20th November, 2022 Feast of Christ the King

Presentation to Fr Billy

The date mentioned last week for Fr Billy’s celebration has had to be postponed for a brief period. The reason is that there needs to be time to accept donations for our retired Parish Priest. These will then be presented to Fr Billy on the rescheduled date, which is Friday, 9th December, at 8.00 pm in Nemo Rangers club. A box has been placed at the altar rails where donations can be placed. It will be there through the coming week and next weekend.

Welcome

We welcome the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles from Ardfoyle, Cork to our Parish who have come to promote Mission Awareness at all Masses. The Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles are a group of international women religious dedicated to spreading the Good News through service and witness of their lives. Promoting women and the marginalized is a priority in their apostolate. The OLA Sisters are grateful for all the support over the years in so many ways, and they encourage you to continue in that support. Sr. Mary Usifoh will be speaking during the Masses.

Deaths

We pray for Tony Soden, Ballyphehane, and Mary Downey, Glenview Terrace, who died this week. We sympathise with their families.

Christ the King

Today, the last Sunday of the liturgical year, is when we celebrate Jesus Christ, the Universal King.  The end of the liturgical year anticipates the end of time when “the Kingdom of God will come in all its fulness.  Then the just will reign with Jesus Christ for ever, glorified in body and soul, and the material universe itself will be transformed.  God will be ‘all in all’ in eternal life” (Catechism 1060).

This Sunday’s reading from Luke (23:35-43) takes us to the foot of the cross on Calvary.  At the end of Jesus’ journey, over his head, his crime was posted, “Jesus Christ, King of the Jews.”    How many took the charge seriously?  Did anybody of sane sense really think that he was a threat to Caesar or to public order?  The irony of that day was that he was a king, though not in a way that the worldly mind could understand.

Jesus as king was the reversal of the ways usually followed by the royalty of this world.  He did not sit on an elevated throne to symbolize his power, but he hung from a cross, too weak to save himself from death. 

The task of the Church is to be at the service of the kingdom.  But, as Saint Augustine remarked, there are many in the Church who are not in the kingdom while there are many in the kingdom who are not in the Church.  The qualities of the reign of God are listed in the Preface of today’s Mass … a kingdom of truth and life, of holiness and grace, of justice, love and peace.

Thy kingdom come…

(Fr Sylvester O’Flynn OFM.Cap.)

Happy 91st Birthday!

We celebrate the opening of the our Church on this day 1931. See website. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the huge renovation that was completed in 2002. We remember with gratitude all those who made it possible with their generosity and organizational skills. We salute Fr Kerry and Fr John O’Donovan who spearheaded the project. To the collectors and donors who have died we say: Mile buiochas. Leaba i measc na naomh go raibh agaibh.

13th November 2022, Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

For Your Diary

 

Night for Fr Billy:

Friday, 25th November in Nemo

 

 

 

Thanks

to all who ensured that our celebration of the Novena for the Holy Souls was special. May it bring great blessings on all of us. We continue to pray for our dead throughout the month of November.

 

Parish Assembly

Meeting this Monday, 14th at 8.00 pm

 

Feast of Christ the King next Sunday 

We remember the foundation of the our Church on this day 1931. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the huge renovation that was completed in 2002.

We welcome the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles from Ardfoyle, Cork to our Parish next weekend to promote Mission Awareness at all Masses.

 

Blessings: Who can bless?

I was impressed by the parish custom of families blessing their own graves with holy water last Sunday in St Joseph’s cemetery. In other cemeteries teams of priests race around the graveyard, the assumption being that only ordained priests can bless. Not so in Turner’s Cross!  So, what is a blessing? It is a ritual, using holy water or the sign of the cross, to invoke God’s blessing. It is God who blesses. When you take holy water to your family grave and ‘bless’ it you are externalising your inner desire that God bless your loved ones who have died. It is a priestly act and you can do so because all baptized people share in the priesthood of Christ. This has always been the faith of the Church but it has been all to infrequently aired. In 1979 Pope John Paul II called on the Church to reactivate the priesthood of the baptized. He was implying that it is not a new idea but part of the Tradition of the Church. A powerful expression of this belief comes from Pope St Leo the Great (5th century):

‘In baptism the sign of the cross makes kings of all who are reborn in Christ, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit consecrates them priests… any Christian who has the gifts of rational and of spiritual understanding knows he/she is a member of a kingly race and shares in the priestly office.’

