23rd June 2019 – Bishop Buckley’s Sermon at Eucharistic Procession


Bishop Buckley’s Sermon at Eucharistic Procession Sunday 23rd June 2019

 “When Jesus, accompanied by a large crowd, drew near to Jericho, there was a blind man standing by the wayside, begging. When he heard the multitude passing by he asked what was the commotion about and they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. If that blind beggar man from Jericho had been standing at any kerb from the Cathedral to here in the last half hour and hearing the shuffle of feet anyone could have told him : ‘Jesus of Nazareth is passing by’”. Today like the people of Jericho we are saying that “Jesus Christ is passing by”.

 Today we give thanks for the presence of Jesus Christ among us. The first Eucharistic Procession took place over 97 years ago and remarkably since then the Procession has not just survived but has been a feature of catholic life here in the City. It is a public demonstration of our faith and we should never be ashamed to be part of it. Jesus has said : “whoever is ashamed of me before people I will be ashamed of him before my Father in heaven”.

To understand what influenced this demonstration of our faith at that time we have to recall the situation in Cork city in 1926, the year the first procession was held. That year marked the end of a decade that began in 1916 with the Easter Rising. It was a decade of triumph and tragedy that brought about the Ireland that we now enjoy today. The Great War continued in Europe in which so many brave Cork people fought and died. Many more died at home during the War of Independence. The burning of Cork resulted in Patrick Street and the surrounding area being declared a building site and the burnt out City Hall would remain so for another seven years. During those troubled years Cork suffered greatly from poverty, poor housing, emigration and economic recession. The bitter Civil War resulted in many personal animosities lasting into the future.

Against this sad background of a ruined city, bitter divisions and social deprivation, something had to be done to unite the community. A group of business people approached Bishop Coholan with the proposal of a Eucharistic Procession that would involve all the civic and religious bodies in a peaceful demonstration of faith. The whole community showed its support for the event. In fact the timber planking for the altar was donated by a Church of Ireland family-owned building firm. This indicated their support for this initiative from the Church of Ireland that had suffered considerably, especially in West Cork, during the troubles.

Hopefully, there will be similar initiatives as we prepare to commemorate in a careful and sensitive way the events of 100 years ago. It will be a time for reflection not celebration. We visit our history not to find what divides us but what unites us. We must commemorate these events in a way that respects all past differences. There is a thin line between celebration and commemoration.

The Eucharistic Procession that we participate in today is a sign of unity and reconciliation. We all partake of the one bread when we receive Jesus in Holy Communion. The Blessed Sacrament is the most cherished possession that we have on our journey through history. In the humble signs of bread and wine, changed into his body and blood, Christ walks beside us as our strength and our food for the journey through life.

In the beautiful words of Pope Francis the Eucharist is our ‘medicine of immortality’, our hope of joining with our loved ones in the eternal happiness of heaven. ‘It is a taste of eternity in time’. (Pope Francis) Jesus said: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood will live forever”. We all need the Eucharist because we are all weak human beings and we need a higher power to sustain us in all that life may bring. The Eucharist also nourishes social love and helps us to reach out to those who are suffering in any way.

The Eucharistic Procession reminds us that we are all pilgrims on the streets of time and forces us to ask fundamental questions about the meaning of life. Why are we here? Where are we going? These are questions that have occupied the minds of people down through the centuries. A great Saint has given us the answer to these questions : “You made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts will not rest until they rest in you” In other words we are not people of time only but people of eternity.

Today therefore we give thanks to the Lord for his presence among us and as Pope Francis says we should not keep this joy to ourselves but like the father of the prodigal son reach out and welcome people who may have grown casual or careless in the practice of honouring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and in their understanding of the Mass. We should gently say to them that this is the mystery of Christ’s love for us and that we should be generous with our time in going to meet him and that from him we will hear no words of condemnation or rejection, only words of understanding, acceptance and love. ‘The church has always been a refuge for the weak and not a home for the perfect’ (St Pope John Paul).

The Sunday Mass goes back to the Last Supper when Jesus said ‘Do this in Memory of Me”. For century after century, spreading slowly to every continent and country and among every race on earth, the Mass has been celebrated for every human need from birth to death and beyond. In Ireland love for the Eucharist is still strong and expresses itself in many ways. Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and adoration are very much alive.

Mary Mother of Jesus is also with us today. She would have been present at the Eucharistic celebrations of the first generation of Christians. We pray also to her asking her to look after our City.

