31st May 2020 – Pentecost Sunday

   Pentecost:   The Spirit of God says that your looks and appearance can be very deceptive.  You must look into your heart, into the depth of your life to see who you really are. The Spirit of God says that failure can be more important than success.  We can learn even from the sad and difficult times.   The Spirit of God says that my vision must always be outward not inward and this will always  include others.   The Spirit of God says that love is about giving of myself even when I feel that I cannot. The Spirit of God says that forgiveness is the greatest reality that we know.  We sin, we fail, yet we can be freed to go on.  The Spirit of God says that honesty and commitment are the only things that matter in the end. The Spirit of God says that the sick and disabled are often those who are most alive for they know their dependence, they know that life is not in their control.  The Spirit of God says that death is not the end of life as the great spirit present in us is not extinguished but  transformed.
It would be a pity to let the weekend go by without a simple prayer to the Holy Spirit for guidance, direction and a sense of hope and courage in everything we do.  Spirit of God teach us what is really important in life.           

  O come, O Holy Spirit, come!
                                                                       Come as holy light and lead us.
                                                                                Come as holy truth and teach us.    
[St. John Henry Newman]

SPIRITUAL CONFESSION  

Recently Pope Francis spoke about what we can do when we cannot go to confession because of the current restrictions. He advised: ‘It is very clear: If you cannot find a priest to confess to, speak directly with God, your Father, and tell him the truth. Say, “Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me,” and ask for pardon with all your heart.’ Make an act of contrition, the pope said, and promise God, ‘I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now.’ And immediately you will return to a state of grace with God.’ (Pope Francis, 20 March 2020)

OPENING OF THE CHURCH  FOR PERSONAL PRAYER
Our Church is open from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm on weekdays (Monday to Saturday).  Special precautions against the spread of the Covid-19 virus will be in place, relating to cleanliness and disinfection, social distancing, designated prayer spaces, access to the church and movement within the church.
The church will be cleaned and disinfected before being opened each day, hand sanitisers have been provided at the entrances and everyone is asked to sanitise coming in and going out.  Disposable gloves are provided for use with the electric votive lights at the shrines, and may be placed in bins at each shrine after use.  Tissues may be discarded in the bins at the entrance and exit points.

LIVE-STREAMED MASSES 
Fr Billy  says a live-streamed Mass from the Presbytery at 12.00 noon on Sundays and 10.00 am on weekdays (Monday to Saturday) on the separate internet address  frbillyosullivan.ie (http://frbillyosullivan.ie).

Death: We pray for Seán Houlihan, Cross Douglas Road, who has died.  We extend our sympathy to his family.

The NET Ministries Team working in Turner’s Cross, Douglas and the South Parish leave Cork this weekend, concluding a second year of NET involvement in our parishes. They leave with our sincere thanks for their contribution to Turner’s Cross parish life, and in particular for their work with Bun Scoil Chríost Rí. 
NET operates through teams of young Catholics who give a year of voluntary service ministering to young people in schools or parishes. NET Ireland began in 2004, and has worked in schools and parishes across Ireland. Teams are equipped to set up and run youth groups, lunch-time school programmes, after-school programmes, faith discussions and much more. 
This was a difficult year for the NET team in Cork, with illness after Christmas resulting in two members being replaced, followed by disruption of their work by the Coronavirus restrictions from March. The mission continued with the team remaining in the house in the South Parish and maintaining an on-line presence until this week.
We thank God for their presence among us, for the witness of bright and happy young people filled with faith and the joy of the Gospel, and we ask God’s blessing on each of them throughout their future lives.

Act of Spiritual Communion:     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.

