uses his or her talents in loving service.

 

NOVEMBER A MONTH OF PRAYER AND REMEMBRANCE

Following our Annual Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls from November 2nd to 10th and the special Remembrance Masses last week, we continue to pray for our beloved dead in this month of November. We are encouraged to visit the burial places of our loved ones and are encouraged to pray there alone or with others from our household.  A prayer leaflet has been prepared by the Office for Mission and Ministry of the Diocese, copies of a version of this of this are available in our Church during the open times for private prayer, and it can be downloaded from the Diocesan Website, and printed or read on our phones or other devices.

By a special mandate from Pope Francis this year the November Plenary Indulgences for the dead may be gained throughout the month.  A plenary indulgence may be gained by visiting a church or oratory and there reciting one Our Father and the Apostles’ Creed on any day in the month of November, and a plenary indulgences to be gained once per day for visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead once per day on any eight days in November, which need not be consecutive, chosen by the person seeking the indulgence.

Those who are elderly, sick or otherwise vulnerable and unable to leave home due to Covid-19 restrictions, may gain these indulgences by praying for the dead before an image of Jesus or of the Blessed Virgin Mary, appropriate prayers include the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet or prayers from the Office of the Dead. The usual conditions (Sacramental Confession, reception of Holy Communion and Prayer for the Pope’s intentions) should be completed when this becomes possible.

 

PARISH DUES

Sincere thanks for the very generous response to the Autumn Dues appeal.

 

WEBCAM

We have experienced difficulties with our live-streamed Mass transmissions from time to time, in particular occasional time lags of up to several minutes, we hope to have these issues resolved soon.

 

FR JEROME MURPHY O’CONNOR OP

Wednesday last 11th November was the seventh anniversary of the death of Fr. Kerry’s brother, Fr Jerome Murphy O’Connor.  Fr Jerry who died in Jerusalem was one of the best-known New Testament scholars in the English-speaking Catholic world, and a frequent visitor to this parish.  We remember him in our thoughts and prayers.

 

PARISH PASTORAL ASSEMBLY

A meeting of the Parish Assembly will take place on Monday, November 16, 2020, at 8pm (Zoom meeting).

 

Covid-19

Existing arrangements to comply with COVID-19 restrictions continue as follows as follows.

Church Open for Private Prayer

11.00 am – 6.00 pm Monday-Saturday

 

Live Streamed Masses:

10.00 am Monday-Saturday

6.00 pm Saturday (vigil)

10.00 am and 12.00 noon on Sunday

 

Funeral Masses

Permitted, subject to a limit of twenty-five people in the church, including the priest.

 

Weddings

Permitted, subject to a limit of twenty-five people in the church, including the bride, groom, witnesses and the priest.

 

Baptisms

No baptisms for the time being.

 

POPE FRANCIS ON PRAYER

Pope Francis continued his catechesis on prayer in last Wednesday’s General Audience. He commented that Jesus prayed to his Father with perseverance. Three parables in Luke’s Gospel emphasize how we too need to be constant in our prayer.

The first parable, in which a man asks for help from a friend in the middle of the night and does not give up until his friend responds, teaches us the need to pray with insistence. 

In the second parable, we see in the widow who persists in asking the unjust judge for justice, the importance of patience.

The third parable, that of the publican and the Pharisee at prayer in the Temple, reveals that God responds to those who pray with humility.

We see these three attitudes – insistence, patience, and humility – reflected in the saints who persevered in prayer through moments of darkness when God seemed to be silent or absent. May we continue to persevere in prayer conscious that we never pray alone, but with Christ himself, in the power of the Holy Spirit. As Saint Augustine succinctly puts it: Jesus “prays for us as our priest, he prays in us as our Head, and as our God, he is the one to whom we pray.”

 

1st November 2020, Solemnity of All Saints

OUR BELOVED DEAD

As we remember and pray for our dead at this time of year, we experience again the grief and loneliness, and we remember good times and bad, the joys and sorrows.  At the last supper Jesus asked his friends to remember him.  He gave them the bread and the wine saying: “this is my body, this is my blood, do this in memory of me.”  We remember these words at the Consecration of each Mass.  He died for all and we pray for our dead at each Mass, not just in November.   

