17th March 2019 – St. Patrick’s Day

 On St. Patrick’s Day we may reflect on the gift of faith that God gave to the people of Ireland over sixteen hundred years ago, through the ministry of a runaway slave who was obedient to the call of God.
We pray that in spite of all the present difficulties the faith will continue to be passed on and that future generations of our people will continue to know the good news of salvation, and the peace of Christ which is beyond all human understanding.

Evening Mass at 6.00 pm on weekdays
of Lent. However, no evening Mass on Bank Holiday Monday 18th March.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
on Wednesday mornings in Lent after 10.00 am Mass to 11.00 am.

Morning and Evening Prayer of the Church (Lauds and Vespers) on Fridays in Lent after 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses.

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes for Lent are available at the back of the Church.

Death:We pray for Ciss Dorgan, Kilcolman Lawn who died on Friday.  We extend our sympathy to her family.

Ministers of the Eucharist can collect their rota from the sacristy.

CHOIR
New members welcome, if you are interested please leave your name in the sacristy.

Congregational Singing
We are looking for volunteers to lead congregational singing at weekend Masses.  If you are interested please leave your name in the sacristy.

LOURDES 2019: YOUNG ADULT HELPERS
The diocesan pilgrimage is seeking young adults (18-25) to join the pilgrimage to Lourdes from 10th to 15th June to assist with the care of the sick who travel to Lourdes. Please contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537474 or pdo@corkandross.org  for information and to request an application form.

Prayer for Vocations:  Monthly Holy Hours to pray for vocations – Wednesday 27th March 3:00pm to 4:00pm at Mercy Hospital Chapel, Cork.
Thursday 11th April 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm at Presentation Brothers, Maiville, Turner’s Cross. Prayer followed by tea/coffee.

LENT RETREAT DAY
Dom Richard Purcell OCSO Saturday 30th March at Bon Secours Convent, College Road, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.  Donation only, booking essential. Email eavopost@gmail.com or Phone 0872209994

Learn about Justice from a biblical perspective with the Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles: video presentations and group discussion at Ardfoyle Convent, Ballintemple, Cork at  11am on Tuesdays 9th March to 16th April.   Info: justice@olaireland.ie or 021-4294076

‘Day of Meditation/Relaxation’ Sat 30th March, with Eileen Nash pbvm. Get in touch with yourself, with creation and with God. 10.30am — 3.30pm; bring a packed lunch; cost €25 incl. tea/coffee. Booking required. Nano Nagle Birthplace 022 26411 www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie <http://www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie>

Catholic Young Adults Conference 2019
(18 to 40 years) Saturday 30th March, 11am to 6.00 pm at Dominican Retreat Centre, Ennismore. Guest speaker  Fr. Marius O’Reilly. Cost including lunch €15 on the day or to book in advance contact Fergal 087-7914975 or Susan 087-2414635

The Legion of Mary Acies will be held in SMA Church, Blackrock on March 22nd at 7.15pm.   All auxiliary and former active members welcome.

Trócaire
This year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign highlights the different ways land is stolen from vulnerable people in the developing world. Find out more at www.trocaire.org <http://www.trocaire.org>


10th March 2019 – 1st Sunday Lent (C)

Lent – a reflection
Lent calls us to repentance.
But if our repentance doesn’t involve
a change of heart,
it will not lead to a change of life.
It will be like decapitating weeds
while leaving their roots intact.
But if we change our hearts,
then our lives will also change.
Lord, grant that enlightened by the word of God,
and nourished by the food of the Eucharist,
we may turn our hearts away from evil,
and set them firmly on pleasing you.                                                            [Fr. Flor McCarthy SDB]

Evening Mass at 6.00 pm on weekdays of Lent.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday mornings in Lent after 10.00 am Mass to 11.00 am.

Morning and Evening Prayer of the Church (Lauds and Vespers) on Fridays in Lent after 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses.

