21st June 2020 – 12 Sunday Ordinary Time


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.

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.

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.
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
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.

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

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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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
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.
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.
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

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


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.





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.