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Remembering Our Dead

The month of November is a special time in which we remember our deceased loved ones in a special way. People write out the list of deceased family members and friends so that they can be remembered in the annual Novena for the Holy Souls. So many usually travel to visit the cemetery where their loved ones are buried and join in the public prayers that are said there at this time of the year or at another time. Our deceased loved ones are not forgotten.

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Bishop Fintan

In a message to the priests of the diocese, Bishop Fintan asks priests “to be beacons of hope and solidarity as we provide pastoral and spiritual care.”

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Donating to your parish online

Looking for a way to still give your weekly donation?

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Mass live-streamed during level 5 of this pandemic

Mass live-streamed during level 5 of this pandemic

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Who will pray for the dead this year?

The month of November is a special time for praying for our relatives and parishioners who have died.

Because of Covid-19, parishioners and relatives will not be able to attend Masses and prayer services which are celebrated annually in early November for those who have died.

The Masses will be celebrated by the priests but without a congregation. Where possible, these Masses will be broadcast and live streamed. Gatherings for the blessing of graves in cemeteries may not be held either. The graves will be blessed privately by priests.

People will still be able to visit the burial places of their loved ones and are encouraged to pray there alone or with others from their household.

A prayer leaflet has been made available by the Office for Mission and Ministry of the Diocese which people can use as their prayer. (It can be downloaded and printed or read on one’s device.)

Click below to view or download it.

Autumn 2020 Safeguarding Newsletter

MESSAGE FROM BISHOP FINTAN GAVIN

Dear Friends,

I welcome this Safeguarding Newsletter in the Diocese of Cork and Ross as a way of highlighting the fact that the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults is central to the life and mission of the Diocese. Earlier this year a Review of Safeguarding by the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic
Church in Ireland stated that the safeguarding structure in the Diocese is ‘robust and effective’. The Reviewers concluded that there is full compliance with Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards within the Diocese of Cork and Ross. I wish to thank Ms. Cleo Yates, Diocesan Director of Safeguarding, the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee members, volunteer safeguarding representatives and parish clergy who continue to be vigilant as we work together to maintain the highest safeguarding standards in parishes and the Diocese.

✠ Fintan Gavin
Bishop of Cork and Ross

SAFEGUARDING NEWSLETTER OFFERS UPDATES AND RESOURCES

The month of October has always been the safeguarding month in the Diocese but how it is marked this year has changed because of Covid19.

Issuing a newsletter to the people of the diocese the Safeguarding Office of the diocese acknowledges that every other October the office would be dealing with people face to face.

“Normally we would be holding a safeguarding conference, sending out the yearly safeguarding parish audits, visiting parishes, training etc.”

Ms. Cleo Yates,
Director of Safeguarding

Ms Cleo Yates, Director of Safeguarding & Designated Liaison Person for the Diocese of Cork and Ross, says that “given these difficult times with Covid, things have changed and almost all our connection to the parishes is by way of online forms of communication, which brings its own challenges.”

The Newsletter is available for free download at this link.

More about Safeguarding here: http://corkandross.org/safeguarding

 

 

Face Coverings

Bishop Fintan Gavin has asked people attending church in the Diocese of Cork and Ross to wear a face covering. This message has been communicated to priests and people of the diocese today.

“In light of the renewed government guidance issued last Tuesday, I would ask people to wear face coverings in Church for all liturgical celebrations such as Mass, funerals, weddings, baptisms, confirmations and First Communions, etc., so that we can create as safe an environment as possible for those who come to Church and minimise the possibility of spreading the virus.”

Children under 13 years of age and people who have received medical advice to not wear a mask are, of course, exempt.

Bishop Fintan has also acknowledged that people across the diocese have worked very hard to put measures in place so that people would be safe and welcome.  

“Parishes have continued to implement these measures including hand sanitising on entering and leaving, cleaning after each ceremony; stewarding so that social distancing rules are adhered to, arranging the pod system so that groups of fifty people remain four metres apart as well as assisting people to approach for Communion in a socially distanced way.”

“I want to thank all those who have worked so hard to implement measures so that people may participate in Mass and public worship in a safe manner, and ask your support to ensure that such measures will be implemented.”

Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ireland

Next Sunday, 16th August, at 1pm, The Ukrainian Catholic Church will celebrate the first Divine Liturgy in the Eastern Catholic Rite in Ukrainian language in our parish church.

We warmly welcome the Ukrainian congregation and their pastor Fr Irineu Kraiczyi to our church for the celebration of their first Divine Liturgy of the Eastern Catholic Rite.

They in turn wholeheartedly invite and welcome you all to join them for the Service and prayer.

“Lord Jesus Christ, Bless their mission. Let all things be unto the glory of God”.

Message from Fr Kevin

Dear parishioners,

After a lot of measuring and taping in the church over this week in order to comply with the government guidelines issued last Friday evening the 3rd of July, I have decided to go ahead this weekend, 11th and 12th of July with the celebration of Masses. The Masses will be at the usual times of 6.30pm Saturday evening and on Sunday morning at 10.00am and 11.30am.

Even though the Masses are going ahead things are not back to normal in the church. The social distancing of 2 metres still applies and has to be observed as you enter the church, while in the church and as you leave the church.

Space in the church is still limited and when the church has reached the seating capacity, people will be directed to the left hand side of the church where they will be able to hear Mass from an outside speaker.

When you enter the church STEWARDS will  1) invite you to sanitise your hands 2) 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. 3) Guide you in rotation to receive Holy Communion using a one way system. 4) Guide you in rotation for exiting the church and invite you to sanitise your hand before leaving.                                                     

Please remember the stewards are volunteers and without their help there won’t be any public Masses. This weekend will be the first time for them to be stewards so it will be a new experience for them so please have patience with them.

As space is limited and the Sunday Obligation to attend Mass has been suspended due to the pandemic, I would ask that those who come to week day Masses would follow Mass at the weekend on the television, radio or over social media so that other people would have an opportunity to come to Mass.

Please come earlier to the church so that you can be seated by the time Mass is due to start.

REMEMBER WE ALL HAVE A DUTY OF CARE TO OURSELVES AND OTHERS AS WELL.

I look forward to seeing you at Mass over the weekend.

Fr Kevin

                         

              

No public Masses this weekend

Due to the current restrictions on the number of people allowed to attend public Masses at the moment for health and safety reasons, there will NOT be public Masses this weekend on Saturday evening and Sunday morning 4/5th July in Frankfield/Grange parish.

Hopefully we will be able to return to public weekend Mass soon when we will be able to do so safely.