9th December 2018 – 2nd Sunday Advent (C)

0Joyful Hope
St Paul is filled with joy at the faith and faithfulness of the Philippians.  They may not be perfect, but he can rejoice in their goodness and he assures them that God who began a good work in you will see that it is finished, a promise for Christians of every age.  His comments are addressed to the whole people, not just the leadership or to an elite. He stresses the necessity of love for one another which will deepen knowledge and perception of the faith.  A unity of love has no exclusions, no putting a special group or brotherhood above the love of God for his little ones.  “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.”  God’s heart is for all his little ones.

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

Morning Prayer on Fridays of AdventMorning Prayer of the Church (Lauds) after 10.00 am Mass on each Friday of Advent. This takes less than ten minutes, leaflets for everyone.

Memorial Acclamation (response to “The Mystery of Faith”). For the coming year the response will be: My Lord and my God.

Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards will be available in the Parish Office after Masses.   The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23, 24, 25 December.

Advent Mini Retreat: Our Parish Evening of Prayer & Reflection to prepare for Christmas will be held in St. Finbarr’s Hospital Chapel on Tuesday 11th December from 7.30 – 9.30 pm for all parishioners and especially for those all who serve and help in our Parish. The sermon will be preached by Fr Michael Burgess OFM Cap. Refreshments served after Mass, everybody welcome.

Christmas gifts with a difference. Trocaire Gifts and Gift Cards will be available at the back of the Church from members of the Parish Assembly during the Sundays of Advent.

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

Autumn Dues: A few remaining envelopes are ready for collection by the Area Collectors in the Sacristy. Many thanks.

Congregational Singing. We continue to select Entrance and Recessional hymns suitable for congregational singing, and would encourage (with the emphasis on courage!) everybody to join in.

Frankfield Gospel Choir presents “JOY” an evening of festive favourites for all the family, Sunday 16th December at 5.00pm, Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield (donations at the door in aid of St. Vincent De Paul).

Walk With Me: Copies of an excellent booklet: Walk with Me will be available from this week after Masses at the back of the Church (Cost €1.30). A journey of prayer for Advent & Christmastide 2018.

Society of St Vincent de Paul: this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, 8th and 9th December the second collection at all Masses will be the Christmas Collection for the Society of St Vincent de Paul, giving us all an opportunity to contribute financially to the support of those in need in our parish this Christmas. The Society thanks you for your continuing generosity and wishes a happy and holy Christmas to all.

GIVING SUNDAY NEXT WEEKEND: gifts may be placed at our Santa’s Giving Christmas Tree in the Sanctuary.  This year instead of toys, we request non-perishable foods to help struggling families.  Any of the following items – tea, coffee, sugar, Tayto, chocolates, selection boxes, biscuits, soup, may be placed at the Santa Tree in the Church (no toys). Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will collect them after the Masses.

Bambinelli Sunday: next Sunday is also Infant Jesus Sunday when families are invited to bring their crib figure of the Infant Jesus to Mass for blessing.   After the blessing you are asked to take the figure home and gift wrap it so that on Christmas morning it may be the first gift opened and then placed in your family crib.

Altar Decoration for Christmas:  If you would like to give a Red Poinsettia plant to decorate the Altar for Christmas, it would be much appreciated.

Deaths:  We pray for Sean O’Flynn, Capwell Avenue, Jimmy Crowley, Mayfield and late of Friars Road and Jim O’Hea, Victoria Avenue who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

Cork Alzheimer’s Café a safe place for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, their carers, family and friends along with social and health professionals to meet.  Our Christmas Cafe will be held on Friday 14th December at 1.30 – 3.30 pm in St Finbarr’s Hospital. Light refreshments provided free of charge. All welcome.

Deerpark Christian Brothers School are holding “Reindeer Park” a Christmas market and Santa’s grotto Sunday 16th December 3 – 6pm. Free event, open to the public. Sale stands at €25 each are available to interested vendors. For more information call (021) 4962025 or email a.wolfe@deerparkcbs.ie

OLA Sisters Mission yesterday and today exhibition – an exhibition of artefacts collected over 140 years service in Africa will take place at their convent in Ardfoyle, Ballintemple on December 8th and 9th from noon to 7pm.

Trocaire’s Christmas Appeal
‘Do not let the downtrodden retreat in confusion, give the poor and needy cause to praise your name.’ Psalms 74:21.
Millions of people have had to flee conflict in South Sudan and Yemen.   In one area alone in northern Uganda, 33,000 mainly women and children from South Sudan have arrived traumatised and broken.  Trocaire’s Christmas Appeal will help these people and many others rebuild their lives. Visit www.trocaire.org <http://www.trocaire.org> http://www.trocaire.org/ to find out more.

 

2nd December 2018 – 1st Sunday Advent

Advent
The First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of our spiritual preparation for Christma. The commercial preparation has of course been underway for some time.  As Christians we remember that there is a reason for the season, and that it involves more than glitz and parties.