New Bishop of Cork & Ross

                    New Bishop of Cork & Ross

New bishop will be ordained this month Invitations to the ordination of the new bishop of our diocese on June 30th in Cork are currently being distributed. Each of our 68 parishes have received seven invitations. Fr Fintan Gavin’s ordination as bishop will be attended by people from throughout the diocese, from around Ireland and beyond.People in West Cork can also be part of the celebration by going to Mass on that day in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Skibbereen at 3pm. The ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne will be relayed to a large screen in Skibbereen where people and clergy will join in the ordination by their prayers, hymns and Communion.

It will also be possible to view the ordination ceremony which will be live streamed on www.corkandross.org as well as www.corkcathedral.ie

Fr. Kerry welcomes Bishop Elect Fintan at the Cathedral on the day of the announcement


14th April 2019 – Holy Week in Turner’s Cross

Holy Week in Turner’s Cross

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:  
Mass 10.00 am & 6.00 pm. Confessions after Mass.

HOLY THURSDAY  – 18th April
No morning Parish Mass

10.00 am 
Chrism Mass at the Cathedral concelebrated by Bishop Buckley  with the Priests of the Diocese, blessing of the Holy Oils  to be used in the Parishes.  All are welcome.

6.00 pm
Concelebrated Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Procession to Altar of Repose.
 8.30 pm – 9.30pm
Quiet Holy Hour

GOOD FRIDAY – 19th April
No Masses today, Day of Fast and Abstinence 
12.00 noon & 6.00 pm
Stations of the Cross

 3.00 pm   Solemn celebration of the Passion of our Lord:
Reading of the Passion / Veneration of the Cross / Holy Communion

8.00 pm
Candlelit Prayer around the Cross.

Confessions after the Stations and 3.00 pm Ceremonies
Collection for the Holy Places in the Holy Land

HOLY SATURDAY – 20th April
No morning Mass
 11.30 am – 12.15 pm Confessions

6.00 pm
Solemn Easter Vigil and Mass of The Resurrection (Bring candle & holder)
Collection for the Priests of the Parish at Masses this weekend

EASTER SUNDAY – 21st April  
Masses at 10.00 am & 12.00 Noon

Easter Triduum Masses will be celebrated on Easter Sunday, Monday & Tuesday.

8th April 2019 – New Bishop of Cork & Ross

  New Bishop of Cork & Ross to be ordained bishop on the 30th June 2019

 His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Fr Fintan Gavin, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Dublin, as the new Bishop of Cork and Ross.
  His ordination as  Bishop will take place in the Cathedral of St. Mary & Sr. Anne on Sunday 30th June at 3:00pm

The appointment was announced simultaneously in the Vatican and after morning Mass in the Cathedral of Saint Mary and Saint Anne on the northside of Cork city, where Bishop-elect Gavin concelebrated with His Excellency the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Bishop Emeritus of Cork and Ross, Bishop John Buckley and with priests of the diocese.
He will succeed Bishop Buckley, 79, who was installed as Bishop of Cork and Ross in February 1998.
The diocese, which includes Cork city and part of the county, has some 220,000 Catholics living in its 68 parishes.
Bishop-elect Gavin, 53, said he was shocked and humbled by the appointment but was looking forward to his new ministry.
“I am conscious of those who have felt let down by the Church and are just ‘hanging in there’. I encourage you not to give up,” he said. Setting out on this new ministry, I have a lot to learn from you the people, religious, deacons and priests of the Diocese of Cork and Ross. I look forward to listening to you and benefiting from your experience, from your wisdom and guidance.
Bishop Buckley joked that it is a great honour for a Dublin man to be promoted to the real capital.
“We always think down here that there are only two categories of people in Ireland – Cork people and those who wish they were Cork people. You have now obtained your wish thanks to Pope Francis,” he said.
He spoke of the diocese’s contribution to the missions, and said it and its priests faces challenges
“Cork and Ross is an extensive diocese, encompassing a large city, ever-growing suburbs, large towns, rural parishes, islands, educational establishments, prison, hospitals and, for 40-years, a faraway mission in Peru and Ecuador,” he said.
“The demands on the priests, therefore, have been varied and challenging.
“There was always a willing manpower to fulfill whatever duties were demanded to provide for the spiritual care of the people.
And in recent years, despite their increasing age profile and the constraints regarding personnel and the increasing population of their parishes, the priests have continued to provide for their parishioners a full parish service.
“Their only desire is to bring people closer to Christ and to serve the people as effectively as possible.”
Bishop-elect Gavin was born in Dublin on 1 January 1966.
The second eldest of seven brothers and sisters, his family roots are in Marino, Saint Vincent de Paul Parish, on the Northside of Dublin.
Prior to his seminary formation in Clonliffe College, Dublin, Bishop-elect Gavin had begun training as a residential social worker in Our Lady’s Hostel, Eccles Street, Dublin, from September 1983 – August 1984.
He was ordained to the Diaconate by the former Archbishop of Dublin, Archbishop Desmond Connell, in 1990, and was ordained to serve as a priest of the Archdiocese by the Bishop Éamonn Walsh, Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, and was appointed to the Saint Vincent de Paul Parish Church, Marino, Dublin, in June 1991.
Up to today’s appointment to the Diocese of Cork and Ross, Bishop-elect Gavin was chancellor in the Archdiocese of Dublin and parish chaplain in Ballymun Road parish and the grouping parishes of Iona Road, Drumcondra, Glasnevin, Ballymun Road and Ballygall, Dublin.
He was also chaplain to the Italian speaking community in the Dublin Archdiocese and chaplain to the annual Dublin Diocesan Children’s Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
He is fluent in Italian and Spanish and enjoys keeping fit, walking, cooking – especially vegetarian, and gardening.


