Bishop tells hospital staff ‘You are the hope, the light and joy for so many people’

On the day when the Gospel at Mass includes the well-known verse that ‘God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son’, Bishop Fintan Gavin celebrated Mass in the chapel of Cork University Hospital.

A stained glass window by George Walsh in the Hospital Chapel at Cork University Hospital depicts Jesus healing the sick as they are brought to him.

During his homily at the Mass, he addressed specifically all the patients in the hospital who were listening via the hospital radio.

“If you are a patient in the hospital this morning, not feeling very well, perhaps even feeling very sick at this time, feeling the loss of not being able to have visits from your family and loved ones, Jesus in today’s gospel wants to reassure you of his life-giving love for you personally,” the bishop said.

“He wants to reassure you that you are not alone; he wants to reassure you of his closeness, his comfort and support.”

Christ’s love for us is revealed in many ways, he said.

Patients in the hospital experience that love through the care they receive from the doctors, nurses, carers and healthcare staff, those preparing and serving meals, cleaning rooms, the porters, chaplains and those working in administration. 

“All those frontline workers continue to make sacrifices, give generously, take risks, and at times self-isolate from their own families in order to be here and look after you,” Bishop Fintan said.

Addressing all who are taking care of the sick, the bishop praised their heroism.

“Today as bishop, on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of the Diocese of Cork and Ross, I want to thank each of you for this, along with all the other frontline workers in our other hospitals and nursing homes throughout Cork city and county.” 

“You are generously sacrificing and reaching out in heroic ways restoring and saving lives and I want to express my solidarity with you.”

“You are the hope, the light and joy for so many people. With patients not having visitors your human presence takes on new meaning. Your simple smile and so many acts of kindness have become so important.”

Twenty-four hour Catholic Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care is provided at Cork University Hospital and Cork University Maternity Hospital by Fr Pierce Cormac, Julianna Crowley, Fr Kieron O’Driscoll and Fr. Tommy Lyons.