 

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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

24th May 2020 – Feast of The Ascension

         Feast of the Ascension
This is a sort of here and there feast! We celebrate that the Lord’s earthly mission is over, and the Easter apparitions have finished. He prepares to go to the Father and his followers will see this. He also has said that he ‘would not leave them orphans’, so we wonder how he is still with us.
Through the holy Spirit soon to be celebrated at Pentecost Jesus lives on. The Spirit of Jesus lives on in each person, given at baptism and confirmation. This Spirit is given to us all, so it is his followers today that Jesus lives on.
Where we give and share love in the ordinary times of our lives, where are pray to God and make time to be in the presence of God, Jesus is present. When we work for peace, justice, and when we show compassion and forgive – or try to forgive – each other, Jesus is present. We are not neglected by Jesus because he has gone to the Father – we are in the presence of Jesus because of the Spirit living in all of us.
It’s a feast that links heaven and earth. Jesus who is in heaven, also lives among us today. We pray also today that ‘where he is, we one day hope to be’. The presence of Jesus ascended to the Father is an eternal presence of love for us all.
‘Today is the feast of the Ascension. To those who wonder what it’s about: it’s the day when Jesus started to work from home’ !!    Donal Neary SJ,

                                             CARE OF OUR COMMON HOME

Pope Francis invites us the people of the world to join him in prayer on this Sunday 24th May to mark the 5th anniversary of the publication of Laudato si on this day in 2015.

 

Bishop Fintan Gavin will lead the people of the Diocese of Cork and Ross in prayer at the conclusion of the 11:30am Mass in the Cathedral on this Sunday approx. 12:15pm – you are invited to join via the webcam at    www.corkcathedral.ie

A prayer for our earth                                                                       All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

OPENING OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST KING FOR PERSONAL PRAYER
Since last Monday  The Churches in the Diocese of Cork and Ross have been open for personal prayer. In a message to the priests of the diocese, Bishop Fintan issued guidelines which must be followed before each church can be opened.  “This needs to proceed very carefully so that people can visit churches safely knowing that procedures are in place in line with government advice and HSE guidance,” the Bishop wrote.  “This forms part of a phased plan towards being able to celebrate the sacraments with a congregation at a later date.
Our Church of Christ the King is open from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm on weekdays (Monday to Saturday).  Special precautions against the spread of the Covid-19 virus will be in place, relating to cleanliness and disinfection, social distancing, designated prayer spaces, access to the church and movement within the church.  Notices giving full information will be in place and volunteer stewards will be on hand to give advice.
The church will be cleaned and disinfected before being opened each day, hand sanitisers have been provided at the entrances and everyone is asked to sanitise coming in and going out.  Disposable gloves are provided for use with the electric votive lights at the shrines, and may be placed in bins at each shrine after use.  Tissues may be discarded in the bins at the entrance and exit points.                                                                         From Monday the carpark gates will be opened for walking through each weekday from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm, and the Capwell Road gate will be open to cars from 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm.  Access to the Church will be restricted during Funeral Masses to the permitted number of mourners (at present family members only with a small number of close friends in special circumstances, subject to the overall total not being more than ten people).

LIVE-STREAMED MASSES 
Fr Billy and Fr Kerry are still unable to say Mass in the church due to the Covid-19 restrictions, and the church webcam is turned off except for Funeral Masses.  From Easter Sunday, Fr Billy has says a live-streamed Mass from the Presbytery at 12.00 noon on Sundays and 10.00 am on weekdays (Monday to Saturday) on the separate internet address  frbillyosullivan.ie (http://frbillyosullivan.ie). This will continue until the Church is opened for webcam Masses again. Mass is also celebrated and broadcast from the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne each day, Bishop Fintan celebrates the Mass on Sundays at 11.30am, and Mass on Monday to Saturday is celebrated at 10.15am.  RTE 521 Mass at 10.30am.   Details of other live-streamed Masses are given on the Diocesan Website.

Ignite 2020 Be A Light In The Darkness  Hosted by Saint Mary’s Dominican Church Popes Quay    Ignite Conference On Saturday & Sunday (30th &31st May) Featuring: Bishop Fintan Gavin, Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, Ralph Martin, Sr. Mara Grace and more. Register for Free at www.dominicanscork.ie

“The All Ireland Rosary Rally Conference” live on Radio Maria Ireland from 5.30pm on Saturday June 6th (The First Saturday) featuring Fr. Donald Colloway, Dr. Mary Healy,        Fr. Patrick Cahill, Kathy Sinnott and Fr. Marius O’Reilly