We have a sure and certain hope for ourselves and those we love.  Jesus tells us he has prepared a place for each of us and will return to take us to himself, so that, as he says, “where I am you may be too.”  We live in that hope, in that promise, as we pray that our beloved dead are among those of whom it is said: “They shall see the Lord face to face and his name will be written on their foreheads.  It will never be night again and they will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will be shining on them.  They will reign for ever and ever.”

  

NOVEMBER DEDICATED AS MONTH OF PRAYER AND REMEMBRANCE

Bishop Fintan Gavin will preside at a prayer service in the Cathedral on this Sunday 1st November at 3.00 pm to dedicate November as a time of Prayer and Remembrance for those who have died and for the comfort of the bereaved.  The Service itself will be live-streamed from the Cathedral on https://www.corkcathedral.ie/live-stream/, with a link also on the Diocesan website.

 

FEAST OF ALL SAINTS

As November 1st falls on a Sunday, the Mass of All Saints is said instead of that of the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time this weekend.

All Saints Day  November 1st.   Fr Donal Neary SJ

Today is the feast of All l Saints – known and unknown. We celebrate the goodness and lives of grandparents, friends, parents and all who have gone before us. It’s the feast more of the ordinary saints than of the canonised who have their feast already. Pope Francis puts it in his letter, ‘Rejoice and Be Glad’:

I like to contemplate the holiness present in those parents who raise their children with immense love, in those men and women who work hard to support their families, in the sick, in elderly religious who never lose their smile. In their daily perseverance I see the holiness of the Church militant. Very often it is a holiness found in our next-door neighbours, those who, living in our midst, reflect God’s presence. We might call them “the middle class of holiness.” 

We find a holiness in all who do their best for others during the pandemic, including our health workers risking their own health for the sick.

As we look around at those near and dear to us, and at everyone we meet, we believe all of us are created in the image of God, each of us in our unique way.  ‘Ordinary’ saints also had their faults and failings, and believing in the God within us helps we value them, in their weaknesses and strengths.

Being a saint means living in the spirit of Jesus, in the spirit of the Beatitudes. May we be glad to follow in his footsteps!

Saints of God, come to our aid, hasten to help us, saints of the Lord.

Donal Neary SJ, Editor Sacred Heart Messenger, www.messenge.ie

 

ALL SOULS DAY

Live-streamed Mass on Monday 2nd November at 10.00 am and 6.00 pm.

 

NOVENA FOR THE HOLY SOULS

The Annual Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls will be celebrated from Monday 2nd November to Tuesday 10th November.   Envelopes for those who wish to have their dead remembered at the Novena are available in the church.  These may be placed in the box at the altar rails before or during the time of the Novena.

 

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for a time of prayer and reflection after 10.00 am Mass on each day of the Novena for the Holy Souls, concluding at 11.00 am when the church is opened for private prayer.

 

REMEMBRANCE WEEKEND 7th & 8th NOVEMBER

All Masses next weekend will be offered for our dead, especially those who died during the past year.  These Masses will be live-streamed from our church webcam at the usual times of 6.00 pm on Saturday and on Sunday at 10.00 am and 12.00 noon.  At each Mass, lighted candles (nightlights) will be placed before the altar for those who died on behalf of who have been bereaved.  Special Prayers for those who died since 2nd November 2019 will also be included in Masses on the remaining weekends of November, concluding on 28th/29th.

 

BLESSING OF GRAVES

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, public prayers and blessings of graves in our cemeteries cannot take place this year, but priests will do this privately and all our dead will be remembered in Masses throughout November.

People will still be able to visit the burial places of their loved ones and are encouraged to pray there alone or with others from their household.

A prayer leaflet has been made available by the Office for Mission and Ministry of the Diocese which people can use as their prayer.  Copies of a version of this of this are available in our Church during the open times for private prayer, and it can be downloaded from the Diocesan Website, and printed or read on one’s device.

 

PLENARY INDULGENCES FOR THE DEAD

The Plenary Indulgence for the dead normally to be gained by visiting a church or oratory and there reciting one Our Father and the Apostles’ Creed between noon on November 1st and midnight on All Souls’ Day (November 2nd), may be transferred to any day in the month of November, and the plenary indulgences to be gained once per day for visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead from the 1st to the 8th November may likewise be transferred to any eight days in November, which need not be consecutive, freely chosen by the person seeking the indulgence.