Christmas is a time of giving, presents to those we love, gifts to those in need.  It is a time for sharing, to ensure others have the basic necessities of life.  We wish each other “Happy Christmas,” and the promise of Jesus is: “my peace I leave you, my own peace I give you.” When we find our joy in the Lord, we experience a peace beyond human understanding, the peace of God.  As we rejoice in his peace at Christmas, it is good to remember that God rejoices in us.
May we enjoy time with family and friends and give generously to those in need as we prepare our hearts to welcome the Christ Child this Christmas.

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

Morning Prayer on Fridays of Advent:  Morning Prayer of the Church (Lauds) after 10.00 am Mass on each Friday of Advent.

Memorial Acclamation (response to “The Mystery of Faith”). For the coming year the response will be: My Lord and my God.

Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards will be available in the Parish Office after Masses.   The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23, 24, 25 December.

Advent Mini Retreat: Evening of Prayer & Reflection in St. Finbarr’s Hospital Chapel on Tuesday 11th December from 7.30 – 9.30 pm for all parishioners and especially for those all who serve and help in our Parish. Mass and homily by Fr Michael Burgess OFM Cap, refreshments.

Christmas gifts with a difference. Trocaire Gifts and Gift Cards will be available at the back of the Church from members of the Parish Assembly during the Sundays of Advent.

First Friday: We will visit the sick and housebound this week. If you would like a visit please contact us.

Parish Assembly meeting this Monday December 3rd in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception:  Vigil Mass on Mon. at 6pm  Tues. 8th Dec  Masses at 10am & 6pm.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception:  Vigil Mass on Mon. at 6pm  Tues. 8th Dec  Masses at 10am & 6pm.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Saturday 8th December:  Masses at 6.00 pm Friday (Vigil) and 10.00 am Saturday.

Parish Assembly Coffee Morning in the Parish Centre after 10.00 am Mass on Tuesday 4th December, all welcome, no charge.

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

Autumn Dues: A few remaining envelopes are ready for collection by the Area Collectors in the Sacristy. Many thanks.

Congregational Singing. From now until Christmas we are using Entrance and Recessional hymns suitable for congregational singing, and would encourage (with the emphasis on courage!) everybody to join in.

Turners Cross Senior Citizens Party in Nemo Rangers Club on Sunday December 9th at three o’clock.  Names to be handed into the Sacristy by this weekend, 1st – 2nd December.

Turners Cross Community Association Santa Claus is visiting on Saturday December 8th, starting 11.30am. Free event, all welcome.  Refreshments served.

Frankfield Gospel Choir presents “JOY” an evening of festive favourites for all the family, Sunday 16th December at 5.00pm, Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield (donations at the door in aid of St. Vincent De Paul).

Liam Lawton Concert. Join Liam Lawton, supported by the Wilcollane Singers, for “Christmas by Candlelight”, a fundraising concert, in St. Finbarr’s South Church on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets, €20.00 each, from:  Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork; The Flying Enterprise, South Gate Bridge, Cork & South Parish Office and Sacristy or by telephoning 085-147 1147.

Sat 8th Dec: ‘’What’s all the Fuss about Anyway?’’: Advent afternoon of prayer and reflection at Ballygriffin in an atmosphere of silence as we prepare to welcome the Christ Child. A mixture of guided prayer and time for your own reflection. 2pm— 5pm €20 incl. tea/coffee. Nano Nagle Birthplace 022 26411 www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie <http://www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie> . Booking required.

Save the Date!  Faith conference in the Town Hall Mitchelstown on Saturday December 8th, from 9.30am to 3.30pm. The theme is: how Our Lady has preserved and helped the faith to flourish in Ireland in challenging times, and how she can do this once again.  Speakers include Fr Eamonn McCarthy (Radio Maria), Canon Michael Fitzgerald, Dr Gill Doherty, Fr John Mockler, Fr John Walsh OP.  Mass and confessions also included. Donation only.  Time for lunch in Mitchelstown.

Tory Top Library Christmas Event
Tuesday December 4th @ 11: Pre Christmas Healthy Eating Talk: Anne Parle a nutrition consultant will present a Health Ireland Eating Talk. As the Christmas season approaches, healthy eating can often take a hit. Anne will be sharing the healthy eating habits we can bring through the festive period (and into the New Year) and help us to enjoy a happy and healthy Christmas this year.

Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Wednesday 5th of December at 7:20pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.
Walk With Me:
Copies of an excellent booklet: Walk with Me will be available from this week after Masses at the back of the Church (Cost €1.30). A journey of prayer for Advent & Christmastide 2018.

Family Mass: The 12 o’clock Mass on this Sunday is the first of a monthly series of “Family Masses,” in which we acknowledge the importance of families in the life of our parish and of the Church.  At these Masses 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.

Society of St Vincent de Paul: next weekend on Saturday and Sunday, 8th and 9th December the second collection at all Masses will be the Christmas Collection for the Society of St Vincent de Paul, giving us all an opportunity to contribute financially to the support of those in need in our parish this Christmas. The Society thanks you for your continuing generosity and wishes a happy and holy Christmas to all.