SCRIPTURE SUMMER SCHOOL
This year the Dublin Diocese Scripture Summer School will be presented online as a series of Zoom Conferences because of COVID 19 and will be offered from 22nd to 26th June.  This is instead of the normal series of workshops in Dublin each summer. The online programme is offered at a reduced cost of forty euro.  Fr Sean O’Sullivan, PP Monkstown, in recommending the programme comments that he has personal experience of all three of this year’s presenters and have found each of them to offer wonderful insights into the scriptures in a way that is both accessible and engaging.  He recommends the Summer School to us as an opportunity to revisit the study of the scriptures from the comfort and convenience of our own homes, while we may have a little more time because of the current restrictions.  Full details of the Summer School are available online at www.tarsus.ie/page-28/

 

 

Praying for our Deceased Loved Ones at this time of The Coronavirus/COVID 19

PRAYING FOR OUR DECEASED LOVED ONES AT THIS TIME OF THE CORONAVIRUS/COVID 19 when we cannot attend the funeral
Preparing to pray…
These prayers can be prayed by an individual or by a family — while attending to social distancing requirements. On a small table place a candle which you will light as you begin the time of prayer. If you have them, also a photograph of the deceased and a bible or missal.
SIGN OF THE CROSS
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
[Light the candle]
We offer this time of prayer for ourselves and for our beloved N. May it give us consolation and hope, and strength for the days ahead.
PRAYER FOR THE BEREAVED AND THE DECEASED
Lord Jesus, You hold out a hand of love to so many who seek your help. Take hold of our hands this day and see us through this time of sorrow and loss. Renew our faith in your healing touch and help us to place our trust in your gentle care. In the days that lie ahead, keep us close to you, that we may find comfort and peace in the nearness of your unfailing love. We pray for N. and commend him/her to your love and compassion. Forgive N. his/her sins, and grant him/her a place of happiness, light and peace in the kingdom of your glory forever. Amen.
THE WORD OF GOD JOHN 14:1-3
Jesus says: ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house; if there were not, I should have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me, so that where I am you may be too.’
PAUSE FOR SILENT PRAYER FOR OUR DECEASED LOVED ONE
Family members may wish to share words with one another and say thanks to God for the person and the life of their loved one.
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
In baptism, N. died with Christ. May he/she now share the fullness of life with the Risen Lord. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.
We pray that our family may find comfort through faith in Christ and the support of the Christian community. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.
May we live our lives in the love of God’s presence. May we be reunited with N. some day when God calls us. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.
We pray for all who care for the sick and the dying and for all our healthcare workers. Keep them safe and free from harm. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.
Guide with your wisdom all those who are working to protect us at this time of trial. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.
We pray for all who have died, especially our relatives and friends, that they may enjoy eternal life in heaven. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.
OUR FATHER or A DECADE OF THE ROSARY – The Resurrection of the Lord
CONCLUDING PRAYER
Lord God, You listen to the voice of our pleading. Let us find in your Son, comfort in our sadness, certainty in our doubt, and courage to live through this hour. Make our faith strong through Christ our Lord. Amen.
CONCLUSION
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
PRAYER OF ST JOHN HENRY NEWMAN
May the Lord support us all the day long, till the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then in His love and mercy may he give us and N. a safe lodging, a holy rest and peace at the last. Amen.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Remember to extinguish the candle

17th May 2020 – 6th Sunday of Easter

                                   CHRISTIAN LIFE AND WITNESS
We are all called to a life of witness, and our proclamation of Christ is primarily through the witness of our lives. Philip proclaimed Christ in Samaria, and the message was welcomed but this is not always the case, we may have to witness in a hostile environment. There are around us those who reject the message of the gospel, sometimes because it is unwelcome, sometimes because those who present it have discredited the message.  Yet those who reject the words of Jesus reject him, and reject the Father who sent him.  We may be called to suffer for the truth, to be subject to a certain amount of mockery or ridicule, and as well as witnessing by our day-to-day behaviour, we may be called to proclaim our faith in words.  St Peter tells us to proclaim in our hearts that the Lord is holy, and be ready to answer with respect and courtesy those who ask the reason for our faith. The Christian life is a commitment to live as Jesus wants us to; if we love him, we will keep his commandment to love each other.  We need the presence of the Lord in our hearts to withstand the pressure, to give us an interior serenity in difficult outward circumstances. Jesus assures us that we will not be alone, “I will not leave you orphans.”  He promises the Holy Spirit will live in us.

