25th December 2017 – Christmas Day

       Today a saviour has been born to us  He is Christ the Lord
Fr Kerry joins me in wishing you all a Happy Christmas.  We welcome those who are home for Christmas, may you enjoy these special days with your loved ones. We pray for those who can’t make it home and for their families.  We remember those who have been bereaved, your loved ones are remembered in our Masses. Thanks to everybody for all your support, we wish you peace, health and blessings throughout the year ahead.
Fr Billy

Christmas Message  
We are a redeemed people, and the work of our redemption began with the birth of a baby in Bethlehem.  Simple beginnings, no one noticed Joseph and the young expectant mother who had travelled a long journey from Nazareth.  No one noticed them and there was no room for them.  At a salvation moment of universal importance, the mother gave birth in a stable and laid her baby in a manger, a feeding trough.  They were alone and lonely in the town of David as the son of David was born, no barriers between this baby and the messy realities of the life of the poor.
Then, in the darkness of that holy night, the glory of God shone around a group of lowly, despised shepherds, men not allowed even to enter a synagogue, and God’s message was entrusted to them: today a saviour has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord.
For us too, a light shines at Christmas, even in the dark moments of our lives, and the people who walk in darkness have indeed seen a great light.  May we take notice of that light and learn to experience the joy of the message of the angels and the joy of the Gospel of Christ.  May we hear the angels sing: Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to those of good will.

 Fr Kerry’s Grace before Christmas Dinner
Loving God, on this Christmas Day we give
thanks that Jesus, your Son, has come into
our world bringing us gifts of peace and joy.
Bless us as we sit together at this table for
our Christmas meal.
Bless the food we share and help us to
remember those who are hungry.
Be with our loved ones away from home (pause).
Bless and heal those who are sick, those
who are lonely.
We remember our departed loved ones (pause).
May the joy of this feast give us strength and
light, now and in the days ahead.
We thank you Lord for all your blessings. Amen.

Family Blessing
Next Sunday December 31st is the Feast of the Holy Family. A special blessing for 2018 will be offered to families at each of our Masses next weekend. We will recite the World Meeting of Families Prayer for Families at the end of Mass and then those families present or represented will be blessed with these words:
As you seek to live as a family
in the image of the Holy Family
of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may God bless each of you,  and those you love,
the Father , the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

World Meeting of Families Prayer for Families
God, our Father,
We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
Make us patient and kind, gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.
Protect all families with your loving care,
Especially those for whom we now pray:
[We pause and remember family members and others by name].
Increase our faith, Strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love,
Make us always grateful
for the gift of life that we share.
This we ask, through Christ our Lord, Amen

 

17th December 2017 – 3rd Sunday Advent (B)

       Third Sunday of Advent                   We light the third (pink) candle of the Advent Wreath on the third Sunday of Advent. This Sunday is called Gaudete, the Latin for “Rejoice,” after the first word of the Entrance Antiphon for today: “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.”

The Jesse Tree Symbols for the Third Sunday of Advent

The seventh symbol.  The prophet Nehemiah urges the people to change their ways and return to God. A wall on today’s ornament reminds us of the wall rebuilt around Jerusalem. The eighth symbol.   John the Baptist proclaims the coming of a new saviour and renewed life for all through repentance. The scallop shell on the ornament is a traditional symbol of baptism.  The ninth symbol.  The angel Gabriel tells Mary she will be the mother of our saviour, Jesus. The white lily on the ornament symbolizes new life and resurrection – hope for the future.

Infant Jesus Sunday: Families are invited to bring their crib figure of the Infant Jesus to Mass this weekend for blessing.   After the blessing you are asked to take your figure home and gift wrap it and place it under the Christmas tree so that on Christmas morning it is the first gift the family open for Christmas, and it is then placed in your family crib.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after 10.00 am Mass to 11.00 am on Wednesday. Morning Prayer of the Church (Lauds) after 10.00 am Mass on Friday.

