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.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:
Mass 10.00 am & 6.00 pm. Confessions after Mass.
HOLY THURSDAY – 18th April
No morning Parish Mass
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.
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
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
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.
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 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.
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.
St. James Chetwynd 3pm
St. Michael’s Blackrock 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
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.
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.
Prayer: Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to Pope Francis, as he visits our Land a spirit of courage and right judgement, a spirit of knowledge and love. Keep his safe.
By governing with fidelity those entrusted to His care may He, as successor to the apostle Peter and vicar of Christ, build Your church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.