That same Holy Spirit gave us Jesus through the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Incarnation, and through the work of his redemption Jesus gave the Holy Spirit to us, poured out at Pentecost and given through the ministry of his followers by baptism and the laying on of hands.  The Holy Spirit again gives us Jesus in the Eucharist when at Mass we pray that “by the power of the Holy Spirit the bread and wine may become the body and blood of Jesus.”  As we are nourished by the Eucharist, the presence of God within us is ever renewed. Jesus has returned to the Father, and is now present for each of us through his Spirit, in our hearts.  He promises us that we can be as close to him as he is to the Father, he invites us to share in his life and to live in the presence of God.

In our gospel reading for this Sunday Jesus promises his disciples, and us, the gift of the Holy Spirit, to be with us for ever. In our Alpha courses we ask: who is the Holy Spirit?  In the Creed, we profess with faith: “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life.” We acclaim the Holy Spirit as Lord, truly God. He is the great gift of the Risen Christ who opens our mind and our heart to faith, to friendship, to communion with God, and one another in Christ. Pope Francis comments that the Holy Spirit is the inexhaustible source of God’s life in us. We are like travellers crossing the deserts of life, thirsting for living water: gushing and fresh, capable of quenching our deep desires for light, love, beauty and peace. Jesus gives us this living water, the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father and whom Jesus pours out into our hearts. “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10).

DEATHS
We pray for Mary Madden, Mercier Park, Patrick (Patsy) O’Riordan, Connolly Road, Brendan Horgan, Doyle Road, Josephine O’Regan, Ashdale Park, South Douglas Road, and Josephine (Joan) O’Neill (née Hickey), Upper Friars Road, , who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

 MONTH OF MAY
Pope Francis asks for prayers to Mary, the Mother of God, during this time of pandemic.  Two Prayers he composed for this time are to be found on the Cork & Ross website.
He also asks people across the world to pray the Rosary:  It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us appreciate all the more this “family” aspect from a spiritual point of view (25th April, 2020).
As the church is closed and our movement restricted, we remember a little sadly the hymn to Our Lady, traditionally sung in our church in this month of May

Bring flowers of the rarest,
Bring blossoms the fairest,
From garden and woodland and hillside and dale;
Our full hearts are swelling,
Our glad voices telling
The praise of the loveliest flower of the vale.
 O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May,
O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
 
Their lady they name thee,
Their mistress proclaim thee,
Oh, grant that thy children on earth be as true
As long as the bowers
Are radiant with flowers
As long as the azure shall keep its bright hue.
 
OPENING OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST  KING FOR PERSONAL PRAYER
We welcome the announcement that from Monday May 18th, churches in the Diocese of Cork and Ross will once again be opened for personal prayer. In a message to the priests of the diocese, Bishop Fintan has issued guidelines which must be followed before each church can be opened.  “This needs to proceed very carefully so that people can visit churches safely knowing that procedures are in place in line with government advice and HSE guidance,” the Bishop wrote.  This forms part of a phased plan towards being able to celebrate the sacraments with a congregation at a later date.
Initially our Church of Christ the King will be open from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm on weekdays (Monday to Saturday).  Special precautions against the spread of the Covid-19 virus will be in place, relating to cleanliness and disinfection, social distancing, designated prayer spaces, access to the church and movement within the church.  Notices giving full information will be in place and volunteer stewards will be on hand to give advice.
The church will be cleaned and disinfected before being opened each day, hand sanitisers have been provided at the entrances and everyone is asked to sanitise coming in and going out.  Disposable gloves are provided for use with the electric votive lights at the shrines, and may be placed in bins at each shrine after use.  Tissues may be discarded in the bins at the entrance and exit points.