Those who are elderly, sick or otherwise vulnerable and unable to leave home due to Covid-19 restrictions, may gain these indulgences by praying for the dead before an image of Jesus or of the Blessed Virgin Mary, appropriate prayers include the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet or prayers from the Office of the Dead.

The usual conditions (Sacramental Confession, reception of Holy Communion and Prayer for the Pope’s intentions) should be completed when this becomes possible.

 

Covid-19

Existing arrangements to comply with COVID-19 restrictions continue as follows as follows.

Church Open for Private Prayer

11.00 am – 6.00 pm Monday-Saturday

Live Streamed Masses:

10.00 am Monday-Saturday

6.00 pm Saturday (vigil)

10.00 am and 12.00 noon on Sunday

 

25th October 2020, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS – LEVEL 5

 We are all coming to terms with Level 5 of the Government Plan for Living with Covid-19, scheduled to last for at least six weeks.  This involves big changes in our personal lives and in the life of our parish community, although the special parish church arrangements in place since October 6th remain unchanged.  Bishop Fintan asks that our parishes should be beacons of hope and solidarity as we seek to provide pastoral and spiritual care.

“As public worship (apart from weddings and funerals) will not be possible for at least six weeks it means that we have to continue to minister to our parishes in new and creative ways,” the bishop said.

Existing arrangements to comply with COVID-19 restrictions continue as follows as follows.

Christ the King

 

Open for Private Prayer

11.00 am – 6.00 pm

 Monday-Saturday

Live Streamed Masses:

10.00 am Monday-Saturday

6.00 pm Saturday (vigil)

10.00 am and 12.00 noon on Sunday

  

FEAST OF ALL SAINTS

 Next Sunday November 1st is the Feast of All Saints

 

NOVEMBER REMEMBRANCE OF OUR DEAD

Because of Covid-19, parishioners and relatives will not be able to attend Masses and prayer services which are celebrated annually in early November for those who have died.  The Masses will be celebrated by the priests but without a congregation, and our Turner’s Cross Masses will be live streamed.

 

The Annual Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls will be celebrated from Monday 2nd November to Tuesday 10th November.   Envelopes for those who wish to have their dead remembered at the Novena are available in the church.  These may be placed in the box at the altar rails.

Remembrance Weekend 7th & 8th November: All Masses that weekend will be offered for our dead, especially those who died during the past year.  Special Prayers for those who died since 2nd November 2019 will also be included in each Mass on the remaining weekends of the month, concluding on 28th/29th November.

Blessing of Graves

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, public prayers and blessings of graves in our cemeteries cannot take place this year, but priests will do this privately and all our dead will be remembered in Masses throughout November.

People will still be able to visit the burial places of their loved ones and are encouraged to pray there alone or with others from their household.

A prayer leaflet has been made available by the Office for Mission and Ministry of the Diocese which people can use as their prayer.  Copies of a version of this of this are available in our Church during the open times for private prayer, and it can be downloaded from the Diocesan Website, and printed or read on one’s device.

 

November Indulgences

By a special mandate of Pope Francis the usual conditions for gaining a Plenary Indulgence for the faithful departed are modified this year to allow for the Covid-19 pandemic and public health restrictions.

The Plenary Indulgence for the dead normally to be gained by visiting a church or oratory and there reciting one Our Father and the Apostles’ Creed between noon on November 1st and midnight on All Souls’ Day (November 2nd), may be transferred to any day in the month of November, and the plenary indulgences to be gained once per day for visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead from the 1st to the 8th November may likewise be transferred to any eight days in November, which need not be consecutive, freely chosen by the person seeking the indulgence.

Those who are elderly, sick or otherwi

se vulnerable and unable to leave home due to Covid-19 restrictions, may gain these indulgences by praying for the dead before an image of Jesus or of the Blessed Virgin Mary, appropriate prayers include the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet or prayers from the Office of the Dead.

The usual conditions (Sacramental Confession, reception of Holy Communion and Prayer for the Pope’s intentions) should be completed when this becomes possible.

 

REFLECTION

Reflection for 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A  from Fr Donal Neary SJ

The energy of true religion

‘To love God and love your neighbour – this is one of the most attractive of the sayings of Jesus. It is an encouragement to live fully with what brings the greatest joy in life – true love of God and the neighbour. It is at the heart of good religion, and what attracts many to Jesus.

