“Youth 2000 Ireland” Retreat in Turner’s Cross

corkday-1Youth 2000 Ireland will be hosting a youth day retreat in Colaiste Chriost Rí, Turner’s Cross, Cork  Sat. 7th June from 10.30am to 6.30pm.  The day will consist of inspirational talks, testimonies, prayer, music and a lot more.   This is a great opportunity to find out what your faith is all about in a friendly, chilled out atmosphere. For young people aged 16-35.  For more information see www.youth2000.ie or call 086 3049843



article-2525287-1A19706B00000578-999_634x701“Dear Families,

With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”. Indeed, in our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family.

This important meeting will involve all the People of God – bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful of the particular Churches of the entire world – all of whom are actively participating in preparations for the meeting through practical suggestions and the crucial support of prayer. Such support on your part, dear families, is especially significant and more necessary than ever. This Synodal Assembly is dedicated in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church. I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task. As you know, this Extraordinary Synodal Assembly will be followed a year later by the Ordinary Assembly, which will also have the family as its theme. In that context, there will also be the World Meeting of Families due to take place in Philadelphia in September 2015. May we all, then, pray together so that through these events the Church will undertake a true journey of discernment and adopt the necessary pastoral means to help families face their present challenges with the light and strength that comes from the Gospel.

I am writing this letter to you on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. The evangelist Luke tells us that the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, in keeping with the Law of Moses, took the Baby Jesus to the temple to offer him to the Lord, and that an elderly man and woman, Simeon and Anna, moved by the Holy Spirit, went to meet them and acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah. Simeon took him in his arms and thanked God that he had finally ‘seen’ salvation. Anna, despite her advanced age, found new vigour and began to speak to everyone about the Baby. It is a beautiful image: two young parents and two elderly people, brought together by Jesus. He is the one who brings together and unites generations! He is the inexhaustible font of that love which overcomes every occasion of self-absorption, solitude, and sadness. In your journey as a family, you share so many beautiful moments: meals, rest, housework, leisure, prayer, trips and pilgrimages, and times of mutual support… Nevertheless, if there is no love then there is no joy, and authentic love comes to us from Jesus. He offers us his word, which illuminates our path; he gives us the Bread of life which sustains us on our journey.

Dear families, your prayer for the Synod of Bishops will be a precious treasure which enriches the Church. I thank you, and I ask you to pray also for me, so that I may serve the People of God in truth and in love. May the protection of the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph always accompany all of you and help you to walk united in love and in caring for one another. I willingly invoke on every family the blessing of the Lord.”

New Parish Assembly 2014

New  Parish Assemblyturners cross pa 2014 003Br Aidan McHugh      Sheila-Anne Galvin     Patrick O’Donovan   Paula Murphy
Lynn Barbas    Bernadette Hegarty    Annmarie Cotter    Sharon O’Sullivan
Betty Mullins     Olive Kenny    Breda Dempsey    Mary Rose Hickey
Clement Odigie      Ann Marie Barry    Geraldine Sheehan   Linda Espino
Irene C. Purificacion    Neil Murphy   Fr.Billy    Fr. Kerry                                           

The above are members of the third Parish Assembly nominated by the parishioners who have recently completed their formation sessions with Sr Karen from the Pastoral Development Office. The members have organised themselves into two working groups to facilitate realising their vision for the parish for the next three years. The two groups are: Liturgy & Faith Enrichment and Outreach. They nominated Br Aidan McHugh as their Chairperson We wish them well as they begin their ministry in the parish community and say a sincere thank you to the retiring Parish Assembly.

Pope Francis issues a Special Letter

joy of the gospelPope Francis has issued a special letter to the Church called an Apostolic Exhortation, the title of which is Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). In it he exhorts the Church to joyfully share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all humanity not only in the way we speak and present ourselves to the world, but also in the way we act with a special care for the poor and marginalised. He says “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.”

Closing the Year of Faith in Turner’s Cross

Songs of Faith – a celebration of teen talent and Christian faith

p009_0_05_03A warm welcome awaits all parishioners on Sunday 24th November at 5pm in Christ the King Church, Turner’s Cross as we mark the closing of the Year of Faith by joining with our young people as they sing their songs of faith.  They will be joined by Dan Twomey, tenor; Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and members of the Cork orchestra.  There is no charge – all are welcome!