Lent 2019 – Christ King Parish

  Lent 2019First of all, Happy Lent! The next forty days are an amazing God-given opportunity for renewal when the Lord is near and the Holy Spirit renovates our hearts. The three works that the Church invites us to in this season – self–denial, prayer and charity – along with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, are well-tried ways of bringing about a deeper conversion to Christ our Saviour in our lives. Let us pray for each other as we engage in this Lenten journey to Easter.

Ash Wednesday 6th March:   Ashes will be blessed and distributed at the 10am & 6pm Masses.   At the 10am Mass the pupils from the three local schools will be commissioned to bring blessed ashes to schools where they will impose ashes on staff and fellow pupils.

Each weekday of Lent two Masses 10am & 6pm.

Trocaire Family Fast Boxes are available at back of Church and will also  be distributed through the schools

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday Mornings during Lent after 10am Mass until 11am.

Morning & Evening Prayer of the Church on Fridays in Lent after 10am and 6pm Masses



Prayers & Blessing of Graves 2018


3rd Nov. St. Oliver’s Ballincollig
Mass at 2pm

4th Nov. St. Joseph’s Tory Top Rd.
2.30 pm
St. James Chetwynd  3pm
Douglas  3pm
St. Michael’s Blackrock  3pm
Rathcooney  3pm

10th Nov:  St Mary’s & St John’s
Ballincollig Mass 12 noon

11th Nov. St. Finbarr’s Glasheen Rd
St. Catherine’s Kilcully 3pm

Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Tom Deenihan

The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Tom Deenihan took place in the Cathedral of Christ the King Mullingar on Sunday September 2nd.  The Chief Ordaining Prelate was Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, who was be assisted by Most Reverend Michael Smith, Bishop Emeritus of Meath and Most Reverend John Buckley, Bishop of Cork and Ross.  The homily was preached by Father Denis McNelis, Parish Priest of Laytown and Mornington. Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh presided at the Mass.                                    Other concelebrants for the Mass included His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddaeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio; Archbishop Patrick Coveney and Bishop Padraig O’Donoghue. Bishop Fintan Monahan, who was ordained to the diaconate together with Bishop Deenihan in 1990 by Bishop Michael Smith also concelebrated the Mass.                                                                                                Concelebrants at the Mass also included priests and religious clergy from the Diocese of Meath and  the Diocese of Cork & Ross.Representatives of Christian denominations in attendance included Bishop Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.      Bishop Deenihan’s mother, sisters, brother, their families along with many people from different parishes in Cork and Ross Diocese where Bishop Deenihan previously served in Glanmire, Bantry, Kealkil and Coomhola also attended.

We pray God’s blessing on Bishop Deenihan as he begins his new ministry.

30th September- Gougane Sunday

Gougane Sunday – Annual Pilgrimage to Honour St. Finbarr
The feast day of St. Finbarr, Patron Saint of the Diocese of Cork, is celebrated on the 25th of September.
This year pilgrims will gather on Sunday, Sept. 30th  to celebrate ‘Gougane Sunday’.
Rosary will be recited in the Oratory at 2.30 pm and Mass will be celebrated there at 3.00 pm.
Most Rev. Ray Browne, Bishop of Kerry will preach the homily this year.