Parish Newsletter

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS: Rosary will be recited on the first Saturday of every month at 6pm in the back chapel in the church in honour of Our Lady of Fatima. There will be a fifteen-minute meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary following the 6.30pm Mass. The First Saturday’s devotion was given to us as a gift from Our Lady of Fatima. She promises that whoever does the Five First Saturdays will be assured of her assistance at the moment of their death. Everyone is most welcome to this special time of prayer.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Weekly Adoration every Friday in the Little Chapel after the 10am Mass until 8pm; everyone is welcome to come along and spend some time in private prayer.

FRANKFIELD/GRANGE CHILDREN’S ROSARY GROUP: There will be a new Children’s Rosary group starting on Saturday 9th March at 6.00pm in front of Our Lady’s Shrine in Church of the Incarnation Frankfield. All children and teenagers are most welcome to attend including children from outside the parish. Please encourage young people you know to attend. Students from Coláiste Chríost Rí who participate in Student Rosary were recently surveyed on their experience of praying the Rosary. Many students said the Rosary has brought them closer to God. The following is just a sample of their responses; “what I like most about the Rosary is the presence of the Lord”, “the Rosary helps you to get closer to God and if you open your heart to God the peace you will experience is amazing”, “since I have started saying the Rosary I have gotten so much closer to Jesus”, “I think Rosary group can help with effort and results in school because it can destress and calm someone and that can really help”.

PARISH CONTACT NUMBERS: Please note the new contact number for Parish Priest and Parish Emergencies is 087-6732541.

MASS BOOKINGS for April, May and June may now be booked in the parish office from Friday, March 1st. Parish Office opening days/hours Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Mass booking may also be made by emailing or by Tel. 021 4897379. Confirmation & First Holy Communion cards are available in the Parish Office cost €1.50.

THE POPE’S MONTHLY INTENTION – For the Terminally Ill: We pray that those with a terminal illness, and their families, receive the necessary physical and spiritual care and accompaniment. Intercom
TROCAIRE: In 1973 the bishops of Ireland founded Trócaire in response to injustice and suffering in the developing world. Today Trócaire provides support to areas in great need around the world, empowers peoples in these areas to develop skills and abilities to cope with crises, and creates greater awareness of global issues in Ireland. With your donation to our Lenten campaign, Trócaire can continue its life-changing work and bring hope and joy to those with whom we are privileged to
OFFERTORY COLLECTION for last weekend amounted to €1,790, 2nd collection for the Church Refurbishment Fund came to €820; thank you for your continued generosity.
SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL March church door collection will be taken up next weekend 2/3rd March; please give generosity.                                               
ACTIVE RETIRED PROGRAMME: Activities – MONDAY: 2pm – 3pm – Gentle Exercises Relaxation Cuppa and chat. 3pm – 4pm – Line Dancing. WEDNESDAY: Cuppa and chat after 10am Mass. ART CLASS: TUESDAY from 2pm – 4pm

NEXT 45 CARD DRIVE: Monday, 26th February, at 7.30pm in the parish centre; beginners and experienced players are welcome.

CORK ALZHEIMERS CAFÉ: A safe place for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, their carers, family and friends, along with social and health professionals to meet. Last Friday of each month 11am to 12.30pm in St Finbarr’s Hospital Activity Centre, Douglas Road. Light refreshments provided free of charge. 



THE CORK AND ROSS DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES will take place from the 20-25th September 2024, 5 Nights Full Board €899pps Ex Cork Airport, under the patronage of Bishop Fintan Gavin. Booking and further information is available from Joe Walsh Tours 01 2410800.

“TOTUS TUUS PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA30th August – 6th September, 2024. Flights ex Cork. Cost: €815. Spiritual director: Fr. Marius O Reilly. For more information, contact Damien 087-2049048 or Marian Pilgrimages @ 01-8788159″

Medjugorje Pilgrimage ex Cork May 29th – June 5th 2024. Spiritual Director Fr. Ted Sheehan. €879.00 pps. €50 discount if deposit paid by 15th January Contact Sean O’Shaughnessy 0862959380.
MEDJUGORGE PILGRIMAGE from Cork Airport – Group Leader Jim Keogh. This pilgrimage travels to Medjugorje from Cork on 5th June 2024 with Aer Lingus. Full daily programme which includes a visit to all the apparition sites where Our Lady first appeared to the six children in June 1981. Our 4 star hotel is conveniently located close to the village centre and the St James Church. Coach transfer to Medjugorje on arrival. 7 nights 4* hotel accommodation. Half board: breakfast & dinner each day. Coach transfer from your hotel to airport for return flight. Check-in assistance at airports. 1 x 20kg check-in bag & 1 x small cabin bag. For further information and details please contact Jim Keogh 021 4885371 you will be most welcome. 

MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES APRIL – OCT 2024: 7 Nights Apartment B&B from €273 per person sharing. This is accommodation ONLY, you need to book your own flights. Airport transfer available on request. Contact us for details and book the dates that suit you. Tel. 01 4434510 or website




Christmas Message

At Christmas we celebrate with family and friends the birth of Our Saviour. May all who are travelling over the holiday period reach their destinations safely. We remember all those who will be working over Christmas especially those in the emergency services and those caring for the sick. For some it will be a difficult time, missing loved ones who passed away or who are away from home.
We unite with the people of Gaza and Ukraine in prayer as we pray that the coming of the Prince of Peace may bring peace to their homeland.
I pray that the light of Christ will fill your lives with hope, love and peace.
Fr Ray

Parish Secretary – Job Vacancy

We have a vacancy for a parish secretary. This is a part time role of two hours, three mornings a week, with a requirement for an additional 4 hours a week. This role will require a person with good administration, secretarial and computer skills.
As a visible representative of the parish, the successful candidate needs to be courteous, empathetic, possess good communication skills, and exercise discretion at all times.
Interested parties can forward their application with covering letter, CV and references to Fr Ray Riordan, Co-PP, The Presbytery, Frankfield, Douglas, Cork or email before Friday, 24th November.

Annual Mass of Remembrance St John’s Cemetery, Ballinrea.

Death creates a heartache which in time will heal, love creates memories which death cannot steal.

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Novena to the Sacred Heart

NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART – from Thursday, 8th June to Friday 16th June inclusive.
Starting with Adoration each morning from 8.50am to 9.50am; rosary will be recited at 9.30, followed by 10am Mass.
On the Feast Day of the Sacred Heart – Friday 16th June, there will be an extra hour of Adoration in the evening from 7pm – 8pm; finishing the Novena with Benediction.

Easter Message from Fr Kevin

Dear Parishioners,

When I wrote the Easter message last year little did I think that many of the topics I mentioned would still be making headlines. Covid is still with us and we still have to take precautions. Our world continues to follow the war in Ukraine, and we are all feeling the economic knock on effects of this war. While things are returning to the way they were pre-Covid, changes are also happening.

Each Friday the parish is delighted to be able to welcome the different classes from Scoil Niocláis at the morning Mass. The extended family and friends can once more celebrate with the children as they receive the sacraments during the school year. The parish community along with the school community are looking forward to welcoming Bishop Fintan for the celebration of Confirmation after Easter.

Ongoing change is happening in parishes across the diocese with the establishment of the Family of Parishes by the bishop. This summer our parish of Frankfield/Grange together with Turners Cross and Douglas/Rochestown will become a Family of Parishes. This new structure will see a team of priests with a moderator and co-parish priests working together. Each priest will be appointed as a co-parish priest to minister across all the parishes in the Family of Parishes. The formation of this Family of Parishes will bring a certain amount of change; these will be worked out in the Family of Parishes by all collaborating together.

Easter brought about change in the world with its message of joy and hope. It is this same joy and hope that we have to share with the world today in a new way.

I once more take this opportunity to thank you for your continuing generous support. The Easter Dues can be returned in the provided envelope, or online by clicking on the donate button on the parish website and selecting the option for Priest’s Income collection.

I look forward to welcoming you all to the celebration of the Holy Week Ceremonies and Easter. I wish you and all your loved ones all the joy and peace of this special season.

Fr Kevin

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.
We remember all those who will be working over Christmas, especially those in the emergency services and those caring for the sick.
For some it will be a difficult time, missing loved ones who passed away or who will be away from home. We unite with the Ukrainian people in prayer as we pray that the coming of the Prince of Peace may bring peace to their homeland.
I pray that the light of Christ will fill your lives with hope, love and peace.
Fr Kevin

Annual Bereavement Mass

Perhaps they are not the stars, but, rather openings in Heaven where the love of our departed ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy  (Eskimo legend)

There was a great attendance at the annual parish bereavement Mass. The Mass was offered for all those in our parish who departed this life in the previous twelve months, and for their families who mourn their passing and grieve their loss.