So what of the ordained priest? That’s for another day…

 

Baptisms

From 1st December Baptisms will be held on the first and third Saturday of each month at 4.30 pm.  Application forms are available from the Sacristy.

Baptism Preparation

Each couple will be contacted to inform them of the date for the Baptismal preparation prior to the baptism itself. This preparation takes place in the Parish Centre. It is important that this meeting be led by parishioners and not just the priest. Please let us know if you would like to be part of this ministry.    

 

Thank You

Fr Noel would like to thank parishioners for the response to the request for Autumn Dues. He finds the speedy and generous response a sign of a very warm welcome to Christ the King parish. May we grow as a caring and joyful community in the months and years ahead.

 

The ALPHA COURSE in Douglas

Turner’s Cross Parish is helping the Parish of Douglas and Rochestown to run their first Alpha Course starting this week. Turner’s Cross parishioners are welcome to attend.  Starting on November 17th  sessions will be held in in the Parish Centre at St Columba’s Church on Thursday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm, concluding in February.

Alpha creates a space for a conversation about faith, life, and God in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Sessions cover topics such as: Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus die? How does God guide us? Why and how do I pray?  We don’t assume any background knowledge or belief. Alpha is for everyone, no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.

Friendships are made at Alpha

 

6 November 2022

6th  November, 2022

Thirty Second  Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr Noel O’Sullivan, Adm Mobile: 087-2610276 email: noscork@gmail.com

Website: turnerscross.com

 

The Novena continues until Thursday, 10th November.

 The 10.00am Mass on Sunday, 6th November will be offered for those who died in the past year. Their names are placed in the Sanctuary and we are invited to pray for them and for their grieving families. A big ‘Thank You’ to the Parish Assembly for making this possible.

Baptisms

From 1st December Baptisms will be held on the first and third Saturday of each month at 4.30pm.  Application forms are available from the Sacristy

Baptism Preparation

Each couple will be contacted to inform them of the date for the Baptismal preparation prior to the baptism itself.

 Blessing of Graves

 Saint. Joseph’s, Tory Top Road      2.30pm Sunday, November 6th

 Please bring a container to this ceremony so that you can take some of the blessed water and sprinkle it on your family grave. 

Saint. James’ Chetwynd Togher            3pm Sunday. Nov. 6th

Saint. Michael’s Blackrock                     3pm   Sunday, Nov. 6th

Saint Mary’s Curraghkippane                 3pm   Sunday, Nov. 6th

Rathcooney Cemetery                             3pm   Sunday, Nov. 6th

Saint. Oliver’s,  Ballincollig                      2.30pm Saturday, Nov. 5th

Saint. Finbarr’s  Glasheen                        2.30pm Sunday, Nov. 13th

Saint. Catherine’s Kilcully                        3pm Sunday, Nov. 13th

Deaths:  We pray for Phil O’Mahony, Ballyphehane, and Michael O’Riordan, O’Connell Avenue, who have died. We offer our sympathy to their families.

Thank You

Fr Noel would like to thank parishioners for the response to the request for Autumn Dues. He finds the speedy and generous response a sign of a very warm welcome to Christ the King parish. May we grow as a caring and joyful community in the months and years ahead.

Congratulations to Nemo Rangers on their victory in the County Final last Sunday: a victory to savour in the Centenary Year of the Club.

 

30th October, 2022, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Feast of All Saints

Tuesday, 1st November:

Vigil Mass 6 pm on Monday; 10.00 am Mass on Tuesday.

Novena for the Holy Souls

There will be Mass every morning in Christ King Church for the Holy Souls during the nine days of the novena, i.e. from 2nd November (All Souls Day) to 10th November inclusive (including Wednesday and Saturday mornings). Envelopes are available for enclosing list of the dead whom you wish to have prayed for in the Novena. The lists will be placed before the altar.

Remembrance Weekend 5th & 6th November

The 10.00 Mass on Sunday, 6th November will be offered for those who died in the past year. The Parish Assembly has tried to invite each bereaved family to this Mass but, in some cases, addresses were inadequate. Please accept this as your invitation. Candles will be provided at the entrance of the Church which can be lit in memory of your loved one.

