WELCOME BACK

 We welcome the resumption of public Masses at the normal times of 10.00 am on weekdays, 6.00 pm (Vigil) on Saturdays and 10.00 am and 12.00 noon on Sundays.

 

Our parish community is deeply grateful to volunteer stewards and those who sanitised and maintained churches to a very high standard over the last year.   As public worship resumes, we are again be indebted to these volunteers and need their help so that we able to keep our church open. As outside temperatures increase it will be possible to have much better ventilation in the church, now understood to be very important in stopping spread of the virus.

Safety in the church

For weekend Mass the church is separated into two sections, each having its own entrance and exit routes based on a one-way system, with a minimum of 4 metres between the sections.  Each section is permitted to contain up to 50 people, subject to a 2-metre social distance requirement.  There should be no movement of people between sections before, during or after Mass. Stewards will be present and special arrangements will be in place for Holy Communion, with separate distribution points in each section.

Covid-19 Public Health safety rules must be observed in the Church, wearing masks, keeping our distance from others, sanitising hands on entering and exiting the Church and not congregating outside the church.

There is a one-way system in the church, walking only in the direction indicated by the floor arrows.

 

Weddings and Funerals

Not more than fifty people can attend Weddings and Funerals in a church, irrespective of the size of the church. Funeral services will continue to be live streamed to help reduce numbers attending.

 Confessions

Confession will be heard by prior arrangement, either in the Parish Centre, or in the church, taking account of all relevant health measures.

 

First Confession

Girls and boys of second class, Bun Scoil Chríost Rí, will receive the Sacrament of First Confession on May 20th.   

 

First Holy Communion and Confirmation

It is not possible to make arrangements for the celebration of First Holy Communion and Confirmation at this time, and in order to avoid disappointment, no dates can be proposed, not even provisionally.

 

Singing

Congregational singing and choir singing are not permitted at present.  Solo singing with accompanist is permitted subject to HSE Covid-19 Guidance for Religious Services.

Outdoor Worship is not allowed, at present, in conformity with Government restrictions on organised outdoor gatherings.

Use of the Churches for any other purpose, whether parish or community meetings or activities, may not take place at present, in conformity with Government restrictions on organised indoor gatherings.

EASTER VIGIL AND EASTER SUNDAY

HOLY SATURDAY 3rd April

No ceremonies in Parish Churches today.  Bishop Fintan will be the principal celebrant at the single Diocesan Easter Vigil, live-streamed from the Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne at 9.00 pm.

Invitation from Bishop to the Easter Vigil: https://youtu.be/egGNb1Gbh_4

The link for the Live Streamed Diocesan Easter Vigil at the Cathedral at 9.00 pm is: https://youtu.be/12SFG4tjwXI, or log onto the Cathedral Website or the Cathedral Facebook page.

 

EASTER SUNDAY 4th April 

Live-streamed Parish Masses from our Church of Christ the King at 10.00 am & 12 Noon.

 

Happy Easter

From the Parish Assembly, our Parish Volunteer Team and the Priests of the Parish – “A Happy Easter to one and all.” Our prayer for you is that the Joy and Peace of the Risen Christ be with you this Easter.

Our sincere thanks to all who helped with the Holy Week Ceremonies in this most difficult year, our organist and Cantor, Ministers of the Word, those who helped behind the scenes in so many ways and those who clean and care for the Church. 

Thanks are also due to all who have so generously contributed to the running of the the Parish and to the support of the Priests during the extended lock-down.

 

 

HOLY THURSDAY CHRISM MASS FROM THE CATHEDRAL

CHRISM MASS FROM THE CATHEDRAL

There is no morning Mass in the Parish Church on Holy Thursday, instead we are invited to joint Bishop Fintan for the Live Streamed Chrism Mass from the Cathedral at 10.00 am.

The link to a short personal video invitation from Bishop Fintan to the Chrism Mass is as follows:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI5iJdZWBsE

The  Chrism Mass will be streamed from the Cathedral; log onto the Cathedral Website or the Cathedral Facebook page, or use the following link:

10am Chrism Mass – Bishop Fintan

HOLY WEEK 2021

 

HOLY WEEK 2021

PALM SUNDAY 27th – 28th March

Live Streamed Parish Masses at 6.00 pm Saturday (Vigil), 10.00 am and 12.00 noon on Sunday.

 

MONDAY and TUESDAY  29th and       30th March  

Live Streamed Parish Mass at 10.00 am.

 

WEDNESDAY 31st March

Live Streamed Mass at 10.00 am, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass until 11.00 am.

Stations of the Cross at 6.00 pm, concluding our series of simple Stations for Wednesdays of Lent.

 

HOLY THURSDAY 1st April

No morning Mass in Parish Church.

Live Streamed Chrism Mass from the Cathedral at 10.00 am, the link is:  https://youtu.be/igHFxWusfJ0

Live streamed Parish Mass of the Lord’s Supper        at 6.00 pm.

Quiet prayer and reflection for Holy Thursday evening 8.30 to 9.00 pm.

