Lent 2019 – Christ King Parish

  Lent 2019First of all, Happy Lent! The next forty days are an amazing God-given opportunity for renewal when the Lord is near and the Holy Spirit renovates our hearts. The three works that the Church invites us to in this season – self–denial, prayer and charity – along with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, are well-tried ways of bringing about a deeper conversion to Christ our Saviour in our lives. Let us pray for each other as we engage in this Lenten journey to Easter.

Ash Wednesday 6th March:   Ashes will be blessed and distributed at the 10am & 6pm Masses.   At the 10am Mass the pupils from the three local schools will be commissioned to bring blessed ashes to schools where they will impose ashes on staff and fellow pupils.

Each weekday of Lent two Masses 10am & 6pm.

Trocaire Family Fast Boxes are available at back of Church and will also  be distributed through the schools

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday Mornings during Lent after 10am Mass until 11am.

Morning & Evening Prayer of the Church on Fridays in Lent after 10am and 6pm Masses

 

 

24th Feb. 2019 7th Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

MEETING IN ROME ON PROTECTION OF MINORS
On Thursday Pope Francis spoke at the opening of the meeting in Rome on sexual abuse and the protection of minors.  He told the assembled bishops and other church leaders that he wanted to listen together with

Pope Francis greets Archbishop Eamon Martin

them to the Holy Spirit, and hear the cry of the little ones who plead for justice.  He said that the people of God expect more than simple and predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective action.  The Pope prayed to the Holy Spirit to sustain the Church throughout these days, and to help us to turn this evil into an opportunity for awareness and purification. May the Virgin Mary enlighten us as we seek to heal the grave wounds that the scandal of paedophilia has caused, both in the little ones and in believers.

 Morning Alpha Course
 Explore: life
 faith
  meaning             

As our evening Alpha Course is full, we are considering a second course following 10.00 am Mass on Thursday mornings starting on 7th March, the first Thursday in Lent, and continuing for ten weeks.  Each session will start at 10.45 am with tea/coffee and finish at 12.15 pm sharp. The new video material is really very good, and we are confident that those who have completed Alpha in recent years will also enjoy and benefit from this course. If you are interested, please contact Br. Andrew at 086-1522160.
“Friendships are made at Alpha”

 Cork & Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2019 10th – 15th June – 5 nights Full board.  Booking forms for pilgrims available from: Joe Walsh Tours, 117 Patrick Street, Cork, telephone: (021) 4277959.  Enquiries for Special Sick/Assisted Section should be directed to the Pilgrimage Director, V. Rev Canon James O’Donovan, Parochial House, Ballinlough, Cork, telephone (021) 4292296.  If you would like to participate in this pilgrimage as part of a Turners Cross Parish Group, please give your name to one of the Priests.

LOURDES 2019: YOUNG ADULT HELPERS
The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites young adults 18-25 to join the pilgrimage to Lourdes as helpers from 10th to 15th June.  As helpers you will assist with the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme – time for prayer, sharing in the story of Lourdes and making new friends. Limited number of places – for further Details contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537474.

Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Wednesday 6th March at 7:20pm in the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents. More information at anamcara.ie or call 085 2888 888.

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) Ireland are holding an information and support event for patients and their family members at the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel on Saturday, 2nd March  from 1.30 – 4.30pm.  Register on http://www.clli.ie or contact Annemarie at 086-4115195.

HOLY HOUR TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS on Wed. 27th February from 3:00pm to 4:00pm at the Presentation Convent, Pearse Road, Ballyphehane.  All are welcome – prayer followed by tea/coffee.

HANDING ON THE FAITH
Talk and Workshop: Saturday 9th March 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Blackrock Parish
 Centre.  Address by Dr Dan O’Connell, f Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, a parent, parishioner and professional educator.  His address will be followed by a workshop on how to use the YOUCAT series in your parish, home, school as tools for handing on the faith.  Open to all – parents, parishioners, teachers, clergy, religious.  Contribution €5 per person to include workshop handbook. Reservations on 021 4537474 or pdo@corkandross.org.
 