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes for Lent are available at the back of the Church, and will be distributed through the Schools.

Morning Alpha Course     Explore: life,  faith,   meaning,                         Our morning Alpha course began after 10.00 am Mass last Thursday and continues on Thursday mornings for ten weeks.  Each session will start at 10.35 am with tea/coffee and finish at 12.00 noon. This is perhaps an opportunity to do something positive for Lent and Easter. If you are interested, please contact Br. Andrew at 086-1522160.                   “Friendships are made at Alpha”

Deaths:  We pray for Matthew O’Farrell, Evergreen Road, who died on Friday.  We extend our sympathy to his family.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society. Meeting on 12th March at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre.

Do this in Memory First Holy Communion preparation Mass this Sunday 10th March at 10.00 am.

Ministers of the Eucharist can collect their rota from the sacristy

Parish Assembly Meeting this Monday 11th March in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.

A Second Collection at all Masses next weekend in support of Diocesan needs.

Pope Francis We will pray for Pope Francis on Wednesday next 13th March, the anniversary of his election.

Cork & Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2019 10th – 15th June – 5 nights Full board.  Booking forms for pilgrims available from: Joe Walsh Tours, 117 Patrick Street, Cork, telephone: (021) 4277959.  Enquiries for Special Sick/Assisted Section should be directed to the Pilgrimage Director, V. Rev Canon James O’Donovan, PP, Parochial House, Ballinlough, Cork, telephone (021) 4292296.  If you would like to participate in this pilgrimage as part of a Turners Cross Parish Group, please give your name to one of the Priests.

LOURDES 2019: YOUNG ADULT HELPERS
The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites young adults 18-25 to join the pilgrimage to Lourdes as helpers from 10th to 15th June.  As helpers you will assist with the sick and be involved in the pilgrimage programme, with time for making new friends. Limited number of places –contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537474.

NET Ministries Junior Youth Group (fifth and sixth classes) will meet in the Parish Centre on Tuesday 12th March from 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm.

Prayer for Vocations:  Monthly Holy Hours to pray for vocations –
Wednesday 27th March 3:00pm to 4:00pm at Mercy Hospital Chapel, Cork.
Thursday 11th April 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm at   Presentation Brothers, Maiville Terrace, Turner’s Cross.
Prayer followed by tea/coffee.

Pilgrimages to the Holy Land:28th May – 7th June 2019.  Group Leader, Mícheál de Barra and Spiritual Director, Fr. John Newman (Bible Scholar), in association with Premier Travel, Cork..Contact Mícheál at 086-8337681 or email culturaltoursireland@gmail.com. Follow the footsteps of Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem

9th – 18th September 2019. Fly from Cork Airport via London Heathrow to Tel Aviv. 5 nights Bethlehem and 4 nights Tiberias. Fully Escorted Tour, Spiritual Director:
Fr. Bill Bermingham PP, Carrigtwohill. Contact Premier Travel Tel. 021-4277700, Email: premier@premiertravel.ie

Youth 2000 Munster Retreat:  15th to 17th March – CBS Midleton, Cork. Donation only, bring pillow and sleeping bag.  Register at www.youth2000.ie

3rd March 2019 – 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

LENT
Lent is a time for taking stock, for repentance and renewal, as we prepare to commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of Our Lord at Easter.  Repentance involves a renewal of attitudes, a change of focus from the self to others.  We need to remember that there is no real relationship with Jesus outside community, and solitary Christianity is a contradiction in terms.  We don’t always succeed in renewing our attitudes, but Jesus forgives, heals and makes us whole.  He died for all of us and gave us a model of utter self-sacrifice. In Lent we pray for a new spirit of community, and that we will recognise the sacred in the people around us, brothers and sisters for whom Christ died.

Evening Mass at 6.00 pm on weekdays of Lent.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday mornings in Lent after 10.00 am Mass to 11.00 am.