 

GOOD FRIDAY 2nd April

No Masses today

Live Streamed Morning Prayer of the Church      (Office of Lauds) at 10.00 am.

Live Streamed Stations of the Cross at 12.00 noon.

Live Streamed Good Friday Liturgy at 3.00 pm:

Celebration of the Passion of Our Lord, Intercessions, Veneration of the Holy Cross and Holy Communion.

Live Streamed Stations of the Cross at 6.00 pm.

Live Streamed Candlelit Prayer around the Cross       at 8.00 pm.

 

HOLY SATURDAY 3rd April

Live Streamed Easter Vigil from the Cathedral at    9.00 pm, the link is: https://youtu.be/12SFG4tjwXI

 

EASTER SUNDAY 4th April          

Live Streamed Parish Masses at 10.00 am & 12 Noon.

 

Note:    all Ceremonies will be Live Streamed from the Parish Church EXCEPT the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass and the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil which will be streamed from the Cathedral; log onto the Cathedral Website or the Cathedral Facebook page, or use the links given above.

Notice: ON-LINE ALPHA COURSE

On-line Alpha Course Launching Soon

Turner’s Cross Parish is offering an on-line Alpha Course beginning on 2nd March, 2021. We invite you to try Alpha with us on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm, concluding on Tuesday 11th May.

This will be our seventh Alpha Course in Turners Cross since 2013, and our second on-line Course. The earlier courses were held in the Parish Centre at Christ the King Church, and participants were universally positive about it. Because of the Covid-16 restrictions we are offering this course on an on-line basis, with weekly sessions using the Zoom Conference format.

Alpha creates a space for a conversation about faith, life, and God. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Sessions cover topics such as Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus die? How does God guide us? Why and How do I pray? We don’t assume any background knowledge of or belief in Christianity and everyone is welcome.

At each session after a short introduction we watch a video on one of the Alpha topics and then break into smaller groups to discuss the video and questions arising from it.

Alpha is for everyone, no question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. Come along and see what you think.

No pressure, no follow up, no charge.

“Friendships are made at Alpha”

You will need an email address and access to a desktop or laptop computer, or to an iPad or other tablet. It is necessary to register in advance, so a link can be sent to your email address on the evening of each session half an hour before the start time, just click on the link about ten minutes before the start to join the Zoom conference.

To register please contact Fr. Billy at 086 8235291 or Brother Andrew Hickey at 086 1522160 or email andrewhickey@presentationbrothers.org.

ALPHA ACCOMPLISHES AN INCREDIBLE TASK, IN MAKING PEOPLE INTERESTED IN FAITH AND IN MAKING FAITH RELEVANT TO MODERN PEOPLE –

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa OFM Cap, preacher to the Papal Household

CHRISTMAS MASSES

From the Bulletin for Sunday 20th December, 2020

CHRISTMAS MASSES

All our Christmas Masses will be live-streamed.  Because of Covid-19 restrictions it will not be possible to accommodate the usual numbers in the church. Seats must be reserved and Tickets will be necessary for admission to all Christmas Masses.  Applications for tickets must specify the number of seats requested and the names of those attending (including children).  Please indicate a preferred Mass time and also a second preference. 

Some Masses are already close to being fully booked. Applications for remaining tickets should be made in writing to the Parish Priest as soon as possible. We ask for your understanding and support. 

Mass times are as follows:

Christmas Eve:  10.00 am, 3.00, 5.00,

7.00 and 10.00 pm

Christmas Day:  8.00 am, 10.00 am and 12.00 noon.

 

Tickets

Pre-booked Christmas Mass Tickets will be available for collection from the Church Porch Office from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday next. (Note seats may not be booked at these times.)

 

DUTY TO GO TO MASS

Catholics are dispensed from attending Sunday and Holy Day Masses. Those over 70 years and those with underlying health conditions should remain at home where appropriate. Anyone who has symptoms of any sickness (even mild symptoms) should not attend the public celebration of Mass

 

Confessions 

Available after all Masses this week, up to the 10.00 am Mass on Christmas Eve.

23rd August 2020 – 21st Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

Bishop asks people to wear face covering in church

Bishop Fintan Gavin has asked people attending church in the Diocese of Cork and Ross to wear a face covering. This message has been communicated to priests and people of the diocese today.
“In light of the renewed government guidance issued last Tuesday, I would ask people to wear face coverings in Church for all liturgical celebrations such as Mass, funerals, weddings, baptisms, confirmations and First Communions, etc., so that we can create as safe an environment as possible for those who come to Church and minimise the possibility of spreading the virus.”
Children under 13 years of age and people who have received medical advice to not wear a mask are, of course, exempt.
Bishop Fintan has also acknowledged that people across the diocese have worked very hard to put measures in place so that people would be safe and welcome.
“Parishes have continued to implement these measures including hand sanitising on entering and leaving, cleaning after each ceremony, stewarding so that social distancing rules are adhered to, arranging the pod system so that groups of fifty people remain four metres apart as well as assisting people to approach for Communion is a socially distanced way.”
“I want to thank all those who have worked so hard to implement measures so that people may participate in Mass and public worship in a safe manner and ask your support to ensure that such measures will be implemented.”