Guided Faith Filled Lenten Journey
YOUCAT/YOUCAT COMPANION
Six Wednesday evenings from 6th March  7.30pm – 8.45pm in SMA Community Centre, Wilton.  All welcome, including parish faith formation personnel / teachers / parents / young adults. Contact Máirín Ní Shúilleabháin on 087/7950325 or mairin991@gmail.com for details.

Cork Simon’s Coffee Morning Organise a coffee morning or afternoon tea during March in your workplace, school or home and help fight homelessness in Cork. Everything you need to organise your gathering is available from CSM, contact Margaret on 021 4929415 for your pack.

Anointing of Sick: Saturday 2nd March after 10.00 am Mass.  Consider offering a lift to a housebound neighbour.

First Friday: Fr. Billy will visit the sick and housebound during the week. If you would like a visit please contact us.

17th February 2019 – 6th Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

BLESSED
In today’s gospel reading we hear St Luke’s beatitudes, echoing the beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the gospel of St Matthew. In Luke there are four blessings, with four corresponding woes. They remind us that God’s ways are not our ways and that as Christians we are called to a value system very different to that of our prevailing culture, very different from that of any worldly culture.  They also reflect something of Jesus’ own life on earth.  He experienced poverty and hunger, he knew grief and he experienced rejection as he was persecuted even to death.  As his followers, we may expect to share some of these experiences, and as we do, he tells us that we are blessed, that our reward will be great in heaven; and in this life he gives us his peace, a peace which the world cannot give.

An extra Alpha Course
Explore: life
faith
meaning
As our evening Alpha Course is full, we are considering a second course following 10.00 am Mass on Thursday mornings starting on 6th March, the first Thursday in Lent, and continuing for ten weeks.  Each session will start at 10.45 am with tea/coffee and finish at 12.15 pm sharp. The new video material is really very good, and we are confident that those who have completed Alpha in recent years will also enjoy and benefit from this course. If you are interested, please contact Br. Andrew at 086-1522160.
“Friendships are made at Alpha”

Cork & Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2019 10th – 15th June – 5 nights Full board.  Booking forms for pilgrims available from: Joe Walsh Tours, 117 Patrick Street, Cork, telephone: (021) 4277959.  Enquiries for Special Sick/Assisted Section should be directed to the Pilgrimage Director, V. Rev Canon James O’Donovan, Parochial House, Ballinlough, Cork, telephone (021) 4292296.  If you would like to participate in this pilgrimage as part of a Turners Cross Parish Group, please give your name to one of the Priests.

LOURDES 2019: YOUNG ADULT HELPERS
The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites young adults 18-25 to join the pilgrimage to Lourdes as helpers from 10th to 15th June.  As helpers you will assist with the sick and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme – time for prayer, sharing in the story of Lourdes and making new friends. Limited number of places – for further Details contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 021 4537474

Vacancy for Receptionist/Secretary Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane – must be eligible for CE scheme – 19.5 hours per week.  Contact Nellie Crowley on 021-4345583 or Fr Charlie 021-4537474.  Please send cv and cover letter to southsidetdl@eircom.net

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

BANTRY PARISH PILGRIMAGE ROME 22nd – 29th April 2019.
Including visits to Assisi & Monte Cassino, and Audience with Pope Francis. Spiritual Director:  Canon Martin O’Driscoll. Contact Premier Travel at 021 – 4277700

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) Ireland are holding an information and support event for patients with CLL and their family members.  The event will take place at the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, Cork on Saturday, March 2nd from 1.30 – 4.30pm.  Please register for the event on website: www.clli.ie <http://www.clli.ie>  or contact Annemarie: 086-4115195

Cork Alzheimers Café, a safe place for people with Alzheimers and other dementias, their carers, family and friends to meet together and with social and health professionals. Last Friday of each month 1.30 – 3.30 pm in St Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Road. Light refreshments, all welcome, next meeting on Friday 22nd February.