Morning and Evening Prayer of the Church (Lauds and Vespers) on Fridays in Lent after 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses.

Ash Wednesday 6th March is a day of fast and abstinence. On Ash Wednesday we bless ashes made from palms which were blessed on Palm Sunday last year. The sign of the cross is made as the ash is put on our foreheads as the priest or minister says ‘turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel,’ or similar words. The ashes remind us of our dying to the old way of life and challenges us to live our lives in the light of faith. We encourage everyone to come to Mass on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, if possible.

Ashes will be blessed and distributed at the 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses on Ash Wednesday. At the 10.00 am Mass pupils from local schools will be commissioned to bring blessed ashes to the schools where they will impose ashes on staff and fellow pupils.

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes for Lent are available at the back of the Church, and will be distributed through the Schools.

Shrove Tuesday, 5th March – Coffee Morning in Parish Centre after 10.00 am Mass – Pancakes!

Morning Alpha Course
Explore: life
              faith
              meaning

Our morning Alpha course begins after 10.00 am Mass on Thursday morning next 7th March, and continues on Thursday mornings for ten weeks.  Each session will start at 10.45 am with tea/coffee and finish at 12.15 pm sharp. This is perhaps an opportunity to do something positive for Lent and Easter. If you are interested, please contact Br. Andrew at 086-1522160.
“Friendships are made at Alpha”

Deaths:  We pray for Jim O’Connor, Old Blackrock Road, Joseph Murphy, Togher and Ursula Lawlor, Killeigh, Co. Offaly who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

Do this in Memory: Meeting of the First Holy Communion Class Parent Representatives in the Parish Centre this Monday 4th March at 7.30 pm.

 

Lent 2019 – Christ King Parish

  Lent 2019First of all, Happy Lent! The next forty days are an amazing God-given opportunity for renewal when the Lord is near and the Holy Spirit renovates our hearts. The three works that the Church invites us to in this season – self–denial, prayer and charity – along with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, are well-tried ways of bringing about a deeper conversion to Christ our Saviour in our lives. Let us pray for each other as we engage in this Lenten journey to Easter.

Ash Wednesday 6th March:   Ashes will be blessed and distributed at the 10am & 6pm Masses.   At the 10am Mass the pupils from the three local schools will be commissioned to bring blessed ashes to schools where they will impose ashes on staff and fellow pupils.

Each weekday of Lent two Masses 10am & 6pm.

Trocaire Family Fast Boxes are available at back of Church and will also  be distributed through the schools

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday Mornings during Lent after 10am Mass until 11am.

Morning & Evening Prayer of the Church on Fridays in Lent after 10am and 6pm Masses

 

 

24th Feb. 2019 7th Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

MEETING IN ROME ON PROTECTION OF MINORS
On Thursday Pope Francis spoke at the opening of the meeting in Rome on sexual abuse and the protection of minors.  He told the assembled bishops and other church leaders that he wanted to listen together with

Pope Francis greets Archbishop Eamon Martin

them to the Holy Spirit, and hear the cry of the little ones who plead for justice.  He said that the people of God expect more than simple and predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective action.  The Pope prayed to the Holy Spirit to sustain the Church throughout these days, and to help us to turn this evil into an opportunity for awareness and purification. May the Virgin Mary enlighten us as we seek to heal the grave wounds that the scandal of paedophilia has caused, both in the little ones and in believers.

 Morning Alpha Course
 Explore: life
 faith
  meaning             

As our evening Alpha Course is full, we are considering a second course following 10.00 am Mass on Thursday mornings starting on 7th March, the first Thursday in Lent, and continuing for ten weeks.  Each session will start at 10.45 am with tea/coffee and finish at 12.15 pm sharp. The new video material is really very good, and we are confident that those who have completed Alpha in recent years will also enjoy and benefit from this course. If you are interested, please contact Br. Andrew at 086-1522160.
“Friendships are made at Alpha”

 Cork & Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2019 10th – 15th June – 5 nights Full board.  Booking forms for pilgrims available from: Joe Walsh Tours, 117 Patrick Street, Cork, telephone: (021) 4277959.  Enquiries for Special Sick/Assisted Section should be directed to the Pilgrimage Director, V. Rev Canon James O’Donovan, Parochial House, Ballinlough, Cork, telephone (021) 4292296.  If you would like to participate in this pilgrimage as part of a Turners Cross Parish Group, please give your name to one of the Priests.