Diocesan Child Safeguarding Policy Statement.

1341561049Diocesan Child Safeguarding Policy Statement.
The Diocese of Cork and Ross recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of all children and is committed to ensuring their safety and well-being.
The Diocese values and encourages the participation of children and young people in the life of the Church, namely in all parish liturgies and in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.
The Diocese recognises that while the safeguarding of children is everyone’s
responsibility, all involved in working with children and young people have a special duty of care towards them.

Ms. Cleo Yates is the Diocesan Director of Child Safeguarding and can be contacted on 021-4301717 or 087-3768599 or on email at cleo.yates@corkandross.org. She is assisted by Rev. Liam O’Driscoll. 

Child Safeguarding Policy. 

A revised Child Safeguarding policy for the Diocese of Cork and Ross was published in Nov 2011.  This document is the work of the Diocesan Child Safeguarding Committee which was established in 2006 and whose role is supportive and developmental and is not related in any way to the management of cases of suspected or alleged abuse.  This new document has brought Diocesan policies and procedures into line with national principles and standards. This Committee monitors the implementation of Diocesan Policy in safeguarding matters. 
Click here to read or download the document as a PDF file.
Click here to read the Cork and Ross Whistleblowing Policyhttp://www.corkandross.org/Whistleblowing Policy.doc

In addition to the publication of the Diocesan Policy document, 10,000 copies of a basic information brochurewere printed and distributed throughout the Diocese in late 2011.  This brochure contains contact details for essential services in the area of Child Safeguarding.

Diocesan Child Safeguarding Committee.
The Diocesan Child Safeguarding Committee ensures the organisation and delivery of training for all Church personnel in the Diocese.  Since late 2007, the Diocese has had two qualified trainers.  One has now retired and has been replaced by two new trainers.  The team plans to provide training  for new Parish Representatives and other Church personnel (both voluntary and staff), beginning in the Autumn of 2012.

Diocesan Advisory Panel.

The Diocesan Advisory Panel has existed in the Diocese since 1992.  It’s function is to advise the Bishop in the management of allegations of child abuse made against Church personnel.  The membership of this Panel has been updated.  It now includes a retired Garda Superintendent, a Canon Lawyer, a Civil Lawyer, a childcare professional, the Designated Officers, a counsellor, a parent representative and a medical doctor.The Diocese also takes advice from the National Case Management Group established by the National Board for Safeguarding Children. 

Inter Agency Forum.

In 2011, the Diocese established an Inter-Agency forum with the Garda Siochana and the HSE, designed to improve cooperation between them in the management of allegations of abuse of children.  Regular meetings are held with these agencies. 

Operational Management Committee.
The Operational Management Committee meets regularly to oversee the various aspects of the Safeguarding Service.
Parish Audits.

Parish Audits are carried out annually.  This is to ensure that the policies and procedures laid out in the Diocesan Policy document are being implemented in every parish.

Garda Vetting.

The Diocese is authorized to process Garda vetting applications from Church personnel who work with children.

The Diocese offer therapeutic assistance and support to people who allege abuse by Church personnel, without prejudice to the truth or otherwise of the allegation.  A number of support persons are available to both victims and perpetrators.

In the past, it was the practice of the Diocese that persons making complaints of a child protection nature were met with by diocesan personnel to inform them of the need to report their allegation to the statutory authorities.  This was found to cause some delay in notifying the statutory authorities.  After a review in 2011, the Diocese now believes that this is not good practice.  Consequently, all complaints are notified to the Gardai and the H.S.E. without delay.  We will, of course, continue to work with and support the person making the complaint.  All victims are offered counselling and support.
Anonymous Complaints.
From time to time, anonymous complaints are also received.  For the avoidance of doubt, it is the policy of the Diocese that the statutory authorities are notified of such complaints.  However, the statutory authorities and the Diocese can be limited in the actions that are possible arising from anonymous complaints when the identity of the complainant and the alleged victim are not given.  However, all complaints are notified and investigated.
Allegation against a volunteer or leader in a Parish
If any information is brought to the attention of the Diocese of an allegation against a volunteer or leader in a Parish then in the interests of child safeguarding the person concern should be asked by the Parish Priest to temporary step down from any duties in the parish, until the allegation has been investigated by statutory authorities.
                                                                                                                              If you or anyone has a child protection concern or wishes to report an allegation directly to the statutory authorities, i.e. the local Health or Social Services (the Duty Social Worker) and the Garda Siochana, the contact details are:

 Health Services Executive
• North Lee Community Services, Social Work Servs, North Lee, Blackpool, Cork. Tel: 021-4927000.
• South Lee Community Services, St. Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Rd., Cork. Tel: 021-4923001.
• West Cork Community Services, Coolnagarrane, Skibbereen, Co. Cork. Tel: 028-40447/40456.

 An Garda Siochana
• Anglesea Street, Cork. Tel: 021-4522000.
• Clonakilty, Co. Cork. Tel: 023-8821570.
• Bantry, Co. Cork. Tel: 027-20860.

“Do this in Memory Programme” 2013-2014

DTIM3“Do This in Memory ”
On Tuesday 10th Sept. 2013 we met with the Parents of the Children preparing for First Holy Communion from Bun Scoil, Chriost Ri in the Church at 7.30pm to explain the “Do this in Memory” programme  and selected the class representatives who meet with the priests every month to plan the liturgies.

On Sunday 29th Sept 2013  during the 10am Mass the children from Bun Scoil, Chriost Ri were enrolled for their First Confession and First Holy Communion.

pope-francis-speaksWe have been encouraged, inspired and affirmed by the following quote from Pope Francis:      ‘In pastoral work it is always important to make Christian families part of the process of initiation. Receiving Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion are key moments not only for the individuals receiving them but also for the entire family, which should be supported in its educational role by the various elements of the church community. Here I would emphasise the importance of First Holy Communion … Parish pastoral programmes should make the most of this highly significant moment’.

‘Do this in Memory’ is a parish based sacramental preparation program for First Eucharist. ‘Do This in Memory’ has now gone through two full liturgical cycles and it seems an appropriate time to make some revisions to the programme. Most of the proposed revisions are based on our conversations with people we met as we travelled throughout the country and abroad over the past six years. The most significant and obvious change is the introduction of THUMB:  Thats His/Her Useful Mass Book. This book will replace the Parent Booklet and the Kids Stuff material and will contain a variety of ways in which parents and children can engage with the programme before, during and after Mass.   The content of THUMB will be as follows:
Introduction to the Do This in Memory programme including a guide for parents that suggests ways they might use the programme most effectively
What Happens at Mass? 
An introduction to the Mass in nine parts. Two new characters, Kath and Qumen, who are also preparing for their First Eucharist, help the children and their parents learn more about the Sunday celebration.
The Rite of Mass:
This will help parents and children to participate more fully each time they attend Mass
Nine activity sheets to be completed at home after each Sunday of the programme.
There will continue to be nine Grapevine Newsletters to be distributed after each Do This in Memory Mass. The Grapevine helps parents to engage more fully with the programme at home.

Diary-DatesProgramme Dates

All Masses will be in the Church at 10am                                                                                       2013
Enrollment Sunday  29th Sept.
Sunday, 27 October
Sunday, 24 November Feast of Christ the King
Sunday, 15 December  (Giving Sunday)
Sunday, 26 January
Sunday,  16 February
Tuesday 4 March 7.30pm First Confession 
Sunday  23 March
Sunday, 13 April  Palm Sunday
Saturday 10th May    10.30am First Holy Communion
Sunday, 22 June  Feast of Corpus Christi   Procession in  Church Grounds with
First Communion Children after Mass