 

25th November 2018- Feast of Christ the King

THE SERVANT KING
 Following Jesus is not a matter of public demonstration, waving of hands or chanting his name, but of entering into his kingdom of service, justice and generous love.  We share the kingship of the Servant King when we are prepared to wash the feet of the least of the brothers and sisters, to learn from the one who is humble and gentle of heart, to reach out to those in need, the poor, the sick, the old, the lonely, to those who seem undeserving and unlovable.
The leaders of Jerusalem and the soldiers mocked the kingship of Jesus on the cross, and Pilot’s notice on the cross, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews,” was intended as a mocking warning.  Yet the salvation of the world, of all peoples of all times, comes from the helpless man on the cross.  Jesus, dying for the whole world, focussed on an individual who called to him: “remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  His reply can be for each of us: “this day you will be with me in paradise.”

Congregational Singing. From now until Christmas we are introducing a new series of Entrance and Recessional hymns suitable for congregational singing, and would encourage (with the emphasis on courage perhaps) everybody to join in.

Autumn Dues envelopes are ready for collection by the Area Collectors in the Sacristy. Many thanks.

Special Collection for the World Meeting of Families.
A further Collection for the World Meeting of Families in August 2018 will be held this weekend, November 24th/25th. This is to defray the outstanding deficit of the World Meeting of Families and is part of a National Special Collection.

Any support that you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

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 weeks. Parishioners who have completed an Alpha course are invited to help as Team, contact Fr Billy, Catechist Bernadette Hegarty, or any member of the Parish Assembly

Turners Cross Senior Citizens Party in Nemo Rangers Club on Sunday December 9th at three o’clock.  Names to be handed into the Church by Saturday 1st December.

Handel’s Messiah at Gurranabraher Church – Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 8.00 pm. East Cork Choral Society  with soloists Mary Hegarty – Soprano; Sarah-Ellen Murphy – Alto; Peter Stobart – Tenor; Timothy Emberson – Bass with East Cork Orchestra – Eithne Willis, Leader, Conductor Colin Nicholls.  Admission – €20, all proceeds towards clearing our Church debt. Tickets from Gurranabraher Parish Office, Pro Musica in Oliver Plunkett St. and from East Cork Choral Society members. Further Information at 021 430 3655.

Human Trafficking. The Sisters of Our Lady of the Apostles invites you to a viewing of HOW MUCH . . ., a short film on human trafficking by the Society of African Missions, at 7.00 pm on Sunday 25th November at Ardfoyle Convent, Ballintemple.  Tea served after the film.  This is a contribution to the worldwide campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Violence towards Women and Children,” held from 25th November to 10th December every year.

Anointing of the Sick on Saturday next December 1st at the 10.00 am Mass.  Consider offering a lift to a housebound neighbour.
Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards will be available in the Parish Office after Masses from next weekend   The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23, 24, 25 December

Liam Lawton Concert. Join Liam Lawton, supported by the Wilcollane Singers, for “Christmas by Candlelight”, a fundraising concert, in St. Finbarr’s South Church, Dunbar Street, Cork on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets, €20.00 each, available from:  Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork;  The Flying Enterprise, South Gate Bridge, Cork & South Parish Office and Sacristy or by telephoning 085-147 1147.

December Holy Hour to pray for vocations – Saturday 1st December  from 3:00pm to 4:00pm  will be  hosted by the Daughters of Charity, in the Convent Chapel at  St Louise’s Convent,  Knocknaheeny.  All are welcome – refreshments will follow the time of prayer.

Saturday 1st December: “A Ray of Hope” for people who for various reasons find celebrating Christmas a challenge. 10.00 am — 12.30pm including tea/coffee. Booking required. Nano Nagle Birthplace 022 26411 www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie <http://www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie>

Sat 8th Dec: ‘’What’s all the Fuss about Anyway?’’: Advent afternoon of prayer and reflection in an atmosphere of silence as we prepare to welcome the Christchild. A mixture of guided prayer and time for your own reflection. 2pm— 5pm €20 incl. tea/coffee. Booking Required. Nano Nagle Birthplace 022 26411 www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie <http://www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie>

Save the Date!  Faith conference in the Town Hall Mitchelstown on Saturday December 8th, from 9.30am to 3.30pm. The theme is: how Our Lady has preserved and helped the faith to flourish in Ireland in challenging times, and how she can do this once again.  Speakers include Fr Eamonn McCarthy (Radio Maria), Canon Michael Fitzgerald, Dr Gill Doherty, Fr John Mockler, Fr John Walsh OP.  Mass and confessions also included. Donation only.  Time for lunch in Mitchelstown.

Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Wednesday 5th of December at 7:20pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.

Cork Alzheimers Café 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 St Finbarrs Hospital, Douglas Road.  Light refreshments provided free of charge.  Next meeting Friday 30th November -.All welcome.