HANDING ON THE FAITH
Talk and Workshop: Saturday 9th March 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Blackrock Parish
Centre.  Address by Dr Dan O’Connell, f Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, a parent, parishioner and professional educator.  His address will be followed by a workshop on HOW TO USE THE YOUCAT SERIES in your parish, home, school as tools for handing on the faith.  Open to all – parents, parishioners, teachers, clergy, religious.  Contribution €5 per person to include workshop handbook.  To reserve a place contact 021 4537474 or pdo@corkandross.org

Guided Faith Filled Lenten Journey
YOUCAT/YOUCAT COMPANION
Six Wednesday evenings from 6th March  7.30pm – 8.45pm in SMA Community Centre, Wilton.  All welcome, including parish faith formation personnel / teachers / parents / young adults. Contact Máirín Ní Shúilleabháin on 087/7950325 or mairin991@gmail.com for details.

 

 

10th February 2019 – 5th Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

Christ Calling His First Disciples

 Anointing of Sick on Monday 11th February, “World Day of Prayer for the Sick,” and Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, after the 10.00 am & 6.00 pm Masses (note extra Mass).   Refreshments in the Parish Centre on Monday 11th February, courtesy of the Parish Assembly after the 10.00 am Mass.  Consider offering a lift to a housebound neighbour or friend.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Collection to be taken up at all Masses this weekend 9th/10th February subsidises individuals whose health and/or means would otherwise prevent them from travelling to Lourdes. It also subsidises the travel of essential care personnel.

 Death:  We pray for Sheila Golden, Friars Road, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family.

Alpha Course
Explore: life
              faith
              meaning

The Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha Course continues on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Centre from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm for ten weeks until April.   We pray that this course will be a source of grace to the participants and for the Parish as a whole.

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

Vacancy for Receptionist/Secretary Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane – Must be eligible for CE scheme – 19.5 hours per week.  Contact Nellie Crowley on 021-4345583 or Fr Charlie 021-4537474.  Please send cv and cover letter to southsidetdl@eircom.net

Cork & Ross Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2019 10th – 15th June – 5 nights Full board.  Booking forms for pilgrims available from: Joe Walsh Tours, 117 Patrick Street, Cork, telephone: (021) 4277959.  Enquiries for Special Sick/Assisted Section should be directed to the Pilgrimage Director, V. Rev Canon James O’Donovan, Parochial House, Ballinlough, Cork, telephone (021) 4292296.
If you would like to participate in this pilgrimage as part of a Turners Cross Parish Group, please give your name to one of the Priests.

The Parish Assembly:  meeting this Monday 11th February in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.

Faith Encounters in the Gospels on Tuesdays 12th, 19th and 26th February.  Coffee at 10:30 am, session 11:00 am to 12:15pm at the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane – facilitated by Sr Karen.  Book your place on 021 4537601.

BANTRY PARISH PILGRIMAGE ROME 22nd – 29th April 2019.
Including visits to Assisi & Monte Cassino, and Audience with Pope Francis. Spiritual Director:  Canon Martin O’Driscoll. Contact Premier Travel at 021 – 4277700

Anam Cara West Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Tuesday, 19th February at 7:20pm in the Munster Arms Hotel, Bandon, a free event and open to all bereaved parents. RSVP to info@anamcara.ie before Monday 18th February or call 085 2888 888.

Christmas Thanks
Trocaire wishes to thank the parishioners of Turners Cross for buying Trocaire gifts to the value of €1,178 this Christmas. Congratulations and thank you.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul wishes to thank all those who contributed to their Christmas Collection which amounted to €3,925 in addition to the many gifts left at the altar.  Well done and thank you.