LOURDES 2019: YOUNG ADULT HELPERS
The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites young adults 18-25 to join the pilgrimage to Lourdes as helpers from 10th to 15th June.  As helpers you will assist with the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme – time for prayer, sharing in the story of Lourdes and making new friends. Limited number of places – for further Details contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537474.

Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Wednesday 6th March at 7:20pm in the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents. More information at anamcara.ie or call 085 2888 888.

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) Ireland are holding an information and support event for patients and their family members at the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel on Saturday, 2nd March  from 1.30 – 4.30pm.  Register on http://www.clli.ie or contact Annemarie at 086-4115195.

HOLY HOUR TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS on Wed. 27th February from 3:00pm to 4:00pm at the Presentation Convent, Pearse Road, Ballyphehane.  All are welcome – prayer followed by tea/coffee.

HANDING ON THE FAITH
Talk and Workshop: Saturday 9th March 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Blackrock Parish
 Centre.  Address by Dr Dan O’Connell, f Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, a parent, parishioner and professional educator.  His address will be followed by a workshop on how to use the YOUCAT series in your parish, home, school as tools for handing on the faith.  Open to all – parents, parishioners, teachers, clergy, religious.  Contribution €5 per person to include workshop handbook. Reservations on 021 4537474 or pdo@corkandross.org.
 
Guided Faith Filled Lenten Journey
YOUCAT/YOUCAT COMPANION
Six Wednesday evenings from 6th March  7.30pm – 8.45pm in SMA Community Centre, Wilton.  All welcome, including parish faith formation personnel / teachers / parents / young adults. Contact Máirín Ní Shúilleabháin on 087/7950325 or mairin991@gmail.com for details.

Cork Simon’s Coffee Morning Organise a coffee morning or afternoon tea during March in your workplace, school or home and help fight homelessness in Cork. Everything you need to organise your gathering is available from CSM, contact Margaret on 021 4929415 for your pack.

Anointing of Sick: Saturday 2nd March after 10.00 am Mass.  Consider offering a lift to a housebound neighbour.

First Friday: Fr. Billy will visit the sick and housebound during the week. If you would like a visit please contact us.

17th February 2019 – 6th Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

BLESSED
In today’s gospel reading we hear St Luke’s beatitudes, echoing the beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the gospel of St Matthew. In Luke there are four blessings, with four corresponding woes. They remind us that God’s ways are not our ways and that as Christians we are called to a value system very different to that of our prevailing culture, very different from that of any worldly culture.  They also reflect something of Jesus’ own life on earth.  He experienced poverty and hunger, he knew grief and he experienced rejection as he was persecuted even to death.  As his followers, we may expect to share some of these experiences, and as we do, he tells us that we are blessed, that our reward will be great in heaven; and in this life he gives us his peace, a peace which the world cannot give.

An extra Alpha Course
Explore: life
faith
meaning
As our evening Alpha Course is full, we are considering a second course following 10.00 am Mass on Thursday mornings starting on 6th March, the first Thursday in Lent, and continuing for ten weeks.  Each session will start at 10.45 am with tea/coffee and finish at 12.15 pm sharp. The new video material is really very good, and we are confident that those who have completed Alpha in recent years will also enjoy and benefit from this course. If you are interested, please contact Br. Andrew at 086-1522160.
“Friendships are made at Alpha”

Cork & Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2019 10th – 15th June – 5 nights Full board.  Booking forms for pilgrims available from: Joe Walsh Tours, 117 Patrick Street, Cork, telephone: (021) 4277959.  Enquiries for Special Sick/Assisted Section should be directed to the Pilgrimage Director, V. Rev Canon James O’Donovan, Parochial House, Ballinlough, Cork, telephone (021) 4292296.  If you would like to participate in this pilgrimage as part of a Turners Cross Parish Group, please give your name to one of the Priests.

