Prayer to the Holy Spirit for the Cause of the Unborn

            Prayer to the Holy Spirit for the Cause of the Unborn

O Holy Spirit of God, one with the Father and the Son Jesus Christ;

we call out to You in all our needs,

but especially at this time of decision for our country.

Holy Spirit of Truth, come to the People of Ireland,

and open our hearts and minds to the truth about life,

especially the lives of the little unborn children in their mothers’ wombs.

Make us appreciate deeply the truth that life is always an immense good,

and that every life is of equal dignity.

Free us from false and harmful ideologies which,

in the name of freedom and choice,

fail to acknowledge the right to life of the unborn child.

Holy Spirit, You are the Advocate.

You are the one who pleads our cause

and speaks up for us before the very throne of Heaven.

Come O Holy Spirit,

as You are the advocate, so let us be advocates;

who in these days speak up for the rights of the most vulnerable

and voiceless among us – the unborn.

In union with You, we now plead before the throne of God

for the protection and retention of the 8th Amendment of our Constitution.

Holy Spirit, give to the People of Ireland the wisdom and courage to

choose life and to vote to continue to protect both mothers and their unborn babies.

As at Pentecost, You gave to the disciples the power to boldly proclaim the truth in love,

so now embolden us as a nation to affirm before the whole world that we,   the Irish People, will continue to cherish

and protect the lives of all the children of this great land.

O Holy Spirit, Lord and giver of life,

bless our people that we will say a firm NO

to this attempt to strip the unborn of their right to life.   Amen



“The Right to Life”, Bishop John Buckley’s Pastoral Letter

The title “Mother” is possibly the most honoured title in the world. Mothers are the most loved and respected in every culture, in every continent, in every country down through the ages. Children become very much aware of this when they sit by their monseparable.

The question, “can you find a heartbeat?” is also asked in a very different setting, when a pregnant woman visits a prenatal clinic. Coming as early as six weeks in her pregnancy, through the vivid evidence of ultrasound images, the nurse’s words: “I can hear the heartbeat loud and clear” change the woman’s life forever. The beautiful vocation of motherhood begins with the beating of the child’s heart and lasts for life. She is now the mother of a child, a child that has a separate existence from her own even though it is dependent on her for nourishment, protection and life itself.

We must always care for the mother and the child. Responsible support must also come from the father. We must, especially, support women with a crisis pregnancy.

Pope Francis said recently that “we must do more to accompany women in difficult situations, where abortion appears as a quick solution to their painful anguish”. Many women who have had abortions would be more willing to carry their children to term if they had received support from important people in their lives and from society.

A mother may also be informed that her baby faces serious challenges or is perhaps terminally ill. She might be pregnant as a result of rape. Especially in those tragic cases both the mother and her unborn child can and must be loved and cherished.
The child in the womb is innocent of the circumstances of its conception and its health condition. There is no other situation in life where the ending of the life of an inno- cent person is the answer to a difficulty. To talk to families of babies with life-limiting conditions and to see such great love is very rewarding. The witness of those who participate in the Paralympic Games shows us how people compete and excel in sport, using their gifts to the full.

Human life is sacred and precious. Every human being must be treated with the great- est respect. This is true in every moment of life from its first beginning to its natural end. This respect for life is shared by people of all faiths and none. While it is enriched by our Catholic faith, it is our common humanity that convinces us of the right to life of every human being.

In 1983, the Irish people voted into the Constitution an amendment that would give the unborn child the same legal right as the mother. Under its provisions, no life-saving treatment is ever, or legally can ever, be denied to an expectant mother. The Catholic Church has never taught that the life of the child in the womb should be preferred to that of the mother. A doctor may give any treatment that is necessary to either mother or child without deliberately intending harm to the other. Abortion is the deliberate medical intervention to end the life of an unborn child. There is a danger that people may confuse abortion with necessary medical intervention.

Once again, after 30 years, we are facing a referendum on abortion. Irish people are again being asked to speak up for the infants in the womb who have no voice to beg for protection for their lives which are just beginning. This will be a very important moment in Irish history. Ireland will be the first country in the world to hold a referendum to introduce abortion by popular vote. Will the people of Ireland decide that there is no safe place for the unborn?

