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Bishop Fintan visits St. Joseph’s Parish. Blackrock Road (click to play video)
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In the course of the visit, he celebrated all three weekend Masses and met with parishioners after each Mass. He also joined parishioners at the weekly reception in the priests’ residence after 10am Mass for a cup of tea and chat which was appreciated by all. Fr. Jerome Sassou SMA CC concelebrated each of the Masses as well. Fr. Gus O’Driscoll SMA is Father-in-Charge in St. Joseph’s Parish since September last.
Previously, Bishop Fintan had visited St. Joseph’s Parish for the closing of the Annual Novena to St. Therese in 2019, not long after his episcopal ordination.
She replaces Sean O’Caoimh who has filled this role for the last ten years.
In this role, Regina will support Bishop Fintan in his responsibility for the Catholic ethos and identity of 174 primary schools throughout the Diocese of Cork and Ross under his patronage.
In thanking Sean O’Caoimh for his work in the Education Secretariat over the last ten years, Bishop Fintan spoke of Sean’s excellent relations with all primary schools.
Through his hard work and dedication, Sean has supported the Diocese and its schools in a rapidly changing educational landscape.
Photo: Vitaly Makhnanov
Regina is a past pupil of St Aloyisius School, Sharman Crawford St, Cork. She graduated from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick in 1982 and has also completed a post graduate Higher Diploma in Educational Leadership from University College Cork.
Regina recently retired from Scoil Mhuire agus Eoin in Mayfield after 38 years on the staff there 20 of which were served in the role of principal.
Regina was involved with the successful amalgamation of the two parish schools in Upper Mayfield Parish in 2017, bringing together Scoil Mhuire Banríon GNS and Scoil Eoin Aspal BNS to form Scoil Mhuire agus Eoin co-educational primary school.
Regina has extensive knowledge of the primary school system and she is particularly familiar with schools in a DEIS context. She is deeply committed to the advancement of Catholic Education and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association (CPSMA) nationally.
Her other noted interests in the area of education are a deep interest in partnership with parents and community. The promotion of inclusion in our schools has been the basis of much of Regina's work over the years.
Bishop Fintan recently blessed the new school building at St. Columba’s Boys National School in Douglas. The new building is on the same campus as St. Columba’s Girls National School with Facilities for Deaf Children in West Douglas. The new building was completed in 2020 and has been in use since that time however due to covid restrictions, the official blessing and opening has not been possible until October 2022.
Bishop Fintan blessed and congratulated all involved in the development and construction of the new school building in the heart of Douglas especially the students who filled the school hall, school staff, parents, families and the wider school community.
Bishop Fintan is patron of St. Columba’s Boys National School. The chairperson of the Board of Management is Mr. Donal Murray and the school principal is Mr. Dan O’Connor.
Bishop Fintan has recently issued the dates for the celebration of the Sacrament Confirmation in parishes for 2023. He mentioned that there have been a good number of positive responses to the way in which the Sacrament of Confirmation was celebrated in parishes during the pandemic and that he hopes these can incorporated into parish celebrations next year.
In preparation, Bishop Fintan has convened a group to provide updated resources to parishes and schools for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation to include scripture readings, suggestions for hymns and music, the order of the Mass and prayer responses, the Rite of Confirmation and a checklist for the celebration of the Sacrament. These resources will be available on the diocesan website and will be sent to parishes soon.
In his opening remarks, he mentioned that his first visit to St. Michael’s Church was for the Requiem Mass of the late Canon Kieran Twomey on 1st July 2019 which was his first day as Bishop of the Diocese.
Bishop Fintan celebrated all three weekend Masses and met with parishioners after each one. He was welcomed by Fr. Colin Doocey Adm at the beginning of each Mass.
If you are in town, pop in and say a prayer for the Holy Souls during this month of November.
It is open on Wednesdays (10am to 8pm), Thursdays (8am to 7.30pm) and Fridays (8am to 7pm).
Ss Peter and Pauls Church, Cork was dedicated for worship in 1866. The architect was G. W. Pugin and the sanctuary was designed by George C. Aishlin. The original plans for the church included a tall spire but this was never built.