The Widow’s Mite
In today’s gospel reading Jesus warns us about false religion, against showing off with long prayers, special clothes or attitudes. This can still be seen in our day, in immature religious people; a mistaken zeal which focuses on the self and on a self-centred merit value system. This can be sad, but harmless enough, unless it involves manipulation of other people. We pray for a generous and other-centred religious spirit, based on love of God and love of one another, leaving no room for false religion.
Our Lord draws attention to the widow’s small offering. We look at the externals, God sees the heart, and in his sight the poor widow gave more than all the others. In the first reading and in the gospel, we see the generosity of two poor widows. Both shared what little they had, they had generous hearts. We ask ourselves, when we share, do we do so grudgingly or freely? When we share with the poor, we share with Christ. Most of us have never known hunger through want of resources, though we live in a world where millions are hungry and in want. Both widows trusted in God’s providence, and we may ask ourselves: in whom, or in what, do we trust? We pray for trust in God and a generous heart.
Marriage Support: A second collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend 17th/18th November for Diocesan Marriage Support services.
Baptism Preparation Team. The Pastoral Development Office is offering two sessions of training for new members of Parish teams on Tuesdays 13th and 20th November from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are interested in participating, please give your name to the Sacristy or contact one of the priests.
Autumn Dues envelopes are ready for collection by the Area Collectors in the Sacristy. Many thanks.
Prayers & Blessing of Graves
11th Nov. St. Finbarr’s, Glasheen Rd. 2.30 pm
St Catherine’s, Kilcully. 3.00 pm
Don’t forget to pray at the Graves at the back of the Church.
Handel’s Messiah at Gurranabraher Church –
The East Cork Choral Society will perform Handel’s ‘Messiah’ at Ascension Church, Gurranabraher on Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 8pm. The soloists: Mary Hegarty – Soprano; Sarah-Ellen Murphy – Alto; Peter Stobart – Tenor; Timothy Emberson – Bass. East Cork Orchestra – Eithne Willis, Leader. The Conductor of East Cork Choral Society is Colin Nicholls. Admission – €20.
All proceeds towards clearing our Church debt. Tickets are now available at Gurranabraher Parish Office, Pro Musica in Oliver Plunkett St. and from East Cork Choral Society members. Further Information at 021 430 3655.
Parish Assembly meeting this Monday 12th November in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.
PIETA HOUSE. Bandon Garden Annual Christmas fundraising event in aid of Pieta House, on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Sunday 18th of November from 6-10 pm, also on Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd and Sunday 25th. Admission €5.00, mulled wine and mince pies, Christmas arrangements raffled on final night.
Day of Reflection in Nano Nagle Birthplace, Live Life with Compassion with Kieran O’Mahony OSA on Saturday 17th November. Explore the gift of compassion. 10am – 4pm; €65 incl. light lunch; Booking required, contact www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie <http://www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie> or 022 26411.
VIGIL FOR HOLY SOULS
A Vigil for the Holy Souls will take place in
St. Patrick’s Church, Rochestown Road, Co. Cork on Friday 16th November 2018. Commencing with the Angelus and Mass at 6.00pm, confession, rosaries, prayers and hymns for departed family and friends throughout the night. The Vigil concludes with Mass at 12 midnight. Everyone is welcome to attend all or part of the vigil.
Deceased Staff of An Garda Siochána, Cork City Division Annual Mass on Tuesday, 13th November, 2018 at Saint Joseph’s (SMA) Church, Wilton, Cork at 7.30pm.
Alpha Course in Turner’s Cross
A Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha course begins at the end of January. This is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in an informal, fun and friendly way. The course continues on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm for ten week
What is the point of life?
What happens when we die?
What relevance does Jesus have for our lives today?
How do we deal with guilt?
Alpha considers some basic aspects of the Christian faith, including – Who is Jesus? Why Did Jesus Die? How does God guide us? and What about the Church?
We are putting together a team for this course and any parishioners who have completed an Alpha course with us in recent years and would like to help are asked to contact Fr Billy, or any member of the Parish Assembly.
A Little Lifetime Foundation (ALLF)
Support Group for bereaved Parents & Families whose baby has died. LIGHT of LIFE Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Cork City, the Plaza, the Mall beside Cork city Hall on Sunday 11th November at 2.00 pm Featuring Christy Kenneally. Please come along and let’s light up Cork City to remember all the little ones missing from our lives at a very special time of year. Everyone welcome.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Our prayers and good wishes to Fr. Kerry and his fellow pilgrims who travel on Pilgrimage to the Holy Land on Sunday November 11th, returning on November 19th.
Fr. Kerry will be remembering you all when he offers Mass in the following places during the week
Monday 12th Nov. Mount of Beatitudes
Tuesday 13th Nov. Nazareth Basilica of Annuncation
Wednesday 14th Nov. Mount Thabor
Thursday 15th Nov. Bethany
Friday 16th Nov. Bethlehem
Saturday 17th Nov. St. Peter in Gallicantu
Sunday 18th Nov. The Holy Sepulchre – Calvery
Friday 16th Nov. Holy Hour in the Garden Gethsemane. 8pm