Bad religion puts law above love. Bad religion fights for the partial truths of religion. We risk being victims of bad religion, just as we can be victims of bad nationalism, bad psychology or any other bad way of living. Jesus’ life was to propose good reli­gion and to live by it. The religion of some of the Pharisees was bad, in that it was incomplete in its scope.

 We admire those who give energy in love and service. We are proud of people we know whose lives make a great and good difference to others. We know that our family and neighbour­hood, parish and school, workplace and leisure time have been enriched by the self-sacrificing love of many people, young and old.

‘He gave it his all‘ – we say that of a good player at the end of a match. We say of parents that they “were always there for the children. May we give all we have in our lives, giving in love, knowing that all we give is itself a gift from God, the giver of all good gifts.

Picture Jesus with a sick person; watch him touching the person.
This would he against the law! What would you say to him?
Lord, let love be the guiding principle of all I say and think.

Donal Neary SJ
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RADIO BROADCAST OF TURNER’S CROSS MASS

Radio Maria Ireland will be streaming the 10.00 am Mass from our parish church of Christ the King Church next Tuesday October 27th November.  Radio Maria is Ireland’s only Catholic Radio station. 

You can tune in via our webcam at www.turnerscross.com, or via Radio Maria. Radio Maria can be accessed via TV on Saorview: Channel 210, and Freeview: Channel 826. You can also download the free App – “RADIO MARIA IRELAND,” listen to streaming on www.radiomaria.ie or get live radio feed by telephoning 01 437 3277 (no extra charges apply).

 

18th October 2020, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Mission Sunday.  Today is Mission Sunday and the Holy Father invites Catholics all over the world to contribute to a special collection. A second collection is normally taken up at all Masses this weekend as we support missionary activity abroad through our prayer, sacrifice and financial contributions. The funds collected help Churches who need financial support and are directed towards communities in need, both spiritually and materially.  In recent years year Irish Catholics have contributed more than €1.6 million on Mission Sundays, and this collection was distributed to more than 1,000 young Churches in need. Contributions are used to build simple mission churches, to educate seminarians and female religious novices, and for the formation of catechists and lay leaders. We remember the work of missionaries throughout the world including more than 1,000 Irish missionaries.

MISSION SUNDAY IS ONLINE THIS YEAR BUT NEEDS ARE GREATER

The annual Mission Sunday collection for the support of the young churches in the other side of the world cannot be taken up in our churches this year.  However, the Donate button on the Cork and Ross website can be used to make a secure donation for Mission Sunday.

To learn about some of these young churches have a look at the short video from World Missions Ireland on the Cork and Ross website.

 

NOVEMBER REMEMBRANCE OF OUR DEAD

Remembrance Weekend.  All Masses on weekend 31st October – 1st November will be offered for our dead, especially those who died during the past year. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, prayers and blessings of graves in our cemeteries cannot take place this year, but all our dead will be remembered in Masses throughout November.

The Annual Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls will be celebrated from Monday 2nd November to Tuesday 10th November.   Envelopes for those who wish to have their dead remembered at the Novena are available in the church.  These may be placed in the box at the alter rails.

 

COVID-19 Restrictions

 Arrangements are as follows:

Christ the King

Open for Private Prayer

11.00 am – 6.00 pm

 Monday-Saturday

 

Live Streamed Masses:

10.00 am Monday-Saturday

6.00 pm Saturday (vigil)

10.00 am and 12.00 noon on Sunday

 

BROTHERS AND SISTERS ALL

On the 3rd October, the eve the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis made his first trip outside Rome since the Covid-19 pandemic to sign his third encyclical letter at the tomb of St. Francis.  The document in Italian has the title “Fratelli Tutti” and Pope Francis says he chose the title because “with these words, Saint Francis of Assisi addressed his brothers and sisters and proposed to them a way of life marked by the flavour of the Gospel.”

God is love, and sharing in that love, being part of it, we are called to be open to open to everybody, brothers and sisters to all.  Thus, there are no “others,” no “them,” only “us!”  With God we want an open world, a world without walls, without borders, without rejected people, without strangers. To achieve such a world, we must have an open heart prepared to be friends, to seek what is morally good, to seek justice for everyone, so we can truly be brothers and sisters.