Christmas Penitential Services this weekend after 6.00 pm vigil, 10.00 am & 12.00 noon Masses.

Visiting priests will be with us for Confessions as we prepare for Christmas.  None of us is without sin and we are all in need of forgiveness. God offers us a most wonderful gift, the assurance that no matter how we have failed his forgiveness is there for us all.  In the words of Pope Francis: “Mercy is the Lord’s most powerful message”

Confessions: each morning this week after the 10am Mass, also after the 6.00 pm Masses on Saturday and Sunday.

Christmas Masses: Normal weekend Masses at 6.00 pm on Saturday and 10.00 am and 12 noon on Sunday. Christmas Eve Masses at 6.00 pm & 10.00 pm on Sunday evening.  Christmas Day Masses at 9.00 am, 10.00 am &12.00 noon (note the extra Masses at 10.00 pm and 9.00 am).

Christmas gifts with a difference. Trocaire Gifts are available at the back of the Church from members of the Parish Assembly.

Parish Christmas & Triduum Cards are available in the Parish Office after Masses this weekend.  The Triduum of Masses will be offered on 23rd, 24th, and 25th December.

Our Parish Calendars are in the Sacristy. It would be great if the Area Collectors would help to distribute them. Many thanks.

Christmas Coffee Morning: On Tuesday 19th December after the 10.00 am Mass the Parish Assembly invites us to tea or coffee with Christmas mince pies in the Parish Centre. All welcome.

Giving Sunday: The third Sunday of Advent is when Santa will help our local St. Vincent de Paul Society and Santa’s Giving Tree is in place.  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). The members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will collect them after the Masses.

The Holy Land Pilgrimage October 10th – 18th Oct.  2018:
If you are interested in traveling with our Parish group give your name to Fr. Kerry 087 2202022,  kerrymoc@eircom or to Jack in the Sacristy.

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

PENITENTIAL SERVICE

Most are familiar with the procedure for this Communal Reconciliation Service, all you need to say to the priest when you approach for Confession is:

“I am sorry for all my sins, especially for . . . .”    Then you tell your own sins simply, in the best way you can, asking for God’s Forgiveness. Be prepared to leave all your sins with the Lord and promise him that you will try to do better.

Examination of conscience                                                                          An examination of conscience concerns our daily lives and our maturity as human beings. It is not preparing a grocery list of sins, but looking at the things we do and at the person who does them. It asks how do we relate to God and to our brothers and sisters for whom Christ died.

A good way of preparing for confession is to divide my life into a few general areas, and take a look at each.

1.   My relationship with God:

Do I give time to God?

Do I pray each day?

Do I attend Mass regularly?

2.   My home life

Am I hard to live with? Do I make my home happy?

Am I moody and selfish?

Do I cause serious problems at home – unfaithfulness,

drunkenness, taking drugs, violence, long cold silences?

Do I seek help?

Am I faithful to my commitments?

3.   My relationship with others:

Am I tolerant of and unselfish towards others?

Am I kind in word and deed?

Do I pray for my enemies and forgive them?

Do I respect others? Have I used others selfishly? or

irresponsibly?

4.   My practice of justice:

Do I respect the needs, rights, and property of others?

Am I honest with my business dealings?

Do I pay my debts? Do I cheat, or make false claims?

Do I pay my taxes?  Do I give to those in need?

Act of Contrition                                                                                                                          O my God I thank you for loving me. I am sorry for all my sins, for not loving others and not loving you. Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again.   Amen.

10th December 2017 – 2nd Sunday Advent (B)

    YEAR OF MARK In this Church year, which began last Sunday, we focus on St Mark’s Gospel. The first words of this gospel are in our reading today: “The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”  It’s an in-your-face start, a bit like John the Baptist, himself bursting on the scene.  This is where the good news starts. John says I’ve plunged you into water but the one coming after me will plunge you into the Holy Spirit.  People had been waiting for the day of the Lord, but did not expect this – a call to repent!  It’s now, and you’re part of the story, get ready for him, for a new exodus to freedom.  Mark wants us to sense the shock of the wake-up call: for them, then, and for us, now.