From Monday the carpark gates will be opened for walking through each weekday from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm, and the Capwell Road gate will be open to cars from 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm.  Access to the Church will be restricted during Funeral Masses to the permitted number of mourners (at present family members only with a small number of close friends in special circumstances, subject to the overall total not being more than ten people).

ALPHA COURSE
A Turner’s Cross Parish on-line Alpha Course begins on Monday18th May, and runs on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm, concluding on Monday 22nd June.  To attend you need an email address and access to a desktop or laptop computer, or to an iPad or other tablet. Register by sending your email address to Brother Andrew Hickey at 086 1522160, or email andrewhickey@presentationbrothers.org. It is necessary to register as the meetings are in Zoom Meeting format.  A link will be sent to all the email addresses about fifteen minutes before the start of each session, just click on the link before the start time to join the Zoom meeting.                                                                                                                            This will be our sixth adult Alpha Course in Turners Cross since 2013. The other courses were held in the Parish Centre at Christ the King Church, on the basis of one session per week and those attending were very positive about Alpha.  Because of Covid-16 restrictions we are offering this course on an on-line basis, with twice-a-week sessions, over a shorter total period.                                                                                               Alpha is relaxed, friendly and enjoyable, and explores the faith in a “non-Churchy” and adult way.    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.                                                                                                                         Each session starts with a short introduction followed by a video presentation covering one of the Alpha topics.  We then break into break into smaller groups to discuss the topic and questions arising from it.  No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. Try it and see what you think: no pressure, no follow up, no charge.                                                                                                                           Alpha accomplishes an incredible task, in making people interested in faith and in making faith relevant to modern people  –  Father Raniero Cantalamessa OFM Cap, preacher to the Papal Household.

LIVE-STREAMED MASSES 
Fr Billy and Fr Kerry are still unable to say Mass in the church due to the Covid-19 restrictions, and the church webcam is turned off except for funeral Masses.  From Easter Sunday, Fr Billy has said a live-streamed Mass from the Presbytery at 12.00 noon on Sundays and 10.00 am on weekdays (Monday to Saturday) on the separate internet address  frbillyosullivan.ie (http://frbillyosullivan.ie). This will continue until the church is opened for webcam Masses again. Mass is also celebrated and broadcast from the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne each day, Bishop Fintan celebrates the Mass on Sundays at 11.30am, and Mass on Monday to Saturday is celebrated at 10.15am.  Details of other live-streamed Masses are given on the Diocesan Website.

Laudato si
Sunday, 24th May is a day of prayer for the environment throughout the world. Pope Francis has asked us to mark the 5th anniversary of the publication of Laudato si with a special “week” from 16th to 24th May (nine days!).  The Cork & Ross Pastoral Development Office has prepared prayerful reflective resources based on the account of creation in the Book of Genesis and on Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home, and on the prayers for 24th May.  Each day’s reflection will be shared on the Pastoral Development Office Facebook page.

SCRIPTURE SUMMER SCHOOL
This year the Dublin Diocese Scripture Summer School will be presented online as a series of Zoom Conferences because of COVID 19 and will be offered from 22nd to 26th June.  This is instead of the normal series of workshops in Dublin each summer. The online programme is offered at a reduced cost of forty euro.  Fr Sean O’Sullivan, PP Monkstown, in recommending the programme comments that he has personal experience of all three of this year’s presenters and have found each of them to offer wonderful insights into the scriptures in a way that is both accessible and engaging.  He recommends the Summer School to us as an opportunity to revisit the study of the scriptures from the comfort and convenience of our own homes, while we may have a little more time because of the current restrictions.  Full details of the Summer School are available online at www.tarsus.ie/page-28/

SAINT POPE JOHN PAUL II
Monday 18th May is the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II.  In this difficult time for us all – when we struggle with the coronavirus pandemic and question the future of our families and society – it is worth asking what he would he say to us today? The Church of his native Poland suggests these words from the homily inaugurating his pontificate. “Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ,” good spiritual advice

12th April 2020 – Easter Sunday

CHRIST OUR LIGHT
‘As a sign of hope and of the light that Jesus brings into our lives and our world through his resurrection Bishop Fintan invited all churches throughout the diocese to turn on the Church lights from 9pm on Holy Saturday the moment the Paschal Candle will be lit in the Cathedral and leaving them lit throughout Holy Saturday night – reminding us that although our Church buildings might be closed, Christ our Light is still present and alive in so many ways as our light and hope’.