In all the political debates there is no mention of alternatives to abortion nor the impact of abortion in England. Neither is there any mention of the ‘rightness’ and ‘wrongness’ of human behaviour. All authorities on moral matters agree that the deliberate taking of an innocent human life is always gravely wrong. We can be sure that if a society decides that human life is disposable at its beginning, it will not be too long before it decides the same for human life at its end.

Finally, the Supreme Court has stated that the unborn baby enjoys only one constitutional right, the right to life. We will be asked in the Referendum to remove the only remaining effective law to protect the unborn. We can choose to retain the 8th Amendment, under which doctors and hospitals will protect the lives of both baby and mother to a standard of care that is considered the highest in the world or we can repeal the 8th Amendment and leave babies with no protection whatsoever. The legislators will then be able to propose laws for abortion right up to birth, with no restrictions and over which the people of Ireland will have no control. We can only speculate as to how many lives have been saved by the 8th Amendment.

We will never again have a more important vote. There is no cause more noble than to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Never before in history have we had so much scientific proof that the unborn baby is, in fact, a living, breathing human being. The 8th Amendment is often not understood. It is up to all of us to explain its implications to people in our families, our work life and our friends. Have your answer ready but do it with courtesy and respect. Respect for life is deeply embedded in Irish society. Respect for the unborn is widely acknowledged also, and, hopefully, we will continue with this commendable tradition.

Take time to pray at this particular time, it is the greatest power on earth. May the Virgin Mary, who gave birth to Jesus, protect all mothers, all unborn babies, all medical and nursing staff and all who make the laws of our land.

+ John Buckley
Bishop of Cork & Ross 2018

‘It is sad that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day’. St. John Paul.

Irish proverb: ‘Never take down a fence until you find out why it was put up in the first place’.

To avoid confusion, the Bishop said – “It may be appropriate to advise the congregation that a NO vote is a vote not to change  the current structures and not to introduce abortion. There is a concern that some people may be confused as to what a Yes and No vote mean.”

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land November 2018

Pilgrimage to The Holy Land  11th – 19th November  2018 
Visiting Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem and other sites in The Holy Land.   Eight night Pilgrimage
staying in Tiberius and Bethlehem. Full religious programme    Cost; €1,395
Further details from: Fr. Kerry Murphy-O’Connor  087 2202022  Christ King Church Turner’s Cross email: or Fr. Charlie Kiely  086 8672377 Pastoral Development Office, Ballyphane or Fr.Robert Young, Kinsale  021 4773700
or give name in Sacristy, Christ King Church, Turner’s Cross.

                                            A trip of a lifetime


Book Launch Sunday 3rd December 2017

BOOK LAUNCH                                                                                                             All are invited to  the Book Launch in St Columba’s Church Douglas  on Sunday 3rd December  at 4pm                                                                                                55 ways to connect with families in your Parish       by Sr Karen Kent

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Prayers asked for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

Cardinal Nichols has asked for prayers for his predecessor
Former Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has been taken seriously ill in hospital.

“These loving prayers are a source of great strength and comfort as he calmly ponders on all that lies ahead, all in God’s good time,” Cardinal Nichols wrote. “May the Lord strengthen him in faith and trust and may the prayers of the Church, which he loves so much, comfort and uphold him.”

Cardinal Cormac was appointed the tenth Archbishop of Westminster in 2000 and created a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in the 2001 Consistory along with the  Archbishop of Buenos Aires  now Pope Francis.    Pope Francis and Cardinal Cormac are good friends

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor served as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton for nearly 23 years before being appointed Archbishop of Westminster
Bishop Moth of Arundel & Brighton added: “As we all know, Cardinal Cormac holds this Diocese in great affection and will, I know, value the prayers of us all at this time

The Cardinal loved coming to Cork where his parents were from.  Two of his brothers Frs. Pat & Brian were priests and served in the Diocese of Portsmouth He is a first cousin of the late Fr Jerome Murphy-O’Connor OP the Biblical Scholar of the Ecole Biblique, Jerusalem


Cork Eucharistic Procession – Sunday, June 18th, 2017


Cork Eucharistic Procession – Sunday, June 18th, 2017

This year’s Eucharistic Procession will be held on Sunday, 18th June 2017.