The Jesse Tree Symbols for the Second Sunday of Advent:
The fourth symbol is an ornament depicting the tablets on which the ten commandments were written.
The fifth symbol is a trumpet, reminding us of the rams’ horn trumpets blown before the walls of Jericho when Joshua led the children of Israel to victory.
The sixth symbol is a shepherd’s crook reminding us of David, the Shepherd King, and of Jesus, the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for his sheep.

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

 Christmas gifts with a difference. Trocaire Gifts will be available at the back of the Church from members of the Parish Assembly during the Sundays of December.   You can buy a gift and get the card to send or give to a friend.

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

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.

Death:  We pray for Mary Keneally, Fr. Mathew Road, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family.

Society of St Vincent de Paul: this weekend the second collection at all Masses is 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.

Ministers of the Word: Missals for 2018 are in the Sacristy, and some current rotas have not yet been collected.

Next Weekend (Third Sunday of Advent, Joyful Sunday):
Giving Sunday: 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 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.

Christmas Penitential Services will be held after all Masses next weekend 16th and 17th December. A number of priests will be available for Confessions as we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas.  God knows that deep down in our hearts we want to turn more fully to him and offers us this most wonderful gift, the assurance that no matter how we have failed his forgiveness is there for us all.

Do this in Memory: meeting with the parent class representatives in the Parish Centre on this Monday 11th Dec at 7.30pm. Next mass on Sunday next 17th December, at 10.00 am.

The Holy Land Pilgrimage October 2018:
If you are interested in traveling with our Parish group give your name to Fr. Kerry 087 2202022,  kerrymoc@eircom or to Jack in the Sacristy.

Autumn Dues – Sincere thanks to all those who have contributed already.  Envelopes are available at back of the Church if you didn’t have an area collection.

Ministers of the Eucharist & Word : some current rotas have not yet been collected from the Sacristy.

SS Peter & Paul’s Church, Cork City.  Handel’s Messiah with Soloists, Choir and Full Orchestra, Saturday 16th December, 2017 at 8.00pm.  Tickets €20, in aid of Cork Simon Community and Penny Dinners. Full details on Church Notice Board.

3rd December 2017 – First Sunday of Advent (B)

                     Advent
The First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of our spiritual preparation for Christmas.   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.  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.

The Advent Wreath
There are five candles on the wreath, reminding us of the four Sundays of Advent and Christmas. Three are purple, one is pink and one white. The first is a symbol of HOPE, the second of FAITH, the third candle is pink and is lit on “Gaudete Sunday” and is a symbol of JOY, the fourth candle is a symbol of PEACE and the fifth (white) candle symbolises CHRIST and is lit at Christmas as we welcome the Christ Child.

Memorial Acclamation (response to “The Mystery of Faith”).
For the coming year the response will be:
    “When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup,                               
we proclaim your Death, O Lord,
until you come again”.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Friday next 8th  December is a Holy Day of obligation.  Vigil Mass on Thursday at 6.00 pm, Masses on Friday at 10.00 am and 6.00 pm.

 

A Concert in Support of Bunscoil Chríost Rí Development Wednesday December 6th at 7.30pm, Christ the King Church. Cork Garda Male Voice Choir, Wilcollane Singers, Bunscoil Chriost Ri Children’s Choir.  Songs, Carols, Sing-alongs to get you in the mood for Christmas. No charge, donations accepted.

Christmas In the Cathedral: Liam Lawton in concert supported by the Cathedral Parish Choir, Thursday 7th December at 8.00 pm.  Tickets €20 from Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street, Nolan Butchers, Shandon Street, Cathedral Presbytery 021 4304325, Cathedral Sacristy 021 4210717, the Cathedral Visitor Centre.