PASCHAL CANDLE
We participated in the live-streamed celebration of the Easter Triduum led by Bishop Fintan in the Cathedral over the past three days, joining in prayer as a diocesan family. As the Easter Vigil was not celebrated in Turner’s Cross, we begin our 12.00 noon Easter Sunday Mass, live-streamed from the Presbytery, with the following prayer of thanksgiving for the Paschal Candle, lit before Mass begins.

On this, your day of grace, O holy Father,
accept this candle,
a solemn offering,
a sacrifice of praise,
this gift from your most holy Church,
that it may persevere undimmed,
to overcome the darkness of this time.
May this flame be found still burning
by the one Morning Star who never sets,
Christ your Son,
who, coming back from death’s domain,
has shed his peaceful light on humanity,
and lives and reigns for ever and ever.
R/. Amen.

JESUS IS RISEN, JESUS IS LORD  
At Easter when the Alleluia resounds again, we celebrate the Risen Christ, the centre and fulfilment of the universe and history. The one who was mocked and killed is King of Kings, is Lord.  He is the first born from the dead, risen as he said, the source of our hope as we journey through this valley of tears.  We pray for grace to accept the mercy offered to us in this Year of Mercy and enter into his Easter joy.
Pope Francis says the Christian belief in the Resurrection of Christ and in our own resurrection at the end of time is more than just wishful thinking, but rather implies confidence in something certain. “This is the Christian hope. Christian hope is the expectation of something that has already been accomplished and that certainly will be realized for each of us.
We need to return to the root and foundation of our faith, so as to become aware of what God has done for us in Christ Jesus and what our death means.”

CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS AND LIVE-STREAMED MASSES
Please God, Frs. Kerry and Billy will be able to offer Mass in the church in a few weeks, and we look forward to churches opening when the danger has passed.
In the meantime, from Easter Sunday, Fr Billy’s Mass will be live-streamed from the Prayer Room in the Presbytery at 12.00 noon on Sundays and 10.00 am on weekdays (Monday to Saturday)  until the church is opened again, and you can join him for morning prayer of the church (Office of Lauds) at 9.00 am each day, also starting on Easter Sunday.

CORK CITY COUNCIL COMMUNITY RESPONSE FORUM
The diocese has asked us to publish the Cork City Council Covid-19  Community Help contact details. The Cork City Covid-19 Community Response Forum helpline is 1800-222-226 and is available from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. seven days a week.  The Cork City Council Community Response details are available at the following internet address:
https://www.corkcity.ie/en/council-services/news-room/latest-news/cork-city-covid-19-community-response-forum.html

Fr. Michael O’Donovan
We remember the late Fr. Michael O’Donovan PE, retired parish priest of Caheragh.  Fr. Michael died peacefully in Bushmount Nursing and Retirement Home, Clonakilty on Good Friday evening.  He served as parish priest of Caheragh from 1986 until his retirement in 2009.  Fr. Michael previously served in Skibbereen, Glounthaune, Carrigfada, St. Joseph’s Mayfield, Clonakilty and Ballingeary after he began his ministry in Nigeria following his ordination in 1956.

A sigh of hope and of light

Bishop Fintan has asked  in anticipation of the lighting of the Paschal Candle at the Easter Vigil in the Cathedral this Holy Saturday night at 9pm. Churches all over our Diocese and in the Diocese of Cloyne as well as in the Church of Ireland Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross are also participating in this as a proclamation of our faith in the Risen Jesus Christ.  If it is feasible to do so, Bishop Fintan hopes that the internal lights could remain lighting overnight until dawn.    Bishop Fintan’s words                                                       ‘As a sign of hope and of the light that Jesus brings into our lives and our world through his resurrection I am inviting all churches throughout the diocese to turn on the lights of your Church from 9pm on Holy Saturday the moment the Paschal Candle will be lit in the Cathedral and leaving them lit throughout Holy Saturday night – reminding us that although our Church buildings might be closed Christ our Light is still present and alive in so many ways as our light and hope’.

