Bishop’s first visit to Sheep’s Head peninsula and parish

Bishop Fintan has made his first pastoral visit to the Parish of Muintir Bháire in West Cork where he celebrated Mass and met parishioners.

On Sat Sept 18th and Sunday 19th, Bishop Fintan celebrated Mass in Durrus and in Kilcrohane, two of the communities that make up the parish which includes all of the Sheep’s Head peninsula.

Muintir Bháire parish is part of a Family of Parishes that also includes Schull, Goleen, Caheragh and Bantry.

Bishop Fintan told the congregations at Mass that the priests in these parishes have agreed to work together as a team to minister with and to the people in the five parishes.

“This change or transition will involve each of you, members of those five parish faith communities working closer together on various joint initiatives,” he said.

“It will involve the people of the parish taking greater responsibility for your faith community in co-responsibility with the priests. Together we are co-workers in the task of sharing the gospel of joy.”

“I look forward to working with you, your parish leadership groups and your priests as we begin this new and exciting chapter of the journey of this family of parishes discovering new and creative ways of being Church.  I ask your prayers as we continue to listen to how God is calling us to build his Kingdom at this time and for the next generation.”

[Thanks to John Minihane for the photos from Durrus and Kilcrohane.]