Ennismore Retreat Centre   Join us in remembering those we have loved and lost

Candlelit Reflection leading into the Eucharist 28th November at 7:30pm. No charge/ Donation optional. Booking is Essential, email info@ennismore or phone 021-4502520.

Our Church was opened for Worship  this weekend 87 year ago

  • Commissioned in 1927 by Rev Daniel Cohalan D.D., Bishop of Cork
  • Designed by Chicago Architect Barry Byrne
  • Built through 1929-1931 by John Buckley
  • Opened on the Feast of Christ the King, October 25th 1931.
  • Cost £30,000
  • The first & remains one of a few Irish churches to be designed by a foreign architect
  • The first Irish church to be built from concrete instead of brick
  • One of the largest suspended-ceiling churches in Europe.
  • Seating Capacity of 1200

18th November 2018 – 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

Words from Pope Francis, Dublin – Aug 2018

The Power of Forgiveness in Marriage and Relationships: To “forgive” means to “give” something of yourself. Jesus always forgives us. By the power of his forgiveness, we too can forgive others, if we really want to. Isn’t that what we pray for, when we say the Our Father? Children learn to forgive when they see their parents forgiving one another. If we understand this, we can appreciate the grandeur of Jesus’ teaching about fidelity in marriage. Far from a cold legal obligation, it is above all a powerful promise of God’s own fidelity to his word and his unfailing grace. Christ died for us so that we, in turn, might forgive and be reconciled with one another. In this way, as individuals and as families, we can know the truth of Saint Paul’s words that, when all else passes away, “love never ends.” (Meeting with 350 Couples)                                                        Called to be Missionary Disciples: Each Christian is sent forth to be a missionary, “a missionary disciple”(cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 120).  The Church as a whole is called to “go forth” to bring the words of eternal life to all the peripheries of our world.  …As we now prepare to go our separate ways, let us renew our fidelity to the Lord and to the vocation he has given to each of us.  Taking up the prayer of Saint Patrick, let each of us repeat with joy: “Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me” [repeated in Irish].  With the joy and strength given by the Holy Spirit, let us say to him with confidence: “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life” (Phoenix Park, Celebration of Eucharist)              New ways of Doing Mission, Be Courageous and Creative: The upheavals of recent years have tested the traditionally strong faith of the Irish people. Yet they have also offered the opportunity for an interior renewal of the Church in this country and pointed to new ways of envisioning its life and mission. “God is eternal newness” and he impels us “constantly to set out anew, to pass beyond what is familiar, to the fringes and beyond” (Gaudete et Exsultate, 135). With humility and trust in his grace, may you discern and set out on new paths for these new times. Be courageous and creative. Surely, the strong missionary sense rooted in the soul of your people will inspire creative ways of bearing witness to the truth of the Gospel and building up the community of believers in the love of Christ and zeal for the growth of his kingdom. (To the Bishops of Ireland)

Special Collection for the World Meeting of Families. A further National Special Collection towards the cost of hosting the World Meeting of Families in August 2018 will be held on Saturday/Sunday, November 24th/25th, 2018 in the Diocese of Cork and Ross.  This is to defray the outstanding deficit of the World Meeting of Families and is part of a National Special Collection.  Any support that you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Marriage Support:  A second collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend for Diocesan Marriage Support services.

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 weeks.
Alpha considers some basic aspects of the Christian faith, including – Who is Jesus? Why Did Jesus Die? How does God guide us? and   [Alpha Logo] 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, Bernadette Hegarty, Catechist, or any member of the Parish Assembly.

 Handel’s Messiah at Gurranabraher Church –
The East Cork Choral Society  with soloists Mary Hegarty – Soprano; Sarah-Ellen Murphy – Alto; Peter Stobart – Tenor; Timothy Emberson – Bass with East Cork Orchestra – Eithne Willis, Leader, Conductor Colin Nicholls.  At Ascension Church, on Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 8pm. Admission – €20. All proceeds towards clearing our Church debt. Tickets from Gurranabraher Parish Office, Pro Musica in Oliver Plunkett St. and from East Cork Choral Society members. Further Information at 021 430 3655.

Human Trafficking. The Sisters of Our Lady of the Apostles invites you to a viewing of HOW MUCH . . ., a short film on human trafficking by the Society of African Missions, at 7.00 pm on Sunday 25th November 2018 at Ardfoyle Convent, Ballintemple.  Tea will be served after the film.  This a contribution to 16 Days of Activism Against Violence towards Women and Children, a worldwide campaign held from 25th November to 10th December every year.

Light up a Memory Mass.  Mass for the Holy Souls in the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road on Saturday 24th November at 6.30 pm. Everybody welcome.

Congregational Singing. From now until Christmas we are introducing a new series of Entrance and Recessional hymns suitable for congregational singing, and would encourage (with the emphasis on courage perhaps) everybody to join in.

Bright Friday A relaxing hour of guided healing
meditations, reflective input, scripture & live music.  Facilitated by Martina Lehane Sheehan  & Patrick Sheehan, St Joseph’s Church, Wilton Friday 23rd November at 7.30pm. (This is a free event!)