LOURDES 2019: YOUNG ADULT HELPERS
The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites young adults 18-25 to join the pilgrimage to Lourdes as helpers from 10th to 15th June.  As helpers you will assist with the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme – time for prayer, sharing in the story of Lourdes and making new friends. Limited number of places – for further Details contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537474

Vacancy for Receptionist/Secretary Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane – must be eligible for CE scheme – 19.5 hours per week.  Contact Nellie Crowley on 021-4345583 or Fr Charlie 021-4537474.  Please send cv and cover letter to southsidetdl@eircom.net

Ministers of the Word may collect their Rota from the Sacristy.

BANTRY PARISH PILGRIMAGE ROME 22nd – 29th April 2019.
Including visits to Assisi & Monte Cassino, and Audience with Pope Francis. Spiritual Director:  Canon Martin O’Driscoll. Contact Premier Travel at 021 – 4277700

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) Ireland are holding an information and support event for patients with CLL and their family members.  The event will take place at the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, Cork on Saturday, March 2nd from 1.30 – 4.30pm.  Please register for the event on website: www.clli.ie <http://www.clli.ie>  or contact Annemarie: 086-4115195

Cork Alzheimers Café, a safe place for people with Alzheimers and other dementias, their carers, family and friends to meet together and with social and health professionals. Last Friday of each month 1.30 – 3.30 pm in St Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Road. Light refreshments, all welcome, next meeting on Friday 22nd February.

HANDING ON THE FAITH
Talk and Workshop: Saturday 9th March 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Blackrock Parish
Centre.  Address by Dr Dan O’Connell, f Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, a parent, parishioner and professional educator.  His address will be followed by a workshop on HOW TO USE THE YOUCAT SERIES in your parish, home, school as tools for handing on the faith.  Open to all – parents, parishioners, teachers, clergy, religious.  Contribution €5 per person to include workshop handbook.  To reserve a place contact 021 4537474 or pdo@corkandross.org

Guided Faith Filled Lenten Journey
YOUCAT/YOUCAT COMPANION
Six Wednesday evenings from 6th March  7.30pm – 8.45pm in SMA Community Centre, Wilton.  All welcome, including parish faith formation personnel / teachers / parents / young adults. Contact Máirín Ní Shúilleabháin on 087/7950325 or mairin991@gmail.com for details.

 

 

10th February 2019 – 5th Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

Christ Calling His First Disciples

 Anointing of Sick on Monday 11th February, “World Day of Prayer for the Sick,” and Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, after the 10.00 am & 6.00 pm Masses (note extra Mass).   Refreshments in the Parish Centre on Monday 11th February, courtesy of the Parish Assembly after the 10.00 am Mass.  Consider offering a lift to a housebound neighbour or friend.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Collection to be taken up at all Masses this weekend 9th/10th February subsidises individuals whose health and/or means would otherwise prevent them from travelling to Lourdes. It also subsidises the travel of essential care personnel.

 Death:  We pray for Sheila Golden, Friars Road, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family.

Alpha Course
Explore: life
              faith
              meaning

The Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha Course continues on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Centre from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm for ten weeks until April.   We pray that this course will be a source of grace to the participants and for the Parish as a whole.

Ministers of the Word may collect their Rota from the Sacristy.

