Bulletin 9 June, 2024

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:20-35)

Many people today do not take the existence and power of the devil seriously. The devil is regarded as a mythological hangover from the times before we were educated! However, Jesus took the devil very seriously and the final petition of the Our Father is to deliver us from the Evil One. “In this petition, evil is not an abstraction, but refers to a person, Satan, the Evil One, the angel who opposes God. The devil (diabolos) is the one who throws himself across God’s plan and his work of salvation accomplished in Christ” (Catechism,2851). Today’s First Reading recalls how Satan misled Adam and Eve, and sin entered the world. The critics of Jesus were faced with the fact that Jesus was healing the sick and giving people peace of mind. They were so hardened in heart that they absolutely refused to believe that his power came from God. People who are so misled by Satan that they utter words of hatred or defiance against God are guilty of what Jesus called blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. “Anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit and will never receive forgiveness.” But, isn’t God full of mercy and wishes that all people would be saved? True, but the fact is that the merciful forgiveness that God offers must be accepted. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is much more than some words of frustration that a person might shout in a moment of temper but regrets the outburst later. Serious blasphemy comes out of a life deeply given over to evil. This person has taken up a defiant stance against everything that God represents. When this persists to the end, forgiveness is still offered but is rejected. Fr Silvester O’Flynn, OFMCap

Farewell

We bid farewell to Br Theiva of the Presentation Community, Maiville, who is due to return to his native Sri Lanka shortly. Following a family holiday he will take up a new appointment in Africa. During his time in our parish he has been Chaplain in Colaiste Chriost Ri, which he enjoyed very much. He was greatly appreciated by staff and students alike. Here in the Church he was part of our Ministry of the Eucharist team. We wish Br Theiva every blessing as he continues his vocation as a Presentation Brother and we thank him for his generous ministry in the parish.

Parish Assembly meets this Monday evening at 8.00 pm

 

Finance Committee meets on Friday next, at 11.30 am

Cemetery Mass: St Michael’s cemetery Wednesday 26th June, at 7.30 pm

Recent Deaths:

The deaths have occurred of Josephine O’Sullivan, Slieve Mish Park; Mary Toth, Ardmanning Lawn; Ann Butler, Fr Matthew Road. May they rest in peace. Our sympathies are with their families, friends and neighbours.

Bulletin 2 June 2024

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

What we see on the altar is Body and Blood of Christ : God is present in the piece of bread we take in our hand at communion. This we believe. How can this be ? “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Sacrament : sacraments show a particular reality but we understand another reality. We see the appearance of bread – lab analysis would reveal all the properties of bread. Yet we understand that this is the body of Christ. Symbol : flag, jersey – represents a reality but is not itself that reality Sacrament : the symbol is the reality that it represents the bread becomes a spiritual reality through the Eucharistic prayer and the action of the Holy Spirit : anamnesis and epiclesis The reality present is the death and resurrection of Christ “Do this in memory of me” : Memory makes present Memory ordinarily recalls a past event : joyful, painful feelings may be aroused, but the past event remains in the past. Memory in Jewish sense : the event is present when it is remembered = being at Mass is same at being at Last Supper, on Hill of Calvary or in Garden of Resurrection

Exam Time

We remember all the students beginning the Junior and Leaving Cert. exams on Wednesday. We wish them well and assure them of our prayers. Sacrament of Anointing will be offered at Mass next Friday, the feast of the Sacred Heart.

Ice Cream Sunday!

Sincere thanks to the Parish Assembly for organizing the procession of the First Communion children at the end of the 10.00 am Mass last Sunday.

Trocaire Boxes:

The collection during Lent from this parish amounted to €2014. Thanks to all who contributed and thanks to Jack Kiely who oversaw the returns and lodged same.

Coffee Morning

Tuesday next, after the 10.00 am Mass. All welcome. This is the last coffee morning until September. Thanks to the Parish Assembly for organising this monthly get-together, especially to Rose Fitzgerald.

Lough Derg – 4 day Pilgrimage 2024. Leaves Cork Friday 7th June at 9am. Returning Monday 10th June. Ph. Paddy 021 4502572

 

CONNECT Summer BBQ There will be a special CONNECT Summer BBQ for young adults aged 18 – 35 years on Thursday June 6th at 7pm in Mardyke House (T12 W8RP). To register simply go to eventbrite.ie and search for

 

Recent Deaths:

The deaths have occurred of Rita Good, Friars Rd; Finbarr O’Riordan, O’Connell Ave; Catherine O’Sullivan, Evergreen Road. May they rest in peace. Our sympathies are with their families, friends and neighbours.