There are shadows over our world leading to confusion, loneliness, and desolation. When we come upon ​a hurting stranger, we can pass by or we can stop to help. Whether we include or exclude the injured stranger tells what kind of person we are, and to what kind of social, religious or other group we really belong.  Faced with those injured by the shadows of our sadly closed world, Pope Francis invites us to share the world’s deep desire for solidarity, starting with the recognition that we are created to be “​Fratelli  Tutti,” ​brothers  and  sisters all.

 

 

 

OCTOBER, MONTH OF THE ROSARY

It’s probably fair to s ay that for many younger Catholics, the rosary is associated with an older generation. However, at this time every year we are all encouraged to use the rosary to reflect on different aspects of the life of Jesus. This ancient and Bible based prayer invites us it to think about the principal parts of Christ’s life and the way in which we are is called to follow him. Some years ago Pope Benedict XVI commented on the month of the rosary saying: “It is as if every year Our Lady invited us to rediscover the beauty of this prayer, so simple and so profound.”

 

 

Ennismore Retreat Centre

Online Retreat with Fr. Peter McVerry

Jesus – “destined to be a sign that is opposed.” Luke 2, 34

Online event via Zoom

Saturday 24th October, 10:30 am – 4.00 pm, cost €45

Limited places available, to register email info@ennismore.ie

Registration closes Friday 23rd October at 2.00 pm.

For further information call 085 8080218

 

 

11th October 2020, 28th Sunday In Ordinary Time

LEVEL 3

Government Plan for Living with COVID-19

 Arrangements during Level 3 restrictions are as follows.

Christ the King

 

Open for Private Prayer

11.00 am – 6.00 pm

 Monday-Saturday

 

       Live Streamed Masses:

            10.00 am Monday-Saturday

            6.00 pm Saturday (vigil)

            10.00 am and 12.00 noon on Sunday

 

TWO BANQUETS

In the first reading for this Sunday, Isaiah uses the image of a rich banquet on God’s holy mountain to describe the fulfilment of God’s promise of salvation.  A promise of joy and everlasting happiness where every tear will be wiped away and death will be no more.  The gospel reading also speaks of a banquet, a wedding feast representing the kingdom of God.  This is the third parable of rejection in St. Matthew’s Gospel, those invited refused to come.  Some were busy, preoccupied with farm and business, others were hostile.  The messengers were then sent to the crossroads to invite whoever they met to come to the wedding feast, an open invitation to all. We sometimes refuse God’s invitation.  We may be too busy, or having value systems or lifestyles at variance with the Christian ideal we may not want to hear the message. The guest who did not wear a wedding garment represents those who pay lip service to the Christian life but are not in practice prepared to take it seriously.

The banquet is at the end of time, but the invitation is now and the response is now.  We pray that we will say yes to God’s invitation, and yes to God’s promise, that we will say yes to God’s love.  May we bring that invitation to others, even at the risk of rejection, as we try to give witness to our faith by our lifestyle and by our joy in the Lord.

 

 

BROTHERS AND SISTERS ALL

 

On the 3rd October, the eve the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis made his first trip outside Rome since the Covid-19 pandemic to sign his third encyclical letter at the tomb of St. Francis.  The document in Italian has the title “Fratelli Tutti” and Pope Francis says he chose the title because “with these words, Saint Francis of Assisi addressed his brothers and sisters and proposed to them a way of life marked by the flavour of the Gospel.”

 

God is love, and sharing in that love, being part of it, we are called to be open to open to everybody, brothers and sisters to all.  Thus, there are no “others,” no “them,” only “us!”  With God we want an open world, a world without walls, without borders, without rejected people, without strangers. To achieve such a world, we must have an open heart prepared to be friends, to seek what is morally good, to seek justice for everyone, so we can truly be brothers and sisters.

 

There are shadows over our world leading to confusion, loneliness, and desolation. When we come upon ​a hurting stranger, we can pass by or we can stop to help. Whether we include or exclude the injured stranger tells what kind of person we are, and to what kind of social, religious or other group we really belong.  Faced with those injured by the shadows of our sadly closed world, Pope Francis invites us to share the world’s deep desire for solidarity, starting with the recognition that we are created to be “​Fratelli  Tutti,” ​brothers  and  sisters all.

 

MISSION

Reflection for 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time from Fr Donal Neary SJ (dneary@messenger.ie).

I remember people whose houses were shrines of hospitality, a sort of gathering place for the neighbours. A sandpit in our back-garden years ago was the play point for dozens of neighbourhood children. All were welcomed and kindly looked after.