Vacancy for Receptionist/Secretary Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane – Must be eligible for CE scheme – 19.5 hours per week.  Contact Nellie Crowley on 021-4345583 or Fr Charlie 021-4537474.  Please send cv and cover letter to southsidetdl@eircom.net

Cork & Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2019 10th – 15th June – 5 nights Full board.  Booking forms for pilgrims available from: Joe Walsh Tours, 117 Patrick Street, Cork, telephone: (021) 4277959.  Enquiries for Special Sick/Assisted Section should be directed to the Pilgrimage Director, V. Rev Canon James O’Donovan, Parochial House, Ballinlough, Cork, telephone (021) 4292296.
If you would like to participate in this pilgrimage as part of a Turners Cross Parish Group, please give your name to one of the Priests.

The Parish Assembly:  meeting this Monday 11th February in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.

Faith Encounters in the Gospels on Tuesdays 12th, 19th and 26th February.  Coffee at 10:30 am, session 11:00 am to 12:15pm at the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane – facilitated by Sr Karen.  Book your place on 021 4537601.

BANTRY PARISH PILGRIMAGE ROME 22nd – 29th April 2019.
Including visits to Assisi & Monte Cassino, and Audience with Pope Francis. Spiritual Director:  Canon Martin O’Driscoll. Contact Premier Travel at 021 – 4277700

Anam Cara West Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Tuesday, 19th February at 7:20pm in the Munster Arms Hotel, Bandon, a free event and open to all bereaved parents. RSVP to info@anamcara.ie before Monday 18th February or call 085 2888 888.

Christmas Thanks
Trocaire wishes to thank the parishioners of Turners Cross for buying Trocaire gifts to the value of €1,178 this Christmas. Congratulations and thank you.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul wishes to thank all those who contributed to their Christmas Collection which amounted to €3,925 in addition to the many gifts left at the altar.  Well done and thank you.

3rd February 2019 – 4th Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

OPENNESS
God says to Jeremiah and to us, brace yourself, I will make you strong; I have called you, and I am with you.  Our Christian calling is not easy, but as we respond, God is with us.  The people in Nazareth were impressed with Jesus’ gracious words, but were not going to let him get above himself, “sure this is Joseph’s son.”  Jesus anticipated their rejection when he remarked that no one is a prophet at home, and then reminded them that that God’s help was given to a widow in Sidon and a Syrian leper when there were many widows and lepers in Israel. His message of openness to all was angrily rejected. The challenge for us is have an open and loving attitude to everybody, to those who are different, those of other religions, social backgrounds or race, those of whom we don’t approve because of lifestyle or political viewpoint. To be open to others requires a certain strength of character, and at times is not easy.  So we brace ourselves, knowing that the God of love is with us.

Death:  We pray for Kathleen (Kay) Cruise, Fr. Mathew Road, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family.

 Anointing of Sick on Monday 11th February, “World Day of Prayer for the Sick,” and Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, after the 10.00 am & 6.00 pm Masses (note extra Mass).   Refreshments in the Parish Centre on Monday 11th February, courtesy of the Parish Assembly after the 10.00 am Mass.  Consider offering a lift to a housebound neighbour or friend.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Collection to be taken up at all Masses next weekend 9th/10th February subsidises individuals whose health and/or means would otherwise prevent them from travelling to Lourdes. It also subsidises the travel of essential care personnel.

Feast of St Blaise – The traditional blessing of throats will take place on Monday February 4th (transferred from Sunday) after the 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses, note the extra Mass at 6.00 pm.

Alpha Course
Explore:  life
faith
meaning
The Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha Course began last Wednesday and continues on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Centre from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm for ten weeks until April.   This is an opportunity to explore faith and the meaning of life in a friendly environment.  There is no charge for the Alpha Course and everyone is welcome, feel free to join us even if you missed the opening session.

Ministers of the Word may collect their Rota from the Sacristy.

South Parish Historical Society – monthly meeting Wednesday 6th February at 7.30pm in St. John’s College, Sawmill Street.  Sandra McAvoy will talk on “Cork Women and the Fight for the Vote”. All Welcome, Fee €3 non-members.

