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.

Parish Newsletter

RECENTLY DECEASED: We remember in our prayers Una Fleming, late of Grange, Phelim O’Reilly, late of Clontarf, Dublin, and Sheila O’Shea, late of Shamrock Drive. We extend our sincere sympathy to their loved ones, relatives, neighbours and friends; may they rest in peace.

POPE FRANCIS – Celebrating Pentecost Sunday : Without the gifts of the Holy Spirit, Christians lack that which animates them and gives them internal life and harmony.  Without the Spirit, our Christian life unravels, lacking the love that brings everything together.   Intercom – May

THE 97th EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION ON THE FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI Sunday 11th June 3.00pm: The 2023 Procession has been revised to gather the Catholic community together as a Diocesan Community of Faith, walking together as one family of parishes. Starting at the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne, crossing Christy Ring Bridge, and concluding at Ss Peter and Paul’s Church. Bishop Gavin will deliver a Homily and Benediction. People are welcome to join at the start or any part of the Procession from the Cathedral or attend directly at Ss Peter and Paul’s Church.

ANAM CARA CORK, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it’s monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Wednesday 7th June at 7:15pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, 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. We also offer an online service. For more info call 01 4045378. 

PIONEER MASS: The annual Diocesan Pioneer Mass will be celebrated by Fr John Newman PP in St Patrick’s Church, Bandon on Friday June 9th at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be served in the parish centre after Mass. Anyone due for silver, gold or diamond (60 yrs.) pins which will be presented at the Mass please contact your local Pioneer Centre, Teresa Mc Carthy between 10am and 12 noon, Aislinn Cogan 087 9699 or Sheila Murphy 087 768 6112. Anyone wishing to join the Pioneers, contact the above; all are welcome to attend the Mass.

DEACONS IN CORK & ROSS: The Diocese of Cork & Ross invites those who feel a call to be deacons to contact its Coordinator of the Permanent Diaconate, Fr Bernard Cotter, Co-PP, Union Hall, by text or WhatsApp on 087 9010627. Full information on the role of deacons is given on our  diocesan website ( Please pray that those called to this ministry may respond positively.

All Ireland Rosary Rally in Knock: The All Ireland Rosary Rally will take place on Saturday June 3rd from 1pm in Knock. It will include Holy Mass, the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross and a talk by Bishop Oliver Doeme. The Main Celebrant for the Holy Mass is Archbishop Eamon Martin. Buses will leave from all over Cork. Please book your seat early to avoid disappointment. Ring John Joe: 087 1302763.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Every Friday exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in our church from 10.30am until 2pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and spend some time in private prayer.

THE POPE’S MONTHLY INTENTION – For church movements and groups: We pray that church movements and groups may rediscover their mission of evangelisation each day, placing their own charisms at the service of needs in the world. Intercom May 2023    

OFFERTORY COLLECTION last weekend amounted to €1,040. 2nd collection for the monthly Church Refurbishment Fund came to €600. Contributions for Easter Dues can be paid online and click on the DONATE button; thank you for your continued generosity

MASS BOOKINGS for June may now be booked in the parish office; opening days/hours Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Masses for July, August & September may be booked from Friday June 2nd.

ACTIVE RETIRED PROGRAMME: Frankfield/Grange Group –MONDAY (Closed bank holiday Mondays): 2pm–3pm – gentle exercises, relaxation, cuppa and chat. 3pm–4pm: line dancing. TUESDAYS: Classes for Art Group at 2pm – 4pm  WEDNESDAYS: Cuppa and chat after 10am Mass. All activities take place in the parish centre.

DYNAMIC AGEING – CHAIR CLASS: Pilates, joints and bones, balance, relaxation is held in the parish centre on Tuesday mornings at 10.45am.  Info: Jaconel 085 1613505 – Pilates People Cork.