3rd February 2019 – 4th Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

OPENNESS
God says to Jeremiah and to us, brace yourself, I will make you strong; I have called you, and I am with you.  Our Christian calling is not easy, but as we respond, God is with us.  The people in Nazareth were impressed with Jesus’ gracious words, but were not going to let him get above himself, “sure this is Joseph’s son.”  Jesus anticipated their rejection when he remarked that no one is a prophet at home, and then reminded them that that God’s help was given to a widow in Sidon and a Syrian leper when there were many widows and lepers in Israel. His message of openness to all was angrily rejected. The challenge for us is have an open and loving attitude to everybody, to those who are different, those of other religions, social backgrounds or race, those of whom we don’t approve because of lifestyle or political viewpoint. To be open to others requires a certain strength of character, and at times is not easy.  So we brace ourselves, knowing that the God of love is with us.

Death:  We pray for Kathleen (Kay) Cruise, Fr. Mathew Road, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to her family.

 Anointing of Sick on Monday 11th February, “World Day of Prayer for the Sick,” and Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, after the 10.00 am & 6.00 pm Masses (note extra Mass).   Refreshments in the Parish Centre on Monday 11th February, courtesy of the Parish Assembly after the 10.00 am Mass.  Consider offering a lift to a housebound neighbour or friend.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Collection to be taken up at all Masses next weekend 9th/10th February subsidises individuals whose health and/or means would otherwise prevent them from travelling to Lourdes. It also subsidises the travel of essential care personnel.

Feast of St Blaise – The traditional blessing of throats will take place on Monday February 4th (transferred from Sunday) after the 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses, note the extra Mass at 6.00 pm.

Alpha Course
Explore:  life
faith
meaning
The Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha Course began last Wednesday and continues on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Centre from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm for ten weeks until April.   This is an opportunity to explore faith and the meaning of life in a friendly environment.  There is no charge for the Alpha Course and everyone is welcome, feel free to join us even if you missed the opening session.

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

South Parish Historical Society – monthly meeting Wednesday 6th February at 7.30pm in St. John’s College, Sawmill Street.  Sandra McAvoy will talk on “Cork Women and the Fight for the Vote”. All Welcome, Fee €3 non-members.

Vacancy for Receptionist/Secretary Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane – Must be eligible for CE scheme – 19.5 hours per week.  Contact Nellie Crowley on 021-4345583 or Fr Charlie 021-4537474.  Please send cv and cover letter to southsidetdl@eircom.net

Anam Cara Cork Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 6th February at 7:20 pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. RSVP to info@anamcara.ie, before Tuesday 5th Feb or call 085 2888 888.

 Faith Encounters in the Gospels on Tuesdays 12th, 19th and 26th February.  Coffee at 10:30 am,  session 11:00 am to 12:15pm at the Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphehane – facilitated by Sr Karen.  Book your place on 021 4537601.

BANTRY PARISH PILGRIMAGE ROME 22nd – 29th April 2019.
Including visits to Assisi & Monte Cassino, and Audience with Pope Francis. Spiritual Director:  Canon Martin O’Driscoll. Contact Premier Travel at 021 – 4277700

27th January 2019 – 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

Candlemas Day: Candles will be blessed at 10.00 am Mass on Saturday, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. Beeswax candles (€1.50) will be available at the back of the Church. It’s always good to have a blessed candle in our homes

Death: We pray for Tim Looney, late of Summerhill South who died recently. We extend our sympathy to his family.

Do this in Memory First Holy Communion preparation Mass this Sunday 27th January at 10.00 am.

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

Anointing of the Sick on Sat 2nd February after 10am Mass                                            This month Anointing of the Sick will also take place on Monday 11th February, “World Day of Prayer for the Sick,” and Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, after the 10.00 am & 6.00 pm Masses (note extra Mass). Refreshments in the Parish Centre on Monday 11th February, courtesy of the Parish Assembly after the 10.00 am Mass. Consider offering a lift to a neighbour who may be housebound.

