Bulletin 12 May 2024

The Ascension of the Lord

The feast of the Ascension which we have today is not about Jesus leaving us. It may seem like that because we hear about Jesus being taken up in a cloud and his followers cannot see him physically any more. But Jesus is not leaving; he is just simply present in a different way, a non-physical way. In St Matthew’s account of the ascension Jesus said: ‘And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age’ (Mt 28: 20). So he is not leaving them. It is just that he won’t be with them in bodily form anymore. He is always with us, in Word and Sacrament.

First Holy Communion

The children of Bunscoil Chriost Ri will receive their first holy communion next Saturday at the 10.30 Mass. All are welcome to participate in this joyful celebration. Parish Assembly meets tomorrow Monday, 13th May, at 8.00 pm.

98th Cork Eucharistic Procession

The 98th Cork Eucharistic Procession to mark the feast of Corpus Christi will take place on Sunday May 26th. The procession will leave the North Cathedral at 3pm and make its way through the city to Saints Peter and Paul’s where there will be a short liturgy and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Parish groups are encouraged to gather at the Cathedral and to process together under their parish banner. For those who may have mobility issues, you will be able to join the procession at the river side of the Opera House under a Eucharistic Banner. The Stewards will facilitate and direct this group to join the Procession. The media reported that over four thousand people processed in 2023, and it is wonderful to see that the Eucharistic Procession continues to unite people of faith across Cork from many different communities and backgrounds. The procession which will celebrate 100 years in 2026, is a great public witness to our faith in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. People from Parishes throughout the Diocese and especially those around the city are strongly encouraged to join us for this important event for our city and our people of faith united around the Eucharist.

A member of the organizing committee will speak at the end of Masses next weekend.

 

Second Collection next weekend for Mission and Ministry.

The Annual Collection for Mission and Ministry will take place on weekend of the 18th and 19th May. The Office of Mission and Ministry is a crucial element in how we serve priests and people in Parishes and Family of Parishes as together we enable faith communities to encounter Christ and build His Kingdom. The Office provides formation programmes for ministries such as Parish Assemblies/Councils, Baptism, Funeral Ministry, Eucharistic Ministers and Minsters of the Word.

 

Knock Pilgrimage

1st June. Bus leaves Turner’s Cross at 7.00 am. See notice board. Contact: Margaret. 087 9008235; Jim 0872446534

Bulletin 5 May, 2024

May is the month of Our Lady, so we have some Marian hymns for our Masses this weekend

Today’s gospel from St John (chapter 15) is exceptionally rich. May I suggest the following background information to ensure that our Liturgy of the Word this weekend bears fruit in us:

The theme of the extract is love. What is helpful is to take account of the fact that the language in which the gospel was originally written – Greek – has four different terms for love. Storgé expresses the love in family relationships, eg the mutual love of parents and children, etc. Philia is used to express friendship. Erôs expresses love as passionate desire. Agapé is the highest form of love as understood in the New Testament. It is the total self-giving of oneself. It implies respect, admiration, and culminates in adoration. This love is graphically displayed on the Cross, as Jesus gives his life for us. Today’s gospel extract uses this fourth category to express what Jesus has to say about love. The verb agapaw is used throughout. This fourth category does not exclude the other three forms of love, or diminish them in any way. In fact, erôs and agapé can be used of God’s love. Pope Benedict, in his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God is Love, 2006) uses these two terms of God: ‘God loves, and his love may certainly be called erôs, yet it is also totally agapé’.

Impact: By Alpha Youth

Join the conversation on how you and your team can make an impact for Christ in the lives of young people today. Impact is designed to bring those interested in the faith of young people together for a conversation on youth ministry. All who are interested are welcome to attend. To register or to ask any questions please email gerard@alphaireland.org or call 083-0112560. 18th May 2024, 9.30am (beginning with tea/coffee and light refreshments) to 12noon. St Columba’s Church, Douglas

Knock Pilgrimage 1st June. Bus leaves Turner’s Cross at 7.00 am. See notice board.