Blessing of Graves

 Saint. Joseph’s, Tory Top Road 2.30pm Sunday, November 6th

Saint. James’ Chetwynd Togher     3pm Sunday. November 6th

Saint. Michael’s Blackrock             3pm   Sunday, November 6th

Saint Mary’s Curraghkippane        3pm   Sunday, November 6th

Rathcooney Cemetery                   3pm   Sunday, November 6th

Saint. Oliver’s,  Ballincollig             2.30pm Saturday, November 5th

Saint. Finbarr’s  Glasheen              2.30pm Sunday, November 13th

Saint. Catherine’s Kilcully               3.00 pm Sunday, November 13th

Death: 

We pray for Sheila Boyle, Derrynane Road,  who has died. We offer our sympathy to her family.

9th October, 2022 TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Autumn Dues

Autumn Dues envelopes are available in the church. Envelopes may be returned to the Parish Church, to a Priest’s house or by post to Fr Noel O’Sullivan. Many thanks to those who have contributed already.

Altar Servers

Children in third and fourth class have been invited to become altar servers and we are awaiting the response following discussion with their parents. When the altar servers are back their parents will need to be present with them in the sacristy before and after Mass.

CONNECT 2: Meeting of Young Adults with Bishop Fintan

A reminder that young adults (18-35) can register for CONNECT 2 on Sunday next 16th October at University College Cork. The day begins at 10:30 am and ends with Mass at 4.00 pm in the Honan Chapel. Almost 100 Young adults from across the diocese joined Bishop Fintan for CONNECT in UCC in May for a great day of faith, fun, food, and sharing as we explored how we can all become better missionary disciples for the Lord. Register on the Cork & Ross Diocesan website.

Priests’ Retreat 

The priests of the diocese will be on retreat this coming week from Monday to Thursday inclusive. Your prayers would be appreciated by all of us. As a result there will not be daily Mass on those days, i.e. Monday to Thursday this week. Masses will continue in religious order churches. Fr Martin Kavanagh SMA will cover funerals in this area.

Funeral Ministry

We intend to increase the funeral ministry team and extend that ministry to include a visit to the home of the bereaved to sympathise on behalf of the parish and to discuss the choice of readings, as presented in the new diocesan booklet. Again we invite those who would like to help with this ministry to make contact.

Baptism Team

We hope to set up a course in the parish centre for parents who have booked a baptism. This would consist of one evening led by parishioners. Interested parishioners are invited to indicate their willingness to help with this course.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection

This collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.  These Collections enable the Diocese to support parishes through central services. Bishop Fintan comments that the generosity and loyalty of parishioners ensure that vital Diocesan needs are met, as he thanks us for our support.

Music

Singing is being introduced at the 10.00 am Mass on Sundays and all are invited to join in.  The 12.00 choir is going from strength to strength, thanks to all involved.

Parish Secretary Needed

The new secretary will have an office in the Parish Centre and it is envisaged that he/she would work three days a week for three hours each day. A person with good secretarial skills is required. Experience with MS Office, in particular MS Word,  is expected.  Experience with maintaining a website would be advantageous. This is an important pastoral support for the parish. Interested parties should contact Fr. Noel O’Sullivan in the first instance on 087 2610276.

2nd October, 2022 TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

October Is MISSIONARY MONTH

Theme: ‘We Cannot but Speak About What We Have Seen and Heard’

 October is Missionary Month, which will include the celebration of the 95th World Mission Day on Sunday, October 24. The month begins with the liturgical memorial of Saint Teresa of Lisieux, proclaimed Patroness of the Missions by Pope Pius XI.

The theme chosen by Pope Francis is from the Acts of the Apostles: “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). From the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has highlighted the fact that we are all missionary disciples. In his first encyclical, The Joy of the Gospel, he wrote:

I dream of a ‘missionary option’, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channelled for the evangelisation of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation (Evangelii Gaudium 2013, § 27).

Weekday Masses

In light of the changed circumstances in the parish and in the diocese, the need for a reduction in the number of weekday Masses was aired. From 1st October, Morning Masses are on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. There will not be a Mass on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. We will have an alternative prayer service on Wednesdays, building on the current Miraculous Medal devotions.

Baptism Team

Great work has been done by the existing baptism team but it was not possible to call to homes in the past two years. Ideally, we hope to set up a course in the parish centre for parents who have booked a baptism. This would consist of one evening led by parishioners.

Music Ministry

Some parishioners have offered to lead the singing at the 10.00 Mass on Sundays. This will be a community singing together, rather than a choir. We have the choir at 12.00 Mass. There has also been an offer from a young university student who plays guitar and piano to develop a music ministry at the Vigil Mass on Saturdays. I would love to hear from other young people interested in participating.

