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.

Parish Mission – 29th Feb. – 8th March 2020

                      Christ the King Parish Mission
                          Hope and Encouragement

       Rejoice and be Glad – Pope Francis, March 2018
29th February – 8th March 2020
An Invitation to you and yours
to join with your brothers and sisters
in renewing your faith in Christ Jesus
as we pray for Hope and Encouragement !

Message from our Priests & Mission Committee
We invite all Parishioners to come along to our Parish Mission from 29 February to 8 March 2020.
The Mission will offer us all an opportunity to be refreshed, renewed, encouraged and stimulated in our Catholic Faith.  Through these special days may we draw ever closer to Jesus our Lord, and be strengthened in the bonds of love for one another.
Sincerely
Fr Billy, Fr Kerry and the Parish Assembly.

Christ the King Mission Prayer
God our Father, we ask You to bless our Parish Mission.
You invite us to come to you with all our hearts.
Pour out Your Spirit upon us.
May we experience the healing power of Jesus.
May we be renewed in faith, hope and love.
May the peace of the Holy Spirit light up our lives.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.
Amen.



  • Céilí is a Community of prests, religious and lay people who are drawn together by God to evangelise. The name Céilí speaks of companions, togetherness, hope and above all, joy.

    Céilí’s aim is to bring people into a deeper relationship with God and with each other through their programmes in parishes and in schools.
     We hope that this week will help us to appreciate the importance of our faith and the joy of the Gospel.

    Mission Programme:
    Saturday 29th February
    “Hope brings out the best in us”
    “Rejoice & be Glad” #11
    3.00 pm     Mission Mass
    (with Anointing of the Sick)
    6.00 pm     Mission Mass
    (Blessing of vehicles at Mass)
    Sunday 1st March
    “Hope brings out the best in us”
    “Rejoice & be Glad” #11
    10.00 am    Mission Mass
    (Blessing of vehicles at Mass)
    12.00 noon Mission Mass
    (Blessing of vehicles at Mass)
    Céilí will lead the Rosary 20 minutes before Masses and Celebrations, Monday to Friday

    Monday 2nd March
    “Hope and the family bond”
    “Rejoice & be Glad” #143
    7.30 am     Mission Mass
    10.00 am   Mission Mass
    12.00 noon Scripture Holy Hour
    (Led by Céilí Community)
    3.00 – 5.00 pm   Individual Prayer Ministry
     7.30 pm      Mission Celebration
    (Blessing with relic of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina [Padre Pio]).

    Tuesday 3rd March
    “Hope in future destiny”
    “Rejoice & be Glad” #75
    7.30 am     Mission Mass
    10.00 am   Mission Mass
     3.00 – 5.00 pm   Individual Prayer Ministry
    7.30 pm      Mission Celebration
     (We honour our Dead)

    Wednesday 4th March
    “Hope despite our limitations”
    “Rejoice & be Glad” #80
     7.30 am     Mission Mass
    (Blessing of Salt)
     
    10.00 am   Mission Mass
    (Blessing of Salt)
    12.00 noon Our Blessed Lady Holy Hour
    (Led by Céilí Community)
    3.00 – 5.00 pm  Individual Prayer Ministry
    7.30 pm      Mission Celebration
    (Reconciliation)

    Thursday 5th March
    “Youth – protecting our Hope”
    “Rejoice & be Glad” #167
     7.30 am     Mission Mass
    10.00 am   Mission Mass
     3.00 – 5.00 pm  Individual Prayer Ministry
    7.30 pm      Mission Celebration
     Celebrating our young people. Come and support us)
    Friday 6th March
    “Hope brings healing”
    “Rejoice & be Glad” #151
     7.30 am     Mission Mass
     10.00 am   Mission Mass
     11.20 am    Mission Presentation
                        (Led by Bunscoil Chríst Rí)
    3.00 – 5.00 pm  Individual Prayer Ministry
    7.30 pm      Mission Celebration
    (Eucharist Healing, (Veneration of Relic of St. John Paul II)

    Saturday 7th March
    “Hope impels us”
    “Rejoice & be Glad” #43
    11.00 am      Mass of our Blessed Lady
    (Blessing of Toddlers and Expectant Mothers)
     6.00 pm        Mission Mass
    (Closing Mission Mass with Papal Blessing
    and Blessing of Religious Objects)

    Sunday 8th March
    “Hope impels us”
    “Rejoice & be Glad” #43
     10.00 am      Mission Mass
     12.00 noon  Mission Mass
    (Liturgy led by School)
     (Blessing of Religious Objects at both Masses)