First Friday visits to the sick and housebound will take place on Thursday and Friday 7th and 8th Dec.

  Anointing of the Sick Saturday 9th December after the 10.00 am Mass.

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

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

Society of St Vincent de Paul: Next weekend the second collection at all Masses is 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 locality this Christmas. The Society thanks you for your continuing generosity and wishes a happy and holy Christmas to all.

 Turners Cross Community Association Santa Claus is visiting on Saturday December 9th, starting 11 o’clock. Free event, all welcome.  Refreshments served.

Turners Cross Senior Citizens Party in Nemo Rangers Club on Sunday December 10th at 3 o’clock.  Names to be handed into Church or Club by Wednesday 6th December.

The Jesse Tree Symbols for the First Sunday of Advent
The first symbol is a dove, recalling the peace and harmony of creation as God intended.
The second symbol is an apple, representing original sin. Christ is called the new Adam who ushered in a new creation, forgiving sin and restoring humanity to God’s grace.
The third symbol of the ark reminds us that although God was displeased with the wickedness of the men and women he had created, he also sees the best in us and renews his covenant with us through forgiveness and mercy.

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

Parish Assembly Meeting: Thursday 7th December at 8.00pm in the Parish Centre.

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 December.

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 Dec.

Pilgrimage to The Holy Land October 2018
Visiting Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem and other sites in The Holy Land.   Eight night Pilgrimage staying in Tiberius and Bethlehem. Full religious programme. Further details from Fr. Kerry Murphy-O’Connor  087 2202022  email:  kerrymoc@eircom.net  or give name in Sacristy, Christ King Church, Turner’s Cross.

Veritas and the Pastoral Development Office invite all parishioners to the launch of the book “55 ways to connect with families in your parish” by Sr Karen Kent osu on Sunday 3rd December at 4pm in Saint Columba’s Church, Douglas beginning with a time of Advent Prayer based on the book.  All are welcome.

SAMUEL PROGRAMME – Are you aged 18-35 and wondering what God is calling you to do with your life? Join the Samuel Programme for 6 months – gatherings once a month in the Franciscan Friary Killarney on Sunday evenings. For details email eavopost@gamil.com or call Anne-Marie 0872209994

SS Peter & Paul’s Church, Cork City.  Handel’s Messiah with Soloists, Choir and Full Orchestra, Saturday 16th December, 2017 at 8.00pm.  Tickets €20, in aid of Cork Simon Community and Penny Dinners. Full details on Church Notice Board.

 

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land November 2018

Pilgrimage to The Holy Land  11th – 19th November  2018 
Visiting Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem and other sites in The Holy Land.   Eight night Pilgrimage
staying in Tiberius and Bethlehem. Full religious programme    Cost; €1,395
Further details from: Fr. Kerry Murphy-O’Connor  087 2202022  Christ King Church Turner’s Cross email:  kerrymoc@eircom.net or Fr. Charlie Kiely  086 8672377 Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphane or Fr.Robert Young, Kinsale  021 4773700
or give name in Sacristy, Christ King Church, Turner’s Cross.

                                            A trip of a lifetime

 

26th November 2017 – Feast of Christ the King

PARISH MILESTONES
We congratulate our Sacristan Jack Kiely on his 80th birthday and thank him for his years of service to the Church and parish community since his appointment in 1998.   Throughout his service to the parish of Turners Cross he has been an effective, efficient and pastoral sacristan, consistently working beyond the call of duty. Bishop Buckley presents a Benemerenti Medal to Jack at our Vigil Mass this weekend.  This medal is awarded by the Pope in recognition of exceptional service to the church.

Our Parish Priest, Archdeacon Kerry Murphy O’Connor, retired in August of last year, and celebrated his 80th birthday in December.   We express our gratitude for Fr. Kerry’s years of service to the Diocese of Cork & Ross and especially for his time at Turner’s Cross.