Bulletin 28 April, 2024

 

Extract from homily by Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan of Waterford and Lismore, delivered on RTE Mass for Vocations Sunday:

For the sacraments we need priests and the priesthood has been part of the Church since the beginning, instituted by Christ Himself – one of the seven sacraments. We are officially finishing the Year for Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood. Our motto for this Year was “Take the Risk for Christ”. The purpose of the Year was to pray for and promote vocations to ordinary parish priesthood – to have men young and not so young who will baptise and absolve sin, who will celebrate the Eucharist, preach the Gospel and journey with their parishioners in good times and in bad, to lift up people’s gaze, to discover who and for what we are made, not to be mere consumers and economic units and the result of mere chance. But by God who in His great goodness wants us to find love and live in love and holiness, even if there is a cross, and to be a disciple of that love in the world. Everyone has a vocation from God – be it marriage, or religious life, the single life, a deacon or a priest. I am a very happy and thankful to be a priest of Jesus Christ, flawed though I am.

I pray that through the fog and haze of the culture in which we live, men will generously respond to God who is calling them to His priesthood. Maybe someone listening to me now.

Thinking about the Diocesan Priesthood?

There is a special Come and See afternoon for men aged between 18 and 40 who may be thinking about Priesthood for the Diocese of Cork and Ross. It will take place from 2-5pm today, Sunday April 28th, in Mardyke House, Cork City (T12 W8RP). For more information email vocations@corkandross.org

Confirmation Ceremony

Thirty four girls and boys from Bunscoil Chriost Ri received the sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday. We congratulate them and their parents and hope the occasion mark an important stage in their faith journey, which began at baptism. We thank their teachers for preparing the children: Mr Kevin O’Donoghue and Ms Niamh Byrne.

In Confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit. They are: wisdom, understanding, good judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence and wonder and awe in God’s presence. But like all gifts they need to be opened up and used. A Christmas present which remains in the box just gathers dust. An important part of the preparation for Confirmation this week was the celebration of the sacrament of penance (Confession) on Monday morning last. We should all be encouraged to avail of this sacrament, at least at Christmas and Easter. Confession is available every Saturday evening after the Vigil Mass in Turner’s Cross.

Recent Deaths:

The deaths have occurred of Eileen O’Driscoll, Vernamount View; Nancy O’Mahony, Tower St. We pray for the repose of their souls and we sympathise with their families.

Bulletin 21 April 2024

Confirmation Ceremony: Wednesday, 24th April, at 10.30 am

The sixth class children from Bunscoil Chriost Ri will receive the sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday. We congratulate them and their parents and hope the occasion will be truly celebratory for all the family. We thank their teachers for preparing the children: Mr Kevin O’Donoghue and Ms Niamh Byrne. The celebrant will be Monsignor Gearoid Dullea, who celebrates the Silver Jubilee of his Ordination to Priesthood this year. As well as being Co-PP of Ballinlough parish, he is also the Chancellor of our diocese. And better still, he is a native of Bandon! We welcome him warmly to our parish. The celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation is an opportunity for all of us to renew our own Confirmation. Whether it’s recently or in the distant past that we received this sacrament, our lives will be greatly enriched if we open our hearts to the gifts we received on that occasion. These are the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, good judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence, wonder and awe in God’s presence. This is a prayer based on these gifts which the children say in preparation for Confirmation:

Come Holy Spirit, Come to me in Confirmation, Bless me with knowledge to know right from wrong, Courage to stand up and be strong, Understanding to follow God’s way, Reverence to worship and pray, Right judgement to enlighten and guide me, Wisdom to feel your presence beside me, And Wonder and Awe always to marvel at the greatness of God. Amen.

Thinking about the Diocesan Priesthood?

There is a special Come and See afternoon for men aged between 18 and 40 who may be thinking about Priesthood for the Diocese of Cork and Ross. It will take place from 2-5pm on Sunday April 28th in Mardyke House, Cork City (T12 W8RP). The afternoon will include time for prayer, reflection, discussion and a social dimension. For more information email vocations@corkandross.org

Second Collection this weekend is for Diocesan Needs The last Diocesan Needs Quarterly Collection in January 2024 amounted to €51,765 throughout the Diocese, which is much appreciated. The next quarterly collection will take place on this weekend of 20 th / 21 st April 2024. This quarterly collection allows the Diocese to provide important ongoing supports to parishes in many areas from Education, School Religious Advisory, Mission and Ministry, Youth Ministry, Governance such as Data Protection, Safeguarding and Finance as well as the related staff costs and ongoing utilities.