As you will be aware, the Eucharistic Procession is a significant part of Cork’s religious heritage.  Cork’s Eucharistic Procession is now in its 92nd year.  It commenced in 1926 when a group of businessmen in the city approached the then Bishop, Daniel Coholan, with a view to having a Eucharistic Procession in the city to mark the Feast of Corpus Christi.  It was hoped that such an event might heal the division and bitterness in civil society at the time.  Remarkably, since then, the Procession has not just survived but has become a feature of Catholic life in Cork.

Our faith is not something that we celebrate behind closed doors, it is something that is meant to affect our daily lives.  Four years ago, while speaking at the Procession, Archbishop Brown said that we worship Jesus in our churches for fifty one Sundays of the year.  On the Feast of Corpus Christi, we worship Him publicly in the streets. We should seek opportunities to celebrate our faith in public and give witness to the faith that has been given to us.  The Eucharistic Procession is an ideal way of doing that.

This year, I am delighted to announce that Most Rev. Dr. William Crean D.D., Bishop of Cloyne, has agreed to preach the Homily.  An invitation has been offered to the various Catholic groups to walk in the Procession.  These include the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Sick Poor Societies, SHARE, the Legion of Mary, the Pioneers and others.  It is appropriate that the Procession gives honour to the Blessed Sacrament and includes all Catholic groups and parishes.

+John Buckley,
Bishop of Cork and Ross.

Once again this year – it is planned to broadcast the entire Daunt’s Square Ceremony live on the Cork Community Television Channel 803-Virgin Media and on the Internet on /tv from 2.45pm approx. By kind permission of the Chief Executive, Cork City Council and the Board of Management of Cork Community Television.

We hope this live stream will facilitate the housebound, patients in hospitals and nursing homes and, also, Cork people across the world.

Participants in The Eucharistic Procession start assembling in the grounds of the North Cathedral at 2.30pm. The Procession leaves the North Cathedral at 3.00pm and proceeds down Roman Street, Upper John Street, along Camden Quay, St. Patrick’s Bridge and St. Patrick’s Street en-route to Daunt’s Square.

Meanwhile, the religious ceremony begins in Daunt’s Square at 2.45pm approx. The Rosary will be recited – Hymns and sacred music will be performed by the Choir of the Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield, under the direction of Mr. Seán O’Neill. This year, Ms. Jessica O’Connell and Mr. Ramelo Gregorio will be our Guest Soloists. As already mentioned, Most Rev. Dr. William Crean D.D., Bishop of Cloyne, will be our Guest Preacher.

Once again, this year, a special area will be reserved for the sick and disabled near the Altar in Daunt’s Square. On arrival in Daunt’s Square, Bishop John Buckley will first bless the disabled, sick and infirm before ascending the Altar.

Please note change of location / time.

  • To facilitate a smooth and organised joining of participants into the Procession from the Eastern Parishes, e.g. St. Patrick’s and Military Hill, St. Joseph’s and Our Lady Crowned, Mayfield, Glanmire and Glounthaune: We recommend each Parish group to assemble at Mangan’s Clock, Patrick’s Street (edge of pavement to the front of Laura Ashley’s shop), at 2.45pm sharp. Mr. Seán Dunne, Senior Procession Steward, will then take overall control of the different Parish groups.
  • As is traditional, the St. Finbarr’s South Parish will leave St. Finbarr’s South Church at 3.00pm approx. and proceed into the Grand Parade behind The Barrack Street Band.
  • We respectfully encourage each parish group to bring their own parish banner and, if possible, some spiritual Church banners.

Tony Duggan
Chief Marshal

Holy Week 2017

                                                                  Holy Week 2017

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

HOLY THURSDAY – 13th April
No morning Mass
10.00 am.  Chrism Mass at the Cathedral: Bishop Buckley celebrates Mass in the Cathedral on this Thursday with the Priests of the diocese and blesses the Holy Oils to be used in the Parishes.
All are welcome.

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

GOOD FRIDAY – 14th April
No Masses today
Day of Fast and Abstinence
12.00nnoon & 6.00 pm –  Stations of the Cross
Confessions after the Stations and Ceremonies.
3,00 pm
Solemn celebration of the Passion of our Lord : Reading of the Passion / Veneration of the Cross / Holy Communion
Collection for the Holy Places in the Holy Land
8.00 pm.  Candlelit Prayer around the Cross.