THE PRIORY INSTITUTE:  Upcoming events at St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth: The 2023 Devlin Lecture, The Future of Systematic Theology, and The Basilica of Vézelay Presentation. Reserve your place at    For all other programmes    

CORK ALZHEIMER CAFÉ: The café is a safe place for people with Alzheimers 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 Finbarrs Hospital Activity Centre, Douglas Road. Light refreshments provided free of charge. 
NEXT 45 CARD DRIVE will be held on Monday, 29th May at 7.30pm (NO 45 card drive held on bank holiday Mondays) in the parish centre; beginners and experienced players are always welcome. Last card drive before the summer break; it will resume again on Monday, 11th September.
THE CORK AND ROSS DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES will take place from Friday 22nd to Wednesday 27th September 2023. Further details are available on or via e-mail at  Information is also available from Joe Walsh Tours (01 2410800). Cost: €849 to €899 with a choice of hotels. People, families and parishes throughout the Diocese are invited to travel to Lourdes with the Diocese in 2023. Those who may wish to travel as helpers, nurses or doctors to assist pilgrims in Lourdes should contact
Medjugorje Pilgrimage from Cork; Group Leader – Jim Keogh. This pilgrimage travels to Medjugorje from Cork on 19th July 2023 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 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, but please note that our places are strictly limited, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
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 087 991 6791 or 087 744 0729. Our website is



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

Bishop Fintan’s visitation

Bishop Fintan will visit our parish church this coming weekend 10/11th September.

He will celebrate Mass at all three Masses – 6.30pm Vigil Mass on Saturday, and 10am and 11.30am Masses on Sunday.

Bishop Fintan Gavin was born in Dublin in 1966 and baptised in Saint Andrew’s Parish, Westland Row, Dublin.  Son of Angela and Michael Gavin, he is the second eldest of seven brothers and sisters.

His family roots are in Marino, Saint Vincent de Paul Parish, on the Northside of Dublin.  His primary and post-primary education were at CBS, Marino, Dublin. Before going to Clonliffe College, Dublin, where he trained to be a priest, he began training as a residential social worker for a year.

He was ordained to serve as a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin by Bishop Éamonn Walsh, Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, on 7 June 1991.

Bishop’s Fintan’s first appointments were as teacher/chaplain at schools in Bray and Tallaght as well as assisting in the local parishes.

In 1996 he undertook post-graduate studies in Rome.

He was awarded a Doctorate in Canon Law from The Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, in 2003.

In between and during the academic years, he ministered in Rome, Florence, New York, Buenos Aires and Alicante. He speaks Italian and Spanish.

In 2003, Bishop Fintan was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Dublin and was appointed Chancellor in 2017. (The chancellor of a diocese is the chief record-keeper, certifies documents and manages the administrative offices on behalf of the bishop.)

Up to the time of his appointment to the Diocese of Cork and Ross, Bishop Fintan was Chancellor in the Archdiocese of Dublin, Parish Chaplain in Our Lady of Victories, Ballymun Road, and the grouping of parishes of Iona Road, Drumcondra, Glasnevin, Ballymun Road and Ballygall, Dublin, Chaplain to the Italian speaking community in the Archdiocese and Chaplain to the annual Dublin Diocesan Children’s Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Bishop Fintan was ordained bishop at the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne, Cork on June 30th, 2019. Bishop John Buckley was the Principal Consecrator and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly were co-consecrators. His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, was among the concelebrating bishops.

Irish Catholics voice concerns and hope about church in document to Synod in Rome.

“Important questions have been set out for deeper reflection and pastoral action at every level of Church life and there will be many more opportunities for people to get involved and help shape this process” – Dr Nicola Brady

Today marks a significant milestone in the synodal process currently underway in the Catholic Church in Ireland with the publication of the national synthesis of the local listening that took place in dioceses and other contexts between October 2021 and May 2022.  

This national synthesis has now been submitted to the Synod Secretariat in the Vatican as part of the global synodal process announced by Pope Francis for the Church, to run from 2021 to 2023. 

The national synthesis can be read or downloaded here.

Bishop Fintan’s family of parishes and priests’ appointments

How priests minister in the parishes of the Diocese of Cork and Ross will change significantly in September.

The diocese will have 16 families of parishes and each will be ministered to by a team of priests. Each priest will be resident in a particular parish but ministering across the whole family of parishes.

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