Liam Lawton Concert. Join Liam Lawton, supported by the Wilcollane Singers, for “Christmas by Candlelight”, a fundraising concert, in St. Finbarr’s South Church, Dunbar Street, Cork on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets, €20.00 each, available from:  Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork;  The Flying Enterprise, South Gate Bridge, Cork & South Parish Office and Sacristy or by telephoning 085-147 1147.

Autumn Dues envelopes are ready for collection by the Area Collectors in the Sacristy. Many thanks.

11th November 2018 – 32nd Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

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 SupportA 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.

                               The Holy Land The Fifth Gospel

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

 

4th November 2018 – Remembrance Weekend.

NOVEMBER
This is the month when we remember and pray for our dead in the context of our sure and certain hope of eternal life for them and for us. When we think of our own death we pray with the Psalmist: “I shall be filled when I awake with the sight of your glory, O Lord.”
In today’s gospel reading Jesus emphasises the primacy of love and we remember that we have a sure and certain hope for ourselves and for those we love.  Jesus tells us he has prepared a place for each of us and will return to take us to himself, so that, as he says, “where I am you, may be too.”  We live in that hope, in that promise, as we pray that our beloved dead “shall see the Lord face to face and his name will be written on their foreheads.  It will never be night again and they will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will be shining on them.  They will reign for ever and ever.”

REFLECTION                                                                                   In the rising of the sun and its going down . . . . .
We remember them
In the blowing of the wind and the chill of the winter . . . . . . . . . . . .
We remember them
In the opening of the buds and the warmth of summer . . . . . . . . . .
We remember them
In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of Autumn . . . . . . . . . .
We remember them
In the beginning of the year and when it ends . .
We remember them                                                                   When we are weary and in need of strength . .  .
We remember them
When we are lost and sick of heart . . . . . . . . . .
We remember them
When we have joy and yearn to share . . . . . . . .
We remember them
So long as we live, they too shall live
for they are part of us . . . . . .
We remember them
When we grow old and forgetful
we still know . . . . . . . . .
God remembers them

 Remembrance Weekend.  Those who died during the past year are remembered in a special way at our Masses this weekend. We give thanks for the wonderful gift of family, kind neighbours and friendship.  All of us are shaped and influenced by what has happened in the past.   Today and during November we pray for those who have died and acknowledge their influence in our own lives.
We remember Parishioners and family members who have died, especially those who died since November, 2017.

Josie Casey
Finbarr O’Connor
Barry Bevan
Jim McMullen
Michael O’Connell
Tom Hayes
Kevin Clancy
Denis Carey
Mary Kenneally
Bobby McGinty
Joan Burke
Mary Canavan
Eileen O’Donovan
Teresa Casey
Tony McGuirk
Denis O’Driscoll
Louise Leahy
Liam Jones
John Forde
Patrick (PJ) Murphy
Marie O’Byrne
Josephine (Josie) O’Connor
Bridget (BB) Healy
Tim Pierce
Ann Millard
Dan Donovan
Ann Connolly
Elizabeth Frost
Bridie Hallissey
Mary Loughlin
Catherine Mary O’Flynn
Br. Christy Minihan
Aaron Maye
Thomas O’Sullivan
Br. Justinian Collins
Carmel Long                                                                                               Richard Hurley
Richard Mullins
Alec McMullen
Mary O’Dwyer
Anthony Seymour
Dan Harris
Sylvia Roche
John King
Jim Cripps
Declan O’Callaghan
Eileen Collins
Patrick McMahon
John Bickerstaffe
James Coughlan
Lena (Bean Uí Shé) O’Shea
Deirdre Crowley
Joan Higgins
Breda Davis
Dan Long
Kevin O’Flynn
Evelyn Sheehan
Mary O’Shea
Michael Dorgan
Eddie O’Regan
Josephine O’Leary
Sr. Gabriel Fenton
Peggie Hallahan
Elizabeth (Elsa) Collins
Ted Watkins
Nora O’Keeffe
Con Connolly
Kathleen O’Mahony
Evelyn Maher
John Graham
Josie Maxwell                                                                                                  May they all be at peace with God

The Holy Souls Novena of Masses continues to Saturday, 10th November. Mass each day at 10.00 am and also at 6.00 pm except Sunday. Novena envelopes available at the exit doors can be placed in the box at the altar rails.

A Plenary Indulgence for the souls of the departed may be gained by visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead once per day from Nov 1st to 8th, by all who confess their sins during the week before or after All Souls’ Day, receive Holy Communion between the 1st and 8th November and pray for the Pope’s intentions.

Deaths:  We pray for Josie Maxwell, Friars Road, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family.

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.

Music Workshop for parish choirs, cantors and musicians – led by Dom Richard Purcell (Abbot of Mount Melleray) on Saturday 10th November from 10am to 1:15pm in Blackrock Parish Centre. Contribution €10 per person to include music book. Places limited –contact the Pastoral Development Office  021 4537474.