The City Council’s Community Covid-19 Support Programme

Over the last two weeks, Bishop Fintan has participated in conference call meetings with Cork City Council Covid-19 Community Response Forum and Cork County Council Community Response Group. Both groups have been established to co-ordinate community and statuary responses to the current Covid-19 crisis in the separate areas. The diocese has been invited to contribute along with the Church of Ireland Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross as well as the Diocese of Cloyne in the Cork County Council area. Mons. Aidan O’Driscoll, Clonakilty has also participated in Cork County Council Response Group.

Details in regard to the Cork City Council Community Response are available as  follows:                                                                                                                            The Council’s Community Support Programme is available and ready to help you or someone you know – whether that is by collecting medication, collecting groceries, providing social support or advice, or simply by making a friendly phone call. To access this support,  Cork County Council has established a dedicated FREE contact number 1800 805 819 with lines open from 8.00am to 8.00PM seven days a week.  You can also email covidsupport@corkcoco.ie or text (085) 8709010. The Council, and its trusted partners, will do its utmost to help people through these challenging times.

Holy Week Ceremonies on Webcam from Cathedral

TRIDUUM FROM THE CATHEDRAL  The Ceremonies will be streamed from the Cathedral      http://corkandross.org/

On Holy Thursday, The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 7.30pm in the Cathedral. This Liturgy will not include a ceremony of Washing of Feet (another rite will replace this) or the Procession to the Altar of Repose. The Blessed Sacrament will be reposed in the Tabernacle.

On Good Friday, The Solemn Liturgy of the Passion will be celebrated in the Cathedral at 3pm. The Solemn Intercessions will include a special prayer for all afflicted in this time of pandemic. In place of kissing the Cross it will be reverenced by a genuflection or bow.

At the Easter Vigil at 9pm in the Cathedral, while there won’t be a Paschal Fire this year, the Paschal Candle will be lit and the Exultet will be proclaimed. The Liturgy of the Word then follows. For the Baptismal Liturgy, Renewal of Baptismal Promises is sufficient. The Liturgy of the Eucharist follows.  

EASTER SUNDAY   Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral at 11.30am.
Priests will celebrate Mass on Easter Sunday morning for their people  who will join them spiritually. The Renewal of Baptismal Promises is included in this Mass and the Paschal Candle is lit.

How to pray your way through Holy Week at home

How to pray your way through Holy Week at home

For the first time in living memory most people will not be able to go to their local church for the most sacred week of the year. During Holy Week (between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday) Christians contemplate the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ and prayerfully attend a series of liturgies which are celebrated on the days corresponding to the events in the life of Christ.
“The Paschal mystery of Christ’s cross and Resurrection stands at the centre of the Good News that the apostles, and the Church following them, are to proclaim to the world. God’s saving plan was accomplished “once for all” by the redemptive death of his Son Jesus Christ.”
(Catholic Catechism)
We are apart but we can be one
This year, due to restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, Catholics are invited to join in prayer from their homes while the Masses and other ceremonies are held in churches without a congregation present and some priests celebrate Mass privately in their homes.
All the Holy Week liturgies will be celebrated at the Cathedral in Cork and people can join by the Cathedral live stream.
For people who are at home and wish to pray during these sacred days on their own or with family, a series of Prayer Guides is available here.
• The first document is a short overview. Then there is a Download for each day of Holy Week:
1. About Bringing Holy Week Home Download
2. Bringing Holy Week Home Palm Sunday Download
3. Bringing Holy Week-Home Monday Download
4. Bringing Holy Week Home Tuesday Download
5. Bringing Holy Week Home Wednesday Download
6. Bringing Holy Week Home Holy Thursday Download
7. Bringing Holy Week Home Good Friday Download
8. Bringing Holy Week Home Holy Saturday Download
9. Bringing Holy Week Home Easter Sunday Download

Further resources which you can use to pray at home:

Praying Holy Thursday at home Download
Praying a short Stations of the Cross at home Download
Praying during Easter at home Download