Diocesian Confirmation Schedule 2014

March 2014
Monday 3rd Muintir Bhaire
Tuesday, 4th Enniskeane
Thurs., 6th Newcestown
Friday, 7th Caheragh
Mon., 10th Ovens
Tues., 11th Shanbally & Ringaskiddy NSs
Gaelscoil Pheig Sayers
Wed., 12th St. Patrick’s
Ballinlough: Scoil Bhride
Thur., 13th Schull
Friday, 14th Aughadown
Wednesday, 19th Bandon
SMA Blackrock Road
Thurs., 20th Skibbereen
Friday, 21st Bantry (Town Schools)
Gaelscoil Ui Riada, Wilton
Mon., 24th Gurranabraher
Sacred Heart
Tuesday, 25th Dunmanway
Passage West
Wednesday, 26th Gaelscoil Bandon & Clonakilty
Carraig na bhFear
Bantry (Country schools)
Thursday, 27th Curraheen Road
Friday, 28th Kinsale
Glanmire: St. Michael’s
St. Paul’s School
Monday, 31st Togher
Gaelscoil Ghort Alainn, Mayfield
Glounthaune: Brooklodge NS & Knockraha NS
April 2014
Tuesday, 1st Douglas: St. Columba’s BNS
St. Kevin’s Y.E.P.
Wednesday, 2nd Kilmurry: Kilmurry NS & Canovee NS
Thursday, 3rd Blackrock
Douglas: St. Columba’s GNS
Gaelscoil Ui Riordain, Ballincollig
Friday, 4th Ballinora
Ballincollig: Scoil Mhuire
Saturday, 5th Glounthaune: Glounthaune NS & Little Island NS
Monday, 7th Knocknaheeny
Ballinlough: St. Anthony’s BNS
Tuesday, 8th The Lough
Upper Mayfield
Wednesday, 9th Ballinhassig: Goggin’s Hill
Gaelscoil Ui Dhrisceoil & Scoil na nOg
Thurs., 10th Glanmire: New Inn
The Glen
Friday, 11th Turner’s Cross   Bun Scoil Chriost Ri
St. Gabriel’s School
St. Joseph’s, Mayfield
Tuesday, 29th Uibh Laoire
Ballinhassig: Ballyheada
Wednesday, 30th Cathedral
Sunday’s Well & Cork School Project
May 2014
Thursday, 1st Rath/Sherkin Island/Cape Clear
Friday, 2nd Ballincollig: Scoil Eoin
Ballinlough: Our Lady of Lourdes
Gaelscoil Charraig Ui Leighin
Tuesday, 6th Gaelscoileanna: Mahon/Douglas/Ballyphehane
Wednesday, 7th Frankfield
Thurs., 8th Clogheen/Kerry Pike
Kilmurry: Kilbonane NS & Cloughdubh NS
Friday, 9th Kilmacabea
Glanmire: Riverstown NS
Monday, 12th Blackpool: St. Oliver’s School
Ballincollig: Scoil Barra
Tuesday, 13th Castlehaven

The Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Cork & Ross

The Permanent Diaconate
April 24, 2013
Bishop John Buckley has issued a statement to the effect that he has decided to introduce the permanent diaconate in our diocese. Following the information sessions that were held throughout the diocese in 2010 Bishop Buckley has reflected on the observations made and believes that this is the opportune time to introduce thisancient order into  the local church. In this, Bishop Buckley is following the  practice of many countries that have done so  over the past 50 years and, more recently, many Irish dioceses who have  introducted the Diaconate. This development will be in tandem with the main pastoral thrust of the diocese which has seen the growing involvement of lay people in the leadership and life of our parishes. One of the deacon’s main functions will be to ensure that this development is consolidated.

The permanent deacon shares with the bishop and priest in the sacrament of orders. He can perform many of the functions currently associated with the priest: baptisms, weddings, funeral preaching. But, he brings the grace of his ordination to all aspects of his life and is expected to have a particular care for the poor. The diaconate isopen to married and single men alike: married ment must be at least 35 on applying: celibate men can be accepted at 25. The upper age limit is 63 at ordination. The preparation takes four years. It consists of an introductory year aimed at helping a candidate to discern if he  has a vocation and a three year study programme which is approved by the Pontifical University at Maynooth. The introductory year will begin in September next  and those interested should contact their local priest or the Diocesan Director of the Permanent Diaconate: Canon Bertie O’Mahony.

Evening of Prayer for Vovations

                                 Evening of Prayer for Vocations
77_BKOR_2Our pastoral area once again invite you to join together to pray for Vocations to the priesthood and religious life on Tuesday 23rd April at 7:30pm here in Christ the King, Turner’s Cross. The homily will be given by Bishop Kieran O’Reilly (Killaloe) who is from our parish. This year our theme “Celebrating Vocations” we have invited all priests and religious who are from the Pastoral Area or went to school in our Parish of Christ the King