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’.

LIVE-STREAMED MASSES

LIVE-STREAMED MASSES                                                                                             Fr Billy and Fr Kerry are unable to say Mass in the church due to the Covid-19 restrictions, and the church webcam is turned off.  Starting on Easter Sunday, Fr Billy will live stream Mass from the Presbytery at 12.00 noon on Sundays and 10.00 am on weekdays (Monday to Saturday)  on the following internet address:  frbillyosullivan.ie <http://frbillyosullivan.ie> .

This will continue until the church is opened again, and you can join him for morning prayer of the church (Office of Lauds) at the same address at 9.00 am each day, starting on Easter Sunday.

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

 

Pope gives blessing to the World

Pope Francis presided over an extraordinary global celebration of prayer on Friday 27th March in Rome.

The  Holy  Father’s  words  come  in  an  extraordinary  setting. He  prayed  before  an  empty   St.  Peter’s  Basilica,  the  platform  at the  top  of  the  steps (above)  immediately  in  front of  the  façade  of  the  Basilica     The  “Salus  Populi Romani”  icon of Our Lady and  the  crucifix  of  St.  Marcellus were  placed  in  front  of  the  central  door  of St.  Peter’s  Basilica.  More than 11 million people in Italy and many millions more across the world     watched as Pope Francis prayed in a deserted St Peter’s Square for an end to the Coronavirus .

The Holy Fathers words‘                                                                    Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?’  Pope Francis  asked of the world the question Jesus asked of the apostles who cowered in fear in a storm-seized boat on the Sea of Galilee:   Why are you afraid?  Have you no faith?”                                                                                                                  The Holy Father referred to the story from the fourth chapter of Mark’s Gospel. But he explained that the storm the world faces today is the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than half a million people worldwide and resulted in more than 25,000 deaths.                                                                                                     “It is easy to recognize ourselves in this story. What is harder to understand is Jesus’ attitude,” Pope Francis said. “While his disciples are quite naturally alarmed and desperate, he stands in the stern, in the part of the boat that sinks first. And what does he do? In spite of the tempest, he sleeps on soundly, trusting in the Father; this is the only time in the Gospels we see Jesus sleeping. When he wakes up, after calming the wind and the waters, he turns to the disciples in a reproaching voice: ‘Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?’  “The storm exposes our vulnerability and uncovers those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules, our projects, our habits, and priorities. It shows us how we have allowed to become dull and feeble the very things that nourish, sustain and strengthen our lives and our communities. The tempest lays bare all our prepackaged ideas and forgetfulness of what nourishes our people’s souls; all those attempts that anesthetize us with ways of thinking and acting that supposedly “save” us, but instead prove incapable of putting us in touch with our roots and keeping alive the memory of those who have gone before us. We deprive ourselves of the antibodies we need to confront adversity.        “The Lord asks us and, in the midst of our tempest, invites us to reawaken and put into practice that solidarity and hope capable of giving strength, support, and meaning to these hours when everything seems to be floundering. The Lord awakens so as to reawaken and revive our Easter faith,”         Pope Francis stressed.  “Embracing his cross means finding the courage to embrace all the hardships of the present time, abandoning for a moment our eagerness for power and possessions in order to make room for the creativity that only the Spirit is capable of inspiring. It means finding the courage to create spaces where everyone can recognize that they are called, and to allow new forms of hospitality, fraternity, and solidarity. By his cross, we have been saved in order to embrace hope and let it strengthen and sustain all measures and all possible avenues for helping us protect ourselves and others. Embracing the Lord in order to embrace hope: that is the strength of faith, which frees us from fear and gives us hope.”

After the Holy Fathers words   The Blessed Sacrament was exposed on the altar in the atrium of the Vatican Basilica.

The ceremony included readings from scripture, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament It concluded with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listened to it live through the various forms of communication. This plenary indulgence was extended to all those who were not  able to participate in the prayer through the media due to illness but who unite themselves in spiritual communion with the prayer.

It could well  be remembered as one of the iconic images of Pope Francis’ Papacy , a moment when the successor of Peter experienced the weakness of human power, and pleaded with God to come to our aid.

