Parish Notices

Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it’s monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Wednesday 2nd September at 7:20pm in the Clayton Hotel, Cork City. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.
RETURNING TO MASSES IN OUR CHURCH: The last public Mass in the church was on Friday, 13th March. Much has changed. Parishioners have died and the community was unable to sympathise and support the families in their grief. Difficult decisions had to be made as to who was going to be part of the 10 people allowed in the church for the funeral Mass. The annual celebrations of First Holy Communion and Confirmation have been postponed until the Autumn. New words and phrases are now part of our everyday language, e.g. sanitise, wash your hands, social distancing, keep one another safe. This is something we have to continue to do in our church for the foreseeable future.

It has been a difficult time and many sacrifices have been made by everyone. Now, with our return to public Masses both weekdays and at the weekend, we have to implement certain procedures to help keep those coming to Mass safe and comfortable in the church. Remember Covid 19 is still around, and we have to play our part to make sure the church is  not the source of a cluster outbreak of the virus.

Due to the need for social distancing of 2 metres, only every third pew in the row is open at the moment. A system of stewards is being put in place to direct people to the available seating. The seat you normally sat in may not be available to you and you may find this difficult and a challenge, which we respect.

Also, because of adhering to the medical instructions, Holy Communion may only be received in the hand for the foreseeable future.  Another difficult challenge for a number of people.

Because our church will be limited in the numbers we can have and to help and support people to get used to the new normal for us, stewards will be there to help, advise and give directions. To maximise numbers in each church we will have to begin by seating the pews, marked with a green tick, from the top of the church downwards. 

A lot of work has been done to help make the church a safe place for people in these difficult times. The advice given by the experts has been followed as best we can. People also have their own personal responsibility to keep themselves and those with them safe while in the church, following the advice as it is given.

Please arrive a little earlier to facilitate the implementation of all safety procedures.

Because we have to use a one-way system ENTRY THROUGH MAIN DOOR ONLY. The side door by the sacristy is for those who need assistance to enter the church. The other side doors are only exit doors for the time being. 

No lighting of candles before Mass; it will be possible after Mass. Stewards will advise.

NO Stations of the Cross before Mass.

When you enter the church STEWARDS will

  • Invite you to sanitise your hands
  • Guide you towards an available seat as seating will begin from the top of the church.  People living in the same household may share a pew.
  • Guide you in rotation to Holy Communion using a one way system.
  • Guide you in rotation for exiting the church and inviting you to sanitise your hands before leaving.

For the safety and well-being of everyone, parishioners are asked not to congregate in groups outside the church doors,

Unfortunately, for now, Fr. Kevin will not be able to greet people at the door at the end of Mass as has been the practice.  

Adhering to HSE and Government Guidelines on social distancing of 2 metres at the moment has limited our capacity to 50 parishioners per Mass; hopefully this will be increased shortly. An outside speaker has been put on the wall by the side doors on the left of the church as you approach it for the road. When the church has reached the seating capacity, people will be directed to this area to hear the Mass over the speaker. Standing by people other than the stewards in the church even in the porches is not allowed at this time. At Communion time the Eucharistic Minister and the priest will bring Communion to the side doors for the people outside. The Stewards will direct you to come forward for Communion. While there we would ask that you would keep the 2 metres social distancing.

BAPTISMS: Marion, parish secretary, is now taking bookings for baptisms.  There will only be one baptism at each ceremony.  Baptisms are held every Saturday at 5pm. Please call to the parish office (open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am – 12.30pm) to fill out a booking form. Please also bring your baby’s original birth certificate with you. 

Cork Autism Online Conference 2020 – Autism: Beyond Behaviours. Sunday, October 11th. This online conference offers interventions, skills and strategies to support autistic people with behaviours of concern. Suitable for Parents, Families, Caregivers, Autistics, Employers, Educators, Professionals, Agencies, Advocates and anyone with an interest in autism. Visit:

NEW PARISH EMAIL ADDRESS: The parish has a new email address. I would ask that you would note this new email address and use from now on 

MASS BOOKINGS: Masses for August & September may now be booked at the parish office. Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday  from 10.30am – 12.30pm.

List of local churches with webcams that broadcast Sunday & daily Mass online:      please copy and paste this link onto your address bar.

Prayer for Spiritual Communion: My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, please come spiritually into my heart. I embrace you now, as if you are already here, and I unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen

RTE have started broadcasting daily Mass on their RTE News NOW channel at 10.30am. Daily and Sunday Masses are available on EWTN the Catholic Net for those who have satilite tv. The Mass from the CUH Hospital is broadcast daily on 102 FM. Daily Mass is broadcast Monday to Friday 8.30am & 12.00noon. Saturday 12.00noon and 7.15pm. Sunday 8.30am and 10.00am. For those who have access to the internet Mass can be followed from parishes that have webcams. The Cathedral Masses can be followed at The Bishop will be celebrating the 11.30am each Sunday in the Cathedral while the restrictions are in place. Daily Mass celebrated at 10.15am everyday. Mass is celebrated in St. Michael’s Church Blackrock via webcam everyday on

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.                                     

Covid-19 Community Response Forums have been set up by Cork City Council and by Cork County Council to ensure that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access vital grocery, medicine and fuel deliveries and social care supports. Support is available to any individual or family who need some help due to Covid-19, including people who are self-isolating or cocooning. For Cork City Residents A dedicated free helpline, Community Call is available from 8am – 8pm seven days a week. The number is 1800-222-226 and support can be also accessed via  For Cork County Residents the free contact number which is open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week  is 1800-805-891. Contact can be made by email or text (085)8709010



Cork Autism Conference 2020 – Autism: Beyond Behaviours, Sunday October 11th, Clayton Silversprings Hotel, Cork. This conference offers interventions, skills and strategies to support autistic people with behaviours of concern. Suitable for Parents, Families, Caregivers, Autistics, Employers, Educators, Professionals, Agencies, Advocates and anyone with an interest in autism. Visit: or call 089 239 8900

Affordable Live-in Homecare provides live-in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call Eileen or Tom today on 087 9916791. Our website is

MOUNT CARA is a twenty-five bedded facility located on the northside of Cork City adjacent to the North Monastery School and situated on the grounds of the “Old Bishops Palace”. Mount Cara offers respite, convalescence and continuing care. To check for availability and for further information, please contact Eilís Brennan (Person-in-charge) 021) 4395737

MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES APRIL – OCTOBER 2020: 7 Night Stay and Airport Shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for €266 per person sharing. Book any flight – any time and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further info and book the dates that suit you. Tel. 01 4434510 or email
The Irish Cancer Society operates a free Volunteer Driver Service that is available to patients attending the following hospitals for chemotherapy treatments; Cork University Hospital, The Mercy University Hospital & South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital. Volunteer drivers will pick a patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door and then when finished treatment, pick them up and drop them home again. All volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, visit the website at or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.
Free DIY Service for Older People: Age Action’s Care & Repair programme is providing DIY work free of charge for older people in Cork. The service has been in operation since 2009 and is expanding year on year as demand grows. To inquire about the Care & Repair service or to request a job, simply call Age Action at their new office on the Model Farm Rd. The new phone number is 021-2067399.   

MASS CARDS: A new selection of Mass cards and other cards are now available in the Parish office. Cost €2 and €3. A new collection of Baptismal candles are also available.

Mass bookings:  see parish office page.

Baptismal Bookings: see Baptism

Parish Centre: If any group or organisation is interested in hiring a room in the parish centre, please contact Fr Kevin or the parish office. You are responsible for your own public liability insurance.


























































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