24-hour adoration begins in city centreBishop Fintan at Mass to begin 24-hour adoration

Bishop Fintan was the principal celebrant at Mass on Friday, May 10th, in Saints Peter and Paul's Church, to officially launch perpetual Eucharistic Adoration 24/7 in the heart of Cork City. 

To enable this to happen over 500 people have made a commitment to pray for one hour each week.  Hundreds of those turned up for the special Mass.

The adoration will happen during the day from 8am in the morning until 8pm in Saints Peter and Paul's Church (just off Patrick's Street) and then it will continue during the night at the Dominican Church, St Mary's on Pope's Quay.

Bishop Fintan in his homily said: "In order to hear the Lord in prayer we have to pray.  That is why as a faith community of Cork and Ross, as individual people of faith, as the citizens of this city, the idea of having perpetual adoration here in our city 24/7 is such a comfort and such a gift.

"It is a re-assurance to us by Jesus present in the eucharist that ‘I am with you’. He further added: In a world of noise it reminds us that there is another way and the answer is often in silence. In a world of frantic busyness, it is a reminder and a witness to slowing down. In a world of selfishness and self-containment it speaks of generosity, openness and community. Having encountered Jesus in the Eucharist we are challenged to bring him into our streets and encounter him there in the weak in the broken in those who are searching.  We are always sent out, we can never remain closed in."