PRAYERS & BLESSING OF GRAVES

3rd Nov.   St. Oliver’s Model Farm Rd.
Mass at 2.00 pm

4th Nov.    St. Joseph’s Tory Top Rd.  2.30pm
St James Chetwynd. 3.00 pm
Douglas. 3.00 pm
St. Michael’s, Blackrock. 3.00 pm
Rathcooney. 3.00 pm

10th Nov. St. Mary & St John Ballincollig.
Mass at 12.00 noon

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.

 South Parish Historical Society meeting at 7.30pm Wednesday 7th November, St. John’s College, Sawmill Street.  Ronnie Herlihy: The Imperial Hotel, 200 years of service to Cork.

November Holy Hour to pray for Vocations –  Thursday 8th November  5pm to 6pm at the Chapel, OLA Convent, Ardfoyle, Ballintemple – all welcome.  Refreshments served.

28th October 2018 – 30th Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

EYES OF FAITH
 Our Mass readings speak of salvation and of faith.  There have always been people of weak faith (most of us, perhaps), deep faith and no faith.  We no longer live in an age of faith. Nowadays we see open opposition to our faith and also in many good people a struggle between faith and scepticism. We pray for the grace given to Bartimaeus to recognise our salvation when Jesus of Nazareth is close by.  
Bartimaeus called out from the margins of poverty, helplessness and blindness.  He was “a nobody” and an embarrassment to those nearby.  But this blind man looked to Jesus with eyes of faith.  We too can cry to God from the spiritual margins, from our lack of faith or weak faith and ask for mercy, and we too will be heard.  Faith is not merely a question of intellectual assent; it is a relationship with the risen Jesus, with Jesus who said to Bartimaeus “your faith has saved you.”  
If our hearts are open to God, and God is love, then faith can change us for the better and give us joy, and give us hope in the most difficult times in our lives.  As we cry out to God, we are in turn called by God to share in the priesthood of his Christ and we are sent to the lost, to those who have lost their faith.  With Bartimaeus may we follow Jesus on the road to Jerusalem, seeing him and our brothers and sisters in Christ with eyes of faith, eyes of love.

Feast of all Saints Wednesday 1st November.  Masses:  Vigil Tuesday 6.00 pm.  Wednesday 10.00 am & 6.00 pm

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day) Friday 2nd November, Masses at 10.00 am and 6.00 pm

Holy Souls.  Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls Friday 2nd November to Saturday 10th November. Evening Mass at 6.00 pm except Sunday.  Novena envelopes are available at the exit doors can be placed in the box at the altar rails.

A Plenary Indulgence for the souls of the departed may be gained by visiting a church or oratory and there reciting one Our Father and the Apostles’ Creed between noon on November 1st and midnight on All Souls’ Day (November 2nd), by all who confess their sins during the week before or after All Souls’ Day, receive Holy Communion between the 1st and 8th November and pray for the Pope’s intentions.  The faithful who visit a cemetery and pray for the dead may gain also gain a plenary indulgence once per day from Nov 1st to 8th, subject to the same conditions.

Remembrance Weekend 4th & 5th November. All Masses will be offered for our Dead remembering especially those who have died since November 2017.  Nightlights available at back of Church to light and place at the altar rails in their memory.   Remembrance Weekend is an opportunity to give thanks for the wonderful gift of family, kind neighbours and friendship.  All of us are shaped and influenced by what has happened in the past and during November we pray for those who have died and acknowledge their influence on our own lives.                                                                                                               PRAYERS & BLESSING OF GRAVES

3rd Nov. St. Oliver’s Ballincollig
Mass at 2pm

4th Nov. St. Joseph’s Tory Top Rd.
2.30 pm
St. James Chetwynd  3pm
Douglas  3pm
St. Michael’s Blackrock  3pm
Rathcooney  3pm

10th Nov:  St Mary’s & St John’s
Ballincollig Mass 12 noon

11th Nov. St. Finbarr’s Glasheen Rd
2.30pm
St. Catherine’s Kilcully 3pm                                                                                                                           Don’t forget to pray at the Graves at the back of the Church

First Friday: We will visit the sick and housebound this week. If you would like a visit please contact us.

Anointing of the Sick: Saturday 3rd Nov. at 10.00 am Mass.

Deaths:We pray for Con Connolly, Railway Place, Douglas Road and John Graham, Togher and late of Fr Matthew Road, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

Gramophone Recital Tuesday November 6th at 11.00 am at Tory Top Library. Presented by John O’Connell. Admission Free. All welcome.

St Martin Triduum. Three nights of intercession for healing and peace. Starts Saturday 3rd November with Mass 6.00 pm.
St Mary’s, Pope’s Quay.

Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Wednesday 7th of November at 7:20 pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. For more information see anamcara.ie <http://anamcara.ie>  or call our Information Line on 085 2888 888.

The Annual Rosary Procession around the Lough takes place on Sunday October 28th starting with Rosary in the Lough Church at 2.30pm.   All Welcome.