Recent Deaths:

The deaths have occurred of Mary Crowley, Cross Douglas Road; Rosaleen O’Sullivan, Palaceanne Lawn. We pray for the repose of their souls and we sympathise with their families.

Bulletin 14 April 2024

Science and Religion

One of the great questions of our time is the relationship between science and religion. Do they inevitably contradict each other? Is it possible to be a committed scientist (especially a physicist) and, at the same time, a committed Christian? Surely the seven day creation story in Genesis contradicts the theory of evolution: which of them is right? These are tough questions but, surprisingly, they are not so difficult to answer. It is of course possible – even desirable – to be totally committed to scientific method and, at the same time, a committed, practising Christian. All truth comes from God: science is no threat to the Christian. What undermines Christianity is lack of truth or inauthentic answers to the big questions in life. On the question of the relationship between the biblical account of creation and evolution, religion and science come from different perspectives. The bible tells us why there is something rather than nothing (why God created the world); science tries to tell us how the world came to be and how it works. Religion answers the question WHY? Science answers the question HOW?

Thinking about the Diocesan Priesthood?

There is a special Come and See afternoon for men aged between 18 and 40 who may be thinking about Priesthood for the Diocese of Cork and Ross. It will take place from 2-5pm on Sunday April 28th in Mardyke House, Cork City (T12 W8RP). The afternoon will include time for prayer, reflection, discussion and a social dimension. For more information email vocations@corkandross.org

Second Collection next weekend is for Diocesan Needs

Alpha:

The new Alpha programme continues on Wednesdays, 7.30 pm to 9.00pm, in the Parish Centre, Frankfield / Grange, and runs for 10 weeks. To register, contact the Frankfield / Grange Parish Office (021 489 7379 / frankfieldgrange@gmail.com) or just turn up and see for yourself!

Spring Dues

Parishioners have been asking about Spring Dues. The reason the letters have not yet been distributed is that Easter was so early. The letters will be out in the next week. Meanwhile some members of the Parish Assembly have been updating the list of names. If any errors remain please advise. The priests who benefit from the dues are Fr Noel Co-PP and Fr Pat Stevenson the Assistant Priest in the three parishes of our Family of Parishes. If you have already submitted Spring Dues directly or through online banking please accept our gratitude. As I have mentioned before the generosity of parishioners is most encouraging. The issue is that the numbers who respond have decreased considerably in recent years.

Recent Death:

The death has occurred of John Lynch, Greenhills Estate. We pray for the repose of his soul and we sympathise with his family.

Bulletin 7 April 2024

The Solemnity of The Annunciation of the Lord is celebrated on Monday, 8th April. Normally it is celebrated on 25th March.

Easter Message from Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh

We are especially conscious this Easter that we live in a very fragile and troubled world. From Gaza to Ukraine, to the seemingly intractable problems at home surrounding addiction, housing and migration, at times we can be so overwhelmed by the suffering and negativity that we feel stuck in the sorrow of Good Friday, unable to experience the joy and hope of Easter Sunday. In these moments, it is worth remembering that the Cross of Christ is the Tree of Life. Christ’s suffering and resurrection is our hope and our inspiration to keep on binding up hearts that are broken, and bringing Good News to a wounded humanity. Mother Teresa once said, “Never let anything so fill you with pain or sorrow, as to make you forget the joy of the Risen Christ.”

Holy Week Ceremonies

A huge ‘Thank You’ to all who prepared the Holy Week ceremonies and ensured that they were celebrated in a fitting manner. May they be richly blessed by the Risen Lord. The prayerful participation of those who attended the ceremonies was truly uplifting.

Parish Assembly Meeting Monday 8th April, at 8.00 pm

Coffee Morning After the 10.00 am Mass on Tuesday. All welcome.

Parish Finance Committee meets Friday, 12th April, at Noon.

Alpha:

A new Alpha programme starts on Wednesday, 10 April, 7.30 pm to 9.00pm, in the Parish Centre, Frankfield / Grange, and runs for 10 weeks. To register, contact the Frankfield / Grange Parish Office (021 489 7379 / frankfieldgrange@gmail.com) or just turn up and see for yourself!

Le Buiochas

Mile buiochas to all who so generously contributed to the collection at Masses last weekend, which goes to the support of the priests.

Bulletin 31 March 2024

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!