HOLY SATURDAY  – 15th April
No morning Mass
Confessions 11.30 am  – 12.15 pm

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

EASTER SUNDAY – 16th April
Masses at 10.00 am & 12 Noon
Easter Triduum Masses will be celebrated on Easter Sunday, Monday & Tuesday

Manchester United Player becomes A Dominican

mulryne-prostrate-300x200 From MU to OP – a Red Devil becomes a Black FriarA former Manchester United player, Philip Mulryne, who was capped 27 times for Northern Ireland, was ordained a deacon last week and is due to become a priest next year.       Mulryne, who was an accomplished striker, midfielder and right-winger, was part of the Manchester United squad between 1996 and 1999. Because of the dominance of established players such as David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, he made few first team appearances. He only played one league match for United, on the last day of the ’97–’98 season, in a match against Barnsley.

In a bid to get more first-team playing opportunities, Mulryne transferred to Norwich in March 1999. He missed most of the 1999–2000 season after he suffered a broken leg, but he was part of the squad that secured promotion into the Premier League for Norwich in 2004. Subsequently, he played for Cardiff City, Ipswich Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, Legia Warsaw, and Barnsley. In 2008, it was announced that he was training with Cliftonville.

A year later, in 2009, he began training for the priesthood and studied at the Irish Pontifical College in Rome. In September 2015, he made his profession to become a Dominican friar at St Saviour’s Priory in Dublin. It was there, last week, that Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin ordained him deacon. God willing, he will be ordained a priest next year.

As a professional footballer, it is reckoned that his career earnings were in the region of £500,000. As a Dominican, however, he is living according to a vow of poverty.

In a video interview posted by the Daily Mail, the 38-year-old deacon said: “To give oneself completely to God through the profession of the evangelical councils, to take him as our example and despite our weakness and our defects, trust in Him that he will transform us by his grace, and thus being transformed, communicate the joy in knowing him to everyone we meet – this for me is the ideal of Dominican life and one of the major reasons of what attracted me to the order.”

He is not the first clergyman to be associated with soccer. As a youth, Saint Pope John Paul II was devoted to ‘the beautiful game’ and played many times as a goalkeeper.

Parish shocked by ‘barbarous’ killing of Fr Jacques Hamel

FullSizeRenderParish shocked by ‘barbarous’ killing of Fr Jacques Hamel
The Parish of Christ the King, Turner’s Cross  expresses horror, shock and sadness over the killing of Fr Jacques Hamel and the wounding of another during Mass in the Church of Saint Etienne du Rouvray in Normandy.                                               Prayers were offered  at the daily Mass at Christ the King.  The Priest said  “We  offer our condolences and  express the prayerful solidarity of our Parish Community  following this horrific incident.
“Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the murder victim and with all of those affected by this horrific incident.”

Eight Dominicans ordained to the priesthood

Eight Dominicans ordained to the priesthood

Pic courtesy: Dominicans Ireland

In the year that the Dominican Order worldwide is marking the 800th anniversary of its foundation, the Irish province rejoiced this weekend as eight friars were ordained to the priesthood this Saturday 9th July              Archbishop Robert Rivas, a Dominican who serves in the Diocese of Castries in the Caribbean, presided at the ceremony in St Saviour’s Church in Dublin’s Dominick Street.  Archbishop Rivas is part of the Irish Dominican province.  One of the newly ordained Fr. Pat Desmond  OP is from Cork. He grew up in the shadows of St. Mary’s

Those ordained to the priesthood are David McGovern OP,  Damian Polly OP, Ronan Connolly OP,  Pat Desmond OP,  Daragh McNally OP,  Connor McDonagh OP,  Eoin Casey OP and  Kevin O’Reilly OP.

2016 is a special year for the entire Dominican Family as it celebrates the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Order of Friars Preachers.

According to Constantine of Orvieto while St Dominic was praying at the Basilica of St Peter in Rome, he saw the Apostles Peter and Paul approaching him. St Peter handed him a stick, and St Paul a book and said to him, “Go and preach, because you have been chosen by God for this ministry.”

In the opening ceremony for the Dominicans jubilee, these elements of Dominican iconography – the stick, the book and the apostolic mandate – were incorporated in the overall theme for the celebrations: “Sent to preach the Gospel.”