Bulletin 19 May 2024

Pentecost Sunday

With joy we celebrate the feast of Pentecost. This feast commemorates the event that took place fifty days after the resurrection which transformed the apostles from being frightened, hunted men into fearless missionaries and eventually martyrs (The word ‘pentecost’ comes from the Greek for ‘fifty’). Jesus had already imparted the Spirit to them on Easter Sunday evening: ‘He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven…”.’ However, they had yet to receive the fullness of the Spirit. This was the dramatic, transforming event that took place at Pentecost. The Spirit has been given to us at Baptism and Confirmation, but we have yet to receive fully this gift of God. Today’s feast is an occasion to reconsider our Confirmation and, in particular, the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, good judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence, wonder and awe in God’s presence. Like any gift these can remain in their packages, unopened, unused. It is useful occasionally to open up one of these gifts and to see where we need it in practical situations. Try it!

First Holy Communion

We congratulate the children of Bunscoil Chriost Ri who received their First Holy Communion yesterday. It was a beautiful occasion. Thanks to all who prepared the children: their parents, grandparents; their wonderful teachers, Ms Fitzgerald and Ms O’Callaghan. And thanks to the children themselves who were so committed to the preparation. May this be the beginning of long and lasting relationship with Sunday Mass.

Ice Cream Sunday!

Next Sunday, 26th May, after the 10.00 am Mass there will be a procession of the First Communion children which will be followed by an ice cream feast. The ice cream will be free but donations will be welcome. Six containers will be carried by volunteers through the grounds to accept donations. When the ice cream provider has been paid, the remainder will be donated to Down Syndrome Ireland – a most worthy cause.

LOUGH DERG – 4 day Pilgrimage 2024. Leaves Cork Friday 7th June at 9am. Returning Monday 10th June. Booking & Information: Ph. Paddy 021 4502572

An invitation to the 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.

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

 

Second Collection this weekend for Mission and Ministry.

 

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

Bulletin 26 May 2024

Trinity Sunday

I used to think that St Patrick may have been unwise in attempting to explain the Trinity to the pagans of Ireland in the fifth century because of the difficulty of understanding it. Remember how he used the three-leaf shamrock to get across the idea that there are three persons in the one God. In more recent years I have changed my mind: I know now that Patrick couldn’t omit the doctrine of the Trinity from his preaching of Christianity. The Trinity is essential to the Christian understanding of God. When Christians speak of God they are talking about the Trinity, a community of love: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Ice Cream Sunday!

Today, after the 10.00 am Mass there will be a procession of the First Communion children which will be followed by an ice cream feast. The ice cream will be free but donations will be welcome. Six containers will be carried by volunteers through the grounds to accept donations. When the ice cream provider has been paid, the remainder will be donated to Down Syndrome Ireland – a most worthy cause.

Death of Parish Organist and Choir Director

The death has occurred of David O’Sullivan, our organist and choir director. The sad news came through on Thursday. He will be greatly missed, primarily by his wife, Marion, and family, but also by Christ the King parish. We sympathise too with the parish choir who were so devoted to David. His contribution over recent years has seen the choir grow in numbers and strength. Leaba i measch na naomh go raibh aige. A special word of thanks is due to David’s son, Cian, who has been filling in as organist and director over the past few weeks.

Lough Derg – 4 day Pilgrimage 2024. Leaves Cork Friday 7th June at 9am. Returning Monday 10th June. Booking & Information: Ph. Paddy 021 4502572

An invitation to the 98th Cork Eucharistic Procession The 98th Cork Eucharistic Procession to mark the feast of Corpus Christi will take place today. 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.

 

CONNECT Summer BBQ

There will be a special CONNECT Summer BBQ for young adults aged 18 – 35 years on Thursday June 6th at 7pm in Mardyke House (T12 W8RP). It is a wonderful opportunity to meet other young people from across the Diocese of Cork and Ross. The evening will include food, fellowship, music and much more.

There is a nominal fee of €8. To register simply go to eventbrite.ie and search for

CONNECT BBQ. Please do spread the word. Come yourself and invite a friend.

 

Recent Deaths:

The deaths have occurred of Marie Holland, Doyle Road; Gerard Sexton, Maiville Tce. May they rest in peace. Our sympathies are with their families, friends and neighbours. A special word of sympathy to Fordes’ Funeral Team on losing their colleague, Gerard.

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.