Faith in the resurrection of Christ is the core of our Christian life. St Paul remarks: ‘If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain’ (I Cor 15: 13f). We envy people who have the gift of faith. Some years agoI was struck by the comments of the priest who celebrated the funeral Mass of popular fiction writer, Maeve Binchy. She is reported as having said to her parish priest: ‘I know that if you are around when I die then you will dispatch me with dignity and without hypocrisy in a faith which I envy and would love to share.’ The homilist at the funeral, Fr Stuart said: ‘Maeve came from the tradition of the Magi. She was a searcher, a seeker of the divine, but it eluded her’ (Irish Times, August 4, 2012). That is an authentic place to be: genuinely searching but, disappointingly, not finding. It is also a very hard place to be. In his apostolic letter, introducing the year of faith, Pope Benedict commented on this search and called it a preamble to faith. Wherever we are on the faith journey we are offered a wonderful opportunity today to have our faith deepened. The risen Christ is present among us. He is only too willing to accompany us on our faith journey, as he did with the disciples on the road to Emmaus at the first Easter.

All our Masses this weekend are offered for ourselves, the people of the parish. May our participation in this Easter Mass renew our appreciation of being Christian and may we leave here full of the deep-down joy of the resurrection. Gaudium Paschale!

Easter Collection

The collection at the Masses this weekend are part of the priests’ income. Thanks in advance for your contribution to the priests’ income collection today.

First Wednesday Marian devotions led by the Legion of Mary 10 am

Bulletin 24 March 2024

The Sacrament of Penance is offered after each of the Masses this weekend.

How to go to Confession?

1. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

2. It is ———— months/years since my last Confession.

3. These are my sins……

4. The priest suggests a penance which may be a prayer or an act of charity (the purpose of this penance is to underline the seriousness of our Confession and our resolve – with God’s grace – not to sin again.

5. Act of Sorrow (one suggested form): O my God, I am sorry for all my sins because they offend you who are so good and, with your help, I will not sin again. Amen

Examination of Conscience

Sin is an absence of love. We all fall short of the life of love that Jesus calls us to. We need to ask ourselves in what ways have I failed to love God and love others:

Do I make time for God in my daily life?

Do I speak to the Lord Jesus, who deeply desires to hear from me and talk to me. ·

Do I use the Holy Name of Jesus as a swear word? ·

Did I miss an opportunity to share my knowledge of the love of Jesus with someone who really needed to hear the Lord’s message of love. ·

Did I miss Mass on a Sunday or Holy Day of obligation? ·

Am I kind and thoughtful in my relationships with family and friends? ·

Am I truthful in my conversations with others?

Did I take something that did not belong to me? ·

Do I remember that all people are created in the image and likeness of God? ·

Have I refused to forgive someone?

 

Sin is an absence of love.

We all fall short of the life of love that Jesus calls us to. We need to ask ourselves in what ways have I failed to love God and love others.

Lord Jesus have mercy on us and forgive us for the times when we have not loved You and not loved others. Amen.

Easter Collection

The collection at the Masses next weekend are part of the priests’ income. All weekend collections apart from Christmas and Easter go towards the running of the parish. Thanks in advance for your contribution to the priests’ income collection next weekend.

Coffee Morning Tuesday, 9th April

New Alpha Course begins Wednesday 10th April, at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre, Frankfield, and continues on subsequent Wednesdays.

Recent Deaths: Maureen Lonergan, late of Loreto Park; Ann Mullins, late of Fr Matthew Road. May they rest in peace. Our sympathies are with their families, friends and neighbours.

Bulletin 17 March 2024

 

La le Padraig

In ainm an Athar agus an Mhic agus an Spioraid Naoimh. Amen.

Sagart: Grásta ár dTiarna íosa Críost agus grá Dé agus cumann an Spioraid Naoimh libh go léir.

Pobal: Agus le do spriod féin.

The Beginning of the Confessions of St Patrick:

Ego Patricius peccator rusticissimus et minimus omnium fidelium My name is Patrick. I am a sinner, the most uncultured and least of all the faithful. I am looked down upon by many… I did not really know the true God when I was brought in slavery to Ireland, along with thousands of others. We deserved this, because we had gone away from God, and did not keep his commandments. We would not listen to our priests, who advised us about how we could be saved. The Lord brought his strong anger upon us, and scattered us among many nations even to the ends of the earth. It is here that I now find myself, small as I am, among strangers.