The outreach in today’s gospel is for all sorts of people: the invited guests had turned down the invitation to a king’s family wedding, so every ‘Tom, Dick and Mary’ was invited.  The parable is about God and God’s generous invitation of love to all of creation.

This is the message of Mission month, when we remember people, many of whom we know, who have left home to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and action.  It reminds us of the September month of the earth where the love of God is for all creation, including all that lives on earth.  We allow the gospel this week to tell us again and again of the generous God, who prepares a great menu for his people and invites anyone God thinks of (First reading).

That’s what God is like.  He is glad when his hall is full; all God wants is our love in return.

Thank you, o Lord, for your great love for all of us.

 

 

OCTOBER, MONTH OF THE ROSARY

It’s probably fair to say that for many younger Catholics, the rosary is associated with an older generation. However, at this time every year we are all encouraged to use the rosary to reflect on different aspects of the life of Jesus. This ancient and Bible based prayer invites us it to think about the principal parts of Christ’s life and the way in which we are is called to follow him. Some years ago Pope Benedict XVI commented on the month of the rosary saying: “It is as if every year Our Lady invited us to rediscover the beauty of this prayer, so simple and so profound.”

 

The Parish Assembly:  Zoom meeting this Monday 11th October at 8.00 pm, invitations by email will be issued at 7.45 pm.

 

Deaths:  We pray for Mary O’Connor of Capwell Road who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family.

 

 

4th October 2020, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Vineyard of God

 The Christian message stands in stark contrast to the consumerism and selfish individualism of modern Irish culture.  There are positive and good aspects of present-day Irish life, generosity to those in need, a sense of humour and of fun, but we may also notice a certain coarseness in life, a lack of respect for values that was not there before, and at the moment a pervasive anxiety. 

In the Gospel parable the custodians of the vineyard are the religious leaders of Israel.  God’s message was rejected and those he sent were rejected, and God himself was rejected in Jesus. We must ask ourselves if we also reject God at times. The teachings of Isaiah and of Jesus make it clear that there are consequences when we reject faith, when we reject God’s grace. 

This raises the question of how to we respond to the situation in our own lives and to the situation in our culture. A key is given in the psalm included in today’s readings, the plea: God of hosts bring us back, let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.  We turn to prayer, a prayer that includes an admission of guilt, an acknowledgement that it is we who have forsaken God, and a promise that we will try not to forsake him again. 

St Paul sets prayer as a sort of polar opposite to worry.  He advises us to fill our minds with all that is good, true, noble and turn to God in prayer, placing all our needs before him. Then the God of peace will be with us and fill our hearts with that peace of Christ which is beyond all human understanding.  That peace will answer all our anxieties.

 

 

Pray for our Planet, our Common Home

The Season of Creation ends today, a time set aside by Pope Francis to reflect on our place within creation and our responsibility to care for our common home.

Pope Francis comments that the Eucharist is an act of cosmic love. Even when it is celebrated on the humble altar of a parish church, the Eucharist is celebrated on the altar of the world. The Eucharist joins heaven and earth: it embraces and penetrates all creation as the world which came forth from God’s hands returns to him in blessed and undivided adoration. In the bread of the Eucharist, creation is projected towards unification with the Creator himself (cf. Laudato Si’ .

 

 

OCTOBER, MONTH OF THE ROSARY

It’s probably fair to say that for many younger Catholics, the rosary is associated with an older generation. However, at this time every year we are all encouraged to use the rosary to reflect on different aspects of the life of Jesus. This ancient and Bible based prayer invites us it to think about the principal parts of Christ’s life and the way in which we are is called to follow him. Some years ago Pope Benedict XVI commented on the month of the rosary saying: “It is as if every year Our Lady invited us to rediscover the beauty of this prayer, so simple and so profound.”

 

                       Turner’s Cross Confirmation                           and First Holy Communion  


Confirmation ceremonies will be held on Wednesday  7th October, and Wednesday      14th October, at 12.00 noon.

 

 

 

 

Our First Holy Communion Masses will take place on Saturday 17th October, at 10.00 am and 12.00 noon.

There will be no public morning Mass on Saturday 17th October.

 

Because of Covid-19 restrictions the number of people present in the church for each ceremony will be limited to the pupils receiving the sacrament, their parents and one other person only for each family.