 

 

 

 

22nd March 2020 – 4th Sunday of Lent

LIGHT
The fourth Sunday of Lent, “Laetare (joyful) Sunday,” marks the half way point in our Lenten journey and we begin to look forward to Easter.   The theme of the Mass is Light, the light given to the man born blind while the religious people who thought they knew it all were left in the dark.   Those who feel they know all they need to know are closed to the message of Jesus.  They may be people afflicted with a sort of rigid religiosity, a self- centred false piety, or those who buy into the prevailing secularism and take their cue from the media pundits.   Nowadays there is a so-called rationalism adopted by people who don’t actually think at all, and take their opinions ready made from the opinion shapers of our time.

The poor man born blind knew very little but could hear the message, his heart was open.   Jesus “anoints” his eyes with mud and sends him to bathe in the pool called Siloam.  The man receives his sight from the God who doesn’t see as we do.   We pray that we may be children of light, as St. Paul says to the Christians at Ephesus, that we may see our world in the light of Christ.  May we follow Paul’s advice to us to wake up, so that the light of Christ may shine on us.   We pray that like the man born blind we will be able to turn to Jesus and say, “Lord, I believe.”

Cancellation of Public Masses
For the duration of the Covid-19 Virus crisis, people in the Diocese of Cork and Ross are not bound by the Sunday Obligation to go to Mass, and all public Weekend, Holy Day and weekday Masses are discontinued. Funerals, weddings and baptisms may continue with attendance limited to family members and close friends and never exceeding 100 people.

Live-streaming of Parish Masses
Whilst public Masses may not be celebrated for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis, weekday and Sunday Masses continue in the Church behind closed doors.  These Masses are live-streamed from the church webcam, and can be picked up via the Parish Website at 10.00 am on weekdays, Monday to Saturday and at 12.00 midday on Sundays.  The Webcam will be turned on fifteen minutes before Mass times. The Parish Website is www.turnerscross.com <http://www.turnerscross.com> , to access the Webcam, just click on the following movie camera pictogram in the opening page:

We hope that some people of our parish, while not able to join together physically, will join us spiritually in these Masses.
Note also that Bishop Fintan hopes to celebrate the live-streamed Mass from the Cathedral at 11.30 am each Sunday, available at www.corkcathedral.ie <http://www.corkcathedral.ie> , and that daily Mass is also available on the rte news now channel each weekday morning at 10.30.

Prayer Resources for use whilst Public Mass is not available.
Prayer resources have been added to the diocesan website for people to use when they cannot attend Mass in person as well as when they cannot attend a funeral Mass and sympathise directly with a bereaved family.  Copies of the following Special Prayers are also available on a table at the back of the church.

Praying at home when we cannot attend Mass

Praying for our deceased loved ones at this time of the coronavirus Covid 19 when we cannot attend the Funeral.

Prayers in times when we cannot attend Daily Mass including Prayer for Spiritual Communion
 
Preventing the spread of the Virus
At the permitted Funeral and Wedding Masses and at Baptisms, we will continue to observe HSE guidance and Bishops’ norms, including:
Shaking hands including at the Sign of Peace is suspended. Alternatives such as a smile, nod or bow are acceptable.

Holy water fonts will not be used.
Holy Communion will be administered into the hands only and NOT onto the tongue. 


Having received Holy Communion, and before and after distributing, the priest and ministers will sanitise their hands.
During Holy Communion only the celebrant shall receive from the Chalice and no one else may drink from the same Chalice – this includes other priests as well as ministers of the Eucharist and members of the congregation.
Collection baskets will not be passed from hand to hand through the congregation.

Further information on the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) website.
with Holy Oil and dispose of them appropriatFunerals
Attendance at funerals should be restricted to the immediate family and very close friends. Whilst the desire to offer condolences is commendable, during this difficult time condolences can be expressed in the form of a letter, a text message, an e-mail. The Covid-19 crisis will pass and there will be other possibilities for Mass or prayers to be said for those who die during this period. These Masses and prayers will enable people to come the church then and offer their condolences.  All Catholic funeral liturgies will be limited to the funeral Mass, without a removal to the church the evening before. The priest celebrating the funeral Mass will be the only priest officiating.

Sacrament of the sick for the dying (last rites)
It is essential that in anointing the sick, the priest should use a cotton bud or surgical glove for the anointing ely. The rite should be administered while at a distance of 1 metre. It is important to follow recommendations on hand hygiene after the celebration of the Sacrament. The priest must avoid contact with others in the house of the person who is seriously ill.

