Your donations to the Church Crib over Christmas and the New Year will be given to the Cork Simon Community this year.  It is inspiritational to witness families, children and people of all ages praying in front of our church crib. 

The crib remains in place this weekend and the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  It will be removed during the coming week. 

Cork Simon Community have already expressed their appreciation to Our Lady Crowned for your generosity over Christmas period and final details will be available next weekend.

 

Christmas 2015 was a wonderful celebration in Our Lady Crowned.  The church was truly beautiful thanks to all who decorate, maintain and keep it clean so lovingly.  The music and singing was wonderful thanks to all our choirs and musicians.  Thanks to all our ministers of the Word and Eucharist who serve throughout the year.  Thanks to all the church collectors and counters for their dedication and loyalty.  Our church was so welcoming thanks to different parish groups who welcome people at the church door.

 

Our church is blessed with so many people who work quietly and voluntarily.  Thanks to all our parish groups and parish ministries who give of their time and talents to assist the parish.  Everything ‘comes together’ at Christmas time and it is great to see.  It is when people gather together in our church that we experience the presence of God with a sense of parish and community.  May God bless you and your families.  Fr. Michael

Preparations are going well for the Songs of Faith 2015 Concert to be held in our church on Sun. Nov. 22nd @ 7pm.  Young people from different parishes in the Cork area and from West Cork have attended two rehearsals under the direction of Ian Callinan, musical composer and director.  It will be a great occasion. 

 

Please support these young people by coming along to the concert.  There is no admission fee but you may make a donation on the night.  It is great to see young people giving their time, their talents and their goodwill to this event.  Please support them and you will be inspired.

 

Everything is set for a special concert in our church on this Sun. Nov. 22nd @ 7pm.  Over 80 young people from different parishes have been involved so far and have attended two rehearsals already.  Ina Callinan, liturgical music composer, will conduct the group. The Dublin Gospel Choir and other professional musicians will also support the young people during the concert. 

Please come along and support the young people.  This will be our way of encouraging them as well as enjoying a special evening of sacred music.  There will be no admission charge but you can make a donation.

 

Thanks to our own Parish Pastoral Council who have helped to arrange this event and have been present for all rehearsals.  

Pope Francis completes his visit to Cuba and the USA this weekend.  The visit has been a wonderful success.  He has spoken to the House of Congress and then immediately afterwards looked even more happy to eat with the homeless of Washington.  He treats everyone equally, with great love and profound respect.  Memorably he prayed with people outside the House of Congress reaching out to people of no faith and belief asking them ‘to send good wishes in his direction’. 

 

Today we not only ‘send good wishes’ in his direction but we also pray for our Holy Father and pray for him in his courageous and powerful leadership.  God bless Pope Francis.