Workshop for parish choirs, cantors and musicians – led by Dom Richard Purcell (Abbot of Mount Melleray) on Saturday 10th November from 10am to 1:15pm in Blackrock Parish Centre. Contribution €10 per person to include copy of music book. Places limited – to reserve a place contact the Pastoral Development Office  021 4537474

Climate Change. Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si’, says that climate change is real and mainly a ‘result of human activity‘.  A talk entitled ‘Waking up to Climate Change’ by Lorna Gold will take place on Friday, 16 November at 7.30 pm in the Visitor Centre, North Cathedral, Cork.  Admission is free but places are limited.  To book a place, email shepearthaware@gmail.com <mailto:shepearthaware@gmail.com> .

Marriage Enrichment Weekend offers married couples (of all ages) private time to rekindle the joy of their love. Residential Weekend from 16th to 18th November 2018 at the beautifully situated Lake Hotel, Killarney. For information or booking visit www.marriageencounter.ie <http://www.marriageencounter.ie>   or call 086-609 5168 or 064-664 4319

 

Prayers & Blessing of Graves 2018

    PRAYERS & BLESSING of GRAVES 2018

3rd Nov. St. Oliver’s Ballincollig
Mass at 2pm

4th Nov. St. Joseph’s Tory Top Rd.
2.30 pm
St. James Chetwynd  3pm
Douglas  3pm
St. Michael’s Blackrock  3pm
Rathcooney  3pm

10th Nov:  St Mary’s & St John’s
Ballincollig Mass 12 noon

11th Nov. St. Finbarr’s Glasheen Rd
2.30pm
St. Catherine’s Kilcully 3pm

21st October 2018 – Mission Sunday 29th Sun. Ordinary Time (B)

MISSION
This is World Mission Sunday and on this day, collections will be taken up throughout the world and used to help support missionaries who bring faith, hope and love to those who are suffering, helping to build churches, hospitals, and schools.

Just as Jesus experienced opposition and suffering in his mission, so the missionary church at home and abroad experiences opposition and suffering. Our first reading for this Sunday is from the fourth song of the servant in Isaiah, the suffering servant who gives his and takes the faults of many on himself. This is echoed in the Gospel reading as Jesus says the Son of Man came to serve and give his life as a ransom for many. He is the Servant King and we share that kingship by virtue of our baptism, and we too are called to serve others.
We share in his mission as we allow our faith to be deepened and spread the light of Christ by the witness of a Christian life. The kingdom of God is built up as ordinary things and actions are made holy by ordinary people. We also share in Christ’s mission as we help our missionaries by encouragement, by prayer and by material support. As we thank God for the life-giving gift of our faith, may we be anxious to share that gift with a world that needs it so badly, both at home and abroad.
Second Collection: The annual collection for the Propagation of the Faith will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.

Holy Souls. Novena of Masses from Friday 2nd to Saturday November 10th. Novena envelopes and lists for the dead now available.

The Annual Rosary Procession around the Lough takes place on Sunday October 28th starting with Rosary in the Lough Church at 2.30pm. All Welcome.

Cork Alzheimers Café 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 St Finbarr’s Hospital. Light refreshments, all welcome, no charge. Next meeting Friday 26th October.

Anam Cara is committed to continue offering all our services at no charge to bereaved parents and families throughout Ireland. We are looking for some supportive volunteers who would consider helping us for a couple of hours on Saturday 17th November at Dunnes Stores, Bishopstown between 10am – 6pm. If you are interested in helping out, please email Pam at p.gaffney@anamcara.ie.

Young Adults gather each Tuesday in Mount Finbarr, Glasheen Road, T12 P2R8 at 7pm. Explore aspects of faith and prayer, and chat over refreshments. Further details email eavopost@gmail.com or call 087 2209994

Bunscoil Chríost Rí, Turners Cross. Your Local Co-Educational Primary School
Open Night Tuesday, 23rd October 7:30pm – 8:30pm. All Welcome
Now taking enrolments for 2019-2020

Ennismore Retreat Centre Presents Healing our Grief & Transforming our Loss.
Patrick Sheehan MIAHIP Saturday 3rd November Time:10.30 am – 4.30pm
Cost: €60 (Including lunch) Booking and Details from Ennismore
Tel: 021-4502520 E-mail: info@ennismore.ie

YOUTH MINISTRY
Our NET Ministries Team arrived in Cork on 1st October. They range in age from 18 to 26, three women, three men and they come from Australia, U.S.A., Brazil and Co. Meath! They will work in the three parishes of Douglas, Turner’s Cross and the South Parish. The Team live together in the South Parish and a house there has had a make-over to accommodate the six young adults.
They will visit secondary schools and youth groups as well as Confirmation classes, giving young people an opportunity to hear the message of the Gospel in their own language from people close to their own age. In this way students are comfortable with the team’s encouragement to live a life of faith. They work principally through retreats (called Encounter Days) in which the sharing of their personal experience of the positive influence and importance of Jesus and religion on their own lives is a central element.