21st June 2020 – 12 Sunday Ordinary Time

            OPENING OF OUR CHURCH FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP

Churches in Ireland will be open for public worship from Monday 29th June. In Turner’s Cross we hope to have public Mass again at 10.00 am on weekdays, as well as our usual Vigil Mass for Sundays at 6.00 pm on Saturday evenings, and Sunday Masses at 10.00 am and 12.00 noon.

Detailed arrangements for the reopening will not be finalised until next weekend, for the following reasons.

Present indications are that total attendance will be limited to a congregation of fifty people. This is clearly not a return to “normal,” and will not facilitate a return to Mass for the parish as a whole. It is hoped that further consideration will be given to the application of this limit to large church buildings where appropriate safeguards are in place.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said it is strange and disappointing that a 50-person limit is imposed on Churches for Public Worship and is seeking a reasonable and responsible situation to allow more people to attend Mass.

Attendance at Mass will be severely limited by the social distance requirements and limits otherwise specified by the health authorities. It may be necessary to introduce a “reservation” or ticket system for Sunday Masses, to avoid turning parishioners away when the church has been filled to the permitted limit, and where additional numbers would endanger the health and safety of all.

As the capacity of churches will be reduced during the pandemic and until further notice, we encourage parishioners, where possible, to join us at one of our weekday Masses. Some parishioners, especially the vulnerable, may choose to join in prayer from home.

PUBLIC HEALTH PROVISIONS
Compliance with public health provisions is to be seen as caring for one another in a spirit of Christian concern in this difficult time, as we welcome with joy a return to our participation in worship as a community of faith.

We began preparations to ensure that our church building will be as safe as possible in May, before the church was opened for personal prayer. As we gather together for Mass, we will do so in a cautious way at first, and there will be a need for ongoing patience and careful monitoring of the situation, and continued compliance with public health advice.
A safe and gradual return to general Mass attendance will involve new hand sanitising and disinfection facilities and procedures, compliance with public health social distance rules and careful movement within the church. The present two-metre separation requirement means that two out of every three pews are taped off and out of use, and only three people will be seated in each pew. Whilst people who live in the same household will be able to sit together, the effect of this restriction will reduce the seating capacity of the church to approximately one hundred.
In addition to explanatory notices, seating positions will be marked on each bench and floor marking and directional arrows will indicate routes to be followed and where to stand for reception of Holy Communion.

We will need volunteers, stewards to assist people at each Mass, a team to maintain hygiene and sanitising facilities and sanitise the church after each Mass or other sacramental liturgy, a team to determine seating arrangements in compliance with possibly changing public health advice and protocols, and special rotas of ministers of the Word and Eucharist for the initial church reopening phase of some months.

COVID-19           The coronavirus pandemic has affected us all over the past three months. The closing of our churches and the suspension of public celebration of Mass, except in the case of funerals with a very limited attendance, was extremely painful. The public health provisions have proved successful in limiting the spread of the virus and our health system was not overwhelmed as was feared.

While many lives have been saved, sadly the pandemic has brought great hardship to many families whose loved ones have died because of the virus, or from other causes during the period of restricted movement. In a lot of cases it was not possible for family members to be by their side, or to be present at their funeral. While this is a joyful moment for our parish as we prepare to gather again as the Body of Christ, we must always remember those who have suffered so much.

Act of Spiritual Communion
 and Prayer in time of Pandemic 

Act of Spiritual Communion
              There are times when people are unable to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, through illness or due to their personal disposition. Even though some may not receive ‘sacramental’ Communion, all are united in some way by the Holy Spirit. The traditional idea of ‘spiritual’ Communion is an important one to remember and reaffirm. A deep spiritual communion is 
possible even when we do not share together the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ.

My Jesus,
I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
    I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, 
come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.
  Amen.

Prayer in time of Pandemic
Loving and healing God,    we your turn to you in prayer,
confident that you are with us and with all people in every moment.
We stand before you as people of hope, trusting in your care and protection.
May your faithful love  support us and soothe the anxiety of our hearts.
Generous God,  fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old,  that we may look after one another in these challenging days.
Bring healing to those who are sick with the virus and be with
their families.
May those who have died rest in your eternal embrace.
Comfort their family and friends.
Strengthen and protect all medical professionals caring for the sick
and all who work in our medical facilities.
Give wisdom to leaders in healthcare and
governance that they may make the right decisions for the
well being of people.
We pray in gratitude for all those in our country who will continue
to work in the days  ahead in so many fields of life for the sake of us all.
Bless them and keep them safe.
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God of creation and life,
we place ourselves in your protection.
May the mantle of your peace enfold us
this day and in the days ahead
in your promise of  everlasting friendship,
help me to place myself  in your care
as you lend me your hand
through the care of my carers.
Help us, Jesus, to allow God’s light
to shine through our hopes and concerns. Amen
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Blessing for the Sick
All powerful and ever  living God,
the lasting health of all who believe in you
hear us as we ask your loving help for the sick;
restore their health,
that they may again offer joyful thanks in your Church.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Amen