Cuireann Féile Pádraig ardú meanman ar mhuintir na hEireann. Tógann sé ár spiorad, ár gcroíthe, anseo ag baile agus i bhfad i gcéin. Is lá an-speisialta é go háirithe dár muintir atá thar sáile, i bhfad ó bhaile. Tugaimid chun cuimhne iad inár nAifreann.

Offertory Response

Moladh go deo le Dia (Blessed be God forever)

Sacrament of Penance (Confession): Three priests will be available for this sacrament after each of the three Masses next weekend, 23-24 March.

Chrism Mass:

Bishop Fintan invites parishioners to join in the celebration of the Mass of Chrism on Holy Thursday (March 28th) at 10am at the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne, Cork. At this Mass with priests and parishioners from the Diocese the Oils of Baptism and the Sick are blessed. Bishop Fintan will also consecrate the Oil of Chrism which will be used in parishes during the year. Bishop Fintan and the Priests of the Diocese will renew their priestly promises during this Mass. Everyone is most welcome to attend.

Recent Deaths:

The deaths have occurred of Joan Lynch, Greenhills Estate; Norah Daly, Green Lawn; Shelly Aherne, Greenhills Court; Mary O’Shea, Palaceanne Lawn; Breeda Taylor, late of O’Connell Ave; Br Benildus (Ben) Fenton, Maiville. May they rest in peace. We offer our sympathies to their families and to the Presentation Community.

Bulletin 10 March 2024

Mothers’ Day / Laetare Sunday

Every blessing on mothers today. We remember especially mothers who are ill or in other difficulties. The pleas of the mother in Gaza earlier this week who lost her infant twins in a bombardment puts the war in perspective. We also remember mothers across the world who are victims of domestic abuse. Mothers’ Day had its origin in the US when people returned home to visit their mothers on Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent. The word Laetare means ‘rejoice’. This Sunday is 21 days before Easter and that is the reason why we rejoice today. It corresponds with Gaudete Sunday in Advent. Both words mean ‘rejoice’ but they have different connotations. Laetare is a visible external expression of joy whereas Gaudete is an internal sense that life has meaning and hope. It is not necessarily visible but is deeply felt in the soul. Pope Francis entitled his first publication as Pope, Evangelii Gaudium (2013), meaning ‘the joy of the gospel’. His document on marriage is entitled Amoris Laetitia (2016), ‘the joy of love’. May all our families today have reason to celebrate the joy of mothers. Our Lady is the mother of Jesus but is also our mother. We salute her in our prayer today.

Parish Assembly

Tomorrow Monday, 11th March, at 8.00 pm. Advance notice of one item on the agenda: We will need two representatives of the PA to attend a meeting of the Family of Parishes on Thursday next, 14th, at 7.30 pm in the parish centre in Frankfield. The purpose of this meeting is to plan the next Alpha course which will be held after Easter in Frankfield for the three parishes, Douglas/Rochestown, Frankfield/Grange and Turner’s Cross.

Second Collection

The second collection this weekend is for the Irish Bishops’ Commissions.

New Rotas available in the sacristy. Thanks to all the Ministers of Word and Eucharist for your service to the parish and, ultimately, to the Lord. A special word of thanks to Maeve Kennedy and Christine O’Neill who prepare the rotas.

Shrines

Two new candelabras have been installed at the shrines to St Anthony and St Joseph inside the main doors of the Church. These are real candles and should only be lit using the lighters provided, to avoid spilling candle grease on the candelabra. The new delivery was arranged by Sharon O’Sullivan on behalf of the PA and the parish. Mile buiochas leat. We hope that the availability of live candles will enhance devotion at the shrines in our Church. Lighting a candle is evocative of our baptism when a candle was lit from the paschal candle as a sign of Christ the Light of the World coming to the newly baptised. As a matter of interest these St Killian candelabras are used in hundreds of churches throughout Ireland. They are also to be found in Westminster Cathedral and New York Cathedral. Incidentally, St Killians have supplied 28 such candelabras to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Recent Deaths:

Joan Lynch, Greenhills Est; Margaret Mullins, Bishopstown; Norah Daly, Green Lawn. May they rest in peace. Our sympathies are with their families.