 

Vocations

Thirteen new seminarians begin their formation and studies in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, in Rome and in the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Dundalk.  Others are starting a pre-seminary programme in other locations in Ireland and abroad.  This brings to 72 the total number studying for the priesthood for Irish dioceses.  We pray that men and women will be open to the call of the Lord, asking them to serve him as a priest or in the consecrated life.

 

Deaths: We pray for Jeremiah (Jerry) O’Leary, Curragh Road and Marie Bowen, Deerpark Mews, who died recently, and offer our sympathy to their families.

 

27th September 2020, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOUGANE BARRA SUNDAY

Our diocesan pilgrimage to Gougane Barra in honour of St. Finbarr is normally held on the last Sunday in September. This year due to the Covid-19 pandemic we cannot travel and everyone is invited to join ONLINE in prayer with Bishop Fintan Gavin as he celebrates Mass at the Oratory in Gougane on this Sunday 27th September.

Rosary at 2.45 and Mass starts at 3.00 pm

Connect through the diocesan website www.corkandross.org

 

Pray for Our Planet, Our Common Home

We begin the last week of the Season of Creation, that time set aside by Pope Francis for all of us to reflect on our place within the story creation and to accept our individual and collective responsibility to care for our common home. The Season of Creation offers us an opportunity to renew our vocation to become stewards of God’s creation.

Our commitment to the care of our common home is not some kind of add-on to our faith or optional extra; instead as Pope Francis continually reminds us the care of God’s creation is at the centre of our Christian faith. This year as well as the environmental crisis we are also in the midst of an international health crisis, as we pray for God’s protection of his people and of all his creation.

 

 

PARABLE OF THE TWO SONS

The parable of the two sons in today’s gospel reading challenges us. In response to their Father’s invitation to work in his vineyard: one says no, but then goes; the second says yes, but then doesn’t go. There is a big difference between them, the first is lazy, but the second is a hypocrite. The invitation of his father remained in in the heart of the first son and even after he said “no,” the memory of his father’s voice drew him from his laziness.  Although the second son knew what was good, he did not do it and he broke his word.  For him the father’s voice was buried. Without any problem he ignored his conscience, ignored the voice of God in his heart.

We are not always willing to do what is right, because we are sinners. But maybe we can choose what kind of sinner to be, whether to be sinners on the journey of life, who try to listen to the Lord, and when we fail, repent and try to do better, like the first son, or whether to just say the right thing and then go our own way, always  ready to  justify ourselves with words according to what suits us.

May we have hearts that seeks the Lord, that struggle every day and repent when necessary, and return to Him. May we be pure of heart, rather than pure “on the outside.”

 

The Annual Collection for the Education of Students preparing for Priesthood & Diaconate takes place at all Masses this weekend. This collection is the principal source of funding.

 

Ballinlough Parish

Confirmations ceremonies in the Church of Christ the King at 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm on Wednesday 30th September  and at 2.00 pm on Thursday 1st October, attendance limited to named family members.

Ballinlough First Holy Communion on Saturday next 3rd October at 11.30 am, attendance again limited to named family members.

 

Turner’s Cross First Holy Communion and Confirmation

Confirmation ceremonies will be held on Wednesday 7th October, and Wednesday 14th October, at 12.00 noon.

Our First Holy Communion Masses will take place on Saturday 17th October, at 10.00 am and 12.00 noon.

Because of Covid-19 restrictions the number of people present in the church for each ceremony will be limited to the pupils receiving the sacrament, their parents and one other person only for each family.

There will be no public morning Mass on Saturday 17th October.

 

Covid-19 Safeguards Our existing arrangements comply with Level 2 of the Government Resilience and Recovery Plan for Living with Covid for public worship. We will continue to work closely with our volunteer stewards to ensure that all precautions are in place.  These include the following:

Clear signage in relation to arrangements

Hand sanitizing available as people enter and leave the church

Social distancing guidelines implemented

The churches is subdivided into two distinct sections or pods with not more than 50 persons in each pod.

Each pod must have its own entrance/exit route

There must be four metres between pods

People are asked to wear a face covering for public worship.

 

Help Needed Those who wish to volunteer as Parish Stewards are asked to give their names to one of the priests.

 

Anam Cara: Evening for bereaved parents on Wednesday 7th October at 7:20pm in the Clayton Hotel, Cork City. This free event is open to all bereaved parents. regardless of the age your child died, *Subject to change in accordance with government advice*