The choir sang the entrance hymn Be Still

Fr Kevin began the Mass by welcoming one and all to the church, and also the online congregation. He said we were there primarily to support the recently bereaved and to pray for their loved ones who had died since November 2021, but also to remember and pray for the happy repose of the souls of all our own loved ones who had died. During the Mass we were to especially remember all those whose names were called out after the homily, and those who mourn their passing.

The first reading from the Prophet Isaiah was read by Mary O’Connell.

Fr Kevin read from the Gospel of St John – Do not let your hearts be troubled…

In his homily Fr Kevin said forty-six people had died from the parish in the past twelve months. Some of them died early in the twelve months and some more recently; some died suddenly, while others died after a short or long illness. We, in Ireland, have a great tradition of remembering our dead. We have our annual parish cemetery Mass. As is the norm this Mass is celebrated in August in St John’s cemetery, Ballinrea. Every year the crowd of mourners attending grows as more of our loved ones die and are laid to rest. We also pray for our deceased loved ones during the November Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls; we place their names on remembrance branches in the church to the left of the sanctuary. 

Fr Kevin then went on to speak about the different stages of grief. The grieving and sense of loss which might never leave, but then acceptance comes with time and this enables a person to reach a stage where they can move on with their life again. No two people grieve alike, it’s so important for people to be allowed to grieve in their own way and in their own time. Some people need help in coming to terms with their loss and grief, while others are able to move on with their lives themselves. There are many triggers that remind us of our loved ones, some of these can be so strong they prevent us going to a certain place where we had spent time with them. With the recently bereaved there is still heartache, still pain, and tears continue to be shed for the loss of our loved ones. Fr Kevin assured all present of the support and sympathy of our community.

We need to realise we are never alone in our grief, Christ is always with us and he is here with us now this very evening. We are a people of faith and we place our trust in God, in Jesus. We will indeed see our loved ones once again when we too go to our eternal rest.

Fionnuala read out the names of the forty-six people who died in the parish in the last twelve months, since November 2021. Fr Kevin invited their families to come forward as their loved one’s name was called out, and to place the lighted white candle on the middle table.

The congregation was then invited to come forward and place their lighted red candles on the other tables while remembering their own loved ones who had died.

During this time the choir sang In the Shadow of your Wings.

Mary O’Connell read the Prayer of the Faithful in which we asked God’s mercy on our deceased love ones, comfort for the bereaved who mourn them, healing for those who are sick in body, mind or spirit in our community, support for carers who look after the sick.  Lastly we prayed for our own personal intentions.

The choir sang Eat This Bread at the Offertory and Be Still My Soul at Communion time.

Following Communion Maelíosa read the reflection Remember.

Fr Kevin thanked all who helped to organise the Mass, parish office secretaries, sacristans, parish choir for enhancing the Mass with their music and singing, Ministers of the Word and Eucharist, the outgoing parish assembly, and the people who looked after the refreshments. He then extended an invitation to everyone to partake of these refreshments in the parish centre.  

Before the final prayer Fr Kevin invited everyone to bring home their candles.

As the congregation excited the church the choir sang the recessional hymn Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.

Hail Holy Queen Conference 2022

HAIL HOLY QUEEN CONFERENCE 2022 is live on Radio Maria Ireland from 2pm on Saturday, 15th October. 

Radio Maria Ireland can be listened to by downloading the Radio Maria Ireland APP, Saorview Channel 210 or listen live at (01)4373277



Bishop Fintan’s pastoral visit to our parish of Frankfield/Grange

On the 10th and 11th September there was great excitement as Bishop Fintan made his first pastoral official visit to our parish church, and concelebrated the Vigil and Sunday Masses with Fr Kevin.

During his homily, Bishop Fintan spoke about the recent pastoral letter “Putting Out Into Deep Waters”. He said twelve of the sixteen Families of Parishes had come into being that weekend.

Next year Frankfield/Grange joins the parishes of Douglas and Turners Cross in forming a Family of Parishes.

At the conclusion of each Mass, Fr Kevin thanked Bishop Fintan on behalf of all in the parishioners.

Bishop Fintan greeted and met with parishioners as well as Ministers of the Word and Eucharist and representatives from the Parish Assembly, Parish Finance Committee, The Church Choir, Social Media Coordinator, Baptismal Preparation Team and Parish Safeguarding Representatives.

The bishop also met members of the Frankfield Men’s Shed and The Frankfield/Grange Active Retired Group.

Thanks to Bismark Photography for the images