Vacancy for Receptionist/Secretary Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane – Must be eligible for CE scheme – 19.5 hours per week.  Contact Nellie Crowley on 021-4345583 or Fr Charlie 021-4537474.  Please send cv and cover letter to southsidetdl@eircom.net

Anam Cara Cork Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 6th February at 7:20 pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. RSVP to info@anamcara.ie, before Tuesday 5th Feb or call 085 2888 888.

 Faith Encounters in the Gospels on Tuesdays 12th, 19th and 26th February.  Coffee at 10:30 am,  session 11:00 am to 12:15pm at the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane – facilitated by Sr Karen.  Book your place on 021 4537601.

BANTRY PARISH PILGRIMAGE ROME 22nd – 29th April 2019.
Including visits to Assisi & Monte Cassino, and Audience with Pope Francis. Spiritual Director:  Canon Martin O’Driscoll. Contact Premier Travel at 021 – 4277700

27th January 2019 – 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

Candlemas Day: Candles will be blessed at 10.00 am Mass on Saturday, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. Beeswax candles (€1.50) will be available at the back of the Church. It’s always good to have a blessed candle in our homes

Death: We pray for Tim Looney, late of Summerhill South who died recently. We extend our sympathy to his family.

Do this in Memory First Holy Communion preparation Mass this Sunday 27th January at 10.00 am.

Family Mass: The 12 o’clock Mass on this Sunday is the second of our monthly series of “Family Masses,” in which we acknowledge the importance of families in the life of our parish and of the Church. We ask members of a particular family to participate in the Mass as a family unit, as a reminder that the family is the “domestic Church” and a reflection of God’s love which brings joy to the world.

Anointing of the Sick on Sat 2nd February after 10am Mass                                            This month Anointing of the Sick will also take place on Monday 11th February, “World Day of Prayer for the Sick,” and Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, after the 10.00 am & 6.00 pm Masses (note extra Mass). Refreshments in the Parish Centre on Monday 11th February, courtesy of the Parish Assembly after the 10.00 am Mass. Consider offering a lift to a neighbour who may be housebound.

Alpha Course
Explore: life.
faith.
meaning.
Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha 2019 starts on
Wednesday 30th January. The course will be led by Br Andrew Hickey of the Presentation Brothers Community in Turner’s Cross.
Contact Br Andrew at 086 1522160                                                  We invite you to try Alpha with us on
Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00 pm at the Parish Centre. This session caters especially for young adults (20’s – 30’s), but all are welcome regardless of age.
Alpha is for everyone; no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. You don’t have to commit to the whole course – come along for the first night and see what you think.
There will be a short Video presentation on the Alpha Course in the Parish Centre after the 10.00 am

Mass on this Sunday (the Do This in Memory Mass). You are welcome to join us for this, and a cup of tea, if you have time.

Feast of St Blaise – The traditional blessing of throats will take place on Monday February 4th (transferred from the Sunday) after the 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses, note the extra Mass at 6.00 pm.

Confessions: Saturdays after the 10.00 am Mass & after 6.00 pm Vigil Mass, or ask one of the priests at any time.

South Parish Historical Society – monthly meeting Wednesday 6th February at 7.30pm in St. John’s College, Sawmill Street. Sandra McAvoy will talk on “Cork Women and the Fight for the Vote”. All Welcome, Fee €3 non-members.

St. Mary’s Pope’s Quay weekend of healing and intercession with Fr. Pat Collins CM.
A talk at 7.30 pm on Friday 1st February. Vigil Mass and healing service at 6.00 pm on Saturday 2nd February Prayer and Preaching at 4.00 pm on Sunday 3rd February.

