Parish News

Easter Message from Fr Kevin

Dear Parishioners,

Easter 2020 will be the one that will be spoken about in the future when people will be talking about the Covid 19 pandemic. Who would have thought when we were hearing the reports of a new virus being discovered in China last December we would be celebrating Easter this way with social isolating, social distancing or cocooning in place. New terms that a few months ago we would have looked up to see what they meant are now part of our every day language. The way we interact with people has changed. We now have time for one another. Phone calls and all the forms of social media are being used to keep in contact with loved ones in Ireland and abroad.

Normally on Holy Saturday night at the Easter Vigil the Pascal Candle is lit to represent the presence of the risen Lord. This light is then shared with all in the church. This Holy Saturday at 9pm all the lights in the churches  throughout the diocese will be lit to show that the light of the Christ is shining in our world. We are people of hope and joy because of what the risen Lord did for us. On this Holy Saturday night and on Easter Sunday we will renew our baptismal promises while following a Mass on television, on social media or listening to it on the radio. In this renewal of our baptismal promises let us remind ourselves once more of the hope and joy we have as Christians. Let you in your homes light lights and candles at 9pm on Holy Saturday night and share our Christian joy and hope with the world.

At this Easter time I wish to thank all those who are so willingly involved in the life of the parish giving of their time in different ministries and services. It is only with their commitment that the parish can function as a faith community reaching out to all. When things will return to some form of normality again, the parish community will need the support and commitment of all to be able to share once more the joy and hope that comes to us from our faith in the risen Lord.

I wish you and all your families all the joy of this Holy Season of Easter. May the Risen Lord continue to watch over you all and protect you. I continue to pray for you all.

Fr Kevin

Parish Notices

parish notices

RECENTLY DECEASED: In your prayers please remember William Coleman, late of Douglas, and John Kelleher, late of Grange Park. We extend our sincere sympathy to their loved ones, relatives, neighbours and friends; may they rest in peace.

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Message From Fr Kevin

Dear Parishioners,
We are entering Holy Week, one of the most sacred times for all Christians as we celebrate the Death and Resurresction of Jesus. However due to the Coronavirus we will not be celebrating together physically as a community of believers but we will be celebrating together spiritually. The Bishop has invited all the people of the diocese to join with him as he celebrates the Easter Triduum for the Diocese. (See Bishop’s Invitation)

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Invitation from Bishop Fintan

Bishop Fintan

“The new public health restrictions have changed our lives and ministry significantly. I know that “cocooning” is not easy for people who have to, and neither is isolation, but these steps are necessary to stop the spread of the virus and save lives.

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Message from Fr Kevin

Dear Parishioners, with the new restrictions that were announced during the week, life has become more difficult for people. Social distancing and self isolating are practices that go against our warm Irish nature, but yet they are necessary at this time. We just have to find new ways to show people that we are thinking of them and they shouldn’t feel forgotten and alone.

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Church Closed

Church closed (2)

 

All parishes have received updated directives which include that: “Church buildings are to remain closed until April 12th since it is practically impossible to ensure that surfaces in church buildings would be cleaned regularly, and that the numbers entering churches would be supervised.”

So our parish church is now closed until April 12th.

Message from Fr Kevin

Dear Parishioners, little did we ever think that we would see the present health crisis in our lives. The restrictions in place have caused a lot of worry and anxiety for people. Social isolation to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus have led to feelings of loneliness for some. However, there is also a good community spirit.

People living alone are telling me that neighbours have been great in checking in on them and seeing that they have everything they need. I wish to assure you all that Mass is being said by me every morning and you are all remembered in the Mass and in my prayers.

It is a testing time for all of us. However we are never alone. The Lord is always with us. Let us pray for one another in these difficult times.

Fr Kevin

Silver Jubilee Fr Kevin O'Regan PP

Silver Jubilee Fr Kevin O’Regan PP

Message from Bishop Fintan

Bishop Fintan

The Government announcement earlier today requires that the attendance at any event including Mass must not exceed 100 people.

In light of this in the Diocese of Cork and Ross, all public Weekend Masses will be DISCONTINUED until further notice. This also refers to Masses for St. Patrick’s Day.

All Confirmations will be postponed.

Mass will continue to be live-streamed from the Cathedral at www.corkcathedral.ie It is my hope to celebrate the 11.30 am Mass there each Sunday.

People are not bound by the Sunday Obligation.

Funerals, weddings, baptisms and weekday Masses may continue as long as the attendance does not exceed 100 people.

Let us keep one another in our prayers conscious of the hope and comfort which our faith brings, especially in these difficult times.

Yours sincerely in Christ

 ✠ Fintan Gavin

Bishop of Cork and Ross

New Year’s Message

 On the 8th of April 2019 Msgr Fintan Gavin was introduced to the people of Cork and Ross as their future bishop. He was ordained in the Cathedral in Cork on the 30th of June. At the end of the ordination ceremony our new bishop Fintan spoke of the challenges ahead especially the need to engage young people in the life of the Church and the need to foster vocations in the light of many priests still running parishes well past the retirement age for priests.

Since then our new bishop has been getting to know the diocese and the people of the diocese. The mission of the Church remains the same, of proclaiming the Good News, celebrating the sacraments with the people, building up the faith community and giving people a sense of belonging to that faith community. How that is going to be done in the future is the path that the people of Cork and Ross with Bishop Fintan Gavin will be exploring together.

Change is never easy and can bring about uncertainty and fear. As people of faith we place our trust in the Lord and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Let us not forget to pray for our Bishop Fintan and the task that lies ahead of him as we move into 2020. The New Year will bring joys and happiness into many lives while others will experience hardship and sorrow. We know that God will be there with us helping and supporting us no matter what we encounter during the year.

I wish you all God’s blessing for the New Year and may it be a happy and peaceful year for you and all your families.

Fr Kevin                                                  

      Silver Jubilee Fr Kevin O'Regan PP

                                                         

Christmas Message

As we approach Christmas we look forward to celebrating with family and friends the birth of Our Saviour. May all who are travelling reach their destinations safely.

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