At the first Permanent Diaconate ordination in the history of the diocese Rev. Frank McKevitt was ordained as a Permanent Deacon on the 10th September.  We thank Frank for his commitment and wish him well in his new role.

We wish to thank Br. Aidan McHugh for his service to the Parish as chair of the Parish Pastoral Assembly and for his unstinting work for the parish.   Br. Aidan has been transferred from the Presentation Brothers Community at Maiville Terrace to the Generalate at Mount St. Joseph.

Deaths:  We pray for Tom Hayes, Friars Walk, Kevin B. Clancy, Mercier Park and Paul Carey, Curragh Road who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

Diocese of Cork and Ross Vocation Discernment for men aged 18 to 40 who are thinking about priesthood. Monthly gatherings at the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane beginning on Wednesday 29th November from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Further information contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537603

A Concert in Support of Bunscoil Chríost Rí Development: Wednesday December 6th at 7.30pm, Christ the King Church. Cork Garda Male Voice Choir, Wilcollane Singers, Bunscoil Chriost Ri Children’s Choir.  Songs, Carols, Sing-alongs to get you in the mood for Christmas. No charge, donations accepted.

Christmas In the Cathedral: Liam Lawton in concert supported by the Cathedral parish Choir Thursday 7th December at 8.00 pm.  Tickets € 20 from Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street, Nolan Butchers, Shandon Street, Cathedral Presbytery 021 4304325, Cathedral Sacristy 021 4210717, the Cathedral Visitor Centre.

First Friday visits to the sick and housebound will NOT take place until next week on Thursday and Friday 7th and 8th Dec.

First Saturday Anointing of the Sick is deferred to Saturday 9th December after the 10.00 am Mass.

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

Altar servers are currently being recruited. If you are in 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th class and come to Mass in Turner’s Cross then please send in an Application Form.  These are available in the Sacristy after any Mass and should be returned by Sunday 3rd December. Altar server training will be provided, and Parish safeguarding procedures will be observed.

Turners Cross Community Association Santa Claus is visiting on Saturday December 9th, starting 11 o’clock. Free event, all welcome.  Refreshments served.

Veritas and the Pastoral Development Office invite all parishioners to the launch of the book “55 ways to connect with families in your parish” by Sr Karen Kent osu on Sunday 3rd December at 4pm in Saint Columba’s Church, Douglas beginning with a time of Advent Prayer based on the book.  All are welcome.

SAMUEL PROGRAMME – Are you aged 18-35 and wondering what God is calling you to do with your life? Join the Samuel Programme for 6 months – gatherings once a month in the Franciscan Friary Killarney on Sunday evenings. For details email eavopost@gamil.com or call Anne-Marie 0872209994

Lord Mayor’s Gala Christmas Concert Saturday 2nd December at 8.00pm, Cork City Hall.  Cork Concert Orchestra and special guests.  Tickets available from Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street and online at www.everymancork.com <http://www.everymancork.com>

Turners Cross Senior Citizens Party in Nemo Rangers Club on Sunday December 10th at 3 o’clock.  Names to be handed into Church or Club by Wednesday 6th December.

 

Book Launch Sunday 3rd December 2017

BOOK LAUNCH                                                                                                             All are invited to  the Book Launch in St Columba’s Church Douglas  on Sunday 3rd December  at 4pm                                                                                                55 ways to connect with families in your Parish       by Sr Karen Kent

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19th November 2017 – 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

                 USING OUR GIFTS
The poem in praise of a perfect wife at the end of the Book of Proverbs is somewhat foreign to our culture and even seems condescending to women   It might seem a little less strange if we imagine it as being written by an ancient Irish mother, anxious to find a suitable wife for her precious son!  And in fact this end section of the Book of Proverbs is headed “the sayings of Lemuel king of Massa, taught him by his mother.”  The piece has been regarded as a poem in praise of wisdom, traditionally thought of as female.