SAMUEL PROGRAMME: Are you 18-35ish? Do you know what God is calling you to do with your life? Do you wish to trust more when making life decisions? We are starting a Samuel Programme for young adults on Sunday 17th Feb in Clonakilty Parish Centre and a group in Cork city – due to demand! A gathering once a month for 6 months. Contact avopost@gmail.com or call 087- 2209994

Anam Cara Cork Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 6th February at 7:20pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to info@anamcara.ie before Tuesday 5th February or call the Information number on 085 2888 888.

20th January 2019 – 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

WATER into WINE   In the honour/shame society of Jesus’ time, running out of wine at the wedding at Cana was a family calamity. Jesus tells his mother that his hour has not yet come, yet she persists in her request, quietly confident. Jesus restores life and joy by taking ordinary water and changing it into extraordinary wine. The Church is the bride of Christ, at times of darkness we ask for wedding joy, that the Lord may restore us and indeed rejoice over us. Each of us may dare to hope that the Lord will take the muddy waters of our lives and change them into wine. We pray for reliance on the intercession of Mary, given to us as our mother by Jesus as he hung dying on the Cross.  may dare to hope that the Lord will take the muddy waters of our lives and change them into wine. We pray for reliance on the intercession of Mary, given to us as our mother by Jesus as he hung dying on the Cross.

Alpha Course

Explore: life
faith
meaning

Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha 2019 starts on
Wednesday 30th January. The course will be led by Br Andrew Hickey of the Presentation Brothers Community in Turner’s Cross.
Contact Br Andrew at 086 1522160
We invite you to try Alpha with us on
Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00 pm at the Parish Centre. This session caters especially for young adults (20’s – 30’s), but all are welcome regardless of age.

“I attended my first Alpha Course in 1995, with some reluctance, I must admit. I found to my surprise that it was friendly and enjoyable. It explored the faith in a “non-Churchy” and adult way. I have been involved in Alpha Courses ever since.
Alpha is for everyone; no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish, and everyone is welcome. You don’t have to commit to the whole course – just pop along for the first night and see what you think.
There will be a short Video presentation on the Alpha Course in the Parish Centre after each Mass this weekend. You are welcome to join us for this, and a cup of tea, if you have time.”
Fr. Billy

Death: We pray for Brother Matthias Comyns, Presentation Brothers, Maiville Terrace, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to his family and community.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection at all Masses this weekend, 19th /20th January to support the work of the dioceses.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18th – 25th January. Service of Prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday 19th January  at 7.00 pm. in St Columba’s Church, Douglas.

Parish Renewal
As we can look forward together to the coming year, we may reflect on the role of the Parish in our lives. Last year was a difficult year for the Church and for faith in Ireland and it is clear that there are problems ahead. If we ignore those problems and do nothing, then nothing will happen, and the slow decline will continue.
The Alpha Course is a first step in our programme of Parish Renewal for 2019. The Parish Assembly is committed to consultation with the various Parish Ministries and with the wider Parish in the period up to Easter of this year. We will consider in prayer what practical steps are open to us as a Parish to be faithful to the mission the Lord has given to each of us.

“Do this in Memory” Mass next Sunday 27th January at 10.00 am. Meeting of parent class representatives on this Monday 17th January with Catechist Bernadette Hegarty at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre.

Accord Bantry Marriage Preparation Courses 2019. For bookings, please contact Course Facilitator Mary McCarthy at 085 1215984.

Couples Marriage & Relationship Counselling
For information and appointments, please contact Accord Bantry at 027 50272 or email accordbantry@eircom.net

Cork Alzheimers Café is a safe place for people with Alzheimers and other dementias, their carers, family and friends along with social and health professionals to meet.
Last Friday of each month 1.30 – 3.30 pm in Activity Centre St Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Road. Light refreshments provided free of charge. Next meeting Friday 25th January 2019. All welcome.

South Central Community Safety Forum. Meeting on Thursday 24th January 2019 at 7.30 pm, at Turners Cross Community Centre, Curragh Road. An opportunity for residents to raise issues of concern with Gardai and representatives from Cork City Council