Alpha Course
Explore: life.
faith.
meaning.
Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha 2019 starts on
Wednesday 30th January. The course will be led by Br Andrew Hickey of the Presentation Brothers Community in Turner’s Cross.
Contact Br Andrew at 086 1522160                                                  We invite you to try Alpha with us on
Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00 pm at the Parish Centre. This session caters especially for young adults (20’s – 30’s), but all are welcome regardless of age.
Alpha is for everyone; no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. You don’t have to commit to the whole course – come along for the first night and see what you think.
There will be a short Video presentation on the Alpha Course in the Parish Centre after the 10.00 am

Mass on this Sunday (the Do This in Memory Mass). You are welcome to join us for this, and a cup of tea, if you have time.

Feast of St Blaise – The traditional blessing of throats will take place on Monday February 4th (transferred from the Sunday) after the 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Masses, note the extra Mass at 6.00 pm.

Confessions: Saturdays after the 10.00 am Mass & after 6.00 pm Vigil Mass, or ask one of the priests at any time.

South Parish Historical Society – monthly meeting Wednesday 6th February at 7.30pm in St. John’s College, Sawmill Street. Sandra McAvoy will talk on “Cork Women and the Fight for the Vote”. All Welcome, Fee €3 non-members.

St. Mary’s Pope’s Quay weekend of healing and intercession with Fr. Pat Collins CM.
A talk at 7.30 pm on Friday 1st February. Vigil Mass and healing service at 6.00 pm on Saturday 2nd February Prayer and Preaching at 4.00 pm on Sunday 3rd February.

SAMUEL PROGRAMME: Are you 18-35ish? Do you know what God is calling you to do with your life? Do you wish to trust more when making life decisions? We are starting a Samuel Programme for young adults on Sunday 17th Feb in Clonakilty Parish Centre and a group in Cork city – due to demand! A gathering once a month for 6 months. Contact avopost@gmail.com or call 087- 2209994

Anam Cara Cork Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 6th February at 7:20pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to info@anamcara.ie before Tuesday 5th February or call the Information number on 085 2888 888.

20th January 2019 – 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time (C)

WATER into WINE   In the honour/shame society of Jesus’ time, running out of wine at the wedding at Cana was a family calamity. Jesus tells his mother that his hour has not yet come, yet she persists in her request, quietly confident. Jesus restores life and joy by taking ordinary water and changing it into extraordinary wine. The Church is the bride of Christ, at times of darkness we ask for wedding joy, that the Lord may restore us and indeed rejoice over us. Each of us may dare to hope that the Lord will take the muddy waters of our lives and change them into wine. We pray for reliance on the intercession of Mary, given to us as our mother by Jesus as he hung dying on the Cross.  may dare to hope that the Lord will take the muddy waters of our lives and change them into wine. We pray for reliance on the intercession of Mary, given to us as our mother by Jesus as he hung dying on the Cross.

Alpha Course

Explore: life
faith
meaning

Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha 2019 starts on
Wednesday 30th January. The course will be led by Br Andrew Hickey of the Presentation Brothers Community in Turner’s Cross.
Contact Br Andrew at 086 1522160
We invite you to try Alpha with us on
Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00 pm at the Parish Centre. This session caters especially for young adults (20’s – 30’s), but all are welcome regardless of age.

“I attended my first Alpha Course in 1995, with some reluctance, I must admit. I found to my surprise that it was friendly and enjoyable. It explored the faith in a “non-Churchy” and adult way. I have been involved in Alpha Courses ever since.
Alpha is for everyone; no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish, and everyone is welcome. You don’t have to commit to the whole course – just pop along for the first night and see what you think.
There will be a short Video presentation on the Alpha Course in the Parish Centre after each Mass this weekend. You are welcome to join us for this, and a cup of tea, if you have time.”
Fr. Billy

Death: We pray for Brother Matthias Comyns, Presentation Brothers, Maiville Terrace, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to his family and community.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection at all Masses this weekend, 19th /20th January to support the work of the dioceses.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18th – 25th January. Service of Prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday 19th January  at 7.00 pm. in St Columba’s Church, Douglas.