Parish pastoral calls to homes
Priests are advised against visiting homes at this time because priests themselves may be carriers of the virus without knowing it or the virus may be in the house.

 

Mothers Day: In spite of the Corona Virus, this Sunday is still Mother’s Day, and we pray God’s blessing on all mothers as we wish them a happy Day.  At the 12.00 midday Mass on this Sunday Prayers will be offered for all our mothers, living and deceased.
A Mother’s Prayer   Lord, here I am immersed in my daily routine of mothering a family, feeding, caring for, consoling, listening to those entrusted to me. May your joy erupt within me to brighten the thousand daily actions woven by the thread of life.  Lord stay with me, and let the little deaths of each day lead me along the path to eternal life.

Deaths: 
We pray for John Holland, Doyle Road, Lil Cronin, Capwell Road, and John Bracken, Kilcolman Lawn, who have died.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

The Irish Catholic Newspaper
Copies of The Irish Catholic will continue to be left in the Church for purchase. If you would like a free issue of the digital edition each week, please email your request to frbillyosullivan@gmail.com.

Prayer for our protection
The Irish Bishops ask for prayers for those affected by the Coronavirus.  Placing all our trust in the Lord, and asking Our Lady to intercede for us, we invite everyone to pray these prayers:

From Saint Patrick’s Breastplate:
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Memorare: 
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help,
or sought your intercession
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to you,
O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you I come,
before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy,
hear and answer them.
Amen.
 

 

Mass via Webcam from Christ King Church

                Live-Streaming  of  Masses during the Covid-19 Virus Crisis      

Mass will be celebrate  privately and  live-streamed from the Church of Christ the King for the people  at 12.00 midday on Sundays  and 10,00 am on weekdays,  it will be broadcast via the church webcam. To tune in, click on the above camera icon.       

We hope that  people  while not able to join together physically, will join us spiritually for Mass each Sunday  at 12noon and Monday to Saturday at 10am.

15th March 2020 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

  LIVING WATER                       Jesus tells the woman at the well that he offers “living water, welling up to eternal life.” He offers us the gift of the Holy Spirit, the gift of living water. Every time we receive Holy Communion we are united with Christ, who gives us life and causes us to experience the Holy Spirit within us as we are invited to share the inner life of God the Blessed Trinity. God calls his people to union with him and with each other, union with Christ and union with the Body of Christ.   Of the mercy of God, Pope Francis says that ‘there is no sin or crime of any kind that can erase from the mind or heart of God even one of the children he has created’ (November 2013).
Imagine yourself looking into a well;
see the face of Jesus looking at you from its depths.
He looks at you with love.
Lord, send me the living water of the Holy Spirit.

THE COVID-19 VIRUS                                                                                     Cancellation of All Masses     Weekend and Day Masses are discontinued until further notice.  Funerals, weddings, baptisms continue as long as the attendance does not exceed 100 people.  People are not bound by the Sunday Obligation

Live-Streaming  of  Masses during the Covid-19 Virus Crisis       Mass will celebrate  privately and  live-streamed from the Church of Christ the King for the people  at 12.00 midday on Sundays  and 10,00 am on weekdays,  it will be broadcast via the church webcam. To tune in go to   Google on iPhone, iPad or other device:   MNC Media.TV Turners Cross and scroll down to picture of Turners Cross Church.             We hope that  people  while not able to join together physically, will join us spiritually in that Mass each Sunday  at 12noon and Monday to Saturday at 10am.

Bishop Fintan hopes to celebrate the live-streamed Mass from the Cathedral at 11.30 am each Sunday, available at www.corkcathedral.ie.

Preventing the spread of the Virus  We will continue to observe HSE guidance and Bishops’ norms, including:    Shaking hands including at the Sign of Peace is suspended. Alternatives such as a smile, nod or bow are acceptable.

Holy water fonts will not be used .  Holy Communion will be administered into the hands only and NOT onto the tongue. Having received Holy Communion, and before and after distributing, the priest and ministers should sanitise their hands         During Holy Communion only the celebrant shall receive from the Chalice and no one else may drink from the same Chalice – this includes other priests as well as ministers of the Eucharist and members of the congregation.

Further information on the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) website.

Trócaire Family Fast Boxes for Lent are available at the back of the Church.