Funeral Ministry

We intend to increase the funeral ministry team and ministry to include a visit to the home of the bereaved to sympathise on behalf of the parish and to discuss the choice of readings, as presented in the new diocesan booklet.

Death 

We pray for Toni Collins, Doyle Road and Eileen Meehan, Railway Place, who died recently. We offer our sympathy to their families.

Parish Secretary

The parish needs a new secretary as Marion has retired. The new secretary will have an office in the Parish Centre and it is envisaged that he/she would work three days a week for three hours each day. This is an important support role and ministry in the parish. Contact: Fr Noel.

25th September 2022 TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Fr Noel Writes:

I had my first meeting of the parish Pastoral Assembly last Monday. It was a very encouraging experience, meeting parishioners of such faith commitment and enthusiasm for the pastoral programme that we discussed together. We would like to advance the reopening of parish ministries following the relaxing of the Covid restrictions. Among the ministries we hope to have extended or reopened are:

Altar Servers Children in third and fourth class will be invited to become altar servers, provided they have the permission and support of their parents.

Baptism Team Great work has been done by the existing baptism team but it was not possible to call to homes in the past two years. Ideally, we hope to set up a course in the parish centre for parents who have booked a baptism. This would consist of one evening led by parishioners.

Funeral Ministry We intend to increase the funeral ministry team and extend that ministry to include a visit to the home of the bereaved to sympathise on behalf of the parish and to discuss the choice of readings, as presented in the new diocesan booklet.

Music All agreed that the music ministry was most enriching of the liturgy. Appreciation was expressed for the 12 O’Clock choir, a choir which invites new members to join. Practice on Tuesday evenings in the Parish Centre at 7.30 pm. It is also hoped to have music at the Vigil Mass on Saturday. It would be great if this could be led by young people, singers and musicians. We would love to have more young people enriching our liturgy.

Weekday Masses In light of the changed circumstances in the parish and in the diocese, the need for a reduction in the number of weekday Masses was aired. From 1st October, Morning Masses will be on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. There will not be a Mass on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. We hope to have an alternative prayer service on Wednesdays, building on the current Miraculous Medal devotions.

Parish Secretary The parish needs a new secretary as Marion has retired. An enormous debt of gratitude is owed to her for her secretarial work. The new secretary will have an office in the Parish Centre and it is envisaged that he/she would work three days a week for three hours each day. This is an important support role and ministry in the parish. Contact: Fr Noel.

Ordination

The priestly ordination of Ronan Sheehan took place on Sunday, 18 September in his home parish of Newcestown. May his ministry be fruitful and may his ordination inspire other young men to heed the call to priesthood.

CHANGES IN TURNER’S CROSS PARISH

Fr Noel O’Sullivan

Bishop Fintan appointed Fr. Noel O’Sullivan to administer the Parish of Turners Cross following Fr. Billy’s retirement on 9th September, 2022.  Fr. Kerry and Fr. Billy concelebrated the weekend Masses on September 10/11 with Fr. Noel, as we welcomed him to Turner’s Cross.  

This marked the beginning of a period of change throughout the diocese, as we come to terms with new ways of being the church of Christ, and as we leave some longstanding traditions behind. The mission of the Church continues, and we all have our part to play, as we respond to the lord who says to us: as the Father sent me so am I sending you. May we fulfil that mission with confidence and joy.

Fr Noel Responds

In the Parish Bulletin of 18th September Fr Noel commented as follows: I would like to thank you the parishioners for your welcome last weekend and during the week at the weekday Masses. You have been warm in your welcome and sincere in your prayer. The first thing I observed on entering the Church last Saturday was the prayerful atmosphere, despite the fact that no one was present. That does not surprise me because a place of prayer always retains its spirit. And this place has been the locus of thousands of Masses and other sacraments over the past 90 years, not to mention the sincere prayers of so many parishioners. This is a treasure for which we are very grateful. I know that my time here offers me an opportunity to savour the spiritual depth of Christ the King parish.

 

 

 

PENTECOST May 23, 2021

 

BISHOP FINTAN GAVIN

We are delighted to welcome Bishop Fintan to Turner’s Cross to celebrate our Sunday Masses this weekend. This is his first Pastoral Visit to our Parish since he was ordained Bishop of Cork & Ross and is part of a series of visits to parishes interrupted by the coronavirus epidemic.