Parish Renewal
As we can look forward together to the coming year, we may reflect on the role of the Parish in our lives. Last year was a difficult year for the Church and for faith in Ireland and it is clear that there are problems ahead. If we ignore those problems and do nothing, then nothing will happen, and the slow decline will continue.
The Alpha Course is a first step in our programme of Parish Renewal for 2019. The Parish Assembly is committed to consultation with the various Parish Ministries and with the wider Parish in the period up to Easter of this year. We will consider in prayer what practical steps are open to us as a Parish to be faithful to the mission the Lord has given to each of us.

“Do this in Memory” Mass next Sunday 27th January at 10.00 am. Meeting of parent class representatives on this Monday 17th January with Catechist Bernadette Hegarty at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre.

Accord Bantry Marriage Preparation Courses 2019. For bookings, please contact Course Facilitator Mary McCarthy at 085 1215984.

Couples Marriage & Relationship Counselling
For information and appointments, please contact Accord Bantry at 027 50272 or email accordbantry@eircom.net

Cork Alzheimers Café is 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 Activity Centre St Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Road. Light refreshments provided free of charge. Next meeting Friday 25th January 2019. All welcome.

South Central Community Safety Forum. Meeting on Thursday 24th January 2019 at 7.30 pm, at Turners Cross Community Centre, Curragh Road. An opportunity for residents to raise issues of concern with Gardai and representatives from Cork City Council

13th January 2019 – Baptism of The Lord

Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan

Blessing of Recently Baptised Children This weekend at the 12.00 noon Mass there is a special Blessing for Children who were baptised in our parish during 2018 and for their families.   We welcome parents and children, Godparents and Grandparents and family members. We thank the Baptismal Team for their help and commitment during the year in visiting families and helping them prepare for Baptism. As we begin the new year we pray God’s blessing on all our families.

Parents of children baptised during 2018 bring their child to the Altar Rail. They are blessed with Holy Water and Priest & Parents make the sign of the cross on the children’s foreheads.
 Priest:  
The Journey of Faith continues.  Please God, you will have the joy of being with your child on First Communion day and see your child take on mature Christian living on Confirmation day, when the fullness of God’s Spirit is given.  Let us pray God’s blessing on your child, on your family and all here present.  May God, the almighty Father, who filled the world with joy by giving us his only Son, bless these children recently baptised.  May they have good health and grow to be true followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord.    All: Amen.
Priest:  May almighty God, who gives life on earth and in heaven, bless the Parents of these children.  They thank God for the gift of their child.  May they always show their gratitude in action by loving and caring for them.
 All:  Amen.
 Priest: May almighty God, who has given us new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, generously bless all Godparents, Grandparents and all here present.  May we always live as his people, giving good example and leading these little ones to God.
 All:  Amen.
 Priest: May almighty God bless you all, the Father, the Son and
the Holy Spirit.
 All: Amen.
Parents & Children return to their seats

2019 Parish Calendars Some are still available at the back of the church. Please consider taking one for a housebound neighbour or friend. 

Deaths:  We pray for Gerard (Ger) Kiely, Rathmore Lawn, and John Byrne, Cross Douglas Road, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

Parish Assembly meeting on Monday 14th January in the Parish Centre at 8.00 pm.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection at all Masses next weekend   19th /20th January to support the work of the dioceses.

Alpha Course   Explore:  life,  faith, meaning
Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha 2019 starts on Wednesday 30th January.
We invite you to try Alpha with us on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00 pm at the Parish Centre.  This session caters especially for young adults (20’s – 30’s), but all are welcome regardless of age.
     “Friendships are made at Alpha”
 Contact
Br Andrew at 086 1522160

Ashton School – Night Courses
Registration night this term is Wednesday 16th January at 7 – 8pm in the school on Blackrock Road, or anyone interested can register online or through the Adult Education Office (021) 4322832.