The wise person is someone who is loving, who helps those in need, who gives to the poor and is business-like and hardworking, someone who “gets on with it,” and uses his or her talents in loving service. Some of us may feel that our talents don’t amount to much, that we are not as gifted, say, as the ten talent man in the parable, yet we all have some gifts, given by God for a purpose.  Spiritual gifts are given for the good of all; if they are not used, they will not be fruitful, but when ordinary people accept and use their giftedness great things are achieved in the kingdom of God.

PARISH CELEBRATION 25th November, 2017
A number of significant milestones in the life of our parish occurred over the past year or so.  We wish to mark Sacristan Jack Kiely’s long service to the church and parish community in Turner’s Cross and his 80th birthday this year.  We also want to belatedly acknowledge Fr Kerry’s retirement last year and his 80th birthday.  We celebrate Rev. Frank McKevitt’s diaconate ordination and bid farewell to Br Aidan McHugh, following his transfer to Mount St Joseph.   These events will be recalled in prayer at the 6.00 pm Mass on Saturday next 25th November, 2017.  After Mass we will gather for food, music, presentations and a little craic in the Nano Nagle Hall, Bunscoil Chriost Ri.  All are invited, so save the date.

 “Do this in Memory”   There will be a meeting of the Parent Representatives in the Parish Centre on this Monday 20th Nov. at  7.30pm.  Our next Mass will be on  Sunday 26th Nov. at 10.00 am

 

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

Deaths:  We pray for Jim (Max) McMullen, Deerpark, and Michael O’Connell, Evergreen Road, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

Diocese of Cork and Ross Vocation Discernment for men aged 18 to 40 who are thinking about priesthood. Monthly gatherings at the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane beginning on Wednesday 29th November from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Further information contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537603

Marriage Support: Second collection at all Masses this weekend 18th/19th November for Diocesan Marriage Support services.

Encountering Family in the Gospels and how Pope Francis links this into Amoris Laetitia.  Wednesdays 22nd, 29th November and 6th December from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at the Ursuline Convent, Blackrock – access from Convent Road.  All welcome, contact Sr Karen at 087 9161792.

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, Douglas Road. Light refreshments provided free of charge. All welcome. Our next meeting is Friday 24th November.

Cork Alzheimer Foundation, Togher: Vacancies for Care Support Staff (CE Scheme).  Applicants must supply character reference and be prepared to complete a Garda Vetting application form.  19.5 Hours per week.  Please forward CV to Sheila Scolley, Cork Alzheimer Foundation, Doughcloyne, Togher Cross, or email corkalzheimer@gmail.com

Christmas in the Cathedral: Liam Lawton in concert supported by the Cathedral Parish Choir Thursday 7th December at 8.00 pm.  Tickets € 20 from Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street, Nolan Butchers, Shandon Street, Cathedral Presbytery 021 4304325, Cathedral Sacristy 021 4210717, the Cathedral Visitor Centre.

Christian Meditation with Children:  An introductory meeting about meditating with children in the family will be held on 22nd November at 7.30pm in St. Columba’s Parish Centre, Douglas.  Led by Rita O’Connell and Mary O’Connor.

Christmas Decoration Demonstration in aid of Bru Columbanus with Mary O’Farrell, O’Farrell’s Bandon and Carole Horgan, Best of Buds at Bru Columbanus, Cardinal Way, Wilton on 22nd November at 7.30pm Tickets €15 (including refreshments) from O’Farrells Bandon and Bru Columbanus

12th November 2017 – 32nd Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

         Five Wise – Five Foolish

WISDOM
Our reading from the Book of Wisdom tells something about the nature of wisdom.  It is available to those who seek it and it is essentially of God.  We have seen many sad examples of cleverness and knowledge without wisdom in Irish economic and political life in recent years, and we have had to live with the consequences of that foolishness.  A wise person will have a lightness and brightness of heart, a loving heart is wise.  Wisdom is a gift from God, and we may pray with the Psalmist: “give me the Wisdom that sits by your throne.”
The parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids is about end times, the end of the world and the ending of our lives. We may wonder if we will be able to rekindle our faith in a time of crisis, will there be a spark left. Without faith we may not hear the words of life, we may be unable to accept the gift of God’s salvation.  We pray that we will be wise, and keep the light of faith burning in our hearts.
As Christians we are not afraid to think about death.   We have a sure and certain hope for ourselves and 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 continue to pray for our beloved dead in this month of November.