 

 

PENTECOST

The Jewish feast of Pentecost celebrated the covenant at Mount Sinai, when the law had been inscribed on tablets of stone. Jesus’ new law of love is inscribed on tablets of flesh, on human hearts.  The fearful disciples experienced a sudden change, they go out, speaking boldly about the marvels of God.   They have new courage, new insight and they declare that Jesus is risen, he is Lord.   They speak with the courage and freshness of the Holy Spirit.   We too in our time can be fearful, not wishing to speak of our faith, but the Holy Spirit can lift us up and Jesus tells us do not be afraid.   Some people in Jerusalem would have preferred the apostles to stay quiet, to stay closed away at home and not to disturb.   Today, many people want Christians to stay quiet, but the risen Lord sends us out in the power and joy of what happened on that Pentecost in Jerusalem.

 

When we receive the Holy Spirit, we receive divine authority to spread the message of Jesus, not by powerful systems but by the spirit of God “not by might, not by power but by my spirit, says the Lord (Zachariah 4:6).   We must ask ourselves, are we open or are we fearful, are we prepared to go a new path or do we want to stay in safe temporal structures which have become rigid and are not open.  A fundamental element of Pentecost is surprise.   No one expected anything much of the disciples, perhaps not even themselves, but suddenly an event occurs which inspires wonder.   In our time we are called to be a church which surprises people with a new message of resurrection, a new language of love.  Pope Francis comments that without the capacity to surprise the church is weak, sick and dying.  

 

We have the same mission as our Master “as the Father said to me, so am I sending you.”  There are problems in the world to which we are sent, problems in our church and in ourselves, we experience disillusionment, shamed by scandals, upset by division, by falling Mass attendance and all the problems and disappointments of our time. The Spirit gives us hope that it will be better, that the church can be new and vibrant as on that first Pentecost morning, the morning of the birthday of the Church.   When God reveals himself there is a newness and a freshness as he asks for our trust, and the Spirit gives us courage. 

 

So we pray today that we will be renewed by the Holy Spirit, that we will experience new heart, new courage, that we will experience the fullness of God’s peace and joy, with lives focused on God and on the sisters and brothers around us for whom Christ died.  We pray that the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, will renew the face of the earth and renew the face of the church.

 

Dues & Donations

Many thanks for your generous Easter dues and donations for the upkeep of the Church, they are all greatly appreciated.

 

Church Cameras

Our Church is monitored by CCTV, which is on and recording at all hours. Our live-stream webcam is always on and Masses are normally recorded and can be viewed online within 90 days following the ceremony

 

COMPETITION

To mark Laudato Si’ week (May 16th – 24th) Nano Nagle Birthplace is launching a short story/essay/poetry/song competition. 

The closing date is 30th June 2021. Details at www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie.

 

Reopening of our Church for Public Worship

Stewards

We are deeply grateful to volunteer stewards and those who sanitised and maintained the church to a very high standard over the last year.   As public worship resumes, we are again indebted to these volunteers and need their continued help to keep our church open.

Safety in the church

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 directional arrows marked on the floor. A minimum distance of 4 metres is maintained between the sections, and each section may contain up to 50 people, subject to a 2-metre social distance requirement.  There should be no movement of people between sections before, during or after Mass. Special arrangements are in place for Holy Communion, with separate distribution points in each section.

Personal Safety

Covid-19 Public Health safety rules must be observed in the Church, wearing masks, keeping our distance from others, sanitising hands on entering and exiting the Church and not congregating outside the church.

Weddings and Funerals

Not more than fifty people can attend Weddings and Funerals in a church, irrespective of the size of the church. Funeral services will continue to be live streamed to help reduce numbers attending.

Confessions

Confession will be heard by prior arrangement, either in the Parish Centre, or in the church, taking account of all relevant health measures.

Singing

Congregational singing and choir singing are not permitted at present.  Solo singing with accompanist is permitted subject to HSE Covid-19 Guidance for Religious Services.

 

Year of St Joseph

Pope Francis has declared a year dedicated to St Joseph, from 8th December 2020 to 8th December 2021. He says:

 “Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble.”

(Patris Corde – With a Father’s Love)

Prayers to St Joseph after 10.00 am Mass on Fridays until 8th December.

 

Deaths: We pray for Marie Sheehan (nee Downey), South Douglas Road who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family.