 

6th January 2019 – Feast of the Epiphany

 THANK YOU
There are many families and individuals whose contribution to parish life is essential and immense. Through their quiet and unnoticed work, the Parish runs smoothly and parish life is enriched. As 2019 dawns we would like to thank you for your help and support.  Those to whom special thanks are due include
those who care for the Church and clean it every week, look after the flowers and altar linens; those who put up the Crib, Easter and Remembrance Gardens and decorate the sanctuary so beautifully. those who help in administration, the Sacristan, members of the Parish Finance Committee, the Safeguarding Representatives, the Church Collectors and Parish Dues Area Collectors.  Special thanks are due this year to Sharon O’Sullivan and Sheila Anne Twomey who worked so hard on the renovation of the Parish Centre.  those who help in the Parish Pastoral Mission, members of the Parish Pastoral Assembly, our Parish Catechist Bernadette Hegarty, our parishioner Deacon Frank McKevitt, our Ministers of Word and Eucharist, the Altar Servers and their Parents, the Choir and the Parish Funeral and Baptismal Teams, and Sr. Karen and Fr. Charlie from the Pastoral Development Office who have been so helpful.   The congregation for your generosity in the offertory collection each week for the upkeep of the Church and payment of staff. We thank all who contributed so generously during 2018 to Trocaire Christmas Gift Cards, to the Trocaire Lenten Campaign, and to all the special collections.
 Thanks also to Christ the King Conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, to St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society and the Legion of Mary.

2019 Parish Calendars are available at the back of the church. Please consider taking one for a housebound neighbour or friend.

Alpha Course
Explore:       life,   faith,  meaning
Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha 2019 starts on Wed. 30th January.

                                          Invitation
 We invite you to try Alpha with us on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00 pm at the Parish Centre.  This session caters especially for young adults (20’s – 30’s), but all are welcome regardless of age.
Sessions begin with some hot food – come along on the first evening and see what you think!  Each Alpha is limited to 20 people.
Alpha is a 10-week experience covering such topics as Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus die? How does God guide us? and Why and How do I pray? Alpha is relaxed, non-threatening, low key friendly and fun. Alpha can help us to deepen our relationship with the Lord.
What is involved?
We begin every session by chatting with one another over a cup of tea/ coffee.  Then we watch a DVD and hear an interesting talk.  After that we divide into groups and discuss some of the questions relevant to the teaching.
Comment made on completion of an Alpha Course in Glasthule:
I found a community that I did not know was available to me as a young person.   I have friends for life now.
Cost?
Alpha is free – so why not come along and give it a try.
Contact Br Andrew at 086 1522160

NEW YEAR RESOLUTION
New Year is a time for reflection and of course New Year Resolutions. Some of us tend to make the same resolutions we made last year, and hope for a better hit rate this time around. As a parish we can look forward together to 2019, and reflect on the role of the parish in our lives.   Last year was a difficult year for the Church and for faith in Ireland and it is clear that there are problems ahead.  If we ignore those problems and do nothing, then nothing will happen, and the slow decline will continue.
So, what should we do, what can we do?  Perhaps for a start we might consider making a new year resolution to take up Pope Francis’ invitation of a few years ago: I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter you.
 Jesus says to us: you shall be my witnesses (Acts 1:8), and we are called to be witnesses of God’s wonderful love. In the period up to Easter of this year we will consider in prayer what practical steps are open to us as a parish to be faithful to the mission the Lord has given to each of.