Our NET Ministries Team.  The team leaders will be Anne-Marie Williams, age 21, from Australia and Bruno Proenca, age 26,from Brazil. They, along with four others arrived in Cork on Monday 1st October.  Monica Schaefer, 19, from Texas, USA and Niall Foley, 18, from Co. Meath. John Luke de Losa, 18, from Australia and Leanne Rodriguez, 24, from Texas, USA. They will be involved in retreat work in schools (Confirmation, First Years, Transition Year and Leaving Certs) here Turner’s Cross,  in Douglas and South Parish.    As well as retreat days (Encounter Days in schools and youth groups they will also be involved in outreach to 3rd Level Students.

 

 

14th October 2018 – 28th Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

Altar Servers
Parents of children who attend Mass in this church and are in third class or above and are not in our Parish School may collect an Altar Server Application Form and the Child Protection Policy Document in the Sacristy. Current Altar Servers are invited to renew their commitment for the year ahead.  Children attending Bus Scoil Chríost Rí will receive their application forms through the School.

HOLY HOUR to pray for Vocations – Sisters of Bon Secours Convent, College Road. Saturday 20th October 3pm-4pm with refreshments to follow. A Holy Hour will be held each month in one of the Religious Congregations in Cork to pray for Vocations. This is a prayer initiative of Vocations Ireland Munster region. All Welcome to join in prayer with us.

WHAT GOOD MUST I DO?      The reading from the Book of Wisdom tells us that the wisdom that comes from God is of more value than money or property. The Psalmist says “Lord make us know the shortness of our lives, give us wisdom of heart.” The man in the gospel passage asked “what good must I do?” According to Pope John Paul II this is an essential and unavoidable question for every thinking person. The wealthy man was more attached to his riches than he realised

Jesus says simply: “keep the commandments,” and summarises those which concern our dealings with other people. The love of neighbour implied in keeping the commandments listed by Jesus is an appropriate response to God’s goodness, and is of more importance than external religious ritual observance of the Law. The rich man had observed the commandments and he felt drawn to God. What should he do to honour God who is so good? The key was to freely give the generous gift of himself, all he had. The reward would be that wisdom which is more valuable than riches, and eternal life. Sadly, he found the price too high, and went away.

Can we truly follow Jesus, or are we too tied to possessions, position and ambitions. A “leave all” attitude of God’s priority, of service of others and of love, leads to a deep inner peace, and whatever we give up, we receive in return riches that will last. The road to salvation is beyond human strength, but “all things are possible to God.” In the end it is a matter of being generous rather than self-centred. We ask the Lord, “what good must I do?” and pray for the grace to respond generously.

 Ordination of a new Permanent Deacon   Congratulations to John Guirey of Ballinhassig Parish who will be ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Cork and Ross this Sunday 14th October in the Church of Mary, Mother of God, Ballygarvan at 3.00 pm.   We congratulate Deacon John and pray God’s blessing on him and his family.

Two New Saints   This Sunday Pope Francis will Canonize two new Saints, Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Romero. Pope Paul was elected in 1963 following the death of John XXIII and died in 1978. Oscar Romero was Archbishop of San Salvador. He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture. In 1980, Archbishop Romero was assassinated while offering Mass.

Ministers of the Eucharist: can collect their Rota for the coming weeks in the Sacristy.

 Diocesan Quarterly Collection at all Masses this weekend 13th /14th October to support the work of the dioceses.

 SAFEGUARDING    The Diocese recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of vulnerable adults and is committed to safeguarding all our members. Therefore, the Diocese has introduced Guidelines for Clergy, Staff and Volunteers for Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults which can be found at www.corkandross.org and click the safeguarding tab..

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Nora O’Keeffe, Quaker Road, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to her family.

Maurice Bric UCD: The World of Nano Nagle when the Penal Laws were enforced, ignored and abolished Sat 20th Oct., 10am – 4pm; €65 incl. light lunch; Booking 022 26411 www.nanonaglebirthplace.ie

 Anam Cara is committed to continue offering all our services at no charge to bereaved parents and families throughout Ireland. Anam Cara’s main fundraising event for 2018 is our national bag pack, once again in conjunction with the lovely people at Dunnes Stores. We are looking for some supportive volunteers who would consider helping us for a couple of hours on Saturday 17th November at Dunnes Stores, Bishopstown between 10am – 6pm. If who are interested in helping out, please email Pam at p.gaffney@anamcara.ie.

Holy Souls. Novena of Masses from Friday 2nd to Saturday November 10th. Novena envelopes and lists for the dead available next weekend.

‘The Samaritan Woman’ happening on the 17th October at Nano Nagle Place. Details at  https://nanonagleplace.ie/nanoevents/the-samaritan-woman/

 Alzheimers Society of Ireland needs volunteers for Memory Ribbon National Collection Day on Thursday 22nd November. See http://www.alzheimer.ie/Get-Involved/ Fundraising/Alzheimer-s-Memory-Ribbon.aspx