National Synod

The Bishops invited submissions on what methods to adopt in the initial consultation period. Our thanks to those who met on zoom and prepared submissions, which have been sent to the Bishops’ Conference.

Dues & Donations

Many thanks for your generous Easter dues and donations for the upkeep of the Church, they are all greatly appreciated.

Church Cameras

Our Church is monitored by CCTV, which is on and recording at all hours. Our live-stream webcam is always on and Masses are normally recorded and can be viewed online within 90 days following the ceremony

COMPETITION

To mark Laudato Si’ week (May 16th – 24th) Nano Nagle Birthplace is launching a short story/essay/poetry/song competition.The closing date is 30th June 2021. Details at www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie.

 

Sunday 14th March, 2021

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

Laetare Sunday

REDEMPTION

The fourth Sunday of Lent, “Laetare Sunday,” marks the half way point in our Lenten journey and we begin to look forward to Holy Week and Easter, to the mystery of our redemption.  Nicodemus came to see Jesus at night in case anybody would see him.   He came in darkness, and we may think of the darkness of our own time, hostility to the gospel of life, the Covid-19 pandemic and all the other problems of the world.  In the darkness we hear Jesus saying, “I am the light of the world.”

God loves the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that through him the world might be saved. He calls us to holiness and indeed to happiness and inner peace, a call to live through love in his presence.

 

St. Patrick’s Day

Live-streamed Vigil Mass on Tuesday at 6.00 pm.  Masses on Wednesday at 10.00 am & 12.00 noon.   No evening Mass on St Patrick’s Day, but Lent Wednesday Stations of the Cross at the usual time of 6.00 pm.

Bishop Fintan comments that many people who live and work abroad have been unable to return home to visit families for almost a year.  St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally a day to reach out and connect to our diaspora.  Our live streamed celebrations of Mass for St Patrick’s Day will include those who are away from home. Please feel free to send us names of family members living abroad, via e-mail. 

 

TRÓCAIRE

Join the fight for justice this Lent

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

By supporting Trócaire at Lent, we help ensure that families in developing countries can earn an income and have enough to eat, we help communities rebuild their lives after disasters and conflict, and we defend the rights of people under threat.

Download resources for school, parish and home from the Trocaire website.

 

St Joseph

             March 19th, Solemnity of St Joseph              Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Pope Francis proclaimed a Year of Saint Joseph to mark the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, from 8th December 2020, to 8th December 2021.  Saint Joseph appeared, together with Our Lady, Saint John the Evangelist, and the Lamb of God in the Apparition at Knock in 1879.  On Friday next on the Feast of St Joseph the Holy Father will formally designate Knock as an International Marian and Eucharistic Shrine in a homily which will be transmitted via video link to Mass in the Shrine Chapel at Knock. The Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Michael Neary and concelebrated by Father Richard Gibbons, PP and Rector of Knock Shrine.

Our thanks to Mons. Aidan O’Driscoll and Clonakilty Parish who have arranged Prayer Resources which will be available in our church and on our Website for the Feast of St. Joseph in this special year.

Our thanks to Mons. Aidan O’Driscoll and Clonakilty Parish who have arranged Prayer Resources which will be available in our church and on our Website for the Feast of St. Joseph in this special year.

 

Mothers’ Day

In spite of the Corona Virus, this Sunday is still Mother’s Day, and we wish all mothers a happy Day.  Prayers are offered for all our mothers, living and deceased, at all Masses this weekend.

A Mothers’ Day Prayer 

We thank you, Creator of us all, for our mothers. 

We thank you that they gave us life and nurtured us all those years.

They gave us our faith, helping us to know you and to know Jesus and his ways.

They taught us how to love and how to sacrifice for others.  

Bless them with the graces they need and which you want to give them today.

Help them to know that they are precious in your eyes and that we love them.

Give them strength and courage, compassion and peace.

Bless them this day and every day with your love.

Amen.

 

Deaths:  We pray for Arthur Ward, Mercier Park who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to his family.

 

Morning and Evening Prayer

Lauds and Vespers on Fridays of Lent after the 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses.

 

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

 

Pope Francis: Saturday of this weekend is the eighth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. We pray for his ministry to the Universal Church and to all humanity.

 

Financial Support

Sincere thanks to all who have contributed so generously following our recent appeal.  A “Donate Button” for church collections and dues is now live on the parish website.

VOCATIONS