PRAYERS & BLESSING OF GRAVES
   12th Nov. St. Finbarr’s, Glasheen Rd   2.30pm

St. Michael’s, Blackrock. 3.00pm
St Catherine’s, Kilcully 3.00 pm
Don’t forget a prayer at the Graves at the back of the Church

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

Diocese of Cork and Ross Vocation Discernment for men aged 18 to 40 who are thinking about priesthood. Monthly gatherings at the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane beginning on Wednesday 29th November from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Further information contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537603.

Deaths:  We pray for Barry Bevan, Cork and Spain, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to his family.

Marriage Support:  A second collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend 18th/19th November for Diocesan Marriage Support services.

Pope Francis on Twitter:                      Press to open    

Encountering Family in the Gospels and how Pope Francis links this into Amoris Laetitia.  Wednesdays 22nd, 29th November and 6th December from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at the Ursuline Convent, Blackrock – access from Convent Road.  All welcome, contact Sr Karen at 087 9161792.

PARISH CELEBRATION                 25th November, 2017
A number of significant milestones in the life of our parish occurred over the past year or so.  We wish to mark Sacristan Jack Kiely’s long service to the church and parish community in Turner’s Cross and his 80th birthday this year.  We also want to belatedly acknowledge Fr Kerry’s retirement and his 80th birthday at the end of last year.  We celebrate Frank McKevitt’s diaconate ordination and bid farewell to Br Aidan McHugh, following his transfer to Mount St Joseph.   These events will be recalled in prayer at the 6.00 pm vigil Mass on Saturday 25th November, 2017.  After Mass we will gather for food, music, presentations and a little craic in the Nano Nagle Hall, Bunscoil Chriost Ri. All are invited, so save the date.

OFFICIAL FAMILY PRAYER FOR
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018
God, our Father,
We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
Make us patient and kind,
gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.
Protect all families with your loving care,
Especially those for whom we now pray:
[we pause and remember family members and others by name].
Increase our faith,
Strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love,
Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.
This we ask, through Christ our Lord,
Amen

 


5th November 2017 – Remembrence Sunday

Remembrance Weekend.  Those who died during the past year are remembered in a special way at all our Masses this weekend.  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.   Today and during November we pray for those who have died and acknowledge their influence in our own lives.
May they all be at peace with God

REFLECTION   (You answer “We remember them”)

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

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

PRAYERS & BLESSING OF GRAVES                                                                                   5th Nov. St. Joseph’s Tory Top Rd. 2.30pm
St James Chetwynd       3.00 pm
Rathcooney                    3.00 pm
Douglas                          3.00pm

11th Nov. St. Mary & St John Ballincollig Mass at 12. noon

12th Nov.   St. Finbarr’s, Glasheen Rd     2.30pm
St. Michael’s, Blackrock.       3.00pm
St Catherine’s, Kilcully          3.00 pm

Don’t forget a pray at the Graves of deceased Parish Priests at the back of our Church

Parish Assembly: meeting this Thursday 9th November in Parish Centre at 8pm.

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 weeks before and after All Souls’ Day, receive Holy Communion between the 1st and 8th November and pray for the Pope’s intentions.

Ministries: We are appealing for volunteers for Ministries in the Parish, as Ministers of the Word (readers), Ministers of the Eucharist, members of the Funeral Ministry Team, members of the Baptismal Team, Church Carers Team or of the Church Choir. You can nominate a person or volunteer your own service. Collect a form in Sacristy or have a word with one of the priests.