 Deaths:  We pray for Breda Murphy, Blarney and Pat McCarthy (nee Dineen), (Rockfort, Upton) who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

Feast of the Holy Family – 30th December 2018

Feast of the Holy Family

Christmas 
It has been a lovely Christmas, with great crowds and a great atmosphere during the Advent and Christmas Liturgies. The joyful preparation, anticipation, participation, celebration and sense of community were inspiring, we thank all who participated.  Fr. Kerry joins me in thanking you for your Christmas wishes and your generous Christmas offerings at the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses, and we appreciate your encouraging words.
As we begin the New Year, we pray that 2019 will bring us many blessings.
 Fr. Billy

Anointing of Sick: 
Saturday 5th January after 10.00 am Mass.

2019 Parish Calendars are available at the back of the church. Please consider taking one for a housebound neighbour or friend. It would be great if the area collectors could help to distribute some as well, there are additional supplies in the Sacristy. Many thanks.

Autumn Dues
Many thanks for your generous contributions. Envelopes are available at the back of the church for those who did not receive them.

Feast of the Epiphany:  Sunday 6th January. Vigil Mass on Saturday 6.00 pm.  Mass on Sunday at 10.00 am and 12.00 am

 Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents is holding a Parent Evening on Wednesday, January 2nd in the Clayton Hotel, Silversprings Cork commencing 7.20 pm. www.anamcara.ie for further information or 085 2888 888.

Alpha Course
Br. Andrew Hickey, Presentation Brothers Maiville, is an experienced Alpha leader and has agreed to lead our Parish Alpha Course beginning at the end of January.
Explore:   life,   faith,   meaning.                            Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha 2019 starts on Wed. 30th January.
                                            Invitation
We want to invite you to try Alpha with us on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm at the Parish Centre here at Christ the King Church.  This session caters especially for young adults (20s – 30’s), but all are welcome regardless of age.
Every session begins with some hot food – so come along on the first evening and see what you think!  Each Alpha is limited to 20 people.

What is Alpha?
A 10 week experience covering such topics as Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus die? How does God guide us? and Why and How do I pray? Alpha is relaxed, non-threatening, low key friendly and fun. Alpha can help you to deepen your relationship with the Lord.
What is involved?
We begin every session by chatting with one another over a cup of tea/ coffee.  Then we watch a DVD and hear an interesting talk.  After that we divide into groups and discuss some of the questions relevant to the teaching,
Cost?
Alpha is free – so why not come along and give it a try.
Contact   Br. Andrew at 086 1522160

Family Blessing
This Sunday December 30th is the Feast of the Holy Family. A special blessing for 2018 is offered to families at each of our weekend Masses.  All 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 Almighty God bless each of you,
and those you love,
the Father, the Son, X and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

From the Message of Pope Francis for World day of Peace, 1st January 2019
Peace be to this house!
Bringing peace is central to the mission of Christ’s disciples. That peace is offered to all those men and women who long for peace amid the tragedies and violence that mark human history. The “house” of which Jesus speaks is every family, community, country and continent, in all their diversity and history. It is first and foremost each individual person, without distinction or discrimination. But it is also our “common home”: the world in which God has placed us and which we are called to care for and cultivate.
So let this be my greeting at the beginning of the New Year: Peace be to this house!

Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents is holding a Parent Evening on Wednesday, January 2nd in the Clayton Hotel, Silversprings Cork commencing 7.20 pm. www.anamcara.ie for further information or 085 2888 888.

Family Blessing
This Sunday December 30th is the Feast of the Holy Family. A special blessing for 2018 is offered to families at each of our weekend Masses.  All 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 Almighty God bless each of you,
and those you love,
the Father, the Son, X and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.
 
From the Message of Pope Francis for World day of Peace, 1st January 2019
Peace be to this house!
Bringing peace is central to the mission of Christ’s disciples. That peace is offered to all those men and women who long for peace amid the tragedies and violence that mark human history. The “house” of which Jesus speaks is every family, community, country and continent, in all their diversity and history. It is first and foremost each individual person, without distinction or discrimination. But it is also our “common home”: the world in which God has placed us and which we are called to care for and cultivate.
So let this be my greeting at the beginning of the New Year: Peace be to this house!